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Criteria for Membership

The 100 Black Men of the Upstate, SC. regularly hosts orientation and information gathering sessions for men interested in membership with our organization.

Typically, prospective members are identified by a current member as a person who has the desire to provide their considerable talents and valuable time in aiding 100 Black Men of the Upstate, SC. to serve our community.

Attending an orientation and information session will offer the prospective member insight into the purpose and activities of 100 Black Men of the Upstate, SC, and at this session, any and all questions can be voiced.

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Membership Types

Active Member - A member who is actively involved with the programs of the chapter, serves on one or more committees and regularly attends meetings.

Supporting Member - A member who financially supports the chapter, but is currently unable to devote sufficient time to mentoring, tutoring and/or committee work. This form of membership is only granted by the executive committee of the chapter.

The Membership Process

In order to become a member of the 100 Black Men of the Upstate, SC., any interested person must be nominated by a current financial member of the Chapter. The nominating member must submit the name of the interested individual to the Membership Committee by the established deadline. The deadline will vary depending upon the timing of the orientation session.

After the individual names have been submitted to the membership chairperson, the chairperson will contact the prospective member via a phone call, and then follow-up letter informing them of their nomination. The letter also will provide information regarding the next orientation session.

Prospective Members will be required to do the following:

  • Attend a membership orientation session. The date of the orientation session will be determined by the Membership Committee with the approval of the Executive Committee.
  • Submit a completed application with an application deposit of $40.00 (non-refundable).
  • With the completed application, all prospective members must submit a background check verification form from their local law enforcement agency (military security clearances are not acceptable). Recognizing that the background check takes a considerable amount of time, applicants are encouraged to submit the completed background check during the interview process.
  • All applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation; one letter must be from a current member of the 100 in good standing (financial member). All applicants will have an interview with before the Membership Committee. After the completion of the interview before the Membership Committee, the membership committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Committee for approval of membership.
  • All applicants must submit the remaining balance of the annual membership fee ($300.00). Full or prorated fee due 30days after completion of acceptance. If within this 30-day period the balance has not been received by the Chapter, the $100 deposit will be returned and offer of membership rescinded.
  • Upon notification of membership, all prospective members will be required to complete 30 hours of in-service training before receiving membership cards and certificates. The training will consist of the following components:2 hours: New Member Orientation Session. This session will consist of the Executive Committee and the Membership Committee providing an overview of the Chapter's activities and strategic plan 8 hours: Committee Work Assignment. All new members will be assigned to a Committee and will be responsible for providing 8 hours of service to that Committee. The Committee Chairperson will be responsible for certifying that this requirement has been met. 20 hours: In-Service Hours on a Committee. All new and current members will be required to dedicate at least 20 hours to a committee. The membership committee will work the Vice President of Operations and the respective committee chairs to determine their needs and determine an assignment schedule. Upon completion of the 30 hours of in-service training, all new members will sign a membership pledge which will be placed into the official records of the membership files. The pledge is designed to provide a commitment from new members that will hold them accountable to the 100.
  • New members will take the Membership Oath at a scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors.
  • The 30 hours of in-service training must be completed within the first 90 days of initial notification of membership.