Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the membership process in Bay View. Please review them carefully and if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Q:  How do I know if membership in the Bay View Association is right for me?

A:  Bay View is truly a unique community and unlike many other vacation communities, we rely on our members to be involved and participatory.  If you have not spent much time in Bay View, we encourage you to rent a cottage and truly immerse yourself in all Bay View has to offer.  Meet your neighbors.  Attend events.  That is how you will really get to know Bay View!

Q: How long does the application process typically take?

A: That depends on many factors; it can range from a few weeks to over a year.  Most often, the delay lies in how quickly all 5 reference letters are received by the committee.

Q: Are evaluations of membership applications made year-round?

A: No.  Bay View primarily functions as a 6-month association.  During the 8-week Summer Assembly Season, the Membership Committee meets regularly to evaluate complete applications (as well as to conduct interviews).  Before and after this 8-week Assembly Season, but between May 1st and October 31st, the committee does its best to interview and evaluate applications depending on the availability of committee members.  During the off-season, (November 1-April 30), applications are not considered (but may be submitted).

Q: How long is my application considered active?

A:  Applications are valid for 18 months from the date of receipt of the application fee.

Q: May my spouse and I apply on the same application?

A: No. Each application is handled individually. You may ask the same people to be references for you, but they need to write a letter for each application.

Q: How do I get the reference letters sent for my application?

A: As a courtesy, ask the people you want for references if they are willing to write a letter on your behalf. Get their contact information and include it on the application form. The Bay View office will contact them with instructions for the reference letters, which will be mailed directly to the office.

Q: May I use the Religious Director of Bay View as my church reference?

A: No.  A paid professional staff of Bay View may not be used as a reference.

Q: Who conducts the interviews?

A: Typically, 2 members of the Membership Committee conduct interviews for membership.  Often this consists of the committee chair and one other committee member.

Q: May I interview via phone or Skype?

A: No.  Membership interviews are conducted in person, on the grounds of Bay View. 

Q: When will my application be considered by the Membership Committee?

A: Your application will be considered after all parts are received and an interview is complete.  The Membership Committee then makes a recommendation for or against membership to the Board of Trustees who then vote to approve or not approve the application for membership. 

Q: When/how will I know if my membership has been approved?

A:  The Chair of the Membership Committee will contact you to let you know.

Q:  If I am not approved for membership or if I withdraw my application, may I get my money back?

A:  If your application is not approved, you will receive 50% of your application fee back.  If you withdraw your application, no refund is given.


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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225

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Our Mission

To be an institution in which Christian values and traditions are central; To enrich the human experience for individuals and families within Bay View and the surrounding community through a seasonal program of religious, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities; to provide a Christian perspective in a changing world.

The Bay View Association is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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