Here are the most common questions we get about membership. If you can't find what you're looking for, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How much is it to join CLS?

One year is $10. Two years is $19. Three years is $27.

Can I join online? How do I pay?

Yes, you can join us online. We use Paypal to process payments. 

I don't have a Paypal account. Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Just click the "Don't have a Paypal Account" link during checkout:


How do I check my membership status? 

Yes. Choose Account & Join> Check your Membership. Your membership status will be listed:

How do I renew my membership? 

Yes. Choose Account & Join> Renew Your Membership. You can renew for one, two or three years:

When and where are meetings?

CLS generally meets on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00PM after Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap Meets. GCCA Swap Meets (our cichlid friends) attract hundreds of people and many hobbyists from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin plan to attend. This is a convenient time to bring everyone together.  We are a bit at the mercy of GCCA in planning our meeting time, so we generally only know about 6-8 weeks in advance when the next meeting will be.

Will you send meeting reminders?

Yes, we send meeting reminders about a week before each meeting.

Why should I join CLS?

First of all, it's only ten bucks. You can afford it! Humor aside, membership dues offset the costs of meeting space, our website, and paying for the honorarium, lodging and travel of speakers. Your ten bucks supports the livebearer hobby!