Join the Illinois Mycological Association
New members will not receive any log-in information to this site. The log-in is only to edit the webpage. All information on the site is publicly accessible.
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.
IMA Activities and the Benefits of Membership
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: Please note that forays are open to IMA members only. 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. This permit extends to members only. We welcome anyone who is interested to become a member and join us on a foray!
At the IMA, it is 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, or by filling out the form provided at the bottom of the page.
Annual dues are $20 for individuals and $25 for families for the calendar year, payable to IMA. and entitles you to receive the IMA Newsletter published nine times a year and to participate in all IMA activities. (If you join after 1 September, dues for the remainder of the year are $10.) IMA meets at 7:30 PM on the first Monday of each month and the first Tuesday in September. There will be no meetings in January and July of 2013.
Please mail your check payable to the Illinois Mycological Association to:
Susan Kayser, 1020 Willow Creek Road, West Chicago IL, 60185
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.
Please only fill out this form if you are not paying by Paypal.