Comprehensive Member Obligations and Requirements


ATTENDANCE

  • ​Attend bi-weekly breakfast meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Meetings will take place at 8:30 a.m. and will last  approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The first 30 minutes of the meeting will be networking and the official meeting begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.. Any member who arrives after 9:00 a.m. will be marked late and will not be permitted to present their 60 second commercial. Members who arrive after 9:20 am will be marked absent.
  • Attendance at breakfast meetings must be by the owner or manager of the company
  • Attendance requirements differ for the Summer Schedule for the months of June, July and August. During these months there will only be one breakfast meeting per month on the 1st Wednesday of the month beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately one hour
  • Meetings take place at:
           Hampton Inn by Hilton
           1000 South Federal Highway
           1st Floor Conference Room
           Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009
  • Attendance at meetings is mandatory and is crucial in order to ensure your success in the group. However, as emergencies may arise with our professional and personal lives, each member will be permitted one excused absence per quarter and one substitute per quarter
  • 3 absences in a row will result in a warning
  • 4 absences in a row will result in immediate termination of membership
  • 4 unconsecutive absences in a quarter will result in a warning
  • 5 unconsecutive absences in a quarter will result in immediate termination of membership
  • “Warning” means the member will not be permitted to miss any breakfast meetings for the following 3 consecutive breakfast meetings and must meet all other membership requirements. Members will not be able to present a 10 minute showcase presentation during a “warning” period. Members who receive a warning and fail to meet the requirements may be terminated from membership. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis and by a majority vote of the Board of Directors for what is determined to be for the betterment of the group.
  • Must be a reputable person or company in good standing and employ at least one Russian speaking person in your company​


REFERRALS

  • Give 2 “qualified” referrals per month (This is the minimum requirement. Most members far exceed the required number).
  • Giving referrals is a TWO-PART PROCEDURE.

  1. Send an email to the member you are giving the referral to and provide them with the name, description of referral and telephone number when possible. If you do not know the email of the member, you may find this information on the member directory: http://www.russianconnectionsnetwork.com/member-directory.html. VERY IMPORTANT: You MUST CC EMAIL to referrals@russianconnectionsnetwork.com. This is how the board will track your referrals and make sure you are meeting the required quota.
  2. Make a note of the referrals you give and announce them at the next breakfast meeting

    Additional Information About Referrals 

  • Any member giving only 3 “qualified” referrals in one quarter will be given a warning for one quarter wherein the member must meet all other membership requirements. (The required number per quarter is 6 “qualified” referrals
  • Any member giving no referrals or only one “qualified” referral for one quarter will result in immediate termination of membership
  • A “qualified” referral is intent for opportunity to do business with another. The qualified referral must be expecting communication from the recipient, have the desire/need for their services and have the means and opportunity to do business with them
     Examples of “unqualified referrals”
    * Referring someone who lives in NY to receive chiropractic care and treatment in FL (This referral does not have means or opportunity to treat in Florida if they live in New York)
    * Referring someone to an RC member who is not expecting a call
    * Referring someone to a doctor who has no interest in switching from their current medical provider
    * Conversion is not required. In other words, if the referral is qualified but the person chooses not to do business with the RC member because of price or any other reason it is still counted as a “qualified” referral
    ​NOTE: If a member receives an “unqualified” referral from any member, they are required to email any Board Member with the name of who gave the referral and state why it was unqualified and, if appropriate, it will be deleted from the statistics as a qualified referral


MEMBERSHIP DUES AND BREAKFAST DUES

  • Maintain your account dues current
  1. $300 for 6 month membership term (non-refundable)
  2. $ 90 for quarterly breakfast dues ($15 each meeting includes breakfast and parking) and must be paid in advance per quarter. 
  3. Meals will not be refunded if member is absent. Even if you do not eat breakfast, you are still required to pay your breakfast dues as the hotel/restaurant charges per person in attendance regardless of consumption. Plus regardless of the number of attendees, Russian Connections is charged for a minimum number of people regardless of how many people attend the breakfast.
  4. Membership Dues and Breakfast Dues are due within 30 days from receipt of the emailed “Pay Pal” invoice. Failure to timely pay your membership dues or breakfast dues may result in termination of membership. See details below.


BRING GUESTS

  • Bring one new guest to a breakfast meeting during the course of a 6 month membership term. If your guest becomes a member, you will receive $100 off your renewal membership. If you do not bring a guest during your 6 month membership term, you may not be permitted to renew your membership.


INTERESTED IN JOINING BUT UNABLE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are interested in joining Russian Connections and networking in the Russian American community, but do not have someone who speaks Russian in your company or your schedule prevents you from complying with the attendance requirements or you are unable to meet the referral quota, we invite you to check out another incredible local organization, Russian American Chamber of South Florida (“RAC”). Please visit their website at www.racsouthflorida.com


TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

  • ​In the event a member fails to pay semi-annual dues and/or pre-paid quarterly breakfast dues within 30 days from receipt of invoice, membership will be terminated and may be reinstated upon receipt of renewal dues/quarterly breakfast dues (ONLY IF another member has not joined in the same category which would prevent the member from renewing due to exclusivity)
  • Any member may resign from membership by providing written resignation to the Board of Directors
  • Any member may be terminated from membership for conduct unbecoming a member by a majority vote of the Board of Directors
  • Russian Connections reserves the right to rescind your membership if you are unable to meet your obligations to the group


​DISCLOSURE

  • Extreme circumstances may arise which prevent a member from meeting member obligations such as timely paying membership dues and breakfast dues, attending scheduled breakfast meetings or meeting the minimum referral requirements. If such circumstances arise, they are to be discussed with the board members immediately and they will be considered on a case by case basis including a review of the member’s history to determine if the member will be permitted to continue their membership with Russian Connections.
  • Russian Connections and its owners are not liable in the event Russian Connections should cease operations due to insolvency or other emergency situation

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