Become a member of the BSV!
Anyone can become a member of our club - and we welcome you!
As a volunteer and non-profit organization we depend on our membership to keep this part of German-American life in New England alive and thriving. Our members come from various backgrounds, from German expats, the people reconnecting with their family heritage, to members who studied in Germany or have visited as a tourist and want to stay connected with Geman language, culture and Geselligkeit.
1. Membership Types
The BSV has two types of membership, active/voting and passive/non-voting. The only difference between the two types of membership is, that active members can run for positions on the board and can vote in the electinos for the board. A member is automatically considered active if he or she a) is German, b) is of German decent (2nd generation), or c) speaks fluent German. Passive members can be also made active members at the discretion of the board.
2. Membership Dues
The dues are $100 per year per person, the first year's dues are pro-rated. Dues are being collected in August and September.
3. Membership Benefits and Rights
Access to member only events
Free entrance to Sommerfest and Oktoberfest
Reduced price for German classes at the Adult Thursday School
Reduced pricing at the Ratskeller bar
Reduced pricing for dinner dances
10% discount at Wines & More
Right to all notices/publications
Right to attend business meetings
Right to vote on club matters in business meetings
Right to run for club's board (active members only)
Right to vote in board elections (active members only)
Members are expected to volunteer at one or more club functions each year
4. Membership Application
Fill out the online application, fill out an application at the information tent at Sommerfest or Oktoberfest, or ask for an application during our regular bar hours or Biergarten events. The application is then submitted and you might be asked to come to the club for a short interview, to determine your status as an active or passive members. Applicants are voted into the club by the membership at our business meetings.
Covid 19 Update: Due to Covid-19 regulations we can not old in-person meetings at this time. Der Vorstand instituted a new membership category, Provisional Membership. New members will be accepted at our monthly board meeting. At a later time, when large group gatherings are possible, these new members will be introduced to the membership for a vote as required by our by-laws.
Provisional members have the same rights and obligations.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have.
We are looking forward to welcome you as a new member at the BSV!