Why Become a Member?
Since its inception, the Searvi has operated informally, depending on a volunteer board to cover all expenses. The costs added up, and limited what we were able to offer. With our recent incorporation, we are now able to operate like other nonprofits, funding programs through donations, grants, and most importantly, memberships.
What’s in it for you? First and foremost, the satisfaction of assisting our mission! In addition:
An official PSS membership card and flag sticker (optional)
Access to private member discussion page on Facebook
E-news with early notice of Sámi-related events, including films and lectures
Discounts to events sponsored by PSS and affiliates (like this one!)
Invitation to PSS Annual Members’ Picnic, Sámi National Day, and Siiddastallen
Opportunities to serve on PSS committees and to be nominated for PSS Board
Student/Senior 65+: $15
Couple/Family (children under 18 free): $30
Benefactor/Lifetime Member: $500
Our mission is to honor, cultivate, and expand understanding of Sámi culture, heritage, and contemporary issues.
The Fine Print
While PSS is incorporated in Washington State, anyone may become a member or donate, regardless of residence. Applying for membership affirms a commitment to the PSS mission (above), with the understanding that any actions by a member that are deemed detrimental to PSS by the Board of Directors may result in revocation of his or her membership.
Memberships approved in 2019 continue through December 31, 2019. Memberships are not transferable. As PSS is not (yet) a 501c3, donations are not tax-deductible.