The Membership Promotion Committee is appointed by the President-Elect and is comprised of a Chair, Co-chair and a sufficient number of the chapter’s area-assigned members to ensure that the committee’s work can be done without placing an unnecessarily heavy burden on one or two individuals. Usually, the Co-chair is expected to become the next year’s Chair.

The Chair is expected to attend the MP workshop at the CRC and Membership Promotion Centralized Training.

The responsibilities of this committee typically include:

  • Attracting new members who will be active in the Society, locally and/or at the Society level
  • Encouraging membership from all segments of the industry
  • Encouraging advancement to higher grades of membership when candidates’ qualifications meet the specified requirements
  • In conjunction with the Secretary, ascertaining that all prospective chapter members are bona fide members of Society
  • Reducing the number of member resignations or membership lapses
  • Advising the President and the Reception Committee when new members are elected or when members advance in membership grade, to ensure proper recognition at chapter meetings and in chapter publications
  • Organizing and executing membership drives, including encouraging participation from local consulting firms (a sample local employer participation letter is provided in Appendix 2G)
  • Receiving from the Attendance Committee and/or Reception Committee a record of the names of people attending the chapter meetings
  • Cooperating with and seeking advice from the Membership Promotion Regional Vice Chair
  • Providing a computer and internet access at chapter meetings so that individuals can join online
  • Reviewing each member’s status to select and recommend nominations for honors and awards
  • Collaborating with Student Activities Committee and Young Engineers in ASHRAE Committee to encourage students to retain their memberships when they graduate

Appendix 2H provides ideas for achieving Society goals for membership growth.