Destin Snowbirds met for the first time as a club at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Destin Community Center.  President George Olson greeted and welcomed the 194 members currently enrolled in the club as of registration Monday. As the holidays conclude, the Destin Snowbird Club will see an increase in the “migration of birds” from the north as more snowbirds travel to Destin for the winter with the large group meeting in January after the holidays. Numerous vendors were on hand to greet the snowbirds and to entice them with tastes, samples and products of their businesses today. 

Kim Cannon, minister of music at Destin United Methodist Church, entertained the membership with a variety of piano selections including a piano medley he spontaneously created based on suggestions from the audience.  Members also were gathered into a group singing of “God Bless America” which was enthusiastically received. The closing song of “Mary, did you know?” brought everyone into the Christmas spirit.  Cannon also invited the snowbird membership and the community to attend the Christmas Concert at DUMC at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15 in Destin Life Center, presented by the choir and musical groups of the church.

Numerous activities are being planned for the holiday season. Tickets for the Christmas Dinner Party (Dec. 11 at St. Andrews Church Hall), the Lighted Boat Parade on the Harbor (Dec. 15), the Mardi Gras Trips and Casino Bus Trips are being sold at the meetings on Dec. 3 and 10 at 10 a.m. as well as the meetings after the first of the new year. Volunteers are being sought to help at the Destin Annual Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Dec. 14. People to walk along with the float are needed.  If interested, please contact Nancy or Paul Hewitt at

Members of the prize committee have been actively visiting the local merchants as they seek donations of prizes which are given away at the meetings. The Snowbird Club is very grateful to those volunteers who come early to help with this large task. Members of the prize committee are Paul and Nancy Hewitt, Pam and David Chandler, Marion and Mike Hoyles, Sigrid and Arnie Aeschleman, Jackie and Terry Roberson, Lee and Dick Schultz and Barb and Weldon Brinkley. Local merchants continue to be very generous with their donations and snowbirds are encouraged to frequent their businesses during their time in Destin and the surrounding communities.

The Niceville High School Chorus will be the entertainment at next week’s meeting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Roost.  Registration will also be held again Dec. 2 and 9 from 1-3 p.m.

Sigrid J. Aeschleman, publicity director, is from Illinois and can be reached at