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MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

REAL MEN GIVING REAL TIME

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED JOINING THE 100?

The 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Inc. is comprised of successful and committed African Americans in the area coming together to make a difference in the lives of our youths.  We are “Real Men Giving Real Time.”Membership to our organization is not granted without careful scrutiny of one’s character, commitment to our goals, expertise, experience, and track record of success in one person, business, or civic endeavors. For consideration, all new member applications must be completed and sponsored by a current member in good standing.

Our success has been the direct result of the committed men, volunteers, and corporate partners who have invested their time and resources to impact young black males and their families as well as the local community.  We seek members who are interested in making a difference in our community and are willing to contribute their time and talents to the organization.

 

Membership Qualifications

Regular Membership is the standard class of Membership in the Organization for all members in good standing who fulfill their financial and participatory requirements, as may be determined from time to time.

Associate Membership is a class of membership in which individuals who want to be members in good standing and support the Organization in a financial way but whom, by virtue of their schedule and obligations will not be able to honor the participation requirements of Regular Membership.

The National Organization may confer Honorary Membership upon any individual who exemplifies the purposes of the Organization. Honorary Members are not entitled to vote as part of the general body and shall not be included in establishing a quorum hereunder.

Members in Good Standing

A)  A Regular Member shall be considered a member in good standing in the Organization so long as all of the following are true:

1) seventy percent (70%) of the membership present at an official meeting of the Organization has accepted the member’s application for membership;

2) the member has made payment of initiation fees, dues, and late fees as may from time to time be fixed by the Board of Directors, Membership Committee, or the membership;

3) the member has verified that in the twelve (12) months before his application or his membership anniversary, he has performed at least twelve (12) hours of uncompensated volunteer service; and

4) the member regularly attends meetings and functions sponsored by the Organization to be an active participant in the workings of the Organization. Any member, who is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings without good and significant reason, after consideration and recommendation by the Board of Directors, may lose good standing status by a majority vote of the members at the next regular meeting.

B.  A member who, for nonpayment of dues or lack of participation, becomes inactive and loses good standing must pay a $50.00 reactivation fee in addition to the membership fees owed during the current membership year and then may be considered to be a member in good standing again. If a member becomes inactive, he is not allowed to attend any member meetings, general meetings, or board meetings until his member status is reactivated by payment of dues and reactivation fee, along with a recommendation from the membership committee chairman.

***A Member becomes INACTIVE when he has failed to pay his membership dues for the previous year and fails to pay his membership dues by March 31 of the current year.***

Why join the 100 BMOGC?

Join the 100 to become a change agent in the community. We work to empower youth through our four pillars: Health & Wellness, Mentoring, Education, and Economic Development. Mentoring is the core service delivery for the 100. We are the largest network of African American male mentors in the nation. We work hard to influence and transform lives in our communities.

Candidates:

The ideal candidate is demonstrably community-driven with a history of service and volunteerism. We look for active candidates in their community and are committed to continuing their efforts alongside the 100. We don’t want candidates who are solely interested in the social aspect of being a 100 member; we want workers. Our motto is “what they see is what they’ll be.” Our goal is to present our community with hard-working, successful Black males, so they are inclined to emulate us.

Be a part of an organization that is making a serious commitment to elevating our communities by improving the economic status and providing programs that enhance and enrich lives through Mentoring, Education, Economic Development, and Health and Wellness.

The 100 Black Men of Cleveland is a catalyst for resolving issues of critical importance to the American people, focusing on issues affecting communities of color. We have an increasing level of commitment to impact the next generation.

The process:

First, you need to show up to our events and support our efforts. Attending our programs is a prerequisite for membership consideration. Next, you find a sponsor who will recommend you to the organization. A sponsor is a 100 member who is in good standing with the organization. Finally, you complete an interest form and submit a payment of $50 that covers your background check. If selected, you will be called for an interview. After the consultation and application are presented to the executive board, you will be given to the general body for a final vote. (Read more in next section below)

If you have questions or are interested in becoming a member and making a difference in our community, don’t hesitate to contact our Membership Chair.

Rodney L. Brown

Timeline for New Member Process

Step 1

The Informational

We will conduct an informational meeting for those interested in finding out more about our organization. You will get to meet and talk with current members. Learn about our history, mission, and vision,
and our impact here in the St. Louis community.​  

NOTE: It is advisable to bring a copy of your résumé or CV to this meeting.

Step 2

​The Application

Click the link below to fill out the online application for membership.  This can be filled out at any time and will be kept on file until the next intake session.  There is no obligation.  If you decide not to move forward, your application will be deleted.

NOTE: There is a non-refundable $50 application fee.  Also, sponsorship by an active member of the 100 Black Men is required.

Step 3

Résumé​ and Letters of Recommedation

Submit a copy of your résumé or CV and letters of recommendation.  You will need 2 letters of recommendation, with at least one from an active member of the 100 Black Men.

 

Step 4

Individual and Group Interviews

After a preliminary review of your application and information, you may or may not be granted an intake interview.  Should you be given an interview, one will be scheduled with the induction team.  The final decision will be made for induction into our organization from that interview.  At that point, your respective dues payment will be collected 

Member Expections

100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, Inc. comprises successful and committed African Americans in the metro Cleveland area coming together to make a difference in the lives of our youth. Please note our members’ diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ages as you view our members online. We recommend you view our event calendar and come to one of our membership meetings to learn of us firsthand.

It is expected of all our members to:

•Contribute your time, resources, and talents to benefit and advance our organization and its mission.

•Serve on at least one committee

•Please participate in our mentoring efforts

•Please participate in our programs, i.e. Walk A Mile With A Child, Health and Wellness, etc.

•Attend regularly scheduled events and meetings.

•Pay all dues promptly

•Purchase at least 2 tickets to the annual Black Tie Gala.

•Attend a minimum of 75% of General Body Meeting annually.