Notice regarding membership – 2021-22

by Cindy Dalcourt (President), 3 Sept 2021.

A.G.M. & Speaker: Mike Moore — “Pacific Giant Octopus
7:00 p.m. Thursday Sept. 23, 2021 (doors open at 6:30)
NOTE our new meeting location!!!

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164

6811 Alexander St

(You enter the parking lot & building from Willingdon Ave).

Masks must be worn and vaccination records presented


We’re all looking forward to meeting in person again after so many months under public health restrictions.  This fall however, there will be some changes necessitated by Covid regulations and increased operating costs.  We had to find an alternative venue to hold our monthly meetings — resulting in a threefold increase in hall rental costs.  We were also faced with securing insurance  to cover the increased operating risks in the club.  We elected to do so under BC Nature (Federation of B.C. Naturalists).  By so doing all our members also become BC Nature members – with all the benefits that come with it.

To cover these extra expenses we’re raising our annual membership fee from $20 to $30 per person.  Children (18 and under) of adult members are still free to join.  Please note that this is the first increase in club fees since 2016, and  our fee is still below the average of $35 for naturalists clubs in B.C.  You are also required to sign this waiver form upon creation or renewal of your membership. You can either print and return this at your first meeting or mail it to the address noted on the form.  Copies will also be available at the A.G.M.

We’ve had excellent response from members who have used e-transfer for club transactions, and we encourage this because it makes transactions contactless.   It’s easy.  Simply add as a payee to your online banking account and you can renew your membership now.  Please include your name and contact info (address, phone number and email address) in the comments section so we can confirm payment.

Of course membership dues can still be collected at the door for those who wish to pay by cheque or cash (exact amount appreciated).

Until Covid restrictions are eased, the seating capacity at the Legion is 54 people  with chairs widely spaced.  The capacity would be 108 with no Covid restrictions.  Seats will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis with priority given to fully paid members.  We can no longer allow people to drop in for free.  Non-members will be charged $5 at the door if space is available.  In keeping with public health guidelines (as well as for insurance purposes) all attendees must now sign in for every meeting.  Unfortunately no drinks or refreshments will be available at this time.  We’re looking into the possibility of having our meeting and speaker’s presentations available via Zoom.  As always we welcome any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.

Cindy Dalcourt