View Poll Results: If the WBCCI changes it’s Logo and Identity, will you renew your membership?
Yes, I would renew with the new club. 58 73.42%
No, I would not renew my membership in the WBCCI. 9 11.39%
I am undecided. 12 15.19%
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Old 12-21-2005, 11:38 AM   #29
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Why are you suprised, a Tip O'Neill said "all politics is local"

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Sorry, I was a little young to even care about politics during Tip's time. But he is right in the end...
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Old 12-21-2005, 11:57 AM   #30
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Pieman, which unit are you in? Is there another unit nearby that might be a little more with-it? Yours sounds pretty, um, how to put this politely, not very exciting? Even our luncheons are more fun than that, and rallys are where the good units really shine.
Colorado West is our unit, The next closest is in Albuquerue NM some 180 miles from us. We were not looking for excitement perse, but were expecting something Airstream related.Hooooooo Hummmmmmm---Pieman
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Old 12-21-2005, 12:00 PM   #31
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What's in an Airstream name?

The Vintage Airstream Club has no problem attracting new members because our intraclub name clearly states and advertises our purpose. We do not have to follow up our name with an explanation of what we are about when advertising our Rallies or making event reservations, for example.

I suspect the "Vintage Wally Byam Caravan Club International" would have a more difficult time attracting as new members people who had a fondness for vintage Airstream trailers. An explanation of our purpose would seem to be required after stating our name and seeing a What?? expression on a large number of faces.

If "Vintage Airstream Club" is OK for us backward looking folk, what's wrong with "The Airstream Owner's Club" or "The Airstream Club" for the far larger number of forward looking folk?

I'll end with this puzzle: why isn't anyone carping about the VAC name and agitating to change it to the more reverential "Vintage Wally Byam Caravan Intraclub?" How about it 65GT? Which vintage club name do you like best? Do you have a better name idea for our intraclub?
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Old 12-21-2005, 12:13 PM   #32
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Colorado West is our unit, The next closest is in Albuquerue NM some 180 miles from us. We were not looking for excitement perse, but were expecting something Airstream related.Hooooooo Hummmmmmm---Pieman
The Denver Colorado Unit has rallies planned all over the state, you're welcome to join us anytime!

Here's the schedule for 2006

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Old 12-21-2005, 12:18 PM   #33
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I think one thing a lot of new members don't understand is that it doesn't really matter which unit you join, you are welcome to attend rallys with any unit if you happen to be in the area. You don't even have to join your local unit. We joined the Oregon Unit even though we live in WA. But we've attended rallys with both units (and been made to feel welcome).
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Old 12-21-2005, 12:26 PM   #34
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The Vintage Airstream Club has no problem attracting new members because our intraclub name clearly states and advertises our purpose. We do not have to follow up our name with an explanation of what we are about when advertising our Rallies or making event reservations, for example.

I suspect the "Vintage Wally Byam Caravan Club International" would have a more difficult time attracting as new members people who had a fondness for vintage Airstream trailers. An explanation of our purpose would seem to be required after stating our name and seeing a What?? expression on a large number of faces.

If "Vintage Airstream Club" is OK for us backward looking folk, what's wrong with "The Airstream Owner's Club" or "The Airstream Club" for the far larger number of forward looking folk?

I'll end with this puzzle: why isn't anyone carping about the VAC name and agitating to change it to the more reverential "Vintage Wally Byam Caravan Intraclub?" How about it 65GT? Which vintage club name do you like best? Do you have a better name idea for our intraclub?
Fred,

I can only speak anecdotally for my self (and my wife) but we didn’t join VAC because they had an easy name to remember, we joined because we heard so many good things about the VAC and the members there. We joined the WBCCI for only 3 reasons, to be part of a local unit, to get our numbers for our trailer restored (because we love the numbers) and to be part of the VAC. That’s all. When we looked at what the WBCCI offered and what they did, only those three things were of any value to us.

I have the strong impression that the VAC is exactly the type of AS club that we want to be involved in, despite the fact we have never been to a VAC rally (yet). And it has nothing to do with the name. You guys look like you have your act together and that you know who your membership base is. That is so important.

BTW, Keep up the good work…
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Old 12-21-2005, 03:08 PM   #35
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To me, a name change wouldn't change the way I feel about our unit. I wish I could say the same about my membership in the VAC. For the past year, for our twenty dollars, we have received one magazine and not another thing. We are so disappointed. Maybe we expected too much.

