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Old 01-01-2010, 09:40 PM   #127
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Which raises further comment. How does NOVA stand on the current motions being submitted to the IBT? I don't know if it was during chat or in this thread that Dan B said he has decided to avoid controversy. How will we effect change as a group in Nova? Also how can officers be voted in without becoming familiar with each other in the unit? I think this is an unfortuitous delay. I do not think a session in chat will support enough info to make wise decisions. I think we should get on with serious discussion. Perhaps we can add our names to a roster as they do with Air Forums' rallies to see who is who. It's enough to pledge your allegience to the WBCCI at a possible $75.00 dollars a year, without even knowing who is in your new unit to boot!
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:56 AM   #128
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Which raises further comment. How does NOVA stand on the current motions being submitted to the IBT? I don't know if it was during chat or in this thread that Dan B said he has decided to avoid controversy. How will we effect change as a group in Nova? Also how can officers be voted in without becoming familiar with each other in the unit? I think this is an unfortuitous delay. I do not think a session in chat will support enough info to make wise decisions. I think we should get on with serious discussion. Perhaps we can add our names to a roster as they do with Air Forums' rallies to see who is who. It's enough to pledge your allegience to the WBCCI at a possible $75.00 dollars a year, without even knowing who is in your new unit to boot!
Man, overnight and no one commented on this.

I have submitted my "opinion" on each of the 26 motions for the winter IBT to my current Unit of WDCU. If everyone is interested, I can post my responses here but I am sure that they do not represent the feelings of all in the proposed NOVA unit. Which becomes a second point...NOVA doesn't have a stand on any motions right now because NOVA is not yet a unit and won't be until July at the earliest. So the "stand" of NOVA is kinda a moot point. I understand though that you're just trying to gauge the feeling of your fellow members of NOVA.

It would be nice to have NOVA somewhat reserved from the ongoing arguments about the WBCCI. I'm glad DanB has managed to keep it out of this thread. We are discussing NOVA issues here, arguments about core WBCCI issues are going on in other threads. If NOVA were being formed by WBCCI haters, then I doubt we would be looking to become a unit of the WBCCI. If someone is joining NOVA, one had best have the attitude of promoting change (if you want to get into the political side of things) from within rather than bash & leave. Granted, if you read my posts elsewhere you know that I'm really on the bash & about-ready-to-leave side of things; but for me NOVA would be what would pull me back over to the stick around and work for change type of attitude.

My hope is that NOVA can introduce positive changes in the WBCCI by being a model for new units and by being a unit united for change in the right direction rather than being split to the point that no motions or ideas get past the president's Inbox.

Clearly there will need to be some face to face meetings before we elect officers, but keep in mind that our unit could be formed no earlier than July. There's a lot of time to camp between now and then. Dan has already posted at the NOVA site that there will likely be a NOVA campout early this year. Perhaps we should start talking about where and when now? I don't see this as a delay because this would all occur well before the July possibility of a charter.

Dan: you do need to get a list up on the NOVA site as to who has pledged their membership and affiliation to NOVA so that we all know who's here. AirForums user names would be helpful with each name on the page, too.

Let's hope the $75/yr gets stymied for another year at least!

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Old 01-02-2010, 09:06 AM   #129
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Hi Carol,

You are very correct about everyone getting to know each other. I very much look forward to it. In an effort to respect the privacy of all members, I invite those that have joined to intoduce themselves. I feel publishing a full roster publically might be objectionable to some. Everyone will get a copy of all the information that will be sent to the WBCCI very soon. Probably before Monday.

On the application everyone filled out, I had a few check boxes regarding privacy. Once I go through those I will be better equiped to publish info.

Regarding controversy: I'm more concerned with having fun. I do believe that NOVA can accomplish more with a cooperative attitude than by coming in guns firing.

A time and place may come when a statement will need to be made. During our provisional period probably isn't it. We probably will be asking for the IBT to approve a few dramatic changes to the standard bylaws and constitution. This will be much easier for them to do if we are viewed as non-hostile.

In truth, thats the kinda of unit I want NOVA to be. Non-hostile, cooperative, progressive, and fun. This doesn't mean that we won't be vocal. I just think our methods of communication and unit management will become a visable model that will be noted.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:03 AM   #130
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Two very clear statements from both Dan and Jason. Thanks for the in depth replies. That was exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for. Much like meeting face to face in a traditional unit, an internet unit will be enabling members and perhaps interested people in getting to know the individuals of the unit better. I am anxious to see the personality emerge of the NOVA unit.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:34 AM   #131
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In an effort to respect the privacy of all members, I invite those that have joined to intoduce themselves.
I'll start this...
  • Jason & Andrea Grendahl, sons Parker (3.5 yrs) and Mason (1.5)
  • bought our first Airstream in Feb 2009, a '74 Overlander rear bath, double mid-ship bed
  • joined the WDCU of WBCCI in April 2009
  • affiliate to NOVA if/when approved, likely will transfer to full membership some time later
  • live in Jeromesville, OH which is officially in the middle of nowhere, but in real world terms we're about 15 min. from the I-71 and US-250 (Ashland) intersection.
  • traveled extensively last year and encountered many issues with our "new" camper, this winter many things are being redone as a result. We'll have a 50% new camper when March / April rolls around.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:24 PM   #132
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I will go second!

