Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: new england zuki club
I'm supporting you in the desire to from a club. I've kept the drum beating for such a club for quite a while. However, with me starting my own consulting biz AND a serious family obligation, I really don't have the time to devote to the cause and make it happen. Hell, I barely have time to work with the two Zookin events ('Gon Zookin and ZookinY2?), which in itselt makes me sad, [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] as I really enjoy doing it with Glenn, Randy, Wayne, Jeff and too many others to spell out.
But, if you make yourself known, very known, and take baby steps at building NeZOOK, they will come. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
The best scenario is becoming legit by incorporating as a non-profit/not-for-profit. This has many benefits for entering land use agreements, obtaining member/event insurance and such. BUT, this comes with legal bill$ (if services are not pro bono).
Which leads to point two, money. Zookers are tight, and dues or such MAY go over like a lead Zep. If fact, prolly would. Remember, there WAS a national Zook association that had a very chequered past.
What I'm MUCH MORE in favor of is forming a non-for-profit LLC with a single purpose. There would be founding members and subsequent limited members forming an LLC with the sole intention of finding the right parcels and purchasing them, insuring them and WHEELING them. Much like a private hunt club. In fact, insuring as a Hunt club would prolly be less than trying to get an excess line of insurance for a 4X4 Ranch.
The club would need to be set up in the state that has the all-round BEST LLC laws, and from there the club would purchase lands in various N.E. states. Right now, there is still lots of land in NY that would be a pissah to wheel and it's under $1000 and acre. The same may for parts of Mass and VT, Maybe even the northwest corner of CT. Some places work out to a few hundred bucks an acre in large lots.
25 Zookers with $5000 makes a quarter million pot to buy land. That's a 300-500 acre BUILDABLE parcel!!! Go looking for the land you can barely walk on let alone build, and the buying power is factored.
Talk about a 4x4 ranch club and you're talking into my good ear. I'd rather pony up 5 G's for land than $50 for club dues. [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]