Association
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
An organization of individuals working in the same field who expect to make greater progress by collective effort. This designation is the one applicable to most fan organizations; some of those actually bearing it are FAPA, OMPA, BSFA, WSFA, and ESFA.
from Fancyclopedia 1 ca. 1944
Properly meaning an organization of individuals working in the same field who expect by collective effort to make greater progress, this is the name most applicable to fan organizations. Orgs calling themselves associations include the ISA, Scientifiction Association for Boys, OSA, SFAA, SFA, NYFA, FAPA, AFA, MSA, Indiana Fantasy Association, and ( WAFFF! )