Snowbirds sign up for winter activities

Tom Mahar
Special to The Sun
Rayne Bryla and Karl Bruder take a break from enrolling snowbirds in the Walton County Snowbird Tuesday and Thursday golf leagues.

Diane Newby and Pam Misenick, co-chairs of the Walton County Snowbird registration committee, were all smiles when the club’s second registration took place Dec. 3 at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall. The membership needle moved north to 282, rivaling the previous year’s enrollment of 283.

Volunteers stood by to sign up new and returning members for the club’s three-score and more activities. Golfers found plenty of help with highly experienced volunteers Butch Niver, Karl Bruder, and Rayne Bryla, to name a few, on hand to share information about local courses or to sign up golfers for play days, scrambles and league play. Barbara Kimball’s Bicycling Group was well represented with many returning cyclists looking forward to another season.

Those who prefer in-door activity found advisors, including Sally Harris who described Mah-Jongg, Eunice Collins who described euchre and casino trips, Ken Lemire who enrolled Computer Club members, and Bob Algie who signed up members for creative writing and a discussion group.

Snowbird registration takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. each Monday through the season (except Dec. 24; also, the registration scheduled for Dec. 31 was moved to Jan. 2) at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo Street in Miramar Beach and at general meetings.

Single snowbirds will find many activities as well as other singles waiting to make new friends. Co-chair Jane Chadderdon reminds all singles that the purpose of the group is to create opportunities for social activity.

“Matchmakers we are not, that is not what we are about,” reminds Chadderdon who will be on hand during registration to welcome singles, distribute an events calendar, and describe membership benefits. Club President, Tom Schwichtenberg hopes you have 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 down in your Day Planner, iPad, iPhone, or whatever memory jogger you use because that is when the Walton County Snowbirds will hold its first general meeting of the season.

Tom especially looks forward to the entertainment for his inaugural appearance as club president because in the on-deck circle is master entertainer and crowd pleaser Chuck Lawson. Chuck will combine guitar, voice, and steel drums to create a tropical welcome for the snowbirds with a variety of Caribbean, Calypso, Reggae, Rock, Country, Classic Rock, Oldies, Pop, and Dance Music.

Snowbirds usually show up early to visit vendors’ tables and chat with fellow snowbirds. Afterwards, snowbird singles will gather at La Famiglia on U.S. 98 for lunch; Jeananne Danner for details 424-5997.

Line dancing enthusiasts can take to the floor at 3 p.m. Mondays at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall and at 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

For further information contact Sarah Vaillancourt at

Common wisdom once held that the cardiovascular system declines with age. Scientists now agree that a more common reason may be that a significant cause for these declines may be related to decreased physical activity. Those who want to reverse those declines are welcome to join Sarah's Senior Aerobics exercise program on Mondays and Wednesdays at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall. The program continues on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. For details contact Ms. Vaillancourt at

Collect storage items at Affordable Storage from 3-4 Dec. 17, 28 and Jan. 2.

Tom Mahar writes for the Walton County Snowbirds and can be reached at For Snowbird information,