From your President

The President is the chief executive officer of the
Club and shall see that all decisions and resolutions of the Board of
Directors are carried out. The President shall preside over all meetings
of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the general
membership. Only in the case of a tie vote shall the President cast a
vote. The President shall appoint Special Committees. With the
exception of the Candidate Search Committee, the President shall be
an official member of all committees and other groups operating under
the direction of the Board of Directors of the Club. It shall be the
President's duty to see that all members of the Executive Committee
and Member at Large Directors fulfill their duties, and that all
committees fulfill their functions.


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  • 01 Jun 2017 12:42 PM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         I am both honored and proud to be serving a second term as your President.  Our new fiscal year has begun and I am excited about everything we have going on.  Our membership picnic was a big success with many members and guests attending.  I would like to thank everyone who helped: Betty Williams, Randy Czapkewicz, Walter Marussich, Rocco Pelligrino, Doug Zeidler, Evie Houston, Damien Bednar, Estela Basso, Tim Dai, Mark Vidas, Ben Smith and others  I would like to welcome our renewing members and those who have newly signed up.  All of our memberships expire at the end of May, so if you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.  Please invite your friends and coworkers to check us out. 

        The North Palm Beach Country Club plans to close on July 5th, and will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Our final meeting there will be in June.  It will also be the first meeting of the new fiscal year. To bid farewell to the meeting place but welcome the new year, this meeting will feature a taco dinner. 

        Starting in July we will be moving to the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens.  A lot of you may remember that we used to meet there before coming to the Country Club.  Unfortunately, we are not allowed to bring snacks.  They will give us happy hour pricing from 6:30 PM until the end of the meeting.  This will include a $2.50 draft beer, and we will have discounts on house wines and well drinks

         Our 2018 Ski trips are selling well.  Sign-ups began in late April for our next ski season.  Destinations available include Winter Park, Colorado, Steamboat, Colorado; Andorra and Barcelona, Spain; Taos, New Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Still in development is a luxury trip to Vail, Colorado.  Please sign up soon to get the trip of your choice.  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and download our newsletter regularly to keep up with our trips. 

        Our bike and barge trip to Southern France has just returned, and it was an incredible experience.  Gators had an amazing time bicycling through the French countryside, stopping at castles, Roman ruins and wineries.  Kudos to trip leader Estela Basso!

        The positions of VP / Socials and Treasurer are not filled.  In addition we are looking to fill the positions of Event Comptroller Director and Communications Director.  I invite any qualified members who are interested in volunteering for these positions to please contact me.    

        Betty Williams hosted her final Memorial Day Party on Saturday, May 27th, since she will soon be downsizing to a condo.  We had a good turnout, and also enjoyed casino night with separate roulette, blackjack and craps tables.  Betty will generously open her home to entertain the Gators for her Fourth of July Party on Saturday, July 1st.  Please do not miss out on Betty’s last party.   

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Debbi Haselmire with input from the Social and Special Activities Committee.  Happy hour is an great way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We have including some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  We will have our first Sunday happy hour on June 18th at Two Drunken Goats – “Sunday Funday for Father’s Day”.  If you have any ideas for happy hours, please contact Debbi. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you fun parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.  We are looking for volunteers to help us with our events, so please watch for our next meeting.  With your help we can make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 01 May 2017 8:18 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         The 2018 Ski trips are on sale!  Sign-ups began in late April for our next ski season.  Destinations available include Steamboat, Colorado; Andorra and Barcelona Spain; Taos, New Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Still in development are Winter Park, Colorado and Vail, Colorado.  Please sign up soon to get the trip of your choice.  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and download our newsletter regularly to keep up with all of our events. 

         Our annual membership picnic will take place on Saturday, May 13th in Carlin Park at the Beach Pavilion.  This free celebration features hotdogs, sides and beverages prepared and served by your Board members.  Please invite your friends and coworkers to come.  Join us there and renew your membership.  Play some fun games, listen to some good dance music and socialize.  

