SEMINAR SCHEDULE

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, wbcci.org. 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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excitementExciting news comes “sliding” in from Huron this month! The Splash Central Water Park is rumored to be meeting its scheduled deadlines to be up and running for the arrival of our WBCCI International Convention/Rally.

There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time.

Huron has a number of famous people that have lived in the town at one time or another. One of those is Gladys Pyle. Ms. Pyle became the first woman elected to the South Dakota State legislature as a Representative for four years helping to gain South Dakota’s ratification of the Child Labor Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. She was the first woman elected as South Dakota Secretary of State.

c9ab0898-d5c8-4f8f-807b-b94b017c3988She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries.
The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:

At the end of 1883, Huron was growing by leaps and bounds. There was a foundry and machine shop in town, as well as a company that made artificial stone for chimneys, a bottler of carbonated drinks and a company hand making 2,500 cigars daily.

The railroad donated land in 1883 for the Beadle County Courthouse. The population in 1883 was 1,500 people, in 1886-87 there were 2,890 and by 1914 it had grown to 8,505. In 1928 Huron had an airport with 4 runways, 2,500 feet long plus a gasoline pump and tank, when many airfields were just “landing strips” at that time. May 1, 1929, Rapid Airlines started the first scheduled passenger service from Huron. However, the airlines did not get the mail contract so abandoned the line shortly thereafter.

The municipal airport was dedicated on July 5, 1935 and Huron had the only passenger service available for a considerable length of time in the surrounding area. In 1937 Huron was the only airport facility in South Dakota considered safe by the U.S. Bureau of Commerce. (“Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988.)

In 1979 the terminal was named after Hubert H. Humphrey, previous Vice President of the U.S. under Lyndon B. Johnson, and at one time in his early 20’s he was a resident of Huron, SD when he left college to help at his father’s pharmacy, that can still be seen in downtown Huron. The Huron Regional Airport is recognized as one of the best equipped and maintained facilities in the industry. Flights into and out of the airport are limited so if you are planning on flying to the International Rally make your reservations early.

Stay tuned for more exciting information in the next few months.

Exciting news comes “sliding” in from Huron this month! The Splash Central Water Park is rumored to be meeting its scheduled deadlines to be up and running for the arrival of our WBCCI International Convention/Rally.

 

There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time./Huron famous residents:

 

Huron has a number of famous people that have lived in the town at one time or another. One of those is Gladys Pyle. Ms. Pyle became the first woman elected to the South Dakota State legislature as a Representative for four years helping to gain South Dakota’s ratification of the Child Labor Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. She was the first woman elected as South Dakota Secretary of State.

 

She ran for governor against four men in 1930 garnering the largest number of votes but not attaining the 35% required to secure the nomination, which was decided at a special state GOP convention and Ms. Pyle did not win that vote. She became the first woman U.S. Senator from South Da- kota serving the shortest term ever. Due to election regulations, the death of the sitting senator from South Dakota meant that there would not be a South Dakota senator in Washington for the period of Nov. – Jan. 1939. President Roosevelt indicated that he might call a special session of Congress (they had adjourned in 1938 to prepare for the then upcoming Presidential elections) as the Democrats outnumbered the Republicans. Ms. Pyle won a special South Dakota U.S. Senatorial election and moved to Washington. A Senate Congressional swearing in never took place. Although Congress was not called into special session, Ms. Pyle spent many hours working securing highway programs with the WPA, met with the Department of the Interior on behalf of landholders on Indian reservations, she took on outstanding cases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she handled problems for individuals on pensions and set up a visit in South Dakota for the crown prince and princess of Norway causing much excitement among her

many constituents who were from the Scandinavian countries (http://womenincongress.house.gov/member-profiles/profile. html?intlD=201)
The house that Ms. Pyle lived in can be seen at 376 Idaho Ave. SE in Huron. It was built in 1894 and is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture. It may or may not be open for viewing. Check with the Information Desk at the rally once you arrive in Huron for availability. Huron history continued:

 

At the end of 1883, Huron was growing by leaps and bounds. There was a foundry and machine shop in town, as well as a company that made artificial stone for chimneys, a bottler of carbonated drinks and a company hand making 2,500 cigars daily.

