Membership

The bedrock foundation upon which the TIP system is built consists of the body of citizens who have undertaken to comprehend the goals and strategies of the TIP system, and have as a result voluntarily opted to financially support the STIP organization in their respective home states.  A specified minimum level of such support is defined as annual "dues" entitling the donor of such an amount to be designated a Sustaining Member.  As such, he will be entitled to receive the publications of his state's STIP, which will keep him informed of its activities.  Contributions above the "dues" level may be made, but with the understanding, as required by ATIPA and STIP Bylaws, that no contributions may be accepted which carry with them any restrictions on or alterations to TIP system goals or operations.  The state STIP organizations will in turn be assessed a portion of their revenues by the national NTIP organization as its sole support.  This financial arrangement is specifically designed to keep the control of the TIP system out of the hands of a few very wealthy persons, and in the hands of a large number of ordinary citizens who unquestionably support TIP goals.

An STIP Sustaining Member may make application to his STIP's officers to become a Voting Member of his STIP.  Such members will perform the bulk of the heavy lifting required to perform the intended TIP functions.  Voting Members will be tasked to locally publicize the existence and purpose of the TIP system, explicitly including its test questions.  They will be responsible for identifying the candidates to whom VSA test invitations will be given, and for administering those VSA tests.  The test administration involves playing pre-recorded questions to a subject from a laptop computer, recording the questions and the subject's answers on a digital recorder, loading the questions and answers into the laptop, and transmitting those files via email to his state officers.  Those officers will deliver them to TIP's Certified Examiner Corps (CEC) for analysis.  The Voting Member will shortly thereafter receive the test results and deliver them to the subject.

The Voting Member must therefore be competent to handle the computer-related tasks of administering the VSA tests, and must also be comfortable and reasonably skilled in dealing with the local media and local political organizations.  Voting Members will not be permitted, in accordance with TIP Bylaws, to speak out publicly in the name of the TIP organization in support of or opposition to any candidate, ballot measure, or social or legislative issue beyond the issues of honesty and loyalty contained within the VSA tests.  In addition, there is one other very critical and explicit requirement for becoming and remaining a Voting Member:  He (or she) must personally take and pass the VSA test himself before being accepted, and must take it periodically thereafter to assure that corruption does not find its way into the organization.

The Voting Members of an STIP will elect, from among their own membership, the Board of Directors of their STIP, who will in turn elect the officers of their STIP in accordance with their Bylaws.  They also constitute the pool from which NTIP Voting Members are selected.  Those latter members will elect from among their own membership the NTIP Board of Directors, which will in turn elect the NTIP Officers.  The NTIP Organization has the authority to establish overall TIP policies, including such things as the VSA questions to be asked, the coordination mechanisms between the CEC and the STIPs, and much more.  The ultimate authority on TIP policy matters is thus seen to reside with the NTIP Voting Members, and not with any one strong or corruptible individual.
 

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