Jan. 2021 Emails (01-24-21)

Wisconsin Snobirds

March. 26, 2021

Snobirds:

More BIG THANK YOU

  • To Mary and Brad Beyer volunteering to be on the scholarship committee.
  • To Jim Koeppen volunteering to be on the scholarship committee.
  • To Lois Ruediger volunteering to help with the Trivia Night baskets.

We still need members to volunteer for:

  • Singles Lunches Chairperson:
  • Golf Committee
  • Vice President:

Check my two previous e-mails for position description.  Now it is your time to help out your club. There are benefits to joining or chairing a committee.

You can e-mail me now: to accept one of these positions or if you have any questions about any one of these positions

Kenn

PS: We have about 15 people that attend the singles lunches that can Chair this. We have over 75 registered golfers that can be on the golf committee. We have 830 + members that can be a Vice President.  If you fit into one of these groups, think about helping!!

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Wisconsin Snobirds

March.23, 2021

Snobirds:

A Big Thank You to

  • Bob King. Bob has agreed to become the Treasurer of the Brat Fest.
  • Cindy Spangler. Cindy will work with someone that takes the Trivia Night Basket wrapping. 
  • Diane Singleton. Diane has accepted the Picnic Chairperson position.  
  • Carol Van Der Burgt past picnic chairperson who has offered to work with Diane.
  • Judi Pugh for accepting one of the positions on the Scholarship Committee

YOUR CLUB STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP. It is time for you to step up and help your club and me by agreeing to become a Chairperson or a member of one of the committees. All positions have someone that will help you with the whatever you need. I also can and will get what ever you need. We also need one officer.  The Chairpersons and Committee members STILL needed are:

  • Singles Lunches Chairperson: This Person needs to set up three lunches. One for each month of January, February and March. All lunches may be at the same restaurant or you can pick three different restaurants.
  • Golf Committee: (needed for 2023): Our current Committee will be retiring after the 2022 year. When you take this position you will be able to work with the current committee in 2022. That is setting up the two Golf Fun Days. One in January and the second in February.
  • Person to do the Trivia night Baskets: Wisconsin Snobird Club Members donate items from their area of our state of Wisconsin. These items are collected at our January meetings and placed in a basket and wrapped to be auctioned off at the Trivia Night.
  • A chairperson is also needed for the scholarship awarding. Glen & Letha Seering told me they would be retiring from that position after the awarding of the scholarship in 2022. I think that this is a great opportunity for a retired educator. In this position you will need to set up a interviewing session with the students applying for our scholarship. The school counselor is happy to set up these interviewing sessions. Excepting this job now will give you a year to work with the current chairpersons.
  • Also needed for the Scholarship Committee are two members. These members are to replace Mike O'Rourke and Gene Lesinski. You will  need to attend one  meeting with the students that apply for our scholarship and have a very interesting Q&A with each of them. This is also a  good chance for a retired educator or anyone that would like to work with High School Students.
  • The officer is: Vice President: I can appoint a person that would like to be the vice president of the Wisconsin Snobird Club. This is of course is to replace current  vice president Mike O'Rourke. The vice president does not move up to the presidency. Duties are to take the place of the president should he/she not be able to attend a club function. The vice president also arranges the guest speakers for our meetings. This is not a difficult part of the job. There are always people that just want to attend our meetings and talk about their things.

Now please don't be shy. E-mail me or call me about the position you are interested in. I can give you more information, answer any questions you may have and also put you in connection with the current chairperson.

