Ok, I'm gonna get involved in this discussion..
I think by signalling the end of NWWO it allows us to move on to a more organized Subaru offroad club. I like the idea of county or regional sub divisions and I think it will allow more guys to go wheeling because trips will be located closer to where you live, but still keep us together under one club name. With the way NWWO is currently set up, a lot of the trips are based out of Skagit county, which is a trip in its self to get to for a lot of guys in places like Auburn, Tacoma, and even other states like Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Places like Evans creek is closer for guys south of Seattle and its a legit ORV, if the Pierce/King county guys want to go wheeling, than we should organize a trip to Evans Creek or Elbe Hills. Because the destination is closer to the guys in Pierce/King county, the hope is to get better turn outs for the trips and make offroading your Subaru easier and funner. Also by having trips easier to get to and easier to set up, more detailed trips can be planned. Overnight wheeling trips would be easier to organized as well as trips to further destinations when you have guys next to you to help out. Getting guys who live next to each other to communicate would also help all of us make better rigs...maybe theres a club member 10 mins away who would help you with that EJ swap, maybe theres another club member thats 5mins away that has a welder that would be more than willing to help you weld your rear diff up or help with a solid bumper....Maybe your in a pinch and need a control arm because you fubar'd yours on a rock and need help swaping it out. You could argue thats what the forum is for, but I see an offroad club getting guys away from their computers and more face to face through a common goal of wheeling. See what I'm getting at?
Of course if the Peirce/King county guys are going to Evans Creek or even Tahuya, than I think any other guys in the club that want to go are more than welcome, regardless of what county/region/chapter they belong to. Non members should be able to go too, but there should be minimum requirements. Like for EA82's at least 2" lift, d/r tranny and min. 27" allterrain or mudterrain tires. Any suggestions for EJ's? they are afterall the future of subaru offroading..
I think it would be good to stay under one name and not divide into small fractured groups to keep the strength of the club going. Right now we are looking for guys to step up and represent your area. Its not a big commitment, just taking a call or two from local Subaru club members/fanatics, help guys get started(you'll have the support of others, so don't worry) and announce on the board when when you have a trip planned. Of course the whole point is to get out and hit the trails, so if your not setting up trips, your not giving the opportunity to fellow members, who look to more experienced guys for leadership. Unfortunately the position doesn't pay:), but the work is minimal and it will keep the club going. If nobody wants to help out at all, there will be no Subaru offroad club, because there will be no one to run it. At best, trips will be few and far between and guys will lose interest.
How the club is structured and how organized is entirely up to us as a whole. NWWO was loosely run(nothing wrong with that), but I think some of us are seeing that some more organization would help get more guys on the trail and take ALL the organization off of Jeff's shoulders. Here are some of my thoughts:
Club charter - Should we have one? Is that too organized? I'm thinking just a set of rules regarding how the club is structured and who gets club stickers(maybe after a couple runs or maybe county/regonial vote) and code of conduct if you run with a sticker on your car...its a free country and under our great American flag you can be an idiot, but I don't think its to much to ask that you not go offroading at Discovery park in Seattle with our sticker on your car. Stuff like that makes all look bad and lets be honest..some people need it spelled out. I don't want a charter that punishes anybody or enforces rules, I think everything should be on the honor system. The club will be what we make it.
Club Structure - Assuming each county/region has a represenative/captain/leader and is in charge of LOCAL trips, how should larger trips be planned?...for example, lets say some of us want to do a yearly Naches trail trip and want to get as many guys as possible, How would that get organized or proposed? Would it get organized between county reps.? Should there be a club leader/president/overlord..lol? How should reps be decided? Voted in?
I know some organization may seem constrictive or unnecessary, but I'd like to be apart of a club that runs well, has frequent..at least semi frequent trips and has active members. When I go on a trip I'd like to see a line of beat up, lifted Subarus going up to the trails and not a blip of 2 or 3. Maybe I'm dreaming, but I think its worth a shot..
Regardless of the existence of a club, me and many others will still wheel Subarus, so when we are talking about the end of NWWO, we are talking about ending that club, not Subaru offroading. I'm far to committed to just give up now:)
Any thoughts? Critizisms? If you want a Subaru offroad club, than speak up and be heard...you have just as much of a stake in this as the rest of us.