The Sierra Nevada Unit looks to the founding principles of it's parent organization, the Wally Byam Caravan Club, International to provide the foundation of the Unit. These principles guide the SNU in it's activities and it's management.
The Wally Byam Creed -|- Wally Byam Code of Ethics -|- Wally Byam's Four Freedoms
SNU membership continues to grow. We gained 7 new members in 2009
We held rallies in three new locations, Weed Heights RV Park, Petersen Ranch, and Mason Valley Wildlife Area.
The SNU participated in two community services events, One was a rally at the Silver Springs Air Show where we cooked pancake breakfasts and provided other volunteer services. The other was our rally at Sweetwater Summit where we participated in Amateur Radio Field Day activities
Average attendance at rallies was 7 Airstreams. Three members attended their first rally in 2009. Guests and visitors are always welcome at our rallies and meetings. In 2009 we had five guests at rallies, 2 at Sweetwater, 2 at Obsidian, and 1 at Mason Valley. We also had guests at our February lunch. Visitors included Presidents of two different Californian Units, relatives of SNU members and some Good Sam members who stopped by the Weed Heights rally to check it out before their rally the following weekend. Bill and Jan Heaton also stopped by the Weed Heights rally.
For the fourth year in a row, the SNU had an elected delegate attend the WBCCI International Rally in Madison WI.
Fun is a standard part of any SNU activity. To ensure we were properly attired, Melissa set up an SNU account on CafePress so we could order t-shirts and other SNU logo items. We got SNU aprons to wear while volunteering at the Airshow. We even got a special Red Neck President Apron, for Jerry. Other activities included a crockpot potluck at our Weed Heights rally, waffle breakfast at Petersen Ranch, popcorn cooked over the campfire at Obsidian, and a roast cooked over a spit on the campfire at Mason Valley. We added a few new pink flamingos to the flock including some neat pink flamingo candles that Jeni had been saving just for a rally. We admired Doris's special pink umbrella that goes along with the flamingos. Doris also treated us to a serenade with her guitar at Obsidian. Dyann, who prefers trees at the rally site, was given an inflatable palm tree along with a glittery hanging palm tree to provide her shade at rally sites with no trees. Wheels got some nice SNU stickers printed that we can put on our Airstreams. Bryan and Jerry don't let a little snow interrupt their morning coffee as demonstrated at Boca in April. Randy and Vicki updated and added to the SNU diorama which was on display at the Airshow
SNU members also participated in rallies sponsored by other WBCCI Units and unofficial Airstream groups. These included rallies of the Four Corners Unit and the Region 12 rally. Several SNU members visited the NorCal rally held near Verdi, NV.
Public service announcements, the newsletter, and the website continue to be the primary communication tools of the SNU. In 2009 PSA's were responsible for at least three people contacting the SNU and attending Unit events. The newsletter continues to receive rave reviews for content as well as style. The website has been instrumental in providing information and encouraging participation in rallies and other SNU activities.
We hope that we can convince others to join us and help us enjoy our Airstream experience. We can all have more fun together in our local unit, I think. Perhaps some of these efforts might catch on and help the WBCCI gain vitality and energy. Who knows? Join the revolution. It all starts at the bottom between you and your local unit. Make it work for you.
“It's the Airstreams that bring us together but it's the people who keep us together” - Jerry Thornburg (2797) describing the SNU
"The WBCCI is an exclusive club because not everyone owns an Airstream! The idea is to get out and have fun with your RV - with friends who share common interests." - Bryan R. Leipper (772)
“The formula that the leadership in our unit uses comes straight from Wally and his creed which they have adopted as the primary focus of the group. It also comes by their determination to be inclusive with respect to the members, open to new ideas and by providing opportunities for everyone to participate in the way that best suits them.” - Former SNU member
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