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Old 02-26-2009, 11:49 PM   #1
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I received my March, 2005, Blue Beret today, and noticed something that took me back a bit. In the Welcome to New Member Listing on page 5 there were 35 new members listed, and 17 of those had joined as MALs. That's virtually half. Will WBCCI become an organization where half the members do not get to vote?

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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I noticed that also. I guess we should invite them to come to our rallys and ask them to join our Units. I think alot of mal's just join, not wanting to take the first step to call up a unit to go to a rally. Since I have made this statement I better find my bb and get in touch with any Mal's in my area and invite them to our April Rally.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:33 AM   #3
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I think that is why the drop out rate for MALs is so high, They join the club, but never connect with other members. They see the big picture of the club, but not the most important part of the club which is the unit. I scan through the list every month and find MALs located in the area of my unit and send them an email.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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MAL's are quiting because they do not feel they are getting their money's worth out of the club. They are charged at $19 more annually than if they joined the 4cu or the wdcu. They do not get to vote or the ability to express their desires for what they want the club to offer them. I think some of them join as MAL's because the units in their area are very old or dying. Maybe some of them are just not into local group gatherings. I have belonged to Good Sam for years but have never attended an Illinois chapter meeting. We need to find out why they joined as MAL's and how we need to change to meet their needs or we will be forever doomed to high fall out rate of the MAL members.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:08 AM   #5
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My wife and I are mal's. We are still looking for a unit...and have attended one units' meeting, and are going to another unit meeting in a couple of weeks. We are new to camping, and love our airstream. I will speak for myself now...not my wife. I am medically retired. I am 50 years old, and my wife is younger than me. I am not sure that I like the structure of the WBCCI as it seems to be like a mini government...for a camping club!?! I want to camp...get away...not attend meetings! I also do not like feeling like I am the youngest one in a group...and that the vultures are circling...Ah...a young one....lets get him to join and put him to work....
I also am not super social. I get along with others just fine...and I don't mind pitching in when there is communal work to be done...heck, I'll even do the dirty work!!! But I don't like to lead...or plan...I do not want to get elected...I just want to camp. The WBCCI is in trouble...kinda like the government. Maybe some radical change needs to happen....I don't have the answer...just my own opinion...good or bad
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:35 AM   #6
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Having recently bought our Airstream, my wife and I considered joining, but because I have to work weekends, we have no opportunity for rallies. So we thought about MAL, but why bother - too expensive for value received. Perhaps in a couple of years, but right now, membership isn't for us. We are planning two one-week trips in our AS this year, and I'll be taking it out two other times for 4 days each. We'll use it and enjoy it, but that's why we haven't joined.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:09 PM   #7
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Runningbarre, I just sent you a private message.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:09 PM   #8
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They join the club, but never connect with other members.
I do not agree with those that assert that people leave clubs like the WBCCI "because they do not feel they are getting their money's worth out of the club" or because they don't get voting privilege. The data I have seen points in other directions.

With clubs, it is the common interest that brings people in and it is the connection with other members that keeps them involved. If people are interested in politics, they should join a political party, not an RV club. If people are interested in benefits and financial rewards, they should join a buyer's club (Good Sam?). If people are interested in making full use of their Airstream RV, then they should join WBCCI.

What I see in the MAL census is that the current membership of the WBCCI is not reaching out to find new Airstream owners but rather that Airstream owners are finding the WBCCI and having to figure out what it really is. That points out something that was noted here - get in touch with those MAL's in your area, invite them to join an event and help them connect with others who have joined in the common interest of using their Airstream RV as it was designed to be used.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:18 PM   #9
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There are some things that are going to be hard to get around.

Any time you want the benefits of a group, even if its just you and your wife, you are going to have meetings and planning and all that - the bigger the group the more of this it takes to keep bad things from happening.

It is also true that there are not many young retirees or non retired folks that can put more than an occasional weekend into recreational activity. This is why Wally Byam offered his comment about Canadian farmers in winter and teachers in summer way back in the 50's.

There are ways to work around these facts of life. They always start with one's self and not with someone else.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:27 PM   #10
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I noticed that also. I guess we should invite them to come to our rallys and ask them to join our Units. I think alot of mal's just join, not wanting to take the first step to call up a unit to go to a rally. Since I have made this statement I better find my bb and get in touch with any Mal's in my area and invite them to our April Rally.
What a great idea! Every WBCCI member should take your advise to heart and invite a MAL to a local rally. Heck, I would even pay for it for their first time with us!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:30 PM   #11
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You mean when someone joins WBCCI, the headquarters don't contact the units close to them to contact the new members and invite them to a rally, a meeting, or make them feel welcomed? No wonder the MALs quit after a while.

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Old 02-27-2009, 08:59 PM   #12
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Yes , Gene you are right . No body contacted me when i got on Air. Alot of this you have to do yourself and make your own choice.
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I didn't even meet another member of the WBCCI until we arrived at our first rally. We joined right after buying the A/S in December, but didn't make it to a rally until June.

I think you are right, we need to contact MALs in our area and invite them to events. It would also be nice to get information on new owners in our area who may (or may not) have joined yet.

Meeting folks and having fun is absolutely what we enjoy about the club. We are in our 40s and would love to welcome folks of similar age and interest.

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Old 02-27-2009, 09:10 PM   #14
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Look at the thread "Give me a straight answer"on the portal page now.
This person is looking for a unit in Ohio.Looks like no unit has reached out to them after they contacted a unit and Ohio is the home of the WBCCI.
No wounder folk do not join or quit the WBCCI.
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