Our 12-month membership cycles are based on an anniversary month schedule. With no renewal payment, a membership expires at the end of the same month in which the member joined. In an effort to allow our members to proactively renew their memberships, we have provided an online payment portal, where we accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express for online payments. We notify our members 120 days in advance of their potential drop date that they are able to renew through their online account. In the subsequent three months from that email (or until payment is received), we send an electronic invoice to the email address within the membership record.
We grant all members a 30-day renewal grace period following the expiration of their membership. If the membership is not renewed by the end of that grace period, the membership is dropped from our roster and this change of membership status reported to the local chapter. It is particularly important that supplier members renew prior to their membership being dropped. Once a supplier member is dropped from the roster, they must start the process over again and rejoin along with a planner match. All late payments that cannot be processed are sent to the return address on the check.
In addition, if you are affiliated with a chapter, you will be contacted by their membership committee during the renewal cycle. Within the last month of your membership you will also be notified by email of the potential for your membership to lapse. Once your membership is renewed, you will receive an automated confirmation of payment receipt. If you are unsure of your renewal status, have difficulty accessing your record, or feel there is an error in your payment status, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the representative for your membership has changed, please review the Membership Ownership section at left for the most current information on transferring memberships.
Supplier memberships that drop from our roster are no longer eligible for renewal. Once a supplier membership lapses, the former member must rejoin SGMP per the current policies listed on How to Join as a Supplier. There are no exceptions to this policy. A new application must be completed per these policies and a new membership number and anniversary date will be assigned to the supplier who rejoins our Society. We encourage all suppliers to renew their membership in all circumstances as joining our Society is more difficult than maintaining a membership.
Planner memberships that drop from our roster are not eligible to be a match for supplier applicants until their membership has lapsed for more than a 12-month period. Also, memberships that have lapsed will be reinstated with the original anniversary date if the membership has lapsed for less than a 12-month period. As a planner, you may rejoin or be reinstated at any time by submitting your completed application.
With any lapse of membership the eligibility for holding office or registering for the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) course resets. For more details on eligibility for either holding office or the course, please contact us at email@example.com.