06-08-2014, 11:08 AM
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: The Silver State
First off, I think 4x4 clubs are the best thing to happen to 4 wheeling since sliced bread. They can help new folks get started exploring the back country with little fear of getting lost or broken. They organize events to promote responsible off pavement recreation, and benefit charitable organizations. They fight to keep public lands open for motorized recreation and volunteer their time for adopt-a-trail projects for all back country travelers. They can provide safety and emergency repair clinics, and last but far from least, they offer a place to meet other folks that like to do what we do without having to come to an internet forum to find a trip or help.
The down side of clubs IMO is that some are set up just to drive back roads, and others are set up just for the hard core wheeler types. Some enjoy outdoor activities beyond Jeeping while others don't. And the truth of the matter is that most clubs start fast and fade away after just a few years at best.
In southern Nevada, have you found a Jeep club you wanted to join? I joined a club, but where they went on club runs wasn't for me.
My old Jeep club (Mile-Hi Jeep Club - Denver) was set up differently than any other club I've encountered. First off the club was formed 58 years ago in 1956. The club is also huge with over 200 member vehicles.
The way Mile-Hi deals with such a large club is by dividing it up into smaller groups or sub clubs called patrols. There is a patrol for old folk Jeepers, hard core wheelers, family campers and wheelers, an FJ patrol, and several other patrols of folks that have just come together as friends. Patrols have come and gone, but the overall club is stronger than ever.
To keep the club together as a whole, there is a monthly "parent club" meeting where all patrols members are encouraged to attend the clubs business meeting, discuss upcoming individual patrol activities, and present new ideas and form or disband patrols. (The reality is that a new patrol is formed every couple of years or so) Between these parent club meetings, a board of directors meeting is held every month. The board is comprised of club committee members and patrol leaders. Committees can include a trail run, charitable contributions, club history, and event coordination. This year, Mile-Hi is throwing it's 49th annual All-4-Fun event in Silverton, Colorado. What started as a way for the individual patrols to get together once a year has grown into one of the largest Jeep fests in the country.
I wonder if there is any interest here in exploring the possibility of forming a new club that could accommodate all types of folks and vehicles?
Brian - ACŘUS
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