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11/14/08
Valuable Resource. ACS Membership
Filed under: Mentoring, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 12:42 pm

We all know how much value we can obtain and
share from ACS membership.  Within the last
week many of us have received our annual
dues and membership renewal paperwork.

What can you do if you are unemployed?  If you
are in this category and seeking full time
employment, a member in good standing can
request a dues waiver by checking off box
#7 on the back of the renewal form, signing
on the line requesting special dues consideration
and mailing it in.  The waiver only applies to
local section and national dues, however, not
to journals and division membership.

It is pertinent to note that other categories for
also exist for disabled members (full waiver)
and members with long term obligations as
a family care provider (half dues waiver).

A second year is possible for unemployed
chemists. 

With lay-offs and cutbacks happening to people
it is a little bit of help to know about this
thoughtful provision.

2 Responses to “Valuable Resource. ACS Membership”

  1. site admin Says:


    Special status will be available to many as
    they reach

    STATUS    AGE    YEARS AS     DUES WAIVER
                                  MEMBER
    Emeritus      70       35              National (see form)

    Retired        –        30               50% reduction

    Member/     –        –                 $41.22 (see form)
    spouse
  2. site admin Says:


    Being unemployed myself, I have explored
    other professional societies’ waiver policies
    and by-laws.

    In one (National Geographic; well it is close
    to a professional society! Dues $34/year;
    12 excellent magazines) the first year was
    granted free of charge.

    The second year of unemployment, I recently
    received a discounted membership at $15
    per year.

    My wife had me agree to reduce my clutter,
    especially if we had to pay for it.

    In another (Electrochemical Society, 7000
    members Dues $98/year), there was no
    problem being granted a waiver for the
    first year.

    This year I was asked to complete a
    two-question form describing
    (1) the reason for my request and
    (2) the most significant benefit that I wish
    to continue to take advantage.

    It should be noted that last year the
    ECS discontinued sending hardcopy of
    the (5000 pages/ year of top quality research)
    journal which is the largest benefit.
    The quarterly society magazine is the
    benefit I cited.

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