General Applications for Membership
This is a generalization of the By-Laws
Updated November 30,2021
The club has two procedures for each General application received.
Waiting List. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time the applications are received.
A club member must give out the membership application to the new applicant. The cub member is attesting to the character of the new applicant. If the member doesn't know the applicant he should not hand out applications.
The applicant fills out membership application, "introduced by" must be CURRENT member with badge number. Application must be filled out completely if not it will be returned to the applicant and this will delay the application. "Introduced by" cannot also be a character reference. You must have 2 people listed other than introduced by person.
Applicant pays non-refundable application fee which currently is $20.00 this is applied to the balance of his initiation fee he will need to pay. Applications must be mailed to the club. Waiting list is compiled by the date in which the envelopes are post marked by the U.S. Post Office. Oldest application is first and so on.
When club receives application, it is brought to Board of Directors for their consideration and they vote to approve the applicant for the waiting list. If approved the application is forward to the General Membership Meeting where they votes on the applicant. If approved the applicant is now put on the "waiting list". "Application" lists are posted on the front club house bulletin board so members can see who's application has been received. This is an application list not a "waiting list"
Membership The club has limited membership. If there are NO opening for membership the application remains on the waiting list until such time as a opening occurs. When there is a opening the first applicant on the waiting list is contacted and directed to send in the balance of his fee ($400.00 Initiation fee minus the $20.00 for the application fee and yearly membership fee currently $200.00 for a total of $580.00). It must be received by date given by Membership Secretary or he will be deleted off waiting list and application marked applicant declined membership. We do not bring in new members after June 30 of each year. The applications will he held until an opening occur after the start of next year. This really doesn't slow down most applications because by this date we have filled all the slots that are available. Updated April 20, 2021.
Any application received after December 31, 2021 will be assessed at the new rate for initiation fee of $500.00. Any application received before 12/31/21 will have the old rate of $400.00 and applications are grand-fathered until they are contacted for membership. Updated November 2021
When the final payment is received the application is forwarded to the next Board of Directors meeting where the application is voted on by Board of Directors for membership. If approved the application is forwarded to the General Membership Meeting. The General Membership votes on accepting the person for membership. If approved Membership Secretary will send out an e-mail to applicant and he will be assigned a badge number and is almost a member. Do nothing until you receive this e-mail it will explain what you need to do and when.
New member will then have to attend orientation meeting within 30 days. You get credit for one hour of work hours for attending orientation meeting. You do not have access to the club until you have attended your orientation meeting where you will receive your key card.
If application is not approved by the Board of Directors or General Membership the application is denied and all money is refunded to the applicant and the procedure is terminated.
At present the Board of Directors meet on the first Tuesday of each month and the General Membership meets on third Tuesday of each month. December's meeting is a combined BOD and GM meeting and is held on the first Tuesday in December.
I hope this clears up any questions on the application process for new members. If you have any questions please review our by laws. (first page of club website). Once Membership Secretary receives your application he will e-mail you, to check your e-mail address look for this e-mail and reply. Mark his E-mail address as safe so they do not end up in your Junk mail. He will send e-mails during the year to keep you informed of your status.
We use e-mail for our main means of communications, if you don't have e-mail address does you wife or children have one that the information can get to you? if so list their e-mail address on your application. With the cost of postage today we use e-mails for our means of communication