Country Coach International is the ORIGINAL Country Coach Owners Club
Country Coach International (CCI) was founded in 1984 and headquartered in Junction City, Oregon until around 2010 - where all Country Coaches were made. CCI continues to celebrate approximately 400 members across the country and internationally as the FOURTH LARGEST FMCA CHAPTER!
CCI invites Country Coach Owners to join the Club for fun and fellowship. Our Members enjoy Discounts and Special Offers from our many Business Partners to enhance their RV lifestyle. Our website, Monthly eNewsletters and a dedicated Club Office provide important links for RV Parts/Service/Repair Centers, even Resorts and other assistance to help our fellow Coach Owners. CCI Rallies are held across the country to provide education, entertainment, services and information for the elite lifestyle you enjoy. CCI Rallies are always open to all brand coach owners.
CCI Celebrates 30 years with $50 Membership and No Assorted Fees!
November, 1984, marked the official registration of Country Coach International as a Chapter of FMCA. The Club was named "International Country Coach Country Club" at the first rally and this didn't change until 1992 when it became Country Coach International (CCI).
Fast forward to 2014 and CCI is enjoying 30 continuous years as the ORIGINAL Country Coach Owners Club with happy members in 50 states, including Hawaii and Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom, The Virgin Islands and even Germany! To celebrate this exciting milestone, CCI announces the following:
$50 gets you full annual membership in CCI for New, Renewed or Lapsed Members……No Assorted Fees!
Join, renew or rejoin online, by mail or call the Club office and be a part of this active non-profit organization! Enhance your elite RV lifestyle and meet other "World's Finest" Country Coach Owners wherever you roam.
Former CCI members whom now own "another brand" of coach are eligible to be full members.
Members enjoy some of the lowest rally registration rates (includes full hook-up camping fees for 4-5 nights, fabulous food, exciting entertainment, RV related education, on-site coach service, crafts, games, dancing, shopping and much more at various sites around the country with friends, old and new). CCI Rallies are always open to all brands of motorcoaches. Sign up now for the next CCI Rally!
Reap the rewards! Special offers and discounts just for members that enhance your FMCA benefits are listed within each eNewsletter and on this website. Check out the "Resources, Industry Links, Partners and Discounts" for new additions to the continually growing list of CCI partners.
We value our members and look forward to seeing you somewhere up the road real soon. Happy Travels!
The Place was Dodger Stadium, the Year, 1984. Here, a group of 28 Country Coach motorcoach owners gathered to form what is known today as the Country Coach International Club. Their goal was simple--to promote the recreation lifestyle as a whole, enjoying the unique camaraderie afforded by
(Ron Lee and Blanche Miller)
motorcoach travel and rallying as a group of Country Coach owners in exciting areas across the nation. In 1984, the Club was chartered as an International Chapter of the Family Motor Coaching Association and has become one of the larger independent RV clubs in North America. In November 2009, CCI celebrated its 25th anniversary with FMCA.
From its humble beginnings, this club has grown to 400-500 members today. In fact, Country Coach International is one of the larger FMCA Motorcoach chapters in the nation.
Rallying revelry with a distinct Country Coach flavor is offered throughout different regions of the country each year. Since 2009 we have gathered together for rallies in
(First Country Coach)
Myrtle Beach, SC, Kerrville, TX, Urbanna, VA, Tucson, AZ and Charlotte, NC. Watch the Rally Schedule for upcoming events.
Several active Area Country Coach Clubs also function independently and maintain robust schedules of activities of their own. Bringing club members living within a specific geographic region together, these local chapters embark on varied group outings and activities in addition to the regularly scheduled Club-wide rallying opportunities. See the Regional Clubs Listing.
At each rally, CCI supports chosen charities by raising money through various fundraisers. From 1990-2005, Country Coach International supported Dogs for the Deaf, Through its donations, the club placed over 26 hearing dogs in many states nationwide, at a cost of $5,000 per sponsorship fee. 2006-2009 the club has supported Children’s Miracle Network at rallies raising thousands of dollars to benefit children in need within the areas of the country where we rally. Since 2010 we choose a local charity to support such as Flood relief in Iowa, a Native American Mission in Tucson and the Speedway Children’s Charities in Charlotte.
Through the Years . . .
