Frequently Asked Questions
We’re always glad to get your questions, whether they are about HAL itself, ongoing league projects, or any aspect of the history of Amsterdam. Any questions that are repetitive will be posted here, so if you think it’s something that someone else may have already asked, take a quick look here. You may find your answer is already waiting for you!
- Do I need to be a resident of Amsterdam to join HAL?
- Absolutely not. HAL membership is open to everyone – city residents, Amsterdam’s neighbors, old friends that have moved away – anyone with an interest in Amsterdam and its history (and future). HAL currently has members in 11 states in addition to New York. Membership is granted after completion and receipt of a membership application and annual dues.
- Are there dues for being a HAL member?
- HAL dues are based on membership level, with six levels offered:
- Lifetime – one time dues of $200.00. Lifetime members receive a complementary copy of the HAL neighborhood tour book and calendar for the coming year (when published)
- Lifetime Family – one time dues of $300.00. “Family” includes applicant, applicant’s significant other, and immediate children under the age of 18. Lifetime Family memberships include a complementary copy of the HAL neighborhood tour book and calendar for the coming year (when published)
- Business/Corporate – annual dues in the name of businesses and corporations are $150.00
- Regular – annual dues for regular individual members are $20.00
- Family – annual dues for a single family are $25.00. “Family” includes applicant, applicant’s significant other, and immediate children under the age of 18.
- Student/Senior – annual dues are $15.00 for full time students under the age of 24 (Student) and for persons 55 years of age or older (Senior)
- When and where are HAL meetings held?
- HAL meetings are typically held at Amsterdam City Hall at 61 Church Street, Amsterdam, N.Y. at 6:00 PM on the third Wednesday of every month and are open to the public. The January, April, July, and October meetings are Full Membership Meetings, with the April meeting being the Annual Meeting where the past year’s activities and business are reviewed and plans for the coming year are discussed. Trustee meetings are held during the other months. Meeting reminders are posted on the website and members are notified by E-mail of any changes to the normal schedule. Meeting announcements are also provided to the local newspaper. Committee meetings are scheduled by the individual committees.