FAQ

How do I become a member of NOAA BIG?

Who can join BIG?

How do I become a lifetime member of NOAA BIG?

What programs or activities do NOAA BIG support?

Who are the officers of NOAA BIG?

How much are the yearly dues?

Can you tell me more about the different types of membership?

How often do the members meet?

What are some benefits that I can receive by being a member of BIG?

How can I join a NOAA BIG committee?

How do I contact the NOAA BIG Committee Chairpersons?

How do I submit a suggestion to NOAA Big?

How long is a term in office?

When are elections held?

How is NOAA BIG run?

What are the goals of NOAA BIG?

What is NOAA BIG’s objective?


  • How do I become a member of NOAA BIG?
    • 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.

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  • Who can join BIG?
    • 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.

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  • How do I become a lifetime member of NOAA BIG?
    • The membership application has a section where the type of membership can be selected, New, Renewal, Regular, Associate, or Life

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  • What programs or activities do NOAA BIG support?

    • 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.

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  • Who are the officers of NOAA BIG?
    • 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.

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  • How much are the yearly dues?
    • 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.

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  • Can you tell me more about the different types of membership?
    • 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.

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  • How often do the members meet?
    • A general meeting is every third Thursday of the month. The Executive Board meets every second Thursday of the month.

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  • What are some benefits that I can receive by being a member of BIG?
    • 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.

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  • How can I join a NOAA BIG committee?

    • Participation on any committee can be achieved by volunteering or through appointment, although appointments must be consensual.

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  • How do I contact the NOAA BIG Committee Chairpersons?
    • A list of operational committees and points of contacts are identified on NOAABIG.org.

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  • How do I submit a suggestion to NOAA Big?
    • Suggestions can be submitted to the chapter’s Public Relations chair.

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  • How long is a term in office?
    • A term lasts two years, beginning on January 1st and terminating December 31st

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  • When are elections held?
    • Elections are held in October of the second year of an elected official’s term.

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  • How is NOAA BIG run?
    • 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.

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  • What are the goals of NOAA BIG?
    • NOAA BIG’s goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.

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  • What is NOAA BIG’s objective?
    • 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.

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