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The Wisconsin Snobird Club has already been busy with breakfast and lunch meetings for the early arrivals.
The first meeting for 2013 is Jan. 2 at the Orange Beach Community Center with a board meeting to follow. Other January key dates include: Jan. 9 – Breakfast, 8:30 p.m. at Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores (reserve at the meeting or 251-554-4889; 14 – Historic Pensacola trip; 16 – Meeting 8:30 a.m. Orange Beach Community Center; 19 – Trip to New Orleans; 22-23 Biloxi Overnight Casino Trip; 23 – Potluck, 11:30 Orange Beach Community Center; 26 – Senior Bowl Trip; 28-29 Golf Fun Days (sign up at meetings) and 30 – City of Fairhope Trip.
The club also offers golf outings Monday and Tuesdays and cards on Friday mornings. The full schedule is available online at: https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinsnowbirdclub/home . To become a member you can either join at the meetings or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Cal Thuot at email@example.com . The club president is Kenn Krouse 251 967 2463.
The Missouri Snowbird Club meets January through March. Regular meetings are held at 9 a.m. every other Wednesday at the Phoenix V Condos conference room. Bi-weekly breakfast meetings have been moved to 9 a.m. at Cobalt’s 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. The price is $10 plus tip. Dates include Jan. 9, 23; Feb. 6 and 20. Members participate in a golf scrambles every Wednesday afternoon. Sign up for the club’s regular Trivia Night fundraiser will move to the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Date is Feb. 16 and the event is a fundraiser for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Libraries. Tables of eight cost $120. Bring your own snacks, table decorations and libations. Details: www.mosnowbirds.org . Trivia Night contact: Judy Collier 314-609-0275.
The club meets the first Tuesday January through Mid March at Homeport Marina, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, Ala., for a buffet breakfast. The doors open at 8 a.m. and food is available at 8:30 a.m.. The cost is $8.50 including tax and gratuity. The club started nearly 20 years ago and still has an informal format with no dues or officers and meetings are manned by volunteers. The club attracts up to 300 people for the breakfast meeting where information will be available. There also is a website: www.mnal.org and a link to the club’s email contact.
Breakfast meetings are 8 a.m. Jan. 2, 9, 23 and 30; Feb. 6, 13 and 27 and March 6 and 13 at Hazel’s Seafood Restaurant in Orange Beach. Potluck luncheons are Noon Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. The club also has several “Eat and Talks” with dates to be announced. Details: Rich Smith 908-420-8806.
Regular breakfast meetings start Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. and are staged at Homeport Marina, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, Ala. the first and third Wednesdays including Jan. 16, Feb. 6, 20 and March 6 with a possible addition on the 20th. Reservations should be made the Sunday before the breakfasts. Contact: Dick Haberstroh 513-702-0639.
Here’s good news for David Seering fans! See him live on stage where he combines excellent music with exuberance and vitality that brings audiences to their feet. It takes place January 9 at Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church located at 200 Beach Drive in Destin beginning at 10:00 a.m. during the snowbird’s general meeting. It’s free to members of the Walton County Snowbirds. Bill Neidel, the club’s Information Officer, advises members to come early – 45 minutes to an hour! He points out, “The vendor tables are staffed with people who are knowledgeable about the region and who are particularly interested in snowbirds. Each one has useful information that improves the enjoyment of the Emerald Coast.”
Helen Hayes, legendary star of stage and screen reminded us, “…when books are opened you discover you have wings.” But, reading books is only half the fun! The other half comes during lively discussions about them and that occurs when the book discussion group gets together. First up on January 17 is “Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert facilitated by Karen Moosekian. Next, on February 14, it is “The Calligrapher’s Daughter” by Eugenia Kim Susan and on March 7 the group will discuss “Shanghi Girls” by Lisa See facilitated by Linda Muston. For details, contact Dee Trolian at firstname.lastname@example.org or Valerie Beall 850/837-8624. The Book Discussion group meets at the Conference Room of the Terrace Building at the Pelican Beach Resorts – 970 Highway 98 East in Destin at 1:45 p.m.
Calling all sopranos, altos, baritones and basses. The Snowbird Singers will get the season underway with a new director. She is Katie Ott whose music résumé includes many years as the principal harpist for symphonies in Pensacola, and Mobile in addition to, among others, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Northwest Florida. Rehearsals begin January 11 at Santa Rosa Community Church 3524 U.S. 98 10:30 a.m. For additional information, email Mert Thomasma atMert2@gmail.com .
Opportunities galore await snowbirds interested in quilting, crocheting, knitting, or lacing. Contact Carol E. Burrows at 850-837-8552 for details
Golf activity is ramping up with the start of the Tuesday golf league on January 8 and the Thursday league on Jan 10. A new 9-hole league is getting underway at Shalimar Pointe. Seven weeks, $126 (includes cart) on Monday afternoons. Begins January 14. Get details on these and other golfing opportunities athttp://www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com/Golf_PFWS.html .
Returning snowbirds may retrieve items from Affordable Storage between three and four p.m. Wednesday January 9, and 16 and February 4.
Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds. Reach him at email@example.com . For Snowbird information, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com
A Welcome Back Coffee kicks off a busy 2013 activity schedule at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Orange Beach Adult Activity Center at 26251 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Ala. Breakfast meetings are 7:45 a.m. Fridays at Lulu’s at Homeport Marina, 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores, Ala., every two weeks starting January 11. The club meets through March 8. Other activities include golf outings, book club, Snowbird play, day trips, games and more. Other January activities include: Jan. 16 – Potluck and Games, 10 a.m. at the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Dr., Gulf Shores; 24 – Book Club, 9:15 a.m. at Summer House Condos, 102-B, Gulf Shores and 30 – Fairhope Guided Tour, cost is $20. Social activities contact Marilyn Edwards 251-948-2878, Details: Gpott45@aol.com .
The big Canada Day celebration is set for Feb. 17 at a new venue at tbe Wyndham Bay Point Resort, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City, Fla.
A one-day ticket sale is Jan. 14 at Wyndham Bay Point Resort starting at 9 a.m. Tickets purchasers may buy up to one table of 10 and tickets are $22 (U.S.) per person.
Doors open at 3 p.m. with the program at 4:30 p.m. with the Parade of Flags. The annual event will include dinner, entertainment and dancing. Up to 1,000 people have attended past Canada Day events. Details: Jack Elliott CanadaDayPCB1@gmail.com or 807-852-3790.
The 2000-plus member Destin Snowbird club opened the season with a ribbon-cutting Nov. 19 for “The Roost” at the Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Drive, Destin, Fla. There are two meeting times starting in January because of the large membership size. The first meeting is Jan. 8 with entertainment by David Hall. Club dues are $8 per season. Full details on club activities are available at www.destinsnobirds.org.
The Fort Walton Beach Snowbird Club registration is 10 a.m. to Noon Jan. 2-4 at its headquarters at the Fort Walton Beach Elks Club located off Hwy.98 across from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Visitor Center. The registration fee is $7 per year.
After those dates, future registration is held each Tuesday through March 5.
The General Meetings are at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, Feb. 5 and March 5. Club socials are Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 10.
Members may sign up for club activities at registration. These range from golf, hand crafts, casino outings, discount movie tickets, social events, bowling, billiards and card games, including Sheepshead. The first meeting for the Craft Group 9 a.m., Jan. 7 at the Islander Beach Resort, 790 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa Island, Fla.)
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fwbsnowbirdsclub.com . After Jan. 1 – 850-243-4606.
Club meetings including Jan. 10, 24; Feb. 14, 18 and March 14 at 8 a.m. at Lulu’s Homeport. The club will support several Snowbird community fundraisers and will be looking for volunteers. The club also needs help managing publicity – anyone interested contact Brad Stryker email@example.com . Suggestions for activities are also welcomed. Contact Gene Blastic 574-772-5556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where do I start? First of all we are 1200+ strong and growing (except there is no building that can hold over 700 people in the area – We are a social club that has one heck of a good time besides the charity work we do for the area. Every second meeting of the month we have a food drive and every member brings nonperishables to the meeting – we have filled many pick-ups with food.
The Michigan Club will hold five meetings in 2011 in addition to numerous activities and fundraisers.
The New York Snowbirds are flocking to the Florida-Alabama Gulf Coast for another wonderful winter. The New York Snowbirds welcome guest speakers and entertainers to their luncheon events.
In January the group will gather for lunch at Shipp’s Harbor Grill, 27842 Canal Road, Orange Beach.
The Pensacola Beach Community Church invites Snowbirds of all denominations to join in various church activities.
A Snowbird Roost is Jan. 6 at the Perdido Bay Community Center from 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m.
Legend has it that the term Snowbird was first used to describe Canadians who often fled the brutal cold weather characteristic of our neighbors to the north.
Iowa Club meets for breakfast at 8 a.m., 2nd & 4th Wednesday, January 12th & 26th, February 9th & 23rd. They meet at Lulu’s Homeport on the north side of the Intracoastal Canal Bridge. Contact Doris Wolf at 251-981-6901 ext. 5908 for reservations.
Iowa Snowbirds Club Meeting
Wednesday January 12, 2011
submitted by: Alberta Kisling, Publicity Chair
The Iowa Snowbird Club met Wednesday January 12 at LuLu’s Homeport for breakfast with over 200 present.
President Marvin Hastings introduced Jan Taylor and Linda Spangrud who are chairing a gala 25th Anniversary event promoting literacy. They told of the millions who are dysfunctional due to impaired ability to read and asked for volunteers to help.
Herb Malone, CEO of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism spoke to us about their
summer nightmare due to the oil spill, but feels the worst is past. He said what we can do to help is to continue coming here and to spread the word to others that the deep cleaning is done and they are open for business. They operate two Welcome Centers, a web-site and have many events coming up.
President Hastings introduced first time attendees. He also introduced the Iowa Committee. Doris Wolf reported the tickets are about gone for the Low Country Boil, AJ Lang asked for volunteers for the Brat festival to be held February 5th and the pancake feed February 12th. Terry Kiser has done a great job on our web-site: www.iowa-alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org , Don Brown, Bob Matheson and Paul Stemmerman are in charge of the Golf Outings and golfers can sign up for outings on the club’s website or call Bob Brown at 251-980-8509 ext 40509 or Bob Matheson at 251-224-4171.
The first cocktail party will be January 21st at Phoenix V 24400 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach from 5 to 7 p,m. with Karen Shaffer, Karrol Subbert and Doris Wolf hosting. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage. No RSVP required.
The next breakfast will be January 26th at 8:30 at LuLu’s Homeport, RSVP by Saturday
January 22nd to Doris Wolf at 251-981-6901 ext 5908 or email email@example.com .