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How much is this gift membership?


Two gift membership options are available as gifts Option 1: Our basic gift membership costs only $15/year, and comes with: - one quality nest box with predator guard, and - our quarterly online Wisconsin Bluebird Newsletter Option 2: Our standard gift membership costs only $25/year and comes with : - one quality nestboxwith predator guard - A hardcopy of our newsletter mailed to the gift recipient's address - access to the online version of our newsletter




Can I give a giftt membership that covers more than one year?


:Yes. The following Gift Mmeberships are available as well?








What member benefits come with this gift?


Benefits include: New Member Information Packet ​​ Wisconsin Bluebird our quarterly newsletter​ Access to Extensive Bluebird Information​ Invitation to:

  • ​Attend Fall Annual and Spring Regional Meetings ​
  • Participate in BRAW-Sponsored Events
  • Attend Workshops/Seminars
Opportunities to:
  • Meet people with similar interests​
  • Learn How To:
    • Recognize a bluebird habitat
    • Build and place nest boxes on a bluebird trail
    • Monitor a bluebird trail
    • Defend bluebirds against their enemies
    • I​dentify nest failures, and what to d
    • Participate to the recording and reporting of annual bluebird population trends
Have access to a statewide network of county coordinators who can assist you and local residents with bluebird problems​ Easy on-line paperless membership, or standard, print to mail-in application forms Enjoying the songs, the beauty, and the fun that comes with BRAW bluebird activities




Why is this gift membership promotion limited to Winsconsin residents






a Bluebird Holiday Season Offer

Looking for a perfect holiday gift for a Wisconsin resident this holiday season? 

 

Most bluebirds have left Wisconsin for the winter.  But that doesn’t mean they are out of mind during this holiday season of caring.

You can make sure they have a safe, snug home to come back to when they arrive next spring.  And at the same time introduce a family member or friend to the joys of bluebirding in Wisconsin.

  

BRAW is offering a high quality cedar nest box with a predator guard ($35 value) as part of a Holiday Gift Membership deal.  Current members are not eligible for the program which expires December 31st.

 BRAW will ship the nest box to the new Wisconsin member.  They will also receive the online version of the quarterly Wisconsin Bluebird newsletter.  If a mailed hard copy of the newsletter is preferred, the membership fee is $25 to cover the  added printing and postage.

All new members will also receive an Information Packet that covers locating, erecting, maintaining and monitoring instructions.  A list of county coordinators offers individual mentoring help.

For more information check www.braw.org or contact Val Van Winkle, phone 

 

1-847-302-5684, ripvws@gmail.com

GIVE OUR Gift Membership!  

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Starting at $15, each NEW membership provides:

  • New Member Information Packet  ​​

  • Wisconsin Bluebird our quarterly newsletter​

  • Access to Extensive Bluebird Information​

  • Opportunities to:

    • ​Attend  Fall Annual and Spring Regional Meetings ​

    • Participate in BRAW-Sponsored Events

    • Attend Workshops/Seminars

    • Meet people with similar interests​

  • Opportunities to Learn How To:

    • Build and place nest boxes on a bluebird trail

    •  Monitor a bluebird trail

    • ​Defend bluebirds against their enemie

    • I​dentify nest failures and what to do

    • Participate to the recording and reporting of annual bluebird population trends

    • Recognize a bluebird habitat​

  • Access to a statewide network of county coordinators who assist local residents with bluebird problems​

  • Easy on-line paperless membership, or standard, print to mail-in application forms

Give a BRAW Membership Subscription

Holiday Ideas at the ABA shop and more!

By Nate Swick, on November 28, 2014

It’s holiday gift-giving season and, of course, the ABA has a number of items that might be of interest to your birding friends and family this year. In particular, there are a few things to which we’d like to draw your attention.

First, the ABA’s Power of 7s membership drive ends on December 1. By purchasing a gift membership to the ABA for a friend, you automatically enter yourself into a drawing for a pair of lovely Leica 7 x 42 Ultravid binoculars. Buy a gift for someone else and potentially win a gift for yourself this year. Only a few days remaining to get your name in!

Second, the ABA shop has a wide array of logo wear for men and women and ABA logo pins, stickers, patches, earrings, and more. Be sure to have a look.

 

And third, our good friends at Eagle Optics have brought back their amazing ABA membership deal. With the purchase of any one of a selection of binoculars, you can add an ABA membership for just $15. So if your planning on purchasing new bins for the holiday season, throw in an ABA membership, too!

And of course, you can purchase bird books at ABA’s partner Buteo Books, including the brand new ABA Field Guide series. Remember, Buteo Books is the only retailer where a portion of your purchase goes to the ABA to help support our mission to encourage all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

Thanks for your continued support and Happy Holidays!

Promote Membership through Social Media

Create a fan page for your group or organization to promote membership to prospective members and serve as a place for current members to connect and share ideas, events, and resources. Use the fan page to show potential members the benefits of being a part of the organization. Encourage current group members to promote the fan page to people they know who may have an interest in becoming a member.

