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We are delighted to invite you to our next event that is taking place on Sunday, April 24th, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM EDT, in Seminole, Florida. 

The event will be outside in the open air at Tamarac by the Gulf Club House (9099 141st Street N, Seminole, FL 33776) where Inne and Heikki Joonsar will welcome us. Their residential community is a familiar location to us.

Shuffle board and horse shoe pits are available for your entertainment. 

We will be able to use one grill, so KFES/Estonian Society of Central Florida will provide some snacks/items from the BBQ. Please bring appetizers, snacks or dessert to share and drinks to your liking.

For children, we would like to offer an egg hunt.  If you bring your little ones with you, please also bring the eggs for the egg hunt and we will organize the hunt. Pease let us know the names and ages of children who will be participating.

And we also have a special guest performing this time!

The participation fee is $15 per adult.  RSVP and make your payment by April 13th

Payment methods:

To transfer funds to Kesk Florida Eesti Selts via Zelle, add address kfes1918@yahoo.com. In the note box, put your names and what the funds are for (April 2022 gathering). When you are given the choice of “personal” or “business,” check “business.” In the name of the account put in “Estonian Society of Central Florida.”

Of course, we can receive checks made out to KFES or Estonian Society of Central Florida and we will deposit them electronically. Mail your check to:
Heikki Joonsar, 14032 89th Ave, Seminole, FL 33776. 

We look forward to seeing you in April!

KFES Juhatus/Estonian Society of Central Florida Board

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Outdoor picnics are among our favorite ways of gathering! On a beautiful warm and sunny day, Kesk Florida Eesti Selts (KFES)/Estonian Society of Central Florida–55 members, friends and children–celebrated the 104th Anniversary of Estonian Independence on Sunday, February 27, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST, in Walsingham Park (click on the link for park information), Shelter 8, 12615 102nd Ave, Seminole, FL 33778.

KFES President Merit Laansalu officially opened the afternoon program and offered moving personal reflections on the significance of our celebration of Estonian Independence Day in light of Ukraine’s fight for its continuing independence. Vincent Delaidatti offered a blessing for our meal and a special prayer for independence. Kersti Totsas Linask, our former KFES President, visited us from her home in Virginia and brought greetings from the Washington DC Estonian community. In a moving song of prayer for Eesti led by Birgit and Vincent Delaidatti, we stood and joined together in the singing of Hoia Jumal Eestit. Birgit Deladatti and Moonika Mägi followed with Põhjamaa. In our traditional patriotic salutes, our program began with the singing of the American National Anthem and closed with the Estonian national anthem. During our meal, Heinar Normet offered two special toasts: one to support Ukraine in its fight for continuing freedom and the second to salute Vaba Eesti. On behalf of KFES, Aukonsul Kaie Põhi Latterner offered thanks to the Märten Vaikmaa family, who have hosted prior KFES events at their beautiful home.

Jüri Toomepuu introduced his special guest joining us this day: Jaak Madison, Estonian member of the European Parliament and member of its Committee on Foreign Affairs and its delegation for relations with the United States. Mr. Madison offered greetings and remarks on current affairs and was happy to mingle with our members throughout the afternoon.

This special occasion celebrated our Estonian heritage and culture through songs lead by Eesti Aukonsul and Accordionist and Pianist Extraordinare Kaie Põhi Latterner and our talented singers Vincent Delaidatti, Birgit Delaidatti and Moonika Mägi. Aided through song sheets, everyone especially enjoyed the afternoon of ühislaulud that have become so familiar to all of us.

A main dish of traditional cabbage rolls, our usual potluck smorgasbord made possible through our members and friends, and drinks were organized by the KFES Juhatus (Estonian Society of Central Florida Board). In addition to the adjacent playground and open fields for our children to play, KFES President Merit Laansalu supervised an activity table for children, who were proud to make Estonian flags. Thank you to all who made this another memorable event in the life of the Kesk Florida Eesti Selts. Enjoy the photos that reflect the joy we felt to be together on this special occasion.

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