Joining the British Tarantula Society - FAQ
I receive many e-mails from people who want to join the BTS but struggle to find the way through the site to find us. Don’t worry I have the same techno fear. With this in mind I decided to put together a guide to joining us and answer some of the frequently asked questions.
Q: I want to join the BTS. What are the options?
A: There are a number of ways to join us. You can download a Membership Form from the site. Complete it and send it to the address on the form. The form offers you a choice of payment methods. Credit Card or Cheque, or why not use the internet and join online at the BTS E-store.!
PAYPAL: This is an online method of payment. It is secure and the preferred method click here to join today BTS E-store
Complete the form making sure you have filled in all boxes and supplied your 3 digit code (on the reverse of the card). Soon to phased out! in favour of the online method.
Make the cheque payable to The BTS and send it with your completed form to Head Office. See the bottom of this page.
Q: If I pay by Credit Card are my details kept on file and why does it say Fitzgerald on my statement?
A: Your details are not kept on file once processed. This is why we ask you to complete a renewal form each year. Fitzgerald is the publishing company run by Andrew Smith, the Chairman of the BTS. He processes all Credit Card payments on our behalf.
Q: I’m confused I have not been a member for a year but have received a Renewal Form. Why?
A: That’s OK. When you join the BTS you receive four journals throughout your membership. If you join just before a new journal is due you may receive two in a short period of time. We try to send out a journal as soon as you join.
Q: I was expecting a journal in May. It didn’t arrive until August. What happened?
A: The journal has to be put together by the Editor and like all Committee members he produces it on a voluntary basis. Sometimes he runs a little late. Don’t worry you will receive all four throughout your membership.
A: I joined by PAYPAL last week but have heard nothing. Have I been forgotten?
Q: Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you. Both of us work full time and we process the applications when we can. Like the Editor we are volunteers and run the BTS as a hobby. We try to process all applications within 28 days depending on our other commitments. If you have joined and are concerned then feel free to drop us an e-mail. We try to answer all e-mails at the weekend. Please be patient as we sometimes have holidays.
Also when you join using the new updated BTS store you will receive a link to download the latest issue of the BTS journal, in this journal you will find the codes to the members site where you can currently download over 20 back issues FREE!
Q: I’ve got my Journal but what other benefits do I get?
A: On the first page of the Journal you will see Username and Password. This is unique to every journal and gives you access to the member only site. Here you can download a number of back issues and read enhanced articles. You can join the BTS Forum and ask questions to experts and amateurs alike. Your membership card allows you to enter the BTS Exhibition at a reduced rate. In the future the BTS Lectures will be members only.
Ray and Angela Hale