Join GALA-ND/SMC

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of GALA-ND/SMC.

Membership is open to anyone who supports our mission—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—including alumni, faculty, staff and students of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College and their family and friends.

As of September 2015, GALA is introducing new options to our membership levels.  These levels are named for the different colors of the rainbow along with colors associated with our schools.  The purpose for these new levels is two-fold.  First, to provide members additional opportunity to support the organization and the various causes/activities we perform such as student scholarships.  Second, these new levels will provide enhanced benefits to members based on their giving levels.

In addition to the legacy $35/year levels (supporting and sustaining), which have now been renamed Indigo and Blue, there are 7 new levels.  Each new giving level ($100, $250 and $500) includes an automatic contribution to the student scholarship fund and will come with additional value such as a special gift from the club, free ticket(s) to the Thomas Dooley Award event and annual recognition.  In addition to the new $ levels, members are given the choice to manually renew each year or sign up for the popular auto-renewal (after receiving a reminder email).

For members who wish to make a substantial contribution to the student scholarship fund there is a very unique “Pride” member level at $5,000 which covers membership for a 5 year period and is limited to 10 individuals.  These members are entitled to a free table at two bi-annual Dooley Award events which can be used by them (or donated for students to attend the event).

As always, all dues paying members ($35 and above) are entitled to vote in officer elections and to access the online member directory. New alumni may join with full privileges for free for the year following their graduation.

Annual dues permit GALA-ND/SMC to support many important causes and projects:

  • They support leadership and service scholarships for LGBT students
  • They fund the bi-annual Tom Dooley Awards
  • They provide funding for regional gatherings and events
  • They allow us to financially support student groups
  • They fund the annual football tailgate
  • They keep our Website and online member directory running

Membership Levels

New Alumni- Free

This complimentary membership level is for ND/SMC alumni/ae during the first 12 months after receiving their first ND/SMC degree.  It carries the same privileges as the Indigo/Supporting Member level.

Violet/Basic Member- Free

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Cannot access the online Member Directory and cannot vote in officer/issues elections

Indigo/Supporting Member- $35

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • Annual renewal of dues required

Blue/Sustaining Member- $35

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • Automatic renewal of annual dues

Yellow Member- $100

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $65 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • Annual renewal of dues required

 Green Member- $100

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $65 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • Automatic renewal of annual dues

Orange Member- $250

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $200 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • 1 free admission to the bi-annual Thomas A Dooley Award Event, recognition in the event brochure and annual membership newsletter
  • Annual renewal of dues required

Red Member- $250

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $200 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • 1 free admissions to the bi-annual Thomas A Dooley Award Event, recognition in the event brochure and annual membership newsletter
  • Automatic renewal of annual dues

Gold Member- $500

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $400 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • 2 free admissions to the bi-annual Thomas A Dooley Award Event, recognition in the event brochure and annual membership newsletter
  • Annual renewal of dues required

Emerald- Member $500

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $400 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • 2 free admissions to the bi-annual Thomas A Dooley Award Event, recognition in the event brochure and annual membership newsletter
  • Automatic renewal of annual dues

Pride Member– $5,000

Entitles you to:

  • Sign up for announcements and newsletters from GALA-ND/SMC
  • Update member record and access member-only Discussion Forums and Newsletter Archives
  • Voting privileges in officer/issues elections
  • $4,000 tax deductable contribution to GALA scholarship fund
  • A gift from the club
  • 1 Table (8 free admissions) to the bi-annual Thomas A Dooley Award Event, recognition in the event brochure and annual membership newsletter
  • 5 years GALA membership.  Manual renewal of dues required after 5 year period

How to Join or Renew

New Members: complete the online membership application. After we have reviewed our application you will receive a welcome email explaining your new membership status.

Renew Your Membership: Login to your member profile. (If you have forgotten your password, click the Forgot Password link on the login page.) You will see a section at the top of the page indicating your current membership level. Click on the Renew Your Dues button and complete the renewal form to renew your membership at the current level.

Alternatively, if you wish to change from your existing level to one of the enhanced levels, click on the Change Membership Level button.

If you encounter any problems, contact membership@galandsmc.org for assistance.