Region 2 News        April 2021      Rich Short #1512

I never thought I’d be so happy to see Spring roll around as I am this year. The daffodils in the yard never looked so bright...or so it seems. I guess all that talk about ”pent up demand”, having “cabin fever”, going ”covid crazy” or whatever you want to call it, is hitting...big time. I can’t wait to get out and get rolling in the shiny 1512. By the time you read this, our Airstream will be de-winterized, washed, waxed, the water heater, furnace and a/c systems checked, water tank sanitized, etc., etc., etc. I know many of our local clubs will be holding their first-of- the-year rallies in April and many combine the rally with maintenance and safety checks. What a great way to start the camping season. Taking the time and making the effort to go over your rig pays dividends in safe travel. And what better way than to have an extra set of eyes and helping hands go over things on your Airstream at a Maintenance Rally! Start the travel year off right and spend some time on your rig. And don’t forget the great discount programs now available in the Member Only section of our airstreamclub.org website. Save money on car/tailer-care liquids at Griot’s Garage, on campground fees with a Passport America and Harvest Host memberships and enjoy big dollar savings on tires with the Airstream Club- Michelin Advantage Program.

As my term as Region 2 President winds down, Kathi and I are making a push to get out and camp with some local clubs we haven’t been able to visit this past year. We hope to see many of you in April, May, and June. Meanwhile, I’m working with our incoming Region 2 President RJ Marquette and 1st VP Gary Russo to put together a great luncheon for those attending the International Rally in Lebanon, TN this July. With over 60 rigs from Region 2 expected at the Rally, we should have a great turnout. It will be wonderful to see so many of our Airstream friends in one place again! There is more info posted here , or go to our Region 2 website at airstreamclub.org/Region2 and click on the Region 2 Luncheon tab. You will be able to register, make your meal choices, and pay online with PayPal. You will be able to choose from hot or cold box lunches. Enjoy a meal on-site with us in the socially distanced space of the East/West building or get it to-go...for dining at your trailer or outside with friends. There will be a drawing for door prizes, and you’ll get to meet and greet your Region Officer hosts. Come on out! If you would prefer to bring your own lunch...please feel free to do so. Come, join us, and share the Region 2 camaraderie. The luncheon runs from Noon to about 1:30pm on Wednesday, July 21. We hope to see you there.

There are some changes coming in the voting process for our Airstream Club International Officers. Electronic voting will be enabled as will a mail-in paper ballot. There are three (3) Constitutional amendments to be voted on and that will require the traditional Delegate voting at International. Local Clubs will be receiving their Delegates Packages by email as you read this. It will contain information and full instructions. I will be reaching out to all our local club Presidents in the coming weeks, regarding voting and local club Delegate responsibilities.

Speaking of club business and voting, I will be inviting all R2 local club Presidents to attend a Region 2 Business meeting. It is time to vote and install a new slate of Region Officers for 2021- 2022. Unfortunately, it won’t be in-person at a R2Rally but via Zoom, as we did last year. While we are still hoping for a volunteer to step forward to fill the 2nd VP position, the 2021-2022 slate of Region 2 Officers is:

R2 President - RJ Marquette #13270
R2 1st VP - Gary Russo #1061
R2 2nd VP - <open>
R2 Recording Secretary – Judith Cahall #4058
R2 Corresponding Secretary – Erica Marquette #13270
R2 Membership Chair - Cody Klingler #3937
R2 Blue Beret News Editor - <open>
R2 Webmaster - Lawrence Northway #17410
R2 Caravan Coordinator - Kerry Mattila #5417
R2 Treasurer - Will Kushto #2518

Please publish the above slate of Officers in your newsletters, present the slate for a vote at a meeting and be prepared for your local club to be represented at the R2 Business meeting later this Spring. Club Presidents will be given ample notice of the scheduled date and agenda for the R2 meeting.

I will bring additional news and info as provided by Headquarters regarding the upcoming Constitutional Amendments and will provide guidance as needed. My responsibilities as our Region 2 President officially ends after the first of the two IBT meetings held at the International Rally and I will report on the proceedings of that meeting. Region 2 will be ably represented at the second IBT meeting of the Rally (first for the new term) by RJ and Gary. I am greatly confident our Region is in excellent hands. We have accomplished much these past few years, and I believe the future of the Airstream Club Int’l and our Region 2 is bright and vibrant. Let’s keep our Region and the Airstream Club rolling!

Kathi joins me in sending best regards to all members of the 15 local clubs that make up our great Region 2 of the Wally Byam Airstream Club.

Stay well and travel safe.

Rich #1512

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