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The Community area is where you will interact with other ASTR members. Within the Community, you will be able to message other members, join groups, make connections and create or subscribe to blogs and forums.

To access your Community features:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Select Manage Profile on the "My Profile" sidebar on the right
  3. Scroll down until you see Community


The ASTR website has its own online messaging system. You can send and receive messages to/from other RPI members and Groups you are a member of. All Messaging settings can be edited in Preferences (Manage Profile → Infornation & Settings → Preferences).

To view your inbox, select Messaging (Manage Profile → Community → Messaging). Your inbox will show all received and sent messages and will allow you to send messages to your connections or other members. Click on the hyperlinks (Your Inbox, Sent Messages, Message a Member) to open your inbox or send a message.

To make sure you know when messages are sent to you, set your Preferences to email you when a new message arrives in your inbox.


If you are a member of a ASTR Chapter, a ASTR Committee or the Board of Directors, you're a member of a Group. You will have access to the Group Member Directory, files, photos, calendars, Group Forum, Blogs and other features within each Group.

To view your Groups, select Groups on the "My Profile" sidebar on the right.

You may set a number of Preferences regarding your Group settings. You can select to receive updates when events are added, a new member joins and more. You may also opt to receive the Group Digest –the group newsletter.

– Click on this icon to send a Message to all group members, subscribe to the Group Newsletter, or leave the group.

green plus – Click on this icon to view the Group's Directory, Calendar, Blogs, or Photo Gallery.


Three levels of referral are displayed. You may see who you referred, who they referred, as well as who was referred by your referrals' referrals. Mouse-over the profile icon to view the date the member joined and click the icon to view the member's profile.

To make a referral, log in to your account, select Refer A Friend on the "My Profile" sidebar on the right, and complete the simple form to send an email to your colleague.

Forum Settings

ASTR Forums are a communication tool where you can ask industry related questions and share information. Forum discussions are archived and therefore a great resource to check when seeking information. ASTR can have several Forums on different industry topics and there are also Forums available within Groups that you may be a member of.

>> Learn more about managing your forum settings.

Blog Subscriptions

If you are a member of a Group, you may be interested in participating in a Group Blog. You can manage your Blog preferences in this section, but you first must subscribe to the Blog within the Group.

>> Learn more about managing blogs.

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