Region One President’s Newsletter – January 2009

Region One President’s Newsletter – January 2009

Published: January 28, 2009

By Franklin Sanders

Franklin Sanders, Region One President

Russ Melocik Reinstated as First Vice President
At your President’s invitation, Russ Melocik has rescinded his resignation as First Vice President of Region 1. This restores your Region 1 officer team to its full complement. We welcome Russ back.

Win an Airstream Trailer and Pickup Truck!
Sign up now for the 52nd International Rally in Madison, Wisconsin. When you register at the rally, you will be offered a free, optional ‘scratch-off’ entry in the raffle of a 2009 Airstream 31-ft., front kitchen, trailer and a Dodge or Ford ¾-ton pickup truck. (Raffle rules will be available upon registration.)

Sign up a new WBCCI Member for the 52nd International Rally, for the chance to win your 2009 Rally Fee Paid! (See Blue Beret, Int’l President’s Letter, September 2008.)

Region 1 Luncheon in Madison, Wisconsin
This year’s Region 1 Luncheon will be held at Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, 123 Doty Street in Madison, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $17 per person; those who sign up and pay for their tickets before June 1st will pay only $15 each. Sign up with Dan Dureiko, Region 2nd VP. Send your check, and an SASE for your tickets, to Dan at 106 Whippoorwill Hollow Road, North Franklin, CT 06254, today.

Region 1 Rally 2009 “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Cape Cod MA Unit plans a superb Region 1 Rally, to be held August 5-9, 2009 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT. Support your favorite sports team! Enjoy a cruise on Lake Champlain! Learn how to lead a unit caravan! Just have fun with friends. In any case, you can find the sign-up coupon on the Region One website.

Rich Walbridge asks your help in achieving a successful rally: Donate a door prize – something useful for camping or traveling, or a gift certificate at a camping store. Knit or crochet a warm blanket or work of art. Volunteer to be the Youth Coordinator, Medical Aid Coordinator, or a part of the Welcoming Team. Contact Rich Walbridge, Rally Chair, at:, or by telephone: 781-254-6399.

33 Airstreamers at Region 1’s Palm Bay Luncheon
Thirty-three past and present Region 1 Caravanners gathered for the Palm Bay, Florida luncheon and social. Each had the opportunity to share travel experiences and light humor. As usual, the Golden Corral dessert table took a beating. All had a wonderful time. You can view all the snapshots in Picasa. Clicking on the Picasa link will open the page in a new browser window.

New Member Leads
Teressa Taylor-tenBerge, International Membership Chair, is arranging for Airstream Company to place postage-paid postcards in each new trailer. The postcards will offer to connect prospective WBCCI Members with a unit near the prospect’s home, based upon zip codes. Cards returned to Teressa will be forwarded promptly to the unit’s membership chairman for follow-up.

Units will be offered the same cards, and are asked to arrange with nearby Airstream dealers to place these cards in used Airstreams they have for sale.

Send Unit Newsletters to Members-at-Large and Gain Members
Region 5 has demonstrated that mailing newsletters to Members-at-Large in its region creates interest in joining its units, and brings in new members. We encourage units in Region 1 to follow this lead and mail unit newsletters to Members-at-Large shown on lists distributed by Headquarters to unit treasurers, and to ‘new’ MALs shown on the new member lists emailed frequently to unit membership chairs.

Use Media Kits to Promote Rallies – and Attract New Members
WBCCI units report good results from use of the Media Kits created by the Public Relations Committee and available on the website. The Media Kits are not only useful for inducing coverage by local media, but also through the increasing number of internet sites created by newspapers and other media which results in spreading the word far beyond local media markets. Imagine your adult child in a foreign country bringing a local (U.S.A.) Airstream event to your attention! It happened! Give PR a try.

Mid-Winter IBT and International Rally
Your International and Region Officers were joined by Airstreamers from all regions at the recent mid-winter IBT meeting hosted by Region 9 and its units. Cool but clear weather contributed to a productive atmosphere for the meeting.

Committee Reports

Budget Committee: Joe Bublis, Chairman, reviewed results for the six months ended December 31, 2008, expressing concern that declining income accompanied by increasing costs was causing increasing deficits for the International Club.

Constitution & Bylaws Committee: Darryl Ewles, Chairman, remarked upon the ongoing failure of several units to maintain up-to-date constitutions or bylaws. Ralph Forrester noted the risk to the not-for-profit status of the club presented by such failures.

