UPCOMING CHANGES IN FEES FOR MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER EVENTS As previously announced in June, on December 1, 2014, all local Chapter finances will be consolidated under HRPA to protect the Association’s non-profit status. As part of this consolidation, annual local Chapter dues and Association dues will be combined into a single fee that will be approximately equal to what provincial dues and chapter dues cost in the past. This “unified dues” will be used in a few novel ways for the benefit of all members. 1) Effective December 1, 2014, members will be entitled to attend regularly scheduled Chapter events at no charge after discount codes are applied. We are doing this in response to members’ requests to make continuing professional development more affordable; 2) As a member you will affiliate with just one chapter (your “home” Chapter), where you are registered to vote in Chapter elections (all members are now eligible to vote in Chapter elections), but… 3) You will be welcome to attend events held by any HRPA Chapter as if it were your home Chapter. In other words, if a chapter event is free, it is free for all HRPA members, regardless of Chapter, so there’s no need to pay extra dues to belong to more than one Chapter. 4) To ensure this benefit is not abused, if you register for a free Chapter event and then fail to attend without providing adequate notice you will be invoiced for the cost of the event prior to application of discount codes. This will help the Chapter manage the cost for venue and catering more efficiently. CHARGEABLE EVENTS Many Chapters will continue to offer chargeable events in addition to free events. Typically, these chargeable events will include, but will not be limited to, extended length learning sessions (seminars, conferences, CKE exam prep workshops, etc.). Whatever the fee, all HRPA members will be treated the same, regardless of home Chapter. WHEN DO THESE CHANGES TAKE EFFECT The changes will be applicable to all events held on or after December 1, 2014. The new unified membership dues fees will apply for all new members as of December 1, 2014, and for all current members when they renew for the 2015-2016 membership year which begins June 1, 2015.
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