Super Bowl Sunday would probably hold a little more excitement for the nearly 1,700 Walton County Snowbirds if say, perhaps, Green Bay or the Bears or the New England Patriots were participants. Even so, you can be sure that they will attend parties and root for the Broncos or the Seahawks although there might not be any regional affiliation to either team. After all, Super Bowl is a competition and snowbirds are a competitive species — particularly when it concerns golf.
Snowbirds know all about the President’s Cup, the Ladies Charity Scramble and the newly added competition for the season — the first annual Snowbird Cup pitting the Destin Snowbirds against the Walton County snowbirds. You can bet that the Destin group would like to have Walton County snowbird Kate Blundell playing for them. Kate, a member of the Winoa Golf Course in Syracuse, N.Y., got her first hole-in-one on Jan. 14 using a 7-iron to score an ace on the 70-yard sixth hole of The Golf Garden. Congratulations Kate.
The last formal Monday registration for this season will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at Faith Fellowship Assembly Hall on S. Geronimo in Miramar Beach. It will be the last time that activity leaders will be present for you to add your name to their lists.
The next general meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive. Prior to the start of the meeting there will be one last opportunity to register for the Walton County Snowbird Club for this season. Arrive early because our snowbird artists will display their work before the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The entertainment for this meeting will be provided by Chuck Lawson, dubbed the “Tropical Man” because of his island style music versions of popular songs. Chuck flavors his music with Caribbean rhythms delivered by his guitar and steel drum.
The Walton County Snowbird Scholarship Raffle winning ticket will be pulled at this meeting, so some lucky ticket holder will take home the beautiful gift basket valued at more than $350, and two senior class members from South Walton High School will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The meeting will end with the distribution of prizes donated by merchants along the Emerald Coast. Should you be a winner, please thank the business that provided your gift. Aside from being the proper thing to do, supporters need to know that their generous donations are being used and appreciated.
If you enjoy any of the perks you receive by belonging to the Walton County Snowbirds and you would like the activities to continue, you might think about volunteering to make it happen. That is exactly what your present board did. They are all volunteers who stepped up to take their turn to make sure this wonderful organization continues. There definitely will be an opening for co-second vice president, as the current president becomes the past president and the co-vice presidents move up. Local retirees are sincerely encouraged to take an active role by providing leadership for a couple of months until the Northern snowbirds are able to arrive. Please contact any board member to inquire about their experience and see if a board position will fit into your schedule Becoming involved assures that the Walton County Snowbirds will endure. Perhaps this will be the year you take your turn.
Although it’s not a board position, the person who leads the Prize Committee is planning on retiring from her duties. Jeanette Diggins has had this job for several years and still plans to be on the Prize Committee, but not lead it. She has a great crew in place to help her and they all plan to remain. Jeanette will work closely with the new leader for one more year before taking a less prominent role. There could not be a better time to step into this position. Hopefully, if you like the prize dispersal at the end of the meetings, you will seriously consider doing something to assure it continues.
Checking the website www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com will keep you up to date.
Karen Moosekian, editor in chief for the Walton County Snowbirds can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org