The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany

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Membership Eligibility

 Please Note:  Joining as a "member" of our website, does not make you a member of the Society.

To be eligible for membership* in this Society a man or woman,  of any nationality, must be of at least 18 years of age, of good moral character, and be descended from a person residing in Fort Orange, The Colony of Rensselaerswijck, or the Village of Beverwijck before 1665, and /or in other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Rensselaerswijck prior to the establishment of their own courts.

NOTE: The court at Esopus (Kingston, New York) was established on May 16, 1661. Settlers from that area are eligible prior to that date.

*An individual not otherwise eligible for regular membership or pending approval of regular membership who has signified his or her interest in and the promotion of the purposes of the Society may apply for an Associate level membership

Levels


ANNUAL:
$20.00 Annually

JOINT:
(husband and wife) $23.00 Annually

ASSOCIATE:*
$20.00 Annually

LIFE:
$250.00

New members (Except Life) pay a $40.00 Admission Fee which includes first year's dues and a membership pin featuring the Society's seal.

Dues are due and payable on June 1st each year thereafter.

The applicant shall be recommended** by two regular members of the Society.  The number of Associate Members at any one time shall not exceed one quarter of the total membership at that time.

Dues for Associate Membership shall be the same as that of Regular Membership.  An Associate Member is not eligible to vote, hold office, or be a Member of the Executive Committee.

The Treasurer is custodian of the Society's Insignia and new members of the Society will receive a pin along with a certificate of membership following approval.

Additional pins may be purchased for $5.00 each.

* An Associate level of membership was established in 1992. An individual not otherwise eligible for regular membership or pending approval of regular membership who has signified his or her interest in and the promotion of the purposes of the Society may apply.

** In the event that the applicant does not know any regular members, contact the Registrar for instructions.