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The 59th International Rally will be in Lewisburg, WV at the State Fair Campgrounds.
June 28, 2016 to July 5, 2016
Full Hook-up sites are SOLD OUT!
Dry Camping Online Registration
Visit the website at lewisburg.wbcci.net for daily updates while at the Rally.
Update: There WILL be parking from 1-4pm on Sundays! The information published in the May Blue Beret was incomplete.
Update: Registration for the Rally has reached 750! This is the largest number since 2010. The facilities for our rally are nearly full. The Fire Marshall could say that we are at maximum capacity.
Rally organizers have been losing sleep at night trying to find space for everyone. Your response to this rally has been terrific, and we really appreciate all of you. We wish that everyone in the Club could be in Lewisburg.. but the bottom line is that we've just run out of room and there is no more available.
It is painful for rally organizers and saddens us all but regrettabi, we must stop accepting both ON and OFF site registration on May 15th, and day passes for non-registered members will no be issued after May 15th. If you plan on attending the rally you need to get registered NOW.
Rally/Convention Fees for registrations received prior to January 1, 2016, will be $450 for couples, $400 for singles, and $120 for each additional adult. Rally/Convention fees for the first 500 to register include FULL HOOK-UP. The first 500 registrants include FULL HOOK-UP. Registrants 500 to 660 will have water, electric, and pump outs. Dry campers will have full access to all Rally events and be parked with convenient access to restrooms and shower houses. STANDBY LIST: Registered dry campers will be on a standby list. If in the event a full amenity vacancy occurs registants will have the option to upgrade for an additional fee.
Rally Fees received after January 1, 2016, will be $470 for couples, $420 for singles, and $120 for additional adults.
Through the courtesy of Airstream, Inc., all members pre-registering on or before January 1, 2016, 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 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 All rally/convention fee refund requests must be postmarked by May 15, 2016, and must include the complete Rally pass. 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.
Want to attend only a day? Or you have have a friend who wants to attend? Here are the prices and guidelines.
Final Rally Schedule, June 5th Update
Visit the website at lewisburg.wbcci.net for more photos and information.
The Greenbrier Valley is made up of five communities: Alderson, Lewisburg, Rainelle, Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs. Each is an eclectic small town that offers unique shopping, wonderful dining, vibrant art scenes and great outdoor recreation. Once you arrive in Lewisburg, you can head for the Visitors Center downtown (Court and Washington Streets) and pick up lots of information by speaking with the specialists there and asking questions about things to do, pick up literature and buy souvenirs. (Access their welcome video at www.greenbrierwv.com)
There are more than 50 attractions to appeal to a wide range of interests. Here a just a few:
Greenbrier Valley Farmer’s Market is open Wednesday (3-7) and Saturday (8-1) April through October at the County Greenspace at the corner of 219 and Arbuckle Lane, Lewisburg. Vegetables, fruit, meats, eggs, plants and flowers grown by organic producers in the valley.
Greenbrier River Trail is a 78 mile trail along the Greenbrier River. Originally part of the C&O Rail Systems, this
trail provides access for fishing and canoeing. It is open for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and horseback riding.
Andrew Lewis Park includes the town’s original spring that supplied water to the original settlers...
Azulyn Day Spa offers relaxing experiences for facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, etc. AzulynDaySpa.com
Downtown Lewisburg offers over 50 award winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, antique shops and sidewalk
cafes...America’s Coolest Small Town!
Greenbrier Valley Theatre – official professional theatre productions, art exhibits, and more...
Herns Mill Covered Bridge (1884) is one of the only two covered bridges remaining in the county...2.6 miles from
Lost World Caverns is a designated National Natural Landmark...self-guided tours available...two miles north of
White Oak Blueberry Farms offers pick your own blueberries from July to August...picking buckets and bags pro-
Sunshine Farm and Gardens is a 60 acre private arboretum and botanic garden of more than 10,000 plants from around the world...12.9 miles north of Lewisburg.
North House Museum is an 1820 National Register home displaying period furniture, textiles, Civil War items, historic
wagons and decorative arts.
Riverview Golf Driving Range offers over 300 yards of target greens, grass, trees and putting green.
So you see, there’s something for everyone! And that’s just some of what’s in Lewisburg...
The excitement is building! We are only months away from the 59 th International WBCCI Rally in Lewisburg, West Virginia. I’m going to highlight several “must-do” WBCCI events/places in the coming months, so that your visit to this beautiful part of the country will be complete! While you will enjoy the seminars, entertainment and vendors who will be at International, there are other beautiful side trips you would want to make while in this part of God’s creation... one of them would be
The Greenbrier...America’s Resort!
