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Old 01-06-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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How has WBCCI changed?

We were members of WBCCI 10 to 12 years ago and are considering the possibility of rejoining. Our unit members were friendly, overall but we did have a few concerns about the International Organization itself.

One of the biggest issues was the militaristic-style rules of the larger organization.

Uniforms at the larger Rallys, over the top rules and the general feeling that it was extremely regimented really took away from the relaxation and fun. We are not anti-military AT ALL as a number of our family members have served but for a camping organization it was an unusual choice, bordering on inappropriate.

We were bothered by the large amount of money thrown at those who served in higher positions for travel expenses.

We felt under-represented as the higher positions were more placed from positions of power to higher positions of power rather than truly voted into position by the general membership.

On the local level members were required to wear large name tags at all rallies at all times. It was strange because after a rally or two, we knew everyone.

When I was a teenager my family were members of NCHA (National Campers and Hikers Association) and I never got that WBCCI feeling of an over-bearing dark cloud hanging over the events (both local and a number of times at the national convention). It was actually pretty great, to be honest. I have fantastic memories!

We've also had great times at Airforums Rallies and will continue to do so.

My question is, has enough changed within WBCCI to make it a good fit for the rest of us or is it still a club fitted best to those who have retired from the armed forces?

(Again, serving is not a bad thing as my husband, father, grandfather, and father-in-law all proudly served. It is just not what we are looking for in a camping club organization.)
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Yes WBCCI (now WBAC) has evolved and continues to evolve over the 24 years we have been a member. As younger owners join the club, all aspects of WBAC (national, regional, and local organizations) has changed from the regimented format you may have experienced.
It is our observation that the parent club is less formal and very much open to member suggestions and participation. Our home unit has always been informal and that has gone a long way to make old & new members feel included and happy with our events.
If anything, the leadership at the Region level and National level are actively engaging member input to keep WBAC healthy and growing strong.
If you are not aware, Airstream is building ~82 units a week. Those units are being purchased with many of the owners joining WBAC straight away (mostly on-line membership). Their expectations of an Airstream life-style are being heard loud and clear.
Each summer at the International Rally (this year in Doswell VA July 20-27) there will be a seminars and forums addressing all aspects of the club organization. Active participation in the club organization makes change happen.

I welcome you to re-join and become a positive force in the future of Airstreaming and the future of WBAC.

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Old 01-06-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the thoughtful reply Ol Bob. It sounds like things are changing for the better. We might just check out the local unit.
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We've been members for 9 years or so. It has changed significantly in that time. The leadership from the top on down is much more approachable and interested in what the membership wants as opposed to "how things have always been done" if you know what I mean.

I encourage you to give it another try.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:27 PM   #5
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It’s changing but I’m still waiting for more working people and fewer rules than currently. I was called out for not wearing my badge but I just chuckled; couldn’t find it now if my life depended on it.
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Check out Moving WBCCI Forward on Facebook to see a "member driven" initiative that is exactly what you are suggesting.
This is a grass roots effort created by like-minded WBCCI members to bring about improvements that move our Club forward.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:06 AM   #7
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The WBCCI/WBAC isn't anything like it was 10 years ago. The people in charge 10 years ago are no longer involved, new leadership has been working to modernize the club and make it relevant to the current Airstream owners. All the infighting and silly politics are long gone. Membership has been growing steady, right along with Airstream sales.


I can't speak for your local unit, but I think if you check out the club today you will see a huge difference.


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Old 01-07-2019, 09:42 AM   #8
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I too am concerned about the regimental nature. I had a Harley and they have a group that u could join also. It was highly regimented and thus took the FREEDOM out of riding.
I donít want that scenario again.
Let Freedom reign!!
Just saying 😁
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I too am concerned about the regimental nature. I had a Harley and they have a group that u could join also. It was highly regimented and thus took the FREEDOM out of riding.

I donít want that scenario again.

Let Freedom reign!!

Just saying


Had a lovely meeting with Mona, the President Elect of WBCCI, and she is very laid back. She is no where near as formal for meetings. She wants campers to enjoy their Airstream experience.
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to see a "member driven" initiative that is exactly what you are suggesting.
We were so turned off by WBCCI's rigid practices, religious bent, and organizational squabbling that we have never returned.

We continue working full time. For our two local units, all meetings and luncheons were during the work week. Rallies started on Thursday. Overall the unit was for retirees.

I just checked, and 10 years later, it is exactly the same. This year's regional rally is Monday through Saturday.

I see this statement added to the corporate code of ethics, perhaps by Moving WBCCI Forward movement:
"To be ever mindful of what we say or print with respect to its effect on other of our diverse membership so as to avoid disharmony and ill feelings among club members of differing ethnicities, religious beliefs or orientation and to dedicate ourselves to the work of cementing together the members of WBCCI in bonds of good fellowship and mutual understanding." (6/22/18)

In 2002 the ByLaws adopted the policy requirement for opening a meeting:
"Invocation (Nonsectarian)"

Yet for the 4 meetings we attended in two different units, well past the 2002 adoption, the invocations were strictly sectarian.

The blue beret symbolizes the continuing "old think".

So my question is: What has really changed?

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Yes WBCCI (now WBAC)
I welcome you to re-join and become a positive force in the future of Airstreaming and the future of WBAC.
Wally Byam Airstream Club (WBAC)? The official web site and corporate documents still say "WBCCI Inc.". Is WBCA a formal corporate name change that happened since June 2018?

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WBAC??

My membership dues were just paid to WBCCI and I don't recall anything about WBAC. What have we missed.
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WALLY BYAM AIRSTREAM CLUB MAY 9, 2017
What’s the latest scoop on the world’s largest Airstream club? Updating member outreach and improved technology has been an important focus this year for the club, including a more active internet presence. “Recently we implemented an online event calendar which lists every club rally and caravan,” “Finding a club event has never been easier.”

“We added several new social media sites for member and prospective members to find out more about the club and the things that we do.”

You may notice a slight but important change to the club logo—the club is now going by the name Wally Byam Airstream Club (updated from “Caravan Club International”) which reflects more clearly the brand the club is in reality. WBCCI doesn't do that well enough.
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From the International Board of Trustees meeting in Lewisburg, WV in 2016.


I move that bylaw Article XIII Section 1 the words "Wally Byam Caravan Club International" be replaces with "Wally Byam Airstream Club"


The club logo was also changed in 2016 to match the new name. You
might also notice that many Units within the club are changing their names to include 'Airstream'. The name didn't change the business name, so while confusing the club is both WBCCI and WBAC.


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