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Old 03-01-2006, 11:00 AM   #29
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Well, I am in the Process of obtaining a 2006 23' Special Edition Safari w bay windows (trying to get the best interest rate).. should have everything wrapped up by March 4th.

I am 46, Married, have one daughter at home, 16. In fact she is very excited about the AS. She is already planning our summer "Tour".

Being new to trailering, let me say this:

I will join.

Age demographics do not matter to me. I have learned so much from some of our mature residents in matters of life that I count myself lucky when I find myself interacting with a wide variety of people.

I currently belong to a Harley Owners Group (HOG), riding with all ages.
HOG membership administration has a great model for recruitment and retaining members.;

Rides are planned for short and long trips, so every member has a choice.

Special workshops are planned, like bike maintenance, upkeep, and tricks of
the trade to keep your rig running right.

Charity work as a group is planned from time to time.

I am positive that this club reflects the same values.

Hope to see you all on the road real soon....
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:17 AM   #30
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Well, I am in the Process of obtaining a 2006 23' Special Edition Safari w bay windows (trying to get the best interest rate).. should have everything wrapped up by March 4th.

I am 46, Married, have one daughter at home, 16. In fact she is very excited about the AS. She is already planning our summer "Tour".

Being new to trailering, let me say this:

I will join.

Age demographics do not matter to me. I have learned so much from some of our mature residents in matters of life that I count myself lucky when I find myself interacting with a wide variety of people.

I currently belong to a Harley Owners Group (HOG), riding with all ages.
HOG membership administration has a great model for recruitment and retaining members.;

Rides are planned for short and long trips, so every member has a choice.

Special workshops are planned, like bike maintenance, upkeep, and tricks of
the trade to keep your rig running right.

Charity work as a group is planned from time to time.

I am positive that this club reflects the same values.

Hope to see you all on the road real soon....
Congratulations, I believe that you will be pleased with your decision. My unit, El Camino Real, has a rally planned for the last weekend in April in Ramona, CA. If you would like, I will send you a copy of our newsletter. send me a PM with your address.

Bill
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Old 03-10-2006, 04:28 PM   #31
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I'm still on the fence, I WAS all fired up to join the Montana unit, talked on the phone to the President and she was very helpfull and also was very friendly, and seem's to be a very very nice person, I can only assume that the rest of the unit is the same. The downfall to this is there is only one unit in Montana, and if I were to attend a unit meeting, I would half to dirve 5 to 6 hours to attend a meeting. I would like to belong to a unit that was closer so that I could be more involved with the unit, but this is not a opption that I have. I also have taken a look at the benefits to joining WBCCI and there is really no real benefits to the club that would benefit me other than getting to know fellow airsrteamers witch is a very good thing. I also have read thru the WBCCI sites forums and the same thing is being stated there as is here about the WBCCI's communication skills, is a dissapointment to its fellow members, so I have gotten the impression that the WBCCI's higher elected goverment is really not all that lower member freindly, whitch is to bad because the way I see it is the members as a whole that makes a club a club. and it is for this reason that the WBCCI survives. I'm really not sure if I want to be a member of a club that is kept so much in the dark on certain issues that all club members have a right to know and should be kept informed of I guess I'm still on the fence.. The Good Sam Club has way much more to offer than the WBCCI. Still on the fence I guess....
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Old 03-10-2006, 04:55 PM   #32
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[SIZE=2]Well, I am in the Process of obtaining a 2006 23' Special Edition Safari w bay windows (trying to get the best interest rate).. should have everything wrapped up by March 4th.
I'm sorry, but did you say a 23' Special Edition? I didn't know that they had the 23' on Special Edition yet with the panoramic window and alum interior exposed skins.
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Old 03-10-2006, 05:15 PM   #33
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Thumbs down Hiding Behind the Fence

Well, finally had a chance to read up on all this WBCCI bruough-ha-ha. I think I will stay behind the fence.
I have considered joining/not joining for the last five years and the things that have pushed me back are the appearant formality and structure of the club.
First is the vintage club within the club. One group for the price of two? From what I have seen and heard there seems to be friction between the two factions. Second was from a member who seemed to feel that even though there were a bunch of stuffed shirts the initiation ceremony wasn't that bad. Ceremony! Didn't join anything in college for that very reason. Haven't had an initiation for any other group I belong to.
Please note that these are just my reactions to things that may or may not be a true representation of facts. If they are not true then the club hasn't done a good job of promoting themselves.
Now the latest with the name change. What the fallout will be seems to be anybody's quess. A Grouch Marx quote was referenced to in one of the other posts. Another one of his was " I think I'll join this club and beat you over the head with it."
I have been to the forum rallys and have found them to be quite enjoyable mostly due to the ad hoc nature of the events and look forward to more in the future.
WBCCI, I'm out.

