Associates Members assist Full Members in promoting a good image of the Atons. Individuals with limited time and commitment assist Full Members in carrying out the club’s goals and objectives by helping conduct fund-raisers, bar events, campouts, and runs. Associates can wear their club patch with pride in knowing that the Atons is one of the oldest surviving leather/levi clubs in the nation. As a nationally recognized club the Atons are know everywhere. As a patch holder, an Associate is an ambassador of the club and will be warmly received by clubs everywhere. In appreciation of Associates’ good works Associates are invited to special club events throughout the year such as our annual Holiday Party in December and Pool Party or outing during the summer.
Associate members residing 50 or more miles from Minneapolis (At Large Associate) are encouragedto attend at least one designated major Atons event. Associate members residing within 50 miles of Minneapolis (Local Associate) are required to attend at least one designated major Atons event each year and are required to attend at least four other events. A major event is the annual installation banquet (January) and our run or campout (July). Other events are our Holiday Fund-raiser (December), monthly leather/levi nights at a local bar, road trips to other cities, and monthly bar nights and fundraisers.
Dues and Cost
Membership requires an entrance fee of $25.00. This fee includes the cost of an associate patch and one year’s dues. The fee must accompany the application. In the event the prospective associate member is not accepted, the fee will be returned.Associate member annual dues are $20 payable April 1st of each year regardless of the effective date of associate membership.Questions regarding application for associate membership should be directed to the Vice-President.
Prospective Associates are not required to serve a pledgeship. However, they need to secure sponsorship from two active Full Members who can vouch for their good character by signing the Associate Membership Application form.