In keeping with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) requirements for honor societies and the CSI Bylaws, invitation to membership in CSI must be presented individually in writing, preferably by traditional letter format. Invitation to membership is an honor and deserves special effort and treatment to convey its importance. We hope the following sample Written Invitation to CSI Membership will provide a template for your chapter’s individualized letter to prospective members, preferably on your CSI chapter’s letterhead (see www.csistore.org for ordering). Information contained in the Sample Written Invitation to CSI Membership must be included in chapter letters. If a chapter desires further information from an applicant (e.g, permanent home or email address or interest in chapter committees), a request for this information can be added to the content of the letter.
It is essential that new members use the online application in order to be properly processed.
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Sample Written Invitation to CSI Membership
Dear Chi Sigma Iota [CHAPTER NAME] Chapter Nominee:
You have been identified as an individual who meets the criteria for membership in Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society (CSI), and we are pleased to invite you join the [CHAPTER NAME] Chapter at [NAME OF UNIVERSITY] at this time. Your invitation to join our chapter distinguishes you as an outstanding counseling student; one whose accomplishments are consistent with the mission of the international organization and of the [CHAPTER NAME] Chapter. Eligibility for membership is extended only to those students in the [NAME OF UNIVERSITY] [PROGRAM NAME] who "have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 and are deemed promising for endorsement as a professional counselor whose ethical judgment and behavior will be exemplary” (CSI Bylaws Article 4.1 [http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.csi-net.org/resource/resmgr/Docs-Minutes_&_Official_Docs/bylaws-2007-2010._amended_20.pdf]).
To accept this invitation, please complete the New Member Registration (https://www.csi-net.org/general/register_member_type.asp?) on the CSI website (www.csi-net.org). Be sure to use Firefox as your browser, turn off pop-up blockers, and complete the whole application, including the portion you will be prompted to complete following payment – it looks like this:
Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
You will be required to pay the CSI membership dues online with a credit card or via PayPal. (You also may renew your CSI membership annually online using a credit card or PayPal.) Local dues of $[INSERT CHAPTER DUES AMOUNT] may be paid separately. Dr. [CFA NAME], the [CHAPTER NAME] Chapter Faculty Advisor, will be required to approve your online application form before your application is finalized.
Please complete the application process by [DAY, DATE, TIME] to ensure that your CSI certificate and membership pin will be available to present to you at our chapter’s initiation ceremony which will be held in the [SRING/FALL] 20[YEAR] semester.
We applaud your commitment to both personal and professional excellence as a counselor. We know that you will want to invite friends, family, and all who support you in this commitment to attend and celebrate at our chapter’s initiation of new members. You will receive your CSI membership certificate and recognition pin at that time.
Again, welcome and enjoy this recognition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [CHAPTER PRESIDENT NAME], Chapter President, at [CHAPTER PRESIDENT EMAIL ADDRESS].
[CHAPTER FACULTY ADVISOR NAME], Ph.D., LPC, NCC [OR CHAPTER PRESIDENT NAME]
Chapter Faculty Advisor (or Chapter President)