I was looking on the Internet to see if there were any good examples on how to initialize shared members within a class while still initializing instance variables. I did find an expression that might fit to the answer:
Shared Sub New()
'Declare shared members
'Declare instance members
Shared Sub New (also known as a type constructor) is executed only once for each type (within an AppDomain, that is), so any member initialization in there will not be be repeated for each instance.