Thanks

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

March. 12, 2021

Snobirds:

Your Wisconsin Snobird Club needs your help. New to the club or just haven't met a lot of new friends here is your opportunity to do that and help out the club. There are five openings for committee chairpersons and one officer position. All positions are easy and you will have the previous chairperson to help you with the transition. Please don't look to another of your fellow members to help out the club. Please speak up now. The Chairpersons needed are:

  • Picnic Co-Chairperson: This person or persons will work with a previous co-chairperson to organize the Wisconsin Snobird Club Picnic. Most things are in place for our annual picnic. We just need to have someone to oversee the picnic with the current co-chairperson.
  • Singles Lunches Chairperson: This Person needs to set up three lunches. One for each month of January, February and March. All lunches may be at the same restaurant or you can pick three different restaurants.
  • Golf Committee: (needed for 2023): Our current Committee will be retiring after the 2022 year. When you take this position you will be able to work with the current committee in 2022. That is setting up the two Golf Fun Days. One in January and the second in February.
  • Brat Fest Treasurer: This position the person needs to attend two of the three Brat Fest meetings in January and February, write checks, prepare the cash draws the day of  the brat fest, count the money after the brat fest and deposit the money in the bank.                       Everything is in place for someone to take over as treasurer. Paul and I spent some time at the bank making sure that everything was up to date and that a new treasurer will be able to take right over.
  • Person to do the Trivia night Baskets: Wisconsin Snobird Club Members donate items from their area of our state of Wisconsin. These items are collected at our January meetings and placed in a basket and wrapped to be auctioned off at the Trivia Night.
  • The officer is: Vice President: I can appoint a person that would like to be the vice president of the Wisconsin Snobird Club. This is of course is to replace  current  vice president Mike O'Rourke. The vice president does not move up to the presidency. Duties are to take the place of the president should he/she not be able to attend a club function. The vice president also arranges the guest speakers for our  meetings. This is not a difficult part of the job. There are people that just want to attend our meetings and talk about their things. 

Now please don't be shy. E-mail me or call me about the position you are interested in. I can give you more information, answer any questions you may have and also put you in connection with the current chairperson.

Thanks

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

March. 5, 2021

Snobirds:

  • Mike O'Rourke up-date: Mike had to have two toes removed because of a cyst between them. The cyst was threatening his health. Mike has been released from the hospital and is a rehab center. Monday was the first time he was on his feet, it was only to transfer from the bed to a wheel chair. He is expect to be released from the rehab center in about two weeks.
  • The Wisconsin Snobird Club books were audited. The findings are checks and invoices matched. Deposit were reported in the registrar.  No Problems were found. All questions were answered.  Thanks to Jim Koeppen and Paul Brown. A big GREAT JOB to treasurer Ron Pugh.
  • Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Outing held Tuesday February 23rd. Here are the results of the Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble for all the Wisconsin Snobirds that participated. The winning team was Ted Dupre, Mike Terrel, Herman Johnson, Scoobie Boyce with a score of 57.   The Baldwin County Heritage Museum realized a profit of $7,280 for the daily maintenance of the Museum. Thanks to all that participated and help out by working. 
  • We still need a person to become the Chairperson on the Singles Lunches. This is a very easy three times a year position. If you or two of you that attend the lunches please except this Chairperson. Barb will give you all the paper work that is needed to make the three lunch dates.
  • Have I  mentioned the annual Cotton Bay Subdivision Yard Sale, Saturday, March 6th from 8am to 1 pm. Cotton Bay Subdivision is located 1/2 mile east of Hwy 59 on Cty Rd 4.
  • The Wisconsin Golf Committee has announced their retirement date of after the 2022 golf season. Marv & Dorothy Frey and Jerry & Jeanne Neimuth have serves as the Chairpersons of the Wisconsin Golf for many many years. We will need someone to replace them for 2023 and beyond. If you are interested, contact them or e-mail me. They will be happy to give you a idea of the fun they have with the two Golf Fun Days that they have as the Chairpersons.
  • Click here Snowbirds Gulf Coast - Spring 2021 to read the last edition of this season's "Snowbirds Gulf Coast". The Spring edition is out! Our newest edition can be read online: Snowbirds Gulf Coast - Spring 2021.Snowbirds. Highlights of this edition:
    • Balloon Fest moves to OWA
    • Club Notes
    • Digital history launches
    • Snaps
    • Baptist Covid Update
    • And more!
    • PS: there is a brief interview with your Club President.

