Subject: Re: National Audubon junk call. Date: Apr 21 16:46:47 1995 From: Steve Hallstrom - steveh at u.washington.edu
Don Baccus noted the Friends of Portland Audubon and its great features.
Seattle Audubon also has tis membership category available. FOSA, Friends of Seattle Audubon, members have all rights and privileges of local NAS members who are assigned to SAS by NAS. As Don noted, the FOSA members do not get the AUDUBON magazine, nor do they get phone solicitations to join etc. Many of the SAS Board are FOSA members. FOSA members get EARTHCARE, the SAS newsletter, discounts at the Nature shop and priority for field trips.
What Don omitted was the nature of the NAS membership and dues split. The dues paid to NAS are split between the local chapter and NAS. The local chapter gets $5.50 and NAS keeps the rest. For FOSA membership all the dues go to the Seattle Audubon chapter for the local programs.
One final note. NAS is engaged in a strategic planning process. Their preliminary report shows that 80% of the membership join only to get the AUDUBON magazine. At SAS the annual membership turnover from NAS generated members is 30%. This may give some insight into the NAS recruiting stratgey, irritating as it is. Of course when you learn that NAS loses money on this membership technique one can hope it will be modified in the future.
ps. SAS is tht 5th or 6th largest chapter in NAS with about 5,000 members. We now have around 250 FOSA members. Aiming for that first 1,000 soon. I think PAS has over 2,500 FOPAS members. We have a ways to go.
pps. While the Western Regional VP may support local memberships the NAS office in Olympia does not.