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Old 06-23-2005, 06:54 AM   #1
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What's right with WBCCI?

I've read these forums for a couple of years and it seems that the WBCCI threads create a lot of passionate discussion.Some threads have the theme of what's wrong with WBCCI.It may surprise some people that although membership is declining there are some units that are actually growing.What are these units doing differently than the others?Maybe WBCCI should take a look at some of these units and see what they are doing right.
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:21 AM   #2
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Being Active!

That is what the SCCU is doing.

We are growing and have been for over four years now.
We are at an all time high as for membership goes.
Our typical rally has 25 plus units. A busy rally has around 35 units present.

Diversity is the key. We have all ages and there is very little difference in the high energy level of all members.

It is a proof that we have a great time by number of new members and the retention rate we have. We literally lost one member last year and that was due to health. How many local units can claim a 99% retention rate?

It is no secret that the SCCU is one of the thriving local units and it is due to the membership in itself. We have very active members who all contribute in their own little or major way. We have folks that do crafts, we have folks that hike, kayak, play yard games, folks that are naturalists, folks who are well versed and assist with repair work on Airstreams, folks who write articles, members who act as officers on a local and international level, folks that advocate WBCCI, folks who recruit and assist new members.
We have folks with new Airstreams, Vintage Airstreams and clearly, no discrimination between old or new.
We travel to local sites and tour interesting facilities, we caravan together to larger rallies, we have rallies on State level and regional level.

Another key to success is to get out of the same ol' - same ol'. We travel to a different campground or site every rally.
We dry camp a time or two, we go to big CG's with many facilities, we go to secluded facilities, State Parks, CG's near water.
We eat a variety of meals that many contribute their time to.

An open mind is imperative, you have to be willing to give it a try and seek your little niche or even suggest new ideas. It is truly what you make of it.

And one of the most important elements of all...
We invite everyone with open arms.
We truly want you to enjoy yourself and return for a lifetime of fellowship.

We have families with children of all ages and most importantly,

WE ARE FAMILY!
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Old 06-23-2005, 02:22 PM   #3
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Ken, your post above made me want to stand up while applauding I could feel the camaradarie of your unit through your words. Your post could become the mission statement for all units, I believe! Well said, from a member-at-large. ~G
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:11 PM   #4
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I stand by what Ken says...the unit I belong to is moderately active...with a decent range of members. I actually spend more time with a different unit because of where I work and the fact my Airstream is still in its current stage of destruction. I hope to be back on the road by late summer and attending WBCCI functions. I enjoy the fact that I can "crash" a Christmas dinner with a different unit and still be able to talk Airstreams. I travel quite a bit and where ever I go there are Airstream friends to be found. It takes a bit to find a unit that will suit your needs but they are out there. Another strong unit that comes to mind is the WDDC unit. Maybe Fireflyva will chime in, but I know they pull people from 3-4 states to their local rallys and have a housefull when they do rally.

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Our unit is holding its own and very soon may acquire the folks from a dying unit in the area. Our unit split off from the dying unit years ago because they didn't do much of anything. Alas, it has caught up with them and they will probably disband in the near future and we will get those remaining.

Our unit is active both in rallys and in other get togethers. Most of our folks are currently at or enroute to the International Rally; I'll be on the road Sunday. Our rallys are well attended and well run; we schedule 5 or 6 a year and lay off in the hottest Texas summer months.

We meet formally once a month Tuesdays at a luncheon at a fixed place, but we meet informally every Wednesday when there is no other activity that week. On the odd weeks, someone picks a restaurant and circulates an email. We usually end up with 10 to 30 folks, depending on who is in town. Our luncheons always include a few widows and some couples who no longer trailer.

Our members include the International President and the Region President. They stick with our unit because it is an active, fun unit.
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Old 06-23-2005, 08:10 PM   #6
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Our Oregon Unit is a friendly group, eager to try new things, and welcoming to everyone. We have regular activities to bring folks together. It's like a family reunion every time we go! We are just starting to try new things, and I'm sure in time our unit will grow to rival even those big east-coast units!

The best things about the WBCCI in general is the openness between units - the fact you can attend any activity at any unit. We've met WBCCI members from far away, and they're like long lost friends. I don't know what it is about the WBCCI that builds that sort of comeraderie, but it's great.

The courtesy parking is cool too!
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Ken, your post above made me want to stand up while applauding I could feel the camaradarie of your unit through your words. Your post could become the mission statement for all units, I believe! Well said, from a member-at-large. ~G
aw shucks.................................

Thanks for the kind words but it is easy to write this stuff...
I cant make it up, it is the TRUTH.
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Thanks for all the great answers.Strong units is the key to the survival of WBCCI and it's great to see some dedicated individuals out there making that happen.My hat is off to you.
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HI there Aaron, you still working Micron? If so, c'mon over some time!

Washington DC Unit is actually a big one...It was formed by a bunch of VACers (though the unit is open to all age trailers), and DC was selected somewhat arbitrarily as home (as I have heard) because it didn't have a unit (and apparently WBCCI specified that a unit had to have a home base). But really, the unit considers the open road as its territory! Members come from all over the US & Canada, but members are somewhat concentrated on the Eastern Seabord, especially New England, Upstate NY and Ontario. Folks say the WDCU is like a bad penny--you never know where it'll turn up (for a rally, that is).

What does WDCU do right? Our buddy rallies are open to any trailer, including SOBs, we have super happy hours, there are always lots of kids around, nobody stresses out about rules and the door prizes are always very wacky.

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It takes a bit to find a unit that will suit your needs but they are out there. Another strong unit that comes to mind is the WDDC unit. Maybe Fireflyva will chime in, but I know they pull people from 3-4 states to their local rallys and have a housefull when they do rally.
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Hi Mary,
Actually down in Richmond at the moment, but we do have a couple of days left at Micron...when and if they ever get ready for us I have gotten somemore done on my AS and am in the market for another shorter one (as though I didn't learn with the first one) Once I have at least one AS on the road I plan to do all I can to make as many rallies as possible

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Old 06-24-2005, 08:32 PM   #11
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Ok, when and if, you have dinner here!

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Somehow this thread has drifted.Back on topic.The Ontario Canada Unit #124 seems to be growing in leaps and bounds.Is there anyone out there in that unit who would like to comment on what their unit(unit 124) is doing differently?
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Streamer,

Discussing the advantages of a unit and WBCCI hospitality is very relevant, especially since all of this is the subject of this forum. Since you haven't mentioned any of the (on-topic) advantages of the Ontario unit, you'll just have to drop on in one of our rallies and see just how wonderfully on topic we are!

I'll get a mojito ready for you, Streamer!

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Streamer,

Discussing the advantages of a unit and WBCCI hospitality is very relevant, especially since all of this is the subject of this forum. Since you haven't mentioned any of the (on-topic) advantages of the Ontario unit, you'll just have to drop on in one of our rallies and see just how wonderfully on topic we are!

I'll get a mojito ready for you, Streamer!

Mary
Thanks for the kind invite Mary.I hope no offence was taken from my previous post as none was intended.I am very passionate about the survival of the club and the purpose of starting this thread was to generate dialogue on some of the many positives of belonging to WBCCI.You have demonstrated some of that in yuor post.

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