Hi there 002,
Been a while since I've checked into this section of ZS, while here I thought I'd take a couple minutes and comment about this thread FWIW.
For those who don't know, I'm one of the officers and forum mods for ZSC-007 (New York). For a while I was one of the ones trying to resuscitate 002 (for example, THIS THREAD
which I started, and HERE
where you can read about the epic fail which was mine and another member's attempts to get meetings going.
It's my opinion that y'alls are going at this thing from the wrong direction, and I offer up the story of ZSC-007 as an example.
I don't really know why 002 failed, it seemed to be dead when I joined the forum early in 08. I can tell you that the officers quit on it altogether in my view, at least the listed 002 forum mods did. I remember I would look at their profiles and they hadn't signed in or posted on ZS at all for a year or more at a time. Nothing personal against them, I'm just calling it like I see it. Might have been nice if they'd "passed the torch" to more-interested members, but maybe those members didn't exist. I wasn't there and I don't mean to seem like I'm throwing stones.
Here's how ZSC-007 is different.
For me it started with the Northern New York Winter Camping Trip
from back in 08. I was a brand new ZS forum member at the time, and NFA graciously allowed me to join the trip as a nearly last-minute entrant. It was, in some ways, a life-altering trip for me, and I think for some others who attended. Some of the people who went I haven't seen again, but it was the beginning of the formation of a core of members who developed common interests. Since then we've had a number of successful outings, some camping, some different. Our NNYWCT is an annual event (planning our third for this coming February), we've had a couple successful and amazing "Paddlefests", and sprinkled events over much of the state (many concentrated in the Adirondack Park, because, well... it's awesome.)
Here is the point I'm trying to get at. I'm happy and proud to be involved with ZSC-007, but in a sense it doesn't mean all that much. The fact is, ZS or not, those of us who are involved WOULD BE DOING THESE THINGS ANYWAYS.
Yes, we all drive around some, we spend money on gas. We help each other out with car pooling when we can. Trying to organize events in order to breathe life into ZSC-002 is ack-basswards, the forum should exist to facilitate events you'd be doing anyways! Do you want to do something? Do it! Organize a trip, whether it be camping, out to the range, survival ice-skating, whatever you're into. Post it here, post it in Meeting Place, post it to the neighboring chapters (007 for example!). With luck you'll get a core of people as interested as you are and willing to spend a few bucks for gas, and take the time to perpetuate the thing. At that point, getting this chapter re-activated under new leadership, or starting a new one, will be something worth talking about.
Just my $.02
“What do you say we gather the camp elders; Be perplexed amongst friends?” – Al Swearengen (Deadwood)