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Old 10-04-2010, 08:38 AM   #85
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Originally Posted by nick6930 View Post

Shawn, Dave, Rob, Frank and everyone else KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK and THANK YOU.
Thanks Nick, for the words of encouragement. I would like to add my 2 cents here, in that I can see where all this is going! Those of us who have been WB members can see what happens when too much control is exerted on an organization. The reaction of folks to the question at hand can be seen as a direct relationship to their good or bad experiences with other national organizations, whether that is Airstream related or any other. From my perspective, the Airstream experience is moving in a free market direction. Pull the plug on conformity and let the entrapenurial spirit move the masses. People everywhere are looking to find their own kind, "Airstreamers"!!! Whether itís for recreation, hobby time or just admiration, Airstreams and Airstreamers of all ages are flocking together in celebrations all across the continent and even the world. The question of organization outside of a purely local group of associates (3 hrs driving time) does not need to be addressed in my opinion! As the bonds of association for that local group become stronger and create that regional identity there may be both desire and opportunity to merge. Putting an artificial structure together before there is any interest may take away from the local experience! Not only are there different local associations but they are brought together through the efforts of different individuals and different mediums. We have clubs, services, forums and groups of friends, all organizing, gathering, enjoying and reporting success. This is all extremely productive and is a world apart from the more formal Airstream Club the WBCCI. Just recently they announced the closing down, permanently, of any forums or media in which the membership might participate. That forum is moving to the commercial site of the originator and will stand on its own merits against all the other free market organizations surfacing! Itís a great time to be an Airstream owner, as choice has now entered the picture where few had existed before! Hopefully we can stay on the positive side and reap the benefits of the talents and volunteer time of the many folks who now feel energized by that freedom for which the Airstream and the Airstream way of life touted by its founder, have for so long been associated !

Thanks to all who contribute!

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