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Post by Blacksh33p » Sun Mar 04, 2007 4:59 pm

Eh, that's about two hours from me. (If the traffic is light) So are you in the Ventura/Moorpark area?

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Post by Arty » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:14 pm

People,

Please count me in if you do decide to have a day on the firing range or something similar.
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Post by Blacksh33p » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:03 pm

Well, good. I know California is filled with all sorts of campgrounds and deserted areas that would be great for shooting and camping, and I know some awesome hiking areas.

I'd also like to extend a welcome to any Nevadans and folks in Arizona. The big problem with California is getting anywhere fast. I'd want one chapter for the entire state, but I know meetings would be a bitch to handle.

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Post by DarkHorse » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:03 am


Kedyw

I'd want one chapter for the entire state, but I know meetings would be a bitch to handle
One chapter with three different squads South/Central/North. Would be good for local meets as well as semi annual group get togethers

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Post by MisguidedPenguin » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:39 am

ZannaRussell wrote:Two of us in Sacramento!
When I go home on leave, I fly to stay with my dad up in Red Bluff (30 minutes south of Redding, 45 minutes north of Chico, something like 100 miles north of Sacto), and I wind up having to borrow his car to go anywhere, so I probably wouldn't be able to go further than Sacto. I -should- (mission willing) be home mid to late July. Sacto's only something like a 2 - 3 hour drive, so I should be able to make it pretty easily. Lemme know what's up, and I can see what all plans I can make.
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Post by ZapThyCat » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:39 am

3 areas? What for? No one really lives in Central Cal, it's either NorCal or SoCal. 2 areas/chapters will suffice, I think.
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Post by Arty » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:49 pm

Does anyone really live in Central California?

Exist? Maybe. But live?

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Post by DarkHorse » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:53 pm

2 or 3 areas. 1 Chapter. There are people in central california...

You meet locally so you don't have to drive 8 hours or fly to the other area but once or twice a year. Most won't do it as a first event. Chapter events would be down the road. Local events could be set up faster and easier. A day at the skeet range. A day at the range. A day hike. All meet at the local red cross chapter for a cpr/first-aid class. a 10k for the march of dimes.... whatever.

If you set up something in san diego. How many northerners would you get if they were individuals? A couple but probably not..... but what if they already had a local group going... Then you might get the group or at least most of it.

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Post by Blacksh33p » Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:58 pm

ZapThyCat wrote:3 areas? What for? No one really lives in Central Cal, it's either NorCal or SoCal. 2 areas/chapters will suffice, I think.
It'd be great to have two different chapters for the state. Yes, people live in Central California, though it is not geographically recognized as Central California, chunks being claimed as "North" or "South" appropriately. If we were gonna draw a line anywhere, it'd be Bakersfield.

But I really think one chapter with two different councils might do fine. We'll have meetings set at some sort of date for councils according to where you live, and possibly quarterly or semiannual meet and greets for the entire state. We have quite a few people in the state, but I think splitting up wouldn't be smart.

But I really don't think ZS wants to go through the effort of making two different chapters for one state. We just need a location that is fair for all to agree upon. Obviously, I wouldn't think it equitable to meet up in Oakland whereas many of you would rather not travel to San Diego.

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Post by airborn4x4 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:02 pm

Well, what actually constitites Cen-Cal?

Obviously San Diego is So-Cal, and LA could be grouped there as well.

I have heard SF called Nor-Cal as well as Cent-Cal.

If SF is Cent-Cal, then up by Oregon would be Nor-Cal.

The question is...what are the defining lines? Where is Fresno? Where is S.L.O.? Where is Redding?

Perhaps San D and LA are So-Cal
North of LA up to Sacto is Cent-Cal.
North of Sacto is Nor-Cal.

How many of us are there north of Sacto?

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Post by Blacksh33p » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:15 pm

No, you covered it fine. I'm too wordy.

But really, before we make anything up for plans, I think we should really have some sort of gathering somewhere. Shooting, hiking, roughing it, and all of that. I'd much rather go up than stay here, but that's because I like to get out from under the black cloud of the IE.

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Post by airborn4x4 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:38 pm

IE?

Must be some evil So-Cal thing... :twisted:
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Post by ZapThyCat » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:59 pm

Central Cali consists of the cities of Fresno, Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo (SLO) and everywhere in between. In the state with the Pop. of 35 Million, we're talking about somewhere around 600k people. I personally think the few folks could meet up with NorCal or SoCal, take their pick. It's about 3 hours drive either way.

That's just my opinion, but then again, this is only my 4th post :D

Several times a year we could have a whole-state meet, and maybe quarterly (or more often) a regional meet. I'm up for meeting and shooting with people in my area, and don't have any sort of problems making a drive.

BTW: I work in Livermore :D
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Post by Blacksh33p » Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:33 pm

Well, I think we could only budge the folks at HQ for one chapter. But, that doesn't mean we couldn't assign various sub-chapters and smaller sections within the state. Unfortunately, unlike most large states and many others, it is very hard to drive anywhere quick. Not only is it horribly congested, but the ways of getting anywhere are mazelike and the state is awfully huge. I can see plenty of reason not to want to drive somewhere just for a weekend and end up burning a paycheck on gasoline. That's an understatement for where I live. But on the topic of organization, I do have a plan.

Other chapters have a few states clustered within them. Since our area alone is much larger than a few of these states, we might as well consider them "states" within themselves, but I think you may get what my point is. We break the area up into as many geographic areas as we need to, but we still remain as one entity. Anyone is free to designate areas according to county or anything else. I'll post whatever I think of next.


Oh, and Airborn. IE=Inland Empire. San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and all of those horribly huge areas.

