Excellent!!! Thank you for sharing.
This by far has been the closest WBCCI has come to really informing their Members on this issue. Regardless of all our wonderful opinions for and against a name change. it all boils down to the Members rights - and how our votes have been applied in the past and how they will be applied in the future.
Phew...I was thinking that I was not going to get the March BB that everyone is referring to these days. Arrived Friday! This Friday just gone by.
I urge everyone to take the time to read and digest the information - provided in the Blue Beret - written by R.B.Bernd, Chairman Name Selection Committee.
Just a few observations I picked up on....
Ask yourselves who are the people R.B. is refering too - in the many general statements made throughout his report - how many members does it take to represent our membership population responsibly?
Item j. Under Facts Bearing on the Problem:
So all you die hards out there - take the psyc test - quickly glance at the proposed new Logo - and ask yourself - what do I see.......Does the old "Airstream Service" poster come to mind - the ones that are made of cardboard and appear on E-Bay for big bucks???? (Sorry but how does the new name or logo clearly differentiate us from the Airstream Company?
Point #4 of R.B. Bernds report - states that "Airstream RV Association" has been part of the letterhead for years. Not that I would push this name - but rather the use of "Airstream" is the point I am making here...Hey folks that is FREE of legalities - and does not cost us a penny - and no headaches - something a lot of units are doing anyway - we use the WBCCI letters - but splash Airstream in everything else we print, pass on, discuss and of course pull behind us - so I ask why the need for change to get the word Airstream when we all have been using it anyway and pulling it anyway. Why even the WBCCI Decal sits above a big word on the Trailer - "Airstream" well at least the last I looked on both old and new trailers.
"Assumption" - what a faux paux - my goodness whose assumption. And what is that rule in life - NEVER assume.......get the facts jack....
I'm not going to go further into that report - because well there is not enough time in the day to say how backwards this process has been - and how miss-guided the delegates meeting of last year was. (please note that this statement is not meant with bad intent - it just seems that the further they go the more confussing their direction has been) - Until this latest information sent to the Unit Presidents.
The information that was included here addresses two very important points...
Cost "estimates" a point that personally as a member I have been patiently waiting for - we just had a $10.00 member fee increase last year - and quite frankly anyone who is prepared to vote on a name change - without even seeing DETAILED "estimates" is well just not responsible (or loaded
I might draw to your attention another key factor in how "interpretation has been (I would like to hope - inadvertently)"assumed". The Unit may vote to prorate these 15 votes to all the unit members"
This statement although extremely important for go-around two!! would seem - somewhat of a contradiction to what happened at the delegates meeting last June - where "someone or group" took the Units right to vote for "proprating their unit members vote of last year " and applied it without unit permission to come up with this Vote count IBT is using ["members voted by a large margin (5634 to 1498) to insert the name Airstream in the name of the club[/B] excertp from pg6 March 06 BB. Our unit has a lot of members - and my vote was counted as a yes when if cast it would have been a no - I just wonder how our delegate was requested to prorate - when there does not seem to be a motion from unit meeting to tell the delegate to prorate - nor a motion at the delgates meeting to accept all delegate votes as a prorated vote. (Prorated votes are not accurate -and take away the delgates voice of one vote per delegate - so bigger units are given more power over smaller units - this is not a democracy) Either vote individually or vote by delegate....
Good luck everyone - hope above all everyone has a great time at their Rally where you cast your vote (or for those whose Unit Constitution allows - don't forget to cast your vote by mail).
Remember - the above is only my own take on this ordeal - one that I am very serious about - and yet I have been in this club only 2 years. And for those people who have asked me what WBCCI stands for - I just simply say WB is the founder - Caravan is an english term for Caravans Which ='sTrailers (as only us NorthAmericans call a "Camper" a Travel Trailer - to the rest of the world they are known as "Caravans") Club and International are self explanitory. And if that is too hard - just say WBCCI is Galic for Our Club of Airstream Enthusiasts....
Sorry I just can not see why we have spent so much valuable time over this name change when there are so many other more important things to address in this Club.
Thanks for your patience in listening to my dribble
See you out there......