Every MGV may become a member of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA). Membership in the WIMGA includes the bimonthly newsletter and other benefits. Individuals may join the WIMGA on their own, but it is preferable to join through a local association (if one is available in your area). Participants in MG training offered through the MG Program Office automatically become members of the WIMGA for the remainder of the calendar year (the following year for those in fall training) because the registration fee includes dues. After that year, dues must be paid to remain a member.
WIMGA dues are $5 per person and are used to cover the expenses for the bimonthly WI MG newsletter that is sent directly to each member (by mail or electronically), as well as to support the other activities and programs of the Association.
Dues are to be paid to the WIMGA Treasurer by January 15 of each year. Please do NOT submit WIMGA dues payment to the MG Program Office! For local associations, it is the responsibility of each association’s treasurer (or another designated member) to assure dues and a list of paid members with current addresses are sent to the WIMGA Treasurer by the deadline each year. An electronic list of paid members should also be sent to the MG Program Coordinator. MGVs not affiliated with local associations should send their dues and address directly to the WIMGA Treasurer.
Instructions for Association Treasurers for submitting dues
Dues are for the calendar year ONLY. Because of the production schedule of the newsletters, however, the issues included in a year's membership are from March - January (this is because the January newsletter goes to the printer in December, before dues are paid). Late dues submissions are accepted until July, but any missed newsletters can only be supplied electronically. Any dues received after July will be held and applied to the following year.
In addition, some local associations also have their own local dues, either separate from the WIMGA dues, or both combined. Please check with your local association for their current policy on the cost and collection of dues for both state and local associations.