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 Oct 2017 7:41 PM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         I hope you all have recovered from Hurricane Irma.  Fortunately, for most of us, the damage was minimal but the power outages were annoying.  We had to cancel both the Board Meeting and the General Meeting due to the storm.  However, we were back on track with the fantastic “It’s All About the Fun!” party where we showcased our ski trips, special activities trips and socials.  A big crowd was entertained with great dance music, delicious food and interesting activities.  This amazing event, organized by your VP of Socials/VP of Special Activities, Debbi Haselmire, showcased our ski trips, special activities trips and socials.  Kudos to Debbi, event leaders, prize donors and everyone else who helped.  Thank you, Deb and Walter Marussich, for donating your Board Benefits to help subsidize this marvelous celebration for our members! 

        The closing of the North Palm Beach Country Club has been postponed until the end of January.  It will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Our final meeting there will be in January.  Starting in February we will be moving to the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens.  

         Our Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall in Tequesta is on Saturday, October 28th.  The theme is “A Blast from the Past”, where you can take a step back in time to the great decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, and dress up in your favorite retro costume…poodle skirt, beatnik, hippie, disco, rocker, punk….let your imagination run wild!   There will be prizes for the best costumes.  This fun party will feature a DJ, food and a cash bar. Experienced event leader Ildkio Haidacher will be the emcee, and she really knows how to celebrate for Halloween!  The deadline to sign up and pay is October 26th, so please don’t delay.  This fun event is not to be missed!

         Our Holiday Party is being changed up this year to make it easier for you to enjoy a wonderful night out.  Instead of having this elegant event at the General Meeting on a Thursday Night, we have moved it to the weekend on Friday, December 8th at the North Palm Beach Country Club.  Thank you, Evie Houston, for organizing this signature event that will feature dinner and dancing with music provided by a DJ.  Space is limited, so please buy your tickets early so that you will not miss out. 

         The November General Meeting will feature a ski swap.  Please bring the ski equipment and winter clothing you would like to sell and price it.  If you are looking for used clothing and equipment for the ski season, this is a great way to acquire it!

         Our 2018 winter ski destinations include Winter Park, Colorado, Steamboat, Colorado; Andorra and Barcelona, Spain; Taos, New Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Two trips, Jackson Hole and Sierra Nevada, are taking wait list applicants.  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. 

         At the end of the month a group of Gators will experience the special Halloween cruise on Harmony of the Seas, which will feature a week in the Western Caribbean.  Thanks, Debbi Haselmire, for organizing this fun trip!

         Look for our new, spectacular Special Activities trips to exotic destinations coming up in 2018.  Our cruise to Cuba in April and our Danube Bike and Barge in September are already listed on our website.  Our New Zealand trip will be up soon. 

         Our leisure bike ride season is kicking off this month with the first ride at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Saturday, October 14th.  Ben Smith is the leader for this ride, and the organizer for the overall program.  Thanks, Ben!

         We will be having two spectacular full moon dinners at the beach on Sunday, November 5th and Sunday, December 3rd.  We will bring our own food and chairs and enjoy moonrise on the beach in Jupiter. Thank you, Kathy Levas, for organizing these fun events. 

         Another new tradition, the holiday candlelight walking tour in the Old Northwood Historic District, is coming up on December 17th.  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 to Kathy Levas for arranging this marvelous experience! 

         Come to our regular Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Debbi Haselmire with input from the Social and Special Activities Committee.  Happy hour is a great way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We have included 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 great 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.  Help us to make your Club even better.   

              Our Club has an incredible 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.  The larger our membership grows, the more fun events we can offer for your entertainment and enjoyment. 

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 01 Sep 2017 1:29 PM | 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, sign up for our weekly email blast and look through our newsletter to find out about them.  Please keep spreading the word about what we have to offer to your friends and co-workers.  The larger our membership grows, the more fun events we can offer for your entertainment and enjoyment. 

        The closing of the North Palm Beach Country Club has been postponed until the end of January.  It will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Our final meeting there will be in January.  Starting in February we will be moving to the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens. 

