GAL News & Updates – February 2021 • American Lutherie #141 (Winter 2020) was mailed in late January. (We got behind schedule due to some serious computer issues we had this winter.) Members are receiving their issues now, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you will soon. Overseas deliveries always take longer. See the preview here. We apologize for the delay, but hey, it was 2020, right?! • IT’S RENEWAL TIME! Now’s the time for all 2020 members to renew their membership in the Guild for 2021. Renew now to get your 2021 GAL wall calendar! Having trouble logging in to renew? See our hints below. • Now is a great time to JOIN the GAL for 2021. Get a full year of American Lutherie and instant access to our online content. See all the benefits of Guild membership on our membership page. • Can’t join or renew due to financial hardship? We can help! Read about our new GAL Membership Grant Program on our membership page. • Want to help more luthiers who are experiencing financial hardship get GAL Membership? Donate to our GAL Membership Grant Program! • Due to continued community spread of COVID-19 in our area, our staff is working staggered hours or remotely, so please be patient and expect that there may be minor delays with your order or in responding to emails. Check our shipping info for usual shipping times. Consider that there may be shipping disruptions or delays in your area/country due to the effects of the pandemic. If you have a question about your order, please contact us through our website contact form. • We continue to add new articles to our members-only Premium Web Content. Members receive immediate access to the PWC when they join or renew on this site. See login hints below if you are having trouble with the login feature of our site. • Our 23rd GAL Convention/Exhibition (which had been scheduled for July 2020, but was canceled due to the pandemic), is being rescheduled for Summer 2022. Watch our convention page for updates. • We send our best wishes to all our members and customers, and hope everyone stays safe and well during this difficult time. Luthiers are in a unique position to be productive at home, so we hope you’ll be able to continue to create and repair many beautiful instruments! LOGIN HELPFUL HINTS & INFO • An email with login info is automatically sent to you the first time you join or renew on the site. Check your spam folders if you don’t see the email. • Sometimes people are having trouble logging in because they are already logged in! If you can see the full Premium Web Content, you are logged in. You can remain logged in if you like, since we don’t have sensitive info on our site. • If you forgot your password, you can request a reset using your email address or your user name. Your user name is usually your first and last name with a period between, no caps. (Example: John Luthier’s user name would be john.luthier) • If you receive a GIFT MEMBERSHIP, the giver (buyer) will get the automatic login account. So have them forward you their login info, or remind us and we’ll set up a separate account for you. It won’t affect your membership either way, as we don’t use the website to keep track of our membership rolls. • Be aware that the website login is not how we keep track of your membership. This hint mainly applies to long-time members who haven’t renewed on the new version of our website – don’t assume you have a login account just because you have been a member for years or you receive emails from us. If you haven’t renewed or registered on the site after Aug 2019, you don’t have an login account. Just renew and a login account will be created for you. • If you still need help, contact us and we’ll get you set up!