Dear Prospective Member,
We want to thank you for your interest in our professional association.
Along with this letter you will find a letter of introduction which
provides a brief description of our association, information regarding
our correspondence course on basic leather technology, and a membership
application. Please read the types of membership and choose one that
fits your needs. A check or credit card information should be returned
with the application for payment of dues. Shortly thereafter you should
start receiving the Journal of the American Leather Chemists
There is also a form for the ALCA directory. Please provide the
information as you would want it to appear in the directory. The
directory of members can also be found under our members' only area of
this website under Membership.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Contact information is
Carol Adcock, Executive Secretary
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
Membership in the American Leather Chemists Association offers an
opportunity to know others with common goals. An annual meeting is held
every June where members gather to discuss the latest research findings
and meet the authors of the papers presented. Abstracts of the papers
presented at the annual meeting can be found on the website ,
www.leatherchemists.org . The complete papers are published over a two
year period in the Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association
(JALCA), which members receive as part of their membership.
Also, members receive an annual membership directory. This handy
directory is helpful in contacting others in the industry. It contains
the memberís addresses, company affiliations, telephone and fax numbers.
This directory is now available for members to view online.
This Association is a member of the International Union of Leather
Technologists and Chemists (IULTCS) and represents its members in this
Technical committees have been organized by members in order to deal
with specific issues important to the industry. More can be accomplished
as a group then individually.
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS FROM ARTICLE III OF BYLAWS
A candidate for election to ACTIVE membership shall have or shall have
had professional experience in fields of science and engineering related
to leather, hides, or an allied trade technology or in animal sciences
related to hides, hide structures, or leather manufacture and
technology. This professional and scientific experience may include:
1) Research in any field of natural science, biochemistry, medicinal
chemistry or engineering having a direct or indirect bearing on the
manufacture, properties, structure, chemistry, physics or use of leather
2) The analysis or testing of leather or leather products or hides or of
any material of major importance in their manufacture and processing.
3) The direct technical supervision, in a responsible capacity, of any
operation involved in the manufacture of leather or leather products or
the processing of hides.
4) Direct technical supervision in a responsible capacity for the design
or manufacture of any material or item of equipment or machinery used in
the leather industry or hide industry or in fabrication of leather
MUTUAL members shall be members in good standing of any foreign
association of professional leather scientists, who shall have applied
for MUTUAL membership by virtue of a special agreement for reciprocal
MUTUAL membership entered into by this Association and the foreign
association, as provided in Article IV.
STUDENT members shall be full time students majoring in leather
or tanning chemistry or technology and pursuing a course of study of not
less than twelve semester hours or its equivalent, registered in any
accredited college, university, or other institution of learning above
the level of high school or secondary school. The Council shall be the
sole judge whether any institution learning is accredited within the
meaning of this section.
All memberships shall date from January 1. A new member shall pay dues
for the full year in which he or she is elected, and shall receive all issues
of the Journal for that year. The membership of a candidate elected
after September 30, may at his option, begin on the following January
1. If you select to be a member as of January 1, you will start
receiving the journals and directory beginning January 1 of the
(c) No person shall be entitled to the privileges of membership whose
dues are unpaid. Any member whose dues are unpaid on March 1 of any year
shall be so notified by the Secretary. Any member whose dues are unpaid
on April 1 shall be dropped from membership.
(d) Any member who has been dropped for non-payment of dues may apply
for reinstatement. If the application is approved by Council, he or she may be
reinstated upon payment of a reinstatement fee in addition to the dues
for the current year. The reinstatement fee shall be twenty-five percent
(25%) of the past due balance.