        Our new officers were elected on April 13th.  Thank you to all who voted to give us a quorum.  Congratulations to Sharon Long, President; Patti Bochniak, VP / Ski Trips; Kathy Levas, Secretary and Cheryl Barnes, Member at Large.  The positions of VP / Special Activities, VP / Socials and Treasurer are not filled.  The newly elected Board will appoint officers to fill these spots at the first Board Meeting of the new fiscal year on June 1st.  In addition to the positions just mentioned, we will also be appointing Directors.  We are looking to fill the positions of Event Comptroller Director and Communications Director.  I invite any qualified members who are interested in volunteering for these positions to please contact me.    

        We will be moving our meeting place temporarily, probably in July.  The North Palm Beach Country Club will be closing for reconstruction and renovation for several months. In the interim we will be moving our meeting place to the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens.  I will keep you posted as the date gets closer.     

         April 22nd marked the seventh and final Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Ben Smith leading a wonderful ride at Riverbend Park in Jupiter.  Thank you, Ben!  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at Too Jay’s.  Stay tuned for the next season of bike rides that will start in the fall of 2018.     

        Betty Williams hosted her final Easter Party on Saturday, April 8th, since she will soon be downsizing to a condo.  Betty generously opened her home again to entertain the Gators, and we all had a marvelous time.  Betty will have two final parties: her Memorial Day Party on Saturday, May 27th and her Fourth of July Party on Saturday, July 1st.  Please do not miss out on your last chances to enjoy these special events.   

        On April 21st a big crowd of Gators visited St. Augustine, where we stayed downtown.  We had a great time congregating at the courtyard.  People visited the historical and entertainment sights, and then tried out the bars with a Saturday afternoon pub crawl.  The ghost tour Saturday night was a lot of fun.  Kudos to trip leaders Debbi Haselmire and Walter Marussich for a job well done!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Debbi Haselmire with input from the Social and Special Activities Committee.  Happy hour is an excellent way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We have including some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  If you have any ideas for happy hours, please contact Debbi. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you fun parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.  We are looking for volunteers to help us with our events, so please watch for our next meeting.  With your help we can make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

     

  • 29 Mar 2017 8:35 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club has a wonderful calendar of exciting trips and entertaining events!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and download our newsletter to find out more.   Please invite your friends and coworkers to try us out so more people can join in the fun. 

        Our elections will take place at the next General Meeting on April 13th.  Although the candidates for office are unopposed we must have a quorum of 20% of the membership to have a valid election.  We need your vote.  Please vote either in person or by absentee ballot. 

        Some of our positions (VP / Special Activities, VP / Socials and Treasurer) do not have candidates.  The newly elected Board will appoint officers to fill these spots at the first Board Meeting of the new fiscal year on June 1st.  Although some members have already put their names forward, I invite any qualified members who are interested in volunteering for these positions to contact me. 

        In addition to the positions just mentioned, we will also be appointing Directors at the June Board Meeting.  We are looking for volunteers for Membership Director, Event Coordinator Director and Communications Director.  If you are interested, please contact me. 

        Our annual membership picnic will take place on Saturday, May 13th in Carlin Park at the Beach Pavilion.  Join your friends and renew your membership at this free celebration featuring hotdogs, sides and beverages prepared and served by your Board members.  Play some fun games, listen to some good dance music and socialize.  

        We will be moving our meeting place temporarily, probably in June.  The North Palm Beach Country Club will be closing for reconstruction and renovation for several months. In the interim we will be moving our meeting place to the Moose Lodge on RCA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.  I will keep you posted as the date gets closer.     

        Our fourth trip, the FSC trip to beautiful Lake Louise/Banff, Canada led by Carol Ashley went out on February 25th.  Everyone had a fantastic time skiing with excellent snow conditions and enjoying the gorgeous scenery and the exquisite 5 star hotels.  .  Our fifth trip to the incredible Andalo-Paganella, Italy resort led by Vi Ware departed on March 11th.  It was a marvelous experience.  Our sixth trip during Spring Break to magnificent Big Sky, Montana led by Rich Ruvido left on March 18th.  Everyone had a wonderful time and would like to go back again.  

        A number of intrepid Gators braved the rain for the full moon dinner on the beach on March 12th.  We had fun despite the weather.  Thank you, Kathy Levas, for leading this enjoyable event, and I look forward to doing it again in the future.

