Like many ASIS members, I received an email this morning announcing a $45/year increase in member dues. See snippet below:
A thorough financial review undertaken by the ASIS Board of Directors has determined a need to implement a dues increase of $45—to $195 annually—effective January 1, 2014. Our dues were last raised in 2003.
Prior to making this decision, the Board thoroughly explored all alternatives to this action, but determined that this is necessary if ASIS is to continue to provide the scope, breadth, and quality of current services, while also building offerings for future generations in the profession. A few of our major membership-related developments since 2003 are:
- 38,000 members today vs. 33,000 in 2003
- 45 newly chartered chapters since 2003
- Four Regional Advisory Councils created—Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America
- Eight new Standards published since the program began in 2008
- Eight new Guidelines published since 2003
- CSO Roundtable established to meet the needs of senior security professionals from the largest and most influential organizations in the world
- Two new certifications introduced in 2003—PCI and PSP
- Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East Bureaus opened
- Three global conferences added—New York, Asia-Pacific, Middle East
- Digital offering of Security Management magazine
- Increased offerings of alternative education delivery systems for members, i.e., webinars
ASIS cites growing membership, an increase in costs since the last increase (2003) and an expansion/enhancement of services as justification for the increase. Informally, I'd like to know what do you think. If you're an ASIS member, how receptive are you to the increase?