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Old 02-18-2004, 10:11 PM   #1
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Joining the WBCCI

We are new Airstream owners and want to join the WBCCI and the Vintage Airstream Club. While filling out the membership application, it asked if we want to join as a member at large or as part of a unit.

Can someone please elaborate on the differences between these two options? (advantages, disadvantages, etc.)

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Old 02-19-2004, 01:27 AM   #2
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LOCAL UNIT: Membership in both WBCCI and a Local Unit

MEMBER AT LARGE: WBCCI Member without a Unit Affliliation

My opinion:

If you have a "home base" and want to be involved in the club with folks in your area, rallies, "off-season" get-togethers, caravans, etc. you will probably want to join a Local Unit.

If you prefer to travel around more & you just want to drop in on an occasional rally, etc. or there isn't an active Unit near you, a Membership at Large would probably be more suited to you.

Either way you could attend rallies and would just be more if you are a loner or a people-person IMO.

Unit membership is another couple of dollars over M@L...

You must be a member of WBCCI (parent organization) to be a member of the VAC (IntraClub).


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Old 02-19-2004, 05:41 AM   #3
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You will see many threads on the differences, pros and cons as perceived by different individuals.

My vote is for local member.

As stated by Shari, you get same perks in both classifications.
As a local member, you are entitled to vote and hold office in your local club. The local clubs make up the whole body. If you find yourself with the same desires as many of us, you will have an interest in helping the WBCCI become a better community that is suited more to yours and others interests.

Long story short, join a local unit so you can be active in the developement of the bylaws and policies.

Thanks for joining,

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Old 03-07-2004, 08:48 AM   #4
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Steve, I would vote for joining with a local for several reasons. We enjoy the company of other Airstreamers. We owned an Airstream for 18 months before we joined, we were doing a lot of sprucing up of our unit and use that as an excuse for not joining sooner. If I had joined a unit sooner I would have found out a lot of things that I had to just work my way through. When I went to my first rally everyone came over to welcome me and to inspect my rig. Before the weekend was over they had removed my ball and had properly adjusted it as well as the equalizer hitch. The advice that these people had from years of experience was invaluable. You cannot think of a place to go where someone in your local has not already been. They are happy to sit down with you and tell you where to go and stay and what to stay away from. I bought my first Airstream because of the product. I bought my second Airsteam because of the people. You can meet the same people by being a member at large but it is hard to bond when you only spend a day or two with them and then move on. Try the local and if you aren't happy you can always change to at large. Do a little research first, there were two units that I could join, I choose the one that was closer and offered more of what I was looking for in a club. Best of luck and if you ever visit the Tidewater area or the Outer Banks NC feel free to stop by. We have courtesy parking in the yard with 30 amps, water and sewage.
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Old 03-07-2004, 02:32 PM   #5
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nothing to loose...about the same as member at large in can be as active as suits you....can always change units if you find one that suits you
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