How to join VHS

Joining VHS is easy!  Simply select the $30/month membership option below and then contact Jade as described in the next section.



IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP OR UPGRADING YOUR MEMBERSHIP, please email the following information to our Membership Coordinator, Jade, at

  1. Name (should it differ from your email signature)
  2. Username on our forums to be added to the Members’s Category (this is how we keep you informed about society going-ons)
  3. Are you a new member, or upgrading to a key holder?
  4. Method of payment (paypal / cash)
  5. If paying with paypal, the name your paypal account is under
  6. Have you been a member before? If so, under what name?
  7. Have you signed the waiver?
  8. Have you been given an orientation?


New members, start here! $30/month Gatekeeper (aka the “Zuul” package)

You get:

  • A vote at every member meeting.
  • Access to the members-only area and all the exciting tools hidden in it’s shadowy depths (like the laser cutter)
  • Access to the members-only mailing list. Peer behind the curtain at the great and powerful Oz.
  • Warm fuzzies knowing you’re helping VHS

$60/month Keyholder (aka the “Vinz Clortho” package) ***See Requirements Below!***

You get:

  • Everything in the Zuul package
  • You become eligible for a key!* Access the resources of the space on your terms.
  • Commemorative gilded limited edition volunteer-picked shade-grown bragging rights.


  1. You must be a member in good standing for 3 consecutive months.
  2. You must get a current key-holder member to vouch for you
  3. You must announce that you want to become a key-holder on the “VHS-Members only” category of the VHS Talk forum. If no one objects after 1 week you get a key.

If you do not yet meet these requirements, please sign up as a regular member first (aka the Gatekeeper/Zuul package above)

$10/month Friend of VHS

If you don’t want to be a member, but you want to support us by kicking in a few bucks a month towards our space – we would LOVE your support!

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week you can support innovation, learning, do-ocratic awesomeness in the greatest city on earth.

One time donation to VHS

Are you tortured by the weight of too much money? We would be honored to relieve you of your burden.

The Fine Print

  • Keyholder rate can be reduced at discretion of other keyholders.
  • Probation length can be reduced at discretion of other keyholders (folks who have been around for a while before signing up as keyholder members would be obvious candidates for this).
  • Non-members can use the space on a drop-in basis by arrangement with keyholders and at open nights, and are invited to donate to help cover costs.
  • Membership expires after 3 months consecutive nonpayment of dues (unless other arrangements have been made).



[Q] How do I cancel my membership
[A] Send an email to and if your dues are set up for recurring payments, then you are responsible for cancelling them. We do not have access to your PayPal or credit card or bank accounts to control your repeating payments, and presumably that is how you want it.

[Q] Where can I get a copy of the liability waiver and membership application 
[A] Membership applicationLiability Waver, Want to know more?  Check out the new member page on the Wiki!

[Q] What are my responsibilities as a key member opening VHS’s doors

  • Open the space,
  • Insure that everyone has signed the waiver. Part of getting people to sign the waver is to show them the safety equipment around the space, and tell them there is a risk to being at the space. It would be nice if you also talked them through how the space runs and what kind of projects are done there.
  • Close the space

[Q] What are my responsibilities as a member or guest

  • If you or any other member or guest, sees something that you could consider unsafe you should ask the person to stop. If you don’t feel comfortable asking them to stop as another member or BoD to help you. We can not resolve the problem if no one tells us.
  • If you see someone doing something illegal, report it either to the BoD or the police. This includes making a gun, Stealing credit cards, etc.., This does not include Lockpicking, Crypto, Threat assessment for dealing with the police. Use your best judgement and don’t be a dick.

[Q] I prefer not to use Paypal

  • Paypal payments are easiest, if you’re able to switch to that.
  • If you prefer cash, grab an envelope from above the admin desk
  • Write the following pieces of information on it:

Full(ish) name
Email (because we have members with duplicate names)
Start period for enclosed dues
Current date
Amount of months included
Amount of money included

  • Put the cash in the envelope
  • Slide the envelope into the top drawer of the admin locker

Because of said administration overhead, prepaying memberships for as much as you can do is encouraged (recommended 6 months), but many people can’t spare that at one time, and that’s understandable.

Here’s an example of what I would write. Say my membership dues rolled over around the first of the month, but I got busy with stuff or didn’t have cash on me earlier for October.

John Q
Start: Oct 1, 2014
Date: Oct 21, 2014
Included: 6 months at $60