Welcome to the Forums!
I too have found the WBCCI to be like an extended family. My Overlander found me in 1995 and I joined the WBCCI a short time later. The International Rally in Huntsville was the first that I could have attended following getting my coach road-ready, but when I learned that we couldn't run our air conditioners in heat/humidity that I was sure would be at least as bad or worse than what we experience in Southern Illinois -- I chose to wait for the next International Rally -- since then, the only International that I have missed was the Vermont International.
I am sure that you will enjoy participaing in these forums -- the discussions can become quite lively.
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
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)