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Dear Members and Friends of Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

2:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time

In our familiar location:

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

10891 102nd Ave N

Seminole, FL 33778

Reservations and pre-payment will be required by Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Adults: $35 per person

Youth aged 11 to 18: $10 per youth

Children under the age of 11: Free

Please let us know the names and ages of our children and youth who are accompanying you.

By November 30, 2021, please make your check payable to The Estonian Society of Central Florida and mail it with the names of guests (and children and youth ages) to:

Mr. Heikki Joonsar

14032 89th Ave

Seminole, FL 33776

Parents are encouraged to bring wrapped gifts for their own children so Jõuluvana is prepared.

On Sunday, November 7, 2021–a beautifully warm, sunny and breezy day typical of November in Florida–28 members and friends of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida–from as near as Tampa Bay and as far away as Cocoa Beach, The Villages and Orlando–gathered for their first activity of the 2021-22 season.

KFES Brunch, 7. nov. 2021. Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, FL. Photo: Erkki Taada

A fabulous potluck brunch under Shelter 12 at Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, Florida–planned by our new KFES Board members–was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to our new 2021-2022 Board members: Heikki Joonsar, treasurer; Inne Joonsar, vice president; Triin Karr, secretary; Moonika Mägi, vice president; and Merit Laansalu Alvarez, president. KFES Brunch, 7. nov. 2021. Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, FL. Photo: Erkki Taada
Shelter 12 on the edge of Lake Seminole provides our beautiful brunch setting. KFES Brunch, 7. nov. 2021. Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, FL. Photo: Erkki Taada

Thank you to all the members for the delicious smorgasbord we enjoyed! What a great way to start off our new year! Enjoy the photos!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:

Saturday, December 11, 2021

2:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time

In our familiar location:

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

10891 102nd Ave N

Seminole, FL 33778

Reservations and pre-payment will be required by Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
Adults: $35 per person
Youth aged 11-18: $10 per youth

Children under the age of 11: Free.

Please let us know the names and ages of the children and youth accompanying you.

By November 30, 2021, please make your check payable to The Estonian Society of Central Florida and mail it with the names of all your guests (and your children and youth and their ages) to:

Mr. Heikki Joonsar

14032 89th Ave

Seminole, FL 33776 

Parents are encouraged to bring wrapped gifts for their own children so Jõuluvana is prepared.

Dear Members and Friends of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida,

We are pleased to announce that our 2021-2022 year of activities is kicking off on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR

NOVEMBER SUNDAY BRUNCH

Sunday, November 7, 2021

11:00 am

Lake Seminole Park – Shelter 12

To locate Shelter 12, please see the map in this link for better guidance.

10015 Park Blvd (74th Ave N)

Seminole, FL 33777

The fee is $10 per adult to cover the costs of the shelter rental and supplies. We will collect the fee at the shelter.

Please bring a breakfast/lunch/brunch dish to share and your favorite beverages. We will be providing hot coffee.

So we may plan for the right number of guests–and if you would like ideas on what to bring–please let us know you are coming by sending an email to KFES Secretary Triin Karr at triin.karr@gmail.com.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR

OUR TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY PARTY:

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Time to be announced

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

10891 102nd Ave N

Seminole, FL 33778

More information will be shared as the event approaches.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR SURVEY:

The members of the 2021-2022 KFES Juhatus/Estonian Society of Central Florida Board thank you for participating in the survey we emailed in October to collect your contact information and ideas for activities. If you have not yet done so, we invite you to visit this link to our survey so we may be sure we have your up-to-date contact information and ideas too: https://forms.gle/GjP9VJmdR6HAc5US9. We value you and your participation.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Merit Laansalu Alvarez, President

Inne Joonsar, Vice President

Moonika Mägi, Vice President

Triin Karr, Secretary

Heikki Joonsar, Treasurer

The 2019-20 Juhatus/Board of Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida hosted the peakoosolek/annual meeting, virtually through Zoom, on Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 4:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time. Nineteen voting members, constituting a quorum, participated in the meeting.

The meeting agenda included reports from the President, Treasurer, and Auditors. The members voted to accept the Auditors’ report; elected the new president and Board members below; and voted on other matters brought before the membership.

2020-21 (Sept-Oct 2021) and 2021-2022 (Nov 2021-Oct 2022) Board:

President: Merit Laansalu Alvarez

Vice Presidents (2): Inne Joonsar and Moonika Mägi

Secretary: Triin Karr

Treasurer: Heikki Joonsar

The Auditors were re-elected.

The new contact for the KFES/Estonian Society of Central Florida is Triin Karr, Secretary. You may send all inquiries to Triin through email to Triin.

The new President led a lively conversation with members offering suggestions for the upcoming year. The new Board will be emailing a survey to the full Estonian Society of Central Florida members’ and friends’ email list inviting recipients to share updated contact information, affirm their continuing interest in communications, and offer suggestions for program activities and locations. Please stay tuned to your email in October, and please participate in the survey!

