It’s quite unusual to see birds out after dark with the exception of the snowbirds of Walton County. This rare breed will brave the elements of driving rain, blustering winds and temperatures below the freezing mark just to get to their activities. Difficult as it may be to believe, more than 40 couples actually showed up for Ballroom Dancing in just those conditions. Approximately 120 snowbirds gathered to play Euchre last week, so first place winners Loreen Morgan and Sylvia Butts and second place winners Sally MacKenzie and Kay Lynch should be commended for their ability to beat out so many challengers. Congratulations to all.
There is still plenty of time to register to become a member of the Walton County Snowbird Club. Just show up any Monday until Feb. 3 at the Faith Fellowship Assembly Hall on S. Geronimo in Miramar Beach from 8:30-10:30 a.m. You will be able to sign up for more than 30 activities and purchase tickets for the Scholarship Raffle, The Ladies Luncheon/Fashion Show held at the Embassy Suites on Feb. 7 or The Valentine Dinner Dance on Feb. 15 at the Sandestin Hilton Ballroom. You can also sign up for the Biloxi bus trip to the Golden Nugget Casino on Feb. 5, where for a $15 fee you will receive $20 in free play thanks to the coordinating talents of Bob and Eunice Collins.
Local residents, who are retired senior citizens, are invited and encouraged to join our snowbird organization. There are several very active snowbirds who are full time residents of the Emerald Coast. One such volunteer is Valerie Beall, a young minded woman in her ninth decade of life, who has been a leader in the Book Discussion Group for nearly 20 years. Those with more than a part time Florida residence have taken on board positions and key roles in structuring the club.
Some locals belong to the Snowbird’s “Singles Group” and others have joined to meet people their age with like interests. Participation in the activities is available to all members. We are always happy to welcome those who permanently live here, particularly when they extend their help to make our club run smoothly in the months before some of the Northern snowbirds are able to arrive.
Last week the general meeting was well attended and all were remarkably entertained by the outstanding performance of David Seering. Many members received discounts for restaurants, hair or nail salons, golf and other events by visiting the vendor tables prior to the start of the meeting. There were also lots of snowbirds who left with smiles on their faces and coupons, gift cards and prizes in their hands courtesy of the very generous area merchants who donated a substantial amount of door prizes.
If you were unable to attend the meeting last week you will want to know that the next general meeting will be Feb. 12, at the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Before the meeting begins you will have a final opportunity to register for the Walton County Snowbird Club this season. The general meeting will include entertainment, door prizes and a bountiful supply of local information furnished by the purveyors of the area. Taking place at this meeting will be the drawing for the beautiful gift basket valued at more than $350 sponsored by the Walton County Snowbird Scholarship Raffle. Tickets will be available prior to the beginning of the meeting, but you do not need to be present to win this raffle. The money goes toward a $1,000 scholarship presented to two deserving senior class members of South Walton High School.
There are a number of golf events coming up in the near future. Checking at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com under the “Golf Tab” will provide you with information on the President’s Cup, the Snowbird Cup, the Women’s Charity Scramble as well as other play dates and scrambles. The website contains information on all snowbird activities; visiting it will keep you up to date.
Karen Moosekian, editor in chief for the Walton County Snowbirds, can be reached at email@example.com.