EVENTS and RALLIES SCHEDULE

2017 Schedule of Events – Rick Wendorf – President

January-31, 11:30 – Florida Snowbird Luncheon at Travelers Rest,- Dade City, Fl- Paul Ruth building -Host: Jim & Bobbie Matkovich RSVP 708-567-4686 Travelers Rest Website: Click here
Great luncheon -15 attendees. Four couples attended a second luncheon at Tarpon Springs in March.

April 21-23,  4-H Rally-Amboy, IL (Friday 2:00 -Sunday) Lee County 4-H fairgrounds, Route 30, 9 RVing couples attended.
 May 12-14th- Camp Dearborn, Detroit, Five NIU couples caravan-ed over and had a great extended weekend visiting Ford’s: Museum, Greenfield village, and Rouge factory. Past Region 5 Pres., Monte Barksdale, joined us. Tours and weather were great.

June 8-11, Illinois Beach St Park Zion, IL(aka:Adeline Jay-Karis St. Park) For Reservations use ReserveAmerica: Click Here   Suggest NE section (sites 333 -357)   Park Website: Click here:

July 22 -July 29, 60th  International Rally Escanaba, Mi. Click here
Full hookups with electric were sold out.  Non-Electric sites (Water and pump out service) are still available. Bring your generator or big batteries. It was a great rally attended by 638 member families.

July 28 – 30, Rockcut State Park (Alternate to the International) Rockford, IL- only one couple attended.

August 11-13, Green Lake Conference Center,  Green Lake, WI, W 2511, Wisconsin Route 23, Green Lake, WI,   Website link: Click here
Reservations: Phone: (920) 294-3323 (20 electric sites available) Link: Click here
(buddy rally)

September 13-17 -Region 5 Rally -“Fall is for Horses” Rally
 KY. Horse Park Campground-  60 Region 5 NIAC Couples attended.
Rally hosted by Region 5 President: Arthur Martin

October 20- 23, Officer Election/Installation & Thanksgiving Rally, Amboy, IL Lee County 4-H fairgrounds, Executive Committee Meeting -Fri. 7:00 pm, Business Meeting -Sat. 10:30am  Activities: TBD

Christmas Luncheon:  December 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm at:  Aquaviva Winery 
          Address:   27W614 Route 38, Maple Park, IL    Aquaviva websiteClick here

2016 Schedule of Activities – Jim Kraner, president

Dec.6, 2015 – 3:00 PM—Christmas Dinner– Jameson’s Charhouse – 26 members attended.  Weather, food, and conversations were good. 

Jan.  26thLuncheon at Travelers Rest, Dade City Florida  – 15 members and alumni attended.  4 NIU couples had an additional luncheon at Tarpon Springs in February. 

Feb.6, 2016 -Starved Rock Luncheon and Eagle Viewing  Four NIU couples + Region 5 pres., Monte Barksdale, met for lunch. Warm winter and open water resulted in only 1 eagle fishing at the dam spillway.

March 10th -Dinner theater “Sister Act”4 NIU couples, plus a guest, and Monte.

April 15 – 17 – Lee County Fairgrounds – Amboy, IL –  10 NIU couples  Good weather.

May 12 – 2o  – Tulip Festival, Holland MI.-  4 NIU couples

June 16 – 19 – Rock Cut State Park, IL.  10 NIU couples attended 

June 28 –  July 4–International Rally – State Fairgrounds, Lewisburg, WV. – 5 NIU couples attended – Big rain and flash floods in the area. The fairgrounds were on high ground and most activities continued as usual.  Rally attendees and WBCCI donated $40,000 to flood relief.  IBT authorized the redesign of WBCCI Logo to “Wally Byam Airstream Club” which included the words “Rallies and Caravans”, reflecting the dual nature of the club.  Official Club name remains WBCCI. 

July 14 to 17 -Lake- Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area – 10 NIU couples attended.

Aug. 11 t0 14  – Zion, IL Illinois State Beach Park.-  2 NIU couples  attended

Sept. 12th -18th –  Region 5 Rally -Madison, IN- Jefferson County fairgrounds  8  NIU couples attended. Total attendance-47 units.  Good weather, good activities, and friends. 

October  21 to 23 (Friday to Sunday) –Installation and Thanksgiving Rally-– Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds,- Amboy, IL-10 couples brought trailers. 5 couples drove in Sat.  Business Meeting-members voted to change club name to “Northern Illinois Airstream Club”. (put on hold by Thor, but made official at the 2017 International rally). Watched Cubs win pennant.

Dec.16th- Christmas DinnerHoulihan’s in Geneva, IL. – 29 members attended. (Host Rick Wendorf)

PAST ACTIVITIES

2015 Events – Dave Mayo, President

January 24 – Houlihan’s winter luncheon – 16 members

January 27th -Travelers Rest Florida luncheon- 18 NIU members and alumni attended.

February 21 –  RV Show – 5 couples did the show. 15 people ate at Cooper Hawk’s.

March 21  – Lou Malnati’s Pizza Party – 18 members attended.