        We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style dressed in green at Paddy Mac’s.  Some of us stayed in the tent with live music, while others were inside the restaurant listening to the Irish band.  

        Our summer ski trip to Valle Nevado, Chile on August 17-27, 2017 has been expanded to 26 spots.  If you are interested, please contact our trip leader, Lee Chitty.      

         March 11th marked the sixth Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Letti Falko leading a lovely ride at Riverbend Park in Jupiter.  Thank you, Letti!  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at Duffy’s at Indiantown Road and I-95.  Our next ride on April 22nd will be at the Lake Trail in Palm Beach with Guest Leader Chris McArdle.  Please join us for a fun ride.    

        Betty Williams will be hosting her Easter Party on Saturday, April 8th.  Betty will once again generously open her home to entertain the Gators.  Since she will soon be downsizing to a condo, this will be her last Easter party.  Please do not miss out on your last chance to enjoy this special treat.   

        On April 21st a big crowd of Gators is headed to St. Augustine, where we will stay downtown in the midst of all of the action.  The highlight of the weekend will be the ghost tour. 

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  We already have a great group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Debbi Haselmire with input from the Social and Special Activities Committee.  Happy hour is an excellent way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We will be including some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  If you have any ideas for happy hours, please contact Debbi. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you fun parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.  We are looking for volunteers to help us with our events, so please come to our next meeting at Carmine’s Crab and Seafood Shack on April 25th.  With your help we can make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 28 Feb 2017 9:38 PM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club has a marvelous calendar of exciting trips and entertaining events!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and download our newsletter to find out more.   Please invite your friends and coworkers to try us out so more people can join in the fun. 

        I would like to thank all of our loyal members for their support. We are a club run by volunteers who do their best to meet everyone’s expectations of what a fun, dynamic club should offer.  We are planning next year’s activities.  Please give your ideas and feedback to our VPs. This is your Club, and we would like to hear from you. 

        The Gators mourn the passing of long time active member Ward Cotthaus, who lost his valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Ward led many events over the years and also participated in many Florida Ski Council meetings with the Gator delegation.  We will miss his friendly, outgoing presence at our meetings.  We send our deepest condolences to Ward’s significant other of twenty years, Arvie Moore, and to his two sons. 

        Our annual membership picnic will take place on Saturday, May 13th in Carlin Park at the Beach Pavilion.  Join your friends and renew your membership at this free celebration featuring hotdogs, sides and beverages prepared and served by your Board members.  Play some fun games, listen to some good dance music and socialize.     

        Our third trip to fantastic Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado led by Stephanie Morgan went out from February 4th to 11th.  Everyone had a wonderful time skiing with excellent snow conditions.  Our fourth trip, the FSC trip to gorgeous Lake Louise/Banff, Canada led by Carol Ashley, left on February 25th.  Our fifth trip to incredible Andalo-Paganella, Italy resort led by Vi Ware departs on March 11th.  The trip itinerary is thanks to the exceptional planning of our members from the area, Marco Dallapiccola and Agnese Leonardelli.  Our sixth trip during Spring Break to magnificent Big Sky, Montana led by Rich Ruvido departs on March 18th.     

        Our summer ski trip to Valle Nevado, Chile on August 17-27, 2017 sold out with 16 spots, but due to popular demand, we have expanded it to 26 spots.  If you are interested, please contact our trip leader, Lee Chitty.      

        Please be sure to come to the General Meeting on March 9th.  We will honor our racing team that won the Florida Ski Council Cup at Beaver Creek.  The second (and final) round of nominations for next year’s officers takes place at the March meeting.  The election will be at the April General Meeting.  We are looking for volunteers to serve in our elected positions starting on June 1st.  If you are interested, please contact our Supervisor of Elections, Ildiko Haidacher.   

        The Gators played Mini Golf at Lighthouse Cove in Jupiter on Saturday, February 11th.  This fun event organized by Kathy Levas attracted quite a few members.  Afterwards, the celebration continued at Shipwrecks Bar and Grill. Thank you, Kathy!   

