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The 2018 Illinois Club will meet the second and fourth Fridays in January and February and March 9 at GT’s On the Bay (26189 Canal Rd, Orange Beach). Door open at 7:30 a.m. RSVP: 630-738-8717.

Recent News

On Friday, January 5th, over 90 Illinois Snowbirds attended a Welcome Back Coffee at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center. Donuts and coffee provided by the Breuggemans (thanks!).

 
President Dennis Thorn welcomed everyone and introduced Ken Grimes, Orange Beach City Administrator. Ken discussed a whole range of topics affecting Orange Beach. This included 2 new bridges, 2 new schools, improvements to the fishing wall at Perdido Pass, continuation of the Leave Only Footprints program, the new hike in rental tax, and others. He said that Orange Beach will be debt-free in 2 years.
 
We appreciate the hospitality shown us by Carolyn and Angie at the Senior Center. 

 

CLUB HISTORY

The Illinois Snowbird Club originated in 1997 when approximately 40 to 45 residents from the Bloomington-Normal area met at a local Restaurant for coffee and to discuss the possibility of forming a State Club.

Today we have a total of 458 members who enjoy wintering in the Gulf Coast area. Our members represent 130 towns and cities in Illinois.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The overall theme of the club is to make the Gulf Coast community a better place to live and vacation through our participation in social and cultural events. Along with the social aspects, the club has direct involvement with the Snowbird Brat Fest, the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade, and the Snowbird Play.

Many other volunteer opportunities are made available to the members at the breakfast meetings. Members are then encouraged to consider these causes and to share a portion of their talents for the good of our Gulf Coast Community. Many of our members are doing so today.

ILLINOIS SNOWBIRDS OFFICERS – 2010

PRESIDENT GERALD “BUCK” BUCKLER

PRESIDENT ELECT

SECRETARY CHARLOTTE GOUGEON

DONNA TROXELL

TREASURER CHARLIE NEFF

JOHN MOORE

PUBLICITY JOHN JAMES

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

MEMBERSHIP PHYL JAMES & BRUCE BORINO

SOCIAL FRANK & JAN BORROR

DOOR PRIZES KEN COLE & PHYL JAMES

GOLF OUTING ERIC WILSON

COMMUNITY, BRAT FEST DORIS & JOHN HULETT

50/25/25 JOE & CHRIS FREDERICK

EARLENA JEPPSON

KEN & CAROL HEYSE

REGISTER FUN DAY RICH HUIZINGA

PAST PRES & NOM CHAIR FRANK BORROR

RESERVATIONS RICH & NANCY HUIZINGA, 251.948.7709

BILL & EILEEN KOLEK, 251.948.5939

SHIRTS NANCY HUIZINGA

NAME BADGES FRANK BORROR

Year Club was Found:

1997

Location:

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Officers:

President: Steve Hammer

Contact Info:

Publicity: John James, 847-220-1674

Schedule:

2017 Tentative Activity Schedule

January

Friday-6th @ 10 am Welcome Back Coffee—Orange Beach Sr. Center (Gail Brueggeman 981-1984)

Friday-13th @ 8 am Breakfast at Cayman Grill (doors open7:45) Tentative speaker Patti Hall (Zoo progress)

Tuesday-17th @ 5 pm Potluck and games Gulf Shores Activity Center (Chris Frederick-251-967-9860)

Thursday-19th @ 9:30 am Book Club, Orange Beach Library

Monday-23rd @ 10 am and 12:30 pm Sea Sand and Stars Open House (RSVP to nwbryant@bcbe.org).

Friday 27th @ 8am Breakfast Cayman Grill (doors open- 7:45) Tentative Speaker: Lt. Roberts, (Orange Beach P.D)

February

Saturday 4th @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Snowbird Brat Fest Erie Meyer Center (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808)

Saturday 4th @ 6 pm Trivia Night Orange Beach Event Center

Tuesday 7th @ 5 pm Potluck and games Gulf Shores Activity Center (Chris Frederick 251-967-9860)

Friday 10th @ 8 am Breakfast at Cayman Grill (doors open 7:45) Tentative speaker: Rio Barlow (Coastal Ballet)

Saturday 11th @7:30 am Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast (7:30am) Erie Meyer Center, Gulf Shores (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808)

Thursday 16th @ 9:30am Book Club, Orange Beach Library

Friday 17th @ 11 am Low Country Boil [Location TBA] (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808)

Friday 24th @ 8 am Breakfast at Cayman Grill (doors open 7:45) Tentative speaker: Mike Bailey (Fort Morgan Historical Site)

March

Tuesday 7th @ !1:30 am Picnic in the Park, Johnnie Sims Park, 348 W. 19th Ave. Gulf Shores [back-up “Weather location”- Gulf Shores Activity Center] (Chris Frederick 251-967-9860)

Friday 10th @ 8 am Breakfast, Cayman Grill (doors open 7:30am) No speaker. Year End Business.