What defines “visiting” a state?
A person has visited a state if he or she has set foot on the ground of that state and breathed the air. Having a lay-over at an airport does not count as visiting that state. Some members have arranged for a long lay-over, then rented a car by-the-hour to be able to see more of the city/state. Flying over a state does not count. Many members set their own stipulations for counting a state visit such as spending the night in that state or eating a meal.
How do you certify if someone has visited all 50 states? Do you require proof?
Our Club is about celebrating a fantastic achievement. By requiring “proof” it creates unnecessary work for all and often some state visits occurred long before the traveler began a 50 state mission so they would have to backtrack for proof. And quite frankly, if someone decides to “lie” and say they have visited all fifty states, then they obviously have issues that will not be solved by denying them membership! Many members like to keep “proof” of their travels by taking pictures by each state sign, bringing home a spoon, piggy bank, or mailing a postcard home from each state.
Can I purchase a membership/certificate/plaque as a gift?
Yes. A gift membership is a great idea for friends or family who have made this accomplishment. Indicate in the application that it is a gift membership and answer the membership application questions the best you can. A welcome letter will accompany the membership certificate asking the new member to fill out an application. At that time the member can update any additional information and opt-in to receive our e-newsletter and be listed on the online register of members.
Do I have to apply as an individual or can I apply as a couple?
You may apply as an individual, couple, or group. If you apply as a couple, the certificate will be issued as “Sue and Tom Parker” and will be listed this way on the register. If you apply as a family, the certificate will be issued as “Jones Family” and listed the same on the register. If you would like individual certificates for each person, please apply separately. If you have a large group, firstname.lastname@example.org for a possible membership discount.
Do you accept returns?
We do not accept returns due to the personalized nature of the certificates and plaques unless the item is damaged or a name was incorrectly spelled. If it was our mistake, we will fix it. We want you to be satisfied so please e-mail or call with any concerns to see how we can remedy the situation.