December 1999/January 2000
A Year of Transition
By Allen Green, Director of Membership
As I reflect on my first complete year as director of the
Membership Affairs Department, the wonderful support my team has received from
the organization has been gratifying. It’s been a year of transition for our
group. We’ve come a long way in a very short time. The split of AVVA from VVA
was the highest hurdle, and the growing pains are not quite over. Delays
continue in getting out AVVA’s membership materials, but those delays should
be over soon. Membership Affairs is using our new Microsoft Access database
full-time. Many of our longstanding procedures and policies need to be updated
and improved. Since these two areas are so closely related, we need to resolve
both in tandem.
We’ve reached the midpoint in VVA’s renewal season, and
so far, results look very positive. All VVA and AVVA annual members who have not
renewed their membership will receive a second reminder very soon. As always, it
helps when members renew early. This minimizes confusion and simplifies the
tally we use to credit chapters and state councils with rebate monies and
membership numbers. We began using a redesigned member card format recently. We
hope it meets with your approval. Although the actual cards changed very little,
the idea-card form includes updated web site and E-mail addresses for VVA. It’s
a handy item to keep for future reference.
I’m proud to say that VVA and AVVA member benefits have
increased greatly over the past year. Discount insurance and travel programs are
the two active programs, with several additional ideas under study by VVA’s
national staff. I’m glad we can offer several excellent choices on discounted
life insurance, long-term care coverage, and cancer insurance. Most VVA and AVVA
members are in the age group for which this type of protection becomes
desirable. VVA has set up a very attractive program with Progressive Management
Associates to insure we can provide members with quality coverage. Look for
information about these discount offers on the VVA web site (in the Membership
area) or call us at the national office.
Several members have called with concerns about mailings by
programs that use the VVA logo. Be assured that every item you receive has been
reviewed and approved. Additionally, be assured that your personal information
has not been sold. VVA and AVVA do not--and will not--release personal data for
commercial use. Please contact me if you have any questions on this subject.
Often, chapters and state councils develop similar programs for their
membership, so please check the source of the mailing as your first step.