Dues decided after months of debate.
Hello IEAA Members!
At the last IEAA activities planning dinner on April 2, our membership decided to implement dues at a $25 annual member rate and a $10 current student rate.
We’ve received a lot of feedback on this issue and this has been one of our most discussed topics in recent IEAA history. I would like to clarify some questions members may have.
First, these dues are not mandatory. Everyone is still able to volunteer at and attend events. We will never turn anyone away because they aren’t a “paying member.”
Dues are a way for members to show their support and take a direct role in the group. By becoming a paying member you are becoming a shareholder of the IEAA and are able elect officers and run for positions, and members can take an active role in deciding policy.
Second, these dues will help cover a lot of events. Currently, the IEAA budget comes from what is donated at our Monthly Meetings. But for over a year, these donations, more often than not, haven’t covered the full costs of running the meetings. At the end of each meeting, the donations have been divided amongst the people who hosted and paid for the event. Often, these members have been left to foot a large percentage of the bill themselves. Dues will help us with:
•Speaker honoraria and venue fees – good speakers cost money.
•Costs such as printing, meetup, signs, websites, and merchandise
•Community engagement, activism, and outreach such as tabling
fees, like those for our current Market Night stall.
•Educational events like providing Atheist books to libraries.
•Some service and charitable projects like adopting a street.
Even a modest income from member fees, such as $500 a year, would be enough to greatly increase the quality of events and our level of engagement with the community.
To join the IEAA as a paid member, please apply online by clicking the button to the right of the screen, or come to a Monthly Meeting and fill out an application. And if you have any questions please ask.
—Greg McKinley-Powell, Chairperson