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Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc.
57th International Convention/Rally
June 28 - July 4, 2014 • Gillette, Wyoming
Join the Fun June 28th-July 4th, 2014Full Hook-Up Campground - Ultra Modern Great Conference/Rally Facilities
Excellent Entertainment, Interesting Seminars, Inter-Club Events, Unit and Region Events, Happy Hour with new and old friends, Early Worker and Rally Tours, Airstream support, Vendors, take part in the ever important Club Meetings, be part of the future of your Club. Join the City of Gillette and Residents for a fabulous Fire Works Display. Plan and enjoy a 4th of July Picnic with your Unit or Region - plan to show your creativity in the 4th of July Parade
Support our “Wounded Warrior Program” and the "Monument of Peace" Project.
Make it a Unit Project to support our Community Service Program – WBCC is proud of our Community service work and this year we will add a new program to help the Lyons Club bring sight to those in need with the contribution of used eye glasses.
Plan a caravan before or after this Rally, this is an area that should be on everyone’s “Bucket List” did you know that from Gillette you can travel to Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as America’s first National Park, to the Devils Tower, Crazy Horse Memorial, The Mammoth Site, Wind Cave National Park, Reptile Gardens and that just names a few of the exciting side trips around this area.
Gillette itself provides the opportunity to visit their Art Walk, Water Slides, Wall Climbs, Rodeo, the Donkey Creek Festival and Wright Days taking place during or just before and after our Rally and on a trip downtown you will likely see herds of Antelope along the road. Good Restaurants, Hotels, a new Health Centre, fun shopping, super Friendly People, check out www.livability.com/gillette. Bring the kids and/or grandkids everyone can enjoy this Rally.
Public Relations/Rally Promotions; Hazel Knopp #200, Chairman
FEE REFUND POLICY All convention/rally fee refund requests must be postmarked by May 15, 2014, and must include the complete pass receipt. All cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. There will be no refunds if postmarked after May 15 except as approved by the International Rally Committee.
NOTE - To Parents and Grandparents . If you have a child or grandchild that is a budding entertainer, acting, dance or song; The Gillette Cam-Plex is the location for a major Performing Arts Workshop "PAW" culminating with two stage productions at the Cam-Plex Theatre. Rehearsals run daily from June 2nd to June 20th with the first performance on June 20th at 7pm and again on June 21st at 2pm. The Performing Arts Workshop is open to kids age 6 to College age and is produced by professional entertainment directors and coaches. Registration information and program details can be obtained by contacting the Cam-Plex ticket office at 307-682-8802. Come early for the "PAW" and stay for our important Rally. Registration fills up quickly so if you are interested make a call today for further information.
President John and First Lady Sandy Stumpf invite you to the 57th Wally Byam Caravan Club International Convention/ Rally “GOOD FRIENDS – GOOD JOURNEYS”.
We are going back to Gillette, Wyoming for the 2014 International Convention/Rally; members who attended the previous Gillette Rally will remember an excellent full hook-up campsite and a great Rally/Conference meeting space at the Gillette Cam-Plex. This beautiful meeting space opened in 2008 and more than met our need for the Rally.You will also remember a very friendly city with helpful residents; these folks enjoy visitors and take every opportunity to welcome you. If you are coming to Gillette for the first time, you can look forward to this very special area. In this article let’s talk about Gillette and the surrounding area and then about the upcoming great Rally events.Gillette is a city of approximately 32,000 people with a median age of 30.6 years and is in the northeast area of Wyoming. Gillette is the county seat for Campbell County and was established in 1892 less than two years after Wyoming became a State. It is situated between the Big Horn Mountains to the West, the Black Hills to the East and is in the Powder River Basin.The major industries in the area are American Coal, Oil and Coal Bed Methane Gas; the city refers to itself as the “Energy Capital of the Nation” and provides nearly 35% of the U.S. coal.The climate is considered semi-arid with an average high temperature in June–July of 76F/24.4C to 84.5F/29.2C with low temperature in June–July of 47.7F/8.7C to 54.4F/12.3C. The average rainfall in these months is from 2.64 inch - 1.78 inch, 67.1mm - 45.2mm. Looks like pretty good camping weather.There are a number of very good to excellent hotels available if you wish to fly into the Gillette - Campbell County Airport (GCC) serviced by Delta Airlines, United Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines. SkyWest currently operates 8 flights daily in and out of Gillette to hubs in Denver, Rock Springs and Salt Lake City.
An excellent selection of restaurants from casual bagels to barbecues and steaks, wine and fine dining are available. Good shopping is available and they have an excellent Farmer’s Market.Meeting and meal space is available for your various Unit and Region functions.Everything you need is in Gillette - personal vehicle, RV service, propane – if you need it, you can find it.
