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AHSAA Membership FAQ

When does my AHSAA membership expire?

The easiest way to find out is to look at the mailing label on your most recent AHSAA newsletter. There are two or three numbers above your name.

I'm not a dues paying member and I received a postcard or AHSAA newsletter?

Up until 2010, even if you were not a dues paying AHSAA member, we would to send you the first AHSAA newsletter of the year, but starting May 2010 we only send a postcard once a year to all non dues paying AHS Alumni. Why do we do this?
  1. We love to keep in contact with you.
  2. We want you to keep your membership active.
  3. In case you have moved, we send all postcards or newsletters 1st class postage and we will usually receive your new address back from the post office.
  4. We only send postcards once a year to non-dues paying AHS Alumni to keep postage costs down, and to reduce the amount of paper waste. The only way to recieve a current newsletter is to join

How much is it to join or renew my AHSAA membership

For the first time in 20 years we raised the price of membership by $2 per year starting August 2012. Sorry about that, but you all know what postage rates used to be and what they are now. So here is the cost breakdown, the 3 year rate has a nice discount over the 1 year rate.

U.S. mailing address:                    1 yr - $8.00     2 yrs - $15.00   3 yrs - $20.00

International mailing address:        1 yr - $16.00  2 yrs - $30.00   3 yrs - $40.00

How many newsletters will I receive if I am a member?

Current AHSAA members receive three newsletters each year. These newsletters are not posted on www.ahsalum.org for at least 3 to 5 years. The only way to recieve a current newsletter is to become a dues paying member. If you are not a member we would love to have you join.

Hey! I haven't received any AHSAA newsletters or even a postcard for a long time?

If you are an AHS Alumni, and you are not receiving at least one postcard or newsletter per year in the Spring, then we do not have your current mailing address, or your address is still in care of your parents and they are not giving you your mail (see below).

It's soooo easy to let us know your current address, and only takes 2 minutes, 3 if you went to Welch (JUST KIDDING!!). Click here and email AHSAA your current mailing address, or you can send your updated mailing address to AHSAA 1921 Ames High Drive, Ames, Iowa 50010. Be sure and tell us what year you graduated, your full name, and maiden name, and while your at it, your email address. If you have any AHS stories from the "good 'ol days" we like to hear those too, and some of them will make it into our newsletter.

My address is in care of my Parents and they forgot to give me my AHS class reunion info and I missed my reunion!! :-(

Hmmm... after all these years :-) we understand, your busy and you haven't updated your address since Ames High School days, and the newsletter and all reunion mailings are still being delivered % parents. Well its time, so check the label on your last newsletter or postcard, it should be your current address not a % (which means in care of).

AHSAA hates %, and thousands of our mailing addresses are still listed as %. We have a harder time keeping track of you if you have an in care of address, and your classmates will have a harder time getting AHS class reunion notices to you. If you are getting your newsletters in c/o your parents or another address and they move there is a high chance we will lose your address, and you will be on our lost list instead of getting that next reunion registration form. All reunions get Alumni address lists from the AHSAA. Its a free service we provide to reunion committees, and we are happy to do that. mail your current address to us, or mail it.

My spouse and I are both AHS grads and are receiving two newsletters. Could you please just send one to both of us?

I appreciate that you want to concerve our precious resources, as much as I would love to do that, we are not able for a couple of reasons.

Since we are an all volunteer committee of only 6 people tracking 21,000 alumni, we can err easily if we don't send one newsletter to every AHS Alumni at least once per year. The good news is we only mail 1 Spring newsletter per year to all dues-paying and non-dues-paying AHS Alumni (of course, dues-paying members receive ALL AHSAA newsletters every year).

Besides getting all the latest AHSAA news to you, one of the main reasons we send at least one newsletter to every AHSAA Alumni once per year, is to get back your forwarding address if you move and forget to inform us of your new location. I'm sure this would never happen to you, but with the divorce rate at 50% there is a chance we might lose some Alumni if we only send one mailing, and they each go their separate way.

Sorry about that, and I do get this request about 6 times per year, but we are all about keeping all the AHSAA records as accurate as possible for all Alumni, so we keep sending out to each and every one of our classmates once per year.

Who joins AHSAA?

Bill Ripp gave a short report on new and renewed meberships at the January 16, 2007 AHSAA monthly meeting. In the past 3 years 3,507 memberships have been recieved with an average of 1,169 memberships per year for the last 3 years.

3,507 AHSAA memberships since 2004 (by total memberships per year)

1,106 memberships total in 2006 (by AHS graduation year)