As announced in my Membership column in August 2017 Bulletin and reinforced in November 2017 Bulletin, renewal invitations will soon be sent to all paying members for whom we have a valid email address except those who renew via Direct Debit. It’s planned to send these out during Monday 29th January, i.e. in six days’ time. We’ve updated the subscription and renewal system so that members can manage their own records, which means that there are slight changes to the renewal process. These are:
- You’ll have to register with the system, which you’ll only need to do once
- You’ll have to select the applicable renewal option, which will be provided in the invitation, but it can equally be different to last year if you choose
Other than that, you won’t need to enter any more data than you did last year. Like last year, the invitation will lead you into and will provide initial identification to the system (it would be foolish to go into greater detail on a publicly accessible web page). And when you come to payment, you’ll find it has been simplified over last year.
If you bookmark the page in your browser and record the email address and password with which you register, you’ll be able to review your membership status at any point. You’ll also be able securely to review and update your membership details after you’ve renewed. Finally, you’ll be able proactively to renew your subscription in future years. Some of you like to renew all your subscriptions at the end of each year – the new system will allow you to do this for your Association membership.
I’ve put a lot of time into testing the system but I can’t cover every eventuality. As in previous years, if you encounter problems, please contact Warners in the first instance, either by phone (details are in the invitation) or at 16mmNGM@warnersgroup.co.uk. If you don’t receive or aren’t satisfied with the response, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, those who don’t need to renew or renew via Direct Debit will receive an invitation to register with the system after the renewal period is over, so that they also can enjoy the benefits described above.
Alan Regan, Chairman and Membership Secretary