As 2013 draws to a close, the Roost is quiet and taking a little rest before the big influx of birds, snowbirds, that is, descends on the Emerald Coast next week.  The Destin Community Center will be the hub for many snowbirds as they register and sign up for the multitude of activities that are available to them as members of the club.



The big registration will be from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6. The executive and committee chairs have planned this event in order to enable snowbirds to register easily and to sign up for various events in an expedient manner. All winter visitors are welcome and are urged to follow the directions of the volunteers who are working diligently to make the process as easy as possible. Linda Zukonik, head of registration activities, has been directing the registration events. 



Volunteers will be positioned at the front doors, along the hallways and into the gymnasium.  Snowbirds wishing to register will not be admitted to the gymnasium until 1. At the entrance to the gymnasium, registration cards will be distributed, one to each couple or surname.  Members will file into the gym where tables (Station 1) will be available to write the required information on both sides of the cards. Volunteers will be available to answer any questions. Once cards are filled out, people will move to the holding area of chairs (Station 2) until called by number to proceed to the payment table. Ken Yee will direct the flow of “people traffic” and will call the number on the registration cards to proceed to the next table (Station 3) where payment is made. The cost of membership is $8 per person and members are reminded to use US funds only, cash or check. Once payment has been made, members will move on to Station 4 where the member’s blue badge cards will be given to them. Once a member has their blue badge card, Station 5 will complete the cards by filling them out and putting them in plastic sleeves. 



This process must be complete before members can proceed to the activity tables where tickets are sold for the various activities and badges must be displayed in order to purchase tickets or to sign up for events. Twelve golf courses will be present in order to provide information to members about their products, special snowbird prices and services. Tickets may be purchased for the Mixer Party on Jan. 25, the Harbor Boat Party Cruise for Jan. 27 only (February cruise tickets will be sold at the Feb. 3 registration), The Soundsations Concert Feb. 4 at NWFSC, the Fashion Show on Monday, Feb. 10 at Embassy Suites, Miramar Beach, the Feb. 26 Jack Kline and Lise Walsh Charity Golf Tournament at Bluewater Bay GC and the Ladies Golf Tournament Feb. 19 at Bluewater Bay GC and the casino trips. 



Other tables with representatives providing information and sign-ups for bowling, bridge, chorus/Mah Jongg, fishing trips, poker, quilting, tennis and the Friendship and Computer Club will be present as well.



Members already registered for the 2013-14 season are urged to come Monday at 1 in order to sign up for the activities. Please wear your membership badge as badges must be shown in order to buy tickets. One ticket per badge will be sold (maximum two tickets per person) and a member must have both badges in hand (for spouse/partner) in order to purchase two tickets. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and will sell quickly so don’t be disappointed for those events that have limited seating capacity.



Restaurant sponsors The Crab Trap, 790 on the Gulf, Groovy Grouper and Hooters have all been invited to bring tasty samples of treats from their restaurants. Food will be available in the Food Room (near the lobby) and members must have badges in order to enter as this event is for members only.



Storage lockers will be open from 8-9 a.m. Jan. 4 and from 2:30-3 p.m. Jan. 6. The Friendship Club will meet. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Golden Corral following the 11 a.m. meeting. 



Snowbirds should note that Compass Bank, the bank of the Destin Snowbirds, provides banking services to snowbirds who open a new account (no fee is charged) with a monetary benefit to the Snowbird Club for each account opened by a member. 



President George Olson will preside over the first meeting of the New Year at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Jan. 7. David Hall will provide the entertainment. Vendors will also be present at the back of the gym between meetings and information will be on tables in the foyer of the Community Center for snowbirds to take with them.  Visit our web site at www.destinsnowbirds.org and catch the latest information in the Saturday Destin Log, the Sunday NW Florida Daily News and the Beachcomber (published fortnightly).



Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at saeschleman@gmail.com.