Mary began telling about her [...] to the club.

I thought of the word initiation but I think an initiation is more like a "rite." I'm looking for something that just means the process of joining a group or a club.

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    joining - Mary began talking about her joining the club. – Drew Oct 3 '14 at 4:19
  • talking about is more appropriate, with telling it's best to use a complement/object e.g. Mary began telling Peter about her... You could use "chatting" instead of "telling". Mary began chatting about her membership to the club – Mari-Lou A Oct 3 '14 at 6:52

She was inducted into the club.
She was initiated into the club.

The opposite in meaning would be...

She was blackballed by the club.


If there is even a slightly structured joining process you could use the word "enroll" (US) or "enrol" (UK):

to become a member or participant

"Mary talked about enrol[l]ing in the science club".

or, to fit your example:

"Mary began talking about her enrolment..."


She was admitted to the club.


Mary began telling about her admittance to the club.

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