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. For example, if your chapter recruits 100 new members during your Fall Frenzy recruitment drive, 100 members X $15 rebate per member = $1,500 to your chapter. Rebates are only issued for new members that pay the full dues amount; discounted memberships do not generate a rebate.
What qualifies as an active chapter?
Rebates will only be issued to active chapters. Currently, this means that your chapter must:
- Have a minimum of five members.
- Have current chapter officers on file.
- Have had at least one person participate in CORE LF. If somebody from your chapter did not participate in the live event, you must 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. The criteria may evolve over time, so make sure that chapter status is regularly confirmed.
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 active 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 an active chapter?
If your chapter is not considered active, the rebate expires. This means that if your chapter is not active in August, the chapter will not receive a rebate for any member that joined between January 1 and July 31. If your chapter is not active in January, 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 .