From the Region 7 President


The IBT has come and gone. You could say it was somewhat of a circus, in a good way. We completed the tasks before us and set up another list to tackle. The Region 3 folks did an outstanding job putting together the rally. The weather cooperated, the facility was good and the food was great. We were even entertained two evenings by a family that has been in the circus business for eight generations. The 2019 IBT rally will be on the gulf coast of Alabama. I have always been a proponent of this rally as it gives members good access to the decision makers of the club.

There were a number of unit name changes, flag changes, and unit badges approved. There were also changes made to the model unit constitution contained in Blue Book. The changes made reflect what some units are actually doing. If your unit is in the process of certifying your C&BL, and you are using the model as a starting point, please review the new model before submitting. Remember, any changes to your C&BL has to be voted on by your members.

There will be a motion on the floor at the delegates meeting in Salem. The current timing of the IBT meetings are set in stone. They have to be just before and just after the International Rally. The proposed motion will ease that restriction and allow the president to possibly schedule the meetings during the rally. This may allow the members a better opportunity to observe the workings of the IBT. Please discuss with other members and have your delegate ready to vote.

Two new special committees were formed to hopefully help make region officer positions a little less demanding in regards to time and duration. One is to look at shortening the overall number of years to complete a region term. The second is to look at using electronic communication to attend meetings when travel is not practical.

On to other matters…..

The camping season should almost be upon us. The winter parties are coming to a completion. Look at the WBCCI calendar to find out what is going on. If you don’t have your events listed on the calendar, get them out there. If you don’t tell Jackson Center about your event, they can’t tell the world.   Wisconsin and Minnesota have a St Patty’s day party in March. The Wisconsin Easter Rally is the end of March. We will spend most of the month on the Cajun Caravan and are really looking forward to the experience.

Get out there and enjoy your trailer or motorhome.

As always……….travel safe

Pete Yanke, Region 7 President


January 22 2018 | News | No Comments »

From the Region 7 President


Winter has come to Region 7. There is hope during this time of hibernation. As I was driving home on the eve of the winter solstice the snow started to fall. I spied a line of RVs waiting to get into the local civic center. Someone was going to be dreaming and planning of what that summer camping season will bring. They are no different than most of the members of our units.

We have an advantage. We go out and socialize with our unit members or other WBCCI members we have met. We talk about our plans for upcoming season. The rallies, caravans and parties. Unit Christmas parties have come and gone. Some of us will hunker down for the duration. Others are lucky enough to be off to warmer climates. No matter if you are here or there check the web-site calendar or the Blue Beret for upcoming gatherings. Remember, as part of the WBCCI you are welcome at any function. Go meet some new friends.

With the coming of the new year there are RV shows all around the country. I know that we will be attending and helping out our local dealer at the Minneapolis show. We don’t sell, just talk about the joys, and some frustrations, we have with the RVing experience. Check into doing the same for your local dealer.

Registration is still available for the International in Salem. Check the web-site as additional hook-up sites do become available.

Plans are moving ahead for the Region 7 rally in August. Don Thomson will be having more

information in the near future. As Always………Travel Safe

Pete Yanke, President Region 7

December 31 2017 | News | No Comments »

2018 Region 7 Rally

August 28, 2018 – September 2, 2018
The West Fargo Fairgrounds, West Fargo, North Dakota

Includes a tour of the Bonanzaville Pioneer Village (located adjacent to Fairgrounds) and two days at the “Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion” in Rollag, MN.

Download information 2018-R7-Rally-Information.pdf

October 21 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

‘Roads to Escanaba’

Join us for the Region 7 Caravan R-284 – ‘Roads to Escanaba’.  Kick off at the MN Airstream Park July 10 and ending at the International Rally on July 21.  Enjoy the ‘Yoopers’ country sights with friends.  Not attending International Rally?  No problem, join us anyway.  Caravan fee $550.00 per unit/ 2 people.  Call or email Linda Agre 320-295-1117 or
Download form R7-2017-Caravan-Registration-Form.pdf

April 01 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

From the Region 7 President

As I look at the unit calendars I see a host of up-coming events. The camping season is upon us. Take a look at the region/unit websites to find a rally that fits your style. It is also time for the unit spring business meetings. You will need to elect a member to act as the delegate at the International Rally. There will be a number of things for the unit presidents to do to get ready for the International rally. Headquarters will be corresponding with you.

All the pieces for the 2017 Region 7 Rally are falling in place. A registration coupon is available on the Region7 website and in the Blue Beret. (Click tab in top row) We will be camping at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds June 5th thru 11th. It is a short registration window. They need to be received by May 1st. Do not delay. Registration coupon is attached.

St. Paul in the late 1920s and early 1930s was known as a “‘crooks’ haven”—a place for gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers from all over the Midwest to run their operations or to hide from the FBI. The concentration of local organized crime activity prompted reformers and crime reporters to call for a “cleanup” of the city in the mid-1930s.

