Membership FAQs

Membership Questions Association for Women in Communications Lubbock

Q: I would like to attend one of your meetings, but I’m not a member.  Is this possible?

A: Yes!  We welcome visitors to all our meetings. We have two meetings a month, one for chapter business and another for a program. [We combine these meetings to only meet once June – August]. Our business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at noon at the Lubbock Women’s Club at 2020 Broadway Avenue. These meetings are set up to discuss chapter business and do not feature a special guest speaker. Our program meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month also at noon at the Lubbock Women’s Club and feature outstanding guest speakers, but do not cover chapter business. Click here to see the calendar for business and program meetings. Each meeting includes a plated lunch and costs $14 for members and $16 for nonmembers.  If you would like to attend one of our meetings, please RSVP to Shelley Smith at shelley@pricegroupinc.com by noon on the Friday before each Tuesday meeting.

Q: How much does it cost to join?

A: There are different levels of membership – Corporate, Executive, Professional, Entrepreneur, etc. The level of membership you have determines the yearly dues you will pay. Typically, if you are employed in the communications field full-time your yearly dues are $129, but there are membership levels that fit all types of professionals. Visit the national AWC website to learn more about membership levels. If you are joining for the first time you will have to pay a one time $50 application fee. Currently, the Lubbock chapter doesn’t charge a chapter fee; however you must be a dues paying member of the national association to be a member of the local chapter.

Q: What are some of the benefits of membership to the National Association for Women in Communications?

A: In addition to the networking opportunities that are available with other communicators, you can attend the annual conference and enter the annual Clarion competition at a discounted member rate, you can contribute to the monthly newsletter, and participate in our affinity programs. See more benefits on the national AWC website.

Q: How often does the local chapter meet?

A: We meet twice a month except during the summer when we combine the business and program meetings. The business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month and the program meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Please see the first question on this page for more information. Also, visit the Get Involved page to see more networking opportunities.

Q: Are there any group activities outside of the monthly meeting?

A: We have a membership mixer twice a year. It usually takes place during the work week after 5:00 p.m. and gives us an opportunity to relax and catch up with AWC members. Our mixers also give us the opportunity to invite friends and colleagues who may be interested in joining our organization. We also hold  a Celebrity Luncheon each year to honor people who have made a difference in our community and to raise money for our scholarship programs. Also, there are many opportunities to join a committee that will meet outside of regular meetings.

Q: What is the time commitment involved with being a member of AWC?

A: We don’t place a requirement on our members to attend a certain number of meetings or serve on a certain number of committees.

Q: How do I RSVP for the meetings? 

A: You will receive an email from us approximately one week prior to the meeting.  You are required to respond by Friday the week prior to the meeting.  If you RSVP but do not attend, you may be required to pay for your meal. Please be sure you can attend if you respond with a “yes.”

Q: I am interested in joining, but I still have a few questions.  Who can I talk to?

A: Great!  We would love to have you as a member. If you still have questions feel free to contact Amy Punchard, VP for Membership, at apunchard@firstunited.net.