Outer Zone Overnight® is now an unincorporated proprietary club.
Due to certain restrictions placed on registered non-profit corporations and excessive mandated annual collections placed on corporations within California, as well as blockades encountered in the quest for Federal non-profit status, Outer Zone Overnight® has abandoned the pursuit of Federal and State non-profit status, and will now conduct itself as a business based on private membership. Outer Zone Overnight® is now an unincorporated proprietary club. These changes have gone into effect as of October 31, 2013. These changes were enacted to preserve the organization, and its mission, and provide for the originally conceived organization spirit. We are returning to our roots in order to better serve our active membership, meaning that the organization is about the ideas and values of the people who participate in it, and that the organization is a living entity, which grows and evolves.
OUTER ZONE OVERNIGHT (TM) IS A LEGAL CALIFORNIA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION TAX ID: 45-2823173 Mission Statement: This corporation is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable and educational purposes. The specific purpose of this corporation is to facilitate the learning and education of basic life saving skills and techniques when encountering catastrophic events such as natural disasters, nuclear, viral or bio-chemical threats, or other unforeseen detriments to public health and well being. The corporation is dedicated to the promotion of personal growth and learning through unique theme-based scenarios utilizing group and community activities to instill and reinforce the requisite knowledge, skills, and techniques through empirical experiences needed to increase the chance of survival in both common and unusual environments.
Outer Zone Overnight® is an organizational collective of individuals, dedicated to founding and supporting a diverse humanitarian community that will provide an enriched thematic cultural environment for those who seek to participate in the community. The community is dedicated to the growth of an environment where members can safely learn and share the basic skills to survive worst case scenarios, be them natural or man made.
Education will be provided to program participants through themed “fantasy ” events of variable genre to all* who are willing and capable of participation, incorporating and empowering the multiple arts associated with presentation of genre chosen themes.
Programs, activities, theme related entertainment, art, and performances will be provided at the lowest possible cost to members, and the greater percentage of any funds collected will be re-invested into both the collective project and its active provisional participants to facilitate continuation, growth and prosperity of the organization.
The organization will be ran by a council of primary founders and elected/appointed members who will provide the logistics for the continual operation and expansion of day to day/event to event activities. The council will have a named head, and will have additional officers to manage the spear-heading aspects of the organization’s common goals.
Current Office Holding council members are:
Jim “Goose” Howard – Founder and C.E.O. / President / Event and Ride Officer
Lisa “Connor” Drayton – VP of Operations / Treasurer / Event and Ride Officer
Whitney “Star” Walker – Board Member / Secretary / Event and Ride Officer
There is additional room for those who have proven tenacity, take the lead, and deliver. Those asked to council must successfully lead a safe and educational unique O.Z.O. event from conception through design and execution. In short, they must be able to make things happen.
What Constitutes Membership in Outer Zone Overnight®:
- Organization registration to include legal name and proof of identity (held privately) to Outer Zone Overnight® board members.
- Up to date dues, if enacted by the organization.
- Participation in meetings, forums, and activities.
- No reasons for membership disqualification, as identified in organization Rights to Exclusion below.
- Compliance to the first law of Outer Zone Overnight® : Respect.
This organization is dedicated to its members and works for their empowerment for the future of the organization.
O.Z.O. is not looking to gather followers, O.Z.O. is looking to build leaders.
Right to Exclusion: Outer Zone Overnight® as an organization promotes safety and safe environments for all people; however, like any established business, Outer Zone Overnight® reserves the right to refuse service, establish a baseline for membership and participation, and make exclusions from the organization based on the consensus of the body membership and for the safety of the general membership body’s well being. As such, Outer Zone Overnight® makes the following exclusions to organization membership, effective October 31, 2013:
- Without exception, any person who has been convicted of a crime of violence will not be admitted into the organization.
- Without exception, any person who has been convicted of a crime sexual in nature, or any person who has been required to register as a sexual offender.
