ACTIVITIES FOR 2016-2017
THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS) IS ON SUMMER HIATUS. IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA, PLEASE LET US KNOW. WE LOVE TO GET TOGETHER SPONTANEOUSLY. WE WILL RESUME FORMAL ACTIVITIES ON OCTOBER 1, 2017.
October 1, 2017: Details will be forthcoming in September 2017.
PAST 2016-17 ACTIVITIES
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A POTLUCK SMORGASBORD LUNCHEON AND OUR KFES ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016, AT 2:00 PM. We will be gathering in the beautiful Community Room at Treasurer Anneliis Kuusik’s condominium complex called Seminole Isles. A swimming pool is available to our group and children are welcome.
More on location: This is a gated community called Seminole Isles and its address is 7253 Key Haven Rd, Seminole, FL 33777. It is located near the intersection of Seminole Blvd. and Park Blvd., Seminole, FL.
BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016, PLEASE EMAIL ANNELIIS TO LET HER KNOW YOU ARE COMING. SHE NEEDS TO GIVE OUR NAMES TO THE GUARD IN THE GATEHOUSE AT THE ENTRANCE TO HER CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX. IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THE LIST, THE GUARD WILL NOT OPEN THE GATE FOR YOU.
ANNELIIS’S EMAIL ADDRESS IS: KUUSIKA09@AOL.COM.
OUR FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2016-17 WILL BE PRESENTED AT THIS MEETING.
SEE YOU SOON!
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE WELCOME JÕULUVANA AND HIS PÄKAPIKK AT OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, WITH A TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY DINNER, 2:00 PM, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
Jõuluvana (Santa) or verivorst (Christmas sausage)? What are our members’ priorities? This year, both Jõuluvana (Santa) and verivorst (Christmas sausage) return to the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts for our annual Christmas celebration.
The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) invites you to join us in our Christmas celebration at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2016, in the Fellowship Hall at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 10891 102nd Avenue North, Seminole, FL 33778.
Many of the women of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) are preparing verivorst to accompany a traditional Christmas meal prepared by local scrumptious caterers. Have you been good this year? Jõuluvana (Santa) knows who’s been naughty and nice! We are expecting Jõuluvana and his very musically talented Päkapikk (Elf) to lead us in merriment. Come prepared with your songs, poems and other entertainment to earn your gift.
By noon, Thursday, December 1, 2016, we have to let the caterer know the number of lunches to prepare and Jõuluvana the number of gifts to bring. So, PLEASE, send in your checks for your reservations to Treasurer Anneliis Kuusik (contact info below) by December 1, 2016. Your reservation will be binding and we regret we will be unable to give refunds because of commitments to the caterer. The cost of the lunch is $30.00 per person; $10 for children under the age of 12.
To make your reservation before December 1, 2016:
Please send your check payable to “Estonian Society of Central Florida” and mail it to: Ms. Anneliis Kuusik, KFES Treasurer, 7069 Key Haven Rd., #505, Seminole, FL 33777. The cost of the lunch is $30.00 per person; $10 for children under the age of 12. And by the way, if you have not yet paid your KFES membership dues for 2016-17, please add $20 per person to your total.
If you are bringing children, please also let Anneliis Kuusik know their names and ages by December 1, 2016.
Please remember: Prepayment is required for this event. Without it, we may need to turn you away at the door because of catering and space limitations.
See you at the party!
PLEASE NOTE THIS SPECIAL DATE
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL NEW YEAR 2017 LUNCHEON SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017
Please plan to join us 1:00 pm (please note the earlier start), Saturday, January 7, 2017, when the members, friends and guests of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) will join together in a special potluck of Estonian soups, salads and sandwiches prepared by participating members according to traditional Estonian recipes.
Members are asked to sign up with the KFES Treasurer Anneliis Kuusik by email to Kuusika09@aol.com by December 30, 2016. Please let her know what Estonian-style dish you plan to bring (sandwich, salad or dessert).
Each member is also asked to contribute $10 to defray KFES costs.
Location: We will gather in the Clubhouse in Inne and Heikki Joonsar’s condominium complex, which is TAMARAC BY THE GULF, 9099 141st St., Seminole, FL 33776. This is a community of individual homes all painted white with white tile roofs. The best way to enter is at the traffic light on 86th Ave N. and Oakhurst Rd. (137th St) where there is NO sign. Once you are in the complex, turn right onto 140th Way. Continue until you come to a slight left onto 141st St., where the club house and club house parking are visible. Parking is available on both sides of the clubhouse. A GPS can get you there easily.
What a great way to start the new year! We hope you will plan to join us!
