March 15, 2017 - May 15, 2017
Prepared by Debbie Trimble, Corresponding Secretary
Cinda and Stanley Brooks on the River Road
President's Message 

FEBRUARY kicked of the THLU rally schedule for 2017.  Brazos Bend State Park was our choice and it turned out great!  I guess we can have great weather for a February rally.  No cold fronts, comfortable temperatures and no rain.  Everyone was able to get out and enjoy the park.

After Sunday's devotional we headed west toward BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, a.k.a., BIBE. We traveled with the Partens and Flemings.  Sunday night was spent in Bracketville, between Uvalde and Del Rio.  Good RV park and a fantastic museum:  The Historic Ft. Clark Army Base.

Next on Monday we traveled to Marathon. We looked at the hotel rooms at the Gage and "dined in style "at the restaurant for Valentine's Day.

Staying at Marathon allowed us to get to the Rio Grande Village  Campground at BIBE before noon.   Cinda and Stanley Brooks joined us there.  
  • Highlights at BIBE:  Seeing the sunset on the Sierra Del Carmens,  Lunch across the river in Boquillas, Hikes to Boquillas Canyon, the Hot Springs, Ernest Tinaja, Santa Elena Canyon and driving Old Maverick Road and of course, dinner at The Starlight Theater in Terlinqua.   Big Bend National Park is such a treasure.

Our last place to visit was DAVIS MOUNTAINS STATE PARK. We attended the COWBOY  POETRY Event at Sul Ross University in ALPINE.  This is an annual event that celebrates the real cowboys' poetry, storytelling and music over two days.  All the sessions are free, wih the exception of two music concerts.  Tickets to those events are only $10 each! What a great place for a rally, despite the driving distance.  In 2018, Cowboy Poetry is March 1 - 3.

NOW IT IS MARCH and we are getting ready to attend our first REGION 9 RALLY.  Many of our members are doing seminars:  Myron Fischer,  Jimmy Mooney, Jean Beebe, John Irwin, John Tetzlaff, Cinda Brooks and us.  Hope to see you there!

Debbie (mostly) and I completed the Application for the Superior Merit Award for THLU.  Thanks to those of you that helped with the information.

DIRECTORIES (HARD COPIES):  They are at the printers and hopefully will be available at the Region 9 Rally.


New Member
Linda Paul 
Volunteers Needed for 2018
We have several openings for the Executive Board and  some committees.  The nominees will be approved at the May Business Meeting in Concan, TX.

Debbie and I have never been part of an active club until THLU.  We just did not see ourselves as club members, much less serving in positions.   However, we never realized how much it would make us feel more a part of the group.   It has enabled us to get to know the great people that make this unit "one of the best."

No experience is needed.   Past officers and chairs are willing to help you learn.

Helen Keller's quote sums it up:
Position Descriptions

Membership Chair:  
  • Be the Unit/Club contact for prospective new members and explain the purpose and objectives of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International.
  • Extend invitations by email and a personal phone call to prospective members for WBCCI and our club to attend a rally or meeting.  A monthly list of new Airstream owner comes from the Nation 
  • Lastly, you submit a very brief report for the Fall and Spring business meeting. Past chairs are available to help.  
  • Plus, all of this can be done from the comfort of your home or Airstream.   

Caravan Chair:

  • To plan, organize, and obtain leaders for Unit caravans that are operated or conducted for the Unit within the scope of the WBCCI Caravan Handbook.
  • To develop an aggressive Unit Caravan program and to coordinate Unit caravan matters with appropriate Region and International Caravan Committee personnel. Harvey Craig, the past chair is ready to assist you.
  • Submit a report at the Fall and Spring business meeting.
  • If you have a flexible schedule (retired or can set your hours at your job), enjoy traveling and new adventures, please volunteer.  You may contact Harvey at eharv@msn.com or at 512-633-0380 for more specifics.