Thanks

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Feb. 28, 2021

Snobirds:

  • SURVEY results:  269 members responded that they are down or were down to the Gulf Coast this winter. 21 of these are permanent residents of the Gulf Coast. Just as a reminder, in 2020 we had 842 registered members.(not all members traveled to the Gulf Coast because of some reason).
  • Wisconsin Snobird Club Vice President is hospitalized. Mike needed surgery on a foot. Cards can be sent to:
    Mike O'Rourke
    25891 Bonito Ave.
    Orange Beach Al. 36561
  • Mary's Shelter Valentine's Draw Down netted a profit of $77.658.65.  The winner of the $10,000.00 was a woman from Gulf Shores and a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Thanks for all the help from the Snobirds!  Click Here to Launch the Drawdown LiveStream Judie Flanigan
  • Annual Cotton Bay Subdivision YARD SALE Saturday March 6th 8-1. Cotton Bay is located 1/2 mile east of HWY 59 on Cty Rd. 4

Thanks

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Feb. 25, 2021

Snobirds:

Snobirds:

I am conducting a survey to see how many Wisconsin Snobird Club members came to the Gulf Coast this winter. If you came down to the Gulf Coast or live here on the Gulf Coast Please just rrepy to his iemail.  No need to write a comment unless you want to. Just replying to this email is all I would like.  Results will be published.

Thanks

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Feb. 24, 2021

Snobirds:

  • Fred Carson reported that we ended up selling 86 Coupon Books for the benefit of St. Benedicts School in Elberta. You may remember that we usually sell books for the GS HS JROTC. This year they decided not to use the coupon books as a fund raiser. Fred found St. Benedicts School was selling them. He coordinated with St. Benedicts to get books for our members. A Big Thank You to Fred
  • Snowbirds Singles Lunches: We are looking for a person to coordinate the three Snowbirds Singles lunches. Barb Helgesen who has been doing this for the last few years has asked to be replaced as coordinator. There are only three lunches, one each month. Barb will share all the information that you will need. If you would like to be the coordinator please email me.
  • At this time I need to mention, the annual Cotton Bay Subdivision Yard Sale, Saturday, March 6th from 8am to 1 pm. Cotton Bay Subdivision is located 1/2 mile east of Hwy 59 on Cty Rd 4..

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Feb. 12, 2021

Snobirds:

  • I have been asked to share this with you. It is from Public Engagement Coordinator, Alabama Coastal Foundation. This is only a FYI if you are interested.

Good morning Wisconsin Snobird Club, My name is Aubrey Bianco and I am the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s new Public Engagement Coordinator. We appreciate you and all of the members of Wisconsin Snobird Club who appreciate all that coastal Alabama has to offer! I am reaching out to ask for your help spreading the word about some items of interest to all Wisconsin Snobirds, whether they are visiting now or plan to in the future. 

Please feel free to use/edit the following:

The Alabama Coastal Foundation is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that improves and protects Alabama’s coastal environment. Aubrey Bianco, ACF’s new Public Engagement Coordinator, asked that I share these updates that are of interest to Wisconsin Snobirds no matter where you are:  

Coastal IQ Program: ACF would like all Wisconsin Snobirds to know about our newest program called Coastal IQ. While originally planned as an in-person activity that adults could do in restaurants and bars, we retooled it to give people anywhere a fun diversion from your computer, tablet, or phone. Expand your coastal knowledge on many topics--ranging from bays, turtles, and weather--that come with hints to help everyone learn! Please click the following link to learn more and sign up: https://www.joinACF.org/coastal-iq

Share the Beach Flashlights: Last fall, ACF created an alternative to “regular” flashlights which are disruptive to sea turtles and are nuisance to people as well. Our Share the Beach flashlight is a high-quality product made in the USA, durable (drop/water resistant), and has our logo so you know it is sea turtle friendly! The link to the flashlight is on our home page (www.joinACF.org) and we wanted to let everyone know that you can receive a 20% discount if you use ACF20 when you check out. In addition, we are offering membership incentives for the next three Fridays where people can join ACF as an individual ($40) member to receive a free Share the Beach flashlight or get two complimentary flashlights with a family membership ($100)!

