Carligs, Dixons, Jaminsons, and Morrisons met for lunch at Rusty Bellies to renew friendships and discuss old rally/caravan times, and old timers from NIU. Here is the link to Rusty’s website:Click here
Sixteen NIU members, and alumni attended the luncheon. Weather was good and we had a variety of interesting dishes brought by the members. Later, we had a nice tour of the Garden Club area. Attending were: Carligs, Dixons, Jamisons, Johnsons, J. Matkovichs, R. Matkovichs, Schwarz, and Stuarts.
We wish to thank Jim and Bobbie Matkovich for hosting the event again this year.
Despite the ferrous blizzard, 29 members showed up for a festive Christmas Dinner at Houlihan’s Restaurant in Geneva, IL.
Dues need to be paid by November 15th to have your name appear in the International directory.
Dues are $10 for our local and $65 for the International. Two ways to pay:
ONLINE – Use this link to pay by Paypal (no convenience fee, pay by Paypal or by credit card (as a Paypal “guest”). Link: click here
You can also download the form from WBCCI.ORG and send it and the check, to Jackson Center.
BY MAIL – Make $75 the check out to: Northern Illinois Unit of WBCCI and mail to our treasurer:
Mary Beth Comer
P.O. Box 66
Sycamore, IL 60178
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Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds – We had 10 memberships bring their rigs out for a perfect fall weekend. Five more couples drove in for the Saturday activities. At the Saturday business meeting members voted to rename our club ” Northern Illinois Airstream Club”. To make it official, the International’s IBT must approve the change at their Jan. 2017 meeting. (Thor has put a hold on all name changes having “Airstream” in the name.) After the meeting, Bob Whitesell (Region 5 1st vice president, and NIU member) installed our new officers. Thanks to our outgoing and incoming officers for their volunteered service.
Warren Dutton brought his new big 2016 Chevy 250HD 4WD diesel truck, after just baptizing it on the WBCCI Revolutionary War Caravan. All the men had to fawn over it in the parking lot.
Dinner was served at 6:30 PM. Afterwards, a Smartphone (with unlimited data), married to Club’s video projector (through a laptop) allowed us to watch our Chicago Cubs clinch the National Baseball Championship. After all these years of waiting, it was great!
Peter’s pictures of the rally are on Northern Illinois Facebook: click here
Membership – Ten 2015 couples did not renew their memberships for 2016. During 2016, eleven new couples joined or transferred their WBCCI memberships to NIU. As of 6/1/16, we had 55 memberships
October Newsletter link: Click here
Weight Distribution Demo Safety Video- Link: Click here
Airstream Travel Dreams on National Geographic: Click here
Nine NIU couples attended the rally. Total attendance was about 40 trailer/motorhomes. Peter Schwarz’s pictures on NIU Facebook: Click here Arnie (Region 5 President) conducted a fun rally with lots of activities. Link Region 5 website. Click here
The NIU Executive Board met and proposed to change our local club’s name to “Airstream Club of Northern Illinois”. New flags would have to be purchased.
Peter and Judy continued on to the Sugar Creek rally in Ohio.
Eleven couples attended. Weather, food, and conversations were good. We learned a little about brewing at our tour of Lena Brewery. Sat. dinner was at the Rafters Restaurant. The club grill was put to good use for Sat. breakfast and Fri. evening grilling. Peter Schwarz’s photos on the NIU FaceBook page: Click here
Five NIU couples attended. 670 rigs attended the rally on the WV State Fairgrounds, on high ground. The area is picturesque rolling Appalachian hill and valley country. Despite the torrential rain and flash flooding, the International proceeded almost normally. Many members toured the area and attractions which remained open. Due to the flooding, some tours had to be canceled. The club and attendees contributed $40,000 for local flood relief.
Gardners and Dixons 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 the exclusive relationship with Airstream products, and dropped the word “International”. The first European Chapter was celebrated.
NIU attendees: 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
Lewisburg pictures on the NIU Facebook page Click here
Ten NIU couples, plus 1 couple from the Wisconsin unit attended. One “buddy” brought his large (non-Airstream) motorhome. Several other NIU members and families stopped by for a Sat. visit. The weather and the food were excellent. The Club grill was put to good use. More details in NIU June newsletter. Click here