Wally Byam Caravan Club International
60th WBCCI International Rally July 22-29, 2017 Escanaba, Michigan
Solar and Generator sites are AVAILABLE. Solar and Generator camping will have water and pumpouts. You can register for those sites NOW click HERE to Register..
Rally Fees – $175.00 for an RV On-Site; $95.00 for each Adult (18+); $30.00 for each Youth 13-17; Children (12 & Under) – FREE; Lifetime Member Discount 20.00; Non Electric Camping Discount $50.00.
There will be two (2) sections for Non Electric Camping - #1 – Solar Area (no generators permited) and #2 – Generator Area where usage will be allowed between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Non Electric Camping will have water and pump outs provided on a regular schedule.
A $50.00 surcharge will be assessed if you arrive on-site and have not pre-registered.
Payments by PayPal will be assessed a $5.00 service fee.
Handicapped Parking – Special parking to be provided, if requested, 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.
Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members registering on or before January 1, 2017, will be eligible to partcipate 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.
Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permited for the night before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25.00/night, payable at Verification.
FEE REFUND POLICY – Refund requests must be postmarked by May 31, 2017, and must include the complete Rally pass. All cancellations will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee. Refund requests after June 1, 2017 may be subject to a 50% refund on approval of the International Rally Committee. NO refunds after July 21, 2017.
The 60th WBCCI International Rally will be held at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan July 22–29, 2017. (Note the Dates) President Richard Girard and his wife Jan enthusiastically encourage you to attend! The UP is a popular destination. Lay your plans now!
Holy Wah! Ya tinkn t’go ta Escanaba in da heart and soul of da U.P., dat Superior State? You betcha, you in for BIG treat! Hey! What da heck? Read on...
Escanaba (Elevation 607 ft.), is the 3 rd largest city in the U.P. Incidentally, the U.P. stands for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, often referred to as God’s Country, located just north of the Mackinac Bridge and south of Heaven. The people from the UP are known as Yoopers. (There are 3 types: Native...born in the UP, Long Timers...lived in the UP most of their lives, and just plain Yoopers...everyone else who lives there) The official language is Yoopanese (a dialect of English native to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Yoopers are fiercely proud of their land, heritage (primarily Scandinavian) and way of life.
Escanaba is a town of about 12,500, located in Delta County (county population of nearly 36,000) which boasts over 200 miles of varied fresh water shoreline, the most of any county in the continental United States, including beautiful sand beaches, marshes and wetlands for bird and wildlife viewing, as well as stunning limestone cliffs. Escanaba is in the Eastern time zone.
The North woods of Michigan is legendary for an abundance of wildlife including black bear, moose, wolf, fox, beaver, quail, grouse, wild turkey, rabbit and the white tail deer. Some of the best hunting and fishing in the world exists here! Come prepared for fresh PURE air and crystal clear water!
Some interesting history about the UP: The UP didn’t use to belong to Michigan! To make a long story short, Michigan owned the Toledo Strip which Ohio wanted badly. After years of bickering and some bloodshed (a stabbing and a dead pig sothe story goes) a deal was finally struck: Michigan conceded to the “wasteland of the UP” for the Toledo Strip. However, it turns out that logging and minerals proved to be a GREAT asset and wealth for the State of Michigan. In fact, the steel used to build your tow vehicles probably came from the rich iron ore mines of the UP, many of which are still active today, along with copper, nickel and gold. Logging continues to exist and paper mills are an important industry.
Another interesting tidbit: The Monarch Butterflies’ annual migration passes through here just north and east of Escanaba on the Bay de Noc in late summer, August and September, as thousands of the beautiful orange butterflies rest-up and await a north wind to help carry them across the open waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay to Door County in Wisconsin en route to Mexico.
Back to Escanaba. There are few worries about traffic jams, car crashes, crime or severe weather in Escanaba. Nestled near the top of Lake Michigan, on Little Bay de Noc, miles of beautiful sandy public beaches, bike paths, light houses, and hiking trails await you, along with championship golf courses, fishing, bird watching, boating, and casinos. In fact, there is so much to do in the UP, you could spend your whole summer here and many folks do just that!
In 1920, Henry Ford wrote about Yooperland, “It’s one of the prettiest places in the world!” Did you know there’s even a movie about Escanaba? Jeff Daniels starred in the 2001 movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight, a comedy about Yoopers and their sacred Deer Camp.
You might be thinking, what’s there to do in such a small town? Plenty! Folks travel from all over to visit Escanaba and the UP. While you won’t find many big box stores and few franchise restaurants, nonetheless, Escanaba has much to offer.
Article by:Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587Contributed by: Bill and Marti Upton, WBCCI #3691Long-Time Yoopers
Your 2017 WBCCI International will be held in Escanaba, MI, July 22-29. It will be a sellout. Currently, water and electric sites have a standby list, but solar and generator are still available and will have water and pump outs.
