Region One News – October 2013

Region One News – October 2013

Published: October 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

Greetings to all of our fellow Region One Members. Bear with me for a moment as I jump into our time machine and go back a few months. August 7th to the 11th for many of us was a wonderful Regional Rally filled with everything a great really should be. We had sun and rain, activities for all, food, Airstreams and most importantly, friends. Old and new. Our regional officers along with the help of Charter Oak Unit put on an event to be proud of. I know in the coming weeks you will all be hearing about next year’s region rally and it looks to be yet another good reason to gather with friends and Airstreams next year. Stay tuned for more information.

Fall in New England is just one of the many reasons so many folks around these parts enjoy late season camping. Just the smell of sitting under an October night sky with a campfire stirs memories of camping trips past. The rustle of fallen leaves, squirrels working on their winter stash of acorns along with the cool days and the musky smell of the woods makes for new memories and a reminder of the winter to follow. With everyone back to school and vacations over this is a great time to head out to those places you have always wanted to visit but didn’t want to deal with the crowds. From river side camping in Connecticut to the great pumpkin festival in Keene, NH and anywhere in between someone has a rally scheduled.

If you are looking to go out alone for an adventure there is so much New England has to offer. For those of you outside our region check out WBCCI Courtesy parking in the area. Apple picking at local orchards is a great way to spend the day. Pumpkin patches and corn mazes along with fresh pies are also a big draw for the orchards. Hiking trails and natural attractions are a great way to get out into the woods. Cool days make for perfect weather for kayaking on any one of the many rivers and lakes in the region. Several area campgrounds stay open till Columbus Day weekend. State parks have walk-in only this time of year and there are a few open all year round.

I guess what I am really saying is that there is still plenty of camping left in New England and Canada and if you have never explored this time of year you are sure to find wonderful memories to be made.

Region One News – September 2013

Region One News – September 2013

Published: September 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

Living in New England has so many benefits of which having four seasons is pretty much at the top of the list. As the weather gets just a bit cooler and the kids start heading back to school, we all anticipate the fine fall weather to come. There is truly nothing like camping and traveling around the New England area this time of year. Art shows, flea markets, farmers markets and music on a town green, just some of the pleasures which surround us.

As I check our rally schedule for Region One, there are still many opportunities to get out there with you fellow Airstreamers, whether it be your unit or another, there is plenty of camping to go around. In addition to camping with your friends, there are more than enough state and public campgrounds to do a little exploring of your own. As much fun as rallies are it is nice to get out into the woods along a river with a campfire going at dusk reading a good book and still have your own cozy bed to crawl into at the end of the day. With that in mind, the New England Unit is asking its members to submit a report of sorts of their favorite campgrounds. I would like to extend this invitation to all WBCCI members in Region One. Just email me the listing for your favorite campground(s) along with location, address, website if available and a brief description of the campground and why it is one of your favorite places to camp. Please email me with your blurb and I will gather the information and make it available to everyone at the end of the year. We are always looking for new places and I am sure many others in our Region would find such information useful.

There appears to be a trend in our unit which I have been encouraging for quite a while and that is joint rallies. I want to thank all of our members for reaching out to other units and joining in on the fun. I know sometimes we all get in a rut and a rally can easily become the same old – same old; have no fear – share your ideas. Never hosted a rally before? Well you should. Why? Because it is a lot of fun sharing a new adventure, location or activity with your friends. Ask another couple to co-host with you if you need help the first time out. A rally can be a simple event of camping for a weekend to a themed party lasting several days. But I will grant you this, you will have fun! Fellow Airstreamers are always will to jump in to lend a hand no matter what the task. Remember, it is all about friendships and adventures.

Region One News – August 2013

Region One News – August 2013

Published: August 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

I hope that everyone arrived home safe and sound after another fantastic International Rally. There is nothing better than looking out and seeing a beautiful sea of shiny aluminum. Ever since I was nine years old I wanted one of those airplane shaped campers with big red numbers. At the time I didn’t know what the red numbers represented but every time I saw an Airstream they had them. To me, I look at those numbers as a badge of belonging to a unique of individuals who have so much in common with the common denominator being we all own Airstreams. There is neither a finer travel trailer nor group of members to be found anywhere. Now to make that experience even better, owners of said travel trailers and recreational vehicles have a tendency to gather in small groups all across our wonderful country side and up into Canada to enjoy the sights and company of each other.

