Purpose and Eligibility
The Constitution of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Article III, Section 6 states:
A member in good standing in any State Society may make an application for Junior Membership on behalf of any person under eighteen (18) years of age who has a Prima Facie proven lineage.
Sponsoring a Junior Member in the California Mayflower Society is a simple process that allows us to introduce our children to their Mayflower ancestry and encourage pride in this remarkable heritage. We hope that Junior Membership will encourage them to join our society in the future.
The Benefits of Junior Membership
All newly enrolled Juniors receive a certificate of Junior Membership and a book about Mayflower history. On their eighteenth birthday, we send them information about how to join as Full Members. Usually we mail a postcard to the Junior Members at Thanksgiving.
Various activities have been organized over the years, both at the state and colony levels. These activities are publicized in the California Mayflower Quarterly. For example, there are scholarship essay contests at the general, state and colony levels.
There are a number of online resources available to Junior Members:
- Facebook’s ‘GSMD Jr Mayflower Descendants Social Networking’ page. You must be a member of Facebook to join this group.
- Pat Stanford's Memorial Website for Kids on the Los Angeles Mayflower Society Colony website
- Plimoth Plantation’s website page ‘Just for Kids’
On the Plimoth Plantation web page, juniors can learn how to talk like a Pilgrim or download pictures to color such as these of the Mayflower and Felix who sailed on the Mayflower II.
Images courtesy of Plimoth Plantation ©2016
To apply for a Junior Membership:
You, as the Sponsor, fill out the Junior Member Application and pay the fee. The statement of the Sponsor about the lineage of the proposed Junior Member is proof enough. The only required documentation is for a sponsor from another state society to document the Sponsor's Mayflower Society membership.
Download this Junior Membership Application Form*, fill it in and send it with a check for $25 made out to California Mayflower Society to:
California Mayflower Society
405 Fourteenth Street, Basement Level
Oakland, CA 94612-2704
Please note, Junior Membership is not Full Membership, nor a preliminary requirement for Full Membership. If you want a Full Membership for your Junior relative, give him/her a Junior Life Membership [see How to Join].
For additional information, please contact
Junior Membership Secretary
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