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Old 12-19-2006, 05:10 PM   #43
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It has been my experience that most Officers would be happy to sit back and let a younger crowd run the club. The problem is that it takes a lot of time and young folks with families can't do it. It then falls to the older folks to do it over and over or let the club die. You shouldn't fault them all the time for doing what you won't.

If some change isn't made to attract younger people to the club and take offices, the club will die. I for one won't do it anymore unless changes are made. Sit back and bitch and find fault and you won't have a club.

Ever hear the story of the dog in the hay manger. The dog wouldn't let the horses eat the hay because it resented the horses, but the dog couldn't eat the hay. Some people are like that. They have no constructive ideas, they just resent those folks that do.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:02 PM   #44
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This has been an interesting discussion.

The following question was posted in the Blue Beret and I need some concise, direct answers to this question from WBCCI members. Please send me your thoughts in a PM as I need you to include your name and WBCCI #.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

WBCCI is unique in that it is run by members who hold office instead of by an RV manufacturer or professional staff. Over the years the club has given special parking and seating at rallies and designated clothing to leaders as a way of recognizing their tremendous volunteer efforts. Feedback suggests that many members feel these designations create a sense of division rather than unity.

What are your suggestions for recognizing the unsalaried work of our WBCCI leaders while at the same time building positive feelings of unity among the general membership?
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Old 12-24-2006, 06:48 AM   #45
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Please let me clarify the preceding post.

WBCCI does not give clothing to officers nor does it reimburse them for clothing. It does identify certain clothing as a means of recognition, but officers must buy that clothing themselves.
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Old 12-24-2006, 09:16 AM   #46
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Please let me clarify the preceding post.

WBCCI does not give clothing to officers nor does it reimburse them for clothing. It does identify certain clothing as a means of recognition, but officers must buy that clothing themselves.
None of the "perk" stuff bothers me. I just wish the dress code was less formal for Region and International officers. It cracks me up to see our Region 1 President and his wife all done up in suits while the folks in the New England Unit are attending business meetings in sweatpants or jeans.
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:10 AM   #47
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I think I pretty much agree with Michelle. The perks are fine but the clothes gotta go. When you think about it, why do they need to dress or eat differently? It's one thing to have perks but those other things just cause a definite distiction. Volunteers are from the ranks and they should comfortably blend in with the members as appropriately dressed for a rally.

On one hand we are discussing perks, and on the other we are talking about a special class homage. It isn't the military, if our leadership isn't immediately recognizable, perhaps so much the better.
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Old 12-24-2006, 11:37 AM   #48
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Shirts??!

Maybe we could ALL get t-shirts or jackets?

We could use colors to distinguish "ranks," units, or length of service/membership. FOr example, YELLOW for MALs like myself (cowards afraid to commit to local units), BLUE for out of the box thinkers like the FCU-to be, RED for officers, etc.

Then, we could do like the Scouts and have service badges and sashes. Imagine a badge for each rally, for hosting/attending a workshop, badges for caravans, etc.

IF approved, I want to bid on the contact for providing ALL this stuff. I will quit my job and fulltime to every event I can and just sell stuff out of my AS.

What do ya think?



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Old 12-24-2006, 11:40 AM   #49
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We're in full agreement with the last two posts. The perks are OK; those folks who do all the club's work should get a little something extra. I will also agree that the "Officer Uniform" is a little much. Number one, it is not at all condusive with any form of camping and is somewhat out of place in that venue. Number two, it is somewhat dated and reminicent of some mens' lodge where the members wear gold plated goat horns or the like. The garb also serves to make a distinct separation between the important members and the peons.

Dump the stupid clothes!
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:18 PM   #51
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Men were Gentlemen

One must remember the people that run the WBCCI came from a time when men were more of a "gentlemen" than what most men are today. They came from a time when men held the "door open", "walked to the outside on the sidewalk", "open/closed the car door", "would wear jacket and tie to church", if going out for dinner, would wear nice clothes, etc....

Im not trying to say there are not "younger gentlemen" in the club today, it's just some of us don't have the same respect for "manners" as our parents or grand-parents did. In their day, "blue jeans" were something that you wore to work in the yard, not go to dinner. A baseball cap or any hat for that matter was "not" worn inside. "Gentlemen" were taught to take their cap off when entering a building. Tennis shoes were worn for tennis or running, not to wear all day.

Now one can say, "The world has changed". But has all of it been for the better.