Here is some helpful information for those new to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Let’s start with the basics. We call the Upper Peninsula the UP, pronounced YOU PEE. (Really!) And we call ourselves YOOPERS. (Really!)
Escanaba, the site of the Upper Peninsula State Fairground, is pronounced - ES KA NAH’ BAH, emphasis is on the NAH. Escanaba translates loosely to mean “Flat Rock.” Escanaba is the third largest city in the UP and a significant Lake Michigan port.
Getting Around the UP. Since the UP is bordered on the North by Lake Superior and the South by Lake Michigan, there are not too many ways to enter and leave! From the West, US 2 and US 41 are the major highways from Wisconsin. From the South, the lower peninsula of Michigan, I-75 crosses the Mackinac Bridge. (“Mackinac” is pronounced MACK-IN-AW, by the way.) Coming fromthe North, Ontario, Canadians can cross the international bridge at Sault Ste. Marie, pronounced SOO SAINT MARIE. The full name of the town (on both sides of the border) is Sault Sainte Marie, but for some reason the abbreviation Ste. is almost always used on maps. The French name translates into English as “the rapids of Saint Marie.” When they built the locks around the rapids for Great Lakes shipping, they just called them the Soo Locks!
The UP is quite long in the East-West direction. Believe it or not, Detroit is closer to New York City than it is to Copper Harbor at the northwest end of the UP. This leads to a slight additional complication: the UP crosses two time zones. The west end of the UP, which overlaps Wisconsin, is in the Central time zone. The rest of the UP - including Escanaba - is in the Eastern time zone.All events at the Escanaba International will be scheduled on the EASTERN TIME ZONE.
Conversely, the UP is pretty short in the North-South direction. From Escanaba it’s only 60 - 70 miles to Marquette and Munising on the Lake Superior shore. Both cities have lots of things to see - waterfalls, Pictured Rocks boat tour, lighthouses, museums, etc. Marquette is the largest city in the UP.
There are five Great Lakes. Maybe you have seen each of them. The five Great Lakes are Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron and Ontario. (But some of us who live in Marquette say “Four Great Lakes and One Superior!”)
You will be driving right by Lake Michigan as you arrive in Escanaba from either the south or the east. Escanaba is located between two of Lake Michigan’s bays, the Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc. The names come from the Nocquet tribe of Native Americans who lived here. The “Bay of the Nocquet” has been shortened to “Bay de Noc.” The Bays de Noc offer many recreational possibilities. They are known for excellent Walleye fishing, and guides and charter boats are available. The Bays are also known for SCUBA diving, with unusually clear water and lots of shipwrecks to explore. On the East side of the Big Bay de Noc is Fayette Historic State Park, a restored 19th Century iron smelter and its surrounding town.
Lake Michigan’s name possibly derived from the word Mishigami, meaning Great Water in the Ojibwa language. The Algonquian (spelled lots of ways) explanation is that the word is Misschiganin, meaning Big Lake or Large Body of Water. (Incidentally, various places you will hear that the UP is inhabited by the Chippewa, Ojibwe, Ojibiwa and Anishinabe Indians - all English names for the same nation.)
While you are in Escanaba, make sure to drive to the end of Ludington Street to view the water, see Ludington Park, and check out the marina. It is a pretty drive and easy to find.
Whew. That’s enough to learn for now. Next month, let’s talk about play!
Article by:Jane Carmichael, #3230 and John Sellers, #1587
Here you will find all of the files you might need to participate in the 2013 International Rally in Huron, SD.
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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
Coastal ReflectionsMary ButlerFashion Jewelry
58th International Convention/Rally
Farmington, New Mexico June 26 - July 4, 2015
Farmington Web Site
Convention/Rally Fees for registrations received prior to January 1, 2015, will be $425 for couples, $350 for singles, and $125 for each additional adult. Convention/Rally fees for the first 575 to register include 30 amp electricity, water and regular pump outs (No 3 amp electricity or generator section available).
Rally Fees received after January 1, 2015, will be $450 for couples, $375 for singles, and $135 for additional adults.Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members pre-registering on or before January 1, 2015, will be eligible to participate in a drawing for up to a total of $2,000 in awards. The award may be redeemed at any Airstream Dealership or at the Jackson Center Service Facility for parts and service.
Free parking in the Bull Pen, with no services, is permitted for one night only before your parking date. Additional nights prior to your parking date will be at the rate of $25/night, payable at verification.FEE REFUND POLICY All convention/rally fee refund requests must be postmarked by May 15, 2015, and must include the complete pass receipt. All cancellations will be assessed a $30.00 administrative fee. There will be no refunds if postmarked after May 15 except as approved by the International Rally Committee.
Peter McDonald's talk in the VAC tent on June 25thNavajo Code Talker Audio
2015 Rally Registration Form Rally Schedule (Updated June 12, 2015)Farmington Schedule 6 12 2015 Handicapped Parking Form 2015 Rally Logo Vendor Contract Farmington 2015 2015 Unit Publications Contest
Visit the Farmington 2015 Facebook Page or farmington.wbcci.net for more photos and information.