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESTONIAN INDEPENDENCE
99th Anniversary of Estonian Independence
Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäev
Saturday, February 25, 2016
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Countryside Country Club
3001 Countryside Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 796-2153
Lunch: $40 per person; $23 for children older than 3-years-old
PRE-PAYMENT BY FEBRUARY 10, 2017 IS REQUIRED.
The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) will gather for its annual luncheon celebration of Estonian Independence Day (Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäev) on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Florida.
A special musical and folk dance program will be offered as we welcome members of the New York City Estonian folk dance group SAARE VIKAT and the return of our own Rannapiigad (endised nn Talutütred, who debuted in 2016). The ever-popular loterii returns. Please bring a contribution to the loterii table!
Reservations and pre-payment are musts!
TO GUARANTEE YOUR RESERVATION BEFORE NOON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017:
Guests need to pay in advance by sending a check in the amount of $40 per person for each lunch; $23 per child over the age of 3. Please express your preference for chicken marsala or mahi with dill champagne sauce. Also, this would be a good time to include payment of the 2016-17 annual membership dues of $20 per person if you have not yet done so. KFES is also welcoming sponsors who would like to make donations to help underwrite the costs of this program; sponsors’ names will be listed in the program. If you would like to be a sponsor, please include your donation in your check.
Reservations and pre-payment are musts!
TO GUARANTEE YOUR RESERVATION BEFORE NOON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017:
Guests need to pay in advance by sending a check in the amount of $40 per person for each lunch; $23 per child over the age of 3. Also, this would be a good time to include payment of the 2016-17 annual membership dues of $20 per person if you have not yet done so.
Please mail checks to KFES Treasurer Ms. Anneliis Kuusik, 7069 Key Haven Rd., #505, Seminole, FL 33777. Please make the check payable to “Estonian Society of Central Florida.” We are sorry, because of our commitment to the country club, we are unable to give refunds after February 10, 2017.
If you do not pre-pay, you will not have a reservation. If you show up at the door on the day of the event, we cannot guarantee the country club will be able to accommodate you.
We are committed to paying the Country Club for all reservations made by February 10, 2017. We regret the Estonian Society of Central Florida’s budget cannot be responsible for meals for individuals who have not sent in their payment in advance or for individuals who cancel after February 10, 2017. We appreciate your support of the country club’s policies and the KFES budget.
You may print an invitation to this event in Estonian and English through this link: Invitation to the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts Celebration of the 99th Anniversary of Estonian Independence.
POTLUCK LUNCHEON GATHERING AT 2:00 PM ON SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
Kesk Florida Eesti Selts will be gathering together for a potluck luncheon at the home of Kersti Linask, KFES President. Please send an email to Ms. Linask to let her know what you will bring. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Linask’s home address and directions will be sent by email.
OUR JAANIPÄEV PICNIC AND CELEBRATION OF APRIL BIRTHDAYS, 11:00 AM, SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
Before the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)) breaks on summer hiatus, members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) will gather one more time for its traditional early Jaanipäev picnic and celebration of April birthdays: 11:00 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017.
WE HAVE MOVED THE PICNIC FROM ANNA MARIA ISLAND AND WE ARE RETURNING TO THE CONDOMINIUM CLUBHOUSE AND RECREATIONAL CENTER AT THE WINTER HOME OF INNE AND HEIKKI JOONSAR. We celebrated our soup-and-sandwich luncheon there earlier this year.
TAMARAC BY-THE-GULF, INC.
9099 141st St.
Seminole. Fl., 33776
Tamarac By-the-Gulf is a community of 380 individual homes all painted white with white tile roofs. The best way to enter is at the LIGHTS on 86th Ave. N. and Oakhurst Rd.(137th St.) where there is NO sign. Then Right onto 140th Way. Continue until you make a slight Left onto 141st St. where parking & club house are visible. Parking is available on both sides of the clubhouse. The entrance at the TAMARAC sign off Oakhurst & 94th Place can be easily missed because it is hidden by a curve. But one’s GPS can usually get you there.
The recreational center includes shuffleboard courts and a swimming pool, which we may use.
Parents will be responsible for supervising their children in the play area and swimming pool.
This location is 5 min. from the beaches if one continues West on Park Blvd. (694). Some of you may want to continue to the beaches to finish the afternoon and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
KFES will provide grilled sausages (an Estonian Jaanipäev tradition) and buns. Members are invited to contribute $5 per person to help us offset our costs and to bring a contribution to the potluck luncheon table, e.g., salads, side dishes, and desserts. Please bring your own beverages.
To help us plan for the right number of people, please send an email to KFES Secretary Triin Karr and let her know who is coming with you and what you will be contributing to the potluck luncheon just in case we need to make some adjustments in the menu. Please email Ms. Triin Karr by email at email@example.com by Monday, April 17, 2017.
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Central Florida
Many of the members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida and local Estonians 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, at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve; and 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday.
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.