How do I join the association?

Joining ISM Lehigh Valley is easy and much like joining any other organization. Fill out one of our membership applications and send it along with your check to the address on the form.

How much does it cost to join?

Regular membership is $205.00 annually and includes membership in both ISM-LV and the national association. National charges an additional $20.00 Administrative Fee for the first year. ISM-LV accepts “Associate” Members for annual dues of $100.00 but certain restrictions apply.

Can I use a credit card to pay membership dues?

Yes, you can! Information about that is on the application and/or website.

How do I know when I become a member?

All applications are reviewed by the Board for compliance with membership requirements. If the application is approved, you will receive a letter welcoming you to our association.

How long does my membership last?

Membership in the Association begins January 1 through December 31. There is a prorated credit toward the following year’s dues based on the month of election. Invoices for the following year are sent out in November and are due no later than the first dinner meeting in January.

I forgot to pay my dues. What do I do now?

Members whose dues have lapsed can simply be reinstated by paying their dues before August 1 of the dues year. HOWEVER, dues not received by the deadline drops a member from both our rolls AND national’s rolls. This WILL STOP all local and national mailings and other privileges normally provided to members. After August 1, a member must reapply with a new application and will have to pay another administrative fee of $20.00.

Where do I send late dues payments?

All dues payments are sent to George Nisiotis at 4994 Meadow Lane, Macungie, PA 18062.

I just moved to Lehigh Valley and want to transfer my membership. What do I need to do?

ISM-LV accepts transferees IF their dues were current at the association from which the member is transferring. A letter from the secretary of the former association needs to accompany the application to ISM-LV confirming dues status. A transfer is good for the remainder of the ISM-LV dues year. If the former association dues were not current, a person may simply send in a check with the ISM-LV application and apply as a new member.

When does the association hold meetings?

Professional Development meetings are generally held on the third Monday of each month. No meetings are held during the summer months. Check our web site for the details.

How do I know when meetings are held?

There is a variety of ways to learn about meeting times. Members will receive an email reminder prior to the meeting. Meeting information is published in our monthly newsletter and information is posted to this website. A good suggestion is to mark your calendar early in the affiliate year (September) for all scheduled meetings.

Where are dinner meetings held?

The association professional development meetings are currently held at various locations and are published in our newsletter each month.

How long do meetings last?

Professional development meeting times will vary but are usually concluded no later than 8:15 p.m.

What do you do at these meetings?

Activities will vary, but, generally, there is a networking/social hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Pre-Dinner educational meeting is also held during this hour on a variety of subjects. Attendance at these is optional and is free. They are concluded in time for dinner. Following the meal, there are announcements of general association business and a speaker follows. The meeting adjourns when the speaker is finished.

How much is the dinner meal?

Dinner cost are included with your dues. Reservations must be made no later than 5:00 p.m.Thursday, before the meeting date. Please do your best to notify the Programs Chair as soon as possible if you have registered and can not attend. Reservations will be considered firm upon receipt of voice mail or e-mail. Please do not duplicate.

Can I attend as a guest?

Yes. Reservations ARE required if you wish to have dinner and guests are charged $30 at the door.

Where do I report changes in my phone, mailing or other communications information?

DO NOT REPORT YOUR CHANGE TO NATIONAL!!! All members are asked to report their change information in writing to the Membership Chairperson; Jane Affa – Email: Companies having three or more members also have a “Company Coordinator”. You may report all relevant changes to that person and he/she will report it to the membership Chairperson.

Who reports changes to National?

The Membership Chair reports all known changes to National each month. Twice a year a membership reconciliation and update is made thru the Membership Chairperson.

If I want to receive my mail at home, is that OK?

All members have the option of receiving their mail at home or at their office. Please note that we wish to keep both addresses on file so that we have a backup if your mail is returned to us. You simply need to specify which address you prefer for mailing purposes.

What changes do I need to report?

Report any and every thing that changes – your name, phone number, fax number, email address; your company name and/or new employer, PO Box, street address and/or zip code. When you use a P.O. Box, please be sure your zip code matches that for the box rather than your street address. The reverse is also true if you use a street address. Of course, this is needed if your employer relocates, but it is also true when you move within your office and your phone/fax numbers, etc. change.

How confidential is the information I supply to the association?

We make every effort to keep data private. All members information directories are password protected on our web site. We also make a substantial effort to keep directories in the hands of our members only.

Does the association sell directory information or release the information to sales people? Am I going to get a lot of junk mail?

We do not sell or release directories to non members. Once we have uploaded member’s information on the website, we cannot guarantee that the information won’t be pirated by someone, but we try to keep all data as private as possible.

Where can I get information on Certification examinations?

C.P.S.M. Certification is the sole province of the National Organization. All reservations, test information and fees should be directed to the National office in Tempe, Arizona. You may review the data on this website or contact National directly at 1-800-888-6276 or

How much does the test cost?

Test costs are discounted to association members. Please contact the National office for specifics.

How often are tests held?

One can schedule a C.P.S.M. exam at any time during the year. Computer based tests are administered at ProMetric testing sites throughout the United States (locally at Sylvan Learning in Allentown PA). You should contact ISM National at 1-800-888-6276 for additional information.

Other than monthly meetings, does the association have other meetings or seminars?

We sponsor periodic broadcast seminars throughout the year. Please consult the newsletter or Professional Development page of this web-site for more information on topics, schedule location and fees.

I am interested in joining a committee. What kinds of committees do you have?

ISM-LV association such has a wide variety of committee activity and Committee Chairs are always glad to have participants. Committees range from Greeters at general meetings to our fund raising events to professional development. All members are encouraged to participate as their circumstances permit. Many jobs do not require extensive participation time – sometimes only for a particular event or on an as needed basis. Of course time will vary depending upon the scope of committee work. Anyone interested in joining a committee can find contacts here at the website.

How can I find out about association events?

ISM-LV has several avenues thru which anyone can find out about events and activities. Obviously, this website is one. The Communications Committee also sends out email notices relative to upcoming events on an as needed basis including a notice about the general meetings held each month. If your company has a Company Coordinator, information is also available thru them. Persons attending general meetings will hear various announcements about our upcoming events as well. If greater detail is needed, one should contact the chair of the committee handling the event. These Chairs are printed in the association directory, the monthly newsletter and on the website. They will be happy to assist you.

Does the association furnish publications?

The association publishes a monthly newsletter that is posted on our association website approximately 7-10 days prior to the monthly meetings. Limited newsletter mailings are made to members that do not have a valid email address listed in our association records. Regular members also receive a monthly newsletter publication and other mailings from National. Associate members do not receive National’s mailings. All local information is also posted to this website.