Region 5 Rally Update

Hello from Ossian,

We just got back from the International Rally.   It was great to see over 80 members from Region 5.   Thanks for everyone that helped make our Region 5 Luncheon a great time.  We had fun going into Nashville, enjoying the entertainment at the rally, and seeing all our friends from around the country.  I would like to discuss the upcoming Region 5 Rally in Warsaw Sept 15-19. We have a lot of activities planned.  We have tours to the RV Museum in Elkhart or going over to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne.  If you don’t know what Sweetwater is. It’s the largest online Music distribution company in the world. We have a tour of the Bibical Garden in Warsaw set up.  Indiana’s Glenn Null is giving a demonstration on axes. We have a Boat Dinner cruise set up for the first 100 members.  We have a charity of Beacon House.   This is a home for homeless and abused Women and Children.  We will be collecting items to donate to the shelter. More info to come.  We have a lot of thing scheduled.  Right now, we have 24 Trailers and 47 people signed up for the Region rally at the time of this email.   We budgeted for 40 trailers and 75 to be at the Rally.  With a little more than a month before the rally,  we need more members to sign up or some events will be changed. Please sign up online on the Region 5 website region5.airstreamclub.net or send the signup in the Blue Beret in the April, May, or June issues to our Treasurer John Swearingen.   Please sign up before the Aug 11th. Nancy and I are looking forwarding to seeing everyone in Warsaw!
See you down the road, 

Christopher Seplak
WBAC Region 5 President

Spring 2021

Are you ready to get back to camping?!  Nancy and I are.  We have camping weekends scheduled for every month until Oct.   Get onto airstreamclub.org and look for some rallies that might be interesting to attend.  I know all the local clubs have rallies in May and June.  They would welcome you to come and attend.  With camping grounds filling up as soon as registration opens, you will have to think ahead to get registered.   Nancy and I are inviting you to register for the Region 5 Rally as soon as you can.  It will be at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds in Warsaw, IN on Sept 15-19.  If you are one of the first 100 people, you will be on the SS Lillypad for the Saturday dinner on Lake Wawasee.  So, signup early.  We have some great events planned.  Please sign up today.  A couple will be $275 and single is $215.   Hope to see you there.   

Also,  Please sign up for the International Rally down at Lebanon TN.   As of this letter, we have 703 Units signed up.   We will have a Region 5 Luncheon on Tues July 20 at noon.  You will be able to register for the Luncheon once you get down to Lebanon.  This rally is to get to know people outside Region 5. Please come.

See you down the road and stay healthy and safe,

Christopher Seplak
Region 5 President

From the President

Hello from Ossian,
First, thank you for voting for me as President of this Region. I will try my best to represent all of this Region to the best of my ability. I’m writing this letter from my trailer as I’m visiting with the Central Indiana Airstream Club at the end of July. This is the first time we had a chance to get out camping this year. Usually, we have gotten out 3 or 4 times by now. I hope in later years this never happens, like this year has with Covid. I had all vacations set up to visit most of the units, whoops, I mean Local Clubs, that will take a while to change. Now, I will only meet up with 2 of 5 this year. We will set up with the rest of the local clubs next year. Sorry. If any of the clubs would like us to do ceremonies or anything for their club, let me know. I will try to free my schedule to help any of the clubs.

On the business end of the Region, Bob and myself sat in on the IBTs this year. The results of those votes are attached in this newsletter or on the website. The biggest results of the votes are each member, not each trailer, gets a vote on constitutional
votes or Region votes. This was set up due to some couples that were in two local clubs were getting two votes due to one person was in one club and the other person was in another club. They had two different Big Red Numbers and so had two votes instead of having one vote like most couples. Also, Region presidents will be representing at large members in their Region at the delegate meetings at International so MAL have votes on constitutional votes at that level.

Also, there is a email going around the club saying that the Region presidents need gift cards for the club and send it to this email site. I have received this email stating it was from Bob Whitesell. Don’t do anything with this email except delete it. It’s a scam.

By now, you have learned that the Columbus Region 5 rally has been cancelled for this year. The Region committee thought it would be in the best interest of the health of the members not to have it this year. My tours had already cancelled before this decision was made. So, We will have the next Region 5 rally in Warsaw, IN at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds on Sept 15-19, 2021 (Pray to God that a vaccine has been developed). More details will come later.

This year Region 5 board meeting will be by Zoom call on Saturday Sept 19th at 10 a.m. For those who are interested in listening in on the meeting.

I hope to see a lot of you down in Lebanon, TN next year at the International Rally. The sign up will start on Aug 5 online on the club website. Signup early. I’ve heard a lot of people want to go to this one. We will have a Region 5 luncheon down there also.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Nancy and I can’t wait to see you at a rally down the road.