         February 25th marked the fifth Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Ben Smith leading an enjoyable ride at around Lake Okeechobee.  This trip was the highlight of the special weekend camping trip.  Lots of Gators stayed for the weekend and had a fabulous time after the bike ride at the Gator Hole and later Saturday night around the campfire.  Ben and the helpers he recruited thrilled us with a delicious breakfast in Sunday morning.  Thank you, Ben!  Our next ride on March 11th will be at Riverbend Park in Jupiter with Guest Leader Letti Falko.  Please join us for an enjoyable ride.    

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  We already have a great group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by the Social and Special Activities Committee run by your VPs Debbi Haselmire and Betty Williams.  We are taking over from Bonnie Boaz, who did a terrific job. Thank you, Bonnie, and best wishes for a speedy recovery from your broken leg in Beaver Creek.  Happy hour is an excellent way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We will be including some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  If you have any ideas for happy hours, please contact your VPs. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you enjoyable parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.  We are looking for volunteers to help us with our events, so please come to our next meeting, tentatively planned for March 28th.  With your help we can make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 02 Feb 2017 1:09 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club has a wonderful calendar of exciting trips and entertaining events!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and download our newsletter to find out more.   Please invite your friends and coworkers to check us out so more people can join in the fun. 

        I would like to thank all of our loyal members for their support. We are a club run by volunteers who do their best to meet everyone’s expectations of what a fun, dynamic club should offer.  We are planning next year’s activities.  Please give your ideas and feedback to our VPs. This is your Club, and we would like to hear from you.   

        Our first ski trip of the year to Copper Mountain led by Everett Barber was amazing.  The snow conditions on this very affordable trip were fantastic and everyone had a delightful time.  Thank you, Everett!

        I just got back from our fabulous FSC trip to Beaver Creek. We had a record amount of snowfall and skied in excellent conditions.  Trip Leader Carol Pattison did an outstanding job – thank you, Carol!  Everyone was thrilled to witness the Gators reclaim the FSC Race Cup!  Race Captain Paul Nappi (one of the founding members of our Club) did a great job of leading our team to victory.  We had many Gators volunteer to represent us at the race.  The top finishers that constituted our race team were: Dick Miller, Denise Taylor, Karl Taylor, Alina Shubov, Jacob Shubov and Louise Saelzer.  Kudos to our racing team and thanks to everyone who raced.  Unfortunately, Assistant Trip Leader Bonnie Boaz suffered a broken leg while practicing on the race course.  She had to undergo emergency surgery in Vail and is recovering.  Our best wishes go out to her for a speedy recovery.  

        There has been extraordinary snowfall this season out west, which means superb snow conditions for our other trips there this season.  Our third trip to marvelous Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado led by Stephanie Morgan goes out on February 4th.  Our fourth trip, the FSC trip to beautiful Lake Louise/Banff, Canada led by Carol Ashley, departs on February 25th.  Our fifth trip departing on March 11th is a return by popular demand to incredible Andalo-Paganella, Italy resort led by Vi Ware.  The trip itinerary is thanks to the exceptional planning of our members from the area, Marco Dallapiccola and Agnese Leonardelli.  Our sixth trip during Spring Break to magnificent Big Sky, Montana led by Rich Ruvido departs on March 18th.     

        Now that ski season is underway and our winter trips are sold out, it is time to think about our summer ski trip to Valle Nevado, Chile on August 17-27, 2017.  To add to your experience, the resort will host a wine festival during our trip.  This trip has sold out with 16 spots, but we are looking to expand it if there is enough demand.  If you are interested, please contact our trip leader, Lee Chitty.      

        Please be sure to come to the General Meeting on February 9th.  You will be treated to a free Valentine’s Day Dance with a DJ and pizza.  I am donating my deferred benefit of $500 from last year towards this event, so I would like to see a big crowd of Gators there. 

        Nominations for next year’s officers takes place at the February meeting.  We are looking for volunteers to serve in our elected positions.  If you are interested, please contact our Supervisor of Elections, Ildiko Haidacher.    

