Membership FAQsQ: What is a “joining fee” and why do I have to pay it?
A: The joining fee, also known as a sign-up fee or initiation fee, is a one-time fee that is charged when you sign up for an annual membership. As long as you’re a member, you’ll never have to pay it again. But if you quit your membership and rejoin at a later time, you will have to pay it again. The joining fee also helps keep your monthly dues as low as possible.
Q: What does “annual membership” mean?
A: An annual membership means you sign an agreement to pay for the first 12 months, and in return there’s a significant price break on the dues, a “bulk discount” if you will.
Q: Do I have to pay for the whole year at once?
A: No, you have the option to set up automatic monthly payments if you prefer. There’s no difference in price whether you pay for the annual membership monthly or pay in full.
Q: Can I bring in cash or a check to pay my dues every month?
A: No, in order to make monthly payments you’ll need to provide a credit or debit card to be kept on file so the dues can be automatically deducted.
Q: What happens if I move or decide to quit before I’ve paid for a full year?
A: If you terminate your membership before you’ve completed your 12-month agreement, you have the option to pay an early buyout fee that cancels your contract. The fee is $150 for an individual, or $225 for a couple. After you’ve made the first 12 monthly payments, you may cancel the membership without a buyout fee.
Q: Do I need to renew my annual membership at the end of my first year?
A: If you’ve signed up for monthly payments, after your 12th payment your membership will automatically roll over into a month-to-month account which will keep going until you ask us to cancel it, so there’s no need to do anything. If you’ve paid for the year in full, we will send you a renewal reminder in the mail.
Q: I’m not ready to commit to an annual membership. Is it possible for me to join for a shorter amount of time?
A: Yes! We offer several short-term membership options. You can join for 3 months, 1 month, 1 week, or 1 day. There’s no sign-up fee and no long-term commitment, but the fees are higher than with an annual membership. Contact the membership office about short-term rates.