Wednesday 20, February 2019

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The Langley Crier
Winter 2018
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"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.

Membership image 2I’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 image1Membership 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:
  • 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 200 certifications.
  • 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 discounts.
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 takes.

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.


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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:
contact@LangleyAFA.org
Tyler Johnson: 757.660.6609 or Steven Bryan: 757.880.6540

 


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