You say...Farmington, NM? Yup, that’s right, Joe & Sandy Perryman have chosen this location for their 2015 International Rally site. The fairgrounds will be the parking site for the Rally and are located off Highway 516 on Fairgrounds Road. This rally will provide you with water and electricity. There will be septic pumping during the rally.
Where is Farmington, NM? Elevations are about 5,200 feet. Farmington is located in the northwest corner of New Mexico off of Highway 491, North of I-40. Farmington is also South of Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. Golfers, there is a huge Pinon Hills Golf Course North of the Fairgrounds. Pinon Hills Golf Course is rated a #4 Municipal Golf Course in the USA by Golfweek Magazine. The Four Corners Regional Airport is west of the fairgrounds.
Tourism is huge in New Mexico. You will be blown away by the beauty that will be available to you when you approach this 2015 Rally site of Farmington, NM. Come early to the State of New Mexico and do some touring. There will be future articles describing the beauty of this State. You can create your caravan to approach New Mexico. The major Interstates of I-40 and I-25 will lead you as you approach Farmington. But, it is the other highways that lead you through the State of New Mexico before you head to Farmington or as you wend your way back home.
Colorado to the north has its charm and will be featured in future articles as well. To the west is Arizona. If you haven’t been to Grand Canyon...this is a must. Plus, prior to the Grand Canyon is the Petrified Forest National Park... check it out! The scenic route of I-40 lends much to your itinerary...so much to see, so little time...Hurry!
There will be guest writers that will give you a look at what is ahead of you for the 2015 Farmington, NM Rally. Be looking for something of interest for everyone with their articles. Be prepared to experience and enjoy the beautiful State of New Mexico at the International Rally.
...stay tuned and be ready to enjoy!
Hello WBCCI Members – Well we are getting close to our 58th International Convention/Rally in Farmington, New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” June 26–July 4, 2015. By the time you read your latest Blue Beret, many of you will be on your way travelling by one of the many Caravans expected to arrive at what promises to be a great Rally. Great entertainment, interesting seminars and round table discussions, with vendors to support your RV lifestyle, visiting with new and long time friends at Unit and Region luncheons,dinners and happy hours. Again this year the daily group happy hours enjoyed by members will be held so drop in for a visit and meet many more WBCCI friends. Our important annual meetings will be held at the Rally giving you, the member, the opportunity to have your say in the direction of your Club. This is your Rally and your Club, if you haven’t registered it is time to do so, registration is ongoing and if you make a last minute decision to come you will be welcome. President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26–July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico. You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!! Read now the article provided by guest writer, David Weddle, WBCCI #1550 as he provides information on “Camping with the Ancient Ones.”
“Camping with the Ancient Ones”Dave Weddle, #1550
In the summer of 2015, the WBCCI will hold the International Convention/Rally in Farmington, New Mexico, USA. Farmington is situated in the northwest corner of the state and lies near the center of the most extensive, and best preserved, pre-Columbian archaeological sites in North America. In the period roughly between AD 850 and AD 1250, in a span of about 100 miles around Farmington, the Chacoan Culture arose, flourished and disappeared, leaving behind their pottery, kivas and multistoried stone buildings. The Chacoans did not have a written language and thus are referred to by a variety of names including, Ancient Puebloans, Anasazi or Ancient Ones, and Ancestral Puebloans. You will find many interesting things to see and do during your time at the Rally in Farmington; but if you have a couple of hours or a free day, visit one or more of these sites. You will be amazed and rewarded with what you find. Although I am not an archaeologist or even a native of New Mexico, there are three Chacoan sites that I would recommend. Two sites, Aztec and Salmon Ruins, are within a few minutes of Farmington; one site, Chaco Canyon, is more suited to a day trip. A brief description and directions to each site is as follows:
Aztec Ruins National Monument. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 516 about 14 miles, then turn left on Ruins Road to the site. Aztec Ruins is a fairly intact ruin, about 900 years old. Misnamed “Aztec” by earlier explorers, it is considered an outlier from the Chaco Canyon site. One of the most interesting features of this site is a fully reconstructed kiva. A kiva is a circular structure, partially below ground level, that served as a sanctuary of sorts for religious or social gatherings. It is well worth taking the time to visit this site.
Salmon Ruins. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 64 about 10 miles. Salmon Ruins is adjacent to the highway on the right. The site is named for an early home-steader, not the fish. Salmon Ruins is similar in some respects to Aztec, and is considered an outlier of Chaco Culture with kivas and ruins of multi-storied buildings. In addition to the ruins there is a museum, research library and gift shop as well as the original homestead dwelling of George Salmon
Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Directions: from Farmington travel east on Hwy 64 10-12 miles to Bloomfield. Turn south (right) on Hwy 550 and proceed for about 50 miles to the turnoff on the right to Chaco Culture National Historical Park, CR 7950. This road is paved for the first 5-6 miles, then becomes a dirt road for the remainder of the trip (about 13 miles). It is best to make the trip to Chaco during dry weather and leave your trailer or RV in Farmington (although some do camp at the park’s campground). Although somewhat difficult to reach, this is the most extensive and interesting of the three sites described in this article. First of all, Chaco is massive, containing thirteen major ruins, hundreds of kivas and multi-storied stone buildings. For perhaps 300 years this site was the cultural and religious center of Chaco Culture. There are so many kivas here that Chaco Canyon is sometimes referred to as the “Rome of the Americas.” Fortunately there is a circular road through the park with stops for short walks to some of the sites. However, Chaco Canyon is a great place to bike or take long hikes. Bring plenty of drinking water, and for some of us...a Golden Age Passport!
