Membership

All are welcome to come and attend ritual with us.

As per our bylaws, we have three types of membership:

Article 3.        MEMBERSHIP

3.1        Age requirements for membership in Thornhaven Grove, and special requirements for minors, are as set forth in the by-laws of ADF.

3.2        Membership Categories

3.2.1     Full Member – is defined as a person who is 18 years old or has parental permission. A full member must be a member of ADF and have paid their annual dues to Thornhaven Grove, ADF. Their grove affiliation must be solely to Thornhaven Grove. Full Members may vote in all grove elections and referenda and may hold Grove offices, including those on the Executive Committee. A full member must have attended five of the eight feast days in one year. Full members must be approved of by the existing full membership.

3.2.1.1  ADF Member — is defined as a person who is recognized as a current member of ADF. ADF members who are not also members of Thornhaven Grove may not vote in grove elections or referenda.

3.2.2     National Member – is defined as a person who is a member of ADF and who has declared to ADF that Thornhaven Grove is their Grove Affiliation, but who have not paid annual dues to Thornhaven Grove. National Members are not eligible to vote in grove elections or referenda or to hold offices on the Executive Committee, but they may be members of, and hold offices in, any grove guilds, lodges, SIGs or committees.

3.2.3     Affiliate Member – is defined as a person who has paid their annual dues to Thornhaven Grove but is not a member of ADF. Affiliate Members are not eligible to vote in grove elections or referenda. Affiliate Members may be members of grove guilds and committees, but may not hold any offices in the grove or its guilds, lodges, SIGs or committees.

3.3        Minimum Grove Donation. All Full Members and Affiliate Members are expected to make a minimum donation annually to the Grove.

3.3.1.    Dues for all members required to pay them will be determined by the executive committee. Dues may consist of monetary, material or other donations such as labour or services and should demonstrate the member’s commitment to the Grove.

3.3.2.    For Full Members, the Minimum Grove Donation is in addition to ADF Membership dues.

3.3.3.     Annual Due Date. The Minimum Grove Donation shall be due by September 30th of each year.

3.3.3.1 In cases of special hardship, the Minimum Grove Donation may be paid in three monthly installments but is due no later than February 1st of the following year.

3.3.3.2 For members joining at other times of the year, the Minimum Grove Donation shall be prorated as determined by the Executive Committee.

3.3.4     All Full Members who have paid in full by August 1st of the current year will be eligible to vote at
the Annual Meeting in October of that year.

3.3.5     The minimum grove donation will be 20.00 CAD or equivalent.

3.3.6     The annual grove donation amount will be reviewed and re-set yearly at the last Business meeting before the AGM.

3.3.7     New Members.

3.3.7.1         New Full Members shall pay their Minimum Grove Donation on a prorated basis to bring their membership current to the annual due date.

3.3.7.2         Members joining between October 1 and April 30 shall be charged the full Minimum Grove donation minus 1/12 of that cost for each month after October 31. Their next donation shall be due by September 30th of that year.

3.3.7.3         Members joining between May 1 and September 30 shall be charged the full Minimum Grove Donation minus 1/12 of that cost for each month after October 31 PLUS the amount of a full year’s Grove donation as set at the previous Annual Meeting. Their next donation shall be due by September 30th of the following year.

3.3.7.4         Members joining after the 20th day of any calendar month shall be deemed to have joined on the first day of the following month.

3.3.8     One Time Peroration of Minimum Grove Donation for Existing Members.

3.3.8.1         All Grove members shall prorate their Minimum Grove Donation to bring them
in line with a September 30th renewal date, as determined by the Executive Committee.

3.3.8.2         Members whose expiration date falls after the 20thday of the month shall be deemed to have paid for that entire month.

3.3.9     Grove Compassionate Memberships.

3.3.9.1 The Executive Committee may grant a Compassionate Membership to the Grove in cases of special hardship.

3.3.9.2 For ADF Compassionate Memberships, the member must apply to the ADF Members Advocate.

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