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Old 06-29-2015, 03:45 PM   #29
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Us, too! Informal camping at state parks in a relaxed, easy-going environment with fun people.


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Old 06-29-2015, 06:42 PM   #30
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The reason for numbers on the trailers at rallies and AS parks for ID in case of emergency. Ever try to pick one AS out of others if you are a first responder in an emergency call? The numbers could save your life. We were always told to at least display them on a large piece of cardboard or similar on the street side of the trailer. With number on the trailer all the authorities have to do get general directions on your location and look for the numbers.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:45 AM   #31
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The first AS rally we attended was in Sarasota, Fl a few years ago. We were not members but were assigned a temporary # to post on our front window for just that exact reason. I guess some things are all about numbers. Worked for us. We are now members and have our own number posted in the traditional way.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:55 AM   #32
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We joined when the dealer where we purchased our first AS "gave" us a one year membership. We've been members now for I think six years. Both my wife and I are not joiners, although we volunteer with several organizations benefiting animals and veterans. We have stayed members because we like the people as we share a common interest Airstreams. Our club is a very diverse group and to date we've only participated in the monthly "off season" lunches, we have enjoyed them all. We would like to help, but my involvement with a new dog rescue we started up, 56 dogs in kennels right now, pretty much precludes my taking on any more.

In the six years we never attended a Rally nor a Caravan. Just never had an interest. This past May we attended our first WBCII Rally - The Region 2 Rally near State College PA. Having had the opportunity to run several business units in my work career; from the moment we pulled in until the time we left I could see the organization and work that went into running a very nice event. After 40 years of camping and RV travel I also learned a few things and found a new grill which I ordered the day we got home thanks polarlyse (Roger in NJ). Our neighbors were great, each very different from the other, but lots of enjoyment for Alice and I. Our pup loved every minute of her first rally (50 trailers and or motorhomes each with new people made her weekend). The "open house" sounded silly to us, but once we got into it we enjoyed it tremendously. Lots to do, and tons of free time during the weekend.

So, we will stay on board, cheap to join and the magazine gives me information each time it arrives. Probably won't go on a Caravan as again we are not joiners, but never say never. We will attend another Rally as we unexpectedly had a great time.

My suggestion if on the fence, find a nice unit and give it a shot. Our unit is always open to new members. Al Mon.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:12 AM   #33
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Great post! We are out in Oregon and considering joining but may just join an Oregon group for the time being. Not sure we would be going on many of the rallies as so many are out east. I will follow the thread though and decide later!
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:59 AM   #34
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Great post! We are out in Oregon and considering joining but may just join an Oregon group for the time being. Not sure we would be going on many of the rallies as so many are out east. I will follow the thread though and decide later!
The Pacific Northwest (Region 10) has a high WBCCI membership. The Washington Unit is the largest in all of WBCCI with 313 members, and the Oregon Unit is third largest with 196 members. And remember, one "member" consists of one WBCCI number, and thus in most cases a married couple is one member.

And that's only voting members, who consider the unit to be their primary unit; affiliates who may also belong to the Washington or Oregon Unit but vote in a different unit are not included in those numbers.

The smallest Unit in North America (Berkshire New York Unit) only has seven members, so I asked one time, "How many members have to be in attendance for the rally to count as an official Unit rally?" The unofficial answer I got from my Unit President was, "At least one Unit officer plus at least one other Airstream." If you can get even that many people together for a rally, then you're definitely WBCCI material.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #35
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Hey Bud. Hope your volcano fills your needs as much as it has ours. Enjoyed your company too. We also are not joiners but did bite the bullet and joined last year. After 7 years of Airstreaming without joining ( and attending a couple of rallys as non-members) we decided we wanted to try a caravan. Since you need to be a member to even get onto the waiting list we joined. We have enjoyed a few gatherings with our unit and plan to continue membership. Our first caravan will be later this summer ( Southwest) and we'll decide if we will continue caravanning. I have never heard a negative experience from anyone we've spoken with about them. It may not be for everyone and we are still free to wander on our own agenda but so far membership has been nice for us.
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:25 PM   #36
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AirSkeen, the Oregon Unit is very active and a whole lot of fun. We have close to 15 rallies a year so lots to choose from. We would love to have you join us and we have quite a few members from the Bend area as well.
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Old 07-04-2015, 11:36 AM   #37
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I second the offer from 2Taylors. We have one coming up in Sept not too far from you just outside Hood River with a few openings. This one is a canning rally, but you don't have to can and there is plenty to do in the area. Oregon Unit 90, check it out
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:34 AM   #38
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This club is in desperate need of a makeover. I was looking at the "wbcci web store" site yesterday, and I was left scratching my head in amazement. Someone with MODERN marketing skills needs to step in and give them a hand. I may be reaching here, but I don't think anyone under the age of 55 is attracted by that "style". It's like they put no thought or creativity into it at all. Does anyone see a future with this club?
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:05 AM   #39
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The reason for numbers on the trailers at rallies and AS parks for ID in case of emergency. Ever try to pick one AS out of others if you are a first responder in an emergency call? The numbers could save your life. We were always told to at least display them on a large piece of cardboard or similar on the street side of the trailer. With number on the trailer all the authorities have to do get general directions on your location and look for the numbers.

