NYC Crochet Guild (NYCCG) Membership Benefits
- Attend monthly meetings at no additional charge
- Receive a copy of the monthly newsletter
- Membership in our private online group at Yahoo!
- Pay discounted members' prices for special events, such as workshops and trips
- Enjoy discounts at various yarn stores
- Priority registration (before guests) at functions where registration is limited
- Receive borrowing privileges at our Resource Center
- Membership form is linked here
Individual Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) Membership Benefits
- A subscription to "Crochet!" magazine, the CGOA's official newsletter, which includes a CGOA insert for all members
- Receive the CGOA eNews in your mailbox approximately every six weeks
- Substantial discounts on registration and classes at CHAIN LINK, the Annual CGOA conference
- Library borrowing privileges - as of January 2003, the CGOA Library contained 193 books, 1,685 magazines, 2,006 pattern leaflets, 663 miscellaneous patterns, and 11 videos
- Order yarns from CGOA Presents, patterns designed specifically for them, and qualify for a 10% discount, while a portion of your purchases benefits the CGOA
- CGOA members qualify for a 50% discount on the Certified Instructor Program (CIP) Workshop, sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America
- A "Members Only" section at www.crochet.org
Affiliate CGOA Chapter Benefits
- Access the chapter message board on the national's website (listed above), where we may post notices for workshops, news about meetings and swap ideas with other CGOA chapters
- The right to use CGOA's tax ID number for our chapter bank account and derivative not-for-profit status (saving our chapter much effort and money), and the right to use the CGOA logo for chapter business
- Inclusion in a directory of affiliate chapters, so we can network with other crocheters
- Voting privileges by an appointed delegate from our chapter at the Annual Business Meeting
- Participation in the Chapter Challenge at the Annual Chain Link Convention
- Assistance planning educational workshops and regional seminars
- Discounts on Correspondence Courses
- Free publicity by listing our chapter and meeting place/time in each issue of "Crochet!" and in the Affiliate Chapter listing on the CGOA website
As of January 1, 2009, dues are $25 per year or $45 for two years, whether you are a new member or are renewing your membership.
Although you no longer need to be a CGOA member to join the NYCCG, if you are already a CGOA member, bring (a copy of) your card, which indicates your membership number and expiration date to the Membership Vice President, so that we know how many of our members also belong to the national organization.
We do not wish to create financial hardship for anyone or to discourage participation in the Guild. In addition to a student membership for under-18's, there are two other options available for alternative financial arrangements:
Request for Assistance. Please speak to a Board member, giving them an idea of your situation (you may be asked to provide a supporting statement). The Board will review your request to determine how we can help with your dues. A reasonable exchange of volunteer time or work may be arranged. These requests will be kept confidential. Under this option, you would retain all NYCCG and CGOA member benefits.
Be a Frequent Guest. Not interested in full membership benefits, but would still like to attend guild meetings? At your first meeting, which is free, you will be issued a Frequent Guest Card, which you should bring to each meeting. You would pay the $5 guest fee each time you attend for the next five meetings, which do not have to be consecutive. Make sure one of the Board members initials and dates it when you pay the guest fee. When the card is filled, we will collect the card from you instead of the guest fee at the next (sixth) meeting you attend. At your next meeting, if you wish to continue being a Frequent Guest, you would be issued a new card, and the cycle would repeat itself. You would not have any other privileges of NYCCG membership, but if you don't normally attend every meeting and/or workshop, this option may work better for you.