You can’t turn back the clock, but you sure can wind it up again. Although that’s not the snowbird “motto,” it certainly could be. Walton County Snowbirds are the epitome of winding themselves up and keeping things ticking — just like those Timex watches popular in our youth.

The Walton County Snowbird Club offers many opportunities for physical activity, but there are also various activities to stimulate the mind, such as the book discussion group or creative writing. There are many forms of card games along with the tile game that is sweeping the nation enhancing cognitive memory — Mahjong. You can join a computer class, a music series or a discussion group on newsworthy events and current issues. And for the fledgling Picasso, we offer art, photography or craft groups. So if you are one of the inexperienced or unseasoned among us, consider changing your ability level and get involved.

Joining the Snowbird Club is simple. Just come to Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall on South Geronimo in Miramar Beach from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 and Feb. 6. Please note that there will be a “bonus” registration this year on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 8:30-10 a.m. for snowbirds arriving Feb. 1.

Congratulations to Richard L. Herman of Tennessee for registering as the 1,000th member of the Walton County Snowbirds for the 2016-17 season. Richard, originally from Toledo, Ohio, and his wife, Phyllis, have visited this area for many years but recently decided it was time to join the snowbirds. They anticipate attending snowbird activities, making new friends and discovering great places to eat.

We welcome them, along with all newly registered snowbirds. We hope our club will meet with everyone’s expectations.

Bob Hendrickson, the creative writing leader, relates that there are nine neophyte authors who anticipate crafting their personal memoirs. Among a variety of states, members in the group represent Canada, Michigan, Illinois, and a Connecticut-now-Florida resident. According to Bob, the participants laughed, lamented, swelled with pride and generally had a fantastic time. If interested, there is room for additional perspective novelists to join the group.

Mari Carroll, a former kindergarten teacher from Ohio, has taken on the task of leading the craft group. Last week those attending were offered the opportunity to design their own tile. Most joined in with a few heading over to the “bring your own craft to work on” table. Those who participated in creating a tile were pleased with the finished product and look forward to upcoming projects.

The next general meeting will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Please park in the east parking lot. We will be entertained with a Broadway review presented by Roger and Beth Ochs. Vendors will be present before the meeting and it will end with distribution of generously donated door prizes.

Karen Moosekian, editor in chief of the Walton County Snowbird Club, can be reached at 2destinkaren@gmail.com.