In considering membership in the Sycamore Island Club, it is important to understand that this is a club of involved volunteers. The operation of the club, maintenance of Sycamore Island and the clubhouse, are all carried out by members volunteering their time and energy. All members are expected to contribute to the club's maintenance and operation.


An application form must be filled out and submitted to the Membership Secretary at the address listed on the form. Applications for club membership are accepted by the club if they are postmarked between January 1 and January 31 2020, or delivered in person to the Membership Secretary during January 2020. The Membership Secretary will NOT "hold" an application submitted from any other date. An applicant must include the name of a sponsoring club member on the form.

If the total number of applications collected is greater than the number of membership vacancies for that year, the applications will be entered into a lottery process, on a date determined by the Membership Secretary.

All applicants will be notified promptly as to the results of the lottery. Successful applicants will also be informed as to their position on the club Waiting List, and be required to pay a one-time, non-refundable Waiting List Initiation Fee, due within 30 days of notification. Applicants who do not pay the Waiting List Initiation Fee will be removed from the Waiting List and the next applicant, as determined earlier by lot, will be added. In addition, applicants on the Waiting List will pay a Waiting List Annual Fee each subsequent year until becoming a member.

The club’s monthly newsletter, The Sycamore Islander, is sent to all club applicants on the Waiting List. On the Waiting List, applicants have the opportunity to participate in club events and may also purchase a Waiting List Pass. The Waiting List Pass entitles the holder and immediate family to use the club on weekdays May through October (excluding national holidays), and 7 days a week November through April. An applicant on the Waiting List must have attended a club Orientation to purchase a Waiting List Pass.

Prior to club admission, Waiting List applicants must become “Qualified Applicants” by completing the following: (1) attend a supervised Orientation sponsored by the Club; and (2) procure two letters of recommendation from existing members who are not immediate family members. (These letters of recommendation are from members other than the sponsoring member.) Waiting List applicants who do not become Qualified Applicants by the time they are offered membership, will be removed from the Waiting List. A Qualified Applicant who is offered Club membership and declines the offer will be removed from the Waiting List. A Qualified Applicant who is out of the metro area at the time membership is offered, may begin Club membership as an Inactive Member, otherwise, will be removed from the Waiting List. New members will pay an Initiation Fee and pro-rata Dues for the year of admission.