Larry and I are both retired now. We have one daughter who is on her own and lives across the street. Loren wishes to inherit the Argosy.

2002 or 03-We inherited the 1978 Argosy Minuet and started its journey back to a better life. Larry and I joined airforums to do the research on how to get started on its new childhood. We only traveled to a few rallies and campgrounds cuz we were caregivers for my folks.

Bought the 1989 Excella 1000 29 footer in 2009 after the passing of my mom. The Excella is excellent!
Spent last summer getting out quite a bit and having a blast camping at informal gatherings with campers from airforums.

We live just off of the Ohio Turnpike, I-480 and near to I-71 in the village of LaGrange. We invite folks to stop at our courtesy parking spot in the driveway where they just might end up in the midst of driveway "rally" in our backyard.

We are not WBCCI and had no reason to join since we were very happy with our informal airforums gatherings and meeting new folks from here. But the more we spoke to DanB at campouts the more we were convinced that NOVA is a good forward thinking way to go! But no matter which way that goes we are going to continue to be here and camping with friends that we have met along the way. We hope to make some more good friends this year!
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:46 PM   #133
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Brad and I got into Airstreaming and WBCCI in 2004. We have gone to many rallies, WBCCI internationals, IBT Mid-Winter, region and local rallies and many forum rallies near and far, and JC's HomeComings and a few informal caravans. I also enjoyed the Women's We Can Tow It rallies. We like to travel and hope to get back to having more opportunity to do so in the future. For now our early retirement has been put on hold while we try to reenter the workforce. We tried our first work camping gigs this past summer and may be doing more of that coming up.

Our kids are grown so now we dote on fur babies, one german shepherd, Koa; one bordercollie/lab mix, Orie; and a big yellow striped cat, KeeKee. We like photography, bicycle riding, hiking and going new places and meeting new people and catching up with old friends.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:21 PM   #135
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Bought the 1989 Excella 1000 29 footer in 2009 after the passing of my mom. The Excella is excellent!
So how's the new Excella being stored? Did you make space in the barn and remove the Argy? Parking the Excella in the camping spots? Put up a new barn?

We gotta do a season opener again this year. The weather was uncommonly great that last weekend in March last year. Hopefully we can get that again. Would be great to show you guys the improvements to the AS and evacuate the antifreeze into your "dump station". I suppose you guys come come south to our place, too. Or maybe we do it all at a campground if they'll let us hook up to the water. We'll see.
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The Argosy is in Loren's camping spot next to her garage. The Excella is currently parked in our camping spot. Larry had a paint booth set up in the barn, and the Caddy is in there so that he can heat the garage space to work on Loren's van. He has not cleared enough space out there as of yet. We have been talking about another garage, but can't justify that cost yet. (I will keep talking tho! LOL!) Guess we would rather be camping than building. Been there, done that!
We would love to have a season opener here, or at a campground, if the weather cooperates. Last weekend of March sounds good right now. We will cross our fingers.
April is already booked up. We are planning our way to the Springstream rally and then the Dogwoods and Blue Grass rally. We did not have a chance to do long range planning before, so this is all new to us!
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We are planning our way to the Springstream rally and then the Dogwoods and Blue Grass rally. We did not have a chance to do long range planning before, so this is all new to us!
I'm jealous. I LOVED springstream. I would LOVE to go back. But, Andrea talked me out of it this year due to the time and cost. We went down I-71 to I-75. Once you get within 50 miles, you have two choices. You go up and over a big hill with lots of curves on a barely 2 lane road, or you meander your way through a state park reserve with hundred of trucks and tourists. Have fun. Nevertheless, it's worth it. Awesome setting, awesome campground. Great area.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:55 AM   #138
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Hi everyone. I just started a new thread for introductions. Please stop over & introduce yourself if you've signed up with NOVA.

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A quick reminder that NOVA will be having an informal chat in the chat room at 8 tonight.

I intend on giving an update and maybe we can through out some season opener ideas.
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Hi,
When you give a chat time could you please give what time zone the hour is?
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