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SANS is formalizing its membership program

Below is a letter from the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) regarding the introduction of annual memberships:

In the past, membership in the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) had always been fairly informal resulting in some uncertainty and confusion among people in the surf community about whether they were a member of SANS.

We also receive a lot of emails from people asking about how they can become a member.

To address these concerns, and to increase membership, strengthen our relationship with members, and improve the quality of benefits we offer our members, SANS released a Membership Strategy last year.

As part of this new strategy, we have decided to formalize our membership program by introducing annual memberships. The annual membership fee will be $20 and, in return, members receive discounts on SANS contests and events, a subscription to our newsletter, and a SANS T-shirt.

SANS is a non-profit organization and the funds we collect from membership fees go directly back into the surfing community as we work to: (1) build an inclusive, fun and respectful surf community; (2) support recreational and amateur surfing; and (3) promote coastal access and stewardship.

We will be launching the new membership program at the Surf Jam at the Seahorse on February 25, 2011. Memberships will also be available on our website shortly afterwards, and at future SANS events.

FAQ about the membership program:

1. How much does a SANS membership cost?
Membership fees are $20.

2. When does it expire?
Memberships are valid for 1 year from the date of registration.

3. What benefits do I get from being a member?
You receive discounts at SANS contests and events, a subscription to our newsletter, a SANS T-shirt, and a warm fuzzy feeling for supporting your community.

4. How will my membership fee be used?
SANS is a non-profit organization, so your $20 will support the things that you and other members tell us is important, like: local contests, community events, public access to the coast, and lots of other great stuff!

5. How can I become a member?
Memberships will be available at all SANS-sponsored contests and events and through our website.

6. How can I learn more about SANS?
Check out SANS’ 5-year Strategic Plan, talk to one of the Board Members when you’re in the water, or get in touch with Joel Rudolph, SANS’ Coordinator, via email.

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