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Old 12-30-2009, 03:47 PM   #379
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I do not have a dog in this hunt but as of now there are 13 people viewing this thread and I have seen as many as 40+ I have been on vacation and kinda bored watching tv ....
A very interesting point. Right now it is 21 and of that there are 6 GUESTS.

Who can they be. They are surly not individuals interested in buying an Airstream. They must have some interest in the WBCCI

Scroll to the bottom of the page and check it out. Guests are not named.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:40 PM   #380
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A very interesting point. Right now it is 21 and of that there are 6 GUESTS.

Who can they be. They are surly not individuals interested in buying an Airstream. They must have some interest in the WBCCI
Maybe the International Bandits and Thieves... I mean International Board of Trustees
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:05 PM   #382
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Maybe the International Bandits and Thieves... I mean International Board of Trustees
My first thought but there is no odor.
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Maybe the International Bandits and Thieves... I mean International Board of Trustees
Rob, you really need to cool your jets....






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Old 12-30-2009, 09:44 PM   #384
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Hi Jim M

See you are one of the 4 members reading now while there are 6 guests reading.
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careful HowieE, You're scaring them away!

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Getting back to the issue- cause and effect or creative destruction:

Lets hope the WBCCI’s management is aware of the growing crisis. Neither the club nor the members exist in a vacuum. We’re exposed to all kinds of things that are influenced by new ideas and technologies that challenge the established order. Some good ideas are improvements that should help sustain an organization and move it forward. The other good ideas that no longer work should be discarded.

In this case the excesses and budget imbalances have been long recognized and identified. No one is perfect and these are normal human shortcomings in running any business. However, those in control must make the necessary corrections, simply because the long-range survival of the club must be their primary concern and their obligation.

History has shown that if bad decisions, policies or failures can be hidden or covered, there will be no urgency to change. Often an unstated policy exists within the inner circle to avoid acknowledging their role in creating or neglecting the problem. That often happens in non-democratic governments and certain organizations, and we don’t want to be compared to such groups.

If WBCCI continues to lose members, one can consider that it ran its course and out lived its time. Failure to recognize and address the issues and problems should not be tolerated by any dues paying member. But failure is normal, and we can learn from failures.

Given the dynamic nature of Airstreamers, it is not inconceivable that as the WBCCI becomes irreverent, some other organization will be created to fill the void. Individuals are currently coming together to develop alternatives. But its no guarantee that any new organization will grow and be as successful as the WBCCI was.

The results of the “Frog Roundup IBT Rally” on January 19-23, 2010, could be the important turning point in the development or decline of the WBCCI. Lets hope the IP and IBT will not ignore the issues. Raising the dues, maintaining status quo is throwing good money after bad and dereliction at the club’s peril.

Stay tuned, get involved and vote with your feet or your dues.
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Great post JStanley...

Like I said before, my target is NOT the WBCCI - it's the leadership of the organization and until they make the much needed (and I think we're all in agreement here) hard to do financial decisions and club directional turns towards the better, I'll be one of their biggest opponents!

My Jet engines are on Full Thrust with an unlimited supply of fuel (Leo - ever been in a secure building (on the inside) and hear the mighty thunder of Fighter jets buzz overhead) on the outside.... ???)

They once had me as a H U G E supporter and got tons of FREE advertising out of me, but they lost me big time... They can get me back, if they do what's right..... but it'll take quite some doing right now...

Jan will be a very telling time... I hope their servers can handle it!
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I will add my response to another thread here, as it applies to this discussion;

MisterMike, don't be put off by all this writing and venting. Join the WBCCI and the NEU!

There's lots of focus on "management" here on the Forum, but the truth be known, the WBCCI club is a "grassroots" organization. The really important stuff happens at the Unit level. Rallies, Caravans, Camping, fun and friendships. The rest is just overhead and is very slowly changing; and things will change one way or the other. It just may be too slow for some. The thing that won't change is how much fun we have at the Unit level and that is what the club is about.

I have been around since 1995 and am having too much fun to quit.
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but the truth be known, the WBCCI club is a "grassroots" organization. The really important stuff happens at the Unit level. Rallies, Caravans, Camping, fun and friendships.
Then why is it that $55 goes to the not so really important stuff and only $10 or $15 goes to the important stuff....

And to join the local, you have to pay the FreeWillies to have that right...

If it's a Grass roots, it'd be the other way around....

Go ahead, keep throwing out over 80% (based on your unit dues).... that's sending the wrong message.. hold out.. at least until you see that more of your hard earned money will be going in the wrong direction when they up it to $75.....

You are right that the local unit is where the fun is... however, the organization serves the other direction. That needs to change!

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Old 12-31-2009, 07:47 AM   #390
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The clearest most effective form of support is financial. As long as you pay for a service you are saying the service is worth the cost. Once you stop paying the service either changes what they offer to be more desireable to the public or they go out of business. As long as you send your dues to HQ and the IBT uses that money as they see fit, you are just saying it is alright. "Go for it, you have my stamp of approval."

At Madison International there were a few formal cocktail parties for the IBT and their guests. Now, not sure how many have rented out a place and served booze there, but it adds up VERY fast. Throw in some finger food and someone playing some music and it adds up even faster. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Barry H. the incoming president at my Units Installation rally. I thought he had come to see how the WDCU holds a rally. I thought he had come to camp with us. Little did I know he was paid to be there. He was there to hand out ribbons and ask us personally to go to Gillette. I cornered him and suggested strongly that he forego just one cocktail party and use that funding to rent a moon bounce and a pony for the kids at his International. That the budget of just one cocktail party could give the kids(the future of the WBCCI as the BB cover read) something to do at International. He looked at me shocked that I would make such a suggestion. To buy a moon bounce (yes buy, not rent) and rent a pony for a week is less than $1000. Why do I know this? I am one of the organizers of the 1st Annual Wally Byam Birthday Bash. We are going to have a moon bounce or two and maybe a pony.
I would love to know how many were recruited to go to Gillette versus how much the ribbons cost us and how many miles were reimbursed $.50/ mile for Barry to get there. I would imagine the return on the investment was not very good.

On a side note. The cover of the BB that my daughter was on. In the photo she is smiling and looking like a little Wally Bee. Just 2 minutes before the photographer took her photo she was angrily telling me how incredibly bored she was. She was complaining that she couldn't even ride her bike because the old folks didn't seem to even notice her on her bike and she had almost been hit twice. She was suggesting that maybe we go camp somewhere else. "The future of the WBCCI"

Sorry to disagree with you Pam, I know you are right about your unit. The NEU is a very great group and tons of fun to be with. However the lions share goes to feeding the top and virtually nothing is left for the rest of the pack. It is time to get what you pay for.

Also note that IF the attendance at Gillette is not as planed the deficit will grow significantly. Your dues is propping it up.
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Did you hear they are replacing the soap opera show Guiding light with a new soap opera show called As the Airstream wheels turn. Ha Ha just kidding. Frank I said what you stated earlier. If you don't like the service don't pay for it.

Why do people keep paying and joining because?? To find out click below

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Are you suggesting Fiddler replace Lawrence Welk or just be the new theme song for the IBT
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