From the desk of the Membership Committee
We are excited to bring the USBG up to date in one area of growth that has been particularly lacking since 1948: membership dues!
Membership dues for the USBG have not increased, to our knowledge, at any point in the 67-year history of the organization. $100 in 1948 adjusted for inflation would be $1,003.47 today! If we were to adjust for inflation from the start of the millennium (and the beginning of the modern organization), current dues would be $139.51.
Q: So. How much are we looking at for 2016?
A: Glad you asked! The USBG Board of Directors has set the 2016 Membership dues at (see details about each membership type here):
Hospitality Professional - $125 per year
Associate - $150 per year
Enthusiast - $150 per year
Rejoin Fee- $35 (applies 90 days after expiration)
Q: Great! I’m in! When will I need to pay again?
A: Your expiration date is set 1 year from your join (or rejoin) date upon payment of dues.
Q: What happens when my membership expires?
A: Upon your expiration date, your membership type will be downgraded to a 30-day grace period. You will still have full access to the site and counted as a member during this 30-day grace period.
Q: …and after the Grace Period?
A: 30-days after your expiration date, your membership will be downgraded to Guest. You will no longer appear on chapter reports as current, and though you can still log-in to the site, you will no longer have access to any open communities.
Q: …And if I don’t renew within 90 days of my expiration date?
A: Any payment of dues more than 90 days after your expiration date will be considered a “Rejoin” and your expiration date will reset to one year from the Rejoin Date, and you will incur a $35 rejoin fee.
Q: I’m not down with this sudden dues increase. Can I pay $100 and call it even?
A: No, but you CAN have a $25-off discount code if you purchase your renewal between January 1st, 2016 and February 15, 2016!
The secret code is: EARLY2016
Q: Yes! I love discounts (and $25 in my pocket)! How do I get the code?
A: Great! All members will receive the code by January 1, 2016 via email. Keep your eyes peeled! (This might be a good time to check that the email address you have listed in your profile is valid and up-to-date.)
If you have any questions about your membership, dues increases or otherwise, please reach out to Alexandra Williams, USBG Membership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855.655.8724 x 115.
The USBG Membership Committee