2 year trustees:

  • Attend all meetings of the Unit and Executive Board

    The Executive Board shall be the administrative body of the Unit and shall define the policies of and have full administrative authority in all maters pertaining to the Unit, and shall exercise general control and supervision of all officers and committees.

    The President or any two members of the Board may call a business meeting of the Executive Board at any time deemed necessary.

  • Accept special assignments as directed by the President.
  • Prepare the Installation Rally Reception each November
  • Approve expenditures for the Installation.
  • Expenditure on capital investment up to $500.00 must be approved by a majority of the  Executive Board.  (11/2016)


  • Maintains the financial records of the Unit 
  • Receive all monies, and promptly deposits them in the bank
  • Handles the bookkeeping, writes checks, collects rally fees, files with the IRS.
  • Sends $50 memorials for deceased members
  • Notifies members of expiration of dues and issue receipts for dues paid
  • Submits a full written report of finances to the Executive Board at each unit meeting (usually 2 per year)
  • Prepare the books and accounts for audit by a committee selected by the incoming President in November.
  • For the installation ceremony provide the:
    1. Plaque for the outgoing President;
    2. Past President Flag and Decal
    3. New badges for Past President & First Lady Updated badges for incoming Officers and Trustees.

    I have selected a nominating committee to help in the search for positions for 2018.  The members include Jimmy & Marque Mooney, along with Cinda Brooks.  They will be contacting members to volunteer for positions.  Finally, if you want to put your name in the hat,  please contact Cinda, Jimmy, Marque or Rick.


    The March lunch was at County Line on the Lake in Austin.  There was a great turnout of 19 people.   It was a beautiful, sunny day.

    Peter and Carol Sajovich
    Marty and Cindy Berdan
    Myron and Kathy Fischer
    Travis Doss
    Melissa and Kevin Katz 
    Tom Beebe
    Gene Blanchard
    Windy & Shirley Fleming
    John Irwin
    Mike Richards
    Don & Myrtle Bell
    2017 New members
    Linda Paul
    Jamie Eng   

    Peter Sajovich changed the format:

    At the last luncheon I received a suggestion and I think it’s a good one.   Let’s have happy hour from 11:30 - 12:00 and then the lunch from 12:15 - 1:15.    That way everyone gets to meet and talk to everyone before we all sit down and are limited to talking to just a few people.


    • Rick and I will spend our time between Plano and Laferia during the next 2 months.   Keith and Grady Ferry plan to come down after the Vintage Rally.  Our plans will be to go to Progresso, visit the state park in Weslaco ,watch the garden & grass grow at our place, spend a few days camping at the Island to enjoy the Gulf, walking on the beach, having Gulf  shrimp, along with fishing in our bay boat.  (Grady,  Remember  It is fishing and not catching.)

    • Jim and B Bailey travel plans are:
      *The Vintage Rally in Bellville TX.  
      * Visit The Dallas Museum of Arts in Dallas TX to see the exhibit, Mexico 1900-1950 Art of Diago Rivera,  Freda Kahlo & others) About May 1 or 2.  
      *From  May 14 to June 18 they will be at Mark Twain Lake, MO volunteering for the US Corp of  Engineers staying at their campground, this is near Hannibal MO.
      *July 1 through 31 Spearfish SD, volunteering for theUS Fish & Wildlife Service DC Boothe National Historical Fish Hatcher, camping in the city park, (a great stop in the Black Hills near many major attractions.)
      *August traveling through the Northwest, Washington state, down the coast to Oregon.
      *September and October Port Orford OR, volunteering with the State Park which has wonderful camping. The first lighthouse in Oregon is here, the Historic Hughes house and the USCG Lifeboat Station Museum.
      *Returning to the Rio Grande Valley mid-November.
      In previous years while we have been traveling and volunteering, several of our fellow THLU members have joined us at various points on the trip.  Please stop and visit us, if your travels cross ours.  We would enjoy caravanning when we move.