Just as the early settlers of the wild west, we gather our Airstreams together not to protect ourselves but to be closer together to share the evening meal, drinks, campfires and story telling. A long standing tradition of WBCCI members handed down from some of Wally’s closest and dearest friends. We have has the pleasure to camp with each of the different units in our region and find ourselves always welcomed where ever we are. Happy hours, pot luck dinners, campfires, gazing up at the night sky, now that is what WBCCI camping should be.

We may be half way through our camping season her in Region One but there is still so much to see and do and I can see from the unit postings the variety of camping options is expansive. From wine tasting to chocolate lovers, your region has it. Also, please don’t think it is too late to ad another rally to your unit’s schedule. Extra rallies are always welcome offering even more fun and adventure. Remember that this is your club and I always welcome comments, suggestions and ideas for things to do and share with our fellow members.

Region One News – June 2013

Region One News – June 2013

Published: June 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

Ah . . June, the month of weddings, graduations and CAMPING! And who doesn’t like camping? Region one has already been quite active with almost a rally every weekend since April and that is what our club is all about. Nothing is better than spending a weekend with fellow Airstream owners enjoying all that our region has to offer. With our International Rally just around the corner lets all remember the who our great club started; friendship and Airstreams.

From the upper reaches of Canada down to Connecticut, hundreds of Airstreamers gather together to share all that Region One has to offer. From PEI mussels down to Connecticut grown apples there is an abundance of great reasons to go exploring. Living museums such as Plymouth Plantation and Sturbridge Village over to Mystic Seaport all with camping nearby. Haven’t hosted a rally yet with your unit? With so much to offer, our area is easy to come up with a theme, a campground and fellow WBCCI members to help. The satisfaction you get from hosting is unforgettable.

Speaking of rallies, there is still time to join in for the Region One Rally and if you are like me, waiting till the last possible minute I assure you International will find room for you. Either of these two long standing great events has something to offer everyone. From entertainment, good food, seminars and most important of all, friendship. As I am sitting at my desk, there is a book listing hundreds of potential friends, our 2013 Membership edition of the Blue Beret. Every single person listed in that directory has something in common with myself; they own an Airstream. Many of those folks have a welcome mat just outside their door inviting us in, courtesy parking. Imagine that? An open invitation to making a new friend. No other club of fraternity organization has this incredible feature. Colorado alone has fifteen possible campsites just waiting for me with a very reasonable per night fee, friendship. And not just Colorado, all over the northern cotenant folks like myself opening up their homes to fellow Airstream owners.

Another month has come and gone, we have already put many rallies under our belt and still have months to go. So I don’t know what you are waiting for but your fellow Airstream owners are waiting for you out there so let’s get going.

Region One News – May 2013

Region One News – May 2013

Published: May 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

There is nothing better than May Flowers to get you in the mood for the great outdoors. Now that the New England Mud Season is officially over and almost all the camp grounds in our region are open, why are you sitting home reading your Blue Beret when you could be reading it under your Airstream awning? Airstream campers have a lot to offer, as we all know but they certainly weren’t built to stay parked in your driveway.

“Rally Ho!” should be our 2013 motto. And don’t even think of saying there isn’t a rally that you are interested in. Between all the units in Region One, there are over twenty-three events already on the board. Anything between an old fashioned clam bake, headstone history/rubbing, kayaking, museums and just enjoying a weekend with fellow Airstream lovers. Extravagant blueberry pancake breakfasts to the good ol’ Pot Luck Dinners. And please don’t forget the ever popular Region One Rally. Not just a rally for conducting club business but a real chance to make new friends and visit those who you haven’t seen in a while. I believe that tuxedos will be optional for Saturday night.

New Member Challenge – For Region One units only, the unit that brings in the most new members for 2013 you will win a new Rally Coffee Pot! That’s right; you can replace your old worn out coffee urn just by adding new members. Now of course there is a whole bunch of small type on the reverse side of the entry sheet but here it is; must be paid by October and listed on your member list, affiliates do not count, renewals will count if the members were not listed for three or more years. Quite simple actually, so keep those applications handy.

