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Old 04-26-2006, 05:40 PM   #61
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Sounds as if only those who can take the better part of a week to attend the region rally will have a vote in your unit. What percentage of the membership do you think that would be?
I think they are expecting 18 units up at the regional rally. I would expect that that will be about 1/3 of our membership.

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Old 04-26-2006, 07:45 PM   #62
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For the vote on the name change WDC Unit is polling all the members and using the actual number yes or no at the internatioal vote. Don't panic if you are a member and haven't heard from us yet, you will before the International.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:27 PM   #63
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One thing I did think of while mulling over the cyber unit. If you had you meetings online, what time would you have them ? East coast time ? By the time I get home from work on the left coast the chat night is pretty much over. I guess you could have them on the weekends. I like the idea since I am on the PC in the evenings a lot. This would also tie the WBCCI to the internet (and the forums) in a small way. In some ways it looks like the WCDU goes part of the way with having low dues and a website. Do they hold meetings online ? Vote online ? The advantage of having a cyber unit would be doing everything online except camp of course. It'll be interesting to see how this pans out. I would be inclined to join if a cyber unit were available.

Another question is what region would you have it in ? Since you have to have a region. Or could you just call North America region 13 ?

Just a few thoughts of mine.

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Sorry for my late entrance to the conversation on a virtual unit. I've been on the road and limited in access.

This came up a while back on another thread and it is worth exploring. I've been discussing it over the last couple of months with some interested parties and it appears to hold some merit.

Get me 10 people/couples ready to be full charter members and I will help you pursue it. (If you are seriously interested and willing to help make this happen, send me a PM) I'll follow-up on the question about which Region. Having 10 members willing to make it their home unit is the first step. If there is enough serious interest, we will find out if WBCCI will accomodate the idea.

At least some of these 10 will need to be willing to help create the constitution and by-laws (there are models to get you started) and explore the particulars of setting up a virtual unit. This thread has suggested many issues that interested parties would need to consider. Start thinking about them too.

It will certainly be thinking outside the box for WBCCI, I love it!

Still on the road, so forgive any delayed responses.

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Old 05-08-2006, 07:39 PM   #65
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Renee,
Could you please explain your affiliation and future job duties (July 06) with WBCCI as Communication Liason.
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Old 05-09-2006, 05:37 AM   #66
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A Cyber UNit would make WBCCI really international again. We thought of founding a european wbcci unit, but that makes no real sense as we are only a few airstreamers overhere and we are spread across europe with long distances in between... A cyber unit would be the chance for us from the other side of the pond to be a voting member of wbcci. I know that we could join any other unit in the US or Canada, but that wouldn´t be the same like a cyber unit, where everybody will communicate by e-mail or forum only.

So, we would join a cyber unit for shure!!


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Could you please explain your affiliation and future job duties (July 06) with WBCCI as Communication Liason.
More will be coming out on this later, but the main purpose will be to provide WBCCI members with a designated avenue for communicating ideas, insights, concerns and suggestions with WBCCI leadership. There will also be a communications network of other members who will be designated to listen to member concerns and get that feedback to me so I can direct patterns of concerns and ideas to the leadership. Our specific avenues of communication are being determined.

It is a pretty daunting task but something WBCCI really needs. We will do what we can as volunteers.

Credit for this idea goes to incoming WBCCI President, Don Shafer. His philosphy is that the members run the club and he wants everyone to know he is listening to members' feedback.

WBCCI has members from all stages of life. All are viable members of the club. By providing designated channels of communication, the club can capitalize on its diversity and further its customer service orientation.

I am a past president of the South Carolina Coastal Unit and have been in the club since I was in my early 30's, about 18 years. I like everyone else, am a volunteer with WBCCI.
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I would be very interested in joining - but currently belong to the OR unit - way far away from my town.... I maintain their website and NEVER attend meetings. Can I do both?
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I would be very interested in joining - but currently belong to the OR unit - way far away from my town.... I maintain their website and NEVER attend meetings. Can I do both?
Janet,

You may belong to as many units as you wish. One unit is your "home" unit with voting rights. The others are associates. We belong to two.

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Old 05-10-2006, 07:32 AM   #71
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It looks like there's enough interest in this to get the idea rolling. I think that Janet and jordandvm and others in the Pacific NW were thinking along this line just as I (Jamie), Communicator, Buttercup, and probably others, were talking about it elsewhere. Sounds like there's enough people to start, but there's still some thinking to do and we need to work out next steps.

I'm seeing a few different avenues emerging: One is the creation of a brand new unit based on the ideas put forward, the second is the reorganization of an existing unit (WDCU?) into the WBCCI's cyber unit. Having an existing unit evolve into this might be easier, but it would be up to its membership to make the decision to change to become an international cyber-unit with regions within itself that can hold rallies around the country, and world, and new members would probably want it to change its name to reflect the wider membership rather than "Washington DC Unit". There might also be other structural changes that they would want to think through before they decide to go with it. This could take some time.

Another thing is that units as they exist now must belong to a region, but the cyber unit might overlap many regions, or be divided into regions for the sake of planning rallies. We would have to work out how the cyber-unit fits into the WBCCI organizational framework. Would we really be a cyber-region? Or would it be a sub-club of WBCCI in the way that the VAC is? Or would it really be a cyber-unit?

Maybe the thing to do is to start with the group of people who have expressed interest and we will find a way to start meeting online to work it out. Communicator has received a few private messages from people interested in the cyber-unit. Could others who are interested please send a PM to me (to take the pressure off Communicator whose plate is stacked full right now), and I'll compile the list and work with others to get the online organizational discussion going.

