Explain the criteria for nominating an Associate member?

Explain the criteria for nominating an Associate member?

Criteria for nominating an Associate Member is as follows: The proposed member must be nominated by at least two members and voted in by voice vote of those attending our annual Association conference. On a case by case basis, an association member may nominate a non-law enforcement person that has demonstrated a continued commitment to the USMS and/or USMSA. That person must be nominated by at least two Association members and voted in by voice vote by those members in attendance at our annual USMSA conference. The person must be in good standing and have no negative background issues that would bring disrepute to the Association. The Associate member may attend and participate in USMSA conferences, conventions and activities. Associate membership is $65.00 per year and may be adjusted as needed. Associate members may not vote or hold an elected office with the Association.