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On Saturday afternoon, December 8, 2018, about 55 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)) gathered at the beautiful home of Kaie Põhi Latterner in North Redington Beach (FL) to celebrate a traditional Estonian Christmas. Well almost. A white ibis, Santa’s Florida navigator, guided Jõuluvana to Kaie’s home (can you spot him on the roof?), which is located about a block away from a white sandy beach. The weather was spectacular with 80 degrees and a clear blue sky. We filled Kaie’s home to the brim and, thankfully, we were able to spread outside to the beautiful poolside and waterside setting. Once the sun set, hardy members gathered fireside. Palm trees instead of pine trees swayed in the background.

Jõuluvana visits Kesk Florida Eesti Selts. 8. dets. 2018. N Redington Beach, FL. Foto: Erkki Taada

We welcomed Jõuluvana with song. Children delighted in his arrival. At first, Santa needed to wait patiently for the first daring child to come forward. And things rolled easily from there. Our hostesses serenaded Jõuluvana with their own special song, Living in a Florida Wonderland, sung of course to the tune of Walking in a Winter Wonderland. We’ll be adding that special song to our song sheet next year. What fun that was! At the end, Jõuluvana was quite moved when Chloe Cabrera presented him with special thank-you gifts.

We had a fabulous turnout for this favorite KFES event. In fact, our luncheon was sold out. We were especially delighted to be joined again by our I-4 warriors, our two Orlando members–Moonika Mägi and Helen Tammela–who are undeterred by the drive. Aino and Ants Tompson once again made the drive from Naples; thank you! Paavo Känd joined us from Gulfport. Our newer members Ludmila Stelmokene and Hannes Jakobson joined us once again too and jumped into our festivities. Astrid Normet, who joined KFES in November with her husband Heinar, brought new energy into our sing alongs. In fact, Hannes Jakobson was quite taken by all the extra verses sung by the ladies to “Ma vaatsin paadist kiikriga, kui kaugel on see Saaremaa.” Everyone added fabulous voices to our group songs. And we were pleased to welcome first-timer Sindi Haller; Sindi once posted on a local realty sign, “Estonian spoken here.”

And these very special guests were introduced to our group by Sunne Säre and Märten Vaikmaa: Sunne’s sister Betti Säre and Külliki and Jaan Piliste. Another friend of our group, Sigrid Bratic, busy with her children accomplished in dance and spearfishing, joined us about dessert time. As we know, Sigrid is the founder of the fabulously successful Little Greek Restaurant franchise, and Külliki and Jaan are new owners in Spring Hill (FL). When in the area there, please stop in!

KFES extends a HUGE thank-you to three extraordinary women who made this event so special. Kaie Põhi Latterner once again generously opened her home to our group. Anneliis Kuusik and Virve Kai Bulla were tireless in executing all the complicated logistics. Eric Cabrera figured out how to fit 20 cars into no more than 4 neighboring driveways; what a feat that was! We also thank our members for all their special contributions. Verivorst was contributed from those making our traditional Christmas sausage in the kitchens of Maare Kuuskvere and Kaie Põhi Latterner. Homemade kapsapirukas was made according to Urve Põhi’s secret recipe. Homemade piparkoogid came from Anneliis, Maare and Virve Kai; and Anneliis once again made her delicious cranberry sauce and sauerkraut (two separate dishes, of course!). A fabulous baker, Virve Kai made our traditional kringle-kolane sai and chocolate fudge. Special treats came from the Vaikmaa kitchen: traditional Estonian sauerkraut and a non-traditional chocolate cake with sauerkraut as its special ingredient. While our roast pork main course came from our favorite German deli, these homemade touches mentioned and additional delicious contributions made this a special traditional eesti jõululõunasöök. All of this was graced by the blessing offered by our own Pastor Priit Rebane.

We started at 2:00 pm. What time did this revelry all end? Well, after some quiet time over drinks seated around the outdoor fire pit, the word is our last guest went home about 10:00 pm. That broke last year’s record. Take a look at our gallery of photos. We hope this will encourage you to join us next year! In the meantime, we wish you häid pühi!

DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
THIS POPULAR EVENT IS SOLD OUT! NO MORE SEATS ARE AVAILABLE!
PLEASE VIEW THE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR OUR NEXT ACTIVITY IN JANUARY 2019.
IN THE MEANTIME, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
KFES JUHATUS
November 29, 2018

Dear members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts!

Our next event is a favorite and you are invited!

Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm
$30/adult, $10/child
PLEASE BRING A BOTTLE(S) OF YOUR FAVORITE ADULT BEVERAGES TO SHARE
Location: The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708

PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS TO KFES TREASURER ANNELIIS KUUSIK BY DECEMBER 1 ARE A MUST; SPACE WILL BE LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT SOLD OUT ON NOVEMBER 29, 2018. WE ARE ACCEPTING NO MORE RESERVATIONS NOR CHECKS.

We are pleased to report that the annual membership dues remain the same: $20 per person. Why not mail in your membership dues with your pre-paid luncheon reservation? Please make 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

If you plan to bring children, please include their names and ages when you mail in your check.

Until we meet in December, be good! Jõuluvana is keeping a list of those who have been naughty and nice!

KFES Juhatus/Board

P.S. By the way, KFES elves were in the kitchen on Saturday, November 17, 2018, making Christmas sausage. Take a peek here!

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) gathered together on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 2:00 pm, to kick off our activities for the 2018-19 year with our annual business meeting. Thirty-two members came together.
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Altogether 32 members came together for our annual meeting. Kesk Florida Eesti Selts. 11. nov. 2018. Temple Terrace, FL. Foto: Lisa A. Mets

We had a lovely new setting for the location for this meeting. Jüri and Jae Toomepuu opened their beautiful home to us on the Hillsborough River in Temple Terrace, Florida. We were invited to bring appetizers and desserts to bookend the fabulous Korean meal Jae prepared for us. In addition to enjoying each other’s company, the setting offered perfect opportunities for swimming in the Toomepuu’s pool and fishing off their dock.
1. Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting (the agenda is here: Kesk Florida Eesti Selts Agenda Nov 11 2018)

Outgoing President Kersti Linask called the meeting to order at 2:45 pm. Kaie Põhi Latterner volunteered to serve as vote counter. Vice President Lisa Mets silently recorded the names of participating members and they are posted in the KFES guestbook. The members honored the memory of Mr. Henn Rebane, who passed away this past September. Mr. Rebane founded the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts and served as its second president from 1977 to 2007.

 

Ms. Linask drew members’ attention to the KFES website, where last year’s minutes and activities were posted. The minutes were approved. Treasurer Anneliis Kuusik presented the financial report for 2017-18 and budget for 2018-19. Auditor Jaan Kuuskvere gave the auditors’ report for 2017-18 affirming the accuracy of the treasurer’s report for 2017-18. The financial report, auditors’ report and budget for 2018-19 were approved. Membership dues for 2018-19 will remain the same: $20 per person.

 

The members approved the program of activities for 2018-19 and they are listed below.

 

KFES members elected the following slate of candidates nominated by the juhatus/Board. KFES will operate without a president in 2018-19; the Board members and association believe no hierarchy of officers is needed because the team works together so well.

 

Vice president and webmaster: Lisa A. Mets
Secretary: Regina Reet Cabrera
Treasurer: Anneliis Kuusik
Membership Coordinator: Marju Dishmey
Member-at-Large: Maare Kuuskvere

 

We had one item of old business. KFES agreed the Estonian Honorary Consul for St. Petersburg should be the custodian of the lovely Estonian Kroon historical book gifted to the association in February 2018. The members were delighted to learn that Ms. Kaie Põhi Latterner was appointed Honorary Consul of Estonia for St. Petersburg (FL) effective October 1, 2018. The book will be displayed at the official opening of the new Estonian Honorary Consulate in N. Redington Beach in February 2019 and in future gatherings celebrating Estonian Independence Day.

 

In new business, Ms. Linask shared her report from the annual meeting of the Estonian American National Council, which she attended on our behalf. Ms. Linask noted that her report of our activities was well received; the monthly gatherings we host from October to April were viewed as a most impressive level of activity for a small association. A question was raised about the role of the Estonian American National Council and its relationship to Estonia; while the EANC is chartered as a not-for-profit organization in the US focused on relations with the American government, it acts together with other organizations that interact directly with Estonia’s leaders and government. The right for all Estonians to participate in Estonian elections, made possible through the e-voting system, was noted and all Estonians in the US are encouraged to vote.

 

Also in new business, a member noted his successful efforts transmitting rare books from his Estonian collection to the Baltic collection at Stanford University. He encouraged members to review their collections and preserve them by offering them to Stanford University.

 

Today, we were especially delighted to welcome new members Heinar and Astrid Normet and Ludmila Stelmokene and Hannes Jakobson.

