Membership is open
to all families at any stage of the process of adopting a child
from China. Information provided will only appear in the FCC/Capital
Family Directory with your permission. It
will not be shared with any other organization.
here for PDF Membership Form
During January 2014 the FCC Capital Area Board voted to reinstitute
membership dues. After receiving a report from our treasurer we realized
that we would deplete all our funds before the year end. In fact,
our treasurer indicated we were in danger of not having funds to meet
our upcoming financial obligations due by the end of the month.
We have minimal overhead
our website domain renewal and hosting fees, insurance, annual
registration with the state of Virginia and monthly banking service
fees. We need a minimum of about $1000 per year for these expenses
and most of the annual payments are due in January. Immediately
after voting to reinstitute these dues, all the board members filled
out the membership form, and wrote checks to ensure we would have
enough funds to cover the expenses associated with Chinese New Year
/ Lantern Festival celebration we planned to host in February.
When scheduling events
we try to price them to break even to keep the costs as low as possible
for our members. At times we subsidize the cost of some of these
events so it is always good to have some extra funds in the bank
Several years ago we
voted to eliminate membership dues. We had excess funds in the FCC
Capital Area banking account and saw no reason to let them sit idle
year after year and so decided to spend down this balance and make
membership free. However, recently we realized we could no longer
afford to do so, if wanted to continue functioning as an organization.
The board decided to
resume the same membership dues that were in place several years
ago - $25 per year per family or $60 for years of membership. Since
FCC Capital Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization all donations
are tax deductible so we added a line on our FCC membership form
for families who chose to make a donation above and beyond the membership
Membership dues will
continue to allow us to provide the following support to our children
· FCC Capital
· Email announcements of interest to our members
· Participation in FCC annual events such as the Chinese
New Year celebration.
· Participation in monthly FCC events such as the Chinese
cooking classes and the Chinese book group
· Seasonal events such as a summer picnic
· Special events of interest to our families (e.g. , preview
of the film Somewhere Between and a meeting afterwards with the
films producer; Terra Cotta Warriors and Zheng He exhibits
at the National Geographic Exhibit museum, etc.)
FCC offers a community
you cannot find anywhere else. We offer the fellowship of families
who have a shared experience like no other.
Going forward we will
continue to price any FCC Capital Area events at a break-even cost
for our members but will charge higher prices for guests and non-members.
Attached is FCC Capital
Area Membership form for Calendar year 2014. We welcome all of you
and hope you will join with the board members and many of those
families who attended the FCC Capital Area Chinese New Year/Lantern
Festival Celebration on February 9, 2013 who have already renewed
their membership for the year.
You can mail the completed
membership forms to me along with your checks. I will forward the
checks on the treasurer. I plan to use the members forms to create
a membership directory that will be sent to members via email.
My address is as follows:
FCC Capital Area
c/o Wes Hagood
20417 Peckham Street
Ashburn, VA 20147
Please make checks
payable to FCC Capital Area.
President of FCC