3.1 The first membership period is a period of 12 months from the date of acceptance of the application by IEL and, for each subsequent membership period, a period of twelve months from the date of renewal of the membership (i.e. the anniversary of acceptance of the application by IEL) (a “membership period” for each membership period). Providers of accommodation, cruises, tours and other affiliation benefits are all separate and different legal entities. None of these organizations is a representative or membership plan staff member. .