2015 Board of Directors

Patrick Leacock

Program Chair
Pamela McCann

Secretary and Newsletter Editor
Susan Kayser

Ron Kot

Foray Co-chairs
Rocky Houghtby
Lorinda Sues

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Lecture Series: The lecture series is open to members and to the public. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-members who attend a lecture.  However, no one will be turned away due to the lack of funds. So, please join us!

Digital Monthly Newsletter: Club members receive a great digital monthly newsletter with articles, recipes, research, art and information on additional events.

Local Membership  Discounts: In addition to the discounted joint-membership with the N.A.M.A., IMA members qualify for a discounted membership at the Chicago Botanic Garden. (Details below.)

Forays: forays are open to IMA members and their guests. This is because the IMA is a scientific and educational nonprofit that holds a scientific collector's permit to pick wild mushrooms for research and education only. This permit extends to members and their guests only. We welcome anyone who is interested to become a member and join us on a foray!


At the IMA, it is our goal to provide entertaining and informative programming and bring in speakers who will both delight and inform. If you enjoy hearing from the foremost experts on mycology, and are able, please consider joining as a supporting member. Supporting members pay $150 per year.

All supporting membership funds directly support our programs and help us bring in high quality presenters.

In addition to access to forays and receiving the IMA's monthly email newsletter, the $150 level includes the benefits noted below.

1. Corporate Membership- $150

You'll receive two business card sized ads in our email newsletter during your membership year to let our members know about your business or organization. These ad placements may be given as gifts to your friends.

2. Premiere Individual or Family Membership- $150

You'll receive a club t-shirt and the opportunity to join a pre-meeting dinner with a monthly speaker of your choice.  The club's  Board of Directors hosts the dinner, and will be happy to invite you to join the gathering. Please note that the Board arranges the dinner and covers the presenter's dinner.  Board members and member guests cover the cost of their own dinners.

Other membership levels:

3. Basic (non-supporting) Family Membership- $25

4. Student or Individual (non-supporting) Membership- $20

5. Part-year (Sept. - Dec.) family or Individual (non-supporting) Membership- $10

How to Join:

  • You can join when you attend a meeting in-person,
  • with Paypal:

Membership type
Your Phone Number
Special Instructions

  • ...or by mailing your information with a check payable to the Illinois Mycological Association to: IMA c/o Susan Kayser, 1020 Willow Creek Road, West Chicago, IL, 60185

Member Directory

We publish an annual directory of members to make it easy to contact the people you meet at IMA events.

Optional joint membership with N.A.M.A.

IMA is affiliated with the North American Mycological Association
(NAMA), a non-profit organization of professional and amateur
mycologists with over 80 affiliated mycological societies in the United
States, Canada and Mexico. Your IMA membership entitles you to join NAMA
by check or PayPal at a reduced rate ($24 electronic/$29 print). NAMA
members receive a bi-monthly newsletter, The Mycophile, and can attend annual and regional forays throughout the continent.

To join NAMA as well, write a separate check for $32 payable to NAMA, and mail to: Ann Bornstein, 61 Devon Court, Watsonville, CA, 95076-1160

IMA members also receive a $10 discount on Chicago Botanic Garden memberships. On your membership application simply mention that you are a member of the Illinois Mycological Association.


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