New Year’s Day
**Time to Renew*
Your Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society Membership!
New Year’s greetings from your friends at the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. With the membership year starting on January 1st, 2020, we wanted to tell you about some of the initiatives your VAHS is undertaking to make your membership experience better for you, and better for your VAHS. All memberships will be based on the calendar year, January 1st – December 31st.
You may get a renewal notice in January, when you already have a 2020 expiration date. You may pro-rate your renewal or you may give your balance to VAHS as a donation and pay the annual fee for 2020 to end on December 31, 2020. Please call the office, if you have any questions and we will be glad to help you. 540-376-3265.
We have simplified the number of membership categories to the following annual memberships (existing Lifetime memberships will be honored, but no longer available):
Basic membership: $39/year (a $1 reduction)
Student/Active Military membership (new): $29/year
Basic membership plus spouse: $69/year
Sustaining membership (includes spouse): $149/year
What does it mean to step up and be a Sustaining Member of the VAHS? It means that you identify with the VAHS mission of honoring and publicizing the people and the events of Virginia’s rich aviation history. It means you want to foster the development of Virginia-based civilian, military and general aviation activities and facilities, and the businesses and personnel who support them. It means you want to expose our young people to the abundant and exciting career opportunities in every facet of aviation, here in Virginia and worldwide.
And, for your VAHS, it means you’re willing to provide extra financial support so that we can expand our outreach in all these areas. It means that you understand that an expanded vision of the past and the future of aviation requires an expanded base of financial support from its supporters.
The Sustaining membership also provides recognition for your commitment. Sustaining Members and their business affiliation will be listed in every issue of the VAHS newsletter Website and will appear in the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony program materials. Sustaining Members will have special identification on VAHS-supplied nametags at special events. The commitment of you and your company will be an encouragement to everyone involved in the mission of VAHS year-round, and a fine reflection on you besides.
We hope you’ll give serious consideration to becoming one of our first Sustaining Members. The support you’ll provide to VAHS will be very significant to our continued progress in this new and exciting phase of our mission. And, with basic memberships and student/active military memberships now available at reduced cost, there’s no reason everyone with a heart towards aviation can’t be a VAHS member.
Now, your VAHS has another special request and opportunity for your consideration when you renew: auto-renewal by credit card. Auto-renewal enables VAHS to set up an annual charge to your credit card at the membership category you select. You will be notified in advance of the charge every year so that you may change your membership category or cancel auto-renew and revert to manual renewals.
This simple step by members has proven vital to other fine member-driven organizations and enables your VAHS to devote less time to administration and more time to the programs, publications and initiatives that matter to you, our VAHS member. The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the VAHS ask and strongly recommend that you that this step. It will be very helpful to you VAHS and it will save you time and effort in the renewing every year.
Your VAHS is moving from an unexpected and challenging time of transition and relocation over the last several years into a period in which we can see our exciting new future taking shape on the EZF aviation campus. Growing our membership in all categories and freeing up officers and staff from annual, intensive periods of renewal-chasing will maximize our resources for the good of all of us.
And here’s a thought: give a gift of membership to a friend or colleague! Let them experience what you already know and love about this unique and historic organization: the bond of the love and enjoyment of Virginia aviation history in all its diverse forms.
PLEASE DO IT NOW!
Your VAHS needs you, and thanks you for your membership!