New member applicants are invited to join the club yearly between May and October.
Questionnaires may be submitted any time throughout the year and upon review applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order they were received.
Applicants will be invited to the club's monthly business meeting by e-mail to submit a formal application before the executive board and begin the membership process.
Application for Membership - Procedure & Requirements
1. All new member applicants must fill out the membership application questionnaire. The questionnaire can be downloaded at Plymouthrodandgunclub.com at the bottom of the membership page (see below). Applicants can submit the questionnaire by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing to Plymouth Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 3121 Plymouth, MA 02360. Applicants may also drop off questionnaires in the secretary’s mailbox at either the upper or lower clubhouses.
2. Upon review of the applicant questionnaire the applicant will be notified by e-mail with an invitation to attend a monthly meeting where the application will be read before the executive board. New member applicants will be required to bring a formal club membership application (this will be included in the invitation e-mail), a copy of both sides of their firearms license and the required membership fees to this meeting.
3. All new member applicants will be required to complete 2 mandatory range orientations in the month their application was announced. The new member applicant will be required to bring an appropriate firearm, 10 rounds of ammunition, a target, and safety equipment to complete the indoor range portion of the orientation. If the range orientations are not completed before the next monthly meeting the application will be held until the orientations are completed.
4. All new member applications will be voted on at the monthly meeting following the completion of the range orientations, and will be notified by mail if the board members have accepted them into the club or not. Applicants will not be allowed to attend the meeting at which their application is being voted on.
5. If the applicant is accepted as a new member of the club, he/she will be issued a membership packet and a key to the property. If an applicant is not accepted to be a new member of the club, he/she will receive a full refund of fees paid and will not be allowed to re-apply for membership for a period of one year.
If any part of this procedure cannot be complied with, the applicant must contact the Club’s Executive Board prior to the meeting that the application is being presented.
All Regular Membership and Spousal Membership applicants must have a valid LTC (pistol permit) or FID card in order to be considered for membership.
There is a 30-day waiting period between the time an applicant’s membership application is read before the Executive Board and the time it is to be voted upon. During this waiting period, the applicant will be required to attend two mandatory orientations. Failure to attend the orientations will result in a delay upon which the application may be voted upon.
All club members are requested to devote yearly work hours to the club. This can be regular club maintenance & upkeep or even specific professional skills that may assist the club. Current club members are requested to give two (2) hours of their time during the year. New members are requested to give four (4) hours of their time during their first year with the club and two (2) hours thereafter.
Dues and Initiation fees: Annual dues are $150. The one- time Initiation Fee for joining the club is $250 for a Regular Member. There is no Initiation Fee for spouses or junior members. The fee for Active Military members is $6 dues plus the one-time initiation fee - upon active-duty separation, dues are at regular member fees. There are no discounts for Reserve or National Guard unless deployed to a combat area. Do not submit fees with the Application.
Regular Membership: $250 Initiation fee plus $150 annual dues ($400 total). When applying, you must appear in person at the Monthly Executive Board meeting held at the lower clubhouse at 7:00PM the first Monday of the month, unless it falls on a holiday in which case it will be the following Monday.
Spousal members: $30 annual dues. No initiation fee. Must appear before the Executive Board with a Sponsor. Must attend mandatory orientations.
Junior members: $6 until their 19th birthday. No initiation fee. Not required to attend the mandatory orientations until membership converts to a Regular Member status. Is not required to appear before the Executive Board. If the Junior Member goes on to continuing education (excluding graduate studies), membership will remain $6 with proof of the continuing education.
Applying after July 1st: The Annual Dues drops to $75 for the Regular member as half of the year has passed. ($30 Spouse and $6 junior member annual dues still apply). After October 1“, the $150 Annual Dues fee is applied for the last three months of the year and all of the following year. Initiation fee still applies.
Example: Family of three (Husband, wife and junior) apply for membership to the club. Fees will be $250 Initiation Fee, $150 Annual Dues for the Regular member and $30 for the spouse and $6 for the junior member totaling $436. Regular member and spouse, with sponsor, only need to appear at the monthly meeting.
Senior membership: You are considered a Senior member and your annual dues are waived when you have been a Regular Member who has maintained their status with the club for a total combined time of 15 years and has reached the age of 65 or above. There are no Senior Citizen discounts.
Orientations: Orientations are held the first Saturday of the month following the Monthly Board meeting or as scheduled by the Board .
The first orientation is the Outdoor Range Orientation. This orientation is held at the Skeet or Upper clubhouse, and consists of a range walk through, explanations of the range rules, and discussion of operating procedures for the outdoor range. The orientation starts promptly at 8:45 AM. It lasts about an hour.
The second orientation is for the indoor pistol range at the Lower clubhouse and immediately follows the Outdoor orientation and is a live-fire exercise. It begins at 10 A.M. and also lasts about an hour. Any person who is being considered for membership and possessing an LTC (pistol permit) will need to participate in the live-fire portion of the orientation. Please bring a firearm, 10 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection and a target. For those with an FID card, this will be a walk-through orientation.
Following completion of the requirements, your application will be voted on at the following Monthly Meeting. Applicants are asked not to attend this meeting.