Annual AAPG billing statements, featuring a modest increase in both dues and mail surcharge fees, are being prepared and will be mailed in March.
The Executive Committee approved the dues increase based on increased operating and publishing costs and to help ensure continuation of current programs. It is the first dues increase since July 2007.
The mail surcharge is increasing to $20 for all members who receive mail outside of North America. This fee has not been increased since 1985, when it was first implemented; postage and printing costs, however, have continued to escalate.
AAPG continues to offer our members the graduated dues structure, so that no member is denied participation based on their income. That means:
Members must qualify for the reduced levels, based on their annual personal gross income. Student dues will remain at the $10 rate, and Chevron will continue its support as the corporate sponsor of the Student Sponsorship Program.
All Active and Associate members will be billed at Level 1 rate – however, they may request the qualifying lower level on their statement and must initial the form as proof of their eligibility.
Another significant change, members with North America mailing addresses who choose to receive the BULLETIN in hardcopy (print) will be charged a mandatory $10 mail surcharge. The default delivery method remains online with annual CDs; this, of course, is at no additional cost to the member.
For all addresses outside North America, the mail surcharge will remain mandatory for Levels 1 and 2 (regardless of BULLETIN delivery method). Also, members paying levels 2 and 3 will once again have the option(s) to purchase one (or both) monthly publication(s) for additional hardcopy and postage fees.