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Old 12-21-2005, 04:07 PM   #36
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I would be disappointed in the name change for sure. I get a kick out of all the questions about what it is.

We have been Lions for many years and sometimes it is frustrating how the longer term members see things. It is not a change in name that will swing a change in attiudes....

But one thing that is for certain, I would never give up the many friends I have made this past year for a mere name change!
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:49 PM   #37
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Who cares?

I don't really care what the club name is, but, given a choice, I would prefer a name that includes the name "Airstream", I concur with getting rid of the word "International" and "Incorporated" is superfluous.

In four years with the club, I have seldom uttered the club name and it appears nowhere on my trailer. In the few cases that I have told someone the club name, it has, by necessity, been accompanied by an explanation that it is the Airstream owner's club. Why not call it that?

As the webmaster for Region 9, the name appears in the banner that I inherited that is at the top of the pages and a half-dozen other places. I produced the pages, but I had to look for the name. It must really be critical! A name change will take me a just few minutes to implement and will promptly be forgotten.

Our unit voted, with a single NO, to include Airstream in the club name. The NO was based on possible cost; not anything to do with keeping Wally's name or face. At last winter's mid-winter IBT meeting, Larry Huttle from he Airstream company strongly endorsed using Airstream in the club name.
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Old 12-21-2005, 05:02 PM   #38
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I would renew

As has been pointed out the problems with the WBCCI is not the name it is the percived attituide. As one of the youngest past presidents I would remain a member for the same reason I became a member. The people and the vast amount of knowelege they have and are more than willing to share.

Owning an Airstream had been a long time dream and now that I have one I want to get as much out of it as possible. The membership of the WBCCI helps me do this as this forum helps as well.

Memebership in either is what yu make it. I am sure that some belive that this forum is a waste of time and effort, and it could be better run and made more useful. The same is true for the WBCCI, I think that it is what you make of it.
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Old 12-22-2005, 07:04 PM   #39
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I am sure that some belive that this forum is a waste of time and effort, and it could be better run and made more useful.
Says who!?! I wanna talk to them...
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:16 PM   #40
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It's not the name, it's the membership

Six months after we started our life together (30 years ago), Karen and I rented a motorhome and in a day a half, we were in Canada, and have been living with RV-itis ever since!

A year later, a SOB joined our family, only to make way for an Argosy Minuet in 1978. Twenty-three years later, we moved up to a 29’ Excella. Shortly before we made the deal on the Excella, I called the wife of the Oregon Unit President to tell her we were going to buy an Airstream soon, and wanted to join up. Two days later the application arrived in the mail, and within 24 hours, we were proud Airstream owners.

What you put into your membership determines what you get out of it.
We work hard, and play hard too. I operate a voice and data communications company, while Karen owns a residential and commercial lighting supply business. I produce an annual home and garden show, manage rental properties...and at the other end of the spectrum...am president of a cemetery association. Last winter, Karen and I spent two weeks helping produce the US National Figure Skating Championships. All of these things keep us busy...but we invest in them and we like what we get back.

For us, we have several good years of working ahead of us. But we want to be involved in the fun/fellowship/knowledge-base/etc., etc. that started 50 years ago. I want to be involved in the International in Salem next summer; I want to learn about organizing caravans, etc.

We have met some great people through rallies and at the Washington Unit Land Yacht Harbor. I had a blast helping with the Forums/Oregon Unit rally a couple of months ago, even though it was only a few miles from our home.

We don’t operate our businesses the same way we did a quarter of a century ago, nor should we expect that associations should operate the same way. I love to follow ‘tradition’ and ‘decorum’ but things will change. I believe they should change from within, with members collecting their drive, desires and goals...and given the opportunity to rollup their sleeves and put forth their plans.

I believe this concept is welcome in the Oregon Unit, and is probably present in many units throughout the organization. It just needs nurturing, and like cream, it can ‘rise to the top.’

I'm paid up for 2006, and I’ll be watching for my renewal reminder for ‘07!
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Old 12-23-2005, 09:04 PM   #41
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What you talking about Willis? You're not getting any replies because those that have found this forum to be a waste of time left long ago...
YEAH Willis

Hey, are we on the same side of this? (you workin wif Baxter here ) BY the way: I like the "Old Farts Club" best. Could we have a graphic on that one? Tnx
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