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I am writing a thank-you letter for a scholarship I received from the AFCEA – Bethesda Chapter. I am not sure how to write the salutation though. Two alternatives I have considered are:

Dear AFCEA Bethesda Chapter:

and

Dear members of the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter:

I am not sure which, if either, would be the most appropriate, or if there is a better option I am not seeing.

How should I write the salutation for my letter?

Further research examining past thank-you letters has been inconclusive. Many of them use extremely informal salutations, and there are as many different salutations as letters. You can see them here, if you really want to.

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    If you worked with someone specific then direct it at them and thank the other members as well. If not then I would say either works, it just depends what you are trying to convey. – Spaceman Spiff Sep 6 '14 at 15:45
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    Members sounds and looks better to me. – user3306356 Sep 6 '14 at 17:06
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    In 'BrE', it is common to use a collective noun metonymically: 'The team were arguing amongst themselves' (= 'The members of the team were arguing amongst themselves'). This is true also of proper-noun groups. However, even people who are quite happy with this convention would probably find 'Dear AFCEA Bethesda Chapter' a little impersonal. I'd certainly choose 'Dear members of the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter' in spite of its clunkiness. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 6 '14 at 18:34
  • I'm with user3306356 and Ashworth: You are a thankful person writing to other people. The abstract organization will consider itself suitable thanked. – Marc Rochkind Sep 18 '14 at 20:35
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Since the scholarship is given by the chapter, you must address the chapter itself. The members are only a part of the chapter. The scholarship was given by the institution, and the members by themselves do not make it up - the institution also includes its history, its goals, its mottos, etc.

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