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Old 04-05-2007, 09:48 PM   #29
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Paul,

I am so glad that you received a response to your letter. I am afraid that so many of the IBT and Region officers thinks that this is just a bunch of complainers. Bob's response does hold out hope and your reply gave some alternatives, which he would have found if he dug deeper into the posts here. I think that the IBT and Region officers don't understand that all of the members want a thriving WBCCI, it is just that there are many different ways of improving it. Not liking the current direction does not mean that we want to tear WBCCI down, we want a healthy growing organization, which needs change and change is difficult.

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Paul, thank you for your action and letter to the IBT and thank you for posting the results. I think it is great that you as an involved unit president first sent out your letter and secondly that you received a comprehensive response from Robert Thompson, Region 1 President. I wish to offer my thanks to him as well. We need more of this and I think it is a huge step forward. You established dialog and with communication there will be less frustration. This can only be a good thing. I don't think in light of the past this is any small accomplishment, and I think it speaks well of the character and commitment of you both. I hope you two have opened the way for more to see fit to follow your lead. I find it very encouraging. Thank you.
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I get the feeling it is thought "the people who do most of the traveling for the club perfer motorhomes" and that we the trailering people need to step up to the plate and offer our services(volunteer) more than we do.
This one is, I think, at the core of the issue.

It appears to me that large MoHo's are the RV of choice for most of the serious full timers. That indicates a different set of values and preferences compared to those who choose TT's.

The strength of an organization like WBCCI is in its shared values and preferences. When these are more difuse, the organization is weaker.

What WBCCI faces now is the delimma of determining what values and preferences are most important to the membership. If the organization does not maintain discrimination in its values its identity will suffer and membership will decline.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:24 PM   #32
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The IBT was completely irresponsible in its duties to this club with these actions. They call that dereliction of duty -- that's what we're dealing with here...
This is a special interest motion that would not have survived the trip from an individual, past a unit, past a region, and on to us. There was no study -- there was a head count AFTER the direction was already given to go find a MOTOR HOME for current and NEW members. To fulfill the requirements of the WBCCI!...
I expect my leaders to protect the club that we've all joined. ...They don't have an Airstream in their future!...
I think these are serious considerations that every member in the club should be cognizant of. It is up to club members to proactively work towards having a leadership that best represents their interest as members and the benefit the WBCCI. I believe change has to occur.
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We need more of this and I think it is a huge step forward. You established dialog and with communication there will be less frustration. This can only be a good thing.
I agree with you here, Carol. It is important to remember the each of us has a responsibility in this. That is why it is so distressing to see so many who don't even bother to talk to people before they castigate them. That is almost as irresponsible as attacking the person rather than discussing their ideas and issues.

All you have to do is to attend rallies, pick up the phone, write a letter, and listen.
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I agree with you here, Carol. It is important to remember the each of us has a responsibility in this. That is why it is so distressing to see so many who don't even bother to talk to people before they castigate them. That is almost as irresponsible as attacking the person rather than discussing their ideas and issues.

All you have to do is to attend rallies, pick up the phone, write a letter, and listen.
Brian,

Yeah but, it would be nice to receive a response to your letter or an acknowledgement that your letter was received.

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This one is, I think, at the core of the issue.

It appears to me that large MoHo's are the RV of choice for most of the serious full timers. That indicates a different set of values and preferences compared to those who choose TT's.

The strength of an organization like WBCCI is in its shared values and preferences. When these are more difuse, the organization is weaker.

What WBCCI faces now is the delimma of determining what values and preferences are most important to the membership. If the organization does not maintain discrimination in its values its identity will suffer and membership will decline.
And I agree with you here Byan but I have a different opinion on your comment that all one has to do is go to the rallies, pick up the phone, write a letter and listen. That is where alot of breakdown has occurred, which makes Paul's effort and Bob's response a monumental step in the right direction.

The course of doing no harm was and has been pursued but without results. Sometimes it takes a real rebel rouser to offset the passivity and established norm when lessor actions render unresponsiveness.

There exists an imbalance and to counter the imbalance you may have to swing way out the other direction to eventually reach the middle.
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Jim Elmlinger response.

Here is a copy of "Jim Elmlinger" response. Posted as is, no edits. I will be replying to his email later today or Sunday. I will post it here.

