What is the $15 chapter rebate?
Starting 2015, for every new domestic, premedical, and international member that joins, their active chapter will receive $15 to help support local programming and attendance at AMSA events. Rebates are only issued for new members that pay the full dues amount; discounted memberships do not generate a rebate. For example, if your chapter recruits 100 new members during your recruitment drive, 100 members X $15 rebate per member = $1,500 to your chapter.
What qualifies as a chapter in good standing?
Rebates will only be issued to chapters in good standing. Currently, this means that your chapter must:
- Have a minimum of five members.
- Have had at least one person participate in Chapter Leader Training. If somebody from your chapter did not participate in the live event, you must contact your Regional Director and watch the recorded sessions and complete a short questionnaire to validate participation.
If your chapter doesn’t meet this criteria, your chapter will not receive a rebate. Click here to check if your chapter is in good standing.
When will rebates be sent to the chapters?
Rebates will be paid twice a year, once in August and once in January. The August payment will include all new members that joined between January 1 and July 31. The January payment will include all new members that joined between August 1 and December 31.
How will my chapter receive its rebate?
AMSA will contact the current chapter officers for eligible chapters to determine if the rebate should be processed as a direct deposit to the chapter’s bank or if a check should be mailed to a chapter representative at a U.S. address. The national office will connect with the chapter officers to determine the best course of action prior to issuing the rebate.
What happens to the rebate if we’re not a chapter in good standing?
If your chapter is not considered in good standing, the rebate expires. This means that if your chapter is not in good standing in July, the chapter will not receive a rebate for any member that joined between January 1 and July 31. If your chapter is not in good standing in December, the chapter will not receive a rebate for any member that joined between August 1 and December 31.
How will the rebate benefit me as a member?
The goal to provide AMSA members with increased access to programming opportunities. The rebate program helps chapters send members to events such as the AMSA Fall Conferences and the AMSA National Convention. Alternatively, the rebate can be used to support member recruitment efforts to grow chapter participation. The chapter will no longer be 100 percent reliant on chapter membership dues and/or school support
Can I just charge chapter dues and not require members to pay national dues?
No. This is prohibited per AMSA’s governing Constitution, Bylaws, and Internal Affairs. Every AMSA member must have joined at the national level or this person is not an AMSA member. If a chapter is not enforcing national membership, then that chapter is committing fraud. The chapter is allowed to charge local dues but they MUST ensure that all members are national members of this organization before they can pay chapter dues and participate in chapter activities.
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