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Old 11-26-2008, 04:46 PM   #57
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holy crap...what are we getting ourselves into? To rally or buddy or whatever...- it's a bit over the top if you ask me. We bought an airstream for its quality and coolness...and to camp. it appeared to us that camping with other airstreamers would be a great way to exchange ideas about the trailer, the lifestyle, parks, etc...sounds as if the talk would be more about the membership and unit's value. Oh well...it was nice idea. Have fun all.
Not at a Vintage gathering( or Vintage minded Unit Rally)! Its all about how to keep the Airstream on the road, where to take the Airstream, what cool people owned the Airstream before us, what can I do to make the Airstream more comfortable, why an Airstream and not a Jayco, its all Airstream and Airstream stuff.

As far as we are concerned there is not dress code to talk Airstream, no political party is excluded from Airstream talk, you can be male or female, you can like country or rock and talk Airstream, you can even have a NEW Airstream and talk Airstream! You can be a buddy, or not and come and talk Airstream, you don't even have to rally to talk Airstream, you can camp in a park and talk Airstream or squat in a field and talk Airstream, you can go east or west and talk Airstream (but most of us KNOW real Airstream talk is in WI)

The key is that you have the Airstream mindset and that's to use the product to have fun. WBCCI member or not its all about the Airstream.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:03 PM   #58
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Ed, I think you are wasting your breath. A picture has been painted .
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:12 PM   #59
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In WI we invite them to park with us, just visit or have a meal. Yes some of the rallies according to rules are "buddy" rallies. But if we run into someone or are contacted by someone and they want to attend (or they just show up) they are NEVER turned away.

This attitude in WI has been the cornerstone of our growth. We do draw new members even though our Unit has some old time WBCCI members.

And we even talk POSITIVE about the club

best part about the whole thing, these people join and come back.
I have witnessed this 1st hand from Ed, Nuvite, and a few others in the WI chapter.

Now "I" just need to do my part and show up......
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:38 PM   #60
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I have witnessed this 1st hand from Ed, Nuvite, and a few others in the WI chapter.

Now "I" just need to do my part and show up......
Hi, Ho,

Thanks for the good words about the WI unit! Actually, we need to do our part and find you a vintage Airstream! Not to worry. . . Appleton seems to have a magnetic attraction for them. . .

Happy Thanksgiving,
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:45 PM   #61
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Ed, I think you are wasting your breath. A picture has been painted .
So what picture do you see, don't let those naysayers get you in a funk. The club and us REAL members are still cool!
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:52 PM   #62
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Hi, Ho,

Thanks for the good words about the WI unit! Actually, we need to do our part and find you a vintage Airstream! Not to worry. . . Appleton seems to have a magnetic attraction for them. . .

Happy Thanksgiving,
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And its not deer. We are on a road trip on Friday to look at a 54, and its in WI. I'll share the goods on this 22 footer when I get back. What a great way to spend a day off, looking at an Airstream for sale within a day trip. Oh I can't wait to add # 4, its better than buying a new car.

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Old 11-27-2008, 12:08 AM   #63
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Thanks everyone for providing some input on this. I have been reading along, just haven't had time to post here. I'm always amazed how a WBCCI discussion thread grows so fast. We are really passionate about this stuff here

I appreciate Nuvite-F breaking down the written documents in post #52. I agree that there really doesn't seem to be anything written that states this rule. However, like 65GT said in post #43 there are some past members (I know this for a fact) that aren't welcome at a WBCCI rally (trust me on this--you wouldn't want to be camped with them). What keeps getting thrown at me though is insurance issues. Nobody has really explained this to me yet. Does an ex-member's attendance at a rally cancel our insurance? What does the WBCCI policy actually say?

Policing this though is really a nightmare for the registrar of a rally. It means you have to call HQ whenever a non-member sends in their registration. I'm ready to say come one and all. I want to build up the FL unit, and WBCCI membership. Maybe I can show some ex-members a good time and get them to re-up. Now how do I keep the wack jobs from coming and parking next to me?

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Ed, there are many pictures painted, but this one is an exceptionally colorful painting.
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Now if you scan that photo, you will find a face of a non WBCCI er. He is now a WDCU member and has been to another rally since this photo was taken. He was a secret guest at this rally. Keep looking, you won't find Waldo, but you will find two couples that were MALs, but now also belong to the WDCU.

