president-joe  President's Corner

This past month, I’ve been spending time reading and reviewing the comments in the survey. It brings home to me the diversity of our club.

I remember an article I read a while back in the Escapees magazine. In the article, Kay Peterson relates a story about four young women eating lunch at a park at an Ivy League school in the East. One of the girls felt something on her foot and looked down to see that a snake had crawled across her foot. The snake was a harmless garter snake, but this young woman from New York City threw her lunch in the air and ran screaming “snake, snake, run for your life”. Another of the girls, from Seattle, jumped on the table in fear, a young woman from Tennessee, undisturbed, continued eating, saying it’s only a garter snake. The fourth, a young woman from the bayous of Louisiana, reached down picked up the snake and carried it to some bushes and released it. Based on their backgrounds and their frames of reference, the way these girls saw this incident varied amazingly. Likewise the way we see the world, can be very different.

In the comments I read regarding the International Rally I found: the rallies are too long, the rallies are too short. I read we are just getting too casual, and we are absolutely too formal. I also saw a lot of what are reruns of negative comments from years past; in some cases it’s admittedly secondhand. Whatever one thinks, everything written, is the honest view of at least some of our members, and is therefore not to be taken lightly. While it’s true that there’s likely no way to respond to all comments by making changes in processes; you can often make some adjustments. In some cases, changes do need to be made, in others perhaps the only thing to do is listen and respect the opinion of the member.

Another truth is that when someone sees something in a certain way, to them that’s the way it is. Often it’s only a matter of opinion; much of what divides us is like this. Which is better: Chinese or Mexican food; there is no better, only individual preference.  Sometimes there is truth in one of the opinions; frequently there isn’t. My point is simply this, a lot of what divides us, is simply opinion and a matter of perspective and a lot more is trivia. Still, it can become a major factor that distracts us from some real unifying truth; we are all Airstreamers sharing common goals and purpose.

Some of us are RV travelers of the original school of WBCCI members, where 15% of us attended the International Rally each year (with our suits) and spent many weeks in our RV. Many of the newer and more progressive members view this as a camping club, its T-shirts and shorts for the dress of the day. We want our rallies shorter, weekends when we can escape from the daily routine and enjoy the countryside. We don’t want our events to have too much organization, or to be too formal. Not asked on the survey, but a...

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