        Join the Gators to play Mini Golf at Lighthouse Cove in Jupiter on Saturday, February 11th.  This fun event organized by Kathy Levas will feature a Shotgun Tee Off at 2:00 PM for only $12 per person.  Beverage service with discounted drink prices is included.  Afterwards, the celebration continues at Shipwrecks Bar and Grill.    

         January 14th marked the fourth Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Guest Leader Tim Kuhn leading an enjoyable ride at Jupiter Farms.  Thank you, Tim!  The next ride at Lake Okeechobee on February 18th will include the special weekend camping trip.  Look for a new ride every month.   

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  We already have a great group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s a wonderful way to start a fun weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you enjoyable parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  We are looking for more members, so please come to our next meeting, tentatively planned for February 28th.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 27 Dec 2016 3:41 PM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.  Our Club has a wonderful calendar of exciting trips and entertaining events!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and look through our newsletter to find out more.   Please invite your friends and coworkers to check us out so more people can join in the fun. 

        Ski Season has finally arrived!  We start with our amazing low priced Copper Mountain, Colorado trip led by Everett Barber on January 7th!  Our second trip follows on January 21st with Carol Pattison leading the splendid FSC main trip to the luxury destination of Beaver Creek.  (I will be going on this exciting trip, and I can’t wait!)  Our third trip to the fantastic Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado led by Stephanie Morgan goes out on February 4th.  Our fourth trip, the FSC trip to beautiful Lake Louise/Banff, Canada led by Carol Ashley, departs on February 25th.  Our fifth trip going out on March 11th is a return by popular demand to incredible Andalo-Paganella, Italy resort led by Vi Ware.  The fabulous itinerary is thanks to the exceptional planning of our members from the area, Marco Dallapiccola and Agnese Leonardelli.  Our sixth trip during Spring Break to stunning Big Sky, Montana led by Rich Ruvido departs on March 18th.     

        Now that ski season is here and our winter trips are sold out, it is time to think about our summer ski trip to Valle Nevado, Chile on August 17-27, 2017. Our experienced trip leader, Lee Chitty, will take 16 lucky Gators on an awesome journey to the ski slopes of the Andes.  Valle Nevado, Chile, a modern, international level ski resort with around 2,200 acres of skiable domain, is famed for its powder skiing and snowboarding.  It features well maintained slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.  The resort will host a wine festival during our trip, so join us for a delightful experience.    

         Our holiday dinner dance was a tremendous success.  We were filled to capacity and even had to set up extra tables.  Everyone enjoyed mingling with friends, eating a delicious holiday buffet and dancing to the music of our DJ.  Kudos to Betty Williams for donating her $500 Board Benefit to help subsidize this event for you.  Thanks to the Club as well for additionally subsidizing it.    

        The Northwood Candlelight home tour was a new and outstanding event organized by Kathy Levas.  Twenty lucky Gators enjoyed touring the historic Old Northwood district and visiting restored homes that were beautifully decorated for the holidays.  We were regaled with wine, champagne and appetizers served at the participating houses.  Look for pictures in the newsletter.  It was a marvelous experience.  Thank you, Kathy! 

        I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to our volunteers, both Board Members and those that have helped behind the scenes for their tireless dedication to our Club during the past year. They are the reason that we have had such a fun and successful Club.  If you happen to talk to one of them, please let them know that they are appreciated.       

         December 3rd marked the third Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Guest Leader Estela Basso leading an enjoyable ride at Juno Beach.  Thank you, Estela!  The next one will be at Jupiter Farms on January 14th with Guest Leader Tim Kuhn.  Look for a new ride every month, and don’t forget about the special weekend camping trip and bike ride at Lake Okeechobee in February.     

         Betty Williams’ New Year’s Eve party on December 31st was a blast with lots of Gators ringing in the New Year complete with spectacular fireworks.  Thank you, Betty, for hosting yet another wonderful party. 

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  We already have a great group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, planned for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s an excellent way to start a fun weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you exciting parties, events and trips this year.  If you have an idea for an event, please bring it to the committee.  We are looking for more members, so please come to our next meeting on January 3rd.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even more fun. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 02 Dec 2016 8:24 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club has a wonderful calendar of exciting trips and entertaining activities for everyone!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and look through this newsletter to find out about them and sign up.   Please invite your friends and coworkers to check us out so more people can join in the fun a growing club can offer. 

