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Old 08-02-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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WBCCI International attendance: Holding is good

I'm glad that we seem to have at least stemmed the tide of reduced attendance at the International. It'll take more work, of course, but the signs are not quite as bad as they once were.

We're by no means alone in this. The much larger FMCA is meeting now in Madison with attendance at 1400 motorhomes. They were last in Madison in 2011, and at that meeting they had just under 2000 motorhomes. A friend of ours, a member of their board, says that they've been sweating over what to do about it. And it appears that they've got some work to do.

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Old 08-02-2015, 09:49 PM   #2
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We plan to go to the 2017 International Rally. It's in Escanaba! Can't imagine a huge turnout because the UP is not exactly the easiest place to get to, but how can we not go when it's four hours from our house? We're not gunna wear badges or berets or ties though! 😉
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We plan to go to the 2017 International Rally. It's in Escanaba! Can't imagine a huge turnout because the UP is not exactly the easiest place to get to, but how can we not go when it's four hours from our house? We're not gunna wear badges or berets or ties though! 😉
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If you won't wear a badge, don't expect anyone to address you by name. But rather, hey you.
That works for me. I answer to "Hey, you!" Call me anything but late to dinner…

But then again, I've learned the hard way that WBCCI has its own time zone, where everything starts at least 15 minutes early, so if you're just on time, you're late!
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Yeahbut, now I know your name, thanks to the infamous name tags.

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That works for me. I answer to "Hey, you!" Call me anything but late to dinner…

But then again, I've learned the hard way that WBCCI has its own time zone, where everything starts at least 15 minutes early, so if you're just on time, you're late!
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Yeahbut, now I know your name, thanks to the infamous name tags.
As it happens, as of just a couple minutes ago, my WBCCI name badge says that my name IS "Hey, You." We'll see how long it takes anyone in my unit to notice.
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Apologies for helping to drag the thread off-topic. Now to get back on topic, the 2016 International in Lewisburg, WV is already on track to exceed the 2015 Farmington attendance. Before the 2015 International ended, almost half of the attendees had already signed up for 2016, a full year in advance.
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Old 08-03-2015, 02:21 AM   #8
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I am signed up for 2016, and as a Cheesehead from my year in Milwakee, 1965, and a regular attendee at Road America, the Escanaba venue works for me.


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We did our first and last International this year.

We are not WBCCI politically inclined and see no reason to attend again. We are approaching the local region rally this fall in the same frame of mind.

For us, the fun is not in mob scenes, but the smaller local events and individual trips to enjoy nature.

Have not been too pleased in the sardine commercial RV parks either.
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To each his own. Better to not go rather than go with false expectations and ruin it for others.
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If your not into touring (caravaning) and do not like other people, maybe WBCCI is not for you. The large gatherings allow us to hire better entertainment and provide better benefits at a reasonable per attendee cost. WBCCI is in the entertainment business. If you do not want to be entertained, you can save $65/yr, by doing your own thing.
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One must belong to the WBCCI in order to participate in most local unit events. We are signed up for a major caravan next year. As a life member, I contributed to the endowment to help WBCCI continue.

It was reported that there were about 412 trailers and Interstates that showed up at Farmington, which means about 95% of the membership was some where else.

We were glad to have had the experience this year at a relatively close by International event.

So our decision to be a part of other WBCCI and local events is not adversely impacted by our decision that the International will not be an event we wish to do again. Every one chooses what floats their own boat.
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It was reported that there were about 412 trailers and Interstates that showed up at Farmington, which means about 95% of the membership was some where else.
Let's look at it another way.

The Mid-Winter IBT is a business meeting and makes no effort to hide the fact. They even make a point of saying it's NOT a rally. Attendance is about 100 Airstreams per year, which is still more than they strictly need to conduct the club business. Nobody makes a big deal if attendance is up or down from one year to the next, as long as the business gets done.

The International Rally is a business meeting at the core of it, but it has a big rally wrapped around it. The same people who have to be at the Mid-Winter IBT have to be at the International to conduct the necessary club business. Pretty much everybody else is either a volunteer on one committee or another, or they're just there to have fun— and even the volunteers are there to have fun, 'cause if it's not fun, why volunteer? Everybody makes a big deal if attendance is up or down from one year to the next, but still the club business gets done.

I for one do not see attendance at the International as the primary measure of the club's success. To me, attendance at the Unit rallies is the true measure of the club's success, because that's the level where Joe and Jane Average get to play, and where they'll see the benefits of membership.

My unit had 26 members, and yet at any given Unit rally there are always the same six or eight members, and I've never even met most of the others. So what do the other eighteen-odd members get for their membership since they don't participate in the events? Obviously they must perceive some benefit or they wouldn't belong. Until I can figure out why they belong even though they don't participate, I won't be able to do anything meaningful to help boost membership— and participation— in my unit.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:21 PM   #14
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I thought about joining the WBCCI and I am sure there are many benefits. I talked to some people and read a lot of info. It just seemed to formal for me. I bought the trailer to hit the road and explore, the thought of chapter meetings and formality is not in line with that. I still have young kids, so maybe down the road one day I will feel different and join.
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