|The Langley Crier
"A Case for Membership"
If you’ve attended an AFA Langley Chapter
event recently, you already know that I’ve
been encouraging participating audiences to
join our local Chapter. Perhaps my reminder
comes at a time of the year when most
people are focused on upcoming holidays
and end of year tasks. But in the mist of the
activity, I wanted to take a few minutes in
this issue to explain why becoming an AFA
member is important—not to just our local
chapter but to the Air Force Association
organization and Airmen as a whole.
I’ll start with the most obvious reason—
Funding. The Air Force Association is incorporated
under IRS Code Section 501(c)
3. Contributions to AFA are deductible for
tax purposes up to the full extent of the
law. Some Chapter and State organizations
are also incorporated entities and others
are recognized as tax exempt under the umbrella of AFA’s group exemption number.
Both AFA National and local Chapters
are eligible to receive donations. Even with
generous philanthropic donations, AFA’s
overall funding is generated primarily from
membership dues. Dues are $35 per year
(following the $20 introductory year). AFA
currently has over 93,000 members through
a network of more than 200 chapters. AFA
National distributes funds twice a year to
Chapters based on the respective number of
members assigned to that locality. The
higher number of members attached to a
local chapter, the higher membership funds
received to support local Chapter activities
and events that support many local military
communities. Our mission is to promote a
dominant United States Air Force and a
strong national defense, and to honor
Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
The second reason your membership is
important is that organizations like AFA
are all over Washington, D.C. trying to
influence the way our elected leaders
think about different issues. The more
members an organization has, the more
likely it is that people will listen. The
generally accepted level to be considered
important is about 100K members.
Historically AFA has exceeded that number
but in recent years we have been
hovering about 93K-95K. While we
haven't fallen off from being an organization
people will listen to, that is a danger
if our numbers don't turn around. We
are advocating for issues that impact
you—a larger Air Force, better pay and
benefits and caring for veterans and
retirees. We need you as a member so
we can better advocate for you.
Membership makes it easier to stay connected.
This occurs at both the Chapter
and National levels but it is most important at the National level. AFA connects
members to a growing community of
like-minded professionals, advocates, and
experts. We strive to be a voice for
Airmen and to make aerospace education
accessible to all.
Member benefits include:
Becoming a member gives you a voice in
our organization. When you are a member, you can influence what we do as an organization.
Whether it’s a position the organization takes on
with an issue, or how it’s spending is prioritized, or
what our mission and purpose are as an organization,
members influence the course which the organization
- Stay informed and up-to-date with the
Air Force community through the
magazine, Daily Report, and podcasts.
- Take advantage of career assistance
with access to a job board and over
- Attend a wide variety of events.
- Gain access to financial programs,
health and wellness services, insurance,
and legal services to make sure you and
your family are covered.
- Save with shopping and travel
If you are here for the first time or if you are still trying
to see if the organization is right for you, take
some time and consider becoming a member. However,
if you are a supporter in AFA’s mission and benefit
from professional development opportunities provided – firmly take the next step and become a member now.
Help us in our mission to educate the public on the importance
of an Air Force capable of meeting challenges
now and in the future; advocate for the role air power
plays in defending our nation, protect those who have
accepted the commitment to serve; and support Airmen
past, present and future. When you become an AFA
member, you become part of the family and an Airman
for Life. To become a member today, visit www.AF.org.
|The Langley Crier is a publication of the Langley Chapter 323 of the Air Force Association, P.O. Box 7370, Riverdale Station, Hampton, VA 23666
For Information or Questions:
Tyler Johnson: 757.660.6609 or Steven Bryan: 757.880.6540
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