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From the Region 7 President


The Region 7 rally season is in full swing. The North Dakota Peace Garden unit has a rally scheduled for June, July and August. Wisconsin has the Cherry Picking Rally in July, the 1800s Lake Superior Frontier History Rally in August. They also have a caravan in June to the Salem International Rally. I will also be leading a tag-along caravan to Salem. The Minnesota Tech Rally, in conjunction with the Airstream Park in Clear Lake MN, will be held in July.

The plans for the International Rally are really shaping up. The musical acts are diverse and will be very entertaining. Don Thomson has the Region 7 rally ready to go.

You can get more info on all of these events, and others, by going to the WBCCI calendar.

This will be the last of theses articles for me to write. I have to thank a number of people. The first is my wife Kathy. She has kept me to task for the last couple of years. Dick Hedquist who handled the check book for me and Bob Manak for all the web work as well as the other committee folks. The Region VPs, Don Thomson and Jane Carmichael, have been up to any task I have asked them to take on. The Region will be in good hands. (We will have an open position starting July.) The last people to thank are all the Region 7 presidents that preceded me. I owe them for blazing a trail and giving guidance.

Accepting the Region 7 position has given us the opportunity to meet and become friends with many, many folks from around the USA and Canada. It was also gratifying to work with these folks to help craft the future direction of the WBCCI. It was a great experience that I will always remember.

Which brings me to the famous line…….
…………. parting is such sweet sorrow..
As Always…Travel Safe
……………..and thanks

Pete Yanke
Soon to be Region 7 Immediate Past President.

May 21 2018 | News | No Comments »

From the Region 7 President


WBCCI….the Wally Byum Caravan Club International.  The operative word in that title is caravan. Yes we are an Airstream exclusive organization. The early caravans were not so exclusive. When you tell people that you belong to the WBCCI you can get some funny looks. Then you tell them it’s the Airstream club and they understand. With that in mind we have adopted the name of the Wally Byum Airstream Club or WBAC. 

Even though caravan is not part of our identifier it is still a big part of our identity. You get to travel the country with old friends and make new ones. It does not matter if the it is a two day caravan of a three month caravan. The same thoughts apply. It is the adventure of the unknown. It is as close to being a pioneer as most of us will get. You get to explore new places and experiences. Try new foods. Hear new music and stories. 

I am writing this as we are parked in a campground in Abbeville, LA.  We are on the Cajun Country Caravan. Again, we are with some old friends and a bunch of new friends. It seems like we have known these people for a lifetime. This is our first national caravan. We have done a number of unit and regional caravans. The outcome is exactly the same. You have a good time.

The purpose of all this is to get you to try a caravan. Any caravan. We found out early on that we really enjoyed the caravan part of the WBCCI. We enjoy rallies, don’t get me wrong. It is impressive to see a group of Airstream units parked together. It is just as impressive to see a string of them going down the hiway.

As we move to the summer months go try a caravan. There are a number of them headed to the International rally in Salem OR. Look for a local caravan. Find one headed to a region rally. Let them wheels roll. 

As the Cajuns say…”Lasez le bon temps roulet” or “Let the good times roll”.

As always………Travel safe

Pete Yanke, Region 7 President

April 24 2018 | News | No Comments »

Region 7 June 2012 Newsletter is posted

The Region 7 June 2012 Newsletter is posted here. Use the Newsletters tab at the right to access prior newsletters or access the current issue here.  Region7-June-2012-Newsletter.pdf

June 15 2012 | News | No Comments »

Region 7 Fall Newsletter is posted

The Region 7 Fall 2009 Newsletter is posted here. Use the Newsletters tab at the right to access prior newsletters or access the current issue here.


November 04 2009 | News | Comments Off on Region 7 Fall Newsletter is posted

Region 7 Rally, August 2—9, 2010

Saddle Up to Medora

Medora, North Dakota, a premier family entertainment destination, is the site of the 2010 Region 7 rally. Medora offers spectacular scenery and dozens of indoor and outdoor activities to make your visit a modern “Old West” experience. Rally dates are August 2–9, 2010.

Savor a delicious New York Strip steak prepared pitchfork fondue style while viewing the picturesque Badlands from atop a bluff at the Tjaden Terrace. Steaks come with all the fixin’s.

After dinner, enjoy the high-energy, western Medora Musical, which is presented in the outdoor splendor of the North Dakota Badlands in the 2,852 seat, Burning Hills Amphitheatre. This musical is proudly dedicated to the legacy of America’s 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and his time spent in the North Dakota Badlands. The musical is professionally produced, family entertainment and always showcases American patriotism. Along with comedy and nationally known variety acts, the show combines exciting song and dance routines accompanied by professional singers and an on-stage band. An extravaganza that features fireworks, horses, and outstanding professional entertainment, the Medora Musical is fun for the whole family!

Medora is the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the North Dakota Badlands. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas in the savagely beautiful North Dakota Badlands. View bison, prairie dogs, wild horses, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, and several species of birds in the 110 square mile park. Travel through the park to the site of President Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch and stop for a picnic lunch. Depending upon the depth of water in the Little Missouri River, we may drive through the river to the ranch site with our own four-wheel drive vehicles.

