DESTIN SNOWBIRD CLUB: Good times just beginning

Sigrid J. Aeschleman

What a week. A variety of card games, golf, Destin Snowbird Club meetings and prizes, bowling, writer’s group, quilting, casino trip, Mahjong, tennis and our first TGIT Party. It certainly is hard to get some rest when there is so much to do. And, as President Dean Harper stated to the membership Tuesday, “the weather is included in the nominal club fee of $8 ... there is no extra charge for all this sunshine and warm temperatures.”

The Destin Snowbird Club is in full swing, literally if you attended the TGIT Party on Tuesday at the Seascape Conference Center, with the music of Tareva Henderson and Pat Boone (no, not THAT one). A full crowd enjoyed the music, dancing and socializing at the event, including Jana and Anders Hultin of Sweden. A table of snowbirds enjoyed each other’s company and Jay Kinder and Betty Chambers warmed up the dance floor as the music kept things lively.

Snowbirds were busy purchasing tickets at the meeting Tuesday, filling up the first Harbor Boat Cruise on Jan. 30 and selling tickets to the cruise on Feb. 6. Cost is $17 per person and non-club guests are welcome. Tickets will continue to be sold for the second cruise and once the second one is full, tickets for the third cruise on Feb. 13 will begin to be sold. If questions, call Jackie Roberson at 207-542-5031.

The Valentine’s Dance at the Elks Club on Okaloosa Island has tickets for sale for $17 per person for the Feb. 12 event from 5-8 p.m. The price includes dinner, the dance and a raffle will be held. Purchase tickets before each meeting of the club on Tuesdays from Dave Douglas or call 850-654-1425, ext. 61005.

The Soundsations Benefit Concert on Feb. 19 and the Fashion Show on Feb. 20 both have tickets available, so plan to get those soon. Bring a friend or two to all these events and enjoy spending time and having fun together.

Registration on Tuesday brought membership in the Destin Snowbird Club up to 1,698 members of which 378 are new to the club. Of this total, 1,376 members are from the US, 318 are from Canada, and four are from Sweden and England. What an interesting, diverse group. Come out and enjoy being with all these wonderful people.

The Singles Friendship Club will meet at PF Chang's in Sandestin next Tuesday after the 11 a.m. meeting. Come join the group, find fellowship and meet new people while having a wonderful lunch.

The first Nine & Whine & Wine of the season was held on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Bluewater Bay. A total of 40 golfers signed up to tee off. The day was planned for fun in the sun. However, Bluewater Bay donated four 18-holes with cart gift certificates to be won in a score card drawing during the Whine & Wine portion of the event. The lucky winners were Dave Douglas, Herb Miller, Carol Bohnert and Vicky Colontino. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful appetizers and happy-hour drinks offered by the Resort. Future host courses include Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay, Seascape, Rocky Bayou and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For more information, or to be added to the list, contact Mary Pierce at 419-250-9377 or

Want to go fishing? We are looking to set up a fishing trip on the Sweet Jody in the near future if we have at least 20 members who wish to go. Let Tom Willie know at next week’s meeting or call him at 715-791-9515, and we will see about setting a date to go if enough people indicate an interest.

What a week it has been. If you weren’t with us, you missed a lot of somethings. Read The Log on Saturdays, the Northwest Florida Daily News on Sunday and always check our website at to get the total updated scoop on what is going on and what is to come. You won’t want to miss it.

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