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DanB 01-18-2016 01:31 PM

OK! Well lets start with an easy one (not!).

For the past few decades, the leadership of the WBCCI has spent significant effort to organize the International Rally. Although things are looking “up” this year for Lewisburg as I predicted, the benefactors of this huge effort is a relatively small percentage of our club.


I believe that if an equal effort was made to increasing membership value for everyone, the WBCCI would enjoy stronger growth.


I sure would like to see more benefits for working age people like me developed and published instead of the same old “come to international” in every issue of the Blue Beret.


What can you do to make answering the “It’s not worth it, I can do everything anyways without paying $60+….” response from younger perspective WBCCI members easier?

monah 01-18-2016 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by DanB (Post 1737860)
OK! Well lets start with an easy one (not!).

For the past few decades, the leadership of the WBCCI has spent significant effort to organize the International Rally. Although things are looking “up” this year for Lewisburg as I predicted, the benefactors of this huge effort is a relatively small percentage of our club.


I believe that if an equal effort was made to increasing membership value for everyone, the WBCCI would enjoy stronger growth.


I sure would like to see more benefits for working age people like me developed and published instead of the same old “come to international” in every issue of the Blue Beret.


What can you do to make answering the “It’s not worth it, I can do everything anyways without paying $60+….” response from younger perspective WBCCI members easier?

Great questions - let's do this!!!

There have been some pretty substantive improvements over the last few years beginning when Joe P. hired Lori Plummer as Corporate Manager. Jim S. has pulled together what looks to be the largest IR in several years and Richard G. has helped facilitate the creation and distribution of a digital directory by the Electronics Communication Committee.

Many of the motions passed at the mid-winter IBT included references to social media, analytics and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools which will enable us to better connect with the new Airstream owner, without losing existing communication tools for our members. I'm particularly pleased to see the addition of a dedicated Social Media position under the Membership Standing Committee.

We had some great discussions during the Region Officers meeting prior to the IBT meetings - one in particular which dealt with IR planning, execution and time commitment by the International President and the leadership team. With no disrespect to my predecessors, planning a rally will not be my greatest contribution to the club. Having been employed by large retail and wholesale companies in the Pacific Northwest, I've been able to work closely with event planning teams who, with clear direction and consistent touch-bases, exceeded the expectations for the event. As President, I would look to plan the IR similarly and very much look forward to sitting down and visiting with members during the rally - relying on the event planner to resolve opportunities.

When it comes to membership, you're talking to the person who has created a comprehensive membership growth strategy; conducted membership seminars at the last four International Rallies - the most recent of which was a membership Q&A with Justin H. from Airstream, and who designed and brought to life a new face of the Airstream Club International with a set of four compelling postcards.

On average, 1:10 of new Airstream owners joins the club - many of whom still work while 68% of our members are retired. Diversity of age, thought and lifestyle are the basis of any successful organization - I someday would like to join the ranks of the 68% but in the meantime we must find ways to welcome Airstream owners who work, who have children and who can participate in extended rallies and/or caravans - they're the ones who will take this club into the next 60+ years. With the knowledge and experience of our membership - I'm confident it can be done.

We joined the WBCCI not knowing what the value was - we have stayed in the Club because of the friendships made throughout the country, the same friendships that brought members of the Oregon Unit from across the state every weekend for a month to help polish our '69 Tradewind; that offer courtesy parking for three fellow Airstreamers at a beautiful home in Utah and that have changed my life immeasurably.

Keep the questions coming.

Mona

monah 01-18-2016 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Hittenstiehl (Post 1737848)
We met Monah/you at 2014 Modernism Week.

We were very impressed with your genuine warm inviting attitude. It was a well organized event that kept her/you quite busy but we struck up several conversations over the weekend.

Good luck with endeavor.

I remember meeting you! Love producing that event and think this years curated collection might just be the best.

Hope you can drop by - it may very well be my last if elected to International office!!!
M

Hittenstiehl 01-18-2016 06:26 PM

Monah comments only not needing a response.

There are maybe three current threads about WBCCI membership. Those threads and older ones give a good insight into forum members thoughts about the value and why or why not join WBCCI.

Additionally not all who post here do multiple sources of social media. There was a recent Christmas gathering were the attendees communicated on Instagram and another form I was not yet familiar with.

I think that all those tools are important and like information about WBCCI on all of them can keep multiple generations. That however takes a lot of time and sounds like a full time job.

Hittenstiehl 01-18-2016 06:29 PM

Monah,

Question:
Do you an opinion/position on the previously divisive matter of Thor motorcoaches joining WBCCI.

