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Old 06-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #21
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We just bought our first AS and have been looking at the WBCCI to join. We are Escapees having been fulltImers and enjoy the org. Benefits. After some online searching and based on the yearly fees ,it seems to us the WBCCI is very old fashion,very regimented (militaristic) , have a very poor newsletter/mag and seems to have some very bitter infighting. Could we be seeing this wrong based on the info we have found or is this a pretty good org.? Our dealer would not give us much information. Also,Looking at the cost of their Natl rally for what you get seemed really high based on other large rally's we have attended. Any helpful discussion would be appreciated.
Good question! I've recently received my packet and think I joined the HOTC, but haven't attended any events yet and will be heading to the PNW soon.
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Old 06-26-2016, 05:12 AM   #22
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Dealers have nothing to do with the club. The international rally is a modified business meeting.
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Old 06-26-2016, 05:43 AM   #23
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Dealers have nothing to do with the club.
I do know one dealer who personally owns multiple Airstreams and belongs to WBCCI. But he's a member as an individual, not as a business.

As an aside— I'm at the International Rally in Lewisburg, WV. I've been wearing my official WBCCI blue beret every day, just to be different. This is day 7 of my attendance, there are over 500 Airstreams in attendance as of yesterday, and so far I haven't seen anyone else wearing one. Maybe the IBT members wore theirs at their candlelight meeting during the power outage on Friday, but I didn't attend so I don't know. So unlike in the past, wearing the beret is the exception rather than the rule. This is a good thing for everyone who has ever complained about attending a rally and being bossed around by beret-wearing martinets. Now the martinets (if there are any) are wearing baseball caps like normal people.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:03 AM   #24
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I went to my first rally a year after buying the trailer. I was really pumped to see all the Airstreams. The group who greeted me (volunteer parkers) were great. Friendly. Then when I started the events it was awful. Bossy people. One even started up on me, "I know your kind...," when I questioned something. This happened twice. Needless to say I was happy to leave. Then when exiting and dumping tanks. More friendly people approached me and asked me to consider joining. My final thoughts were mixed.

If I were retired, I would join for the parks and the benefit of being able to go with the group.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:32 PM   #25
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rodsterinfl - Your experience sounds just like the forum. Everything from helpful to opinionated, considerate to accusatory, ignorant to expert, factual to fact-free, humorous to prickly... Find the folks you want to interact with and enjoy your travels. I'd suggest the SECU as a group to sample.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:42 PM   #26
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rodsterinfl - Your experience sounds just like the forum. Everything from helpful to opinionated, considerate to accusatory, ignorant to expert, factual to fact-free, humorous to prickly... Find the folks you want to interact with and enjoy your travels. I'd suggest the SECU as a group to sample.
Not only does it sound like the people on the forum, it sounds just like society in general. I think we all hope that "our" group will be different. But it's made up of a cross section of society.

Personally I like the often quoted, but not followed enough, Golden Rule. Somehow it seems to have become politically incorrect in recent years!
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My first unit lost my after two days of a 4 day rally. All they cared about was politics and allowing SOB MOHOs in the club. Hours of discussion every day. I finally had enough and left the morning of day 3. My current unit the SECU focuses on camping and happy fellowship. Annual business meeting and election takes 5 minutes. No one is expected or encouraged to dress in a uniform and wear the beret unless the want too. I had one person in my first unit actually ask me why I was not wearing a white shirt and a red tie. What an idiot as far as I was concerned.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:26 PM   #28
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We have been WBCCI Members for ten years now. We recently got our second red star up next to our big red numbers.

We have never been to an International Rally. Over the years we have attended one unit rally in Texas and the Balloon Fiesta Rally in Albuquerque in 2008.

We are just not congregators. We enjoy meeting other Airstreamers, but prefer one on one encounters.

We enjoy our membership from a distance. We have camped at many of the Airstream only campgrounds and enjoyed each visit except the one in Olympia, Washington .

We will remain members to support the organization even though we don't partake in most of the events and activities.

On the Airstream Adventure that we currently are on , we have already met and spent some time with a former WBCCI National Recording Secretary at a campground in West Virginia.

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