National Geographic : 1959 Jan
SECRETARY THOMAS W. McKNEW TALKS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP "How CAN I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY?" This question is asked again and again in our mail, and I meet it constantly in my travels at home and abroad. Our bylaws state: "Members shall be persons interested in the increase and diffusion of geo graphic knowledge." Most new members, of course, are elected through nomination by a member - just as when The Society was formed 71 years ago. But unfortunately, there are many, many persons who don't know a member and who think there is no avenue open to them. The latter just isn't so. The Society's Membership Committee meets regularly for the specific purpose of making membership possible for all worthy persons who would like to participate in our work and re ceive the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. In diffusing geographic knowledge, The So ciety is one of the biggest customers of the post office in the Nation's Capital. Incoming National Geographic mail pours out of sacks at a rate up to 90,000 pieces a day, the bulk of it addressed to the Secretary. It's phenomenal how many of these letters come from nonmembers. People write to their Congressmen ... and they write to the National Geographic Society. They question us on nearly every conceivable subject because geography is as wide as the whole world, its peoples in all their works, and the infinite variety of nature's kingdom. Today we go even farther, for it is not only "our" world we roam seeking knowl- edge. Man has now set his sights on the vastness of space and has added a new dimension to geography. Do we answer all these inquiries? We cer tainly do! The Society exists by and for its mem bers, but it has a further purpose, to inform mankind. Naturally, the thousands who inquire about membership are taking the straightest road to the wealth of knowledge and enjoyment The Society presents through the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE and its book program. For the thousands more who haven't yet put their desire for membership in writing, this third page inside the front cover of the Magazine provides a direct line to the Membership Com mittee. We will welcome hearing from them! Check one SHE SECRETARY I DESIRE INFORMATION concerning Please print frm mail membership and the NATIONAL GEO SNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY GRAPHIC MAGAZINE. (Fill in below.) * WASHINGTON 6, D. C. DUES for calendar year: $6.50 rate applies in United States, U.S. Possessions, and Canada. Countries in the Postal Union of the Amer icas and Spain, $7. Elsewhere, $8. (Determined by postage differ entials.) Life membership, $150 U.S. funds. Make remittances payable to and send direct to The National Geographic Society. MEMBER'S NAME. I NOMINATE for Society Membership the person named below. (Use separate sheet for additional nominations.) (GIFT MEMBERSHIP) I nominate and enclose $ for dues of the person named below. Send gift card Q CANDIDATE'S IlAMC. STREET CITY. ZONE. STATE STREET CITY. ZONE. STATE 1-59 "- ~N LI "