Automotive Caravan/Rally – May 12-14th- Camp Dearborn, Milford, Mi(30 mi. from Detroit),

April 23rd, 2017

May 12-14th- Camp Dearborn, Milford, Mi (30 mi. from Detroit), 1700 General Motors Rd., Milford, MI –
Telephone  (248) 684-6000  Sites 68-71 or 93-97   Reservations: Click here          Local attractions: Click Here
Two night package includes choice of 2 of the 3 possible Ford attractions
Henry Ford Museum-Website: Click here      Greenfield Village-Website:  Click Here
Ford-Rouge Factory Tour- Website: Click here
This plant is the largest factory, starting with raw steel at one end and outputting finished cars at the other end.

For a broader experience, stay a couple more days and tour the GM Rotunda and the GM/Fisher car assembly plant.  We have been to all 5 of these tours and highly recommend them.

Amboy Rally -April 21 -23rd

March 29th, 2017

  4-H Rally-Amboy, IL   Weather was excellent for a rally. We had a good show up, including new members.  Activities: Friday dinner, Some ate at the Fairgrounds while others  went to Franklin Grove.  This will be the third Friday of April, so Open Mic. Music is available in Franklin Grove,( 7ailes from the fairground). Unit Board Meeting: Fri. 7:00 pm.
Saturday breakfast serviced by the Gardners.  Membership meeting 10:30.  Lee County 4-H is held  a two day photo seminar, (by a professional photographer) at the Fairgrounds for $50 per person.)  Saturday lunch on your own.  Saturday afternoon -free time,  Saturday Evening Dinner was good as were activities.
Sunday breakfast provided.

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

                                     Photo clickable for more detail.

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, Schwarz, and Stuarts.

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

We have schedules another gathering for later in March at Tarpon Springs.

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

November 7th, 2016

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

2017 Membership Dues

October 18th, 2016

Dues are $10 for our local and $65 for the International.  Two ways to pay:

ONLINEBY MAIL – Make $75 the check out to: Northern Illinois Unit of WBCCI

Make sure you update your data, so our records are current and we can keep in touch.

October 21 – 23 – Installation and Thanksgiving Rally-Amboy

October 2nd, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhiu2016thanksgiving_cr

These pictures are clickable for closer viewing.
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. NOTE:(Thor has put a hold on all name changes having “Airstream” in the name. (Unresolved as of 4/10/17)   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.

After just baptizing his new truck on the WBCCI Revolutionary War  Caravan, Warren Dutton brought the big 2016 Chevy 250HD 4WD diesel truck to visit the rally and 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


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

August 16th, 2016

Nine NIU couples  attended the rally.  Total attendance – 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 need to be purchased. (now on hold)  Peter and Judy continued on to the Sugar Creek rally in Ohio.

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

July 22nd, 2016
 Only two NIU couples attended.  Adeline Jay Geo- Karis Illinois Beach State Park (AKA: Illinois Beach ST Park)  has nice sand beaches. The 2 couples ate at the Lodge 2 evenings.  The weather was warm Thursday and Friday, but the light rain Friday evening and the moderating on-shore lake breezes on Sat. and Sun., made for a pleasant outing.

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

May 22nd, 2016


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

FireStats icon Powered by FireStats