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Old 07-28-2009, 10:35 PM   #29
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I was told they had over 400 register at Madison for the 2010 International. Some how I find it hard to believe that 400 of 901 trailers registered on the spot for the following year.
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I was told they had over 400 register at Madison for the 2010 International. Some how I find it hard to believe that 400 of 901 trailers registered on the spot for the following year.
I don't find it hard to believe. When we arrived in Salem in 2006 on June 26, two days before the official opening date, there were over 600 of the eventual 900 or so already registered. The 400 is probably mostly made up of the "necessary" early workers.

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Old 07-29-2009, 05:51 AM   #31
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Just my prediction... The least attended in history and the International that actually does sink the ship.
Not sure why it matters to me, because I won't be going even if it was free. A suggestion to anyone that puts on the International: Have a ribbon for "second timers" and ring a bell for that. Getting people to come once is easy, the second times the charm.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:40 PM   #32
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Wow, 3-4 hour working shifts for the volunteers. We were volunteers working the front entrance at Madison and I can tell you that many of those volunteers were there by 7AM and did not leave until the gate closed that evening. Didn't matter if it was raining, hot, or freezing cold they were there to make your arrival a pleasant event.

Sure, many of them were there early but keep in mind, they didn't have water or electric connections because they were the ones laying the lines.

The volunteers working the electric and water committees are very experienced workers who know what they are doing. They don't just show up and start laying water or electric lines. There is a lot of planning that goes into it. Ever listen to you CB and notice how many times these workers are called out even into the evening hours?

There several committees starving for volunteers this year at Madison. The volunteers is what makes this ship float. Take away the volunteers and you take away this organization.

As far as free meals the breakfast was pancakes for 3 days. Big deal. There was a volunteer "Thank You" dinner and each volunteer paid $2 each for a brat hot dog. We're talking about those volunteers who responded to your calls for assistance when someone couldn't read their program book to see when an event was scheduled, or your a/c went off, or you had a full black holding tank and didn't know what to do.

Nothing was free at Madison. I have heard the City charged for everything. The local Musicans Union wanted a large amount of money just to move a panio. There are members who could tell other stories of just how expensive things were at Madison. There was no "free" lunch.

We attend the International because we enjoy being around other Airstreamers. You get out of the Rally what you put into it. I don't mean to hour anyones feelings or step on toes but you don't just show up at a Rally and put on a program. It takes a lot of work and engery from who else, the volunteers.

I know that I have left out a lot of other committees who put in many hours to make everything as pleasant for everone.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:59 PM   #33
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It's not the pancakes, it's the dough $$$

It's not the pancakes, it's the dough. $$$

Hi Gayle, Hi Joe! It's Carol your Bozeman neighbor.

I think the volunteerism in WBCCI is great but it does come with a cost to the club. You know that it's less expensive to buy off the rack than to assemble garments yourself or to buy linens on sale than to buy yard goods, the same might be true of a DIY International Rally. We may have to sacrifice our giving "free" for the purposes of saving the club money and being shrewd and finding less expensive, more cost effective alternatives. Some of the rally fairgrounds and convention sites actually had full hookups. Utilizing appropriate facilities could eliminate such large scale and very early parking and save more dough than just pancake flour.

The fee schedule past was:
$125.00 each person 2= $250.00
$45.00 Airstream $45.00
$60.00 children 2 $120.00
Then $255.00 for elec $255.00

For early workers add $2.00 option if they elect to have brats at th picnic.

And here is the schedule:

June 11th temporary parking for early workers
June 14th special prerally day, flag day
pump out June 15/16/17
June 15th is another 1st parking day band arrives
June 16 pancakes oficially start Tues-Sat with other foods and beverages no doubt
June 17th the PIPs arrive-to do what?
both tank pump out 18/19/20(Thurs/Fri/Sat)
June 18th ham radio and teen queens arrive-need more pancakes, region officers prerally final banquet
June 19th region officers caravan arrives-it appears they arrive a day late for the banquet???
June 20th sat caravan leaders arrive-need more pancakes
June 21st early workers pay $2.00 for brat picnic tickets to be purchased while eating the pancakes
June 22nd International Presidents Reception/Dinner for key dignataries by invitation only--good thing they arrived far in advance to rest up for dinner
June 23rd unit presidents and caravans arrive, region past presidents luncheon and tram service begins
June 24th IBT seminar open to all members held-but before the start of member rally days
June 25th begins rally parking and registration next day
June 26th 1st day of registration but IBT meeting is held from 8:30-4:00 so when does one register?
June 27th unit presidents appreciation dinner

OK and about now the general population starts to show up
For what they pay listed in the fee schedule, the same as, the many many special parking members (a multitude of several hundreds??) and have stayed up to 16 additional days.

I believe charging everyone for electricity in the future at the Internationals is a way to recoop some costs and add revenue. The early workers do have electricity and pumpouts before the general membership arrives. I have gone to three Internationals and never chosen to pay for more than the 3amp service and not because I would not have liked to have had 30 amp but to keep the costs down. I could not even consider the price they elect to charge now.


If you would like to see just how much WBCCI has gone into the red you can read it on Save Wally. Note that the amount in this heading is only the beginning, read more:

FAILURE TO LEAD: -$44,202.00 in the RED (Part I)


For another early worker's account of the activities before general parking, click here:

WBCCI-Airstream-Rally-at-Madison--Wisconsin
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #34
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When I retire and can take a whole month off, that is what I am doing. Talk about getting your dollars worth.
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Frank, I am not sure how early worker works but I think it is very much like becoming a candidate from the nominating committee. You must be called by the committee chairman to be accepted as an early worker.

Myself though I inquired about helping my questions were never replied to. In the BB you are asked to send in a request to help and then you are to be contacted if your help is needed...

NETWORK NOW

(Course I wanted to be a woman parker, that may have been WAY over the top! But hey my arms work just like the guys, just watch me flag or motion.)
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I wanted to be a woman parker, that may have been WAY over the top!
Perhaps it was a liability issue. But I know only one Airstream at a time and absolutely no racing to their mark in the grass!!!! (Sorry, but my poodle skirt is at the cleaners.)

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wow, thats all i have to say. don't think we will be going to any of these when we get our tt and join. thats sad. too bad.

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Old 12-12-2009, 01:29 AM   #38
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I have never attended one of the Good Sam's "The Rally" but the cost for their 2010 Rally in Louisville, KY are as follows:

The Rally: Information

Way better deal we should contact them and see if we can get an Airsream parking area.
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Being more centrally located in KY it would save a ton of gas and time to get there for many folks.

Call it an Air Forums annual rally if the WBCCI doesn't sanction it.
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I am foregoing the expensive wbcci international rally for the new TAC club rally WBBB.
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