International Rally – 2009: Jerry Larson, International President, reported 686 units signed up for the 52nd International Rally in Madison, WI, of which 471 had selected 30 amp. electric service.

International Rally – 2010: Tom Collier, International 1st VP, reported plans for the 2010 Int’l Rally in Gillette, WY were on track.

Planning Guide and Merit Award Program: Jim Haddaway, Chairman, proposed that qualification for a Unit Superior Merit Award be conditioned upon the unit showing a net increase in membership for the year. The proposal was rejected by the IBT based upon objections of the region presidents that such a requirement was contrary to the objectives of the program related to unit planning and operations.

Electronics Committee: Charlie Burke, Chairman, presented a proposal for updating the Forum, including prescription of Terms of Service for the site. The report received favorable comment, but was returned to the committee for refinement prior to formal adoption, likely at the IBT Meeting on June 26th.

2020 Long Range Planning Committee: Bill Schrader, Chairman, summarized its lengthy report, which has been widely circulated via e-mail and internet postings, and has received widespread recognition for the quality of the committee’s work. An action item, to create Vision and Mission Statements for WBCCI was presented. (See below.)

New Business

International Marketing Committee: The International Executive Committee approved formation of an International Marketing Committee with the purpose of increasing internal and external awareness of WBCCI through the Blue Beret and the Web. The committee, which presently has six members, chose Fred Richardson, currently President of the Texas Gulf Coast Unit, as its Chairman. The committee has been asked to confer with the WBCCI webmaster, 2020 Committee Chair, Bill Schrader, Blue Beret Chairman Theda McGrath, and Corporate Manager Cindy Reed to formulate a plan of action for recruiting and retaining members.

Delegates Meeting Representation: Four similar motions, asking the IBT to propose to the 2009 Delegates Meeting that units be permitted to appoint delegates who were not their regular members, were filed for consideration at the IBT meetings.

At the request of President Larson, the authors met, revised one motion, and presented it for consideration; the other three motions being withdrawn. The motion presented permits a unit to appoint an Alternate Delegate who must be an Affiliate Member of such unit and a Regular Member of a unit in the same region. The revised motion also proposed necessary changes in the Bylaws, to address voting restrictions otherwise affecting Affiliate Members so appointed.

The IBT approved the revised motion and forwarded it to the 2009 Delegates Meeting.

Dues Increase: International Treasurer Ralph Forrester’s motion to increase International Dues from $55 per year to $70 per year received no support at the Seminar, and was withdrawn before the formal IBT Meeting. The difficult financial situation of the International Club was recognized by all, but the consensus was that increasing membership deserved further attention, and that increasing dues would be counterproductive.

Travel Expenses: Int’l Treasurer Ralph Forrester’s motion to clarify that an international or region officer’s personal car expense was acceptable in the same manner as rental car expense, and that rally meals with separate charges were acceptable expenses – so long as they were an integral part of the rally, was adopted by the IBT.

Conflict of Interest Policy: Ralph Forrester proposed that the WBCCI Bylaws be amended to adopt a “conflict of interest” policy applicable to all officers and trustees of WBCCI, and that the policy, which tracks IRS-suggested wording, be set forth as Appendix 16. The IBT adopted the motion. The conflict of interest policy will be incorporated in the Model Unit Constitution & By-laws at its next revision.

WBCCI Badges: Region 2 President Don McKelvay presented three related motions, proposing revised identification strips in badges for Teen Queens, Past Region Officers, and Past International Officers, to emphasize the unit affiliations of these persons, and reduce misperceptions that past region officers were past international officers. These Bylaw modifications were adopted by the IBT.

Unit Territories, Names and Flags: Several motions were adopted, which would (1) extend Region 10’s territory to include the Northwest Territory of Canada (where Airstream owners have been observed); (2) rename the Tri-County California Unit as Central Coast California Unit and approve its new flag; and (3) approve a new flag for the Virginia Unit.

Vision & Mission Statements: International 2nd VP Norm Beu presented a motion to adopt Vision and Mission Statements proposed by the Long Range Planning 2020 Committee. Following thorough discussion of the Statements, it was agreed that they should be included in Article III of the International Constitution, be made more concise, and be forwarded to the 2009 Delegates Meeting for adoption. The revised Statements were so approved.

International Convention/Rally 2011: International Second VP Norman Beu was authorized to contract with one of three proposed sites for the 54th International Convention/Rally, namely: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT; DuQuoin State Fairground, DuQuoin, IL; or State Fair of West Virginia, Lewisburg, WV.