Here is an escape in White Sulphur Springs that you could enjoy before, during or after the Rally...a place a world away from modern life...four o’clock teas, gala banquets and garden parties - reminding one of the quiet years following the Civil War, hallmarks of a long-gone age!
The columns looming above the front entrance are just a glimpse of what to expect. Designed by the son of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the U.S. Capitol, The Greenbrier is monumental in scale. Lobbies and galleries, one after another, invite you to wander deeper into its interior to immerse yourself, to mingle, to rejoice in the graciousness of Southern hospitality. The parlors, ballrooms and 710 guest rooms are outfitted to impress. Jacqueline Kennedy’s social secretary
said, “The Greenbrier...is one of the known, proven, hotels for executive entertaining.” Twenty-six presidents have visited the resort as have royalty and foreign dignitaries such as Indira Ghandi, Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Wander its 10,000 acre grounds...carriages escort sightseers among historic cottages, past five world class golf courses and into the mountains of the Monongahela National Forest beyond. Behind the scenes, the staff works around the clock to maintain a delicate order. The hotel and grounds are spectacular, but there’s a lot that you can’t see...especially...
During the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Government built a relocation facility for Congress at The Greenbrier and today the resort offers tours of this once top-secret bunker. The 112,544 square foot bunker was maintained in a constant state of readiness for more than 30 years. The bunker included 18 dormitories designed to accommodate more than 1100 people. The facility also contained a power plant, communications area, clinic, meeting rooms, and lounges. The bunker’s location remained a secret until May, 1992, when The Washington Post published an article “The Lost Resort”, exposing the facility. In 1995, the U.S. Government ended the lease agreement with The Greenbrier, and later that year, the resort began offering tours. The cost of the tour is $30.00 per adult and $15.00 per child ages 10-18. Minimum age is 10 years. Cameras, cell phones, and electronic devices are not permitted. For information and reservations, call 800-624-6070.
World Class Dining
Led by a world renowned Executive Chef, the Main Dining Room is the epitome of Greenbrier cuisine in an elegant setting. Breakfast and dinner are enjoyed along with a spectacular view of three championship golf courses. A modern Asian restaurant serves innovative Pacific Rim dishes and sushi. Prime 44 West is a supreme steakhouse and traditional Southern fare is served at Draper’s. The Forum features classic dishes and hand-tossed pizza prepared in a coal-fired oven. Reservations are required for dinner in all of The Greenbrier’s restaurants and may be secured by calling 800-624-6070.
This 40,000 square foot, five star mineral spa offers a wide range of relaxing and therapeutic services. Relax and rejuvenate with a summer’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries Body Wrap! The clinic offers aesthetic procedures, including Botox Cosmetic, Restylane, and Perlane, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser photo rejuvenation. For more information, to purchase gift certificates or to make a reservation, please call 800-624-6070.
The Casino Club
This club mixes world class gaming, live entertainment, international cuisines, and designer boutiques to create the grandest casino experience in the world. 320 state-of-the-art casino machines, 37 table games including black jack, roulette, baccarat, three card poker, and Texas Hold ‘Em are available. Well, there you have it! A fantastic destination for you as you plan your trip to Lewisburg, West Virginia. Our President Jim Schwerdfeger and First Lady Raisin are waiting to greet you! And they want you to have a great time...
BECAUSE WE CAN!
Hello Everybody! Winter is doing its best to keep us inside in many parts of the country. Biggest blizzard in a long time hit the northeast a couple of months ago. But snowbirds are returning from the South, others are preparing for summer and many are getting ready to travel to the 59th International Rally in Lewisburg, West Virginia! If you haven’t registered, now is the time to do so. The sites with electricity, water and sewer are sold out, but the Rally Committee and President Jim
Schwerdfeger are working hard to create more space for all who come...I returned from the January International Board of Trustees Meeting and Rally in Louisiana and learned that we have at 700+ units registered for this Rally. It will be here before you know it, so mark your calendar for June 28-July 4, 2016, at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, WV.
Many units are planning caravans before and after the Rally to see the sites. If your unit hasn’t planned a caravan, now is the time to consider one. Have a couple of folks in your unit map it out and decide on how many days, just how many miles you want to cover a day and just where to stay. And make the arrangements. Potluck suppers, grilling out or eating out - whatever you decide. It’s fun to do this together. But if traveling on your own is your preference, then do so -
but come to International!
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.
Guided tours for some of these locations can be arranged at the Rally Tour desk. You can’t possibly see everything during your time at the Rally. REGISTER NOW!!!
Getting Your Trailer Ready: Now is the time to get your trailer in tiptop shape for the journey. Some things to consider right now:
1. Tires, brakes and “repacking” the wheels with new grease and perhaps seals...checking your brakes on the trailer...? How old are your tires? If 5 years or more you should replace...some things like “dry rot” you can’t see and the tread might still look good, but those tires need to be replaced...repack those bearings if you’ve traveled 10,000 miles, at least check them out, they could be leaking or seals aren't doing their job. Make sure the new tires aren't more then 6 months old... check the date on the sidewalls.
