Garden State Euros started as a New Jersey based Volkswagen club but soon evolved into a full European car club complete with Audi, BMW, FIAT, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Volkswagen and exotic cars from all over the Northeast. Based on the overwhelming response at our weekly meets and at our annual Spring Opener and DubRun events, we felt the need to expand the club on a state level to encompass all European cars and owners in the United States.
The original Tri-Dubbin’ club name, apparel and swag will continue to serve as the Volkswagen sub-group within Garden State Euros. We don’t want to forget where we came from and how the club originally started.
FB Main Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gardenstateeuros/
FB Classifieds Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/587690797910330/
FB Motorsport Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/363517150435070/
FB Ladies Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSELadies/
CLUB PHOTOS & VIDEOS
”http://www.facebook.com/m.spadphotography"]-Enjoy our ongoing club photo album courtesy of M.Spad Photography-
CLUB MEMBERS & PROSPECTS
We’re excited to see the overwhelming growth on our Facebook group page and overall interest in our European car club. We want to clarify some club policies, explain how we determine club members vs. club prospects and provide some general updates about the club. When someone is added to our Facebook group pages they are not automatically considered “club members”, they are considered club prospects. These Facebook group pages were setup for current club members and new club prospects (aka non-members) to form a European car community. These pages are used for troubleshooting, recommendations, networking, discussing our events and to make people aware of our strict, zero tolerance conduct rules at our weekly meets. Over time Facebook club prospects may be invited to become club members after fulfilling some of the requirements below.
HOW TO BECOME A GARDEN STATE EUROS MEMBER
-Club prospects should pay the optional yearly club dues to invest in the club (websites, event insurance, supplies, advertising, etc.)
-Club prospects should attend our weekly meets if possible and events throughout the year and follow conduct rules
-Club prospects should get to know the club organizers and offer to assist in future event planning
-Club prospects should participate on the FB page by posting an intro of themselves (car and background) and stay active by helping others
ANNUAL CLUB DUES
The $25 annual club dues are designed to benefit the club and provide enhanced benefits to the supporter. Participants who pay dues will receive a club sticker, lanyard, and hang tag at the weekly meets (or through mail if you can’t attend). They will also receive an email with access to negotiated sponsor discounts and other benefits listed below. Please PayPal $25 to GardenStateEuros@gmail.com using the “sending money to family or friends” option.
BENEFITS FOR MEMBER DUES
-Member would receive a club sticker and keychain lanyard at our weekly meet
-Member would receive a “member” hang tag to display at our weekly meets and events
-Member would gain access to negotiated sponsor discounts on products and services (sponsors will have a list of club members)
-Member would gain access to our club owned VAG-COM cable & Netbook (Ross-Tech VCDS Diagnostic Software available at our weekly meets)
-Member would be added to lists for discounted entry to other events (ie Waterfest, etc.)
-Member would be added to our roster and club website (coming soon)
WEEKLY EUROPEAN CAR MEET
Garden State Euros runs a weekly meet at the Lowes of Butler, NJ on an invite only basis. This is a highly organized weekly meet with zero tolerance conduct rules. If you are interested in attending, please either send us a PM (HYDE16), an email (GardenStateEuros@gmail.com) or request to join our Garden State Euros Facebook Group Page. Random attendees will be asked to leave as they are not a part of the club. The club organizers are the only people who have the approval from Lowes, the town of Butler and the police department to use the Lowes parking lot for our weekly meets (otherwise loitering and the police will shut down the meets). The club organizers allow all current club members and invite all club prospects (Facebook participants) to attend our weekly meets provided they follow our strict, zero tolerance conduct rules found under the info section of our Facebook group page and below. The club organizers and club members can ask any club prospects to leave if they do not respect our conduct rules. The club organizers and club members can ask outside attendees (non-euros & non-prospects) as they are not a part of our European car club. Some “sponsored” outside attendees have approval to attend our weekly car meets based on their long standing history with the club (ie sold European car for non-European car / club member vouched for non-European car owner to attend our weekly meets). Parking should be at the back wall of the parking lot and attendees should enter along the side aisles of the parking lot, NOT across the front entrance of Lowes where there is customer traffic.
There has been a lot of support and some questions about our future use of rear view mirror Hang Tags at the weekly meets. Hang Tags will be provided over 2013 at the weekly meets to all current club members and invite all club prospects (Facebook participants) to designate club members and club prospects. The goal is to segregate who has been vetted through our Facebook approval process and who has also been asked to respect our conduct rules. We plan on rounding up anyone that does not have a Hang Tag to either ask them to leave (if they are non-Euro AND are not following the conduct rules) or we will ask them to join the FB page so they understand how we run our weekly meets. Lowes has also requested this level of organization to continue holding our weekly meets. New attendees are welcome and can earn a hang tag if they display good conduct over 2013, so we are not discouraging newcomers from attending. Our weekly meets are held on Wednesday nights from 6pm-10:00pm at the Lowes of Butler, NJ (1210 Route 23N, Butler, NJ). This information is going out to everyone on our Facebook group page so the target is 0 incidents from here on out, otherwise attendees will be asked to leave.
Respectful behavior to Lowes, their customers and fellow club members is expected at every meet. Cars revving engines or left running, blasting stereos or driving around excessively or over 5MPH will be asked to leave. Anyone caught doing burnouts, donuts, drifting or racing will be reported to the police. The police and club members (sometimes off-duty officers) have a ZERO tolerance rule for anyone not following the rules our club agreed too. If you're on our GSE Facebook group page then you have been asked to read our conduct rules under our info section. Parking should be at the back wall of the parking lot and attendees should enter along the side aisles of the parking lot, NOT across the front entrance of Lowes where there is customer traffic.