Associate Membership Initiative

Thinking about Associate Membership at the CSA?  Great idea! 

With an Associate Membership you are making a statement that you believe in the unique experience the CSA affords our community and is a place you actively support through your time, talent, and monetary contributions.  There are many individuals in our community eligible for Associate Membership who have a long-standing relationship with the CSA. They are 18 years or older and have purchased, or had an Assembly Ticket purchased for them, for a period of at least one week over ten different summers. They love coming to the CSA and care about its future.

Many of these people don’t know they are eligible.  Some believe they are already Associate Members because of their family relationships, or because they’ve simply been coming to the CSA for so many years.  But the fact is: you need to apply to become an Associate Member AND this membership is per person, not for an entire family.

Associate Membership will make you an “official” part of our community, eligible for volunteer leadership positions on committees and the Board of Trustees, as well as voting privileges on certain topics that come before the Board during the Annual Meeting. Your annual payment equivalent to a 2-week registration is invoiced in the early Spring each year and may be applied to your Assembly Ticket if and when you arrive at the CSA to register.

So we invite these friends and family members to elevate their commitment to our community, where generations of families have grown up enjoying the same kinds of summer pleasures for over 100 years… picnics, the CSA beach, family-oriented activities, speakers, square dances, community potluck dinners, operettas, teen activities, kids’ sports, children’s dance nights, arts n’ crafts, and Sunday worship.

Click this link to download the Application for Associate Membership. Complete the fillable PDF and save it to your desktop. Either print and mail the completed form via USPS to the CSA Membership Committee, 2128 Pilgrim Hwy, Frankfort, MI 49635 or email the completed form to: Ann Burroughs at .

*During the October 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting the Board voted unanimously to move forward with a Membership Committee proposal to extend Associate Membership to all individuals who qualify.

The Q&A below helps explain the advantages and responsibilities that accompany Associate Membership

1. Q. Am I qualified for Associate Membership?

A. The Membership Committee has worked diligently to identify 1200 adult individuals who meet the requirements for Associate Membership. Knowing our community demographics is vitally necessary for the purposes of future planning, staffing, budgeting, and programming in order to meet the mission of the CSA: “To promote the physical, intellectual, moral, and religious welfare of the constituency which it seeks to serve.”

2. Q. How did I qualify for this distinction?

A. You are eligible for Associate Membership because of your lengthy association with the CSA. You may have been an owner and are no longer named on the deed, or you may be a spouse, an adult child, grandchild, or renter of an owner of CSA, Wildewood, or Golf Lane property. You may be related to an Associate Member, or perhaps have been a house guest for a number of years. Because of this lengthy association with the Assembly, you meet the qualifications for Associate Membership.

3. Q. What does it mean to be an Associate Member?

A. Associate Members have access to full participation in the CSA community. You may serve on the Board of Trustees, vote at the Annual Meetings (votes on certain issues are restricted to lot/property owners only), your family members become eligible to purchase privilege tickets and establish their own official association with the CSA. Finally, your house guests have access to all activities covered by their Assembly Ticket.

4. Q. What does it cost (if anything) to be an Associate Member?

A. Associate members are billed annually the equivalent of a two-week individual Assembly ticket (currently $66). You will receive an invoice for this fee in the spring each year. This amount will then be credited towards your registration the next summer. If you do not register that next summer, or if you are only able to register for one week, then the balance of your Associate Member fee would be used to help the CSA maintain its services and infrastructure for the next time you are able to join us. If you forget to pay, or cannot pay in a given year, the amount will be carried over for up to five years at which time your Associate Membership will lapse. If after a certain period of time you wish to be reinstated as an Associate Member, there is a nominal reapplication fee added to the five years of lapsed association fees (a flat fee of $25).

Q. If I do not choose to become an Associate Member at this time will I still be able to purchase an Assembly ticket?

A. Yes. But why wait? Become a more active part of our CSA community now!

Contact the CSA

Congregational Summer Assembly
2128 Pilgrim Highway
Frankfort, MI 49635
231.352.4751 Office

During the season the office is open:
Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Other important information ...

Fire and Police Emergencies: Call 911
Please pick up a fire policy sheet (bright orange) in the CSA office and post it in your cottage.

Local Hospital: 231.352.2200
Paul Oliver Hospital on Park Avenue provides emergency medical care.

Defibrillators: On the exterior west wall of the Assembly Building is an automatic external defibrillator with built-in instructions to guide you in using it. Additional defibrillators are located in the dog house on the CSA Crystal Lake beach, and also on the back porch of the Meeting House.


Managing Director
Amy Somero
(231) 352-4751 summer office

Office Manager
Elaine Walton
(231) 383-0351 cell 

Website Comments

Beth Congbalay



Who must purchase an Assembly ticket?
All persons residing on the Assembly grounds or in the Wildewood-Golf Lane Association, renters, house guests and live-in child care or domestic help are required to purchase Assembly tickets for the entire time they are in residence during the season. This also applies to Associate Members and their house guests and to renewable privilege ticket holders. Everyone over the age of three must pay fees. Cottage owners must inform renters of their responsibilities to purchase Assembly tickets and must see that fees are paid. Click here for information on registering your renters.

**Owners: To access a fillable pdf Renter Registration Form - Click Here. First download the form, complete it and save it. Either print and mail the completed form via USPS or email the completed form to: Elaine Walton, CSA Office Manager, at the address listed on the bottom of the form.

