Join Us

Membership in CGS is open to all who wish to join. We encourage individuals and families to participate regardless of where they live. Currently we have about 400 members from all over the Western Hemisphere.

CGS membership dues are $20 and based on a calendar year. Those joining September through December pay $20 (valid through end of following year). 

Two ways to join

1. Send check made payable to CGS along with our  Membership Application Form (PDF) or the one below to: California Gourd Society c/o JoAnn Clark, VP - Membership P.O. Box 2802 Valley Center CA 92082.


 with PayPal. Please fill the form out after your purchase on-line.

Membership includes "The Golden Gourd" distributed electronically on a quarterly basis.  It is important to make sure we have your correct email address.

Membership applications are processed usually once a month by the CGS Membership VP, at which time you will receive a Welcome Letter and CGS Membership Card.

If you have any questions email JoAnn at:

The California Gourd Society
is a state chapter of the American Gourd Society. For more information on the American Gourd Society contact

Benefits of Membership

The primary benefits of CGS membership are listed below. The group provides a large, state-wide network for sharing information with others of mutual interest about gourd art, techniques, artists and growing. Of course benefits extend well beyond this list and will vary depending on the level of the individual’s involvement.
  1. The Golden Gourd (electronic only) newsletter highlights artists, provides a schedule of festival classes, tells where CGS is participating in festivals, competitions and events and contains advertisements for gourd-related services and products. All past issues of the Golden Gourd Newsletter are in the Members Only section.
  2. Eligibility to serve on CGS Board as President, VP, Secretary, VP Membership, Treasurer, Director of Programs or Director at Large.   
  3. Attend CGS Patch meetings and participate in their activities.
  4. Eligibility to enter the annual CGS gourd art competitions and displays.
  5. Opportunity to showcase artwork on the website.
  6. Teachers can advertise gourd or related classes in The Golden Gourd and post them on the CGS website.
  7. Valuable exchange of tips and techniques with fellow gourders.
  8. Opportunity to be trained and certified as an American Gourd Society judge.
  9. Participate in occasional members-only State-wide events (retreats or conferences)
  10. Access to password protected Members Only section of the CGS website.

Please note there has been changes and clarification about CGS Insurance.
See message below 07/29/15.
The CGS Insurance Coverage protects you and members from the public in the event of a law suit due to a covered injury to the third party.  It does not cover the member in the event of an injury to them. 

Please direct any insurance questions to CGS Secretary Peggy Blessing at:

Membership Application Form
(Use this form only with PayPal Function. Use PDF file to accompany your check.)

Send check made payable to CGS along with form below to: California Gourd Society c/o JoAnn Clark, VP - Membership P.O. Box 2802 Valley Center CA 92082

First Name:
Last Name:
Address Street 1:
Address Street 2:
Zip Code: (5 digits)
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Renewal or New Member:
Primary Patch Affiliation: