The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) Celebrated the
93rd Anniversary of Estonian Independence
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, nearly 70 members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) celebrated the 93rd Anniversary of Estonian Independence (93.a Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäev) at Clearwater’s Countryside Country Club.
KFES President Mr. Tõnu Toomepuu welcomed everyone to the luncheon. The celebration opened with the singing of the American national anthem, which was accompanied by Ms. Kaie Latterner. Reverend Priit Rebane offered the invocation. KFES Vice President Ms. Lisa A. Mets welcomed special guests including Mrs. Ida-Salmi Duffy, President of the Finnish-American Club of New Port Richey, and her husband, Dick; Evi and Arno Kallas of the Lõuna Florida Eestlaste Koondis (Estonian National Association of South Florida); Reet, Kati and Mattias Rausberg from Estonia – Kati Rausberg is a junior at Eckerd College; and Johan Pender and Signe Kaurson also from Estonia. Ms. Silva Jensen read three poems: Kaljuvald mu isamaa; 24. veebruar 1991; ja Kallim Kingitus. The keynote address was given by Mr. Jüri Toomepuu. Mr. Väino Aare remembered Estonia’s fallen soldiers and the audience solemnly sang together Puhake Paremad Pojad. Closing remarks were given by KFES Vice President Ms. Monika Orumaa Craig, and the program closed with the singing of the Estonian national anthem. Ms. Kaie Latterner led the group in festive song throughout the afternoon program. A loterii with wonderful gifts, including beautiful table decorations made by Ms. Tiiu Slankis, enlivened the activities. KFES Treasurer Mr. Rein Raja and KFES Secretary Ms. Maare Kuuskvere were the behind-the-scenes organizers of the entire luncheon. A delightful afternoon was enjoyed by all.