 

The railroad donated land in 1883 for the Beadle County Courthouse. The population in 1883 was 1,500 people, in 1886-87 there were 2,890 and by 1914 it had grown to 8,505. In 1928 Huron had an airport with 4 runways, 2,500 feet long plus a gasoline pump and tank, when many airfields were just “landing strips” at that time. May 1, 1929, Rapid Airlines started the first scheduled passenger service from Huron. However, the airlines did not get the mail contract so abandoned the line shortly thereafter.

 

The municipal airport was dedicated on July 5, 1935 and Huron had the only passenger service available for a considerable length of time in the surrounding area. In 1937 Huron was the only airport facility in South Dakota considered safe by the U.S. Bureau of Commerce. (“Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988.)

 

In 1979 the terminal was named after Hubert H. Humphrey, previous Vice President of the U.S. under Lyndon B. Johnson, and at one time in his early 20’s he was a resident of Huron, SD when he left college to help at his father’s pharmacy, that can still be seen in downtown Huron. The Huron Regional Airport is recognized as one of the best equipped and maintained facilities in the industry. Flights into and out of the airport are limited so if you are planning on flying to the International Rally make your reservations early.

 

Stay tuned for more exciting information in the next few months.

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HuronBikesAccording to Jay D. Vogt, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, the Huron Indians never lived in South Dakota. However, when the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1804-1806 the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota (aka Sioux) people as well as the Arikara people lived in what now is South Dakota. The Arikara people were an agricultural society and were later forced into North Dakota by the Sioux.

Today the closest Indian reservation to Huron is the Crow Creek Indian Reservation on the Missouri River south of the state capital Pierre. Crow Creek is the third smallest of the nine reservations in South Dakota. It is approximately 400 square miles, but 35 square miles are covered by reservoirs. To get there you take SD Hwy 50 North from I-90 toward Fort Thompson keeping a look out for the Crow Creek Reservation buffalo herd.

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has a wonderful brochure called “Native South Dakota” that lists all the reservations in the state, as well as the history of the native communities, where to purchase native American art and a list of the attractions at the various reservations. You can call 1-800-S-DAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) and request a brochure.

Since we will be spending time in South Dakota here is a little bit of information relating to the state. Is it any wonder that South Dakota is nicknamed Mount Rushmore State? The state flower is the Pasque flower, also known as the wind flower, prairie crocus, Easter Flower or meadow anemone.

We already know that their state bird is the ring-necked pheasant and not surprising the state sport is rodeo. Triceratops is the fossil of choice, In the southeast corner of the Black Hills National Forest, in Hot Springs, SD, there is the Mammoth Site that is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. There are special classes for kids and reservations are recommended. Check out the Mammoth website at: www.mammothsite.com .

Huron History Continued:
For those of you who live in the “snowy” parts of the U.S. and Canada this part of the history of Huron will probably fall in the category of your worst nightmare.

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about the winter of 1880-81 in her book, “The Long Winter” (Wilder, Laura Ingalls, New York, Harper & Row, 1940) and that name has stuck.

The snow started in October and didn’t let up until April when thawing began suddenly turning the prairie into one large lake. During the “long winter” the residents of Huron, as well as their neighbors in DeSmit, Iroquois and other surrounding towns, found themselves struggling, as supplies of fuel and other necessities could no longer be delivered by the railroads that they had come to depend on due to the huge drifts of snow.

Coffee grinders were pressed into use for grinding wheat into flour that was coarser than they were use to but was still usable to bake bread. Families and others who were not related moved in together to save on fuel. www.iroquoissd.com/local_history.htm www.files.usgarchives.net/sd/history/robinson/liii.txt

What’s To Do?

