Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Societies, Memberships, and Fees

You know, I don't have a problem belonging to Societies. As a matter of fact, they're pretty much essential in my line of business. Stick around long enough, publish regularly in their journals, and do a fair bit of networking and in about a decade you get someone to nominate you for Fellow. In my business, becoming a Fellow in a Society is a big deal. It shows that you're regarded very highly by your peers, which shows that you've had what they refer to as "impact". That's a key word in my business ... impact.

Unfortunately, you don't just pick ONE society, you have to pick several ... because, being a Fellow in multiple societies is much better than being a Fellow in just one. Problem is, societies cost money. And they all want their money in December.

So here I am looking at what it's going to cost me, and I'm looking at a bill which will come in at around $500. That's money that I could use for Christmas shopping, holiday travel, and whatnot.

But it's tax deductible! Well, yes and no. Yes, it is ... but only if you meet a certain threshold, which last year the wife and I did not reach. It's doubtful we'll reach it again this year.


Well, time to ante up.


microbiologist xx said...

Holy Shit! How many societies do you belong to?

Tom said...

Currently four (and a half).

1. American Society of Clinical Pathologists - I don't use it any longer, as I don't practice as a Med Tech, but I've done it for the past 15 years and IF I ever needed to go back to working in the hospital (or finally get the bug to teach in a Med Tech Dept), if I wasn't current, I'd have to recertify. It's easier to pay the money if you ask me.

2. American Society of Microbiology - Obviously. :) Plus I do the local branch (the half).

3. American Society of Agronomy - This is one of the ones my center usually pushes for fellowships.

4. Soil Science Society of America - Same applies as for the ASA.

Now my boss is pushing the SWCS (Soil and Water Conservation Society) on me telling me that I could easily make fellow in this society as long as I keep doing what I'm doing ... for the next decade or so.