There are many additional sites that are within a day’s drive of Farmington. Consider visiting Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona or Hovenweep National Monument in Utah, to name a few. So when we arrive in Farmington and set up camp in our Airstreams for the International Convention/Rally we will, in effect, be camping with the ancient ones, in the same area where the Chacoans and other ancient peoples lived and camped for thousands of years.
April, spring is underway, Airstreams are being prepared for summer travel, Units have geared up for the upcoming Caravan and Rally season. Hopefully the International Convention/Rally is high on your list of planning.Farmington, New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” awaits and promises to be a special place for our 58th International Convention/Rally June 26 - July 4, 2015. At the time of writing this article we have 341, and increasing, Units registered with approximately 680 people planning to attend this exciting Rally in this beautiful area. We are working hard to meet our goal or exceed of 400 plus Units and 800 plus members.This month we will talk about things you want to know about attending the Rally and our all important annual meeting for WBCCI. The IBT Seminar will be held on June 25; this is your opportunity as a member to be heard and to help shape the future of your organization. June 30 is the Delegates meeting, again an opportunity for you, the member, to express through your delegate your interest in the future of the Club.Evening entertainment is always popular and you can look forward to events on June 27-28-30 and July 1 & 2. We will have vendors on site that will provide RV supplies, fun items to purchase and good information to enhance your RV experience. We can also look forward to seminars and workshops including and more information on:
Parking – we have a great parking area, level, clean with 575 well laid out two point hook-up with pump outs every four days. It is important to come in with empty tanks, depending on your arrival date and the pump out schedule you may have four days to wait. A dump station is on site for your convenience but it is better to arrive ready to be parked.Early parking is available at the fairgrounds prior to your park date for $25.00 per night payable to the McGee Fairgrounds (note: you may be required to move to your Rally spot on your park date). Early parking would provide time to tour this amazing area before the busy Rally schedule starts.President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58 th International Rally June 26 - July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico. Also, have a look at NM Magazine at www.nmmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting, different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!!Now, let’s enjoy the following article provided by New Mexico Unit Member Anne Werth and her guest writer NancyWerth on the benefits and fun of:“13 Food Things to Know about New Mexico”How can you tell that you have a New Mexican in your life? Do they have less freezer space because it is filled with green chile? Have they ever tried to order a green chile cheeseburger at their local burger joint? Don’t worry, it’s pretty much the thing to do in New Mexico.Categorizing New Mexican food can be tricky. It’s not really Mexican and it’s definitely not Tex Mex. It lives somewhere between the two, in a world where there is a lot more cheese. Here are some highlights about New Mexico food:1. There is a difference between chili and chile. Chili is a stew with meat and beans. Chile is a fruit. Chile can be turned into chili but not the opposite.2. Sopapillas can be eaten for any meal. Sopapillas are fried dough. Stuffed with eggs, they are breakfast. Put some meat inside and cover in chile (see #3), you have lunch or dinner. Drizzle with honey and you have dessert.3. Christmas is not just a holiday, it’s a food choice. You can smother your burrito with red chile sauce or green chile sauce. Can’t decide – tell the waitress “Christmas”. When your food comes, you’ll get both!4. The smell of roasting chile makes you think of fall. It’s a ritual, like going to the New Mexico State Fair or heading back to school. And it smells pretty fantastic.5. You’ve felt the pain firsthand of not wearing gloves to peel the roasted green chile mentioned above. The burn is no joke! Forget once...you’ll never forget again.6. Feeling sick? Someone’ll bring you green chile stew. Stub your toe – green chile helps. Celebrating a special event? Green chile’s on the menu.7. All pizza shops should offer green chile as a topping. It’s the tastiest topping of all time and green chile has more Vitamin C than an orange so it’s good for you.8. You can eat anything on a tortilla. You name it – burgers, melted cheese and even chocolate sauce.9. Even though they are made of food, chile ristras are just for decoration. Chile ristras make a lovely pop of color on your front porch as the bright red chile pods are strung on a string; however, they get moldy and are a good home for spiders or bugs.10. If someone is selling breakfast burritos from their trunk, you should buy them. They are about as authentic as you can get and they are extremely portable to eat while towing your trailer.11. A McDonald’s Green Chile Cheeseburger should only be eaten in the event there is absolutely nothing else to eat. They are much tastier than the regular cheeseburger and the green chile will counteract the effects of the cheeseburger. Remember, there is more Vitamin C in a serving of green chile than in an orange.12. When in doubt, order the combo plate. Because sometimes you just need a taco, enchilada and a tamale. And be brave and have your enchilada smothered Christmas-style. (See #3)13. Green chile is hotter than red chile. Trust me on this one. Red is universally known as HOT but it’s sometimes reversed here in New Mexico.HAPPY EATINGS!
