Here’s a full explanation of the two types of BNIA memberships available. The majority of our members are “full” members (over 200 annually); the smaller component is our “associate” members, numbering about 36 in 2020.
Each property owner in Bayfield-Nares can become a Full Member of the BNIA (and so can non-property owners). Co-owners (usually spouses) of a property can share a Full membership.
Each Full Membership includes affiliation to the Georgian Bay Association (GBA, our larger federation of cottager’s associations); $50 of your BNIA membership dues go to the GBA to support their work on our behalf
Full Members receive the informative GBA Update newsletter mailings three times per year
Full Members receive all BNIA communications, including a copy of the annual Directory and Yearbook
Full members enjoy voice and vote at meetings of the BNIA and can serve on the Board of Directors
The complete benefits of Full Membership are spelled out here
Associate Memberships are available for family members who share a property with a Full Member (often a next-generation family member). You cannot be an Associate Member without an affiliation to a Full Member.
Associate Members do not receive the GBA Update newsletter mailings
Associate Members are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend BNIA Annual Meetings, but they don’t enjoy voting privileges at the meeting
Associate Members receive all BNIA communications, including a copy of the annual Directory & Yearbook
With the exceptions above, Associate Members receive all the other benefits of Full Membership in the BNIA that are spelled out here
Here are the annual dues payable to the BNIA to cover membership:
Full Membership: $80 (discounted to $75 if you pay online, through this website)
Associate Membership: $30 (no discount for online payment)
Dues Payable Annually
Dues are payable once per calendar year. We encourage all members to pay promptly upon receiving their notice in January of each year, and definitely before the summer season. Your membership applies to a calendar year, not for a 12-month period after you pay your dues. Tip: you can pre-pay your next year’s dues at the BNIA Annual Meeting in August!