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International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

THE PRESIDENT'S VIEW

HeckIn general, service on the Board of Trustees offers many rewards.  Perhaps the most important reward involves recognition of student excellence and seeing the joy students show upon their recognition.  Sometimes Trustee responsibility involves making hard decisions--raising membership fees exemplifies a hard decision.

Each year the Trustees create a budget that maintains our service to students and chapters but keeps cost within the revenue; revenue comes primarily from membership fees.  As the task of keeping costs within revenues has become increasingly difficult, the Trustees turned attention to the membership fee.

The first serious review occurred during a meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee during the summer of 2014.  As the committee worked on crafting plans for the future, the committee considered several significant facts.  First, the membership fee has been stable--set at $40--since 2005.  Counting the current academic year, the fee remained unchanged for 10 years.  Second, while the membership fee stayed the same for years, the operating costs increased significantly.  A check with an inflation calculator indicated that an increase of nearly $10 would be required to keep up with inflation.  Finally, a comparative analysis of membership fees for other honor societies suggested that Pi Gamma Mu fees remain low compared to others.  With these three facts in mind the committee concluded that an increase of $10 seemed reasonable to permit the honor society to keep up with inflation and continue to provide appropriate service.

During the October 2014 Trustee meeting at the Triennial Convention, the Trustees considered a recommendation to increase the membership fee by $10.  The related discussion was lengthy, considering many aspects of an increase.  In the end, the Trustees reluctantly agreed to raise the fees by $10 to $50, to become effective for the 2015-16 academic year.

Good news comes with the increase.  Service to members and chapters will continue at the same high level.  The membership--a lifetime membership--remains a good value, with benefits for a lifetime, without any additional membership fees.  Finally, Pi Gamma Mu will continue financially sound operations, to stay strong now and in the future.

The Pi Gamma Mu Trustees and staff continue to need the support of all our constituencies--students, faculty, sponsors, and alumni to keep the honor society strong and effective.  The Trustees and staff will continue to work to keep existing chapters strong and healthy and to promote the development of new chapters.  In this way, we will continue our great heritage and pursue our mission to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.

C. Laurence (Larry) Heck
International President


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