    • Mike and Betty Richards will be at the Region 9 Rally in Perrin in March.
      Mike and Betty Richards and  Peter and Carol Sajovich will meet friends at Lake Catherine State Park in Arkansas near Hot Springs, the first week in April. They are planning spa visits, horse races, fishing, boating, and sightseeing in this scenic area.

    • Jean and Tom Beebe are going to be first time Great Grandparents.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with these folks who are " grieving, under the weather", undergoing treatments, surgeries or are on the mend.

    •  Please continue to pray for Cinda Brooks' mother, Martha Adams, as she endures radiation treatments for breast cancer. She is a trooper and is doing well so far.
    • Tom Beebe's mother passed away in February.  Prayers for the family as they mourn their loss of their dear mother.
    • Prayers for Rick's mom's, Lucille, for her continued good health, and being able for her to live independently at home with some assistance.
    • Carla Gartman's mother passed away March 13.  She had been struggling with many health issues the last several months.   Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 - 8 pm. at
      Greenwood Funeral Home on White Settlement Road in Ft. Worth. The funeral will be at 11:00 am, Friday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church in Burleson Tx.  The burial will be at Greenwood  Cemetery in Fort Worth at 2:30 pm.


    McNeely, Arliss 3/16

    Ermis, Joane 3/18

    Gallagher, Richard 3/19

    Fischer, Myron 3/23

    Juenke, Gaynell 3/28

    Skinner, David 4/7

    Reyes, Aurora (Mickey) 4/10

    Haddaway, Janie 4/11

    Ferry, Grady 4/12

    Shelly, Erlene 4/12

    Ferry, Keith 4/17

    Arnesen, Sue 4/18

    Sobotik, Stephanie 4/19

    Hazen, Judy 4/25

    Kachilla, Darrell 4/29

    Rodgers, Harry 4/30


    Shepard, Matthew 5/1

    Findlay, Jennifer 5/2

    Melton, Colin 5/3

    Riggio, Marjie 5/5

    Mooney, Jimmy 5/7

    Walker, Billy 5/8

    Happy Anniversary to these Folks
    Haddaway, Jim & Janie 3/25
    Richards, Robert & Diane 3/25
    Lovelace, Bill & Pat 3/26
    McNeely, Arliss & Sybil 4/6
    Blanchard, Gene & Kathy 4/16
    Russell, Tim & Kathy 4/26
    McClanahan, Gary & Marilyn 5/7
    Thomas, Douglas & Patricia 5/7
    Skinner, David & Cindy 5/11
    2017 Rally Dates

    March 20-26, 2017                  
    • 48th Annual Region 9 Rally "Airstream Aloha"
    •  Mitchell RV Park ~ Perrin,  TX
    • Several members have volunteered to do seminars.   We would love to see familiar faces in the audience.          
    April 27-30, 2017                      
    • THLU 10th Anniversary Vintage Rally
    • Coushatte Recreation Ranch , Bellville, TX

    May 18-21, 2017                       
    •  "Where the Cool Waters Flow" Rally
    • Spring Business Meeting 
    • Parkview Riverside RV Park ~ Concan, TX on the Frio River
    • Invite Friends and Family to Attend

    July 22-29, 2017       

    • 60th International Rally in Escanaba, MI  

    August 6 - 14, 2017

    • Rendezvous at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.   Voted in 201l as "The Most Beautiful Place in America"
    • Indigo Bluffs RV Park, Empire MI

    September 20-23  2017 (1st day of Fall is Friday, September 22)

    • "Say Hello to Fall" Rally"
    •  Oakdale RV Park ~ Glen Rose, TX 
      Note:  This rally will start on Wednesday.
    Oct. 26-29, 2017                       
    • "Quoth the Raven Nevermore: Edgar Alan Poe" Rally
    • Johnson Creek Ranch RV ~ Kerrville,  TX
    • Installation & Business Meetin
    • Be thinking of a Halloween costume for the rally.
    • At the Installation Ceremony, we would like to have everyone wear black, white and deep red colors.
                                             Hot off the press!
    2018 Rally Schedule (Ed Addicks)

    Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2017 - Christmas in San Antonio!
    Traveler’s World RV Park, San Antonio

    A short bus ride to the Missions, Alamo, and Riverwalk!  Park abuts a concrete hike & bike trail and an oak-filled public golf course!  We’re looking for hosts to make this a GREAT Christmas rally.  The rally room will already be decorated for Christmas, so your time can be focused on planning fun activities for the enjoyment of all!

