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61st Wally Byam Airstream Club INTERNATIONAL RALLY

June 23-30, 2018 in Salem, Oregon

Rally general parking is from June 20 to June 23, 2018

Important Dates:

June 22: International Board of Trustees Meeting
June 23: Vintage Airstream Club Parade
June 24:  Vintage Open House, Opening Ceremony
June 29: Installation of Officers, Closing Ceremony
June 30: International Board of Trustees Meeting

 Registration Update

November 30, 2018: The Rally Planning Committee is working on adding more 30amp sites. The “standby list” is comprised of members who would like 30amp sites but didn’t register in time to snag one of the 600 powered sites.

Here are the standby options:

1) Register for the Rally and privately arrange to hold a nearby off-site camping location—and ask to be placed on the standby list to move later to the first available 30amp site on the Rally grounds.
2) Register on-site for solar or dry camping, and ask to be on the standby list.
3) Ask to be on the standby list without first registering for the Rally, then register and attend once your powered site is reserved.‚Äč

Cancellations or added capacity will allow moving members to 30 amp sites in the same order they joined the standby list.

Click HERE to Register Online, or call the Club office at 937-596-5211, 8am to 4pm weekdays.

Follow these links for more detailed information about the Salem Rally:

Salem Rally Web Site          Frequently Asked Questions        Local Salem Resources

ORDER RALLY SHIRTS FROM A & W DESIGNS – Place orders for Salem rally shirts and hats with A & W Designs by printing the form below and e-mailing, mailing or calling them with your order. Shirts can be sent directly to you for a small shipping fee or sent to Salem for free and picked up at the rally. Click here to download the order form:


ORDER RALLY EARRINGS AND NECKLACES  – Place orders for Salem earrings and necklaces with Mary Butler at Coastal Reflections by calling 956-425-7858 or 956-245-4410 or e-mailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can buy all or any parts you want.  Free shipping on orders over $15; under $15 shipping will be $3.

 

Rally Fees – $225.00 for an RV On-Site with 30amp electric, water and pump outs; $110.00 for each Adult (18+); $40.00 for each Youth 13-17; Free for Children (12 & Under); Lifetime Member Discount $20.00 (limit 1 per registration); Dry Camping Discount $30.00. There will be two (2) sections for Dry Camping: #1 – Solar Area (no generators permitted) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Dry Camping includes pump outs. Members who arrive on site and have not preregistered will be charged an additional $50.00. Payments by PayPal or Credit Card will be assessed a $12.00 service fee.

Handicapped Parking – Special parking, if requested, is near the central rally area for members with a doctor-approved state/government issued permit on file with the Corporate Manager of WBCCI prior to arriving at the rally site.

Early Registrations – Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering for the rally on or before January 1, 2018 will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000.00 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.

Bull Pen – Extended parking hours will allow us to make every effort to park you on the day you arrive.  If at all possible, please try to arrive by 8:00 pm.  If you cannot be parked when you arrive, you may spend the night in the “Bull Pen” at no cost, but with no services.

CANCELLATION POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by April 30, 2018 and must include the Rally pass if issued. All cancellations are assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after May 1, 2018 are subject to a 50% penalty. NO refunds after June 1, 2018.

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 The Weird and Wonderful Northwest

Salem, Oregon and her surrounding towns aren’t just about hiking, fishing, cycling, shopping and gourmet food.  Quirky, fun, and downright strange attractions and landmarks are prevalent throughout the region.
Silverton - only 15 miles from Salem - was once the home of “Bobbie the Wonder Dog”, a media sensation of the 1920s.

The collie-mix vanished during a road trip with his owners when he was chased away by a pack of local dogs during a fuel stop in Indiana. The couple called and searched in vain; but returned, heartbroken and without their pet, to Silverton. Six months to the exact day later, a bedraggled Bobbie reappeared in Oregon after a long walk back: 2,800 miles by himself in the dead of winter.  Word of his trek home swiftly spread from the Silverton Appeal to the national news. Today, Silverton honors Bobbie’s memory with a mural illustrating his epic journey, a statue at his doghouse, and an annual pet parade on the day in February when he returned to his family.

