July 28 – 30, Rockcut St. Pk., Rockford, IL

June 22nd, 2017

Rockcut State Park (Alternate to the International) Rockford, IL-
Many of our Unit officers will be attending the Escanaba International Rally in July.  A few members have expressed an interest in attending this local rally.  If you are interested in attending, call Rick Wendorf.  He will put you in touch with the other members.  The attendance might be light, but for those who come, they can enjoy a variety of activities and comradely.
Reservations thru Reserve America: Click here
Park Information: Click Here

July 22 -July 29, 60th International Rally Escanaba, Mi

June 22nd, 2017

July 22 -July 29, 60th  International Rally Escanaba, Mi.  International website for the rally: Click here
Full hookups with electric are sold out.  Non-Electric sites (Water and pump out service) are still available. Bring your generator or big batteries. Off site camping is also available close by.  It will be a great rally.

Illinois Beach St. Pk. June 8-11, Zion, IL

May 19th, 2017


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Illinois Beach Rally (aka: Adeline Jay-Karis St. Park)   Park Website: Click here:   Ten NIU couples,  two potential members, and a visiting Wisconsin WBCCI couple attended.  Two NIU couples drove-in Saturday for  activities.  Jo Wagnon stopped by Sunday morning with a few trailer things. Her husband, Wag Wagnon, ( Past NIU Pres., Past Region 5 Pres., and International President 1998-1999) passed on Thursday and she wanted a few things get back to the club.  Weather was warm and windy.  Pictured above, is a Saturday “round table” discussion about tires and other maintenance concerns.  We ate at the Resort Hotel Restaurant Saturday evening.

Automotive Caravan/Rally – May 12-14th- Milford, Mi,

April 23rd, 2017

May 12-14th- Camp Dearborn, 
(30 mi. from Detroit)
Thursday morning, Bob Whitesell  led a caravan of five NIU couples to Detroit.  They started on 11th so they could extend weekend and tour all three Ford attractions.  They had a perfect weather with lots of interesting things to see and do.

See Peter Schwarz’s pictures on the NIU WBCCI Facebook

Ford attractions: Henry Ford Museum-Website: Click here
Greenfield Village-Website:  Click Here
Ford-Rouge Factory Tour- Website: Click here 


Amboy Rally -April 21 -23rd

March 29th, 2017


4-H Rally-Amboy, IL   Weather was dry, but cool, around our 2 campfires.  Eight trailering couples (including new members) attended, plus the Schwazs in their Interstate.  Photos on NIU Facebook page.
Friday dinner was prepared on Club Grill.  Rally Hosts, Gardeners, used the indoor grill for the Saturday breakfast.  Afterwards, the Membership and Board of directors meeting was held. Some members toured Wood Haven RV park. Lunch was at the Amboy family restaurant.  During Techtime, Jim (with some effort) showed how to replace a broken plastic water heater drain.  Dinner had an Italian theme, followed by a 2nd campfire. After a Sunday breakfast, members headed home.

Snowbird Lunch – Tarpon Springs, FL 3-7-2017

March 7th, 2017

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

January Snowbird Luncheon at Travelers Rest-Dade City, FL

December 1st, 2016

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Sixteen NIU members (including 5 past NIU presidents), and alumni attended the luncheon.  Weather was good and we had a variety of interesting dishes brought by our members.  Later, we had a nice tour of the Garden Club area.  Attending were:  Carligs, Dixons, Jamisons, Johnsons, J. Matkovichs, R. Matkovichs, Schwarzs, and Stuarts.

We wish to thank Jim and Bobbie Matkovich for hosting the event again this year.

We have scheduled another luncheon at Tarpon Springs  later in March.

Christmas Dinner, Friday Dec.16th, -Geneva, IL

November 7th, 2016

Despite the ferrous blizzard,  29 members attended a festive Christmas Dinner at Houlihan’s Restaurant in Geneva, IL.

2017 Membership Dues

October 18th, 2016

Local dues are $10, plus $65 for the International.  Two ways to pay: ONLINE (at WBCCI.org) or BY MAIL
Make $75 the check out to: Northern Illinois Unit of WBCCI

Make sure you update your contact data, so we can keep in touch.

October 21 – 23 – Installation and Thanksgiving Rally-Amboy

October 2nd, 2016

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These pictures are clickable for closer viewing.
Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds
 – Ten members brought their rigs out for a perfect fall weekend.  Saturday, five more couples visited us.  Saturday business meeting, members voted to rename our club ” Northern Illinois Airstream Club”.  To make it official, the International’s IBT and Thor must approve the change at their Jan. 2017 meeting. (NOTE:Thor has put a hold on all name changes having “Airstream” in their name. (Unresolved as of 4/10/17)   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.

After just baptizing his new truck on the WBCCI Revolutionary War  Caravan, Warren Dutton brought his new 2016 Chevy 250HD 4WD diesel truck for a visit. All the men had to fawn over it in the parking lot.

Dinner was served at 6:30 PM.  Afterwards; using a Smartphone (with unlimited data), married to Club’s video projector (through a laptop) we watched 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


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