president nov 2017 

President's Corner

What's the International Rally Really About?

The International Rally Committee is in the final stages of preparing for your visit to Salem, Oregon, for the 61st International Rally. We’re confident this year’s attendees are going to find an entertaining rally filled with opportunities for learning about the fun you can have in your Airstreams. No rally activities start before general parking is complete on Saturday afternoon. You’ll all get a chance to do everything offered at this rally.

More than fifty learning opportunities are available to attendees between 9 AM and 4 PM during the Rally. Bicycle tours may satisfy your pedaling urges while bus tours make it easy to trip to fascinating destinations in the greater Salem area. We’ve planned five nights of entertainment provided by four local acts and our own talented Airstream Club Band.

The International Rally isn’t just entertainment and fun and games. It also hosts the Club’s two summer meetings of the International Board of Trustees, or IBT for short. The first is on June 22, the second on June 30. Your Region and International officers will be working together on plans for the next year and beyond. The International Rally, like the Mid-Winter IBT Meeting and Rally, provides for face-to-face discussions among leadership and with members.

The International Club’s sixty-five Caravan Leaders enjoy this annual opportunity to swap ideas and stories from their experiences over the past year. They’ll display story boards about upcoming caravans, have sign-up sheets for the caravans, and be available to answer questions. The Caravan Committee will provide New Caravan Leader training during the Salem International Rally. If you’ve given thought to leading a caravan, please check out the newly formatted Caravan Leader training this summer.

Airstream Adventures Northwest, the largest Exclusive Airstream Dealer Group, has partnered with Wally Byam Airstream Club to put on the best display you’ve ever seen of new Airstreams. The model by Ultimate Airstreams, the only factory authorized Airstream customization dealer in the U.S., is sure to impress you. All these new Airstreams are displayed in the conditioned building adjacent to the Rally’s large meeting hall.

WBCCI Vintage Airstream Club (VAC) is hosting coffee every morning and socials each afternoon at their tent at the International Rally. The VAC has a unique feature at Salem. They’ve arranged for display of four “Around The World Caravan” trailers and two from the European Caravan plus many other historically significant trailers. These historic trailers are coming together at the International Rally for the first time in over six decades. Be sure to drop by and look at these examples of our Club’s founding heritage.

The WBCCI International Rally promises to provide productive meetings, informative presentations, member sharing via roundtables, views of the newest Airstreams and customi- zation work, opportunities to learn about upcoming caravans, great entertainment and fun times. I look forward to having a chance to visit with you as we Live The Dream in Salem.

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