DUES STRUCTURE AND PAYMENT PROCEDURE
All Active and Junior members of the SAM Assembly 138 Alliance of Illusionists must also be members in good standing with the national Society of American Magicians organization. In an effort to help AOI club members with rising national dues, the Alliance of Illusionists helps it members pay their national dues. In essence, members pay part of their dues and the club pays the balance.
- Dues for Active and Junior members receiving a printed copy of MUM magazine are $75 per year.
- Dues for Active and Junior members receiving an online copy of MUM magazine are $50 per year.
- Dues for Associate members (spouses of an Active club member or a magician’s assistant) are $25 per year. National SAM membership is not required and Associate members do not receive access to MUM magazine.
Dues are due and payable in full on or before January 1st of each fiscal club year. Members pay both their AOI yearly dues and national SAM directly to SAM Assembly 138 using the payment button below. The Alliance of Illusionists will then forward national SAM dues to the national SAM office.
PayPal is only the club's credit and debit card processor. Payees do not have to have a PayPal account to pay dues. Certainly a PayPal account can be used if so desired. However anyone with or without a PayPal account can pay their dues using the "PayPal Guest" option and use a regular credit or debit card. If a payee is using a credit or debit card that is registered with their PayPal account, PayPal may ask the card holder to log into their PayPal account. Please just follow the PayPal instructions.
VISITORS AND NEW MEMBER APPLICATION
5.01 Visitors ‐ Visitors may attend up to three regular Monthly Assembly Meetings. Thereafter visitors must either apply for membership or cease attendance. It is the responsibility of the Sergeant at Arms to keep an attendance record of all visitors, their contact information, and enforce the three meeting visitation limit. Visitors may not vote or attend Executive Committee Meetings. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, they may attend Special Executive Committee Meetings that may be called during Monthly Assembly Meetings, but they shall not vote or express opinion unless the Executive Committee dictates otherwise.
5.02 Application Process ‐ Individuals may apply for Active, Associate, or Junior Assembly membership by making online application through the Assembly’s website and paying the application fee, which also covers the applicant’s membership dues through December 31 of the application year. After submitting application and until an applicant presents his New Member Introduction (5.05), applicants may continue to attend Monthly Assembly Meetings. After an applicant presents his New Member Introduction (5.04), membership is ratified or denied by a vote of the Assembly (5.05). Applicants may not vote or attend Executive Committee Meetings until their membership is ratified by the Assembly.
5.03 National SAM Membership – All Active and Junior members of the Assembly must maintain membership in the national SAM organization.
5.04 New Member Introduction – Applicants petitioning to join the Assembly shall introduce themselves at a Monthly Assembly Meeting. Called a New Member Introduction, this is usually a short magic performance, but it may also be some form of other presentation to demonstrate the applicant’s interest in magic. The demonstration is presented at a Monthly Assembly Meeting within three months of application to join the Assembly. The Vice President is responsible for scheduling all New Member Introductions.
5.05 Ratification ‐ Immediately after the conclusion of an applicant’s New Member Introduction, the applicant is escorted from the Monthly Assembly Meeting area by the Sergeant at Arms or other designated Assembly representative. The Assembly then discusses the applicant’s application and votes on whether or not to grant membership. If approval is granted, the applicant is escorted back into the meeting room, membership is conferred, and the new member is presented his name badge. In the event that an applicant’s membership is not approved, the application fee shall be returned to the applicant. Applicants who are denied membership may reapply for membership after ninety days. Application for membership is an agreement to support the Bylaws of the Assembly.
ANNUAL INSTALLATION BANQUET
The annual Alliance of Illusionists Installation of Officers Banquet will be held at the Mexican Inn restaurant located at 1625 8th Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104 at 7:00 pm on Thursday January 20, 2022, the Assembly’s regular third Thursday meeting night. This is the same location where previous banquets have been held, conveniently located about three miles north of the Illusion Warehouse. Note that when traveling north on McCart Avenue from the Illusion Warehouse magic shop, McCart turns into 8th Avenue as one crosses Berry Street.
Reservations are not required. Members and guests simply show-up for the event, order at the restaurant, and pay the restaurant for their meals. For use of the restaurant meeting room, the restaurant requires that everyone in attendance buy a meal. Also a small admission charge of $5 cash per person will be collected by the AOI Treasurer at the door to help pay for the special entertainment of David G Wonders from Tyler, Texas. David is a fulltime pro who is a master of the family show business!