Membership Secretary Report

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Dear CRA Members,

As your 2020 CRA State Membership Chair, I want to thank you each and all for your membership. Together we can accomplish great things, even in California!

Dues renewal notices were sent on 11/1/2020 to all members that your local Assembly provided an e-mail address on their roster submitted to me as State Membership Secretary. Reminders have followed.

In October 2020 the State Board of Directors decided to modernize our membership as one of a number of steps designed to facilitate communication and coordination. During this year, I have been sending out information to your local Unit Leaders about the new membership web page to pass along and prepare you for the 2021 dues renewals via our Membership Site.

At our August Convention, the Body adopted a Bylaws change to harmonize all membership dues at $25.00 per individual member.

Key information to know:

  • The Bylaws have, for many years, required that the State be provided with your basic information. Name, Telephone, Voting Address, confirmation of Republican Registration and an e-mail address. The new system requires a unique e-mail address for each member which is your “username”
  • If that information was provided on the 2020 Roster from your local assembly, you have already been entered into the system and should be able to log in with the e-mail address you provided for that roster. You can then edit your membership record if you find it is incorrect or has changed. This will mean we always have up to date information to communicate with you that is not incorrectly translated by going through multiple hands.
  • You should receive an e-mailed renewal notice in the next few days with a link to renew online. If you prefer to pay by check use the INVOICE ME option to receive an invoice to mail to me with your check at the address listed on the invoice.
  • Review your profile and add any missing information or correct/update as needed. Then pay by credit/debit card or select INVOICE ME and you will receive an e-mailed invoice to print and send to me with your check. (figures 1 and 2)
  • The e-mail address for your record is the one that you received this e-mail. If your e-mail address is not recognized, that indicates that for some reason your record was not able to be imported, or the e-mail address we received was not accurate. In that case go to the Join Us Tab where you will see a list of all the local Republican Assemblies. Select the Unit you want to belong to and click “NEXT”. Then complete the required fields to complete your registration (figures below). Once you have logged in, you can update your contact information, including e-mail address if it has changed.

NOTE: You will have the option to pay by credit or debit card, or you can say INVOICE ME and an invoice will be e-mailed to you, which you can print and mail to me with your check, or pay later by credit or debit card. (figure below)

You will receive an automated welcome e-mail.

Once you have logged in the system should automatically recognize that you are a member in the future. You can view your member profile by clicking on your name at the upper right corner of the home page.

If you have any difficulties in completing this process, please contact either your local Assembly leadership or me for assistance.

I know that change is often unwelcome, but life is about change and moving forward. I ask that you bear with us in this project and give us all a chance to make CRA better for everyone. I truly believe this system will free up volunteer hours at the Local Assembly level as well as at the State, giving us all more time to accomplish the goals we joined CRA for! I know without a doubt the information needed for future CRA work will be much more accurate and accessible.

Respectfully Submitted,
PJ Garcia
Membership Secretary
California Republican Assembly