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Believe it or not this is a very serious ceremony in which many "RULES" needed to be followed during the swearing in of our new officers. It was so serious, that we did it in front of the campfire at sunset. Not in the picture are the forums members that came just to see what the WBCCI was about. You also do not see the two other couples that have chosen to leave their stuck in the mud units and become members of our unit. You also do not see the ten cases of beer the local distributor donated to our event.

Pretty boring paintings of the WBCCI if you ask me.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:51 AM   #65
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The National Constitution is trying to sell memberships.

The national (and some locals as well) has had some freeloaders in the past and wants to prevent it in the future. WBCCI members feel WBCCI is all about Airstreams, as can be seen in the overwelming defeat of the SOB proposal last year.

Airstreamers can get together anywhere to discuss and have fun with Airstreams or any other RV but that may not necessarily be a formal "WBCCI" function. Forum Rallies, TCT, and non-organizations may sponsor these get togethers and do. If you do not want to obey the rules of the National, do not call it a WBCCI function.

The insurance policy (paid for by the National) only protects the officers/organizers of an WBCCI function from law suites against them by someone who thinks he was damaged by the actions of that officer/organizer. This is an extremely rare occurance. If you want to sponsor (take financial and personal liability) for an outing, do not make it a WBCCI function and you do not need to obey any rules.

Without this insurance policy no one would ever want to run for office or organize and run a rally.
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What keeps getting thrown at me though is insurance issues. Nobody has really explained this to me yet. Does an ex-member's attendance at a rally cancel our insurance?
I guess when somebody "throws the insurance issue at you" you need to ask them to explain it to you. They're the one "in the know"--or claim to be.

I don't know, but I very strongly doubt that attendance by any particular person at a rally would void the insurance coverage for the rally.

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I agree that there really doesn't seem to be anything written that states this rule.
Ah, yes, the "unwritten rule". In my humble opinion there are as many "unwritten rules" as there are people who make them up.
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:40 AM   #67
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Ed, there are many pictures painted, but this one is an exceptionally colorful painting.


Pretty boring paintings of the WBCCI if you ask me.
Now that's a painting! Ya know thats what I see too. I'll keep looking for the non-member, you guys did a good job making them look like the WBCCI members that I know!
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:32 AM   #68
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I have a question. Why would U belong to a Unit 500 miles away and not support a unit in your own backyard. It dont seem rite.
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I leave one behind and cross 2 others to get to WDCU and mine is one of the shorter distances traveled
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Nuvite-F, I have a question. Why would U belong to a Unit 500 miles away and not support a unit in your own backyard? It dont seem rite.
Hi Roger:

Because not everyone abides by the rule that if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.

For example, let's say you lived in Maryland but the closest WBCCI unit to you was the WDCU Unit. You can't stand loud shirts and people who wear fake flowers around their necks. They obviously have no respect for decorum and dignity. The sound of children laughing annoys you to no end, and they run around as if they are not in church. Campfires are nasty because they encourage people to stay up past bedtime, the smoke gets in your eyes, and marshmellows are not good for your health. This Unit does not enforce sensible rules that everyone should follow and they cannot adhere to a tight schedule. To top it all off, they never serve boiled ham in hot water with instant mashed potatoes and canned peas for dinner. You just can't stand the fancy-named foreign dishes they cook and impose on everyone.

But 500 miles away is the Unit of your dreams. Just before they shake your hand welcoming you as their newest member, they hand you a 5" thick three ring binder of rules, with an index! Thankfully everyone knows the rules and follows them. Rally dress is sensible: coats and ties for the men and knee-length party dresses for the women. No one tries to dress better or more foolishly than others. A comfortable uniformity prevails throughout each rally. Alcohol consumption is severely frowned upon, and thankfully the few drunkards conceal their sinning in brown paper bags or slink off to their trailer to partake. Everyone retires to their trailer when the sun sets so they can be freshly shaved and showered when it rises the next morning. Their rallies exude a quiet calm and relaxing pace that soothes your nerves. These people know how to behave!

So you join a unit 500 miles away because it's members are much better suited to your personality. It's the same reason every guy does not marry the girl next door: proximity is not the best indicator of compatibility. Sometimes you have to search and explore a bit, and occasionally travel, to find what you like. Unfortunately, life is not always convenient.
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