OKAY! Enough on Gillette itself for now, let’s take a look around the area for interesting things to do and see and there are many. Take a minute while you are reading this and get out a map of the United States, look at where Gillette, Wyoming is located and then look East-West-North and South. If you were in Gillette last time, you may recognize many of these locations and know you could enjoy another visit or visit those areas you didn’t have time for. If you have not been to this area before just look and you will immediately see this is an opportunity to travel to this interesting area that you should not miss. If you are thinking about a family trip with the children or grandchildren this is the area to visit. This is also a great area for a caravan before or after the Rally or just a trip with your favorite person.
Travel north and you can visit DEVIL’S TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT, a little further north is CUSTER BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, go west to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - this is a place that should be on every bucket list, if you have not visited this area you cannot imagine what it is to see the impact of this area.
A little south of Yellowstone is GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK with its beauty and history beyond expectation. Now let’s travel east or maybe stop before arriving at the Rally to do a little “spelunking” in the JEWEL CAVE, MOUNT RUSHMORE CAVE and the WIND CAVE. Once we are back above ground a visit to MOUNT RUSHMORE and CRAZYHORSE is a must, a stop at BAD LANDS NATIONAL PARK is also great. Finally we can travel south to visit FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, SCOTT’S BLUFF NATIONAL MONUMENT and CHIMNEY ROCK NATIONAL MONUMENT.
All of this and beautiful scenery, I know, because I have visited everyone of these venues and my visits were on the way to or from various WBCCI rallies to attend our annual meeting, to meet new and old friends and to enjoy Fun, Fellowship and Adventure.
In future articles we will review the various Rally events, seminars, tours and more information about Gillette and this very special area.
Please register today for the Rally, support your Club and plan a trip to remember.
President John and First Lady Sandy Stumpf invite you to the 57th Wally Byam Caravan Club International Convention/Rally, Gillette, Wyoming – June 28-July 4, 2014.
The International Convention/Rally is the annual meeting and election of officers for our Club. The International is designed to provide you, the member, with an entertaining, informative event. The Rally will provide great entertainment, informative seminars, tours, the opportunity to enjoy your favorite pastime such as band, jam sessions, a multitude of crafts and workshops. The opportunity to meet with new and old friends and to enjoy lunches, dinners and happy hours.
At previous Rallies, members have enjoyed some of the following seminars and speakers:
At the Rally, members have enjoyed competitive indoor games, competitive displays and show items such as:
Enjoy a number of group activities such as:
Vintage Airstream Parade
Vendors on site, at previous Rallies, providing information, parts and service and great purchase opportunities:
Important meetings must take place at the Rally and we need you to be there to support your Club and the various intraclubs you belong to. Come for the ever important International Board of Trustees meeting, the delegates meeting, election of officers and be there for the Vintage Airstream Club meeting and installation, enjoy the Classic Airstream Club events, the Amateur Radio Club and the Free Wheelers Club.A listing of great entertainment and fun tours will be highlighted in future Rally Promotions; you know they will be excellent and another reason to plan to attend the Rally in Gillette.Next month we will review some of the activities that will be taking place in Gillette and surrounding area during the time we are there. We appear to be meeting at a very special time in the city and can look forward to a number of fun activities in conjunction with our own very important Rally.Please, register today for the Rally, support your Club and plan a trip to remember.
President John and First Lady Sandy Stumpf invite you to the 57th Wally Byam Caravan Club International Convention/Rally Gillette, Wyoming - June 28-July 4, 2014.Our theme this year is “THANK YOU VETERANS.”
New this year - Central Happy Hour.This year we will have a central location for group Happy Hours. The location will be in the Box Elder campground “Middle South Commons Area.” Look for the signs. Bring your chairs, happy hour snacks and refreshments. Open daily to all Rally participants.
If you haven’t registered yet, please do so now. We need to count you in the planning process.
Last month we outlined some of the events experienced at previous Rallies. Some we will have again and others will be new, entertaining and interesting. New seminars, special events and attractions will be outlined in future articles, but at this time let’s look at some interesting events we can enjoy along with our Rally while we are in Gillette.
June 19-20, 2014 - Members arriving early can take part in Wright Days; a great time in a small community environment that will welcome you as you join the residents at the car show, demolition derby, BBQ and ice cream social, always a favorite with Airstream members. You can take part in a 5K run, visit the Wright Museum and enjoy many special exhibits during Wright Days. Enjoy bandmusic and face painting for the children. All this takes place in the town of Wright. Wright is 1/2 hour to 45 minutes south of Gillette and shares many events in the Campbell County area. For more information on this fun event go to www.wrightwyevents.com/wright-days
June 20 at 7 PM and June 21 at 2 PM, enjoy the Performing Arts Workshop presentation at the Cam-Plex Theatre. This production is the culmination of the “PAW” for youth aged 6 to college students and is produced and supported by professional entertainment directors and coaches. Tickets are available at the Cam-Plex Theatre box office. This year’s 21st anniversary production is entitled Roald Dahl’s - Willy Wonka! Starting June 27 through June 29, the Donkey Creek Festival will be underway at the Gillette College Campus. Check it out at www.facebook.com/donkeycreek-festival for comments and information on this fun filled event of great music, dancing, good food, family events and a car show. Enjoy the Beer Garden to complete the visit.
