Eligibility for Membership
Membership is by invitation only and requires (a) sponsorship of two currently active KAWE members in good standing and (b) board approval. A prospective member would fall into one of three categories:
- She practices or is licensed or certified to practice a profession, or whose occupation includes executive or managerial responsibilities.
- She may not yet be in a professional or executive position but is identified as a future professional or executive.
- She served in a professional or executive capacity before she applied; is actively involved in the community; and is willing to fully participate in the organization and serve as a mentor to other members.
The typical application process includes the following steps:
- An active KAWE member (sponsor) invites a prospective member to attend a luncheon or social, someone who would meet the membership criteria above and, after learning more about KAWE, states her interest in joining. These occasions offer the sponsor an opportunity to introduce the prospective member to the organization. Prospective members may attend a maximum of three luncheons at the invitation of their sponsoring member before they apply for membership. The lunch expense for the guest’s first visit is funded by KAWE; payment for subsequent lunches is the responsibility of the sponsoring member or the guest.
- A second sponsor steps up, either by invitation or because she also knows the prospective member.
- The prospective member completes the application form, which then goes to the board for approval, and submits a portrait photo with the application.
- Billing for annual membership dues for the new year occurs the last quarter of the calendar year. Invoices for annual membership dues for the coming year are sent in December each year, giving members the option of paying dues within the current calendar year or the new calendar year.
- Invoices are due upon receipt and must be paid by the last day of January.
- A follow-up reminder is sent in early January to members who have not yet paid, reminding them of the end-of-the-month deadline.
- Members not paying dues by the January 31 deadline are assessed a late fee of $25.00 to be added to the amount of annual dues. Any member who has not paid annual membership dues or made special payment arrangements by March 31 (the end of the first quarter) is dropped from the KAWE membership roster and forfeits all membership privileges.
- Members accepted throughout the year are assessed dues on a prorated basis beginning with the first month of membership. Members accepted in the last quarter of the calendar year are invoiced for dues for the remainder of the current calendar year and also for the annual membership dues for the new calendar year.
- Dues are non-refundable.