We'll Keep a Welcome

Far away a voice is calling,
Bells from memory chime
Come home again, come home again,
They call through the oceans of time.
We'll keep a welcome in the hillside.
We'll keep a welcome in the Vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales.
This land of song will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails,
Well kiss away each hour of hiraeth
When you come home again to Wales.
Black Mountains
Performed by Bryn Terfel
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January 7, 2019
6.30 pm
Bay Village, Vamo Road, Sarasota,
generously hosted by Muriel Patram
The New Year began with a Committee Meeting of the Officers in order to make
plans for the year ahead.  Apologies for absence from Sandra and David Rees and
Meryl and Bill Fell.

All plans for the up and coming Gymanfa Ganu and Annual Meeting are now in
place and this promises to be an exciting event with wonderful food and music so
come along and sing for Wales!

Arrangements are also well underway for our March 1st Banquet in celebration of
St David's Day.  Another event not to be missed.

There will be some changes to the Board with Amy Ferrell retiring as President
and Pam Edmunds assuming the Offfice.  Meg Larrabee will be the new
Treasurer.  Thanks to all who volunteer their valuable time to make this Society
the success it is.
Order of Events:
10.30 am:  Doors Open
11.00 am - 12.15 am:  Gymanfa Ganu (Singing)
1.00 pm:  Luncheon
1.30 pm:  Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast St David's
             Welsh Society
The Glenridge
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Palmer Ranch, Sarasota
What a wonderful time we had at our Gymanfa
Ganu/Annual Meeting last Saturday.  We had 57
people attend enjoying great food and a wonderful
What initially started as a seed of an idea has
quickly grown into one of our most prestigious
events to be enjoyed by all for years to come.
The 35th Annual
Friday, March 1, 2019
Honouring St David, Patron Saint of Wales
was held at
The Laural Oak Golf & Country Club
The sumptuous Menu consisted of:
Aberystwyth Leek Soup, Caernarfon Salad and Snowdonia Rolls

Your Choice of:
Harlech Roast Beef Tips, Porthcawl Corvina (fish) or
Vegetarian Pasta Primavera a la Cardiff

Llandudno Llimoncello
St David's Tea, Colwyn Bay Coffee
We were Entertained by:

Siesta Youth Chorale

Visiting students and teachers from
Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun
A Welsh Medium school in the Cynon Valley in the village of Penywaun,
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales.

Special Guest will be Dr Megan Williams, Publisher and Editor of The
Ninnau, North America's Welsh newspaper and Executive secretary of the
North American Welsh Association, sponsor of the North American Festival
of Wales held every Labor Day weekend for 90 years.
A small selection of photographs from the Banquet -
more to follow
Our Canadian guests singing their National Anthem
Born in Wales or Welsh Speakers singing the Welsh National Anthem
General view of our guests at the Banqueting Room
Chuck, Ria, Kathy, Roy, David J, Eleanor and friend
Amy, Rhianon & Megan (our speaker)
Rhianon will be celebrating her 100th Birthday next month!
David, Lance & Pat Disley, Pat H, Sioux & Jim Hurley with friends
Philip Jones, Bonny & Al DiFiore, Dorothy, Pat & Rhianon Hardy,
Richard, Maureen Jones
New President Pam, outgoing President Amy and Megan
Guests enjoying the school choir visiting from the
Rhondda Valley, South Wales
We sang Welsh hymns and songs for
over an hour, led by Dr. John Garrison.  
Mona Garrison accompanied us and the
three Garrison children, Kira, Johnny and
James, sang to us in Welsh!
Following our singing and a delicious lunch at The Glenridge, The
Gulf Coast St. David's Welsh Society Annual Meeting was held.  
The new slate of officers was approved: Pamela Edmunds from
Venice, president; Renny Lloyd Prhys from Winter Park,
Vice-President; John Garrison from Port Charlotte, Secretary and
Song Leader; Meg Larrabee from Sarasota, Treasurer; Maureen
and Phil Jones from Osprey, Corresponding Secretaries; Bob
Griffiths from Sarasota, Chaplain; Susan Lewis from Naples,
Banquet accompanist.  Outgoing president, Amy Ferrell, Sarasota,
now becomes a Trustee along with other past presidents, Meryl
Fell, David and Sandra Rees, and founder and Lifetime Trustee,
Don Hughes.
Eulogies were read for Stuart Blood, Ann Triggle, Bill Yewdall, Geraint
Jones, James Reid, and Jane Pettengill.

Program:  Renny Lloyd Prhys explained the tradition of St. Dwynwen
whose day was observed in Wales on January 25; and Anna Bedford
entertained us with a Welsh Folk Tale, "Mules Ears".  
A summary of 2018 activities was read and preview given for
2019, the foremost being the 35th annual St. David's Day
celebration March 1.  

Amy thanked everyone for the lovely flowers presented to her
as she retires from the position of President which she has held
since 2013.
Audio Version
The month of February is always busy as we finalise preparations for the St David's Day Banquet.  
This includes the printing of the evening's programme, updating information and poster boards
reflecting the new Officers as well as organising music and 'who does what' on the night!  Thanks to
everyone for volunteering their time to make the Banquet the success that it is.