(Someone correct me if I used the wrong verbiage)

mbmbstreamer 01-18-2016 06:38 PM

Benefits for Working Members
 
My wife and I both work. We have found tremendous benefit from Unit Rallies, Unit Caravans, Region Rallies, and International Rallies. We have met folks from all over the US and Canada and really enjoy traveling with them, learning about their experiences, and seeing new places.

Could the club increase benefits for working members? Perhaps more short caravans, but most of those occur at the Unit level. Perhaps also more Special Event Rallies. I know there are folks working on that very subject.

Hope this helps.

As for Monah running for 3rd VP, she is well qualified and has had an active role in much of the positive change in the last few years.

:wally:

monah 01-18-2016 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Hittenstiehl (Post 1737991)
Monah,

Question:
Do you an opinion/position on the previously divisive matter of Thor motorcoaches joining WBCCI.

(Someone correct me if I used the wrong verbiage)

I believe in the longest-rolling, single-branded RV club in the world and am saddened by the personal impact.
M

Protagonist 01-18-2016 06:57 PM

I was a working stiff myself until last year, and of the few rallies I could attend, I usually had to arrive late and/or leave early. I missed all of the best parts that everyone else talked about later.

So this year as Unit President I made a point of scheduling rallies that run from Friday through Monday. And I'm making a point of arriving a day early and leaving a day late on top of that. Folks who can take off work on Friday but not Monday can arrive as early as Thursday afternoon and find someone else already there to hang with. Folks who can take off Monday but not Friday can arrive on Saturday and have a couple of days left to enjoy themselves, and still won't be the last ones to pack up and go home.

monah 01-18-2016 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Protagonist (Post 1738012)
I was a working stiff myself until last year, and of the few rallies I could attend, I usually had to arrive late and/or leave early. I missed all of the best parts that everyone else talked about later.

So this year as Unit President I made a point of scheduling rallies that run from Friday through Monday. And I'm making a point of arriving a day early and leaving a day late on top of that. Folks who can take off work on Friday but not Monday can arrive as early as Thursday afternoon and find someone else already there to hang with. Folks who can take off Monday but not Friday can arrive on Saturday and have a couple of days left to enjoy themselves, and still won't be the last ones to pack up and go home.

That's fantastic @Protagonist - I've been to many rallies where attendees arrive after happy hour/meals on Friday and are greeted by members with a plate of food and an offer to help them park. Flexibility is key.
M

monah 01-18-2016 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Protagonist (Post 1738012)
I was a working stiff myself until last year, and of the few rallies I could attend, I usually had to arrive late and/or leave early. I missed all of the best parts that everyone else talked about later.

So this year as Unit President I made a point of scheduling rallies that run from Friday through Monday. And I'm making a point of arriving a day early and leaving a day late on top of that. Folks who can take off work on Friday but not Monday can arrive as early as Thursday afternoon and find someone else already there to hang with. Folks who can take off Monday but not Friday can arrive on Saturday and have a couple of days left to enjoy themselves, and still won't be the last ones to pack up and go home.

That's fantastic @Protagonist - I've been to many rallies where attendees arrive after happy hour/meals on Friday and are greeted by members with a plate of food and an offer to help them park. Flexibility is key.
M

monah 01-18-2016 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveSueMac (Post 1735150)
Dang! I'm not a fan of the political structure of the WBCCI - but you absolutely would make a difference! Can regular shlubs like me just vote outright? 😃

Good luck!!

Just noticed you have a hound dog? Black & tan?? We just lost our 15+ year old Treeing Walker last year :( Loved her.

DanB 01-18-2016 07:48 PM

Thanks Monah for the great answer. I sure wish we could get Pat on here for a debate. It would be so much more entertaining than Bernie and whats her name.

SteveSueMac 01-18-2016 09:03 PM

Mid-winter IBT: Candidate for 3rd Vice President
 
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Just noticed you have a hound dog? Black & tan?? We just lost our 15+ year old Treeing Walker last year :( Loved her.


Oh - so sorry you lost your hound. They are so amazing in the way they love unconditionally and sneak in to your heart forever.

Yes - we adopted Daisy and were told she's a bloodhound. We had one that was almost twice her size so I wonder if she's a mix with something but she's definitely bloodhound and all love 😃

This was her saying goodbye to everyone at an NEU rally last year.

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DanB 01-19-2016 09:58 AM

OK, just to keep the fun rolling along on this freezing day......

In the recent past, it appears that Airstream Inc. has distanced themselves from the WBCCI.

You mention cooperation with Justin Humphrey in your prior response. How would you reengage Airstream to provide improved support and promotional growth for the WBCCI?


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