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Is now the time to join AAUW?

This is the time of year when we welcome new members to join for “extra” months of the year.

If you join now at the annual rate of $65, you’ll be a member through June 30, 2014.

For full details, check our Join Now page!

Report from the Annual Meeting

Twenty six members of the branch, including two new members, attended the Tar Heel Branch annual meeting on Saturday, March 31. No business was conducted, so there are no formal minutes.

The results of the online branch ballot were announced. 71 of 122 members voted.

For more information on other aspects of the branch, see the annual report, which was distributed at the meeting.

February 1 Membership Report

The Tar Heel Branch has 122 members as of February 1, 2012. This is an increase of more than 50% over the figure of 78 on February 1, 2011 —  and so the branch has earned two 130th annniversary membership campaign credits to use for new members later this year.

Our percentage of dual members (those who pay AAUW dues through another branch) is much higher than for most branches, so it may be more useful to look at the growth in the member of primary members.  We had 42 primary members as of 2/1/2011 and 72 as of today — a growth rate of more than 70%.

Graph of growth of Tar Heel Branch 2008-2012

Tar Heel Branch Membership 2008-2012

c/u student dual primary total
2/1/2009 12 16 28
2/1/2010 1 18 28 47
2/1/2011 2 2 32 42 78
2/1/2012 5 2 43 72 122
Former Current Status
Status Primary Dual C/U SAF Total
nonmember 42 2 1 45
lapsed 9 1 10
at-large 13 1 14
AAUW NC 8 38 46
AAUW not NC 0 2 2
C/U Rep 5 5
Total 72 43 5 2 122

Welcome to Western Carolina University

With the support of Laura Wright, AAUW college/university representative for Western Carolina University, the branch is doing a virtual recruiting event on the campus.  It will run from October 3 to October 15.

Link to discounts page removed.

Debt Ceiling Discounts

A primary purpose of the AAUW Tar Heel Branch is to connect members to AAUW NC and AAUW — to provide a community for those who might not be members or who would join only the national organization.

With that in mind, we devote a large portion of our budget to membership discounts — funded both by discounts AAUW provides in connection with recruiting new members and by contributions to the branch. In our first two years, those discounts were used for new members. This year the board  approved using some of the discounts for renewals as well. The following message was sent to primary members who had not renewed as of September 1. The board will evaluate this program and announce whether it will continue before the renewal notices are sent for 2012-2013.

Announcing Debt Ceiling Discounts

We realize that the economic situation has affected many of our members, and we also know that now, perhaps more than ever, an AAUW membership can be a lifeline to advocacy and other information that will affect women’s economic future. Therefore, the branch wants to do what it can to ensure that our members stay connected to AAUW.

If renewing at the full $65 will hit your personal debt ceiling, the branch will accept less than full dues for 2011-2012. If you can, we recommend that you pay at least $40 so that the branch can continue its other programs, but we will accept as little as $20 and get you renewed through 6/30/2012. For any students for whom $17 is too much, we recommend $10 and will accept $5.

To renew under this plan, please make your check payable to “AAUW Tar Heel Branch” and send it with a note referencing “Debt Ceiling Discount” to the address in our contacts.

NOTE: Renewing under this plan means that you do find your AAUW membership valuable and worth the usual amount, but that amount just isn’t realistic for you this year. If AAUW just isn’t for you, we wish you well and understand your decision to drop your membership.

Tell us about your friends

We’ve all got friends who may be good candidates for joining the AAUW community (whether as members or as allies in some other way).

If you found this form and would like to use if to ask for more information, that’s great. Just let us know if there was someone in particular who led you to ask about AAUW. If you’re ready to join, you can find the details on our Join Now page.

AAUW’s “Shape the Future” membership campaigns are based on collecting contact info for guests and referrals. Since we’re a virtual branch, we’re going to offer our members the opportunity to send in names online, and then the branch will followup with membership information which will likely include the discounts that we offer at “live” events. But for this to work we need some names!

Do you carry Membership Forms?

The Tar Heel Branch membership form has been updated to have our new treasurer’s address and to add a line to give the name of the person who recruited the new member. (There’s a national honor roll of recruiters — fill in your name to get added to that list and entered into drawings for Member-get-a-Member prizes.)

Please do carry forms with you and when issues of equity for women and girls come up in conversation, find a way to tell people about what AAUW is doing.

