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Old 12-11-2009, 05:50 PM   #1
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Hello All,
If you are a Vintage Airstream Club member and have been wondering what the heck is going on with the VAC website or didn't get the email I have posted below (like I didn't) the VAC has an updated site.

Make sure you are paid up! They say a new VA is on the way.........

Here ya go


Dear VAC Member,

This notice is just a reminder to let you know that your membership in the Vintage Airstream club is about to expire. The good news is that you can now renew your membership online by going to the VAC's new website at Home and signing up there to renew your membership. We are using PayPal to process renewals online – an overwhelming request by the members of the club.

Once you have signed up and input all of your information you will be a member in good standing through 2010 in the VAC and will continue to receive the Vintage Advantage Newsletter.

In fact, once you sign up through the new VAC Website, you will be able to view online the latest issue of the Vintage Advantage Newsletter which is currently being printed. Don't worry, you will still receive this issue in the mail as always but unless you renew in the VAC, this will be your last issue.

The VACs new website has been a year in the making and is YOUR members site, complete with online repository of past newsletters and vintage documents, as well as an online store for VAC merchandise. Participate on the VAC online forums to get the latest news and information on club activities.

If you are looking for an easy way to renew and maintain your membership in the Vintage Airstream Club, go online to Payment Plans to renew now and continue to receive your newsletter.

I'm now paid up through 2010 and can't wait to get my copy of the 2009 VA.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Looks Great

Was scrolling through the bookmarks and saw the new site today. Looks great.
Couldn’t log in to the site or the Forum though. Tried all the usual names and passwords with no luck. My name is displayed in the members directory and I know it’s current. Fortunately there’s a lost password link.
Had the same issue with the WBCCI forum when it switched over to the new owners.
Nice to see the VAC Web presence increasing.

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Old 12-11-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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Tom,

All of the old login information from the Airstream.net site had to be scrapped. There was no way to port that information over to the new site. The new site will require all members to sign up for access or at least they will have to let me know that they want access so i can set them up. Much of what is on the site is stuff for the members of the club.

The forums for example are not a public forums per se, but rather a forums for club members to stay connected and to VAC activities and topics. Most of the threads are readable by the public but you do have to be a member/subscriber of the VAC to post.
The site is also a renewal portal - but your membership is already in good standing through 2010.

What we did was take all of the members who were in good standing through 2010, like you, and set them up already on the site. We gave them a temporary user id and password and sent that information to them by email. You should have received a copy of that message from us. If not, let me know by PM and I will have it resent to you. I may need to verify your email address if you did not receive it. Once you log in, you will be able to see your profile and update it, use the forums fully, see the latest issue of the Vintage Advantage online and download any of the vintage documents we have uploaded online. Just PM me and I will do whatever I can to get you all running.

Ed - If you did not receive that renewal message, you may need to check your spam folder. Over 500 of those renewal messages went out and barely a dozen were returned to me, none came back as a bounce from the address we have on record for you. At least, you were able to renew on the new site without a problem, no? Those messages came through OK, yes?

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Old 12-11-2009, 11:14 PM   #4
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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The new site worked like a charm and it navigates well. I'm all paid up for 2010 via paypal. The new VA was an excellent read. Thanks to all involved for the hard work you have put in. I guess I will hold on to the Trade Wind for another year
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:40 PM   #6
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My name is displayed in the members directory and I know it’s current.

A little about that "Directory" - think of it like an online version of the WBCCIs Membership Directory. It will be an item that will be published yearly online (and possibly in print as well as there was strong interest in this). We will take the members who have renewed and are in good standing and create this listing. Greater details are available for registered members of the VAC.
But that Directory is a separate part of the site and not related to the members list available in the forums for example.

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:44 AM   #7
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Tim, does a copy need to be mailed or can I just email U the info to join, then do Paypal?
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:00 AM   #8
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Actually, you can just go to the site anytime and join - it processes payment with PayPal. You put all of your info in as you register.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:47 AM   #9
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ok, done, do U use my registration or Paypal email to contact conformation?
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Old 12-12-2009, 02:50 AM   #10
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You should have gotten a confirmation email message that contains a link to confirm the registration. Let me know if you didn't. I already activated your account anyway but I would like to know if you got the message or not.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:55 AM   #11
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Ummm - Boy - could I say volumes here - but I won't.

The VACs site has been a year plus labor of love. It has taken quite a lot of time because all of the pieces have to work together. The VACs site has been a team effort from the start, overseen by Jim Cooper and several others over the course of development. Nothing was implemented without first checking that it was appropriate or necessary. The "Member Directory" is an example of that. All of the features it has were requests of the membership and the VAC leadership. We even held phone conferences to discuss progress and direction. The only thing the VAC did not directly pick was the layout, that was done to match the identity of the Vintage Advantage Newsletter - you can check out the free issue if you want.

The site is not perfect - like all sites, the work is never truly complete. And we have some phase 2 stuff we will be adding later. We are entertaining suggestions and incorporating them as we can.

I will say that the rumor that was spread around by an unscrupulous individual to WBCCI leadership that my server, which is currently hosting the site for now, is located on a Portuguese controlled island off the coast of Africa is patently untrue. I don't know where stuff like this comes from - well, yes I do.
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:35 AM   #12
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how come you didn't put all kinds of banner ads up and down one side and across the bottom, so that you could at least reap some income for your personal efforts? Do you have a side business you could advertise there, maybe gain some exposure and pick up a few bucks in the process?
Unlike G...... he has class!
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You should have gotten a confirmation email message that contains a link to confirm the registration. Let me know if you didn't. I already activated your account anyway but I would like to know if you got the message or not.
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Nice work, the site looks great!

Why did you switch domain names? Airstream.net is a pretty great domain!
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