GNFA membership enables individuals to have a voice in the governance of the Gurdwara, as it allows them to serve committees, become a member of the Board of Trustees, and vote for new members of the Board.  In addition, membership allows individuals to contribute to GNFA and help the Gurdwara pay for its operating expenses, including its weekly diwans, health care clinics, and Khalsa School classes. 


Article I of the GNFA By-Laws sets forth membership eligibility requirements, the application process, membership types (i.e., Senior, Life Member, Member, Youth), and membership dues.  Please note that membership dues are subject to change, within the limits prescribed by the By-Laws and pending approval by the Board of Trustees. 

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19, and to maximize the sangat's safety, the Board has authorized membership applications to be completed online for 2020 only.  To become a member, please complete the online membership form or download the form, and send it to GNFA for processing.  If completing the online application, please refer to these step-by-step instructions

Should you have any questions, please email the coordinator of the Membership Committee.

Renew Your Membership or Become a New Member


Please note: for an individual to participate in the 2020 elections, the individual's application must be submitted by June 30, 2020.

August 31 2020 Application Deadline for 

2021 GNFA Trustee Positions

The last date to submit a GNFA board of trustees application for 2021 positions is August 31, 2020. Interested GNFA members must submit both the filled application form and the application fee by August 31, 2020. Candidates will be selected via elections on November 15, 2020. 


There are 8 vacancies :


Contributing Trustees (five-year term): 5 vacancies

Elected Trustees(two-year term): 3 vacancies

Minimum qualifications for a trustee candidate:

  1. Must have been a member of GNFA in good standing for at least two consecutive years immediately preceding the date of the application.

  2. Must have served on a GNFA standing committee for a period of at least 12 months.

  3. Must not be a member of the same household as a trustee who is continuing.

  4. Must be at least 25 years of age on date of assuming office: January 1, 2021.

  5. Must not be an office bearer of a similar organization like another gurdwara.

The trustee application form is available online (link) and is also available at the treasurer's desk .


Application Fee:

Elected Trustee:
One-time non-refundable fee of $121

Contributing Trustee:
1. Applying for 1st five-year term:
        a) One-time application fee of $2540 out of which $500 is non-refundable if not elected
        b) Renewal fee of $1330 per year for the next four years while serving
2. Applying after having served as Contributing Trustee in the past
       a) Application fee of $1930 out of which $500 is non-refundable if not elected
       b) Renewal fee of $1330 per year for the next four years while serving


The application and fee can either be submitted by Aug 31, 2020 in person at the treasurer's desk, or the fee can be submitted online (link) and the application emailed to the treasurer at

If you have a question, please email the membership coordinator at

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