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Old 01-28-2011, 09:48 AM   #169
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According to last simulcast, Larry Huttle is supposedly missing because the meeting was listed on a "wrong" calendar and he is unable to attend now. However it appeared from the reiteration of phone calls of inquiry that both Larry Huttle and Airstream president Bob Wheeler said the membership vote of two years prior show non-acceptance from the membership. Interesting and encouraging comments, imho. It appears Airstream has not changed it's stance on rebadging a non-Airstream as an Airstream. I thought at the time previously that larry Huttle said a WBCCI special edition could be done without a problem if acceptable to members. See 47Weewind's, "Pumpkin Coach" http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...tml#post880729

Mid-Winter IBT- "Pumpkin Coach" program announced by AOAII.
Dateline: Perry, Georgia, January 20, 2007

Interview with AOAII Spokesman Rodney Dangerfield.

The Airstream Owners Association International, Inc. (AOAII) Board of trusteess (IBT) today unveiled a new program to increase membership after a decades-long slide in membership numbers. The IBT unanimously approved on Friday, Jan. 19 the "Pumpkin Coach" program under which owners of Class A motorhomes manufactured by any company other than Airstream, Inc. can become AOAII members. The simple application of an AOAII approved "Airstream Edition" decal underneath the motorhome manufacturer's badge automatically transforms the motorhome into an Airstream product that qualifies its owners for AOAII membership. "You don't even need a magic wand" states Dangerfield, "only a small dish of water."

The decals are good for a 12 month period ending on July 4th each year, when at the stroke of midnight the motorhome turns back into a SOB [Some Other Brand]. But "fear not" says Dangerfield, "new decals, good for another one year period, are available from AOAII headquarters for only $75.00 per year. Just be sure to apply them before midnight."

The Pumpkin Patch program will be field tested the first year only on Class A motorhomes. If AOAII membership numbers rise, then the program will be expanded to all other types of recreational vehicles. "Airstream, Inc. can only produce about 2,500 travel trailers per year, far too few" notes Dangerfield. "We need a much larger membership universe to draw from, so in 2008 we intend to extend the Pumpkin Coach program to travel trailers and RVs of all brands." Again, the mere application of an "Airstream Edition" decal will transform any SOB travel trailer or RV into an AOAII-recognized Airstream product, qualifying its owner for membership under the expanded "Pumpkin RV" program.

When asked where the Airstream badges could be found on a non-Airstream brand recreational vehicle, Dangerfield bellowed "Badges? We aint got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges! ... when a little decal will do ya."

The inspiration for this innovative program came from the Board itself. Noting that dressing up an ordinary person in a snappy blazer, tie and beret transformed him or her into a respected leader, they realized the same principal could be applied to recreational vehicles. "It's all about distinctive surface appearance" ,says Dangerfield. "If we dress up the surface of a SOB, it too will become a leader among its peers. Every RV is entitled to respect" harrumphed Dangerfield.

Recounting that Airstream, Inc. recently entered the toy-toting market with the innovative Basecamp, Dangerfield hinted the AOAII might leapfrog the trailer manufacturer by jumping ahead into the utility trailer field. "There are a heck of a lot of horse trailers out there" observed Dangerfield, "and a fair amount of them are aluminum, reminiscent of our far distant heritage". The AOAII decals look particularly nostalgic on an aluminim surface. "Now that dogs will no longer be restricted to one far off area at our International Rally, we'll look into integrating horses at our 2009 International in Madison, Wisconsin. That should boost attendance. We'll just have to remind owners to bring larger pooper scoopers" sniffed Dangerfield.

"In 2010, we'll tackle the world of flatbed trailers, all sizes" expounded Dangerfield. "We're partnering with Kelty to make an 8' wide by 40' Airstream Edition branded tent to fit on a commercial flatbed trailer. Those 18 wheelers are already self-contained in the cab, and the extended family can sleep in the tent" during International. Having admitted diesel pushers for years, the AOAII looks forward to welcoming all thos "Airstream Edition" 18 wheeler deisel pullers as well. He predicts a constitutional amendmant to change the club to the AEOAII will pass handily.

2011 will see the program extended to people and renamed the "Pumpkin Person" program. "Anyone who wears an Airstream t-shirt, hat, bracelet or other item is, on the surface, an Airstream" said Dangerfield. "Why would they be denied the benefits of membership? Anyone wearing any Airstream branded item will be welcome to join the AEOAII, for a fee of course, which should further boost membership." Decal sales are projected to flatten in 2011, but people who want to to be recognized for their leadership potential can purchase "Four Winds" embroidered formal wear.

Finally, Dangerfield whispered he overheard some guys in berets talking to Saint Peter about "Pumpkin Gates" welcome plaques and co-branding "Airstream Edition" angel wings. When asked about the future for those who actually owned Airstream manufactured recreational vehicles, Rodney sharply remarked he had no knowledge of any AEOAII plans for such misguided souls, but suggested we contact them directly through the Red One in the netherworld, where such owners could be found.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:58 AM   #170
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Genealogy Interclub dissolved.

Budget Committee--- Amendment for International Rally contracts passed. Limits spending to $20,000 prior to Jan. 1
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:04 AM   #172
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Or Lou and Larry's driveway.
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Constitution report, not so much. Committee chair insisting amendments should go through a member of IBT to flow smoothly and negativity has been harmful. Though it is a matter of debate which side caused the negativity. From Kerry's report the members have caused a positive direction through their involvement.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:21 AM   #174
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #175
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Motorhome Issue from Larry Huttle:

Airstream has given the option for Thor Motorhome Division. WBCCI motion failed in past. Airstream has no plans to enter class A or class C in foreseeable future.

In speaking with Thor, significant interest would have to be shown prior to commitment.

No Airstream dealer support or service on these units. Thor "not interested" due to past actions.

"club needs to work together with Airstream" Airstream pulled support of International due to membership not allowing Class A's in? (did I hear that correctly?)

"We must authorize Airstream products..."

"Airstream" not in the name of our club. (WOW)
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"Must lay the groundwork to sell it", "It is critical to the club for membership"
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Re: Motorhomes

We need to know how many existing members plan to purchase motorhomes.

Before we can decide how to proceed. But I guess the committee never gathered that information.
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I think the WBCCI needs to split into two entities. The majority of general membership is clear on their direction and so is the "international club" of theirs. One should not be mandating to the other. They seem distinct and with clear imperatives.
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Airstream not in the name of our club

But watch these same members who want the option to drive other brands fight to rename the club with "Airstream" in the title. More prestige...
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