Membership

NEW MEMBERSHIP

General: AAF&G welcomes new members to the association. Any person who is not legally restricted from firearms ownership for reasons other than age, and who is 18 years of age or over, and who subscribes to the objectives of this Association without reservation, shall be eligible for consideration. All new members shall, as a condition of membership renewal, join the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Sponsor Requirement: All applicants must be sponsored by an AAF&G member in good standing. If you do not have an AAF&G member to sponsor you, you should try to cultivate one by participating in shooting activities at which non-members are welcome to participate. Please note that all AAF&G members are strongly encouraged to shoot with any potential applicants before agreeing to sponsor them. Such shooting activities include .22rf Bullseye matches conducted Sunday mornings or .22rf/centerfire pistol matches conducted every Thursday afternoon. There are also Cowboy Action shoots conducted on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., IDPA matches, and AR15 and Vintage Military Rifle matches conducted on the 1st and 2nd Saturdays of the month respectively. For further information about these opportunities to identify a sponsor, go to Page 2 of the current club newsletter (found at the Newsletter section of the AAFG home page – scroll to the bottom of the page) and contact the Range Committee Chairman for the event you would like to participate in.

Once a sponsor has been identified, the process for applying for membership is as described below. Note that this is a new procedure. Unlike the old applicant procedure, you no longer appear at a monthly Board meeting and get voted on at the following General Membership meeting.

Procedure:

1. Download the Membership Application. Either print the blank application or fill it out online using the form filler option and then print it. This is a multipage (single-sided) application so make sure you print all pages.

2. Application. Fill out the application completely. Incomplete applications or applications received without identifying a sponsor or without signatures where required (applicant, sponsor, witness) will not be accepted. Send the completed application along with a nonrefundable $200 Application Fee (check or money order - no cash) to:
AAF&G Secretary, Attn: I&I Committee, PO Box 150, Arnold, MD 21012

3. Interview. Applicants will be contacted by email and requested to appear along with the sponsoring AAF&G member for a personal interview with members of the Membership Committee's Interview and Inquiry Subcommittee. Applicants will be contacted in the order the applications are received and will be offered the option of a week night or a weekend interview. Interviews are expected to take approximately 45 minutes. Depending on I&I Committee member availability for interviews and the number of applications received, there may be a delay in being scheduled for an interview.

4. Background Check. When the application is received, the applicant's name will be made known to all current members by posting in the clubhouse and letters of inquiry may be sent to any other shooting organizations listed by the applicant. At the conclusion of the interview personal information necessary to initiate a criminal history background check will be requested from the applicant.

5. Review of Interview & Background Information. Once the interview has been completed and the criminal history check results received, the I&I subcommittee will review the substance of the interview, the results of the criminal history check, any responses from other organizations, and any input from current AAF&G members, and will then make a determination as to whether or not to recommend to the Board of Directors acceptance of the applicant as a provisional member or to recommend non-acceptance.

6. Recommendation to Board of Directors. The applicant's name will then be forwarded to the Board of Directors with the recommendation of the I&I subcommittee and the Board will then vote at the next Board meeting whether or not to forward the applicant's name to the general membership with a recommendation for acceptance as a provisional member.

7. Recommendation to the Members. The General Membership will be presented at the next General Membership meeting with the applicant names forwarded by the Board of Directors with a recommendation for acceptance as a provisional member. The members present will then be afforded the opportunity to vote for acceptance or non-acceptance of the applicant as a provisional member.

8. If accepted as a provisional member you will be contacted by a representative of the Membership Committee and so advised. Once advised of acceptance as a provisional member and provided with the schedule for the mandatory Orientation and Safety Walk-through. For planning purposes you should advise the Membership Committee of when you will be able to attend your Orientation and Safety Walk-through. The new provisional member will not be issued a membership card, gate access card, or combination to the clubhouse door until the Orientation and Safety Walkthrough is successfully completed.

9. After Acceptance. If accepted into membership, the new provisional member must pay the annual membership fee and any Capital Assessment in force at the time upon conclusion of the Orientation and Safety Walkthrough. If joining in any month after January, the dues and any capital assessment will be prorated (for the first year) at 1/12 of the annual membership fee and capital assessment times the number of full months remaining in the first year. Members of the immediate family (over 18 and living in the same household) may join as family members for 25% of the individual annual membership fee per year with no Capital Assessment (each family member must also fill out a separate application and go through the same interview process as the primary member). The Family member fee is also prorated at 1/12 of the annual membership fee times the number of full months remaining in the first year. The current dues & fee schedule is shown below. There will also be a $25 gate access card deposit that is required prior to issue and activation of the gate access card.

