Bakers of Buckland Society

"I now come to write about the branch of the stock from which I myself more immediately descended," S.J. Baker

FAQ – Other Questions

Q. Is there a reunion planned for 2016?

A. Yes: October 1 – 2, 2016.

Location: Near Seattle, WA. Exact details of the events are forthcoming.


Q. How can I help with a Preservation Project?

A. There are several ways that you can help support a Preservation Project:

  1. Donate money to a project: You can send a donation to the project of your choice.  We will apply your donation to the specified project, and we will send you a confirmation of receipt for your tax records.
  2. Sponsor a project: If you are a member in good standing, you can Sponsor your favorite project. This means that you would be the official “Sponsor” and act as Chairman of the committee and lead it.
  3. Serve on a project committee: If a project has a Sponsor, then you can offer to serve on the project committee.  In this way, your name will be recorded in the records of the Society as having been instrumental in this project.  Only members of the Society can serve on a committee.
  4. Anybody can volunteer to help a committee! Send us an email and we will put you in touch with the Sponsor of the project.  You do not need to be a member to volunteer to help a committee, and we can always use help!  If we do not have a sponsor for your favorite project, please consider joining our Society and sponsoring it.

Q. Are my dues and donations tax deductible?

A. Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions to our organization are deductible under section 170 of the code. We are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the code. If you need more information, please contact our organization’s secretary for a copy of our letter from the IRS:

Q. Who can join your society?

A. Anyone can apply for membership.  Membership is closed, which means that after you send us your application our membership body may vote to accept you into the society.

A voting process such as this is common in many organizations as a safeguard against bestowing membership to an individual who is combative or actively against the core values of the organization. The voting process is never used to discriminate for reasons of religious, political, racial, sexual orientation, or any other cultural distinction that have nothing to do with the purpose of this organization.

Q. How do I become a member?

A. Fill out an application and submit it.  Click here for more information.

Q. What are your fees and dues?

A. These are the Membership Options:

  • Member Rates:

    • Student Rate (Adult): $ 10 (Spouse $5, Child Free)
    • Basic: $ 25 (Spouse $10, Child Free)
    • Benefactor: $50 minimum (Spouse $15, Child Free)
    • Henry Baker and Mary Blake Club: $250 minimum (Spouse $50, Child Free)

    Founding Member Rates:

    • Founder: $ 500 minimum (Spouse $100, Child Free)
    • Silver Founder: $1250 minimum (Spouse $250, Child Free)
    • Gold Founder: $2500 minimum (Spouse $500, Child Free)

Q. What are my dues used for?

A. Dues are put into a general fund that is used to pay annual fees to maintain our non-profit status. It is also used to pay for operating expenses such as postage, newsletter printing, and so on.

Q. Will my dues and donations be used for a project without my consent?

A. You can control the use of your Donations by dedicating your Donations to a specific project or a specific branch of the family, but you cannot dedicate your annual dues.

You cannot control the use of your Annual dues. Annual dues and Founding Gifts go into the general fund, and the general fund is not intended to be used for funding any projects.  If excess funds exist in the general fund, then the members of Bakers of Buckland Society, Inc. have the option to make a motion and take a vote to use those funds to support reunion activities, tour activities or to transfer funds to a project.

Q. What are the benefits of membership?

A. Click here to read about the benefits of membership.

Q. What happens if this organization dissolves?

A. Our bylaws states that in the event of dissolution of the Society, its assets will be distributed to the State North Carolina or to a designated organization (or organizations), according to any amendments.

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