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April 5, 2007
This began originally as part of a response that I wrote to a blog
posting by an "Art and Carol" that was forwarded to me, but that I
have been unable to get back to the party of origin, due to some form
of email malfunction technicality. However, it does address the
"Grandfathering" issue to some degree, as well as some of the other
misnomers that seem to keep popping up.
Unfortunately, Art and Carol represent the blind leading the blind.
They are very ill informed and are basically taking their own
personal philosophy and attempting to "spin" it into fact. They even
write about the problems they have had with an Airstream motorized
Class-A product in one part of their missive and in the next say that
everyone else should be able to easily keep their old Class-A’s
running. I believe that kind of statement(s) is referred to today as
an oxymoron. They also come to expound on the longevity of Class-A
motorhomes, but yet they found out the same thing that all Class-A
owners know and that is in general the life expectancy is shorter
than that of a trailer, as they are far more complex a product and
therefore far more can and will go wrong with them. Art and Carol
appear to have been willing to go to any length to remain a part of
the Club. Why? Could it be the people and not the product after all
since they did not seem to care what they owned, as long as it said
Airstream on it? Now will everyone choose this same course? No!
Many will not have the option for a number of reasons and, like it or
not, we cannot afford to accelerate our membership loss rate and
expect the Club to survive, as we know it today.
The Special Motorhome Committee considered "Grandfathering" and there
are many reasons why it is not really a viable option and it is not
well thought out. If we tried "Grandfathering" Airstream would not
be happy to the tune of a 6 figure monetary subsidy being withdrawn.
That would be a very devastating financial blow to our Club. Like it
or not we have ties to not only Airstream, Inc., but to Thor
Industries, Airstream, Inc. owner. Do you really think that Thor is
going to just stand by and allow Airstream, Inc. to continue that
kind of subsidy, plus other support if we allow their competitor’s
products into WBCCI, for whatever the reasons or time frame.
Corporate reality says, NO WAY! This is only one of many problems.
What you are suggesting would make Class-A owners second-class
citizens, with no other options. MAL’s can join a Unit. Most of
those currently owning Class-A motorhomes do so for health
considerations, so they do not really have any other option if they
want to keep on RVing. Paul, do you really think that a second-class
member, with no rights, is going to be motivated and have the same
enthusiasm as a "real member" to volunteer and work their hearts out
for the Club? Do you really think that Class-A motorhome members are
going to relate well to such a magnanimous offer to basically become
lackeys for the "real" members of the Club? I think not, that is
just not a part of human nature! You want to tell Life-Members they
are now, not really Life-Members. If you do that then the Club had
better be prepared to start hiring attorneys, as they will be suing
to recover their money that they put down in good faith to be life
long members, only to now have the rug jerked out from underneath
them. Segregation will not build fun and fellowship and it will most
certainly not build a strong vibrant Club. Today the Club is built
really by word of mouth and disenfranchising 20% of the membership
will not help our main form of gaining new members. Just as loosing
20 % plus of the membership will not help. Remember, that when this
20% loss is combined with our current rate of attrition (6% per year
and climbing) this will work out to be a catastrophic loss in the
range of 33 to 50% in the next 3 to 5 years. When this happens the
Club will be out of business, as we know it today. You absolutely
will not have anything to be proud of.
This motion came out of a special committee created by the
International President to meet an emergency situation brought on by
Corporate Airstream’s announcement of their getting out of the Class-
A motorhome business. We, the WBCCI membership, had no warning that
Airstream Corp. was going to cease production of the Class-A
motorhomes. Unfortunately, Airstream Inc’s. decision inadvertently
exacerbated our already serious problem of yearly eroding membership
and basically putting our collective backs to the wall, by running
us, the Club, out of time. We lost any cushion that we may have had
in addressing the issues of membership, which the Club has been doing
to cut the attrition rate. If you think there are complaints now
about how quickly the IBT has moved on this issue, just image how
much worse it would be if we had not and let the Club fail. If we,
the IBT, did not act quickly, thereby letting the Club fail, then we
would have been negligent and irresponsible. Unfortunately time is
of the essence, which necessitated a quick response. In the time it
would take to try and do what Art and Carol think should have been
done the Club would have failed. Also, due to the constant
fluctuation in membership and type of unit ownership it is impossible
to ever arrive at absolute numbers, they would always be a best
