March 2013 
Kate's Lazy Desert, an all-Airstream resort in Landers CA
News and Views
    An informational email from the WBCCI
    Electronic Communications Committee
In This Issue
New Website Maps
ECC Motions at IBT
What's NEW at Huron?
Book Club at Huron
Favorite Campgrounds
News from Don Clark
Road Food
New Maps are a Popular Feature on WBCCI.ORG 

If you haven't visited lately, you'll want to check out our new maps designed to help prospective members choose a unit and current members locate courtesy parking and Airstream service.   

WBCCI Units 
  Locations are approximate,  
based on the address of the unit treasurer. 
Courtesy Parking Map
Only Membership Numbers and Locations of Hosts are published. 
Use your WBCCI Directory to access host phone numbers. 

Airstream Dealers and Service Center Map
Please Note:  Not all service centers and dealers service all models of Airstreams.

The Executive Committee, Headquarters staff, and ECC are moving forward with these actions which were adopted by the Executive Committee during the Mid-Winter meeting in Blythe, CA.

Visit the ECC's website to see what we are working on.

The ECC will create a survey of members' opinions on recruiting and retaining members, rally activities, and other issues under discussion.  The survey questions will be approved by the Executive Committee before being emailed to members and published in the Blue Beret.

2. Members of some Units currently have the choice of renewing their Unit and national membership either electronically or by check with their Unit Treasurer. The ECC will be available to assist Unit web masters and Treasurers in either developing or refining these processes for their Unit members.

3. A new membership database will be created using FileMaker Pro for all club membership records. When operational the database will be integrated with to enhance transferring information into the database and maintaining information on the website that is both current and accurate.

What's NEW at the 2013 International Rally?
Here's a list of new seminar offerings for 2013, plus a reminder about some popular ones from last year that are being repeated (*).



*Membership Growth Seminar by Mona Heath and Teresa Taylor, Oregon Unit President and Membership Chairman  

  • The demographics of our membership, and new Airstream owners, is changing - we'll discuss that change and how we targeted the next generation without compromising our heritage membership.  
  • We'll share successful marketing tools and ideas which have been instrumental in growing & re-energizing the Oregon Unit membership. 
  • Please bring an empty thumb drive if you would like to receive some real, hands-on marketing tools that can be easily modified to your specific Unit/Region needs. 

Presented by the Huron Chamber of Commerce or Huron Residents

  • Murals-on-the-Town, Huron -- Megan Benker (Huron)

    The Murals on the Town project is a spectacular arts project. Using city buildings as its canvas, the community of Huron tells its story through colorful murals, which are easily visible to pedestrians and passing traffic. The project was designed to improve the streetscape and to highlight the unique features of the City for public enjoyment. Revitalization, beautification and civic pride are all direct results of the mural project.   Several murals present a visual history of landmarks and events in Huron's past. New murals are added each year.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society,Dianne Mollner

    Please join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society as we share the history and some of the wonderful memories Laura Ingalls wilder tells us about in her "Little House Series". Laura said she had lived it all, from pioneer days to modern times and she didn't want those memories to be lost.

  • "The Memorable Journey" Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hetty Gray

    Clad in authentic dress and accompanied by a dog that portrays Meriwether Lewis'  Newfoundland Seaman, listen as she describes her life and involvement in one of the most famous expeditions in American history.  Hers is more than the story of an interpreter.  Hers is the poignant tale that begins with tribal life in the west before America's westward expansion and culminates in the arduous trek led by true American heroes.  
    Replete with details of the trip and its hardships, Sacagawea's story provides her audience with the viewpoint of a young woman from one culture working alongside men from another culture as they worked for a common goal.  Facts abound, but humor adds zest and paints history as far more than a list of events and dates.  History, in fact, is personal. Immerse yourself in the story of Sacagawea. Hers truly was "The Memorable Journey."

  • Dog Training- Pheasant Hunting, Kent Shelton, Huron.

    This seminar will include picking a puppy through its intermediate training.  Kent will have his dogs along to do some demonstrations for the audience.  There will also be a question and answer session.  Come on out and see just what dogs are capable of.

Presented by the Electronic Communications Committee

  • A Tour of the WBCCI Website A primer on navigating the information and features on our club's website, Also some time for members' suggestions for improving the website and the club's use of technology.
  • Region Officer Tech Training An overview of the technology currently available for use by Unit and Region Officers to communicate with members and headquarters, increase membership, and retain current members.
  • Webmaster Seminar Q&A for unit webmasters on the features and challenges of the WordPress software. 
  • *Social Networking, by Suzy Shepard  Be away, and be connected:  Facebook primer introducing the basics.  How to navigate, form groups, be secure -- keep instantly in touch with friends, family, and your WBCCI groups (e.g., unit, region, rally, and caravan).