Region One News – April 2013

Region One News – April 2013

Published: April 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

As the saying goes, “April Showers bring May Flowers”. Who ever created that little ditty never lived in new England or anywhere else in Region One. For those of us born and raised in this region of the world it is better known as “Mud Season”. Now we have a wonderful family owned tire shop here in town. Three generations of keeping the locals well tired and lubricated. You know, one of those comfortable places to go where they know your name, have a coffee pot always at the ready and always sound advise with fair prices. Well I stopped in the other day to say hello, catch a bit of the town gossip and Mike all of a sudden said…. “Rick, have you a set of mud tires for that fancy trailer of yours? You do start camping about now right?” Mud tires? Who knew. Well look out fellow Airstream owners, I have the coolest, go anywhere, awesome Mud Tires on our Safari that anyone has ever seen.

Being one of the WBCCI Regions that encompasses all the seasons mother nature can throw at us, we adopted, or what some scientists call human evolution. When it is too cold out to camp with friends there is always an alternative. Several of the units in our region continue the practice of gathering in tribes partaking in adult beverages and food. Not at campgrounds or Wal*Mart parking lots but in homes (yes one of those wooden structures that doesn’t have wheels) or local establishments which serve food and drink. What wonderful concept. So the next time you start planning an alternative event for your unit, please let other units in our region in on the event with an open invitation. it is very easy for us to share the rally schedules we post but let’s share in the winter event also. If you wish, drop me a line and I would be happy to share it with other units presidents.

Speaking of presidents – Have you reserved your spot for the Region One Rally yet? Many, many folks from across the region have been actively helping with the planning and volunteering to help out. Personally I am in a dilemma on the dress code; white tails or evening black tuxedo. This is a major concern since my tux is now a little tight in the waist and I don’t even own tails. I am sure the dress code committee will be publishing guidelines soon. So whatever you do in the coming months, share it with you fellow Region One members and keep it safe and slow down the road.

Region One News – March 2013

Region One News – March 2013

Published: March 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

Here it is only March and our rally schedule for 2013 is almost full! I am sure that many our WBCCI friends in the southern and western states don’t quite understand the ailment “Cabin Fever”. I now several of our Canadian members do. Also members of the upper mid-west suffer from this terrible condition. It has been a strange winter at best and I for one look forward to getting on the road. I will be honest, right now it is early morning, dark and 6F outside. Not a happy place. Spring is on its way.

One of the things that has kept me busy this past winter season is spending time checking up on units in other regions. Just one of the many new ways we as WBCCI members communicate is through the web site. Checking in on what other units are doing has opened up a treasure chest of new ideas. Let’s be honest, we all have a tendency to “get stuck in a rut”. OK, for you youngsters out there a rut is what a wagon wheel leaves in the soft road bed while being pulled to market. After several trips the crevice gets so deep and hard that you just can’t go anywhere except where you have been before. In other words, you keep showing up to happy hour with a bowl of Chex Mix. How about we make it a goal this year in Region One to spice it up a bit? I know it has been done before in different ways but wouldn’t it be fun to compile for the coming months your best Happy Hour treat and Pot Luck dinner recipes for publication? If I receive enough recipes we could put them all together and publish into a fine book for just a few bucks a piece. By the way, what if we make it open to all regions? Let me know your thoughts and see where this project takes us. Keep safe and I look forward to seeing you down the road.

Region One News – February 2013

Region One News – February 2013

Published: February 1, 2013

By J. Rick Cipot

Greetings to all our wonderful Region One Members! Till now it has been a mild winter and some of us may be suffering a bit of Cabin Fever by now, but give heart, warmer days are coming. Speaking of heart, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you shop early you may still be able to purchase those custom Airstream fit red satin sheet sets.

Looks like most all the units in our region have their rally schedules set and boy, so much to choose from. With rallies scheduled from April to November I would say Region One has certainly out done themselves again. Keep your eyes and ears open on our Regional Rally, “Puttin’ on the Airs” hosted by your regional officers. August 8th thru the 11th, 2013. Mark your calendars and if you are able please volunteer to help out if you can.

Keep warm and safe and we look forward to seeing you all during the 2013 camping season.