 

The business meeting concluded at 3:40 pm with a huge thank-you and applause to Jae, Jüri and Aldo Toomepuu for generously serving as our hosts and for the fabulously delicious meal they prepared for us. Our potluck approach–appetizers, main course, and dessert–worked well again and we have Tõnu Toomepuu to thank once again for the champagne that flowed freely throughout the afternoon. It was wonderful to be able to come together after our summer break and the return of our snowbirds and engage in lively conversations that never wanted to end.

2. Program of Activities for 2018-19 (approved by the KFES members on November 11, 2018)

 

Annual Business Meeting
Sunday, November 11, 2018
2:00 pm
Gather in the lovely home of Jüri and Jae Toomepuu on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida.

 

Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm
$30/adult, $10/child
PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS TO ANNELIIS KUUSIK BY DECEMBER 1 ARE A MUST; SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE PROVIDE THE NAMES AND AGES OF CHILDREN ACCOMPANYING YOU.
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708

 

Eesti suppi ja võileiva lõunasöök
Estonian soup and sandwich lunch
This is a potluck, and we make Estonian-style soups, sandwiches and salads
Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:00 pm
$10/person, children are free
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777

 

Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäeva Tähistamine
Celebration of Estonian Independence Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (for the 101st Anniversary of Estonian Independence)
$40/adult; $23/child under 16
ADVANCE PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS TO ANNELIIS KUUSIK BY FEBRUARY 2 ARE A MUST
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater, FL 33762

 

Potluck
Sunday, March 24, 2019
2:00 pm
$5/person, children are free
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708

 

Piknik (potluck; our association provides grilled sausages)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
2:00 pm
$5/person
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777

 

Fall Gathering
Sunday, October 6, 2019
2:00 pm
Location to be determined
In December the Estonian Society will be welcoming Jõuluvana/Santa Claus to our traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner. We will be gathering in the home of Kaie Põhi Latterner and pre-paid reservations need to be mailed to KFES Treasurer Anneliis Kuusik by December 1, 2018:

 

Ms. Anneliis Kuusik
KFES Treasurer
7069 Key Haven Rd, #505
Seminole, FL 33777
kuusika09@aol.com

 

Why not mail in your 2018-19 dues ($20 per person) and the cost of the Christmas luncheon ($30 per adult/$10 per child) in one check?! Please make checks payable to “The Estonian Society of Central Florida.”

 

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Norma Jean and Henn Rebane, KFES, 2. veeb. 2014. Clearwater, FL. Foto: Lisa A. Mets

Henn Rebane, a most-beloved member and founder of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, passed away at home on September 26, 2018, after a hard fought battle with lung cancer. A surmakuulutus (notice of death) was published by our association in the September 27, 2018, issue of Vaba Eesti Sõna.

 

Henn was born to Hans and Maie (Steinberg) Rebane in Kirbla, Estonia, on November 14, 1933. The birth of his brother Priit, whom we all know well, followed. Henn was a man who professed great faith in God and whose life exemplified what it means to be a man of great compassion, generosity, ethics, and integrity. There could have been no finer men of influence shaping Henn’s life than his grandfather Pastor Bernard Steinberg, his father Pastor Hans Rebane, his uncle Pastor Juhan Suurkivi, and his brother Pastor Priit Rebane.

 

As it did for so many Estonians, World War II redefined Henn’s future. For one year, Pastor Hans Rebane, with his family, tended a congregation in Narva which, at that time, was under Russian occupation. As Germans retreated from Estonia, Henn’s mother Maie, temporarily leaving her husband Hans behind, embarked on her own journey with their two sons to safety. Their journey led them first to a displaced persons camp near Stuttgart, Germany, where they waited 5 years; and eventually to their homes in the United States starting in 1950 in St. Petersburg (FL); and then Appalachia, Philadelphia, and back again in St. Petersburg (FL).

 

St. Petersburg (Florida) holds a special place in the Rebane family heart and the Rebane family holds a special place in the history of St. Petersburg. Trinity Lutheran Church, the home for many years to the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church-Central Florida Congregation, was the sponsor that made it possible for the Rebane family to immigrate to the US and for Pastor Hans Rebane and eventually Pastor Priit Rebane to serve the Lord. According to the family, there is a photograph and article in the then St. Petersburg Times proclaiming the arrival of the area’s first post-WWII immigrant family. Unknown at that time was the civic commitment Henn would be making to St. Petersburg within two decades. Henn became President of the St. Petersburg Zoning Board and first Chairman of the Historical Commission that voted to save the Vinoy among its first acts. Henn’s beloved wife, Norma Jean, Henn and a small handful of others founded the St. Petersburg International Folk Festival Society (SPIFFS) and nurtured the Captive Nations Group in St. Petersburg.

