WANT TO JOIN PRS?
For the first time in three years, PRS is opening up its doors to new members. Are you looking for answers? Want to help the haunted? Want to be a part of an amazing community? PRS is now accepting applications for members within Pennsylvania and the northeast area.
WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT:
PRS is opening membership in to the General Society Department (GSD). Members will meet twice a month to discuss various paranormal topics, work on special interest projects, go on field trips to enhance the spiritual and scientific pursuit of the unknown and more! Our goal is to build a welcoming and diverse community of paranormal investigators and searchers who want to come together and be a part of a family.
Ryan Buell, Director of PRS, on general membership: “General membership has always been a great experience in PRS. People get to meet other like-minded individuals, ideas are shared and brought to life and life-experiences are made. At its cores, it’s about a community, but we also work towards goals that are greater than ourselves in hopes of paving the way for future generations looking for spiritual answers.”
In the past, general members have visited places like Gettysburg or New Orleans for education and fun. General members created special-interest projects like a book club and a youth charity initiative to give back to the community.
In order to become a general society member, the member must meet the following requirements, as well as go through an application process. If accepted, the general society member will be referred to as a candidate.
Age. As of current, general society members must be at least 18-years-old. 17-year-olds may be permitted with written, documented permission from their legal, parent guardian.
Meetings & Attendance: In order to be a general member of PRS, one must attend one (1) meeting a month, and be present for at least 75% of the duration for that meeting. As of current, the general society holds two meetings a month.
There are four quarters for the yearly calendar, and they are as follows:
January 1st – March 31st.
April 1st – June 30th.
July 1st – September 30th.
October 1st – December 31st.
On a case-by-case basis, PRS will consider excusing additional meeting absences if there is a legitimate personal emergency, including, but not limited to the following:
- documented illness
- documented family emergency
- recognized religious holiday
Unapproved/unexcused absences resulting in a member attending less than the requirement of one meeting per month will result in review of your general society membership. Upon review of the member’s status, PRS, in its sole discretion, may suspend the member’s general society membership. It should also be noted that, even though PRS is only requiring members to attend one meeting a month, those wishing to pursue a position in any of the research departments (or even the media department), attend field trips or other extra-curricular functions, should strive to attend as many meetings as possible. Members who seek to become researchers should participate in more than the minimum number of activities, especially since being involved in a research department requires additional commitments.
Membership dues: Members must pay bi-annual dues every January 15th and July 15th. A member who joins after the above due dates must still pay for the current six-month period. For example, if you join on February 19th, you will be required to pay member dues immediately and again on July 15th.
Signing of membership forms & agreements: General members, like all members of the society, are required to sign certain agreements regarding the terms of their membership. Additionally, members may be asked to give authorization for personal background checks.
Member Application. Entrance in to the PRS general society is at the sole discretion of PRS. The PRS Board of Directors may set a membership limit at any time, as well as enact additional policies. Because there is a high demand to join PRS, the society has chosen to be selective on who joins and will often set criteria every six months on personal selection requirements.
Volunteering. In addition to attendance at general meetings, general society members are required to attend and/or volunteer at the following:
Open House – members are required to volunteer for at least one (1) open house a quarter, for a total of four (4) a year.
UNIV-CON – General members are required to serve as staff for a minimum of twelve (12) hours over the course of the four-day event. These hours need not be consecutive.
Society Project – The PRS society will hold a variety of special projects every year. General members are required to put in a total of fifteen (15) hours a year towards a specific project.
Important Note: We know that there are many people all over the United States who would like to join PRS from afar, but we are not accepting internet members, only members who can make the physical dedication to attend the meetings and other requirements. That isn’t to say that we won’t accept members from, say, Nebraska. If you are up to flying to State College once a month for meetings and for other obligatory functions, then we’ll let that be up to you.
The purpose of joining PRS is to learn more about the paranormal, help the community grow and to help create new ideas. Fans who only want join to get to know the cast of “Paranormal State” or who want to be on the show will be weeded out very quickly. Also, keep in mind that we’re looking for serious members only. If you think you might be interested, then hold off until you are 100% positive you want to make commitments to this society. As you see above, attending a meeting or two will not be enough to make you a member. Membership requirements will be strictly enforced
HOW DO I JOIN?
Please download the following application and e-mail it back at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please fill out the application completely.
Instructions: Please download the form, fill it out completely, and then send it to email@example.com. When ending the e-mail, make sure that the e-mail subject line includes your name (for example: Subject: Ryan_Buell). When sending the file, make sure it’s saved as your name so that way it’s easy for us to find.
Please do not send us the form more than once, as we go through the e-mail box in order from which we receive them. Sending us applications five times a week will not impress us.