My mailbox contained a notice that I was
delinquent in paying dues and I am out of
work. Since I have been a dues paying
member for over 30 years and I have
considerable interest in the people and the
profession, I have taken the option to continue
What should you do if this is a situation you face?
Look at the C&EN page offering services for
When I was initially unemployed and later
under-employed, I applied for and received a
dues waiver. Most recently, the half-rate annual
dues is available to me.
Other societies (like the Electrochemical Society)
offer one year dues waiver. After this, one can
apply for “emeritus” membership.
Because the value of membership is so great,
don’t linger on applying for membership. It can
be a strong link to moving to your next position.