Date: 2/7/18 6:29 pm
From: Hal Michael <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Audubon Membership Renewal Process /Woes
Don't know how widespread this is, but the Hawaii Audubon offers a local membership only. I belong, at least partly to receive their journal. Their newsletter is also a per-reviewed journal with lots of interesting articles on Hawaii. So, there may be different levels of membership, which may confuse things for National.

I would also add that NAS is not the only organization that seems to send out innumerable renewal notices, even when the membership may expire in three years.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-791-7702 (C)

> On February 7, 2018 at 5:36 PM beneteau <beneteau...> wrote:
> I more than sympathize; not only do I have the same problem (and, in
> addition, my actual renewal has not been acknowledge --though money
> taken-- for three months) but also, I am the Membership person for
> Pilchuck Audubon, representing Snohomish County and Camano Island. So,
> I get to see the membership roster and "changes" every month for our area.
> National Audubon has had difficulties with their membership tracking for
> quite a long time now. I don't know why they are having so many
> difficulties but I suspect there may be several "groups" responsible for
> different parts of the whole membership process and are, perhaps, using
> different pieces of information. This shouldn't happen but that kind of
> thing is often the case in non-profit organizations attempting to keep
> administration costs low.
> I'm not apologizing for NAS, because, believe me, I'm also very
> frustrated, but I can actually understand some of the problems. Local
> chapters have expressed some frustration with this issue and we are
> (just) starting an effort to see how we may be able to help make the
> process more effective.
> In the meantime, do contact Chapter Services at National. You may not
> get a satisfactory answer right away but it will help to draw attention
> to the problem. You can also contact me at
> <membership...>; please use the Subject line "NAS
> membership questions." It will help to gather information on the extent
> and kind of problems. I'll try to reply (probably not with a solution;
> I have few of those) as soon as I can but it may be a few days. Still
> and all, we are all trying to help the birds persevere and, we hope,
> prosper.
> --
> Jim Beneteau
> Arlington, Wa
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