Why join GAE4-HA?
Being a member offers excellent opportunities for networking, professional development, and growth as an Extension employee. There are different classes of membership, but ‘traditional’ Extension/4-H personnel are usually going to be active members. As a GAE4-HA active, life, and affiliate member, you are automatically a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and have the opportunity to attend state and national professional development conferences. Additionally, you have the opportunity to network, share resources and ideas, and apply for professional awards.
What are the different classes of GAE4-HA membership?
Active Members: Active members are those people that are currently employed by UGA Extension and FVSU Extension in professional status or operating under an official agreement with UGA Extension in a professional status. They may vote and hold elected or appointed positions. NAE4-HA refers to these members as “active members.” National dues are $80, State dues are $5 and District dues are $5-$10 depending on district. Dues are $90 for all districts except Northeast who will pay dues of $95.
Partner Members: Subject matter specialists and 4-H/youth development paraprofessionals with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension or Fort Valley State University Extension may join GAE4-HA as a partner member at the cost of $20 (except Northeast District which is $25), of which, $15 will go into the state Association funds. They will receive GAE4-HA membership, entitling them to attend the state meeting, present and attend workshops and exhibits. Partner members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, attend national meetings as a GAE4-HA member or receive other benefits of GAE4-HA membership.
Life Members: Life membership is for people that have retired from Extension. Members enjoy all rights and privileges of an active member. Life members pay a one-time dues fee which is currently $250.00. NAE4-HA refers to these members as “life members”.
Affiliate Members: Affiliate members include adult professionals employed in youth development other than Extension, former GAE4-HA dues paying members who were active members but do not currently qualify for active or life membership, or GAE4-HA donors and sponsors. Membership dues for affiliate members are $90 for 2017. Affiliate members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, receive awards, attend national meetings as a Georgia delegate or receive other benefits of GAE4-HA membership. NAE4-HA refers to these members as “affiliate members.”
How do you join?
Joining GAE4-HA is easy! The 2018 Membership Drive is OPEN and on time registration ends December 31, 2017. Please make sure your payment arrives by this date to be eligible for awards. To join, please complete the registration and submit your dues through your respective district director.
Be sure to click the link for your district:
- State Staff, State Level Partner Members or Affiliate Members
For Life Member Renewal during our open membership drive, please select your previous district of membership (the one you were in when you retired) from the list above, check “life member renewal” and submit your current information. No fee is needed. Recent retirees may pay the current life member dues of $250.00. To join as a new Life Member, please click on the district link above which you were last a member, follow the same instructions but check “Life Membership,” fill out the information and submit your dues directly to Sonya Jones.
Please contact the 2018 Membership Chair, Sonya Jones at email@example.com or 478-783-1171 for questions or concerns.
After completing the GAE4-HA membership, you should visit the NAE4-HA membership page (http://www.nae4ha.com/membership) to create or update your NAE4-HA membership profile. Please don’t forget this important step! If you need an invoice for your membership dues fees, please contact Sonya Jones. Invoices may take up to one week to be generated.
The membership year is January 1 thru December 31. However, you may join at any time – so please encourage new 4-H professionals to join as soon as possible! To join after December 31, 2017, please contact the 2018 Membership Chair, Sonya Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-783-1171.
We look forward to having you join GAE4-HA!