 

When the family arrived in St. Petersburg in 1950, Henn, due to his age and tall height, was admitted as a senior at St. Petersburg High School. English and his high school subjects and high school graduation came easily to Henn as did acceptance to college in 1951. Henn went on to Georgia Tech to earn a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1956. Fulfilling the US requirement for mandatory service, Henn was an Ensign and Commander in the US Public Health Service from 1957-59. Henn earned his Florida Professional Engineering license in 1961.

 

Henn went on to enjoy a successful professional career mostly in Central Florida as an owner of his own company, Rebane Engineering; as a majority shareholder in Wedding and Associates; and principal in Boyle Engineering. Henn was active in leadership roles in many professional organizations serving as President of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, President of the Florida Engineering Society, President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Florida’s National Director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and Chair of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.  Though he retired in 1998, Henn continued to serve actively in his own consulting firm. On March 12, 2008, the Florida House of Representatives paid tribute to Henn in House Resolution 9039.

 

Henn is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Norma Jean; son Paul (and wife Bethany); daughter Linda (and husband Andy Gotsch); grandchildren Hayden, Piper and Tanner Gotsch; brother Priit (and wife Judy) and their family; and extended family and friends in North America, Estonia and beyond.

 

Henn had a wonderful sense of humor and would likely chuckle at this characterization of one aspect of who he was: Henn was an Estonian magnet. As the Estonian community began to grow in St. Petersburg in the late 1960s, Henn and Norma Jean’s home quickly became the center for a cup of coffee and conversation for Estonian travelers, for visiting Estonian teams, and for Estonian Independence Day dinner celebrations for 80 participants and more. When the number of visitors and guests outgrew their home, and as St. Petersburg celebrated our nation’s bicentennial in 1976 with a celebration of its own immigrant community, Henn and others founded the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, and he served gloriously as our second president from 1978 to 2007.

 

Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11:00 am, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33760; telephone 727.572.4355. We are invited to join the family for the interment service. Lunch will follow.

 

–Lisa A. Mets

Kesk Florida Eesti Selts

St. Petersburg, Florida

 

 

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)) resumed activities after our summer hiatus on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 2:00 pm over an informal lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Pier 22, in Bradenton, Florida. We were a small and hearty group.

KFES 14 okt 2018

Back row: Mai Treude, Lisa Mets, Maare Kuuskvere, Leena Aare. Middle row: Liivja Rebane, Jae Toomepuu, Jüri Toomepuu. Front row: Tiit Treude, Tõnu Toomepuu, Jaan Kuuskvere, Peep Rebane, and Erkki Taada. Kesk Florida Eesti Selts, 14 okt. 2018, Pier 22, Bradenton, FL. Foto: Sara of Pier 22.

Our next gathering is Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at which time we’ll kick off our activities for the 2018-19 year with our annual business meeting. Important topics will be discussed (please see below) so we hope you will make plans to join us.

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A NEW 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. We are invited to bring appetizers and desserts to bookend the meal Jae will be preparing. 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. An announcement about this gathering with the Toomepuu address has gone out in email so it will be easy to reply.

1. KFES Elections for 2018-19

PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED A CANDIDATE FOR ELECTION TO THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS) BOARD. THE MEMBERS OF THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS) ELECT OUR PRESIDENT, BOARD MEMBERS, AND AUDITORS. If you would like to nominate yourself for election to one of our positions, please send an email to KFES Secretary Triin Karr. At the November annual meeting, the current KFES Board will present its election slate and open nominations one more time from the floor.

2. Program of Activities for 2018-19

The Board is proposing the following activities for 2018-19. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to KFES Secretary Triin Karr.

