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Guild Rules and Policies.
By completing our membership form and paying your dues, you agree to be bound by the Guild rules. We will use your personal information requested in our forms and user profile in accordance with them.
Our membership year is our fiscal year, 1 July to 30 June. Dues are $45.00 for the fiscal year. There is a $5 late fee. New members pay a prorated amount based upon months remaining in our fiscal year ($3.75 per month).
The New Membership and Gift Membership products in our Membership Store have the calculated dues amount pre-filled.
Emeritus – is an honorary title granted by the Board of Directors after nomination by the Recognition Committee. Criteria for nomination are: a living member, with more than ten years in the HCWG, and who has distinguished themselves through their long term service to the guild or their community with no consideration or expectation of recognition or compensation. Dues are waived in perpetuity. The Emeritus member enjoys all of the membership benefits. The Emeritus member will be recognized by announcement at the next general membership event and by email to all. The Emeritus member status will be noted on their membership card.
Active – a member whose dues are paid for the current fiscal. Also. a member whose volunteer status results in their dues being waived by Board of Director’s decision.
Pending – during the member renewal campaign period, May to August, an active member’s status is changed to Pending. This way we can control sending renewal notices by email, and by signals on the web page when the member logs in. Status is changed to Active once the Pending member renews.
Suspended – a member who elects to suspend their membership, forfeit all membership benefits, avoid the late fee, and remain on our Suspended Email list to receive select email topics. When you reactivate, you will pay the then current fiscal year dues regardless of how many fiscal years may have elapsed. This status was used during the virtual-only meetings caused by the Covid pandemic. This status will not be used after FY2022-2023.
Expired – a member who was active in the just previous fiscal year or before, who did not renew when that fiscal ended. You must pay a late fee to reactivate.