Huron has a “Ride Huron” program called “Spokes For Folks!” This program provides free courtesy bikes for loan to Huron visitors as part of Huron’s wellness initiative.
There are over 50 bicycles available for loan without charge at three locations in the community. The bike loan includes free use of a helmet and a bike lock. At the time of this writing there are 10 miles of bike trails in and around Huron and there may be more by the time of the International Rally.
Photograph by Jim Elmlinger #3296

So pick up a “Ride Huron” brochure that should be available at the Rally Information Desk. It lists all the locations where you can borrow a bike and the requirements such as ID and must be 18 or over or with a parent. The brochure has a map with the trails outlined and lists points of interest including the murals that are located around town.
So if you like to bike, but don’t have room to bring your bike, there is no longer an excuse to not get out there and get some great exercise!

Be sure to check your Blue Beret for more articles about our 2013 International Rally location in Huron South Dakota.

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In attempting to write articles on our next International Rally site in Huron, SD, my husband suggested that an “in person” visit was called for. So, on our way home from Sedalia, we drove to Huron and spent a couple of days.

What a difference it makes to see a place in person, rather than trying to write about it based on information gleaned from the Internet.

The most important thing we learned was the correct pronunciation of Huron. It is not Hugh-ron it is Here-on.

My articles will hopefully build on each other to give you a good overview on what you can expect when you arrive in Huron next year. Keep the monthly articles handy, as the history portion will definitely be a continuing project.

HuronPheasantThe day after our evening arrival we made our first stop the world famous Huron pheasant. It is quite a site perched on the top of a building at the Dakota Inn. There are handy steps on each side of the building so you can get a better view of it, but the best view for taking pictures is from the front facing U.S. Hwy 14 where there is a lovely mural and a descriptive sign. (Be careful not to wander onto the U.S. Hwy 14, as it is quite busy.
You may be asking who cares about pheasants? Well, Huron is in Beadle County. Last year, 2011, 9.9 million dollars was spent in Beadle County in conjunction with the pheasant hunting season, which is late October through early January.

Huron History Continued:

There were no trees in Huron back in the 1880’s until the first sapling was “imported” from Iowa. This “tree” was then only the size of a lead pencil and arrived packed in old newspaper.

Today, Huron is a Tree City USA so named by the National Arbor Day Foundation for national recognition of urban and community forestry programs, which has resulted in the hundreds of trees throughout the city creating many lovely shady areas.


The town of Huron got started with the building of a saloon, no surprise there, given the times, a temporary post office and a drug store. There were some rooms available to let in these first buildings where for 50 cents you got a bed with a straw tick and a single blanket, but no mention was made of bugs.

To entice settlers to this part of the country, railroads put up posters and newspapers writing about the fertile prairie farm land that was free of cost in Central Dakota. Not surprisingly, there were long lines to claim a section of this land.

June 10, 1880, 59 citizens submitted a petition beginning the process to become a city, which was finally completed in 1883. This was prior to South Dakota becoming a state, which occurred in 1889.

Huron has a number of buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At this time, only one of these historical places, the Pyle House (more on this in next month’s article), is open for viewing. Check with the rally information desk for the dates and times.

What’s to do?

I am going to serialize this portion of my article so that every month I can give you different ideas for some extra curricular activities while you are at the rally.

RavineLakeHaving been a WBCCI member for a number of years I know that the most important thing when we arrive at an International Rally is ICE CREAM!

I really hate to tell you this, but there is a “DQ” right across the street from the Fairgrounds on the west side. We tested their “Blizzards” and they were great as usual.

The Dakotaland Museum located on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds on the south side of 3rd Street, houses over 5,000 artifacts including a log cabin, natural history collection of birds and mammals and many other items of interest to adults and children. Admission price is very low so that it provides visitors with a very cost effective visit.

Ravine Lake Park is a special area containing a sandy beach, shelter, picnic benches, fishing, miniature golf and rental of paddleboats and inner tubes. It also has ice cream, from the University of South Dakota, and yes, we did test this one out also, yummy! In addition there are sandwiches, pies, etc. available.

Stay tuned next month for more exiting things to see and do in and around Huron.
(Thanks to the Huron Library for the opportunity to spend two hours “speed” reading the book “Huron Revisited” by Dorothy Huss, Robert S. Kuni, William Lampe and Margaret Moxon. Copyright 1988. There will be mention of additional items from this book in my articles over the next months.)

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