Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is active when the board identifies a membership-related issue or special project that requires discussion, research and recommendations for changes to association membership business (such as a dues structure change, addition of a new member category, etc.)

The committee:

  • Promotes the benefits of IA membership.
  • Identifies issues important to members.
  • Evaluates current and potential products and services.
  • Works to enhance the value of IA membership.
  • Investigates equitable dues structures.

Members of this committee serve a maximum of a two-year term; the chair and vice-chair serve one year in each leadership position.

Role of committee members:
  • Understand the nature and scope of work assigned by the board of directors.
  • Learn committee objectives and goals.
  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Offer unbiased recommendations and work for the good of the organization and membership.
  • Respond to communications from chair and staff liaison in a timely manner.
  • Provide input to IA staff and committee leadership upon request.
  • Recuse themselves when their company’s mission is in direct conflict with the focus of the committee.
  • Review supplied materials for discussion (if any) prior to meetings or conference calls.
  • Seek guidance and direction from committee chair.
  • Report to committee chair.
  • Responsible for expenses to attend meetings.
  • Participate in quarterly committee meetings (one in person at Irrigation Show and three via conference call).
Vice-chair responsibilities:
  • Takes notes during meetings and conference calls.
  • Provides final notes to staff for distribution to the committee members.
  • Serves as chair when the chair is absent.
Chair responsibilities:
  • Works with the staff liaison to determine meeting dates at the beginning of the year.
  • Identifies agenda items for each meeting or conference call.
  • Leads discussion during committee meetings and conference calls.
Desired skills and characteristics:
  • High ethical standards.
  • Willingness to share opinions openly with colleagues.
  • Makes a serious commitment to participate actively in committee work.
  • Familiarity with best management practices.
  • Attention to deadlines.
  • Experience on a volunteer board or committee such as a civic association, PTA, homeowners’ association, etc. preferred.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Marketing or customer research background is a plus.