Sign up for our free updates: We have other learning opportunities and information to share throughout the year, so please take a moment to sign up for ACF’s free updates: https://www.joinACF.org/subscribe (Just so you know, ACF does not sell or give away any of our contact information.)

Thank you for your time and for enjoying our coastal environment. If anyone has any questions, please ask them to send an email to my address below.

Best, Aubrey

abianco@joinACF.org

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Aubrey Bianco
Public Engagement Coordinator
Alabama Coastal Foundation
PO Box 1073
Mobile, AL 36633
(251) 990-6002 
abianco@joinACF.org

The Alabama Coastal Foundation - Working to Improve and Protect the Coastal Resources of Alabama

  • Tom Chestnut, our membership Chairperson again asked that I send this. If there is a error or a change to the information on the 2021 rosters e-mail to you awhile back,and that you have not already sent the changed info.to Tom, that you e-mail the changes to him. Tom's e-mail is   tac.smc.14@gmail.com
  • Coupon Books:  To purchase the $15.00 Coupon Books you need to contact Fred Carson at 251.955.5955  cell 251.424.3061  or e-mail frc2564@gmail.com  There are NO sales by mail.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Feb. 05, 2021

Snobirds:

  • The first addendum to the Wisconsin Snobird Club Roster was emailed to members on Feb. 1, 2021. The addendum contains correction to the roster and members that have registered since the roster was printed. Both a word document and PDF was attached to that email. Again thanks to membership Chairperson Tom Chestnut.
  • ALL WISCONSIN SNOBIRDS CLUB activities have been cancelled for this year. This is inline with the other Snowbird clubs which have cancelled all of their activities.
  • The committees of the Brat Fest, Low Country Boil and the 8 Pin Tap Bowling have also cancelled their events for this year.
  • The Trivia Night Sponsored by The Friends of The Library is this Saturday February 6th. at 6:00 at the OBEC. 
  • The Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble is Wednesday February 23rd at 9:00 at Glen Lakes. See PDF file here for more information.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 24, 2021

Snobirds:

  • Tom and Kathy Murphy has offered to host a PUZZLE exchange.  They will be having the exchange on January 26th Tuesday and January 27th Wednesday, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The exchange will be at their home located at 22676 Tranquil Lane, Foley. Directions:  One mile East of Foley Beach Express on Hwy 12.  Right turn into Leisure Lake Subdivision, this is Tranquil Lane.  Travel south on Tranquil lane till the turn.  We are located at the turn 22676
  • February is Wisconsin Snobird Club election month.  This year it is impossible to hold the election of Club officers. What the board with the help of Tom Donovan Nomination Chairperson has decided to do is ask the three officers that are up for election if they would extend their term at least until January of 2022. All three have agreed to do this. There will be more information about the election in the Per-Registration Packet mailed in September. in e-mails on the website and on our facebook page. A special Thanks to Ron Pugh,Tony Schwanda, and Ginger Shallow.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 21, 2021

Snobirds:

Tom and Kathy Murphy has offered to host a PUZZLE exchange.  They will be having the exchange on January 26th Tuesday and January 27th Wednesday. The time will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The exchange will be at their home located at 22676 Tranquil Lane, Foley. Directions:  Take County Rd. 12 east from either Hwy 59 or the Express Way. Tranquil Lane is across the road from the east end of Glen Lakes Golf Course.

