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We welcome new members all year long, and your dues cover the membership year of June 1 through May 31.

Member Benefits:

WNBA-LA members receive marketing and publicity exposure in our website and newsletter in the following places:

• Member news promoted on chapter's Facebook and Twitter pages
• Member events/announcements on our home page
• Member's book page
• Meet our members page
• Sponsor membership opportunity that features your ad on our home page
• Member's essays linked in the newsletter
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In addition we support our members by offering...

• Discounts on events
• Free marketing/publicity content via BookTalk Radio
• Connection with sister chapters around the country (i.e. New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, Seattle, Charlotte, Detroit, etc...)--if you plan it right, this is your "built in booktour"
• Authors can send in their own books to the Boston Public Library the historic Boston Public Library permanent collection
• Subscription to WNBA's BookWoman magazine
• Members Critique Writing Group
• Networking opportunities at events all year long
• A chance to be involved in UN and UNICEF (WNBA is a NGO within the UN)
• Be a panelist or a speaker at one of our events
• Opportunities to participate with the nationally-recognized Judy Lopez Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
• Read your work at our WNBA Reads Its Own event

Active Membership:

Active membership is at the chapter level. Annual contributions are paid to and established by the chapter. Active members are eligible to attend all chapter programs, serve on committees, be elected to local and national offices, and receive The Bookwoman. The chapter determines other chapter benefits.

$45 + 2 convenience fee


Network Membership:

Network membership is available to anyone living more than fifty miles from the city in which the chapter is located. Network members may elect to affiliate with any WNBA chapter and are entitled to most of the rights and privileges accorded to active chapter members and to any additional benefits extended by that chapter to its members. Network membership dues are the same as the dues for active members.

$45 + $2 convenience fee



Sponsoring Membership:

Local sponsoring membership is available to any individual, local organization, or agency that desires to make an initial or additional annual contribution to the chapter. Local sponsoring members have the full rights and privileges of active members. In addition, members are entitled to have a link on the chapter Web site and to be listed in the chapter newsletter.

$100 + $5 convenience fee



Student Membership:

Student sponsoring membership is available to any individual. Local student members have the full rights and privileges of active members.

$30 + $2 convenience fee


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The Women's National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. The Association came into being in 1917 and has ten chapters: Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Charlotte, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans

Sustaining Membership
Sustaining membership is open to firms, individuals, or organizations that support the goals and activities of WNBA. Sustaining members are eligible to attend all national WNBA functions, nominate women candidates for the WNBA Award, and receive The Bookwoman. Contributions are on a sliding scale based on annual sales:

* Up to $10 million or not-for-profit: $500
* $10 million - $100 million: $1,500
* $100 million - $250 million: $2,000
* Over $250 million: $2,500 or more

If you are interested in becoming a Sustaining member, please contact the WNBA National President listed on the
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image1Success Comes From Showing Up

Over the years I’ve been involved, and invested in WNBA, many wonderful and unexpected events have occurred. I’m writing this memo not to catalog my personal success, but to remind us – and to remind our chapters, and potential members – that WNBA is not here only to be served, but to serve.  Members, potential and extant, need to see WNBA not only as a ‘volunteer’ organization, but a group of dynamic, highly competent and intelligent women who are well connected - and willing to help.  While one of our key missions is to fulfill literacy needs for girls and women globally, we are also an excellent resource for Professional Development.

Becoming involved with WNBA is not simply an act of kindness, but also an act of personal growth and unlimited potential.  Here’s a list of successes that would never have happened to me without WNBA:

• “Soccer Mom,” a poem, appeared in the international anthology “If Women Ruled the World” published by Inner Ocean Press.  WNBA-SF received an exclusive call for submissions from the editor, I submitted and was accepted.

• Worked as a copy editor for “Inquiring Mind” a Buddhist publication after meeting Barbara Gates, the founder, at a WNBA networking event.

• Interviewed on KPFA radio with California State Poet Laureate Al Young - arranged by Kim McMillon, a WNBA member.

• Was invited to read at “Art & Soul,” a city-wide festival, by a WNBA member.

• Won a spot to read at “Litquake” a prestigious city-wide festival of the literary arts.

• Invited to be on a blogging panel at a Story Circle Network conference in Austin by a WNBA member.

• Had “Blogging” article published in Bookwoman.

• Received an invitation to read at Poetry Center San Jose by a fellow WNBA member.

• Had my poetry collection, “Seeking Center” formally reviewed by the President of Poetry Center San Jose.

• Published in PEN/Oakland anthology “Oakland Out Loud” (again, helped by a WNBA member) that includes such literary lights as Ishmael Reed and Al Young.

• Won an award at the annual Poets Dinner – invited by a WNBA member.

• Won publication in an anthology by an editor I met at Poets dinner!

• Met the founder of Two Bridges Press who published my book, “Seeking Center.

• Received a glowing endorsement from California State Poet Laureate, Al Young.

The list goes on as far as additional readings, connections and colleagues I have won while being involved with WNBA. So the next time a potential member hesitates about getting ‘involved’ with WNBA – let them know – ask not what you can do for WNBA but what WNBA can do for you!!!

Joan Gelfand
President of WNBA-San Francisco Chapter