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Old 05-20-2012, 05:03 PM   #1065
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Northern Illinois Unit voted this weekend. Nine units attended but only 8 chose attend the business meeting and vote. This still represents a quorum for our unit. One B-Van owner voted to allow Thor Motor homes. The other 7 trailer owners voted that we should not allow Thor motorhomes, unless they were in a new membership classification, which could not hold office and would lose their right to vote. The issue was fully discussed. The Collins workaround and newer used Airstream motorhomes were brought up as options.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:39 PM   #1066
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The Collins workaround and newer used Airstream motorhomes were brought up as options.
What's "the Collins workaround"?
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:02 AM   #1067
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Last year, Norm Beu, current International President, confirmed that Jerry Collins, International President in 2008, had indeed bought a new SOB motorhome. Jerry, at the same time, had another WBCCI member put Jerry's name on that member's title to his trailer, as a co-owner. Therefore; Jerry could retain his honorary Life Membership, granted him when he retired from International Presidency. Jerry is a full member and can hold office and vote, but they only get one vote from that trailer. Jerry can not use his motorhome to participate in WBCCI sponsored caravans or park his SOB motorhome with the other WBCCI trailers at rallies where WBCCI has rented the full facility. Nothing can stop him from parking his motorhome off site or using a motel and paying admission to the rallies. WBCCI rallies held at state parks or open campgrounds can not prevent him from parking close to the other WBCCI participants.

I call this the "Collins Cure" or the "Collins Workaround" for the problem of allowing former members, who buy an SOB, to continue to associate with their WBCCI friends without having to change the WBCCI Constitution. By Norms Beu's sanction, it is an acceptable method around the SOB problem and does not limit them as to what brands they can buy.
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So the real incentive behind this insanity has finally been spelled out.

In the absence of the passage of the MOHO amendment this scam would allow a retiring IP having been granted a Life Membership at our expensive to retain either his right to hold office or vote depending on the scam he sets up with a trailer co owner.

Sorry ex IPs I am against either of these scams to retain your membership. You want to walk away to an SOB do it with you head high and let us have fond memories of you. We are surrounded with enough people gaming the systems for their gains. Lets keep at least one thing pure.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:27 PM   #1069
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You know I find it very interesting that the WBCCI is willing to stretch the conditions of the Federal Law governing equal rights to all and then come up with a scam that to circumvent One Man One Vote. These guys have missed their calling.

On one hand they expel a member and extend that expulsion to the members spouse. I am not aware of any other point of law that extends the punishment to a spouse. Even when G Gordan Litty was convected he was allowed to transfer ownership of his gun collection to his wife and retain them in their common home.

Now they have devised a scheme where co ownership allows individuals to redefine ownership of property and the rights that follow ownership. Will there be a limit as to how many members can own a single Airstream? With one owner retaining the right to vote, one retaining the right to hold office and several other to have the right to attend rallies. This looks like something the open boarders folks might want to consider, 10 people on the same drivers license all living under a common roof.
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Trying to come up with just the right words to express my disgust and dismay over such chicanery is making my brain hurt. Oh, got it now…

WBCCI gets by just fine these days without Wally Byam his own self, so there is literally no one so indispensable to the organization that the rules have to be bent beyond recognition just for him.

Please, get a clue; life membership is not for the rest of your life, it's for the life of your Airstream ownership. Maybe someone (or a lot of us concurrently) ought to propose an amendment that clarifies that point…
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:39 PM   #1071
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There are high stakes and a mighty collective brain power in effect working to guarantee one or some a lot in WBCCI. The one I can think of that wanted more for more members and less for nine or so was easily culled out after several creative measures, until one finally culminated in his expulsion on very flimsy standing. Collective bargaining through delegates meetings and member forums seem to be precariously threatened and due diligence should be exercised.
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The Constitution has always allowed only one vote per trailer. If it was a conventional married couple or not, or a co-owner exists, there is only one vote allowed. Jerry would have to agree with his co-owner on how that vote would be cast. In my conversation with Norm, he said that only two co-owners would be allowed per trailer. Since Jackson Center does not require a copy of the current title to be provided, all that is needed is a letter stating co-ownership has been established to get the "work around" accepted. It is not likely that the Thor Motorhome amendment can get 2/3 of the members to accept it, but the "Collin's Work around" will still an option for all former Airstream Motorhome owners who want to remain semi-active in the club.
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So with the Collins workaround, these folks will still need to locate a WBCCI member who would be willing to co-own with them. No easy task!

But we've always said, go ahead and buy an SOB, but you'll still have to (co-)own an Airstream in order to be a member under the current constitution.


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So with the Collins workaround, these folks will still need to locate a WBCCI member who would be willing to co-own with them. No easy task!

But we've always said, go ahead and buy an SOB, but you'll still have to (co-)own an Airstream in order to be a member under the current constitution.


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As long as they don't try to put their big red numbers on the SOB as if it was an Airstream!
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If a member were to choose this method, they would still not be able to attend club rallies. They could go to a unit luncheon, but that would be the limit of their activity.
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The Constitution has always allowed only one vote per trailer. If it was a conventional married couple or not, or a co-owner exists, there is only one vote allowed. Jerry would have to agree with his co-owner on how that vote would be cast. In my conversation with Norm, he said that only two co-owners would be allowed per trailer. Since Jackson Center does not require a copy of the current title to be provided, all that is needed is a letter stating co-ownership has been established to get the "work around" accepted. It is not likely that the Thor Motorhome amendment can get 2/3 of the members to accept it, but the "Collin's Work around" will still an option for all former Airstream Motorhome owners who want to remain semi-active in the club.
My comment were not questioning the number of votes per trailer but rather the fact that we would now consider one vote per two co owners. Given Norms assurance that that number would not be extended to 3 or 4 co owners is little comfort, but rather just an indication of how far they will bend the rules at this time.

As for the point of marriage. The IBT revised the definition 2 years ago to be politically correct by current standards. However having defined marriage they are willing to also becoming a lot looser in defining ownership. I am left with this question. It is proposed that I can own an Airstream with anyone and retain membership. But my spouse, can not retain membership after my expulsion. Now let me ask, can ones son have reached majority and still living at home own an Airstream and membership or would he and other family members included in ones expulsion?

I can see a Bambi parked behind Jackson Center with a dozen co owners holding a majority of the higher offices of the Club while riding around the country in SOB spending my money.

At some point we have to step back and look at the bigger picture and just what the application of diametrically apposed standards is about. Give a little lose a lot.
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So with the Collins workaround, these folks will still need to locate a WBCCI member who would be willing to co-own with them. No easy task!
All they would need would be find a junk Airstream to obtain a valid serial number. It could be a number off a total in a junkyard somewhere.

Someone who never set foot in an Airstream or towed an Airstream could obtain a serial number in this manner, take out a life membership, and appear with a SOB with all privileges of the club (including voting, which some 600 MALs can not do).
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Richard seems to think otherwise on some of this; see his post above.

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All they would need would be find a junk Airstream to obtain a valid serial number. It could be a number off a total in a junkyard somewhere.

Someone who never set foot in an Airstream or towed an Airstream could obtain a serial number in this manner, take out a life membership, and appear with a SOB with all privileges of the club (including voting, which some 600 MALs can not do).
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