12.1 Any single AM, single LM, or life or annual member who is a widow or divorcee, wishing to affiliate (with an individual who is not an AM or LM and thus wishes the Club to consider them as a couple under these by-laws shall be allowed to do so if the following conditions are met:
12.1A If they intend to form a single couple, the affiliate must successfully complete the probationary period after which they shall be considered a single couple.
12.IB If they affiliate by virtue of marriage, they shall pay the Club an amount equivalent to the probationary dues, due immediately although the BOD confirmation vote, probationary period, and subsequent ballot vote shall be waived and then they shall be considered a couple upon receipt of their fee.
12.1C If they wish to retain a LMP and the original member has not been a single throughout his membership, then they shall pay the Club an additional 1/2 times the current initiation fee for LMs. Such payment shall not be at a rate of less than l/5th of the additional fee per year with the first l/5th being due when they are considered a couple.
12.2 Any original member who is NOT an AM or LM who wishes to affiliate must forfeit his present membership and any dues thereof and reapply as a couple in the usual manner.
12.3 No restrictions shall be imposed should a LM who has not been a single throughout his membership wish to ‘affiliate ‘ with an AM other than the additional fee equivalent to 1/2 the current initiation fee for LMs. This fee shall be paid at a rate no less than l/5th of the additional fee per year with the first l/5th becoming due immediately upon receipt of which they shall be considered a couple.
12.4 This section shall not be construed to place any requirements or restrictions for a LM who wishes to ‘affiliate’ with another LMP, nor two AMs “affiliating” to become one AMP but does restrict two AMs from becoming a LMP under this section.
12.5 An affiliate shall not gain the seniority of the original member, but may use the original member’s seniority while they remain a couple in said membership. If said original member by some means separates from the membership, said affiliate shall only be afforded any seniority he might have accrued in the usual manner as an AM or LM.
12.6 Should two AMs or two LMs or a LM and an AM ‘affiliate’, both individuals in said couple shall attain the seniority of the highest senior individual in said couple in the resulting membership and retain such seniority even in the event of a permanent dissolution.
12.7 Failure to follow the above procedures shall cause the affiliate to be considered a non-member under these bylaws.