WALTON COUNTY SNOWBIRDS: Snowbird season has officially launched

Karen Moosekian

It’s now official! Snowbird season along the Emerald Coast has begun! Although many snowbirds arrived at their winter nests beginning in October, the majority of the flock is likely to land this week. Large numbers are expected to register in the Walton County Snowbird Club either on Monday, Jan. 2, from 8:30–10:30 a.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 8:30-10 a.m. (please note time change). Registration volunteers look forward to welcoming new and returning snowbirds at Faith Assembly Fellowship Hall, 306 South Geronimo in Miramar Beach. Co-presidents John Testa and Timi Millar are anxious to greet the new arrivals. Activity leaders will be on hand to answer questions and assist you in discovering some leisure pastimes. John and Timi anticipate an exciting season with snowbird gatherings starting now and continuing until the beginning of March. Your invitation to all the “fun” begins once you register in the club, which allows you access to free workshops, events, activities and general meetings.

Volunteers comprise the momentum that keeps the Walton County Snowbird Club viable. All of the positions from the executive board, activity and committee leaders, registration and event chairs to members who set up, break down, arrange for and work behind the scenes are volunteers. They volunteer to provide opportunities that will enhance your experience while visiting the Emerald Coast. Volunteers make the club thrive, without them it could not exist. Presently, the club is in need of volunteers. Many of the snowbirds have been undertaking the same responsibility for years and some have stayed faithful to their “job” simply because no one has stepped up to take a turn.

Events and activities that we enjoyed in the past may not occur because no one is willing to fill the vacancies. If you have not taken your turn to volunteer, now is the right time to step forward. Becoming involved has its rewards; it leads to new friendships, learning opportunities and self-improvement. It instills a sense of truly belonging to the club and a good feeling about providing enjoyment for other snowbirds. Please give it some thought! Our website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com, lists contact information for officers and activity leaders, let them hear from you!

The next general membership meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Destin United Methodist Church Life Center, 200 Beach Drive, beginning at 10 a.m. Please park in the east lot. Vendors will be present to offer discounts and promotions to snowbirds prior to the start of the meeting. Many area merchants have donated door prizes enabling you to benefit from their tremendous generosity. The entertainment for this meeting will be Eclipse, a duo featuring Amanda Holmes and Don Kupski. Amanda and Don began performing rock, country, pop and songs from Broadway musicals in February of 2014. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Karen Moosekian can be reached at 2destinkaren@gmail.com.