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 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  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 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


Region 5 Luncheon at Doswell International Rally 2019

We are having a Region 5 Luncheon on Friday, July 26th at noon at the International Rally at Doswell.   Region 5 as of right now, has 51 units signed up for the International Rally!
That is great!!!!!  We will be having door prize drawings so if you want a door prize, please bring enough prizes for the number of people in your club/unit that will be attending the luncheon and want a door prize.
The cost of the luncheon will be $15 a person. The menu is below.  Please announce this to your clubs/unit as soon as possible so they can plan to attend.
Now, Region 5 needs a little help with this.   Bob and Sandy will not be coming to International this year due to work.  Nancy and I can’t leave for the Rally until Thurs. the 18th, and getting down there on Friday the 19th.
We will be having signing up for the Luncheon at the registration times from Wed the 17th to Sunday the 21st.  I need people to cover our table at registration at the following times.
Wednesday 17th at 9:00 – 12:30
Wednesday 17th from 12:30 – 4:00
Thursday 18th from 9:00 – 12:30
Thursday 18th from 12:30 – 4:00
Friday 19th 1:00 – 4:00
Saturday 20th  1:00- 4:00
Nancy and I will cover Sunday 1:00 – 4:00
If you would like to cover the Wed 9:00-12:30 shift, I can get you in to park before the general parking starts on Wed but, I need to know to have you register for early parking with the committee.
When you have any volunteers that would like to help,  email me ASAP.  Shift times will be first come first filled basis .  Thanks for your help on getting volunteers.
Can’t wait to see everyone at Doswell!!!!
Thanks and see you down the road.
Christopher Seplak
WBAC Region 5 Vice President

Region 5 Luncheon
at Doswell International Rally

Friday July 26th Noon
At The Mansion(Meadow Hall)

$15 per person

Sign up at Rally Registration at Doswell


Pulled Pork and/or Chicken
Baked beans or Potato Salad
White Chocolate Chip Brownie


Triple Chocolate Cookie
Potato Bun

Bring your own drinks

Bring Door prize if you want to get door prize in drawing