This week offers a couple of different type of snowbirds. There are those who are staying put and those who will be on the move. Many snowbirds have already settled in to the Walton County modus operandi and plan to spend the Christmas holidays celebrating either with other snowbirds or with family making the effort to visit them at their winter locale.

Meanwhile other snowbirds are still back home planning to enjoy the holidays with family and friends before packing it up and heading toward Destin. Whichever category that you fit into, the Walton County Snowbird Club officers and board bids each of you safe travels and the very best wishes for an amazing Christmas celebrated just the way you want.

Although holiday planning is on everyone’s mind this week, that doesn’t mean that you can’t give a thought to what is ahead for snowbirds when you turn the calendar page to January.

There will be a Monday morning registration on Jan. 6, the first one for 2014. In fact there will be a registration every Monday until the final one of the season held on Feb. 10, always at the Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall from 8:30–10:30 am. Those registrations are important because for $9 you are able to select activities to participate in based on your interests ... all you need to do is just sign up.

 Also available is the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket or two for a beautiful gift basket, valued at more than $350, for the Walton County Snowbird Scholarship Raffle. For many years, the snowbirds have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to two deserving senior class members of South Walton High School who otherwise would be unable to continue their education. Tickets for the raffle will be available at all registrations and general meetings, including the Feb. 12 general meeting when the gift basket will be raffled off. You do not need to be present to win. 

Many of the scheduled activities will kick off beginning that first full week of January, so be sure to check to confirm that you are headed for the right activity at the designated time and location. 

There will also be a general membership meeting that week on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Destin Life Center Building of the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, beginning at 10 a.m. The entertainment for this meeting will be local talent David Hall.  He is known as a “one man band” as he is accomplished in playing several different instruments and has the versatility to feel comfortable singing in many musical genres

Make a habit of checking out the Walton County Snowbird Club’s website, you will be surprised at what you can find out by visiting it.

Karen Moosekian, editor in chief for the Walton County Snowbirds, can be reached at