[Last updated: 1 July 2015, e.v.]
There are three recognized levels of formal pledging, commonly known as Local Dues, at Blazing Star Oasis: Alliance, Affiliation, and Membership.
Applications for Affiliation or Membership are available from any Oasis Officer, and are subject to approval by the Executive Staff of the Oasis. Reduced dues and/or full or partial work-trade are available for any level upon request, subject to approval of the Oasis Master. Complete details are available at any Oasis event.
If you are willing and able, you may pledge any amount above the monthly dues rate. Blazing Star Oasis is a non-profit unincorporated association of Ordo Templi Orientis USA, a non-profit, tax-exempt religious organization under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(3). Please consult your tax professional regarding deductibility of dues and donations.
Note also that your pledge of local dues to Blazing Star Oasis as a local body of O.T.O. does not in itself confer or bestow any status or rights recognizable by United States Grand Lodge or O.T.O. International. This is a purely voluntary and entirely local program. Membership in E.G.C. and O.T.O. can be conferred only by their own ceremonies, in person, and neither requires the payment of local dues, though doing so is encouraged.
A L L I A N C E
Alliance is open to anyone who wants to make a financial pledge to support the mission of Blazing Star Oasis. Alliance is especially intended for those who are not formally connected to the Order or the Church.
Alliance dues are $10 per month.
A F F I L I A T I O N
Affiliation is open to Initiates of O.T.O. and Confirmed Laity of E.G.C. who are of Good Standing. Initiates also must be current on National Dues paid to U.S. Grand Lodge. Affiliation is especially geared toward those who are not yet eligible for full Membership (see below), those who are already dues-paying Members of another local body, and those who are geographically remote from the Oasis.
Affiliate dues are $20 a month, or $15 for full-time students, active-duty military, and those whose primary residence is over 50 miles away from our primary Oakland location.
M E M B E R S H I P
Full Membership in Blazing Star Oasis is open to Initiate Members of O.T.O. of I° or higher, who are in Good Standing and are current on National Dues; check the Treasury webpage if unsure of your status. Members of the Oasis receive certain Entitlements, such as participation rights at meetings and eligibility for Body Officer roles, in addition to all the benefits of Affiliation. Members also are expected to meet certain Responsibilities, such as timely and proactive payment of local dues and taking leadership in local events.
Membership dues are $30 per month, or $25 for full-time students and active-duty military.
If you are interested in pursuing local Membership or Affiliation, please let us know at any Blazing Star Oasis event.