Rally Report

Anchor Down and Kentucky Horse Park Rally

We all had a great time at our rally last week. It all started off with a pre-rally at the new Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge TN. It's  just west of  Sevierville TN but quiet and so beautiful there. Our Rally Coordinator Charles McGairty had recommended this new place and we all had a wonderful stay. Most of us were in the upper section with the best views.  These stone fireplaces were at each spot.

 On the pre-rally were Sanders, Bordes, Cassingham, Conway, and Loftfields. 

​The five of we SECCers were joined by 18 Nor'Easters who had caravanned down to join us before 
heading up to Lexington. It was hard to leave such a peaceful place. 

The Kentucky Horse Park Rally was a joint SECC rally with CCI. Our own Velma & Hollis Williams' 
permanent home is in Lexington and Velma headed up the organizing of this amazing rally. Velma 
was really enjoying herself. She retired this year.. once again...and says some of these places she 
had never visited even though she grew up in Lexington. 

​We were able to fit in a social hour for SECC. We had 18 coaches at the rally and  two
 who could not make it. ​Buddy and Ann Bordes have an outdoor TV so it was a great place
 to get together and still allow the football fans to follow their game. By the way, that lady 
sitting on the left with the curly blond hair is Marta. Her hair has grown back in curly!

We were kept busy with great tours: a local winery with 
​lunch & ​
entertainment, Keeneland Race 
track, Shaker Village, a stud farm, 
​downtown Lexington, a drive along country roads with the 

iconic stone fences, and ​
Buffalo Trace bourbon brewery
 the oldest one in the country 
d back in the 1700s.
One of the best tours was the Toyota manufacturing plant, their largest at over 1300 acres, the size of 156 football fields. We were glad we were driven around in a tram. 
It produces 2,000 cars a day. We were not allowed to take any photos. Could not even take a cell phone into the plant. It was incredibly enormous and busy all around and overhead. ​They aren't just an assembly plant like most car plants are now. They even do 
​their own ​

The stud farm visit was fascinating. It is a serious business. This stallion, Shackelford, ​
was brought out for us to see fairly close. Stallions are very hard to handle and he was 
constantly trying to bite his handler. Shackelford commands a $20,000 stud fee and he 
must perform 3-5 times a day
 almost every day of the year. However, they are only paid 
once each foal is born strong and healthy. That is only around 60% of the births.

​We lunched at Buffalo Trace Brewery & the toured the buildings. ​It was a good thing we came
 in 3 buses as there were whole cases of bourbon and their new Bourbon cream that came home 
with the members. 

​An SECC rally would not be complete without dancing with Chris. The last evening we had some 
light bluegrass ​entertainment and Chris could not help himself. He was right up on the dance floor 
motioning members to join 
him. Last time we saw Chris his legs were giving him a bad time, but 
his new braces are making a big difference.
​ It was such a nice end to our rally.

Click for pics from the rallys: https://goo.gl/photos/tQyeQDKYQ1stFgiT9


And thank you as well to CCI Rally Coordinator & SECC member Tammy Toalson.​

Janet Sanders, President
Southeast Country Coachers


                 SECC/CCI Rally Kentucky Horse Park  

Dear friends
  The Kentucky Horse Park rally is a joint rally between our club and Country Coach Club. Members Velma Williams and CCI President Lee Zaborowski And  CCI Rally Coordinator Tammy Toalson, both also a SECC members, put this rally together for us. 
    George and I have stayed at this park several times.  It is a state park that once was a very large thriving horse farm. The site is really beautiful and quiet, set on rolling green hills. It represents the best of Kentucky. As campers we were amazed that we had full access , through the back gate,  to the horse park after closing. We rode our bikes around frequently, sometimes driving over in our car over to the small arena where there always seemed to be some horse competition, from dressage to cattle roping. FREE!
​    There are many quaint towns nearby to visit . We particularly enjoyed the tiny state capital of Frankfort, a beautiful Victorian town near cliffs. ​
    This should be a really great rally. There are only a few sites left. Won't you join us?

