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Old 01-11-2007, 11:17 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by rideair
In another thread someone (Roscinante) asked the following question:

"What is it that keeps them renewing their membership and what is the value (other than pretty red numbers) of being a WBCCI member?"

I ask that only "WBCCI" members respond to this question. So, here it is again.

"What is it that keeps them renewing their membership and what is the value (other than pretty red numbers) of being a WBCCI member?"
I became a WBCCI member after a VAC Rally that I attended a few years ago in Colorado Springs. I have renewed only to keep my VAC membership current as well. My trailer will not sport red numbers, ever.
Other than the Colorado Springs Vintage Rally, I have never attended a WBCCI event. Those times that my wife and I do socialize with other Airstreamer, it has always been forum rallies.
I honestly do not know why I keep renewing, since neither I nor my wife have great interest in WBCCI. It must be the grand memories of the Rocky Montain Vintage Rally that makes me want to continue on with tis membership.

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Old 01-11-2007, 11:24 AM   #16
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Why Are We Members?

We have a deep appreciation for Wally, caravans, rallies and units even though we never met Wally and have not participated in any of those activitities and organizations. We BELIEVE. It's similar to religion - you either believe or you don't.

The value of WBCCI stems from an intangible feeling of belonging, heritage and comraderie. The value is not something that has a currency associated with it. I have known many WBCCI members over the years and have heard second hand about many of the events. My parents were members and we are continuing their membership number. At this point in our lives we are MALs but that status will likely change in the future.

I do think many things about WBCCI need to change with the times and I hope they will change sooner than later. For now we will continue to believe and to remain members.


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Old 01-11-2007, 11:30 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by moosetags
The history, continuity, and roots of the club. We are not big participators, but want to remain members.
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:19 PM   #18
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Thumbs up The great members

We love being members of WBCCI the NEW ENGLAND UNIT! The people are wonderful & family to us. You all have described in a nutshell how we feel about being members. It's TERRIFIC.........

The best part is when you take your unit on the road, and you see other ASer's and you honk & wave, and you wonder what rally you are missing as they pass by.

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Old 01-11-2007, 01:54 PM   #19
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I guess I joined because I bought an airstream - in 2003. I re-enlisted thinking I might want to take advantage of some of the campgrounds - like Top of GA (but I haven't gotten there yet). Also, I kind of liked the idea of being in the book as well as being able to look others up.

However, I've not been very good at getting in the book, and though I camp a lot, I don't seem inclined to be a rallyer.

I'm probably not going to re-enlist next year. I feel that I am getting enough of the benefits of membership through this forum, if I may say so. And thank you for that, all.

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Old 01-11-2007, 01:56 PM   #20
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Thumbs up the members

We love the members.

We love the members that we have yet to meet down the road or at the next rally.

Love to spend time with others that share our interest in Airstreams espically vintage.

We like to ask others how they solved a problem.

Like to hear about trips to far away places that we don't have to time to visit--Yet!

Love a good happy hour and a pot luck.
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:10 PM   #21
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To All,, I renew for the following reasons.. the Montana Unit Vice President has the best heart in America,,, has helped and rescued on more than one occassion,,, loved the International,, a must see in person to believe,,, love my Airstreams which enable me to be a member of this group,, love the people,,, what more reason than if only to rejoice in the commonality of Airstreams,,, WBCCI 1865,,,, donna
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:22 PM   #22
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We joined the Texas Highland Lakes Unit. I never thought we'd enjoy anything like the WBCCI. We'd always went where we wanted to go and did what we wanted to do without any help from anyone in planning an agenda. I didn't think we'd like rallies, but we do. Especially after last year, which was our first year with Texas Highland Lakes Unit. On the way home from our first rally, I remarked to my wife that I felt we'd just made about 30 sets of new friends. She responded that she agreed. We'd been members of another unit the year before and just never much participated. With this unit, we've only missed one rally. They are such a fun group and have made us feel so much a part of things. Then, a few months after joining Texas Highland Lakes, I was diagnosed for a time with cancer. It turned out that I didn't have cancer, but during that time I got phone calls, emails, cards, letters, prayers, more prayers and several visits from members of our unit. One member came and stayed in his trailer for the better part of a week just to check on me and let us know that he cared. We never got anything like that amount of support from the members of our church where we've been active, working members our whole married life. About the only notice we received from our church was a listing of my name on the prayer list of the church bulletin. No phone calls, no pastor visit, nor visits from any of the members, nothing. It was remarkable or sad, depending upon your point of view. As members of the Texas Highland Lakes Unit of the WBCCI, we look forward to attending a rally most every month, somewhere.

I relate our experience only to make you aware of the benefits we feel we have received through participation in the WBCCI. We've made many friends who will be lifelong friends. We've gained a much better understanding of our trailer and how to best utilize it. As members, we've grown as individuals. We receive discounts during our rallies for sites and activities. We've seen and done many things we wouldn't have done on our own.

