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An IEEE Life Members Affinity Group is a local Unit of an IEEE Organizational Unit, constituted by IEEE members who have obtained Life Member status and established by petition, and concerned to represent and fulfill the needs of the local IEEE Life Members.  A Life Members Affinity Group functions in a manner similar to that of a Committee of the Section.

More information about Life Members Group Management and Procedures is available.

Note:  According to IEEE Bylaws, Life Members (LM) Groups are officially referred to as “Affinity Groups.”  The IEEE Life Members Committee refers to these Units as Life Members Groups.


Why Establish a Life Members Group

While many Life Members remain active in IEEE projects at various levels of IEEE, the Life Members Committee encourages the formation of Life Members Groups in Sections because the Committee believes more Life Members will remain involved if there are Life Members Groups.

Life Members Groups:

  • enable Life Members to retain active IEEE associations;
  • contribute to the social good in their communities;
  • advance the professional interests of IEEE;
  • allow members to enjoy each other's company.

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Relationship between the Life Members Committee and Life Members Groups

The IEEE Life Members Committee is the parent organization of IEEE Life Members (Affinity) Groups.  Units which were previously formed as Life Members Chapters (formed prior to June 2005) have been officially established as Life Members Affinity Groups.  The Life Members Committee will retain control over these activities, but the local Units will also receive funding from the Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board to support these efforts.  Life Members Affinity Groups are a Subunit of the Life Members Committee, established upon petition to the MGA Board and with the cooperation of the Section Chair.


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How to Establish a Life Members Group

A petition to establish an IEEE Life Members Affinity Group must be submitted and approved by the IEEE Life Members Committee Chair, Region Director, and Section Chair.

The petition to establish an Affinity Group shall contain:

  • name of the Section/s or Council;
  • name of the parent Organizational Unit;
  • name of the organizer (who becomes interim Chair pending election of a regular Chair at a later organization meeting);
  • signatures of at least six (6) IEEE members, other than Students, who are members of the Section(s) involved and who indicate they will join the Affinity Group if established.

More information about the petition process can be found within the Affinity Group petition form.

E-mail MGA Staff with questions about the formation of Life Members Affinity Groups or the petition process.


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