July 31, 2016 Member Meeting and Club Dues

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July 31, 2016 Member Meeting and Club Dues

Beginning in May 2016, Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. became a paid membership organization.  Up until this point in the club's history, regular operation of the club and overhead for fundraising events came from the pockets of gracious founding members.  In a little more than a year, the membership of Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. grew exponentially.  It was extremely exciting to see such growth; however, the cost of operation was no longer affordable by individuals.  At that time, the Board of Directors made the recommendation to implement collecting dues with the amount voted on by current members.  It was decided that $50/year would be a reasonable annual membership fee.  After enforcing club dues in June, we were thrilled to see such a show of support from our members.  Not only did the club maintain the majority of it's initial membership, it continues to grow every month.  

The mission of Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc.  includes giving back to the local community.  Having a budget to defray operating cost and overhead for fundraisers has opened up so many opportunities for the club to sponsor and give back to local charity.  July was our first meeting for official, paid membership.  We had a great time catching up with each other and meeting our new members. Looking at the club calendar, there seems to be events around every corner.  Check out upcoming events and photos from past events on our public Facebook page.  Here are just a few events to look for: 

August 13th  "United We Ride" Hosted by Louisiana Jeepers (Breaux Bridge, La) 

August 21st - Next Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. Member Meeting

August 27th - "Jeep Jaunt Jam"  A chance to register for the annual Jeep Jaunt in October (Opelousas, La) 

August 27th - "Sticker Party" supporting Lone Survivor Foundation (Austin's Chop Shop in Vidor, Tx)

September 24th - "Run with the Nuns" ride and cook-off supporting research and providing state of the art heart care in SWLA (Lake Charles, La) 

October 30th- "Annual Jeep Jaunt" limited 

If you are interested in joining Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. Please check out the "Join Us" tab at the top of the page.  Review the club documents and then submit your electronic application.  

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June 25, 2016 Meeting

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June 25, 2016 Meeting

It was another great monthly meeting Saturday afternoon.  We were excited to welcome some new members to the jeep family, as well as hangout with our regulars.  As always, it was a packed house and we had tons of business on the table. A recap of the recent benefits organized by the club included:  

  • Quaker Steak Night Fundraiser for Evie Reed's Leukemia treatment
  • Contraband Days Car Show donation to the local American Legion Post 1 in support of local veterans

 We also looked at our calendar to see what was coming up for the next month.  Here are just a few new events for Seven Slot Society of SWLA.  All members should check out our private Facebook page for details:

  • June 30th - Last day to pay dues for current members before application fee is applied
  • July 1st - 3rd - Hot Springs Off-Road Park 
  • July 4th - Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. will participate in Lake Charles 4th of July parade
  • July 9th - Captain Clay Higgins Poker Run "Ride for the Homeless"
  • July 16th - Ainsely's Angels Sunset 5K - Details about the volunteering will be posted on our private Facebook page soon

If you are interested in joining our group, click the "Join Us" tab for details and membership forms.  

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May 29, 2016 Meeting

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May 29, 2016 Meeting

It may have been a holiday weekend, but that did not stop our members from showing up for this month's meeting.  Special thanks to Lloyd Lauw Collision in Sulphur, La for hosting our meeting, as well as Quaker Steak and Lube, for accommodating our post-meeting get together. The agenda for this month included information about club dues and membership benefits, as well as a recap of past events, and an overview of what's coming.  

 Here are just a few new events for Seven Slot Society of SWLA.  All members should check out our private Facebook page for details: 

  • June 6th - Quaker Steak Night for Evie Reed!! Don't forget to attach the flyer to your tab, Quaker Steak and Lube in Sulphur will donate 10% of your tab to her family to cover medical costs as she fights Leukemia.  
  • June 25th - Poker Run for Lee Buller
  • June 30th - Last day to pay dues for current members before application fee is applied
  • July 9th - Captain Clay Higgins Poker Run "Ride for the Homeless"
  • July 16th - Ainsely's Angels Sunset 5K - Details about the volunteer meeting will be posted on our private Facebook page soon

If you are interested in joining our group, click the "Join Us" tab for details and membership forms.  

