News in the ‘Rallies’ Category

Christmas Luncheon: Dec. 16th- 2:00 pm – Aquaviva Winery

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Location : Aquaviva Winery – 27W614 Route 38,  Maple Park, IL  60151, Tel no.  (630) 365-0333

Order off the menu.  Link to the menu: Click here

Aquaviva Winery website:  Click here 

Fall Amboy Rally- October 20-22

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Location– Lee County 4-H fairgrounds on US Route 30, just east of Amboy.

Friday -Ten Northern Illinois WBCCI couples came out to enjoy a festive fall weekend. We welcomed three new couples to Northern Illinois..  Weather Cooperated for the Friday Grill out, followed by a campfire.

Saturday –  After breakfast, the Executive board held a Business meeting.  The general membership meeting followed with the election of our new officers for next year,  Bob Whitesell , Region 5 First Vice president and NIAC past president, installed our new officers.   The Kocks drove out to join in the Saturday festivities. There are lots of pictures posted by Peter Schwarz to the Northern Illinois Facebook page: Click here

Sunday –  9-10AM Breakfast (left overs- what have you)  8-NOON Local church services, Amboy, Dixon, others Closing Good byes – head out

Reminder:  Need to pay 2018 club dues by Nov. 15th to be in National Directory.   Pay in person at the October rally, Or mail $75 check to: Mary Beth Comer,  P.O. Box 66, Sycamore, IL 60178  (Make checks payable to NIU WBCCI).  (If you chose mail, be sure to update your personal information, so we can remain in contact with you).
Or: Pay dues on line on the National website:  Click here  HQ will accumulate the $10 unit dues and forward to Mary Beth monthly.  The online form allows you to update your contact preferences and other data.  Pay by credit card, or Paypal.   For personal security purposes; I believe this year the National Directory may not have all your personal information included. 

September 13-17th Region 5 Rally -“Fall is for Horses” Rally KY. Horse Park Campground

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Pictures are clickable to full screen for easy viewing.
Sixty Region 5 rigs have have lifted their stabilizers after enjoying a fun rally. Five Northern Illinois Airstream Club (NIAC) couples attended. The rally was hosted by Region 5 President, Arthur Martin.  He was a headliner, with his Airstream guitar, for the nightly entertainment.

Campground website – Click here      Region 5 Website. Click here,

NIU Facebook link (many pictures) :  Click here:


August 11-13, Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, WI

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Wendorfs brought their jet skies and entertained the crowd.  We had good weather and great campsites by the lake.   Good weather and good friends made for a fun pleasant weekend.
Green Lake website Click here

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

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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 60th  International Rally Escanaba, Mi.
International rally website : Click here
NIU facebook:
Escanaba Facebook page(tons of pictures) Click here
Great rally attended by 638 trailers and motorhomes (about 10% of total membership).  A variety of weather: mostly sunny days and cool 50’s nights. Logging and Iron ore mining are big here. Great scenery. Visited several lighthouses and museums. Saw iron ore being deposited in large lake freighters. Northern Illinois and 9 other local unit name changes approved.

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

Friday, 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,

Sunday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

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