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President's Corner

This is my last President’s Corner message for my year as your International President. Karen and I have enjoyed our term in office serving as your International President and First Lady.  Our travels have taken us all over the United States and parts of Canada to attend some of the Club’s major events. We really enjoyed attending those events and seeing many “old friends” and making “new friends” along the way. Karen and I wish to thank each and every member we have had the privilege to meet over the last 4 years while I was serving as an Executive Officer. Words cannot adequately express our feelings.

There are several groups we would like to thank. We want to express our appreciation to the Executive Committee for their support of our Club and us. Next, thank you Region Officers, Standing Committee Chairs, Unit Officers and all Club volunteers. We are an all-volunteer organization and share in the tasks of making our events special. Our Caravans and Rallies are the Heart of the Airstream Club. A special thanks to all those members who have “stepped up” to help us in many different ways. Many of those volunteers have utilized their special skills they achieved in previous careers and life experiences. The help of all of these members are mandatory for our Club to continue to grow and attract new members. Remember, we are all “family” with a special interest in “Airstreaming”.
Last but certainly not least; we would like to thank the extremely capable staff at Jackson Center for their assistance whenever the need arises.

The Executive Committee, Region Officers, Standing Committee Chairs and Headquarters have accomplished many things working together during the past year. I would like to highlight some of our accomplishments.

  • Club membership is up from about 6,000 rigs nine months ago to 7,190 rigs at the end of March 2019. Continuing at that rate, there will be 7,500 rigs in the Club at the end of June 2019. That is a growth rate of 25% for the year.
  • We are projecting a balanced Club Budget and International Rally Budget for the fiscal year.
  • To better serve our membership, many new caravans along with many new National or Special Event Rallies have been added. Take advantage and sign up soon.
  • International Rally attendance is continuing to climb above previous years.
  • A new procedure was implemented at mid-winter IBT. The seminars that preceded the IBT meetings have been incorporated within the IBT meeting. It allows for more interaction from our members as well as reducing the number of meetings from six to three.
  • At the January International Board of Trustees meeting in Robertsdale, a project was approved to design and launch a new website. The new design is planned to significantly improve user experience and will allow use across smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

Karen and I are looking forward to meeting everyone who attends our Rally at Doswell, VA. This is going to be an exciting rally where we will have the opportunity to have a reunion of old friends and experience meeting and making new friends while attending various seminars, tours and evening entertainment. It is hoped by the end of the rally we will all experience an increase of our “Airstream family of friends”.
See you soon in July at our 62 nd International Airstream Rally at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. This is a great Club! Enjoy the Ride.

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Barry Bell
Your WBAC President