Hello Everyone, it’s March and Airstream Snowbirds should be returning home from the warm south, others are preparing for summer travel and many are preparing to travel to the 58th International Rally in Farmington, New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment.” If you haven’t registered, now is the time to do so – you don’t want to miss this one June 26 – July 4, 2015.New this year, will be a FREE DAY – June 29, 2015 is your day to tour this amazing area. Within driving distance you can experience:Canyon de Chelly National Monument Navajo Lake State Park Monument ValleyAnasazi ArchPinon Hills Golf CourseAztec RuinsFishing on the San Juan River Angel Peak Scenic Area Historic BloomfieldMesa Verde National Park Salmon Ruins Museum Chaco CanyonFour Corners Monument Wines of the San Juan the Dusty AtticHistoric Downtown Farmington Durango-Silverton Area Shiprock PinnacleAnd I know I have missed some, all these areas are spectacular and you don’t want to miss them!On arrival at the Rally site, you will receive a registration/welcome package with information on all the amazing events and tours that will be part of your Rally experience.A golf tournament is being planned for the golf enthusiast so be sure to bring your golf clubs and enjoy a round at the Pinon Hills Golf Course, ranked 4th in courses in the United States. Not an opportunity you want to miss.Guided tours for some of these locations can be arranged at the Rally Tour desk while detailed information can be obtained on other locations for self-guided tours. As shown above there is so much to do and see you can’t possibly do everything during your time at the Rally.Many Units are planning caravans before and after the Rally to see all the amazing sites in this area. If your Unit has not planned a caravan now is the time to consider one, you and your fellow Airstreamers will enjoy every minute of the trip. If traveling on your own is your preference, this is a trip you shouldn’t miss, this is why you own and enjoy your Airstream. This is your opportunity for Adventure and beauty culminated with Fun and Fellowship at the International Rally.President Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26 – July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico. Also, have a look at NMMagazine at www.nmmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various and interesting activities at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!!
Do you want up-to-the minute information about:1. The Care and Feeding of Your RV2. Batteries, Chargers, Inverters and Solar Systems3. Troubleshooting and Repair of Water Heaters, Furnaces & Refrigerators4. Troubleshooting and Repair of your Air Conditioning System5. Setting up a Typical Towing System6. How to Run an Old Fashioned Maintenance Rally & Why You Should Every Year7. Trailer and Motorhome Round Table (Major safety concerns of refrigerator recalls - Propane safety and quick-release connections - Fire, Propane and Carbon Monoxide safety sensors - How to determine the proper RV tire pressure - How to test your breakaway switch - Proper hook-up of a motorhome towed vehicle - Repair of the primary tow vehicle electrical cable - Selection of motorhome break controllers - Deciding when you need a professional repairtechnician - How to control trailer sway)Only at the WBCCI International Rally can you experience “Hands-on Tech Seminars” presented by Technical Support Standing Committee Chairman, Howard Lefkowitz. This premiere event is often standing room only and can only be experienced at the International Rally. The information is invaluable and part of your Rally experience; you don’t want to missthem. Read on for details of these very informative Seminars.1. The Care and Feeding of Your RVThe purpose of this seminar is to help you be prepared with spare parts, special tools and the knowledge to minimize any unhappy experiences the next time you use your RV. Even if you are a klutz and have no ability to do any repairs, you can usually find several helpers who will be happy to assist you. However, you are responsible for having the spare parts and unusual supplies that are necessary for your RV. A little education can go a long way to minimizing repair costs and providing extra funds to buy that new gadget.I will address both trailers and motorhomes that overlap in many of our most important appliances. I will also examine some of the unique aspects of these two RV types.It is called preventive maintenance and it works. If you always wait until something fails before you repair it, you are doomed to breakdowns, usually at the most inopportune times. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The service shops just love these people. Try fixing things before they break for a change. If wheel bearings last 100,000 miles then lets change them at 95,000 miles. I remember a Caravan where one of the tow vehicles lost an entire wheel while traveling on a side trip. The bearing just fell apart. Of course, it was a front tire. The Airstreamer did not understand how this could have happened since he had faithfully repacked the bearings at the recommended intervals for the last 125,000 miles. I tried to explain that this did not insure that the bearing would last forever. Wheel bearings are a constant wear item and will eventually die of old age. I strongly suggested that he have both of the front bearings changed but he was from the “if it ain’t broke” school. I hope I am not around when the other wheel falls off since that surely will elicit an “I told you so”.2. Batteries, Chargers, Inverters and Solar SystemsBatteriesWe use two basic battery types in our RV’s:1. Engine start in a motorhome or tow vehicle (starter battery)2. Coach unit for running 12 volt appliances, lights and various electronic boards (deep cycle battery).To obtain the best performance and optimum life, each of these battery types represents a completely different design. In small boat applications, where there is only room for a single battery, manufacturers have made a compromise design to serve both functions.In our RV’s we have both types. Obviously, the best cost/highest performance batteries will be those optimized for the two separate RV functions.ChargersThe best chargers provide four stages of computer chip controlled charge current. This type of charger will provide the best battery performance and the longest useful life. They usually have