President's Message for November 2017

31 Oct 2017 12:59 AM | Anonymous

Hello Gators,

      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. 

     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!

     Join us at our Holiday Party on Friday, December 8th at the North Palm Beach Country Club.  It has been changed this year from Thursday night to Friday night to make it easier for you to enjoy a wonderful night out, and will replace the General Meeting.  Thank you, Evie Houston, for organizing this elegant 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.    

     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. 

    Forty lucky Gators will be attending our fantastic Patriotic Luau party on Saturday, November 11th where we will celebrate Veteran’s Day with a barbecue dinner and music.  This marvelous event is sold out, but contact Debbi Haselmire if you would like to be on the waiting list. 

     Join the Gators as we view the annual Palm Beach Boat Parade at Juno Park on Saturday, December 2nd.  This awesome parade of festively decorated boats will light up the Intracoastal Waterway for spectators in the evening.  Be sure to come early to get a parking space. 

     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! 

     October 14th marked the start of the Leisure Bike Ride series with Ben Smith leading an enjoyable ride in Jonathan Dickinson Park.  The next one will be at South Jupiter Community Park in Abacoa on November 18th 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.  

    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. 

     Our Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall was an incredibly fun event.  The theme was “A Blast from the Past”, focusing on costumes from the great decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s & 80’s.  We all enjoyed the costume contest and the dancing.  Many thanks go to Deb Haselmire for the planning, Liz Loeffler for coordinating the event, Ildiko Haidacher for serving as the emcee, Kathy Levas for manning the admission table, Sharon Eisen, Charlie Eisen and Barbara Lioi for helping to setup, Ann West for picking up the food and delivering items back to Deb, Bill Lobb for picking up the chicken wings, Walter Marussich for picking up the pizzas and carving a pumpkin, and Bonnie Boaz for collecting for the 50/50 raffle.  A special mention of admiration goes to Sharon Eisen for creating the impressive centerpieces that captured the spirit of the decades and of Halloween.  Each one was amazing and unique!  

     A group of Gators are currently enjoying the special Halloween cruise on the Harmony of the Seas in the Western Caribbean.  Thanks, Debbi Haselmire, for organizing this fun trip!

     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. 

     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 join us at our special Sunday happy hour on November 12th at The Cooper Restaurant 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. 


Sharon Long



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