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Albuquerque Press Club's FAQ's

 
What are we?

We are a private club, a disparate community of individuals with a common purpose.  We believe that service to this community enriches us all in many ways. 

We offer a non-threatening social venue providing opportunities to our members as varied as our membership.  One might find card or table games, discussion groups, music groups, and professional development groups operating on their own within our organization.  We offer opportunities to produce or participate in a wide variety of social activities. 

 

 

Who owns the APC? 

The membership owns the APC but maybe not in a manner that is immediately apparent. 

The APC is a non-profit.  As such, it operates in the interests of the people of NM.  It is owned, operated, and managed by the current membership.  Every voting member is an owner and has an equal say in how we manage the club. 

Our members own our building, free and clear.  However, we don’t own it in the sense that we members could sell the place and split the proceeds.  This goes back to the “operates in the interests of the people of NM” thing.  Though we own it, operate it, manage it, and control it, we cannot personally financially benefit from it.

How is the APC managed and operated?

The APC has a Board of Directors that oversees the management of the club while providing valuable volunteer services necessary for the successful operation of the club.  This board consists of officers who are elected to o

ne year terms and have specific responsibilities.  These positions include the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The president stays on for a single year after his/her term has ended as a director with the title of “past president”.  

In addition to the officers, we have six directors, elected to staggered two year terms.  These are the people who are expected to handle many of the regular operating functions of the club.  Each director is expected to accept personal responsibility for one or more areas of club operations.  Oftentimes they develop a committee to assist them in their endeavors which include: managing the membership database system, production of a newsletter, regular auditing of our books, building maintenance, directing social events, managing art shows, and more.

The Board of directors meets monthly to maintain currency and to approve changes as well as approving new memberships

Is the staff paid or do they volunteer?

We have a paid bar staff., bartenders and club manager, and a very part time cleaning person who picks up where the bartenders duties leave off.  We have a large volunteer staff of elected officers and directors as well as individuals who volunteer for occasional duty. 

Getting involved in the APC community. 

Our club has a lot to offer, it also has a lot of continuing needs.  The social events we put on don’t just happen, somewhere there is a volunteer behind the scenes putting the effort to make it happen.  Maintaining our books, our membership roster, our records, are all done by members who volunteer their time and sit on our Board of Directors.  Fresh paint, yard cleanup, repairs and maintenance, watering the yard or the plants, fixing the leaking pipes, replacing the bad electrical fixtures, patching the leaky roof, maintaining the evaporative cooler, and more, are some of the things done by our volunteers.  If you’re willing to participate in any of this, we have a place for you.

Becoming a member

Both professional press and social memberships are available.  Applications are available in the clubhouse.  Your completed application, submitted to the bartender with payment, will be considered at the next regularly scheduled (monthly) board meeting. 

Benefits of membership

  •  You may participate in selection of the board that manages the club
  •  You may become part of the management of the club through election to the board of directors
  •  You may participate in the various committees that make our club operate. 
  •  You get a $.50 discount on each or your drinks
  •  You participate in making both Albuquerque and our small APC community a better place to live and participate in life. 


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