Subscription dues are just like a magazine subscription. It gives you 365 days of membership in the VFW. With this being the first year that they are coming into effect it will be a process that we are not use to. The basic breakdown of what is going to happen is:
The changes to subscription dues to a "DMV"? model now allows anyone who becomes a member or renews membership after July 1, 2018, to postpone expiration until the last day of their 12th month. For example, if a new member joins on July 5, or an existing member renews on July 5, 2018, their dues now expire on July 31, 2019.
The annual membership card (effective July 1, 2018) reflects the month and year dues expire.
Current members that are in good standing as of July 1, 2018, have been extended in OMS through the last day of the month when their dues are scheduled to expire. Regardless of the month they renewed, as long as they were in good standing as July 1, 2018, they now have until the end of the expiration month to renew their dues.
Members that are in good standing but have not renewed for the 2018/19 membership year will see the changes on their digital ID card reflecting the updated month and year when their dues expire. They will have the option to request an updated annual membership card with the change reflecting the expiration month and year.
The purpose of the changes to subscription dues to a "DMV"? model was to streamline the process for both the Post and Department Quartermasters to track expiring annual members. No longer will Posts and Departments have to chase annual members for dues on a daily basis; instead they can see a block of members during a specific month (one, two & three months out), allowing them to formulate a plan to collect dues at one time. This also makes it easier for the Department/District/Post Sergeant at Arms to quickly see if a member is in good standing prior to a meeting.
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