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NGAI Alert #16-1; 4 January 2016

Dear NGAI Members,
Just a reminder, you’re invited to Military and Veterans Day Indiana State House 2016!
Monday 11 January is your day at the Statehouse. We had over 250 attendees last year with NGAI members leading the way. Come meet you state legislators and educate them on why they should be investing in our military and veteran citizens and how supporting our NGAI 2016 Policy Objectives will improve Indiana’s standing as a military and veteran friendly place to live. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and a light lunch at noon. Please RSVP for the event click on this link. http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/44baf09e9ae545348cdd

Calendar Gun Raffle drawing is Thursday 28 January
Just a little over 3 weeks remain. Final sale of calendars will be 1600, 27 January, in the NGAI office. Chances are very good to win one or more weapons for as little as $1.50 per chance? Your calendar is your raffle ticket for $50. We will draw for 36 weapons and if you win the first weapon, you still have equal opportunity on the next 35. So for as little as $1.50 per weapon chance, you will have an opportunity to win multiple weapons plus receive a cool calendar. Calendars are available from any NGAI Board member until Thursday, 14 January. After that, you must purchase direct from the NGAI office or you can order on line at https://www.ngai.net/2016-calendar/.

New Membership System
We’ve made membership in both your state and national associations easier than ever. Simply use your smart phone and go to the www.NGAI.net homepage and click on Join Now to enter our secure membership system. Read the instructions closely then follow the directions. It just takes two minutes! Please enter a personal email address as the military system filters your emails.
We appreciate your patience as 2015 was our first year with a new online membership system and there have been a few renewal issues.
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2016 Renewal Membership for NGAI, EANGUS & NGAUS
It’s time to renew your membership! Last year we started a new on-line membership system, and now we are working out the renewal bugs. Please look through the following information as you renew your membership for 2016.

If you are an NGAI LIFE member and ALSO an EANGUS or NGAUS ANNUAL member
If you receive / have received a membership expiration notice and you are an NGAI life member, it may be because your EANGUS or NGAUS annual membership is expiring. Log into your membership account (read how below) and renew your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS ONLY.

If you are an NGAI life member AND an EANGUS or NGAUS life member
If you receive / have received a membership expiration notice and you are an NGAI life member and also an EANGUS or NGAUS life member, please contact Linda (see contact info below). This notice is in error and Linda will be able to make the correction.

If you are an annual NGAI member with “Auto Renewal”
If you paid for an annual NGAI, EANGUS or NGAUS membership in the past year and selected “Auto-renewal” and you have made a change to your credit card account, your membership auto renewal may not have processed. Please contact Linda (see contact info below).

Forgotten Password
If you have forgotten your password and request a new password and have only a military email on file with us, your new temporary password may be blocked from going to your military email address. If so, please contact Linda (see contact info below) and give her your PERSONAL email address. She will update your membership file and let you know when you may request a new temporary password.

Forgotten Member ID/Paper or Unit memberships
If you have forgotten your membership ID, please contact Linda (see contact info below) and she will email you back with your membership ID.

For those who submitted paper applications or membership via your unit, your membership ID is the first 3 letters of your last name and the last 4 digits of your social security number. Example: ABC1234. See above note concerning your military email address. If you supplied your personal email address, see the info below about recovering your password.

NGAI Life Members
If you haven’t gone online to create your life membership account, you may still do so by contacting Linda and she will send you instructions.
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HOW TO CONTACT LINDA
Contact Linda at 317-247-3196 or via email at linda@ngai.net.

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT
Go to www.ngai.net and click on “Log In” (upper right corner). Enter your username and password. Once logged in, update your user information. IF YOU HAVE USED A MILITARY EMAIL ADDRESS AS YOUR PRIMARY ADDRESS, YOU MUST CHANGE TO A PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS. Military email addresses often block our communications. We may not be able to reach you about your account or with important information if you do not supply a personal email account.

HOW TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Go to www.ngai.net and click on “Log In” (upper right corner). Enter your username and password. Once logged in, hover your cursor over “Membership” in the main menu, then select “Join or Renew”. The membership you are renewing will be highlighted and read “RENEW”. Click and follow the prompts to renew.

If your rank or status has changed, please renew using the membership level that is appropriate to your new status.
Be sure to update your personal information as you renew! IF YOU HAVE USED A MILITARY EMAIL ADDRESS AS YOUR PRIMARY ADDRESS, YOU MUST CHANGE TO A PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS. Military email addresses often block our communications. We may not be able to reach you about your account or with important information if you do not supply a personal email account.

HOW TO RECOVER YOUR PASSWORD
Go to www.ngai.net and click on “Log In” (upper right corner). Click on “Lost Password” and follow the prompts. You will get an email that will allow you to reset your password. WRITE IT DOWN! IF YOU HAVE USED A MILITARY EMAIL ADDRESS AS YOUR PRIMARY ADDRESS, CONTACT LINDA (contact info above).

Thanks for taking the time to update your account and for helping us work through this part of our new membership system.
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Our membership is key to our legislative success. Be informed and get involved.

Stay tuned to www.NGAI.net, www.facebook.com/NGAIndiana or https://twitter.com/@NGAIndiana. Thank you for your continued support.

Mike Sturm
Executive Director
National Guard Association of Indiana