Dear LitvakSIG Member/Former Member:
Now is the time for Litvak SIG Members to renew their LitvakSIG
membership and pay their 2008 dues. Dues are paid on a calendar year
basis, beginning the first of the year.
Only members of LitvakSIG may vote in the summer board election and cast
a ballot for the expected change in bylaws that will be presented this
summer as well. In the planning stages is a members-only website.
Specifically, the dues are used to support the operating expenses of
the SIG, including regular international telephone conferences of board
meetings, professional fees, the annual donation to JewishGen for
hosting the All Lithuania Database (ALD) and for special activities,
such as helping to sponsor Lithuanian archivists or other special
speakers at annual IAJGS conferences, as well as the general goals of
the organization, which are described on our webpage at
This past year we have been very pleased with the response to the call
for new members and for renewals. We are now beyond the 380 member mark
and continuing to grow. Most heartening are the number of new members
that have already joined for 2008. In total, membership was up about
80% in 2007 compared to 2006 and the renewal rate for 2008 is more than 50%
faster than last year's.
To join or renew your membership, we have made it very easy and
convenient for you to do so by using our online secure website using a
credit card. Just go to www.litvaksig.org and click on "Become a
Contributor." Check the box for 2008 dues and click "Checkout." The
site will direct you to a page where you can fill out your credit card
information. The amount of the annual dues is $36. (Do not enter the $
in the payment area--just the number 36.)
Donations can be made for Vital Record Translations or other records,
organized by district, but these projects are separate >from membership
dues. Membership dues support the organizational effort of the board
to make these projects possible.
While we prefer you use the on-line credit card form if you would rather
mail in your credit card information or your check, that is easy to do
also. Please go to the LitvakSIG site ( www.litvaksig.org ) and click
on the word, "mail" and you will be directed to the page with mailing
instructions. If you have any trouble with this, please read the email
from our treasurer at the end of this message. Eden gives you sometips and advice, especially if you are having trouble entering your
credit card information or are >from outside the U.S.
Checks should be payable to LitvakSIG, Inc. If you are paying by mail,
please include your home and email addresses with your correspondence.
Here is the treasurer's address:
c/o Eden Joachim
1204 Hillside Terrace, Pomona, NY. 10970
LitvakSIG, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions to
LitvakSIG, Inc. are tax-deductible according to law.
Thank you for your interest and support of LitvakSIG.
Board Member and Membership Chair, LitvakSIG
Additional payment information:
Subject: Making Online Contributions - Possible Problems and Correcting
From: Eden Joachim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 17:17:04 -0500
It's possible that many of you are having problems when entering your
information on our Secure Online Donations page because of the way in
which your information is being entered.
IMPORTANT: Please do not enter a $ when entering the total amount of
your donation. Only enter the numbers with the decimal point properly
placed. Example: a donation of $36 should be entered as 36.00
For those of you residing outside of the United States, the greatest
number of problems may be encountered because of the format of street
addresses, Postal Codes, Cities, Provinces and your Country. If you
have a postal code, please take care not to enter it in the box for
State or Province but only in the box for Postal Code. If you live in
Canada, especially, your 2 letter Province Code has to be entered in
the appropriate box. In many cases, there is not a place to enter your
Country of residence. I'm pretty smart and used to dealing with many
foreign locations, so I know when you are in Israel, Canada, Australia.
If you are in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, your address will be
coded as UK.
If you want to contribute to a District (Uyezd) Research Group, enter
your contribution in the first box on the page and use the drop down
menu to choose the correct District group. Also, provide the specific
town of interest within the district if you know it.
If you want to contribute to the Vital Records Translation Project,
enter your contribution in the second box on the page and type in the
name of the town.
If you want to contribute to the Internal Passports Project (on ongoing
translation project) or the Kaunas Family List Project (which has not
yet begun) enter your contribution in the third box on the page. If you
have an interest in a specific town for the Internal Passport Project,
please enter it.
If you are paying your 2008 dues, enter your contribution amount in the
fourth box on the page. Type in Dues 2008.
Remember: A contribution of $200 is the amount to make you a qualifying
contributor to the Telsiai and Vilnius District Groups. All other
District Groups require a contribution of $100 to make you a qualifying
contributor. A contribution of $100 to the Vital Records Project for
one specific town makes you a qualifying contributor for that town
only. $100 makes you a qualifying contributor for one specific town in
the Internal Passports Project.
If you are unable to make your donation online, kindly mail your check
to my attention and include your correct mailing address, email address
(extremely important), telephone number, reason for your contribution
(what District Group, what town if for Vital Records, what town if for
Internal Passports, dues and year, etc). It is best to include the
form that can be printed >from the website.
1204 Hillside Terrace
Pomona, NY 10970