From the Desk of the President
As the WAGS Financial Year draws to a close it is a perfect opportunity for me to remind members about Membership Renewals and also about some of the exciting progress that we have achieved with our Website and On-line Membership System.
From this year (2011/12) all new members who join will have their membership renewals due on the anniversary of joining. For members who joined prior to 2011/12 their membership anniversary is April 1st. Hence for most members renewals are due at the beginning of April.
Members can check and update their membership status and details on-line here (or by following the link from our webpage). Login by entering your username and password in the top right hand corner of the webpage. If you have forgotten your username or password there are options to have them reset on-line. However, if your email address in the system isn’t correct then your will need to send an email to email@example.com and one of the system administrators will email you details of your username and new password (please change your password when you first use the system). Members without an email address can still access the on-line system. Please contact the membership team. If you wish they can set an initial combination of username and password for you. If you forget your password you will have to ask the membership team to reset it for you.
Once you have gained access to the Membership System please click on “Update Your Profile” where you will be able to review/change your username, password, email address, mail address, phone numbers and the numbers of raffle books that you are happy to sell (thanks). You can also check to see that your name has been spelled correctly and that we have your preferred name recorded. Don’t forget to hit the Update button on the bottom left of the screen. Please also update the Volunteering and Interest Groups Tabs. The Membership tab will have details of when your current membership is due to expire.
We are also working on making Members Interests and WA Surnames available for members to update on-line. In the mean time both of the lists can be updated by following the instructions on our website, here and here .
While you are in the Membership System take the opportunity to check out the WAGS Forum (just click on “Forums” on the menu bar) and also the Membership pages (“Membership” on the menu bar) where you can look at Members Only data or Renew your membership on-line.
If you wish to renew on-line, you need to update your shopping cart (scroll down the screen from the Join and Renew Option) with either Single or Joint Membership Renewal. When you hit “checkout” the system allows you to choose to pay either via Direct Debit or by Pay Pal. Note that the Pay Pal option also allows you to pay by credit card without having a Pay Pal account.
If you choose to pay off-line then please make sure that you update your form with your correct email address (neatly) and also how many raffle ticket books you are willing to sell to help the Library resources.
Members who Join or Renew from April 2012 will no longer receive the traditional coloured cardboard Membership Card. The Society will be progressively introducing permanent yellow plastic Membership Cards with a Barcode on them. To use the Library you will merely need to get your card scanned so the system can confirm your membership status.
It has been decided that Library Guest Vouchers will not be issued to members, but members can sign in two visitors to our Library each year.
Check out the Members Section on the WAGS Website. Some of the new databases include the Parkhurst Boys Index and over 97,000 headstone transcriptions mainly complied by many WAGS members during the 1980’s. You don’t have to be a member to check out the WAGS Forums. However you may like to view questions and comments posted in your favourite SIG site.
There is also a lot happening at http://www.wags.org.au