How to Join Cotillion Club for the 2019-2020 Season

What do I need to know if I am a potential new Member?

  • The process for nomination to become a new Member in Cotillion for the 2019-2020 Season has begun effective October 1, 2018.  
  • Newly proposed Members need to be nominated by a current or previous Cotillion Board Member before March 1, 2019. Only adults who have served as Members of our board for at least two years are eligible to sponsor a prospective Member. You may find the list of all Board Members – past and present - via this link. If you are not familiar with anyone on the Board of Directors list, feel free to contact the Vice President of Membership for help.
  • Proposed Members must be in their 7th grade academic year (or higher) of school.
  • Proposed members must meet residency or school requirements. In order to be a Member of Cotillion Club of Sarasota, children must be in the 8th grade or higher, obtain a sponsor, reside or attend school in Sarasota County, and attend new Member orientation before their first season.
  • Potential Members should be aware that the new membership nomination cycle is open now as of October 1, 2018 and closes March 1, 2019.
  • Invitations to qualified current Members are mailed March 18, 2019 and to qualified potential new Members April 1, 2019. It is important that should you wish to join Cotillion, you follow the specified directions carefully and in a timely fashion.
  • Before committing to joining, it is very important that you review the expectations for behavior, dress and attendance to which we hold our Members. These expectations may be different and more stringent than those which you may already have experienced. Click here to review the Cotillion Member Rules.
  • All new Members and one parent are required to attend New Member Orientation which will be held in August 2019. The date for this mandatory orientation will be in the invitations to join Cotillion.  This orientation is mandatory for membership with Sarasota Cotillion.
  • Due to occupancy limitations of the venues used for our dances, membership openings are limited. Qualified invitees will be accepted in the order in which their completed applications are received.
  • If the maximum membership for your Cotillion grade group has been met, you will be placed on a wait list. Should openings be created by resignations or declinations, those on the wait list will be invited to fill those opening in the order in which their completed application was received.

What do I need to know if I am already a Member and want to join again for the upcoming year?

  • If you are a Member of Cotillion of Sarasota from the previous year and are in good standing, you will automatically be sent an invitation to renew your membership on March 18, 2019.
  • As a courtesy for being a Member in good standing, you will receive a two-week grace period ahead of potential new Members to commit to joining. Should you choose not renew during that two-week grace period, you will lose your preferred standing and be processed with the new Members’ applications based on the order in which they are received.
  • *If you believe you are in good standing but do not receive an invitation by March 28th, to renew your membership and wish to do so, please contact the Vice President of Membership.
  • While returning Members receive your invitation 2 weeks before proposed new Members, timeliness of processing your acceptance of the invitation will be critical.  Proposed new Members invitations will be mailed on April 1, 2019.   If the maximum membership for your Cotillion grade group has been met, you will be placed on a wait list. Should openings be created by resignations or declinations, those on the wait list will be invited to fill those opening in the order in which their completed application was received.

A Special Note to Parents of Existing or Previous Members:

  • Siblings of existing or previous Members are not automatically sent an invitation to join Cotillion of Sarasota. Siblings must obtain their own Board sponsor and go through the new Member sponsorship process the same as all other potential new Members.
  • If you want to confirm that your child’s name is on the invitation list for the upcoming season, you are welcome to contact the Vice President of Membership.
  • We strongly encourage parents of returning Members to review the Cotillion Member Rules. We strive to have every dance go smoothly. You and your child being freshly aware of our expectations will help us all enjoy the Cotillion season maximally.
  • We also encourage you to re-acquaint yourself with our website and current procedures. As our organization grows and evolves, efficacious and practical concerns may cause us to adapt some existing policies and procedures as well as adopt new ones. Cotillion Club of Sarasota is committed to carefully meeting the changing needs of the families in our community in a modern world while holding true to the mission of Cotillion. This may necessitate changes. Staying up to date on the policies and procedures that may affect you can help avoid confusion and potential misunderstandings.

The timeline for upcoming 2019-2020 season is as follows:

October 1, 2018 – March, 1, 2019: Nominations are accepted for all group divisions. Only the applications of children who have reached the 7th academic grade or higher will be accepted. Younger children need to wait until their 7th academic year.

March 18, 2019: Invitations to eligible current Members in good standing, and with no open infractions, will be mailed.

April 1, 2019: Invitations to potential eligible new Members will be mailed.

May 31, 2019: Deadline for all applications to be completed and submitted.  Note:  applications for returning and new Members are accepted in order of the date of application completion and payment submission.  Once a class group fills up to the maximum number, all additional applicants will be put on a wait list.  Therefore, timely submissions are highly recommended.

August 2019:  New Member Orientation for 2019-2020 Season Cotillion Members.

Cotillion Club of Sarasota, Inc.
P.O. Box 19171
Sarasota , FL 34276-2171

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