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Old 07-25-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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WBCCI Membership Challenge

At a recent Forum rally some of us were sitting around musing about next years International being held just across the border in Madison. Many religions encourage the faithful to visit certain holy sites once in their lifetime. Should we join our fellow Airstream travelers? Should we make the pilgrimage to Madison? Letís say the opinions varied greatly.
Weíre all aware that the rhetoric over the Wally Club has gotten pretty hot the last few years. Common sense would indicate that you test the temperature of a pool by sticking your toe in first and not diving in headlong. I decided to test the waters by using e-mail instead.
I composed an e-mail in the style common to postings Iíve seen on other boards frequented by younger, more hurried and somewhat less knowledgeable authors than the typical Forum member. Yeah, youíve seen those. Various misspelled words, capitalization errors and poor grammar. I stated I owned a vintage unit, wanted to attend the Madison event and pointedly asked why I should join one unit over another. These E-mails were sent out on 7-14-08 to the contact people listed in the WBCCI Unit Guides for the Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and WDCU units. Each was sent the identical text with only the order of the units shifted around for each individual letter. In addition the notes werenít signed using my Forum screen name or sent from the usual mailbox. With all Iíve heard and read the general impression is that the WBCCI is a perfect club for retirees. Iím still 12 years out from that milestone. I wanted to leave the impression of a 30-something who had recently bought a trailer and wanted to join a club. I was looking to gauge the reaction of the membership chair.
I received an enthusiastic response from the WDCU in 4 hours. The next came in 3 days later from the Illinois Unit. That gentleman stated he was on the road and to forward my request to another person in the unit. Havenít received a follow up as of yet. At the time of this post I havenít received anything from the Wisconsin Unit.
So there it stands after 11 days. Aside from WDCU the response is underwhelming.
Iíll be sending the application out in a couple of days but I thought Iíd see if any rank and file members would care to comment on their experiences with these Units. Please donít think Iím some arrogant jerk trying to cause trouble. So much positive feedback has been posted here about WDCU and little about the units in the Chicago Milwaukee area, I thought I would try to bridge the gap.

Thanks for wading through this admittedly long mess. Just wanted to make this ramble as clear as possible to the reader.

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Old 07-25-2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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my 1st post on this forum..... been a lurker for awhile

I am actually mid '30s and have started the search for a decent vintage Airstream. (This forum is great BTW.) Hopefully finding one and have it camp worthy before my family out grows our tiny canned ham.

On Tuesday I saw there was a local rally by the WI club next month so I sent an e-mail to the president of the club asking if it would be ok if I came out and spent some time looking at their rigs to learn more. (even though i didn't have an airstream)

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12:37 I sent the e-mail
1:43 she responded with a very hearty welcome to the airstream sickness, and to come on out.

She also forwarded my info to a local contact and he responded at 5:29 that same evening, even though he was out of town. I actually commented on how impressed I was with the speedy response time. He invited me to look at his rigs and tonight most likely I will.

Based on that interaction...when I buy a rig the first upgrade I'll make will be a club membership. response time is important. You only have 1 time to make a good 1st impression.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:40 PM   #3
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Tom,

I'm glad to see "Star Grover" was on top of her game with the WDCU. Star is currently our 2ndVP and Membership Chair person(my guess, that's who you emailed). It sounds like you will be joining the WDCU based on the response. We do all of our "biz" over the net via email. Though most if not all of our rallies are from NC to NH (up and down the east coast) we are always willing and wanting to head west.

It appears there will be many WDCU members at International next year with some going that have not been in many years. So watch out for the black flags and pirate patches.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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These E-mails were sent out on 7-14-08 to the contact people listed in the WBCCI Unit Guides for the Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and WDCU units.


Tom,

I'm not sure what exactly you mean by "WBCCI Unit Guides"--I presume this is something on the WBCCI web site, which seems to be down at the moment, so I don't know who in particular you emailed it to. But I must say that the Wisconsin is a great unit--we love it--and very welcoming to new and younger members.