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April 30, 2016 Meeting

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April 30, 2016 Meeting

This was a meeting for the books!  Before discussing business, a huge thanks goes out to TOYO Tires, Southern Tire Mart, and Deep South Productions for the food, fun, and entertainment.  What a great night, with over 100 people in attendance.  Not only did we "pass a good time" but we discussed many of the upcoming events.  Here are just a few things that are on the books for the next month.   

  • May 7th 2016 - 8:00am - 4:00pm, Contraband Days Car Show at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Legion in support of local veterans.  Members can complete a request to volunteer through the event page on the closed Facebook page  Registration for vehicles is $25, see flyer for details and available divisions. 
  • May 7th 2016 - Bayou Rum Run: Jeepers are gathering at the Bayou Rum Distillery in Lacassine, La for a tour of the facility and rum tasting.  To go along with the Contraband Days celebration, jeepers will decorate their jeeps or dress in pirate-themed costumes.  Prizes will go out to the best dressed jeep/jeeper.  The Rum Run will convoy back to the Civic Center to enjoy the Contraband Days Car Show.  Registration for the Rum Run is $25, see flyer for details.  
  • May 13 - 15th National Go Topless Weekend: Several waves of jeepers will convoy to Crystal Beach, Tx to attend the annual Go Topless Celebration.  Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. is attending but not hosting this event.  The first wave of jeeps will convoy from Southern Tire Mart in Sulphur, LA at 10:00am on May 13th.  The second wave will also meet at Southern Tire Mart in Sulphur, La and leave by 8:00am on May 14th.  
  • May 29th @ 5:00pm - Next Seven Slot Society of SWLA, Inc. Meeting (location TBA)

If you are a member, keep your eyes open for the event details posted on our closed Facebook page.  If you are not yet a member but would like to be, click on the "Join Us" tab at the top of the page.  All information for membership is there and if you should have questions, feel free to send us a message through the "Contact Us" tab.  

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March 20, 2016 Meeting

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March 20, 2016 Meeting

There was a tremendous turnout for our March club meeting, as we welcomed visitors from Louisiana Jeepers, who joined us to donate items for flood victims in Southwest Louisiana.  Our own members also made a big impact on local charity by donating Easter baskets for Brennan's Blessings, an organization in support of families battling cancer.  To top off the giving at this month's get together, Southern Tire Mart donated a set of 35" tires that were raffled off in support of our local chapter of Ainsley's Angels. Everything about this meeting demonstrated just how big our  jeeper's hearts are. Here are just a few upcoming events for Seven Slot Society of SWLA, be sure to check out our Facebook page for more details: 

  • April 3rd Carmen Guillot Benefit
  • April 16th ReALLIEty Challenge 
  • April 8-10th Spring Fling @ Catahoula Recreation Park in Sicily Island, La
  • May 14th National Jeep Go Topless Day

 

If you are not yet a memeber but are interested in joining, click the "Join Us" tab for more information. 

 

-K. B.  

Baskets for Brennan's Blessings  

Baskets for Brennan's Blessings  

Randall Matherne, raffle winner  

Randall Matherne, raffle winner  

Jared and Russ with Amanda, Ambassador for Ainsley's Angels  

Jared and Russ with Amanda, Ambassador for Ainsley's Angels  

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Secretary and Treasurer Position Selection

Hey guys, sorry its late but I'm finally getting to sit down and type this out.
I sat down with our lawyer the other day and it has been a bit of a process but it looks like we will be acquiring Non-Profit status! This is very exciting. Once again, thank you for your patience everyone. We're getting these details ironed out.

That being said, the lawyer made some suggestions to change a few key things. We had originally planned to determine the positions of Secretary and Treasurer by a popular vote, but due to the complexities of managing a Non-Profit we've been advised to select individuals most qualified to the positions to ensure this is properly managed. Someone with appropriate background for these positions is preferable. (i.e. accounting experience for Treasurer)
As discussed before, those wishing to apply need to turn in your qualifications to us by February 27th (the next meeting). You can send them to us by email at sevenslotsocietyofswla@gmail.com
We will then hold interviews for all those that apply at a time that is convenient for everyone. 
I hope you all understand the reason for this decision and feel fee to message me with any questions.

