Membership Policy

“To develop and improve the spiritual, social, mental and physical life of youth and adults in accordance with the spirit and teachings of Jesus and in cooperation with other organizations and individuals, to render such service in the community as will secure better economics, social and moral conditions for youth and adults.”

MEMBERS

Any person of good moral character who is in the sympathy with the purpose may become a member of the Rome-Floyd County YMCA in accordance with such provisions and the Board of Trustees may establish policies as.

Members of the Rome-Floyd County YMCA are those who (1) sign an agreement to cooperate with members in achieving the purpose of the Association and agree to abide by the rules and policies as may be established from time to time: (2) pay membership dues or contribute financially to some Association project: and (3) are approved by the Membership Committee or Board of Trustees.

Members will be required to present their membership cards for admittance to the YMCA or at any time the YMCA staff requests it.

In order to protect our youth and members the YMCA will conduct a scan of the National Registry of Sex Offenders.  The YMCA staff cannot issue a day pass, a guest pass or allow to join or renew any members that are on this registry.  A picture id of all adults joining the YMCA must be presented at to the Front Desk staff.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS

I. Participating Members: Members in good standing who are eligible for all phases of the Association’s activities or services.

A. Adult Membership: A person 18 years and older who wishes to participate as an individual. Includes Adult Center facilities and services.

B. Family Membership: A married couple and children. Children must be under 18 years of age or in school up to age 23 and are still living at home or any person claimed as a dependent on your current tax return. Youth facility members age 8-12 may participate in Fun Swim, pool fitness classes, racquetball, and basketball. Youth facility members age 13-15 may participate in the above programs, aerobics, lap swim and after completing the Teen Fitness Class they may work out in the Cardio/Wellness Center with an adult age 18 years or older. Teens age 13-15 are not allowed in the downstairs weight room. Age 6-12 may participate in the Exercise Arcade. Youth members 11 & up may participate in group fitness classes. Members will also receive member discounts for programs.

C. Couple Membership: A married couple only

D. Single Parent Membership: A mother or father or guardian and children. Children must be under 18 years of age or in school up to age 23 and are still living in home. Youth facility members age 8-12 may participate in Fun Swim, pool fitness classes, racquetball, and basketball. Youth members 11 & up may participate in group fitness classes. Youth facility members age 13-15 may participate in the above programs, aerobics, lap swim and after completing the Teen Fitness Class they may work out in the Cardio/Wellness Center with an adult age 18 years or older. Teens age 13-15 are not allowed in the downstairs weight room. Age 6-12 may participate in the Exercise Arcade. Members will also receive member discounts for programs.

E. Senior Adult Membership: A person 65 or over who wishes to participate as an individual. Includes Adult Center facilities and services.

F. Senior Couple Membership: Married couple in which one spouse is the age of 65 and over. Includes Adult Center facilities and services.

G. College Membership: Any person age 18-25 and able to show proof of college registration. Includes Adult Center facilities and services.

H. Teen Membership: Any person age 16-17 years old who wishes to participate as an individual. Includes use of the Adult Center and facilities, excluding the Adult locker room.

I. Youth Facility Membership: A person age 8-15 years old who wishes to participate as an individual. Youth facility members age 8-12 may participate in Fun Swim, pool fitness classes, racquetball, and basketball. Youth facility members age 13-15 may participate in the above programs, aerobics, lap swim and after completing the Teen Fitness Class they may work out in the Cardio/Wellness Center with an adult age 18 years or older. Teens age 13-15 are not allowed in the downstairs weight room. Age 6-12 may participate in the Exercise Arcade. Members will also receive member discounts for programs.

Youth Program Membership: A person 3-15 years of age wishing to participate as an individual. This membership is limited to discounts on programs.

J. Sustaining Members: A person who believes in the Association and its programs and purpose, who want to be identified with the Association, and who wishes to some part in supporting the Association financially but does not wish to participate in any of the organized programs.

K. Program Participation: A person who is enrolled in a specific activity and who wishes to participate in that activity only without becoming a Participating Member.

L. Scholarship Members: A person who wishes to become a Participating Member or Program participant and requests financial assistance. The person must complete a financial aid application and provide proof of income in the form of a w-2 or most recent tax return. Applicant is informed within one-two weeks. Financial aid is approved on the basis of income and funding received. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

M. Courtesy Member: A person who, for some compelling reason, needs the services and expertise of the YMCA but has financial difficulties, and wishes to use some other form of remuneration, such as repair or cleaning services. Courtesy request must go through the Executive Director and Membership Director.

