Life Membership

 

Life Membership is an honor recognizing individual members for their special contributions to ASID. This membership status is confined to past ASID Society-level presidents and other professional members who meet the eligibility criteria. Life Membership should not be confused with retired or inactive status, nor is it tied to financial hardship considerations. New life members must pay dues for the year in which they are approved. However, after the year has ended, the life member is exempt from all annual dues payments. Life members retain all rights and privileges of regular professional membership. The deadline to submit for Life Membership is April 15, 2014.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for Life Membership may be obtained in two ways:

1. A recommendation by the ASID Board of Directors for past Society presidents who have reached the age of 60. Life Membership may be accorded to a past Society president who

  • is in good standing (dues fully paid through the current year),
  • has made continuing and important contributions to the chapter or to the Society, and
  • has been a professional member for a minimum of 25 years.

1. A nomination of a professional member that is initiated by their current chapter board of directors. Please note that this nomination is confidential and that the nominee may not fill out their own forms. Life Membership may be accorded to a professional member who

  • is in good standing (dues fully paid through the current year),
  • has made continuing and important contributions to the chapter or to the Society,
  • has been a professional member for a minimum of 25 years,
  • has reached the age of 68, and
  • is retired and no longer actively involved in practice.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission Guidelines for Nominating Past Society Presidents
Nominations of past Society presidents for Life Membership must include all of the following:

  • A signed Life Membership Recommendation Form
  • A chronological listing of at least 25 years of active professional membership involvement in ASID or the Society’s pre¬decessor organization(s)
  • Two confidential letters of reference
  • A copy of the nominee’s driver’s license or passport to verify age

Submission Guidelines for Nominating Professional Members
Nominations of professional members for Life Membership must include all of the following:

  • A copy of the page from the chapter’s official board meeting minutes, with the action to nominate the candidate highlighted, along with the Signature page (Please note the appropriate chapter Board of Directors must make recommendations for Life Membership. The nomination of the chapter Board of Directors may be made at a regular meeting or a special meeting for the purpose of the nomination. The minutes of the meeting must be recorded, signed by the author of the minutes and two other chapter officers, i.e., president, president-elect or past president.)
  • A signed Life Membership Recommendation Form
  • A chronological listing of at least 25 years of active professional membership involvement in ASID or the Society's predecessor organization(s)
  • Two confidential letters of reference
  • A copy of the nominee’s driver's license or passport to verify age

Note: Please include only the written documentation listed above; do not include copies of newspaper clippings or photos.

JUDGING

The ASID National Examiners Committee will review the nomination binders at the board meeting following the submis¬sion deadline. Applications received after the deadline are not eligible for review.

The ASID National Examiners Committee will review and judge the submittals based on the eligibility requirements. Outstanding and exemplary service will be the benchmark. The committee will make every effort to maintain high standards for Medalist award recipients and ensure consistency in judging from chapter to chapter. Upon approval by the ASID National Examiners Committee the Medalist award recipients will be reported to the ASID Board of Directors. The nominator will subsequently be notified.

The award shall be presented to the Life Membership honoree by either the chapter president or by an ASID officer during a suitable chapter meeting. The award shall be presented before the end of the same calendar year.

APPROVAL/REVIEW PROCESS

Life membership recommendations will be reviewed once a year. All applications are reviewed by the ASID National Examiners Committee, which will send names of approved nominees to the ASID Board of Directors for final approval as a consent agenda item. The ASID Board of Directors is the only body that may elect a member to life membership. Life Membership bestowed in any given year shall not exceed one-tenth of 1 percent of the total number of professional members of the Society at the beginning of the effective calendar year.

Nominees will not be considered if their nomination packages are missing any of the required documents, if insufficient information has been supplied, or if nominees do not meet all the criteria. If there is reason to decline the recommenda¬tion for life membership, the recommendation, with a letter outlining reasons for such a decision, will be returned to the sponsors of the nomination.

Once the ASID Board of Directors has granted Life Membership status, the candidate will be notified directly. Life Mem¬bership certificates automatically will be ordered by ASID headquarters and will be forwarded to the chapter president. In the event that life membership status is not granted, the president of the nominee’s chapter will be notified.