Are you an officer in a local professional association? Is your association affiliated with WAEOP? There are perks associated with affiliation.
October 25 is the date! Local AEOPs really rate, when they affiliate! It‘s not a tourney, just Embrace Your Journey! Affiliate and you will see your opportunities grow exponentially! Don‘t be late! October 25 is the date! For heaven‘s sake—affiliate!
We spotlight local associations as often as possible! Send your affiliate news to the WAEOP News editor. What news? How about: Upcoming events— It is always nice for people to get news with lead time so they can participate. This is a great way to involve members of your association. Ask your com-mittee leaders and/or members to give you a brief write-up about what is coming up so you can include it in news you send the WAEOP News editor. Do you have news about a: · workshop, · retirement celebration, · homecoming, · installation, · awards banquet, · fundraiser, or any other exciting event coming up in the next couple months?
Let others know what is happening in your association. Recap of events—Take a couple minutes to recap an events hosted by your affiliate in the past few months. Has your association awarded a scholarship? Where are past recipients now. . . can you get a past recipient to boast about their success and generate interest in scholarships at the same time? Get a local member involved by having them write the recap. In addition to seeking affiliate news, I encourage you to renew your affiliation with WAEOP (or affiliate for the first time this year) to enjoy affiliate perks. Be sure you affiliate by the October 25 postmark deadline to qualify for awards and/or scholarships that are affiliate sponsored.
In order to affiliate with WAEOP, your association president and two additional members of the local association must be current members of WAEOP. The affiliation fee is $15 plus 10¢ per local member (computed on the previous year’s total member-ship). Most affiliates choose to make a contribution to the WAEOP scholarship fund when they affiliate (or renew affiliation) in order to make sure they are able to sponsor a student for the $750 affiliate-sponsored student scholarship. Your association is part of a growing group. There are affiliated associations all around the state. If you know of a local that is not affiliated with WAEOP, this is a great time for them to affiliate! Please, have an officer of that association contact me, or pass the officer‘s name on to me and I‘ll make personal contact. WAEOP board members can help get a new association started. If you know of a district that does not yet have an association, we can help. There are many privileges (perks) for WAEOP affiliates. . . such as:
A support network—There are other people throughout the state with issues like yours, like interests, and shared commitment to supporting education from pre-school to post-high school! Having the opportunity to build upon and/or learn from the shared knowledge of other association leaders can be extremely beneficial. Need a fundraising idea? There is probably an association president who can share a fundraising idea. Thinking about hosting a WAEOP workshop? Think no more. . . go ahead and do it! Find out what members of your association are interested in learning more about and set a date! You may even ask a member of the WAEOP board to facilitate the training.
Earning the WAEOP Affiliate-of-the-Year award—A local association can earn this distinction only by being a WAEOP affiliate. Applications for this distinction are due by February 1; however, the association must be affiliated by October 25 in order to be eligible.
Sponsoring a student for a scholarship—Want to be able to award a deserving student $750? Helping students continue their education is one of the ways WAEOP supports lifelong learning. A WAEOP affiliate can nominate an applicant if the association affiliates by October 25 and makes a contribution to the WAEOP scholarship fund. Scholarship applications are due by February 1.
Tapping into the presentation expertise of WAEOP board members—Affiliates are encouraged to invite WAEOP board members to conduct training for their members. This is a great way to save money (affiliates receive reduced presentation fees by engaging the services of WAEOP board members), network, and provide training for your members.
Inviting a WAEOP board member to install officers—Creating a meaningful and memorable installation ceremony for association officers is a terrific way to start the new officers’ term. Additionally, recognizing and thanking outgoing officers is an important closure step. WAEOP board members appreciate the honor of conducting installation ceremonies and enjoy working with members from the local affiliate to build the ceremony around the theme of the incoming president and/or banquet.
Please feel free to contact me (email@example.com) with your affiliation questions. The affiliation form is available on the WAEOP website (waeop.com). I look forward to processing your affiliate application soon!
More information and affiliate forms at located under the Affiliate tab on the WAEOP website.
For more information:
WAEOP Affiliations Chair Kim Nickerson, firstname.lastname@example.org