Membership Awards Fact Sheet

NEW MEMBER RECRUITMENT AWARDS:

Please note: The period of qualification for these awards runs from July 1 through June 30.


Storz Chapter Award

This award is the most prestigious AFA membership award as it is based on both the quantity of new members as well as sustained new member recruitment. The award is given to the chapter with the highest number of NEW members (as a percentage of chapter size at the beginning of the qualification period - July 1) regardless of chapter size category. The chapter must also meet the following criteria:

  • The chapter has been chartered for at least three years.

  • The number of new members is greater than 25.

  • The chapter has met the membership criteria of the Chapter Performance Standards for each quarter of the qualification period.

Jack Gross Award

The Jack Gross Award, instituted in 1995, is a cash award given annually to encourage the recruitment of new members. One award will be given in each of the traditional size categories (plus one for chapters with more than 1,100 members). The award will go to the chapters with the highest number of NEW members as a percentage of chapter size at the beginning of the qualification period - July 1. A minimum of 10 members is required. The monetary awards are as follows:

  • Small Chapters (20-200)                   $500

  • Medium Chapters (201-350)             $750

  • Large Chapters (351-650)                 $1,000

  • Extra Large Chapters (651-1099)      $1,250

  • Chapters Larger than 1,100                $1,500

Sustained New Member Recruitment Ribbons

Membership Recognition Ribbons will be awarded to chapters achieving the Chapter Performance Criteria minimum new member recruitment standard (1% per quarter) for the three quarters (Oct -Jul) since the previous Convention.

 

COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARDS:

The Community Partner Award structure is as follows based on the total number of Community Partners as of the end of the qualification period (June 30).

Community Partner Gold Award

This award is given to chapters whose Community Partner total is equal to or greater than 6% of total chapter membership at the beginning of the qualification period (July 1). A minimum of 10 Community Partners are required. There is a flat total of 60 Community Partners for chapters over 1,000 and 90 for chapters over 3,000.

Community Partner Achievement Award

This award is given to chapters whose Community Partner total is equal to or greater than 3% of total chapter membership at the beginning of the qualification period (July 1). A minimum of 5 Community Partners are required. There is a flat total of 30 Community Partners for chapters larger than 1,000 and 45 for chapters larger than 3,000.

Community Partner Exceptional Service Award

 As specified in the "Field Operations Guidebook," this award is given annually to the chapter selected by the National Awards Committee from among the top Community Partner chapters in each size category. Chapters considered are those with the highest number of Community Partners as a percentage of chapter size at the beginning of the qualification period (July 1).

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Qualifying Chapters

Unless otherwise specified by the award, new chapters will qualify to compete after they have been chartered for and have reported on at least one reporting quarter plus one full qualification period. For example, chapters chartered after December 31, 2000 would not qualify to compete until the membership qualification period beginning July 1, 2002.

Existing Chapters will compete on the basis of their June 30 totals. There are exceptions. For example, when the chapter gives up members to a newly formed chapter the base can be reduced by the number of members reaffiliating on the new chapterís charter application. When chapters merge or absorb a closed chapter, the base can be adjusted upward by the number gained. Changes to the base June 30 totals will normally be initiated by the state president with the concurrence of the region president.

The period of consideration for each of these awards begins on July 1 and runs through June 30.


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