2. Break away switch should be replaced every few years...check the propane gas tanks and regulator. Any gas leaks?
3. Tighten everything that’s gotten loose as you travel –your door? Lubricate your windows and especially your rear window emergency exit...lubricate your steps, TV antenna... open your windows and clean the dirt and road grime off the window seals.
4. Anybody checked the spare to see if it has air? Still in good shape?
`5. Check your hitch...Everything tight? Chains look good?
6. All your alarms in working order inside the trailer?
7. Tow vehicle serviced? Need to change transmission fluid, air cleaner, differential oil? Fuel filter?
As I write this I am thinking that this is what Howard Lefkowitz would want me to ask you as part of your preparation in coming to Lewisburg. He passed away recently and was such a gift to our club. His tech talks were probably the most attended series of workshops that were offered at the Rallies. We will still have these workshops but will sure miss Howard. Thank you, Howard, my friend, for helping us all to care and maintain our trailers and motorhomes. You were faithful in your work and did it with excellence! You will be sorely missed!
I will try to have a list of all the events and tours including those that occur before the Rally opens on June 28, in the next Blue Beret.
Remember to respond to the “volunteer coupon” in the Blue Beret. It takes lots of folks to put on the Rally. And remember if you’re a volunteer, you park early.
Hello to all WBCCI members – we are getting closer to our 59th International Rally/Convention in Lewisburg, WV. I hope this great event is high on your list of priorities and planning! I am sure that you are already preparing your Airstreams for summer travel.
At this time, according to registrations, we are going to have quite a few attending! The full hook-ups are sold out, but we can still find a way to get you space to park but will offer dry camping only. However, there are two dump stations at the fairgrounds. So it looks like we’ll have over 1500 coming to share in the good times as 725 have registered as of March 14.
Are you joining a caravan to come to Lewisburg? Get your friends and travel together...that’s a fun time in itself! (It will also qualify for points toward a unit merit award!)
Once in Lewisburg, there is so much to see and do with great entertainment, interesting seminars, roundtable discussions, vendors to help you with your RV lifestyle, visiting with old friends and making new ones, Unit and Region luncheons, dinners and happy hours. The annual meeting will give you an opportunity to give some input in the direction of your club.
So if you haven’t registered, NOW is the time to do so! And if your decision has to be a last minute one, you will still be welcome!
By the way, as I write this I am at an RV Park in Lake Worth, Florida. I came here to work on the Region 3 Rally in Doswell, VA the end of April, to write this article for Blue Beret and to do my taxes. It is a nice, quiet spot on Lake Osborne to relax and rest a little following a 10 day caravan/
rally organized by Unit 30 South Florida, which was fantastic... from Ft. Lauderdale sights to Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida, with other Airstreamers from the Suncoast and Everglades units. (These activities also qualify for points for a unit merit award!) BUT when I arrived yesterday the office asked for my driver’s license AND THE REGISTRATION FOR MY AIRSTREAM! I had to scramble a little...! I mention this because this is the first time in 12 years of Airstreaming that I’ve been asked to produce this! Park officials said that incidences of stolen RVs have pushed our county commission to pass this ordinance...so make sure you have your registration papers for your RV...more of this may be coming down the pike!
Now, to the seminars...I am told that there are about 40 seminars scheduled as of today, and they are always well attended. There will be seminars about hobbies, medical and health, RV repair and maintenance, computers and information about the Lewisburg area.
I heard from Past First Lady, Sandy Perryman, that there will be two seminar presentations by Airstream’s Rick March entitled “Upgrades and Exterior Maintenance” and “Interior Maintenance Tips and Adjustments”...also Dave Schumann will present “General Airstream Maintenance”...Carolyn Beardshear will present three seminars: “Smart Apps for Smart People”, “Beginning Web Design” and “Intermediate Web Design”.
Other Seminars: “Convection Oven Cooking”, “How to Know When to Hang Up the Keys”, “First Timers Seminar” and “Caravan Training” for those who would like to lead/co-lead a caravan.
The “Art/Hobby Show”, “Photo Print/Snapshot Contest” and the famous “Flea Market” will return!
President Jim Schwerdfeger and First Lady Raisin are looking forward to welcoming you to Lewisburg. We are all going to have a great time there –
Because We Can!
Well, this is my last article as Publicity and Rally Promotion Chairman...I was appointed by our President Jim Schwerdfeger last summer shortly after his election and I have enjoyed the opportunity to prepare you for the upcoming 59th International Rally/Convention in Lewisburg, West Virginia, June 28-July 5, 2016.
