Region 5 Rally at Madison, IN – Sept. 14th -18th

August 16th, 2016

Nine NIU member couples  attended the Rally.  Total attendance was about 40 trailer/motorhomes.  See Peter Schwarz’s pictures on NIU Facebook page: Click here   Arnie (Region 5 President) conducted a fun rally with lots of activities.  Link to the Region 5 website.  Click here

Peter and Judy will be continuing on to the Sugar Creek rally in Ohio.

The NIU board met at the rally and proposed to change the Northern Illinois Unit’s name to the “Airstream club of Northern Illinois”.  The membership will vote at the October meeting as to whether to adopt the new name.

Zion, IL Beach Rally -Aug. 11-14th

July 22nd, 2016
  Adeline Jay Geo- Karis Illinois Beach State Park (AKA: Illinois Beach Park) is located near Zion, IL.  It is fairly large and has some nice sand beaches. It also has a nice lodge (with excellent food) which we made use of two evenings.  Weather was a little warm Thursday and Friday, but the light rain Friday evening and the moderating on-shore lake breezes, Saturday and Sunday, made for a pleasant outing.  Participation in this rally was light, due to members’ competing family events and obligations.

July 14 to 17th—Lake- Le-Aqua-Na State Park

May 22nd, 2016


Eleven couples attend the rally.  Weather, food, and conversations were good.  At our tour of Lena Brewery, we learned a little about brewing.  Later, we ate at the Rafters Restaurant.  The club grill was put to good use for Saturday breakfast and Friday evening grilling.  Find a lot of photos taken by Peter Schwarz on the NIU FaceBook page: Click here

Lewisburg, WV International June 23- July 4th

May 22nd, 2016


Almost 700 rigs attended the rally on the State Fairgrounds.  The area is picturesque rolling Appalachian hill and valley country.  Despite the local torrential rain and flash flooding, the International proceeded almost normally.   Many members toured the areas and attractions that remained open, however some tours had to be canceled, due to the flooding.  The club and attendees contributed $40,000 for local flood relief.

The Dixons and Gardners were parked on a crushed stone parking area, which was only minorly affected by the 10 inches of rain in 4 hours.  (We are in the middle of this picture.)  Campsites on grass became soft.  We lost power and water for 24 hours and had a boil water order in effect for 3 days.

The IBT approved a new club logo design adding the words “Rallies” and “Airstream”, reflecting the dual nature of the club (touring and Social), and dropped the word “International”. The first European Chapter was celebrated.

Five NIU couples attended: Carligs, Dixons, Gardners, Schwarzs, and Stuarts  (Norma performed a featured Oboe solo with the WBCCI Band.)

Link to the Lewisburg Rally website:  Click here

Lots of pictures and write ups on the WBCCI Lewisburg Facebook page  Click here

More Lewisburg pictures and write ups on the NIU Facebook page  Click here

June 16 – 19th – Rock Cut Buddy Rally

March 22nd, 2016

Rock Cut State Park, ten NIU couples attended, as well as one couple from the Wisconsin unit.  One “buddy” brought his large motorhome. Several other NIU members and families stopped by for visits. The weather and the food were excellant.  More details in NIU June newsletter.  Click here


May 12 – 14th – Tulip Festival -Holland, MI

March 18th, 2016

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Michigan Tulip Festival –  Good weather, good friends and fun.
Four NIU couples attended.

Link to the Region 5 May newsletter  Click Here

Amboy Rally- April 15-17th

March 18th, 2016

April 2016

We had two motorhomes and eight trailers attend the rally. We had really nice weather on top of the Skydeck.  The Whitesells hosted a great rally. Thanks!  Mary Beth and her husband brought their brand new 2016 Classic. The board decided to follow the International model and prorate the unit dues  quarterly. See more pictures on the NIU facebook. click here

Change in New member International dues

March 2nd, 2016

The WBCCI IBT voted 7/5/15 to prorate International dues for the first year of new membership. Anyone signing up after 4/1/16, dues- $48 for the remainder of the year.   After 7/1, the dues will be $97, but will include next year’s dues. After 10/1, dues  $81 and include next year’s dues. There still will be an additional MAL charge plus unit dues.  Current member dues remain $65.

March 10th (Thursday) Dinner Theater- Lincolnshire, IL

December 28th, 2015


Musical comedy“Sister Act”, at the Marriott Theater  Click here    The food and play were great.  It is theater in the round, so all seats were good. Mayos, Kraners, and Whitesells attended. Monte, Region 5 president, drove up for a festive evening.

Region 5 February Newsletter link:  click here

February 6th – Starved Rock Lodge Luncheon- Peru, IL

December 7th, 2015


Four NIU couples (plus Region 5 pres. Monti Barksdale) met at the Starved Rock Lodge for lunch. A mild winter, with open water on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, resulted in only one eagle to watch at the dam.  

January 2016 NIU Newsletter Link:  Click here