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From: "Richard A. Pence" <>
Subject: [APG] Membership Classes
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2008 03:49:31 -0500


It seems to me that most of this discussion on membership revolves around
nomenclature. Those who have genealogy as a business desire to be the only
"professionals." Those who are members because they aspire to be better at
genealogy and also subscribe to the ethics statement don't want to be
relegated to an "inferior" membership class, such as "associate member.

I have a solution!

1. The Board of Trustees should amend the bylaws to create a new class of
membership called "Fellows."

2. The Trustees, using whatever criteria they deem proper to identify
"working genealogists," should immediately elect 12 to 25 Fellows.

3. The bylaws should be further amended to henceforth give to the sitting
Fellows the sole power to elect additional Fellows or to remove those no
longer actively in business.

Then the Fellows can use their new status to impress potential clients and
in the future they can argue among themselves about who should be a Fellow
and who should not. And why.

The rest of us can then go on simply belong Members.

Case closed.

Richard Pence
Fairfax, Virginia


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