Benefits for Individual Members
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN U.S.I.C?
The U.S. Investor Clubs as a national organization offers many
benefits to both individuals who live too far from a local meeting
to participate and established clubs. There's a verse in the Bible
that says, "There is safety in a multitude of counselors." That
could be paraphrased by saying, "All of us are smarter than any
of us." If you're on you own in the investment wilderness, U.S.I.C.
is ready to come alongside you with knowledge and guidance through
our monthly newsletter, "Beating the Markets." In each issue you
will see articles from club members as well as the nationally recognized
speakers who make presentations at our various clubs. If you can't
be there in person, reading a summary of their presentations is
the next-best thing.
We also act as a facilitator in two ways. When you join, we ask
for your mailing address. As we see enough people in one area to
put together a local club, we put you in touch with each other,
and help with the mechanics of setting up your informal organization.
We also often find that, even though you thought you were alone,
there is already an established club close to you. Most clubs operate
by word of mouth, and you may not know anyone in that club. Our
national database can act as a contact point in these situations.
Finally, we will soon have a new service which all members will
love, but which will be particularly useful to members with no local
meetings. Our web site is being updated to include a chat room where
members can share advice, information, and condolences. We feel
this will be extremely beneficial since most clubs only meet once
a month. This will provide a simple method of communication between
meetings. Also, many of our clubs have small sub-groups for special
interests such as options or a particular type of software. We plan
to do something similar on the web site.
To join as an individual member, email
Benefits for Clubs
WHY SHOULD YOUR CLUB AFFILIATE?
How We Can Help Your Club
If you are a member of an existing club, you may be wondering
what U.S.I.C. has to offer your organization. First, in any non-profit
volunteer organization, there are always two jobs that no one wants,
because they are HARD. Those are the newsletter editor and the speaker
It's tough putting out a monthly newsletter. When your club affiliates
with U.S.I.C., our national newsletter becomes your club newsletter.
No more tedious compiling of lists or mad rushes to meet deadlines.
Of course, you will want to continue to send out short meeting notices,
but this takes most of the work out of it. If you don't want to
send out meeting notices, we can post them on the Internet for you.
The speaker coordinator has to spend a lot of time on long distance
trying to get through to very busy presenters. U.S.I.C. has established
relationships with some of the most sought-after speakers in the
country. If your club is flexible as to your meeting dates, we can
often arrange to have a speaker present at several clubs over a
few days in the same geographic area. This makes it easier for smaller
clubs to get great speakers. See the "Guest
Speakers" link for a partial list of some of the great speakers
who come to our clubs.
Other benefits include our database matching service and free
web sites. Database matching puts investors with no club affiliation
in touch with your club. We can help you build your membership base.
If your club has a web site, we can provide a link on our site to
yours, which will increase your traffic. If you don't already have
a site, we will provide free space on our site for your club.
What does all this cost? There is no charge for individuals or
clubs to affiliate with U.S.I.C. All the work is done by volunteers.
Individual clubs may charge nominal fees to cover the costs of meeting
space, but at this time there is no plan for the national organization
to collect any kind of fees. If you are interested in applying for
Club affiliation, contact Clubs@usinvestorclubs.org