estimate, which is what we have today. The IBT gets all of the
flack, but remember in the end, contrary to what Art and Carol may
think and say, it comes down to the members making the decision and
taking the responsibility for that decision when they vote. The IBT
has met its responsibility to the membership by putting forth a
positive and workable motion that will allow the Club to continue to
survive, and even then the work will be far from being over, when it
comes to keeping the Club strong and viable. We can ill afford to
"fiddle while Rome is burning."
Maybe its time for those doing all of the complaining to take on more
of the leadership roles, such as Region and International Officers,
Rally chairmanships and get better informed and more involved. I
guarantee you that I would have no problem sharing the load or giving
it entirely to anyone who wants it and would welcome them with open
arms. So, "come on down!" Also, of note, is that at the National
Hobo Rally this year, in answer to a question from the audience, we
found that 48 out of the 88 rally chairmen, or 55%, owned Class-A
motorhomes, which is very disproportionate to the 20% overall
ownership. For the Rose Parade Rally, which admittedly takes a lot
less volunteers, the number rises to 90% of ALL of the volunteer
workers.
We always come back to the same point and it is choices; members
versus product, i.e. a vibrant Club with many actualities across the
U.S. and Canada, or fragmented pockets of individual Airstream
owners, who will be lamenting about how great it used to be when the
"Club" had more MEMBERS and activities. These are the choices that
you, the membership, are being called on to responsibly consider.
Heaven help you if you make the wrong choice and it all disappears.
Also, Paul, you allude to the "magical" answer(s) of how to recruit
younger members. I strongly suggest that you write a book on this,
because it will be second only to the Harry Potter series in
popularity, as everybody who is involved with organizations in the
U.S., and most likely the world, has been waiting years for this
information. I do not believe that your statements about the
potential younger members are at all realistic, as I see no current
basis for this. If my understanding is correct the Units that you
allude to, do not appear to do so much beyond their Unit’s sphere of
travel. The Club has tried a number of things to increase membership
and we all talk about planning / updating things to attract younger
members. Well younger members do not have the time nor the
inclination to join no matter what we do. You may disagree, but ALL
organizations in the U.S. share the same national stat and that is
younger people are NOT joining ANY organization, not just WBCCI.
These are the demographics that we must face, again, like it or not
they exist. Last year’s stats seem to real bring this home, as only
around 8% of non-WBCCI members purchasing an Airstream choose to join
the Club or over 90% of the non-WBCCI member Airstream purchasers
chose not to join our organization.
It has been my experience at a number of levels involving the
organization and putting on different events that the young people in
our Club, at this point in their lives still work and may even have
young families, so they really do not have the time to devote to
volunteering to make these events happen. Yes, there are individual
exceptions, and I am personally thankful to them. This also does not
in any way mean that they do not volunteer at all when they come to
an event, it just means they do what they can for the time they are
present. One case in point would be our International Rally and the
time commitment it takes. Going back to the stats for the Hobo Rally
listed above, very few, if any, of the Class-A motorhome driving
chairmen are young or newer members. If the membership chooses to
alienate, disenfranchise or force out the 20% of our membership that
are Class-A members, who appear to, percent wise, volunteer
disproportionately more than the average, I can guarantee that the
National Rally will become immediate history (this should not be
taken as just rhetoric or a threat, but just a cold hard and
extremely unpleasant fact). (By the way, many of these Class-A
motorhome driving chairman have been asking and looking for years for
replacements, but they (fortunately for us) also keep telling us "IF
YOU CAN’T FIND ANYONE ELSE WE WILL DO IT AGAIN.") I believe this
also applies to our International Rally chairmen. I also want to
make it clear that YES!, we do need more members, younger, older or
in between, and they all need to be welcomed, but targeting just one
area (younger members) will absolutely not do it. We are already
recruiting new and younger members Paul, but the problem is that we
are losing members faster than we are able to recruit them, just like
every other major club or fraternal organization in the U.S., and
also, contrary to your statement, the primary reason we are losing
membership (a wopping -32%) is due to health related issues, with our
not having any control over an additional -16%. Don Shafer writes in
his most recent article, the membership needs to seriously consider
and evaluate what will be in the best long-term interest of the
membership (Club), i.e., because no members, no WBCCI. This issue is
about membership, not product!
This may be posted anywhere you like, as long as it is posted in
total and unedited.


