Originally Posted by azflycaster
Tom -.....You could always volunteer to host a weekend rally. Jan and I host one every year with the 4CU and another with our flyfishing club. It's a lot of fun and everyone pitches in to help.
I know it sounds too easy - but attitude is half the battle. I totally understand your frustrations and have been in your shoes and left a unit as well. For much of the same reasons.....
But hey what Richard and Jan are doing (in that above quote) is what we all should try - it is not giving in nor is it "if you can't beat them join them"....
Put it more in the light of taking a vested interest in the club you so much wanted to have some great times in to better suit your schedule and interests and yet still have the ability to share in the "fun" with your airstream.
If talking to the officers is not to progressive for you - how about talking to the members within your unit - Are there others that would be up for a "Mini Rally" you know the kind - where you prepare and pack on the Thursday night - sit with anticipation all day at work Friday and then take the 4:00 tack team out the door to hit the road - and then arrive at night while everyone is sleeping
and up and refreshed in the camping spot of your dreams (hopefully not a cow field) but with tall pines or views of majestic oceans - oh never mind where it is - you are away and with like minded people for some good times and have 1.5 days to forget about all the stresses of your life.
Now depending on the size of your unit - I bet there just might be a few others that would like some of that too.
Yes I know it is easier for many of us to say "I don't want to organize" but then how much organization does it really take to get a few camp sites and meet up with all doing their own thing to begin with until the spontaneous things start to happen and all chip in where and when they can...
But if leaving your unit is your solution to its existing problems then who are we or anyone here to stop you.
We choose to join and we choose to leave for all sorts of different reasons. All of us have very different ideals of what is fun for us and what needs we want met during our limited time.
I really do know how you feel and I chose to leave the Unit - but stayed in the "Club". And have been wandering around aimlessly until I got my head around several of the issues that surface on these forums almost on a daily basis.
I have participated now almost equally to WBCCI vs Forum events over the past 4 years - both numbers don't really amount to much as we too do not have the time to travel together (and a small point that our vintage trailers never seem to be finished) Getting a newer more functional one for now seems to have turned the corner for us. Has opened our eyes to simply Travel and Friends are the way to go.
In order to get this - each of us will have to find that step in getting what we want.
In or out of the club - they are all our choices.
A friend recently asked for patience - something I am not that good at. I am an infant in this club since 04 - what of the people that joined 25 years ago what have they carved out and how did they fit - do you honestly think all of them started when they retired????
What of all those teachers and instructor type jobs or seasonal people that joined Wally's caravans - they were not all retired. They wanted something and they made it happen for themselves - and created an opportunity to get together and do it more and more.....
Sorry to hear that your choice is to leave - but you will find what you are looking for eventually.
But perhaps if you offered a weekend Buddy Rally - you just might encourage more members to come out and join in - or even one up encourage an airstream owner in your area to join the "club"....
Good luck in whatever your endeavors are and safe and happy traveling in your Airstream.