Region One News – March 2012

Region One News – March 2012

Published: March 1, 2012

By J. Rick Cipot

I am beginning to think that the older us Airstreamers get the faster the time goes by. Seems like just the other day we were getting ready for a long winter’s night. Making plans with family and friends for the holidays about to come, Thanksgiving and the all the other holidays we all enjoy celebrating. Now as I look out my window hopes of spring’s arrival are beginning to appear. Some of us are thinking of heading north once again, while the rest of us pace around in anticipation of getting our beloved Airstreams back on the road. Soon mud season will be upon us and camping season begins. I know there is a joint unit Pet Rally out on Cape Cod planned early in our season and from the looks of other units initial reports, there will be no shortage of rallies to choose from this year.

The Region One Rally for 2012 is shaping up and looks like a rally no one will want to miss. Regional rallies are the one opportunity we have other than International to get together with folks from other areas to share ideas with along with a good time. So many Airstream owners to meet and so little time. I have met many wonderful people who I can now call friends because of the Regional Rallies. You may also want to check out surrounding regions and attend their Regional Rally! Guaranteed a great time. We have been noticing many of the rallies over the years taking on some serious themes and this gives many folks an opportunity to learn a new craft, discover a part of the region you never visited or find a new way to make that minor repair on your rig.

Our club has seen a lot in the past 57 years and I look forward to seeing our beloved club continue another fifty years. The one common denominator that will never change is it’s members inner desire to travel and see things never seen before; make new friends and share in the caring nature Wally showed us in helping those in need when we can. It has been fifty years since we lost Wally in 1962, how strange when you think of 1962 not being all that long ago isn’t it? Well let’s remember and never forget why we joined this great club and let us all continue in the footsteps of our founder. Happy trails and may spring be here soon so that we may once again join our Airstream friends on the road to new adventures!

News and Views – March 2012

 “News and Views”
An informational email from the

Electronic Communications Committee

Issue #1                                      Small club logo                                  March, 2012  

There are still openings in these 2012 National Caravans!

Contact the caravan leaders for even more fun with your Airstream this year. 


The Southeast Coast Spectacular,  Oct. 2 – Nov. 10, 2012  


SE Coast LogoIf you love seafood and want to explore the historic southeast coast of the United States, this is the caravan for you. 

Leaders: Ron & Cyndi Carnein     623-974-4762




The Great River Road, Sept. 12 – Oct. 12. 2012 


Great River Road LogoCome with us for an opportunity to explore the many scenic, historic and recreational attractions along the mighty Mississippi as it winds its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Leaders: David & Linda Andrzejewski  603-770-1609




Gone To Texas, Sept. 17 – Oct. 20, 2012


Come with us and see why Texas was THE place to be in the 1800s as we travel from Hillsboro just south of Fort Worth, “Where the West Begins,” to the beautiful Texas Hill country west of San Antonio. 

  Co-Leaders: Lyle and Peggy Snow  281-251-7566

                     Bill & Donna Kindle  713-907-2700



Our new website is coming…..

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Here’s a preview of the new WBCCI website.  The Electronics Communications Committee is spending long hours getting ready for the launch.  Thanks for your patience.  We have work yet to do, but we think you’ll enjoy the new look and new features.  This is our website.  It is club-owned and club-operated.  If you’d like to help by managing a section of the website, email the ECC at   

“Airstreaming with Kids”


A new resource will soon be available for WBCCI members traveling with children and grandchildren.


Jen Ehrhardt of the Pensacola FL unit is collecting ideas for making Airstreaming a fun and educational experience for kids of all ages. 


Please send your ideas to for publication in the upcoming “Airstreaming with Kids” section of the WBCCI website.  


Reading on the Road    (But not while you’re driving)


After a long day of Airstreaming, how do you “wind down” in the evening? Do you turn to the stack of books, an iPad, a Kindle, or a Nook? 


When you come to the International Rally in Sedalia MO join other book lovers for a discussion about books and how we read them.


Consider these book titles: Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck (a classic about a man in his 50s with wanderlust, an RV, and a giant poodle named Charley.), Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (adapted to film), Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (non fiction about World War II), or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (one of Amazon’s best selling books for 2011). 


To flesh out this new idea for getting together at Sedalia send your ideas to Hedda Smithson at


This will be fun!


Consider a  Short  Caravan

Caravan in BC


SO YOU WANT TO GO ON A CARAVAN?  Perhaps National Caravans are too long and you can’t get that much time away from work.   At present there are no “short” National Caravans, but consider a unit or regional caravan advertised on the “Short Caravans” section of the upcoming WBCCI web site. These 1 – 2 week caravans are open to any WBCCI member.  Look for a caravan happening in your area, sign up, and go.  This is just a beginning and we hope the number of short caravans offered will multiply.  

Catch the caravanning bug and you will be on the way to signing up for a National Caravan when time allows.  


This is also a good way for unit or region caravans to reach maximum capacity.  After your unit members have signed up, how about posting your unit caravan to the website, inviting other WBCCI members to participate? What better way to bring new friends to your corner of the world?   Contact Marion Pember, National Caravan Promotions, to post your caravan today.


Here is a sneak peek at unit caravans soon to be posted.  Several are “come and go” caravans in which you can join and leave the caravan at any point.    


In the Footsteps of Robert E Lee, May 27-June 9, 2012  N. Virginia Unit

Contact:  Lew and Cathy Brodsky, 6829 Ridgeway Dr., Sprinfield VA 22150


Big Bend Florida Unit Caravan, April 14-23 , 2012     

Adel, GA to Myrtle Beach, SC

Contact: Elna and Jay Thompson  


Spring Break Caravan, 2012  March 9 – 16, 2012

St. Mary’s/Savannah/Andersonville

Contact: John Duncan 850-638-4908 

    Amy Waymire  850-638-4744


3M Caravan (Museums, Monuments, Memorials) Sept. 9 – 21, 2012

Tanglewood, Appomattox, Washington DC, Gettysburg to the Swiss Festival

Contact:  Bob Bennett, 919-467-3681


Central Indiana Unit’s “Banks of the Wabash” Caravan Oct. 5-14, 2012   

Click HERE for details and route

Contact: Ann Newman


Show Me What’s Happening In Sedalia!

 Picture yourself in Sedalia MO for the 55th WBCCI International Rally.  

Visit the Sedalia Visitors Bureau Web Site.


Camp in a beautiful setting. Head out to the Katy Bike Trail.   

Kayak, canoe, fish, or hike at Lake of the Ozarks.  Enjoy the Daum Art Museum of Modern Art. 

Witness a Civil War Battle reenactment at Cole Camp.



truman picture show  sedalia campground 

Sedalia Logo

Visitors CenterCivil WarTrain Depot in Sedalia


Katy Trail


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