Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Erica Hawke is encouraging people to buy a membership. ​

Whittlesea Agricultural Society is calling for people to sign up as members to help boost financial support ahead of its show next month.

The society is considered one of the oldest agricultural societies in Victoria, and members are the support network behind the Whittlesea Show – the largest two-day show in the state.

The society also host other events throughout the year including an open day and Whittlesea Community Christmas Tree Extravaganza in December.

President Erica Hawke said memberships cost $60 and were valid for 12 months.

“Our members are the lifeblood of our organisation, without their backing we would achieve little,” she said.

“Members receive the opportunity to join Whittlesea Agricultural Society Council and become part of the think-tank behind the society.

“They have voting rights at the annual AGM, and receive newsletters and updates and are involved in organising our community, social and educational events throughout the year.”

Ms Hawke said members also benefited from hands-on experience and sharing knowledge and information; learning new skills; engaging with a diverse range of people, and through volunteering gain a sense of achievement.

“You don’t have to be a farmer to join the society and there are a wide variety of areas you can choose to be involved with,” she said.

Areas include administration; animal nursery; art; catering; cattle; commercial beef herd; education; farm and garden; finance; food expo; heritage; homecrafts; horticulture; horses; photography; poultry; PR and attractions; rural and junior ambassador; sheep; woodchop; young person’s competition; and works and maintenance.

Members receive a show membership ticket and guest ticket for both days; free show entry for accompanied children under 14 years of age; access to members carpark at the show, 1/3 discount on show entry fees for livestock except show entries on the day for horses; voting rights at annual general and special meetings; a copy of the show schedule, are eligible for nomination to a position on the council and executive council committees and invitations to attend other society events with special discounts.

To join, people can call 9716 2835 or visit www.whittleseashow.org.au/society-membership.