FAQ

  • An application for membership can be completed on-line at NOAABIG.org or it can be downloaded, completed, and submitted to the chapter’s membership chairperson.
  • Any person who is in accord with the philosophy, principles, policies and objectives of this organization, and agrees to adhere to the same, may become a member of the organization regardless of race, creed, religion, or sex.
  • The membership application has a section where the type of membership can be selected, New, Renewal, Regular, Associate, or Life
  • NOAA BIG supports numerous programs and activities, however there are several standing activities that the chapter conducts annually, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Toy/Clothes Drive, Barbara Tobe Scholarship, and Send Your Child to Camp Programs. The chapter also coordinates with NOAA line offices to commemorate special emphasis programs, e.g., Black History Month.
  • The elected officials for the chapter are the President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Correspondence Secretary, Regional Representatives, and Chapter Delegates. A detailed list of current officials can be viewed at NOAABIG.org.
  • Annual dues vary depending on the membership type. Regular membership dues are $45 per year ($35 for National and $10 for the chapter), Associate membership dues are $31 per year ($25 for National and $6 for the chapter), and Life membership is a one time fee of $300.
  • Regular membership – Any employee or retiree of the Federal, state or a local government who is in accord with the principles, policies and objectives of the organization and who agrees to adhere to the same, may become a Regular Member of this organization with the consent of the Board of Directors, and by paying the annual national membership fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00). Regular members shall be accorded all privileges of membership, except being National delegates unless they are also Chapter members.
  • Associate membership – Any person who is in accord with the principles, policies, and objectives of this organization and who agrees to adhere to the same may become an Associate Member of this organization by paying a membership fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Such members shall be accord all rights and privileges of membership except those of voting and holding elective offices.
  • Life membership – Any person who is in accord with the principles, policies, and objectives of this organization and who agrees to adhere to the same may become a Life Member of this organization by paying a one time membership fee of three hundred dollars ($300.00). Such members shall be accord all rights and privileges of membership except that only those who are qualified as Regular member shall be eligible to vote or hold elective office.
  • A general meeting is every third Thursday of the month. The Executive Board meets every second Thursday of the month.
  • As a member you will be included in the established BIG mechanism for personal and professional growth at the Federal, State, and local governmental levels. You will have the opportunity to network with workers from all levels of government and all areas of the public workforce. If you have a problem on the job, your BIG chapter can be an excellent resource for help and counsel. BIG keeps you up to date with the latest developments affecting the African American government employee. BIG gives recognition your contributions to the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Participation on any committee can be achieved by volunteering or through appointment, although appointments must be consensual.
  • A list of operational committees and points of contacts are identified on NOAABIG.org.
  • Suggestions can be submitted to the chapter’s Public Relations chair.
  • A term lasts two years, beginning on January 1st and terminating December 31st
  • Elections are held in October of the second year of an elected official’s term.
  • NOAA BIG operates under the guidance of its chapter by laws, in accordance with the National Constitution. The General meetings are conducted under the chapter’s Standing Rules of Conduct and Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • NOAA BIG’s goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.
  • NOAA BIG’s objective is to be a national response to the needs of African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues.