We would like to first say thank you for your interest in Blacks In Government® (BIG).

Here’s what you get with a BIG membership.

BIG works for you

BIG is the only organization dedicated to the interest of the African-American public servant. Other organizations may touch upon the problems that impact you, but BIG is madeup of people who share your interests, concerns, and problems.

BIG is an Advocate

BIG speaks out on issues affecting the government workplace. BIG testified before Congress on legislation reforming the EEO process, racial discrimination ingovernment, and affirmative employment; and spoke outon the disparate rate of discharge of African Americansfrom the federal service, the national performance review,and downsizing. Also, BIG held a public hearing on the assault against affirmative action.

BIG as an employee support group

If you have a problem on the job, your BIG chapter can bean excellent resource for help and counseling. Many BIG members have had to deal with similar problems and can suggest strategies for combating them. BIG also has a list of attorneys experienced in handling the type of problems BIG members encounter.

BIG is a professional development organization

Every year BIG sponsors a National Training Conference, which brings together national leaders and experts from around the country to address Black government workers. The conference, a unique training experience for government workers, provides exposure to issues often overlooked in the day-to-day workplace.

BIG is a community resource

Your BIG chapter can be a strong force in the community helping to fight such community problems as drugs, teenage pregnancy, AIDS, illiteracy, and voter’s registration. The skills you develop on the job can be invaluable to promote community activities through your BIG chapter.

BIG is networking

By becoming a member of BIG, you will be a part of an organization that includes workers from all levels of government and all areas of the public workforce. The National Training Conference provides an opportunity to meet experts from all around the country, employers from other agencies, and gather information and resources that can help you professionally and in your personal growth.

BIG is a chance to make a difference

we can accomplish together what you cannot do alone. With BIG, you can work toward your goals with people who have similar goals. You can do something about institutional and socioeconomic problems that you have faced in the workplace and in the community. You canuse your talents and skills in a setting in which they are.needed.

BIG keeps you informed

BIG keeps you up-to-date with the latest development saffecting the African-American Government employee. From the Washington D.C. headquarters, we publish the monthly BIG Bulletin, and a quarterly magazine, the BIG Reporter. Regions and chapters also publish newsletters that focus on local issues.

BIG recognizes your achievements

Each year BIG presents awards to those who have madea major contribution to the goals and objectives of the organization. Regional Councils and local chapters also recognize such achievements. These awards set role models for excellence in the government service.

BIG is an opportunity

BIG is the chance you’ve been waiting for to step upand take your place in the loop. To be a part of the fast moving events that affect your world as a government employee, you need an organization like BIG that can speak for you and through which you can voice your BIG IS AN OPPORTUNITY opinion and views. If you are concerned about equality, excellence, and opportunity in government,you need to be concerned about BIG.

Membership Categories

Individual Membership

Any person who is in accord with the philosophy, principles, policies, and objectives of this organization, and agrees to adhere to the same, may become a member of this organization with the consent of the Board of Directors by paying the annual membership fee, provided he or she is qualified as stated herein.

Membership Categories

There shall be three categories of individual membership: Regular, Associate, and Life. In addition, the Board of Directors is empowered to create additional categories, and issue appropriate certificates. Individual membership in the organization at the National level is a requirement for Chapter membership.

A. Regular Memberships.

(1) Any employee or retiree of the Federal, state or a local government who is in accord with the principles, policies and objectives of the organization and who agrees to adhere to the same, may become a Regular Memberof this organization with the consent of the Board of Directors and by paying the annual membership fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00).

(2) Regular members shall be accorded all privileges of membership, except being National Delegates unless they are also Chapter members.

(3) Any person who, at the time of being separated–without prejudice–from employment by the Federal or a state of local government, was a Regular Member in good standing is eligible for Regular membership in this organization.

(4) Any person who, at the time of being separated–with prejudice–from employment by the Federal, state, or local government and such separation is grieved, and that person is a member in good standing, is eligible for continued regular membership in this organization until such grievance is resolved.

A. Associate Membership.

(1) Any person who is in accord with the principles, policies, and objectives of the organization and who agreesto adhere to the same, may become an Associate Memberof this organization with the consent of the Board of Directors and by paying the Associate membership fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00)

(2) Any undergraduate student who is enrolled in an accredited college or university who is in accord with the principles, policies and objectives of the organization and who agrees to adhere to the same and is not qualified as a regular member, may become a student member of this organization with the consent ofthe Board of Directors and by paying the student membership fee of twenty dollars ($20.00)

(3) Such members shall be accorded all rights and privileges of membership, exceptthat only those who also qualify as regular members should be eligible to voteor hold elective office.

C. Life Memberships.

(1) Any person who is in accord with the principles, policies, and objectives of the organization and who agrees to adhere to the same, may become a Life Memberof this organization with the consent of the Board of Directors and by paying the Life membership fee of three hundred-twenty fivedollars ($325.00).

(2) Such members shall be accorded all rights and privileges of membership except that only those who also are qualified as Regular members shall be eligible to vote or hold elective office.

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Life membership can be paid in full or installments. However, installment payments for Life membership have to be paid in full, not later than one year from your initial payment. You must keep your regular membership current. Thereafter, you will only be asked to pay chapter dues.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or if we can be of any assistance with the application process. Should you decide to join us, upon your completing the membership application, please mail it to the address listed on the application. Please take a moment and view BIG’s National website at http://www.bignet.org/.

Thank You for Thinking BIG!!!

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