Mr. Jaanus Kirikmäe, Estonian Consul General, and Mrs. Merle Kirikmäe visited the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts – KFES) on Sunday, January 30, 2011. KFES hosted a reception for the couple at Jüri and Kersti Linask’s lovely home. More than 30 KFES members warmly welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Kirikmäe. Mr. Kirikmäe offered remarks describing the activities of the Office of Consul General together with an overview of recent milestones reflecting Estonia’s remarkable progress the past 20 years. On behalf of KFES, Ms. Lisa Mets thanked Consul General Kirikmäe and Mrs. Kirikmäe for honoring the Estonian Society of Central Florida with their visit, and she extended an invitation to the Consul General to consider the Tampa Bay region and its Estonian community — already known for its support for Estonia and Estonian arts and music — as a region where they can find support for Estonia’s continuing progress. Mr. Kirikmäe was on an official visit to deliver passports and other documents.
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The Estonian Society of Central Florida kicked off the new year with its monthly meeting on January 2, 2011. More than 30 members celebrated the New Year. To view photos, please visit Monthly Meetings. Adding to the festive mood was this poem written and read by KFES’s newest member, Mr. Jüri Toomepuu.
Palju õnne, kõike head!
Kõik uuel aastal olgu uus,
meil eurokiitus kõigil suus.
Optimism meil lootust annab,
kuldranda innustus meid kannab,
Kui puhkma pääsvad uued tuuled,
on rõõmulauluks avat huuled,
kui töö ning leiva kõrval mahti,
ka võlgadest võid saada lahti.
Koidust tärkvast kiirgab rõõm,
elukarikast nüüd neela sõõm!
Mis murekoorem meil veel lasub,
kui Merkel Kreeka võlad tasub?
Järge hoida siiski vaja,
hoidkem alles mõnda vana!
Olgu ühiskond stabiilne,
hoidume sest mis labiilne.
Ongi riik meil kindlal jalgel,
Ansipil vaid sära palgel.
Raudselt pukis Savisaar,
kõrvalt kadestamas Laar.
Poliitikud kõik sõna võtvad,
kõnet pidama nad tõtvad.
Valimised on ju eel,
hääli koguma peab veel.
Ergma lõimumist vaid kiidab,
Eesti suurde punti liidab.
Ilves käivitand kampaania,
jutt aususest küll vist iroonia
Ka neile kellel kõik on läinud,
kel masu raskelt üle käinud,
uus algus elu uueks loogu!
Uus aasta õnne kõigil toogu!
Palju õnne kõike head!
Kui ainult sirgelt sammu sead,
kui siht on vääramatult selge,
siis tulevik meil ongi helge.
Welcome to the home page of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts), founded in 1975 and located in Tampa Bay. The purposes of the Estonian Society are to provide education about Estonia and Estonians, promote cultural exchange, and to provide opportunities for Estonians and friends of Estonia to gather and enjoy Estonian culture and traditions and to promote their continuity.
Estonian and Estonian-American residents of Tampa Bay are happy to welcome snowbirds and visitors at our events — please visit our calendar of events whenever you are planning a visit in our area.
The Estonian Society of Central Florida holds monthly luncheon meetings. In 2010/2011, luncheon meetings are scheduled from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the following dates: November 7, 2010; December 5, 2010; January 2, 2011; January 30, 2011 starting at 3:15 pm (a change in the schedule to host a reception for the Estonian Consul General); April 3, 2011; May 1, 2011 (at the home of Oivi and Jack Dudley); October 2, 2011; and November 6, 2011 (annual business meeting for 2011/2012). Please email Mr. Rein Raja, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 866-2614
or email Ms. Maare Kuuskvere, email@example.com or call (941) 795-6835, to let him/her know you are coming.
Each February the Estonian Society of Central Florida celebrates Estonian Independence Day (Vabariigi Aastapäev). Here is information for our celebration on February 26, 2011:
Eesti Vabariigi 93.a Aastapäeva Aktus
93nd Estonian Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, February 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Countryside Country Club
3001 Countryside Blvd.
Cost per person: $30
Please make reservations by calling or emailing Mr. Rein Raja or Ms. Maare Kuuskvere by 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Please mail your check ($30/person) made payable to the Estonian Society of Central Florida by Wednesday, February 23, 2011, to Mr. Rein Raja, KFES Treasurer, 501 Laguna Dr., Tierra Verde, FL 33715. No refunds can be given for cancellations after February 23, 2011. (If you would like to include your 2010-2011 KFES membership dues in your check, please add $15/person.)
Each June the Estonian Society of Central Florida celebrates St. John’s Day (Jaanipäev).
St. John’s Day Celebration
June 25, 2011
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Reserved Pavilion on Anna Maria Island
Please direct questions to:
Mr. Rein Raja at (727) 866-2614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Maare Kuuskvere at (941) 795-6835, email@example.com
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Florida
Many of the members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida are members of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Florida (Eesti Evangeeliumi Luteri Usu Kirik (E.E.L.K.) – Kesk-Florida Kogudus), which worships in St. Petersburg, generally during the winter months (October, December, January, March, and April).
The 2010-2011 services of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Florida are being held: October 31, 2010 (Rev. Priit Rebane); November 28, 2010 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010 (Rev. Priit Rebane); January 30, 2011 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); March 27, 2011 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 (Rev. Priit Rebane); October 23, 2011 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); November 27, 2011 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); December 24, 2011 (Rev. Priit Rebane); January 22, 2012 (Rev./Abipraost Hendrik Laur); and Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 (Rev. Priit Rebane). Services are held at 2:00 pm, and a coffee hour follows. The coffee hour on January 30, 2011 is combined with a reception for the Estonian Consul General that is hosted by the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts – KFES) at the home of Jüri and Kersti Linask starting at 3:15 pm; information about the reception is posted on this web site. All services are held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 5th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida. Directions are available at the Church’s website: Trinity Lutheran Church.
For more information about the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Florida (E.E.L.K. Kesk-Florida), please contact Pastor Priit Rebane by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Jüri Linask by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 727-540-0164.