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Paul,

Thank you for posting Jim Elmlinger's reply to my message to you. As soon as I stop spitting nails I will have a response.

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Who said," I would not join any club that would have me as a member"?
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"Maybe its time for those doing all of the complaining to take on more
of the leadership roles, such as Region and International Officers,
Rally chairmanships and get better informed and more involved."

Can we really do this? How many positions are open? I think we can find volunteers. Can we campaign? That would be cool. Or does he mean volunteers from certain people that are in an "approved" status and brought in by the nominating committee?

Carol I read your letter on WBCCI forum and it was well written and your experience and dedication to Airstreaming was and is a real club asset. Welcome to the forum.
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interesting letter in BLUE....

many points of agreement.

-finally someone openly admits the club feeds on the corporate teat....

-most paramilitary post war clubs are in decline...

however new paradigm clubs like the harley owners group are thriving.

-the big event (international) is at risk IF/with a huge loss in membership.

FANTASTIC! the international needs to stop! skip a year and reorganize with FUN as the theme.

most of the activites are (playing cards, teen queen, flag ceremony, cooking bag demos) well u decide

-a/s corp stopped making mohos and didn't warn the club? oh my no.....

the club wouldn't allow a/s mohos IN originally, so isn't this poetic now....

-lots of references to attracting younger members, does he realize this means under 65?

-the current crop of ibt folks and 'lifer volunteers' do most of the work...

i agree they've created, and fiercely hold onto useless trival self fabricated duties and titles and job descriptions....

cut, cut, cut, shovel, shovel shovel and find the essential kernel of the club identity.

when a 1 week event requires 600 volunteers and 4-6 weeks of onsite static....it's time 2 rethink it.

-finally someone admits MALs are second class, lackey citizens and not REAL members.

and the single largest segment of the club that has shown growth and a feeding line to the few good units.

of course there are lies and damn lies in the BLUE note too...

health as the PRIMARY reason for moho purchases,
the loss of ALL current moho members IF sobmohos aren't included,
the implication that life members be treated differently because they purchased time in bulk,
and that complainers cannot take action or lead.

the wbc has a group of members who want to be left alone and allowed to do as they have done;
play dominos, park on tarmac, and wear hats and ribbons.
i'm fine with that BUT they need to feed on their own money.

not mine, not corps, not sponsors, not on the uninformed a/s buyer and not on the rich history of the true airstream traveler...

anyone got a match?

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Cool Carol & Art speak for themselves

This is a copy of an email that was just sent off to Mr. Elmlinger.

Art & I do not consider ourselves to be "ill informed". In fact, we are very well informed, in part due to this forum, the WBCCI forum and the Save Wally forum. Not to mention, the Blue Beret, and the Internationals, unit rallies and Caravan's (three in the last year) that we have participated in. We also spend five months a year in an Airstream community in Florida. No, I don't think we are "Ill-informed". But perhaps there is a different criteria for being informed? We are not of the inner-circle of the Club. Just regular members who joined the Club for the love of Airstreams and the joy and excitement of Caravanning.

That's explains our "going to any length to remain part of the Club": the caravanning and rallies!!!! Sure the people are nice, but the real fun is the caravanning. That's why we sold our two year old Airstream Class A diesel pusher and still remained members of the Club. We could have kept the dang thing (it certainly wasn't worn-out) and kept it running for a good many years. In fact, we are certain that thanks to the numerous repairs and rebuilds done in Jackson Center, the new owners have a much better unit than when we owned it. We didn't like motorhome driving, living or camping. We actually prefer living and traveling in our 1975 Airstream 25 foot Tradewind! And it has enough closet space for us because we're not obligated to wear a tux and ball gown, or a red coat and white flannels for that matter.

Mr. Elmlinger's fear of Airstream and Thor pulling out "a six figure monetary subsidy" is very revealing. The WBCCI is held hostage to Thor and Airstream! WOW, that's big news. The Club has to make them happy. Not the members, the corporate entity. Allowing "grandfathered" members to purchase an SOB will cut the funding from Thor and Airstream. All this in addition to Airstream "putting our collective backs to the wall' by getting out of the motorhome market. (Really just the Class A market: they still make Sprinter's and Westphalia's.)

Oh, and where does that six figure subsidy go? As a Thor stockholder, I'd like to know. Just what is that money subsidizing? The WBCCI, Thor and Airstream should be doing a better job in letting the general membership know. If I were running those corporations, I'd be making sure that they did know. Or is there something to hide?

