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Old 09-07-2006, 12:46 PM   #43
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The sad part of 2air's list is that I could make a similar one based on the Boise I'rally in '98. I do not think those issues will be addressed by a "can't we all get along" message, though. There has to be a process that highlights these kinds of offenses and give those injured a means for redress. Better yet, create a process for training and leadership that minimizes these sorts of things.

The BB has also been rather stagnant in these years. You can look at the membership journals of AARP, IEEE, ARRL, and many other organizations for ideas and insight. I know that QST (the ARRL membership journal) has been through an interesting growth process in the last near hundred years that could provide insight for anyone looking at the BB.

And, I think, one of the BB September columns that needs good discussion are Donna's membership ideas. They show creativity but also, to me, have some concepts whose implications need a bit of exploration.

What I am looking for is action. I don't mean a total revamp of the BB. Just try some simple things; try something different that is visible. Figure out a new way to present the activity schedule. Leverage the web site as a BB partner. Try a different papaer, a different font, using a magazine rather than a newsletter design. Publish an editorial calendar (i.e. have one!).

The flip side of this is that we, as members, have to applaud, direct, encourage, and promote action. We have to realize that sometimes that we have a responsibility to provide constructive feedback when we see action we don't think is in the right direction. We have to recognize and applaud those efforts that we think is in the right direction, even if it is just a small step. And we have to act responsibly ourselves.
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:59 PM   #44
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Well after Bryan's post and last lines I want to wish Renee success with the network and all the members that have volunteered to become communication liasons and I do have hope the new president is earnest, I do. So thanks all of you, it is a positive step.
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:11 PM   #45
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Hi all.I thought I would just chime in and comment that I'm glad this thread has generated a dialogue on a topic most can agree needs addressing.
There have been some great ideas and suggestions made and its good some are taking a positive approach to this
With a president that seems to be at least aware that some steps have to be taken and with Renee spearheading the commitee gathering suggestions from the membership I can honestly say I am encouraged with future prospects of the club.
This will take some time and you have to walk before you can run.Its important to remember the Blue Beret and the club are run by folks VOLUNTEERING THEIR time.


Maybe a paid professional position can be created to help market the club and the mag.

I will remain positive.
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:26 PM   #46
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Maybe a paid professional position can be created to help market the club and the mag.

I will remain positive.
Let me save the club some money.
ADD the following:
1, Letters to the editor & questions to the Pres.
2, More DIY.
3, More travel tales from members.



I too am remaining positive about the club. Remember YOU are the club and YOU should make it what you want.

P.S. Whatever you post here needs to be posted on the WBCCI forum. That way we can't be ignored.
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:50 PM   #47
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Let me save the club some money.
ADD the following:
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2, More DIY.
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I too am remaining positive about the club. Remember YOU are the club and YOU should make it what you want.

P.S. Whatever you post here needs to be posted on the WBCCI forum. That way we can't be ignored.

I agree with your suggestions of course.They are sound.My comment on the paid position has this reasoning.

1.The club is consistently losing membership and hense...revenue.
2.I believe the club has over 1 million in the bank.I haven't checked but I seem to recall this figure.Someone please correct me if I am in error.So they could afford the proper person.
3.If the proper person is hired and is successful the resulting increase in membership paying dues could pay for the position in itself.
4.I believe that this forum is being heard by those in 'power' and in my opinion only, potentially reaches more current and potential members.I have signed up on the WBCCI forum as well.
5.This position would also show the membership the club is SERIOUS about moving the organization into the 21st century.
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:52 PM   #48
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Tom,
I am so glad to see your comment on the forum. I agree totally with you. I have not been in the club long, 6 years or so but I did have the priviledge of joining a unit that had the oldest active membership. I have echoed your very remark a number of times. Those older (and wiser) Airstreamers didn't give a hoot for berets, jacks, or flags. They were a bunch of people who enjoyed each others company and travel. When they left the unit due to their age we lost the HEART.

Many of them were at Aluminations Region One and I had the oportunity to see them again and remember what I liked so much about our unit and feel a bit sad that now it is missing. Common courtesy, manners, grace and kindness.

What we seem to be left with are people who seem to get some sort of "glory" from assuming these positions and focus their attention rules, procedures and everything BUT what the role is meant to be. That of a goodwill ambassador, facilitor, friend and mentor. I have our units history books and have read every newsletter, looked at every picture and like you, not much about ceremony, flags, red coats and berets. Camping fishing, working together as a team and just enjoying each other.

I'm left wondering where did these people who seem to be trying to re-live their glory days when they were "in business" come from? IT's a Camping CLUB PEOPLE!!!! I just want to scream it from the roof tops. Well they've pretty much killed our unit with this attitude but I'm sure they'll continue to look for a scapegoat for the havoc they created with their own bad behavior.
We are moving on to a kinder gentler group, but thanks for justifying what I knew to be true...we have to some degree lost focus of what the club really is. PEOPLE. That's it, relationships, happy memories and connections, meetings and greetings along the road of travel. Thanks Tom
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:31 PM   #49
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I think it boils down to "for profit" vs. "not for profit" model.

