Dear Members and Friends,
Now that we have the means to do so, the Board of Stewards will be sending periodic email messages to all of you on a quarterly basis who have subscribed to this service. One of the purposes of these messages will be to express our deep gratitude to all who support the Work of the Order with their donations and gifts. For those of you who are not able to help support the Order financially, please know that your dedication and devotion to the teachings of Ageless Wisdom is a valuable support in and of itself. Another purpose will be to inform you of the projects and plans we are working on and are envisioning for the future. Below are some technical instructions that may be helpful in navigating the membership database and communicating with Builders of the Adytum either using the online database or email.
for online enrollment or to pay your dues follow the link to www.bota.org B.O.T.A. international web site for information you can contact us at the adress on the bottom of the page.
How To Register Online
In the Aquarian Age it is appropriate for the Board of Stewards to make the inner workings of the Order more visible to the members. A very big project we have recently completed is a new online database which enables us to function more fully in the electronic realm and allows members to view and update their personal data in the membership database. Members with online accounts can correct personal data such as name changes, address changes, email address changes, and many more actions. Members can also pay dues and verify if their membership is active and submit exams. Members cannot correct Pronaos status. B.O.T.A. staff will be required to complete this task. Members do not have to be active members to open an online B.O.T.A. account but will not receive lessons until their membership dues are paid.
In order to join B.O.T.A. and receive lessons you can follow these instructions.
- Go to the web site address www.bota.org. Click on Membership.
Reminders by Email of Membership Expiration
In the past when the Order was much smaller, members received reminders in the mail when their membership dues were to expire. With the growth of the membership and the increase in the cost of postage this service was eliminated. Over the years the Board of Stewards has received many requests for reinstatement of this service as we all tend to forget to pay our membership dues on time. It was not possible to resume this service to members until now.
With the online membership database, we are now able to send reminders by email. You will receive two reminders, one on the 5th of the month and a second reminder on the 13th of the month. With these reminders, we all should be able to pay our membership dues online and not miss any of our lessons. It is necessary to have our membership account paid by the 25th of each month in order to be included in the next month's lesson mailing.
Email distribution of announcements
The Board of Stewards has received many requests from members to provide the distribution of announcements by email. This has been accomplished with the email distribution mewsletter. This email newsletter provides announcements of group activities, retreats, and other emails of special interest worldwide. Most messages are distributed in English but some messages will be distributed in Spanish, French, and German in addition to English. It is not necessary to be an active member of B.O.T.A. to sign up for this email newsletter.
Members and non members who wish to receive the announcements for one or more languages can sign up for this list at www.bota.org website, under Membership at the bottom of the page using Join Our Mailing List. When a member wishes to unsubscribe from the email list, it can be done on the www.bota.org, website or respond with the unsubscribe feature included in the email announcement. A member who is unsubscribed is unsubscribed from all email lists.
Ordering Replacement Lessons
We have all misplaced, spilled coffee, or in some way unintentionally mutilated our lessons. One of the most useful services now provided by the B.O.T.A. Board of Stewards is the ability for members to order replacement lessons through the B.O.T.A. website.
To use this feature go to the www.bota.org, website then to the Membership page. Click the Order Replacement Lessons in the lower right hand side of the menu. A new page will open, Order Replacement Lessons. At the bottom of the text box is an email link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a request for your needed lessons by the email link. After your request is received in the B.O.T.A. Headquarters and your eligibility to receive replacement lessons is verified, you will receive an email from B.O.T.A. Headquarters with the correct amount of the cost for the replacement lesson and the cost of the postage. This email will provide a link that will allow you to pay for your replacement lessons with a credit card using PayPal. After confirmation of payment and eligibility to receive requested lessons, your replacement lessons will be mailed to you.
SUBMISSION OF EXAMS
According to Paul Foster Case and Ann Davies, the lesson curriculum is by far the most important aspect of the work of Builders of the Adytum. The investment of time in review, meditation, and reflection required by the exams is time well spent in solidifying in our consciousness the principles presented in the lessons. The tests in the begining lessons may appear rather elementary. The answers are easily found in a review of the texts of the lessons and even the more advanced lessons may have the answers to the test questions included in the lessons verbatim. The real test is the incorporation of the Principles of Ageless Wisdom into the activities of our daily lives
With the transition to the online database, the procedure for the submission of exams has been revised. The email@example.com email address is not functioning properly and has been closed as of 9-19-2010. B.O.T.A. Headquarters will no longer accept exams using this email address. European B.O.T.A. members may submit their exams using the online membership database,or send exams by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, it will be appreciated if the exams are submitted through the membership database using your personal membership account. Exams submitted in this way are immediately recorded as received
To you who reach for spiritual enlightenment,
MAY LIGHT BE EXTENDED UPON YOU, L.V.X.
The Staff and Board of Stewards