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Post by airborn4x4 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:56 pm

Makes sense...

California Chapter (entire state)

Southern Section (San Diego, LA, up to Fresno)
Central Section or SF Bay Section (Fresno to Sacto)
Northern Section (North of Sacto)

OR...

Southern Section (San Diego to Freso, Bakersfield, SLO)
Northern Section (Fresno, Bakersfield, SLO north)

I guess first thing is first, how do we go about getting the CA Chapter recognized by those at HQ. I sent in my membership dues a few weeks ago, so I should be getting my ZS membership stuff kinda soon. What about everyone else?

I wonder if Kyle and them are watching? Right now? :shock:
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Post by Blacksh33p » Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:45 pm

Well, I get money. And then I go to the store with it. Somehow, in between walking in and out of the store, it all disappeared. When I look down to inspect where my wad of cash wandered off to, I find myself cradling something totally useless. This time it was Monster Manual IV. So I am going to force myself to save a few dollars every month.

But yeah, we'll have to brainstorm.

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Post by DarkHorse » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:05 pm

North & South for now sounds good. I doubt we could get chapter status if we dont hold some type of meet or series of attended meetings first.

So who wants to be the coordinator for the Northern Ca meet?

Who wants to be the coordinator for a Southern Cali meet?

The benefits to being the coordinator are you probably could do it close to your place.

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Post by ZapThyCat » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:47 pm

You probably need something like 10 members too... as in paid members. heh.

We're close to that number, right? If everyone pays....
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Post by MisguidedPenguin » Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:31 pm

ZapThyCat wrote:You probably need something like 10 members too... as in paid members. heh.

We're close to that number, right? If everyone pays....
Yeah, I'll pay as soon as we hit this next port. I don't have a good pic of me, and I can't get all dressed up while we're underway, and I'm sure as hell not gonna have a picture of me in my coveralls... I plan on using my ZS membership badge as a form of ID!
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Post by ZapThyCat » Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:37 am

Alright guys, I wrote asking about some of the things needed to get a chapter started...

Here's what I got back:


At the moment we are hand picking them one at a time. That will
change in the future once we work out the bugs. Once
all the bugs are worked out there will be detailed information on the
website about starting a chapter. We have the next few lined up but
we're always looking for more!

The chapter agreement changes often but at the moment, to give you a
vague overview, chapters require the following:

1) Members: Three active Zombie Squad members to act as the
responsible coordinators or officers of the chapters. Just like the ZS
board of directors, there can be more than the three officers on the
chapter committee making decisions but on paper we need 3 members.

2) Events: The members must host at least one charity even on their
own before being considered for chapter status. This will show how the
teams work together and evidence that they can perform what we're
looking for. Once chapter status is granted there must be at least 2
charity events hosted a year (blood drive, food drive, clothing drive,
local charity fundraiser, highway clean up, etc).

3) Regular meetings: Chapters must meet at least once every other
month to plan events and put together a status update for HQ. We'll
have a form put together for that to make this easy. There must also
be at least 3 public meetings a year for the local public. This is a
great recruiting tool.

There isn't much to it. There is a chapter agreement that must be
signed and notarized by each officer of the chapter and a status form
that needs to be filled out periodically so we know what's going on.

We also have a simple form that needs to be submitted to us for each
event that is held. This is mostly so we can put the information for
the even on the website to help advertising but also so we have an
opportunity to share information on who we ran events.

The chapters and the board will learn from each other's experiences to
perfect hosting events and help new upcoming chapters. It's all about
networking.

We're having chapters run events and basically do what we have been
doing in St. Louis for the past several years and adjusting the
chapter agreement as we see potential problems to protect ourselves
and make sure the chapter is fully responsible for their own actions
in their chapter's region.

If you think you have the requirements above and you're still interested,
let me know and I'll toss you a copy of the chapter agreement.

Kyle

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Post by Blacksh33p » Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:19 am

Khalil wrote:
ZapThyCat wrote:You probably need something like 10 members too... as in paid members. heh.

We're close to that number, right? If everyone pays....
Yeah, I'll pay as soon as we hit this next port. I don't have a good pic of me, and I can't get all dressed up while we're underway, and I'm sure as hell not gonna have a picture of me in my coveralls... I plan on using my ZS membership badge as a form of ID!
I don't think Donnie Winters at the Pentagon would like that too much.

But to ZapThyCat,

It all sounds possible. I used to regularly make blood donations to folks, and I am sure we could do something like a canned food drive.

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Post by MisguidedPenguin » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:11 am

Kedyw wrote:I don't think Donnie Winters at the Pentagon would like that too much.
Mmm... what he don't know won't get me Courts-Martialed, yeah? :lol:

I would love to be an officer, but I'll be stuck in Virginia until next September, and probably most of that time will be spent underway, so I'd only be able to help coordinate things from here, and maybe provide some monetary support via PayPal. I don't know where my orders will take me from here, but I'm going to take every step that I can to get stationed out in Cali, though it'd probably be in San Diego. I'd love to get stationed in LeMoore, the alleged "armpit of the Navy," but I don't know how feasible that is. Still, one can dream... :)
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Post by whitebeararcher » Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:50 am

I'm up in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 45 minutes- and hour north of dowtown LA, also home of Magic Mountain. I'm not very active on this site, but I'm becoming moreand more active. I have school full time, as well as work part time, so anything before summer is out for me, but after school's out, I'm down for anything (within reason)
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Post by meancoyote » Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:08 pm

im only 50 miles from california :shock: i dont think i have any guns that are legal there? hum...... all them cali people that go to that burning man thing here in nevada, do things they cant do in cali? yall ant too far from not havin to think about all the odd cali laws they got there, anyway.........

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