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Old 12-16-2007, 05:01 PM   #1
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I am currently a unit member who is considering becoming a MAL (or WDCU member). I am trying to determine whether to become a MAL or just drop out of the WBCCI. The only benefit I can see to being a MAL is if I want to do any caravans or national rallies. I can't see any other benefits. Am I missing something. If I am not going to do caravans or national rallies, it seem like I would be wasting my money paying dues.

My question is for WBCCI members who are MAL's. (I'm NOT interested in hearing why I should try to make things work in a unit as I am pass that stage.)

So my question to MAL's is - Why do you stay in the WBCCI? What benefits do you see?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
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WDCU recommendation

We are fairly new Airstreamers and are members of WDCU for the following reasons.
1. We value membership in a club with history ... WBCCI.
2. WBCCI makes you an integral part of a very large community. We also are not interested in the Blue Beret nor organized caravans, but one must recognize that there are many good, friendly, helpful members in the organization. I started plotting courtesy parking offers on the east coast, and feel very comforted with this safety net.
3. Although we've not yet met another WDCU member in person, Paul, Star and others have welcomed us...we will meet down the road.
4. Membership in WDCU is less expensive each year than being a MAL, $56 vs. $70.
5. Last but not least, WDCU members can vote online.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:56 PM   #3
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Oh, we had our low point somewhat over a year ago, but our feelings have changed. It's really important to be a member of a good unit in which you feel like family. (That's how we feel about our DenCo unit!) And it helped our attitude when, through whatever miracle, the four corners unit was approved.

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Old 12-16-2007, 06:51 PM   #4
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I've been a MAL then joined a unit that does not fit and am transferring to the FCU.

With the Four Corners Unit my dues will drop to $56.00 and I'll be able to take advantage of any rally that appeals to me. I've met some really neat WBCCI folks and on occasion i enjoy going on a rally with them.

To me $56.00 is cheap admission to the FCU who are warm and fun people and with access to the things the WBCCI provides that I like.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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Ditto to what Goin Campin said -

But, we weren't MAL's as we didn't see the value in not being able to have a vote just to be members of WBCCI so when the 4CU was forming we realized that here was a group of people who really know how to have fun and we wanted to be a part of that.

I know there are other units as well who are very progressive, I just don't know which ones, but they are out there and worth asking about. We chose the one who were very communicative on the Forum about what they were attempting, and who as a group really focus on fun with their Airstreams and don't let the other crap get in the way.

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Old 12-16-2007, 07:27 PM   #6
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What is MAL and WDCU?
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:33 PM   #7
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What is MAL and WDCU?
MAL means Member at large. A WBCCI MAL pays top price in dues and cannot vote on any topic be it leadership or changes to the constitution. All in all a pretty lousy deal.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:34 PM   #8
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:35 PM   #9
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:41 PM   #10
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We were MALs, but were upset that even though we paid the highest dues to the national organization, we didn't even get to vote. We joined the 4 Corners Unit, even though we live in the Florida Panhandle. Our vote now counts, and our dues are less. We stay in WBCCI so that we can attend any Airstream event that we choose.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:59 PM   #11
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...If I am not going to do caravans or national rallies, it seem like I would be wasting my money paying dues.

My question is for WBCCI members who are MAL's...
hi bluebird.

i'm a mal and shall remain so until the wb' gets its act together, or i need the cash for fuel.

the other potential benefits beyond what you've stated are...

-reduced fee for staying in the a/s land yacht parks, i think they still do this.

-some of the a/s parks sell lots/timeshares and wb' membership is required for this too.

-and in theory u can attend any wb unit rally, not just the national events.

in reality this (entry 2 unit/vac rallies) may not happen but it is supposed to.

-of course, mals continue to receive the monthly blue birdcage liner and an annual membership directory.

-the leadership still claims discounts are available in many rv parks (listed in the directory) but i've NEVER had the discount honored...

-courtesy parking is listed in the directory as offered by other members.

yes it's cheaper to join the 4cu or wdcu, but neither is the completely NATIONAL/global unit which the club needs.

unit #000 (mal) is still the largest membership segment, with the most new members every month and every year.

IF the club cannot figure out how to serve this segment, it is doomed to get smaller and less relevant for 'streamers...

telling us to 'just join the blah, blah unit' is ignoring the primary issue and shows NO forward vision, or desire to retain this revenue segment.

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Old 12-17-2007, 05:14 PM   #12
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2air:

If you not taking advantage of any of the items you listed, why stay in the WBCCI? I'm questioning whether it's worth spending the $70. That's worth 4 years of Airstream Life.

I appreciate all the responses. Lot to think about.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:14 PM   #13
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2air:

If you not taking advantage of any of the items you listed, why stay in the WBCCI? I'm questioning whether it's worth spending the $70. That's worth 4 years of Airstream Life.

If you're not currently, or don't intend to take advantage of any of the club functions or benefits, then it's a no-brainer. Airstream Life is a great magazine.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:55 PM   #14
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No vote -no money. We decided to spend the dues with the Tin Can Tourists and on Airstream Life. I only wish the VAC was a stand alone organization.
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