April 17 – 19 – Spring Rally – Amboy 4H Fairgrounds
–  14 couples  NIU Executive committee raised unit dues to $10/yr., to cover “Constant Contact” costs.  Dixon Museum tour and cleaned out our shed.

May 14 -17  – 3 Illinois WBCCI Units rallied at Lithia Springs near Shelbyville, IL.  16 Airstreams (7 NIU).  Good weather, campground, and activities.

June 12 – 14- Rock Cut St. Park:  Buddy Rally- 8 NIU couples

June 26-July 4 International Rally -Farmington, NM –  3 NIU couples -Good rally, We and  425 other couples attended (13 couples in motels )

July 17 – 19 –  Starved Rock St. Pk.  Utica, IL – 9  NIU couples, 6 brought their trailers.

August 14-16 – Thomson Causeway  COE  – Thompson, IL  10 couples attended. Weather and friendships were great.

Sept. 9- 13 – Region 5 Rally – Goshen/Elkhart Lake, IN -4H Fairgrounds.  5 NIU couples Total attendance  44 rigs. The last 2 days the weather with a bit of rain. Activities were numerous.

Sept. 18 -20 –   Road America Vintage Sports Car Races – Elkhart Lake, WI.  6 NIU couples  Weather good and races even better.  Car show on the green had a great variety of cars.

 Oct. 16 – 18 Thanksgiving/ Installation Rally- Amboy, Il

 

2014 Events –  Bob Whitesell, President 

February  15th Luncheon -Houlihan’s – 23  members

February 25th – Travelers’ Rest Florida Luncheon  – 13 members

March 29th  Luncheon -Hackney’s – Lake Zurich .

April 25 -27 Illini State Park  Rally,  Marseilles, IL – 8 NIU couples 

May 16 -18  – 50th Anniversary Rally at Amboy– Celebration Saturday afternoon -74 current and NIU alumni attended the celebration.  21 trailers came for the weekend, including 3 trailers from the LincolnLand unit  ( 5 members)  Carol Dixon officiated.

June 20 – 22 –  ILLINOIS BEACH STATE PARK Rally  Zion, IL –  9 couples

June 28 -July 4  International Rally at Gillette, WY – 3 NIU couples  Total attendance was light at 349 units,

July 18 – 20 – Shabbona St. Park  Rally  – 9 NIU couples

August 22- 24Palisade State Park Rally– Savanna, IL.  6 NIU couples plus 5 “buddies” (including 2 Airstreams).

Sept 10th – 14th – Region 5 Rally  – Springfield, IL – 7 NIU couples, Total attendance-  35  rigs

October 17 – 19 – Thanksgiving/ Installation Rally – Amboy, IL – 10 NIU couples plus 2 drive ins.

December  6th  5:30PM  – White Pines Dinner theater -” Branson on the Road- Christmas Style” musical –  26 members 


2013 Rally and Events – Brian McFarland – President

January 22 – NIU Florida Luncheon – Traveler’s Rest,-  8 couples Host- Reulene Aarup

February 16 – Valentine’s Luncheon – Golden Corral, Elgin, Il – 8 couples

March 16 – March Luncheon – Golden Corral, Elgin, Il – 6 couples

April 19 -21 – Coming Home Rally – Amboy, Il – Rained out

June 26 -July 5 – International Rally at Huron, SD –  4 NIU couples

July 19-21 – Rally at Goyke’s Indiana farm – 8  couples

August 16 – 18 – Starved Rock State Park – 13 couples,  Brian had car problems, so Dixons stepped in to help out.  excellent weather.

August 30 – Sept 2nd – Joint Rally with Lincolnland Unit at Pontiac, IL – Threshermen’s Reunion Activities. Attended by the  Kochs.

Sept 6-8   Road America Rally-  Joint rally with Wisconsin unit. 6 Niu couples

October 11 -13 Thanksgiving/Installation Rally Amboy, Illinois – 17 couples, plus two drive- ins.

December 8th – Christmas luncheon at La Villa, Chicago –

2012 Events   – Brian Mcfarland president

January 24th 2012Travelers Rest Florida -14 members  Hosted – Ruelene Aarup

February 11 – Valentine’s Luncheon – Golden Corral, Geneva -12 couples

March 24 – March Luncheon – Golden Corral, Geneva – 7 couples

April 13-15 – Spring Shakedown Rally – Lowden ST PK, Oregon, IL  – 5 couples Weather was rough

May 18 – 20 – Coming Home Rally – Amboy, IL- 8 couples plus 2 drive-ins.

June 23th – June 26 – Caravan to International Sedalia, MO – 5 NIU couples went on this 3 day caravan.

June 27 – July 4 – International RallySedalia, MO -6 NIU couples  Attendance was 453 units.   Delegates rejected the new constitution,  International  Leadership  tabled the SOB Motorhome amendment, because they did not have the votes to pass it.

July 20 – 22-  Shabbona ST PK – 9 NIU  couples, plus one guest  Weather was hot and dry.   Some members attended the Summerfest at Waterman.

August 10 -12 – Gladiola Festival, Joint Rally with Lincolnland at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds, – 6 NIU couples plus 6 trailers from the Lincolnland Unit.  Weather was good and lots of activities.

