Where We Started
In the mid to late eighties, a group of men and their families would get to enjoy their jeeps, playing at the Canadian River, and a few others places, making an informal club. In about 1990 or 1991, the club was officially created with help from one of the members who was a lawyer. It was determined to be a nonprofit corporation. The name "Jeep Exclusive, Inc." was used to identify the group. At that time the purposes of the club were to provide social, educational, and recreational family activities for the membership; to promote, organize, and hold outings, meetings, excursions, hill climbs, cross-country trips and similar events; to promote the sport and pastime of four-wheel drive and Jeep travel in the eyes of the public and to give a good reputation to the club, Jeeps, and the sport of four wheeling ; help provide services that may not available to Jeep owners; and occasionally assist the community in emergencies. The by-laws were created for the members, dues, board members and length of service of the offices.
One of the first men who helped the formation of the club, Roger Williams, attended a "Cowboy Breakfast" at the Figure 3 Ranch. He visited with Tom Christian and Jeep Jamboree officials,( Mark Smith), then the Palo Duro Jeep Jamboree was first held in the summer of '87 or '88. The first day of the jamboree was at the Canadian River, and second at the ranch. The jamboree was later changed from June to May with both days at the ranch. It was determined June was too hot for participants and the club helpers. For a few years when the club membership was low, all members would help with the jamboree, making trails, leading groups, and doing duties as assigned by the club Jamboree person who was Larry McLean. Larry worked with the Jeep Jamboree for many years until his death.
One or two years, the jamboree group would turn right at the bottom of the hill to have meals, but it was decided that the area was the home of spiders, bugs, and snakes. Then the meals, breakfasts and dinners were prepared and served at the hunters' cabin in the canyon. Around the cabin, there were good camping places for those who wanted to camp. The cabin and camp trailers that were in the canyon were burned in a wildfire in 2007 that started in the State Park. After that, the Christians used the cabin at the top to prepare the food for groups. Then some members started to camp at the top in tents and trailers.
When the club first started working and playing in the canyon with street tires and no lockers, they would run the river beds. They learned to buy bigger tires, and then when one member came up with lockers, it was a whole new world. Rock climbs, steep hills, ravines, and other obstacles became easier. Those who learned to conquer the obstacles without lockers were great drivers and did enjoy the lockers and modification In 1990, the club decided to hold events similar to the Jeep Jamboree, but not connected to the Jamboree. The date was set for the last full weekend of September and has been at that time year. It has grown from about fifty to more than 150 jeeps The original purpose of this event was to have fun (as the president James Stovall said) and to pay for the clubs' insurance. This event is called the Challenge because more difficult trails are run for more modified jeeps. As the event has grown, the club has been able to donate many dollars to a variety of charities, one being the Camp Aphie for terminally ill children. The club members will give rides in the jeeps to the children in attendance and will also provide a meal for the children and the workers.
Through the years, and continuing today, members have traveled to the Rubicon in California, traveled to the mountains in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Missouri, Tennessee, Ilano and many other places in Texas. The club has entered parades in Amarillo, Shamrock, Turkey, Texas, Canyon, and other places.
The members have also enjoyed the Canadian River, driving Jeeps to McLeans' ranch close to the west highway, driving east and then west to the railroad bridge and also being the ones to develop obstacles such as Hang-On hill. More obstacles are there and more to be played on by the club and others.
Through the years, many of the members have died and others left the club because of health reasons or moving away. Those who join the club want to learn how to drive their jeep and to be productive members of the Jeep, Inc.
Jeep Exclusive Club is a community of Jeep enthusiasts who share a common passion for off-road adventures, exploring new terrain, and experiencing the world from a unique perspective. The club is dedicated to fostering a sense of camaraderie and support among its members, and providing them with opportunities to connect, learn, and grow as Jeep enthusiasts.
Jeep Exclusive Club is an exclusive group of people who are passionate about Jeep vehicles and everything that they stand for. Members come from all walks of life, but they share a love of the Jeep brand, its history, and its iconic status in the off-road community.
The club provides its members with a variety of benefits, including access to exclusive events, discounts on Jeep-related products and services, and a community of like-minded individuals who share their enthusiasm for the Jeep brand. Whether you're a seasoned off-roader or a new Jeep owner, the club provides opportunities to connect with others who share your passion and learn from their experiences.
Jeep Exclusive Benefits
One of the biggest benefits of joining the Jeep Exclusive Club is access to exclusive events. The club hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including off-road adventures, meetups, and Jeep-related shows and expos. These events provide members with the opportunity to meet other Jeep enthusiasts, explore new terrain, and experience the thrill of off-roading in a safe and supportive environment.
The club also provides its members with access to discounts on Jeep-related products and services. This includes discounts on parts, accessories, and services from Jeep dealerships and other approved vendors. Members can save hundreds of dollars on everything from lift kits and tires to performance upgrades and custom paint jobs.
Perhaps the most important benefit of joining the Jeep Exclusive Club is the sense of community and support that it provides. Members of the club are passionate about the Jeep brand and the off-road lifestyle, and they are eager to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Whether you're a seasoned off-roader or a new Jeep owner, you'll find that the club is a welcoming and supportive community that is always willing to help you learn and grow.
The club also offers a variety of resources to help members get the most out of their Jeep vehicles. This includes access to online forums and discussion boards where members can share tips, tricks, and advice on everything from vehicle maintenance and repair to off-road techniques and strategies. Members also have access to a variety of educational resources, including articles, videos, and tutorials that provide in-depth information on all aspects of the Jeep brand and off-roading.
Another benefit of joining the Jeep Exclusive Club is the opportunity to give back to the community. The club is committed to promoting responsible off-roading practices and supporting conservation efforts to preserve the natural environment. Members of the club participate in a variety of community service projects, including trail cleanup initiatives and fundraising events for environmental organizations.
To become a member of the Jeep Exclusive Club, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. This typically includes owning a Jeep vehicle and being passionate about the Jeep brand and off-roading. Membership fees vary depending on the level of membership, but they typically include access to all of the club's benefits and resources.
In addition to its benefits for individual members, the Jeep Exclusive Club is also a valuable resource for Jeep dealerships and other businesses that cater to Jeep enthusiasts. The club provides a platform for businesses to connect with potential customers and showcase their products and services. It also provides a valuable source of feedback and insight into the needs and preferences of Jeep enthusiasts, helping businesses to tailor their offerings to better meet the needs of this unique market.
In conclusion, the Jeep Exclusive Club is a vibrant and supportive community of Jeep enthusiasts who share a passion for off-roading, exploring new terrain, and experiencing the world from a unique perspective. The club provides its members with a variety of benefits, including access to exclusive events, discounts.
Jeep Exclusive Officers
Vice President is Sunny Philley
Secretary is Robert Melton
Treasurer is Amanda Anderson
Activity Director is Gerald Purdy
Safety Director is Brayden Fauske
Board members are:
Challenge committee is as follows;
1. Larry Nimmo 1 yr
2. Robert Melton 2yr
3. Tami Freelen 2yr
4. Tony Freelen 1yr
5. Bev Herdon 2yr
6. Mark Campbell 2yr