Do you have paper membership forms? Do you ask new members to pay for their dues by check?

Take a moment to imagine the experience that creates for new members.

They just decided to join your organization, so you hand them your new member form. To fill it out, they’ve got to sit down and find a hard surface (I’ve seen people fill out forms on the backs of others before). When they’re done, they have to find you again and hand you back the form.

Now they’ve got to pay their dues. To do that, they have to go home and find their checking book. Then they’ve got to mail the check back to you, or remember to bring it to the next meeting.

None of this creates a great experience for a new member. In fact, it’s an outdated process that creates a lot of work, and sometimes a poor impression of the organization, especially if someone feels nagged about forgetting their check.

On top of this, what happens when a new member wants to join, but isn’t physically there? What if they’ve found you on social media at home, or a current member convinces them to join over coffee?

That’s why creating a quick and simple process to register and pay for membership all at once, wherever potential members are is important — you won’t miss out on any potential members, or dues.

The best way to do this is to offer online registration with payments

In fact, organizations who switch to an online process typically see an immediate boost in registrations and payments.

For example, when Gary Rubens from the Ski Club of Washington DC began accepting online payments, within one month of promoting his club’s upcoming winter trip, all spots were filled and the club’s cash flow increased by $18,000, allowing Gary to cover all his deposits — something that had never happened at his club before.

In the next section I’m going to go over one of the best options for membership organizations to create a simplified online registration and payment process.

 

WHy Paper Membership Forms Are Bad For New Members & What to do Instead

 

Do you have paper membership forms? Do you ask new members to pay for their dues by check?

Take a moment to imagine the experience that creates for new members.

They just decided to join your organization, so you hand them your new member form. To fill it out, they’ve got to sit down and find a hard surface (I’ve seen people fill out forms on the backs of others before). When they’re done, they have to find you again and hand you back the form.

Now they’ve got to pay their dues. To do that, they have to go home and find their checking book. Then they’ve got to mail the check back to you, or remember to bring it to the next meeting.

None of this creates a great experience for a new member. In fact, it’s an outdated process that creates a lot of work, and sometimes a poor impression of the organization, especially if someone feels nagged about forgetting their check.

On top of this, what happens when a new member wants to join, but isn’t physically there? What if they’ve found you on social media at home, or a current member convinces them to join over coffee?

That’s why creating a quick and simple process to register and pay for membership all at once, wherever potential members are is important — you won’t miss out on any potential members, or dues.

The best way to do this is to offer online registration with payments

In fact, organizations who switch to an online process typically see an immediate boost in registrations and payments.

For example, when Gary Rubens from the Ski Club of Washington DC began accepting online payments, within one month of promoting his club’s upcoming winter trip, all spots were filled and the club’s cash flow increased by $18,000, allowing Gary to cover all his deposits — something that had never happened at his club before.

In the next section I’m going to go over one of the best options for membership organizations to create a simplified online registration and payment process.

 

The Easiest Way to Set up New Member Registration

 

There’s software specifically made for membership organizations that makes the registration and payment process easy. 

That software is called Membership Management Software (it can also let you to set up recurring dues too).

The most popular Membership Management Software option (for eight years and running) is Wild Apricot. We’re used by over 20,000 organizations across the world — everything from clubs, nonprofits, professional associations, and more.

That’s because we make it super easy to set up and process online registration, payments, and recurring dues for any type of membership organization. You can start a free, 30-day trial of Wild Apricot here.

 

Wild Apricot can also eliminate and automate many other functions of your organization. That’s because we’re an all-in-one platform that allows you to:

  • Create an Online Presence: Use our drag-and-drop website builder to create any page for your organization: About Us, Join, Events, Donation Page, Blog, Resources, Info, etc.

  • Register Members and Event Attendees: Simple online registration with instant online payments.

  • Create a Calendar of Events: Allow visitors to view and register for all your upcoming events.

  • Show Pictures from Your Events: Add an easy slideshow gadget to any page.

  • Keep All Your Contacts in a Robust Database: Wild Apricot updates your online database as soon as your members update their profiles or register for events. All your contacts are stored in the cloud, so any admin can access them from anywhere (we also have a free membership app for your phone).

  • Add a Donation Page: Increase online donations and generate easy financial reports.

  • Communicate With Your Members: Use our simple email platform to send professionally-designed emails and newsletters to your contacts.

  • Simple Online Store: Sell training resources, materials, books, and more directly from your website.

  • Automate Dues, Payments, Reminders, and Invoices: Set up automated messages and Wild Apricot will coordinate everything else.

  • Custom Branding: Customize your website however you like. Add your own logo, info, images videos, and other resources to your website.

If you’d like to see if Wild Apricot is right for you, start your free, 30-day trial of Wild Apricot now. In just an afternoon, you can have a new website, complete with instant online registration for membership and events.

 

"Wild Apricot makes it easy for members and guests to register and pay for our events online. In the first year after we switched, Wild Apricot helped us grow 30%."

-Shirley Cowdrey, President, Midland & District Business Women's Association

All the best with your membership drive!

 

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