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I’ll be sending the application out in a couple of days but I thought I’d see if any rank and file members would care to comment on their experiences with these Units
As I said, we have been members of the Wisconsin Unit for more than five years--and numerous rallies--and love it. To get some idea of the flavor of the unit, would suggest looking through some of our newsletters, The Badger Bulletin, on the Wisconsin Unit web site, WBCCI Wisconsin - Region 7, Unit 116

Hope to see you down the road,
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:22 PM   #5
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Tom: We joined the WI unit last Dec after attending a luncheon the month earlier. Because of other travel commitments this summer, we have had to miss the WI unit outings so far this summer other than luncheons during the winter here. I can tell the group is welcoming and there is a wide range of ages in the group. We've added new members since we joined and we look forward to our camping with the WI group within the next month or so. Our unit Pres makes us feel welcome and I would encourage you to attend one of our events to see if you like the group. Nothing I've seen so far makes me think it's formal at all. It's kind of like shopping for churches. Until you experience it, you don't really know what you're getting into.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:42 PM   #6
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Who In WI did you send the notice?

Can you let us know who you sent the email in WI?

I know we respond ASAP if we get it.

Heck with that said, come join us, not all of us are 70! WI has a very strong Vintage group and we are always looking for someone to lead down the wrong WBCCI path!

Drop me a line and I'll set you up.
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Hodag said "my 1st post on this forum..... been a lurker for awhile. I am actually mid '30s and have started the search for a decent vintage Airstream. (This forum is great BTW.) Hopefully finding one and have it camp worthy before my family out grows our tiny canned ham."

Hodag - There is a 1954 Flying Cloud right there in Appleton!! Needs a good bit of work, but something worth while for you to check out. With a good bit of money & skills, this could be a great restoration.
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My wife a daughter went to look at that trailer, its nice. A good solid unit. BTW the reason they went to look is another person in Appleton was told the Airstream club in the area was great and they should check it out. So being the GOOD WI UNIT MEMBER, they went and looked at the trailer for this person. I'm out the door to go look at another for a guy who is wanting a trailer this AM.

Hey its a WI thing, come join us!
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Old 07-26-2008, 07:56 AM   #9
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Hodag - There is a 1954 Flying Cloud right there in Appleton!! Needs a good bit of work, but something worth while for you to check out. With a good bit of money & skills, this could be a great restoration.
yep I saw that one, thanks

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Old 07-26-2008, 09:46 AM   #10
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One thing that never fails is a quick reply from someone on the Forum.
With my ancestral home just southwest of Green Bay I was glad to see all the comments from the Wisconsin Unit. I figured with a little nudge I'd see some action. The WBCCI website seems to have been down for most of the last 2 weeks. The Save Wally Unit Guide lists Joan Lahr as the contact for your group.
The WDCUís comments about pirates made me grin. As an "Journeyman Auto Technician" Iím a pirate by trade. Yíall bees rememberín the last time yur purse was emptied by my on oí me mates? Arrrghh.
Don't forget! Welcome to the Official site for Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19
Thanks for the responses.

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Old 07-26-2008, 10:12 AM   #11
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The Save Wally Unit Guide lists Joan Lahr as the contact for your group.
I checked, and I see that Joan Lahr's old email address listed in the Save Wally Unit guide is not the same as the current one on the WI unit web site. So that may be the reason you didn't get a response. The other thing is, the Lahrs are on the road a lot and may have been out of email contact for a while.

On another subject, I do hope that you will join the WBCCI and come to some Wisconsin Unit functions, as well as next year's International. The reason I say this is that Unit rallies are more fun than the International. The International is primarily about meetings and politics which are almost completely absent from Unit rallies. Also, if you are into vintage Airstreams you might want to come to the Vintage Airstream Club rally at Osceola, WI this September 5-7.

Hope to see you down the road,
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:30 AM   #12
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Here is something to remember about joining a group that is run by those older than us..
You may not be of that now, but you will be evenually and then it will be your turn. After all the older generation evenually will be at the point where they will have to turn it over to the younger, so all groups need younger persons in the organization because evenually they are going to have to take over.

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Old 07-26-2008, 11:02 AM   #13
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After all the older generation evenually will be at the point where they will have to turn it over....
Right. Iíve been involved with a 50 year old organization run by volunteers. Iím well aware of how egos, politics and the death of an influential member can influence decisions. I would hate to see WBCCI self destruct by not changing with the times.
I would have liked to come up to the Vintage Rally but my plate is full until the middle of September.

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Old 07-26-2008, 11:45 AM   #14
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Why don't you join the WI unit and the WDCU? We are one big club right? Anyway Tom, Come out and camp with us... You can caravan out with Byamcaravaner next April to the Cherry Blossom Rally. Or if you want to go sooner the WDCU has a rally to the Outer Banks, NC in August. A luau rally in September near Cape May NJ, and the installation rally in October in central New York. All of those rallies will be a very good time for all ages. You will be welcomed like family even if you don't join our unit, so come....
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