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The APS Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Strengthening the Physics Community One Member at a Time

by Mary Pat Paris, APS Membership Manager

The American Physical Society staff and teams of volunteer members are working hard to be at the forefront of issues affecting the physics community. As a staff member, it is easy for me to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of the national office and lose sight of the fact that all this work is done for you, the individual APS member.

The Society does much more than publish journals and administer meetings. The APS works to inform decision-makers in Washington, DC. It teaches physics teachers how to help their students understand this exciting field of science, and it helps physics students prepare for the future. All of these efforts are made to advance the knowledge of physics and to benefit you, the individual APS member.

If you have thought about how you can help advance your profession, remember that one person does make a difference. If every current member of the APS will recruit just one new member this year, not only will our ranks double, but our reputation as the leading organization for the physics community will increase as well. The effect will be far-reaching. As our membership grows, so does our ability to support the issues that affect you. Doing something as simple as recruiting one new member for the APS will contribute to the growth and strength of the profession this year, and for years to come.

To achieve this goal, the APS Membership Department is coordinating a Member-Get-A-Member program. By sponsoring a new member, you will benefit in several ways. First, you will receive a thank-you gift from the APS based on the number of new members you recruit. Second, and most important, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done your part to strengthen the physics community.

You should have received a package of information in the mail recently, detailing the program and awards. Each member who sponsors a new paying member will receive an APS mug as our thanks for your help. Each member who sponsors two or more new members will receive a copy of the wonderful new publication, The Physical Review: The First Hundred Years. This marvelous book includes 200 seminal physics papers and comes with a CD-ROM containing 1,000 more papers. The book retails for $60 (member price) plus shipping and handling, but you can get one free just by recruiting two new members to the APS.

If you recruit five or more new members, your name will be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive $500 toward travel to a 1996 APS meeting of his or her choice, hotel accommodations, and free registration to the APS meeting chosen. Each of the top two recruiters will receive a $300 APS gift certificate good toward dues, journals, and other services.

The APS offers a separate program whereby graduate students may take advantage of their first year of APS membership free of charge. This free trial membership will continue this year, but members you recruit for the one-year free trial membership will not count towards your thank-you gift.

The theme throughout the campaign will be one of bricks, demonstrating the importance of the individual working together with others to build on a solid foundation. The APS is a strong organization built on a foundation laid in 1899. As its membership increases one member at a time, the Society becomes stronger and more useful to the physics community.

Please make sure to put your name on the membership application as the sponsor so that you will be credited and we can send you the appropriate thank-you gift. And watch for your name in an upcoming issue of APS NEWS. We will list the name of every member who recruits one or more new member during our campaign.

Letters to the editor are welcomed from the membership. Letters must be signed and should include an address and daytime telephone number. The APS reserves the right to select and to edit for length or clarity. All correspondence regarding APS NEWS should be directed to:

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Editor: Barrett H. Ripin