Do I have to register each year, even if I don’t come every summer and is there a minimum number of weeks that I need to register in order to keep my membership?
No, you should only register for the years that you are here. If you can’t make it one summer, don’t worry – your membership status is still secure. Just register for the number of weeks that you will be here and using the facilities.

What does it cost to purchase an Assembly ticket?
Our current registration fee is $35 per person, per week.

Do I have to pay separately for tennis lessons, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, and afternoon recreational sports for my children?
Your CSA registration fees include all of these activities.

What do I need to pay for, beyond my Assembly ticket?
There are additional charges for the following (see fees section of Web site for details):
1. Woods tennis courts usage
2. Boat buoy or mooring line off CSA beach
3. Boat space on the CSA dock
4. Water line fee if on the CSA well
5. CSA mailbox
6. Vehicle sticker

Can I register members of my family whose names do not appear on my registration form?
Yes, as long as those family members have files of their own. You may pay those family registrations and your own fees with the same check.

What about registering guests?
You may register guests if you are a lot owner or an Associate Member. Guests pay the same fees as members – $33 per person, per week. If you are not a lot owner or Associate Member, you may have guests at your cottage but we cannot provide them with the benefits of registered guests (e.g., stickers for cars, boats, tennis or using the beaches)

How do I know what type of member I am?
That information will appear on the upper right corner of your registration form. 

What does it mean to be an associate member?
Associate members pay $70 in the spring that goes towards two weeks of their summer registration. However, this amount cannot transfer over to other family members. Associate members are able to vote on vital assembly issues.

When will my children need their own file and what about adding newborn children or changing my winter address?
At age 18 a child will need to create his/her own file. All these may be easily done at the CSA office.


Does the CSA accept credit cards?
Yes. Beginning the summer of 2021, those who opt for the convenience of using a credit card at the CSA will have the 3% credit card processing fee added to their total charge. Of course, we will continue to offer check and cash payment options with no added charge. Click here to read the announcement.

What else can I purchase at the CSA office?
You can purchase CSA clothing, directories (if in stock), trash bags and other CSA-related items at the office.


How may I reserve a buoy on the CSA mooring field?
Buoy reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. One side of the mooring field is reserved for sailboats. The other is reserved for motor boats. Inquire about available buoys when you register.

How do I obtain a place for my boat on the CSA dock?
There is a waiting list for a spot on the dock. If you are interested, speak to Elaine Walton, CSA Office Manager.

Do I need a Woods courts sticker in order to play in the July and August tennis tournaments?
Yes. You must have a woods courts sticker for the weeks of the tournaments.

May I take books out of the CSA’s adult and children’s libraries?
Yes. Please sign out books borrowed from the children’s library. Please be sure to return all books so that others can enjoy them.

Help! I forgot the combination to my CSA mailbox.
The CSA office team will be happy to provide you with your combination.

Do I keep the same CSA mailbox over the years?
You will keep the same box as long as you continue to pay for it.

When do FedEx and UPS come each day?
FedEx and UPS packages typically come in the afternoons, around 3 pm. Expect USPS packages to arrive around 11 am.

My name is on the “General Delivery” list on the bulletin board. What does that mean?
A letter or package was delivered to your name at the CSA Assembly Building address (and you don’t have a CSA mailbox). You may pick the mail/package up at your convenience when the office is open.

When is the trash picked up? Where do I purchase the required yellow trash bags?
Garbage pick-up is on Tuesdays and Fridays on the CSA grounds, South Shore Drive and M-22. Plan to have your trash out, ready for pick-up by 7:30am. You may purchase the yellow bags required for trash pick-up at the CSA office, or at Family Fare market in Frankfort.

Where do I sign up for youth activities?
Youth activity sign-ups are located on a bulletin board just past the office window, directly across from the trophies.

How can I find out who the church minister will be this Sunday?
Check the rack to the left of the office window. There is a handout with info about the church services and bible studies. It is also posted on this website under Activities -> Spirtual Life. It is also posted on the website at this link:

When are choir practices held?
Our choir practices Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. All singers with some experience in reading music are welcome.

May I use the CSA office copy machine?
Yes, for a fee of 15 cents per page.

Where can I sign up for the tennis tournaments?
Tournament sign-ups are located in the Assembly building, in the community room. They are put out the week before the start of the tournament.

What are the emergency and security contact numbers?
911 for fire, police, etc. Paul Oliver is the local hospital (Park Avenue) and number is 352-2200. The Defibrillator: On the exterior west wall of the Assembly Building is an automatic external defibrillator with built-in instructions to guide you in using it. Amy Somero, Managing Director: Office: 352-4751; Cell: 231-499-0257 

Where can I recycle?
A: 924 Main Street. Turn off Main Street by Port City Smokehouse and look for the bright red bins. Here’s what you can recycle together in one bin:

  • Clean tin & aluminum containers
  • Clean glass & bottles
  • All numbers of plastic including plastic bags
  • Paper and flat boxes including magazines & junk mail
  • Aseptic packaging (juice boxes, milk cartons)
  • Polystyrene packaging that has a #6 on it (clean take out packaging, produce trays, cups, etc.
  • Shredded paper and mixed paper can still be placed in the bin inside a paper bag.
  • Plastic bags emptied of contents and placed loosely in the bin. Tear open your bag and let items drop into the bin.

Everyone is asked to continue using the school cardboard trailers when you have a quantity of cardboard to recycle. Students receive money for cardboard collected at the school trailers.

Last summer Family Fare market in Frankfort also provided 24-hour recycling for cans and plastic/glass bottles.  534 11th, Frankfort, MI

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