                                                           LEXINGTON, KY
Oct 6, 2016  -  Oct 11, 2016

Plans for the rally (subject to change) will include 2 catered dinners at the KHP Club House Lounge, 1 “cookout”, 3 area tours (1 by bus, 2 including lunch), evening entertainment and 1 honey wagon service.

Set amidst the rolling hills of the Bluegrass lies one of America’s finest
resort campgrounds, our home for the rally. The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) is the leading U.S. tourist attraction for all things “horse” and one of the world’s best equine competition facilities. This facility has to be on every horse lovers bucket list. Nevertheless, everyone will find this a fascinating destination. One of the aims of the park is to represent every horse in the world so you will see some unusual breeds from around the world. This is home to many of America’s most famous Thoroughbreds; either retired or laid to rest. Your rally package will include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Saddlebred Museum - the Showplace for Saddlebreds, a Horse-Drawn Tour and equine presentations throughout the day.

The Kentucky Horse Park Campground adjoins the Kentucky Horse Park, well off the intertstate. The campground offers 260 spacious sites with 50/30/20 amp electric and water. All sites are 55’ paved back-ins with fire rings and picnic tables. Two dump stations are provided for your convenience as you enter or exit the park. One honey wagon service included.
A full service facility, our campground has many extras for your comfort including a grocery store/gift shop and two bathhouses with modern conveniences. During your stay, be sure to take advantage of the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, cool off in the junior Olympic-size swimming pool and of course participate in Club planned activities. The Kentucky Horse Park Campground is pet friendly.
For those seeking to stretch their legs a little more, venture out on the Legacy Trail, a 12-mile-long (8.5 miles is currently finished) paved walking and biking trail leading from the Kentucky Horse Park Campground to downtown Lexington. Learn more at www.mylegacytrail.com.
We Rally Campers will also visit the world famous Kentucky Horse Park as part of your Rally Registration Fee, be sure to wear your rally badge.
The Campground Store carries a wide variety of grocery items including ice & firewood plus RV supplies & KHP souvenirs. Access to the campground remains available to campers after hours.

·         Single person or guest – $145.00 (USD)
If you have CCI Bucks it should show on your balance due. If not please contact Tammy before payment is made. 850-866-5758
Country Coach International Payments may be made online or by mail. To pay by mail, print a copy of this invoice and send it, along with your check made payable to Country Coach International, to:

Events, Country Coach International
8430 Kingswood Rd
Panama City, FL 32409-1851

·         Two persons – $290.00 (USD)
If you have CCI Bucks it should show on your balance due. If not please contact Tammy before payment is made. 850-866-5758
Country Coach International Payments may be made online or by mail. To pay by mail, print a copy of this invoice and send it, along with your check made payable to Country Coach International, to:

Events, Country Coach International
8430 Kingswood Rd
Panama City, FL 32409-1851

**Important fee Information: Your "Rally Fee" covers all rally activities except the campground site fee, which you pay directly to the campground.
Please contact the Kentucky Horse Park Campground directly at (859) 259-4257
Choosing OPTION 2 ****Camp Store**** to make reservations. Ask to speak with Dawn and tell her you are reserving for the Country Coach rally.  DO NOT  to Reserve America. They know nothing!

SECC Rally Galax, Virginia   

               Arrive: May 18, 2016    Depart: May 22, 2016
Rally cost is $105.00 per person. Non-SECC attendees please
                       add $35.00 per coach

Rally fee includes:
Breakfast daily, Dinner Wed. 18, Thur. 19 and Sat 3/21.
Tour of Mt Airy NC, Andy Griffith's hometown,  in Andy's Patrol car.
Admission to Andy Griffith's Museum.
Historic REX Theater and music show.