Hi, or don't belong to a club, travel cross country, and have the only Airstream in the camp ground; Easy to find.


I would like to know how many lives were saved by big red numbers on a trailer?????????
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Old 07-18-2015, 11:46 AM   #40
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The club is all about the local unit. You may need to try several to find a match. We are part of the group that formed the Southeastern Camping Unit. Our Charter members included members of "traditional" units and non-members. We took some liberty with our constitution, and were encouraged by our Region President.

The club is a collection of units which differ tremendously. One need only look at the Northwest, where the Washington Unit is very traditional and the Oregon Unit is quite the opposite. We are encouraging units to go in the direction their members like. People will join and stay where they are comfortable and have fun.

The club is changing and our leaders are slowly accepting that change. As I said, it is all about the unit and each one is unique.




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Old 07-18-2015, 12:13 PM   #41
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Joined 32 years ago, retired 17 years ago, and have been full-timing for the past 10 years. It's like Phases 1, 2 and 3 of our WBCCI time (have been RVing for 42 years). We have been Trustee several terms and have organized or helped organize about twenty rallies.

During Phase 1 family obligations and limited holidays curtailed our involvement except for the International at Lake Placid, two Homecomings at the factory and Unit rallies. Other interests kept me from being involved in the political life of the club. Really enjoyed the Unit activities.

During Phase 2 we attended a half dozen Internationals and a couple of Regional rallies and a bunch of Unit rallies. It was during this time that the doings of the International Executive really got under my tail feathers. A few examples: a) suspending a Regional President for speaking out against International decisions, and ambushing him with the notice of suspension when he arrived at the regional rally he organized. b)insisting that Canadians recite in the American Pledge to the Flag, even at rallies in Canada. c) failure to give respect to the Canadian National Anthem at Internationals, prompting several walk-outs by offended Canadians. d) white tuxedos and ball gowns at International and a dress code far beyond what one would expect as reasonable for an RV club. e) abuse of club rules to prevent people deemed "unsuitable" from running for office f) abuse of the rules to kick members out of the club for speaking out against abuses. g) an over abundance of rules and an eagerness to use them to avoid change. h) the use of some interpretation of what Wally would have done to shoot down any idea not agreed with. The above is a partial list of the things I and others had problems with. We enjoyed the Unit rallies we attended during this time, attended one Regional rally and decided we had enough of International.

I expect some "flame" over these comments. If I am wrong in any particular feel free to say so, but please don't tell me I don't have the right to express these views.

During Phase three we have only attended Unit rallies and one Regional. We see change slowly creeping into the higher levels of the club and that is a good thing. But the blush is off that rose and I can't see ever going to another International. We still enjoy Unit rallies, even if we don't get to all of them. The Unit is the only things that keeps us in the club

If I were starting over again now I would likely join the club but I would be darned sure to speak out loudly against the abuses and self-serving foolishness that went on in the past. I do not subscribe to the axiom that "It is not for us to question those who God puts in above us".
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A good post, Ron, and pretty accurate, though I get the feeling that it displays the state of affairs from a few years ago. Since then, I get the feeling that things have really changed quite a bit at the highest level. While we were unable to attend, the Farmington international seemed to be much more of a rally and less of just a business meeting. And that's good news!

Of course, we're in 100% agreement about local and regional rallies, which have always been a great deal more fun -- and well as more responsive to member likes and dislikes.


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