-Jamie

p.s. I hope I'm not moving in on others staked out territory -- don't mean to do that. I'm really just trying to make sure all the balls are rolling in the same direction and falling into the same basket. Look forward to talking with you all.
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:15 AM   #72
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Along the lines of forming as an IntraClub, there is already a Comuter IntraClub established. Maybe they would like to evolve into the Cyber Unit...

Just another thought...

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I think you should contact WBCCI to start with. You are in for alot of time and paperwork and better get them on your side.
I don't see the WDCU wanting to make a change at this time. It took a lot of work to get where we are now and we are just getting reconized. We're not ready to take on this challange as far as I can see.
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WDCU already does all of their voting online, has their own Yahoo Group for communications. They currently have rallies from VA to NY. I'm sure that as more members join in New England (there are already WDCU members there) and anywhere else in the country rallies would expand to follow.

I'm actually not sure I understand all the new cyber-unit talk. It looks to me WDCU has been doing that for sometime now. With the entry fee at $1 why would anyone else want to re-invent the wheel. This one's working...
65GT -- WDCU sounds like the model I'm thinking about, but truthfully I don't know a whole lot about how WDCU operates. Maybe Shacksman could give us a little bit more information about how they are set up, and how they communicate. Since it's predominately an eastern U.S. unit now, with rallies held in the east, I'm wondering if it would be possible to expand WDCU simply by having its western U.S. members, midwest U.S. members, and members from other countries, plan and hold rallies in their areas and add them to the schedule, much the way the forum rallies are set up. Is there anything that prevents them from doing that now?
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Come to my Central NY rally and fine out

Doug, Jamie,

Come on over to central NY June 1-4 for our WDCU Pageant of Bands rally.

I know Doug (last years President), I (current 3rd Vice), and Colin will be there, as well as our current President Bill Jacobs I believe. We'd love to have anyone in the east coast that is interested. Plus, it'll be a great rally.

I just voted last night electronically. Pretty awesome.

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Rob,

Sounds like fun! I'm not sure that attendance at a WBCCI rally is a legitimate excuse for taking kids out of school here in MA . Maybe this would work: Dear Ms. Teacher, please excuse my daughter from class on June 1-2. She will be attending the Pageant of Bands in Norwich, NY -- a musical education experience beyond compare and not available here in the Commonwealth.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

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Doug, Jamie,

Come on over to central NY June 1-4 for our WDCU Pageant of Bands rally.

I know Doug (last years President), I (current 3rd Vice), and Colin will be there, as well as our current President Bill Jacobs I believe. We'd love to have anyone in the east coast that is interested. Plus, it'll be a great rally.

I just voted last night electronically. Pretty awesome.

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2air - ad hominem is when you engage in assertions such as "you have no clue" - such tactics totally destroy any brainstorming (see book by Charles Clark for example).

It is what you actually say - actual objectively observable behaviors - that convey message. Trying to devine intent and motivation is very difficult under any circumstances and even more so when what is said is not in line with what one says is one's goals.

What strikes me is that "cyber unit" is so nineties, so last century. ;-)

But the real concern is the failure to learn from what has been. That is a first necessary step for any successful organization so as to not repeat past errors. In this case, proponents are sidestepping and rationalizing issues that need to be confronted with in a rigorous manner.

Nearly all of the arguments regarding this 'cyber unit' could equally have applied to an amateur radio unit forty years ago. There were also some lessons learned from that case that are not being considered here from what I see in this thread.

Not only that but some of the elitism, bigotry, and intolerance that has plagued WBCCI in recent years is on both sides of the discussion here. That is intriguing from an OD POV.

What does appear to be the case is that some folks are heavily invested in their views - to the point that a rational analysis of issues is extremely difficult. That also does not bode well for the long term.
You very eloquently make observations about the current behavior of WBCCI. How about helping us out with our situation by sharing some of your expertise in volunteerism? I've read some of your past work on volunteer organizational effectiveness along with your "Bill of Rights" for members of volunteer organizations. We could use some of that expertise right about now.
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How about helping us out with our situation by sharing some of your expertise in volunteerism?
There is an old fable saying you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

It is also one thing to be an expert and entirely another to have anyone hear what you say. Perceptions of expertise vary too.

In light of the contraints of this media and the people involved, I can only toss out a few things to consider and hope that reasonable people will be responsible in their behavior.

But there are other venues and other times. Patience is needed. I provide the support I can when I see that I can. I will assume you and everyone else does the same because that is where the hope lies.
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65GT -- WDCU sounds like the model I'm thinking about, but truthfully I don't know a whole lot about how WDCU operates. Maybe Shacksman could give us a little bit more information about how they are set up, and how they communicate. Since it's predominately an eastern U.S. unit now, with rallies held in the east, I'm wondering if it would be possible to expand WDCU simply by having its western U.S. members, midwest U.S. members, and members from other countries, plan and hold rallies in their areas and add them to the schedule, much the way the forum rallies are set up. Is there anything that prevents them from doing that now?
Thats exactly right. We have members all over North America because we picked up Members at large. If anyone anywhere wants do set up a rally it's on. Right now the members in the east are more active and the rallies tend to be in their area. We have had rallies North to Canada and South to the Outer Banks and East to New Hampshire. Some are only 10 or 12 strong but they can be fun too, as you get to know everyone. We would like to see rallies in the West or how about Florida in the winter.
We are centered on Washington D.C. for convienience only. You can join from anywhere and keep in touch through the yahoo groups here
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/WBCCI_WDCU/messages or our web page http://www.servintfree.net/wbcci-dc/
Our only set rally is the CBR in April to start things off. We are instrumental in planning the Capetown to Cario rally in 2009 if you want to go wild.
We would love to be 900 strong, then we could really influence how the club is run. Come on out to one of our rallies and see why our moto is (It's just Camping)
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