My wife opened the mail today and left a certificate for ASCE on my desk
that stated "ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) By Action of the
Board of Direction (or should this be Director's) MY NAME has been 'elected'
I haven't been a member of ASCE for over 21 years and could not
understand why they would have "elected" me an affiliate member until I read
the application that I was to send in. The attached letter gave me all the
benefits of being an ASCE member and even offered the rest of 2007 (60 days)
added to all of 2008 as part of my Affiliate Membership.
Now excuse me for being upset about this, but when reading the
application to send in it appears that my election to be a member is based
on send a payment of $205.00 with the application.
Since when has ASCE resorted to the same type of trick junk mail that one
might expect from Reader's Digest or any number of Spam messages I receive
by e-mail? In my opinion, this belittles a professional organization that,
while I chose not to join, still maintained a sense of professionalism that
was honest and direct in their attempts to build their membership. This is
an advertising ploy that I believe is beneath a professional association.
I'm not sure how many of you received this advertisement, but this falls
into the same disingenuous spam that I receive on a daily basis including a
new one that I received just yesterday which is a twist on the old African
money laundering scheme that attempts to get your bank information. For
those that have not seen this one yet it was sent with the following