Join the 2020 Committee

Join the 2020 Committee

Published: January 28, 2009

The 2020 Committee is looking to add two new members to their committee. Any WBCCI member interested in serving on the committee is encouraged to submit a resume, plus why he/she would like to serve on the committee along with ideas for moving the club forward to Bill Schrader, Chairman, 2020 Committee, by e-mail at The deadline for submitting resumes will be March 31. Committee members will review the resumes and vote on the new members on April 8. All candidates will be notified on April 10. An announcement will also be posted on the web site 2020 Committee link on April 10.

For more information on the 2020 committee, visit the 2020 Committee webpage. Clicking on the link will open the page in a new browser window.

Free and Low Cost Camping

Free and Low Cost Camping

Boondocking in Freeport, Maine

Early morning mist settles in around Airstreams boondocking in Freeport, Maine

As talks of recession predominate the media, people are thinking about how to cut back on spending and still have a budget for Airstream traveling and camping. Regardless of the state of the economy, RVing continues to be a less expensive travel alternative. You can further lower your RVing expenses if you carefully select the places that you choose to stay overnight. Typically, full-service campgrounds are more expensive so if you are willing to forgo hookups and other amenities, you can keep your camping costs at a minimum.

For free and low cost overnight camping, you will need to spend more time researching but if you plan your travels carefully and well in advance you can lower your camping costs considerably. The following links will help you get started with your research of free and lower cost camping opportunities.

We also want to hear from you. If you have a favorite source of information about free or low cost camping, send us a message.

Camping Clubs

Escapees RV Club The Escapees RV Club has a network of parks which give a discount to members. Members have contributed over the years to a list of free camping locations called “Day’s End” which is available only to club members.
Good Sam Club Many RV parks give Good Sam Club members a discount.
Wally Byam Caravan Club, Inc. Membership with the WBCCI includes a directory of courtesy parking locations along with a listing of campgrounds which offer member discounts.

Discount Programs

Camp Club USA Camp Club USA offers up to 50% off nightly rates at many top-quality campgrounds.
Happy Camper Happy Camper is a 50% discount club for RVers. As a member, you can stay at over 1,200 quality RV parks on a full hook-up site for half price.
KOA KOA offers a KOA Value Kard Rewards program which gives you points for camping at a KOA Campground. Redeem your points for savings rewards on your next stay at KOA.
Passport America Passport America offers a 50% discount at over 1,500 campgrounds across the US, Canada and Mexico.

Federal Land and Parks

Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed public lands offer more diverse recreational opportunities than any other Federal agency.
National Park Service The National Park Service offers camping at National Parks around the country.
Public Land Government-owned recreation opportunities on public land.
Public Recreation Government-owned day and overnight camping.
US Army Corp of Engineers The US Army Corp of Engineers offers camping in various project locations around the USA.
US Forest Service The US Forest Service has many campgrounds in the US and many of them are free.

Fraternal Organizations

Elks The Elks offer free or low cost camping for members at selected lodges.
VFW Many VFW’s offer free or low cost camping for veterans.

Online Forums

Air Forum The Air Forum has an active community of campers who share information about boondocking in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Open Roads Forum The Open Roads Forum has an active community of campers who share information about free and low cost camping.
Wal-Mart Group The purpose of this group is to discuss overnight parking of RV’s at Wal-mart, K-Mart, Flying J, Travel Centers of America, Camping World, Union76 Truck Stops, Love’s, Pilot Travel Centers and others.

Other Resources

Casino Camping This website shares information about camping and parking at casinos around the USA.
Free Campgrounds Find campsites for $10/night or less.
Free Campgrounds and Overnight Parking The Gypsy Journal website lists some of the many places where RVers can park overnight for free or almost free.
Free Overnight Parking Contains an extensive listing of free overnight RV parking locations in the USA and Canada.
Military Campgrounds If you’re active duty or retired from the armed forces, this website will provide you with a listing of low cost camping alternatives.

Region One Member Recommendations

Nova Scotia Provincial Parks The Nova Scotia provincial campgrounds are relatively low cost compared to private campgrounds.
WBCCI International Caravans
WBCCI Region One Caravans
When making your annual plans for your travel vacation, think about traveling with a WBCCI sponsored caravan. Generally, when Region 1 Caravans include more than 10 Airstream RVs, they receive about a 20% discount on campgrounds, museums and other miscellaneous group activities.