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. There are many individuals who have long standing with the CSA. These are individuals who are age 18 years or older and purchased, or had a privilege 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, and some think they are already Associate members because of their family relationships. Many have come here for a lifetime and they represent a broad age range.
Associate Membership will make these individuals an official part of our community. With membership you are making a statement that you believe the CSA is a place you want to support. So we invite these friends and family members to come join our community, where generations of families have grown up enjoying the same kinds of summer pleasures over 100 years… picnics, the beach, family-oriented activities, speakers, square dances, community potluck dinners, movies on the beach, teen activities, kids’ sports like softball and soccer games, children’s dance nights and art classes.
The Membership Committee has identified approximately 1,200 individuals who qualify for Associate Membership. A letter will be mailed to these individuals by February 2017 inviting them to become members. The brief Q&A below will be included to help explain the advantages and responsibilities that accompany Associate Membership.
1. Q. Why am I getting this letter?
A. The Membership Committee has been working to identify all adult individuals who meet the requirements for Associate Membership. Knowing “Who” we are as a community is vitally necessary for the purposes of planning, staffing, budgeting, and programming in order to meet the mission of the C.S.A., “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 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 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 Privilege 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 privilege ticket (currently $56). You will receive an invoice for this association 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 association 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, there is a nominal (currently $28) reapplication fee added to the five years of lapsed association fees.
Q. If I do not chose to become an Associate Member at this time will I still be able to purchase a privilege ticket?
A. Yes, and if at a later date you chose to become an Associate Member, you may do so at that time.