166 snowbirds register for ‘fun in the sun’

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Mary Serniuk of Ontario (left) and Karen Dahl of Minnesota welcomed each other to another winter in Walton County during registration Nov. 26.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM.

If you ever needed an excuse to use the phrase, “Jumpin' Jehosafats!” you would have found it Monday morning, Nov. 26, because the joint was jumping at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall when snowbirds poured through the doors to register for the 2012-2013 season.

Many examined an activity list handed to them by the club’s gracious greeter, Mary Serniuk. Among the 166 snowbirds who registered were Judy McCauley of Marietta, Ohio, who has been a snowbird for 16 years and is looking forward to playing golf and bridge during January and February, and Diane and Don Harris of Ottawa, Canada, who have enjoyed the Emerald Coast golf links for the past seven years.

Here is a chance to make some good news — join the volunteer staff of the Walton County Snowbirds — and draw pleasure from making things happen. Opportunities to volunteer as a group leader or assistant leader abound. Enlist when membership registration continues from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach, and then recurs Dec. 10 and 17 and Jan. 2 and then continues each Monday. Better yet, email club president Tom Schwichtenberg at tswitz@cloudnet.com and let him know of your interest.

A special treat awaits those who attend the Walton County Snowbirds first general meeting of the season at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. That is when popular entertainer Chuck Lawson takes center stage. Maybe you caught his act at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaretville in Panama City or Destin’s Panama Joe’s where patrons tap their feet to the beat of his steel drum or his adopted repertory and style of country singer Johnny Cash. Come early; vendors will be on hand to greet you with news, information, and gifts you can use. Stick around for the drawing. Emerald Coast businesses are generous with welcoming gifts. Don’t miss out.

For readers, books scheduled for discussion this season are “Molohai” by Alan Brennert, “The Calligrapher's Daughter” by Eugenia Kim and “Shanghi Girls” by Lisa See.

The Snowbird Singers look forward to greeting their new director Katie Ott, who will assume leadership of the chorus that is now beginning its 14th season. In addition to unannounced material, the group’s repertoire will include I Love a Piano, Consider Yourself, Dry Bones, We're the Men of the Chorus, It's a Grand Night for Singing, How Can I Keep from Singing, Sentimental Journey, and The Journey. Singers may enroll in the group during regular registration at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall. The annual fee of $15 remains unchanged.

In-the-know golfers are aware that a Walton County Snowbird membership card means big savings at area golf courses. The card is an easy-pass to join golf leagues or a foursome for play days, scrambles, and the crème de la crème of Emerald Coast golf activity, the annual President’s Cup that takes place in conjunction with the Ladies Charity Scramble held in late February each year.



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