Region One President’s Newsletter – November 2009

Published: November 14, 2009

By Franklin Sanders

Franklin Sanders, Region One PresidentRegion 1 Board of Directors Reconstituted
The election and installation of new presidents of our six units at Fall Business Meetings and Installations brings change to the Region 1 Board of Directors. The membership of the Board is now:

Franklin Sanders, #273 (President)
Russell Melocik, #8877 (First VP)
Dan Dureiko, #29072 (Second VP)
Stan Drake, #1716 (Canadian Atlantic Unit)
Trevor Lake, #4688 (Cape Cod MA Unit)
Jerry Ingallinera, #18081 (Charter Oak CT Unit
Michelle Plunkett, #7032 (New England Unit)
Gilles Daigle, #5715 (Québec Canada Unit)
Lori Peirce, #6996 (White Mountains NH Unit)

Congratulations to the new unit presidents on their elections, and best wishes for fun, fellowship and adventure in the new club year.
Raymond Richard is Region 1’s Second VP-Elect
Congratulations are due to Ray Richard, #1445, upon completion of his election as Second VP-Elect of Region 1, effective July 5, 2010. Ray will be installed as Second VP at the Region 1 Luncheon at the 53rd International Rally, in Gillette, WY on June 29, 2010. Our Best Wishes to Cynthia Richard as she joins Ray in their new duties. Incidentally, Norm Beu, International 1st Vice President, has appointed Cynthia Editor of the Rally Program for the 54th International Rally, in Du Quoin, IL.
Unit Planning Guide & Merit Award Program
Outgoing unit presidents should complete their Merit Award Applications and submit them to the Region 1 President within 60 days of the end of their terms of office. Your Region 1 President has received four submissions for 2008-2009, which have been reviewed and forwarded to Jim Haddaway, #106, Chair of the International Planning Guide and Merit Award Committee; applications for merit awards from the other two units are now due!
Region 1 Florida Luncheons
Two winter luncheons have been scheduled for our “snowbirds”, on Florida’s East and West Coasts. Plan now to join fellow Airstreamers in the Sunshine State and laugh at those of us up north!
“Region 1 Folks” Luncheon will be held Thursday, January 14th, at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 880 Palm Bay Road, Palm Bay, FL. 321-722-4142. (From I-95, take Exit 176. Head east. The Golden Corral is a short way down the road, on the right.) Hosts are Russ & Cynthia Melocik, #8877, Tel. 352-874-7213.
“Region 1 West Coast Luncheon” will be held Tuesday, February 9th, at Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 940 South Broad Street, Brooksville, FL. (From I-75, Exit 301, take Cortez Boulevard (US-98/FL-50) 10 miles east; turn left on East ML King Boulevard 1.4 miles to South Broad Street. Turn left. The Golden Corral is on the right. Hosts are Dan Dureiko & Bob Butler, #29072. Tel. 860-917-2345.
Unit Activities in Region 1
Don’t forget that several units in Region 1 are planning Holiday Parties in early December. Information is available from unit newsletters, unit websites, or via, which has links to most of our unit websites.
A review of our Region 1 Units’ rally schedules for 2010 show a wide range of activities, including winter luncheons and frequent rallies “in season”. Region 1’s largest units, Charter Oak CT Unit and New England Unit, are each planning two rallies in most of the warmer months. Do take advantage of these wonderful choices. WBCCI Members are welcome at any unit event – subject only to making timely reservations when required!
Mid-winter IBT Meeting & Rally, January 19-23, 2010, Rayne, LA
The International Board of Trustees will hold its mid-winter meeting at the Rayne Civic Center, 300 Frog Festival Drive, Rayne, LA, from Tuesday, January 19th through Saturday, January 23rd. The meeting is expected to include lively debate of WBCCI finances, including projected operating deficits, and the relative merits of a dues increase, budget cuts through reduced member services, and an aggressive marketing and advertising program proposed by the WBCCI Marketing Committee. Members are urged to attend this important meeting and to present their views concerning all matters on the meeting agenda.
The associated rally offers members the opportunity to visit picturesque areas of southeastern Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, with several National Wildlife Refuges. And, Rayne bills itself as “The Frog Capital of the World”!
What’s News in Region 1?
Your Region President plans the next Region 1 Newsletter following the Mid-winter IBT Meeting in Rayne, LA. Your suggested news items will be most welcome, preferably after January 1st.
Blue Beret Is “Online”!
Blue Beret way now be seen at the WBCCI website,, under “General Information”. The reproduction of the magazine’s text and photographs is excellent. Here’s a great way for members to keep in touch with WBCCI when they are away from home and their normal mail service.
WBCCI’s Airstream Forums
WBCCI’s Airstream Forum has added two new forum areas devoted to direct interaction between consumers and Airstream technical and customer relations personnel, for the purpose of one-on-one problem solving.
The first new forum area is provided by Airstream’s Tech Help Group, and may be found at:
The second new forum area is provided by Dave Schumann, General Manager of Airstream’s Customer Relations Group, and may be found at
Please extend the forum hosts a warm welcome and feel free to ask any questions you may have. Selected questions and answers may be published in the monthly publication, Blue Beret. The forums are hosted by Airstream personnel with other ongoing duties, so please allow ample time for responses to your questions.
Int’l Rally Computer Seminars: Volunteers & Ideas Needed!
Max Joseph, #7157, Chair of the Computer Seminars Committee for the 53rd International Rally in Gillette, WY, is asking for volunteers to lead seminars, and to suggest topics for the seminars. There are eight seminar sessions on the schedule; do help Max complete an informative schedule. Please contact him at: with your ideas!