The members expressed their appreciation to the 2019-20 outgoing Board for their service and their gratitude to the members who have stepped forward into their new roles commencing today as Board members.



2019-20 KFES Juhatus/Board

On August 28, 2021, the 2019-20 Juhatus/Board of Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida emailed a scheduling poll to the voting membership and, on September 1, 2021, based on responses received, announced the peakoosolek/annual meeting will be held:

Sunday, September 26, 2021

4:00-5:00 pm Eastern Time

On September 1, 2021, a zoom link was emailed to the voting membership.

The meeting agenda will include reports from the President, Treasurer, and Auditors. The members will be asked to vote to accept the Auditors’ report; to elect a new president and Board members, who will assume their roles effective following the meeting; and to vote on any other matters brought before the membership.

2019-20 KFES Juhatus/Board

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

In Spring 2020, the pandemic (Covid-19) sent our association into our usual summer hiatus early and in hiatus we have continued since then. We were unable to mount the annual members’ meeting and new elections in November 2020 due to outside demands placed on the members of the KFES Juhatus/Board and a lack of volunteers during the demanding pandemic time.

The 2019-2020 Board invites you–the members of our association–again, as we did in November 2020 and spring 2021, to offer your assistance by taking the lead in offering information and programming to our membership and by volunteering to serve in elected Board positions. We are confident you have good ideas and the means to keep our members engaged and our Selts/Association ongoing.

We mourn the loss of family and friends who have fallen this past year and we share your grief. We hope you have been, are and continue to be in good health. May we look forward with optimism.

The 2019-2020 Juhatus

Lühiajaline konsulaarmissioon St. Petersburgis, FL.

Eesti Vabariigi Peakonsulaat viib 14. ja 15. mail 2021 läbi konsulaarmissiooni St. Petersburgis, Floridas.

Eesti kodanikel on võimalik taotleda uut passi või ID-kaarti, uuendada aeguvaid dokumente ning saada kätte eelnevalt tellitud dokumente.

https://newyork.mfa.ee/et/

Peakonsuli vastuvõtt toimub aadressil 241 173rd Avenue East, North Redington Beach, FL 33708.

Vajalik eelnev registreerimine Eesti aukonsul St. Petersburgis, FL, pr. Kaie Põhi Latterneri e-postiaadressil kaiet@earthlink.net.

Consular Visit to St. Petersburg, FL.

The Consulate General of Estonia in New York will conduct a consular visit to St. Petersburg, Florida, on May 14–15, 2021.

Estonian citizens will be able to apply for a passport or ID-Card, renew their passport or ID-Card and receive previously ordered documents

https://newyork.mfa.ee/estonian-passport-and-id-card/

The Consul General will conduct business at 241 173rd Avenue East, North Redington Beach, FL 33708.

Please pre-register for an appointment by e-mailing the Honorary Consul in St. Petersburg, FL, Ms. Kaie Põhi Latterner at kaiet@earthlink.net.

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

In Spring 2020, the pandemic (Covid-19) sent our association into our usual summer hiatus early and in hiatus we have continued since then. We were unable to mount the annual members’ meeting in November due to outside demands placed on the members of the KFES Juhatus/Board during this demanding pandemic time. As those demands continue on Board members, the Board invites you–the members of our association– again, as we did in November, to offer your assistance by taking the lead in offering information and programming to our membership. We are confident you have good ideas and the means to keep our members engaged.

The celebration of Estonian Independence Day has always been a highlight of our association. We invite you now to explore the celebration of the 103rd Anniversary of Estonian Independence through virtual celebrations offered by the Boston Eesti Selts, Chicago Eesti Maja and Los Angeles Eesti Selts on Sunday, February 21, 2021, and by the Estonian American National Council on Saturday, February 27, 2021. You may find information on their websites which are easily found through your favorite Internet search engines.

We mourn the loss of family and friends who have fallen this past year and we share your grief. We hope you have been, are and continue to be in good health. May we look forward with optimism to better days ahead.

KFES Juhatus 2019-2020

Greetings!

The Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) is on summer hiatus. Each year, we take a break from formally organized activities while our members and friends enjoy summer vacations near and far from the months of May through September. We hope to resume again in early October. Please stay tuned to our website for an announcement when we plan to be together again in celebration and fellowship.

Please stay well this summer and follow all WHO, CDC and local public health guidelines for your safety and the safety of others.

KFES Juhatus/Board

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

This is to let you know that, in light of the projected relentless spreading of COVID-19 over the ensuing months, we are canceling this year’s April picnic.

CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED

Picnic
Saturday, April 18, 2020
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
[Anneliis Kuusik’s condominium community]

CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED CANCELED 

KFES is fully committed to our nation’s public health campaign for social distancing and good hygiene to contain and mitigate the spread. Let’s do our part to stop the spread!

Please stay in communication with each other and lend a helpful hand where needed.

We extend our very best wishes that all stay well!

KFES Juhatus