Coming from a man who still says, Please, Thank You, Yes Mam, No Mam and takes his ball-cap off when entering my in-laws house(out of respect). I don't thnk it so bad to wear a nice pair if slacks/jacket and tie, even when I'm not at work. With that, I've got to go put on the shirt/tie/jacket and get ready for Christmas church service.
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Paul - I agree with you when you talk about manners. I too think of myself as a gentleman. I always say please, thank you and your welcome. I open doors for other people, I walk on the street side of the sidewalk with my wife, I remove my ball cap in other peoples homes and I even let people merge in front of me on the road.

I do not think of myself as any less of a gentleman because I choose to wear what is considered appropiate attire for where and when I live. I do not think my wife is any less of a lady because she chooses not to wear a skirt when out in public.

Times change and cloths change as well. If someone does not choose to wear a more foral attire, I do not look down upon that person as having no manners.
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But what about individuality? Cannot a gentleman still wear a coat, tie and nice slacks (or even a rogue) if that is what he wants to wear at a rally without all having the exact same designated uniformity that separates them as a class from the members visably?

I'm all for gallant gentile folk but it isn't the clothes that make the man. I'd still rather see a letter sweater and a key or glee club look than the formality that sets off flags that this club is not about just camping or having a good time. It is the physical manifestation of a higher order. Neither a leader nor a volunteer has to draw attention in that way to be respected.

The reason I say this is because of the spirit of this thread's question. We want to avoid an "us vs them" mentality. We want to be in this club together. It isn't predominately the perks that cause a divisive attitude, it is the visible separation, in my opinion.
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Richard,

I agree, with you. I'm just talking about the era of which the members of the WBCCI are from that run the club. Again, from that era, it showed respect. One did not go to a biz meeting in jeans and a ball cap, out of respect, they wore coat and tie.

I'm not saying thats the way it should be or the way I would do it. Just trying to explain why it is they may still do it. I'm sure by the time the younger group starts to head up the club(5-10 years) I'm sure the standard dress will be jeans/dockers and polos. But we need to remember one thing, by that time, the young guys will be running around with their jeans hanging off their *ss, hat turned to the side and when they smile you can see their "grill". I'm sure at that time, they'll be talking about us and our old ways of doing things and how we dress old fashion. I'm just waiting for the first "lowered" Airstream with hydraulics to make it bounce up and down with a thumphing bass coming from the back.
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Richard,

I agree, with you. I'm just talking about the era of which the members of the WBCCI are from that run the club. Again, from that era, it showed respect. One did not go to a biz meeting in jeans and a ball cap, out of respect, they wore coat and tie.

I'm not saying thats the way it should be or the way I would do it. Just trying to explain why it is they may still do it. I'm sure by the time the younger group starts to head up the club(5-10 years) I'm sure the standard dress will be jeans/dockers and polos. But we need to remember one thing, by that time, the young guys will be running around with their jeans hanging off their *ss, hat turned to the side and when they smile you can see their "grill". I'm sure at that time, they'll be talking about us and our old ways of doing things and how we dress old fashion. I'm just waiting for the first "lowered" Airstream with hydraulics to make it bounce up and down with a thumphing bass coming from the back.
As a 43 yr old observer (seemingly young in this crowd) coming from a fairly conservative environment (Army since 1983), I understand your position, but find the insinuation offensive. 5-10 may be a bit too long...
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I agree, with you. I'm just talking about the era of which the members of the WBCCI are from that run the club. Again, from that era, it showed respect. One did not go to a biz meeting in jeans and a ball cap, out of respect, they wore coat and tie.

I'm not saying thats the way it should be or the way I would do it. Just trying to explain why it is they may still do it. I'm sure by the time the younger group starts to head up the club(5-10 years) I'm sure the standard dress will be jeans/dockers and polos. But we need to remember one thing, by that time, the young guys will be running around with their jeans hanging off their *ss, hat turned to the side and when they smile you can see their "grill". I'm sure at that time, they'll be talking about us and our old ways of doing things and how we dress old fashion. I'm just waiting for the first "lowered" Airstream with hydraulics to make it bounce up and down with a thumphing bass coming from the back.
Paul - Thanks for the follow up. I would like it to take less then the 5 - 10 years that you perdict. I think that the image that the red jackets and blue berets present have a less then positive effect on younger members. After all, it's all about getting together with friends in Wally's wonderful creation.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.
BTW, I am currently a member of your unit!
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