To become a Privateer, an individual must be well known to the membership as enthusiastic and willing to pitch in and work hard.
Gray Shirt: A probationary membership requiring sponsorship by a Black Shirt member.
The membership application requires that a potential member pay $35.00 for a personal background screening. We do not require any financial information from prospective members. The Board of Directors will use this information to recommend to the general membership whether or not to accept a potential member's application. All information shall be kept confidential and can only be released to a potential member's sponsor after the determination by the Board of Directors is made.
A proposed member shall then be presented to the general membership by his or her sponsor to be voted upon at a regular meeting. The potential member is awarded Gray Shirt membership by a majority vote of the general membership. The Gray Shirt probationary period shall be 6 months in duration and may be extended or revoked by the sponsor or the Board of Directors at any time during this period. The new Gray Shirt member is then required to pay dues of $75.00 for the 6 month Gray Shirt probationary period.
A Gray Shirt shall not have any authority to cast a vote on any issue brought before the general membership. A Gray Shirt shall be allowed and encouraged to attend and support all functions of the organization and to provide as much assistance to the organization as possible in order to prove their suitability for favorable election to full Black Shirt membership status when eligible.
The sponsor shall be responsible for his or her candidate's attendance, performance and contributions to the organization. The sponsor shall also be responsible to recommend his or her candidate to the Board of Directors for full Black Shirt status at the proper time. The sponsor shall also maintain a written record of his or hers candidate's activities for presentation to the Board of Directors.