YOUR CLUB PRESIDENTS
1984-1986 Jack Gossett
1986-1989 Brenda Kozachuk
1989-1990 Bill Koerner
1991-1993 George Shallbetter
1993-1995 Mark Layton
1995-1997 Bill Pontsler
1997-1999 Ed Carter
1999-2001 Bob Colclazier
2001-2002 Ray Stevens
2002-2004 Bob Pastorello
2004-2008 Jerry O’Connor
2008- 2009 Ted Wright
2010- 2012 Jack Hoadley
2012-2014 Bill Brock
2014 - Lee Zaborowski
2016-2017 Board of Directors Officers
Below are the CCI Officers for the 2016-2017 term. Please feel free to contact a Board Member if you have questions, suggestions or ideas to enhance your Club Experience. They are here to assist you! To meet the Board Members in person - come to a CCI Rally!
Mike Sowers, FL
I am married to my High School sweetheart, and the love of my life, Pam. This year we celebrate 39 years and with God’s help we look forward to at least 39 more! We have two adult daughters. Pam and I were originally from Southeastern Ohio but have spent most of our lives, nearly 30 years, in New England. I did my undergraduate work at Ohio University and completed my Master’s at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. My professional background is in technology and I’ve worked as a Technology Executive with companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation and Fidelity Investments while in the North East and have had the opportunity to travel internationally. When I was growing up my parents had a tent camper and then a trailer and then a Class C so I always knew that the RV life style would one day envelope us. We started with a Ford E150 Van which we humbly equipped on our own as our “camper”, then much later in life, we purchased our first Class A in 2004 and our first Country Coach in 2005. We’re now on our third CC (a 2006 Intrigue) and could not live without our CC friends and coach (which we call BB for “Big Bus”). We formed our foundation of Country Coach Friendships with the Country Coach Nor’easters and were warmly welcomed into the CC family by Jack and Donna Hoadley. Having now been a part of the Nor’easters and CCI for several years we continue to be overwhelmingly blessed with friendships in many of the States up and down the Eastern Seaboard. We are now located in Florida and I continue to work as a Chief Information Officer for a software engineering firm. We are looking forward to our retirement, but are leaving that timing up to the Lord. It is a privilege to serve as the VP of Membership and I look forward to developing more lifelong Country Coach Friendships and helping to grow our great CCI Club.
Bill Sax, IL
Senior Vice President
In 1976 I married my High School sweetheart, Rita, and in 2016 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary with all our kids at Disney World, loved Fort Wilderness. We have two adult daughters and five grandchildren (4 boys & 1 girl). I am a US Army veteran and a retired police officer from the Belleville, Illinois Police Department. In 2009, after 30 years I retired as Captain and Patrol Division Commander. After retirement I assumed the job as Deputy Director of the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. Rita & I purchased “CC” (that’s the name of our Country Coach) in April, 2014 and are fulfilling a lifelong dream to own a motor coach. We went from tent camping (too hot in the summer), to time share owners and now to really big coach owners. Though I am still working a full time job we get out a lot & try to spend 120-140 days a year in our coach. We frequently travel with some variation of our grandkids & are giving them life long memories. Living near St Louis we are branching out in all directions to “see America,” so far we have visited 22 states. I plan on retiring again in the Spring of 2019 and hope to start full-time RVing. We discovered Country Coach International & are cherishing the new friends we are making and the loving knowledge we are getting from fellow Country Coach owners.
Buddy Bordes, LA
Four years ago after retiring from Shell Oil and Ann retiring from teaching, we began our RV experience. Since our journey began, we have traveled over 30,000 miles and have met many wonderful friends. Joining several motor home clubs introduced us to people from all over the United States. We have traveled through 30 states and have seen hundreds of interesting sites. So far our trip to the Grand Canyon was our most enjoyable. In the future we are planning on attending more rallies visiting with old friends as well as making new ones. Our only barrier has been missing our three boys and five grandchildren. They all live in New Orleans and we are a very close family. The grandchildren stay with us a lot and we are attached to seeing them almost every day. Skype does help some and we are hoping to take a few trips with some of them soon.
Eric Arnold, TX
CCI FMCA National Director
My wife, Bunny, and I have been married for almost 25 years and we have two boys, Josh age 12 and Gage age 9. Our home is wherever we park it! We have been full timing for two years in our 2008 Affinity and we absolutely love it. Before that we lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex where we both worked as Air Traffic Controllers. I retired after 25 years and Bunny after 18. We decided about two years before I retired that we wanted to travel the country and to see everything that makes the United States great. It took us almost that whole two years to find the perfect RV which turned out to be a Country Coach and we couldn't have made a better decision. We like being outdoors where we get to hike and bike. We want to see as many National Parks and Monuments that we can, we've been to 44 so far. We like to go snow skiing but we also really like the beach! I like to golf and fish and really like college football. BOOMER SOONER! We enjoy experiencing and teaching the boys our country's history instead of them just reading it from a book. Along with being members of CCI we are members of Fulltime Families which is a group of families with children that travel full time on the road. We have been members of CCI for almost two years and always enjoy getting to catch up with our CCI family.
