2017 EVENTS! Save the dates:
SE Florida: Karin Nordlander organizes dinners/events almost monthly, so if you are interested to join her group, do email Karin at firstname.lastname@example.org
NE Florida: Eduardo Somensatto and Maureen Miller are organizing a Chapter lunch for Jacksonville area residents for the first time. This will take place at 12.30pm, Jan 14, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Interested? Email Eduardo at email@example.com. Directions: www.pontevedra.com/inn_and_club/
NW Florida: Also for the first time, we will hold a lunch in Sarasota on Saturday, 1.00pm, January 28, 2017 at the Muse, Visitors Pavilion, Ringling Estate. Interested? Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I have not been to the Ringling and am planning a full day there.
SW Florida: We will hold a lunch one Saturday in February (tbd) at Shiva’s club house Destinations Restaurant, which always provides excellent food at very reasonable cost. Interested email me?
2017 Reunion, Cuba – A large contingent of us – and snowbirds – will be venturing to Havana in April. This promises to be a very lively and large group and with all the new changes in US regulations vis-à-vis Cuba, the trip will undoubtedly present us with a few surprises.
You may also be interested in the attached list of Florida Festivals for 2017 from Karin - http://www.floridarambler.com/florida-festivals/2016-2017-florida-festival-calendar/.
As always, if any of you have suggestions for future activities, would like to organize a lunch or an event in your area, I am very open to your suggestions - please email me.
And, of course, any 1818 members visiting Florida are welcome to join our events!
Wishing you all good health and good cheer for the New Year.Sandra Hadler, email@example.com
Chair, Florida Chapter
Regional Coordinators’ Contacts:
NE: Robin Bradfield firstname.lastname@example.org Ormond Beach
SE: Karin Nordlander email@example.com Boca Raton
SW: Sandra Hadler firstname.lastname@example.org Naples
ABOUT THE CHAPTER
The Florida Chapter comprises some 250 members of the 1818 Society who are now living in the Sunshine State of Florida. There are probably another 100 or so ‘snowbirds’ who reside here temporarily and are welcome to join the Chapter (see Member Registration tab on the Navigation panel to the left). The group will meet from time to time to renew old friendships and make new ones. Reunions are attended by retirees, spouses and guests. Any and all 1818 members visiting Florida are most welcome at these reunions.
The Chapter is a totally informal body. It has no rules, no regulations, and no officials other than a Chapter Chair, Sandra Hadler, and the Florida regional coordinators, Robin Broadfield, Karin Nordlander (all our contacts are below).
Given the size of the Chapter, we cannot send emails out to large groups without hitting server distribution limits and our emails being ‘spammed’.
So, as our only current means of communicating about events or useful information, we have established the google ‘Florida Chapter group’. This is a safe (OK, nothing in life is 100% safe) and free means of communication within the group. It is not social media like Face Book or Linked in; it is not spam nor will it subject you to junk email – it is just an email distribution list to send information. Currently, the only people with rights to post information on the site or send emails are Swati Srivastava, the 1818 Office Manager in DC, the regional coordinators and me. If anyone on the distribution list wishes to post something, they may contact me or the coordinators and ask them to post on their behalf.
In recent months, we have sent several invites to all Chapter members to join the google group. However, to date only 105 of the possible 350 have joined the group. We understand you may be reluctant to join, but it is the most viable communication option we have.
So, if you wish to receive information about Chapter events, please join the 1818floridachapter Google Group by clicking here and providing your email address and for security, your UPI number. You will receive a confirmation email from Google Groups.
If you have difficulties joining, you may contact me directly at email@example.com and I will try to help.
You will continue to be able to access the Florida Chapter website on the 1818 Chapter website as well as directly (go to google and key in “1818 Florida Chapter" group). However, updates to the site may not be very frequent. Information will also be included in the 1818 Bulletin.
There appears to be considerable interest in a Florida Chapter ‘reunion’ involving an area or activity of interest. For instance, I saw on the Authentic Florida site a 3 day ‘archeaological cruise’ on a relatively small ship along the Pensacola coast in April. If this happens again in the fall or spring, it might appeal to some?
Another idea is the Miami Opera. Members may wish to meet for dinner followed by opera – and even stay overnight to make a weekend of it. The Naples Opera Group (NOG) organizes a bus that begins in Cape Coral and picks up at 3-4 places all the way to S. Naples; this includes opera tickets, pre-opera discussion/lecture, dinner and bus home for about $150/person.
Florida is a big state and ‘Regional Chapter’get togethers for lunch/dinner/special events are of considerable interest and a convenient way to stay connected. Activities could be cultural/cerebral, crafts, outdoors – nature/athletic? I’m learning that several members are involved in activities that would be of interest to others and have agreed to post them on our web. For instance Richard Eddy teaches an international folk dancing class in Naples in season and information on this will be posted in the fall. Others, such as Karin Nordlander, are very much involved in charitable groups and may welcome more helping hands. A couple of members have suggested a golf tournament. I’m not a golfer but can assist members if they wish to organize a tournament by posting fliers on the web.
So, if any of you have a particular interest/idea, please let me know?
And, once again, Chapter communications – just over 100 Florida chapter members have joined the Google list serve. But there are over 300 members –plus many snowbirds, like Shiva and myself. Please, do join the Google list serve– you will not be inundated with emails, it is not social media á la Facebook and you may enjoy renewing contact with former friends and colleagues. To join, simply google the 1818 Florida Chapter website, second menu item on the left hand side contains a simple on-line registration form for the Chapter list serve.
Enjoy your summer!Sandra Hadler
Chair, 1818 Florida Chapter
June 26, 2014
2014 CHAPTER REUNION CRUISE