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February 23, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Snowbird club updates from Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa:

OHIO

Due to icy weather, the Ohio Snowbird Club’s second meeting was canceled for Jan. 29, but the third was Feb. 5 at LuLu’s Homeport Marina with 95 people in attendance.

In the absence of President Bob Hofacker, Vice-President Sue Ellen Carpenter opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Don Thrash giving the blessing and some of his jokes.(Pictured: visiting Rotarian Bill Wiesjohn of the Wisconsin Snowbird Club with trophy for having the most participants of all the Snowbird Clubs.)

Mona Barfield and her mother, Sandra Bishop of B&B Pecans were our guests. Mona spoke and showed a video about the growth of the pecan trees, the development of the nutlets, the harvesting of the trees by the tree shakers, how important it is to keep the leaves green, and explained how the top of the tree ripens first.

She also told of all the health benefits from pecans such as no cholesterol, no trans fats, more than 19 vitamins, a natural source of protein and increases fiber in your diet. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing about pecans and why the trees look dead when the snowbirds arrive.

Dick Haberstroh and Georgene Carlton will co-chair Membership for 2015/2016. The treasurer and secretary positions still need to be filled.

By Marge Vetter

WISCONSIN

The WI Sno-bird Club met at the Orange Beach Community Center (OBCC) on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with entertainment by Bill and Carol Carlo from Altoona, Iowa. They invited Rita Spangler and her family to sing their special song about coming to Alabama.

During donuts and coffee club members visit, exchange books/puzzles and drop off empty printer cartridges, Boxtops for Education from General Mills cereals, labels from Campbell soups and Nestle water bottles and pop-tops from beverage cans. Members sign up for breakfasts and other events that must be pre-paid.

Friday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon, there are Sheepshead card games at the Harry Roberts Community House, 200 E. 16th Ave., Gulf Shores. We also volunteer to help with All Snow Bird events that raise funds for local non-profits. Check our calendar of up-coming events and join us if you are from WI! For more information contact Kenn at (251) 967-2463 OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

By Nancy Durgin

IOWA

The Iowa Snowbird Club met for an 8:30 a.m. breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Lulu’s Homeport with 225 members in attendance. Joe and Mary Poindexter and Steve and Chris Hedlund, Co-presidents presided. Lisa Laraway, District Superintendent. of Gulf State Park, presented information about recreational opportunities for winter visitors to the area and encouraged members to participate in park activities. She noted that there are places to stay and lots of activities including the zip line as the weather gets warmer.

Forty-eight first time Iowa visitors to the breakfast were introduced and many door prizes and six gifts of $30 each from the 50/50 were awarded. Coming events of interest to winter visitors were highlighted. Coupon books for purchase for 2015 will be available at the next breakfast. All board members have agreed to serve next year except for A.J. Lang who will be moving. Therefore, volunteers are needed to help with the Pancake Breakfast and the Brat Festival.

The final seasonal Iowa breakfast will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 a.m. at Lulu’s Homeport. Members need to make reservations for the $9 breakfast on the “sign up” page of the Iowa website. If that is not possible, call Shari DeCook, 641-521-0929 or Sharon Hesselmann at 563-357-2721 to make the reservation. Members are asked to bring donations of canned goods to the breakfast for the benefit of the Christian Service Center.

The second Iowa cocktail party was Jan. 31 at The Caribe with a Super Bowl theme and many prizes awarded in the drawing.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the group.

By Fran Gruenhaupt