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Adapt and Thrive - Bylaws Change

Posted 13 days ago by Steven Marks

ADAPT AND THRIVE: THE FUTURE OF AAOHN

Based on member feedback, the Chapter Challenges Taskforce and the Board of Directors propose a bylaws change that would allow for an Optional Chapter Membership Structure. 

What is the proposed Optional Chapter Membership Structure? 

Upon joining or renewing, AAOHN members would have two options:

OPTION 1: National Membership Only - $165

Members receive all member benefits from the National association – free webinars, discount to register for the conference, Workplace Health & Safety Journal, and more.

OPTION 2: National Membership + Chapter(s) - $165 National + dues from each selected chapter*

Members receive all member benefits from the National association – free webinars, discount to register for the conference, Workplace Health & Safety Journal, and more.

*Dues are set by each chapter as they are in the current chapter model. Participation in a chapter is OPTIONAL

Note: The optional membership structure is applicable to all membership types (Retired, Student, Affiliate, etc.). Each member, regardless of membership type, will have the ability to choose their chapter affiliations.

What are the benefits of the Optional Chapter Membership Structure? 

  • Decrease in regular membership dues from $185 to $165 – a $20 savings per year!
  • Improves the join/renew process significantly
  • Chapters have more flexibility in their bylaws and requirements for membership
  • Allows the organization to offer a new corporate or group membership structure for additional discount to members
  • Members may take advantage of as many, or as few, chapters as they choose that fits their needs
  • Decreases complexity of current model
  • Simplifies the way AAOHN can market membership to grow our organization

How can I get more information or ask questions? 

  • Additional information from board members will be made available over the next several months
  • A Town Hall will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT that will offer more information on the timeline, rational, implications to members and chapters, and will leave ample time for Q&A.
  • Post a question in the Optional Chapters Membership Structure Forum

What else do I need to know? 

  • Online voting to approve the bylaws change that would allow for the Optional Chapter Structure opens on January 4, 2019
  • Online voting will close on February 4, 2019
  • Preview the full document of the proposed bylaws changes
  • For chapter leaders, download the Chapter Marketing Kit to assist in communicating this important initiative to your chapter members.

In addition to the member restructure, we are proposing 6 bylaw revisions. Read the current and proposed bylaws below.