Other Places of interest:
Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Music Center
Hike or Bike the New River Trail
Fishing and Golfing

Pay with PayPal

Make checks payable to Southeast Country Coachers and copy and mail this completed form with your check to
Gordon Venner
773 Living Inn Rd.
Prosperity Rd, SC 29127
email: gvenner@bellsouth.net

Name of Attendee/s__________________________________
Non-SECC Attendee Address:__________________________

Contact Info: Phone_________________________________

Number Attending_____ X  $105.00 per person= $_______
Non-SECC Attendees Add $35.00 per coach      = $_______
                                    Total Amount included    = $_______

Please make your campground reservations directly with the park and indicate you are with the Southeast Country Coachers Rally

The nightly rate is $32.00

Cool Breeze Campground
2330 Edmonds Rd
Galax, VA 24333
ph 866-342-0300


Should you have questions concerning this rally, contact Gerry via email 
or call 828-478-3306

SECC Rally
Buena Vista RV Resort
Orange Beach, AL
March 11-15, 2016

Our nightly rally rate is $55 plus tax ($6.05) plus a Resort Fee of $10 for a total of $71.05.

This rate will be honored for 5 days prior to as well as 5 nights following our rally dates.

A deposit of $100 is required at the time your reservation is made.
Cancellation Policy:
Full refund of deposit less $25 if cancelled more than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date;
Credit of deposit toward a future stay within a year of scheduled arrival date if cancelled 14 to 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date;
Forfeiture of deposit if cancelled within 14 days of scheduled arrival date.

The resort is holding 25 sites for the period of one week prior to and one week following our rally so we will not have to change sites during this period. Should you wish to park next to someone specific, please make both reservations at the same time and every effort will be made to accommodate this request. All sites not reserved by February 15th will be released for general reservations so if you want to park with other SECC Members, you should reserve your site prior to this date.

Visit WWW.BUENAVISTARVRESORT.COM to see the beauty details of this facility.

Please do not make your reservations through the website as you will not receive the discounted rate and potentially not be parked with other SECC Members.
Reservations should only be made between 9am & 5 pm (CST) by calling 251-980-1855 and you should tell them you will be attending the SECC Rally.

This rally is designed to be a time to relax with friends and experience the beauty of this resort and surrounding area. We are not planning activities during the day but will provide a list of “Sites to See” and “Things to Do”.
Breakfast will be catered at the resort each morning, Dinner and music will be catered on Saturday evening at the resort.
We will have dinner reservations at popular restaurants on Sunday & Monday where attendees will pay their own checks.
Cost for this rally is $100.00 per person. 
For Non-SECC attendees please add $35.00 per coach.
      Registrations are due 2/15/16

Pay with PayPal

Make checks payable to Southeast Country Coachers and copy and mail this completed form with your check to
Gordon Venner
773 Living Inn Rd.
Prosperity Rd, SC 29127

Name of Attendee/s_____________________________________
Non-SECC Attendee Address:_____________________________
City:______________________ State:_______ Zip:___________

Contact Info:  Phone:___________________________________

Number Attending_____ X $100.00 per person    = $_________
Non-SECC Attendees Add $35.00 per coach        = $__________
                                   Total Amount Enclosed      = $__________

Email this completed form to Charles McGairty (cmcgairty@aol.com) and to Gordon Venner (vennerg@gmail.com)

Should you have questions concerning this rally, contact Charles via email or call 205-616-3121

MAY 1-8, 2015
Host:  Mary Lou & Jack Cassingham
Gerry & Jack Conway
Marta & Scott Loftfield



Copilot________________________            (Guest)____________________

Mailing Address:_________________________________________

City:________________________ State:______________Zip____________

Home Phone_______________________ Cell Phone___________________


Your Rally Fee Includes:

·         Welcome Dinner Tuesday – Good Old Georgia Barbecue
·         Thursday - dinner at  Carriage & Horse Restaurant
·         4 Breakfasts – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
·         Wednesday, you are on your own to tour Warm Springs, Georgia
·         Tour of Callaway Gardens on your own
·         Cocktail reception every evening at club house.  BYOB & appetizers

Rally Cost is $50.00 per person

Don’t forget to book your site.   Call Pine Mountain RV Resort – 866-929-0586 & please tell them you are with SECC. 