Our Annual General meeting
Sunday, November 11, 2018
2:00 pm
We will gather in the lovely home of Jüri and Jae Toomepuu on the Hillsborough River in Temple Terrace, Florida. We are invited to bring appetizers and desserts to bookend the meal Jae will be preparing. 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. To help us plan for the right number, we ask you to let us know in advance if you will be coming. An announcement about this gathering with the Toomepuu address has gone out in email so it will be easy to reply.
Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708
Eesti suppi ja võileiva lõunasöök
Estonian soup and sandwich lunch
This is a potluck, and we make Estonian-style soups, sandwiches and salads
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäeva Tähistamine
Celebration of Estonian Independence Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (for the 101st Anniversary of Estonian Independence)
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater, FL 33762
Potluck
Sunday, March 24, 2019
2:00 pm
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708
Piknik (potluck; our association provides grilled sausages)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
2:00 pm
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
3. Our Association’s budgets
We will vote to approve the Treasurer’s reports, which include two budgets: (1) the actuals for 2017-18, and (2) the proposed budget for 2018-19.
4. Other Business
Please bring your ideas!
We look forward to seeing you in November!

 

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)) is delighted to announce it is resuming activities after our summer hiatus.

Our first activity is Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm. It is an informal lunch during which we will all catch up with each other following our summer break. We will be meeting in the private room  at one of our favorite restaurants, Pier 22, which has a delicious menu at modest prices. Here is the location:

Pier 22
1200 1st Ave. W
Bradenton, FL 34205
This luncheon also will give us an opportunity to prepare for our annual business meeting, which takes place on Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00 pm, at the same location: Pier 22. We will vote on several items in November, including the following:1. KFES Elections for 2018-19

PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED A CANDIDATE FOR ELECTION TO THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS) BOARD. THE MEMBERS OF THE ESTONIAN SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (KESK FLORIDA EESTI SELTS) ELECT OUR PRESIDENT, BOARD MEMBERS, AND AUDITORS. If you would like to nominate yourself for election to one of our positions, please send an email to KFES Secretary Triin Karr. At the November annual meeting, the current KFES Board will present its election slate and open nominations one more time from the floor.

2. Program of Activities for 2018-19

The Board is proposing the following activities for 2018-19. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to KFES Secretary Triin Karr.

Our Annual General meeting
Sunday, November 11, 2018
2:00 pm

Location change to Home of Juri and Jae Toomepuu

Jõuluõhtusöök ja Jõuluvana
Traditional Estonian-style Christmas dinner with a visit by Santa Claus
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 pm
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708
Eesti suppi ja võileiva lõunasöök
Estonian soup and sandwich lunch
This is a potluck, and we make Estonian-style soups, sandwiches and salads
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
Eesti Vabariigi Aastapäeva Tähistamine
Celebration of Estonian Independence Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 am – 3:00 pm (for the 101st Anniversary of Estonian Independence)
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr
Clearwater, FL 33762
Potluck
Sunday, March 24, 2019
2:00 pm
The home of Kaie Põhi Latterner
241 173 Ave
N. Redington Beach, FL 33708
Piknik (potluck; our association provides grilled sausages)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
2:00 pm
Community Center in the Seminole Isles Condominium Complex
(this is where Anneliis Kuusik lives)
7069 Key Haven Rd.
Seminole, FL 33777
3. Our Association’s budgets
We will vote to approve the Treasurer’s reports, which include two budgets: (1) the actuals for 2017-18, and (2) the proposed budget for 2018-19.
4. Other Business
Please bring your ideas!
We look forward to seeing you in October and November!

Over 40 members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida/Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES) gathered together for our annual potluck picnic celebrating April birthdays and Jaanipäeva.

We were delighted to welcome old and new friends and members from The Villages, Leesburg, Orlando and North Carolina too: Virve Kai and Joe Bulla, Ken and Anne Holda, Helve and Vello Kruber, Anu and Mario Christo, Aljona and Arianna Fjodorova, Helen Tammela, Moonika Mägi, and Birgit Delaidatti. Thank you for making the drive and the flight to be with us! Tampa Bay and our beautiful beaches are closer than one might think!

Our picnic was held for the first time in the Seminole Isle Pavilion by the Bayou. It was perfect for our group with the screened covered picnic pavilion, waterside dock and sand-fire pit. The weather this day was ideal with our cloudless blue sky and sweet breeze. KFES provided grilled bratwurst and hotdogs; thank you grillmaster Dallas Dishmey! Everyone else contributed a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, side dishes, and desserts to complement our birthday cake. We had our full share of Estonian dishes and desserts! And we had fun with our Estonian and multi-lingual sing-a-long too!

This event is our traditional send-off as snowbirds and residents fly away for summer holidays. Though we may have informal gatherings in the summer months, our formal activities resume in October. We look forward to seeing all our members and friends again soon!