GCA Makes a Big Move

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One of the biggest changes in GCA history has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. Memberships are no longer restricted to a membership year starting on September 1.

If you are already a current GCA member, you will soon receive a special one-time renewal notice in the mail, showing your new expiration date and offering a pro-rated membership renewal fee. These new renewal dates will divide the membership body evenly across all months of the year.

If you are new to GCA, please know that your membership will run for a full year from when you join.

If you are a former GCA member who wants to return to active member status, your term of membership will start when your renewal is processed and run for the next 12 months.

There were several reasons which led to this change. The most common source of complaints and dissatisfaction from GCA members came from receiving a term of membership shorter than 12 months when they either joined late in the year, or were late in renewing. With year-round renewals, every member will always receive a full year’s term of membership for their $25, which includes four issues of the quarterly GCA Journal.

Another reason for the change is the exceptional growth that GCA has experienced in recent years. All the members trying to renew all at once creates quite a traffic jam in membership processing. We will still have to get through this traffic jam one more time, due to the fact there are over 16,000 memberships set to renew on September 1, 2013. But after this cycle, membership renewals will be leveled off at a steady rate where better turnaround time can be maintained year-round.

Making the transition from a fixed membership year to a year-round renewal structure is not a small undertaking. GCA has operated on a September 1 renewal cycle for over 25 years, and over 16,000 of our 18,000+ members will be affected. Every effort has been made to make this transition as smooth and easy as possible for the members. Your patience and understanding as we make this conversion is greatly appreciated.

Both The FAQ and GCA’s Policy page  have been updated to reflect changes.


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