Are you interested in joining TEMPO Racine?
Here's what you need to know.

When does TEMPO Racine meet?

TEMPO Racine's monthly programmed luncheons take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month (excluding August) from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. In August, the Board of Directors holds their annual strategic planning meeting. We typically meet at the Racine Country Club.

Two of the luncheons deviate from regular programming: In July, we host an annual new member recruitment picnic where guest fees are waived, and in December, we host an annual holiday party.

Be sure to check the calendar on our website as well as your inbox for details on upcoming events.

What are the criteria for membership?

Applications are evaluated according to 4 key areas:

  1. Professional accomplishment
  2. Educational attainment
  3. Community service and leadership
  4. Additional achievements and references

We do not wish to make the application process exclusive or unnecessarily difficult, so there are no concrete thresholds in any single category. For example, when it comes to educational attainment, we do not require a minimum of, say, a Master's degree. Some members have doctorate degrees while others have special training and certificates that are specific to a profession that does not necessarily require a traditional degree. What we're really looking for is evidence that you are dedicated to continual learning and self-improvement. The same principle applies to the other criteria.

What does TEMPO Racine expect of its members?

We expect all members to be courteous, professional, and conduct themselves with our mission and vision in mind. Beyond that, membership is what you make of it. Given our relatively small membership size, however, we highly encourage every member to get involved in a committee or the Board. The last portion of the membership application will ask you to check any potential volunteer interests you may have so that the appropriate board member(s) can help you get involved.

How do I apply?

The application process begins when a current member of TEMPO Racine nominates a woman leader who they believe would be a good fit to the organization. The nomination form asks the member for information about the nominee's background, concluding with a personal letter of recommendation. When the nomination form is submitted, we will email you the link to the membership application form.

Nomination Form (For Members)

What happens when I submit the membership application?

It will go to the Membership Committee for evaluation. The committee will discuss whether your qualifications, experience, and character are compatible with and representative of TEMPO Racine's mission to advance the impact of women leaders. If so, they will then recommend you as a membership candidate to the Board of Directors and provide a summary of your application. A majority vote by the Board of Directors ultimately determines acceptance.

Who can see my application?

Your application is held in confidence within the Membership Committee, the Board of Directors, and the administrative assistant.

When will I know if I am accepted?

Applications used to be processed quarterly. We are moving to a system where they will be processed every other month, so the wait should be no longer than two months. The Membership Committee or administrative assistant will contact you with updates as soon as they become available.

Can I still attend monthly luncheons while my application is processing?

Yes. While your application is pending, we encourage you to continue to attend our monthly programs at the $30 guest rate until a decision is reached.

What happens if I am accepted?

Upon acceptance, we will contact you with onboarding information and send an invoice for yearly membership dues (currently $350, nonrefundable) which are payable upon receipt. Exceptions occur if you have a corporate sponsor funding your membership.

Your new membership status will be announced at the membership program following your approval. You will be notified in advance of the date. This announcement date marks the beginning of your membership term, which expires on the first day of your anniversary month.

Automated membership renewals are scheduled to send at intervals beginning 45 days before your expiration date, so you will have plenty of time and reminders to renew. Renewing members have the option to take a leave of absence for up to 6 months for a fraction of the original membership dues rate.

What happens if I am not accepted?

On the rare occasion that an application is postponed, please know that we do not desire to be exclusive or make the application process unnecessarily difficult. We're on your side! Our goal is to have zero postponed applications by ensuring that our members are well informed about our expectations and membership criteria before submitting a nomination.

If an application is not immediately accepted, the cause is typically a lack of information. The committee will reach out to you and/or the member who nominated you in order to gather more information to support your membership candidacy. When sufficient information has been obtained, the committee will revisit your application.

If, after seeking additional information, the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors decide to postpone the application, they will kindly discuss their reasoning and work with you to create a written Professional Plan for a successful future application.

What do membership dues cover?

Membership dues are currently set to $350 per year (about $30 per month) and are renewed on a yearly basis. Depending on the needs of our budget, this amount may shift. If it does, you will be notified.

As a non-profit organization, we try to keep dues as low as possible while still providing a high-quality membership experience. Our current dues cover venue/meal costs for 9 monthly luncheons, the July new member recruitment picnic, and the December holiday party almost exclusively. We do not host a membership luncheon in August, as the board hosts their annual strategic planning meeting during this month.

The remaining portion of your membership dues goes to support overhead including our online membership platform/website service, paid staff, and marketing materials/supplies, which are all vital to keep our organization running smoothly.

As a dues-paying member, you receive the ability to invite guests. Read our full guest policy here.

You also receive the ability to attend TEMPO Milwaukee events (at their guest rate) without the need for an invitation from one of their members. With roughly 500 members and 3 full-time staff, TEMPO Milwaukee hosts phenomenal programs and events that you won't want to miss out on!

These dues do not cover special events. The Special Events subcommittee plans socials and activities with an extra-special touch to give members the opportunity to socialize outside the bounds of our regular monthly programming. Given the irregular nature of these events, we will ask a reasonable attendance fee per event instead of hiking up your membership dues.

Can I sponsor my own membership?

Yes. If you would like for your personal business to sponsor your membership, or your employer is interested in becoming a sponsor, please review our sponsorship packages. If the sponsoring party desires certain benefits that are not listed or wants their contribution to go toward specific causes or activities, we will work with them to develop a personalized sponsorship package.

 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]