2008 Maritime Holiday Caravan

2008 Maritime Holiday Region One Caravan

Published: January 26, 2008

c_r-274.gif Rich and Dottie Walbridge are planning an Airstream caravan from New England, August 5 – 17, to the 2008 Region One rally. Travel with them as they make their way around the Gaspé Peninsula along the Saint Lawrence River through quaint little towns and villages. The hilly terrain will give everyone fabulous views of the Canadian shoreline where everyone will enjoy the slow pace of back-road caravanning toward the eventual campsite for the Region One Rally on Prince Edward Island.The downloadable PDFs in the table below contain more information about the caravan.
Caravan Description The Maritime Holiday Caravan flyer with an overview of the caravan.
Basic Itinerary A list of all the stops on the way to the Region One rally.
Caravanner’s Data Sheet The Caravanner’s application to be filled in and sent with a $200 deposit.
Caravanning Basics This is a document describing what you need to successfully enjoy this caravan.

Region One President’s Newsletter – January 2008

Region One President’s Newsletter

Published: January 13, 2008

By Robert (Bob) Thompson II

Bob Thompson, Region One President Good news! Great News! It is my pleasure to announce the official opening of the Region 1 Website at www.region1.wbcci.net. Nancy Platt is to be commended for her fine efforts and creative talent in the development and establishment of our website. Go there and check it out. And go there often, as it will be changing all the time to keep our membership up-to-date as to what is going on in our Region. Not to be outdone, Rich Kushman has also done a fine job in linking the Charter Oak Unit website to Region 1’s site. If you want to know what is going on in Charter Oak, just go to Region 1’s site and click on Charter Oak. It appears to me that they have great plans and lots of going on. Now, if we can get all of the other units linked to our new “.net” we will have the best of the best. Unit Presidents, please request your unit webmasters to contact Nancy Platt and coordinate their linkup as soon as possible as the old “.org” site will be shut down soon. It is noted that most of the units have fine sites, but they are linked to the old .org instead of the new .net.

We are very, very fortunate in our Region to have Audrey Peters as our Contributing Editor to the Blue Beret. Audrey continues to perform above and beyond the call to duty. Her excellent articles are the essence of fine reporting. Thank you Audrey.

At the head of the pack for news releases about our Region goings on is Pam, editor of the New England Unit Quipper and the author of the “e-quip” which is a weekly bulletin on what is going on. Of course the rest of the “pack” is side by side with her in their publishing of their unit Newsletters. Over the years, Region 1 units have led the efforts in publishing fine newsletters and the many awards at International speak for themselves. By-the-way, before I forget, check out the Quebec Canada website – it is in both French and English. Just click on English and there it is. This summer would be a great time to take note of Quebec Canada’s rallies and attend some of them – great events.

Which brings me to the subject of Membership – We are growing in our Region and remember that you can attend any unit’s functions and rallies. And all of our units accept associate memberships – a great way to keep in touch with new and old friends.

At the Region level, your Region board (made up of Region Officers and all of the unit Presidents) has approved electronic business meetings which should reduce the amount of “business” at the region level which will for more fun, fellowship and adventure. Your Region Officers are listening to the membership. The Canadian Atlantic unit asked for Proxy Voting and now the Region Board has voted for it and it is now before the IBT.

The Region level elections are over and the Region Secretary will be sending out her official Report shortly. But I can tell you this, that we have a fine group of Region officers all set to carry on in July of this year. With Franklin Sanders at the helm, Russ Melocik in the rocking chair, and Dan Dureiko manning the caboose, you can look forward to a very enjoyable six years of fun, fellowship and adventure.

So far four of our units have earned merit awards and the presentations will be forth coming soon.

Your Region 1 President and First Lady Harriett are on their way to the IBT in Gonzals, LA and then to Texas. From there we are going to Sarasota for the Florida State Rally, followed by a caravan and and then we will be heading north to New England to enjoy some of the Spring Rallies before going to Bozeman, MT. Hey, what a great idea, why don’t some of you join up with Rich Walbridge’s caravan and come to Bozeman. Then we can all go to Prince Edward Island for the Region 1 Rally.

Caravanners Gather at Region 1 Florida East Coast

Caravanners Gather at Region 1 Florida East Coast Luncheon

Published: January 11, 2007

The Florida East Coast Luncheon was, by the available good food and good company, a successful, fun event. Some 32 current, former and prospective caravanners gathered at Golden Corral in Palm Bay to exchange some old and new stories and renew some old and new acquaintances.

In the “Laughs” department, John Fuller scored high marks with his “Adjustable Worldwide” Airstream cap. John is proud of his topper and we hear, considering a cruise to Antarctica to test its true adjustability. The “Gaffs” trophy goes to Russ Melocik for noticing the absence of Audrey Peters who was quietly seated some 3-feet away. Maurice Moreau related his health crisis at the Easter Rally a few years back and Ernie Wood tooted the homeland horn of Prince Edward Island and the wonderful spot chosen to host this year’s Region Rally.

It would be safe to say that we all enjoyed each others’ company.

Audrey Peters with The O'Neills
Audrey Peters with The O’Neills
Ralph & Betty Mariano
Ralph & Betty Mariano

If you don’t see the 2009 luncheon announced in your local newsletter, keep an eye on the International Directory, Blue Beret and this site for date and location. Hope to see you then.