Fans of macabre fun will enjoy the Museum of Mental Health on the campus of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.  Formerly known as the Oregon Insane Asylum, the location for the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is now used to explore mental health treatment and its sometimes-horrific history.
“Since the Hospital opened its doors, efforts have been made to keep up with the most current thinking about treating mental illness,” states the website. Subjecting patients to sunlight, fresh air and peaceful scenery was believed integral to recovery - but so were strait jackets, shackles, electric shock, ice baths, sterilizations, and the occasional lobotomy.  Learn more in the Treatment Room through displays that examine protocols once believed best for the mentally ill that we now consider shocking and cruel.”

If Saint Francis had a garage sale, it might look like the Mount Angel Museum, the eccentric collection on the grounds of peaceful Mt. Angel Abbey only thirty scenic minutes from Salem.  On display are the spoils of obsessive private collections: musical instruments from around the world, early American stone age utensils, doorknobs, Samoan tribal items, bird skin art, Native American fishing tackle, and Mount Angel College sports trophies. Religious curiosities include holy medals, processional vestments, a “sick-call” portable anointing kit, a portrait of Christ made from 98,000 typed letters from Matthew’s gospel, and a replica crown of thorns fashioned from the very same type of thorns (probably) used by Christ’s tormentors, obtained from Mt. Olive near Jerusalem.

But wait, there’s more. Animal specimens include the world’s largest pig hairball, deformed farm animals, a whale rib, and a collection of North American mammals, taxidermied into action poses depicting life on the food chain.

Only 47 miles north of Salem lies Portland: the riverfront world-class city known for its cuisine, coffee, culture, charm - and a famous rep for weirdness.
Of the dozens of recommended destinations and activities, don’t miss these local favorites.

Powell’s City of Books is a landmark in downtown Portland’s Pearl District where one million volumes are shelved in nine color-coded rooms in a creaky, multi-story building that occupies an entire city block.

On the sidewalk outside you’ll see “Pod”, a kinetic sculpture. The three-legged oddity is thirty feet high and composed of stainless steel, bronze, titanium, and lead.  Don’t be shy - give it a shove and take a quick video.

No mention of Portland is complete without including world-famous Voodoo Doughnut, the happiest place in the city. Visitors from around the world - excited to purchase their first Fruit Loop encrusted, voodoo
doll-shaped, or other mutant doughnut - mingle in line with sugar addicts from the offices across the street simply waiting for their regular Bacon Maple Bar fix.

You’ve heard about “Shanghai tunnels”? Lo these many years ago, “crimping” was practiced in Portland’s rough waterfront bar section. A man who wouldn’t be missed (or who would, but good riddance) might be slipped a mickey or knocked unconscious at his boarding house, dropped through a secret trap door, and held in a miserable underground cell until purchased as a slave by unscrupulous sea captains and taken to work onboard a vessel to Asia - thus the term “shanghaied”.

Or so the story goes. There exists no factual data, but plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Portland was the shanghai capital of the world in 1890s. On a guided tour down into the tunnels through a steel panel in the sidewalk, you’ll see unique architecture, the holding cells, a “deadfall” trapdoor, and various artifacts of that terrible labor practice.

The story of Bobbie the Wonder Dog from Silverton comes to a conclusion in Portland. In 1927, three years after his celebrated homecoming, beloved Bobbie was laid to rest. You can visit his grave - where Rin Tin Tin placed the wreath at his funeral - at the tiny, touching pet cemetery behind the Oregon Humane Society. (Bring tissues.)


 Sneak Peek: Salem!

