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 »

Region 7 Dinner at the IBT

Please note that Region 7 will be hosting a dinner during the Mid Winter IBT Meeting as follows:

Date:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Place:  Chili’s
827 Odd Fellows Rd,
Crowley, LA

Time:    5:30 pm

A sign up sheet will be available in Rayne.


Region 7 President

December 27 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Region 7 Special Event Rallies – 2016

1. Monument of Peace Rededication Rally & Ceremony

The Special Event Rally will be held from Thursday, July 21, 2016 to Monday, July 25, 2016. The Rally will include a Welcome Dinner on Thursday, July 21; tours to Boissevain, Canada OR Lake Metagoshie, USA; guided tours of the Peace Garden; Casino night on Friday at Sky Dancer Casino & Resort in Belcourt, ND; a musical evening on Saturday provided by the Peace Garden Music Camp and members of the WBCCI band (who ever can attend); breakfast on Monday at the Historic Lodge and more. Sunday will be the day of celebration, and tentative plans are:

Sunday, July 24
– 9:00 am – Church service in the Chapel or Masonic Lodge
– 2:00 pm – Opening Remarks by Master of Ceremonies
– National Anthems of Canada and USA
– Introduction of distinguished guests
– 2:20 pm – Presentation of the Monument to the Int Peace Gardens
– 2:45 pm – Greetings from political leaders and guest dignitaries
– 3:15 pm – Signing of a “Promise of Peace” by officials
– 3:20 pm – Final remarks and acknowledgements
– 4:00 pm – get-together for all attendees
– 5:30 pm – catered dinner by Peace Garden caterers – for dignitaries and guests, and rally participants.

The Peace Gardens have reserved the entire campground for our rally — consisting of 36 electric and water sites which will be for those who medically need power (ex. CPAP machines, etc.) on a first paid rally fee basis; and a large overflow area which can accommodate approx 100+ RV’s as dry camping. We may be able to have daisy chain water and they have two shower houses – one at each end of the campground site. Hotel accommodations and alternate campgrounds will be provided.

We are finalizing the costs for meals, parking, tours, etc., with the Peace Garden staff and then will be able to do up our rally brochure and get the registrations on-line on our Region website. This is a historic event for the WBCCI and we hope that many of you will be able to attend.

MofP-Rally-Brochure-2016 Tri-Fold Flyer v2.pdf
Information and mail-in form    Online registration form

2. Tall Ships Rally

The Tall Ships are again coming to Duluth, MN and Region 7 will again be going aboard. A Special Events/Region 7 Rally is being planned for August 17-22, 2016. New events and tours are being planned. Camping will again be at the Buffalo Valley Campground and limited to 50 units.  On Thursday afternoon you will be on the waters of beautiful Lake Superior to watch the parade of the Tall Ships. Onboard tours, day-sails and expanded hours for dockside tours. The bustling Duluth Waterfront will also have a full complement of vendors, artisans, music, reenactments, entertainment and a secret surprise yet to be announced.

The Scenic Railroad will take us up the north shore of Lake Superior to the city of Two Harbors for the day. So mark your calendar and watch for further updates. This is an event you do not want to miss.

Revised flyer Tall-Ships-Rally-Flyer-v2-sb.pdf


Work Rally

Our Region is sponsoring a “Work Rally” at the Int. Peace Gardens from Jul 18 to 20, 2016 to assist them with whatever tasks they need assistance with — weeding of flower beds, sweeping sidewalks, cleaning windows, etc. A detailed list of tasks will be available on the Region 7 website as soon as it is finalized. Everyone is welcome to come and help us out.

Gail Harrower,
Region 7 President

November 22 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hands of Peace

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This is of the Monument on display in the Interpretive Centre at the Peace Gardens.


November 22 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hands Of Peace Sculpture Ready To Be Installed

Hands Of Peace Sculpture Ready To Be Installed At Internstional Peace Garden
From the “West Central Tribune” Wilmar, Minn

August 15 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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