HURON, SD 2013

This is a description of the seminars for the International rally to be held in Huron, SD this summer. Check your program for the times and places of the seminars as soon as you arrive at the rally. -Darrell Waters


Membership Growth Seminar by Mona Heath and Teresa Taylor, Oregon Unit President and Membership Chairman 

  • The demographics of our membership, and new Airstream owners, is changing - we'll discuss that change and how we targeted the next generation without compromising our heritage membership.  
  • We'll share successful marketing tools and ideas which have been instrumental in growing & re-energizing the Oregon Unit membership.  
  • Please bring an empty thumb drive if you would like to receive some real, hands-on marketing tools that can be easily modified to your specific Unit/Region needs.

Introduction to Caravanning Seminars   By: R.B. Bernd  July 1, 2, 3, from 1:00 - 4:00

If you have not had the pleasure of going on a caravan, this program will provide you with valuable information that will undoubtedly enhance your first caravanning experience. If you have caravanning experience and are now thinking about being a Caravan Leader Introduction to Caravanning will definitely help you move forward with your plans.  Each person who registers for the program will be given a comprehensive folder of materials.  It’s an excellent resource for caravaners and aspiring caravan leaders.   Those who attend all three days of the seminar series will be presented with an official “WBCCI Certificate of Completion” as well as a copy of the very handy WBCCI Caravan Handbook. Successful completion of this seminar is a pre-requisite to leading a National Caravan.

Presented by the Huron Chamber of Commerce or Huron Residents

  • Murals-on-the-Town, Huron -- Megan Benker (Huron)  June 26, 2:30 – 3:30, Expo MainThe Murals on the Town project is a spectacular arts project. Using city buildings as its canvas, the community of Huron tells its story through colorful murals, which are easily visible to pedestrians and passing traffic. The project was designed to improve the streetscape and to highlight the unique features of the City for public enjoyment. Revitalization, beautification and civic pride are all direct results of the mural project.   Several murals present a visual history of landmarks and events in Huron's past. New murals are added each year.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Dianne Mollner  June 29, 3:00 – 4:00, Room Tech A

    Please join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society as we share the history and some of the wonderful memories Laura Ingalls wilder tells us about in her "Little House Series". Laura said she had lived it all, from pioneer days to modern times and she didn't want those memories to be lost.

  • "The Memorable Journey" Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hetty Gray  July 1, 9:00 – 10:00, Room Tech B  

    Clad in authentic dress and accompanied by a dog that portrays Meriwether Lewis'  Newfoundland Seaman, listen as she describes her life and involvement in one of the most famous expeditions in American history.  Hers is more than the story of an interpreter.  Hers is the poignant tale that begins with tribal life in the west before America's westward expansion and culminates in the arduous trek led by true American heroes.  
    Replete with details of the trip and its hardships, Sacagawea's story provides her audience with the viewpoint of a young woman from one culture working alongside men from another culture as they worked for a common goal.  Facts abound, but humor adds zest and paints history as far more than a list of events and dates.  History, in fact, is personal. Immerse yourself in the story of Sacagawea. Hers truly was "The Memorable Journey."

  • Dog Training- Pheasant Hunting, Kent Shelton, Huron July 2, 9:00 – 10:00, Vendor Area

    This seminar will include picking a puppy through its intermediate training.  Kent will have his dogs along to do some demonstrations for the audience.  There will also be a question and answer session.  Come on out and see just what dogs are capable of.

Sponsored by the Vintage Airstream Club

  • Discovering the Flavors That Make Wine Great, Kimber Moore, June 27, 1:00 – 2:30, Room Tech B

    This seminar is a discovery demonstration where we will bring several varietals of wines and regional cheeses and match them with each other. This will help the participants discover the flavors in the wines and how the cheeses help nudge out the nuances in the wines. There will be limited seating.
  • Natural Pet Foods, Tim Kendziorski  June 28, 9:00 – 10:00, Vendor Area      The emphasis of this seminar will be on making natural cat/dog foodwhile talking about the reasons switching to a natural home made dietmakes sense for your pet. Tim will discuss what to avoid and nutritionalneeds for your pet. This year the focus will be on actually making food. Theparticipants will be able to take some back to try with their pet. There will be handouts for people to take with a recipe or two for dogs and cats. 


