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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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4x4 club ideas needed

a small group of us have started the planning stages of reviving an old local 4x4 club that died long ago.

a few of us have decided to quit our current club because they changed locations and are now about 1.5 hours away. there are many other reasons as well but not worth mentioning at this time.

so far we have aquired all of the dead club's info including bilaws,patches,pretty much everthing. while it will need some updating here and there, i think we have a fairly good start. i have also been notified that we have found a place to hold out meetings at as well. around here if you want to do any off-roading you almost have to be in an official club that is part of the minnesota state and midwest association due to severe land use/preservation issues.

the club will be open to all that own or have access to a 4x4 of any make or model. we do however want to start and maintain a more family oriented club with emphisis on family wheeling and 4x4 tech and less about binge drinking and partying. don't get me wrong, i love drinking and partying as much as the next person, but there are plenty of other 4x4 clubs to join if that is your main objective.

what i would like is some ideas from everyone that would help make our club more enjoyable and uniquely different from the run-of-the-mill 4x4 clubs which people are getting sick of.

any ideas are appreciated. what would you as a member want from a 4x4 club? what do you like or disslike about your current club? hind sight is 20/20 and i would like to get ideas and learn from other's experiences.

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Re: 4x4 club ideas needed

Blue Zuk,
If you're interested, I could send you our club by-laws
and SOPs. We register with the State of Colorado as a
corporation to protect ourselves as individuals. The
club could only be sued for assets, and the membership
is protected.
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Re: 4x4 club ideas needed

Just wondering -- and I'm not trying to start anything -- just asking.

Why start a club? I mean, what is the difference between having a club, and havng a batch of guys you like to hit the trails with?

Just wondering
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Re: 4x4 club ideas needed

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Why start a club? I mean, what is the difference between having a club, and havng a batch of guys you like to hit the trails with?


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around here if you want to do any off-roading you almost have to be in an official club that is part of the minnesota state and midwest association due to severe land use/preservation issues.


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Re: 4x4 club ideas needed

CTBrent, you hit the nail square on the head. i would rather avoid joining or reviving a club but here in minnesota a very large percentage of the trails are off-limit to those that do not belong to the minnesota and midwest associations. members pay dues that help pay huge legal fees that in turn are supposed to help keep our very few public trails open. midwest weekend which is minnesota's largest largest 4x4 event has gotten so huge it only allows participants from official minnesota/wisconsin clubs. oddly enough, midwest weekend is held in dresser wisconsin....

minnesota is very protective of nature and natural resources and currently is looking into cutting out some of the atv trails as well. in reality, minnesota is an example of what other states are trying to follow with massive land closures and the like. it is not a joke....it will happen else where too unless action is taken.

most of the wheeling spots in the lower half of the state are all "private property" some of which are owned by members of other clubs which do entertain open invites to other clubs. this leaves the average joe with no club membership out of wheeling places unless they have some big $$ to buy property in the river bluffs. in a few years it will be time to move west but until then i am trying to make the best with what i have got to work with.


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Re: 4x4 club ideas needed

Blue Zuk,

Take a look at the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition. It is probably more info than you are really looking for, but it's related to the access issues.

Texas is huge. 90+ percent of the land here is private property (there are ranches here larger than some New England States). There are few places, relatively, to ride trucks, bikes, and ATV's.

Contact TMTC if you're interested, because they may know some affiliated/like-minded organization in your state that could be helpful to you in organizing a 4x4 club.
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