Membership

Membership in Equality USDA is reserved for Employees and Retirees of the United States Department of Agriculture. While Equality USDA is a sanctioned Employee Resource Group, it is not an agent of the Department. The Organization is run by and for Employees and Retirees.

Membership in Equality USDA is available in the following categories:


Regular Member – Any person eligible for membership shall be deemed a
Regular Member upon payment of current annual dues.

Lifetime Member – Any person eligible for membership shall be deemed a
Lifetime Member upon payment of current lifetime dues.

Associate Member –Non-dues paying members. Associate members are
nonvoting members and do not have the right to hold office.

Honorary Member – A person may receive an annual Honorary
Membership upon recommendation of the Executive Board and majority
vote of members. Honorary members are nonvoting members and do not
have the right to hold office.


Sponsor Member – Any person(s) who donates funds to support a project
or proposed activity sponsored by Equality USDA. A Sponsor Member
may be considered a Regular Member if the donation exceeds the value of
annual dues, as determined by the Treasurer, and the individual is a USDA
employee or retiree.

Dues

Because we are a member created and run organization, we collect dues in order to provide all programs and opportunities for members. Equality USDA is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) Non-profit.

Dues will be collected by the Treasurer from all members annually, except for
lifetime membership dues which shall be collected once. Electronic methods will
be made available for paying dues. Dues will be determined by the Executive Board, as supported by a business plan
and budget.
New members may pay dues on a pro-rated basis based on remaining membership
period.
Only dues-paying members shall be allowed voting privileges at meetings and
elections. Member privileges will be revoked if the dues are sixty (60) days past due.
Special accommodations may be arranged when financial hardship is a barrier to
membership at the discretion of the Executive Board, upon request.

Current Dues Structure is Regular Member, $35 per annum, Lifetime Member, $300 1 time payment.

Interested in Membership?

Complete Our Membership Form