Originally Posted by Pahaska
On reflection, I think he said that he hoped for 350.
Too much of the money and effort in the club is going to support this dinosaur of a rally. Airstream saw the handwriting on the wall when they quit sending the store to the rally.
Well, an eleven-day rally, where half the attendees are volunteers who arrive early, is an awfully big production for what is essentially a business meeting for the non-profit organization. In fact, a group of volunteers from one of the Units I belong to will be forming a caravan, to take five days
just to get there, arrive early, and stay the whole time. Add in the time to return home, and that's a commitment of almost three weeks. I can't take off work for that long in one stretch, so I certainly won't be going. If I did consider attending, it would have to be my ONLY camping trip for the year (at least until I retire), and I'd even have to give up my annual family visit back to Oklahoma. Don't think my aged mom would like that!
If WBCCI wants to attract a younger demographic, big productions like the International aren't the way, since younger members are that much more likely to be working for a living, where their schedule is not their own to command.
The business meeting associated with the International could just as easily be conducted by teleconference, with attendance over Skype or something for those with the computer savvy, and by phone for those without. A teleconference would also avoid all of the antiquated pomp and circumstance so near and dear to the club old-timers and so not-so-near-and-dear to us new-timers. Hold the rally by all means, but no need to mix business and pleasure. Make it JUST a rally.