2017 Region One Rally

Region One Gathering 2017
 
2017 Region One Rally
The WBCCI Region One Rally is an annual Airstream event held within the geography of Region One during the month of August. This year, the Region One Rally will be held from May 4 – 7, 2017. The WBCCI Regional Rally designed for and around the membership for promoting camping and fellowship around the region. Join us in in Fryeburg, Maine for the, “Region One Gathering 2017”.

Fryeburg is rich in history and recreational opportunities. This oldest town int he region boasts eleven buildings listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Three of its twelve parks are historic sites. Many parks offer swimming, walking trails, tennis or fishing. Other activities offered visitors are canoeing on the Saco River or Lovewells Pond and hiking on a variety of trails.

Rally fee of $140 includes three nights camping with water and electric and three breakfasts.

>>Download the sign-up form in PDF format…

Region One News – June, 2017

Region One News – June 2017
Published: June 1, 2017
By J. Rick Cipot

Ah June…the time for weddings, graduations and Father’s Day. Sounds like a commercial or an opening for a greeting card. Well I guess this would be a greeting card of some sort, or perhaps more appropriately an invitation: Come join us for the best time you will ever have in an aluminum can! There I said it. One of the greatest benefits of being a WBCCI member is meeting like minded folks like yourself. And just who is the average Airstream owner? Short people, tall people. Working people, retired people. Fun people, serious people. Active people, laid-back people. And what do we all have in common? Aluminum!

I can’t remember a single rally in over 11 years where we didn’t meet someone new, discover a new appetizer or side dish or a quick side-bar with the “guys” where a new little tidbit is shared concerning our wonderful home on wheels. Ah local gossip, the ever present “happy hour” is a breeding ground for all the local news, good or bad, truthful or not. You would be surprised by all the great things one can learn during these must have historic gatherings. By the way, I have made more friends at the hundreds of happy hour gatherings we have attended than any neighborhood gathering. Of course, that may be due to the fact that we don’t have neighbors.

Short and sweet this month as I have to run out and purchase yet another wedding gift for some relative I’ve never met. The camping season is young with lots to do. And remember, keep the shiny side up!

Region One News – May 2017

Region One News – May 2017
Published: May 1, 2017
By J. Rick Cipot

Region One is hopping with activity and if anyone thinks there’s nothing to do, shame on you. For starters, there is the Region One Gathering. Probably a bit late last minute notice, but well worth making the effort to attend. A brief history of the Gathering for you new members. Historically each region in the WBCCI holds a Region Rally. It is usually a four plus day event for all the region members to attend. A wonderful way to keep in touch with friends from other units and making new friends on the region level. Breakfasts, dinners, live music, raffles and lots of social activities are the core of the rally along with the annual regional business meeting. In the past the host of the regional rally has been a unit effort each year being passed to the next unit in line. The last night of the region rally, the next year’s hosts would make a presentation to the attendees to generate excitement and interest for the following year.

Region One has seen a membership drop over the past few years and it was evident that it was getting more and more difficult for the smaller units to host a region rally. A committee was assembled and they were asked to make a report to the region membership on the future of the region rally and what other regions may be doing. The committee put together a report and a proposal for the future of the Region One Rally and submitted it to the membership. The proposal was discussed and voted on and is now accepted as the new standard for Region One. The Region One Rally in all its glamour will continue on alternating years giving each hosting unit 24 months to plan and present the Region One Rally. On the off years, there will be a gathering hosted by the regional officers. A low cost, no frills get together in order to conduct the business of the Region as noted in our charter. This year’s gathering is May 4-7 at the fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine. You will find the rally sheet on the website. This will be our second gathering and I must admit the first one was a wonderful time, laid back a few meals, catching up with old friends and definitely made several new friends. Hope to see you there.

Now how is it that we all have become friends, share adventures together and find time for happy hours and a meal? The obvious answer is the WBCCI. For Sandi and I, this has been one of the great adventures of our life. Who knew buying an Airstream would have such an impact in our daily lives? Absolutely no regrets and looking forward to many, many more years of adventure. The New England Unit has become our extended family. We share birthdays, anniversaries and life’s events with so many of our WBCCI family members. I rarely inject personal experiences in my notes to the Blue Beret, but this time I’m making an exception. Our WBCCI family has given us so much and we have shared with so many of you the time we have on the road and camping. Trading in our tent for the Safari has been one of the greatest adventures that so far have lasted eleven years. Next month, Sandi and I will be celebrating our tenth year anniversary of marriage. Hard to believe that ten years ago our friends planned and executed the first ever WBCCI Wedding Rally. Four days of celebrating our union in front of Airstreams and our beloved extended family. Thank you all for that. So where am I going with this? Our unit, our family has given so much to our Airstream experience that if it were not for them you wouldn’t reading this. So if you were to ask me what can I do, my answer is simple, get involved. Start slow, host a few rallies, volunteer as a Trustee or Director, work your way up through the ranks. Don’t worry, everyone is there to help but for our units to continue with the current growth of new members we have been seeing over the past twelve months, we need to keep our units in functioning form. Please think about volunteering to join your board of directors for your unit. Trust me, I’ve been there and done that and I’m still extremely active with WBCCI. I love this club and when someone asks me, hey what are those big red numbers on your camper I’m happy to share my WBCCI story.

All the best to everyone and keep the shiny side up.

Region One News – April 2017

Region One News – April 2017
Published: April 1, 2017
By J. Rick Cipot

Well it’s that time of year again when folks are either doing their taxes or getting ready for the coming camping season. Personally I think it fabulous that our wonderful Airstreams are considered a second home. So, if you happen to have a loan for that beautiful new Airstream in your driveway, tax deduction! I tried it once with an airplane explaining to our financial guru that since I had a hot plate, two seats folded into a bed and we had a “Johnny on The Spot”, so we had all bases covered. Well that didn’t fly (pun intended) with him very well and we didn’t take the deduction. However Sandi and I did take delivery of our first Airstream on April 15, 2005 and we still celebrate every year by camping. Oh yes, taxes are done. Hey Buddy, can you spare a dime?

As usual, I want to offer up a great big thank you to our friends at WBCCI, Jackson Center for a wonderful job on the new and improved Blue Beret. It’s been a few months now and the magazine has come a long way. Now I have always looked forward to the next issue but there is just something about full color and better content that can’t get it into my mailbox fast enough. The first section I always go to is the new members section. Impressive folks! Just what we need; new members, new ideas and more friendships to be made. I make it a habit to be sure that I have an ample supply of membership forms and my “Camping” business card in the truck and car at all times. Whenever we see an Airstream either at a campground or in a driveway, I make it a habit to either stop by and say hello or just tuck the packet under a wiper blade or mailbox. The grass roots approach to invite new members.

I will say the members in Region One certainly have the New England spirit for adventure and have a few options very early in the season to go camping. A few rallies are posted for the month and there actually are a few campgrounds ready for guests. Sandi and I will be in Provincetown for a rally and Shelburne, VT to test out our mud driving skills. As always, do stop by to say hello when you see us and keep the Shiny Side Up!