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Old 12-23-2005, 12:22 AM   #15
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Not sure if you're talking about the Metro Detroit "area" or the WBCCI unit. We are in the process of joining the Metro Detroit WBCCI unit hoping that they're more like what Tin Hut describes, than our current unit. If you're talking about starting a new unit like Tin Hut's in the Metro Detroit area, keep talking . . .
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:53 AM   #16
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Not sure if you're talking about the Metro Detroit "area" or the WBCCI unit. We are in the process of joining the Metro Detroit WBCCI unit hoping that they're more like what Tin Hut describes, than our current unit. If you're talking about starting a new unit like Tin Hut's in the Metro Detroit area, keep talking . . .
Hey that's great Joe! I haven't been to a unit doings yet, but I have met quite a few of our members now. We'll have to keep each other posted and see what's up. I kind of wish Andy was still president, he and Claudia are so cool.
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Old 01-25-2006, 07:04 AM   #17
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You'd have to start by contacting the president of your region to solicit their assistance and sponsorship. There's a sample constititution and bylaws that you can get from WBCCI and use it for your starting point. Assuming there's no wholesale changes in the fundamentals on paper you submit it to the Reg. Pres. along with a list of 10-12 (I forget the exact number) of members (rigs) that have agreed to join the unit. You'll then receive a provisional charter as the app. goes thru an internal review & vote or sanctioning. I can keep you posted on the progress. We just got the provisional last week.



Tin Hut...I would be interested in hearing if there has been any progress in the organization of your new unit.
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Old 01-25-2006, 07:34 AM   #18
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Sure wish your group was close to us, we would join in a second, just what we had been looking for. Our closest wbcci group president just point came out and told me they were an older group, and after he found out we had a 7 year old son he stated there where no kids and they all liked it quite. I got his point real quick. And decided real quick we would just enjoy our reg. campouts without being a member.


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Old 01-25-2006, 07:46 AM   #19
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Hi Tin Hut - A #1 that is why you have been quiet on the forums - you've been doin lots of splainin!!!!

That is an excellent approach - and seems to be the only succesful approach these days.

I believe that the Washington DC folk are made up from quite a few of the Ontario Unit members who left.

After two years I have had serious thoughts of starting a new Unit - one just like your Tin Hut - one that gives a choice. Without the badmouthing and infighting between the units.

The first members I met from the Washington DC Unit - had nothing great to say about the Ontario Unit - and quite frankly as a member of that Unit it left a sour taste. Again another group of Vintage within our Unit - also have nothing nice to say about our Unit.

But you hit it Tin Hut - which I recognized in our Unit at our first Rally. Their system works for them! and who are we to change it. But we can continue the system to meet our new needs as campers today.

My question to anyone out their - is the Province of Ontario has 1 Unit - where as States can have several units within the state. Our Province is Huge and I would llike to move toward starting satelite Units within the Province - more like an affiliate unit - that can meet the needs of its geographical members. I strongly feel that smaller units can easily take on a less formal and more personal "camping" flavour that everyone seems to be longing for.

What would it take to make new units within another units territory - and how are territories assigned?
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Old 01-26-2006, 10:36 PM   #20
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It's interesting that I just had a phone conversation with a WBCCI member from Ohio who also had the same observation that if you cannot find a unit that meets your needs, it may be better to start your own unit than try to change an existing one, because what "they've" already got must be working for "them". And to be clear here we were talking about local units, not the mother club. I think a lot of us want to remain associated with the mother club that has the rich history.

I think there are fundemental reasons retirees (especially the older ones) may like things to be run differently at the local level than those of us that are still working. Neither is wrong, they are just different.

For Lorrie and I, we still like some of the larger, longer national rallies (7-10 days in length) that are focused around some sort of event. We can attend these once or twice a year by making them part of our larger vacation plans. But for local rallies, we want something more oriented around weekends only, so that they do not gobble up all of our remaining vacation time. But I can see how retirees might like to keep things in the middle of the week, even for local rallies, so that the fees are less, the camping is less crowded, and they can perhaps even be back home for the weekend.

So is anyone in or near Michigan thinking of starting up a new WBCCI unit?
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Old 01-27-2006, 12:31 AM   #21
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I hope you get some response from Michiganians Joe. I got an e-mail from the former newsletter editor of our local unit who has since moved away from the area unfortunately. He has passed the links onto the club about this thread of a new kind of club as well as the declining membership thread, WBCCI stats. So far I am sorry to say, he tells me, I was the only one to respond.

I wonder how many belong to the forum. I didn't see a large number of people on the map for this area.
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Tin Hut,

Your post sounds great. If I were not retired with the time to pursue the current WBCCI format and in a "very good" local unit, I would change in a heart beat.

I have believed for a couple years that WBCCI should have a dual organization structure that can accomodate the needs of airstreamers that have not retired.

The only thing that concerns me is that you are paying national dues that may not be directed to activities you are interested in. But, you get a local unit up and running and then pursue financial parity later.

Best of luck to "you all" and that is a plural "you all".
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I hope you get some response from Michiganians Joe. I got an e-mail from the former newsletter editor of our local unit who has since moved away from the area unfortunately. He has passed the links onto the club about this thread of a new kind of club as well as the declining membership thread, WBCCI stats. So far I am sorry to say, he tells me, I was the only one to respond.

I wonder how many belong to the forum. I didn't see a large number of people on the map for this area.
Carol,
Let me be clear. I am not proposing to start a new unit. I've still got more than enough going on trying to get a Region 4 web site going in the background with my limited spare time. However, if someone else were going to try to start a new unit in this area, I might throw my "official" membership toward that effort to help them get to the required minimum number of units (and then probably keep an associate membership with my current unit). Plus, I still want to see how the Metro-Detroit unit works out this year, now that we've joined that one as associates. Speaking of that, I wonder if it is too late to sign up for next weekend's M-D luncheon?

As for the map, I decided I'd rather not put a pin in it showing my exact location due to privacy concerns. Narrowing it down to just a county as I've done in my Profile is all I'm comfortable with. I wonder if others have the same thoughts. This might keep the number of pins on the map down.
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