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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

The Lithuanian American Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, invited representatives from the local Latvian and Estonian communities to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Baltic Chain/Baltic Way on Sunday, August 25, 2019, in their lovely community hall. This wonderful luncheon event drew together more than 140 participants who enjoyed a delicious home-cooked Lithuanian meal and great fellowship. The program was hosted by Ms. Donata Koverienė, President of the Lithuanian American Club, and we are grateful to Ms. Koverienė and the members of the board for planning this significant commemorative event. Thank you! Ms. Koverienė asked those who participated in the Baltic Way in 1989 to stand; we were astonished to see approximately 12 to 15 individuals rise. Speakers from the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian communities participated in the program. Peep Rebane and Lisa Mets offered remarks on behalf of the Estonian Society of Central Florida. At the conclusion of the remarks, all in the room stood, grabbed hold of each others’ hands and our countries’ flags, and re-enacted the Baltic Chain/Baltic Way. It is true to say there were tears in many of the participants’ eyes.

Among her remarks, Lisa said the following:

In Estonian, we call the August 23, 1989, event the Balti kett. In English: Baltic chain.

Before that date, when we heard the word chain, many of us might have envisioned chains of slavery. After all, our Baltic nations have long histories of living as peasants even slaves under rule and oppression by neighboring countries.

Since 1989, when we hear Baltic chain,

    we see links of hands tightly bonded together in a human chain that cannot and will not be broken

Ah, and the way Lithuanians call the event in English, Baltic Way, evokes this thought:
It makes us see that Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians are peace-loving people.

    It makes us see that
    the way we engage in protest is a peaceful way

We knew that the way to freedom would not be achieved through more war or violence. It is through peaceful protest, peaceful means.

It is said the Estonians sang their way to freedom through their song festival. Imagine songs sung in peaceful protest in song festivals every five years starting in 1869 and especially again in 1989, which has become known as the singing revolution. This summer Estonia celebrated the 150th anniversary of the song festival; we will keep singing in peace for more peace. Like Lithuania and Latvia, we demonstrate, even prove, that peace begets more peace.

Today, as we commemorate the Baltic Chain:
Human ties, human bonds that are so strongly united, like links in a chain, they cannot be broken apart,

Today, as we commemorate the Baltic Way:
Human ties, human bonds that bring freedom through peaceful means,

Let us shout out together, “Still free! Our countries are still free!” May it be forever so.

The Lithuanian American Club maintains a Facebook page, and you may view photographs and a video of this event here: Lithuanian American Club St. Petersburg FL facebook page.

Thank you again to the Lithuanian American Club for hosting this memorable event!

Thanks to the wonderful suggestion by our own married couple, Latvian Livija and Estonian Peep Rebane, the local Latvian community and Estonian community celebrated Ligo-Jaanipäev together on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Point Brittany, St. Petersburg, Florida. All of the credit for this wonderful celebration goes to the Latvian community who extended their invitation to our Estonian community for a joint celebration. An enormous thank you from the Estonian community goes to our Latvian host, Ms. Dace Nebare, and her many Latvian co-hosts, who organized the program (music, dance, prize competitions, and remarks), set up and cleaned up the lovely Point Brittany ballroom, organized the fabulous smorgasbord table of Latvian and Estonian dishes, and planned the outdoor activities around the bonfire. We started at 5:00 and festivities concluded at 10:30 pm. Enjoy the photos!

Latvian accordionist Kaspars, Estonian accordionist Kaie Põhi Latterner, and local Latvian musicians gave us lots of opportunities to sing and dance!

An amazing collection of Latvian and Estonian dishes resulted in a smorgasbord that was an absolute delight!

Making wreaths is a Latvian tradition for Ligo.

Singing and dancing around the bonfire was a wonderful way to conclude the evening.

Enjoy!

Dear Members and Friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts!

You are invited!

Midsummer’s Eve John’s Day Ligo/Jaanipäeva Celebration!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

5:00-10:30 pm.

Program:
5:00-7:30 pm
Clubhouse Ballroom
Music, degustation of cheese, wreath making, and potluck meal
All guests are asked to bring along food to share picnic style (potluck).
Estonians: Please bring Estonian-style dishes.

7:30-10:30 pm
Outside around the firepit (a real gas-fueled fire)
Music, singing, dancing, libations and Latvian snacks
Traditional setting sun ceremony

Music will be led by Latvian accordionist Kaspars, our own wonderful Kaie Põhi Latterner, and local musicians.

The Latvian Association will provide piragi, cheese and American beer. Please bring your own beverages of choice.

$10.00/adult suggested donation. Children under the age of 16 are free.

Our wonderful host is Latvian Dace Nebare.

This event is taking place in a gated community off the Pinellas Bayway (the state road that runs between the Don CeSar Hotel and I-275, 54th Ave S exit). It is near the Isla del Sol properties. The address will be provided in an email to those who RSVP. Note: You will pass through a toll booth on the Pinellas Bayway.

If you are planning to come, and we hope you are, RSVP by June 12, 2019. Please include the names of all members of your group and your children and their ages in your response.

We hope to see you there!

KFES Juhatus