Categories of Membership
The Society has six classes of members. The designation of such classes and the qualifications and rights of the members of such classes are as follows:
Open to professional women employed in higher education who are concerned with perpetuating and promoting quality programs in human movement (sport, dance and exercise) and who support the goals and purposes of Western Society, provided that they are affiliated with institutions within the following geographical area: the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada. Active members are entitled to all the privileges of this Society including those of holding office, serving as Chairs of standing committees, voting, attending conferences and receiving publications of the Society.
Open to women who have completed an advanced degree who support the goals and purposes of Western Society. Allied members are entitled to all the privileges of active membership except those of holding office and serving as Chairs of standing committees.
Open to former members of Western Society who have temporarily or permanently left employment in higher education and choose to continue their support of the goals and purposes of Western Society. Associate members are entitled to all the privileges of active membership.
Open to graduate students, teaching assistants, graduate assistants, research assistants and international visitors. These members are entitled to all the privileges of active membership except those of voting, holding office and serving as Chairs of standing committees. Reciprocity memberships shall be extended to members of other districts temporarily residing within the geographical confines of WSPECW.
If a member retires from the institution with which she has been affiliated (according to the rules and regulations of that institution) and at the time of retirement has been a member of this Society for at least eight of the ten years immediately prior to the retirement, she is eligible for emeritae membership and such a membership shall be extended to her upon notification of retirement and shall continue indefinitely. Emeritae members are entitled to all the privileges of active membership.
Women who have been members of the Society for a period of at least eight of the ten years immediately prior to retirement (as defined by the institution with which they have been affiliated) from teaching or administration within the province of human movement primarily concerned with sport, dance or exercise who have given outstanding service to the Society may be invited to become Honorary Members. Honorary Membership shall be awarded by the Executive Board upon recommendation of the Honorary Membership Committee. Women who have been so honored are entitled to all of the privileges of active membership.
Admission to Membership
Women eligible for active, associate, allied, or temporary membership shall be deemed admitted to such membership upon payment of the first annual dues. Women eligible for emeritae membership shall be admitted to membership upon request to the Treasurer. Honorary members shall be admitted to membership upon their election by the Executive Board.