Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-22-2002, 11:02 AM   #1
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Red face WBCCI participation

I attended my first WBCCI Rally this past weekend and I gotta ask.

Even though I have thought at length about how to ask these questions without showing my cards or offending anyone, please understand that I come with hat in hand.........

Is it unethical to drink at WBCCI events? I also noticed that there was a religous influence in all of the entertainment.

Me and my wife both like to drink alcohol while camping and at other outdoor events.

My family is all Christians that believe in God and Jesus but, we are on the uphill side of life and we like to let our hair down.

I could be mistaken but I felt a little out of place while attending the rally. although the folks were very friendly and warm, I did not notice anyone consuming alcohol and it was very obviuos that the entertainment was of a faithful origin.

I respect these enviroments and cultures but I feel that it is important for me to understand the WBCCI.

I have researched at length the WBCCI and I do not see anywhere that the organization is of the Missionary position or a religous following.

Am I mistaken or am I in the wrong crowd?

With the greatest respect,
Smily
__________________

__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 11:39 AM   #2
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
No takers?

What did I say??????

Are there no opinions out there or is this an unspoken subject?

Smily
__________________

__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 11:56 AM   #3
1 Rivet Member
 
Mr.InsideOut's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 17
So....
Are you asking if Jesus would have felt out of place turning water into wine at a WBCCI rally?
__________________
Mr.InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 11:56 AM   #4
1 Rivet Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 7
Hi Smily:
I've been a member of WBCCI for 3-4 years, but only attended one rally with them (too frigging busy) and am going to a VAC rally this week. I would say that the WBCCI folks are fairly conservative, but at the rally I went to we did have a "happy hour" where nearly everyone brought a glass of wine or cocktail. I see that the VAC rally which we are attending this week in California has a "Day of Wineries" on their itenary. I didn't notice any religious connotations at the rally I attended, but they were a fairly serious and older group. Have you explored attending another local WBCCI group (if they have one) in your region or a Vintage Airstream Club outing since they are much younger and more likely to party. My girlfiend and I, like you and yours, like to enjoy a good Margarita (or two) when we go camping and I see nothing wrong with that.
John
__________________
1958 Flying Cloud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 12:10 PM   #5
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Birds of a feather

I have actually been thinking exactly that,

The VAC that is.

I figure that it is a crowd of people that like restoration projects and are a liitle more physically capable that can work on the more affordable AS.

Not that I dont look forward to my older years when I too can afford a maintenance free, new, Airstream Motor home.

The rally I went to was a state rally with two units attending. I have not given up and labeled this book as read. (past tense)

We are going to attend the local chapter rally in November. I anticipate that it will be a little looser crowd, (and I am hoping).

I am looking forward to being a part of this community but just dont want to muddy the Holy Waters.

Thanks for the reply and I hope that we can fly together someday
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 12:46 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Actually, we have attended 3 WBCCI and 1 VAC Rallies this year. At each one there was an organized "Happy Hour" in which people brought snacks to share and beverages of their choice...and yes, some "adult beverages" were present! At the Rocky Mountain VAC Rally, we even had a keg donated from the local micro-brewery New Belgium Brewery. They own an Airstream that they take on the road with them to company events (shown in the picture below).

We too enjoy a good margarita, glass of wine, port or scotch while camping and it has never been discouraged. Even those who chose not to have a drink (or 2?) never frowned upon those of us that do chose to partake.

You may need to check out several different WBCCI Units to find one that "fits" your lifestyle better. It's true, the VAC bunch tends to be a "younger crowd", although in our unit the two groups "play nicely together".

Shari
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	road.jpg
Views:	1152
Size:	42.8 KB
ID:	707  
__________________
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 01:05 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
I like the line about "new maintenance free " Airstream Motorhome!
Hey, not knockin' em but I am willing to bet nothing is maintenace free for very long..

As for the WBCCI some of you may know my experience here in GA. It was not fun. I let my membership go this year
Come to the Mystic Springs Rally in April if you can- it is sure to be fun, and educational, not necessarily in that order.
__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 01:15 PM   #8
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Where is Mystic?

Alan,
Where is Mystic Springs and can you point me to the post about your experience with the WBCCI?

Smily
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 01:34 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,396
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
WBCCI Participation

Greetings Smily!

A wise friend, and mentor advised me when I joined WBCCI and began attending rallies and other functions to observe the decorum of the situation. Over the past eight years, I have attended many functions both WBCCI and VAC. There is one thing that became obvious, especially at those events under the auspices of the WBCCI, discrete consumption of alcoholic beverages was acceptable - - but to maintain the "family oriented atmosphere" beverage containers should be disguised.

For the functions that I have attended, I have always found the welcome to be warm and genuine. Each function seems to have its own unique decorum as well as approach to the given situation.