        I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to our Board Members for their tireless dedication to our Club. They are the reason that we are enjoying such a magnificent year.  If you happen to talk to one of them, please let them know that you appreciate them.       

         We will be offering a marvelous holiday party in lieu of the General Meeting on December 8th.  We will celebrate the season with a DJ-hosted dinner dance.  Betty Williams has generously donated her $500 Board Benefit to help subsidize this event for you.  Please RSVP with her.  You can sign up by giving cash or check to Betty or register on-line.   

         November 19th marked the second Leisure Bike Ride of the season with Guest Leader Ray Collie leading an exhilarating ride in Abacoa.  The next one will be at Juno Beach on December 3rd with Guest Leader Estela Basso.  Look for a new ride every month, and don’t forget about the special weekend camping trip and bike ride at Lake Okeechobee in February.  The cabins go quickly, so make your reservation now.   

         The Grand Celebration Bahamas Cruise to Bimini on November 4-6 was a great success, and a tremendous time was had by the many Gators who cruised.  This event was coordinated by our incredible VP of Special Activities, Debbi Haselmire.  Thank you, Debbi, for your hard work in planning so many exceptional events for the Club!

         Our first ever Full Moon Dinner allowed many Gators to view the super full moon at the beach in Jupiter on November 13th.  Thank you, Kathy Levas, for organizing this exciting event.   

         Betty Williams’ early Christmas party on November 26th was a blast with lots of Gators celebrating the kick-off of the holiday season.  Thank you, Betty, for hosting yet another enjoyable party. 

         Betty Williams will be opening her home again on New Year’s Eve for a Gator party.  Come and welcome the New Year with the camaraderie of your Gator friends and witness a spectacular fireworks display.  Thank you, Betty, for your generosity on behalf of the Club. 

         We are off to a fantastic start for the ski season thanks mainly to the hard work and diligence of your VP of Ski Trips, Estela Basso.  Thank you, Estela!  Four ski trips are already sold out.  The Lake Louise/Banff is taking wait list travelers only.  Big Sky Montana, our spring break trip, is offering an amazing deal for families – children under 10 ski free, stay free and party free!  If you want to join this trip, please do not delay because registration will be closing soon!   Look in this newsletter and on our website for more information.

        Responding to popular demand for a summer ski trip, the Gators are pleased to be offering a trip to Valle Nevado, Chile on August 17-27, 2017. Our experienced trip leader, Lee Chitty, will lead 16 lucky Gators on an awesome journey to the ski slopes of the Andes.  Valle Nevado, Chile, a modern, international level ski resort with around 2,200 acres of skiable domain, is known for its powder skiing and snowboarding.  It features well maintained slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.  During our week there, the resort will host a wine festival, so join us for a delightful experience.    

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  We already have a fun group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, planned for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s an excellent way to start a fun weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you exciting parties, events and trips this year.  We are looking for more members, so please come to our next meeting.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

         I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season.    

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 02 Dec 2016 8:22 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club has an amazing calendar of exciting trips and activities for everyone!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and look through this newsletter to find out about them and sign up.   Please spread the word about us and invite your friends and coworkers to check us out so more people can join in our fun.      

         We will be offering a splendid holiday party in lieu of the General Meeting on December 8th.  We will celebrate the season with a DJ and a dinner dance.  Betty Williams has generously donated her $500 Board Benefit to help subsidize this event for you.  Please RSVP with her.  You can sign up by giving cash or check to Betty or register on-line.   

         October 29th marked the start of the Leisure Bike Ride series with Ben Smith leading a fantastic ride in Jonathan Dickinson Park.  The next one will be at Abacoa Community Park on November 19th with Guest Leader Ray Collie.  Look for a new ride every month, and don’t forget about the special weekend camping trip and bike ride at Lake Okeechobee in February.  The cabins go quickly, so make your reservation now.   

