President's Message for October 2017

01 Oct 2017 7:41 PM | Anonymous


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. 


Sharon Long



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