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Don Adler

Jan 2, 1996, 3:00:00 AM1/2/96

Don Adler, President of the International Major BBS Association (IMBBSA)
and David McClure, Executive Director of The Association of Online
Professionals (AOP) are pleased to announce that all details have been
agreed upon and the Boards of Directors of both organizations voted
overwhelmingly to approve a merger of both organizations.

All current IMBBSA members will become AOP members effective 01/01/96
for the term of their membership with IMBBSA. Those members who already
hold AOP membership will have their membership terms extended for the
same amount of time as their current IMBBSA membership (for example, 8
months of IMBBSA membership would extand your current AOP membership by
an additional 8 months).

"We believe it important that the professionals of our industry speak
with a single voice on national and global issues," says IMBBSA
president Don Adler. "By joining IMBBSA with AOP, we can make that voice
stronger, and better represent the needs of our members. Combined our
two organizations are over 1,000 members strong making it the largest
professional association in the industry worldwide."

"There clearly are benefits to both organizations and their members,"
said AOP Executive Director Dave McClure. "AOP gains a large number of
very professional members, and the support of an established
organization. IMBBSA members gain the benefits of AOP membership and
our very active public policy support."

In order to continue to serve some of the special needs of Major BBS and
WorldGroup Sysops, IMBBSA will now organize as a Special Interest Group
(SIG) with AOP. All benefits of IMBBSA membership will continue, The
Associate will continue to be published quarterly and the IMBBSA BBS
will continue to operate as a focal point for IMBBSA and AOP members.
Current IMBBSA members will receive a full information packet regarding
their new AOP membership in Jan/Feb 96.

As a special option those members who renew their IMBBSA
membership (sysop level membership is $60) prior to Jan 31
1996 will automatically recieve their full AOP membership at
no additional cost (AOP membership is $95). This offers the
IMBBSA member an additional 30% savings for their next years

Don Adler joined the AOP Board of Directors in October of 1996 and will
continue to represent the IMBBSA membership there.

Further information on AOP membership can be obtained by e-mail from Don
Adler (SYSOP@ITM or or from Dave McClure (

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