MEMBERSHIP

Golden Thread works hard at bringing you a growing community, where people can share their ideas, learn from one another and keep the magick alive in the Pittsburgh area. The combined contributions of our Paying Members is what allows us to maintain our temple-space and continue to develop as a group. If you would like to be a part of this effort, enriching and sustaining our community, please consider becoming a Member of Golden Thread.

Gaining membership to Golden Thread will not only get you a free pass to our everyday events, it will also preserve and cultivate our presence.

Find out how you can contribute! Golden Thread’s Dues Policy is at the bottom of this page. You can also contact the Treasury directly at: treasurer@goldenthread-oto.org

If you are a paying member of Golden Thread, we thank you!

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DUES POLICY

There are many ways to contribute to our camp, making it a successful place to learn and grow. One very appreciated and direct way is monetarily. If you would like to contribute to our camp, here is the layout of our memberships and contribution levels:

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Golden Thread Membership Policy

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The policies and the guidelines of the Golden Thread Treasury

Valley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2018

(all policies are subject to change)

Golden Thread membership is available to anyone who wishes to support the work of Golden Thread O.T.O. Membership privileges are detailed below. Membership in Golden Thread does not include membership in O.T.O. or its associated bodies of E.G.C.* or M∴M∴M∴*.

Dues Pledges

Golden Thread uses a unique dues system that consist of three dues “ranges”. Members pick an amount that they would like to contribute on a monthly basis. Members will then receive the privileges that are associated with whichever dues range that amount falls within. Members choose an amount and pledge to pay that amount for at least a six month period, after which they can change their pledged amount if necessary. Dues payments can be made monthly, quarterly, or delivered in full. In the event that a member can not make their monthly dues payment (if paying the pledge on a monthly basis) the remaining balance from their pledge must be paid before the end of the pledge period. If a member is unable to fulfill their pledge they must make alternate arrangements with the Treasury before the pledge period is over, failure to do so will result in loss of member benefits.

Dues are to be paid on the first Saturday of every month. Payment made through PAYPAL should be sent through the Friends and Family option, as to not incur any unnecessary expenditure on GOLDEN THREAD.

Dues Ranges and Membership Benefits

Golden Thread Membership is separate from E.G.C.* and M∴M∴M∴* membership and does not confer any status in those organizations. However, members of Golden Thread who are also members  of M∴M∴M∴* are expected to be dues current with US Grand Lodge.

Library Membership – $11 a month. This is a special membership class for individuals who would like to take advantage of Golden Thread’s lending library. This category includes library privilege and monthly admission into one Gnostic mass, the “Magick of the Mass” discussions, Silent Study Nights, and any other library events.

Red card membership – Dues are  $11- $30 a month. This category is for “at-distance” member’s or members experiencing financial hardship. “At-distance” members are individuals who live further than 100 miles from Golden Thread, but still wish to support our local body. Hardship cases are determined on a case by case basis with the Treasurer. Red card membership does not cover any feast fees for meals that are thrown in conjunction with an E.G.C.* event or weekly yoga classes.  Red card members get the benefit of using the lending library

White card membership – Dues are $31- $99 a month. White card membership covers event fees for E.G.C.* events, Classes, Rituals and weekly yoga classes. White card members will need to pay for feast fees, fundraising events and special events. White card members also get the benefit of using the lending library with their dues payment.

Black card membership  – Dues are $100 or more. Black card members due’s cover the events fees for E.G.C.* events, classes, rituals and weekly yoga classes. Black card members still need to pay for special events. Library access is included. Black card members also have the opportunity to reserve the Golden Thread temple for personal rituals or events. The events must be in accord with the rules and regulations of Grand Lodge USA OTO. A request for use of Golden Thread space must be attended by at least one officer and must be submitted one month in advance and can not conflict with any scheduled events.

-Family memberships are available for households with two or more members, see the Treasurer for more details.

-In addition to dues payment, library membership requires the member to read and agree to Golden Thread’s Library Policy.

-A special event is defined as an event where Golden Thread is not covering the cost of hosting the event. (I.e. we need to cover the cost of renting a location or flying in a guest speaker.)

At the beginning of every event the treasury will set up the payment table. At this time the Treasurer (or officer acting on behalf of the treasury). Will check cards and accept payments. If Payment was made through PAYPAL the attendee will need to come to the treasury table and confirm payment.

