View Poll Results: Should the WBCCI Name be changed?
Yes, Change it! 38 34.86%
No, Leave it alone! 71 65.14%
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Old 12-18-2005, 04:42 AM   #15
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I agree to change it, But,,,, it should be down a ways on the list,

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Old 12-18-2005, 05:00 AM   #16
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Don't ya hate messin with tradition. Makes sense to leave it as is.

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Old 12-18-2005, 05:17 AM   #17
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pretty much a traditionalist. i vote to leave it as is, thanks,,, dieterdog 1865
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:24 AM   #18
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Name change

I think the name should be changed. No one knows who Wally is anymore. If we want the club to grow, the name should reflect the most marketable commodity it has, the Airstream name.

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Old 12-18-2005, 07:41 AM   #19
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Leave it alone - hope a few in the WBCCI HQ read this thread. I still can't believe this passed in the first place.
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:22 AM   #20
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#5013, although a member-at-large. Traditionalist, I say leave the name, or at most, change "caravan" to Airstream, but keep the Wally. I like being connected to something that has lasted and represents our prized trailers. Sure, refresh the Club to better include younger family members, but respect the past. Maybe Max and I (60's) will even be persuaded then to visit and join a local Missouri club. Remember the old Girl Scout song? "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold." Surely seems to apply here. ~G
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:25 AM   #21
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I vote YES. Not for those of us who are already members, but for those people who don't know or care who Wally Byum was, or what the WBCCI is. I see immediate recognition and interest in the Airstream Trailer Club. That is the term I use for our club when talking to people in general. Our trailers unite us. The wonderful people in our club is what keeps us together. That's why we are lifetime members. George
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Old 12-18-2005, 10:54 AM   #22
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I voted to change it before, but now I've changed my mind to leave it alone. I feel bad about losing the tradition of all those years of Wally Byam's name and vintage caravans and all that...

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Old 12-18-2005, 11:03 AM   #23
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I love this forum... I've read many arguments for and against, here and I've CHANGED MY MIND! This is a big deal - I hate to admit that I was wrong. But I vote no. No change.

Wally is cool and the "wally spirit" is alive and kicking and every Airstreamer who has had a passing thought or desire to hitch up and wander the world knows it.

The first post suggested just voting on this thread - no chatter. Sorry Stef - I don't follow directions very well. Maybe the WBCCI should be letting the folks they want to attract to the club vote.... The "already joined" folks already get it.

Keep the name - change the club practice. Do away with the pomp and fluff and go camping!
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:58 AM   #24
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I voted no for this one. The name is fine.

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Old 12-18-2005, 12:34 PM   #25
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What's in a name? Leave it alone.

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Old 12-18-2005, 12:37 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by InsideOut
I voted yes.

I think by changing the name away from Wally Byam Caravan Club International to something like Wally Byam Airstream Club would better represent what the club is about...Airstreams, not just caravans.
I vote no. As someone said, it is one of the few things that isn't broken. If any change is made, I would accept Shari's idea. As to Wally Byam, what about the Audobon Society? Shouldn't that be the bird society for the same reasons?
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Old 12-18-2005, 12:45 PM   #27
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What about the non members?

If a name change is supposed to increase the membership and make the club a more household name, why not survey the non members on this forum. How about a poll that asks non members, would you become a member if the name was changed? After all, this is all about getting new members.


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Old 12-18-2005, 01:01 PM   #28
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The reason I said members only was because I would like to get someone in the WBCCI to look at this poll and say, look at all those members and this is what they think. I'm afraid the thoughts of non-members wouldn't weigh as heavily with them. I understand, the non-members are the people we need to be talking to and saying 'why haven't you joined yet?', but in this instance I just want to know what the people who have already paid to join up and therefore have a vested interest in the club have to say.

I'd start a different poll for non members, but as we've noticed from the name cahnge discussion thread, the reasons people DON'T join are widely varied, and I think the name change is th least of it.


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