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Heartland Paralegal Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.
ABOUT HPA'S MAY 2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
We know that HPA's membership renewal period is coming at a difficult time for some of you. Our members have been facing unique challenges over the last few weeks; pay cuts, layoffs, working remotely, homeschooling, caring for elderly parents or at-risk neighbors, and more. We also know it is more important than ever that we lean on each other for support, encouragement, and mentorship until we find things returning to normal.
"WHAT IF I CAN'T PAY MY RENEWAL FEE RIGHT NOW?"
May was the beginning of HPA's new membership year and the membership renewal due date. Telling it straight, HPA Bylaws limit what we can do to help members who are not able to pay the membership renewal fee. We forgot to cover a world-wide pandemic when we wrote them. Here is what we can do:
For starters, the Bylaws include an automatic grace period extending the payment deadline to May 31. You will remain in good standing and with full access to member privileges including eligibility to hold a Board or Committee Chair position.
If your dues are not paid by May 31, your membership status is considered lapsed. You will still have online access and receive HPA announcements until July 31. The motion at the June 23rd annual meeting to waive the late fee for renewals paid on or before July 31 was approved. The normal policy is that our Bylaws provide that your membership will not be suspended if you pay your renewal dues by June 30 along with a $10.00 late fee, but due to the pandemic, it was moved to extend this to July 31.
Lastly, if you are not able to renew because of uncertainty or hardship caused by Covid-19, please email us. We have members who have offered help, and we are working to identify other resources. Your information will remain confidential.
We look forward to a new and interesting membership year, together.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Heartland Paralegal Association continues to monitor federal, state, and local stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines as they affect our upcoming meetings and events.
Community Outreach. Our original 2nd quarter volunteer event at Flourish Furnishings was postponed until at least Fall 2020. We instead hosted a fundraiser for Giving the Basics which provides toiletries and other hygiene items to people in need. The President will be sending out a survey to determine members' interest in continuing to have virtual events, or to attempt to have an in person event with social distancing.