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Michigan Snow Bird Club  FOUNDED 1994

Michigan Snow Bird Club FOUNDED 1994


Michigan Club Snowbird news


Submitted January 30, 2014


The next general meeting of the Michigan Club will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Meyer Center from 10-12.  Sign up for activities and listen to a representative of the Red Cross explain needs in Baldwin County.  Enjoy the entertainment and win a door prize.  Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  Future general meetings will be held on February 20th, and March 6th.  The end of the year picnic will be held on March 13th


Interested in a trip to the Imperial Palace in Biloxi to try your luck?  The casino trip is scheduled on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.   Cost is $10 per person.  Registrants will receive $15 in free play and the $5 coupons from the Mullet Wrapper will be accepted.  Contact Jack Dunn at or 231-971-3504 or sign-up at the Michigan Club meetings.


The weather has not been cooperative for the Michigan Club men and women’s golf league.  Thirty-two golfers braved the cold at Marcus Pointe on January 22nd.  Temperatures at tee-off were 38 degrees.  It poured for our outing at Perdido Bay on January 26th and we were frozen out of Glen Lakes on January 29th.  Upcoming golf activities for men and women include the following outings and events:


Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Harry Roberts Center.  Golf sign up for February and March will be held from 12 – 2 p.m.  Attendees can also sign up for the Michigan Club and other activities at that time.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  There will be a 10:00 shotgun at Cypress Bend.  Cost is $48.00 including golf, cart and tax.  Contact Lynn Wilhelm at 251-967-1138


Monday, February 10, 2014.  There will be a 12:00 shotgun at Gulf Shores Golf Club.  Cost is $45.00 and includes golf, cart and tax.  Contact Bud Krukowski at 251-975-0459.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  The Michigan Club has tee-times from 9:32 TO 12:44 at Peninsula.  Cost is $52.00 including golf, cart and tax.  Contact Sheri Plumley at 231-690-2666.


Monday, February 17, 2014.  There will be a 12:00 shotgun at Rock Creek.  Cost is $42.00 including golf, cart and tax.  Contact Tom Tylka at 517-499-5671.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  There will be a 12:00 shotgun at Perdido Bay.  Cost is $37.00 including golf, cart and tax.  Contact John McIntyre at 251-980-5666.


Ladies golf is scheduled every Tuesday at 10:30.  Call Shirley Mossner at 248-250-2948 by Sunday each week to let her know you would like to play.


The third luncheon will be held on February 14th at Zen Restaurant, 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach.  Cost is $15 and all tickets must be prepaid.  Sign up at the next meeting or call Ed Phillipson at 989-621-9755.  The menu is available for all luncheons on the website,  The fourth luncheon will be held on February 28th at Toby Keith’s at noon.  Cost will be $12.50 and advance reservations are required.


Michigan Club members play horseshoes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores.  Call Jim Honkanen at 251-980-5757 if you want to play.


St Andrew by the Sea Community Church on Fort Morgan Road will host a benefit concert featuring the Four Winds Barbershop group.  It will be held on February 10th at 7:00 p.m.  The St Andrew men will accept a love offering with proceeds going to South Baldwin area charities.


The Snowbird bowling charity event will be held on February 11th at 1:00 at the Foley Bowling Alley.  Get a four-person team together and have some fun at this “8 pin no tap” event.  We currently have one team set, but we can have as many teams as we want.  Contact Diane Ranshaw at 517-646-9667 or Ray Denton at 517-525-3734.


The Annual Brat Fest will be on Saturday, February 15th at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores from 10:30 until they are sold out.  There will be a drive-up option or you can eat on site.  Cost is $4 for each brat.  The proceeds go to the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan Fire and Rescue Departments.


The annual Snowbird Blood Drive with the American Red Cross will be held on Monday, February 17th at the Adult Activity Center in Gulf Shores from 9:00 to 3:00.  Contact Chuck or Kay Skully at 251-980-5775.


The Michigan Club has scheduled a Mobile Harbor tour for Wednesday, February 19th.  The boat, the Osprey, will depart from the Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL.  See the Mobile Skyline, the shipyards, the cruise port and many other sights. The tour will load at 11:45 and depart at 12:00 noon, returning at 2:00.  The cost of the tour is $16.25 and you need to register in advance.  Register at the next club meeting or contact Jack Dunn at 251-971-3504.  You can have lunch on your own at the restaurant before or after the tour.  Call 251-625-1998 for reservations.


There will be a Michigan Yooper Luncheon on February 19th at 11:00 at Hazels in Orange Beach.  No reservations are needed.


The Low Country Boil will be held at the Gulf Shores Zoo on Friday, February 21, 2014.  There will be four seatings  at 10:30, 11:45, 1:00 and 2:15.


The West Beach Grill is hosting a “Fish Flinger” on Thursday, February 27th at 1:00.  If you’ve dreamed of taking part in the April Mullet Toss at the Flora Bama, this event for Michigan Snowbirds will get you ready.


The annual law enforcement luncheon will be held on February 27th at Ryan’s in Foley at noon.  All retired and former law enforcement officers and their spouses are invited.  Josh Coleman, the community resource officer in the Gulf Shores Police Department will be the guest speaker.  For reservations, contact Tom Westgate at 269-252-7029


The annual Michigan Club trip to the Pensacola Dog Track will be held on Saturday, March 1st.  Enjoy a day at the track with lunch featuring fried chicken with all the trimmings and dessert.  Contact Jack Dunn at 251-971-3504.


Submitted by Lynn Wilhelm




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Michigan Snowbird Club

The Michigan Club will hold five meetings in 2014. The remaining dates are as follows: February 6, 2014, February 20, 2014 and March 6, 2014
Meetings are held at the Erie Meyer Center in Gulf Shores starting at 10:00 am. The doors open at 8:30 am and coffee and donuts are available at 9:00 am. The meetings include entertainment, announcements of Club activities and door prizes. Membership to participate in the meetings costs only $3.00 total per person for the entire year. At each meeting the Club sells door prizes tickets and they are $1 each. You have to have a ticket to win a door prize. You can buy as many as you wish.  The income from this helps pay for the coffee & donuts and helps cover the rental cost for the Meyer Center.


The Michigan Snowbird Club is 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.

Every February we have a blood drive and last year our club proudly donated over 120 pints of blood.  We would like to think that is a record for visitors in an area.  There were other blood drives (Hosted by various groups) and they averaged about 30 pints.

The Michigan Club along with all the other snowbird clubs have adopted the Fire Departments in our area and we had a brat fest (bratworst sandwiches) we sold over 3,500 sandwiches in about a 5 hour period and over the past three years have donated 7,000 to the fire departments. Many of our snowbirds do volunteer work and Michigan Club has our
wonderful clowns that go to various hospitals and entertain the children on a regular basis.  We help at the local zoo, schools, hospitals, churches and organize dances, etc.

Most of all WE HAVE A KAZOO BAND!  And we are twenty strong and every meeting we parade around the hall with our theme song “when the saints go marching in”  I’m not saying we are great but if you have ever tried to play a kazoo, march, wave and smile at the same time you have to know how much laughter there is   – we have a go cart race and the competition is fierce – at the end of the year we have a mullet toss at the famous Flora-Bama in March of every year -  so that’s a small portion of what we do and are.

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