In response to many affirmative comments, the executive board recommended, and Council approved, a motion to rejoin Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Bob Bevans-Kerr, the executive board and I will now work to implement this decision.
Membership in FASEB confers many benefits to EMGS members, especially the opportunity to have a voice in science policy at the highest levels. As a small society, we must ally ourselves with others to advocate policies that promote environmental genomic health. Membership in FASEB can amplify our voices.
Our membership in FASEB includes two representatives who will serve on advocacy and science policy committees; one representative attends the yearly congressional lobbying day in the Spring. We are developing a policy to appoint these representatives. My thought is they should serve for one or two years, permitting as many as possible of our members to contribute. Future executive boards will be tasked with making these appointments so let me know if you are interested to serve in this way.
Finally, recall that we quit FASEB many years ago because of the expense. We are not a rich society and yearly budgets are always constrained by our declining membership. With this in mind I encourage you to talk to your colleagues who are not members of EMGS and tell them about the great benefits of membership in our society and the fun of attendance at our annual meetings. The virtual meeting in September will be a great experience and I look forward to our 2021 meeting with ICEM in Ottawa.
To gauge the enthusiasm for membership in FASEB and cover the additional expense, EMGS will request a one-time voluntary contribution in your annual dues payment. When the 2021 annual dues notice goes out in October, there will be a space to add your contribution as a vote for membership in FASEB. Note that our annual dues were $140 in 2001 and $149 in 2020. As there has been little increase for two decades a small increment for FASEB membership should not be too painful.
Thank you all for your contributions to our society and environmental genome science.