How to guide for Members and Subscribers

Zoom Access

The 2021 Merz Lecture will be held online via Zoom. These instructions have been written:

  • for members who have registered to attend
  • have received a link to the lecture via email.
  • For members who will access the lecture using a windows PC; and do not have Zoom already installed.

If you wish to access the lecture using a mobile device, you can do so but you will need to have the ZOOM app already installed on the device.


If you have not registered for the lecture, you need to do so. We are limited to 100 participants and registrations will automatically close once our cap is reached.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link that is unique to you and your registered email address.

Joining the Merz Lecture

  • Before you can join the Merz lecture on the day, you will need:
  • a working internet connection
  • a web browser, such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer (now succeeded by Microsoft Edge).
  • the registration confirmation email.

Google Chrome

Open Chrome.

Go to

Enter your meeting ID provided in the registration confirmation.

Click Join.

Click Open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac).

You need to click this option every time you try to launch Zoom from a web browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Open Firefox.

Go to

Enter your meeting ID provided in the registration confirmation.

Click Join.

If this is your first time joining from Firefox, you may be asked to open Zoom or the Zoom installer package.

To skip this step in the future, check Remember my choice for zoommtg links.

Click Open Link.


Open Safari

Go to

Enter your meeting ID provided in the registration confirmation.

Click Join.

When asked if you want to open, click Allow.

Internet Explorer

There is no Zoom plugin on Internet Explorer.
A zoom_launcher.exe will run automatically.

If it was enabled but continues to download every time, here are the steps you can take to correct this:

  • Go-to task manager, kill all firefox/chrome (shadow) instances, if any
  • Restart firefox/chrome, then remove the zoom launcher plugin
  • Click host a meeting from the browser (, it should reload the plugin again

Issues with the Zoom Launcher plug-in?

On some occasions where the plugins may not be activated, disabled or may not be correctly installed, or installed correctly but failed to run. There are several things you can do to fix it. Check if the Zoom launcher plugin is enabled (re-enable if it was disabled).

Safari no longer supports most plug-ins. You will need to choose to launch Zoom each time.

This article has been reproduced from the Zoom support site here.  For further assistance with Zoom products see the Zoom Help Centre.

Logging in

You need to log into your Friends account if you want to access Members Only pages on the Friends website, or if you want to perform self-service functions such as changing your email preferences or paying an invoice.

New members are automatically logged in after supplying their email address when they apply for membership, register for an event, or make a donation.

In the log in fields, you enter your Friends credentials – your email and password – then click the Login button. If you do not remember your password, click the Forgot password link next to the Login button. On the page that appears, you can enter your email address to receive a reset password link via email.

After you log in, a message will appear with links in the bottom right corner if you have unpaid invoices or incomplete registrations, or are lapsed, overdue, or within a week of your renewal date.

Changing your password

Passwords are automatically generated and emailed to you when join the Friends member site (after 1Jan2019), register for an event, or make a donation.

If you joined the Friends as a member before 1Jan2019, we have used the code printed on your membership card as your password.

Passwords can also be set manually by the Friends website administrator.

You can change your password by clicking the Change password link that appears below or beside the link to your profile after you log into the Friends website.

On the screen that appears, you enter your current password, then the new password, and the new password again for confirmation.

Password requirements

·         Minimum of 7 characters

·         Maximum of 50 characters

·         Any combination of letters, numbers and characters (except spaces)

The Friends website passwords are case sensitive.

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Updating your profile

Information on the My profile page is only visible to the person who is loged in, and the Friends website administrators (except for passwords).

Once you are logged into your Friends account, a link will appear to access your member profile (your name).

Click on your name to open the My profile screen.

On the My profile screen that appears, click the Edit profile button to update your Membership details.

After you've made your changes, click the Save button to save them.

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Renewing your membership

There are two ways you can renew your membership.

A membership renewal notice and/or invoice will be automatically emailed to you a certain number of days before your membership renewal date. Within the renewal notice, you can click the link to log into your Friends account.

Within the invoice, you can click the View invoice online link to view and pay the invoice online without logging in.

You can also renew your membership from your member profile on the Friends website.

To renew your membership from your member profile, click the Renew button on your Profile page.

If you are limited to renewing only one period ahead or only within a certain number of days or months before the membership expires, a notice informing you of the next possible renewal date may appear in place of the Renew button

After you click the Renew button, you can review and update your membership details, then click the Update and next button. Then, you click the Confirm button to confirm the renewal request. You will be taken to the Invoices and payments page where you can pay for the invoice for the renewal.

Until the payment is made, a Balance due notification will be shown on the notification bar.

and a message will be displayed on your member profile:

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Viewing invoices and making payments

If you have any unpaid invoices, a message will appear after you log into the Friends website in the bottom right corner.

To view or pay the outstanding invoice, click the link. You will be taken to the Invoices and payment tab on your member profile, where you can view and pay invoices, and view past payments. You can also access this screen by displaying your member profile then clicking the Invoices and payments link.

Invoices with open balances (unpaid or partially paid) will be shown at the top of the screen.

To pay one or more outstanding invoices, click the checkbox beside the invoice(s) you want to pay, then click the Pay online button. You will be taken to an online payment screen where you can enter your credit card details.

You may also receive invoices via email. If you click the View invoice online link within the emailed invoice, can view and pay the invoice online without logging in.

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