I will be working on the grounds at the Lewisburg Rally to welcome the outside news media, prepare publicity for the Lewisburg area both before and during the Rally, provide local newspapers to the rally site, and meet all visitors who wish to learn of WBCCI. I will also be updating all job descriptions for the 2017 Rally in Escanaba, Michigan. I will be asking some of you to be available for radio, TV and newspaper interviews as requested. I will be informing the press of the Vintage Parade, interesting rally happenings, community services and assist guests touring our facilities. I will be interested in finding out who traveled the farthest, who’s the oldest person attending, whose rig is the oldest, who are the oldest and youngest members of WBCCI, etc. As you can see we will be having fun!
While you are in Lewisburg, please remember you are an ambassador for our club. Wear your badges; let folks know who you are when you meet other Airstreamers and people from around town. Let them know our primary mission is to have fun and see this beautiful country, but that we also support numerous charities through our unit memberships and in Regional and International Rallies. You might invite some to come out and see the Airstream motorhomes, trailers and vans on site as well as the Airstream dealer who will be there showcasing the latest trailers and vans.
As you travel, come with others in a caravan if you can. Be sure to take regular breaks or rest stops every 2 or 3 hours to stretch your legs. Take the time to check a few things on the RV and the tow or towed vehicles. This should be a routine safety check at every rest stop.
Howard Lefkowitz reminded us:
• Take a quick look at each tire to see if any have low air pressure. Don’t forget the inside tire or dual axles.
• Check the wheel hubs to see if they are hotter than normal because of a defective wheel bearing or a dragging shoe brake. Just get close enough to feel any radiated heat. Excessive heat means there is a problem that needs to be fixed before continuing your journey.
• Inspect the hitch, coupling and A-frame for any loose bolts.
• Finally, check the electrical and breakaway connections. After you arrive at Lewisburg and are parked, come to the main registration area and get your ID and information packet. Then head for the tour registration table and sign up for the tours that are being offered. These tours fill in a hurry so don’t delay. (See below, some may be registered online.)
If you are a delegate, don’t forget your meeting at 8:30a.m. on June 30.
Karen Fisher has scheduled some “Vendor Seminars” and shares them with you:
• Mary Kay...”Fight the Signs of Aging”...discussion, door prizes
• Pampered Chef...”Time to Tailgate”...campsite meal... save space!
• Simply Etched Stickers...how to apply Graphic Stickers
• Truck Systems...Tire safety and pressure monitors
• Winegard...Off Air and Satellite TV reception... what’s coming!
Of course, there will be many other general seminars available to you such as the maintenance of your trailer, leading a caravan, trailer safety, tire safety, weight safety, personal safety, and such...
Rally Tours information also comes from Karen Fisher, who says that online registration will be available for the following tours and probably others:
• The Bunker at Greenbrier
• Lost World Caverns
• North House Museum
• Hawk Knob Appalachian Hard Cider and Mead
• Smooth Ambler Spirits...tour of distillery and tasting room...
• National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Green Bank Science Center
Janet Kendig, chair of Community Service, hopes you are collecting items to help folks out in the area: knit hats, stuffed animals, personal size items for women’s shelter, gently used children’s books, children’s socks, and items for the animal shelter (old towels, Clorox, and cat and dog food)...all of you have been so generous in the past!
As I close, be sure to take in the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail operated by the West Virginia State Parks. It is a 78 mile former railroad that is now used for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and wheelchair use. The nearest city to it is Marlinton. A packed crusher run surface coupled with a mere 1% grade creates an ease of riding that allows young and old to enjoy the many breathtaking views. The Greenbrier River runs alongside it, offering countless opportunities for swimming and fishing. The trail is in one of the most remote areas in the state and lies adjacent to the Monongahela National Forest. A trip along the trail is truly a “wild and wonderful” experience!
A final reminder: Our International Chaplain, Harold Kingdon, is planning daily Morning Devotions with various presenters and two Sunday Worship Services on June 26 and July 3. Bob Stansbury from Region 12 will give a vocal solo on July 3. “Yours truly” will participate. Why not make this part of your Rally experience! It’s a great way to start your day, get to meet new and old friends and gain a new perspective on life’s challenges! See you there!
Well, I hope I have helped to prepare for the International Rally! President Jim Schwerdfeger and First Lady, Raisin, will be waiting to greet you! Ya’ll come!
Stop by and say hello at the PR and Rally Promotion office...I’ll be there...Thanks to all of you and especially the volunteers who will make this Rally the best ever! A new PR Chair will pick up this column in August. So, so long! Eileen and I will “see you down the road!” And remember we make our club the great club it is – BECAUSE WE CAN! Make Wally proud of us!