There are three membership levels -- regular, patron and
This is the basic membership level for the Society.
Regular members have access to all the benefits of membership. A
regular membership includes the entire household of the member of record.
(Only one copy of the Society's newsletter is provided, and only the member
of record can vote on business matters.)
Membership dues are renewed ever year on the anniversary of
date the membership application was processed by the Society.
The 'patron member' level is for individuals who have the
wherewithal and interest in supporting the MAS with an additional annual
donation, above the regular membership rate. The patron membership
dues are set at two-and-a-half times the regular membership rate.
The additional money collected from patron members
accumulates in a 'special projects' fund that is used to fund things that
are not covered by the Society's annual operating budget of -- observing
site improvements or purchasing new equipment, for example.
Patron members receive all the benefits of regular
membership, plus recognition in each month's issue of the Society's
newsletter. The Society may also sponsor special events exclusively
for patron members.
Individuals who are full-time students qualify for the
'student membership' rate. The benefits are the same as those of
a regular membership, except that only the individual, not the household, is
covered. (Note that some benefits of membership--keyholder status at
an observatory, for example--may have age-specific restrictions.)
Joining the MAS
Please follow the 'How to Join' link in the left-hand column
for information regarding your options.