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I don't remeber anyone ever posting that they are a meber of any particular Z-clubs around the county. Surely we have a few people here that are members, right?

If we do, I'd like to know a little more. Our local Z club here in North Texas, is pretty active, lots of shows, BBQ's and so forth, but only a select few of the members participate. They have lots of Z cars, that are in great shape, but it seems that club participation is kinda holding them back. I'm not a member, because of this reason. (Kinda one of the reason, I started my own car club.)

I'd like to hear about the clubs in your area.

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> I don't remeber anyone ever posting that
> they are a meber of any particular Z-clubs
> around the county. Surely we have a few
> people here that are members, right?

> If we do, I'd like to know a little more.
> Our local Z club here in North Texas, is
> pretty active, lots of shows, BBQ's and so
> forth, but only a select few of the members
> participate. They have lots of Z cars, that
> are in great shape, but it seems that club
> participation is kinda holding them back.
> I'm not a member, because of this reason.
> (Kinda one of the reason, I started my own
> car club.)

> I'd like to hear about the clubs in your
> area.

> Chris Behney
> Redline Autosports

Chris, what do you mean by participation holding the club members back. back from what?

Tim
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> Chris, what do you mean by participation
> holding the club members back. back from
> what?

> Tim
> internet z car club member

I don't mean participation holding the club memebers back, holding the clubs back. If only 20% of the people in a club are taking ACTIVE participation, it's kinda hard for the club to expand and take new directions. Imagine having the same President of the US for 20 years. (Hopefully not Slick Willy!) If more poeple take on jobs and responsibility of the club, it seems to take off a little better.

Some of the guys out of the North Texas Z club, joined, just so they could be part of the news letter, so that they would be informed about the Z scene here in the metroplex, they really aren't interested in the club itself. Nothing wrong with this, don't think I'm coming down on these guys.

A lot of these clubs seem extremly overblown and overrated to me though. If you advertise 160 members, and then someone shows up for 2 months to all of the meetings and sees the same 20 cars over and over again, seems like the membership ought to be cut back to 20. Just my opinion.

There are lot of diffrent types of car clubs, and even more types of car club memebers, so I know that a lot of these people have a diffrent reason for joining, and have diffrent things that they all want out of the club. I tell the guys in Redline Autosports, You only get out, what you put in. It works real well, and our club participation is through the roof. Sure we are much smaller than the 200 member Z clubs, but our members all show up at the meetings and cruises and BBQ's or whatever else we do.

Like I said, I was just curious about how some of the other Z clubs around the coutry handle things.

When I was in Florida, one of the local Z clubs in Miami was preparing for a cross country cruise, to Orange I guess is where it was, to go to one of the big Z shows. Along the way, they met up with some other Z clubs and picked up a few more cruisers, and by the time they got to California, they had 60 cars. Must have been quite a site along the highway.

Chris Behney
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> I don't remeber anyone ever posting that
> they are a meber of any particular Z-clubs
> around the county. Surely we have a few
> people here that are members, right?

> If we do, I'd like to know a little more.
> Our local Z club here in North Texas, is
> pretty active, lots of shows, BBQ's and so
> forth, but only a select few of the members
> participate. They have lots of Z cars, that
> are in great shape, but it seems that club
> participation is kinda holding them back.
> I'm not a member, because of this reason.
> (Kinda one of the reason, I started my own
> car club.)

> I'd like to hear about the clubs in your
> area.

> Chris Behney
> Redline Autosports

Chris,

I'm a member of the Windy City Z Club (Chicago, IL area). We have the same situation as Dave and Tim mention. I, unfortunately, am one of the majority, i.e. I attend about one or two events a year. At least I attend some events.

I guess that it's a matter of priority. I love my Z's but I have three children, a home (to maintain), tennis, etc.

I think one trick is to make new members feel more accepted. When they do attend an event, several 'regular' members should make a concerted effort to have them join their discussions, etc. While in these discussions, they should ask for the new (inactive) member's opinions, etc. Maybe use name tags.

My New Year's resolution is to attend more events. Yeah, right.
 
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