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Old 02-24-2010, 05:48 AM   #1
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Hello WBCCI

Hello, WBCCI, again. We have renewed our membership again, for the 15th year!

We are members of the NEU. We have a great rally and caravan schedule for the coming year and are anxious to get started! The members are terrific and we have a great time. I wouldn't leave our WBCCI friends.

Yes, I am very optimistic and positive about the club. That doesn't mean I haven't disagreed with or had challenges to overcome. I will pay my unit and international dues, participate and contribute to the effort to make the club what we need as members. I hope you all will too.

There's alot of change happening in the structure of the club, modifications to what has "always been". We all have ideas about what should be done, but we are each individuals and the club is made up of alot of individuals, so getting a concensus for one idea and one way to change things takes alot of work. It does take time for change to happen. Alot has changed in the past two years and there's more to come. In the mean time... I am going camping.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:13 AM   #2
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Well Pam, the history of the Wbcci club is what made me join. The oldest most traveled club in the world.I have also joined the Escapees club and a new club called TAC .Now my camping options are many with more benefits and discounts.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:29 AM   #3
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Good

John, that's great. That's why we joined too. We have learned alot about our Airstream product, camping and caravanning. We have met people from all over the country that are members of WBCCI. It's been alot of fun.

See you down the road.

PS. We are members of other clubs as well, but this is our club of choice.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:32 AM   #4
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Hello, WBCCI, again. We have renewed our membership again, for the 15th year!

We are members of the NEU. We have a great rally and caravan schedule for the coming year and are anxious to get started! The members are terrific and we have a great time. I wouldn't leave our WBCCI friends.

Yes, I am very optimistic and positive about the club. That doesn't mean I haven't disagreed with or had challenges to overcome. I will pay my unit and international dues, participate and contribute to the effort to make the club what we need as members. I hope you all will too.

There's alot of change happening in the structure of the club, modifications to what has "always been". We all have ideas about what should be done, but we are each individuals and the club is made up of alot of individuals, so getting a concensus for one idea and one way to change things takes alot of work. It does take time for change to happen. Alot has changed in the past two years and there's more to come. In the mean time... I am going camping.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:04 AM   #5
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We renew every year too. To date we have gotten our moneys worth.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:24 PM   #6
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Here, here, Pam!

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We have also renewed our membership in the WBCCI and will continue to work to make this club better for all members. Also joined other clubs and will be active in all. We love Airstreaming.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:41 PM   #8
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There's alot of change happening in the structure of the club, modifications to what has "always been".
I have been thinking about this all morning and not doing too well with this statement.
What am I missing??
In the last 2 years, positive
some improvement in voting procedure
A couple hours of Sunday parking at the international
Online Blue Beret (that one is questionable if they stay with the site announced a few days ago)

Negative
$103k international rally loss
a $60k or more budget shortfall
Loss of 3 amp parking at the next 2 internationals
A record number of grievances being filed
A new WBCCI forum with censorship, advertising and on a site where it never should have been placed.

I do not intend to quit the club, however I am more discouragd now than I have ever been since I first joined in 1972
Hopefully there are more positives but I sure can't come up with them right now
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:21 PM   #9
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Better times are ahead for Airstreamers. WBCCI central command is not guaranteed a seat at the table. Actions unbecoming etc. This dogma that airstreaming requires WBCCI is a long standing myth. More "new" members are available here than anywhere else. Unfortunately they had nothing else to join but WBCCI or go to the few forum rallies. Let's see what happens. I predict this will be a very interesting summer.
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Oh, I think a strong positive, working its way upwards, is Forrest's amendment.

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Old 02-24-2010, 03:55 PM   #11
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Moving forward.

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I have been thinking about this all morning and not doing too well with this statement.
What am I missing??
In the last 2 years, positive
some improvement in voting procedure
A couple hours of Sunday parking at the international
Online Blue Beret (that one is questionable if they stay with the site announced a few days ago)

Negative
$103k international rally loss
a $60k or more budget shortfall
Loss of 3 amp parking at the next 2 internationals
A record number of grievances being filed
A new WBCCI forum with censorship, advertising and on a site where it never should have been placed.

I do not intend to quit the club, however I am more discouragd now than I have ever been since I first joined in 1972
Hopefully there are more positives but I sure can't come up with them right now
Rick, sorry you are discouraged. I am seeing a lot of effort and work being done by the 2020 Committee. These are the changes I am thinking about that are in process since the creation of that committee;
1. Focus on the Units as primary importance
2. Reassessment of venues and format for International Rallies. This year there are plans at Gillette that are more about "just camping" with 'block parties' etc. Investigations of different types of rally sites. Water, electric, do we need these?
3. Reassessment of Region and Executive positions, what's needed, what is excess.
4. Reassessment of expenses and overhead. Investigation of sources of income to offset expenses.
5. Reduction of reimbursables for officers.
6. Communications; options for a club magazine, format, costs, getting up to speed with the internet; email, website, magazine.

The March issue of the Blue Beret had some good articles and a change of thinking.

BTW, why do we need any electricity at International? I don't understand. We dry camp all the time. We have batteries and water on board.

The Blue Beret on line, I think is a good development for those who are traveling and not getting mail, they can just log on. This could also save on wasting paper and money to print, be easier on the environment.

Advertisers in the Blue Beret and on the Website do help cover costs of those items. That seems like a good thing to me. I notice how much advertising is here on the Airforum too and that's fine with me.

I hope you will see the good of the club too.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:34 PM   #12
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I agree the 2020 committee has a lot of good ideas. I also see 3 years or more of hard work on their part with nothing actually approved except a mission statement.

i have talked to both Tom Collier and Norm Beu about some form of alternate parking at International. I actually suggested boondock parking . With a near by water faucet and and a dump station on the grounds we would be fine.
Tom suggested at FL State that he was working on something like that, but he told me the same thing in september, I waited till the first of the year and then signed up for the birthday bash.
This will be the first international we will miss since 1996.. It looks like DuQouin is out also. I plan on contacting the officers in charge of 2012 and 13 so that something can be considered.

Regarding the BB website, it is only of value if it can be downloaded and archived. Only being able to read it online doesn't do it. The .PDF on WBCCI.ORG is good but the new site is not.
Hopefully that will be corrected
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:50 PM   #13
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Good points

Rick, good points. I do see that the 2020 is having an impact. We will continue to work for the membership. I actually like the PDF version of the Blue Beret as well. I have trouble with the turning of the pages in the other...too much movement for me.

BTW, love the Nokomis area. We were down that way 2 years ago when my son was living in Ft. Myers area.

We had snow and then rain today, so I am wishing I were in the sun.

Enjoy.
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We have been members since 06. Our balance sheet:

Positives
- 1 National Rally at Yellowstone
Many new friends
Fantastic time
- 3 International Rallies (so far)
Many more new friends
Many more Fantastic Times
- 3 Seasons with my Unit
An extended Family
New experiences every rally
New skills learned (like making popcorn, ice cream, and breakfast meat for 100+)

Negatives ?
Sure - you've stated them. They aren't with my unit or with my International Rally experiences.
My biggest negative is with the MEETINGS at the International and the club's inability to come to terms with spending.

The negatives NEVER affect my Rally experience.

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