I tried to stay away from this topic - I did - I really did - but I just can not!!!
You know the funny thing is something similar happened at our winter luncheon - that was attended by over 100 members from our unit (nope again I was not in attendance - shucks!!!) A bit too expensive for just for a dinner - would have cost us around $300 with the stay over gas & meals.
To somewhat the same words - IBT bla bla bla "name change" bla bla bla and will be voted on at our Spring Rally - end of statement.....not a single question, raised eyebrow, or comment.
b) don't care
c) not aware of the change, to shy to question
d) waiting to receive some information before passing judgment/vote
e) want the new name AOAI
I would bet my life that a),b)& c) would outweigh e) in a heart beat. But sure hope that d) is the cause of the silence.
And the neigh sayers here - including myself - are vocal because we have been caught not with our panties in a twist - but have been caught with our pants down!
If you look closely - you will see several members who are very vocal in this are recent joiners to the club - coming into the process in mid swing. While we grab a quick beer, struggle to find our seats, glance at the program - the batter just hit a grand-slam - from outside the batters box! But the game goes on....The existing crowd are split - half does not care they just want to see someone hit the ball and players running the bases rules or no rules - the other half don't care - cause they are out and about and watching a ball game with friends. The movie Logan's Run comes to mind and the Carousel.
It is the people who question, who want to understand, need to know the reasoning and above all need the justification to make such radical decisions that are being called the "trouble makers" and that we have our panties in a twist. What has this place become?
Is it fair to line up and just follow the person in front of you off a cliff?
Our delegates let this happen last year - they let a motion come forth that changed from its original intent - the fact that the IBT allowed it to happen without a point of order or question is scary enough - but then the new motion has been interpreted by IBT completely different to that of the majority of the delegates present. How can this stuff happen? - why do we let it happen and why does no one other than a few here really stand up and say - hey wait just a damn minute. Are we sure we know what we are doing and what the consequences will be. Where does the accountability rest??? I am a paying member and I want answers...
Look closely folks I appeal to you - we are asking very serious questions all over these threads and there are NO answers coming from anywhere - we are not just asking here either - of course we are asking our Presidents our Delegates, our Regions and NO ONE is coming up with anything or has anything to justify what is coming down the pipe.
Will the rationale/justification or reasoning be spelled out in a future blue beret if so why was it not presented before the initial motion. Ah good question - because the first motion was - do we want to change the name and add airstream. Yep we got passed that one - and then we gave a directive to IBT to do their research - find a good place in the club name to stick the word Airstream and tell us exactly how this is going to affect us and how much it will cost and the best way to implement the change.
Yoooo Mama - we have a vote now staring us in the face to a completely new name and I now see a new logo is rumored to be on its way too. And with what backup - not one shread of info, no letters, no documents why there is nothing to even represent a general discussion of a sampling of members on this topic. Why sure we did - we talked at the local level a 100 times about should we add the word Airstream to our name.......
Come on is it me - am I stuck in a Stepford Wives movie here. I have heard of the generation before ours being referred to as the "Silent Generation" but this is beyond comprehension.....
Do you think there might even be a separate document from the IBT addressed directly to the Unit Presidents on its way prior to March 30th that will state anything beyond listing motions to be voted on??
We are coming up to the final vote this spring! - and there is no professional or otherwise logical information printed anywhere that justifies the need, want or requirement for a change other than adding Airstream to the existing name that came from the membership and AOAI that has come from the IBT
So far I have seen the following comments used by the pro-AOAI
- the word Carnival mistaken for the word Caravan
- no one knows who Wally Byam is - Lame neither did I until I joined the club but I sure as heck new I was joining an Airstream club without having the name in it - pretty hard to miss the trailer.
- AOAI will increase membership closest to a rationale but where is the HOW?
I challenged people to come up with the pros for the AOAI - None came forth - I asked the region for background information and nothing is available other than the "motion" I ask my president and - "well we have been mumbling about adding Airstream for years"....I come here and see a lot of people against with some pretty good reasons, justification and rationale.
But those for the new name use Wally bashing comments - to old, out dated and so on - but none of this is rationale or justification for change
Is the name not working??? What has changed - I get it Wally did not invent the Airstream, we don't go on any Caravans anymore, we have changed from a Club to an Association?? Come on people... it has worked for 50 years so all of a sudden it has stopped working because the membership numbers are dropping???? I sure do not look that dumb do I ???
If there is research and documentation out there that can justify AOAI - all you Yeah sayers - then please come on, give it to us Neigh sayers, so you can once and for all shut us up.......
And there is my 5 minute talk