Magazine article The American Organist

Ago Lifetime Membership: A Vote of Confidence

Magazine article The American Organist

Ago Lifetime Membership: A Vote of Confidence

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BEGINNING WITH the 2010-11 membership year, the AGO has offered the opportunity for individuals to enroll in Lifetime Membership. Following a pilot program started in 2009, to date 18 members have upgraded their commitment to the AGO by becoming Lifetime Members. They are listed on the AGO Web site, and are honored annually in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.

Here's how Lifetime Membership works. An individual makes a financial commitment of $3.000, either as a lump sum or payable over six years. The individual may then designate the AGO chapter he or she wishes to receive the chapter portion of membership dues. AGO National Headquarters credits that amount to the designated chapter annually. Alternatively, an individual may enroll in Lifetime Membership as an Independent Member, waiving the chance to designate funds for a particular chapter. Lifetime Members designate the remainder of their Lifetime Membership contribution at the end of their lives to one of the following funds: the AGO Endowment Fund, the New Organist fund, the Nita Akin Competition Fund (for the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance), or the National Council Designated Fund.

More information about each of these funds and about Lifetime Membership may be found on the AGO Web site (www.agohq. org/contributions/lifetime/html) or by contacting National Headquarters. Through Lifetime Membership enrollment, the Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support and the Development Committee work in partnership to meet the present and future needs of our membership, expanding the opportunities our members have lo demonstrate their support. …

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