Thanks

-Chandler

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November 22, 2015 Meeting

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November 22, 2015 Meeting

  • December 5th we have the Lake Charles Christmas Parade! Please look under the events page for more info and RSVP on the Facebook group.
  • December 13th will be our annual Jingle Jeep Drive to collect toys and other items for Brennan's Blessings. More info is available under the events page and RSVP on the Facebook group.
  • Southern Tire Mart sponsored a tire raffle in which we raised nearly $1,200 which was donated towards Brennan's Blessings annual Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving to help local families. 
  • Those interested in holding the position of Secretary or Treasurer need to make their intentions known. Elections will be held in February of the coming year.
  • The next meeting will be held on December 27th

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October 25, 2015 Meeting

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October 25, 2015 Meeting

  • The vote on the club dues amendment passed. We will begin implementing this effective the first of the year. With this will come the issuing of club membership cards (used for proof of membership for local business discounts, etc.)
  • November 9th will be our one year anniversary of inception! To mark the occasion, L'auberge Du Lac Resort is hosting a party at Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill for us. There will be a complimentary BBQ buffet, a pitcher of beer per couple, and a custom Jeep cake! You must RSVP if you plan to attend this event, so please click here and join the event.
  • We will be hosting our annual Jingle Jeep Drive to benefit Brennan's Blessing on December 13th. More details on this will come soon!
  • Our next meeting will be November 22nd! RSVP HERE

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September 26, 2015 Meeting

  • We are currently at 125 members
  • Our current amount raised for the Steven Vincent benefit is $120k
  • October 31st is the Run with the Nuns. Guest speakers came to talk about this event. Check the events calendar for more information. Registration is available online at StPatrickFoundation.org
  • Yearly dues were discussed (detailed description below). We will vote to put this into the bylaws at the next meeting.
  • Novus Glass will begin giving all Seven Slot Society of SWLA members a significant discount on all services (Such as chip repair, glass replacement, and more!) 

Yearly Dues Amendment (To be Voted on at the next meeting on October 25th)
Yearly club dues will be due by January 31st of each year for all registered Seven Slot Society of SWLA members. Dues are to be paid by each person that operates a Jeep in club functions (Spouses or other eligible family members owning a Jeep that participate in club functions with said Jeep must be registered separately and pay dues for their Jeep) 
Dues will be $50 per year with an additional application fee for new members of $10 (this application fee will serve as penalty for reapplication of a member that lapses on dues)
The $50 per year may be prorated for any member that applies after July 1st to $25 for the remainder of that year with a $10 application fee still applying. 

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T Rex Trail Treck Ride!

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T Rex Trail Treck Ride!

       When the society gets together, it's not just a bunch of jeep enthusiasts standing around to talk about jeeps (although, that does happen a LOT). It's almost like a reunion each time we get together. With over 100 members and counting, we don't get to see each other all of the time for each event. Some are working, some are with their family, and some are at other events. So when we do have the chance to come together, it's more than just an "event", its truly a family reunion.

          We have been seeing it happen more and more, new members show up to a ride or gathering, and they're quiet and shy. Who wouldn't be? You're walking into a group that has known each other forever, right? Nope, you'd be wrong. Suddenly, a member walks up to you and says "Hi and Welcome". Introductions start, no way you're going to remember all of these names, but you're trying to! Next thing you realize is that everyone is greeting you and talking to you (and staring at your jeep, of course) wanting to hear the story about how you came across it, what do you plan on doing to it, what do you have done to it. For some, the story is "it's still got a paper plate on the back, I just bought it". We don't care, you have a jeep, that's what's important. Just like in a family, there is no judgement, no snickering because you don't have a lift, no poking fun because you don't know what the other shift lever is for. Instead, all of these people want to help you and show you what your new set of wheels can do! They want to extend what the Society was built upon, FAMILY!

        With a huge surge of members lately, we know it can be stressful wondering if you'll "fit in" or perhaps you're thinking about joining but wondering the same thing. Rest assured, you are family and you'll be accepted with open arms. There is never a dumb question that will go un-answered. We hope if you have been on the fence about joining, you'll take the plunge and join us this Saturday (September 26) 5pm at Hurricane Off-Road in Lake Charles. You do not have to be a member to come to the meetings. Come see what the Society is all about and maybe find that your family will grow just a bit by the end of the day. 

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