The Special Friends of the Museum was organized to help the Aurora Fossil Museum accomplish its mission of providing information on the geological forces and paleontological sediments that helped form the coastal plain of North Carolina. Friends members help with a wide assortment of activities including acting as museum guides, assisting student groups in fossil identification, working in the gift shop, fossil preparation and collection assistance, and setting up new displays.
Among the skills that are always in demand are:
- Public Speaking
- Carpentry, painting and other construction skills
Friends members' benefits include:
- Quarterly newsletter detailing Museum activities, upcoming events, and many good articles on fossils and fossil collecting.
- A 10% discount on all items purchased from the gift shop.
- The opportunity to be included in special classes and events sponsored by the Museum.
- Menbership to the Friend's website with access to member only content (5 additional menu items)
If you are an innovative and enthusiastic person who enjoys interaction with the public and have a leaning toward the sciences, you are just the type of person we welcome in our friends group. Enjoy the companionship of like-minded people by joining our group.
New Membership structure started in 2014:
There are many options that are now offered for your choice of membership level. For most of the membership it offers lower membership fees to join, more ways to contribute to the museum, and greater flexibility toward recognition of your participation in the Friends. We are offering three levels of membership and numerous ways to move up the membership ladder through a points system based on each member's contribution of time to the museum and/or donation of fossils. Many current members have all ready received letters from the museum regarding donation amounts for 2013. Those numbers may be used for 2014. Documented volunteer hours may be submitted based upon the criteria in the Friend's Tiers Document.
Membership fees for 2017:
I wish to join the Friends as: (circle one) Individual Family (2)
Base Membership (Level 1) $20 $25
Gold Patron Membership (Level 2) $50 $75
With points from Level 1 $20+ 200 pts $25+300 pts
Platinum Patron Membership (Level 3) $100 $150
With points from Level 1 $20+400 pts $25+600 pts