Top ten need-to-know items to help you plan for next year’s WBCCI International Rally:
1. Location: Salem, Oregon
2. Salem - the Oregon state capital - lies in the heart of the green and gorgeous Willamette Valley, only one hour south of Portland (one of the best tourist cities in the country) and about an hour east of the Oregon Coast.
3. Circle the dates on your calendar: June 20-30, 2018
4. Parking starts Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and concludes Saturday, June 23. The 2018 International Rally will open with a vintage parade on Saturday, June 23.
5. 600 to 700 Airstreams are expected to gather at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.
6. Hookups are available (30amp power and water) for
600 Airstreams. A dry camping area will also be open, and all registered rigs will get a pump-out every four days.
7. Big plans are underway for exciting entertainment, food and gear vendors, and offsite tours!
8. Vintage ‘streamers, you’ll love this rally! Join in the vibrant community of vintage Airstream owners caravanning to Salem and be a part of all the vintage activities on site and around town.
9. The International Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for June 22;  Installation of new WBCCI officers and the closing ceremony will take place June 29; the summer International Board of Trustees (IBT) meeting will be held June 30. All are welcome to attend (and you may be present at the IBT meeting even if you missed the rally).
10. Registration is now open! Sign up online at wbcci.org or salem.wbcci.net, or call the Club office at 937-596-5211, 8am to 4pm weekdays.

The first International Rally out West in a decade is an outstanding opportunity to explore the western USA and make new Airstream friends on the left coast.
Look for more information about Salem, Oregon and details to help you plan to attend the 2018 International Rally in the next issues of your Blue Beret and on the Salem Rally web site salem.wbcci.net


Historic and Happening

History buffs, you’ll love Salem - the capital of Oregonand the site chosen for the WBCCI 2018 International Rally.

The first residents of what is now Salem were the KalapuyaNative Americans, and the tribe lived there seasonally nearthe Willamette River for more than 5,000 years. Descendants of the Kalapuya continue to live in the area.The first European-Americans, most working as trappers and food gatherers for the nearby fur trading companies, arrived inthe area in 1812 and set up residence in log homes. The city of Salem was founded in the mid-1800s at the former site of the Kalapuya village when it was “rediscovered” by a Methodist missionary group led by Jason Lee, who brought his group all the way from New England on the Oregon Trail. All manner of immigrants and pioneers from the Eastern United States soon arrived by riverboat and wagon to establish their homes in the fertile Willamette Valley.

A historic marker stands where Jason Lee built his primitive sawmill, establishing Salem as a lumber town. (Lee’s house and several other pre-territorial buildings are preserved and open to the public at the Willamette Heritage Center.) His Methodist missionaries also organized the Oregon Institute - precursor to Willamette University, the first university in the West.

Salem soon became a center of government and commerce and by 1855 residents had raised schools, churches, industries,and agricultural enterprises. During this same period, Marion County built its first wood frame courthouse on the location still held by the present-day county courthouse.Oregon became the 33rd member of the United States on February 14, 1859 and in 1864 voters affirmed the selection of Salem as the official capital.

In the mid-nineteenth century “The Hoosier” arrived - a steamboat that traveled the Willamette River south to the city of Eugene and north to Oregon City, near Portland. The Hoosier ferried passengers, mail and outbound freight including food and agricultural products for the gold miners in California.

Salem experienced a few backslides: the capitol building burned down – twice - and seasonal flooding from the overflowing Willamette river occasionally wreaked havoc on the town. One of the worst floods in 1861 destroyed entire farms and food processing and manufacturing plants.

The capitol town in the beautiful, lush valley continued to thrive and the population grew from 2,500 in 1880 to be the second largest city in Oregon with a population today of nearly 168,000.

Salem also boasts some Airstream history: the WBCCI held International Rallies there in 1971 and 2006 - one of only two West Coast locations in 60 years.

Salem, the heart of Oregon state government, is a beautiful,mid-sized city that offers shopping, strolling, outdoor recreation,culinary experiences and more in addition to historic landmarks and learning opportunities.

Don’t miss these historic attractions while you’re in Salem for the 2018 International Rally!

Willamette Heritage Center - Tour the famous Thomas Kay Woolen Mill and the oldest timber-frame structures in the state on the five-acre campus.

Lee Mission Cemetery - The final resting place of many missionaries and pioneers including Jason Lee, Methodist missionary to Oregon in 1834.

Newell Pioneer Village - Inside: Robert Newell House Museum, Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin, Butteville School,and the Butteville Jail.

Bush House Museum - Tour the museum and walk the 4.5 acres of manicured and historic gardens; the Queen Anne Victorian residence built in 1878 features Eastern GoldenOak and Povey stained glass windows, original fittings and furnishings, and Salem’s first indoor bathroom.

