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Old 01-11-2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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I'm starting this thread to answer some question and statements submitted by Freewilly. I am answering his questions inline.

Just for prospective, I would like to invite Freewilly to tells us his background with the WBCCI, his current unit, and his position. That will help everyone understand the questions a little better.

OK, here we go....

"Are there any charter member applicants of Nova that are current members of the WBCCI and what units will they be transferring from? I asked this question a few pages back. The answer I got was, The people or person starting this unit arent even members themselves. That being said, unless something has changed or unless you have a problem with your unit you belong to, or they have a problem with you, why would jump ship?"

My response :--------------------

NOVA was formed by a collection of individuals that chose not to join an existing unit for various reasons. These reasons include the personality, activities, or proximity of the existing units. The founding individuals decided to form their own unit to best define their own experience rather than attempt to change an existing unit. Some have experienced other unit events, some were never invited. Again, please understand that all these Airstreamers are intelligent folks that have made a personal decision about how they want to be a member of the WBCCi. Maybe you should consider respecting this choice?




My personal opinion is, This unit will never happen. It is in a location that already has 4 units in it. No one here wants a virtual experience, they have very active units, and are constantly moving. I am trying to decide the one I want to join again, but they are all very very active making the choice difficult. All the units have joint or co-rallies, so I may join all 4.

My response :--------------------

Our Charter Members are from very diverse locations. Please understand the intent of the "virtual experience". It certainly is not to replace camping or caravanning! The virtual experience is to allow for daily camaraderiemade possible by technology. That's it. No magic. No virtual campfire or other cute stuff. We can exchange views, jokes, and other conversations with as many people as we like instantly. We can plan rallies, discuss business or just "listen". We will be having our second "meeting" of the year this week. How many has your unit had this year? Did I mention that none of this is new? Four Corners and WDCU has been doing the same thing for some time now.

I have found here going to luncheons, that these units are young at heart people, very active. There are some kids, I didnt ask if they were grand kids or there kids. I really dont want to babysit, or have to stop an activity because its nap time. I do think it is good for kids to be around older people, it causes them to act better, and they learn to be polite and respectfull. Sitting at a campfire, I like to relaxe, not watch a kid with his stick in the fire wondering if he is going to get burned, then listen to them cry. I want to stick my own stick in the fire, and I have had plenty of experience not to get burned. Maybe NOVA will have a virtual campfire. For me, I want the real thing...

My response :--------------------

That's great that you have a unit that fits you well. I invite you to come to any event that NOVA has. I think you will find considerate, caring, & fun people much like in your unit.

I'm not sure how to interpret your thoughts on kids. Just know that I wouldn't be having a good time if some kids are running around having fun. I'll try to keep them safe, put I tend to let them run free and enjoy the outside. I learned that skill as a Tiger Cub leader.

In conclusion: --------------------

This weekend my wife and I had the pleasure of spending the day with four other airstreamers. We went to the Ohio RV show. We sat in a 27'FB for a while wishing we were camping. We then pushed through the 12 degree parking lot to go to dinner. If that ain't "the real thing" I don't know what is. This is what you can expect from NOVA.

Oh, we planned it virtually, on those new cellular telephone thingies.....
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Good job, Dan! I think it was perfectly clear a few pages back on the virtual explanation. The only thing that is going to be virtual about NOVA is that the communications and meetings will be online and using the newer technology to get the business parts done. This allows all of the members of NOVA to participate in discussions and decisions that otherwise would be conducted at a luncheon or business meeting at some distance from their residence, that some may NOT be able to attend. Personally, I like the idea of not having to go to another city for a meeting that may last an hour, have lunch, and drive home in the middle of the day...doesn't fit my/our schedule. Besides fuel costs etc. I want to spend my money for camping and travel to see the sights! There are many signing up for this unit that are NOT in the areas covered in OH. As Dan stated earlier, we are an aternative, NOT a replacement for those who want the other type of experience. Dan and some of the rest of us with this idea in mind came up with the name using OHIO in it because the WBCCI rules say that we have to have a geographic location listed on the paperwork. NOT everyone who would like to see this charter fly is an OHIOAN. Doesn't matter! That is why there are also affiliate memberships available in all WBCCI units. We know quite a few Ohioans who are members of various units and have encouraged them to be affiliates of NOVA if they wished. Others that have found that they don't fit WBCCI current units have elected to try NOVA.

I encourage Freewilly to go and look at the older Ohio threads to see that we are a very active and open group of folks, who include in our informal airforums rallies lots of other people from other states. We have camped around!!! PA, IL, MI, KY. Canadians have joined us too! We enjoy everyone! We have included everyone who wants to camp when we have had an opportunity. We simply post where we are going and those who can make it join us. We love it! We hope that you all will come and camp and get to know us.

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For your investigation of our "active" activities in the past, and some of the threads that were discussions of camping/activities that we started or joined:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f290...ing-50587.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...lds-49169.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ark-50094.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...lly-47862.html
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