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explain what our vision is for CIA, wehad a great meeting with the club andare going a step forward. For the ﬁrsttim,e we will have not only CIA be arecognized club but also all of our largerregional and local clubs. What does thatmean? It means that every local/regionalclub will have the opportunity to becomea recognized supporters club of ChelseaFC without having to deal with all thehassle and paperwork of being ano
cial club. No need to collect dues andreport your ﬁnancials, no reporting of members and True Blue members, noworking on getting tickets, all of thatwill be centralized through CIA, so thatthe regionals/locals can spend the timeworking on growing our numbers andmaking the local/regional clubs exactlywhat the local/regional clubs want to beand do - all the fun and not the hassle.A local/regional group qualiﬁes byhaving at least 20 CIA members andelecting a contact person for CIA andChelsea. With that, that club will befeatured as an o
cial club on theChelsea website with a link to yourwebsite (which we can now host on thebig new CIA server for no cost!), and youhave the opportunity to have your clubﬂag hanging permanently at StamfordBridge as you have seen on television!CIA is going to try and fund those ﬂagsfor all the clubs as well. How cool is allof that? I know it has taken some time,but we are moving forward. So if youwant to support this, then here is whatyou need to do: sign up for CIA andsupport your local/regional club. If youdon’t know who they are or how to getinvolved, they will be contacting you, Ipromise. If you really want to step out,then o
er to work on your region orlocal club. All you have to do is contactme and I will get you going,firstname.lastname@example.org. That isall there is to it, and we want to grow toas many groups as possible! So don’t beshy; as we say, GET STUCK IN!
That isn’t all. For years I have tried toexplain to Chelsea that the True Bluemembership has little value, if any, toour members unless they feel they canmake it to the Bridge for a match. Andwe have our ﬁrst real US beneﬁt! Thisyear if you become a True Blue member,you GET CHELSEA PLUS FOR FREE!Chelsea Plus is the online broadcast of Chelsea TV! So if you have been missingChelseaTV on Setanta, wait no further!Now, with your True Blue membershipnot only do you get access to matchtickets, (your CIA membership alonecannot do that for you) you getChelseaTV streaming to your computer.Even better, they are now getting tolaunch a whole new driver forChelseaPlus, and it will o
er not onlyaccess across platforms to PC and Macusers both, but also it will be on-demand! How sweet is that? So if theshow you really love is on while you areat work, you will be able to pull it up on-demand when you get home, on theweekend or whenever you like.ChelseaPlus cost 39 pounds last yearand is 3.99 pounds a month if yourenew monthly, and the True Bluemembership was 25 pounds last year, soyou get both this year for only 30pounds for an adult. I guess what I amsaying is if you needed a reason tobecome a True Blue member andsupport Chelsea and CIA, I don’t knowhow they could give you a morecompelling reason to sign up. Also, if you should sign up before the 31st of July you will gain 5 loyalty points; if youare thinking of attending one of thosebig matches, or maybe the last match of the season, you need those loyaltypoints. Five loyalty points will get you aticket to any match, (not counting Semi-Finals, Finals and away ChampionsLeague matches) no matter who we play.
And just to clarify, being a member of CIA is important! As I said, it helpssupport the growth of Chelsea as theclub sees it. They measure support bythe number of supporters clubs andtheir members. However, the CIAmembership alone does not get youaccess to tickets. A True Bluemembership gets you access to matchtickets. When you pair the two of themtogether, that is the best of both worlds.Because as a supporters club we get toorder our members’ tickets prior tothem going on general sale to regularmembers, which makes it easier on youto be assured of getting the ticket youwant. You can only order one ticket perTrue Blue membership through us, so if you want to take the family, they willeach need a membership. But isn’t thatbetter than having to pay through thenose from a ticket agency or travel ﬁrm?I know we had a couple of families goover last season, and they were thrilled
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