Numbers sometimes have odd correlations. For instance, the lower the number on the thermometer reaches in the north, the higher the number of snowbirds registering for the Walton County Snowbird Club. They added 60-plus new snowbirds in the second week of registrations bringing the total just shy of 250 members.
Showing up on a Monday morning with your $9 fee, beginning again Jan. 6 and continuing every Monday until Feb. 3 at the Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo in Miramar Beach, will help increase that membership number to around 2,000 members by the end of the season. Those in charge of registration came up with a unique way to relieve snowbirds of that single dollar left over from their registration fee. They placed a basket on the table for anyone who wanted to donate their extra dollar to Children in Crisis, a non-profit organization that provides homes and establishes hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of Northwest Florida. What a generous thought for a very worthy cause.
Aside from receiving your membership card and the ability to sign up for more than 30 activities, one more important order of business can be taken care of at registration. You can purchase your “winning ticket” for The Walton County Snowbird Scholarship Raffle. For many years now, the club has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to two deserving South Walton High School seniors.
A beautiful gift basket, valued at more than $350, will be raffled off at the general meeting held Feb. 12 with the monies collected going toward those scholarships. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at each Monday registration as well as at the general meetings until the drawing. The winner does not need to be present to win this raffle’s gift basket loaded with certificates for local restaurants, rounds of golf, local stores, entertainment venues, and more.
For any snowbird who was unable to attend the Walton County Snowbird general meeting held Dec. 11 at the Destin Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church, you won’t have long to wait for the next one which is scheduled at 10 a.m. Jan. 9 at the same location. Take time now to mark your calendars because you surely do not want to miss another general meeting. Among the things you will be foregoing is a chance to win valuable door prizes collected by Jeannette Diggins and her dedicated team of canvassers. They have been busy gathering generous donations from the area merchants. Your membership card is your admission ticket for the General meeting.
Left behind treasures can be collected from Affordable Storage, 114 Sugar Drive, from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 30 and Jan. 3, 10 and 17.
Karen Moosekian, editor in chief for the Walton County Snowbirds, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.