         We enjoyed the second installment of “Let’s Get the Ball Rolling” on October 22nd, where we bowled at Jupiter Lanes and partied afterwards at Kirby’s Sports Grill.  Thank you, Debbie Haselmire for organizing this event.  It was fun, fun, fun!  Look for the next one on November 12th.

         A big group of Gators will be heading out to sea for a fun-filled weekend on the Grand Celebration Bahamas Cruise on November 4th.  It is still not too late to join us.

         Not to be missed is our first ever Full Moon Dinner that allows you to bring your own food and experience a super full moon at the beach in Jupiter at A1A and Marcinski Road on Sunday, November 13th.  Thank you, Kathy Levas, for organizing this exciting event.   

         Be sure to celebrate Christmas early with your Gator friends at Betty Williams’ party on November 26th

         Another new event arranged by Kathy Levas, the holiday candlelight walking tour in the Old Northwood Historic District, is coming up on December 19th.  Tickets include entry into the showcased homes with various homes offering tastings from local restaurants and chefs.  In addition, all homes will have wine, beer and water to enjoy!   Kudos, Kathy! 

         Four ski trips are already sold out and two others (Lake Louise/Banff and Big Sky) have many spots sold.  If you still have not signed up for a trip, please do not delay!   Look in this newsletter and on our website for more information.

         I am thrilled to announce that our marvelous bargain-priced bike and barge trip has sold out with 20 lucky Gators.  Estela Basso will be leading a fabulous experience in the Provence region of southeastern France in May 2017.    

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  If you sign up before November 15th, you will get the incredible 3 for free offer that includes a free cabin upgrade, free gratuities and $150 in spending money per cabin.  We already have a fun group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Come to our Friday night happy hours, planned for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s a great way to start the weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you wonderful parties, events and trips this year.  We are looking for more members, so please come to our next meeting on November 29th.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.   

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 04 Oct 2016 7:13 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

              Our Club has so much momentum with exciting trips and activities for everyone!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and look through this newsletter to find out about them and sign up.   Please let your friends and co-workers know about us so we can increase our membership to allow us to offer even more fun.      

         We kicked off our ski season with a big crowd at our fantastic Ski Fever event on September 8th.  All would agree that this outstanding affair was “WHITE HOT”!  Our ski trips, socials and special activity events were marvelously showcased.  We enjoyed the splendidly decorated surroundings, feasted on appetizers and pizza, and danced to the music of a DJ.  Debbie Haselmire, Pattie Bochniak and others worked very hard to plan and organize this delightful evening for you.  Kudos to all! 

        With the huge attendance, we easily reached a quorum for special election for the bylaw amendment that would restore the $500 discount on a trip for the President and Past President.  This amendment passed by a large margin, and I thank everyone for voting.  Since my support of this amendment creates a conflict of interest, I will be donating my benefit to the Club.    

         I just returned from the Oktoberfest trip, where 16 Gators celebrated for two days in beer tents in Munich with thousands of revelers.   We also visited the amazing medieval walled city of Rothenberg, Germany, the beautiful, historic city of Salzburg Austria and the spectacular Zell am Zee area of the Austrian Alps.  It was an exciting, once in a lifetime adventure.  Bill Lobb led this trip with no trip leader compensation, and I thank him for his generosity and for his organization and planning.  

         Our spectacular bike and barge trip in the Provence region of southeastern France in May 2017 still has a few spots left.  Estela Basso has graciously volunteered to lead this trip for no trip leader compensation.  Competitively priced at $2,600, this will be a magnificent yet affordable journey,  so please sign up. 

        Our Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines scheduled for August 2017 is selling well.  It features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  If you sign up before November 15th, you will get the incredible 3 for free offer that includes a free cabin upgrade, free gratuities and $150 in spending money per cabin.  We already have a fun group of Gators signed up, so please join us!

         Our ski trips are selling remarkably well, with four trips already sold out and two others (Lake Louise/Banff and Big Sky) with many spots sold.  If you still have not signed up for a trip, please do not delay!   Look in this newsletter and on our website for more information.