         The Gators will celebrate the start of our fall season with an exciting free party with the theme of “It’s All About the Fun!” on the evening of Saturday, September 23rd.  This amazing event, organized by your VP of Socials/VP of Special Activities, Debbi Haselmire, will showcase our ski trips, special activities trips and socials.  We will be entertained on the dance floor by an incredible DJ, Bone Daddy Dave. 

          Come with me and your other Gator friends to experience a full-day of discovery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where rockets launch and inspiration begins.  We will visit the greatest space adventure on Earth on Saturday, September 30th via a chartered bus leaving from the Doubletree Hotel.  If you are interested, please contact trip leader Liz Loeffler.   

         Join your fellow Gators for a fun filled weekend on October 6-8 as the pirates invade Ft Myers Beach. Our motel is in the heart of the festival and walking distance to beach, shops and restaurants.  The Pirate Fest event features a pub quest crawl, pirate's ball, sea battles, marketplace and entertainment.  Please contact event organizer Debbi Haselmire for more information. 

         Coming up on Saturday, October 28th is our Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall in Tequesta.  The theme is “A Blast from the Past”, where you can take a step back in time to the great decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, and dress up in your favorite retro costume…poodle skirt, beatnik, hippie, disco, rocker, punk….let your imagination run wild!   There will be prizes for the best costumes.  This fun party will feature a DJ, food and a cash bar. The deadline to sign up and pay is October 26th, so please don’t delay.  This fun event is not to be missed!

         Our 2018 winter ski destinations include Winter Park, Colorado, Steamboat, Colorado; Andorra and Barcelona, Spain; Taos, New Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Two trips, Jackson Hole and Sierra Nevada, are taking wait list applicants.  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. 

         Look for our new, spectacular Special Activities trips to exotic destinations coming up in 2018.  Our cruise to Cuba in April and our Danube Bike and Barge in September are already listed on our website.  Our New Zealand trip will be up soon. 

        The Gators have been experiencing an awesome August with two major trips and two beachfront getaways.  I was privileged to be part of the Alaska trip, and enjoyed fabulous scenery on a marvelous cruise and land package with other Gators.  (I thank our Past President, Evie Houston, for leading the August meeting in my absence.)   Club members also just returned from the fabulous Valle Nevado, Chile trip led by Lee Chitty.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Thank you, Lee, for doing a great job!  Our beachfront getaway weekends, the Weekend Getaway to Pirate's Cove in Port Salerno and the Key Largo Adventure Weekend were also fantastic.  Kudos to Lee Chitty for leading the first one, and to Deb Haselmire for organizing the second. 

         Thank you, Ben Smith, for organizing the Blue Jean Night Out in August.  Everyone had a great time and we all enjoyed the snacks and each other’s company.  Come to our regular Friday night happy hours, arranged for you by Debbi Haselmire with input from the Social and Special Activities Committee.  Happy hour is a great way to start the weekend with your Gator friends.  We have included some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  Be sure to come to our special Sunday happy hour on September 10th at The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens.  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 great 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.  Help us to make your Club even better.   

         Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. 

    Sincerely,

    Sharon Long

     President

  • 31 Jul 2017 8:08 PM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         I am thrilled that our Club has so many exciting events and trips planned for this year.  Please visit our website, sign up for our weekly email blast and look through our newsletter to see them.  Please keep spreading the word about what we have to offer to your friends and co-workers.  The larger our membership grows, the more fun events we can offer to entertain you. 

        The closing of the North Palm Beach Country Club has been postponed until September 30th.  It will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Our final meeting there will be in September.  I will miss the August meeting because I will be living it up on the Alaska Cruise with 14 other lucky Gators, but your capable Past President, Evie Houston, will lead the meeting.   

        Starting in October 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 other beers, house wines and well drinks.  You will also be able to purchase discounted appetizers. 

         Our 2018 ski trips are selling well.  Sign-ups began in late April for our next ski season.  Our fabulous trip to Valle Nevado, Chile leaves this month.  Our 2018 destinations available include Winter Park, Colorado, Steamboat, Colorado; Andorra and Barcelona, Spain; Taos, New Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sierra Nevada, Spain.  Two trips, Jackson Hole and Sierra Nevada, have been sold out and expanded.  They are taking wait list applicants.  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. 