switches and sensors to optimize charge parameters for different types of deep cell batteries and the ambient temperature. This allows you to keep the batteries on continuouscharge. If you have a source of shore power your batteries can be left in the RV during the winter months with no danger of freezing. Once I changed to a computer chip controller, I have kept my batteries on charge, continuously, since 1989. They are always charged and ready to go on one of my winter camping trips.InvertersThe converters (chargers) described in the last section essentially convert 120 VAC to 12 plus volts DC. An inverter is just the opposite it converts, 12 volts DC from a battery to 120 VAC to run appliances in your RV. It draws amp/hours from the battery system to power the things we would like when we do not have shore power. Some of our appliances work directly from the batteries i.e. water heater, furnace, refrigerator, lights, radio, etc. (some of them with a little help from the propane). Things we would like to have that cannot be run from DC include hair dryer, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, TV, hi-fi stereo, computer, vacuum cleaner, satellite TV, small battery chargers for phones and I-pods. Large motor homes usually include combination converter/inverter units that provide several kilowatts of AC power as well as a computer controlled charger. Some of these include multiple large 4D or 8D batteries that can easily power large microwave units. These are built in with all the needed wiring and control circuits available. Several of the appliances are already connected to the inverter through multiple use receptacles that are also shore powered, when it is available. Adding this capability to a traileror motorhome, after the fact, would be an extremely difficult and expensive undertaking which I do not usually recommend.Solar PowerWhen we withdraw amp/hours from our battery vault we have to return them as soon as we have a source available. This could be shore-power, an alternator (from the tow vehicle or motorhome), a generator or a solar panel system. Solar energy is free, however, collecting and processing it is fairly expensive. Let’s examine a typical system and determine the costs, efficiency, system configuration and effectiveness for our individual camping choices.3. Troubleshooting and Repair of Water Heaters, Furnaces & RefrigeratorsOne of the key secrets to troubleshooting a piece of equipment is to have some idea about how it works. We usually know what the input and output are supposed to be but have no idea how we get from here to there. A water heater takes cold water and delivers hot water using propane; a furnace provides hot air using propane; an air conditioner provides cool air using 120 VAC; a refrigerator provides cool and frozen food using propane or 120 VAC or sometimes 12 VDC; a generator provides 120 VAC from either gas, diesel or propane; a charger keeps our batteries working properly using 120 VAC or an alternator;an inverter changes our 12 VDC into 120 VAC; a solar panel helps keep our batteries charged using sunlight; etc., etc. We take all of this equipment, stick it into a box, leave it outside all year long and subject it to extremely hot and cold temperatures. We dump water and dirt all over it and then periodically shake the heck out of it. No wonder our RV appliances and equipment constantly need care and feeding. Lots of little critters like the smell of propane so they build nests in the equipment that can block the flow of air or gas. Exposure to the weather and dirt can cause short circuits on printed circuit boards. Occasionally, manufacturers may have done a poor design or used an unreliable component which will eventually cause a failure. I know it’s hard to believe but some of us might actually not take care of our expensive RV systems (sometimes referred to as MAINTENANCE) resulting in failures at the most inopportune times.In this seminar we are going to cover water heaters, furnaces and refrigerators. This is not intended to be a detailed step by step troubleshooting manual for a technician. We will provide a basic outline of how the equipment works, maintenance you should be doing on a routine basis and an outline of what usually goes bad. Many of you should be able to do the simplerrepairs yourselves and gain some knowledge in order to make the decision when you need to visit a professional repair shop.4. Troubleshooting and Repair of your Air Conditioning SystemTo cool your RV you must remove the heat from inside the vehicle and release it to the outside air. This process is essentially the same for your RV, automobile or house air conditioning system. The components may be somewhat different but the functions performed are identical. You require some refrigerant that can be pressurized and then converted to a liquid (usually Freon). Getting the cool air inside the RV and the heated air outside is accomplished by circulating the Freon through two sets of coils (similar to your water based automobile radiator). By blowing on the coils with two fans, the cool inside air can be circulated in the vehicle while the heat removed from the RV is discharged to the outside. Figure (1), illustratesthe basic components of a home air conditioning system. Since we are constantly discharging the warm air (externally) and circulating the cold air (internally), we only need one motor to drive both fans. A squirrel-cage fan blade is used to circulate the high airflow inside (cool air) and a conventional fan blade for the outside (hot air) discharge. The compressor does themain work by circulating the refrigerant in order to provide the heat transfer. The evaporator, condenser and refrigerant are all part of an inter-connected sealed system that is usually not serviceable. The compressor itself is also a sealed unit with no serviceable parts. An internal failure usually means replacement of the complete unit. After about 15 to 20 years if your compressor has failed, it is time to replace the entire A-C unit.5. Setting up a Typical Towing SystemThis seminar will provide guides for selecting the hitch, determining the correct ball mount height, selecting the weight distribution bar and determining the gross trailer tow weight (GTW) and the tongue weight (TW). Selecting a proper tow vehicle and hooking it up correctly will be discussed. Wiring running and turn signal lights, trailer charge lines