I've never understood the *anti-organized club* people. My husband & I & 2 other people started a Jeep-only club about 2 1/2 years. www.hrja.org
- there are many, many advantages to having an *organized* club. The main one being reduction of the risk of liability for those involved. Our club in incorporated as a non-profit social club, and we have liability & officers insurance. What this does is if someone gets injured, they would sue "the club". Say you start a loose knit "club" (even an internet based group) and you say "hey lets all get together on this date & go wheelin' here.... well... say someone gets injured, who are they gonna sue... YOU - personally. Its the same principal as having a Corporation vs. having a proprietership.
We have over 100 members in our Jeep club now (a few who are on this board) We charge dues, $25 a year, $10 of which goes to UFWDA (previously mentioned association). What our members get is a top-notch bi-monthly color newsletter, a membership card, & a sticker & a place on our website. We have a message board on our website, it isn't used a lot, but it is there for annoucements, people selling stuff, and if a few people want to get together & go for a ride outside of the *offiical* club functions. Noboby that owns a Jeep can say that they cant "afford" the $20-$40 a year that typical clubs charge for dues.... geez that is one dinner out one night. Yes, our club seems to be getting the most done by about 12 people, I would LOVE to see more people involved, but not too many people seem to want to commit.
We also have a christmas party where we ask vendors to send us prizes...without being organized & having a website do you think anybody would give us anything?
Overall, I believe belonging to an organized due-collecting club is a GOOD thing. The people who say "I don't belong to a jeep club, because I don't have to BUY my friends" are idiots - $25 gmafb!
BTW - HRJA is going to have the 2nd Annual "Jeepfest" in less than 2 weeks ( http://www.jeepfest.org