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|Annual Meeting and Gymanfa Ganu
|John leading the singing with
his wife, Mona, at the piano
and his children singing.
|After the Gymanfa and
Annual Meeting ...
|Jim, Jackie, Renny, Susan, Cathie,
|David J, Eleanor, Sue, John, Bob,
|Kathy, Roy, David Lynn-Jones
(right front) with friends**
|Lorraine, George, Delana, Alvin, Carol,
Amy (President), Bob
|Pat, Bonnie, Al, Don, Kim, Gary,
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|Another fantastic evening was had by all who attended our St David's Day Banquet
on Tuesday, March 1st which took place at the spectacular Heritage Oaks Golf and
Country Club, Sarasota. The evening began with a welcome by our President,
Amy Ferrell and a prayer by our chaplain, Bob Griffiths. A greeting in the Welsh
language was given by Meryl Fell and the Master of Ceremonies, David J Rees,
conducted us smoothly through the evening with Jack Jacobs leading us singing
the three National Anthems, accompanied on the piano by Susan Lewis.
|During the meal we were entertained by the
Sarasota High School’s Admirals Band.
What a talented and personable group of young
people. The young waiters and waitresses who
served our dinner looked splendid dressed in
the Welsh national costume. Two of our guests
celebrated birthdays at the event. The 50/50
raffle was organised by Amy's daughter,
Carolyn, helped by Ronnie and was won by
|Our fabulous serving staff -
what good sports!
|Jazz Ensemble from
Sarasota High School’s
|Later in the evening Mr Jack Jacobs talked to us about
“The Influence of Welsh Music Throughout the World”.
We learned some very interesting facts about how the other
countries which make up Great Britain adopted some of our
Welsh hymns for use in their churches and chapels. He then
led us in singing several songs as well as forming a 'little
choir' of singers familiar with the Welsh language. This was
followed by David (without the J) Rees announcing the 2016
|The evening concluded with the Rev.Glenn Weaver giving the benediction and, on
leaving the banqueting hall, each guest was given a fresh daffodil, courtesy of our
Society, as well as a bag of 'goodies', courtesy of the Welsh Development Board.
It is safe to say that our celebration of St David's Day would have made our
Patron Saint very proud.
|Group of our 'little choir' of
Welsh language singers
|Jack Jacobs, speaker and
|David Rees, Trustee, entertains us
with some funny Welsh stories
|Mother of Kyle who was
a recipient of the
|Representative from the
Caledonian Scottish Society
|Matt Hall, President of Welsh Society
|These couples came all the way from
Maesteg, South Wales!
|Nancy Valenti (centre) - Five
generations of the family
May 31, 2016
|The Sarasota Welsh Society was well represented with 12 members
attending the Memorial Day Service in Arcadia. During World War II, young
RAF cadets who died whilst training in Florida, were honoured by the laying
of wreaths by many Societies in the area.
|... and afterwards, a step back in time
and a delicious lunch at Mary Margaret's
Tea and Biscuit Tea Rooms.
|BOOKER HIGH SCHOOL
Visual and Performing Arts
|Don in the foreground with
Ronnie to his right in pink
|Our Welsh Dragon and
|Meg, Amy, Bill and Meryl
|Meg and Ronnie
|Amy with our second wreath
|Amy and Meryl laying the wreaths
|Eleanor and David J
|Two smart hosts
|Our delightful waiter
|Eleanor, David J, Amy and Meg
|We finished off the day with a visit to the Sarasota National Cemetery
where we paid our respects to all those who lost their lives for our freedom.
|Visitors from Wales
joining our group
|D'Arleen, Dor, Bob, glimpse of Amy,
Charlie, Jane, Bob & Pattie
Jim, Kate, Pat, Rhiannon, Carol, Jackie &
|Charlie, Jane, Bob, Pattie, D'Arleen,
Dor, Bob & Amy
David Triggle, Anne Cavanagh, Alex Scott,
David Lynn-Jones & Muriel
|The second summer Sunday brunch was, again, well attended by members and guests of the Society. We welcomed
some new guests who enjoyed the good company and happy atmosphere of the afternoon.
These gatherings provide an opportunity to update everyone on up and coming events as well as hear suggestions about
what you would like us to put on in the future.
Apologies for not getting everyone in the photographs, but we know you were there.
|Amy with playwright
|Muriel and Meryl
Rear, the Compere
(sorry, no name)
|Muriel with playwright
|On August 23rd, four members of our Society spent an enjoyable evening
beginning with a delicious meal at Libby's Restaurant, Sarasota before
watching the contemporary play 'Why Can't I Be You' written by Welsh
playwright, Llewelyn Jones.
The plot surrounds a rock star who wakes up to find an intruder in his room who
has apparently been stalking him for many months. After much manipulation by
the stalker the rock star finally gives in to his demands but this poses a myriad
of questions such as: what we think we want in life, is it what we really need?
This multi-faceted play explores many thought provoking avenues in our journey
of self discovery. Well worth watching.
Llewelyn Jones is the winner of the 2015 New Play Festival,
|PS: That's not Meryl's
scraggly hair, it's the fringe
from the compere's shawl!
|What a wonderful gathering we had at the August Sunday Brunch with 30 members and guests attending. Amy
distributed a list showing all the Welsh Gold and Silver medallists from the Rio Olympic Games and we raised our
glasses to honour them with a congratulatory toast.
After lunch we had a raffle with prizes contributed by members Rhianon and Pat Hardy and Don Hughes, which were
eagerly received by the winners. Mention was made about considering a change of venue for our final Summer
Sunday Brunch in September which might include organising a speaker and having some Welsh singing. If you
have any suggestions then please contact Amy on 941-349-6069 or e-mail sarasotawelsh.com giving your ideas.
|Jane & Amy
(sorry I got you fuzzy Amy!)
|Anne & David (left) with
Anne Cavanaugh in orange
|Cathie D'Ath: Advances
Marilyn Blausten: Book on
the history of coal
|Kate Prugh (background): Book, 100
Rosemary Kenyon (foreground): Book,
Welsh Fever on the activities of the
Welsh in the United States and Canada
|Anne Scott: Magazine showing latest
science, technology and engineering
developments in Wales
|Ann, Amy, David, Barb
|Fourteen of us attended the Sarasota High
School production of "Miracle on 34th Street"
before Thanksgiving, and enjoyed socializing
afterward at Cafe Baci during a delicious dinner.