Gaiety Hill-Bush’s Pasture Park Historic District - Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area encompasses19 city blocks and features architectural styles popular in Oregon during 1878-1938. Four of the properties in thedistrict are listed on the National Register; many more are on existing cultural resources inventories.

Deepwood Museum & Gardens - Public park and historic house museum established more than 120 years ago.

Salem Pioneer Cemetery - The burial place of Oregon government leaders and others making up Salem’s diverse,vibrant early society.

Court-Chemeketa Residential Historic District - Historic homes and traces of the pioneer settlement.

Historic Downtown Salem - Visitors appreciate Salem’s beautiful architecture, mix of delicious eateries, unique shops,art galleries, salons and major department stores downtown.

Also in the area:

Colony National Historic District in Aurora - A unique 19th Century town, founded by German and Swiss immigrants in1856. Vintage and antique shops, art galleries, wine tasting,and restaurants.

Historic Gentle House in Monmouth - The Gentle Family loved to entertain; the old house and museum are decorated in the style of the 1920’s.

Santiam Heritage Foundation in Stayton - Inside the exceptional 1903 Charles and Martha Brown House that served as Stayton’s first hospital during the 1920s and 30s; now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Independence Heritage Museum in Independence - Located in the historic First Baptist Church you’ll find collections of area artifacts, documents and photographs.

Polk County Historic Courthouse in Dallas - a distinctive structure built in 1899, the third to replace the wooden courthouse destroyed by fire in 1898.

Polk County Historical Society & Museum in Rickreall -Enjoy 14,000 square feet of remarkable displays and artifacts,including historic maps and unique exhibits on logging, agriculture,pioneer town sites and the Kalapuya tribe.


Salem Has It All

June, 2018 - a perfect time to visit Salem, Oregon, site of the next WBCCI International Rally.

Walking, biking, kayaking on the Willamette River, strolling through gardens, fishing, golf - whatever your pleasure, Salem has it all.

The average June temperature in Salem is a pleasant 74 degrees, and the parks and greenspaces are lush and welcoming.

Now home to the largest connecting park system in the country, Salem recently opened 35 miles of trails for cyclists and those on foot to enjoy between historic Union Street Railroad Pedestrian, Bicycle Bridge, and Peter Courtney Bridge, providing access to Minto-Brown Park, Riverfront Park, and the West Salem district.

Minto-Brown Island Park is a 900-acre natural area set aside for easy strolling, biking, and dog walking (with acres of crops intended to feed wildlife, too). Enjoy beautiful views of the Willamette River from Waterfront Park downtown, and 90 city acres of Bush’s Pasture Park are dedicated to public rose gardens, playgrounds, trails and other amenities.

View wildlife at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Jefferson - excellent observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands and oak/ash forest, raised boardwalks, interpretive exhibits and photography blinds are all open to the public (until migrating geese take up residence in October).
At the 2,558-acre Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll find similar resources at the home of several threatened and endangered species.
Cyclists, “choose your own adventure,” states the Travel Salem website. “Whether you’re seeking rolling hills or flat roads, in-town or out in the countryside, our routes are accessible year round and guaranteed to provide you with a picture perfect ride.” The Buena Vista Cycling Route winds west from Salem on Highway 22 to the towns of Rickreall, Monmouth, and Independence. Along the way, stop to visit vineyards and attractions, including the quaint Buena Vista Ferry. Try the 45-mile Ritner Cycling Loop through scenic Polk County; cross the Santiam River and wind down country roads past farmland and through covered bridges and small towns on the Santiam Cycling Loop; or just pedal through historic downtown.

Golfers, bring your clubs! Salem’s traditional parkland-style courses are very affordable (usually between $15-50 for 18 holes). The Salem Golf Club dates back to 1927 and offers daily public play.

Salem is an inland city but it lies on the banks of the Columbia River’s major tributary. The Willamette (pronounced “will-AM-it”, dammit) is the largest river in Oregon and it winds through Salem and the surrounding counties. Huge Wallace Marine Park is home to one of the best sports facilities in the Northwest and a focal point for water sport enthusiasts.  A boat ramp and floating boat docks provide access to the Willamette River.

Register now for the 2018 International Rally in Salem, Oregon June 23-30, 2018 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

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