Destin Snowbirds: President welcomes his flock

Sigrid J. Aeschleman

George Olson, president of Destin Snowbirds, Inc., says “Welcome snowbirds, to our home here away from the snow and cold.  I hope you had a great summer and are now looking forward to the warmer weather and enjoying the numerous activities that available to you here in Destin and the surrounding communities. The activities for 2013-2014 are listed on our website along with the list of entertainment we have for our events. We invite you to attend one of our meetings and receive this same information. Our meetings are held at the Destin Community Center on Tuesdays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. weekly starting Jan. 7.  Come visit us at one of our meetings and look for me.”

Joining the Destin Snowbirds and becoming active in both the organization and in the events that are provided are excellent ways to meet new people, to renew old acquaintances if you were here before, and to find connections to people who may have similar interests as you if you are here for the first time. Snowbirds new to the area are encouraged to join us this year as a Destin Snowbird Club member. 

Networking with people from your state or province and mingling with people you may not have met before can be entertainment by itself. Activities are planned with variety in mind, beginning with social gatherings, harbor party cruises aboard the Southern Star Party Boat (Jan. 27 and Feb. 17), TGIT (Thank Goodness It’s Tuesday) Parties on Tuesdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, from 3-6 p.m., a Mixer Party Jan. 25, the Fashion Show Feb. 10,  the New Orleans-Mardi Gras Trip Feb. 26-28, 2014, and a Western Caribbean Cruise (Freedom of the Seas) Feb. 9-16, 2014. All of these events are open to all members of the club and the Destin Snowbirds Club welcomes all. 

In addition to the special events outlined above, Snowbirds enjoy bowling, bridge, Computer Club, Friendship Club, fishing tours, Funology, tennis, quilting, poker, Pinochle, and golf. Registration will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the Destin Community Center.  Follow instructions of the volunteers as you enter the lobby and we will help any newcomers find their way. Fees must be paid ($8 per person in US funds only) and badges displayed in order to purchase tickets for the many events planned for the members. For more specific details on the registration process, please access the newspaper article from Dec. 30 under the SNOWBIRD NEWS tab on News, updates and information is also published in The Destin Log on Saturdays, in the NWF Daily News on Sundays, and in the Beachcomber fortnightly.  

 NEWS FLASH FOR ALL CANADIANS: The CSA (Canadian Snowbird Association) will conduct an information meeting at 1 p.m. Jan. 16  at the Destin Community Center. All Canadian Snowbirds (from Panama City to Pensacola) are invited to attend this free information meeting. CSA President Bob Slack will bring us up to date on their activities relating to health insurance, government relations with the U.S. and Canadian governments, money exchanging and all areas which make all Canadians vacation on the Emerald Coast much more enjoyable and worry free. For more information call 650-3776 or email 

Attending weekly meetings of the Destin Snowbirds at The Roost (in the Destin Community Center) will help you become acquainted with all of the activities that are available to members of the club.  Come join us and make the Destin Snowbirds your “Destin Family” while you are here. We look forward to seeing you and welcome to the Emerald Coast.

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