Membership 2018

Membership of AAC(UK) – ÖAV Sektion Britannia for 2018

Membership for 2018 will be valid until end January 2019. Please note that no-one may join or renew over the phone, and we do not currently accept payment by Direct Debit. Also we regret that at the moment if you are renewing we cannot pre-populate the Application Form for you, but must ask you to complete it in full. Thank you for your understanding.

2018 Membership Category Definition Category Name Membership
Category
Fee
Born 1954 – 1990 Full adult A £51.25
Spouse/partner of category A, SEN, JUN or FM member Spouse/partner B £39.50
Born 1953 or earlier Senior adult SEN £39.50
Born 1954 – 1956 and were a member in 2017 with membership category SEN. If you are in this age range but were not a member in category SEN in 2017, then your category will be A, ie Full adult. Senior adult (Special) SEN £39.50
Born 1991 – 1999 Junior adult JUN £39.50
Born 2000 or later Child/Youth KD-JG  £21.50
Children in Two Parent Family: If both parents are AAC(UK) members (first parent as category A, JUN or SEN, second parent as category B) their children born in 2000 or later can receive free membership if their full details are provided. Child/Youth KD-JG Free
Children in a Single Parent Family: If a bona fide single parent with custody of the child(ren) is an AAC(UK) member (as category A, JUN or SEN) then his/her children born in 2000 or later can receive free membership if their full details are provided. Not available to families with two parents where one parent is not a member. Any false declaration of eligibility may invalidate their insurance cover.
Child/Youth KD-JG
Free
Born 1948 or earlier and awarded a 50 year badge for continuous membership. To qualify for the FM membership fee, you must apply for the badge before or when you renew your membership Loyal member FM £9.00
Born 1949 – 1956 and were a member in 2017 with membership category FM. If you are in this age range but were not a member in category FM in 2017, then your category will be SEN. Loyal member (Special) FM £9.00

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Articles of Association and Bye-Laws

All AAC(UK) members are subject to the AAC(UK) Articles of Association and Bye-Laws.  These replace the former Constitution and Standing Orders.  In addition there are new Standing Orders which were approved by the Directors in June 2017.

AAC(UK) is a Limited Company

Beginning with membership year 2017, AAC(UK) is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee – with no share capital.  It remains as a “not-for-profit” organisation, and renewing members will see little change.

However, all adult members (ie excluding those in membership category KD-JG – see table above) will be “company members” (as well as being “club members”).  Adult members must guarantee to pay up to £1 in the event that the company is wound up while he or she is a member, or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member.

Company members are entitled to vote at AGMs etc.  By UK law, AAC(UK) must send each company member individually all “company documents” (eg the agenda for AGMs).  When joining or renewing, please agree to receive such documents by email.  Unless you do so, AAC(UK) must send these documents to you by post, which will add to the Club’s postage and printing costs.

Family Membership

Membership cards will be issued for each member of the family and show individual membership categories. Children’s cards should be signed by a parent or guardian.

Long Membership Badges

Members who have been in continuous membership of the ÖAV/AAC(UK) for 25, 40, 50, 60, or 70 years qualify for an honorary badge at each of these milestones. If you believe that you qualify for any of these badges please notify the AAC(UK) Office.

The Membership Year

2018 Membership is valid until 31 January 2019. Membership begins at 00.00 hours GMT (aka UTC) on the day after the membership application is processed by the AAC(UK) Office.

However, insurance cover in January 2019 will not be valid unless membership is renewed before the end of January 2019.

Once membership cards have been issued to members, members can use those cards and receive the associated benefits.  Neither AAC(UK) nor the ÖAV is organised in such a way that membership can subsequently be terminated in mid-year.  Therefore, once membership cards have been issued by the AAC(UK) Office, it is not possible to cancel membership or obtain a refund of the membership fee.  Any cancellation request must be in writing or by email to the AAC(UK) Office prior to the issue of membership card(s).

Insurance – Click for link

Membership of AAC(UK) / ÖAV includes some insurance cover as part of the Alpenverein Worldwide Service (AWS). A description of the AWS insurance cover can be downloaded from this page. NB this insurance cover is primarily for mountain rescue – it is NOT comprehensive travel insurance. You should read the description carefully and then decide whether it is appropriate to your needs. You might wish to take out additional insurance to meet all your requirements.

Members who live in Europe may also purchase the KNOX Premium Single Trip Cover  – See AWS Rescue & Repatriation Insurance for details; there is also a link which defines the countries within ‘Europe’.

If you have membership for 2018, insurance cover in January 2019 will not be valid unless membership is renewed before the end of January 2019.

AAC(UK) Hut Fund – Click for link

The ÖAV Mountain Huts belong to individual ÖAV sections. Despite many hours of work by volunteers and thousands of Euros from central ÖAV funds and Austrian federal and provincial government grants, the sections themselves must find large sums for hut maintenance and modernisation, and to meet health and safety and environmental requirements.  The difficult access and high altitude of many of the huts adds to the cost of the work.

Based so far from the Alps, Sektion Britannia [ie AAC(UK)] does not own any huts, nor does it have a ‘work area’ with responsibility for waymarking and path maintenance. Instead, we have a Hut Fund, to which members have contributed generously over the years, and we hope you will continue the tradition. The donations we make to help individual Sections with a particular project are much appreciated by those sections.

AAC(UK) Expedition Fund – Click for link

Donations to this Fund enable our section to help finance expeditions by AAC(UK) members.  The fund is very small and only small grants can be made.  Details of how to apply and of the expeditions which have benefited can be seen by clicking on the above link.

Membership Application Form for 2018

Please apply using the on-line application form.  Click the link below.

FREE HUT MAP for members! This 1:500,000 map locates and names all the mountain huts in Austria, gives contact details and elevations, and shows whether they are accessible by ski, foot, bike etc! Let us know in the office if you’d like one! If you request one to be sent with your membership card, then map postage is FREE for a limited time! (please request one in the comments section at Step 6 when applying for membership). If not being sent with anything else, then postage is just £1.50 UK, £1.70 outside the UK. Please contact the office for your copy.

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[Updated 12 December 2017]

Become A Member FOR 2018

2018 Membership is valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 Jan 2019.

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