Magazine article Techniques

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Magazine article Techniques

Proposed Bylaws Changes

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Several amendments have been submitted to the Bylaws Committee for consideration and vote by the ACTE Assembly of Delegates at the annual convention in San Diego Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. There will be an open forum to discuss these proposals Friday, Dec. 8 from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the convention center. Room location will be in the convention program guide. The text of the proposed changes are marked with these symbols: [] = delete, and _ = add.

Article III, Section B, Classification of Membership

1. Affiliated Membership     [  $40.00]          $60.00
2. Standard Membership       [  $40.00]          $60.00
4. Life Membership           [ $800.00]       $1,200.00
5. Loyalty Membership        [  $16.00]          $31.00
6. Loyalty Life Membership   [ $120.00]         $180.00
8. Student Membership        [  $10.00]          $25.00

Rationale

ACTE dues have not been increased since 1986. In the past 14-year period, inflation has dramatically eroded the purchasing power of $40. If our membership dues had increased along with the consumer price index over the past 14 years (an average 3.14% increase each year), our dues would be $62 today.

Even though dues have not increased since 1986, association revenue has increased significantly. This has been due to major efforts in marketing products, publications, newsletter subscriptions, the trade show and the convention. While it is healthy for an association to expand these non-dues revenue areas, thus decreasing the dependency on membership dues for ongoing operations, it is not reasonable to expect that the association can continue to rapidly expand all non-dues revenue streams indefinitely. If the association is to continue to be responsive to member needs, then members must contribute to the ability of the organization to be responsive and to undertake new initiatives.

While inflation and increased costs alone is reason enough to increase dues, the needs and wants of ACTE members require that we raise more money from membership dues in order to address the critical needs we face now and will face in the future. We need to ensure that ACTE remains an association offering high-quality and timely member benefits, not just the cheapest membership around.

If approved by the Assembly of Delegates, the new dues rates would become effective for membership renewals and new memberships beginning July 1, 2001.

Article IV, Section B, Divisions

5. Divisions must maintain [the level of membership which qualified them for divisional status] 1,200 members by June 30 each year. …

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