BIRD TALK: Snowbirds 'flock' together

Sigrid J. Aeschleman
President Dean Harper presented Lori Joyner from Harvest House in Destin with a donation at the first meeting. SPECIAL TO THE LOG

The Destin Snowbird Club met for the first time this season on Tuesday at The Roost. President Dean Harper welcomed the membership of “early birds” to the 2016-17 snowbird season and began the meeting by introducing Paul Hewitt, who led the singing of both the Canadian and United States national anthems.

Lori Joyner, executive director of Harvest House of Destin, was welcomed to the stage to receive a donation check from the Destin Snowbird Club, presented by Harper on behalf of the club. Joyner thanked the membership for their assistance in helping to meet the goals of Harvest House’s mission, which is to “provide food, clothing and shelter to those who are less fortunate, and at a point of need in their life." The Destin Snowbird Club has donated to this charitable cause for many years.

Kim Cannon, assistant pastor for worship and music at Destin United Methodist Church, entertained the membership by sharing his musical talents, playing the piano and singing a variety of songs. Next week’s entertainment will be Bobby D. The annual Craft Show will also be held prior to the 10 a.m. meeting.

Membership in the club increased to a total of 217 at the conclusion of registration Tuesday, ahead slightly from last year. Of that number, 200 are paid members and 17 are Lifetime members. Registration will be held next week on Tuesday prior to the 10 a.m. meeting from 8:30-9:45 a.m. and again on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 8:30-9:45 a.m.. If you are a new winter visitor to the area, come and join the club for the nominal fee of $8 per person and discover all of the possibilities that are available to help you occupy your time during your visit. It is a great way to meet new people and to develop expanded social ties.

Tickets for the Christmas Harbor Boat Parade on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4:30-7 p.m. are still available to members and will be on sale at the next meeting on Dec. 6. Tickets are $17 per person and include a served buffet dinner at Crab Island Cantina. This also ensures a perfect spot to view the lighted boats as they travel through the harbor. Come out for a great evening of Christmas fun and join the group festivities. Call Cindy and Ray Varnell if you have questions at 865-742-9348.

Numerous activities are already off to a good start with the continuation of warm weather. Golf, fishing, tennis and indoor activities of all kinds hold the attention of snowbirds already on the Emerald Coast. Consider joining one or more of the various groups that are already in place. Check out our website at www.destinsnowbirds.org for a complete listing of information and details. Also check out The Destin Log on Saturday and Northwest Florida Daily News on Sunday for snowbird news.

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