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Determining Eligibility for Membership

Article IV


Section 1. Categories. There shall be eight (8) categories of membership: Professional, Associate, Retired (Professional or Associate), Honorary (Professional or Elected), Student, Alumnus, Surviving Spouse and Faculty.

  1. Professional. Upon proper completion of a written application, any person eligible for membership under these bylaws may be accepted for membership and classified as a Professional member.

    (1) Eligibility. A person connected with the management of clubs at the time of applying for and election to membership in the Chapter is eligible for Professional membership. Professional members traditionally will be associated with membership clubs in a compensated management role.

    (2) Professional members of this Chapter shall be entitled to hold office and take part in all business and affairs of the Chapter. A Professional member who becomes unemployed may continue in this category for the period for which dues are paid and may continue for up to one (1) additional year as prescribed under Article IV, Section 3. After this period the member shall be transferred to Associate membership.

  2. Associate. A Professional member of the Chapter in good standing who enters into another line of business, or is still temporarily disengaged after enjoying “Continuation while Unemployed” as prescribed under Section 3 of Article IV, shall automatically cease to be a Professional member and shall automatically be transferred to Associate membership. An Associate member shall be entitled to all social privileges of the Association, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold elective office. An Associate member who again becomes a club manager shall automatically be transferred back to Professional membership.

  3. Student. An individual who is enrolled in a hospitality or related program in an accredited college, university or school for undergraduate or graduate students is eligible to apply for student membership. Such membership does not entitle the holder to vote or hold elective office in the Chapter nor to transfer to any other category of membership. Students may retain membership for two years following graduation. Student members no longer enrolled at a college/university, upon attainment of a full-time assistant manager/manager position prior to two years from the date of graduation, must apply for Professional/Alumnus membership.

  4. Alumnus. A person who was a former CMAA student member and is now connected with the management of clubs is eligible for Alumnus membership. Members may remain in this category for no longer than a period of two (2) years; Alumnus members shall be eligible to vote and hold elective office; and Alumnus members will pay 50% of the current Professional member dues rate.

  5. Retired (Professional or Associate). A Professional member or an Associate member who formerly was a Professional member, who is at least sixty-five (65) years old or is totally disabled, and who has been a member of the National Association for an aggregate period of at least ten (10) years (not necessarily consecutive years) and has retired from active business may, upon notification, be transferred to Retired (Professional or Associate) membership status. Such transfer may also be made upon application by said member even though the member has not attained the age of sixty-five (65) years, if the sum of the member’s age and the number of full years of membership in the National Association (at least 10) equals or exceeds seventy (70). Retired Professional and Retired Associate members shall be entitled to all privileges of the Chapter, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold elective office. Retired members will pay 25% of the current Professional member dues rate. Furthermore, the Chapter will directly bill such members for their usage when attending events, less any fees directly related to education costs.

  6. Honorary (Professional or Elected). Upon the written request of three (3) or more members, the Board of Directors may, at its discretion, elect as an Honorary member in the Chapter any individual who has rendered special service of value for the promotion and advancement of the welfare of the Chapter. The written request shall state the nature of the services rendered and the results obtained. When Professional or Retired Professional members of the Chapter are so honored, they shall not lose their right to vote; but in the event an Honorary membership is conferred upon an individual who is not a club manager, or not a Professional or Retired Professional member of the Chapter, said Honorary member shall have no right to vote and shall hold no office.

  7. Surviving Spouse. The spouse of a CMAA member shall become eligible for Surviving Spouse membership status upon the CMAA member’s death. Such membership shall entitle the spouse to social privileges and to receive the Chapter’s publications, newsletters and magazine.

  8. Faculty. An individual who is an instructor/faculty member of hospitality or related program in an accredited college, university or school for undergraduate or graduate students is eligible to apply for faculty membership. Such membership does not entitle the holder to vote or hold elective office in the Association or to transfer to any other category of membership.

Section 2. Admission. An applicant shall simultaneously apply for membership in both the National Association and the local Chapter having jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant’s club is located. Applications for membership shall be on a form prescribed by the Chapter. Following favorable action by the Chapter, the completed application and remittance for necessary entry fees, dues and assessments (as required by Article V, Sections 1, 2 and 3) shall be submitted to the appointed Chapter representative and forwarded to the National Association Office.

Section 3. Continuation While Unemployed. A Professional member who is unemployed in club management on November 1, and who is actively seeking employment in the club management profession, may be continued on the membership rolls of the Chapter for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months without payment of dues. During this continuation, the member will enjoy all other benefits of membership. Reinstatement from Continuation while Unemployed is without an administrative fee. This continuation ceases at the time the member is again employed in club management.

Section 4. Penalties for Nonpayment. Any member who shall be in arrears (60 days from date of billing for any charges levied by the Chapter) may be dropped from the rolls of the Chapter. Forty-five (45) days from date of billing, the Chapter secretary is authorized to advise the delinquent member by registered mail at last known address shown on the records of the Chapter. If bill is not paid within fifteen (15) days by the delinquent member in compliance with aforementioned regulations he/she can be dropped from the rolls of the Chapter.

Section 5. Reinstatement. Any member who has forfeited membership in accordance with Section 3 of Article IV may apply for reinstatement without payment of an administrative fee by written letter to the Chapter Board of Directors at any time within twelve months from the date membership was forfeited.

Section 6. Transfers. A Professional member who moves to an area over which another chapter has jurisdiction and who is in good standing in both the chapter the member is leaving and CMAA, Professional membership may be retained in CMAA for a period of one year following the year for which the dues in the chapter the member is leaving and CMAA are paid. Should such a member fail to join the chapter in whose area the member has relocated within the aforementioned period of time, the member shall be dropped from the rolls of CMAA. Said chapter shall automatically accept the transfer of said member on application properly made.

Section 7. Suspension and Expulsion. A member may be suspended for a specific or an indefinite period of time, or may be expelled, for cause, including, but not limited to violations of these Bylaws or of the Association’s Code of Ethics. Such suspension or expulsion shall require the vote of two-thirds of the total members of the Board of Directors following a hearing. Written notice of the time and place of the meeting of the

Board of Directors at which a member’s suspension or expulsion will be considered shall be sent by registered mail at least 15 days before the hearing to the member under charge at the member’s last known address, together with a written statement of the charges against the member and notice that the member may appear at the meeting to present defenses to the charges.

In all other respects, the procedure to be followed under this section shall be in accordance with ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER.

Article V


Section 1. Administrative Fee. The Board of Directors shall determine what administrative fee, if any, shall be paid by newly elected members. There shall be no administrative fee for Honorary Members.

Section 2. Dues. All dues and assessments shall become payable by the 1st day of November of each year and shall be for the fiscal year. The amount of annual dues in each membership category shall be set by the Board of Directors. All applications for membership shall be accompanied by a remittance for a full year’s dues. On memberships which become effective between April 1 and October 31 in any year, 50% of these dues shall be applied to the following fiscal year. Memberships which become effective on or after November 1st in any year shall be exempt from dues for the remainder of that year and the entire amount shall be applied to the ensuing year’s dues.

There shall be no dues for Honorary Members.

Section 3. Assessments. The Board of Directors shall have power to levy an assessment during each fiscal year. Such special assessments may not be levied upon Retired or Honorary Members.

Section 4. Refunds. No dues shall be refunded to any member whose membership terminates for any reason.