President's Message for March 2018

26 Feb 2018 4:57 PM | Anonymous


Hello Gators, 

     Our Club has a wonderful calendar of exciting trips and entertaining events!  Please visit our website, read our weekly email blast, download our newsletter or visit our Facebook page to find out more.  Please invite your friends and coworkers to check us out so more people can join in the fun.  The larger our membership grows, the more fun events we can offer for your pleasure and entertainment. 

    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. 

     Join the Gator Snow Ski Club on our chartered bus to the Panthers vs. Arizona Coyotes on March 28th.  For your convenience, we have changed the bus departure from Southern Blvd. to the Doubletree Hotel on PGA Blvd.  We have fantastic tickets in the Florida Panther’s Sky Box that include free beer, wine, sodas and food throughout the game.  For more information, please contact trip leader Kathy Levas. 

     Our third trip to exotic Andorra and Barcelona led by Kelly Lunsford journeyed out on February 24th.  Thank you, Kelly, for doing a great job leading this awesome trip!  Watch for our trip next year to Three Valleys in France.   

     Our fourth trip, the FSC trip to spectacular Jackson Hole, Wyoming led by Chris McArdle, departed on February 25th.  Our fifth trip going out on March 7th is an amazing international trip to incredible Sierra Nevada, Spain led by Walter Marussich.  Although our trips are full, wait list positions open up frequently, so if you are interested, please contact the trip leader.

     Our Club is looking for volunteers to fill positions on the Board for June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019.  We need your help to remain a vibrant and active club.  Our election will be held at the April General Meeting.  The first round of nominations was conducted at the February General Meeting by Election Supervisor Ildiko Haidacher.  Thank you, Ildiko!  She will conduct the second round of nominations at our next General Meeting on March 22nd.  Although nominations are welcomed for any position, we especially need volunteers for VP / Special Activities and VP / Socials.  If you are interested in any of these positions or want more information, please contact Ildiko.  In addition, we are looking for volunteers to fill the appointed positions of Membership Director, Communications Director and Event Comptroller Director starting June 1st.  If you are interested in director positions or want more information, please contact me. 

    Our annual membership picnic will take place on Saturday, May 12th 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 Florida Ski Council (FSC) non-ski trip to Australia and New Zealand is now on sale.  Join the Gators on this bucket list trip of a lifetime during the spring season on November 4 - 18, 2018.  Please visit our website or contact trip leader Karen Eslary for more information. 

     We are offering a brand new event, the Barley Barber Swamp Tour Hike in Indiantown on Saturday, March 3rd, where we will board a bus that will transport us to the Barley Barber Swamp.  We will hike on the boardwalk where we will view one of the most magnificent old-growth cypress communities in the nation.  Thank you, Kathy Levas, for organizing this splendid experience.

     We will be having another spectacular full moon dinner at the beach on Sunday, April 29th.  We will bring our own food and chairs and enjoy moonrise on the beach in Jupiter. Thank you, Kathy Levas, for organizing this fun event. 

     For the first time ever, the Gators visited the fantastic new Manatee Lagoon on Saturday, February 17th, where manatees gather in the warm water near the FPL power plant.  Afterwards we enjoyed a special Saturday happy hour at Rafiki Tiki.   Thank you, Cory Reed, for arranging this marvelous event.   

     Our fifth Leisure Bike Ride in the series occurred on Saturday, February 24th during the special weekend camping trip at Lake Okeechobee with Guest Leader Patti Bochniak.  Everybody had a blast on the bike ride and afterwards at the Gator Hole Bar.  The weekend festivities continued later at the campground. Thank you, Patti!  The next ride will be on Saturday, March 10th at Riverbend Park with Guest Leader Letti Falko.  Look for a new ride every month.

     The closing of the North Palm Beach Country Club has been postponed until May 2018.  It will not reopen for at least 18 months.  Starting in May we plan to move 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.  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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