Defining a honorary member as a person which isn't actually a member of an organization but is recognized as such by the organization because of his/her contributions to the organization or society as a whole, I am wondering if there exists a noun or an adjective used specifically to refer to the real members.

I am looking to use it in the following way:

This mailing list is intended for both real and honorary members of our organization.

Why not just use real? I've thought about using real, standard or actual, but I feel like they all imply that one of the member categories is more important or otherwise superior to the other one, when for the matter at hand they are supposed to be considered equal.

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    "Members". You don't need an adjective to reinforce what the word already means alone. – 1252748 Feb 15 '16 at 4:45
  • Firstly, honorary members are as real as any other. Depending on the bye-laws of your "organization," the other categories probably are Full, Associate, Temporary, etc., together constituting the "paying members." – Kris Feb 15 '16 at 8:07

I would use "regular members" in contradistinction to "honorary members." Here is the relevant meaning of regular in Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003):

regular adj ... 4 a : constituted, conducted, scheduled, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline

Depending on the type of organization it is and the qualifications for regular membership, you might use the term "dues-paying members" (where dues-paying simply means "paying regular membership dues") or "rank-and-file members" instead. The relevant definition of rank and file in the Eleventh Collegiate is this:

rank and file n ... 2 : the individuals who constitute the body of an organization, society, or nation as distinguished from the leaders

But "regular members" is probably the most inclusive and neutral term to use.

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In our chapter of the Synchonized Marching and New England Style Chowder Society we call such people active members, to distinguish them from honorary, associate, retired or otherwise ornamental members.

While the latter degrees are invited to write checks in support of the society (NB, Canadians may write "cheques"; we also take plastic...) they are not expected to march or wash chowder bowls.

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You could consider using ordinary which means:

With no special or distinctive features; normal.

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

As Sven Yarg pointed out, you can distinguish members by using fee-paying member and non fee-paying member and an honorary member usually belongs to the latter.

However, if you really want to distinguish other ordinary members from an honorary member, you could consider using non-honorary member:

The membership of any non‐honorary member shall be terminated upon failure by such member to pay the prescribed dues.

[By-Laws of the Southeastern Museum Conference, Incorporated]

Non-honorary is not broadly used, but in your example:

This mailing list is intended for both honorary and non-honorary / ordinary members of our organization.

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