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Old 12-18-2009, 06:21 AM   #43
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We left about 4 years ago over the same things. The old against the new. We were members for 10 years and when we did not renew, we never heard from club.Tthey made it was clear to us. We discover we can still camp with out all the rules and fees. It is sad, we loved the A/S life. It took the wind out of our sail.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:51 AM   #44
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The wife and I love planning trips and heading out on our own, no need for a crowd and we enjoy the freedom. We do support and attend several Air Forum Rallies each year and find those to our liking, namely informal, friendly, and no rules other than the campground posted rules. Also, for the forum rallies there are generally no fees.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:08 AM   #45
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Well, folks, the ice skating rink just opened in Hades....

Seriously, though, my "inside baseball" knowledge of this stuff is limited, but we're talking Rob Baker of the Vintage Airstream Podcast here, right? Here's a guy who has made a significant contribution to the Airstream community... not only through the VAP but with the WDCU. How do you lose a guy who is an ambassador of the product, the history and the mystique?

Maybe PeeWee can explain it?
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How do you lose a guy who is an ambassador of the product, the history and the mystique?
I don't think the AS community has lost him Hamp. I think maybe he's just chosen another road to the same destination.
I've never met Rob in person but I think I know why....Semper fi.
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Well, folks, the ice skating rink just opened in Hades....

Seriously, though, my "inside baseball" knowledge of this stuff is limited, but we're talking Rob Baker of the Vintage Airstream Podcast here, right? Here's a guy who has made a significant contribution to the Airstream community... not only through the VAP but with the WDCU. How do you lose a guy who is an ambassador of the product, the history and the mystique?

Maybe PeeWee can explain it?

Yup, that Rob Baker. The laugh of the VAP. Ambassador of all things Airstream. 3rd generation Airstreamer. Graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel. A true Man of Honor.

I don't want to speak for Rob, but he is not the kind of person that is likely to wait around for changes to take place. He tried to make changes through proper channels. He was bypassed when he was an officer in the VAC. He was silenced on the WBCCI Forums, not for being beligerent, but for asking questions that showed the club in a less than favorable light.

Rob Baker had the ability to sing the praises of the WBCCI to thousands of people every 2 weeks on the VAP. The WBCCI could have gotten so much free good publicity through him, but they saw him as a threat to the Status Quo. Rather than recognizing him as the asset that he could have been, he was cast aside and treated rudely.

Rob's leaving the WBCCI could have been predicted. When a man of action sees that his efforts are having no effect, he will change tactics. A man of action will not sit idly by and wait for change to take place in a time when the organization is at risk of no longer existing. A man of action does not listen when he is told "just enjoy camping with your unit". The way the WBCCI is being run into the ground, his unit may not exist for much longer!

I would rather have my family camp with Rob Baker and people with his attitude any day of the week. Family values, responsiblilty, honesty, and fun versus fiscal ineptitude, stuffed shirts, passive-agressiveness, and a "me first attitude". The WBCCI is not for me right now. I hope that it will be again some day.
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The way the WBCCI is being run into the ground, his unit may not exist for much longer!
I agree we are on the cusp of either a collapse or a major overhaul on the club- however the "unit" = WDCU will be there as long as the club is there. With over 150 members (most of them who don't mind spending ~$55 a year) are happy to renew just to be a member of the "Airstream Club." It's only when you start to get involved in the politics of it all that it starts to get to you (one can start to go mad thinking about our country if you pay to much attention to the government and start to forget all the wonderful things it still has to offer). If you can afford the dues- and remember it's just a CAMPING and CARAVANNING CLUB- then by all means go forth and keep Wally alive! Even if you choose not to be a member- it doesn't mean that you can't be a good steward for the brand of Airstream and help to uphold it's history and Americana value.

It's just a CAMPING CLUB- and they are simply historic recreational vehicles! We aren't curing cancer here folks- just recreating in aluminum!
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I agree we are on the cusp of either a collapse or a major overhaul on the club- however the "unit" = WDCU will be there as long as the club is there.
Exactly, no WBCCI = no WDCU. Then what?
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He was bypassed when he was an officer in the VAC.
I heard that Rob ascension to President of the VAC was delayed because he did not meet the requirement of having attended two Internationals. As I understand it, they were postponing him one year so he could meet the requirements according to the VAC bylaws.

Whatever the case, communications with Rob should have been handled better on the part of the VAC.
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Exactly, no WBCCI = no WDCU. Then what?
I group of friends that all happen to own Airstreams who like to camp together!
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Howie, if thats the case, why doesnt anyone file a motion to ammend or change some bylaws to regain control while the club still has a fighting chance? Then it gets put in front of the board, or membership, and the vote shall then apply.
In brief, the Bylaws are created only by the IBT, the membership can only change Bylaws by getting a member of the IBT to make the motion.

