Important Membership Changes
A big change in memberships will now take effect. Up until recently, membership was offered for 12 months regardless of when the membership was purchased. This type of membership is hindering the best experience possible for athletes ,especially as our organization grows.
The AWA executive has therefore decided that memberships will run from June 1st to May 31st. Switching over to this June to May cycle will mean that many members will be buying only a portion of the year, before they need to renew again in June.
The AWA considered a number of ways of trying to make the switch not overly painful to members, including prorating annual dues, creating a quarterly or monthly membership fee, etc. Ultimately, many of these ideas would have added more discomfort for athletes to what is already a unclear process for some members.
Therefore, members who register from 1st February 2015 to May 31st 2015 will get the June -May 2015/2016 year included. For example, if you register on February 7th 2015, your annual dues will get you membership until May 31st of 2016. Unfortunately, for those who register in January 2015, you will need to pay your membership dues again in June 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience and extra cost, but ask for your understanding as we try to make the association more efficient.
On a positive note, we have agreed that first time junior lifters will get their first year membership completely free. We hope that this will encourage young athletes to take up the sport.
Finally, as the sport grows, many more athletes want to know about weightlifting venues, and many want to compete. To that end we are introducing a new type of membership: CLUB MEMBERSHIP. The purpose of the club membership is to create ties between the AWA and local lifting organizations who may want to help grow the sport.
Clubs can benefit by achieving a greater audience and being affiliated with our organization. In addition, clubs holding their own competitions can receive assistance from the AWA. Clubs will be required to fulfill a number of requirements to ensure safety and alignment with AWA principles. (LINK)