Sponsored and Presented by the Vintage Airstream Club

  • Discovering the Flavors That Make Wine Great, Kimber Moore,

    This seminar is a discovery demonstration where we will bring several varietals of wines and regional cheeses and match them with each other. This will help the participants discover the flavors in the wines and how the cheeses help nudge out the nuances in the wines. There will be limited seating.
  • Natural Pet Foods, Tim Kendziorski

    The emphasis of this seminar will be on making natural cat/dog food
    while talking about the reasons switching to a natural home made diet
    makes sense for your pet. Tim will discuss what to avoid and nutritional
    needs for your pet. This year the focus will be on actually making food. The
    participants will be able to take some back to try with their pet. There will be
    handouts for people to take with a recipe or two for dogs and cats.   

Life On The Road Seminars
  • *Readin' on the Road by Hedda Smithson and Carolyn Beardshear
    is a book discussion of two titles, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard, an overview of various eReaders, and an opportunity to suggest your favorite titles to others.  Bring your own eReader and tell us how you like it.   
  • *Prepping Your Rig as an Escape Pod by Beth McCall is designed to assist members in thinking about what they would need in their rigs in an emergency or for a quick evacuation.  Nicknamed "Airstream Preppers", we will cover as much as possible to help members survive different scenarios. 
  • *Living in Small Spaces by Beth McCall, is a class for all, from newbies to experienced travelers. We will discuss ideas for making the most of whatever space you have in your rigs. From kitchen to bath to bedroom, there will be something for everyone. 
  • Knots for RVers by Bill Martin - Rope work and knot-tying are essential camping tools. With a piece of rope and a few essential knots we can tie down an awning, set  up a flag pole, secure a load, and tie our shoes. Participants will learn, or brush up on, these skills with a demonstration and practice activities.  

Business on the Road Seminars, presented by Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, AEP, PFS, JD

  • Estate Planning for RV'ers - This practical seminar will provide an overview of the key steps and documents everyone needs to protect themselves and their loved ones, with tips to make them work better for RV'ers. If you're a full timer (or just want to be) what financial and estate planning modifications should you make?
  • Estate Planning for RV'ers Living with Chronic Illness - 130 million Americans live with chronic illness. How can you best plan to protect yourself or a loved one if you face these types of health challenges? How does financial, estate and insurance planning differ? How can you best modify traditional planning steps others use to fit the challenges of your disease? I'll also share some of the specific steps that we take while we RV in light of our issues.
  • Conducting Your Business on the Road  We'll talk about the trials and tribulations of running a professional practice from the road, review specific equipment and technology and how it works (or doesn't), what non-technological steps (handling mail, paying bills, and more) have proven useful to running a business at a distance, and more. Topics will include: internet access on the road, computer back up systems, printing, scanning, bill paying. This won't be a techie program, just lots of practical ideas that work for me.
  • Tax Tips for RV'ers  The internet is full of half truths (and often much less) about the ability of states to tax RV'ers. What are the real concepts and issues you need to consider when working from the road? When can states tax you on your earnings? What practical steps can you really take to minimize state income taxation? What income tax deductions might you be able to take? What business expenses can you take and which expenses are really not deductible? If you ever work as a work-camper or in similar barter type arrangements what are the tax consequences? You might owe tax even if you think you're a real Texan - common myths and tales from the RV tax world will be debunked.

Additional Seminars  Quilters, Take Note! 

  • Understand the World of Fabric and Thread through Color by Roger Siminoff, a color science specialist, embroidery digitizer and long-arm quilter.  Ever wonder why the fabric you bought in the store doesn't look the same when you get it home? Or, why the thread you worked hard to select is not the color you anticipated when you sew it into the fabric? Here you will learn how we perceive color, how to match colors in different types of fabrics, matching threads to swatches, matching solids to multi-colored fabrics, how not to be fooled by colors in different illuminations, and much more.  

Landers, California  


Let your mind drift back to the '80s...Remember the "The Love Shack" song by the beehives 'n bling band, the B-52s? Come along to the decidedly deco desert getaway dreamed up by the B-52s' red-headed bombshell, Kate Pierson. 

Kate has created her own oasis in Landers CA that beckons visitors to bask in the exuberant glow of retro.  It's called Kate's Lazy Desert, a vintage-inspired resort destination housed entirely in re-fabbed Airstream trailers.

