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Dear ACF Casco Bay Members,

Over the past several months the board has reviewed the National ACF dues structure for 2012, its impact on our members and has determined that the cost per member has become a burden on many of our members. We are all in agreement that the dues were never designed to support the association and more important the support of the members is what is needed to grow this chapter.

We are pleased to announce a plan for a 50% reduction in dues for our entire professional, junior and student categories. This will be available to members in these categories as well as any new members joining these categories. This is a one time reimbursement for the September 2011-June of 2012 meeting year.

To qualify for the reimbursement you must be joining as a professional culinarian, culinarian, student culinarian, junior culinarian or a senior professional culinarian.

Qualify For Reimbursement

  1. Attend a regularly scheduled meeting.
  2. Pay your dues to National and bring in your paid invoice and you will be reimbursed for half of your dues.
  3. Anyone who has paid their dues already and attends a meeting will be reimbursed.

Once you have received your reimbursement we have also created a program which will allow you to reduce you dues by 50% for the following year. This will be accomplished by accruing association activity points thru chapter involvement.
For the September 2010-June 2011 meeting year the following points/activities schedule has been approved. The subsidy will be reviewed each year by the finance committee and will be based upon their recommendation and approval by the board.

Activity Points

  • Attending Monthly meetings — 10
  • Professional Culinarians — 125
  • Presenting Seminars — 5
  • ACF Chapter Events — 10
  • ACF Certification — 25
  • Attending Reg./National Conf — 15
  • Publishing Articles — 5
  • ACF Competitions — 10

Points Required

  • Professional Culinarians — 125
  • Culinarians — 60
  • Student Culinarians — 80
  • Junior Culinarians — 80
  • Senior Professional Culinarians — 80

Chapter Dues

Professional Culinarians...............$175.00
Student Culinarians....................$80.00
Junior Culinarians.......................$65.00
Senior Professional Culinarians......$55.00
Culinary Enthusiast.....................$125.00

The ACF invites you to join at one of the following membership levels:

Professional Culinarian

A Culinarian with a minimum of three years full-time employment in the culinary profession.


A Culinarian is an individual not involved in the management or supervision of staff, with a minimum of 6 months full time employment. A Culinarian should be pursuing on-the-job training and experience necessary to advance to the membership level of Professional Culinarian. A culinarian membership is subject to a limit of five years.

Student Culinarian

A Student Culinarian is a student or apprentice with less than two years full-time employment, a student enrolled in an accredited postsecondary culinary education program, or a registered apprentice as defined by the ACF apprenticeship training program. A student membership is subject to a limit of four years.

Junior Culinarian

A Junior Culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years of age who is enrolled in a vocational program.


An Associate Member is a representative of a group, company or corporation providing products or services to the culinary profession.


An Allied Member is an individual employed in a field related to the culinary profession (such as dietitians, nutritionists, and restaurant managers or owners).

Property Membership

A Property Membership is an affordable option for companies who wish to enroll their employees. A minimum of 6 chefs must be enrolled to receive a discount. Each employee may join a local chapter or ACF National Chapter.

Culinary Enthusiast

A Culinary Enthusiast Member is an individual that is not employed in a culinary field, but has a passion for the culinary arts. Individuals who enjoy cooking, baking, dining at independent restaurants, or who may have their favorite chef on speed dial should join as an Enthusiast.


ACF offers military personnel the benefits of a membership at a reduced price.

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