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Five members of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (Estonian Society of Central Florida) joined the more than 120 guests who attended the Estonian National Association of South Florida (Lõuna Florida Eestlaste Koondis) Sügispidu (Fall Festival) on Sunday, October 23, 2011, in the Okeeheelee Park, Osceola Pavilion, West Palm Beach, Florida. During the festivities, the upcoming KLENK-KFES-LFEK conference (January 6-7, 2012, St. Petersburg, Florida) was promoted. Enjoy these photos by Maare Kuuskvere of the KFES.

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KFES MET OCT 2, 2011

After a long summer break, more than 20 members of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (Estonian Society of Central Florida) gathered for lunch on Sunday, October 2, 2011, to enjoy fellowship once again. The group heard about Estonian visitors to our area during the summer months and a progress report on planning for KLENK 2011 (please see this web site for more information about KLENK). Our next gathering will be on Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2:00 pm, when we hold our annual business meeting.

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The Estonian National Association of South Florida (Lõuna Florida Eestlaste Koondis) invites all to their Sügispidu (Fall Festival), which takes place on Sunday, October 23, 2011, starting at 12:30 pm, in the Okeeheelee Park, Osceola Pavilion, West Palm Beach, Florida. Please visit the Estonian National Association of South Florida website for more information. Reservations are recommended.

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On Saturday, June 25, 2011, the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) celebrated Jaanipäev in its wonderful longstanding tradition — with a picnic under the pavilion on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The 90+ F warmth and sunny blue skies attracted more than 35 KFES members and their guests. Along with a couple special guests from Estonia, three generations of the Väino and Leena Aare family — from Florida to Washington State — gathered for the celebration.

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The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) held its monthly luncheon gathering on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at a new location, Midtown Sundries, downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Leena Aare reviewed the newly published book, Between Shades of Gray, by Ms. Ruta Sepetys. Mrs. Aare noted she will be sharing the book with her teenage grandchildren and she recommends that the book be read by others interested in our history and heritage. More information about the author and the book can be found at the book’s web site, Between Shades of Gray. Reviews of the book can be found in the March 19, 2011 Wall Street Journal and on the Amazon.com web site. The next KFES monthly meeting and luncheon will be held Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Stay tuned to this web site for the location.

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Members of the Estonian American National Council (Eesti Rahvus Komitee Ühendrikkides) hosted members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) in a strategic planning conversation on Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2011. Recently re-elected ERKÜ members – Kersti Linask and Jüri Linask – hosted the gathering in their home. They were joined by co-host new ERKÜ member Monika Orumaa Craig. The three, who are also members of KFES, attended the fall meeting of ERKÜ in Baltimore. Since that meeting ERKÜ members have been inviting Estonian Americans by written survey and in conversations to offer suggestions for future directions for ERKÜ. The afternoon meeting included a wonderful lunch with traditional Estonian fare — porgandi pirukas, verivorst, rosolje ja keeks.

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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.

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