Memberships, Status & Profile Attributes:
What They Mean, and Why They’re Important
By Stewart Woodard
In GNPA, we have nine different Membership Types and three different Member Status conditions. To participate in any GNPA activities, you must be a “current member in good standing.”
Those categories are important, so here is what you need to know to make the most of your membership. And remember, you can change your Membership Type at any time, or change to a Lifetime Membership.
Most of the Membership Types are fairly straightforward and need little if any explanation. With the exception of Lifetime Memberships, they all require annual renewals. Family Memberships are a little bit more complicated for our system, so if you choose this path, please contact me at Membership@GNPA.org and I will help get you set up.
If more than one member of a family belongs to GNPA, the Family Membership offers annual dues savings and the ability to make just one annual payment. This category allows up to four family members in a single membership. One of the major benefits is that any family member can participate individually in any of the GNPA activities, such as the annual EXPO. In the past, registering for EXPO required a great deal of effort and assistance. Now, each family member can sign up to attend EXPO and register for all the same field trips and workshops if they want, or pick and choose as each family member desires.
Family Memberships are listed in the Member Profile Attributes as “Organization.” This identifier needs to be unique, so we also use the last name, i.e. “Anderson Family.” If we have more than one Anderson Family (and we do), then we include the first-name initial, such as “L Anderson Family” or “T Anderson Family.”
Each family member, however, will have his or her own unique Member Profile, like all other GNPA members. Each of these is linked back to the Master Family Profile. One member of the family needs to be identified as the Key Member. At the time of membership renewal, a single renewal invoice is generated and sent to this Key Member only. No one else in the family unit will receive a renewal invoice.
Two Important Items About Renewals
- The only time when you have the opportunity to opt-in for automatic renewal is when you renew your membership each year.
- When renewing your membership or for any other fee payments, only valid credit or debit cards may be used, NOT checks or money orders of any kind. GNPA does not keep any credit or debit card information on file; it is only used by our bank-processing services.
Membership Status has three different levels – Active, Graced and Lapsed. Only Active and Graced are considered Current Members in Good Standing. They are described in this way:
Active: A current member who has either paid their annual renewal or is a Lifetime Member (Lifetime Memberships never generate a renewal invoice).
Graced: A current member with an outstanding renewal invoice. Every GNPA member is extended a grace period of 20 days after their renewal due date to pay their dues.
Lapsed: For whatever reason, no attempt has been made by these members to renew their GNPA membership. These Member Profiles will be made inactive and moved out of the member database.
Member Profile Attributes & Their Importance
We now feature Basic (6) and Custom (15) Attributes for all members. Considerable thought was put into creating the Custom Attributes, and while most are optional, they are important to our organization. Here are a few:
Contact information: Important basic contact information includes member name, email address, home address and phone numbers.
Chapter Affiliation Primary & Secondary: This identifies the local chapter you will identify with and attend. It’s typically the chapter closest to your home, but not necessarily. If you live outside the state of Georgia or live more than an hour’s drive from a chapter, then you probably should select “Out of Area” as your Primary Chapter. A Secondary Chapter is quite common, as many of our members attend multiple chapter meetings and activities.
Emergency Contacts: This is very important (and sometimes critical) information. Whenever you are attending any GNPA outing, EXPO, field trips, workshops, etc., we always need to know who to contact in case of an emergency situation. It is in everyone’s best interest to make sure this information is complete and accurate.
Camera Type & Photographic Interests: This data is very helpful for planning purposes. Having this information allows us to put together workshops, webinars and field trips that are relevant to our members.
Speaker Bureau: One of the biggest challenges for our chapters is finding speakers to address GNPA chapter meetings and other events. Please opt in to this attribute only if you feel qualified to be a speaker.
Over time, we may add more attributes that we feel will help us serve our members. Please make every effort to include this information in your profile. Rest assured that our members’ information is for GNPA use only.
So please complete as much of your online Member Profile as possible. The more information we have, the better we’ll be able to serve you and all of our members.
Thank you for your help!
Join The GNPA
One of the most enduring benefits of membership is learning how to better understand nature, and how best to photograph its amazing variations.
To capture a successful image, there are so many choices to make about equipment, software and locations. Not to mention decisions about composition and post-processing. And once you’ve captured the “big picture” you’re aiming for, don’t forget all those little nuances that take a good nature image and make it great.
GNPA is an exciting place to grow your general knowledge and skill level.
Membership offers the following opportunities and more:
- Attending informative monthly meetings organized by seven chapters across Georgia
- Networking with other photographers with similar interests and skill levels
- Participating in workshops, local field trips, photo competitions and exhibitions, as well as extended excursions held across the country
- Joining in the learning and excitement of ourannual EXPO conference
- Forming relationships with the regional, national and international professionals who sponsor, teach and guide GNPA events.
- Enjoying discounts and other special offers from our sponsors for equipment, workshops, classes and services
Simply put, GNPA is a place to learn and grow.
We’re a club of photographers who enjoy sharing and helping others experience the same joy and passion we do for capturing nature.
All Memberships are for 12 months except for Lifetime Accounts
(65 or Under)
(Full time student age 18-25)
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Let’s not forget GNPA’s love of nature.
Most photography in some way includes nature.
Think about it. When traveling or on vacation, most of the photos you’ve taken have in some way reflected nature. Shots in national or state parks, forests, seashores, or of your family vacation house at the beach, in the mountains or the family farm…all have included some elements of nature, if only in their settings and background. You’ve spent a lifetime collecting images of landscapes (sunsets, mountain vistas, beach and wave action, etc), wildlife (fauna), flowers (flora) and legacy structures such as old barns, covered bridges or historic locations.
To be a perfect fit for all that GNPA offers, all you have to bring is a passion for photography. Even if you’ve just bought your first camera or are thinking about buying one, or if the only images you’ve captured so far are of your family, join us.
We welcome photographers of all skill levels and offer something exciting to learn and do, no matter how much experience you’ve had or the subjects that interest you so far.
- All memberships, except the Lifetime memberships, are for a single year and automatically renew (you may Opt-out of auto renewal at the time of renewal).
- All members must complete our Member Profile with all information completed accurately; a unique email address is required.
- To be a member you must be at least 18 years of age at the time you join. Minors may attend meetings and events with their member parent or guardian.
- Memberships are for individuals – not companies.
Additional Information for Family Memberships
- Family membership allows up to 4 individual family members over 18 years of age to join as a group and fully participate.
- The Primary Member is the lead member and will need to include billing information when joining, but all Family members will have their own Member Profile. All belong under a single billing account.
- Registration for family members is simplified with the Primary Member able to register all family members for any activity.