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Old 02-05-2004, 02:39 PM   #29
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They really need to revamp the Blue Beret. I agree with what was said above, if you are not going to caravan, then it does not mean too much and will just get tossed.

They need to put in a wide variety of articles, especially how to, tips, and advice articles. If you compare to the Escapees mag, you will see what I mean. That mag gets a serious read from me every time. I especially liked the article from an executive of a trucking company on RV driver tips. Learned a lot from that one!
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:44 PM   #30
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Malcolm & Katalin,

In this modern day of electronics, maybe we could convince our management teams of the value of telecommuting. What with wirless connectivity, laptops, PDAs etc, It wouldn't matter if we where in our Airstream overlooking a flowing stream in some remote spot. Actually, I did do this last year. My spouse wanted to attend a church meeting in Knoxsville (we live in Daytona Beach area)and I had pressing work that couldn't be put on hold. I convinced my Manager to let me go and I would telecommute during the day and be with the wife in the evening. It was great! We stayed in a park right on the little Pigeon Forge River and I used my wireless and cell phone to do my business. YOu could really get use to that!!!!!
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:23 PM   #31
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Nope...when the did arrive, they arrived like a plain old magazine.

The must send them in envelopes to the "Classic" owners!
Buzzzzzzz....I'm sorry sir but your answer is incorrect. Now on the serious side I was getting it in an envelope prior to me becoming a member. I guess they did that because maybe the magazine was being packaged at Jackson Center for non members as a recruuitment issue. Whereas once you belong your address is printed on the cover and it is maybe drop shipped by the publisher so Jackson Center folks aren't involved.

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Old 02-05-2004, 04:32 PM   #32
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update format content

I do enjoy my mag but the content being broadened in scope and updated would be more important to me than the roughed up condition they sometimes arrive in. Not to say they shouldn't be in better shape but content is the biggest deal.

I saw where the factory had a 4 month backlog, so sales are up but I also saw where Airstreams represent around 1 percent of RV'sout there nationally according to cable tv, but have about 50 percent in name recognition....this leads me to think management could capitalize on the name and revitalizing the mag is one of many steps in doing that....jem

p.s. This is meant in a consructive manner.
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:33 PM   #33
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Buzzzzzzz....I'm sorry sir but your answer is incorrect. Now on the serious side I was getting it in an envelope prior to me becoming a member. I guess they did that because maybe the magazine was being packaged at Jackson Center for non members as a recruuitment issue. Whereas once you belong your address is printed on the cover and it is maybe drop shipped by the publisher so Jackson Center folks aren't involved.

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I can't believe I am going to say this, let alone admit it.........and without my flame suit on.......

Survey said!

Ding!

I was a member. I have numbers....mine never came in an envelope.

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:28 PM   #34
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They really need to revamp the Blue Beret. I agree with what was said above, if you are not going to caravan, then it does not mean too much and will just get tossed.

They need to put in a wide variety of articles, especially how to, tips, and advice articles.
We just joined the WBCCI this week and I got a Dec.'03 Blue Beret from one of the members. I was reading it today, our one and only, but was disappointed at the very narrow scope outside of the caravans. Maybe that's where Airstream Life will fill the void.
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:46 PM   #35
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I was a member. I have numbers....mine never came in an envelope.
I think Eric you were one of the folks who got the first year free. Maybe they didn't send out the recruitment copies like they did with me. I missed the requirments for the free first year membership by three weeks so I had to be recruited. Maybe in that case you get the enveloped copies.

