Vol 44, Issue 2

November/December 2004


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Board Establishes New Membership Categories

As part of its transformation initiative, STC will introduce five new membership categories this fall. The new categories vary in price and give members the option of joining multiple STC communities (chapters and SIGs).

The Society board of directors recently approved the cost of member dues for four of STC’s new membership categories. The board also decided how many STC communities members may select. The new categories will appear on dues renewal forms (to be mailed in November) and on new member applications for 2005. The board will establish the amount of community rebates for fiscal year 2006 at its annual meeting in May (the deadline to file for the 2005 rebate is September 30).

Descriptions of the new membership categories follow. All dollar amounts are in U.S. dollars (USD). A table describing the costs and benefits of these categories has been provided on the STC Web site at www.stc.org/transformation/.

Classic Membership

The classic membership entitles members to the paper versions of Intercom and Technical Communication and to access to the online versions; full access to the members-only area of the STC Web site; and a choice between the following options for membership in STC communities:

  • one chapter and one SIG
  • three SIGs

The costs of classic membership are as follows:

  • U.S. members: $145
  • Canadian members: $145 + $15 postage
  • Overseas members: $145 + $35 postage
  • Retired members: $72.50

Members who choose classic membership may join additional SIGs at a cost of $5 per SIG and additional chapters at a cost of $10 per chapter. To be eligible for the retired member rate, an individual must be retired and have been an STC member for ten years. As in the past, retired members will not be counted in the calculation of chapter rebate amounts.

E-Membership

E-membership entitles members to the same benefits as classic membership, except that e-members will not receive paper copies of Intercom and Technical Communication. E-members may join additional SIGs at a cost of $5 per SIG and additional chapters at a cost of $10 per chapter. E-membership costs $135 for members worldwide.

Limited Membership

Limited membership includes subscriptions to the paper versions of Intercom and Technical Communication and full access to the members-only area of the STC Web site. Limited memberships do not include membership in communities (chapters or SIGs). The costs of limited membership are as follows:

  • U.S. members: $125
  • Canadian members: $125 + $15 postage
  • Overseas members: $125 + $35 postage

Student Membership

Student members receive the same benefits as e-members but have no voting rights. Student members may join additional SIGs at a cost of $5 per SIG and additional chapters at a cost of $10 per chapter. Student memberships cost $50.

Corporate Membership

To allow for further study, the board has postponed a vote on the costs and benefits of corporate membership.

Prorated Dues for New Members

As in the past, new members who join STC in 2004 receive prorated credits on their first renewal. The amount of credit new members receive does not depend on the membership category they select.

A member’s credit is based on 2004 dues ($140 for regular members, $56 for students) and the month he or she joined the Society, as shown in the table below. These credits will appear on new members’ renewal invoices. New members who join the Society in November and December 2004 are considered paid in full for 2005.

Renewal Credits for New STC Members (in USD)

 Credit toward 2005 Dues

Month Joined

Members
(2004 dues = $140)

Student Members
(2004 dues = $56)

January ’04

0

0

February ’04

14.00

5.60

March ’04

28.00

11.20

April ’04

42.00

16.80

May ’04

56.00

22.40

June ’04

70.00

28.00

July ’04

84.00

33.60

August ’04

98.00

39.20

September ’04

112.00

44.80

October ’04

126.00

50.40

November ’04

n/a

n/a

December ’04

n/a

n/a

Members who join in September pay $140 dues (plus a $15 enrollment fee) for a membership that extends until December 31, 2004. According to the prorating schedule, these members will each receive a $112 credit toward 2005 dues. Those who select e-membership on their 2005 renewal invoice will pay $23 ($135 minus $112). A U.S. member who joins in September and selects limited membership at renewal will pay $13 ($125 minus $112), while an overseas member who joins in September and selects limited membership at renewal will pay $48 ($125 plus $35 postage minus $112).

If you have questions regarding prorated dues credits, please contact the STC membership department.

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