The local auto club changed from a non-profit club to a social club and changed the name to Central Oregon Rodders
The local car club visible in Prineville at multiple events is changing its name.
The Crook County Rodders are now the Central Oregon Rodders. The Crook County Rodders club was established approximately 17 years ago. The club’s current president, Lynn Arnett, pointed out that it was originally structured with goals, objectives, job descriptions, bylaws, annual audits, financial reports and dues.
“It was good for the time, but a lot of people have gotten older and they don’t want to play with the whole structure. They just want to have fun,” Arnett pointed out of the change.
Arnett became motoring club president in 2018. He went on to say, “Recently Rodders Motoring Club has had to deal with the pandemic, cancellations, rescheduling etc. and we have had to get creative and flexibility to maintain the camaraderie – and we succeeded.However, the annual Cruise to the Center of Oregon car show had to be canceled.
He added that it used to take eight to nine months to organize the annual cruise in central Oregon, and that it took 15 to 20 people to organize the event.
“It’s a lot of work, and the net was $3,000,” Arnett added.
Arnett said many of the auto club members have reached the age where the work required to run a successful auto show has become too daunting.
“We hope you all understand,” he said.
He said 55 of the group’s 57 members had agreed to change the club to a social club and change the name to Central Oregon Rodders. Together with attorney Helen Krider, they legally disbanded the former club, The Crook County Rodders, and became a 501(c)(7) social club rather than a 501(c)( 3). The group also acquired members from other counties and areas, such as Culver, Madras, and Deschutes County.
The new club not only has a new name, but has increased its membership.
“Our tax structure as a non-profit organization has been removed, and we are now simply a social group of Rodders/classic car enthusiasts,” Arnett added. “We will remain an active motoring group, participating in local parades, First Responder Appreciation Cruise, 4th of July Parade, Memorial Day Parade, Rodeo Round-up Parade, Alumni Day Parade fighters and in the Christmas parade.”
Additionally, the Central Oregon Rodders (COR) will host monthly meetings at the Elks Lodge, participate in the annual “Shop with a Cop” program, and deliver Christmas food baskets in partnership with the Elks Lodge to low-income residents during the holidays. .
“Of course COR will be going to car shows in other communities, attending potlucks and basically continuing to be a fun and active social car group with no bylaws, job descriptions, annual audits, financial reports or If you love the love of cars, hot rods and rat rods, and socializing, come check us out,” Arnett concluded.
The club meets the third Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
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