By Mary Gordon
The National League of Cities’ five constituency groups encourage NLC members’ new or continued involvement for the coming year. The constituency groups consist of:
Local officials who join a constituency groups typically find that membership provides important training and networking opportunities and strengthens their overall connection with NLC.
“Take time to join an NLC constituency group. I did, and it is one of the best benefits that I’ve experienced at NLC,” said James Mitchell, NLC past president and councilmember, Charlotte, North Carolina.
WIMG President Mary Brown, councilwoman, Gary, Indiana, noted that “being a member of WIMG helps you explore your interests, share your ideas, and address your concerns among a network of like-minded city and town leaders. We hope that many NLC members will attend our WIMG events in Seattle at the upcoming NLC Congress of Cities, November 13-16. We were so very pleased to have many individuals attend our annual summer conference held in Chicago, Illinois, with a side trip to my hometown of Gary, Indiana.”
Beginning this year, all of the constituency groups are now using a new, more efficient approach for handling dues payments. In the past, annual dues for all of the groups were combined with the groups’ activity fees each year through the Congress of Cities registration process.
This year, dues will be paid separately from activity fees, three months ahead of the Congress of Cities. This new process was designed to help NLC update its membership database more quickly and assist groups in better meeting the needs of their members. Current members have been sent invoices to re-join their group for 2014.
Each group’s Congress of Cities activity fees are still being paid for the Seattle conference so that the number of attendees for group events can be tracked. These fees help support the costs for various special activities.
“Whether you are a new member or renewing member, your membership is very important. It guarantees that you will continue to receive the benefits of networking with your group. The membership year is November 1 through October 31 of each year,” says APAMO President Stephen Sham, vice mayor, Alhambra, Calif. “This time frame ensures that regular voting members have the capacity to vote for their group's membership issues at business meetings, run for a position on a group's Board of Directors, or vote for the 2014 incoming groups’ Board of Directors. Member renewal and active participation helps to develop a positive framework and a vital voice at the National League of Cities.”
Individuals with questions about NLC’s constituency groups or who want to join a group for the first time should contact NLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join now so that membership can go into effect before Congress of Cities in Seattle this November.