The first whatsapp group is now full with 256 members. I was waiting for this to happen to send this message to all of you. We have seen positives and negatives of having free membership. The positives are more than the negatives. As I am keen to spread AST to a large population, and first group’s experience says, I need to charge some membership fees.
By charging membership fees, I am now adding one service now. My AST team will now provide extra service. The extra service would be in the form of providing you details about the Stores / Traditional Medicine shops in your local town / city where you can get the traditional medicines that we will be suggesting from time to time. Incase of certain items not available in your town / city, we will courier the same to you at cost. For example, if getting pure sesame oil in small quantities of one ltr or two ltrs is a challenge in your location, we can send it to you by courier in a unbreakable packed condition at cost.
After going through the discussions in Whatsapp, I felt, the fee should be as follows :
Free Membership – All members who join us as a new member will be invited to become a Free member first. Free members will be given 60 days time to be a part of the group and they will be getting text remedies for their queries. After 60 days, they have to choose to become any of the following membership offer. They have the right to opt out if they are not satisfied after 60 days.
Bronze Family Membership Fee – Rs. 500 per annum – This is applicable to a family of 4 members. For all the 4 members, you can ask any number of queries during the year and you will be given text remedies. Incase there are more than 4 members, you may have discussion with my team members who will advise how much you may have to pay.
Silver Membership Fee – Rs. 500 per annum – Silver Members will be entitled to get text remedies and if they so desire, even an Audio by way of Voice Message can be sent to give more clarity about the remedies on how medicines have to be prepared at home. Every Silver Member can post upto a maximum of 4 queries per month which will be replied within 48 hrs from the time the query posted. Audio message will be sent only if specific request is made. Else the normal text remedy will be sent.
Silver Family Membership Fee – Rs. 1000 per annum – This is applicable to a family of 4 members. For all the 4 members, you can ask any number of queries during the year and you will be given text and audio remedies, only if you ask for. Incase there are more than 4 members, you may have discussion with my team members who will advise how much you may have to pay.
Gold Membership Fee – Rs. 1200 per annum – Gold Members will be entitled to get text remedies and if they so desire, even a Video can be sent to give how medicines have to be prepared at home. Video will be made only if a request is made. Else the normal text remedy will be sent within 36 hrs from the time the query is posted. For videos, 72 hrs is required to prepare and send. Gold Members are entitled to have a Web consultation with me one on one basis free. The web consultation can be made through the applications called Zoom or Skype only. Other applications are not encouraged. Tutorials will be sent on how to download Zoom application and connect with me on request. Gold Members can post upto 7 enquiries per month.
Gold Family Membership Fee – Rs. 2000 per annum – This is applicable to a family of 4 members. For all the 4 members, you can ask any number of queries during the year and you will be given text and video remedies only if a request is made. Incase there are more than 4 members, you may have discussion with my team members who will advise how much you may have to pay.
Diamond Membership Fee – Rs. 2000 per annum – Diamond Members will be entitled to get text remedies, video giving details on how the medicine has to be prepared at home automatically. They need not make a request for this. Text remedies will be sent within 24 hrs from the time query is posted. Videos will be sent within 48 hrs from the time query is posted. Diamond members can also post any number of queries and there is no limit. Diamond members also can meet me in person if they so desire.
Diamond Family Membership Fee – Rs. 3600 per annum – This is applicable to a family of 4 members. For all the 4 members, you can ask any number of queries during the year and you will be given text and video remedies. Incase there are more than 4 members, you may have discussion with my team members who will advise how much you may have to pay.
Committe Membership Fee – Rs. 25000 Life Time – Committee Members will be entitled for all the benefits plus they will be part of the Management group. About 10 members only are permitted to join this group. These Members will be a part of most of the decision making of AST’s expansion programme.
Trustee Fee – Rs. 1,00,000 Life Time – Trustees are invited to be a part of the Trust formation. Apart from me I need 6 more Trustees who will come with an investment of Rs. 1,00,000. This investment will be used for expenditure on Trust Formation and legal fee payment.
Consultation Fee – Many members suggested that I should charge a consultation fee but I wish to inform you that I do not want to charge any consultation fee or fee any specific query raised through whatsapp.
Queries being asked on behalf of friends / neighbours / relatives / colleagues
Now that the membership is being offered, it is requested that any queries which are being asked on behalf of any of the above should be avoided. You can ask them to join us as free member as they have 60 days time to see whether our group is useful or not.
How can the Membership Fee be paid
For Online Payment : Click here
For Cheque or Cash Deposit in Bank Account :
Name of the Account : No Hungry Child
Current Account Number : 13870200008150
Name of the Bank : Federal Bank
IFSC Code : FDRL0001387
AST has started growing with more groups getting added. As of 15th Oct. the total number of groups created is 46 with more to come. An opportunity to work from home for many individuals have been given and we have 46 such people working presently from their respective homes in different locations.
Please click this link given below to get the Membership Form online.
You are requested to please fill up the form online and click submit. The information will come to me automatically.
What happens to those who have not paid Membership Fee ?
Members who are there in the group 1 are going to be given a special privilege. No one will be removed from the group. They will all stay. However, from AST Group 2 onwards, all members will be paid members only. As informed above, any one can join us free, test our group whether it is useful for them or not for a period of 60 days and thereafter they can choose any of the above Membership offer. Those who do not wish to become member, we will give them one reminder and thereafter either they leave on their own or we will remove them. Removal of members will happen only in AST Group 2 onwards. In Group 1 no one will be removed.
Summary of Members benefit
- Depending on what membership is chosen, members are eligible to get Text / Audio / Video Remedies / Web consultation / Personal meetings.
- Get products / natural remedies medicines / plants / oil etc. at cost either by courier or we will give name and contact number of stores which supplies medicines.
- Referral Bonus. Members have an opportunity of earning some income.
- Members can also opt to become one of the Trustees if they so desire.
What are we going to do with Membership and other Fee collection ?
- Initially the Art of Self Treatment team will run without an office in place.
- Art of Self Treatment will be registered as a Trust which will be a non-profit organization. I am keeping a deadline of 6 months time to identify 6 Trustees from the group members who can come forward with investment.
- A bank account will be opened in the name of Art of Self Treatment once the trust is formed. Till then members are requested to pay to “No Hungry Child”. For more details about No Hungry Child, please visit website www.nohungrychild.co.in
- We will induct 7 Trustees who will come with a capital of Rs. 1,00,000
- We will also induct 10 Committee Members who will come with a capital infusion of Rs. 25,000 per person
- From the capital amount and membership fee collection, AST will be able to hire a person to market the program.
- This paid employee will make an effort in bringing 2000 – 2500 members by the end of Dec. 2018
- By Mid 2019, Art of Self Treatment clinic is being proposed to be opened which will be a 10 Bed Clinic, provided we are able to raise Rs. 25 Lacs as Membership fee.
- Members are going to be given absolutely free treatment.
- We do not intend charging for manpower as the cost will be managed by the membership fee revenue.
- We intend charging for the products / ingredients that are purchased.
- Clinic will be open only for Members.
- Non-Members of AST will not have access to AST Clinic.
These are tentative plans as of now. Once we form the Trust, other Trustees and Committee Members will be there to come up with ideas and we can fine tune the thoughts.
Income and Expenditure audited statement will be published with a password in the Website open only for the members to view.
Suggestions are welcome
These are my initial thought process. We can develop as we progress. One year would be the gestation period to make this happen into reality. Suggestions and questions are welcome from the members. You may whatsapp me on 8553015850.