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Old 02-06-2010, 12:11 PM   #15
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I almost didn't open this thread as it has become an excuse to bash the WBCCI. However, I suspect that this time around the drop in memberships has more to do with economics rather then club politics. In keeping with full disclosure, I dropped out of the WBCCI several years ago.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:41 PM   #16
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Unit #137-2009-61 members 2010-64 members
Regardless of whether your totals are 100% accurate, they agree with what our Metro-Detroit Unit Membership Chair told us at a recent luncheon. Our Unit gained this year! Yeah!
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:53 PM   #17
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thanks for the 'countdown' good to see it in black and white.
we are mals and would like to belong to a mal group so we can vote and get something for our money. maybe soon
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:58 PM   #18
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Same data, as a chart

While it's always interesting to see good data as has been shown here, I find it becomes a lot more clear when it's represented as a chart.

So here's a simple one using my limited skills with Excel.

The only thing that jumps out at me is that while the decline is not huge, it is constant.

And all the discussions from folks saying that they will not re-up this year don't seem to have made a big impact. Unless I am mis-reading the timing that the data represents.

Anyroad, IMHO it's a trend that needs to be reversed, if the club wants to survive long term.
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:42 AM   #19
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Units with a gain (+ 5)in membership

Here are the units with a gain in membership of 5 or more.In some cases there are units on this list that have achieved a gain due in part to other units in the area folding and a merge of members.There may also be the possibility that for last year there were renewals submitted too late to be printed in the 2009 Directory.

Unit #004-Four Corners Unit
2009-48 members 2010-59 members

Unit #009-Heart of Texas
2009-16 members 2010-26 members

Unit #011-Northern California
2009-76 members 2010-81 members

Unit #025-Charter Oaks Connecticut
2009-59 members 2010-64 members

Unit #039-Southern Illinois
2009-43 members 2010-49 members

Unit #069-New Mexico
2009-46 members 2010-60 members

Unit #072-Metropolitan New York
2009-25 members 2010-32 members

Unit #090-Oregon
2009-76 members 2010-90 members

Unit #116-Wisconsin
2009-68 members 2010-76 members

Unit #131-Al-Mon-O Pennsylvania
2009-20 members 2010-27 members

Unit #145-North Dakota
2009-14 members 2010-26 members

Unit #153-Big Bend Florida
2009-43 members 2010-49 members

Unit #155-Texas Coastal Plains
2009-59 members 2010-67 members

Unit #170-Washington DC
2009-83 members 2010-116 members

Unit #172-Texas Highland Lakes
2009-54 members 2010-71 members
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The question that comes to my mind is, at the current rate of decline, how much longer will the WBCCI continue? At some point, there will not be enough members to support the HQ building & staff costs.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:30 AM   #21
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The question that comes to my mind is, at the current rate of decline, how much longer will the WBCCI continue? At some point, there will not be enough members to support the HQ building & staff costs.
I'm sure that it would be a question in many people's minds and one that seems of utmost importance to a lot of the general membership.
When I started tracking the membership numbers in 1996 there were 10300 members compared to the current total of 5947.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:30 AM   #22
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Hi Mike,

Thank you for all your work over the years which is a lot of number crunching - we know you love doing that, but know we all really appreciate it.

Would you please post the numbers for Region 2.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:31 AM   #23
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The question that comes to my mind is, at the current rate of decline, how much longer will the WBCCI continue? At some point, there will not be enough members to support the HQ building & staff costs.
I don't want to add a lot of commentary to Mike's great factual thread of membership statistics but I did want to comment to Forrest's post.

I said as much at WBCCI forum and was told that was not factual that membership would not be able to support leadership at the current rate and got reprimanded for inappropriate comments and an admonition to change my post. But I do believe there will be a point in time when as we lose more and more members and leadership must increase dues accordingly per member which will lose more members in a fast downward spiral, that it will not only be hardly feasible but actually become impossible to support leadership's spending at the current rate.

The WBCCI will continue after there is no headquarters or reimbursed leadership or expensive rallies. The units, the Airstream families of friends, will survive and perhaps the club will actually grow when the International level is strictly volunteerism and without cost to the individual member. The internet can make that possible. Rather than the money running out, I wonder which comes first, the members' exodus or the leaders'. I heard on the simulcast that many of the leaders were prepared to walk away from the club that very day, if their reimbursements were cut severely. If that is so, that measure alone would cure just that much more of the problem of too many leaders spending too much money.

Again I apologize for placing the comment here in this thread but I really wanted to comment after reading Forrest's post and agreeing so much with his statement and perhaps adding to that direction of thought.
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Great job again Mike . I was wondering what the corrulation between membership and participation at the international rally looked like.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:09 PM   #25
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Hi Mike,

Thank you for all your work over the years which is a lot of number crunching - we know you love doing that, but know we all really appreciate it.

Would you please post the numbers for Region 2.
Hi Don,

Here are Region 2's numbers.Keep in mind that there was a late submission of quite a few members from the Washington DC Unit which did not get printed in the 2009 Directory.

Unit #002-New York Finger Lakes
2009-41 members 2010-43 members

Unit #026-Delmarva
2009-41 members 2010-42 members

Unit #036-Delaware Valley New Jersey
2009-38 members 2010-39 members

Unit #053-Mid Atlantic
2009-33 members 2010-34 members

Unit #066-New Jersey
2009-63 members 2010-67 members

Unit #068-Watchung NJ
2009-52 members 2010-51 members

Unit #070-Berkshire New York
2009-11 members 2010-10 members

Unit #071-Hudson Mohawk New York
2009-25 members 2010-22 members

Unit #072-Metropolitan New York
2009-25 members 2010-32 members

Unit #073-Niagara Genesee New York
2009-14 members 2010-17 members

Unit #091-Pennsylvania
2009-46 members 2010-46 members

Unit #092-Keystone Pennsylvania
2009-29 members 2010-28 members

Unit #093-Penn-Lehigh
2009-27 members 2010-26 members

Unit #124-Ontario
2009-179 members 2010-160 members

Unit #131-Al-Mon-O Pennsylvania
2009-20 members 2010-27 members

Unit #164-Central Pennsylvania
2009-28 members 2010-27 members

Unit #166-Central Maryland
2009-24 members 2010-22 members

Unit #170-Washington DC
2009-83 members* 2010-116 members
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From what I have calculated, as an average, we get about 15% of the members who come to the International. When we schedule it in The southern states where it is hot at the beginning of July, we have a lower turnout.
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Great job again Mike . I was wondering what the corrulation between membership and participation at the international rally looked like.
I took 4 random years as a sample and rounded off to the nearest percentage.

1996-10300 members
1996 Int'l Rally Att. 2150 21%

2000-8750 members
2000 Int'l Rally Att. 1310 15%

2005-7504 members
2005 Int'l Rally Att. 1154 15%

2009-6092 members
2009 Int'l Rally Att 903 15%

Looks like a pretty constant number and based on the membership number could be used to predict what the expected attendance should be for upcoming Int'ls.This may be done already.Of course a lot of other factors will also have an effect on that projection ie cost,location etc
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Being the number crunching guy I am, I am pleased to see such analysis being done by someone. Unfortunately there's more interest from those of us that are "just curious" and like to see numbers analyzed than there is from the people actually running the club.

May I ask, Mike, do you have one big Excel sheet with everyone's names, unit, region, etc. on it and then every year you go page by page, line by line, and cross-check everything for changes? If so, I'm envious of your time and perseverance. If not, then patent your process and then tell me what it is!

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