Airstream Life is in it for profit and wouldn't make money if they didn't continue to publish something worth paying for.

BB is a nfp organization run mostly by volunteers.
Although someone has to make a living, and by no means the expectation is to become the next mogul like Hearst publishing because they're nomads in a loaner Airstream and not settled in at San Simion, A/S Life is brought to you by the contributors because they have a passion for everything aluminum. Not all club members have a passion for the name of their RV, but they joined because they have a passion to be part of a world class organization, find the club a good excuse to camp with friends/people with similar interests, go new places, whatever. The point is we all have some passion somewhere in some aspect that makes us want to do or belong. The BB does not represent the passion or spirit of what the club is about. The publication just contains a list that could be sent out on January 1st. How many of you purchase everything Airstream? Clothing, hats, travel mugs, door mats, bumper stickers.... You are proud to own the Cadillac of rec vehicles. We show off our unit newsletters and directories, rally and caravan itineraries; does anyone ever showcase the BB? Times have changed, the club has changed - at least move the BB to the next decade. It's been stuck for over 30 years.
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:47 PM   #50
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Look to the past for your answer

All one needs to do is look to the past to find the answer. If the WBCCI were to start printing the "Caravanner" again with the same format, it would be a hit. It was 8-10 pages long, size of a small news paper(Globe, Star, etc..) pics of rallies/caravans, new features/trailers, few stories, a couple rally dates/places. I have a few, they are a blast to read and make you want to use your Airstream.


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Old 09-07-2006, 08:53 PM   #51
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All one needs to do is look to the past to find the answer. If the WBCCI were to start printing the "Caravanner" again with the same format, it would be a hit. It was 8-10 pages long, size of a small news paper(Globe, Star, etc..) pics of rallies/caravans, new features/trailers, few stories, a couple rally dates/places. I have a few, they are a blast to read and make you want to use your Airstream.


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That's so true Paul.I used to love looking at the "Caravanner".I even saw one on ebay not too long ago.
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Tom,
...we have to some degree lost focus of what the club really is. PEOPLE. That's it, relationships, happy memories and connections, meetings and greetings along the road of travel.
That's it in a nut shell. Well said rgesch, very well said.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:16 PM   #53
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Send the photos! Like everything else in WBCCI, volunteers are key since this is a volunteer run club. What about submitting an article on why the New England Unit is so successful attracting younger members? A helpful hints article sharing what works for you? Let me know what you think.

There used to be a "Still Working" column until the author got a promotion and a new baby and his time became short. Maybe someone else could submit to write a similar column. Its worth a try.

By the way, traditions regarding wine or other beverages vary with Units. Last year at the Mid-Winter International Board of Trustees Rally (which is open to all members and was a good rally) we enjoyed a Margarita party and an optional, for an additional fee, steak dinner with Champaign fountains. Some Units have happy hour, some tend to be more on the dry side.

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Hi Renee,

Photos will be sent - still gathering them from various R1R attendees. BTW, there are some great ones in the bunch I've received so far!

As for doing something up about the NEU's success for the BB - I'm not a writer but am willing to put something together with the help of folks in my Unit. It will be a while though, got too much going on in the "still working" department. Will have some of my life back in mid-December and could begin working on an article then.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:18 PM   #54
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I think the new (old) format would be very cool especially after the 50 year anniversary, especially is it would be all about just camping traveling and having fun in the club. Here is an old thread with copy of a 1992 Caravanner posted by 2Air if you missed seeing a copy.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ews-21341.html
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:33 PM   #55
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I think the new (old) format would be very cool especially after the 50 year anniversary, especially is it would be all about just camping traveling and having fun in the club. Here is an old thread with copy of a 1992 Caravanner posted by 2Air if you missed seeing a copy.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ews-21341.html


Carol,the Caravanner I was referring to was published years before the 1992 attempt to bring it back and was much different in format. Here's a sample:

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/me...anernwsltr.pdf
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:25 PM   #56
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I have read this entire thread, so many great posts. I came away with the feeling that the WBCCI and BB are much like a Vintage Trailer. Great structure, classic style, timeless appeal, and a loyal following. Like a Vintage Trailer some repairs are needed, polishing here and there, updates to modern features but what a great foundation to work with. The people who can do this are here making posts and those who have been loyal members of WBCCI for years. Just like restoring a trailer you will have to work hard to complete the task. You will have areas which resist the repair and refuse to yield to the first attempt at a correction. I detected no apathy in the posts, which is the really enemy of change. I have a good feeling for the future of WBCCI and the BB.

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