REMINDER:  The Collection of  Toiletries, Ink Cartridges, Box Tops and Pop Top Rings will be collected Thursday, January 21st from 9:00 am to 11:00 at the Orange Beach Community Center 27235 Canal Road. Jim and Toni Koeppen, the new Chairpersons in-charge of Ecumenical Ministries collections will be there to help if needed.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 17, 2021

Snobirds:

  • PARADES CANCELED Due to public safety concerns, the City of Orange Beach has canceled its annual Fat Tuesday parade on February 16th, and the Mystics and Marshals’ night parades on Saturday, February 13th. In line with the city, The Wharf has also canceled its annual parade on Monday, February 15th. Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council had hoped that parades would be able to roll in 2021 but after discussions with police, fire and our local Mardi Gras krewes, it was determined there was no way to safely hold our usual family-friendly parades. The city looks forward to letting the good times roll in 2022.
  • BOOK SALE CANCELED: The Friends of the Orange Beach Public Library have canceled the Annual Book and Bake Sale fundraiser due to COVID-19 safety concerns. In lieu of the book sale, which was scheduled for February 20th, books are being sold at the library - $1 for paperbacks and $2 for hardcovers. The sale is ongoing with books set up in the library's audiovisual room.
  • Iowa Snowbirds golf is open to other states. Schedule is posted on website:Iowa-Alabama Gulf Coast Snowbird Club and sign up under the golf tab.  Thanks. Pat

Here is some information sent to me and what I have found about receiving the Covid Virus Vaccination.  I have not been able to determinate if it is for out of states visitors.  This is a FYI, If you are interested you will have to call or follow other directions.  I may see you at one of these. Kenn

Baldwin County
Baldwin County Health DepartmentThe purpose of the Baldwin County Health Department is to provide caring, high-quality, and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public's health. By working closely with the community, the Baldwin County Health Department strives to serve the people of Baldwin County by assuring conditions in which they can be healthy.

Call us at (251) 947-3618. For contact information, including addresses, phone numbers and email, visit Contact Us.

Follow Baldwin County Health Department on Facebook

Baldwin County EMA Press Release | January 13, 2021

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (BCEMA), and the City of Daphne are working together to provide COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

The vaccination clinics will be held at the Daphne Civic Center located at 2603 US Hwy 98 Daphne, AL 36526.  There is no charge for the vaccine. There is no appointment needed. This clinic is for all healthcare workers, people 75 years or older, first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters only. 

Clinic dates and times:
Tuesday, January 19th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
Thursday, January 21st - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
Tuesday, January 26th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center
Thursday, January 28th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center

There will be no appointments taken for this clinic. Please DO NOT CALL the City of Daphne, the Daphne Civic Center or BCEMA. Information about vaccinations is managed by ADPH, the lead agency for this vaccine initiative. BCEMA, the City of Daphne, along with local volunteers will work together to provide logistical support and the facility for these clinics.   

Those who received their first dose of vaccine through the Baldwin County Health Department (BCHD) located in Robertsdale will be contacted by BCHD about their second dose of the vaccine.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 16, 2021

Snobirds:

Mary's Shelter is one of the new organizations that the Wisconsin Snobird Club has been helping out.  This is one of there fundraisers. You may remember that their last one was canceled because of the Covid virus and social distancing.  Click on PURCHASE TICKETS - this will take you to a page where you can purchase tickets online.  You can also download the event flyer here (opens as PDF).