The new 2011-2012 membership brochures are now available from the national office. They are better than the branch brochure for introducing AAUW to people who aren’t familiar with it at all and for explaining the benefits of joining AAUW at the national level. So stock your purse/briefcase/backpack with these materials:

Watch for new ways that the branch is going to recognize its best recruiters, and start thinking about who among your friends and colleagues could benefit from an AAUW membership!

New Member Information

We’ve created a new page on this site, a New Member Guide that you can find under the About link on the menu — or go right to tarheel.aauwnc.org/new-member.

Handout for the tour of the branch web resourcesThe branch information is based on the demo we did at the AAUW NC meeting, and you might also want to download the handout for that.

If you have suggestions, questions that aren’t answered, links to other information that helps explain our complex organization to new members, please do chime in by posting a comment below.

Renewal time

The AAUW membership year is July to June, and it’s time to for branch members to pay dues for the 2011-12 AAUW year.  This year, if you pay by credit card, we urge you to use the Membership Payment Plan (MPP) on the national AAUW website instead of our PayPal account.  The reason is that for every payment made through PayPal, our branch pays a fee – we lose some of the money!


  • We joined the national AAUW MPP when it was first available and found that it works very well.  Any branch dues money paid through the MPP is transferred in a timely manner directly into our checking account.
  • If the Tar Heel Branch is your first (or only) branch, you can pay your national, AAUW NC, and branch dues (total $65) through the MPP.
  • If you are a member of another branch where you pay AAUW and/or AAUW NC dues, or if you are a life member of AAUW, the amount on your “bill” in the MPP will be adjusted accordingly.

To pay your dues through the MPP, click on this link or type the URL into your browser.  Below is the screen you will see next.

MSD Login
You will need your AAUW ID#.  If you don’t remember it and don’t have the latest copy of Outlook where it is printed on the mailing label or a recent roster sent to the e-mail list,  or you will see a link for recovering it. You will also need a password.  If you don’t have one, you will see a link where you can register for one.

NOTE: If you haven’t already registered for a password, this seems like a bit of work.  But once you have access to the Member Services Database, you will be glad.  You can update your record, find contact information for the branch members and branch and state officers, make contributions linked to the branch and more.

Look down the list on the left side of the screen and click on Personal Membership MPP.  That is where you can pay your dues.

More about using the MPP.

Of course, if you choose to pay by check you can make it payable to “AAUW Tar Heel Branch” mail it to our contact address.

If you have trouble with the online MPP payment described above, but you want to pay online, please do feel free to pay via PayPal (with a credit card or a PayPal account). Click the link that applies to your situation:

  • $65.00* – for most members
  • $5.00 – if you are a member of another AAUW branch in North Carolina (local dues only)
  • $16.00 — if you have paid AAUW national dues, but have not yet paid AAUW NC dues.
  • $17.00* – for students working on a first associate or baccalaureate degree. (Be sure to let us know if you’ve graduated! You’re now eligible for full membership, and the first year’s national dues will be waived, so the $16 amount will apply.)

*$46 of the $65 and $16 of the $17 is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to AAUW. Dues to the branch and AAUW NC are not deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deductible as professional expenses.

Thanks to AAUW CA Online for their version of the above message which we have edited for the Tar Heel (NC) branch.

130th Anniversary Membership Campaign

The AAUW 130th Anniversary Membership Campaign started on November 1. Branch members are encouraged to recruit new members — and earn a chance at a free membership for themselves. There is also a new discounted membership for graduate students. See the table below, and contact us if there are any questions. See aauwnc.org and aauw.org for additional details.

Except for the regular dues of $65, the following amounts apply to new members and those rejoining after a break of at least two years.

Membership Type Join Date Expiration Date Dues (regular) Dues (graduate student)
Best Value Dec. 2010- Feb. 2011 6/30/12 $73.00 $42.81*
Trial Jan. 2011  – Feb. 2011 6/30/11 $32.50 $32.50
Annual** April 2011 – Nov. 2011 6/30/12 $65.00 $34.81
New Graduate (any degree) Jan-Feb June 30 of the next year $24.00 $24.00
New Graduate (any degree) April-December June 30 of the next year $16.00 $16.00

*Contact us if you want to take advantage of this and pay online.
**This assumes no change in dues amounts for the 2011-2012 year.

This post was originally published November, 2010, but has been updated in January, 2011.