|Im thinking about starting a wakeboarding/outdoors club with about 4 of my friends. its mostly so we can have a name for fundraising purposes. I have no illusions about how much money we will be able to raise, its mostly just to help out with gas money. Does anyone here have experience with this sort of thing? Im wondering about the legalities and fundraising ideas. it will be in southern utah. |
|By Walt (walt) on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 12:25 pm:
|Let me get this straight....You want to start a club so you can receive donations for gas money ?|
|The money raised should be for fellow riders who have ben injured and have no insurance NOT for you're gas tank.|
|That's great...... I think I'll start a club... Walt wanna join?! |
Sorry couldn't resist
|So how will fund raising for gas work? Are you going to have a bake sale for gas, wash cars at the local gas station, are you going to ask local businesses to sponsor your club - buy your gas, or hang out at intersections with a card board sign "will wakeboard for gas?" If you are going to start some kind of club will it be open to the public, or just you and your buddies? |
Note Iím not a lawyer so donít take this paragraph as fact. If youíre soliciting for funds you might need to file articles of incorporation for a not for profit organization, otherwise you might not be taken seriously and might draw the attention of local law enforcement or the IRS. In Ohio the filing fee is $125. Every four years you need to re-file, which costs another $25 and cost for changing an officer is $25.
If youíre going to start a real ski/wakeboard club you should consider affiliating with USA Waterski or another sanctioning body. All you need is two people and $75. USA Waterski provides insurance for events, Iím not sure about day today water sports insurance not connected to a sanctioned event.
If your looking for local businesses to sponsor your club you have to give them something back that they value. Are you guyís good enough for sponsorship, are you good advertising? If your club provides a public service like sponsoring a public water sports event, then sponsors might help out with the costs for that particular event, but they probably donít want to buy your gas every day.
My crew is very good about sharing the gas burden. It would be awesome to have someone else pay for the gas, boat, insurance, tow vehicle, wakeboard, bindings, ropes, but I suck, so itís on me.
|I assume he means to get a club of riders together. They can mooch off his boat and the dues will be there to pay for gas. I see no harm in this. |
They have a similar club on my base for skiing. To cover your liability I would get some kind of release paperwork that people sign to help you avoid being sued.
As for dues it would propbably depend on how serious you are going be. If it is just low key then I would just divide gas cost among the crew.
|I don't see why you would need a club to go wakeboarding with friends. If my friends didn't pony up for gas, we'd still be friends, but I'd take other people out on my boat. My regular insurance covers passengers, riders, the boat, and liability. |
|The club we have at my Air Force Base is more a way to get people together that like to ski or would like to try but don't have the means. It is also a nifty way to get out of work too! |
Its sounds like a cool idea. I am getting stationed in Japan and I was considering the same thing. I figure that others there would be intrested and I don't want to go my whole tour there without boarding.
|I was in the Maryland Army National Guard back in the 1980s, and I worked near a Navy base. Because I was in the Guard I had access to the base moral support program which included a Boston Whaler that they rented as a ski boat. The rental on the boat was $3.00 an hours and included a driver (so you could have a few beers while you were out, we always gave the driver one), gas, insurance, and skis. Thereís no way that the rental was a money making proposition for the base. We ask an awful lot from the troops, itís cool that often there are some pretty low cost activities for them. |
Good luck with your deployment, if you get some good Far East wakeboard picture please post them.
|From what I hear they have boats avaliable to rent. I have my fingers crossed that there will be a sweet inboard to rent!!! I figure that anything that can pull will suffice! I am bringing my boards, rope and vest so even a seadoo will work! |
|sorry ive been away for a couple of days. |
no we arent just going to go around asking for money. we will put in a lot of man hours at the lake volunteering and we also want to volunteer at the many different recreational areas that we have around here. we will ask for donations for services that we will provide to the community as well as selling stuff from booths at things such as the county fair.