Tentative Schedule

Breakfast Served from Tuesday to Friday – 8:00 AM – 9AM at Club House

Monday – May 4
·          Registration at Club House  starting at 1PM
·         Happy Hour 5PM in Club House
·         Dinner on your own. 
Tuesday – May 5
·          Breakfast
·          Happy Hour 5PM in Club House
·          Georgia Barbecue at 6PM in Club House
Wednesday – May 6
·          Breakfast
·         Day on your own to tour the area.
Thursday – May 7
·          Breakfast
·         Happy Hour at 5PM in Club House
·         Dinner 7PM Carriage & Horse  Restaurant
Friday – May 8
·          Breakfast
·          Have a safe trip home & thanks for coming.

Gordon Venner
773 Living Inn Rd
Prosperity Rd, SC 29127

Name of Attendees_____________________________________________

Non-SECC Attendees____________________________________________

Address                        ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________

City_____________________ State_______Zip__________


Email: ______________________________________

Number Attending _____ X $50.00 per person = $______________

Non-SECC Attending ____$85.00 per person  = $______________

                                                Total Amount Enclosed = $______________

Please select your dinner chose:


We need this as soon as you register.

Callaway Gardens & Warm Springs Georgia have a lot of beautiful things to do and see.   Bring your walking shoes and camera.

Janet Sanders, President
Southeast Country Coachers

December 26, 2014

SECC New Orleans Rally

March 11-15 2015


Pontchartrain Landing

6001 France Road

 New Orleans, La.  70126


We have a rally rate of $50 for Full Hookups
Make your campground reservations directly with
 Pontchartrain Landing
Full Payment is due 1/10/15
Sites after 1/10/2015 are limited  
SECC Rally at Pontchartrain Landing
New Orleans, La
Arrive March 11   Depart March 15
Cost for this rally is $205.00 per person.  For Non-SECC attendees please add $35.00 per coach.
       INCLUDES: Dinner on Wednesday, 3/11 @ Pontchartrain Landing;        Evening/Jazz Cruise with Dinner on the Natchez Steamboat on Thursday, 3/12; Admission to the World War II Museum with box Lunch at the Museum and Dinner back @ Pontchartrain Landing on 3/14.
Transportation for both events is included
Full Breakfast Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Registration is due 2/10/15
Make your rally fee check payable to Southeast Country Coachers and mail this form with your check to our Treasurer:
Gordon Venner
773 Living Inn Rd.
Prosperity Rd,  S.C.   29127
email: gvenner@bellsouth.net
Name of Attendee/s_____________________________________
Non-SECC Attendee Address:_____________________________
City:______________________ State:_______ Zip:___________
Contact Info:  Phone:___________________________________
Number Attending_____ X $205.00 per person    = $__________
Non-SECC Attendees Add $35.00 per coach        = $__________
                                   Total Amount Enclosed      = $__________
New Orleans is a city with something for everyone!
·       Audubon Zoo near the Garden District
·       Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium    
·       Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 
·       Swamp Tours
·       Ride your Bike in City Park and Audubon Park
·       Tour the French Quarter/ St. Louis Cathedral and Cabildo
·       Ghosts Tours at Night in the French Quarter
·       Cafe Du Monde for Coffee and Beignets
·       Play Golf around the corner at Pontchartrain Golf Course
·       New Orleans Horse Racing at the Fairgrounds
·       As a Group we are attending one day at the World War ll Museum but they just opened the “Road to Berlin”
 section with many other sections to tour
Wednesday will be a “free day” to see these and/or other attractions!

