What is the purpose of the free membership?
The free website membership enables you to list events and services on the PAN website for free. Its a bit of no-cost advertising for you. It is how we keep the spambots from posting fake events to our directory. It also helps identify you so that you can edit and update or cancel your own event listings.
Paying members get a bunch of other advantages, including access to members-only material on the website, discounts at PAN events, and access to the private facebook discussion page, amongst other things. Membership dollars are what keep the association viable. You can upgrade your membership any time.