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You Are Invited to Join The Society


We would be delighted to have you become a member of the Society!  All new members are warmly welcomed, regardless of their prior experience (or lack thereof) with succulent plants.

Requirements:

Society members are expected to have an interest in succulent plants. That's it!. We have no other requirements for membership (other than, of course, the payment of your dues).

Benefits:

  • Society members have an opportunity to work outdoors with succulent plants.
  • Society members take pride in owning and maintaining the Society's Gardens.
  • Society members gain enjoyment from exchanging information about succulent plants with other members and with non-member visitors to the Gardens.
  • Society members gain a sense of satisfaction and pride from knowing they are helping support the Society's Scholarship Program.
  • Society members gain exposure to the interesting and educational programs presented at each of the Society's regular meetings.
  • Society members receive a listing in, and a copy of, the Society's printed yearbook.
  • Society members receive an automatic subscription to the Society's electronic newsletter.
  • Society members become healthy, wealthy, and wise. (Just kidding about the wealthy part.)

Membership Types and Dues


We have five types of membership, each with a specified dues policy. You are free to choose the type of membership that best describes your expected level of participation in the Society, except, of course, you can't choose "Honorary".

Active Membership

  • Dues:  $10.00, paid yearly.
  • This type of membership is for those individuals who can a.) undertake a management role in the Society (as an officer or committee member);   and/or, b.) take an active part in the maintenance of the gardens (as one of our work-day volunteers);   and/or, c.) regularly attend and participate in our monthly meetings. (Pick any one, any two, or all three.)

Household Membership

  • Dues:  $15.00, paid yearly.
  • This is the same as an Active Membership, except it covers more than one person.  This category is for families in which perhaps one individual is active in the Society (in one of the ways described for Active Memberships) and the other person(s) in the family are interested in the Society but don't participate on a regular basis.

Associate Membership

  • Dues:  $15.00, paid yearly.
  • This category is for those who care for the Society and wish to support it, but who cannot be active in its operations on a regular basis (at least, that is, as much as one of the ways described for Active Memberships).  Associate Members are very important to the Society.  Although they are not fully 'active' members, they may, and from time to time often do, participate in Society activities.

Lifetime Membership

  • Dues:  $100.00, paid only once.
  • This category lets you avoid the need to make annual dues payments. Lifetime Members may be either active or inactive participants in Society activities.  The money paid for a Lifetime Membership goes into the Society's Endowment Fund. Lifetime Membership payments may be income tax deductible. (We are a federally registered charitable organization.) There are absolutely no restrictions on who may become a Lifetime Member, or when. Many applicants choose this option when first joining.

Honorary Membership

  • Dues:  Zero.
  • We reserve this category for those who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Society.

Membership Application Process


Applications for new memberships will be accepted anytime throughout the year.  If selecting a membership type that must be renewed annually, your first payment will be applied to the current fiscal year (May 1 thru April 30) and subsequent renewals will become payable each year beginning in January. Renewals must be paid prior to May 1 to avoid loss of membership.

Application Form

  • Option #1:  Download our simple Application Form [ HERE ] (PDF, 1 page, 8.5 x 11, 67k.).
  • Option #2:  Alternatively, you can use an application form we have printed in our tri-fold brochure. You can find a copy of our brochure on a table inside our historic cottage on days when our Gardens are open for a sale or a work session. Also, on sale days, you can pick up a brochure from our Greeters Table as you enter the Gardens. Additionally, copies of our brochure are always available at any of our monthly meetings.
  • When using either Application Form, please make sure your contact information is printed clearly, paying particular attention to the letter-by-letter readability of your name and email address.

Application Payment

  • The amount of your initial dues payment will vary, depending on the type of membership you have selected. See the "Membership Types and Dues" section above.
  • When paying by check, make it payable to the "Sarasota Succulent Society".
  • Cash will be accepted when you submit your application in person.

Application Delivery Options

  • By U.S.Mail:  Send your completed application and check to: The Gardens of the Sarasota Succulent Society, 1310 38th St., Sarasota, FL 34234.
  • In Person:  Attend one of our regular meetings (held October thru June) and introduce yourself to our Treasurer.
  • In Person:  Attend one of our workday sessions (held all year long, almost every Monday and third Saturday, from 9 to noon) and meet with one of our worker-bees.
  • In Person:  Attend one of our three major annual sales and meet with one of our sales volunteers.

Membership Renewal Process


Membership renewals must be paid every year no later than May 1 (the beginning of our fiscal year) in order to avoid the loss of your membership.

Renewal Form

  • Download our simple Renewal Form [ HERE ] (PDF, 1 page, 8.5 x 11, 67k.).
  • Renewals must be accompanied by enough information for us to be able to match your renewal information and your renewal payment to an existing membership record, so please include your full contact information on the renewal form.
  • Please make sure your contact information is printed clearly, paying particular attention to the letter-by-letter readability of your name and email address.
  • If you currently have a household or associate membership (which cost the same) please let us know if you are changing from one to the other.

Renewal Payment

  • The amount of your renewal payment will vary, depending on the type of membership you have selected. See the "Membership Types and Dues" section above.
  • When paying by check, make it payable to the "Sarasota Succulent Society".
  • Cash will be accepted when you submit your renewal in person.

Renewal Delivery Options

  • Deliver your renewal form and payment using any of the methods described above for delivering new applications.

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