April 18,2014

A Message from Hampton Roads Rally Hosts Stevie and Hank Giffin

Hello to all attendees of the Hampton Roads Maritime Rally set in Virginia Beach, Virginia! We have 67 people in 33 coaches attending the rally to date.

The POE (Plan Of Event) below is intended to enable you to better plan your free time and enjoy the events scheduled as a group. Hank and I will be available to offer suggestions beyond your handouts for places to visit, eat, people watch, or other things to do if you wish. You just need to ask...now or during the rally.

The POE is subject to change, so make sure you double check the one included in your Welcome Pack when you check in.

We look forward to seeing all of you in about 3 weeks. Drive safely as always.

Hank and Stevie

Hampton Roads Maritime Rally
September 10-15, 2014
Schedule ~ Plan of Event ~ POE

Schedule subject to change

Breakfast served daily 0800-0900 at Safari Café on campsite grounds beginning Thursday September 11 (included in rally fee).

Wednesday 10 September:

·         10:00 – 4:00 Registration at Giffin’s RV site # 826

·         5:00 Happy Hour ~ Pavilion campsite (BYO)

·         6:00 Catered Fish Fry and Carolina BBQ dinner ~ there will be a break after dinner so you can return to your coaches, do what you need to do and pop your bag of popcorn for the movie (BYO)

·         7:30 Movie Night ~ bag of popcorn provided in Welcome Pack

Thursday: 11 September ~ Free afternoon, lunch on your own

·         8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast at Safari Café

·         9:00 -   10:00 SECC club meeting and Welcome

·         10:00 - 11:30 tech talk with Butch Williams of Fountain RV, Lakeland FL

·         1:-00 - 3:00 CCI Board meeting

·         4:00 Happy Hour at Waterman’s Beachfront Restaurant (not included in rally fee)  followed by dinner (included in rally fee). Drinks at dinner other than tea or soda are not included in rally fee. We encourage carpooling with free Valet parking at restaurant.

Friday 12 September:

·         8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast at Safari Café

·         9:15 depart campsite via POV to tour Nauticus Science and Maritime Museum, the USS Wisconsin (BB 64), largest US Battleship (included in rally fee) ~ carpooling recommended.

·         12:30 board the American Rover (1:00 sail), a short walking distance from Nauticus, to Sail the Norfolk Harbor aboard 135 ft. 3 masted schooner,  box lunch provided (sail and lunch included in rally fee). Refreshments and water for purchase.

·         3:00 ~ When we return you are welcome to re-enter Nauticus to sightsee and shop at the Gift Shop

·         Or tour MacArthur museum, Pagoda, MacArthur Mall, stroll down Granby St. Norfolk has Light rail, there is a ferry boat to Portsmouth and multiple sights to see over there as well. Too many to mention, too little time to do it all, you’ll just have to come back for another visit!

·         Dinner & evening on your own. There are some nice restaurants within easy walking distance in Norfolk. Todd Jurich’s (across street from Nauticus entrance), Shula’s in the Marriott Hotel several blocks east of Nauticus entrance, and there are multiple choices back at the beach area north of the campgrounds. Check with Hank or Stevie for other suggestions to fit your culinary taste.

Saturday 13 September:

·         8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast at Safari Café

·         9:45 Depart campsite via busses for driving tour of World’s largest Naval Base (Norfolk Naval Base). No lunch is provided so you may wish to bring a snack to tide you over until our return to campsite.

·         Tour a modern warship at one of the Naval Piers

·         2:30 Return to campsite via busses.

·         5:00 Happy Hour BYO

·         Dinner on your own

Sunday 14 September ~ Free Day

·         8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast at Safari Café

·         Free day to tour area, Go Cart track, Water Park, Virginia Beach Aquarium all within walking, biking, or driving with ample parking for these venues.

·         The Old and New Cape Henry Lighthouses are at the north end of the beach – about a 7 mile drive up General Booth Blvd which changes to Atlantic Ave. at Rudee Inlet bridge.

