Membership

As the Covid-19 numbers continue to grow, we at the Ipswich Fish and Game Association have chosen to cancel in-person meetings of the membership until further notice.

The winter months tend to be slower for the IFGA. With this in mind we will not be accepting applications for membership until sometime after February 2021. When we work out the logistics of starting in-person meetings again we will communicate more specifics. For now we ask you to bear with us as we figure out how to do this best.

This change in meetings does not impact the general availability of the club resources. All ranges continue to be available for use in accordance with normal IFGA range use rules.

What is changing:
The January meeting of the membership will be virtual. The only planned business will be to vote on new members from the December meeting. We will provide meeting information when the time comes closer.

We will not be accepting new member applications until in-person meetings of the membership resume.

We do not plan to hold a meeting of the membership in February, in person or virtual.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this new territory, Ipswich Fish and Game Association Board of Directors

FAQ

Q: I have a friend or family member that wants to become a member. Can I have them mail in an application?
A: No. They should not sent in an application at this time.

Q: I have already begun the membership process. How will this impact me?
A: Your ID process will continue as expected. We will be completing all “second readings” in the January meeting of the membership, which will be held virtually.

Q: I have new membership IDs waiting for me to pick them up. How do I get them?
A: Contact the club secretary to arrange to have the IDs made available to you. secretary@ipswichfishandgame.org. Any pending orders for guest-IDs-only are complete and are available to pick up at your convenience from the big corkboard in the main room of the IFGA clubhouse.

Q: How does this impact the winter archery league or open trap in the meantime?
A: Officials from those venues will provide communications as they look at options. The only hard limit is no gatherings of more than 25, even outside.

Membership Process

To apply for membership, please download the Membership Application and fill it out. You can either mail it to

Ipswich Fish and Game Association
PO Box 55
Ipswich, MA 01938 

or bring to a monthly membership meeting. Meetings are typically held the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Club House. Click here see the next scheduled meeting. Prospective members are required to attend two monthly membership meetings in order to be voted in as a member.

Guests of members are welcome at the IFGA.  Members are responsible for their guests and must accompany them at all times.  Guests must display a guest pass provided to them by the member.  Also, guests need to sign and turn in an IFGA Guest release form.  A Guest Release deposit box is provided at the IFGA club house to the left of the front door.

The releases are available in prominent places at the club or can be downloaded and printed.  Members and guests are encouraged to download and print the form ahead of time.

IFGA Guest release form. 

Current, renewing members may download the renewal form here:

Application for Renewal

Ipswich Fish and Game Association provides three levels of membership (Individual, Family and Youth). Please see below for the dues schedule and other important information.

  • Individual – $100 per year
  • Family – $125 per year
  • Youth – $10.00
  • New members are subject to an initiation fee of $100.00
  • The membership year is from April to March
  • You may join at any time during the year. Dues will be prorated based on the date of application.

Membership downloads:

Membership Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • I want to become a member. What are my next steps?
    You should download the membership application and complete it. Most people will want to bring it to the next meeting and finish completing it at the meeting to ensure that they are paying the correct fees.
    Our members meetings are typically on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Days and times will sometimes vary, depending on holidays or external factors. See our calendar of events for the next meeting.

    Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date communications about meetings and other events.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/117914140531

  • When may I start using the ranges at the IFGA?
    See the “Ranges orientation” section of this FAQ.
  • Ranges orientation. What is it? May I attend it before I have my ID? After the ranges orientation may I use the ranges right away?
    In order to make sure everyone knows the rules and etiquette at the IFGA we hold a Ranges orientation class every month. See our calendar of events for the next scheduled session. It is typically on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00. See our Facebook page for last minute updates to the schedule.

    Those that have completed this orientation have a “Ranges” stripe added to their ID. Only those with the stripe printed on their ID may use the ranges on their own. Without it you must be accompanied by someone that has a “Ranges” stripe while using any ranges.

    New members that do not yet have their ID are encouraged to attend the next available ranges orientation, that way your ID will be printed with the ranges stripe in it before you get it.

    You must have an ID and a Ranges stripe on your ID before you can use any of the ranges at the IFGA. If you have an ID without a stipe but have recently attended the Ranges orientation we can add the stripe at the next meeting of the membership.

  • My ID does not have a Ranges stripe. I have recently taken the Ranges orientation. How do I get an ID with a stripe?
    Don’t worry, we can add a stipe to your ID after the fact if you miss the first available orientation. Attend a monthly meeting of the membership and after the meeting we take care of ID maintenance needs, including adding stripes where needed.

  • I sent in my membership application with my payment. What next?
    All prospective members must attend at least one meeting of the membership to introduce themselves to the membership. Your membership process does not begin until then.

    Our members meetings are typically on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Days and times will sometimes vary, depending on holidays or external factors. See our calendar of events for the next meeting.

    Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date communications about meetings and other events.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/117914140531

  • I need to begin the membership ID process. How do I get a photo to you?
    See this PDF of the ID process.

  • How do I calculate my membership fee?
    The total fee is a combination of the prorated portion of the annual membership plus an initiation fee plus any one-time purchases of guest passes.

    The initiation fee is always $100. It is payable by new members or prior members that have let their membership lapse.

    Membership always renews in April, regardless of when you joined the club. When you join the IFGA you pay a prorated portion of the remaining membership year. See the membership rates table on the membership application for the exact portion of the membership fee that you will need to pay.

  • How long is my membership good for?
    The membership year is from April 1st to March 31st. One year.

    New members should know that regardless of when you joined you will need to renew with all existing members in time for April 1st. You will not need to pay the initiation fee again, but you will pay for a full membership year at this time.

  • I joined the IFGA a few months ago. Why do I have to pay for a membership year so soon?
    Our membership year is always April to March. All members must renew each April, regardless of when they joined.

  • I am renewing late. How much do I owe?
    Before August 1st: Calculate your renewal fees as though you are not renewing late then add your late fee. You should use the standard renewal form.
    If you are renewing after May 1st but before July 1st, add a $15 late fee.
    If you are renewing after July 1st but before August 1st, add a $30 late fee.


    After August 1st: Your membership has expired. You may reapply as a returning member. You will need to pay the full initiation fee and your prorated annual membership rate. You should use the standard new member kit to re-apply.

  • I was a member and I let my membership lapse. How do I rejoin the club?
    Welcome back! You do not need to complete the reading process again. You need only pay the initiation fee and the prorated portion of the remaining membership year, as if you were a first-time member. Use the Membership Application, linked above, and not the Renewal Application. Be sure to indicate on the membership application that you are a returning member and include your original membership number. It is best if you attend a membership meeting to submit your application and fee.

    Depending on how long ago you let your membership lapse you may need to get a new membership ID and/or attend the “Ranges Orientation” session on the 3rd Monday of the month. If you still have your membership ID with your photo on it, you are most likely able to simply have that same ID reactivated, making the whole process for you that much faster.

  • Do guest passes expire or need to be renewed?
    Guest passes are good for the life of your membership. They do not expire.

  • How many guest passes may I have?
    Technically you may have as many as you like. However, each member is limited to having 3 guests on the grounds at any given time. If you have a family membership, each family member that has a membership ID can also have 3 guests at the same time.


  • I still have questions. Who can I contact?
    E-mail is the best way to contact us. We are all volunteers so please allow a day or two to get back to you. mailto:directors@ipswichfishandgame.org