Emerald Coast … A Second Home
Canadian Snowbirds Timi Millar and her husband, Tom, of Winnipeg, Manitoba met more than 25 years ago while competing in the sport of Curling.
Not sure what that is? The sport is sometimes called “chess on ice” and involves polished granite stones, called rocks. Two teams of four players take turns sliding the rocks across the ice curling sheet toward the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones.
The couple has contemplated bringing their equipment with them on their next trip south to introduce the sport to locals at the ice rink at Sandestin’s Village at Baytowne Wharf.
But, chances are with their busy schedule, time on the ice might be hard to find.
The Millars are part-time locals spending five months on the Emerald Coast of Florida each year. And, they are among the most active contributors in area Snowbird clubs.
Timi has served previously as the president of the Destin Snowbird Club and is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Walton County Snowbird Club. Tom works behind the scenes but is just as active as his wife. They both are active golfers and Timi also volunteers with the Friends Guild of the Destin Library.
“We volunteer because it is our way of giving back,” said Timi who shared that she and Tom were a “team” in their volunteer pursuits.
The couple are “Life Members” of the Destin Snowbird Club and if the board progression continues, Timi will be president of the 2000+ member Walton Snowbird Club in a couple of years.
Tom had a 35 year career as a draftsman with the Department of Natural Resources while Timi has “retired” from the field of dental hygiene, but continues to work as a dental receptionist during the non-Florida months.
“We first visited in 1988 when Tom’s parents were wintering here and simply fell in love with the area,” Timi said. “What keeps us coming back is the friends we have made, those beautiful beaches and the fact that any day can be a good day for golf. This year is our 27th trip to what has become ‘home.”
The couple recommends joining a Snowbird club as one of the best ways to meet people, find activities and enjoy your winter stay.
They’ve traveled many different routes but say that the Emerald Coast is their “very favorite place.”