Originally Posted by moosetags
Silvertwinkle, you hit the nail directly on the head. More and more Airstreams, less and less WBCCI members, do you think some changes are needed?
Yes I do as one of the folks who got a free membership, and didn't renew.
The issue is that human beings in general can be frightened or resistant to change. That's normal, but the powers that be, talk a great game of rich legacy of the club...so much so that for the most part it will end with their generation as a result of the national movements reluctance to change anything out of the post WW2 mentality. Keep in mind a few "local" units are riding the wave and seem to be doing great because they cater to the local tastes, but don't forget that these are not in the majority.
JFK said it best:
"So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved."
I also think he said something like:
A mistake doesn't have to be an error unless you refuse to address it (or something along those lines).
WBCCI has not embraced generational differences, drawn any strength on the basic common interests. Nor has WBCCI learned from mistakes they've had clear indicators to (membership numbers) for nearly or beyond 10 years as pointed out in the charts on this thread.
It really is a shame too. In concept WBCCI should be the perfect place for Airstreamers of all types to meet and hangout. However, if you look back historically, these same folks that now occupy the ranks didn't want to let Argosy trailers in, many have issues with the Basecamp, yet now these same folks were having open discussions about maybe letting other non-Airstream built RVs into the club?
It all just seems so backassward to me.
I personally do enjoy the forum rallies that take place. From what I head that was the way WBCCI use to be until the inmates took control of the asylum.
Of course, if you'd like I can tell you what I really feel.