Are you referring to an Associate Membership?
Technically, all organizations / associations under the Federation umbrella are affiliates......
Those affiliates are divided into 2 categories:
1. Branch Associations under the Regular Membership.
2. Non-Branch Associations under Associate Membership.
Also, where did you pull the phrase "like minded groups" from?
I think that the intent is (probably?) to ensure that voting delegates, in particular, are, indeed, interested and active in the furtherance of hunting, angling, and trapping...and are not working towards detrimental goals to hunting, angling, and trapping.
(ie. PeTA and Greenpeace, as example, need not apply)
As apparent as that is, 'outdoor' associations that have no direct influence / impact on hunting, trapping, and angling should (probably?) not have a vote either.
Fair statement WOT?
Perhaps you and WOT could discuss this, offline, so he knows the correct verbage (Branch, affiliate, Associate, etc., etc.) that needs to be addressed to accomplish his objective.
(I suggest 'offline' as it'll probably take some time to identify / clarify which is which)
It'd be great if you could help him out, Ian.
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