    Feb. 1 - 4, 2018 - Location undetermined, but looking at State Park options.

    Mar. 1 - 4 - Lake -n- Trade Days!
    Lake Athens, Athens

    Great rally room, outdoor gathering area, and on-the-lake location!  Activity possibilities include: lake fishing charter, golf at Twin Lakes Golf Course, trade days in Canton, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center next door to park, East Texas arboretum, etc.

    Apr. 5 - 8 - Cherokee Wildflowers!
    Fleming’s Ranch, Cherokee

    As those who’ve been there before, what a great ranch with electrical hook-ups, a wonderful creek for your kayak or canoe, an awesome central Texas drive while the wildflowers are in full bloom, night group campfires, fantastic ranch hosts in Wendy and Shirley Fleming, and it’s a convenient jumping off stop for those going on to the Region 9 Rally!

    May 3 - 6 - Rio Guadalupe! (Buddy Rally)
    Rio Guadalupe, Canyon Lake

    Bring a buddy with a rig to share the fun!  This park has a great rally room right on the Guadalupe River, with a great outside seating area under the oaks between the room and river.  Close to Gruene, New Braunfels, and Canyon Lake!

    Sept. 6 - 9 - The Beach or the Strand?
    Jamaica Beach RV Resort, Galveston

    It’s Galveston folks, need we say more?  Yes, it’s a bit of a drive for us all; but the destination is awesome.  Look up the Jamaica Beach RV Resort online; the facilities, including rally room, are great.  Plan on an extended stay!

    Oct. 18 - 21 - Another weekend on the Gulf Coast!
    Lagoons RV Resort, Rockport

    Another drive, but another fantastic destination!  Fantastic park amenities, including a huge rally room, breakfast and coffee shop, indoor swimming pool, etc.  Fishing, golf, and shopping opportunities galore.  With a couple extra weeks between Galveston and Rockport, plan on arriving early!

    Nov. 8 - 11 - Wie Geht’s?
    Fredericksburg RV Park, Fredericksburg

    It’s Fredericksburg folks and it’s our Installation Rally, need more be said?  Let’s have fun!
     RALLY DETAILS                     
    The 48th Annual Region 9 Rally, "Airstream Aloha" will be held March 20-26, 2017 at Mitchell RV Park located in Perrin, TX. 

    Activities include entertainment, seminars, games, a flea market, theme days and door prizes.  There will be a Spam cook off and a crazy beach hat contest too!

    Rally parking fees include six (6) nights of 30/50 Amp electric, water, sewer and WIFI.   Rally fees include 2 breakfasts and 3 dinners.

    You will need to print out the form, complete and mail to: 
    David Thompson, Treasurer
    2200 4th Ave. #305 Canyon, TX 70915

    You may also contact Grady Ferry at pizzacat@sbcglobal.net or phone 713-825-9586 for more information.  

    The 10th Anniversary Texas Vintage Airstream
    Round-Up Rally  
    Coushatte Recreation Ranch outside Belleville, TX
    April 27 - May 1, 2017  

    You will enjoy a ranch environment with full hook-ups on grass with trees.  This event is sponsored by THLU and welcomes all Airstream owners.  Expect to see everything from 1948 to 2017 models of which the majority will be vintage rigs.  There will be seminars, campfires, entertainment, door prizes, a swap meet, an open house and more!
    • The rally cost is $100 per person ($82 for 7 catered meals/$18 activities) and parking cost is $25 per night. 
    • Anniversary shirts will be available to order.   

