DCFR’s Membership Committee and Board of Directors meet biannually to review nominations for membership received during the previous six-month period. If you would like to recommend an individual for membership, please refer to the guidelines below and submit a complete nomination packet to:
Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
4925 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75206
Candidates for full membership should be local leaders in their fields who have demonstrated experience and expertise in international affairs and are important to the development of North Texas as an international center. They should be able to contribute meaningfully to the support of DCFR programs with their time, talents, and resources.
Individuals between the ages of 26 and 35 (inclusive) at the time of their application are eligible for term membership. Term member candidates should exhibit outstanding professional potential and a demonstrated interest in international affairs. Successful candidates may apply for full membership at age 36. Any candidate who is 35 or younger must apply as a term member.
DCFR sustains a relatively small organization that provides opportunities for senior business and community leaders to engage in meaningful, off-the-record discussion in intimate forums. To retain these characteristics, the Board of Directors may limit the number of members annually.
As we wish to keep the size of DCFR relatively small, and the caliber of our members high, the Membership Committee and Board of Directors may decline to accept several candidates per round. It is inevitable that some candidates will appear before the Membership Committee more than once or not be offered membership at all. Members should prepare their candidates for this possibility.
Letter of Nomination (required).
Candidates must submit a letter of nomination by a current DCFR member. The Membership Committee discourages courtesy nominations of individuals you do not know well. Members may not nominate other family members. To ensure fair consideration of all candidates, nomination letters must address all of the criteria below. Letters that fail to do so will be considered incomplete and returned to the nominator. Letters should be no more than 700 words.
- Degree of experience, expertise, and demonstrated leadership in international affairs
- Promise of future leadership and involvement in international affairs
- Level of educational, intellectual, and professional achievement
- Character, aptitude, and interest in participating in DCFR activities
- Potential contributions to the life and work of DCFR, including initiating and hosting meetings
Seconding Letter (required).
Candidates must submit a seconding letter from a current DCFR member. Seconding letters may be less comprehensive than nominating letters but must amplify why the candidate should be considered and what the candidate will contribute to the life and work of DCFR. Again, members may not write in support of other family members.
Candidate Information Form (required).
To ensure consistency in the presentation and evaluation of nominations, the Membership Committee and Board of Directors require receipt of the enclosed Membership Candidate Information Form. Candidates may submit the form directly to DCFR or return it to their nominator for inclusion in the nomination packet. DCFR will not accept forms that are incomplete or that instruct the Membership Committee to “see résumé.”
Candidate Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (required).
In addition to the Information Form, a résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Candidates may submit this document directly to DCFR or return it to the nominator for inclusion in the nomination packet.
The Membership Committee meets twice yearly to review applications for full and term membership. It recommends a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors, which then considers and votes on the slate.
Following the Board of Directors’ meeting, members receive notices of whether their candidates have been selected for membership.
If elected, candidates receive a letter of invitation, membership packet, and request to submit a member information form and dues. DCFR adds new members to the organization’s communications and invitation list only upon receipt of these items.
If not elected, candidates will receive a letter notifying them of the decision and indicating that they remain eligible for consideration in the next round. DCFR will ask candidates who are denied election twice to wait one year before reapplying.
The responsibilities of membership include:
Payment of annual dues. Members pay dues at the beginning of each calendar year. Dues are used for administrative and program directed purposes only.
Commitment to host programs. DCFR operates on the host model, with an active member presiding over each meeting and underwriting the cost of the program. With membership numbering around 320, the responsibility to host programs is rotated widely. Every effort is made to match members with speakers based on the member’s interests and expertise.
A candidate’s nominator bears the responsibility for ensuring that applications are complete and deadlines met. Incomplete application will be carried over to the next round automatically and without prejudice. For information about current-year deadlines, please contact the DCFR office.
Guest Attendance at a Meeting
Members are encouraged to invite candidates or prospective candidates to one meeting for a modest fee. Members should call the DCFR office in advance to arrange for their guest to be seated with a member of the Board of Directors.
DCFR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or political affiliation.