Membership Cards

Pledges and membership cards are signed and given out in March and September of every calendar year. Cards will need to be presented at events in order receive the benefits from your pledge level. It is the responsibility of Golden Thread members to confirm that their pledge is paid during the pledge period. A member of Golden Thread must present their cards at events to receive the benefits of membership. If a member can not present their card at three events during a biannual pledge period. They will have to pay for each event that their card is not presented. If a card is damaged, lost or stolen. A fee of five dollars will need to be paid in order to replace the card.

Hardship cases

Hardship cases are taken on a case-to-case basis Members of GT need to communicate their Will during this period to maintain membership at the pledge level they have chosen. Each occurrence of Hardship is reviewed by one or both officers and resolution shall be communicated in a written agreement given to the individual who is asking for a period of hardship.

Termination of Membership

If an individual wishes to discontinue membership with Golden Thread they should inform the Treasurer and the local body master. An individual’s membership with Golden Thread can be discontinued at the discretion of the local body master.

United States Grand Lodge Requirements for dues

It is required of any member of Golden Thread who is also a member of O.T.O. USA to be current on their Grand Lodge dues to remain in good standing. Initiation fees of a Man of Earth Degree (Minerval though the Fourth Degree and P.I.) include one year of U.S.G.L. dues. Therefore, if you remain in a degree for more than a year, without taking an initiation you must directly send your dues to U.S.G.L. in accordance with the degree you hold.

Dues and fees for the Man of Earth degrees are listed at oto.usa.org/oto/dues-fees/

Members can inquire about their present U.S.G.L. dues status and make payments at treasury.oto.org/inquiry

If a member is not current with their US Grand Lodge dues they cannot participating in Golden Thread’s members only events (including M∴M∴M∴ initiations, or any officer role in E.G.C. activities).

Methods of payment to Golden Thread

The Golden Thread does not accept checks or money orders. We will however accept cash, payment by PayPal, or in person card payments (processed through PayPal).

In-person payments can be made directly to the Treasurer (or officer who is working an event on behalf of the treasury).

PayPal payments will need to be submitted to the Treasurer at treasurer@goldenthread-oto.org. You will need to add a description in the message field to indicate what the payment is for “MM/YYYY I am making a payment to Golden Thread for (initiation or dues or event fee)”.  If the payment is for merchandise, please include a description of the item: “MM/YYYY Payment for 2 Large GT T shirts”.

Dues are only to be given to the Treasurer.

Questions or Disputes

If a member has any questions about their current dues status or other Golden Thread related financial matters, they should contact the Treasurer via email to request information or ask a specific question. The Treasurer can provide a complete statement of the member’s financial activity within one week of the request. It is your responsibility to have your financial activity “done well” and “in business way”. It is the Treasurer’s responsibility to do the same, but for Golden Thread. Frivolous questions receive frivolous responses.

If a member has concern or dispute regarding a financial matter, the member may contact the Treasurer to discuss or resolve the matter. If the Treasurer is unable to resolve the issue adequately, the member may contact the local body master to discuss the issue further. In cases of dispute, the local body master shall make the final determination regarding resolution of the issue.

Remember that our financial foundations keep us open and running. Support yourself, Support Golden Thread. It is every single strand that accentuates the beauty and complexity of the knot.

“In our rainbow-coloured texture we set forth the glory of the whole Universe— See thou to it, brother Magician, that thine own thread be strong, and pure, and of a colour brilliant in itself, yet ready to mingle in all beauty with those of thy brethren!”

  • Liber CXCIV

*U.S.G.L. is United State Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). Which is the first of the great Old Æon orders to accept The Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley in 1904 EV. This book proclaims a New Æon in human thought, culture and religion. The Æon arises from a single supreme injunction: the Law of Thelema, which is Do what thou wilt.
U.S. Grand Lodge is the governing body of O.T.O. in the United States. It is the most populous and active branch of O.T.O., with many local bodies spread throughout the country.

*M∴M∴M∴ is the Mystica Mysteria Maxima, the initiating body of the Ordo Templi Orientis.  The structure of O.T.O., like that of Freemasonry and the ancient mystery schools, is based on a staged series of initiations or degrees. In the rituals of these degrees, O.T.O. seeks to instruct the individual by allegory and symbol in the profound mysteries of nature, and thereby to assist each initiate in discovering his or her own true identity.

*E.G.C. is Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the Gnostic Catholic Church, is the ecclesiastical arm of O.T.O. It confers sacraments including the eucharist of the Gnostic Mass, baptism, confirmation, and ordination. For more information speak with an officer of Golden Thread.

Love is the law, love under will.

Daniel Stout

Frater Och

Treasurer, Golden Thread, O.T.O.

Valley of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

2018

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