    Help us round up all Airstreams and head 'em down to Texas for good food, good times, good friendships and good Texas hospitality as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary Vintage Rally!

    A registration form can also be found at www.thlu.org. The registration form and fees are due prior to April 13, 2017.
    Help us round up all Airstreams and head 'em down to Texas for good food, good times, good friendships and good Texas hospitality as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary Vintage Rally!

     The Hazens and Myron Fischer are collecting door prizes for the Vintage Rally – April 26 to 30. Prizes should be somewhat related to RVing but any homemade items, small household goods, camping equipment, or gift certificates from local businesses would be appreciated. We will give credit and recognition for donations at the rally. Please contact Hazens jfhazen@earthlink.net or Myron Fischer fisch963@earthlink.net and we can arrange for pickup before the rally.”

    Thanks,  Judy 

    May 18-21, 2017   

    THLU "Where the Cool Waters Flow" Rally 

     Concan, TX on the Frio River

    We would like to invite our families and friends with SOB’s to join us. Bring your children and grandchildren. 

    This rally will be centered around enjoying the great outdoors.  Fishing, Hiking, Paddling, wading or swimming in the cool, cool river.

    Click here to learn more about Garner State Park

     Limited shopping so come with your supplies.  

    Click here: Concan, Leakey, Rio Frio Chamber of Commerce

    Attention: Golfers 

    There is a golf course nearby. Click here to learn more.

    • Unfortunately, the park does not allow tents. 

    • Everyone DO NOT reserve a site with the RV park. You will only need to register with our club.  Your site will be assigned upon your arrival at the RV park.

    • For guests that are staying with you in your RV include them in the # of campers so the hosts can plan accordingly.

    • Families and Friends in their own RVs must register with THLU under their names so they get an RV site.  As a member, you can register your guests since you are familiar with the process or they can do it.

    • Here is the link:  http://tinyurl.com/hzj2j9r
    • Fred & Judy Hazen, Jim & Paula Haddox and John & Kay Irwin and Larry & Brenda Heinold have signed up to hosts.   We are anticipating a larger group with the extended invitation.   Thanks so much.

    • Registration for this rally is open.  

    • On March 12 we had 23 rigs signed up.  We have 40 sites on hold.  There are still lots of sites for everyone.
     To see if you are registered and who else is coming, do the following:
    1. Click on the red button above: Registration Page.
    2. When the page opens,  look on the left side of the page for When, Where and the Map.
    3. Scroll down beneath the map.
    4. You will see:
    Look Who Else is Registered!
    • Ed And Cheri Addicks
    • David And Debbie Allen

    View All: 

    1.  To see the entire list you must click on View All.  A pop-up window will appear.
    2.  Scroll up/down to see all the names.

    If your name does not appear on the list and you registered, please register again. You should get a confirmation letter from Constant Contact.  Or call Debbie and she will register you.  972-422-5133.

    60th Annual International Rally
    "Ya, You Betcha"
    Escanaba, Mi
    Saturday, July 22
    Saturday,  July 29

    2017 Internationa Rallly

    August 6 - 14, 2017

    • Rendezvous at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.   
    • Indigo Bluffs RV Park, Empire, Michigan
    For more details
    Click here
    Rally Pictures:  February 2017
    Brazos Bend State Park
    We enjoyed listening to the Brazos River Pickers.  We lucked out it.  It was their first time to do a concert because the weather had not cooperated up to that weekend.

     Click on the arrow to view the video.
     Our Super Hosts: Shirley, Marilyn and Carol
    Thanks to you all and your spouses: Ed, Gary and Peter.
    Peter, Thanks so much for covering our rally so well.  It was hard to leave any of the pictures out.
    To see more pictures visit Peter's website:  http://thlu.phanfare.com/14427884
    Thanks to our Sponsor!