One of the distinctive features of membership in the Wally Byam Caravan Club International are the big red numbers. How did these numbers come to be? What do they signify? Who gets what number and why?
As far as the lower numbers being reserved for officers I'll clarify a little. These series are estimations but close,
38-44 Airstream Exec's and employees
100-135 This series has been reserved for International Presidents
200-299 This series is reserved for Region Presidents
300-345 This series is reserved for other folks with positions in the club ie IBT members,constitutional officers,blue beret people etc
346-999 This series is only reissued with special circumstances. Very rare to have additions. You fall into this category along with Catherine Zimmer.
There could be exceptions to the above.
The Club will not exchange membership numbers for any reason except as outlined below.
The newly elected International 3rd Vice President will be assigned the lowest available membership number in the 100 series. The newly elected Region Presidents shall be assigned the lowest available membership numbers in the 200-299 series, based upon a drawing in the presence of the IBT, unless sufficient numbers in the series are not available, in which case the lowest available numbers in the 300 series shall be assigned. The newly elected International Recording Secretary and International Treasurer shall be assigned the lowest available membership numbers in the 300-600 series, based upon a drawing in the presence of the IBT. The order of the drawing shall be the International Recording Secretary, the International Treasurer, and the Region Presidents, from the lowest number region to the highest. The use of membership numbers in the 700 through 999 series shall be held for future IBT decision. The procedure for membership number release shall not apply to numbers 101 through 999. Membership numbers 1000 and above shall be issued to new members using the lowest available number at the time the application is received for membership unless the member requests a specific available number or the membership number release procedure (see Para. 8) applies. (1/19/01)
New Club members will be furnished their first set of numbers and decals at no charge to them. Thereafter, replacement numbers and decals will be charged to the member and they will be sold only in complete sets. (3/3/83)
Members owning two or more recreational vehicles manufactured by Airstream, Inc. shall display the same membership number on each recreational vehicle. Members who are the co-owners of a recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc. shall use and display the same membership number. (1/19/96)
Membership numbers are issued to individual club members only. They are not issued to units or companies.
Membership number and decals will be mailed direct from Club Headquarters to the new and current club members.
Membership numbers that become inactive, whether through reassignment as in number 2 above or through member resignation, or dues delinquency shall remain in an inactive status and be unavailable for reassignment for a minimum of one (1) year. (6/18/82)
In the case of a prospective member who has purchased a recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc. from a member of the Inter-national Club and the member, who was the former owner, does not own or contemplate future ownership of such a recreational vehicle nor the retention of the assigned International Club Membership Number, the purchaser may obtain the membership number of the former owner. A purchaser who desires to be assigned the membership number of a former owner of such recreational vehicle must obtain a written release of the membership number from the former owner. The written release must be included with a completed application for membership and forwarded to International Headquarters. The membership number of the former owner will only be assigned upon receipt of the written release and the completed application for membership. Membership numbers 101 through 999 shall not be reassigned under this procedure. (1/19/96)
Membership numbers, 1000 and above, may be exchanged upon written request to Headquarters on the CHANGE OF MEMBERSHIP NUMBER REQUEST FORM contained in Appendix 9, and the payment of a $25.00 administrative fee. In the event that duplicate requests for a specific number are received at Headquarters, the request with the earliest postmark will be honored. New numbers for one recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc. will be furnished, and the new membership number will be noted in the next issue of the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. If the request is not received prior to November 30, the new number will not appear in the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY until the following year. The old membership number will be immediately available for reissue. EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 1992.
If, at any time, the Recreational Vehicle is disposed of, the numbers should be removed.
For more information click here to see the owners guide page on identification
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