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Old 04-10-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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What do you LOVE about WBCCI?

I look at the forum timeline nearly every day, and sometimes get really tired of seeing negative comments about WBCCI. We are a fantastic, thriving community, and our members are having fun! So tell me, what do you LOVE about our club?
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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The people. Isn't that the reason to join ANY club, meeting great people who have a common interest?
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:25 PM   #3
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The history. And the fact that I get to make some more of the "history"!
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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The people. Our rallies are a lot of fun, and we've gone to some fascinating places - last fall we had a rally on the grounds of George Washington's Birthplace (a national park not normally open to camping). In a few weeks we're going to have a rally at an old plantation home. A few years ago we had a rally right at the water of the Chesapeake Bay at a VFW. The famous now-defunct Cherry Blossom Rally was held at a horse farm with a giant tent set up for the rally. None of those would have been possible with just my wife and I. We have rallies about once a month between April and October. Most rallies are in campgrounds, but often in places we wouldn't have gone otherwise - so even when it's in a campground, it's still some place new and different. It pushes us from our comfort zone. And those unique spots really stand out in my memory.

There's a practical side of it, too: Several of those more unique rallies wouldn't have been possible without an insurance policy, which the WBCCI covers as part of our dues. Imagine trying to negotiate an insurance policy every time you want to hold a rally...ugh. Few people would want to go to that trouble. Instead, when we need it, it's just a matter of an email or two to HQ and it's taken care of.

I'm president of our unit this year, so I'm trying to resolve some of the administrative things that have been hanging around to keep the unit healthy and moving forward, so that we can continue to have fun.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:03 PM   #5
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The berets. Yup, seriously. If the beret happens to be on the guy in the utilikilt who is lying under my rig replacing the dump valve - even better
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:08 PM   #6
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The berets.
I have one of those, but haven't worn it to any WBCCI functions. I guess I'll have to wear it next year when I'm a Unit president and I go to the Winter and Summer Internationals.
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If the beret happens to be on the guy in the utilikilt who is lying under my rig replacing the dump valve - even better
I'm not touching THAT line with a 10-foot torque wrench!
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:43 PM   #7
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I am a member, but I haven't yet found the opportunity to participate in any rallies.
Maybe in 2015...
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:46 PM   #8
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That is the very reason I waited or hesitated to join.
I joined when I accidentally learned that there is a Mississippi unit.
The likelihood of participating in a rally is far greater for working people when it is closer to home. I will miss the Spring Fling because we already have plans to attend another rally.
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Don't sweat it. My first year, I attended zero unit rallies. My second year, I only attended two. Doesn't matter. I still got to meet some great people even if it was outside of a rally setting, and I don't regret joining before I could take full advantage of the membership. It just meant that before I went camping with them, I already knew them.

However, I am giving serious consideration to changing my Primary and Affiliate memberships around, to make the Louisiana Unit my primary and the Greater New Orleans Unit my affiliate, because it seems like a better fit, but not until after my stint next year as president of the GNO Unit.
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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Absolutely it's the people we have met in the WBCCI. The Oregon Unit is awesome and we have made some lifelong friends we never would have met had it not been for the club. I also love being part of Airstream history.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:40 PM   #11
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What do you LOVE about WBCCI?

So great to see all these responses! We had friends in the club long before we could finally buy our own Airstream - my Mom has been a WBCCIer for a long time, and we bought an Airstream specifically so we could join, too. We are going places we would never have gone on our own, and doing things we would never have done, and have friends that enjoy the same type of adventures. We're curious to see which one of our nieces/nephews/grandchildren will make us a third-generation Airstream family!
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #12
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Hi Sandy! Yes back a few years ago the WBCCI bashing was very bad, but the club is moving forward and the bashers have gone away...

I would have to say the #1 reason to join is the fun of attending a Rally with other Airstreamers. Have not met a unfriendly WBCCIer yet. I think many people don't realize how many very active units there are within the club, while they may not post pictures and do blogs about it, every weekend WBCCIers are camping and having a great time. The club does try to cover all the areas, with long caravans for the retired, weekend Rallys for the working families, Tech help group for those who need help with issues, etc.

Like any club, you get out of it what you put in, simple as that.

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Old 04-11-2014, 01:55 PM   #13
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It's the people. We all have something in common; Airstreams and the desire to do outdoor activities.

We have not had a bad Airstream rally because of the fun we have together.
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I am looking forward to our first airstream rally this April
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