Presented by the Electronic Communications Committee

  • A Tour of the WBCCI Website A primer on navigating the information and features on our club's website, Also some time for members' suggestions for improving the website and the club's use of technology.
  • Region Officer Tech Training An overview of the technology currently available for use by Unit and Region Officers to communicate with members and headquarters, increase membership, and retain current members.
  • *Webmaster Seminar Q&A for unit webmasters on the features and challenges of the WordPress software. 
  • *Social Networking, by Suzy Shepard  July 1, 10:00 – 11:00, Room Tech C                         Be away, and be connected:  Facebook primer introducing the basics.  How to navigate, form groups, be secure -- keep instantly in touch with friends, family, and your WBCCI groups (e.g., unit, region, rally, and caravan).

Life On The Road Seminars

  • *Readin' on the Road by Hedda Smithson and Carolyn Beardshear                                       July 1, 8:30 – 9:30, Expo 1
    is a book discussion of two titles, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, an overview of various eReaders, and an opportunity to suggest your favorite titles to others.  Bring your own eReader and tell us how you like it.   
  • *Prepping Your Rig as an Escape Pod by Beth McCall is designed to assist members in thinking about what they would need in their rigs in an emergency or for a quick evacuation.  Nicknamed "Airstream Preppers", we will cover as much as possible to help members survive different scenarios. 
  • *Living in Small Spaces by Beth McCall, is a class for all, from newbies to experienced travelers. We will discuss ideas for making the most of whatever space you have in your rigs. From kitchen to bath to bedroom, there will be something for everyone.
  • Knots for RVers by Bill Martin - July 2, 10:00 – 11:00, Room Tech B                                       Rope work and knot-tying are essential camping tools. With a piece of rope and a few essential knots we can tie down an awning, set  up a flag pole, secure a load, and tie our shoes. Participants will learn, or brush up on, these skills with a demonstration and practice activities.  

Business on the Road Seminars, presented by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, AEP, PFS, JD

  • Estate Planning for RV'ers - July1, 11:00 – 12:00, Main Expo                                                This practical seminar will provide an overview of the key steps and documents everyone needs to protect themselves and their loved ones, with tips to make them work better for RV'ers. If you're a full timer (or just want to be) what financial and estate planning modifications should you make?
  • Estate Planning for RV'ers Living with Chronic Illness July 2, 8:30 – 9:30, Room Tech A 130 million Americans live with chronic illness. How can you best plan to protect yourself or a loved one if you face these types of health challenges? How does financial, estate and insurance planning differ? How can you best modify traditional planning steps others use to fit the challenges of your disease? I'll also share some of the specific steps that we take while we RV in light of our issues.
  • Conducting Your Business on the Road  July 2, 2:00 – 3:00, Room Tech A                       We'll talk about the trials and tribulations of running a professional practice from the road, review specific equipment and technology and how it works (or doesn't), what non-technological steps (handling mail, paying bills, and more) have proven useful to running a business at a distance, and more. Topics will include: internet access on the road, computer back up systems, printing, scanning, bill paying. This won't be a techie program, just lots of practical ideas that work for me.
  • Tax Tips for RV'ers  July 3, 8:30 – 9:30, Room Tech A                                                          The internet is full of half truths (and often much less) about the ability of states to tax RV'ers. What are the real concepts and issues you need to consider when working from the road? When can states tax you on your earnings? What practical steps can you really take to minimize state income taxation? What income tax deductions might you be able to take? What business expenses can you take and which expenses are really not deductible? If you ever work as a work-camper or in similar barter type arrangements what are the tax consequences? You might owe tax even if you think you're a real Texan - common myths and tales from the RV tax world will be debunked.

Additional Seminars  Quilters, Take Note! 

  • Understand the World of Fabric and Thread through Color June 28, 1:00 – 3:00 Vendor Area by Roger Siminoff, a color science specialist, embroidery digitizer and long-arm quilter.  June 28, 1:00 – 3:00 Vendor AreaEver wonder why the fabric you bought in the store doesn't look the same when you get it home? Or, why the thread you worked hard to select is not the color you anticipated when you sew it into the fabric? Here you will learn how we perceive color, how to match colors in different types of fabrics, matching threads to swatches, matching solids to multi-colored fabrics, how not to be fooled by colors in different illuminations, and much more. 


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