Second, the IBT is Constitutionally the only body in the WBCCI entitled to interpret what is constitutional and what is not. They alone interpret the rules.

This results in an organization that is top heavy. The IBT is the equivalent of both Judicial Branch and Executive Branch of government. They long ago kidnapped the Delegates Meeting (analogous to the Legislative Branch) and control it. So, the structure of the WBCCI is designed to maintain the Status Quo. So much so that even IBT members wanting to make changes have failed to make much of an impact (Bob Thompson being an extreme example of that when he was suspended).

I see a way to change the club from within, but am not optimistic. The club is going down and will crash. That appears to be inevitable, and perhaps the thing for members to do is to figure out if a controlled crash is possible so that we can rebuild.
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Rob,

It was great meeting you in person this summer at International. I think the decision to leave or stay is a subjective one, and there is no right or wrong decision in that regard. I also think that leaving has to be difficult, but I have no doubt that it is due to you being a principled and ethical man. Always take the hard right, and never the easy wrong! We will miss you and your family in the VAC!

Truly, with respect,
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I served onboard an LST. Who knows? I might have given Rob a lift... but hey, those guys in camo all looked the same to me.

When a person has the passion of Rob, or Frank, the failings and foibles of a "club" are a distraction, not a deal breaker. I suspect they will remain vibrant and active members of the community. Even though the club is fading, I think the Airstream community is stronger than ever. It is a shame, though. I thought the WDCU and similar units were one last chance for the WBCCI. Really, folks, all it takes is a reasonably objective look at what units are growing and asking, "What's going on there"?
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I would rather have my family camp with Rob Baker and people with his attitude any day of the week. Family values, responsiblilty, honesty, and fun versus fiscal ineptitude, stuffed shirts, passive-agressiveness, and a "me first attitude". The WBCCI is not for me right now. I hope that it will be again some day.
Easy there Fella

Have you experienced these stuffed shirts, irresponsiibity, dishonesty, camper style passive-agressiveness and your most frightening claim of no family values at any rallies?

Have you also had these experiences while attending Club rallies? Or are you mearly projecting your wrath in advance of what you might expect after hearing others complaints?

After joining in 2003, restoring our trailer and hitting the road and attending many wb rallies over the years we have had only positive experiences. Mostly fun, easy going and met hundreds of great people. Including Rob & family.

It is pretty easy to read these post now and figure out who have been out and about and actually has met many of these so called stuffed shirts from the more numerous one timers that did not like the look on the face of the voluteer parker and made a u-turn home to never return again.

Too bad for them. I hope the problems are resolved with the club soon. And it is good that Rob has many friends that defend his decision to check out of the club. I hope he comes back.

But these complaints should be directed towards the club officiers and not at the whole body of members that have had positive experiences.

Finally, it really bugs me that new owners read these posts and quicky decide the WB club is out of the question.???

If it is that easy to be disappointed by other peoples experiences then this camping thing may be difficult for you. And watch out for all those stuffed shirts. Really now.

Get out there......rally, camp, and decide for yourself.
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Easy there Fella

Have you experienced these stuffed shirts, irresponsiibity, dishonesty, camper style passive-agressiveness and your most frightening claim of no family values at any rallies?

Have you also had these experiences while attending Club rallies? Or are you mearly projecting your wrath in advance of what you might expect after hearing others complaints?

After joining in 2003, restoring our trailer and hitting the road and attending many wb rallies over the years we have had only positive experiences. Mostly fun, easy going and met hundreds of great people. Including Rob & family.

It is pretty easy to read these post now and figure out who have been out and about and actually has met many of these so called stuffed shirts from the more numerous one timers that did not like the look on the face of the voluteer parker and made a u-turn home to never return again.

Too bad for them. I hope the problems are resolved with the club soon. And it is good that Rob has many friends that defend his decision to check out of the club. I hope he comes back.

But these complaints should be directed towards the club officiers and not at the whole body of members that have had positive experiences.

Finally, it really bugs me that new owners read these posts and quicky decide the WB club is out of the question.???

If it is that easy to be disappointed by other peoples experiences then this camping thing may be difficult for you. And watch out for all those stuffed shirts. Really now.

Get out there......rally, camp, and decide for yourself.
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Those of you slamming those of us that have decided to hang in there with the WBCCI need to reread the quoted post above. You have to get out there and meet some more of us.

The statement "no family values at any rallies" you have GOT to be kidding! I know my two college attending well rounded kids and I found the "family values" at any rally more than meeting my and their needs. That comment made me laugh out loud!!!!!
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