The Southeast Chapter took a respite from rallies between Christmas and New Year’s but started again in mid-January with our annual regional rally to Lazydays. In addition to the rally, elections were held, and some changes were made in our Board. The offices of President, Vice President and Secretary have changed.
After years of dedicated service, Pauline Shea will be able to enjoy our rallies as a Southeast member rather than our President. She worked tirelessly for many years and hopefully now she will be able to relax a little. There is simply not enough magazine space to share all that Pauline and her husband Ray, who is also a past chapter president have done for the Southeast Chapter. Thank you both for everything you have done above and beyond what any one of us expected. Ray is not finished yet, he is the newly elected Vice President and I am sure that Pauline will still play an active role.
We also have a new Secretary, Pat Lokar. Our Treasurer and web master Keith Landers and our membership chair, Yvonne Brim remain the same. Our Rally Coordinator, Doug Thompson has also retired, and we extend our sincere appreciation to him for all his hard work over the last several years.
Everybody that attended the Eastern Regional Rally at Lazydays, and the Supershow Rally had a great time! On our first night at the regional we had great unscheduled entertainment with SEACA’s own Larry Hornsby, Roger Dodger Darling Davis and our very welcome guest Carolyn Mack.
I would like to thank Barry & Laura Poole of Thornton Creek and Olde Beau Luxury Motorcoach resorts, American Coach and Lazydays for their support at our Supershow Rally. Thanks also goes out to all those that helped at the Supershow, we had our own tent city of pop ups, and great social hours. Our Low country boil cooks Rodney Renner and Keith Landers prepared a fantastic meal!
Southeast’s spring 2019 rally will be held at Florida Grande RV Resort in Webster, Florida. Our hosts are hard at work to provide us a great rally. We have not been to this location before and are looking forward to a fun filled event. Our hosts have planned a great schedule with meals, entertainment, socials and optional adventures. Sandy Gallup has put together a very informative agenda that is available at www.southeastaca.net. In case you missed it, Webster has a great flea market, information is available here http://websterwestsidefleamarket.com/
The Happy Wanderers are joining Southeast for the three-day pre-rally to the national rally in Texas. Just call the campground and reserve your early days. I strongly encourage attending our pre-rally, especially if you are a first timer, the slower pace and wonderful social hours allow for a great time reuniting with old friends and making new ones.
Southeast returns to the Gulf Waters RV Resort in Fort Myers Beach in October. This is a wonderful facility with great sites and a large well-equipped meeting room. There is a lot to do in this area. We had our first rally there in October 2018 and when we asked if there was an interest in a return the vote was unanimous with no recount required.
Our annual Christmas rally will be held at the award-winning Sun N Fun resort, Sarasota, FL. There is a lot to do in this area. Rally hosts Brett & Sandy Sloan, Martin Mancuso and Bob & Sue Moore are already making plans!
We are already making plans for January 2020! The Happy Wanderers and Southeast are once again joining together to have a pre-rally to the Regional. This event was a lot of fun last January and I look forward to attending this event.
Registration is available for the 2020 Regional and there is no up-front cost. Registration may be located at the Southeast web site.
Southeast will return to the Supershow Rally in January 2020! This will be our fourth annual adventure at the Supershow and each year our rallies have gotten bigger and better! Registration must be made through the Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association. Registration becomes available in early fall and will rapidly sell out!
Information, agendas and registration for our rallies is always available at www.myamericancoach.com and www.southeastaca.net.
Welcome to Southeast’s newest members! John & Margie Harvey, Polk City, FL, Bill & Betty Makowski, Grayling, MI, Mike & Cindy Watford, Kissimmee, FL and Donald & Connie Whitecotton, Montgomery, AL.
As the incoming President it will be my honor to work toward maintaining the friendly nature and active schedule of the Southeast Chapter. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.