Being a member of a Flying Club was one of the most positive experiences of my life. We started small with 10 members and a Cessna 150. Later we doubled our membership, and added a Cessna 172. Over the years we traded the 150 for a Piper Warrior, and the 172 for a Skylane. We met monthly to go over our bills and included a "Safety Seminar" with our meetings. Sign-up for using the planes was first come, first served. We shared the headaches of shuttling the planes to the shop for service work, and keeping up maintenance on the aircraft and our hanger. One thing that was very helpful to us was to carefully examine the pratt-falls suffered by other flying clubs to try and steer clear of problems. Dues reflected an even division of fixed expenses, and included a generous "engine fund" into our variable expenses. Twice while I was a member that required a "Special Assessment," never more than a few hundred dollars. We all felt better having someone to share those expensive incidentals with. Anything Government could do to create an incentive to the creation of these groups would go a long way towards making better, safer pilots, and a more vibrant aviation industry.