Friday, February 12, 2021

From the President's Desk - February 2021

President’s Message

February 2021

 I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  I know many of you chose to not make the trek to Destin this winter.  It has been different for those who did.  Mask-wearing is optional in many places, including restaurants, and there are few COVID-related rules.  Nonetheless, we’ve been able to gather outside with a few friends and stay safe.  I am hopeful that the Club will meet again next year.  With this in mind, the Board is preparing for next season just as we always do.  I have a few announcements for all members. 

 Social Media

Why do you go to Destin?  Are you inspired by the beautiful white sand beaches and the crystal clear blue water? Are the many and varied Snowbird activities part of the reason? 

We need your creative talents!  We are looking to increase our social media presence and want to start with a logo that is an attention grabber and shows others what the Walton County Snowbirds are about and why we return every year. 
 
If you have an idea, just sketch it out and submit it to dsue1501@msn.com by March 31, 2021.  We would love to see your creative ideas and there will be a small prize for the chosen artwork.

Storage

  Everyone who has removed their items from storage, must return them by March 30, 2021.  The member who has helped with drop off after the end of March, or with pick up before November 1, has decided to retire.  This means there will be no access to storage from March 30, 2021 to November 1, 2021.  I know this may inconvenience some of you and we are trying to find a replacement.  In the meantime, I apologize. 

Volunteer Vacancies

 Co-1st Vice Presidents Len & Jan Hoover are currently contacting all activity leaders to see if they plan to return and to lead their activity.  We will have an update on that at a later date.  However, we do know that we need volunteers for the following roles:

 Webmaster – our current webmaster has been trying to retire for a few years now and really does want to move away from the role.  If we have anyone with this skill set who is interested in dedicating a few hours, we need you!

 50/50 Raffle Chair – We need someone to run the 50/50 Raffle at each meeting.  There is a great group of support staff who will help but we need someone willing to lead.  This involves attending each meeting, ensuring the tickets are sold, counting the money and determining the prize amounts. 

 Vendors Chair – We need someone as a contact point for the vendors who attend our meetings. This person would identify the vendors who will be in attendance and deal with any concerns the vendors may have.  They would need to be at each meeting at least an hour early to greet the vendors when they arrive and assign them a table.

 Storage – The current Storage Chair has agreed to stay on through the 2021-2022 season and then step aside.  It is desirable to have someone in place while he is still chair so they can learn the job responsibilities. 

 
If you are interested in more information about any of these vacancies, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact me:

            DONNA REED
            dsue1501@msn.com
            C: 703-969-4926

Stay safe and healthy everyone!  We are looking forward to seeing you next snowbird season!

Donna Reed
President

Walton County Snowbirds 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Storage Update - Any items to be stored for 2021 MUST be returned to the Storage Facility by March 30, 2021

 Storage Update - Any items to be stored for 2021 MUST be returned to the Storage Facility by March 30, 2021 

The volunteers who used to work at the storage facility and accept items for storage after March 30 have retired and we can no longer provide that service.

Contact a board member if you could fill that role.


Here is a link to the website - go to the Storage page for details.  CLICK HERE 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Ruth's Chris Coronavirus Protocol

Ruth's Chris responded to a request from the Walton County Snowbirds about their policies regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.  Here is their response:

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has responded to our letter to vendors.  They want to let us know that they are still practicing social distancing even in their bars. They do not have bar stools at the bars and all tables are at a 6ft distance. It is mandatory for all staff to wear face masks. They are doing their part to make it as safe an environment as possible and hope you will come see them. 

 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Storage Update for 2020-2021 Season and Forward

Walton County Snowbird Members – Storage Facility for 2021/2022

You recently received an email from Donna Reed, President, Walton County Snowbirds, advising that the Board has decided that we will not be conducting the majority of our 2020/2021 season activities.

However, the Board has decided to continue our long term storage facility service for the next 2021/2022 season, albeit at an increased cost of $5 (US$) per item to reflect the cost increases imposed on us for insurance and storage unit rentals fees.

For those members that have items in storage currently and are not planning to return to Florida this season, we will offer these alternatives for handling your belongings:

·       Arrange for designated party to collect your goods this season at the designated pickup times.

·       Leave your goods in storage and then pay the revised fees for storage for the 2021/2022 season.

·       Advise us to dispose of your goods to a local charity.

We will contact you by email in January 2021 to seek your direction and give you the exact payment details based on the goods you currently have in storage.

We will collect payment from US members via check sent to our PO Box in Miramar Beach. We expect to be able to receive payment from our Canadian members in CDN$ funds sent to our Canadian Co-Treasurer.

Lana Martin and Michael Quinn

Walton County Snowbirds Co-Treasurers

  

Thursday, August 20, 2020

2020-2021 Walton County Snowbird Season Suspended

 

Dear Walton County Snowbird Members,

 

The Executive Board has made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020-2021 season. This was a very hard and sad decision to make but there is no way we could responsibly hold meetings or sponsor activities.  While there may be groups that come together, these groups are NOT sponsored by our Club and should not in any way be advertised as such.

 

I know this is disappointing.  Everyone on the Board is disappointed as well.  But we value the health and wellbeing of our members over everything else.  The current Executive Board did commit to stay intact through the 2021-2022 season. For those traveling to Destin, we encourage you to patronize our many sponsors who have supported the Club through the years.  This has not been an easy year for them. 

 

If you have items in storage, you will receive an e-mail next week.  There will be instructions for those not returning and those returning.  As you may know, a new company purchased our storage facility and they increased our rent. In order to ensure that we cover our costs, the Board decided to increase the rental fee by $5.00 per item for the 2021 storage year. We  apologize for this, but the Club cannot afford to bear the additional cost. 

 

Please watch our website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com for updates.  If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for the Breaking News.  This will ensure you’ll receive important updates as they are announced. 

 

We look forward to seeing you in December 2021 or January 2022.  Until then, stay safe and healthy.

 

Executive Board

Walton County Snowbirds, Inc.