Snowbird News

Bratfest Raises $2,700

The Bob Gilray Memorial Brat Fest held at the Orange Beach Community Center on Saturday, February 1, was a total success! ALL 1,200 BRATS WERE SOLD in 1 1/2 Hrs. The committee was able to give $900 to EACH Fire Department at Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. Special thanks to Terry Grogan, DJ, for donating his time and music to those customers who ate on site. Thanks to everyone who showed up to buy a brat(s) and to all the volunteers who cooked, sold and served the brats and beverages.

Iowa

By Fran Gruenhaupt
The Iowa Snowbirds will meet for an informal buffet breakfast, $10, at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 4 at Luna’s in Orange Beach. Reservations can be made on the website, Iowa-Alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org (preferred), or by calling or texting Chris and Steve Hedlund at 319-430-4597. There is no program. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tentative dates for 2021 season breakfasts at the Perdido Beach Resort start on Wednesday, January 13.

Illinois

By Dave DeBlauw
The last remaining club functions for this season are our picnic on Thursday Feb 27th at noon held at Johnnie Sims Park, 348 W. 19th Ave, Gulf Shores and our last breakfast is March 6th at G T’s on the Bay. Doors open at 7:45. You should be pre-paid to attend. There will be a short meeting to announce our charitable recipients. Among these and our usual, are the following, Orange Beach Senior Center, Christian Service Center, Mary’s Shelter and Sea, Sand and Stars.

Indiana

By Becky Chatham-Heidenreich
Sadly, many of our members are leaving the Gulf Coast at the end of February, but to those that will be staying a while longer, we have a final 2020 meeting on March 5th. On that date our last breakfast buffet will begin at 7:30 at the Luna Event Center on Canal Rd. Annual membership is $2.50 and breakfast is $10. We have many door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Our speaker will be Craig Stevenson, Orange Beach Fire Marshall. If you need to make reservations please call Jan Pell (317-914-5832) by March 3rd. Please be sure to check our Facebook page (IN snowbirds) during the remaining year for information regarding our club.

Wisconsin

The WI Sno-bird Club will meet on Wednesday, Feb 26, at the Orange Beach Event Center (OBEC) near the Wharf with coffee and donuts at 8:30 am with the meeting starting promptly at 9 am. For more information please contact Kenn at 251-967-2463 OR wissnobirds@yahoo.com.
Schedule: Wednesday, March 4 – meeting at 8:30 am at OB Community Center; Thursday, March 5 – Zoo Fun Day – RSVP; Monday, March 9 – 11:30 am – Singles – Cactus Cantina, Canal Road; Wednesday, March 11 – meeting at 8:30 am at OBCC.

Snowbird bowlers raise $1257

The Annual 8-pin No Tap Bowling Tournament was held on Tuesday, February 11, at the Gulf Bowl in Foley. Bowlers and guests were able to buy raffle tickets for numerous prizes. Prizes were also given to the top two teams, high game and the 12 bowlers who got “300” games! This FUN event raised $1257 for Christian Services, bringing the total given to this group over the years to $5,209. Co-chairmen, Tony Schwanda and Linda Kosian, along with Christian Services want to thank all bowlers, guests and prize/raffle donors for making this event so successful.

Michigan

By Jean Shouder
Our time here in the Fun and Sun is coming to a close. Still lots of activities coming up but we are soon saying goodbye to friends until next year. Our last Michigan Club luncheon will be Feb. 27 at Fishers at Orange Beach Marina. Be sure to sign up at the meeting or contact Walt at bwsalis@frontier.com. Saturday Feb. 29 will be the ever-popular annual Michigan Club Fish Fling. Held at Sloops. Sign up at the meeting or contact Lynn Wilhelm 810-434-4335. March 2 golf will be at Rock Creek with a 12 pm shotgun start. Contact 231-690-5290 for info.

Ladies golf will continue into March at Gulf Links every Tuesday, 10am tee time. Contact person is Sue Beach 231-429-0952.
Golf on March 4 will be at Craft Farms (Cotton) with a 12 pm shotgun start. Contact person for this outing is Nancy Grebe 586-295-4345. The last Michigan Club meeting for this year will be Thursday March 5 at the Erie Meyer Center. Coffee at 9, meeting at 10. This will be an empty your pantry Food Drive meeting.

Bubba’s King and Queen

James and Mary Kay Devlin of Novi, Michigan, were elected by their fellow snowbirds to be the King & Queen to representing Bubba’s Seafood on Mardi Gras Day. Bubba’s bar manager, Ms. Tabatha James, began this tradition in 2016 and it has grown in popularity each year. “Mary Kay and I sure did not see this coming,” said Devlin. “Our Snowbird brothers and sisters are the finest people we have ever known.”

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