White Heron Sangha


About WHS "Membership"

by John Dilworth


What does it mean to be a "member" of White Heron Sangha? This  isn't a simple question. The White Heron Sangha Bylaws define us as a "non-membership" organization, and we openly accept anyone who is interested in participating in our events. But the software we use for maintaining our mailing lists, website, event registrations, and so forth is organized around the membership model, so we're stuck with the term. The other name that is built into that system is "contact". This is someone who is on our email list for some events, but is not actually a "full member". Do you know which one you are, and does it matter?

"Contact" vs. "Full Member"
If you have been receiving some email notices from the Sangha, you are definitely on our contact list but might not actually be a full member. Everyone on the contact list receives emails about retreats and some other special events, but only full members are sent notices about our weekly programs, class offerings, and our quarterly newsletter. In addition, only full members are listed in our membership directory.

Both contacts and full members can log in to our website using their email address and password. An initial password was generated by the system and emailed to you when you first signed up, either through our online membership application form or at the time of an online retreat registration. Logging in is not necessary for viewing most of the website, but it makes registering and paying online for events and donating to the Sangha easier. 

Full members who are logged in also have access to an online member directory. Each member has the ability to tailor their privacy settings. We encourage you to log in, check your settings, and change them if you like. You will find a master setting that permits or prohibits the display of information about you to other members, as well as settings to control each individual field of information.

Regardless of your personal settings, none of your data will be made available to non-members.

If you would like to become a full member of White Heron Sangha,  click here.

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