Successful Chamas need to have a leader, or a team of leaders. Usually a core group of members keeps the Chama/Buying Club on track. The leader of a Buying Club ensure that all the work gets done, but they don't necessarily do it all themselves. Consider the following roles and tasks that must be covered for a Chama/Buying Club to function smoothly:
It is up to the Chama members to allocate these roles among themselves. Active participation of all the members is highly encouraged.
There is no membership fee charged
It’s important to note that Buying Clubs do not receive wholesale pricing but depending on what types of items you will be ordering you could see savings from 10 – 20%.
There are several other discounts which your order may be eligible for:
Buying Clubs typically order every month to every second month. You should place at least one order per year to keep your account 'Active'. Clubs that have not ordered for over a year are taken off the mailing list.
Using the Delivery Route Schedule is a great way to plan your Buying Club's orders.
We deliver to most of Ontario and East to the Atlantic Provinces. Check the Delivery Route Schedule to see if our trucks deliver to your area.
If you don’t see the name of your city/town, this means your area is not serviced by an ONFC truck. In this case we will send your order via Common Carrier and the minimum order and delivery charges will be specific to your delivery zone. Please contact our Buying Club Rep for more information: 1-800-387-0354 ext. 228 or 905-507-2021 ext. 228. [email protected]
There are minimum orders. As long as these minimums are met, we do deliver free to most places in Ontario. In some cases, we will charge for delivery to help cover the costs of shipping.
Deliveries are to the main entrance only. Any assistance with carrying boxes is greatly appreciated.
Ensure that the unloading area is safe. If the location is dangerous (i.e., pathways that may be slippery), our driver has the right to refuse to deliver the order to the designated receiving area.
Be sure to count all the boxes with the driver and sign your receipt recording the ‘piece count.’
We do not guarantee a specific delivery time during the day.
We accept payment by:
NOTE: We do not accept cash payments.
The first order for all Buying Clubs must be paid C.O.D. Full payment (by cheque or money order) must be paid on the delivery/pick-up day to the driver or staff.
Subsequent orders must be paid for within 7 days. The ONFC reserves the right to ask for C.O.D. payment if the 7-day credit schedule is not met.
On December 1, 2004 ONFC introduced a new Member Loan of 1% on all invoices. All member groups pay the Member Loan. It is tracked per Buying Clubs and is your Member investment in order to ensure that ONFC remains a strong, relevant, and responsive co-op.
The Member Loan is reimbursed if the club ceases membership with the ONFC, as per our Member Loan policy .
All ONFC Buying Club must pay the Member Loan. Please note each Buying Club in good financial standing receives a 1% discount. Therefore you do not see the impact of the Member Loan on your invoice total. The Member Loan and 1% member discount are calculated for you on your invoice.
We are always looking for new and exciting products to add to our inventory. If you know of a good quality product you would like to see ONFC carry, please email our Buying Club Rep at [email protected]
Feel free to take a look at our Product Selection Criteria to get a better sense of the types of product ONFC is looking for.