and brake lines will be presented. Minimizing sway and how anti sway systems can help. How brake controllers work and how to select them. How to adjust an equalizer hitch. Making sure your tow vehicle chains, electrical cable and safety brake are set up correctly.6. How to Run an Old Fashioned Maintenance Rally & Why You Should Every YearThis seminar will describe, in detail, how to run a maintenance rally. Forms and check off lists will be provided with descriptions as needed. Required tools and chemicals will be detailed as well as the needed methodology. This is set up for a Friday to Sunday Rally with lots of time to provide demonstrations and discuss individual member’s special problems. Each member does his own maintenance with the guidance, special tools and fluids provided by the Rally Master. Besides de-winterizing, every participant goes home with a rig that is ready for the coming year’s camping events. This Rally is usually run in April. Open the Rally and invite anyone with an Airstream to attend, meet your Unit members and learn how to effectively usetheir RV’s. They will quickly understand the value of joining WBCCI.7. Trailer and Motorhome Round TableThis is an open discussion of any topic of concern to the members. Recent discussions have included:1. Major safety concerns of refrigerator recalls2. Propane safety and quick-release connections3. Fire, propane and carbon monoxide safety sensors4. How to determine the proper RV tire pressure5. How to test your breakaway switch6. Proper hook-up of a motorhome towed vehicle7. Repair of the primary tow vehicle electrical cable8. Selection of motorhome brake controllers9. Deciding when you need a professional repair technician10. How to control trailer swayPresident Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to join your fellow members of WBCCI at the 58th International Rally June 26-July 4, 2015 in beautiful Farmington, New Mexico. Also, have a look at NWMagazine at www.nwmagazine.com for some great information and reviews to add to your Rally experience.You really don’t want to miss this Rally and the many interesting and different sights to be seen in the area along with all the various activities at the Rally. Register now!
Hello Everyone;Hopefully plans are being made for your upcoming trip to Farmington, New Mexico and the 58th International WBCCI Convention/Rally – June 26– July 4, 2015.International President Joe and First Lady Sandy Perryman extend their personal invitation to join them and fellow members of WBCCI at this fun-filled event.If you haven’t registered you are encouraged to do so before January 1, 2015 to save up to $25.00 on your registration.This year we have been able, through careful planning and the elimination of the contribution to headquarters from the International Rally fund, to provide a lower Rally fee while still maintaining all the events and activities you want and expect at your International Convention/Rally.Registration is now available online or you can still submit your registration to headquarters using the registration form in the Blue Beret. If you attend an event with one of the Executive Committee members present, your EC members have registration forms, bags and Rally shirts available and they will be happy to get you registered and on your way to attending this great event. Registration costs increase in January so don’t delay; Register Now!To help you make your decision to join your fellow Airstreamers, the following is a brief outline of the activities you can expect from opening day to closing of the Rally along with added Pre-Rally information on events and activities prior to the opening ceremony. It has been noted and acknowledged that members have arrived at the Rally to find events have taken place and they have missed them because of misunderstanding of Rally dates.
This article will serve as the first outline of the Rally events and as we draw closer to the Rally more information will be provided with firm times and dates of various events; for now let’s consider a general outline of the upcoming Farmington Rally.
RALLY DATE: JUNE 26– JULY 4
This is the official Rally time frame and represents the time in which the Official Business of the Club takes place.June 26 – Opening CeremonyJune 30 – Delegates Seminar and Meeting, Election of Officers, Voting on Business brought forward before the Club to be determined by the Unit DelegatesJuly 3 – Installation of OfficersJuly 4 – Closing Ceremony
The events outlined above are the dates of the business that must take place while our membership is in attendance.During this time there are also a very large number of individual events happening such as Unit and Region breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and meetings. Also during this time there are many seminars, demonstrations of various types, workshops, vendors and this year at Farmington, a free day to tour and visit this beautiful area.So - now that we have filled up these important business days June 26-July 4, we know that we will need more time toget in the rest of these important seminars, workshops, demonstrations, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, meetings and visit our vendors. We now need to turn our attention to what would be best called our Pre-Rally events, all of which are important and fun.Two important dates to note in this “Pre-Rally” time are:June 25 – IBT Seminar and Meeting, open to all members in attendance for discussion of events and direction of our reat Club.June 25 – Unit Presidents Dinner (by invitation to current Unit Presidents)
These dates, along with other events will be published in later Rally promotion reports. Other dates related to the International Convention/Rally in Farmington, NM are the extremely important volunteer rally set up dates. WBCCI is a strictly volunteer organization and it takes a considerable number of volunteers to set up the Rally events and ensure that all functions are ready when the members arrive to enjoy their International Convention/Rally. Volunteers are always needed and afford another opportunity for you, as a WBCCI member, to both contribute and enjoy all the activities of the Rally.We sincerely hope this information answers some of your questions and encourages you to register for your International Convention/Rally; we will keep you apprised of events and specific dates as they are confirmed and the Rally draws closer.
