According to the By-Laws, members are categorized as individual and affiliate members, both need to be registered with the Society. Individual members pay due (membership); while affiliate members do not. Both individual and affiliate members may take professional exams toward 3 titles: Associate Master, Master, and Grandmaster. Only individual members who are Grandmasters are eligible for being selected to be board members by the board of directors when needed. These individual members must be continuously members starting on the first exam with the Society, regardless of the exam result. Other members might be selected to be the board members if the board determines the necessity.
You will be contacted for membership payment if you are joining the member group. Affiliated members can take professional exams with the Society, but won't be eligible to join the Board anytime in the future.