How to Start a VRA Chapter
If you're interetsed in joining a chapter when one starts up in your area, you can post
here. If you're willing to contact people and get a chapter
organized yourself, we are eager to help. Read on...
The Vulcan Riders Association strives to make starting and operating your own
local chapter as easy as possible. We will help you find Vulcan riders in your area, create a website for you and much, much more.
The first step is to post on the forum and let us know that you're interested.
Step 1: Announce your intent
Post a message on our forum below to let us know that you're interested in starting a chapter. This will notify our Chapter Coordinators and allow them to help you directly.
>> I am interested in Starting a Chapter
Step 2: Create a website
Establishing a website is a crucial step in starting a chapter. A website lets prospective members read about your club and join if they're interested and it provides a way for members of your club to communicate easily. The VRA recommends setting up a Facebook Group. A Facebook Group is fast, easy, free and provides an excellent way for new members to communicate between meetings.
Click here for information on how to setup a Facebook Group. Click here to read about other website options.
Step 3: Contact riders in your area
The whole trick to starting a riding club is getting the word out to riders in your area that you're starting a club. There are two approaches to getting new members. To get your club off of the ground, start with the direct approach as it has the most immediate results
- Direct invite - How to find members and invite them to your website.
- Indirect invite - How to advertise your club so members will find your website.
Step 4: Meet up
Get as many people as you can to join your website group and then set a place and time for
everyone to meet up.
Click here to view a suggested agenda for your 1st meeting .
Step 5: Become an Official Chapter
Once your club has elected its officers and agreed to a name, submit the
following information to the VRA
- Chapter's Name
- Chapter's City and State
- Chapter website URL
- Chapter President (Actual name, forum name* & email)
- Chapter Vice
President (Actual name, forum name* email)
- Chapter Secretary (Actual name, forum name* & email)
- Chapter Treasurer
(Actual name, forum name* email)
* The VRA needs the forum name of each officer so that your officers can be given access to the private Chapter Officers Forum.
After receiving the information above, the National VRA will assign an
official VRA Chapter Number and add you to the
list of VRA Chapters on the National website.
Additionally, you will receive a Chapter Startup Kit
containing over 50 sample documents and graphics:
- VRA logos
- Membership application
- Member Welcome Letter
- Business Cards
- Membership cards
- Liability Waiver
- Club Flyers
- Event Flyers
- VRA letterhead
- tips, guides, references and more...
If you have any questions, post a message on the
Riders Forum or contact the National Officers. They are here to help you.