Become a member of the Friends of the East Broad Top
An Invitation to Assist
The Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. needs your help to continue our preservation and restoration efforts. The East Broad Top Railroad is a unique treasure. Quite rightly, this priceless historic resource, located in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, has been designated a U. S. National Historic Landmark.
Your membership in the FEBT gives you the opportunity to assist in the preservation and restoration of this historic site. Your membership dues help fund the many programs that the FEBT offers, including restoration activities, the museum and collections acquisition, our efforts to document the operation of the railroad, its history and its buildings, our outreach programs designed to educate the public about the history and importance of the EBT and our continuing efforts to encourage dialog within the community of government, industry, public, and private groups interested in protecting, preserving, and restoring the East Broad Top Railroad.
As an FEBT member, you also have the opportunity to come and help out in our preservation efforts. Being a volunteer has many advantages, from knowing that you are helping to preserve a priceless piece of American history, to getting the opportunity to go places and do things that the ordinary EBT visitor does not get.
We welcome your assistance in our efforts and invite you to become a member by filling in and sending the downloadable FEBT Membership Application and mail it to the address on the application, along with the appropriate dues.
An Invitation to Join
We welcome all who share our enthusiasm for the East Broad Top Railroad. Our membership, Currently over 800 strong comes from across the USA and around the world. We invite you to join us by printing out and mailing this completed membership application. Benefits of FEBT membership include a subscription to our award-winning quarterly magazine, the Timber Transfer, periodic newsletters, and the opportunity to engage in hands-on restoration work. (A brief description of the various membership classifications and benefits can be found below.) By joining FEBT, you will also share in these advantages of membership:
- Our magazine, the Timber Transfer, provides a lively forum for articles and information concerning the history, modeling, preservation, and restoration of the EBT. Many drawings and photos in the Timber Transfer are published there for the first time!
- The C.R. Wilburn Library contains a growing archive of EBT historical material which is available on a limited basis to FEBT members researching the East Broad Top Railroad.
- FEBT members enjoy a 15% discount off items purchased at the FEBT Company Store.
- FEBT members also enjoy reduced rates when registering for FEBT sponsored events requiring a registration fee.
Membership Classifications & Benefits
The following memberships are available to those who wish to join the Friends of the East Btroad Top Inc. Members in good standing holding any of these types of memberships are eligible to vote in elections of directors under provisions established by the FEBT Nominations and Elections Policy.
Regular Membership, Annual Dues: $35.00
($40.00 for non-US residents.)
Regular members receive all issues of the Timber Transfer and newsletters published during the twelve month membership period, a 15% discount on items purchased from the FEBT Company Store or the FEBT Museum gift shop and reduced rates at FEBT-sponsored fee events.
Family Membership, Annual Dues: $45.00
($50.00 for non-US residents.)
Family members receive the benefits of Regular Membership PLUS reduced member rates for spouses and dependent children at FEBT-sponsored fee events.
Sustaining Membership, Annual Dues: $100.00
(Of this amount $55.00 represents a tax-deductible donation to
Friends of the East Broad Top.)
Sustaining members provide additional financial support for the operations of Friends of the East Broad Top. They receive the benefits of Family Membership plus the tax deduction for the additional dues amount.
Associate Membership, Annual Dues: $150.00
(Of this amount $105.00 represents a tax-deductible donation to Friends
of the East Broad Top.)
Associate members provide significant additional financial support for the operations of Friends of the East Broad Top. They receive benefits of Family Membership PLUS annual recognition in the Timber Transfer magazine and/or the FEBT annual report. They also receive the tax deduction for the additional dues amount.
Life Membership, One-Time Payment: $1000.00
(Note that no part of this payment qualifies as a tax-deductible donation
to Friends of the East Broad Top.)
Life members receive the benefits of Family Membership during the member's lifetime.
Student/Senior Membership, Annual dues: $30.00
($35.00 for non-US residents.)
Full-time students between the ages of 14 and 21 and persons 65 years of age or older may receive the benefits of Regular Membership at a special reduced rate.
The following memberships are available to corporate, government, institutional, non-profit and other non-individual entities. The corporate bylaws of the Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. specify that these members are not eligible to vote in elections of directors.
Annual dues: $100.00
Businesses and other organizations who share our goals and interests provide significant additional financial support for the operations of Friends of the East Broad Top as commercial/institutional members; they receive all issues of the Timber Transfer and FEBT newsletters published during the twelve-month membership period PLUS annual recognition in the Timber Transfer and/or FEBT annual report.
Historical organizations, museums, and other organizations who share our goals and interests may receive the benefits of Commercial/Institutional Membership on an exchange basis as reciprocal members. No payment is required but applications for reciprocal membership must be formal approved by the board of directors of Friends of the East Broad Top.
Surcharge for Foreign Members
To help defray costs of postage, members with mailing addresses outside the United States holding Regular, Family, or Student/Senior pay an addition $5.00 over the regular domestic annual membership rates. Thus for these members, the effective annual dues for Regular, Family, and Student/Senior Membership are respectively $40.00, $50.00, and $35.00.
The membership year for all members is determined by the calendar quarter in which initial dues payments were received, following the policy adopted by the board of directors on 7 December 1996. These memberships extend through the end of the same calendar quarter of the following year as the quarter in which the initial dues were paid. That is, the membership year of a member who joins Friends of the East Broad Top in January, February, or March will end on 31 March of the following year; the membership year of a member who joins in April, May, or June will end on 30 June of the following year; the membership year of a member who joins in July, August, or September will end on 30 September of the following year; and the membership year of a member who joins in October, November, or December will end on 31 December of the following year. Continuously renewed memberships will maintain this pattern.
Membership Year and FEBT Publications
Regardless of when a FEBT member's membership year starts and ends, he or she will receive all issues of the Timber Transfer, all FEBT newsletters, and any other mailings issued during the twelve-month period of membership.
Individuals and organizations who receive Friends of the East Broad Top publications and other mailings on a complimentary basis are not members of Friends of the East Broad Top, and do not qualify for any membership-based perquisites. Organizations with whom cooperative promotion agreements are in effect receive FEBT publications and other mailings on a complimentary basis but do not qualify for any membership-based perquisites.
If you have any questions on membership issues, please e-mail or write our Membership Office:
FEBT Membership Office
c/o Peter A. Clarke
10428 Carlyn Ridge Road
Damascus, MD 20872
Please join us in our efforts to preserve and restore the East Broad Top Railroad. To join download the FEBT Membership Application, complete and mail it to the address on the application, along with the appropriate dues.