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Old 04-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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WBCCI Dream Micro-Caravans

My girlfriend and I discuss at length what our dream one week Caravans would be. For me I would like to see Native American themed Caravans. Possibilities include...

1. Prairie Tribes (Horse tribes)- a north route covering sacred sites in the Dakotas, MN, Plains States, and Montana with a bounce into CA where appropriate.

2. NW Tribes - tribes of the Pacific NW region

3. Tribes of the Southwest

4. Tribes of the Northeast

5. Tribes of the Southeast

Jane wants to see a Route 66 series of Caravans broken up into three or four one week segments.

I am sure there are many more ideas out there for one week Caravans. Executing on this concept could turn the WBCCI into an exclusive (and regional) vacation club for working Airstreamers. Problem is we are working our asses off Monday through Friday. We need to convince the retired WBCCI wagon bosses to buy in and devote significant time to develop well thought out itineraries.

This is a concept that could be advertised in Airstream Life. At the same time it could make the Blue Beret more relevant.

We will continue to push the idea at numerous cocktail parties at Sedalia. Fun fact - Sadalia is considered 'Sodom and Gomorrah' of the mid-west. It's the town where the cattle drives (Katy Trail) met the rail lines which took the cows to the slaughter houses of Chicago. Do happy endings still exist in Sedalia for cowboys????
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I'm dreaming of a 1 week caravan from the mouth of the Columbia river in Oregon to it's source in Canada with all the history that goes with it. I think short local caravans are perfect for Units, we should be able to market them in the BB so everyone in the club has a chance to participate. I think the new WBCCI web site has or will be having a page for marketing rallies & caravans with more than a name.
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I for one would love the idea of a one or two week caravan.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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were shorter caravans discussed a while ago and shot down by the powers that be? I think so. I could do 7 day or shorter caravans. jim
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:27 AM   #5
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were shorter caravans discussed a while ago and shot down by the powers that be? I think so. I could do 7 day or shorter caravans. jim
I think a shorter caravan motion has been brought forward twice for caravans that would run for 8 days or so. Doable with a weeks vacation.


It was shot down by the IBT both times. Excuses ranged from it would add too much to the cost of the directory to list all these caravans to it would keep people from getting to church.

I personally think it was a good motion and should have passed.
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There might be a distinction between caravans organized internationally and those organized by a unit. I may be wrong, but what was shot down was short caravans organized at the international level. But short caravans seem a pretty good fit for units.

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:05 AM   #7
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Being someone that has hosted a couple of short caravans I personally think they are the way to go for many folks.

Did one last summer from Bristol, TN to Clayton, NY up old Rt. 11 taking in all the old sights putting in about 125 miles a day(Sunday-Fri) on average everything from "Thunder in the Valley" to "Hacker" boats in the 1000 Islands area, caves, trains and potato chips.

It was a bunch of fun,

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Shorter unit caravans do not count as official according to the international. who cares? jim
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were shorter caravans discussed a while ago and shot down by the powers that be? I think so. I could do 7 day or shorter caravans. jim
I introduced a motion for one-week numbered caravans several years ago in Texas Highland Lakes Unit. To his credit, the motion was backed by PIP Jim Haddaway, one of our members. The motion was approved by all but one unit of our region and approved at our Region Rally the year I was unit President. The motion came up before IBT twice and was shot down both times.

Probably the main reason it wass shot down was the Intl Caravan Chair, who was dead set against it. One more example of stone-age leadership in action.

I mean to reintroduce the motion at our May rally.
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Jimmy Buffet the Keys and NOLA Short caravans are allowed just not numbered and credited in the index.
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Count us interested in a 7 day, maybe stretched to 10 day, caravan. Keys would be great.

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NEU has had a 7-10 day caravan each of the last 2 years (2010 & 2011). We were on both. One was through NY, the other NH to Montreal. Both were excellent! Credit goes to Pam & Chuck for planning them out. If each unit would organize just one short caravan a year, there be an endless selection to choose from for those of us still employed.
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I see no realistic reason the short caravans should not be sanctioned by the powers that be.
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When it was discussed at the meeting they said it would add too many pages to the index to have unit caravans listed and it was a matter of keeping costs down. They said it would also be too confusing on how to list the many caravans and just how it would not work. They also said it shouldn't be necessary to have recognition, which sounded a bit peculiar to me in light of all the many awards, ribbons, flags, gifts, dinners, perks and competitions that are given and held in the WBCCI.

Wasn't this the second time it was brought before the IBT by members to sanction unit and/or shorter caravans in the club? It doesn't seem to be able to clear the IBT to get a motion to the members for vote.
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