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President's Corner

Thanks to Richard and Jan, and all the members volunteering and attending, for making the International Rally in Escanaba a great one. Attendance figures are strong with the 30amp sites sold out, members staying in nearby campgrounds, and almost one hundred rigs dry camping on the rally site. They planned tasty food, diverse entertainment, and an attractive rally site. Richard and Jan have earned some downtime after the big job they did this past year.

Planning’s underway for next year’s International Rally. Two years in a row, we’ve had big attendance at our International Rallies. We’re excited about this promising improvement. We’ve lined up a beautiful top-drawer facility for next year’s rally in Salem, Oregon. There’ll be 600 30amp sites and another 250+ sites for dry camping.

I’ll share more about some new ideas for that rally in later articles. Summer’s almost over. It’s been another hot one. We look forward to the coming fall season and travels in the fairer temperatures. It’s a funny thing, who tells you, “You should visit here in mid-summer?” Almost everyone tells us we should visit their locale during fall or spring. It seems the best time for rallies, traveling, hiking, and just about everything. It’s been a good summer for Debbie and me, the Club, and we hope for you too. We opened it with a rainy weekday tour of Niagara Falls. Hey, we were going to get wet anyway! This was Deb’s first visit to the Falls and my first to go up in Skylon Tower. We had a great dinner in the revolving restaurant looking over the Falls.

We joined up with the Ontario Unit in Cortland, NY to caravan to Jersey City, NJ. My boneheaded parking attempt in the rain-swamped campground landed our truck axle deep in mud, both axles. Thanks to Morey Towing and Recovery of Cortland, sent by Good Sam Roadside Assistance, for their rapid response and great recovery. They attached a soft sling around the truck’s receiver and pulled the truck and trailer back onto solid ground. Roadside assistance is another of those insurance policies you don’t want to use, but are glad to have when you need them.

Our group arrived for a fun time in New York City with the NYC Basecamp Rally put on by Region 1’s Per Hamnqvist and his wife Lille. There were almost 50 Airstreams attending this every-other year’s special rally. We parked in an RV park in Jersey City and were walking distance to the subway and ferry terminals for short hops to New York City. This rally’s a great opportunity to catch up with Airstream Club friends from all over, tour Central Park, visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, eat a tasty Dim Sum lunch at the Golden Unicorn in Chinatown, walk along Fifth Avenue, and catch some Broadway plays. Everywhere we go, Debbie and I feel like we want to visit again. We probably missed a few (million) things in New York City. We’ll look forward to a return visit.

Because of the selfless work of International Presidents, officers at all levels, and other members over the past six decades, we have a healthy and active Wally Byam Airstream Club. Membership numbers are on the rise. Plans are in the works to continue improvements for our members. We’re looking forward to what’s ahead in this 63rd year of our Club. Thank you for your membership and your interest. Please email me anytime with your suggestions, concerns, or comments. You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..