This is the first time I've ever responded to a WBCCI post. I read the sour grapes posted by many and it makes me feel sorry for them. I hate it that they have either had such terrible experiences, or have such a sour nature. Either way, it is sad that some people feel the way that they do about something we enjoy so much. All I can say is that we are not "old" in the traditional sense. We're both in our 50's. We aren't having any of the issues some seemingly are having. We truely enjoy our WBCCI experiences thus far and are looking forward to many, many more.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:13 PM   #23
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We are fairly newcommers to WBCCI only being members since 2000. We have taken two caravans one through the Southwest for two months. It was a wonderful experience. We knew we were going to Salem last year and were planning a route when we saw that the Cape Cod Unit had a coast to coast rally planned. They were good enough to let us and several other units south of the Mason Dixon join with them for 3 weeks of fun and adventure. We saw things that I never would have seen on my own. The friendships we made will be with us for the rest of our lives. Forums is a neat place to talk and share ideas but I haven't had this kind of experience in here. The people in the Cape Cod unit actually had names not handles, and firm handshakes. Yes I was on my knees pulling a commode out of someones unit for them and making an on the spot repair, but its these kind of things that bring you closer. Helping others park thier units, fixing meals and enjoying a social hour together isn't something you get online. I enjoy the time spent with others and seeing things in a different perspective. I hope that others can have similar experiences to the ones that I have had with the club. Our local unit is more of a family to me than a club. We share concerns and keep abreast of the needs of those in our unit. Its all about sharing. I understand that this is not for everyone and that is ok, but for those that enjoy being with others and helping make their travel more fun there has never been a better way for me to enjoy.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:38 PM   #24
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This is a wonderful idea as unfortunately there are too many who express negative comments about our Club and most often those who have positive attitudes do not express them. To the casual observer they get a slanted view of our organization.

I cannot imagine travelling these great countries of Canada and the USA without the Club. Each year we try to do one big caravan where we meet fantastic new as well as old friends, the leaders continually do such an excellent job, we have lots of fun and most people develop life long friends. Attending unit and region rallies results in the same even when we go to a unit rally at the other end of the country where we don't know a soul, and yet are welcomed with open arms. Even the International rallies are a great opportunity to learn, volunteer and meet many friends.

If you have not tried Courtesy Parking - give it a try and see how well you are received by the host.

All of this can be summed up by enjoying WBCCI which for us is an "extended family".

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Old 01-11-2007, 06:47 PM   #25
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Welcome to the forum, 93limited! Thank you for such positive comments and your first post Your words are encouraging for those considering club membership and participation. ~G
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:09 PM   #26
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I'm the lucky one!

hello Don and Kathy,
I too love the WBCCi as my bride and I have learned to use the many things WBCCI has to offer to make our travels fun and memorable. We too try a major caravaan per year; sometimes we'll make two. A very good deal- travel with discounts; the logistics have been taken care of ahead by the leaders; points of interest are already listed; many times the 'special' places of interst that you only find by talking with the locals are listed or made a part of the trip. The caravaans are a special jewel of the club. Then you have local and regional rallies where we have made so many friends and continue to renew those friendships. Again, like someone before said, you recieve in proportion to what you put in. Volunteering is one of the things that make the rallies and caravaans special, and the new poster above ,93limited, is one of the best examples of a volunteer I have ever met. I am the lucky one in that relationship,and I hope he allows me to call him friend for many, many years to come.
the wonderful meals we've shared, the happy hours, the lobster boils, and the blueberry cobblers for 70 people!
And then comes our local unit- Top of Georgia. We have joined together spending absolutely thousands of volunteer hours preparing a campground for ANY WBCCI member to use for mere cents per day- 4 point hookups! Mountains, creeks, lakes and trails nearby-come and visit.
On and on it goes.
Thank you WBCCI for letting me be a member.
And thanks to the forum members for allowing me to enjoy you as well.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:13 PM   #27
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It's responses like these, that make me glad I'm a member of the WBCCI.
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Old 01-12-2007, 09:10 PM   #28
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Why do you stay a WBCCI member?

Initially, in 1995, I joined due to the mystique along with the fact that the friends of my family who introduced me to Airstreaming were avid WBCCI members. My first two years were rather inactive as I was working through getting the coach fully roadworthy, and finding a replacement for a tow vehicle that was less than satisfactory. By 1998, I was participating in caravans as well as rallys, and have never considered letting my membership lapse -- in fact, I purchased a lifetime membership just before the last International dues increase. As a Free Wheeler, the caravans can lessen some of the responsibilities of a long trip (route selection, locating campgrounds, finding unique points of interest, etc.) making the experience far more enjoyable. In many ways, my friends in the WBCCI have become a second family for me as I travel across the country each summer.


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