Members receive a significant discount on annual meeting registration, as well as other benefits, but since it may take us a few days to process the membership, the discounted registration rate isn't immediately available upon joining.
Therefore, if you do not have a current AFS membership and would like to submit a proposal, please join or renew now, then return later to submit your proposal and claim the member discount on your meeting registration. After March 27, we may not be able to process the membership in time for the March 31 proposal deadline.
Of course, we welcome new members to AFS on any day of the year and will work to straighten out any over-charges. In the worst case, a late-coming new member may have to pay the full non-member registration rate to get the proposal in on time, then email us to request a refund of the registration over-payment.