WOW, 31 degrees, clear skies and a light breeze defined our weather for today with a promise of more sun and higher temperatures tomorrow and beyond. Spring is in the air at least in parts of North America but by May, it will be in full swing. Our club activities with luncheons—where it is too cold to pull the rig out of winter storage —long and short caravans, special event, region and unit rallies are all underway, weather permitting. Take a look at the Rally and Caravan Schedule to see all the opportunities our members are providing for each other and plan your traveling for the year.
Our activities have several things in common. We all know of the fun, fellowship and adventure aspects of our travels and they are certainly important to club life, but I want to highlight two essential ingredients of any WBCCI activity. First and foremost are the volunteer members who plan and conduct the event. Since we are “all” at every level of the organization volunteers, we are the crew that makes everything happen. The bottom side of all the talk about the wonderful time we had at one event or another is moot if there is not a team of individuals who volunteer their services to work together and make the event possible.
A long standing tradition has been the Florida State Rally, but for a variety of reasons, which came down to the absence of individuals to stand up and provide leadership and labor to conduct a successful rally, the Board of Governors had but one choice, to place the event on hold until such time as a Unit or group of Units within Florida chose to step up and resurrect the event. R & B Events LLC was standing in the wings and signed a contract with the fairgrounds facility to conduct a commercial event, Alumaflamingo, next year in place of the Florida State Rally. It will not be a WBCCI event, but will focus on Airstream owners.
The second ingredient is participation in and support of our activities. A team of volunteers can plan an outstanding activity, but if too few members choose to participate, the result is still the same; the activity will cease to exist. We, the membership, have control of our destiny. If we want to see our club prosper, we must step up and say; “I can do that” whether it’s to be a Unit, Region or International Officer, Caravan Leader or a Rally Host/Director/ Leader. Everything to be done in achieving a goal must be done by a volunteer. Please, take stock of your commitment to the fun, fellowship and adventure that being a WBCCI member provides and embrace the opportunity to help other members catch the vision of adventure in our Airstreams.
Sandie and I are looking forward to “A New Approach” in Huron, SD, this year. Look at the schedule on WBCCI.org to see some of the changes we are making. (Keep in mind the schedule is tentative with changes occurring regularly, but the basic content is there.) We want to encourage each member to come to Huron either as a worker, a participant, or both. It will only be fun, fellowship, and an adventure for those of us who choose to come.
Blessings,John and Sandie
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