As far as "grandfathering" creating a second class membership, yet MAL's are not because they have the option of joining a unit? Any member that would be "grandfathered" also has options. Option 1: buy an Airstream product. Option 2 thru 10,000: they can join FMCA, Good Sam, or Fleetwood's club, or Holiday Rambler's club or Winnebago's, or whatever they choose. (I can't join the Chevy club because I own a Dodge, but that's a whole 'nother thing that the Club's leadership doesn't get.)

Mr. Elmlinger doesn't want to "tell Life-Members that they are not now really Life-Members." Are you a Life-Member if you no longer own an Airstream and buy a Winnebago? Can you do that now? In Article VI, Section C it is stated that Regular Members can't buy another brand of RV. Do you want to tell Life Members that their Airstream club is open to SOB's? Line up them lawyers. (Maybe, like last year, we can use the same Airstream lawyer?)

The rationale that the Club will lose 20% of it's membership is based on what kind of new math? Isn't 860 motorhome owners in a club of 6,919 members (2006 year), 12.4%? Are they all leaving next year if the "motorhome amendment doesn't pass? Are they all drinking Kool-Aid?

How many members will stay in an Airstream club that is not an Airstream club? My feeling is a lot more members will leave in disgust, if this ill conceived amendment to the very basis of the Club's foundation should pass, than would be retained by letting in SOB's. (Any way you look at it, if it's not made by, sold and serviced by Airstream, it's an SOB.) What happens down the road if Thor "puts our collective backs to the wall" again and sells off Four Winds?

As far as volunteerism goes, we have volunteered at our Unit level. We co-hosted rallies. We cleaned toilets. We prepared and served meals. We washed floors. Last year, Art was on three different committees at the International. We've given months of our lives to be "early worker's" at various Internationals (and had the pleasure of losing $700+ of Caravan fees for the privilege of doing so). Yup, that's what "real members" do. They volunteer in any way they can, when they can. They do not expect to be led by a leadership that is loftier than them. A leadership that retreats to its "Gold" section can only be separated from the "real members", the little worker bees.

Our life on the road prohibits us from holding office in a unit. But when we stop traveling full-time we will assume more responsibility. We know that we are not material for the International level. We express our thoughts, not the party line. And we stand behind all the other Club members that also speak their minds. We might not like what they say, but we don't give them pursed lips and head shaking, silence as our esteemed leaders have given to us. And we would never tell others that they are "ill-informed" because they have a different opinion. How condescending!

As far as the excuse that the Club is not attracting new Airstream owners because "younger people are not joining any organization". Poop. WUASMTC! Younger people join "youthful" clubs: Harley Davidson and other single brand clubs, or vintage interest clubs like Tin Can Tourists. (Note to self: is that why the VAC gains members every year?) The WBCCI has not positioned itself for that market, because it doesn't want that market, or is the leadership is too inept to tap that market? Art and I are at the start of the Baby Boom generation. We retired at 55, sold the house, and are enjoying our life on wheels. I bet there are a lot more young retirees coming down the pike, just yearning to "Live more, see more, do more". Give them the Club they deserve, or they will find it elsewhere. I danced at Woodstock, I marched in Washington. I'm not wearing a red coat, pursing my lips and waiting for an invitation to the President's Ball and I'm appalled at our Club having over 20 different kinds of badges. For Heaven's sake, who needs that kind of nit-picking? And I am resentful of a slate of officers that runs unopposed. You bet. Are we, the members, deemed too stupid to make a decision? It sure looks like some people think so. Are we so stupid or "ill-informed", that it's not even "one member, one vote"?

Oh, by the way, if the motorhome amendment does pass, we will retain our membership because we enjoy the caravans, rallies and the VAC. But we won't be "real members", because we'll spend our energy and time volunteering in a club that has real member\leadership.


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Response to Mr. Elmlinger

All,

This is what I have sent back to Mr. Elmlinger. I again, want to "THANK" him for responding to my email and allowing me to post his reply. I think we all want the WBCCI to grow and become once again the club it once was. We just have very different thoughts on how we get there. So, with that said, here it is:


Mr. Elmlinger,

Thank You, for your response, I have posted it along with Mr. Thompson’s response. I “Thank” both of you.

You bring up some very good points.
  • Money from Airstream, Inc. (THOR)
  • Associate Members would feel like second class citizens
  • Class-A Motorhome owners do most of the work.
  • Magical answers of how to recruit new members
  • Life Members hiring attorneys
  • Disenfranchising 20% will not help gain new members
  • Time for those complaining to take on more of a role.
  • Young members do not have time to devote, but do what they can.

