Posted: February 21, 2014 - 11:17pm
Updated: October 3, 2014 - 12:24pm
We have exciting news! OrigamiUSA is making an Online Membership available as of February 22, 2014!
The new Online Membership will provide all the benefits of membership, but without postal mailings, at a lower price. Our magazine, The Paper will be available via a PDF download. We even have a newly designed print-and-fold online membership card (available for all membership types).
We will also be simplifying our regular membership choices. You can choose either Junior, Individual or Family, no matter where you live. These membership types include 4th class mailing of The Paper if you are in the US. However, if you would like first class mailing or require international postage (non-US) you will pay a separate mailing fee for that.
Details of the membership levels are here. Further information is below.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: For many of our international members (and some of our domestic members), the cost of mailings is a significant burden. By delivering all membership materials via the web, we can provide a significantly lower-priced option for those people.
Q: Are you raising prices?
A: For nearly all combinations of membership and/or mailing, prices are the same (or lower, for the new Online membership). For Neighbor memberships (Canada and Mexico), postage has gone up and so they must now use the International mailing rate along with everyone else, but Neighbors are eligible for the lower-cost Online membership.
Q: What if my current membership category goes away?
A: You'll be converted to the applicable membership category; even if it's a higher price (which only applies to Neighbors), you won't have to pay anything more until renewal time.
Q: I just sent in my renewal form using the old categories and rates. Is that a problem?
A: No; when we get your form, we'll convert your renewal to the applicable category and will honor the old rates.
Q: I'd like to change my membership to one of the new categories. How can I do that?
A: You can renew your membership at any time at the new rates; your new membership category will take effect immediately.
If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them on the Members' Mailing List or send them to admin [at] origamiusa.org.