"Oh, I would not want to join your club—you are the club with all the rules!" One of our board members reported they had a conversation with a person inquiring about "joining a 4 wheel drive club" that included the previous comment. I find the comment quite revealing—let’s take a minute and examine it.
The fact that our club has "rules", or "standards" is one thing that makes our club unique! There is a reason why we are the largest 4 wheel drive club in the state. I feel that one reason we keep growing, and keep attracting the quality of members we do is because our club does have some very admirable standards! Starting with safety, our club has two AED’s (portable Automatic Electronic Defibrillators). We not only have the AED’s, we have a retired medical Doctor (with experience in the emergency room!) to conduct training for our members. We then attempt to make sure that every run leader has an AED on their run. Run leaders? We have monthly meeting/training sessions for run leaders on various aspects of leading a run including safety, communications, and navigation with the latest devices on the market. We have driver safety training courses with as many as 6 leaders taking part in the "field training". We have "winch courses" that include in the field training (with again 5-6 instructors) on winch safety, operation, rigging, and different equipment used to make winching more flexible and safe. Our navigation training available to members includes in the field and classroom classes that are currently including the latest software and hardware from GPS units to the new smart phones and tablets.
Yes, we do have a list of "rules" as far as safety equipment on each vehicle, and we have a member of our club responsible for inspecting vehicles to make sure they have the required equipment before they can become a member.
These are just a few of the "rules" of our club that I consider "standards". The higher the standards—the higher the quality of the organization!
In talking with members from other 4 wheel drive clubs, they are amazed at how many "runs" we can have in one month! From 10 to 25 runs in one month is not unusual! Then add in the activities of working with the BLM in fencing dangerous mine shaft openings (work parties of 10 to 25 people), desert trash clean up (work parties of 25-55 people), highway clean ups (work parties of 20-25 people), or our work with Arizona Fish and Game on our "Ranch Field Day" (work parties of 20-30 people), plus all the social events (Cooks Night Out, Ladies Luncheon, Mens Breakfast, Awards Banquet, and Turkey Roast) and we are a truly amazing club! We have a club of very fine members with a board of directors that is dedicated to keeping the Havasu 4 Wheelers the excellent club that it is!
So, the next time someone says to you, "oh, you’re the club with all the rules!" You can proudly answer them—"you bet—and we are proud of our standards". If someone objects to some of the standards we have regarding safety equipment required when they are initially visiting with one of our members, we really do not need them as members. We will always welcome new members who want to be part of our club—but we do not need new members that want us to lower our standards so they will join!
Proud to be one of your leaders!