Member Category

Initiation/Application Fee

Annual Dues

Capital Assessment

1stYr Pro-rata dues + Capital Assessment

Primary Individual Member

$200

$250

$50/ann

$25/mo

18+ yr old Family Members living with the Primary Member

Waived

$62.50

Waived

$5.21/mo

Student Member

Waived

$125

$50/ann

$14.58/mo

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NOTE: Effective 02 April 2014 the non-refundable application fee that must accompany an application for membership will be $200.
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10.  Provisional Membership: The provisional member status lasts for a minimum of six months which gives the new member time to complete "gunschool".   Gunschool is a no cost four-hour class held on site at AAF&G that provides all new provisional members with a basic level of firearms knowledge and safety education. Regardless of the new member's background and prior shooting or firearms experience, gunschool is mandatory for all new members.

During the provisional membership period, the provisional member will also have to participate in a shooting match or live fire training activity in each of the primary disciplines: shotgun, rifle, handgun. Shooting matches or live fire training activities in each of these disciplines are held at least monthly and often weekly. Provisional members who do not have the appropriate firearm for participation in a particular match can usually arrange for a gun to be loaned to them for use during the match or training activity. However, provisional members are required to provide any necessary ammunition for the event.

Provisional Member Shooting Event Summary Document

After Gunschool, the completion of the required shooting matches or activities, and the expiration of at least six months of provisional membership (which begins at orientation), the provisional member may petition the Board of Directors to convert the provisional membership to a full individual or family annual membership. The petition form must be favorably endorsed by three (3) current Individual, family, or Life Members in good standing. The Board will review all the pertinent facts and vote to recommend or not recommend approval of the petition to the general membership. The general membership will then vote to approve or disapprove the petition.

Download New Member Application

Download Full Membership Peititon Form

Download Life Membership Application


Report of the Nominating Committee

TBD

 

2017 Membership & Waiver Renewal

Every member (Regular, Life, Family, Student, & Provisional) must complete and submit this combined renewal & waiver form with the appropriate dues and capital assessment.

Membership dues for 2017 are due and payable by January 31 , 2017. Annual dues for Regular and Provisional members is $250, for Family (& Provisional Family) members $62.50, for Student members $125. Dues are not required from Life members but a completed renewal form/waiver and Capital Assessment are required. The Capital Assessment is $50 for all members- Regular, Student, Provisional, & Life, but not for Family members.

All members in arrears of their dues as of February 1, 2017 will be dropped from membership and any issued gate access card will be deactivated until their membership status is resolved as required under the current bylaws. Members who joined after August 1999 must maintain a current NRA membership and include a copy of their current NRA card, NRA renewal confirmation email, or magazine address label as proof with their dues and this renewal/waiver form before receiving a 2017 renewal sticker.

Please forward your dues payment as soon as possible. Dues and completed renewal/waiver forms MUST BE MAILED to the Membership Chairman, Anne Arundel Fish & Game, PO Box 150, Arnold, MD 21012.   DO NOT LEAVE DUES AND/OR FORMS IN THE CLUBHOUSE AND DO NOT BRING DUES AND RENEWAL FORMS TO MEETINGS!  MAIL THEM!  Additional copies of renewal/waiver forms are available from the website (below) or from the November, December 2016, and January 2017 issues of the SCORE. 

Download and print the AAF &G 2017 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL & WAIVER FORM

Newsletters

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The SCORE will no longer be mailed out. We will post it on the Web site (www.aafg.org), and we will notify you by e-mail, providing the hyperlink to each issue as they become available. I know that there are a few luddites out there who absolutely, positively have to get a paper copy in their mailbox. I will charge you with the responsibility of notifying us that you wish to continue receiving a paper copy (coming to a meeting might be a good way of doing this). Also, it is incumbent upon each of you to make sure that we have your current e-mail address. Please send an e-mail to William J. Palk at wpalk@verizon.net. Please put “E-mail Address for SCORE” in the subject line.

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