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Thirty-five hungry members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts gathered for their favorite January annual soup and sandwich lunch on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 2:00 pm, in the lovely community room at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Seminole, Florida. A fabulous smorgasbord of Estonian-style soups, sandwiches, pasteet, Korean dumplings, meatballs, salads, and desserts were enjoyed. Yes, frikadelli supp, kapsarulli soup, and borscht delighted us all. Heeringa-, kilu- and lõhe kala võileivad were delicious. Tasty kartuli salat and rosolje were on the table too. There were desserts galore with bakers taking advantage of the Florida strawberry season, a little rum for the rum cake, warm bread pudding and unbeatable chocolate chip cookies. Oh my! It was a feast! The highlight of the afternoon was the introduction of Karneelia and Marmeelia Dishmey, accompanied by their proud parents Marju and Dallas Dishmey. Karneelia and Marmeelia are just three months old! Welcome to our community! Enjoy our photos!

Kallid Kesk Florida Eesti Seltsi liikmed ja sõbrad/Dear Members and Friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida,

Head uut aastat! Happy New Year!

Here is information about our next two events, which we hope you will plan to attend.

1. Eesti suppi ja võileiva lõunasöök
Estonian soup and sandwich lunch
This is a potluck, and we all make Estonian-style soups, sandwiches and salads (and desserts)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
2:00 pm; $10/person, children under the age of 12 are free
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS BY JANUARY 18, 2020, ARE A MUST: Please email Lisa Mets and let her know the names of those coming with you and what you are planning to bring. If you are willing to make a soup, please let Lisa know that too. Please remember to bring your own soup bowls and soup spoons and your favorite beverages.

Here is our location:
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (we were here for our Christmas lunch)
10891 102nd Ave N
Seminole, FL 33778

2. Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäeva Tähistamine
Celebration of Estonian Independence Day
Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (for the 102nd Anniversary of Estonian Independence)
$50/adult; $25/child under 10
ADVANCE PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS TO ANNELIIS KUUSIK BY FEBRUARY 1 ARE A MUST (see address below).
Please let us know your meal choice when you make your reservation: Teriyaki Mahi Mahi or Chicken Piccata.
Our ever popular loterii returns: Please bring a prize to include on the loterii table.
Our location:
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater, FL 33762
http://www.fscc.club/

Please mail your check to:

Ms. Anneliis Kuusik
KFES Treasurer
7069 Key Haven Rd., #505
Seminole, FL 33777

If you would like to volunteer to help us with our events, please let us know. The more the merrier!

See you soon!
KFES Juhatus/Estonian Society of Central Florida Board

Yes, the members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts were good boys and girls in 2019! Not one name appeared on Santa’s “naughty” list! Nearly 50 of us gathered for our annual Christmas luncheon on Saturday, December 7, 2019. We celebrated with our traditional Estonian dinner that included roast pork, sauerkraut, verivorst and cranberry sauce and all the fixings that go with that! And we sang traditional Christmas songs by the beautiful tree. And more than that, we celebrated Heikki Joonsar’s birthday! (We won’t tell you what number it was…) What a glorious way to start the holiday season! Enjoy our photos.

The Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts gathered on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the beautiful home of Jüri, Jae, Aldo, Bree, Aleksis and Elliott Toomepuu on the Hillsborough River, in Temple Terrace, Florida. A record 39 participants came together for our annual meeting and to enjoy fellowship, potluck appetizers and desserts, and a fabulous lunch with Korean specialities prepared by the very talented Jae Toomepuu.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of November 3, 2019

KFES vice president Lisa Mets called the meeting to order at 2:20 pm. The members agreed we did not need to elect another individual to run the meeting (an old Estonian tradition); they confirmed the agenda; and they voted to have all of them serve as vote counters. Today’s annual meeting was a little extra special. Kesk Florida Eesti Selts was founded in November 1978. With a moment of silence we remembered our founder, Henn Rebane, who passed away September 26, 2018. We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Kesk Florida Eesti Selts with two special kringels baked by Anne Holda and Anneliis Kuusik, and we lifted our glasses in a special toast with champagne, provided once again most generously by Tõnu and Robin Toomepuu.

Remaining order of business

1. The minutes of the KFES annual meeting of November 11, 2018, were approved.
2. The Treasurer’s Report and audited financial statements for 2018-19 were approved. Once again we had a balanced budget, and ended the year a little ahead.
3. Our list of proposed activities for 2019-20 was approved. They are as follows:

Our Annual General Meeting
Sunday, November 3, 2019
2:00 pm

Home of Jüri and Jae Toomepuu

Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2:00 pm

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (we have been here before)
10891 102nd Ave N, Seminole, FL 33778
Reservations and pre-payment will be required by Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Adults $35 per person
Children under the age of 12 $10 per person [please let us know the children’s names and ages]
[Parents are encouraged to bring wrapped gifts for their own children.]

