When it was christened, the Club was a Disneyland corporate [responsibility] and membership was free. Back then, the Club's roster existed as a mailing list in Van's desk. Needless to say, times have changed.
When Dick and Van were no longer [employed at the park] to champion our Club, we became a self-supporting organization with our own elected Board of Directors. It became necessary to charge a nominal annual fee to cover Club expenses.