Membership in the Western Chapter has traditionally been informally accorded. This informal system has worked reasonably well in the past. However, the original endowment which has been used to finance local chapter events has been shrinking. The long-term viability of our local chapter is uncertain without a source of reliable revenue.
The majority of APT chapters which collect memberships, charge $30 for an individual, and this amount is seen as appropriate to grow the chapter into the future. WCAPT has selected a membership annual renewal period to coincide with APT International, from July 1 to June 30, to encourage membership in both. To further encourage membership in APTI, a 33% discount is applied to WCAPT membership for APTI members. WCAPT is the only APT chapter to apply this discount.
An innovation of the Western Chapter is to charge no fee for students with a current student ID. This is intended to encourage student membership and participation in student scholarships.
A new class of membership, Corporate, will aid in the financial security strategy. There are several benefits to Corporate membership in WCAPT: the member company has prominent promotional placement at events and in printed promotional material; discounted or complementary admission to events; prominent placement in the Member Directory. Sponsor level membership admits three representatives of the organization or firm as members, while Patron level membership admits six representatives as members.