As Midway’s membership manager, I often get asked by people both on and off the ship to describe a USS Midway Museum member. As we all know, membership in any organization or association can take on a variety of meanings.

Some memberships can actually feel more transactional. How else are we going to buy 50 rolls of paper towels at one time (thanks Costco) or have the security of calling AAA when we experience car trouble? While I appreciate the services both of these companies provide to me, I spend no time thinking about their missions or community impact. 

When I describe Midway members, this is what I share to capture your spirit. A few months ago, we sent out a survey to get your thoughts on member benefits. We asked what your primary reason for being a member was, and we got an overwhelming response. Your comments gave us a clear answer. It wasn’t unlimited access to the museum, although we hope you visit often. It wasn’t even your member benefits, although we’re glad you enjoy them, and are committed to providing you more. 

The primary reason you told us you are Midway members is you want to support our mission and preserve Midway’s impactful history. Many of you described the experience of being a Midway member as being part of a greater cause, similar to feelings you may have had serving our country. For those who never served, our membership is a way we can express gratitude for those who made sacrifices for our freedom, and to make sure Midway is here to tell their stories for years to come. 

It’s not lost on us how fortunate we are that you feel this way about being a Midway Member. What a gift to have a membership family that supports and believes in the same cause as our staff, volunteers, and thousands of Midway veterans who served on board. We cannot thank you enough. 

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, I hope you take a moment to reflect on your role in Midway’s success. Your support has not only turned a decommissioned aircraft carrier into San Diego’s top attraction, but it allows Midway to give back and greatly impact our community. 

Cheers to the next 20 years. Thanks to you our future looks bright.

All the best,

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