For the 2007-2008 membership year, TAPL ended the year with 480 members.  Of those 480 TAPL members, 347 were also AAPL members or approximately 72% of the membership.    This is a very good percentage, but can we do better?     Is there a way to increase AAPL membership within the TAPL local organization?    If we can identify the reasons why 130+ TAPL members have chosen not to be a part of the national association (AAPL) then perhaps we can discover a way to make AAPL a better association for all of its members.     AAPL has recently solicited input from each local association president and region director in an attempt to find ways to increase AAPL membership within the local association.    If you are one of the 130+ members who do not belong to AAPL, we’d like to hear from you!    

What are some of the reasons why you have chosen not to be a member of AAPL?


We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who are AAPL members.    We need to hear your voice as well!  Please share your ideas for what AAPL can offer you to encourage your continued commitment and make your relationship with AAPL more beneficial.    How can AAPL better serve you? 


If you are willing to participate, please send an email to on or before August 15, 2008.  I will then compile a summary of the responses from TAPL and make sure our voice is heard in Fort Worth!  Thanks!


Mona D. Ables, CPL

AAPL Region VI Director