It’s fall and that means it’s time for our annual membership drive. Now’s your chance to transform some of that love you’ve been feeling for our beautiful Dharma center into a form of energy that quite literally helps keep the lights on.
This year, we hope to increase our membership to 80 individuals. Currently, about 60 people make monthly financial contributions to KTC as either Members or Friends. Growing to 80 Members/Friends will put us in a better position to cover regular costs and help us meet the demands of an exciting new year.
This could indeed be a very exciting year! As discussed during the last Sangha Meeting, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has promised to visit every KTC center in the United States and it is possible that he will be able to visit Columbus KTC as early as next spring! Our center is His Holiness’ home in Ohio and many helping hands will be needed to prepare for this exciting visit. Significant funding will also be required to make much needed building repairs, beautify our grounds, and to host His Holiness and his entourage. Stay tuned for budget and fundraising event updates.
Once again, we are holding a drawing for a weekend teaching at our home monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in Woodstock, NY. All members who are current on their dues by the end of October will be entered into the drawing. The raffle package includes up to $300 towards your attendance at a weekend teaching at KTD. The winning name for the raffle will be selected at the end of the membership drive.
The current cost of KTC Membership is $50 per month for individuals and $60 per month for families. Members are eligible to vote on KTC affairs, including the election of officers, and receive discounts to events at Columbus KTC. Full membership also entitles you to discounts at KTD.
Commitments to our Friends program are also welcome and needed! Friends of KTC participate at the Patron or Supporter levels. The cost of the Patron level is $30 per month for individuals and $40 per month for families. Patrons receive discounts to events at Columbus KTC. Supporters choose their own monthly commitment. Members and Friends can choose how they make their dues payments: KTC accepts Paypal, credit card payments, and checks.
Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a Member or Friend by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop us a note at Columbus KTC at 231 S. Grubb St., Columbus OH 43215 or initiate a Membership through KTC’s online store at columbusktc.org/store.
If you’re already a member, we also want to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a vital part of Columbus KTC. In your case, there’s nothing more you need to do; your membership will be perpetual while you are paying your monthly pledges. However, we would like to encourage you to give a bit more by upgrading your membership level or by increasing the amount you donate. Membership levels can be changed by completing a pledge form at the center, or by sending an email to email@example.com.