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Old 12-23-2010, 05:31 PM   #71
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If it were just a club, I would agree with you. However, it is THE club. The only Airstream club sanctioned by Airstream.


[2] I know there were other clubs, but none were sanctioned by Airstream.
Actually Dave, The Airstreamer's Club is sanctioned to use "Airstream" by Airstream even thought "Airstreamer's" is a plural possessive noun and would squeak by the trademarked "Airstream" name. We asked the top of Airstream and his response was something along the lines of "what ever promotes Airstream and Airstream product in a positive light is just fine with Airstream" (not a direct quote)
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:32 PM   #72
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As for the use of the term "THE Club" you are misusing the term "THE" as has been a principle part of the name of the newer Airstream owners club "THE AIRSTREAM CLUB".
It is "The Airstreamer's Club" or "TAC" for the short version.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:32 PM   #73
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I wanted to chime in on this. I know it has been said before - but the history of the club and the Big Red Numbers is so important to people like myself. And actually, it is important enough that I have been involved in all of this for years.... If the WBCCI goes down in flames (and it will at the current pace) the history of the club should not - there is no reason for it.
Currently, I do believe that the club is in deep trouble - that is no doubt. But does it have to be? Can the club be reorganized or managed to the point of once again being a profitable venture? I do believe so - but not going the direction we are going.
I work for and support fully the VAC - I give the VAC uncounted # of hours each month working on keeping that intraclub a vibrant club. I will not lie when I express this thought - IF WBCCI goes down in flames while I am an officer in the VAC, I want to see that the VAC will still be a club that can stand on its own and continue to thrive. The VAC should not suffer the same fate of the WBCCI just because it is an intraclub of the WBCCI. Vintage Airstreaming is so popular, the VAC should be able to weather the decline of the WBCCI.
There is so much the club could to support itself and the units that are progressive and thriving! For example, WBCCI could easily create a "One StopShop" of joining online. A store could easily be set up that allows you to join WBCCI and a local unit with a click of a button. But no, we are still filling out cards and doing business by snail mail - it could be so much better!



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Old 12-23-2010, 09:53 PM   #74
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I think we can see by what happened to Leo what lays in store for those who dare to desire to bring about change in the WBCCI. That sort of thinking can't be tolerated!

I am so upset about what has taken place in my unit, I'm considering opening a thread about it. Our leadership would rather see dozens of members leave rather than have to correct one of their old timer buddies.

I predict a falling away in numbers in 2011 larger than what WBCCI has experienced to date.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:07 AM   #75
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Maybe if they could book Aerosmith instead of Lawrence Welk........In all seriousness, while change can be uncomfortable it is also possible to find joy in it and the positive results.

I became a hesitant WBCCI member this year, and have been very pleased with the direction my unit (GA), and Region (3) leadership are trying to go/move.

It gives me hope that the rich heritage of the WBCCI can continue.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:33 AM   #76
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Part of the problem is that the International Rally is managed by a different person each year and there is absolutely no control over whether that person has the skills to do the job. Jerry Larson completely blew it with a huge financial loss and it looks like the current President is on track to do the same. One of the motions to come before IBT in January is intended to limit the financial damage that can be inflicted.

While the club could still afford it, there should have been a skilled manager as the principal planner for the International Rallies and manage the club in general. No reflection on Cindy Reed, but I understand that her late husband once filled at least some of that function. The diminished size of the club can no longer would support the overhead of such a manager.
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:36 PM   #77
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Really, is the International rally needed. If they would give it up, think about how much money could be saved. No more travelling expense trying to sell it. No big losses from shortfalls in attendence. Just think they could reduce the club dues in half and maybe attract new members. Just do the club business at another IBT rally. They seem to do fine as a rally. Of course that would leave the International bunch with nothing to do all year, so this would never pass.
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The 20-20 committee suggested that the International Rally could be one of the region rallies. I have a problem with that in that if the International officers are not capable of planning rallies, the region officers would be even less capable. With the necessary lead time, it would be a green region 2VP planning the rally. Some regions are now unable to even fill the 2VP spot.
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I think the international is important but badly mismanaged. We all know what the early workers cost - especially at facilities with full hookups - early workers are just not needed at the extent as rallies where a huge infrastructure is needed. That coupled with having daily breakfasts and meals, etc for the early workers.... its a waste.
Arriving early should be a privilege enough to make the work worthwhile. There are probably dozens of ways to make the international more in range cost wise of what people are actually willing to pay. Currently, us regular members are footing the bill for needless things too much.
We are going to international to be with the VAC. But it burns me that we are paying for others to attend days that we just cannot.
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IMO: No early workers should be at a full-hookup rally more than a day or two before the opening ceremony. They simply are not needed.

Trouble is, all of those old-time early workers are used to getting most of a month of parking for the same money you and I pay for 8 days plus perks such as breakfasts and tours. If they are cut down to the actual rally days plus a day or two, there will be a flock of those folks who will simply not come any more. That will decrease the number of rigs at the rally even more.

Once folks have a good thing, they are pretty hard to scale back.
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That is exactly what has happened. The IP restricted early workers early parking and half of the people who usually register at the Int. Rally for the next years rally decided they would not go. Thats a good part of the reason only 300+ have registered so far.
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Interesting point, these people were non-paying volunteers? zz
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Interesting point, these people were non-paying volunteers? zz
I think the correct word should be "freeloaders"

I am sorry that it took such a move to demonstrate the TRUE MOTIVATION of these early workers but I applaud the IP for taking a necessary action.
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That is exactly what has happened. The IP restricted early workers early parking and half of the people who usually register at the Int. Rally for the next years rally decided they would not go. Thats a good part of the reason only 300+ have registered so far.
Wouldn't it be interesting if that move alone was enough to change club dynamics to force a change in direction.
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