Eesti suppi ja võileiva lõunasöök
Estonian soup and sandwich lunch
This is a potluck, and we make Estonian-style soups, sandwiches and salads
January 2020 date, time and location to be announced

$10 per person
Children under the age of 12 are free

Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäeva Tähistamine
Celebration of Estonian Independence Day
Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (for the 102nd Anniversary of Estonian Independence)

Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater, FL 33762
http://www.fscc.club/
Reservations and pre-payment will be required by February 5, 2020.
Adults $50 per person
Children under the age of 10 $25 per child (children’s portions)

March Potluck
Date, time and location to be announced

$10 per person
Children under the age of 12 are free

April Piknik (potluck; our association provides grilled sausages)
Date and time to be announced

Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
$10 per person
Children under the age of 12 are free

October 2020 Potluck
End of the 2019-20 Year of Activities
Date, time and location to be announced

$10 per person
Children under the age of 12 are free

4. The budget for 2019-20 was approved. Dues will remain at $20 per person. We are the best bargain for activities and meals in Tampa Bay. The cost for all our 2019-20 activities, including dues, is $145 per adult. Please consider sending your dues and fees in one check to Ms. Anneliis Kuusik, KFES Treasurer, this month.

5. The following were elected Members of the KFES Board for 2019-20

President: Lisa Mets
Secretary: Regina Reet Cabrera
Treasurer: Anneliis Kuusik
Membership Coordinator: Marju Dishmey
Member-at-Large: Maare Kuuskvere

Audit Committee for 2019-20:
Jaan Kuuskvere
Erkki Taada
Tõnu Toomepuu

Today we were delighted to welcome back old friends Birgit Lorenzo with Santiago, Isabella and Matteo; Astrid and Heinar Normet, who spent the summer in Estonia; Lily Sinijärv, with her friend Zbigniew, from Orlando; Vaikko Pari, Maria, Kevin and cousin Kimberly; Reet Cabrera’s mother Alli from Estonia and friend Marie from New Jersey; Anne and Ken Holda from Ohio; Rein Allikberg from Cocoa Beach; and new members Merit Alvarez with son Nicholas and Professor Helis Sikk, who is teaching at USF.

The business meeting adjourned at 2:35 pm, and the festivities continued long after that.

Our next event is the following. Remember: We need to be good until then so Jõuluvana will come by to see us!

Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 7, 2019
2:00 pm

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (we have been here before)
10891 102nd Ave N, Seminole, FL 33778
Reservations and pre-payment will be required by Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Adults $35 per person
Children under the age of 12 $10 per person [please let us know the children’s names and ages]
[Parents are encouraged to bring wrapped gifts for their own children.]

Dear Members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts,

Our next gathering is Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm, at which time we’ll have a wonderful lunch, time to socialize, and kick off our activities for the 2019-20 year with our annual business meeting. Important topics will be discussed so we hope you will make plans to join us.

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE RETURNING TO A WONDERFUL LOCATION FOR OUR GATHERING: Jüri and Jae Toomepuu are opening their beautiful home to us. It is located on the Hillsborough River, in Temple Terrace, Florida. The address is sent by email. This is a potluck, and we are invited to bring appetizers, shared dishes and desserts. In addition to enjoying each other’s company, the setting offers perfect opportunities for swimming in the Toomepuu’s pool or fishing off their dock. All are welcome! To help us plan for the right number, we ask you to let us know in advance if you will be coming. Please send an email to Lisa Mets by Wednesday, October 30, 2019, to let us know if we may count you in/out!

Thank you,

KFES Juhatus
Estonian Society of Central Florida Board

Twenty-five members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts were happy to gather together again after their summer hiatus to enjoy a wonderful potluck luncheon at the home of Peep and Livija Rebane in Bradenton, Florida. Our generous hosts made the pork roast and sauerkraut and all the guests expanded the delicious offerings. Making the afternoon even more delightful, we were overjoyed to welcome new members too! Enjoy the photos of our event.

Dear Members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kallid Kesk Florida Eesti Seltsi kaasmaalased!

We hope you had a wonderful summer! Here is information about our next event:

Potluck luncheon at the beautiful home of Peep and Livija Rebane
Sunday, October 6, 2019
2:00-5:00 pm
Livija and Peep will be preparing roast pork and sauerkraut.
Please bring an appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert to complement the meal.
When you email your reservation to Lisa Mets, please let her know what you plan to bring.
Please bring your favorite beverage as well.  

Address:
The address is shared in email.
Cost: $10 per person; children under the age of 16 are free. The cost covers KFES expenses.

PRE-RESERVATIONS BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, TO LISA METS ARE A MUST. OUR SEATING IS LIMITED TO 30. PLEASE LET US KNOW THE NAMES OF EVERYONE COMING WITH YOU; PLEASE INCLUDE THE CHILDREN’S AGES.

There is a swimming pool for those who would like to enjoy an afternoon dip in the pool. Please bring your suits and towels.

Thank you to Peep and Livija for opening your home to us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

KFES BOARD/JUHATUS