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Old 09-23-2008, 10:17 PM   #281
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I think they really believe that the majority are with them body, mind and soul. That they are defending a way of life from the threat posed by the members of some units that don't fall in line. In region one there is history to the New England Unit being see as making trouble. Members have fleed other units to join New England. The unit was blamed rather than what it was like to belong to the other units. Sound fimilar.

Well maybe the IBT is right. Maybe we who object are a small minority.

So how about sending an email to Cindy Reed, Corporate Manager
to share your gratefulness or disappointment in the direction the officers and IBT are taking the WBCCI. I would think that she would be an independent soul able to report to the IBT the level of interest in their efforts.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:37 PM   #282
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NO: Even though there have been rumors about this for a couple of years which have been spread mostly by folks who are not NEU members our unit has no plans to secede from the WBCCI.

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Actually I don't think there is any provision for this so it's a mute point. The Constitution states that the money and the stuff go to WBCCI if the unit disbands. Of course this could be changed by amendment but I think that would have to be aprroved by International.
Of course people are free to associate as they wish. I think it may be another one of those Amendment things that some people find so problematic; freedom of assembly. A new pattern of association has already started to take form. Forum rallies and attending rallies of other units like WDCU or NY and just going camping together without the baggage. The liklihood of these folks wanting to reinvent "clubness" is about zero.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:26 PM   #283
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Of course people are free to associate as they wish. . . A new pattern of association has already started to take form. Forum rallies and attending rallies of other units like WDCU or NY and just going camping together without the baggage.
I have noticed this phenomenon myself--successful WBCCI units coordinating non-WBCCI sanctioned events. These offer some advantages, including the ability to camp with friends who have already dropped out of the WBCCI (or maybe been tossed out!) and freedom from "the baggage".

Sort of preparing for "the morning after" the WBCCI is gone. . .
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:53 PM   #284
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It certainly would help get the message across how widespread and significant the desire for changes is if they would only mingle and park and rally dispersed in the sections for the general membership. They could hear first hand the experiences and suggestions of others. Isolated at special invitation only events and parked amongst themselves with a direct jaunt inside to the buildings, then in special seating, I don't think they have much opportunity to hear from members but instead assign committees to deal with the public and bring back a synopsis.

They have heard but they disbelieve the scope and think it is only a small minority that wants change. Buffered in their clique, all is good and mutual admiration runs high as does satisfaction.
And IBT said, "Let them eat cake."
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:03 PM   #285
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Bob Thompson has been reinstated.
October 8, 2008
From: President, Special IBT Grievance Review Committee
To: Robert E. Thompson II
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Subject: Review of Appeal Request from former WBCCI Member, Robert E. Thompson II #280

The Special IBT Grievance Review Committee was formed by WBCCI International President Jerome (Jerry) Larson, on September 2, 2008 to review the appeal request of Robert E. Thompson II. Written documentation was received from WBCCI International President Jerome (Jerry) Larson, Chairman Ethics and Grievance Committee Raynold Lemaire, Complainant Jim Franklin and Accused member Robert E. Thompson II.

All written documentation was reviewed and the following resolution has been determined.

The suspension of Robert E. and Harriett Thompson II is overturned.

The International Executive Committee is hereby directed to reinstate Robert E. Thompson and Harriett Thompson with no break in service and to publish these findings. It is recommended they be published in the Blue Beret and on the WBCCI WEB page.

The Review Committee would also like to apologize to Robert E. and Harriet Thompson II, the New England Unit President, Region 1 members and all WBCCI members for the poor timing of the suspension of Robert E. Thompson II.

All members are encouraged to voice their opinions and concerns, but they are reminded to do so using our Wally Byam Code of Ethics which includes “To be ever mindful of what we say or print with respect to the effect on others so as to avoid disharmony and ill feelings among club members”.

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A small step for IBT and big step for Bob and all WBCCI members.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:34 PM   #287
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Bob Thompson suspension overturned

This is wonderful news. Hopefully the Grievance Committee will accordingly dismiss the proceedings against Leo Garvey as well.
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Good news!

That is wonderful news! It shows there are members in Leadership positions who are intent on righting the WBCCI ship and keeping it afloat. Congratulations are in order for all the members of the Special IBT Grievance Review Committee who had the courage and foresight to reverse the decision of the Executive Committee and to issue an apology to Bob and Harriet Thompson in the process. Job well done!
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:48 PM   #290
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Wow!! I would like to think that they sincerely feel sorry for what they did. I do believe that they found out that we are indeed more than a few troublemakers!!! I know my membership is riding on this decision and that of Leo Garvey's. My check is still not in the mail.
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IBT & the dreaded "Reality Check"

I too wait upon the decision re: Leo Garvey, but this is great news!

The "small minority" of MAL-contents must have been much louder and much stronger than anyone in the IBT was ready for... And I wouldn't be surprised if Airstream Corp. itself didn't weigh in rather heavily - pointing out that IBT members weren't the ones buying new coaches and keeping the doors of the factory open.

I feel a Bob Dillon moment coming on - "for the times they are a changing" ...

I shall dominate my rather mean spirited nature and refrain from sending each member of the IBT a tube of Preparation H - to soothe the ache of having their collective sticks yanked out...

If Leo Garvey's suspension is also overturned I will immediately join the WDCU even though I will probably only be able to participate in a few rallies. (I will however embroider pink pansies on my beret - just a girlie thing - not "rebel without a clue").

Whoooooopie! Thank Goodness. It takes a lot more sea room to turn an aircraft carrier around than a sailboat... but I think the IBT carrier just did it's first hard left rudder in years. Now all we have to do is keep scraping the barnacles off the hull.

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This is wonderful news. Hopefully the Grievance Committee will accordingly dismiss the proceedings against Leo Garvey as well.
Sort of takes the wind out of some sails...................................
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Bob Thompson has been reinstated.
WONDERFUL news!!!
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This is great news. Congratulations to Bob Thompson and congratulations to the special grievance committee.
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