If you know me, and have heard me speak on membership, you have probably heard my stance on grace periods. I know that some associations seem to make them work in their favor but I don't believe in them in most cases. This post does a great job of explaining some of the reasons why I don't believe in offering members a grace period to pay their dues.
I am sure we have all heard that it costs more to bring in a member than to keep an existing member. This is true and is why associations focus a lot on member retention. Keeping members is important but no matter how hard you try you can't keep 100% of them. Since you will always be losing members member recruitment is vital. This article gives some good tips on how to be a real success at member recruitment.
Associations have so many ways to prove member value. Determining which ones to focus on and to which segments can be a challenge but it can be done. Read this post to hear how one association used it's online store to drive member value.