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March 01, 2004

Free SIG for JALT Members

Among the changes announced at the annual JALT Executive Board Meeting was that the¥1,500 membership fee will be waived for one Special Interest Group during a one-year promotional period starting April 1, 2004. This year is JALT's 30th anniversary, and it is hoped that this move will foster greater professional development, encourage members to become more active in JALT, and move JALT to be more in line with other international organizations. They also hope that membership will increase as a result of the added value of membership benefits.

In other decisions, the appointment of Amanda O’Brien as the Publications Board Chair, replacing outgoing Chair Brad Visgatis, was unanimously approved; a system of penalties was created to prevent late annual report submissions by regional chapters and SIGs; a three-tiered chapter status system was approved. The system is designed to give newly forming chapters a step-by-step plan to become a "full-fledged" chapter, by defining goals for each of the three steps. It also provides a warning for chapters that are becoming inactive or are experiencing falling membership.

The JALT Executive Board Meeting was held at the Teachers College Columbia University, Tokyo on the weekend of January 24-25 to plan for the upcoming annual conference, to prepare an annual budget, and to discuss motions made by its members.
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