The attached article gives an update to HB 2510 concerning RCP licensure. While the course for the passage of this bill as taken a dramatic turn, rest assured we are doing everything we can and everyting we have been asked to do to keep momentum in our favor. At this time, we are asking you to read the article and view it as information, not a call to action.
If you have questions, please send them to us. we will help you understand as best we can.
There are some changes/updates to membership renewals we would like to go over with everyone:
1. All membership renewal notices will go out via automated email 30 days prior to your membership expiration date. Please ensure the email address we have on file for you is not a work or school email as some email systems will see this bulk email as spam and filter it out all together. This would hinder you from receiving your renewal notice. We are also working on ensuring everyone with a personal email address listed is receiving their renewals. If you have expired, and have a valid personal email address listed, and did not receive an email notification of expiration, please let us know. Again, utilize the "Contact Us" contact form.
2. When you need to renew your membership, please do so through your online member account. If you can not remember your login information, please send us an email through the "Contact Us" page requesting your profile access information. It will be answered within 24 hours (most of the time even less). Please do not "rejoin" in order to renew. This will create multiple accounts under your name and it will create a new member number for you under your new account. This will in turn unintentionally misrepresent our membership numbers.
3. Membership cards are now offered on a purchase only basis. We have "sourced" the creation and distribution of these cards out as we no longer have full time office staff. Memberhip cards cost the society $4 ea and we are asking you to split that cost with us. The new cards are a hard plastic (much like a credit card) that will have your name, member number, region and district listed on it. It will not have your expiration date. This will be a permanant card and will only be replaced if a new one is purchased. Membership cards will be mailed out the second week of the month following the month you request a card to the address in your user profile. Please ensure the address listed in your user profile is accurate. For those of you choosing not to purchase a card but would need verification of membership, you can request a membership verification letter, free of charge. To request this, please utilize the "Contact Us" page contact form. Please note that by registering for TSRC events through the website, you do not need to show proof of memberhip at the event. We do understand you may need verification ofmembership for such things as career ladders/professionjal development programs, ect, so please request a membership verification letter.
4. Please note the different membership level descriptions when joining/renewing. To be eligable for "Active" level membership, you must be a current member of the AARC and have your membership number on file in your TSRC profile. There is an "AARC#" blank on the registration form to add your number to as well as the "Profile Edit" meune for current members. It is important your membership level is accurate as we have to report all "Active" level membership numbers to the AARC. Also, if you choose to be considered to be on the executive board of directors, you must be an AARC member and an "Active" level TSRC Member for at least 3 years. "State" members are those who are an RT who are not AARC members. "State" level members are not allowed to sit on the executive board of directors, but may be on a district level board. "Associate" level members are those who are not RT's but work in an respiratory related field (DME, Sales Reps, ect). Student level memberships are reserved for those currently enrolled in a respiratory therapy program of some level of higher education. Pleasechoose the level that best reflects your current status. This can change from year to year. If you were an "Active" level member last year, but did not renew your AARC membership, please renew as aState level member. If you were a State level member and you are now and AARC member, please renew as an Active level member. Students, when you graduate, please upgrade your membership to an appropriate level at your next renewal as well.
Lastly, please know it is our pleasure to serve our members and we are doing all we can to make the renewal/joining process more cost efficient for the society as a whole and less labor intensive for those volunteering their time to keep the membership database in order. On average, 3 hours a week is spent making sure the membership rolls are organized and accurate. Please do your part to ensure your infomation and membership level are accurate, and please remember, if you need assistance, please just send us and email through the "Contact Us" page contact form.