If you enjoy the rodeo, you will enjoy the cowgirls/cowboys youth Roping and Barrel Racing events. These events take place Thursday evenings adjacent to the Cam-Plex and Box Elder campground. This is a free event and all Airstream members are welcome. Mondays you can enjoy 4H Rodeo timed events with the members of the 4H Club.
Well it looks like a lot is going on that you won’t want to miss in Gillette, but let’s add a walk on the Gillette Art Walk, a trip through Gillette’s Historic Downtown, a visit to the Campbell County Rockpile Museum to experience this local history centre exhibiting Native American artifacts, rifles, horse drawn-vehicles, early homesteading, ranching and current mining practices just to name a few of the exhibits. Add to this coal mine tours, energy equipment displays, concerts in the park, golf, Devils Tower climbing wall, waterpark, Durham Buffalo Ranch, wildlife/history loop tours and the ever present antelope roaming freely as you travel downtown for shopping or various Airstream events.
Back at the Rally Events, June 27, 2014, will be a night to honor our Veterans with a special program. June 29, we enjoy a special Gillette Night with entertainment by Kenny Miller in his “Super Stars Super Show” and his amazing tribute to legendary greats like: Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Lots more Rally entertainment to come!
This will be an interesting busy Rally or it can be a relaxing Rally to sit and visit with new and old friends - your choice. Make a decision to register for your International Rally, Gillette, Wyoming June 28-July 4, 2014.This is a Rally and a trip you should not miss. Join us - registration information is available athttp://wbcci.org/home/rallies-caravans/international-rally
Public Relations/Rally Promotions; Hazel Knopp #200, Chairman
Over the last couple of months, we have looked at a number of events you can enjoy at the Rally along with places to visit before, after and during the Rally. This is a great area to visit and I sincerely hope you are planning or have joined one of the many Unit, Region or group caravans heading for Gillette. Besides the many beautiful and interesting places to visit in the area, we have a number of very interesting new seminars to enjoy this year.Kudos to Darrell Waters, Seminar Coordinator, for his efforts at contacting the Gillette Police Department, who have agreed to support our Rally with a number of presentations.
We will enjoy two separate K9 detection demonstrations and if you have not seen these amazing dogs work with their handlers, you are in for a real treat. These animals are amazing and true partners to the officers. While they are true working professionals, they are beautiful animals that bring such a feeling of trust and warmth. My personal memory of such a demonstration was watching the dog respond not only to his handler, but the dog’s reaction to the police car radio that brought him to immediate attention and being prepared to go to work. This is a must to enjoy seminar.
Further support from the Gillette Police Service will provide Rally attendees with a program on computer safety and another program on safety on the road. We can expect that both programs will be professionally presented with up to the minute technology and information.
Enjoy a seminar on “The History of the Gillette Area” presented by Mary Kelly who will share her vast knowledge of the development of this interesting area.
Support this time from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department as they present a very interesting, timely seminar on the ten most common frauds across the country, very likely in both our countries. Many times these frauds are directed at people just like you the members; information of this type is invaluable.
How about one more NEW seminar presented by the Sheriff’s Department, this one presented by the “Bomb Squad”. This should peak your curiosity providing an interesting program that most of us will not have experienced in the past.
The ever popular Vintage Parade will take place on June 24, 2014 arriving with flags flying and music playing at the Rally site at approximately 11:00 AM. The VAC will be gathering at Bi-Centennial Park no later than 10:00 AM. They will travel east along Warlow Drive to Brooks Drive turning south to West 2nd. From there they will travel east for two blocks taking Douglas Highway south to Boxelder Road through the heart of downtown. Watch for the parade to arrive travelling east on Boxelder Road to enter the Rally site; be there to welcome these beautifully maintained Vintage Airstreams.
Add to this a full youth program again this year - something for all ages. Also new this year, visit the “Central Happy Hour” location; look for the Party Place signs and the Red Flags. Bring your chairs, happy hour snack and beverage of choice – meet new and old friends. Maybe some of our talented musicians will consider a jam session. If you haven’t registered, do so now; this is a Rally that promises a good time for all. Join us - registration information is available at http://wbcci.org/home/rallies-carava/international-rally
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