         September was an active month featuring our first visit to the Palm Beach Kennel Club, where the Gators enjoyed betting and watching the greyhounds race while sitting in air conditioned comfort.   Thanks go to Eileen Long for organizing and leading this fun event.  We also enjoyed “Let’s Get the Ball Rolling”, where we bowled at Jupiter Lanes and partied afterwards at Kirby’s Sports Grill.  Thank you, Debbie Haselmire for organizing this event.  It was fun, fun, fun!    

         Be sure to celebrate Halloween early at Betty Williams’ party on October 15th.  There will be costume prizes, so be sure to wear yours.  Join us on October 22nd for our next bowling event.  Ride with Ben Smith as our leisure bicycling season begins on October 29th at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.  Come to our Friday night happy hours, planned for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s a great way to start the weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you wonderful parties, events and trips this year.  We are looking for more members.  If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.   

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 08 Sep 2016 12:58 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

    Hello Gators,

          Our Club is offering so many exciting events and trips this year that there is something for everyone!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast and look through this newsletter to find out about them and sign up.   Please keep spreading the word about us to your friends and co-workers.  The bigger our membership grows, the more fun events we can hold.   

         On September 8th in place of the General Meeting we are offering Ski Fever.  Debbie Haselmire and Pattie Bochniak have been working hard spearheading the effort for this amazing celebration of the kickoff of our ski season for your entertainment and enjoyment.  Kudos to you both!  This signature event is going to be “WHITE HOT”!  Our 2017 ski trips will be showcased, and you can meet and greet our ski trip leaders and assistants.  We will also have information on our many non-ski events. Enjoy dancing to the music of a live DJ.  Socialize with your friends.  We will offer appetizers and a cash bar. 

         We are holding a special election for a bylaw amendment at the Ski Fever meeting that would restore the $500 discount on a trip that the other elected Board members and Appointed Directors except the Member at Large receive that had been removed in 2014.  I support this amendment, and if it passes, I will donate my benefit to the Club.  We need a quorum of 20% of the membership, so please vote. 

         Please consider signing up for our spectacular bike and barge trip in the Provence region of southeastern France.  The barge provides complementary breakfast, 3 course dinner and packed lunch. The cycling difficulty level is easy and they even have electric bikes for rent.  On your daily bike rides, you will visit castles, beautiful countryside and wineries.  Estela Basso has volunteered to lead this trip for no trip leader compensation so that you can get a lower price.  Thank you, Estela, for your generosity on behalf of the Club.  We have reduced the price to $2,600, an amazing bargain – all the more reason to join us on this fabulous journey. 

        Just announced is the Discover Alaska cruise on Princess Cruise Lines that VP / Special Activities Debbie Haselmire has arranged for us in August 2017.  It features a 7 day cruise with a 3 day land package.  This extraordinary adventure includes panning for gold, a sternwheel river cruise in Fairbanks, a natural history tour in Denali National Park, and a scenic journey by train from Denali to ship in Anchorage.  This has always been on my bucket list, so I have already signed up!  Please join me!

         Our ski trips are selling remarkably well, with two trips already sold out and others with many spots sold.  If you still have not signed up for a trip, please do not delay!   Look in this newsletter and on our website for more information on the incredible ski season VP / Ski Trips Estela Basso has planned for you.

         August was an another active month featuring the fabulous trip to Old Town in Kissimmee organized by Debbie Haselmire.  It was capped off with a group visit to the gangster themed Capone’s Dinner Show led by Dorothy Rettay.  Thank you, ladies!  It was fun, fun, fun! 

         We marked the last of three summer Blue Jean Night Out happy hours at the Snuggery in Palm Beach Gardens on August 16th.  We brought appetizers to share.  Everyone socialized and played games.

         Check out our Friday night happy hours, organized for you by Bonnie Boaz.  It’s a wonderful way to start the weekend with your Gator friends. 

         The volunteers on our Social and Special Activities Committee meeting are working hard to bring you great parties, events and trips this year.  We are looking for more members, so please come to the next meeting on September 27th. If you would like to get more involved, please join the committee, volunteer to lead an event or trip, or offer to assist other officers.   Help us to make your Club even better. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.   

    Sharon Long

    PRESIDENT 

     

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