A Member Is ...

A member is someone who has paid either our annual membership fee or our once-only life membership fee.

$   20 per person
(2 or more persons
at one postal address)
$   30 per house­hold
For Life
$ 200 per person (one-time cont­ri­bu­tion)

The Membership Year:  Membership begins in September and ends the following August. Single and Family memberships nominally expire, therefore, on 31 August.

Annual Renewal:  Please renew your member­ship as early as possible after mid-August. Individuals and households who have not renewed prior to 1 January of the following year will no longer be regarded as members of the Association.

Adjustments:  The fee for a membership taken up or renewed after 31 December is not pro-rated. A membership taken up or renewed in May or June will be applied to the next (Sept-Aug) Membership Year as, of course, will any membership taken up or renewed during July or August.

Other financial contributions:  Other con­tri­bu­tions are entirely voluntary and always welcome. They may be dedicated to a specific award fund or left unspecfied. The latter are applied most often to our annual lecture series. Our Mailings, Mem­ber­ship & Donations form (accessed via a link below) includes a section for such additional contributions.

What Members Receive from the Association

If you provide a postal address you will receive..

  • A printed copy of the Association's annual brochure, which provides information about the upcoming season's free public lectures and our awards program, along with a donation form and the President's annual letter to the Association's members and friends. These are sent out in late July or early August, well before the first lecture in September.
  • An official receipt for tax purposes, issued in January of the next calendar year.

If you provide an email-address you will receive..

  • a reminder about our next lecture (September to April), issued on the Wednesday before the lecture.
  • notification of the date, time and location of the Association's Annual General Meeting.
  • a reminder about other HAALSA events, such as the annual tour and annual speakers-appreciation dinner.
  • an alert concerning any lecture or event that we've had to cancel at short notice or move to a different venue.

If you don't provide an email address but do provide a telephone number..

  • we will attempt to contact you concerning any lecture or event that we've had to cancel at short notice or move to a different venue.

Before continuing you may wish to read our Privacy Policy.
You can unsubscribe from our Contacts List at any time via email or postal mail.

It's Easy to Become a Member or Renew Your Membership

You can obtain our Mailings, Mem­ber­ship & Donations form in various ways:

  • If you are on our mailing list, we'll mail one to you, along with our annual brochure and President's letter, in late July or early August.
  • You'll find one on the refreshments/information table at our free public lectures.
  • You can download and print this printer-friendly version of the form. You'll need a PDF reader to view or print this document. Read more..

Follow the instructions provided on the form.

  • Be sure to date your application.
  • Ensure that the "Total Donation" amount is correct.
  • You can donate cash or by cheque payable to "The Hamilton Association".
    • Be sure the sum of the cash you are providing or the amount entered on your cheque
      matches the "Total" shown on the form.
  • Please, no post-dated cheques.  Do not send cash via postal mail.
  • Your membership is effective the day on which the Treasurer receives your donation.

Please inform the Association Secretary or Treasurer of any subsequent change to your email or postal address or other contact details. Doing so will enable us to keep you advised of forthcoming events and cancellations and ensure that you obtain an offical receipt for tax purposes for your donation(s).

Contributions for charitable purposes are tax deductible at the rate prescribed by the Canada Revenue Agency. Our practice regarding the issuing of receipts for tax purposes is available on our Receipts page.

Method 1:  A Direct Contribution Mailed To HAALSA Via Canada Post

Complete the donation form. Put it and your cheque in a suitable envelope addressed to the Association (our postal address is on the form), affix sufficient postage, and mail it. (Important! Never mail cash!)

Method 2:  A Direct Contribution Submitted At One of Our Lectures

Complete the donation form. Bring it, along with cash or your cheque, to the next free HAALSA lecture you attend. Give your completed donation form and your donation to the Treasurer or any other member of the HAALSA Executive. A temporary receipt can be issued immediately if necessary.

Method 3:  Online By Credit Card or PayPal via `CanadaHelps.org`

You can also donate securely online via "CanadaHelps.org", using a credit card or PayPal. With this indirect method you don't need to download and print our Donation-for-Membership form.

Click here to view our step-by-step guide to donating via the CanadaHelps site.

Please note:  The Association receives 96% of the amount you donate via CanadaHelps. We have,therefore, set the membership fees on our CanadaHelps page slightly higher than the amounts displayed above. Doing so ensures that the level of support we receive for a given membership category is equal, plus or minus a few cents, to what we receive from persons who donate directly to the Association.