News and Views 
An informational email from the WBCCI Electronic Communications Committee 
Issue 5
August 2012

New WBCCI memberships in July have risen 64% since 2010.

July 2010,  93 NEW members 
July 2011, 125 NEW members

July 2012, 153 NEW members 

One third of of the new 2012 WBCCI members  have joined
using the on-line option at

Update from Sedalia 
A hot sun sets over Sedalia.  Photo by Richard Girard

What Did You Do This Summer?

by Matt Hackney #3518

Remember when you were in school and you had to write a paper to answer the question above? If you spent a part of the summer in Sedalia, Missouri you could write volumes. For those who couldn't make it to Sedalia, I will try to give my view of what you missed.


Why would 1000 people travel from the United States, Canada, and even Switzerland to the middle of a small town in Missouri in the middle of summer? To resume a party that has continued for the last 55 years, the WBCCI International Rally. This gathering is not only a great time to renew friendships, but also a time when the owners of the club provide direction for its operation in the coming year.


Airstreamers always find new and varied things to do and Sedalia was no exception. We enjoyed several nice local restaurants, including a great family BBQ place, Kehde's, where the owner volunteered to open on July 4th to provide us with wonderful beef, pork, and turkey. We located a wonderful Wine and More Shop where the proprietor loved to talk about college football. We also enjoyed touring the Sierra Bullet factory, including a look at their underground testing facility.


Did we attend any "official" functions? Of course we did. Our region held a wonderful luncheon with some of the largest, best pork chops I have ever tasted. The International Rally wasn't all about food though, as I participated in an organized bike ride and attended some interesting seminars.   We always attend the opening ceremony and enjoy seeing the imaginative flags of the various units. Finally, we enjoy watching the installation of our incoming International and Region Presidents.


So what about the party? I'm sure there are as many descriptions of the fun, friends and adventure to be found at the International as there are attendees. I particularly enjoy spending time with folks I may see only once a year, or may have never met before at all. My neighbors included Airstreamers from my Unit in Georgia, and other neighbors from Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and New Jersey. Spending the afternoon and early evening with such diverse folks can be a very enjoyable and eye-opening experience. One evening we even had members from California, Oregon, and Ontario stop by. What on earth can all these folks have in common? Our conversation always comes back to three topics: Airstreams, travel, and WBCCI!


While sharing information, I made new friends and learned a great deal about their experiences. I learned about their new ideas for membership and for rally activities. I even learned about a great membership seminar being given and changed my schedule so I could attend. Most importantly, I came away with new phone numbers, Facebook Friends, and neighbors for future rallies! Some of my neighbors this year have been neighbors at International Rallies since Perry (2007) and I hope many will be nearby in Huron!


Parking Airstreams
What's Your Favorite Campground?

Send us ( the name and location of your favorite campground and why it's at the top of your list.  We'll try to highlight a few of these each month and let other Airstreamers in on the secret. 
2013 International Rally
The 2013 International Rally in Huron, South Dakota

As soon as a future International Rally site is announced, the questions start rolling out. Where is it? How far is it? What's between here and there? Once we get to the Rally, what's scheduled? What is there to do, to see, or more importantly, to eat there? Once the unknowns are answered the inevitable quandary of "do we go or not go" arises. Well, we're going to try to answer some of those questions for you and give you an opportunity to ask questions.


So, where exactly is Huron?


What's between here and Huron? No matter which direction you are traveling, there are many historical, natural, and recreational opportunities (read: Airstream adventures) along the way.


What's on the schedule for Huron? The schedule isn't available yet, but comments about Sedalia on the page 1 in the sidebar will give you a glimpse of what to look forward to. For sure, there will be both new and old friends, a chance to learn more about your Airstream, and more activities than you can possibly pack into a week.


And finally, what does Huron have to offer?   

Let's be clear on one thing. There are no Huron Indians in Huron. The Hurons settled near the Great Lakes and Huron SD was named by a railroad executive, but you can Click HERE for more information on the many Native Tribal Lands that ARE in South Dakota.


Everywhere you turn in Huron you'll encounter "Murals on the Town," an artistic treat and history lesson in one. Twenty murals offer a visual history of Huron, including "Seeds of Democracy" representing the philosophy of a famous Huron resident, Hubert Humphrey.

Seeds of Democracy

More murals take you to "The Land Rush," "The Evolution of Medicine," "The Great Race" depicting a 1913 automobile race from Huron to DeSmit and back, plus a glimpse of "Driving the First Corner Stake" that formally established the town of Huron in 1880. If you're a photographer, you'll enjoy a walking tour of Huron in a variety of light conditions. If you're a historian, bring your Murals Guide from the Visitors Bureau, and if you're an artist, prepare for a lot of "hmmmm" moments.


View a slide show sampling of the Huron Murals with more complete descriptions.    


Did we mention fishing for crappie, catfish, pike, walleye and bullheads, muskies, American eel, gizzard shad, freshwater drum and paddle fish in local lakes? Which brings us to the inevitable question of dining. Follow the  Huron Urbanspoon link to a variety of opportunities in that category. 


Pheasant hunting in the fall gives Huron the honor of being called the "Ringneck Nation" and displaying the world's largest pheasant, weighing in at 22 tons!  


The theme of the Huron rally is "It's a New Approach."  We think you'll enjoy a new take on fun, friends and adventure at Huron. If your interest is piqued, you can download the 2013 International Rally Registration form from the International Rally page of the WBCCI website.   


Not sure yet?  Tell us what else you'd like to know about Huron and we'll try to get you some more information. Or, check out Sally Elmlinger's series of articles on Huron in the Blue Beret.  




Use your Computer Talents to Help WBCCI


The ECC is looking for WBCCI members to help with regular maintenance of our club's website,   



If you have expertise with any of these software applications and some spare time to devote to the club, please email us at   A small amount of your time can make a big difference to our club.  


PHP     Joomla   Filemaker   InDesign   Wordpress


Click above to read the Reminisce Magazine article on
Airstream's 80th Birthday

Meet Julie Rethman, our newest staff member for
WBCCI Members Services

Julie Rethman is joining the Headquarters staff as WBCCI's Member Services.  

Julie has an extensive background in customer service among many other

capabilities and comes to us highly recommended.  She will provide numerous

member services, accounting functions, International Rally duties as well as

Administrative Assistant responsibilities. 


Julie lives near Jackson Center with her husband Don, son Jason, and daughter Megan. Many of you have already had the pleasure of "meeting" Julie when calling Headquarters. If not, please welcome her the next time you call.


Photo by Pat Glick Huizinga

In This Issue
Update from Sedalia
Your Favorite Campground?
Where is Huron SD?
Use your Tech-Savvy to Help WBCCI
Airstream Turns 80
Meet Julie Rethman
Like us on Facebook
Visit your WBCCI Friends on Facebook. 

What did WBCCI members like best about Sedalia?

the bicycle rides  


Freddy's ice cream  and $3.29 diesel


Despite the heat, I loved being with friends and making new ones.


...Airstream pets playing to a packed house birthday with 40 friends


I'm BBB -- Better Because I Belonged


..having a local man check out and fix our RV air conditioner which had died 10 days earlier


The helpful and friendly townspeople


The evening entertainment was fantastic!


The WBCCI band was small but amazing!


..quilting projects and finding new ones to try


..working with the president and first lady


The caravan reunions (were) like old-home week.


travel and maintenance seminars     


This year's caravaning seminar was the best ever.


..the history and culture that the area offered