- Without exception, any person who has been convicted of a false report of a crime, or has been proven to have committed perjury.
- Without exception, any person who has been found to conceal these facts about themselves from the organization.
Outer Zone Overnight® further reserves the right to revoke any privileges associated to membership to those who violate the first foundation law of the organization, which is respect. Those who knowingly display disrespect for others, inside or outside of the organization, on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, or political viewpoints will not be included in organization activities, and may not declare themselves a member of the organization.
Outer Zone Overnight® further reserves the right to deny service to any person who willingly creates or participates willingly in the creation of an unsafe environment.
Outer Zone Overnight® Titles:
Outer Zone Overnight® members may or may not have a variety of titles, depending on their desire and their chosen or allotted roles in the organization. Titles may change from event to event/outing to outing. The only official titles within the organization are:
- Vice President
- Event/Ride Officer
- Safety Officer
Honorary Titles Include:
- Commander (One who has successfully led an O.Z.O. event with a submitted safety plan)
- Zone Trooper (One who has participated in an O.Z.O. event with distinction, exhibiting the O.Z.O. spirit.)
- O.Z.O. Agent (One who has provided support services to the O.Z.O. mission)
There are no other titles recognized by this organization, except those earned and active in accordance to one’s profession. (I.E.: Constable, Officer, Sergeant (Active Military Only), Judge, Esq., Dr., Professor, etc.)
Some members have nicknames. Nicknames are not something that are self-ascribed. Nicknames are given, or they are earned. Nicknames can change. If a member does not have a nickname, they will be addressed by their legal first name or last name, and as Mr., Mrs., Ms., Sir, Ma’am or Miss in respect, or by their earned professional title.
Sponsors providing materials, skills, financial contributions, equipment, promotional items, entertainment, lectures or programs or other appropriate items will receive recognition, and be granted certain promotional rights at the discretion of the council.
Outer Zone Overnight® will have transparency to its council and members, and to the governing entities of local city, county, state, and federal agencies as required to maintain the organizations legal status, as well as to insure the continued interest, involvement and trust of its members. Council meetings will record minutes, and will publish these minutes, and make them available to the appropriate entities on request without hesitation.
Outer Zone Overnight® will work to give back, in some form, to those who put in. Those providing the blood, sweat, tears and inspiration will be the first to receive recognition, and position within the organization. Artisans, musicians, performance artists, educators and community leaders are all welcome to explore the opportunities available within Outer Zone Overnight®, where we will strive to nurture concepts and projects in line with our mission and themes.
All Outer Zone Overnight® activities require approval of the organization senior officers and submission of a formal safety plan and proposal for activity in order to be considered a sanctioned/endorsed/approved Outer Zone Overnight® event.
*All adults 18 years or older, of any ethnicity or cultural background are welcome to participate in Outer Zone Overnight® Adventure Treks and their subsequent activities and celebrations. Minors under the age of 18, are not, at this time permitted to participate, unless specifically specified and chaperoned by a legal consenting guardian. There is no upper age limit to the event. There are no restrictions on gender or sexual orientation for inclusion within the community. All are welcome, provided they are of age to vote, or under the legal supervision of someone who is.
Statement of Trademark:
The Outer Zone Overnight® Logo is a legally registered trademark. Use of the logo or organization name, without permission, is forbidden by law, and subject to prosecution. As such, the trademarked logo is the property of the organization and the organization owner(s). Use of the trademark is by permission only, and Outer Zone Overnight® reserves the right to revoke granted use privileges at any time. Modification of the logo for any purpose is granted only at the discretion of active organization officers.
Outer Zone Overnight® will gladly provide license use of the logo to those who wish to create goods or materials, provided those goods and materials are deemed by Outer Zone Overnight® as worthy of the trademark, and provided the organization receives a portion of net profits on any item that is sold that uses the Outer Zone Overnight® organization logo(s) or names or other trademarked terms or identifiers. If you have questions on whether you may use the logo for a project, please make a formal inquiry to [email protected] before use.