Christopher Seplak
Region 5 President

Region 5 Rally Canceled

Hello Region 5,
It’s been one of those years that we all want to forget. Covid-19 has made this year chaotic at best. We checked with our niece who is a nurse at a hospital down in the area of Columbus. She reported that
the cases and hospitalizations has had an uptick in that area. Artie and I discussed the situation with the cases happening right now. With a heavy heart, Nancy and I have decided to cancel the 2020 Region 5 rally in Columbus. We had to make a decision at this point of the year about the Region 5 rally due to down-payments on items were coming due and the region would lose money if we had to cancel the rally later in the year. We feel the health of the Airstreamers is more important than a rally. It would have been difficult at best to keep the safety of the participates with that many people in a building if we had weather
difficulties outside. John will be refunding the rally fees of the Airstreamers that had registered in the next couple weeks. I hope to see everyone in Warsaw, IN next year for the 2021 Region 5 Rally at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds. More information for that rally will be released later this year. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Please stay safe and see you down the road,
Christopher Seplak
Region 5 President.

Region 5 Rally is still a go!

We are still scheduled for our Region 5 rally at the Bartholomew County Fair grounds in Columbus, IN on Sept 16th to 20th. We have a couple of tours set up for Thursday and Friday if you want to come on them. If you want to shop you can head over to Nashville or up to the Edinburgh Outlet center. We have a lot of activities set up at night.

We are having a Fun night to raise money for our charity of the Columbus Firemen Cheer Fund. I want to remind you to bring new or gently used toys for donation to the fund. We are going to have entertainment on Friday with our own Artie Martin. Saturday night, we are have a group named Retro Betty coming in with Oldies style music. Please sign up for this rally, The sign up is on the region website, or in April, May or June’s Blue Beret.

If they haven’t yet, your local club president should be contacting you pretty soon for voting on the International constitutional changes that are on the airstreamclub.org website. Also you will be voting on the candidates for the international positions. Instead of in person voting at the International Rally this year, delegates will be doing it online or mail into the office. So when your president contacts you please vote as soon as possible.

We’ll see you down the road,
Christopher Seplak
WBAC Region 5 Vice President

Rally Updates for March

Hello from Ossian,

    I hope everyone in Region 5 is OK. The Region 5 rally is getting together.  We are still on track to have a Rally in September.  We will have the sign up info in the April, May and June Blue Beret.  Also, members can sign up on the region 5 website at region5.airstreamclub.net.  Last month, I made an announcement about our charity is going to be the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer fund.  This month, I would like to make announcements on the entertainment for this year rally.  On Friday night, our own Artie Martin will do his great brand of entertainment.  Saturday night, with the help of Lana and Don Russell of the Central Indiana, they directed me to this local band Retro Betty.  They do their brand of oldies songs. I went to Columbus to hear them in February.  I enjoyed them very much.  I think you will enjoy them also.   Thanks Lana and Don.  Please sign up. Nancy and I are looking forward to seeing everyone.  
Please help Artie get announcements about your clubs activities in the Region 5 section Blue Beret.  This will help get attendance up at rallies. The more attendance we have at rallies, the more fun we have.  Thanks Artie for being the Blue Beret contributing Editor for the region.  If you have any concerns about anything about the club, just ask and I will try to get the answer.
See you down the road,
Christopher Seplak
WBAC Region 5 Vice President

Region 5 Rally updates

Hello from Ossian,
Hope everyone is doing OK in Region 5 land.  Nancy and I will try to make it to some of the local club rallies during our term.   We enjoy all the people in our Region.  I would like to remind everyone to signup for the Region 5 Rally in Columbus, IN on Sept 16th to 20th online on the Region 5 website region5.airstreamclub.net or the coupon that will be in the April Blue Beret.   Please sign up early.  It makes our lives a lot easier.  Nancy and I would like to announce that we have picked a charity for our 2020 Rally.  We have picked the Columbus Fireman’s Cheer Fund.  The Cheer Fund is run by the Columbus Fire Dept.  They have a Christmas party in December for the underprivileged children in Columbus.  This Fund is solely sponsored by the donations from the Columbus community.  I would like to show that Airstreamers have great big giving hearts. (If we don’t know that already!!!). We will be having fundraisers during the Rally to make funds for this charity.  We also need new or gently used toys to donate also.  So start collecting toys and bring them to the rally.  The church offering will go to the fund also.  I hope to see a lot of people in Columbus.  
We’ll see you down the road,

Christopher Seplak

Past Region 5 President Richard “Dick” Heyde

It’s my sad duty to report that Past Region 5 President Richard “Dick” Heyde past away on January 18th in Port Charlotte, Fl . Burial was in New Oak Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, IN.  Dick was part of the Indiana 
Airstream Club since 1982,  He also held the office of Unit Vice President in 2013-2014. He was married to Judith Ann Heyde until Judy’s passing in July 2014. Dick was Region 5 President from 2006-2008.
  His rallies were in Rantoul, IL and Goshen, IN.  He is survived by his sister Sharon Fish, a stepdaughter and two stepsons.  
Keep them in your prayers and thoughts.
Christopher Seplak