         This year we will be celebrating the start of our fall season with a fantastic free party with the theme of “It’s All About the Fun!”  It will be held the evening of Saturday, September 23rd at the Moose Lodge.  This exciting party will feature our ski trips, special activities trips and socials.  We will be entertained on the dance floor by an amazing DJ, Bone Daddy Dave.  This event is being organized by your VP of Socials/VP of Special Activities, Debbi Haselmire.  She is planning an incredible event for you, so be sure to come and don’t forget to RSVP.   

        August marks the first time we have had two beachfront getaway weekends in the same month, the Weekend Getaway to Pirate's Cove in Port Salerno on August 4th to 6th , and the Key Largo Adventure Weekend on August 25th to 28th.  The Gators are enjoying an incredible summer with so many fun events.  Kudos to Lee Chitty for leading the first one, and Deb Haselmire for organizing the second. 

         The second of two summer Blue Jean Night Out happy hours will take place on Tuesday, August 15th at the Snuggery in Palm Beach Gardens.  Thank you, Ben Smith, for organizing them!  Please come, bring a snack to share, and join in the fun.   

        Betty Williams hosted her Fourth of July Party on Saturday, July 1st.  This was her final party and many of us were there to celebrate the end of a wonderful era.  We all give a heartfelt thanks to Betty for her generosity in opening her home to entertain the us over the years, and wish her well in her new condo.  

         The Gators had a great time at the Miami Marlins versus the LA Dodgers baseball on Sunday, July 16th.  We enjoyed traveling by chartered bus to the air conditioned stadium.  Thank you, Debbi Haselmire, for organizing this wonderful event, and thank you, Karl Haselmire, for stepping up to lead it when Debbi was not feeling well.    

         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 included 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

  • 01 Jul 2017 11:22 AM | Sharon Long (Administrator)

     

    Hello Gators,

         Our Club is off to a great start this summer.  We welcomed a number of new Gator members and guests at our June meeting.   All of our memberships expired at the end of May, so if you have not already done so, now is the time to renew your membership.  Please keep spreading the word about what we have to offer to your friends and co-workers.  We need to encourage more people to join in the fun.    

        The closing of the North Palm Beach Country Club has been postponed until September 30th.  It will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Our final meeting there will be in September.    

        Starting in October 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 other beers, 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.  Two trips, Jackson Hole and Sierra Nevada, have been sold out and expanded.  They are taking wait list applicants.  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. 

        The position of VP / Socials has been filled by Debbi Haselmire, who is also our VP/Special Activities.  The position of Treasurer has been filled by Walter Marussich, who is also our VP/Ski Trips.  Special appreciation goes to these officers who are doing double duty by serving in two difficult positions at once.  Anyone who would like to help them out should contact them.      

         June 13th marked the first of two summer Blue Jean Night Out happy hours at the Snuggery in Palm Beach Gardens.  We had a big crowd who all brought appetizers to share.  Everyone socialized and played games. Thank you, Ben Smith, for organizing this fun event!  Look for the next one on Tuesday, August 15th.

        Betty Williams will host her Fourth of July Party on Saturday, July 1st.  This will be her final party as she will soon be downsizing to a condo, so this event is not to be missed .  Betty has generously opened her home to entertain the Gators over the years, so this is the end of a marvelous era.  Many thanks go to Betty for her generosity.  

         The Gators are looking forward to an exciting event, the Miami Marlins versus the LA Dodgers baseball game in the beautiful, air conditioned Marlins Park stadium on Sunday, July 16th.  We will be having even more fun by traveling round trip in a chartered luxury bus from Palm Beach Gardens to the stadium.  Thank you, Debbi Haselmire, for organizing this wonderful event.    

         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 included some new and exciting venues mixed in with Club favorites.  We have a special Saturday happy hour at Kirby’s on Sunday, July 19th.  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 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

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