[All of us at The Watercraft Journal applaud every instance – and often share it on the magazine – when we hear about individuals and organizations within the personal watercraft community who reach out to improve the world around them, be it through fund-raising or charitable work. When TJ Steward, of the Jetski Fanatics Club send us his submission for “Join The Club” and listed some of the Good Samaritan work they do, we knew they were exactly the kind of group of PWC enthusiasts that we want to promote here. Keep up the good work! –Ed.]
TJ Steward, President of the Jetski Fanatics Club wrote: “Jetski Fanatics is a PWC club that was started in the Upper Chesapeake Bay outside of Baltimore, Maryland by PWC enthusiast TJ Steward. Originally named “Up’r Chesapeake Jetski Fanatics,” the club soon grew rapidly and it transformed from 38 members on MeetUp, to over 450 members in just over one and half years on Facebook. Once Jetski Fanatics started picking up members in surrounding states (mostly around the Atlantic Coast), and in some parts of the globe, the Fanatics founder decided it was time to drop the regional portion of the Club’s name and use the more inclusive general name of “Jetski Fanatics.”
“With such a fast-paced growth of members joining the Fanatics, TJ noticed not many members who may have been a state or two away were making events that were being hosted in the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland. So in Spring of 2017, he created 3 Chapters along the Mid-Atlantic region: (1) Chesapeake Chapter, covering the Chesapeake Bay and coastal Maryland; (2) Virginia Chapter, covering the Lower Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Lake Anna, Smith Mountain Lake; and (3) Carolinas’ Chapter, covering coastal and lakes in both North & South Carolina. Each Chapter has 2 members, which TJ has titled “Regional Directors” to organize events. Each Chapter has a Facebook Page, which in turn link to the “main” Page titled “Jetski Fanatics USA.” There is also the group site that can be found simply by searching for “Jetski Fanatics.”
“Ride events that Jetski Fanatics organize include a wide-raging variety to include fun-rides, lake/bay camping excursions, inter-coastal long hauls, and Poker Runs. On the charitable front, they have just begun to work with “Semper Fi Fund”, a Post-9/11 veterans charity helping our nation’s wounded warriors…and in the coming year will raffle off a new PWC with proceeds being donated. Additionally, on June 11th 2017, 15 Jetski Fanatic members volunteered using their PWCs as safety vessels during the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim which promotes and raises money for the March of Dimes Charity organization.
“Jetski Fanatics Club continues to grow daily and welcomes each new member through its Facebook Group site. Club President TJ Steward is always looking for outgoing enthusiastic riders in regions yet to be ‘chaptered’, as his vision is to unite other like-minded PWCers in a group that focuses on the fun and thrill of riding with great events…without having to pay membership dues! To find out more about Jetski Fanatics, visit their website at JetskiFanatics.org or email TJ at info@JetskiFanatics.org; to become a member on Facebook, go HERE; a list of upcoming and past ride events can be found HERE; and follow us on Instagram HERE.”
If you’re a PWC riding club president, group and/or event organizer who regularly hosts rides and is looking for greater access to a larger audience of potential members, and would like to be featured in a segment of “Join The Club” please email 300-500 words about your group, a minimum of 3 high-resolution images, and hyperlinks to your social media pages to firstname.lastname@example.org.