Archive for December, 2011

Planning Committee members--Jaan Kuuskvere, Lisa and Erkki Taada, Maare Kuuskvere, Geri and Rein Raja, and Henn and Norma Jean Rebane--plan KLENK 2011 logistics

(Estonian Society of the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario, Wisconsin)
(Estonian Society of Central Florida)
(Estonian National Association of South Florida)

invite all who share a love of Estonia and Estonian culture to KLENK 2011, which will be held Friday-Saturday, January 6-7, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Registrants may pick up their nametags, programs and songbooks/laulikud after 3:00 pm Friday afternoon in the Nautilus Room of the Conference Center. We will start our program at 5:00 pm Friday afternoon and continue all day Saturday and Saturday evening. The annual KLENK business meeting and planning session will be held at 10:00 am Sunday morning, January 8, 2012; the results of the recent ERKÜ survey will enlighten that conversation. View the KLENK 2011 program by clicking on this link: KLENK 2011 Program/Kava, updated January 3, 2012.

Come a few days early or linger a few days longer, we have lots of area attractions to offer KLENK participants (please view our link to area attractions on this web site). Need assistance? Former KFES President Henn Rebane is offering “concierge services.” Send Henn an email at henn@rebane.com.

(Shortcut to the KLENK 2011 Registration Form).

Founded in 1958, this will be the 54th year that KLENK (Estonian Society of the Midwest) hosts its annual conference on Estonian culture and fellowship. By popular vote at KLENK 2010 in Chicago, KLENK members decided to host KLENK 2011 outside its traditional Thanksgiving weekend midwestern region. For the first time, KLENK will be co-hosted by the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (Estonian Society of Central Florida) and the Lõuna Florida Eestlaste Koondis (Estonian National Association of South Florida).

KLENK 2011 Location
To take advantage of the sub-tropical Florida setting, the conference will be held in the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St. Petersburg, Florida 33711, which is located on beautiful Tampa Bay at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. With its sandy beach, heated swimming pool, children’s playground, and setting on Tampa Bay, we hope KLENK participants will find the favorable nightly rate of $79 enticing ($88.48 total per room per night including taxes, up to four occupants at no additional charge). Parking and resort fees are included in the hotel rate. The rate applies up to three days prior to the start of the conference and may be continued up to three days after the conference. Check-in is 4:00 pm; let the hotel know if your travel plans call for an earlier check-in. Call the hotel directly to make your reservation; telephone toll free 800.227.8045; direct 727.867.1151. Let the reservations agent know you are attending the “Estonian Conference.” Hotel reservations must be made by December 16, 2011 to receive the favorable rate in a block of rooms reserved for this conference.

If you would like assistance planning activities before or after KLENK, former KFES President Henn Rebane is offering “concierge services.” Send Henn an email at henn@rebane.com.

PROGRAM: Our Estonian Heritage, Our Future
Lectures, music, dance and theatre: All those are the elements of the KLENK 2011 program. We will celebrate our Estonian heritage, hear from Estonians and Estonian Americans at work in the US and Eesti, and look to our future. To welcome all comers and Estophiles, most lectures will be in English as we honor the Estonian language in our conversations and celebrations.

To remember KLENK founders who passed away in 2011, a special memorial service will initiate our weekend.

KLENK 2011 will also provide an opportunity for friends to renew old acquaintances. We hope those who shared their childhood and early adulthood in places like Augsburg, Geislingen, and other post-war locations will join those organizing reunion tables around this meeting.

KLENK SPONSORS: We are grateful to these association sponsors of our meeting: Estonian American National Council (ERKÜ), Estonian Society of Central Florida (KFES), Estonian National Association of South Florida (LFEK), Eesti Abistamiskomitee for their support of Saare Vikat, and the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church-Central Florida (E.E.L.K.-Kesk Florida). Individual sponsorships have been provided by Jaan and Maare Kuuskvere, Lisa Mets and Erkki Taada, and Sigrid Bratic (Little Greek Restaurant).

REGISTRATION: Please complete and mail the KLENK 2011 Registration Form. To be included in meal counts, registrations must be received by January 2, 2012. No refunds can be given after January 2, 2012.

Questions? Email KLENKFlorida@gmail.com.

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More than ten members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) spent the weekend of December 10-11, 2011, making preparations for Christmas. On Saturday, December 10, Leena and Väino Aare of Bradenton, Florida, once again very generously hosted the verivorst-making party. Seven pairs of workers working serially successfully made nearly 100 sausages in just under 4 hours. At the conclusion, as is the group’s tradition, everyone celebrated Väino’s birthday with a beautiful cake and delicious kringel. The party was made even merrier with the arrival of Leena and Väino’s son and daughter-in-law and twin granddaughters.

On Sunday, December 11, 2011, Kati Rausberg (from Tallinn) made traditional piparkoogid (gingerbread cookies) at the home of Lisa and Erkki Taada. Kati is a record-breaking three-point shooter on the Eckerd College women’s basketball team; she will be graduating in May 2012. After two and a half hours in the kitchen, Kati had a huge plateful of cookies to take back to share with the members of her basketball team.

Members of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts will continue baking in their kitchens over the holidays—they’ll be getting ready to offer kringel and piparkoogid during the coffee breaks during KLENK 2011, 6-7 January, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Come join us!

Kati Rausberg (Tallinnast) makes piparkoogid. Kati is a record-breaking basketball player at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, and a senior double majoring in International Business and Business Management.

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Over 33 members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) gathered at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at the home of Tõnu and Robin Toomepuu; Tõnu continues to serve as our energetic KFES president. The members of the Estonian Society of Central Florida offer a hearty thank-you to Tõnu and Robin, who most generously served as our hosts and provided our refreshments in an incredibly beautiful setting in their home on a fantastic Florida warm and sunny day. Please view the photo gallery of our gathering.

We are all looking forward to our next major event: KLENK 2011, January 6-7, 2012. Please join us!

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