Tammy Toalson, FL
Rick and I have been traveling in a Country Coach for 11 of our 12 years motor-homing and 10 of those we have been members in CCI. I became more involved with the Club in 2011 when CCI conducted a contest to come up with a new logo for our Club. I began embroidering the new logo on shirts, hats and other items for the Club and we started attended more rallies to bring products to you. As I have become more involved in the rallies, I have become more interested in serving as a Board member for CCI. I am looking forward to serving you as VP of Rallies.
Lee Zaborowski, MO
VP of Marketing & Publications
Jeanne, my wife, and I are from the upper Midwest and have resided, at one time or another, in Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri. We have three children and four grandchildren. Since I retired four years ago, we and the two family cats are on the road regularly, touring the States in our Country Coach. I am a member of four motorhome clubs, including being the Newsletter Publisher for two of them. In addition I do 'RV Photography' Seminars. I fell in love with the outdoors, as a youth during the 40s and 50s, during the then annual summer trips to a resort in northern Wisconsin. Since those days I've lugged canvas tents around Idaho to fly fish, and progressed to long bicycle touring/camping trips of 1,000 miles or more, all over the United States, carrying clothes, camping gear, tools, etc. in panniers on the bike. Adding up all those tent, bicycle and RV trips would probably get you around 200,000 miles. I am a retired university educator, both as a chemistry teacher, and later an administrator in Adult and Continuing Education programs. I have authored four books. Just over a year ago I authored a new book, RVers BEST PUBLIC CAMPGROUND. The book is about RV camping in the public campgrounds spread across the U.S. These campgrounds are managed by and located on state, city, county or federal agency park lands. Being in a public park environment, campground sites tend to be among woods, spread out, and non-commercial. Jeanne and I both enjoy photography and did all the photos in the book.
Pete Hays, SD
Alternate CCI FMCA National Director
Life in a motor home started for me in 2007 with a Winnebago Class A. In October, 2010, a very nice 2000 Magna entered my life and very shortly after that I joined CCI. I haven’t always been but am now single and since 2012 a full timer with a South Dakota residency. Winterizing the coach is done by staying in Florida over the winter and then moving north as weather permits. Charlotte, in 2012, was my first rally and I now try to attend at least one rally a year. The last few years I’ve been participating in Habitat for Humanity builds with other RV’ers at various locations around the country, something that I find very rewarding.
Gerry Conway, GA
I am married to my best friend, Jack and we have four children and 10 grandchildren ranging in age from 17 to 3. I was in the travel business for over 30 years and sold my business in 2000. During my working life, I was also involved in many professional societies including Rotary. Jack & I have traveled the world and until recently had never toured the US. We purchased our first Motorcoach in 1980, a Winnebago, which we thought we would use to see some of the US. Since Jack & I both owned our own businesses and we traveled overseas on a regular basis we used the motorcoach to take our kids back and forth to Auburn and Vanderbilt. We sold that coach and didn’t buy another until our first used Country Coach in 2004. We thought we would try it since we both no longer had companies that we were responsible for. Well we fell in love with it. However, we could not go full time because my husband got involved in politics and we had to plan our trips around his schedule. For the last three years we have been free as birds and travel all the time. It has taken our family a while to adjust but they have. We belonged to a few FMCA clubs but joined Ken Dangelo when he started the Southeast Country Coachers. CCI is the best club we have belonged to and the people are great. In my professional life I have been involved in many organizations and political organizations but I have to tell you Country Coach is the best. Hobbies include Jack, golf, traveling, grandkids, reading, entertaining and cooking.
Donna Hoadley, NY & FL
Joe Mikan, IL
Lynn and I live in Lockport Illinois, which is 35 miles southwest of Chicago. Our first motorhome was a classic front wheel drive GMC. In 2007 we purchased a 1995 Country Coach Intrigue, joined CCI, and attended our first rally at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Since that time we have attended one or more CCI rallies every year, and joined three regional CCI clubs. We now have a 1999 Country Coach Magna. I am the third generation in our family business which is insurance and real estate investments. I was also very involved in local county government, serving terms as county auditor, county board commissioner, and finally as county board president. Our company owns several properties across Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, one of which is a golf course where Lynn and I live. We have a second home in Fort Myers Florida where Lynn spends the winter, while I commute between Illinois and Florida.
Lee Zaborowski, MO
Bill Brock, NJ
Jack Hoadley, MA