The Bass Federation is striving to make membership renewal easier each year. TBF has begun accepting membership renewals for 2012. Current memberships expire on December 31, 2011* and you can update NOW to ensure your club maintains the insurance policy coverage and your members don’t have a lapse in tournament eligibility or magazine delivery.
We will continue to collect both TBF and FLW Outdoors membership updates through TBF and through our online roster management system. The secure website is www.tbfwebservices.com. TBF dues are $15 and have been since 2000. FLW dues will remain at $35. Our system WILL collect $50 for both – PLEASE VERIFY YOUR MEMBER’S CORRECT ADDRESSES BEFORE UPDATING THEM.
ALL TBF members MUST pay their FLW dues through their home TBF club and will be charged for both memberships. FLW Outdoor’s will NOT accept dues from a TBF member. NOTICE: due to publication issues and other items FLW Outdoor memberships now run one year from date of purchase. So getting your dues in through your club to TBF will simplify your entire clubs process and help keep your TBF expiration and your FLW Expiration dates the same, Dec 31.
It is important NOT to wait as tournament participation and eligibility may be affected especially if you have members who fish BFL’s or other FLW events. Get their dues into TBF early so you won’t have any “last minute” hurdles. REGARDLESS THE TBF SYSTEM WILL COLLECT $50 FROM EVERY MEMBER. If a member has joined FLW “around” their club they can either call FLW for a refund or we will simply extend their FLW membership out another year from that date.
PLEASE PAY THE EXACT AMOUNT LISTED ON THE SYSTEM GENERATED INVOICE.
TBF 1-year membership
Step 1. Your club administrator, president or secretary will log into our system, click on the “Membership Update” tab, and then on the “Dues Estimate” button. This generates a word document with ALL your club members, active or not, and their addresses for verification, with an invoice for 2012 dues, and whether they’re choosing a paper or electronic/downloadable magazine! Simple and easy! Print and take to your meeting to collect dues and VERIFY ADDRESSES AND EMAIL ADDRESSES!
Step 2. After collecting dues, log into the system and set the methods for receiving FLW Outdoor’s magazine located under the Club Members tab in the FLW Information box. To change it, double click on the member and use the drop down box to select the method of delivery. Next, VERIFY ADDRESSES. Make sure all your members’ addresses and email addresses are CURRENT. Then, create and submit your invoice under the Club Membership Updates tab by clicking New Update, selecting the Year, checking the box by the updating members, and then Submitting. Once you’ve done it you’ll see how easy it is. If you need help call us or refer to the Help tab; Club Admin User Guide. Finally, submit a matching check with the invoice to the address on the invoice, which your state federation sets up.
Step3. Enjoy an entire years worth of worry free, hassle free fishing knowing you’re updated, dues are paid, insurance is in full force, the magazine is on its way, and your member benefits are in place!
Frequently Asked Questions, (FAQ’s)
FLW Outdoor’s said I had to join through TBF? YES, FLW Outdoors won’t sell a membership to a TBF member; their system “talks” to our system and identifies TBF members. All TBF members now update through our online system, through their club roster. Get it done early to avoid expiration lapse!
What if I’m already active with FLW for multiple years or one of the few FLW life members? Lifetime members won’t be charged. Everyone else will have a year added to their current FLW membership.
My FLW membership doesn’t expire until April 1, 2012 do I have to pay for a full year? Yes, but you will receive another full year as long as you update before it expires; we will add a year to extend your membership through April 1, 2013.
I used to buy a 2 or 3 year “discounted” FLW membership? FLW Outdoors no longer sells a DISCOUNTED 2 or 3 year membership.
More questions? Call the national office at 580.765.9031
Now that dual membership is as easy as joining your club, here is another CHOICE for you.
What do you do with your FLW Outdoor’s Magazines after your done reading? Do you put them in a stack to collect dust? Or maybe you throw them out or keep them in a box? Maybe you donate them to a group home or a youth program for others to enjoy. Maybe you’d like to “store” them but don’t have the place or space. You have another option. – Printed or Electronic!
It’s your choice. The system will DEFAULT to PRINTED via US Mail. If you want to keep a printed copy, that’s fine! You have your own reason why that’s good for you. Just make sure your club administrator knows your choice so he/she can mark it when updating your roster. But…for the rest; here are a few advantages of having it delivered right to your computer!
Get news faster…and worldwide! You don’t have to wait; you get the exact same thing by email, instantly!
GO GREEN! Green is “in”; save paper, save trees! Conservation is one of TBF’s core values. Get the same info, without the paper. NO more magazines in landfills or in the corner collecting dust, but saved on your computer!
Easy Access – FLW Outdoor’s electronic version will be available on FLWOutdoors.com 24/7. Also, you can save the *pdf file to your computer, take it anywhere on a laptop, print out a page you want to save, and look back at old issues any time. Also, you don’t have to tear your house upside down, or worry someone threw it away!
What this means for club presidents/secretaries – When updating your roster, there’s an option to choose for each member. IT WILL DEFAULT TO PRINTED via US Mail. If you choose Electronic for a member, they must have an email address in our system. FLW will be notified by TBF which they request, and will send FLW Outdoor’s Magazine the way they want it!
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the TBF national office, 580.765.9031.