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President's Corner

The January meeting of the International Board of Trustees (IBT) in Robertsdale, Alabama has now been completed. I am very proud of the Board for the actions taken at the meeting. I have served on the Board for six years and I truly believe that the Board has approved motions in the best interest of the Wally Byam Airstream Club. Many of the members of our club have approached me telling me that it was wonderful seeing the committee chairs and officers working together. If we think of our Regions in the traditional way (having a President, 1 st Vice President and 2 nd Vice President), we would have thirty-six (36) Region Officers. Would you believe it if I told you we had twenty-four (24) Region Officers attend the mid-winter IBT? This means two-thirds of our Region Officers were in attendance. I wish to congratulate each of you for coming to Robertsdale and assisting with club business.

We also had a “first” at Robertsdale. For the first time, the preparatory seminar meeting and the IBT meeting were combined. However, anyone in the audience and any of our Region Vice Presidents were given their opportunity to speak. The new process worked very well. We essentially eliminated one meeting.

The most important motion passed was the providing of funding for a fully functional public-facing website, replacing the current website. In addition, Phase One will also deliver the capability to begin migrating Region, Unit/Club and Interclub websites to the new website platform. Eric McHenry will be serving as Project Manager. Eric will be outlining the process in an upcoming Blue Beret.

It is my opinion that the International Officers who follow me are committed to continue change for the benefit of our wonderful club.  Your President and Vice Presidents no longer work in a silo, but plan and work together for continuation of efforts resulting in a stronger single brand RV camping club.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Region 6 for sponsoring our Mid-Winter IBT. The building was new and very accommodating.  The dinner meals were fantastic and the entertainment was enjoyable. The seminars were good. Thank you again Region 6. They organized all things well, but could not control the outside temperature.

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Barry Bell
Your WBAC President