March 5, 2011 06:12 PM
From my point of view.... Some Regional Club are better than others. I was briefly a member of one club and found it to be a nothing but a good old boys club. I sent the membership dues to them twice and never received anything. I had to show up at a meeting to get them to do anything! Is that how you treat a new member? It turned out that they didn't want to ground, didn't want any new members, and wanted NOTHING to change. At that time I was the youngest paying member, meaning that I wasn't riding on my families membership. I was in my late 20's at that point with a 2007 Shelby GT that had a little work done to it. That club was considered to be the old mans club with the older cars. A few of us grow tired of thing not changing and decided to start our own club, which in the end worked out better for myself and the MCA. For that simple fact that we grew! Adding member's to our membership as well as the MCA's membership. We had people that were active as board members and wanting to do thing in our town and in neighboring city and states. The club grow and within two years we were able to join our club to the ranks of the MCA. We had older cars and new cars! Last but not least, we have members of all ages, even into the teens.
Now that I have moved on from that area of the Mid South I find myself in a new city with another MCA Mustang club here. I have emailed EVERY board member twice and received no response. What kind of message are the regional club sending when they won't even return a simple email. I'm not going to join another club until after I check it out right and find out if it's what I'm looking for and will be good for myself and family. I'm not wanting to join another good old boy club ever again! I want my kids to grow up around mustang like I did growing up and hopefully one day getting one of their own.
What worked for us at my former club, I shouldn't say former member. I'm a charter member of that club but due to a transfer I had to move but will always be a member of that club. We had a membership committee that went out and looked for members of all ages, with ANY type of mustang. We came up with membership package that laid everything out and let the person know who we were. This has worked really well for us over the years.
What it comes down to, the older generation has to change and be will to change. There are a lot of other mustang clubs out there that are going with the younger generation. The website is a start! Now you need to get people using it! There is not a lot of traffic on here.