RATES AND FEES

Membership: The Board of Trustees shall determine and establish membership rates and fees. Special short- term rates include the following:

A. CORPORATE: Employees temporarily in Rome for training or short term service to a company may have a corporate contact at that company request a temporary pass or membership for them. The rate will be on a daily or monthly basis, depending on the length of the person’s stay, and will be at the discretion of the Membership Director.

B. CHILDREN VISITING RELATIVES WHO ARE MEMBERS: Children visiting relatives who are members of the YMCA will be enrolled in summer programs at member rate or allowed to use the facilities under to policy for their age group.

C. ADULTS UNABLE TO DRAFT OR FULL PAY: At the discretion of the Membership Director, adults who do not have a checking or credit account will be allowed to pay for membership on a six-month or three month basis. The amount will be ½ or 1/3 of the full-pay rate plus enrollment fee.

MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURES

I. Membership Payment: Fees are payable at the time of application by cash, credit-debit card or by a YMCA bank draft plan. It shall be assumed that all members are continuing members unless notice is received in writing to the contrary. The Membership Director will bill annual pay members at their renewal time. A person using the bank draft or credit-debit card draft must give thirty days written notice and return all membership cards in order to stop the bank draft. RETURNED DRAFTS will be subject to a minimum of $30 return draft charge and continued failure to pay will result in the termination of the membership and the inability to use the bank draft system in the future. A person who owes return drafts will not be allowed to join until those charges are paid.

II. Membership Fee Refunds: Refunds of no more than one-half of the annual cash membership fees paid may be made when a person moves from Rome, Georgia to another city or state; when expulsion is ordered; or a member resigns for medical reasons. Refunds for full-pay members will not be given for any other reason.

Refunds are not given on bank or credit-debit card drafts. A person using a bank draft must give 30 days written notice to stop drafts.

III. Date of Membership: Memberships will begin on the day the member joins. Fees are prorated from the joining date until the first draft date or expiration date.

IV. Termination of Membership: It shall be the responsibility of the Membership Committee to terminate all memberships. Membership is entered as a permanent relationship subject to termination only under the following conditions:

(1) Resignation

(2) Failure to pay membership fees, and

(3) Suspension or expulsion.

A. Suspension of Members: A member may be suspended from specific or general program privileges for violation of the Association’s rules and regulations. Any member of the YMCA professional staff shall have the power to temporarily suspend any member. The case shall be referred to the Executive Director for further action.

B. Expulsion of Members: A member may be expelled from membership in the Association for conduct contrary to the purpose and goals of the Rome-Floyd County YMCA. The Executive Director must give written notification to the member.

V. Rate Increases: The Board of Directors must vote on any membership rate increases and members will be given 30 days written notice of any increases by mail.

VI. Guest Privileges:

A. A guest is an individual who is not a member of the Rome-Floyd County YMCA and wishes to use the facility when accompanied by a member of the Association. Only adult members can bring guest.

B. Residents of the city of Rome, GA, (Floyd County) and communities within a fifty-mile radius, will be limited to two visits as guests of the YMCA member. Guest fees will be $5.00 for youth and $8.00 for adult guest. Special rates will be given to groups of 10 or more guest.

C. Out of town guests of YMCA members must be accompanied by a member. Guest privileges for out of town guests cannot be extended for more than a two-week period.

D. Participants in the YMCA AWAY program are welcomed as guest upon presentation of the current membership cards for up to two weeks.

E. Active Duty Military Personnel may receive guest privileges for up to TWO WEEKS upon presentation of their current active duty military identification card. There will be no guest fee for these privileges. This does not apply to Reserves, National Guard or those on delayed entry programs.

F. Guest passes for potential members are available through the Membership Director. Members should contact the Membership Director prior to the visit to arrange for a free guest pass.

VII. Miscellaneous

A. Membership cards are required in order to use the facility, which is designed and provided by the Rome-Floyd County YMCA. MEMBERSHIP CARDS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, and if in doubt, YMCA staff may require a picture identification card. Lost cards may be replaced for a $2.00 processing fee and upon presentation of a picture id.

B. Membership Enrollment Fees are a tax-deductible contribution to the Rome-Floyd County YMCA. Payment of this fee is due on joining date. If membership is terminated, member has 1 year to rejoin without paying this fee.