If it’s the money you are worried about, then give the “Associate Member” the option to buy any “THOR” Class-A Motorhome, not any motorhome. Many people I have spoke with do want any brand other that Airstream allowed in the club, so some may say, even this is a gift of thanks. As for the “second class citizens” it sounds like there are currently hard feelings from the Class-A members anyway in regards to doing most of the work. I agree, more people need to step up to the plate. But, don’t forget, you were once the “younger group” and at one time had the older group doing most of the work for you! When our time comes, we will do the same. The answer to getting new members is not magic. Unlike other clubs, Lions, Elks, Masons, etc… The WBCCI has a company “Airstream” that is building/selling 2500 new trailers each year and many older trailers being restored for use. Let me say this, in the past I have “always” defended the WBCCI, even when its members; members that have left and possible new members have made fun of, disliked, not understood the red jackets, ties, Blue Berets, Flags, military style, etc… of a “caravan/camping club”. To many of our baby-boomer and younger members “It’s just camping”. I’ve had people email me asking “Why do I have to wear a suit and tie, in Perry GA, in the middle of summer, just to have dinner”. In their eyes, their not going to work, a wedding or a funeral, their going camping. There is no doubt, the WBCCI is aging as a club, with that, comes all the more reason to change from the once “appreciated club style” of the 50’s 60’s and 70’s to a more “relaxed style” today. Has anyone noticed what Airstream, Inc. has done to market its products? They as a company found they needed to change the look of their product to a newer “relaxed style” of trailer. We as a club need to do the same. I hear all the time where people say they joined a unit, but found no value or fun in being a member of that unit. I personally think, they should have stayed a member and tried to fix the unit of which they joined. But to often I hear; I did not join the WBCCI to fix a broken club or unit. You talk about Life Members and the suing that could take place, what do you think is going to happen if this motion passes? That the “Life Members” who join an “Airstream only” club are just going to roll over? No, you will have many members leave the club and those who are Life Members will bring suit against the WBCCI and the IBT. I do agree more people need to step up to the plate and volunteer. I’m the first to say, members, you need to step up, but I’ve found many just want to be asked. If asked, they will help and do as much as they can.

Who knows, maybe in the end, it would be best to give back all “Life Member” Class-A motorhome owners, who want this change, who feel they do all the work for the club away, their money back. You/they could then take all that money and start the “Airstream/Thor Motor Home Caravan Club International”. Then no one would have any reason to feel like a second-class citizen in the new “ATMCCI”. This would allow the WBCCI to get back to its roots, allow the Class-A motorhome owners (who want this change) to keep buying and doing all the work in their new club in their new Four Winds motorhomes at their new club events. Being the WBCCI would still be an “Airstream only” club, Airstream/Thor would have no reason to stop giving the WBCCI its “six figure monetary subsidy”. Trailer owners would be forced to step up and start doing the work, like they did in the past. These “new” volunteers could push and change the club from the old red jackets; ties and Blue Berets and military style system, to one where the meetings have people that are dressed in polo shirts, shorts and possibly ball-caps. The new laid-back style of the WBCCI would attract more new owners of Airstream trailers and B-Vans and over time would grow.

I’m not trying to be smart/rude or ungrateful by saying this. If the amendment passes as written, you will have many if not more members leave this club than Class-A motorhome owners that will be forced to leave if this change doesn’t happen. If it doesn’t pass, over time you may have members forced to leave, either way, it’s not going to be pretty. But, like the old saying goes, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”.

Maybe the WBCCI is much like an old tree in the back yard, if left alone, it grows and grows to the point were the growth at one time, has started to die and kill the tree. Only by pruning back the dead and limbs that have taken over, can the tree survive. Maybe it’s time for the WBCCI to be pruned so it can once again grow into a beautiful tree.

I want to again, “Thank You” for your response and letting me post it for the membership to see. I’m sure we’d both agree that both of us deeply care for the WBCCI, its members and its future. The difference, I think between us, I’m trying to take the WBCCI into the future and you are trying to keep it in the past. If we as an “Airstream” only club use the romance of travel that the WBCCI instilled in so many people during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s with the needs of “baby-boomers” wanting to relive that same romance but this time driving the car instead of sitting in the back seat, this club will once again be the club that it once was in the past. I just hope in the end that you and others do not take away from us the very club that you have enjoyed for 52+ years.

Paul Waddell
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