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What is the Gold Club Supporting Membership?
Gold Helmet has experienced steady, continuous growth since coming online February 27, 2007. For over five years, we have strived to be the premiere FREE source for Notre Dame Fighting Irish fanatics (and even a rival fan or two) looking for a place to talk, share and debate Notre Dame football and recruiting in an intelligent and mature fashion. As with any website that encounters this kind of growth, eventually costs outweight the income.
Why do we need the Gold Club Supporting Membership?
Currently, Gold Helmet is supported by advertising income. You know the ones, those pesky banner ads you see throughout the site. Obviously, that doesn't even begin to cover our monthly server and bandwidth costs or software license renewals. Nor does it then, obviously, leave any money for promoting the site, sponsoring contests, giveaways and the like.
That said, that is the main reason why the Gold Club Supporting Membership program was created. The proceeds from the purchased Gold Helmet Supporting Memberships will allow us to continue adding new and exciting features, sponsor cool giveaways and contests, and ensure our continued mission of being the premiere Notre Dame Fighting Irish discussion portal on the Internet. Put quite simply, while we certainly appreciate all of our members equally and there is no obligation to sign up for a Gold Club Supporting Membership, we do appreciate the help in keeping costs manageable while allowing us to grow the site! It does help... greatly!
What is included in my Gold Club Supporting Membership?
Your Gold Club Supporting Membership will give you additional benefits that regular registered members do not have. Included in the subscription includes a 100% ad-free site layout, increased avatar and signature dimensions, bigger private message mailbox size and the satisfaction of knowing you've helped Gold Helmet keep the lights on. For the full list of benefits and features, see the membership comparison chart below.
How much does the Supporting Membership cost?
The Gold Club Supporting Membership is $15.00 and lasts one calendar year from the date it is paid. We also have separate donation options if you'd like to give more. There is also a membership donation option if you'd like to purchase a Supporting Membership for a fellow Gold Helmet member.
Okay, You Sold Me! How Do I Join?
Signing up for the Gold Club Supporting Membership is a quick and easy process. Simply head over to the Donation and Subscription Center, select the desired subscription and you will be directed to PayPal to complete the process which generally takes less than five minutes to complete. If you don't have PayPal, you can still purchase a membership by sending a check or money order via snail mail. If you'd like to go that route, shoot me a private message and I'll get you my address.
PLEASE NOTE: Gold Club Supporting Member status does not prevent you from following the forum rules and community guidelines. Violations of the forum rules/guidelines will be handled according to policy without regard to member status. In the event that membership is removed due to rule violation, absolutely no refunds will be given.