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Old 03-10-2006, 06:53 PM   #34
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Good point Tom. I agree with your position and reasons. I love the forum and think I'll just stick with it...joe...
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:31 PM   #35
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I'm still on the fence, I WAS all fired up to join the Montana unit, talked on the phone to the President and she was very helpfull and also was very friendly, and seem's to be a very very nice person, I can only assume that the rest of the unit is the same. The downfall to this is there is only one unit in Montana, and if I were to attend a unit meeting, I would half to dirve 5 to 6 hours to attend a meeting. I would like to belong to a unit that was closer so that I could be more involved with the unit, but this is not a opption that I have. ..
I think there is an active unit around Couer d'Elene but I guess that would still be 2-3 hours away right?
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:31 PM   #36
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It's really a shame that you take the rants of a very few and assume they are gospel. I for one, hope at some point you reconsider...we have met many WONDERFUL people through the WBCCI & VAC, some friendships that will last a lifetime.

FYI - I am still working, under 50 and like to hang out around a campfire with an adult beverage...I don't knit, am not into amatuer radio or play bridge.

There are lots of folks just like me involved ~

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Old 03-10-2006, 07:34 PM   #37
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Yeah, what Shari said....
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:44 PM   #38
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yeah like Shari said. Don't let the ranting of a very few influence you. Hey girls isn't there anything else you might like to pin on the very few? Looks like the gettings good. You can get a lot more licks in if you only try a little harder.
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:46 PM   #39
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It's really a shame that you take the rants of a very few and assume they are gospel. I for one, hope at some point you reconsider...we have met many WONDERFUL people through the WBCCI & VAC, some friendships that will last a lifetime.

FYI - I am still working, under 50 and like to hang out around a campfire with an adult beverage...I don't knit, am not into amatuer radio or play bridge.

There are lots of folks just like me involved ~

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Yep, what Shari said is true for me too. Except I'm closer to being 50.
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:53 PM   #40
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35, haven't seen the "in fighting," just see great parties and great food. Oh yeah...and cool Airstreams.
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:20 PM   #41
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I think there is an active unit around Couer d'Elene but I guess that would still be 2-3 hours away right?
Uberlanders thats still alot better than 5 to 6 hours, and InsideOut you make a very good point about friendships that are made and will also last for a lifetime. I think I will reconsider my thoughts on this, I really would like to meet some of you at a rallie or where ever, it sure would be fun. I bought this trailer to be my home for awhile, and also after finding this forum thought it would be alot of fun to do the get togethers that all of you do. thank you for your kind posts and maybe I will meet you all this summer, Thanks Again..
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Old 03-10-2006, 11:47 PM   #42
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There's the club and then there's the people. People are usually great everywhere, that's almost a given. The current conflict is over the name, history, and continuing recognition of the club name. Leaders are usually out of touch with members in far too many organizations. Why should this one be any different?

Skip the leaders, have fun with the people. With a '77 and a '67 rig you guys might have a lot more interest in the past of the club and the trailers. The VAC interclub newsletter has produced some really nice newsletters. Many of them are for free at airstream.net.

Some have said that the extra $20 on top of the general membership and on top of the unit dues is excessive, but hey, somebodies got to pay for all those leaders to drive cross country a couple of times a year. So while it would be neat to just join the VAC at $20 a year, the mothership isn't going to let you get away with it. They need your money BAD!

I'd say make your first venture a forums rally if you've got one near you. You'll start an interesting topic post dinner and find out half belong, half don't. It will make for an interesting evening discussion!

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Although you cannot join the VAC without being a member of WBCCI, you can subscribe to the Vintage Advantage for the same $20 per year. http://www.airstream.net/subscription.html

But, for those of you who think that $20 is too much for the newsletter, it is available for free on line with some lag.

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