Explore the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, an interpretive $4 million facility which displays the history of Native Americans, ranching, rodeo and the western lifestyle of the north plains horse culture and the Badlands.

Tour the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, home of the Marquis de More. The Marquis was the founder of Medora and named the town after his wife, Medora von Hoffman. Refurbished to its original splendor of yesteryear, the home includes items of interest and fascination.

Bike or hike the nationally ranked, 97 mile Maah Daah Hey Trail. This adventure lover’s dream traverses the scenic and rugged Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Saddle up and take a trail ride with the “horsey” set, beginning at the Peaceful Valley Ranch located in the Badlands.

Play 9 holes of golf at the world-class Bully Pulpit golf course. While there, visit the Transportation Museum, which interprets Theodore Roosevelt’s involvement with the Panama Canal.

Watch the thrilling bronco riders at the annual Champions Ride Match Rodeo. Proceeds from the rodeo benefit Home on the Range, a residential center for troubled boys and girls.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the North Dakota Badlands, and most of the events and activities are located right in Medora, just minutes from the rally site, the Red Trail Campground. More details and a coupon will be available in future Blue Berets.

Joan Lahr
262-327-4336 cell

October 12 2009 | News | Comments Off on Region 7 Rally, August 2—9, 2010

Madison International Photos Posted

Madison International photos are posted on the photo link page. Photos

July 17 2009 | News | Comments Off on Madison International Photos Posted

VAC Osceola Rally, Sept. 10-13, 2009

Midwest Vintage Airstream Rally
Sept. 10 – 13, 2009
Osceola, Wis.

The Region 7 Vintage Airstream Club invites you and your buddies to join us for a Vintage Airstream Rally at scenic Osceola, Wis., in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley.

The Rally will take place at the L. O. Simenstad Municipal Airport, with lots of camaraderie, campfires, great meals and a public open house as part of Osceola’s Wings & Wheels event. Water and a dump facility will be available.

Thousands of people come to Osceola, Wis., each year for the Wings & Wheels event to see the varieties of sports cars, classic cars and airplanes on display — and to visit the Vintage Airstream Open House which was part of the event for the first time last year. Join this exciting rally in September for an even bigger showing of vintage Airstreams this year!

On Saturday, free shuttle buses will take visitors to the various community events, including the car show featuring nearly 1,000 cars, aircraft fly-in and display, artisan craft fair, plane and helicopter rides, Polaris Plant tours, midway rides, huge book sale sponsored by Motor Book International, and the Vintage Airstream Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Stay through Sunday and join your fellow Airstreamers in the 1 p.m. parade and enjoy evening conversation.

View a video from the 2008 Vintage Airstream Rally at Osceola, Wis.
Registration Fees:
Camping Fee: $25 per night, per rig
2 Catered Meals on Friday and Saturday: $20 per person/per day.
Ages 12 and under no charge. Coffee and rolls for breakfast.

To register, send rally fee and contact information to (use registration form below):
Vintage Airstream Rally
Curt Gunderson,
88816 Wild Oak Loop
Kerrick, MN 55756

Indicate which days you plan to attend. Make check payable to: Curt Gunderson No refunds after Aug. 15, 2009. For more information, contact: Curt Gunderson, 218-496-5825,

Registration Form

July 17 2009 | News | Comments Off on VAC Osceola Rally, Sept. 10-13, 2009

Region 7 Luncheon at Madison International

Join your Region 7 friends for an enjoyable afternoon and a delicious lunch buffet at the Coliseum Restaurant on June 29. Lunch starts at 11:30. The Coliseum is located off site at 232 East Olin Avenue in Madison, right next to the Alliant Energy Center.
Beef tips, roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, garden salad, Cole slaw, dinner rolls, brownies, coffee, milk, and soda are on our special buffet menu. Tickets cost $15.00, including tax and gratuity, and will be available at the Region 7 table at the rally. Contact Joan Lahr for questions at 262-327-4336 or email at

June 11 2009 | News | Comments Off on Region 7 Luncheon at Madison International

Region 7 Winter Newsletter is posted

The Region 7 Winter 2008 Newsletter is posted here. Use the Newsletters tab at the right to access prior newsletters or access the current issue here.

Region7 Winter 2008 Newsletter

February 28 2009 | News | Comments Off on Region 7 Winter Newsletter is posted

Wanted… Region VII Second Vice President Position Candidates

Candidates for the position of Region VII Second Vice President (2010). Applicants will be interviewed at the Region VII Rally in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, or immediately after by a three person nominating committee. If you are interested, please contact Don Rogers, Stan Schwenke or Joan Lahr to ask any questions you may have about the position and responsibilities.
Please send your resume to:
Don Rogers, Region VII President
47 Amelia Cr.
Winnipeg, MB, CA R2K3X8
Or email your resume to

February 28 2009 | Announcements and News | Comments Off on Wanted… Region VII Second Vice President Position Candidates

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