About The Club
- Created: 13 February 2011
- Updated: 06 May 2015
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But it wasn't until July 1955, during Caravan #6, the first Wally Byam Caravan to Eastern Canada that a group of 39 organized, elected temporary officers and appointed a committee to draw up a constitution. In ten days it was adopted and in another ten, the first "membership" meeting was held. Holding the charter membership open for those who were out on caravan, the next meeting was held during the Airstream Company November Rally at Palm Springs, which brought the charter membership to 55.
Then there are a number of yearly National Rallies, each of which is sponsored by a Unit. These National Rallies are planned around a central theme of national interest.
- HOBO RALLY, Blythe, CA
- MARDI GRAS, New Orleans, LA
- PILGRIMAGE RALLY, Natchez, MS
- KENTUCKY DERBY, Shelbyville, KY
- HOLLAND TULIP TIME, Hudsonville, MI
- INDIANAPOLIS "500", Indianapolis, IN
- POTLATCH AND SALMON RALLY, Lacey, WA
- PENDLETON ROUNDUP, Pendleton, OR
- SWISS FESTIVAL, Sugarcreek, OH
- ANTELOPE RALLY, Medicine Bow, WY
- AUTUMN LEAF FESTIVAL, Limestone, PA
Special Event Rallies are also held to coincide with an event which is limited, such as:
- ST. AUGUSTINE EASTER, Elkton, FL
- VIVA SAN ANTONIO FIESTA, Boerne TX
- YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Richmond, RI
- GREAT CIRCUS PARADE, Milwaukee, WI
- FIESTA DE SANTA FE, Santa Fe, NM
- AUTUMN LEAF FESTIVAL, Leavenworth, WA
- TN VALLEY OLD TIME FIDDLERS, Athens, AL
- BRANSON MUSICLAND RALLY, Branson, MO
- VICTORIAN DAYS AT CAPE MAY, Cape May, NJ
- ROSE PARADE, Pasadena, CA
These National and Special Event Rallies are popular and advance reservations are necessary.
Finally, climaxing all these Unit, Region and National Rallies, comes the once-a-year big one, the International Rally. This is held the last week of June thru July 4th for the benefit of all WBCCI members. It is the one time each year when all members from all units may join in fellowship. It is the granddaddy of them all.
This rally is the responsibility of the International Board, but it is run by Club members. Hundreds of Club members volunteer to do what is necessary to make this once-a-year rally a success . . . park Airstreams, lay water lines, sewer lines, direct traffic, carry messages, man the post office, first aid, message centers, paint signs, etc.
The Rally site is changed from year to year throughout the country. Many members attending the Rally will arrive in the state several weeks prior to the opening date and many remain in the area several weeks after the close of the Rally.
Then, too, as an International member you will automatically receive the official Club publication, the BLUE BERET, a magazine which is the main news media for the Club. It contains news of National and International events, Region and local Unit events.
In addition, as a Club member, you will receive the ANNUAL DIRECTORY of Wally Byam Caravan Club members. It contains both an alphabetical and numerical listing of all WBCCI Club members. It lists Wally Byam Club Officers, Club activity schedules, Courtesy Parking offered by WBCCI members, discounted RV Parks, and Airstream factory service centers.
The states are divided into 12 geographical regions, each of which has a set of region officers elected alternately every 2 years by the individual regions. International Officers are elected yearly during the International Rally by the entire membership through delegates from each unit. Together they become the International Board of Trustees (IBT) thus insuring geographical representation and contact for the Units.
Attending the local Unit rallies will result in your meeting new people from all walks of life, with interests as varied as the people who make up the Club. Club members are a congenial group of men, women, and young people . . . a warm and wonderful source for new friends and friendship.
These local Unit rallies also afford a perfect opportunity to "discover" new and interesting places not too far from home.
Membership in one local Unit also permits you to attend rallies of all Units. Over 1,500 such rallies are held by the Units each year, and you are always welcome to attend these weekend rallies as you travel.
When you join the Club, you are assigned an official membership number which, when assigned, becomes your identification for as long as you remain a Club Member in good standing and is transferred to any Airstream RV you may own.
Do it today . . . it may be one of the best decisions you have ever made . . . it certainly will open up new interests, new experiences and a new dimension of enjoyment in your travels . . . happy and safe traveling wherever the road leads you.