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MERGER QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 
  1. Why did we do the merger?
  2. How did we do the merger?
  3. How will my membership be transferred to the new organization?
  4. How were the new ISCA membership numbers determined?
  5. What if I have questions about the above policies?
 
WHY DID WE DO THE MERGER?

This new organization bonds the talents, organization, and leadership of the two largest American trading organizations into a singular International entity.

It helps to solidify the hobby into one focused organization that will be better for the hobby.

 

HOW DID WE DO THE MERGER?

A joint merger committee comprised of eleven (11) people was formed. Five (5) of the individuals were members of both boards. After a lot of discussion, a joint merger recommendation was drafted and then accepted by the committee. 

The recommendation was formally presented to both of the boards. After more discussion, both boards voted for the merger. The merger recommendation document presented a proposed slate for the executive board, other officers and an advisory board. It also included a proposed set of by-laws for the new organization. 

Upon formation of the new organization, these recommendations, including the by-laws were accepted as the basis for the creation of the new organization. ISCA then was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization three (3) days later (January 30, 2001) in the State of Texas.

 

HOW WILL MY MEMBERSHIP BE TRANSFERRED TO THE 
THE NEW ORGANIZATION?

Regular members from either ASTA or NSCS (but not both) - - your membership is valid for the same period of time as was the case before. If you were owed "9 months" of membership which translates into 3 issues of the newsletter, then you are still owed 3 issues - your membership in ISCA has been accepted and is good through 9-30-01 and you'll receive 3 issues of the ISCA Journal.

Regular members with dual memberships (currently a member in both organizations) - - your membership is additive. If you were owed 6 months (2 issues) in one organization and were owed 9 months (3 issues) in the other organization, then you have been granted a membership in the new organization that will net you a total of 5 issues - your membership in ISCA is good for a total of 15 months and would be good through 3-31-02.

Life members from either ASTA or NSCS (but not both) - - your membership in the new organization has been extended and you will continue as a life member in ISCA.

Life member from one organization and a regular member in the other organization - - your membership in the new organization has been extended and you will continue as a life member in ISCA. No refunds are being offered in this situation - we thank you for your support.

Life members with dual life memberships (currently a life member in both organizations) - - your membership in the new organization has been extended and you will continue as a life member in ISCA. Refunds are being offered as follows: If your SECOND life membership was paid within the past year (since January 1, 2000) and you submit documentation of paying for the second life membership to the ISCA VP Finance, you will receive a full refund of the second life membership fee. If your second life membership was paid longer than one year ago, but within the last three years (since January 1, 1998) and you submit documentation of paying the second life membership to the ISCA VP Finance, you will be entitled to a 50% refund of the second life membership fee. If you were a life member in both organizations and you are not entitled to a refund, we thank you for your support.

In the merger vote and in the formation of ISCA, it was decided that the above liability was all that could be accepted by the new organization. To do anything other that the above (there are ~ 70 people with dual life memberships), would have been too much of a liability for the new organization accept. The new organization was formed under this premise - anything that would have increased this liability (including refunds in the life/regular category above) would have jeopardized the existence of the new organization.

 

HOW WERE THE NEW ISCA MEMBERSHIP
 NUMBERS DETERMINED?

The two membership databases (from ASTA & NSCS) were merged and the lower member number from either organization was recorded 

Then ISCA member numbers were assigned in the following sequence:

Chairman, President & Executive Board members (in that order and then alphabetical based on last name)
Advisory Board members, other officers, etc. were grouped (and then in alphabetical order within each category)
Life members (by year that they first joined ASTA or NSCS whichever was first and then alphabetical). For example, a life member that joined in 1978 would have a lower number than a life member that originally joined in 1998.
Regular members with dues paid as of 2/3/01 (sorted first by year that they first joined ASTA or NSCS whichever was first and then alphabetical)
Prior members (by year that they first joined ASTA or NSCS whichever was first and then alphabetical).


The above takes us up to member number 4,997. New members (anyone joining the organization after 2/3/01) will be assigned a new number starting at 5,001.

Note: if you were a current dues paying member and had a lower number in either ASTA or NSCS than the above would give you, then an effort was made for you to keep your previous lower number.

 

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE
ABOVE POLICIES?

If you have any questions about the above policy (that was approved by the ASTA & NSCS Boards before the merger and the new ISCA Board after the merger), or any other questions pertaining to membership please send them directly to Craig Leighty, ISCA President email - Craig.Leighty@gmail.com.

Last updated: February 20, 2001  

 

 

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