This is what a contemporary Life Member certificate looks like circa the 2000's. I obtained my Life-member status in January 2012, though it took until May for them to process the certificate + letter, and then mail them to me . . .
The certificate was delivered in a stiff textured black envelope, embossed w/ logo, and the letter was also inside.
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Ever since I was 10 years old I had wished to be a Life member, and it would have been a wish fulfilled to have gotten mine at a time when I could have had then-Editor Wilbur Garrett and then-President & Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor sign mine, but alas I was stuck w/ Chris Johns/John Fahey, sigh. The 1980's decade was a high-water mark for the Society and magazine (near 12 million membership!), the centennial, the new HQ, the production value of the mag + books + maps, the Specials & "Explorer" on tv, etc.
Well done Scott!
Cool! How does one become a Life Member?
Ideally, you are one of the "explorers" who contributes to science and discovery. Or, you are a key politician or benefactor or foreign dignitary who receives an "honorary" life membership status. They've done this for generations . . .
. . . the rest of us ordinary folk (like me) need to purchase it, via a sizable "donation" to the Society's important work. Here is a current link to obtain such --->
Pricey, though it has the benefit of contributing to their mission and work, as well as not ever having to do a renewal. If you get one young/soon enough, it is economical too, as you lock in the rate and save money over your lifetime, since, the Mag prices keep going up. Plus you get a special phone # to call (if needed) other than the normal customer service #, ha ha.
~ Scott S.
I see! Very interesting. I just sent in a contribution along with a survey request I received, but this is a little rich for my blood at this point in time. Who knows, though, someday...