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Before going on summer hiatus, more than 40 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) gathered for our annual picnic from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, on Sunday, April 26, 2015, under the reserved pavilion on the beach at beautiful Anna Maria Island. The Estonian and American flags greeted our guests. KFES grilled hotdogs, bratwurst and hamburgers. Guests brought their own beverages and delicious dishes to share, such as appetizers, salads, vegetables, and desserts. Bean toss, volleyball and other games were played and some enjoyed a refreshing swim or stroll in the water. It is our tradition to celebrate April birthdays at our annual picnic. “Nad elagu!” (Estonian “Happy Birthday!”) was sung before the scrumptious birthday cake was served. Our best happy birthday wishes were extended to Leena Aare, Jaan Kuuskvere, Maare Kuuskvere, Karl Noor, Silva Jensen, Monika Craig, and Triin Karr. Many thanks to our picnic committee: Maare Kuuskvere, Ingrid Shipotofsky, the Leena Aare family (Peeter, Hilda, Erika and Kristina), Kersti Linask, Lisa Mets, Erkki Taada, and Trine Kasemägi. We wish everyone a wonderful summer! Safe travels! We’ll see you again in October.

More than 35 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) welcomed Ms. Rita Melder, Consul of the Republic of Estonia, at their monthly luncheon on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This luncheon was held at the beautiful home of KFES President Kersti Linask. Everyone contributed to the sumptuous smorgasbord table. Ms. Linask welcomed the guests, including special guests Consul Melder and her husband Ivo. Consul Melder offered greetings and shared remarks about the work of the Consulate General in New York. Ivo Melder presented a gift of exotic handmade Estonian chocolates for the dessert table. A moment also was taken to celebrate Trine Kasemägi, an Estonian student completing her freshman year majoring in science at Eckerd College. Also a member of the Eckerd College women’s basketball team, Trine and her teammates recorded their best year ever in Eckerd College women’s basketball history. The NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference named Trine Kasemägi Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and Trine was selected Second Team All-SSC. Trine ended the season eighth in the nation in field goal percentage shooting.

For information about the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, please contact:
Mr. Rein Raja at (727) 866-2614, raja77@verizon.net
or
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere at (941) 795-6835, jaank@verizon.net

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE WELCOME MS. RITA MELDER, CONSUL OF THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA, SUNDAY, MARCH 22,2015

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) will welcome The Ms. Rita Melder, Consul of the Republic of Estonia, at their monthly luncheon on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This luncheon will be held at the home of KFES President Kersti Linask. The address and directions are sent to members by e-mail. This luncheon is a potluck and everyone is invited to contribute to the smorgasbord table.

For information about the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, please contact:
Mr. Rein Raja at (727) 866-2614, raja77@verizon.net
or
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere at (941) 795-6835, jaank@verizon.net

We are pleased to report that Ms. Rita Melder, Consul of the Republic of Estonia in New York City, completed a successful mission performing consular duties in Miami on March 17 and 18 and in St. Petersburg on March 20 and 21, 2015. This was a wonderful opportunity for any Estonian to apply for passports and ID cards and execute the fingerprint process in Florida. More than 45 Estonians received services.

During her visit to the Honorary Consulate in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the Eckerd College campus, Consul Melder received a campus tour hosted by Trine Kasemägi, an Estonian student completing her freshman year majoring in science. Also a member of the Eckerd College women’s basketball team, Trine and her teammates recorded their best year ever in Eckerd College women’s basketball history; Trine’s many contributions to the team’s success were recognized by the Sunshine State Conference.

Lisa A. Mets
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Estonia
Upham Administration Building
Eckerd College
4200 54th Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Telephone: 727.864.8221
Fax: 727.864.1877
Email: metsla@eckerd.edu
Directions: http://www.eckerd.edu/about/directions.php

We are pleased to let you know that Ms. Rita Melder, Consul of the Republic of Estonia in New York City, will be performing consular duties in Florida in March 2015. She is taking appointments in Miami on March 17 and 18 and in St. Petersburg on March 20 and 21. This is a wonderful opportunity for ANY Estonian to apply for passports and ID cards and execute the fingerprint process in Florida. Please see the announcement below.

Temporary Consular Mission to Florida in March 2015

The Consul of Estonia in New York will be in Florida in March to perform consular duties. ANY Estonian citizen will be able to apply for a passport or ID-Card, renew a passport or ID-Card, receive previously ordered documents or conduct other consular business. For information about the processes visit http://www.nyc.estemb.org/ or email nyconsulate@mfa.ee.

Consular Visit to Miami, March 17-18, 2015
19 West Flagler Street, Suite 1212 Miami FL 33130
To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to the Honorary Consul at joviro47@hotmail.com

Consular Visit to St. Petersburg, March 20-21, 2015
Honorary Consulate, Upham Administration Building, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to the Honorary Consul at metsla@eckerd.edu.

Please spread this announcement to Estonians you think may be interested.

Lisa A. Mets
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia
Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Estonia
Upham Administration Building
Eckerd College
4200 54th Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Telephone: 727.864.8221
Fax: 727.864.1877
Email: metsla@eckerd.edu
Directions: http://www.eckerd.edu/about/directions.php

THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS CELEBRATED THE 97TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTONIAN INDEPENDENCE

Luncheon Celebration
97th Anniversary of Estonian Independence
Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäev
Saturday, February 21, 2015
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Countryside Country Club
3001 Countryside Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 796-2153
Lunch: $35 per person

More than 70 members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) gathered for its annual luncheon celebration of Estonian Independence Day (Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäev) on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Florida. A special musical program was offered and the ever-popular loterii returned.

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For information about the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, please contact:
Mr. Rein Raja at (727) 866-2614, raja77@verizon.net
or
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere at (941) 795-6835, jaank@verizon.net

The members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) kicked off the new year with our regular luncheon meeting on Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 pm, at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, 540 1st St SE, St. Petersburg, Florida; telephone: 727-823-7767. Dessert included a special treat: a birthday cake for Simona Andreas. Simona is a best friend of Eckerd College’s Estonian student Trine Kasemägi. Simona is a first-year student at Wheaton College (Illinois), and it seems she is their first Estonian student ever. Simona escaped Chicago’s cold winter mid-December to mid-January by celebrating her Christmas vacation and birthday with Trine here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lisa Mets and Erkki Taada and Maare and Jaan Kuuskvere enjoyed hosting Trine and Simona over the extended holiday period with local activities and holiday meals, and Kesk Florida Eesti Selts was especially delighted the two chose to participate in today’s luncheon.

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