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    AAA-$112/yr, Quilt group called Stashbusters for $50/yr (we get 13 free patterns so it's a total win!) State Park Pass $10/yr and that's all folks

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    AARP.
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    AARP - mainly for the discounts.
    CORP of Engineers Pass - Pass holders receive free entrance to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-operated sites that charge day use fees. Great access for Kayaking.
    That is it for now.
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

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    I also do not know what an "essential" membership is. I would hold all of mine/ours to be non-essential. But...

    AAA (insured through AAA insurance so we get a discount by being AAA members that more than offsets the cost of membership)
    AARP (actually DW's)
    ACLU
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Iowa State University Alumni Association
    Jazz88 FM (listener-supported radio station playing jazz and roots music)
    Minnesota State Fair Foundation (I love the Fair. It gets no public funds through taxation so the Foundation funds capital improvements and larger maintenance projects)
    our food co-op
    Square Dance Minnesota (funds dancing clubs and also provides insurance in case of an injury at a dance)

    Umm, that's it.
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    certification in psychiatric nursing. Optional but it makes me a better nurse. Lots of continuing education. Arizona doesnít require that for nurses. Get your degree and youíre good until requirement. Itís kind of scary ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    I also do not know what an "essential" membership is. I would hold all of mine/ours to be non-essential. But...

    AAA (insured through AAA insurance so we get a discount by being AAA members that more than offsets the cost of membership)
    AARP (actually DW's)
    ACLU
    Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Iowa State University Alumni Association
    Jazz88 FM (listener-supported radio station playing jazz and roots music)
    Minnesota State Fair Foundation (I love the Fair. It gets no public funds through taxation so the Foundation funds capital improvements and larger maintenance projects)
    our food co-op
    Square Dance Minnesota (funds dancing clubs and also provides insurance in case of an injury at a dance)

    Umm, that's it.

    Waitódude! You went to ISU? dH has a lifetime alumnae membership there. He and I met in Ames.

    How can your state fair not get any tax funds? That is a crime.State fAirs rock .

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    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Milwaukee Zoological Society
    AAA
    Government Finance Officers Association
    Officer of the Local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate

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    I forgot about AARP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Wait—dude! You went to ISU? dH has a lifetime alumnae membership there. He and I met in Ames.
    Yup. Cyclone here.

    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    How can your state fair not get any tax funds? That is a crime.State fAirs rock .
    State fair do rock!

    From the State Fair Web site:
    The fair is governed by the Minnesota State Agricultural Society. [...] The society finances the annual production of the fair and is responsible for all capital work and maintenance of the fairgrounds, classified as state property. The fair’s income comes from ticket sales, licensing of commercial exhibit space, the rental of fair facilities for non-fair events, and other areas. Expenses include extensive services for fair guests such as Park & Ride buses, sanitation, police protection, and free stage entertainment, as well as fairgrounds plant operations and administration.

    In addition, in a typical year, the society will invest $6 million to $7 million in fairgrounds improvement and maintenance. The state invests nothing. <-- emphasis mine
    Minnesota's fair is the second biggest in the country, not far behind the Texas fair, which runs about three times longer (ours is only 10 days). It's "a deal" here. I try to go 2-3 times a year myself.
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    The only one I belong to is the Denver Field Ornithologists. I dropped several professional affiliations that were part of my previous lifetime.

    Some times I think it is unfortunate some of the traditional organizations have lost favor. Some were probably a guise to network with local business people, but also had altruistic intentions and fellowships. My dad was in the Elks, Lions Club, and Masons and my mother had some similar affiliations. I have a friend in the Optimist Club but no other people I know of in similar organizations. I'm not a joiner, but they do have some attraction.

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