Membership in the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) is an investment in the community you live in. Even if you are unable or do not choose to attend the RBCA meetings, membership in the RBCA is a way to show that you support the Richmond Beach community. The Richmond Beach Community Association provides a strong voice to the Shoreline City leadership that we are concerned about the issues that affect our community.
RBCA Annual Membership
$15 per member
Live in Richmond Beach?
Please make sure your home address is listed for your "Shipping address" on the "Review your information" page. And, you can add your phone number and email address too by clicking the "Change" link below your address.
Buying multiple memberships?
On the "Review your information" page, please click the "Change" link below your address to list the name of each member.
On the "Review your information" page, please click the "Change" link below your address to add your reference number(s).
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Members receive paper copies of the Richmond Beach Community News
in the mail
Note: Anyone may
read the RBCN online
Who can be a member?
- Membership is available to any person of legal voting age in Washington State who subscribes to the interests of the Association. Membership consists of two classes: individual membership and associate membership. Individual membership is available to any person who resides within the geographic area of Richmond Beach. An individual member is entitled to engage in all activities of the Association. Associate membership is a non-voting membership available to any other interested person or business.
How do I join the RBCA?
How many people belong to the RBCA?
- As of March 2013 there are approximately 500 current members. The membership roster goes back to 1991.
I pay my dues each year, so why does my Richmond Beach Community News come addressed to resident?
- The RBCA uses a mailing service and a bulk mail permit to mail the Richmond Beach Community News. The RBCN is mailed to all residents of Richmond Beach. This is necessary to ensure our advertisers that their ad will get the widest possible coverage. It would be too costly to mail to individual names. Individuals that live outside the Richmond Beach boundaries and are RBCA members receive their News by a special mailing.
When are my membership dues due for renewal and will I receive a reminder?
- Your dues are renewable one year from the month you last paid. A renewal notice along with a membership renewal form and a return envelope will be mailed during the month, or close to the month your dues are due. You don't need to write anything on that renewal form unless the pre printed information has changed. It helps with computer entry if you return the pre-printed form.
What is the reference number on the renewal form used for?
- The membership information is maintained in a computer database. The reference number allows me to access your membership file by just typing in the number. This saves a considerable amount of time when updating renewals. The membership records are kept in a Microsoft Access database.
How can I find out if my membership is due for renewal?
- Membership renewal requests are sent out approximately one month prior to expiration. If you have questions, please email them to Membership@RichmondBeachWA.org.
What do I get for my $15 membership fee?
- You are showing your support for your community and helping to keep the longest standing community council in Shoreline active. Income is limited to membership dues, advertising support and donations. Also, as an active member you will get to vote for RBCA officers at the May business meeting.
Why don't I receive a membership card or confirmation of my membership renewal?
- A few years ago we use to send out membership cards. It turned out to be very time consuming and costly. At that time the RBCA Board decided to keep the membership dues at $15 per person and not raise the rate to cover the cost of membership confirmation. An informal survey of some members indicated that membership confirmation was not necessary as their cancelled check was an adequate receipt.
If you are reading this and are not a member, please consider joining today. If you are already a member, thank you for your continued support and please encourage your friends and neighbors to join.
Tom Penrod, RBCA Membership Chair
The town welcomes Henry Parry, seated in the wagon, upon his triumphant return to Richmond Beach with the prize for the Best Strawberry in the World from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. It was thought that the prize would bring great recognition and wealth to Richmond Beach.
The featured building in the photo is one of the first to be built in Richmond Beach and is still standing today, probably built in 1898. It was the town's third post office, located on the south side of Market Street. Later on, a new post office was built next door (west), and the porch you see on this building was extended to wrap around the west side of the building (see below photo). Previously, the post office had been located in J.B. Adams, and then in the Holloway hotel, which stood behind the Richmond Beach library until 1924.
Oscar Dalby sitting on top of John Walloch's delivery truck parked behind Walloch's Hardware, circa 1920. The back of the post office is shown center left, just east of the hardware store, and John Holloway's real estate office is in the left background. Notice the wrap-around porch just visible in the photo. The real estate office became Umbrite's drug store, and today is a private home. It is one of the oldest buildings in the community (see top photo).
From the Shoreline Historical Museum collection, property of the Museum, captions courtesy of Vicki Stiles
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