Did you have fun? If you didn’t, it wasn’t our fault. Our club’s mantra is “Come join the fun.” Eighteen hundred plus snowbirds accepted that challenge and filled the winter months here on the Emerald Coast with hours of joy, frivolity, laughs and every other form of good times with their fellow escapees from the frozen environs of the north country. “We love this place; it’s like being in college without classes.”

The season is winding down but there is time left to finish off the season with some memories. The fifth annual President’s Cup golf tournament was held at the Pines golf course in Fort Walton Beach Feb. 24.The USA defeated Canada with an average team score of 65 to Canada’s 68 to close the gap to 3 to 2. Watch out next year, the USA is going for the three-peat.

The Ladies Charity Scramble was held the same day at the same course and Connie Demar, Sandy Horgan, Doreen Davis and Cheryl Kelly shot a 77 to lead the ladies division. Thirty-two 4-person teams participated in these two events and raised more than $1,200 for the Walton County Women’s Shelter. Special thanks to Mike Callan and his wife for coordinating this event, a job well done. Also, thanks to Jeanette Diggins and the prize committee for providing door prizes and Liam Branagan and the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for their generous support of this charitable event. 

The Book Discussion group will meet for the final time on Thursday, March 6, to discuss “419” by Will Ferguson. The discussion will be led by Ann Neale. They have had an attendance of around 30 each month, which is a lot for a book discussion, but snowbirds are polite and it works out.

The Creative Writers Workshop selected Louise Bottrell's story, “A Promise Fulfilled,” as the best story of the 2014 workshop. You can read the story on the club’s website on the Creative Writing page.

The officers for Walton County Snowbirds for next year, 2014-2015, were unanimously approved at the Feb. 26 general meeting at the Village Baptist Church.  Here is the board:

Past President - Dom Trolian

Co- President - Dave Tudman

Co-President – Jane Chadderdon

Co-1st Vice President – Jean Weber

Co-1st Vice President – Joe Moosekian

Secretary – Jean Jordan

Treasurer – John Beach

Assistant - Treasure – Jolene Girard

Member at Large – Gail Tudman

Member at Large – Marie Nusbaum

Information Officer – Bill Neidel


Now is the time to start packing up those items that do not have to travel back and forth. The club provides reasonably priced storage for containers/bins/tubs, golf carts, golf bags, card tables and bicycles at the Affordable Storage facility, 114 Sugar Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. Items can be dropped off every Friday in March from 3-4 p.m. Please check our website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com, for details. You must be a Walton County Snowbird member to take advantage of this service.  Thanks to Jerry Barton and his team for coordinating this valuable service for our club.

Special Thanks

Our club is dependent on members who volunteer their time and effort to chair the various activities. For those activities that meet every week the participants are well aware of who those volunteers are. The following volunteers may not be as visible to the membership but deserve special recognition for the smooth operation of our club. 

Joan Dougall and the registration team

Karen Moosekian, the club’s Editor in Chief

Eva Mae Rice for the Valentine Dinner Dance

Liz and Mike Dranfield for printing services

Benny Binn for the scholarship raffle

Gail Tudman for the Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show

Jerry Barton and the storage team

Bonnie Schwichtenberg for coordinating entertainment

Eunice and Bob Collins for the Biloxi trips

Connie Taylor for the blood drive


The Walton County Snowbirds, through the generosity of their membership, has been able to support the following charities in the Walton County area:

Children in Crisis - $1,000

Shelter House of Northwest Florida - $1,500

South Walton High School Scholarships - $2,000

Safe travels to all, enjoy your summer and let’s plan on doing this all over again next year. In the meantime don’t forget to stay connected by checking out the Walton County Snowbird website at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com.

Bill Neidel, information officer for the Walton County Snowbird, can be reached at mrbillsnowbird@gmail.com.