2008 Region One West Luncheon

2008 Region One West Luncheon

Published: December 28, 2007

Region One invites you to meet with fellow members, friends, and family at the annual Region One West luncheon being held at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill on February 12, 2008. No reservations are needed.

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
940 South Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 starting at noon.

Golden Corral Buffet - 940 South Broad Street - Brooksville, FL

2008 Region One Luncheon at International Rally

2008 Region One Luncheon at International Rally in Bozeman, MT

Published: December 23, 2007

Please join us at Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, 2159 West Burke, for a gala affair. See your Region’s 1st & 2nd VPs installed!

When: Sunday, June 29 at 11:30 A.M.

 House or Caesar Salad
 Pasta w/ Marinara Sauce, Penne Gorgonzola or Chicken Fettuccini
 Turtle Cheesecake or Tiramisu
 Coffee or Tea (Beer and Wine available $$)

Price: $15.50 per person. Reserve now; choose your menu at the restaurant!

Reservations: franklinsanders@earthlink.net or @ 802-767-3611

New Logo for Region One

New Logo for Region One

Published: December 1, 2007

r1logo1.jpg Region One has a new logo! The logo was designed around the theme of a round Airstream window, complete with rivets. One gets the sense of looking out the window over the geography of Region One. The details of the geography of Region One are depicted by the use of different colors for each of the five Canadian provinces and the six New England states that make up Region One.

Click on the logo for a higher resolution version which can be downloaded to include on stationery or unit websites.

Region One Website Move

Region One Website Move

Published: December 1, 2007

At the end of November 2007, the Region One website officially moved to a new home on the WBCCI.net server: region1.wbcci.net. WBCCI.net is a new website environment created by WBCCI that provides a suite of services to Regions, Units and Intra-clubs of the Wally Byam Caravan Club to improve and enhance communication with and between members and each other.

The new Region One website features regional news and announcements, caravan information, links to the Region 1 Unit websites, a listing of current officers, WBCCI information, and more!

Do not forget to update any browser bookmarks or website links to point to our new website address of region1.wbcci.net. The site is still under construction as we continue to build and add to the content. Please come back to visit us often!

2008 Boston to Bozeman Caravan

2008 Boston to Bozeman Caravan

Published: November 29, 2007

Rich and Dottie Walbridge are planning an Airstream caravan from New England to the 2008 WBCCI International rally. With a maximum number of 20 caravanners, the Boston to Bozeman caravan will rendezvous in north-central Massachusetts on 6/1; the caravan will travel through 11 states plus Ontario, CA over the next 24 days. Our 14 different stops will include (mostly), full-hookup CG sites. Our plans include a hayride, cruise on the Georgian Bay, tour Mackinac Island, Segway through Minneapolis, attend the Medora Musical, enjoy a dinner-show at the Circle B Chuck Wagon, 3 BBQs, 3 ice cream socials, 4 campfires and a Farewell Banquet in Bozeman. We enter the 51st International Rally site on 6/25.

The downloadable PDFs in the table below contain more information about the caravan.

Caravan Description Introducing the Boston to Bozeman Caravan.
Blue Beret Article Caravan description as published in the Blue Beret.
Basic Itinerary A list of all the stops on our way to Bozeman.
Caravanner’s Data Sheet The Caravanner’s Data Sheet to be filled in and sent with their $200 deposit.
Caravanning Basics This is a 8-page document describing what you need to successfully enjoy this caravan.
Emergency Medical Form The Emergency Medical Form(s) which should be turned in with the final payment on May 1, 2008. This particular form should be a sealed envelope and is only opened upon an emergency and is returned to the caravanner at the Farewell Banquet.
Opening Statements Notes to be reviewed at the first Driver’s Meeting.

2008 Region One East Luncheon

2008 Region One East Luncheon

Published: November 25, 2007

Region One invites you to meet with fellow members, friends, and family at the annual Region One East luncheon being held at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill on January 10, 2008.

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
880 Palm Bay Rd
Palm Bay Florida 32907

Thursday, January 10, 2008 starting at 11:30 A.M.

Palm Bay Road Is Cr 516. From I-95,
Take Exit 176. Head east. Golden Corral is a short way down on the right.

There Is A Wal-Mart Supercenter (Fuel)
and Bj’s Wholesale Club (Fuel And
Propane) right across the road.

Download the flyer in PDF format (opens in a new window)

2008 Region One Rally

2008 Region One Rally

Published: November 25, 2007

The 2008 Region One rally will be held in Prince Edward Island, Canada August 18 – 22. The Maritime Holiday rally is hosted by the Region One officers in cooperation with the Canadian Atlantic Unit. This is the rally you have been waiting for. A rally filled with Fun, Fellowship and Adventure. A rally with minimum work and maximum enjoyment.

For more information about this event, visit the Region One Rally page.

2007 Region One Rally Gallery

2007 Region One Gallery

Published: August 12, 2007

The White Mountains New Hampshire Unit of WBCCI hosted the 2007 Region One Rally, Simply Camping. The Airstream rally was held August 9-12, 2007 at the Bondville Fairgrounds in Bondville, VT. The Times Argus Newspaper featured a news article about the Region One Rally.

The fun, fellowship and adventure of the rally was captured thanks to our Region One photographer, Raynold Lemaire. Click on any photo below to start the slide show.

