Thursday, September 25, 2014

A special video to remember a special rally

Hampton Roads was a fabulous rally, and Hank and Stevie did a great job. Of course, as Hank readily admits, Stevie was the organizational powerhouse behind this rally.

What a privilege to tour Naval Base Norfolk and go on board an active war ship thanks to Hank... the same type of ship that has just launched missiles at ISIS in Syria.

All of our members have done amazing things in their lives if we only knew about them. Hank and Stevie are no exception.

Read the Secretary of the Navy's tribute to them upon their retirement from the Navy:

I hope you enjoy this video of our rally.

Click to play:

Hampton Roads Rally Video

George Harper, webmaster



Friday, September 19, 2014

Hampton Roads Rally Report

To those of you who attended the rally in Virginia Beach, THANK YOU. We know you came from your summer travels all over the country. To those of you who couldn't make it, so sorry you missed one of our all-time great rallies... and SECC has great rallies. We had 31 coaches, 5 of whom were guests. Stevie and Hank Giffin did an outstanding job of creating a very special rally, filled with group tours, lots of free time to visit the many sights nearby, plus good get-togethers for socializing.


THIS was the view, of the ocean, not me,  from Waterman's  located right on the beach.   Our visit to this very nice seafood restaurant  was included in the rally fee. This was one of our higher priced rallies since we didn't want to cut any of our great activities from the rally. The plan worked out very well. Everyone attended every event so we could get reacquainted and to know the guests as well.
After a morning in Norfolk touring the battleship USS Wisconsin and Nauticus maritime museum, we had a relaxing sail in the harbor on the schooner American Rover. We were able to get close to the civilian shipyards that repair the warships. Separate white ships sat alongside as barracks for the sailors.

L to R: Jack Cassingham, Jack Conway, Kent McCoin, Charles McGairty, Hank Giffin.

Doesn't this site look familiar? You can always find men in deep discussion at our rallies. ​Because Hank is  retired 3-Star Admiral we were treated to a very special private tour of Norfolk Naval Base, the largest naval station in the world, and tours of ACTIVE warships! A young officer on our ship explained that they only give tours of active warships to dignitaries from the government or military. What an honor. THANKS SO MUCH HANK!  
The rally was broken into two groups , one viewing the USS McFaul DDG 74,  shown below. It was a great surprise aboard our ship when greeted with coffee and donuts!


​Of course the rally schedule left plenty of free time to either explore the area. Plenty to see there in  of lighthouses, museums, nearby Williamsburg or Jamestown. Some members just relaxed in  the campground. The accommodations were excellent at Holiday Trav-L-Park of Virginia Beach, plenty of room at each site.

Above, Marylou Cassingham dances with Chris Rogers.

This club knows how to have FUN.

See y'all at our next rally March  11-15th in New Orleans.  Members Ann & Buddy Bordes, residents of metro New Orleans, are our hosts. 

Janet Sanders, President

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Zaborowski's Out West

The Zaborowski's 2007 Intrique in Badlands NP 2011

Lee Zaborowski, president of Country Coach International, sent us a picture of his and his wife Jeanne's Intrugue taken in 2011 on a trip out west. They went from their home in Branson, MO back to the Iron Range of Minnesota to visit son Alex and Jeanne's sister Joanne. Then they visited other relatives in Grand Rapids MN (Judy Garland's childhood home). From there they crossed the continent on U.S. Hwy 2, stopping at the Badlands and taking a tour of Glacier National Park. They continued on to Portland, OR where they visited daughter Chris and family. From there they traveled north into Washington state before heading back home to Branson.

What a trip. Good to hear from you Lee, and thanks for the beautiful coach photo. We look forward to seeing you at Virginia Beach.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get Ready for the Big Easy

Good evening friends,


It is with great excitement that I inform you that Ann & Buddy Bordes will be hosting our SECC Spring 2015 Rally and have completed negotiations with Pontchartrain Landing RV Resort & Marina ( in the New Orleans area for our rally there beginning March 11 thru March 15, 2015.