September 12- 16 – Region 5 Rally – Tipton Fairgrounds. 5 NIU couples

October 12 -14 – Fall/Installation Rally – Amboy, IL – 11 couples, 3 couples drove in. Weather was blustery.  Big turkey feast.

December 2 – Christmas Diner Theater – White Pines Inn – Morris, IL. –  27 members

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Past 2011 Rally and Events = Terry Chesnut/Jim Matkovich  Presidents

December 4, 2010 –Christmas Luncheon –  The Stockholm Inn – Host – Terry Chesnut

January 26, 2011 -Travelers Rest Luncheon –Dade City, FL  – 13 couples attended. Host -Ruelene Arupp.

February 12 – Valentine’s Luncheon – Old Country Buffet – Host- Terry Chestnut.

March 26 –Spring Luncheon – Old Country Buffet – Spring Hill Mall Host= New president, Jim Matkovich.

April 15 -17 – Coming Home Rally – Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds -Amboy, IL  – Host – Jim Matkovich

May 20-22 –Spring Fling Rally – Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds  Amboy, IL – Hosted by Nan and Bob Morrison

June 22 – 27th –Caravan to International Rally in Du Quoin, IL –Led by the Kortums

June 28-July 4 –Du Quoin International Rally – ?? attended

July 22-24  – Lowden State Park, Oregon, Il – Host – Jim Matkovich

August 26-28 – Galena, IL at Palace Campground – Host- Jim Matkovich –

September 14-18 –Region 5 Rally Danville, IN – 9 NIU couples attended.

October 14-16  Harvest Rally/Installation Rally – Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds –Amboy, IL

December 3rd  –Christmas Luncheon – Buck’s Pit Stop  – Hosted by  Jim Matkovich – 13 couples attended

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Past 2010 Activities –  Carol Dixon – president

Florida Travelers’ Rest luncheon – January 26th.  23 members attended – Host – Ruelene Aarup

Fermilab Tour and Luncheon– February 24th (Wednesday) – 16 members attended .

Spring Luncheon – March 27th – Old Country Buffet, Springhill Mall – 21 members attended.

Amana Colonies Joint “Maifest” Rally – April 30 -May 3, Amana Colonies RV Park Amana, Iowa.  Great outing.-14 NIU trailers plus 11 from Lincolnland . Three present and past Region 5 officers stopped by on their way back from the Region 8 Rally in Iowa.

Buddy Rally – May 21- 23 Amboy, IL   – 10 NIU families attended.  Great weather, food, and entertainment.

International at Gillette, WY – June 28th -July 4  7 NIU couples attended.  Total attendance was 714.  Carol took 2nd place for her bulletin board.

Johnson Sauk Trail State Park Rally July 22 -25th – Kewanee,IL/ Bishop Hill –  10 NIU couples attended. Lots of activities.

Family/buddy Rally August 19 -22  Lowden St. Pk. at Oregon, IL, – 13 couples, plus 6 grandkids attended.  Lots of activities

Region 5 Rally – September 25 -19 Du Quoin State. Fairgrounds,- 14 NIU couples attended . At the Computerfest,  preceding the rally, Dwight gave a communications presentation. Weather and facilities were great. Host – Humbles

Caravan to Sugarcreek – Sept 20 – 24th – 5 NIU units departed from Region 5 Rally. Two more NIU couples met us at Graysville,IL and another  two joined at Jackson Center. Toured the Airstream factory  and Cincinnati, OH on the way to Sugarcreek.   Lead by Carol and Dwight Dixon

SWISS FESTIVAL NATIONAL RALLY at Sugarcreek  Sept 24 – Oct. 2.   Kraners and Whitesells met us at the rally.  Total of 10 NIU couples  attended. Weather was good, total  attendance – 180 couples.  Entertainment, arranged by the Land- O -Lakes Ohio Unit.  Local attractions were great.

Thanksgiving Rally -October 15 -17 – Lee County Fairgrounds Amboy, IL  -14 trailers and 5 drive-ins attended. Officer Installation by Louise Humble, Region 5 President. Terry Chesnut was installed as NIU president. Unfortunately, his wife, Susan, (long time NIU treasurer) died two months later, and he resigned.

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December 5th,  2009 Christmas Luncheon – hosted by Carol and Dwight Dixon in Crystal Lake, IL42 people attend. Had Choral entertainment.

October 23 – 27th, 2009 Thanksgiving / Halloween Rally – Amboy – 42 members attended.
Friday night: Carol, (sitting in as President pro-tem) ran the meeting.   The EC approved Carol’s budget for 2010. Saturday morning: Carol was elected president and  Terry Chestnut 1st Vice President.  Dwight was appointed to fill out the remaining year for a resigning director.  Bob Moyers, Region 5 President, installed new NIU officers.  Carol Dixon, proposed amendment to NIU Constitution to reduce unit directors from 6 to 4.  It passed.  White elephant auction raised $200.  That afternoon we had a 3 turkey feast.  Saturday evening, (after some connection improvisations, (using Deke Water’s laptop and our new club video projector) we saw portions of Wally Byam’s “Around the world” caravan and complete “Capetown to Cairo”Caravan.

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