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President's Corner

I often wonder what is so special about WBCCI. Our History is the first thing that comes to my mind. The Club was founded in August 1955 as a single brand RV Club. That happened 63 years ago during the Eastern Canadian Caravan in Nova Scotia. Our Club has conducted thousands of caravans and rallies over 63 years and adding more each year. We are currently growing with over 7024 rigs in our Club today. That means our membership
includes over 13,000 people.

The second thing I think of is our Heritage. We all love the iconic Airstream. Wally Byam started the Airstream Company in 1931. Few people know that in his early years he was a shepherd and lived in a shepherd’s wagon. That wagon contained a kerosene cooking stove, a wash pail and a sleeping bag for a bed. I personally think the shepherd’s wagon gave Wally the inspiration to build his own travel trailer. In 1936 he built his first riveted aluminum travel trailer. Today it is one of the most recognizable products in the world.

The last thing that is so important in this Club is Heart. Yes, we all love our Airstreams and we love to travel. But it is more than that. Some International Rallies have experienced tornadoes, hailstorms and floods. Volunteers from our Club have donated their time, energy and money to give assistance in the local area during the rally. Also our local Club/Units work together to do similar projects during a rally in their local area. There is camaraderie in our Club that brings us together to see friends again, assist a neighbor in solving a RV problem or just talking together.

Did you know it is a published fact that group association and volunteering improve the quality of life, health and longevity? So when I think about WBCCI, three things that come to me are History, Heritage and Heart.

I would be remiss if I do not include something about our adventure in July – The 62nd International Rally in Doswell, Virginia. There are tours available before, during and after the rally. Entertainment is planned for six nights during the rally. There are so many seminars planned that you will have to make a decision on which ones you will be able to attend.

To help you keep track of it all, I am excited to announce that we will be launching an exciting new smartphone app called “Grupio” for our rally in Doswell. The free app contains complete, up-to-date information on event schedules, vendors, presentations and other helpful pieces of information. This tool will focus on ensuring your time at the International Rally is enjoyable. More information is available at the Rally website. (doswell.wbcci.net)

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Barry Bell
Your WBAC President