I like the rallies on state and international levels. I get to meet so many new (to me) Airstreamers from all over the country. I figure I already know who I know, I enjoy going to different places and seeing new things and hearing different accents and phrases of our common language, and making the acquaintence of those with different interests and backgrounds.
So people, places, travel and being a member of the original Airstream club is what keeps me in.
I type this live from the IBT rally in Perry Georgia, and I have been fascinated, yes, truly fascinated at the workings of our WBCCI government. Who'd a thunk? I am having a great time. I have never been to any business meetings before and the past two days of morning and afternoon seminars have kept me riveted to my seat.
I have greater respect and hopefully a better understanding of what goes on and how. The process and players are nothing less than mesmerizing. I have to give Bryan Liepper a credit here, that his belaboring the benefits of facing off, in contrast to internet relations does
make a real difference. Much like the benefits of school are so much more than the sum total of what is contained in the books and on the official teaching agenda. I am getting an education and enjoying it immensely.
One comment I heard yesterday that struck me with some poignancy was when a region president mentioned the frustration of the divisive attitude about the differentiating of members in the ranks from club officers, and affirmed that they are
the same members in the same ranks that have volunteered. Do we forget that some times? I have.