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OMS Membership Benefits

Aside from the fun-filled personal interactions and life-long friendships you will forge as part of our group, club membership includes all of the following:

  • Six issues of our newsletter, The Mushroom Log, which contains a wealth of information including: news items, details on mushroom hunts (forays) in Ohio and across the country, recipes, identification and articles with tips on location, season and habitat.  Paper copies will be mailed to those members who select that membership option.

    Editor: Dave Miller, Oberlin College. David.H.Miller@oberlin.edu
     
  • Access to the Members Only Portion of the Website (Coming Soon):
     
    • Access to the most recent copies of the newsletter (general public is delayed 3 issues)
    • Access to member's only articles written by Dick Grimm from a pothunter's perspective
    • Additional benefits as they are implemented.
       
  • Participation in one or two weekend forays and several one day hunts. At our forays, we collect, identify and display as many different kinds of mushrooms as we can find. A good weekend could yield over 300 species. We also have slide programs, educational talks, and the learning experience of socializing with amateur and professional mycologists.
     
  • Identification service.
     
  • Associate membership discount in the North American Mycological Association (NAMA), a national amateur mushroom organization. Membership is regularly $35.00, but through the club, it is $32.00. (See below)

Our current membership fees are as follows:

  • $15.00 annual family membership (newsletter via email and website only)
  • $20.00 annual family membership (newsletter via paper, email, and website)
  • $150.00 life membership (newsletter via paper, email, and website)

For more information, email jsp@pepera.net, or phone him at (440) 279-0611.

To Join: Simply fill out the Membership Application form and mail it along with your membership dues to:

Ohio Mushroom Society
c/o Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024

Form for use at forays and functions: Liability Release Form

 

North American Mycological Association (NAMA)

Download a NAMA Membership Brochure.

What is NAMA:

  • The North American Mycological Association (NAMA) is a non-profit organization of professional and amateur mycologists with over 75 affiliated mycological societies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
  • NAMA is committed and dedicated to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi.
  • NAMA supports the protection of natural areas and their biological integrity.
  • NAMA advocates the sustainable use of mushrooms as a resource and endorses the responsible mushroom collecting that does not harm the fungi or their habitats.

What NAMA Does:

  • Conferences Holds an annual conference/foray in different parts of North America, often with short courses in mycology, always with lectures by professional mycologists.
  • Regional forays Sponsors intimate gatherings limited to 40 NAMA members where learning and social time are encouraged.
  • Newsletter Publishes The Mycophile, which gives mycological news and reports, notice of events of interest to members, reviews of recent books, and poison information.
  • Journal Publishes McIlvainea, a peer reviewed journal, with scientific papers on all aspects of fungi, toxicology reports, and topics of general interest - with articles by leading professional and amateur mycologists.
  • Photo Contest Conducts an annual photo contest and publishes the results.
  • Educational Programs Provides teaching kits and activities for K-12 grade levels and professionally produced CDs for club use.
  • Scholarship NAMA funds an annual fellowship with the Mycological Society of America to promising graduate students in mycology.
  • Speakers Bureau Maintains a list of over 50 speakers who are available to give programs for affiliated clubs.
  • Toxicology Provides expertise in mushroom poisioning information on the web and through a group of identifiers for doctors and veterinarians.
  • Directories Publishes an annual directory of members (alphabetical and by location), officers, committee contacts, and an updated list of mushroom clubs.
  • Discussion groups:

Why you should join NAMA:

  • Increase your knowledge of mushrooms and other fungi.
  • Keep informed about activities in the field of mycology.
  • Be in contact with people who have a similar interest in mycology, whether it is taxonomy, ecology, toxicity, mycophagy or the many other practical uses of fungi.

There is much more on the NAMA website: www.namyco.org including the only updated directory of mushroom clubs in North America, a comprehensive section on mushroom cultivation, a calendar of upcoming events, and more. We also host a page on Facebook! for the most up to date notices and information.

Join NAMA Today through The Ohio Mushroom Society

NAMA membership covers up to two adults living at the same address. That means you and your significant other, plus all your children under 18 can join for one low membership fee.

Members of OMS receive a discount on NAMA membership if they join through OMS. Send a check for $32 payable to NAMA to:

Ohio Mushroom Society
c/o Jerry Pepera
8915 Knotty Pine Ln.
Chardon, OH 44024

You can now pay your NAMA dues online!

Contact NAMA's Membership Secretary for more information:

Ann Bornstein
61 Devon Court
Watsonville, CA, 95076-1160
Email

 

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