Pam Bleakney Russ Fuller Kathi Mitchell, Lynn Blackwell and Cecile Lemaire Lori and Dave Peirce
Kathi Mitchell, Lynn Blackwell and Cecile Lemaire Lori and Dave Peirce Tracy Mitchell and Cecile Lemaire Pat, Mike, Russ, Kathi and Ken
Pat Brosnahan, Brian Brosnahan and Sandy Sasuta Tristan and Taylor Andrzejewski Tom Collier, Rich Walbridge, Trevor Lake, Gale Lake, and Dottie Walbridge
Rhona, Jane, Harriett, John, and Cynthia Kathi Mitchell and Tracy Mitchell
Russ Fuller Michelle Plunkett and Earl Duesel
Kathi Mitchell and Pam Bleakney Jack, Betty, Kathi, Denzel, and Russ
Cecile Lemaire Trevor and Gale Lake Kathi Mitchell and Terry Tyler
Dick Bartram Cynthia Melocik and Jerry Ingallinera Russ, Bob, and Earl Bob, Russ, Lois and Cecile
Lynn, Mary, Cecile, Mark and Jeff Charles, Ralph, Betty and Muriel Pat and Brian Brosnahan Suzanne and Paul Fuller
Fran Ingallinera and Russ Melocik Ray Bratton, John Tavares and Russ Stearns Ray, Mary Ellen, Dick, Eileen, Helen and Bob Leon Lupien, Trevor Lake, Dottie Walbridge, Rich Walbridge, Rich, Chuck Bleakney, Pam Bleakney
John Fuller, Ralph Mariano and Roland Patient John Fuller, Ralph Mariano and Roland Patient Theda McGrath and Cecile Lemaire
Bulletin boards Cecile, Jane, Rhona, Cynthia and Ralph Russ Fuller
Betty Mariano Gary and Jane Campbell
Tom Collier, Norma Collier, Pam Bleakney and Chuck Bleakney Russ Fuller and Mike Sasuta Russ Fuller Christine Hamel and Larry Leach
Betty Mariano Ken Mitchell, Mike Sasuta and Russ Fuller
Kory Hirak and Lori Peirce Kali Gregoire and Taylor Andrzejewski

2007 Region One Rally in the News

2007 Region One Rally in the News

Published: August 12, 2007

Iconic, retro-kitsch vehicles converge on Vermont town

August 12, 2007


© 2007 Times Argus

Coleman Mitchell, Kathi Mitchell and Jerry Ingallinera
BONDVILLE — It looked like the set of a 1950s retro-kitsch movie.

Row after row of shiny silver boxes with rounded corners lined the Bondville Fairgrounds as Airstream trailer enthusiasts from around New England gathered for the weekend.

“We’ve been to Michigan and North Carolina,” said Lynn Blackwell of Connecticut. “The great thing is, we have camped at places that are within 20 minutes of our house that we never would have seen before.”

First built in the 1930s and designed by the same man who built The Spirit of St. Louis, the Airstream trailer has become an iconic American vehicle. An Airstream was used to quarantine the returning Apollo 11 astronauts and “Airstream parks” exist around the country.

Chapters of the Wally Byam Caravan Club have held Airstream rallies since 1955. The gathering in Bondville was of chapters from Region 1, which includes New England and portions of Canada.

“It’s a way to travel and get to know something about the region you’re in,” Blackwell said. “Every region in the U.S. is different and unique and the thing about Airstreaming is learning about the uniqueness.”

Blackwell and her husband said they are relatively new to Airstreaming, just having been at it for five years. Airstreamers have red stars they put toward the top of their trailers for every five years of participation.

Ten stars lined the top of Coleman Mitchell’s trailer.

“We were around all these people and they were telling how they worked at Yosemite or they worked at Yellowstone,” the 91-year-old said. “I thought it was kind of fun to do something different.”

Mitchell said he has been to every state in the United States and every province of Canada, and even shipped his Airstream by boat to New Zealand, England and Ireland.

“We’ve traveled the West a lot,” he said. “That’s God’s country out there.”

Bard Fuller, another Connecticut Yankee, said he practically grew up in an Airstream.

“My father was a school teacher so he had summers off,” he said. “We crisscrossed the country a couple times. … It was a good way of seeing the United States. We got to experience a lot of different places in the ’60s that a lot of families did not have the opportunity to do.”

Airstreams have more than just a distinctive look — their owners say they are also noted for a solid, durable construction.

“It’s riveted together as well as aircraft-cement bonded,” said Richard Bartram, a retired engineer from New Hartford, Conn.

Bartram said he and his wife started their marriage in a trailer, though it was not an Airstream.

“We took some trips around the Maritimes of Canada,” he said. “By the time we got back to Connecticut, we’d been on so many bad roads the thing got so banged up it was leaking. … My wife said Airstreams were the best. We bought the trailer without even knowing about the club. You join the club and you’re hooked.”

Time and again, Airstreamers listed travel and camaraderie as the activity’s appeal.

“Any one of us would do anything for any one of the other members without knowing anything about them,” Bartram said.

Like many others, Bartram said he had crossed the country but still had plenty of places he wanted to see.

“We don’t know if we’ll live long enough to say ‘been there, done that,'” he said, “but we’re working on it.”

2007 Region One Rally

2007 Region One Rally

Published: August 12, 2007

The White Mountains New Hampshire Unit of WBCCI hosted the 2007 Region One Rally, Simply Camping. The rally was held August 9-12, 2007 at the Bondville Fairgrounds in Bondville, VT.