Register Now! We want to count you in the Fun-Fellowship and Adventure. More registration information isavailable at our new Facebook page called "WBCCI Farmington Rally 2015". All sites have the link to online registration and are updated immediately, as information becomes available.
Having left Gillette, Wyoming and the 57th WBCCI International Convention/Rally behind, we began our forward planning trip to Farmington, New Mexico in preparation for the 58th WBCCI International Convention/Rally.Travelling to Farmington, NM with the Executive Committee and committee Chairman Leslie Heckenswiler and Chairman Ronnie Erb was busy but a great experience. This forward planning caravan lead by International President, Joe Perryman and First Lady Sandy is very busy as the participants review all facets of the previous Rally; they review all Committee Chairmen reports and identify areas for change, improvement or enhancement.An in-depth review of the facilities at the McGee Fairgrounds, the site of the 58th International Convention/Rally was made. Rooms are assigned for various functions, campground requirements are identified, bank accounts and a Post Office box are opened and caterers are contacted. Visits to the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureau are made (have a look at www.farmingtonnm.org) for great information on this amazing area we are about to visit.Every possible detail is reviewed to ensure you the members of WBCCI can experience a great Convention/Rally next year.Now, speaking of a great Convention/Rally you should start making plans for a fun WBCCI event; the fairgrounds are excellent for our Rally, parking will be 2 point hook-up with pump outs every 4 days, the sites are level, spacious on a good fine gravel base with trees around the camp area. The buildings are in excellent condition and very clean, sound systems appear to be very good, offices, class rooms and vendor areas are more than satisfactory. Sounds like a great venue for our Convention/Rally in 2015.In addition to our excellent site, right next door within walking distance is the “Sun Ray Park and Casino” providing, if you are interested, gaming, entertainment, horse racing, bingo and a multitude of restaurants and dining rooms for various Region and Unit events.The Rally and area will keep you busy; however you will want to visit the City of Farmington. This is a drive of about 5 1/2 miles from the fairgrounds and provides everything you will need in the form of shopping, restaurants, vehicle service, banking, Laundromats and much, much more.The area of New Mexico as well as the sights you will experience as you travel to the 58th WBCCI InternationalConvention/Rally are nothing short of amazing; this is another Bucket List Trip don’t miss this opportunity, put your plans in order to enjoy this great Rally.President Joe Perryman and First lady Sandy extend their personal invitation to you – registration information is included in the Blue Beret and on WBCCI website at http://wbcci.org/home/rallies-caravans/international-rally
We are continuing our travels throughout New Mexico leading us to Farmington, NM for the 2015 International Rally. Salinas Pueblo Missions are in a part of New Mexico that will whet your appetite for the beauty that this state brings. The Salinas Pueblo Missions are located in Mountainair, NM. The Missions are a National Monument with the visitor center located in Mountainair, NM west of U.S. 60 and NM 55 Junction. Camping sites are located nearby for you to spend some time exploring The Missions.The stones are echoes of the communities that were there 300 years ago... vacated in the 1670’s. The Pueblo Indians developed agricultural techniques to support their lifestyles. The stone and adobe homes were indicative of the development of pueblo society down the road. Further development over the next few hundred years occurred in the Salinas Valley, becoming a major trade center and populous parts of the Pueblo world...reaching 10,000 or so dwellers in the 1600’s. They traded maize, pinon nuts, beans, squash, salt and cotton goods for dried buffalo meat, hides, flints and shells. The Ancestral Puebloans (called Anasazi and Mogollon), were rooted as far back at 7,000 years ago. Prior to the development of the communities, the Indians lived in pit houses, covered with pole and mud frames. The evolution provided Missions with hundreds of rooms and kiva plazas. The agricultural techniques evolved into raising turkeys, hunting of rabbits, deer, antelope and bison. The animal hides provided for robes, blankets, rugs and other household items. The Pueblos were gifted weavers, basket makers, and black-on-white pottery which the Salinas Pueblos “borrowed” from the Rio Grand Pueblos. The Salinas drew from other more advanced groups, adapting useful information to their cultures. Their villages were abandoned in the 1670’s and their peoples dispersed.Fit the visit to the Salinas Pueblo Missions into your travel schedules. History abounds! This is just a little bit of the history of the Missions, check them out for yourselves!
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