We just received the WBCCI Directory. While this is an invaluable resource being new to the Club I would like to share a couple of observations....
One is Courtesy Parking.
We realize not everyone has the space, schedule, or allowable policies to provide for such a great service....BUT....the ratio of WBCCI members offering CP in comparison to the number of Members - is in MHO pretty, hmm how do I say this delicately - poor. Maybe we are missing something - other than the obvious reasons why are people not more sharing/social or conscientious members when it comes to offering this service.
Has our society become that scared! that we can no longer feel safe in our own homes. Have we been so tarnished that we can no longer trust. What will be will be and there really is nothing we can do about it by "hiding" behind our own fears - we need to live and experience the human race - the MAJORITY of the human race that sees living and friendship as the key elements to a full life. (Not to get too philosophical
Onto the second observation - totally on the abstract to the above!
The only two directories we have seen leave 3 key pages completely blank! I understand that there is an advertising section and I am sure each advertiser pays their dues -but what a source of income the WBCCI is missing here! Any magazine/program/directory knows that the Back Cover, Back Inside Cover and Front Inside Cover are Prime exposure locations!
So if this organization is so rich that it does not require the income from these pages - then why not turn those pages to help Charities! Promote special Charity Events.
And if this organization feels that this is not important either - then the very least utilize the pages to get their own membership pumped up with INTERESTING photos to promote WBCCI. As in this year the 50th Anniversary - it might have occurred to some that this directory may become a collectors item - and the Mustard Yellow cover just does not cut it in todays creative society. What would it have taken to put 5 key pictures to cover the 5 decades???? It would not cost any more - as at least the one side is already printed in colour - and last I saw a printing press was the sheet is flat no?????
Sorry - I am a bit critical ( and please understand that I am taking steps to get more involved at the grass routes) - so I am not just a "critic" I am also a "doer" but surely others feel the same way - what are we waiting for - a generation to leave to make way for a new generation to come in - not good enough. The young need to work in harmony with the old to build a better organization for all of us one that will sustain yet another 50 years!.
The norms and standards of yesteryear need to be questioned, justified for today's society or built up further to bring forth the strong values of yesteryear - we (young) have the voice (energy & resources) and our predecessors (our elders) have the values (systems & experiences)!
My third observation which is probably the most important one is the lack of cohesiveness between three key elements to "Airstreaming"
1. The Manufacturer - the builders of the future
2. The WBCCI - the builders of the present
3. Vintage Airstream - the builder of the past
The fact that these three entities do not seem to work in harmony certainly sends some pretty disappointing signals to new comers - whether they may start with a brand new trailer hot of the production line - or a tired vintage gem in need of a re-generation - it is all the same.
I'm not knocking the club, the Rallies, the Caravans and all the other special things it's own members make happen - but are they all that we want to be?
We rally for a few blankets, and pennies hear and there - when we can be so much bigger and better.
2005 marks the 75th Anniversary of an amazing "icon" and what do we hear about it???? What are the amazing events across north-america to celebrate - any special production of any type of promotional item that each owner of an airstream product can purchase - not even a special key fob!......
And WBCCI celebrating their/our 50th Anniversary and again where is the big hype here (a special caravan re-inactment of the inaugural caravan) and an International with the word Birthday added to it. Why my local sporting organizations put more energy into the 5, 10, 20 and 25th anniversaries than what I can see happening this year with WBCCI.
So tell me anyone - I can take it - am I missing something??? are there communiques out there that have all the celebrations listed? Or neat 75th & 50th collector items for sale? Or is this along the same mentality as Forum Decals - just a simple item that can bring a lot of people some great pleasure and added exposure to the "airstreaming" way of life but requires a supreme court decision to get it off the ground!
Written with the utmost respect for all those members and people who are and were the founders and the sustainers for the past 75/50 years.
Oh and before anyone starts to knock the Office and professional staff (I have been in their shoes too!) It is the members of the Boards, Regions and local clubs that need to lead the organization! by giving their staff the direction and leadership they need - if we don't ask we will not receive.
However it is or should be the Headquarters responsiblity to build the working realtionship with their organizations product suppliers - such as the Airstream Manufacturer Why the other clubs like Good Sam have a better rapour with their recreational suppliers (by observing their club activities and magazines)- as well it is or should be the Head office's mandate to improve coordination of their Intra-Clubs - ALL intraclubs! Something as simple as registration - Why VAC membership would go to a separate place is beyond me - in the by-laws VAC is not a separate entity - they are a "club within" WBCCI! again am I missing something here?
I am sure these comments will boil some blood - and I sure hope I have not offended anyone - nothing is meant personally - I just see so much potential and yet so many road block/barriers.