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 01:52 PM   #10
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Disguised

I did notice that almost all of the beverages were in a "personalized" container. There were almost no off the shelf containers whether they be alcoholic or not.

I did pick up on this but unfortunately not until I had already hit the front lines with beer can in hand.

I am a little embarrassed but I will get over it.

I have always said:

"You set precedence when you walk in the door",

" Show up late on the first day and they will never expect you to be on time"

So cheers!

Smily

P.S. It would be nice if there was an etiquette book or guidline that points these little things ou to new comers.
__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 02:11 PM   #11
Just a member
 
thenewkid64's Avatar
 
1978 28' Argosy 28
Tampa Bay , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4,539
Images: 21
Send a message via AIM to thenewkid64 Send a message via Yahoo to thenewkid64 Send a message via Skype™ to thenewkid64
Smily,

I would have to say as a 10 year WBCCI member that enjoys an "adult beverage" or 2, or 3, I have never felt uncomfortable regarding a bottle or can of beer. At the rally we were at last weekend I saw more than a few members with a bottle of beer (my self included) at happy hour. Some were even drinking WINE!!!!!

The religous theme you mentioned is almost allways present, but usally in a prayer before meals and the pledge of alliagence prior to a business meeting. If there was more than tha then this particulair unit may not be for you and yours. Each one is diffrent and you need to find a good fit. I have not yet had a chance to attend a VAC rally but look forward to when I have the time to do so.

To answer your question on Mystic Springs it is in the Pensacola area of Fl. It is an Airstream club owned park and is very nice. The Rally last year was a blast, but this year we want more folks to have fun with (sorry for the thread drift).

So I say chalk the rally up as a learning experience and try another unit/rally. You have many units in your area to try. Heck if I can get away for the Region 3 rally in Willamsburg and you can too, I will buy you and yours the beverage of your choice.
__________________
Brett G
WBCCI #5501 AIR # 49
-------------------------
1978 Argosy 28 foot Motorhome

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. -- Plato


thenewkid64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 02:25 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
Pahaska's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Hays County , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 5,819
Images: 3
Smiley

Except for a "devotional" on Sunday morning, from which I politely excused myself, I didn't notice any undue religious fervor at the one rally I have attended, and I am very definitely not one of a religious bent. I noticed a few beer cans here and there and heard a few references to "having a beer."

WBCCI, like the TrailManor club that I belonged to with my old trailer is mostly composed of older, conservative folks and does tend toward saying "Grace", and the like. I have no problem with that as long as my views are respected.
__________________
John W. Irwin
2014.5 Touring Coach, "Sabre-Dog IV"
WBCCI #9632
Pahaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 02:28 PM   #13
Still Working
 
smily's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36
North Charleston , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 1,651
Images: 19
Huge thanks

Thanks for the round.

I am actually from Pensacola. Our last house was on Eight mile creek road just past the KOA campground.

Anyway, I did not intend to peg the rally as square or as religous fanatics. I just wanted to know that I was not out of place or order. Maybe I was a little over sensitive or just self conscious.

The people were very friendly and warm. I am certain that there are many more to meet. I am going to go to the local rally and hold my head up high, ( maybe my brewski too).

I appreciate all of the input and guidance from my fellow WBCCI members and others.

Thanks,
Smily

__________________
smily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2002, 02:32 PM   #14
Just a member
 
thenewkid64's Avatar
 
1978 28' Argosy 28
Tampa Bay , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 4,539
Images: 21
Send a message via AIM to thenewkid64 Send a message via Yahoo to thenewkid64 Send a message via Skype™ to thenewkid64
Talking Airstreamer time

I forgot to mention something regarding "Airstreamer time"

The sayng I have always heard is "If you are on time to an Airstream rally event you are late". At some of the bigger rallies when there is a catered dinner the line to get in will sometimes start 30-45 min. before the door opens. So don't worry about being late to happy hour or dinner. Again I will say if the unit's that you visited with are not for you move on and find the right one. It is out there.
__________________

__________________
Brett G
WBCCI #5501 AIR # 49
-------------------------
1978 Argosy 28 foot Motorhome

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. -- Plato


thenewkid64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WBCCI participation poll Silvertwinkie WBCCI Forum 39 03-26-2006 05:47 AM
WBCCI and local Units Stougard WBCCI Forum 54 02-28-2006 09:46 AM
WBCCI family/children/pet friendly? ViewRVs WBCCI Forum 66 01-08-2006 08:34 PM
WBCCI Survey smily WBCCI Forum 33 11-13-2005 10:08 AM
addition to WBCCI Directory: RV park listing eubank On The Road... 0 03-23-2004 09:37 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.