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Old 02-05-2004, 06:13 PM   #36
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Davydd,

We signed onto the WBCCI as well to join the VAC. The Blue Beret is different now, than when I was a kid 25 years ago. There were entertaining and informational articles by George James and others.
We have yet to see a VAC Newsletter. Been in contact with the powers-to-be, but am getting discouraged now. Our dues check for the VAC was sent in August 2003, cashed November 2003.
I realize all the offices are voluntary, but I am wondering how we keep falling between the cracks.
Anyone wish to loan theirs so we can copy it?
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Old 02-05-2004, 07:13 PM   #37
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You can see some of the old VAC issues on line at the VAC website. I think the issues go through 2001

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Old 02-06-2004, 12:37 AM   #38
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Davydd,

Thanks for the insight on the VAC website. However, while infomative, its just not like having an original. Many have received past copies, as well as current. I have been contacted by Scot S who has taken over VAC membership, but he has no more copies of the newsletter past or present to send out.
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Old 02-06-2004, 01:20 AM   #39
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I am trying to figure out the delivery schedule for the Blue Beret.
I'll bet you it a zip code driven thing..in other words, the lower # your zip is..the sooner you'll be likely to get your copy first..
Just a thought.
The other side of the coin says this to me..There's only 10k in total membership..Might not make any differences at all..
I just got mine, Feb 4th and, my zip is 03031..If that's any help.


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Old 02-06-2004, 05:47 PM   #40
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I just received my copy of the Blue Beret. Nice work smillie. I have started to read through it and I see that yes it is geared to the retired crowd. But what "Working stiff" has time to caravan?? Yes the WBCCI is for people that are retired. OK, I will be too one day and when the time comes I hope that my wife and I can go on some of the caravans. I guess it is the newbee in me coming out, but the WBCCI is an exclusive club and that is kind of cool. There is always something that can be learned from everyone you meet and everything you do.

Think about it, there are 60% of all Airstreams built still on the road. I hope to add to that figure soon. Airstream represents what was it, 5% of the "RV" market. That makes Airstream owners a special groupe. Now of that 5% only 1% are WBCCI members..... that makes them a little more rare. They are the elders of the group. Learn from them, they may know something you do not, or have tried something and failed. Or see what they are doing that you do not like and learn how to not do that.

Like Tin-hut said, look at the Shriners, or the Freemasions heck the Loyal order of the Moose. Funny hats and different dress. It sets you apart from the crowd.

Airstream owners have more in common than first meets the eye.

I for one am going to live through the others out there camping with the functioning trailers till I can get mine on the road. Then take what I have learned and try to apply it as best I can.

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Old 02-08-2004, 02:52 PM   #41
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Ken ... I took a look at your Unit's website ... from the looks of it ... your Unit is active and fun for everyone.

I believe that it has been stated here before that one's experience with a local Unit can make or break a member.

Out here in California ... I know Airstream owners who joined a local Unit ... only to feel left out and excluded by a clique within the Unit. One couple ... very active seniors who like to walk and hike and do things ... were bored with their Unit ... they all sat around and chewed the fat ... and nothing else ... no acitivities.

Sounds like your Unit is full of life and growing ... exactly what the WBCCI needs more of.

By the way ... Petunia and I will be joining WBCCI as members-at-large ... since we will be out on the road fulltime for the next 3 years.

We would love to attend one of your events ... as long as you promise not to get mad and yell at me.
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:55 PM   #42
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Our Blue Beret came yesterday, without being enclosed in a protective envelope and without damage.
A very nice article by Ken Smillie was an unexpected treat. Although we have only been WBCCI members for 10 months ( since our classic was delivered ) we have been planning for an Airstream future for many years.

This BB included a survey which could start a dialog between present members and “the powers” that direct what the club should strive to be in the future.
The reminders to “circle the number” (repeated 8 times throughout the survey in italic or bold or just normal font) did raise a question as to whether I had really become so forgetful about instructions during filling out a 35 question survey. Maybe the questionnaire was constructed in several subassemblies and merged at publication time. Anyway, I think I managed to properly circle the numbers for my responses.

A rally and caravan schedule pamphlet was also included in the magazine. This appears to be a nice way to convey that information without reserving so many BB pages for such info. Maybe some other topics will start to replace those areas once they are freed up.
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