This is the landing page for members.  It displays all current member notices in a blog format.

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Welcome to the Upgraded UCOWF Website

Whenever a website is upgraded, there is a bit of a learning curve required.  This site has been professionally designed by G4 Designhouse, Inc. and is easier to navigate than our previous website.  Improvements will continue to be made in the content that is displayed.  Admittedly, a lot of it is old and repetitive at this point.  G4 Designhouse did not have much information to work with.  As the site fills out, finding information you need will become easier.

To give you a head start, I want to give you a vision of how the site will be structured.

Like the old site, there will be a public and a member area.  We are beginning to restructure both areas so that the front page – the page you initially reach when you click on a bookmark or type in the web address – is a little static information about UCOWF and a little dynamic information about current welfare fraud news.  On the front page, there will be a link to a UCOWF Blog.  Current posts to the blog will be visible in snippets at the bottom of the front page but the complete blog will be reached by clicking a link in the navigation bar at the top of the page.  The blog will be visible to the public and members.  The blog will have news articles about welfare fraud and commentary by UCOWF members on current topics.

The member home page – the landing page when you log in and click on Member Dashboard – will display contact information for UCOWF.  It will also contain member announcements that will update as new announcements are created.  Announcements are things like open periods for Conference Sponsorship applications, solicitations for UCOWF award nominations, UCOWF executive board announcements, and other similar announcements pertaining solely to the membership. This page will also include a link exclusively for members to pay their conference fee at the members’ rate.

The member home page will have links in the sidebars to search for members, renew membership and CWFI, for the Board of Directors, and for training materials we hope to have posted.

The Member Forum will have a separate sidebar box.  The main forum categories will be displayed with a link to take you directly to that topic.  I hope that the forum will be used more often than it was on the previous site.  A members forum is a great vehicle for collaboration.

So that is the vision for the website.  If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to pass them to Paula Kingery and we’ll take a look at it and get you a response.

 

 

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Renewing Your Membership/CWFI

Out with the old and in with the new.  The procedure for renewing memberships and CWFI certifications has changed.  This is a much cleaner and easier way to renew.

Unlike the old system in our previous site, you will receive a notice approximately 30 days in advance that your membership or CWFI certification is expiring.  With that notice will be a link that you can click and it will take you to a page in which all your membership information is pre-populated.  Review your information to make sure that it is correct and then scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find radio buttons to click.  Those radio buttons are for regular membership and CWFI dues.  Click on one or more of the buttons to fill out the ‘shopping cart’ and then pay using whatever method (credit card, check, etc.) you choose to use.  Once credited, you will receive a receipt via email to the email address on record in your membership information.

That’s it.

What if I misplace or accidentally delete the renewal notification or I get it at work but want to pay at home?

Log in to the Member Dashboard.  On the right sidebar, you’ll find links to renew membership, renew CWFI certification, and a link for the Continuing Education Units (CEU) report needed to report training hours for your CWFI certification.  That link takes you to the same page that the link in the notice took you.

What about Affiliate Members?

Since an affiliate member’s dues are paid by their organization, an affiliated member needs to do nothing unless he or she is a CWFI.  If an affiliated member is CWFI, he or she will be notified by email when the CWFI term expire and should either click on the link in the email or click on the CWFI Renewal button on the Member Dashboard after logging in.

For all other types of renewals or payments, contact Paula Kingery.

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Is Your Membership Near or Past Renewal?

Membership and CWFI renewals have been delayed as part of our website upgrade.  You may have realized that your membership and or CWFI renewal date has passed and you’ve received no notices about renewing.  That is about to change but first, let me explain why you received no notice.

Our previous website had been built on a platform that was so old that it was no longer being supported.  Although automatic updates to our old website were applied, it did not change the fact that we had an old underlying platform.  Numerous updates were automatically applied over the years that slowly corrupted our membership database.

Transferring the membership database from our old host to the new host revealed the corruption.  As many of you experienced, your name could be located in the member search but there were instances of another member’s contact information was listed under your name.

We closed down the website one weekend to correct that problem.  But to get the site back up and running as quickly as we could, we decided to set a single artificial renewal date for all members.  Business manager Paula Kingery is now going back through the membership rolls and resetting the expiration dates back to the original dates or close to them.  You will not lose your CWFI certification nor will you get cheated out of membership time if it normally expired during this transition.

You will receive a notification by email that you need to renew your membership and/or CWFI certification 30 days in advance.  The notices will have a link to the renewal page.

We want to thank all of our members for their patience as we move forward with the website and providing a superior product for you and the public.  If you have any unanswered questions about renewal, contact Paula.