Pontchartrain Landing Park

Our special rally rate is $50 per night and is applicable 5 days before and/or 5 days after the rally.

You will need to let them know you are attending the Southeast Country Coachers (SECC) Rally to obtain this special rate. We are required to make a one night's non-refundable deposit at the time of the reservation with the balance due 60 days prior to the arrival date. The resort would only reserve 35 sites for us. They will park us as close to one another as possible but could not guarantee we would all be together. We were told the earlier we make our reservations the better our chance of being together.


Ann and Buddy are putting together an agenda of activities for us to enjoy within the rally dates but the list of fun things to see and do is so long, we will have to arrive early and/or stay late to enjoy all of them. 

I encourage you to book your reservation as soon as possible as this is a very busy park and we don't have much hope of obtaining additional sites. Reservations can be made by calling 877-376-7850.

We must reserve the 35 sites at least 60 days before the rally start date or we will lose them.


We plan to invite other regional Country Coach Clubs to join us at this rally but this won't be done before July 1st so as to allow our members the first opportunity to reserve these sites.


Should you have questions or comments regarding this rally, please contact me or Ann and Buddy.



Have a GREAT day!




SECC Rally Co-Ordinator


Saturday, March 15, 2014

News from Jacksonville Rally

Hello everyone,
Your outgoing president Roy Stiglich is stuck at the FMCA rally in Perry, Ga with a computer that receives email. He just can't send any! He has asked me to announce your newly elected board and to thank the past members.
Our thanks go to :
Gerry Keen who leaves as treasurer for 3 years.  Charles Piercy who has served as FMCA Alternate Director. Charles McGairty who leaves his position as VP.  We are all very pleased that Charles will continue as Rally Coordinator. He has done a superb job and there are great rallies coming.
Your new board:
President Janet Sanders
1st Vice-President Marta Loftfield
2nd Vice-President Buddy Bordes
Secretary Judy Winchell
Treasurer Gordon Venner
National Director Mary Lou Cassingham
Alternate National Director Roy Stiglich

      Southeast Country Coachers March 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
The meeting was called to order by President Roy Stiglich. Newest members, Mike and Mary Sage, were welcomed to the club.
A motion and second was made to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as written. Motion passed. A copy of these minutes is on the website.
Treasurer Gerry Keen presented the year to date financial report. A motion and second to accept the report passed.
Rally Coordinator Charles McGairty discussed up-coming rallies. He is finalizing plans for a rally in Greenville, SC, for May 15th. Details to follow.
Plans are firm for the Virginia Beach rally, Sept. 11-15, hosted by Hank and Stevie Giffin. Make your reservation early; Holiday Travel Park,, 800-548-0223, ask for June. There is a goal of 50 coaches and regional clubs will be invited.
National Director Mary Lou Cassingham reported FMCA summer rally will be in Redmond, OR. The Southeast Area Rally for February 2015 will be held in Sarasota, FL.
Standing rule 7C was clarified. If a SECC member owned a Country Coach and traded to another brand of coach, they can still be a full member of SECC holding office and voting.
Janet Sanders was thanked for creating and up-dating the member picture directory.
New Business.
Motion by George Sanders, second by Bob Handren; Rally Coordinator is a committee position, not an executive board position. Motion passed.
Roy thanked the nominating committee, George Harper, Gerry Keen and Jack Cassingham. The results of the election are as follows:
President - Janet Sanders, First VP - Marta Loftfield, Second VP- Buddy Bordes, Treasurer - Gorden Venner, Secretary - Judy Winchell, National Director - Mary Lou Cassingham, Alternate National Director -Roy Stiglich.
Many thanks to our outgoing officers: Roy Stiglich, Charles Mcgairty and Gerry Keen.
Respectfully submitted, Mary Lou Cassingham (acting secretary)