Q. Who can become an AZO member?
A. The following are eligable for membership in AZO:
-Any student enrolled in a college of pharmacy pursing an entry-level degree in pharmacy
-Any student enrolled in a pre-pharmaceutical program who plans on pursuing a degree in Pharmacy
-Any student enrolled in the pre-professional years of an allied health science program at a college of Pharmacy
-Any student pursuing a degree in allied health sciences at a college of Pharmacy
-Any Alumni that has graduated from an accredited school of Pharmacy, has practiced in the field of Pharmacy, and is not a member of any other professional pharmaceutical fraternity
Q. How does an individual become an AZO member?
A. Following each Chapter's individual recruitment period, prospective members will be invited to undergo a Candidate Education Process. The Candidate Education Programs vary between colleges and universities, but potential members can expect to all learn and understand the ideals set forth by the Fraternity, participate in a philanthropic event, participate in a pharmacy advocacy project, and participate in a professional development activity. Upon satisfactory completion of the education process, prospective members are formally inducted into the Fraternity through an Initiation.
Prospective Alumni members will also follow a similar Candidate Education Process, however Alumni education programs vary depending on the Alumni Chapter and much of the education process may be done virtually.
Q. Can you belong to more than one Fraternity?
A. In addition to belonging to Alpha Zeta Omega, members may belong to an infinite number of other professional fraternities and societies so long as they are not a member of another pharmaceutical fraternity. Members may also belong to up to one social sorority/fraternity so long as members feel that they can adequately balance dedication to each organization.
Q. Does my membership ever expire?
A. Membership in Alpha Zeta Omega never expires and members are considered "life-long Fraters", however yearly payment of national dues are required in order to be considered an "Active Frater".
Q. What is the difference between being an "Active Frater" vs. a "In-Active Frater"?
A. "Active Fraters" are those members that have paid their yearly dues to Alpha Zeta Omega. "In-Active Fraters" are those that have joined the Fraternity but have not paid their yearly dues. Dues can be paid through the member's Chapter or can be paid directly to AZO by joining "AZO Direct". Members will be considered "Active" so long as their yearly national dues are paid, however, Chapters may have additional fees which vary depending on the Chapter, and members may not be considered "Chapter-Active" within their Chapter although the are in fact "Active" nationally. Members that have let their membership dues lapse and have become "In-Active" may chose to become "Active" at any time regardless of how many years have passed since they last paid national dues.
Q. What are the annual fees associated with being a member of AZO?
A. Payment of dues gives the Supreme Office the funds necessary to operate the Fraternity. Fees associated with Alpha Zeta Omega are as follows:
-Initiation fees are a one time fee of $65 for all new members which entitles members to numerous membership benefits. Initiation fees include the costs associated with new member certificates and fraternity recognition pins
-Annual dues are $65 per each undergraduate and alumni member per year
-Chapter Tax is $65 per Chapter per year and the cost is generally split amongst each member of the Chapter
-Chapter Dues: Chapters may assess chapter dues to provide additional funds for chapter activities
-Convention Fees: Should a member choose to attend a Regional or National Convention they are responsible for their Convention fee and travel expenses
Q. What am I entitled to as a dues paying member?
A. By paying National dues yearly, members are entitled to:
-Attend the yearly Regional and National Conventions
-Vote at Meetings (eligability of voting at Chapter meetings is dependent on the member being Chapter-Active)
-Receive annual digital publication of the Apothecary newsletter
-Receive annual printed publication of the AZOan
-Attend 2 LIVE ACPE certified continuing education courses at Regional and National Convention (4CEUs)
-Attend 4 LIVE ACPE certified continuing education courses via Webinar throughout the year (8 CEUs)
-Receive Supreme e-mails and updates
-Have access to Mentorship/Networking Program
-Eligability of applying for Scholarships
-Eligability of receiving Awards
-Eligability to hold a Supreme Office
Q. What is the difference between an Undergraduate Chapter, an Alumni Chapter, and a Mixed Chapter?
A. Undergraduate Chapters are Chapters that are only made up of undergraduate members while Alumni Chapters are those Chapters that only have Graduate members. Undergraduate Chapters must have a college or university in which the Chapter resides at and are denoted by a letter of the Greek Alphabet. Alumni Chapters may be a mixture of multiple Chapters from the same area that are made up of only Graduate Fraters and instead of being named with a letter from the Greek Alphabet may be named after the area in which they reside. Mixed Chapters are those Chapters that have a mix of both undergraduate and graduate members. Mixed Chapters may hold seperate undergraduate and alumni meetings, but when the Chapter is in regular session it is composed of both.