·         Boardwalk is easy ‘people watching’, bike riding, or walking and just 2 miles north from campsite. Parking can be challenging. Campsite has its own parking lot on a first come basis. Parking garages are available for a fee.

·         Virginia Beach has a Trolley system that runs along Atlantic Ave.  For more information check  http://www.gohrt.com/services/vb-wave/

·         5:00 Happy Hour at Tally Ho room at campsite (BYO) Appetizers provided by some of your SECC members

·         6:00 Pot Luck Farewell Dinner provided by everyone else. Bring your own “SET-UPS” (bring own plates & utensils)

·         Sock Hop (Dancing)

Monday 15 September

·         8:00 – 9:00 Light Breakfast of bagels, juice and coffee at Safari Café

Norfolk is a Mermaid city. When downtown, see how many you can find….

Virginia Beach is a Dolphin city. When out and about, see how many you can spot….

Lots of GREAT photo ops!

April 1, 2014 
A Message from Our Rally Coordinator:
September 11 - 15, 2014 -  Virginia Beach, VA
March, 2015 - New Orleans, LA

May/June, 2015 - Lake Toxaway, NC (location is tentative)
September/October , 2015 - Lexing

March/April, 2016 - Near Lake Okeechobee, FL


We are still looking for volunteers to host at least two additional rallies in 2016. If you have an interest in hosting, please contact me to discuss.

Charles McGairty

Southeast Country Coachers Rally Coordinator

An unofficial get-together?

You'll notice that the rally in May 2014 is missing. Negotiations on that rally  in Greenville, SC have fallen

through. Anyone up for just meeting the first week in May for  an unofficial get-together for good food and relaxation? Lake Toxaway, Asheville, Chattanooga, suggestions?

     Plans are firm for the Virginia Beach rally, Sept. 11-15. hosted by members Hank and Stevie Giffin (757-583-8350 slgiffin@cox.net). This is going to be a fun rally at a great location and we are sure everyone will want to arrive early and leave late.
     We will camp at Holiday Trav-L-Park, two miles from the oceanfront with its many restaurants, shops, beach, and boardwalk. 

 There is a great bike path and the campground owns its own parking lot at the beach.  We will tour Nauticus (maritime-themed science center & museum) and the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB64) (www.nauticus.org), plus take a harbor cruise on the 135 ft. 3-masted topsail schooner American Rover (www.americanrover.com).

     Other available tours include the 800,000 gallon Virginia Aquarium (www.virginia aquarium.com) just 2 miles away; the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum (one of the largest collections of WWI and WWII era military aircraft in the world – www.militaryaviationmuseum.org) 10 miles away; the Ocean breeze Waterpark one mile away (www.OceanBreezeWaterpark.com); and a tour of the largest naval base in the world. This week precedes the Blue Angels air demonstration show (Sept 19-21) that you can see right from your site or see things close up at the nearby Naval Air Station Oceana. Demand for sites will be high.

Registration forms will go out later as we firm up activities and cost.
      With the huge success of the Jacksonville rally the excitement about this rally reached many CCI members who will also want to join us. We have a goal of 50 coaches and regional clubs are invited.  Don't wait and regret that the sites near the SECC group are all gone, or that all sites are gone, even in this large park. BOOK NOW!
     Go to www.campingvb.com  or  call 800-548-0223 and ask for June .Be sure to let them know you will be attending the SECC Rally.   Hank and Stevie negotiated discounts and reserved 30 Super sites at a rate of $66.87/night and 10 Full Hookup (no cable) sites at a rate of $38.48/night. These rates are also applicable 3 days prior to and after the rally dates. These sites will be held for us until July 11th. If you want to arrive early or stay late register now, as the sites around our dates book up early.  The very reasonable cancellation policy is shown on the website.
Charles McGairty
SECC Rally Co-ordinator