Message 4
Message to All Members 

November 2021


There is much going on.  We are changing things a little to safely conduct our events.  I’ll outline some of those changes in this message but encourage you to check our website, www.waltoncountysnowbirds.com on a regular basis. 

 Dues

Unfortunately, we have found the need to increase our dues to $20 per member.  We know this is a significant increase but hope you understand the impact a year without any revenue had on the Club’s finances.  Even though we did not meet, some costs such as the Directors and Officers Insurance and the Bonding Insurance were necessary to maintain.  We’ve also had some changes to Storage that caused it to not be self-supporting last year.  We hope we can remedy this situation this year.  We’ve always had a General Liability Insurance policy and opted to let that lapse last year to save money.  However, now as we request bids for a new policy, we find the price has increased.  Thank you for understanding. 

 Registrations

In December, we will have Registration on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Faith Assembly.  Several of the activity leaders will not be at this registration as they will not arrive until January 1, 2022.  To encourage social distancing, we are trying to reduce the number of people present at one time.  We also encourage members to wear masks at all in person meetings. We’d like to use the following schedule; however, if your timeframe doesn’t work, come any time.  We won’t turn anyone away.                  

8:30 –   9:00       Last Names Begin with A-F    
9:00 –   9:30       Last Names Begin with G-L
9:30 –  10:00      Last Names Begin with M-R 
10:00 – 10:30     Last Names Begin with S-Z

 The first week of January will bring two registrations—Monday, January 3, 2022 and Friday, January 7, 2022.  Since these are usually bigger registrations, we will follow a slightly different schedule.  This schedule will be:

                          8:30 -  9:00    Last Names Begin with A-E
                         9:00 -  9:30     Last Names Begin with F-J
                         9:30 - 10:00   Last Names Begin with K-O
                        10:00 -10:30    Last Names Begin with P-T
                        10:30 -11:00   Last Names Begin with U-Z

The schedule for the balance of the Registrations will be the same as the December schedule. 

 Meetings

There will be a meeting at Saint Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church, 307 Harbor Blvd., Destin.  This will be held Thursday, December 9, at 10:00 am.  We will not have vendors at this meeting but are working to have entertainment and door prizes.  If you are in Destin, we hope to see you!  The Annual Business Meeting will be held at this same location on Thursday, February 24, 2022. 

 The balance of the General Meetings will be held at the Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Dr, Destin.  These meetings will be held at 10:00 am, on Thursdays, January 13, January 27 and February 10.  We will have vendors beginning at 9:00 am. 

 Vacancies

We do have several vacancies to be filled.  We are hopeful volunteers will step forward to help. The Club operates on the efforts of our members. Volunteers are vital to our future. 

 Vendor Coordinator: 

We have an immediate need for someone to organize the Vendors at the General Meetings.  This involves communicating via phone, e-mail or text with those vendors who wish to display their products or give samples at the three General Meetings. On meeting days, this volunteer will assign the vendors to tables.  We are in the process of sending letters to all vendors and asking that they contact me, if they would like to be present at the General Meetings.   This position will also send initial letters to businesses/potential vendors  in the future.  

 
Storage Coordinator:

 Bruce Blundell, our current Storage Coordinator, is resigning effective March 31, 2022.  We need one or two people to take the lead from Bruce.  Ideally, this person(s) will start in January so that they can learn from Bruce and be ready to take over April 1.  There is very little activity after March 31, so the bulk of the business is from December 1 – March 31.  Please feel free to contact Bruce (cuzin46@gmail.com) to discuss this further.

 Webmaster:

This position/person manages the website and works in tandem with our Communications Officer to keep all information up to date/as current as possible.  

 Co-Treasurer,Board of Directors:

Currently, we know of one Board vacancy for the 2022-2023 season.  That is Co-Treasurer, and this person will replace Lana Martin.  This position does not require the use of Quick Books but does require the person to negotiate with the insurance and storage facilities as well as help with the bank deposits, writing checks, etc.  Lana’s term will expire April 30, 2022.  Ideally, she will have a chance to work with her replacement this year. 

 A huge thank you all our volunteers.  You are so important to the success of our Club!  We will post all vacancies on the website as they arise. 

 I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Donna Reed, President