Joining CyberStitchers

Before you Join

Before you take the plunge and join CyberStitchers, you might want to take a peek at what we do and who we are.  No problem!  Click here to join our Guest List.  You'll receive digests of our next one or two General Membership meetings (see the calendar of events for the next date).  This will give you a chance to see what a meeting is like.  There's more to us than meetings, of course, but the Guest List will give you an idea.

How to Join

If you would like to join CyberStitchers, please send the following information to our Membership Chair, Susan McAndrew (click the link to open an email editor, or send your email to membership@cyberstitchers.org):

  • Your name
  • Full street address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • EGA number (if currently an EGA member)
  • Chapter Affiliation and Region Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Appropriate amount of dues (see table below)

Whether you are paying by check, credit card or PayPal, you can purchase your membership through our Online Store.  If you have any questions about this process, please email Susan McAndrew.

Dues

Dues are collected once a year by the chapter, and must be submitted to the Regional and National organizations by May 31st.  In order to meet this deadline, CyberStitchers must collect all dues no later than April 30th.  Members who submit dues after this date may be considered late renewals and submitted to TVR and National as such.  Payment can be made by PayPal or snail mail.

There are several types of membership in EGA. They are:

Primary Member - You are a member of only one chapter.
Plural Member - You are a primary member of one chapter, but also belong to another chapter (or multiple other chapters) secondarily.
Life Member - You have paid a lump sum to EGA for lifetime membership in the national organization; this does not include dues for your chapter affiliation(s).
Member-At-Large (MAL) - You are a member of EGA at the national level (dues paid to National annually), and have no chapter affiliation; if you subsequently join a chapter, you will no longer be a MAL.

Dues are calculated as follows (based on join date):

Membership Status:

Dues Amt.
(annual):

Pro-Rated Amt. (partial year):

Primary Member of CyberStitchers $54
July - Sep: $ 40.50
Oct - Dec: $ 27.00
Jan - Mar: $ 13.50
Plural Member of Cyberstitchers
(TVR*)
$12
July - Sep: $ 9.00
Oct - Dec: $ 6.00
Jan - Mar: $ 3.00
Plural Member of Cyberstitchers
(not TVR**)
$15

July - Sep: $ 11.25
Oct - Dec: $ 7.50
Jan - Mar: $ 3.75

Life Member (Primary or Plural - TVR*) $12 
July - Sep: $ 9.00
Oct - Dec: $ 6.00
Jan - Mar: $ 3.00 
Life Member (Primary or Plural - not TVR**) $15
July - Sep: $ 11.25
Oct - Dec: $ 7.50
Jan - Mar: $ 3.75
Member-At-Large (MAL) MALs pay $25 to National when at sign-up; when you subsequently join a chapter, you will pay to the chapter the remainder of dues required, and you will pay to the chapter the full dues amount as outlined above at the next annual renewal
 

*Primary membership is in a chapter within the Tennessee Valley Region
**Primary membership is NOT in the Tennessee Valley Region

The postage fee for EGA's quarterly "NeedleArts" magazine is included in the dues amount for U.S. residents. However, members who reside outside the U.S. will pay postage fees as follows:
Canadian Residents - $8 in addition to dues.
All Others - $24 in addition to dues.

Payment Address

To pay by check through snail mail (US funds ONLY):

Make check payable to CyberStitchers.

Mail to:
CyberStitchers
c/o Susan McAndrew
39 English Commons
Topsfield, MA 01983
 

If you choose to pay by check or money order and reside outside the U.S., there will be an additional $35 fee to process your payment. This is charged by U.S. banks for the chapter to deposit your check and receive those funds. The chapter cannot absorb that cost, so we must pass it on to the member. We strongly recommend that members outside the U.S. pay any fees for dues, classes, etc., via PayPal or credit card, in order to avoid the additional $35 fee.

What happens next?

Once your information and dues have been received, we will add you to the main CyberStitchers Meetings group (moderated - chapter business) and to the CyberStitchers Chat group (unmoderated, but using appropriate "net-iquet" - all other conversations).  Please be sure that your e-mail account will allow either 'direct adds' or 'invitations' to groups.  Some do not, which means you must request permission yourself to join these groups.  You will also receive information regarding other CyberStitchers groups such as Stitch-of-the-Month and Petite Projects.  You may join any 'open' SIG (Special-Interest Group) list that you like.  The only restrictions are groups that are invitation only.  These include the CyberStitchers Board group and those formed specifically for GCCs (Group Correspondence Courses) - you must be a registered participant in that GCC to join its associated group.  Again, if you have any questions, please email our Membership Chair and she will be happy to help you.