Membership Q&A with our Club President

Q: How do I join the University of Michigan Club of Seattle?

Simply join the national Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM) or, if you are already a member, update your Alumni Information to reflect your residence in the greater Seattle area. A significant portion of your membership dues will then flow back to our Seattle club to fund all of the many events and activities we organize each year. There are no separate dues collected by our local club.

Q: How can I maximize the local impact of my membership?

Be sure to specify UNITE as the promo code when joining the Alumni Association, or renewing your membership. This will credit our local club with additional funds that we will use to better serve our local U-M community.

Q: I’m not sure of my membership status. How can I check on it?

Log in to the Alumni Association website using your uniqname and password, then click on the down arrow in the upper right corner and select “My Profile”. Once you are on your profile page, click on “Membership” in the menu on the left. This should tell you whether you are currently a member.

Q: What’s this uniqname thing, and why do I need one?

The U-M uniqname is your universal login ID for all things related to the University, including the Alumni Association. If you attended in recent years, then you were assigned one as a student. If you were of an earlier generation, then you can obtain one now, if you haven’t already. Head on over to the Alumni Uniqname Management page to request one, or to receive a reminder of one already assigned to you.

Q: Do I need to join the Alumni Association in order to attend local events?

No! Our mission is to help connect all U-M alumni to each other and to our University. If you are a U-M alum, or a current student, or a parent of a student, or just a friend of the University, then you’re welcome to attend any of our events. Membership is only required to serve on our Board of Directors, and to vote at our Annual Meeting.

Q: So what are the benefits of membership?

There are a number of tangible benefits, including:

  • a quarterly subscription to Alumnus magazine, with articles and photos you won’t find anywhere else, in an attractive print format;
  • Exclusive access to special athletic events such as the Homecoming Tailgate, Big House tours and bowl tours;
  • Exclusive access to Camp Michigania;
  • Exclusive access to Alumni Association travel programs;
  • Discounted or free access to a number of Career development services;
  • Frequent discounts on tickets to local events organized by our Seattle club.

Q: Are there other reasons to join?

Yes! Unlike many similar organizations, our Alumni Association is not part of the University, but is an independent nonprofit entity funded almost entirely through membership dues. We know that most U-M alumni want to:

  • share their pride in the maize and blue;
  • stay connected with fellow alums;
  • leverage the U-M network in their professional lives;
  • stay informed about our University and its alumni;
  • help to enhance and extend the University of Michigan’s rich heritage and unmatched stature;
  • give back to the University community that has given so much to them.

Our Alumni Association is the only organization charged with a mission to accomplish all of the items listed above, for all U-M alumni. While we realize that not all alumni will choose to become members, we count on dedicated and passionate alumni such as yourself to help sustain and grow this organization, so we can truly ensure it is worthy of the Leaders and the Best.

Q: What will it cost me to become a member?

Glad you asked! In general, it’s $69 for one year, $189 for three years, $289 for five years, and $1,200 for a lifetime membership. However, if you’ve graduated in the last five years, you can get one year for only $25, or a lifetime membership for only $900. Lifetime memberships for Seniors and Parents of students are also discounted. See the Alumni Association site for the latest and most precise info.

Q: What is the best deal?

There are really two approaches to answering this question.

The first and most obvious is to weigh the tangible benefits of membership against the costs on a yearly basis, and decide each year whether it’s worth it for you to pay your dues for that particular year.

While I realize that this approach may make the most sense from a perspective of pure transactional analysis, I can’t really recommend it.

The other approach is to say the heck with it and go all in and purchase a lifetime membership right now. While this will cost you more up front, you will see significant benefits:

  1. You will live every day of the rest of your life with the warm feeling that you are now, and forever more shall be, a member in good standing of the one Association dedicated to supporting all the alumni from the greatest University on Earth!
  2. You will save the Association the costs of sending out requests to join and reminders to renew, thus freeing more funds to channel directly towards fulfillment of our mission;
  3. You will never have to waste another minute of your life trying to remember whether you’ve paid your dues recently, or weighing the pros and cons of signing up for the coming year;
  4. Assuming a reasonable life expectancy, you will pay a lower annual rate than would be available to you otherwise.

There now.

It’s not everyday that you will come across a bargain like that.

Herb Bowie
University of Michigan Club of Seattle

P.S.: You can click here to join or renew your membership.

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