It all began a few years ago when Kate was tooling down a New York state back road in her orange VW bug ...
"That's when I first saw a gleaming silver Airstream with a 'for sale' sign on it, and I screeched to a halt ... I called the number posted on the window, met the owner, and sealed the deal."

That was Airstream number one, which became known as "Tinkerbell," the first official Lazy Kate love shack. "The other Airstreams seemed to steer their way toward us by some magical force," Kate says.


"Readin' on the Road" at Huron Rally 
If you would like to share your thoughts about books with your WBCCI friends, join our book discussions at Huron. There will also be information on the pros and cons of various eReaders:  iPad, Kindle, and Nook  Bring your own eReader and give us your feedback. 

Buy, borrow, check out, or download these titles and join the discussion!

Tentative Date and Time: Saturday, July 29  2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Tech Center C

Selection #1  Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

Trailer for Nineteen Minutes
Nineteen Minutes

Synopsis: In this emotionally charged novel, Jodi Picoult delves beneath the surface of a small town to explore what it means to be different in our society.


In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling's residents.

Review: In Nineteen Minutes "Jodi Picoult tackles a difficult subject, one that has been in many novels thus far...a school shooting, a look at both the victims' world and that of the shooter (who is also a victim, in his own way), the alienation of kids who are on the outside and the interconnection between the popular kids and those who aren't. Note:  The novel is graphic in parts and will certainly provoke plenty of discussion.

I wasn't able to stop reading, except for short periods when I had to stop and think about WHAT I was reading. I have raised three teenagers and her portrayal of teenage life, the cruelties of the bullies, the fears and insecurities suffered by even the most popular kids, was eerily accurate.

This is the kind of book that can be life-changing and motivate readers to change things and make the world better for our children. How and why readers do that is up to them, of course but, at the least, they'll be haunted by this book long after they finish it."

Selection #2  Destiny of the Republic
A tale of madness, medicine, and the murder of the president" by Candice Millard. A Booklist Notable Book of 2012 The extraordinary New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.     James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield's inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office-seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but become the object of bitter, behind-the-scenes struggles for power-over his administration, over the nation's future, and, hauntingly, over his medical care. Meticulously researched, epic in scope, and pulsating with an intimate human focus and high-velocity narrative drive, The Destiny of the Republic brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history."

Washington Post Review:

In addition to providing insights about our 20th commander-in-chief, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President" is an engaging, elegantly written and insightful look at the political and scientific developments of late-19th century America....In the best tradition of the great writers of narrative nonfiction, Ms. Millard deftly blends the stories of Garfield and Bell and assassin Charles Guiteau and makes readers feel as if they were witnesses to the key events.

Favorite Campground 
Gulpha Gorge NP, Hot Springs, AK

One of the best kept secrets of National Park Campgrounds is Gulpha Gorge NP Campground  

just outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas. This beautiful wooded gorge offers both primitive sites and sites with 30 & 50 amp service for about $24 a night. Each site is professionally landscaped with flowering plants. All sites are on a first come first serve basis. In addition, there is a bubbling and gurgling stream just ready for wading and relaxing in.  For an afternoon walk one can follow the short trail to the novaculite mine, used by the local native Americans for arrowheads. This park is just minutes from historic Bathhouse Row and the famous Promenade walking path or if inclined you may take a therapeutic bath in one of the fully restored bathhouse facilities. On weekends the ranger shows have always been a family campfire show complete with history of the area, music, and fun. When we pass through central Arkansas we never fail to stop and spend a couple of relaxing nights at this lovely, secluded, natural haven.

- Tom Brown 4048 NOVA Unit (

Great News from
Don Clark

Don Clark has finished his treatments, is doing very well, and looks great, but of course his situation is being monitored by his doctors.  At IBT he was proudly wearing his "Almost President" badge.  He welcomes  emails from WBCCI members.  


by Harold Higgins, Northern California Unit


The Bulletin Board Contest at Huron International Rally has been cancelled for 2013

Volunteer Needed to

Manage Livestreaming at
International Rally and IBT


2013 International Rally

Committee Chairmen Needed


Art Show

Club Store

Computer Seminars

Decorations, Table

Job Descriptions

Late Rally Arrivals

Medical Information


Rally Pre-Registrations

Rally Promotions

Tables and Chairs

Tours During the Rally

Unit Publications Contest

Unit Yearbook Contest



Please contact Cindy Reed at HQ with questions or if you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions.