Step 1: Do Some Research Start by conducting some research on your own. Most alumnae chapters have a website or Facebook page, but you can also reach out to individuals to ask questions without making any permanent commitment. Contact the Oak Park Chapter by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to answer your questions, and we encourage all interested women to join us for a meeting or social event before affiliating.
Step 2: Join the National Alumnae Association Prior to affiliating with us or with any specific chapter, you first need to join the National Alumnae Association. You can access the online form (and pay the $35 national dues) through the SAI Shop on the national website. Our VP Membership will be able to assist you with any specific questions related to this step.
Step 3: Affiliate with Our Chapter! Once you have successfully joined the national Alumnae Association, you are eligible to affiliate with any alumnae chapter. Our VP Membership will complete some internal forms on your behalf. Much like your initiation into SAI, there is a special ceremony commemorating your decision to affiliate with an alumnae chapter. It’s all very exciting and fun! You can check out our blog page for some post-ceremony photos!
A Note for Patroness Members All women interested in joining our chapter as a Patroness Member will be asked to complete a short training period, during which time we will introduce you our history, governance, and traditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t live in Oak Park. Can I still join? Yes! Our chapter consists of women living in Oak Park and the greater Chicago area. We hold meetings in members’ homes. We have members living in Oak Park, Darien, Lombard, Chicago, Oak Lawn, and other cities. Based on your preferences regarding location and meeting availability, you may also want to consider alumnae chapters in Evanston, Chicago, LaGrange, or Rockford.
I was not a member in college. Can I still join? Yes! Please reach out to us to ask about the process of becoming a patroness member. Patroness Membership is for women who support the arts in the community, and have been invited by a college or alumnae chapter to join SAI.
My life is already busy! What’s the time commitment? We meet no more than once a month, and each meeting lasts approximately two hours. Most of the Oak Park meetings are on the second Sunday of the month at 2 pm every month from September – April. A few of our members make it every month, but not all We also have a spring luncheon, holiday outing, community outreach event and various parties, outings or social gatherings. We love spending time together.
What are dues like? All alumnae members pay $35 in annual national dues, which can be paid independently through the SAI Store on the national website. We also ask that members of the Oak Park Alumnae Chapter pay an additional $35 in local dues, which we put toward our budget and philanthropy contribution.
I have more questions. Who should I talk to? Please reach out to us with any other questions or comments. Send an email to email@example.com. We’ll be sure to follow up with you.