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 15, 2021

Snobirds:

  • Breaking News!  The Wisconsin Snobird Club will be LOANING the Low Country Boil $675.00 to pay the rent for the storage of their equipment. The loan ,of the money will be from mid March of 2021 to Late February 2022. The Wisconsin Snobird Club Board approved this vote 7 to 1. We have received many THANK YOUS from the committee persons of the LCB. This will not cause any hindrance to the operation of our Club.
  • Toiletries, Box Tops, empty Ink Carriages and Pop Top Rings will be collected January 21 st from 9:00 am to 11:00 at the Orange Beach Community Center 27235 Canal Road. Jim and Toni Koeppen the new Chairpersons in-charge of Ecumenical Ministries collections will be there to help if needed. Depending how well this goes they maybe a second one in February for Snowbirds coming down in February.
  • Tom Chestnut, our membership Chairperson again asked that I send this. If there is a error or a change to the information on the 2021 rosters e-mail to you a few weeks ago that you e-mail the changes to him. Tom's e-mail is   tac.smc.14@gmail.com   A list of change already received was sent in an email attachment.
  • Coupon Books:  To purchase the $15.00 Coupon Books you need to contact Fred Carson at 251.955.5955  cell 251.424.3061  or e-mail frc2564@gmail.com   There are NO sales by postal mail.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 10, 2021

Snobirds:

  • If you miss reading the Gulf Coast Snowbird Magazine, you can now read it online. Read every issue of Snowbirds Gulf Coast! You can find all of our digital editions here: https://snowbirdsgulfcoast.com/magazine-archives
  • Please send your roster corrections to Membership Chairperson  Tom Chestnut at: tac.smc.14@gmail.com
  • Golfing with the Michigan Snowbird Club. We have been invited to golf with the Michigan club this year. You can go to their website and click on GOLF, it will take you to their schedule and the person to contact on the dates you would like to golf. http://www.MichiganClubAlabama.com.
  • Gulf Shores area Wisconsin Lutheran Synod/ELS Sunday Service that was to be held at  St Jude by the Sea Lutheran Church has been canceled for this year due to not enough Snowbird Members had returned to the Gulf Coast this year.
  • From Christian Services: Due to COVID 19 safety concerns, we will not be able to have our annual Spaghetti Dinner, our major fundraiser, in February 2021.Thus, we face a loss of over $40,000 in funding from that event.
  • Coupon Books:  Yes we will have the availability to purchase the $15.00 Coupon Books.  To get a book or books you need to contact Fred Carson at: 251.955.5955  cell 251.424.3061  e-mail frc2564@gmail.com   There are NO sales by mail.

Kenn

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Wisconsin Snobirds

Jan. 03, 2021

Snobirds:

  • We will be sending out a CORRECTION PAGE of the 2021 Roster the end of January. If some of your information was incorrect, missing or changed, please e-mail corrections to Membership Chairperson Tom Chestnut at tac.smc.14@gmail.com.  It would also be nice to include a THANK YOU to Tom for all the work he has done regarding club membership. His job is not a easy one and does take a lot of his time.
  •  Lutheran Services: Announcement
    • Gulf Shores area Wisconsin Lutheran Synod/ELS Members:
    • Church services with Holy Communion, followed by Bible study:
    • When: January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
    • Where: St Jude by the Sea Lutheran Church, 312 East 16th Ave., Gulf Shores Note: Church capacity 50 people. Reservations required
    • Make checks payable to: Risen Savior Lutheran Church
    • Contact: Jim & Karen Diehm, 231-598-0383, jkdiehm@gmail.com for information and reservations.
  • Coupon Books:  Yes we will have the availability to purchase the $15.00 Coupon Books.  To get a book or books you need to contact Fred Carson at: 251.955.5955  cell 251.424.3061  e-mail afcarson@earthlink.net  There are NO sales by mail.
  • Golfing with the Michigan Snowbird Club.  Reminder. this year because of the amount of snowbirds not coming to the Gulf Coast the Michigan Snowbird  Club has invited the Wisconsin golfers to join them in their by weekly golfing. If you are interested in joining them on any or all of the outing you need to go to the Michigan Club website and click on the GOLF iconhttp://www.MichiganClubAlabama.com Then contact the person listed for the date or dates you want to golf this will get you  their special rates and registered to golf.  There are 19 dates to pick from at 12 different courses.

Kenn

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