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See also, the OCJ Terms and Conditions of club membership on the registration page
Consideration and polite behavior is expected on events and on the website.
Do not post moral, religious or judgmental opinions using the mailing list or website. If you would like to give your opinion to a member then please send a private email.
The club may refuse membership, or remove it, if people cause disharmony or bring the club into disrepute.
The organizer is usually right! Please follow their advice.
If you are not the organizer , do not try to take control of an event or try to change the event plan or lead people along another route unless there is a situation of danger and you are more experienced than the organizer. Always discuss any changes with the organizer in private to find a solution first.
If you are upset do not argue in public on events.
Discuss problems with the person or the organizer quietly, away from the group.
OCJ is a non-profit club - events are cost price for everyone.
You cannot promote profit events (yours or your friends). Sometimes commercial tours are used like rafting but you cannot receive any reward for taking members on such tours (or a friend).
You cannot disclose members' email addresses (without their permission) or misuse personal details obtained while being a member of OCJ.
Any charges for use of member's private cars should cover gas and highway charges only - not car use. Any cost should be discussed with other members before the event. Club management and members have the right to ask for receipts to prove costs.
We now have a new system to allow car drivers to go free or at reduced cost following car use rules:
Se the Club Announcement section topic:
Guest on club events
All people attending events must be paid up club members. This way they must have also agreed with the club safety waiver.
However, we allow OCJ member's guests on a few 'official' easy events each year like the club BBQ camps (G-week, autumn, Christmas). They still have to agree to the safety waiver and pay a guest fee.
At all other times, members who invite guests on events and organizers who allow them are breaking club rules and will lose their membership.
Private (selective member) outdoor events
We would prefer outdoor events to be sent to everyone in the club using the mailing list but members can organize private events with each other - up to six people in a group. Over this number is considered discrimination against general members - choosing only people they like. Do not use the club website or message system to arrange private outdoor events.
What is the point of joining a club, only to find out that many events are private. You have to be invited to get on them? Are you suitable? We would like events between members to be public.
We do not want 'private' groups, or mini clubs in OCJ. Private events of up to 6 members should be enough but if people want to make a bigger group for a special occasion they should inform the club management so there is no misunderstanding.
In a poll, over 80% of club members voted against private group events.
OCJ does not normally offer refunds of membership payments.
Administration time dealing with bank transfer mistakes and refunds will be charged at the rate of one thousand yen per thirty minutes, in addition to any transfer fees. Please make sure you transfer the correct membership fee!