St. Paul earned its reputation as the “sanctuary for criminals” in the Midwest with the help of corrupt politicians and police chiefs who agreed to turn a blind eye to gangsters’ underground activities, which included smuggling, racketeering, and gambling.

We will explore the Wabasha Street caves and see the finished caves (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal). Hear the legends of the mobster massacres and ghostly lore in the most unique setting from Chicago to San Francisco. We will also take a guided motor coach tour led by a nefarious gangster hood or his moll. Explore with us the sites of nightclubs, kidnappings, and gun battles associated with the 1930’s gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Babyface Nelson.

We will also see where some of them were brought to justice. Imagine that you’re living in St. Paul’s tumultuous era of prohibition and gangsters. As costumed guides who adopt the personae of the infamous gangsters who resided in St. Paul during the 1930s and whose path took them (perhaps unwillingly) into the Federal Court House (now Landmark Center). Guides tell of their “lives as gangsters” and how the criminal justice system functioned during that era.

A luncheon cruise on the Mississippi to take in the beautiful sites along this historically narrated cruise, which travels through the Ford Lock and Dam – Lock #1, from St. Paul into Minneapolis and returning to Harriet Island. Delight in live Dixieland music while you feast on a buffet of BBQ chicken, pulled pork with buns, green chili cheddar corn bread, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon wedges, cookies and coffee that is sure to leave you satisfied.
The Minnesota State Capital has just completed huge remodeling project and we will get a tour.

Kathy and I have learned that when we attend an event the best thing we can bring is a good attitude.

Pete Yanke, Region 7 President

March 15 2017 | News | No Comments »

Region 7 Blue Beret for March

The IBT Rally in Casa Grande, AZ has been completed. Barbara Vaughn, the Region 11 president, and her crew did a great job. We were entertained and fed well at a very reasonable cost. I will again lend my voice to attending this rally. It is a good value and gives you easy access to the decision makers for the club. Next year the IBT rally will be in Sarasota FL.

We also conducted the club business with a number of meetings. There were over 35 motions on the table to be addressed. About half of them were for unit name or flag changes to include the word Airstream. These were all put on hold as Airstream is reviewing the licensing agreements for the use of their name. We hope to address these requests in Escanaba, MI. There were a number of motions brought forward that brought the language and definitions in the constitution and by-laws into agreement, There was a motion to allow units to design their own badges. The badges are required to have some specific information on them. The motion passed to allow units to use these badges at the unit level. When attending a region or international event the standard club badge needs to be worn also.

The days have been getting longer. The RV shows have been happening The spring social events are taking place. The camping season is drawing near. Get out there and attend a social event. Sign up for a rally. Better yet, offer to host a rally. Those unit presidents don’t have to do it all. Give them a hand.


There will be a Region 7 breakfast at the International Rally. Get your tickets at the registration area.

As Always,

Travel Safe.

Pete Yanke, Region 7 President

March 15 2017 | News | No Comments »

Note from Past President Gail

Gail & Bruce Harrower
23 Village Drive
Ste. Anne, Manitoba

July 31, 2016

Region 7 Board and Fellow Airstreamers:

Regretfully, I am unable to attend the Region 7 Board Meeting and Rally in Duluth, Minnesota due to family commitments – I have always maintained that “Family comes first”.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the last two years as your Region 7 President. I have enjoyed working with Linda Agre, Pete & Kathy Yanke and Don & Lillian Thomson over the last 6 years. Pete was installed as Region 7 President in Lewisburg, West Virginia on July 3, 2016, and I know that Pete & Kathy will do a great job for the Region.

I was pleasantly surprised at the International Rally in Lewisburg to receive the Region Membership Award. It was awarded to Region 7 for having increased their membership the most from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016 – which was approximately a 26% increase. Kudo’s to all the Unit’s for your hard work in not only maintaining our membership, but also by increasing it. Thanks to Linda too for doing a great job as membership chair of Region 7. Keep up the outstanding work !!

Thanks to all the Units for your hospitality at the Unit Rallies and Installation Rallies that Bruce & I attended over the past 6 years. It has been a wonderful journey and our pleasure to serve you and the WBCCI.

Once again, thanks for all your support.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Harrower, Region 7 Immediate Past President

September 09 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Program for the Special Event/Region 7 Rally

The program for the Tall Ships Rally is available here.  2016-R7-Rally-Program.pdf

August 05 2016 | News and Rallies | No Comments »

Space Available at the Tall Ships Rally


I have had 2 cancellations for the August 17-22 Tall Ships Rally in Duluth. 
If you are interested in attending please email or call me.
Linda Agre
Cell: 320.295.1117

July 26 2016 | News and Rallies | No Comments »

Region 7 February 2016 Newsletter is posted

The Region 7 February 2016 Newsletter is posted here. Use the Newsletters tab at the left to access prior newsletters or access the current issue here.   Region7-Feb-2016-Newsletter.pdf

February 23 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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