|GULF COAST WELSH SOCIETY
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|St David's Day Banquet
|March 1st was a beautiful evening in a lovely venue with delicious food and good spirits. Our music led by
Susan Lewis accompanied by Karen Buckwalter on harp and piano was professional and enthusiastic.
Karen even taught us about the harp. It had such a lovely sound!
What a delight it was to honor Rhianon and Pat Hardy for their 32 years of faithful membership in our
Welsh Society, including for many years hosting meetings and parties in their home, and Rhianon's 18
years as our Corresponding Secretary! David Rees was our Master of Ceremonies. He and Don Hughes
together reminded all of us about the Hardys' years of dedication and enthusiasm and the honors Rhianon
has received. It was fun seeing photos from her childhood, their early years together, and from receiving
those honors in Wales as part of the slide show Bill Fell prepared and ran.
Long time Sarasota Welsh members and participants Bruce MacGregor, Arleen Williams, Bernie Walker,
Marvin Whitley, Melvin Pugh and Beverly Dunham were memorialized and remembered with their photos
and names and dates in our prayers and printed program.
To those of you who were not able to attend our celebration on that special evening, you were missed.
Let Amy know if you would like a copy of the program.
We extend warm congratulations to our sister Welsh Society to the north: The Suncoast St. David's
Welsh Society, St. Petersburg/Clearwater is celebrating its 90th year! That's right, they were founded in
1927! Amy Ferrell, Meryl and Bill Fell joined their celebration on Sunday at their St. David's dinner party
and extended greetings and congratulations to them from all of us.
|The Meadows Country Club
|Spring Theater Party
Booker High School
|Click on the link below to view the
slideshow of our luncheon and
meeting, then scroll down to see
all the photographs.
|On Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6.30 pm the Board of Directors gathered at Savannah Grand, Beneva Road,
Sarasota for a Committee Meeting
Members are always welcome to attend our Committee Meetings. It's your Society so we would value your input
and any suggestions for up and coming events which might appeal to you.
Some of the topics we discussed included summer social events, for instance our popular Sunday Brunches as
well as decisions on the Annual Picnic and the 2018 St David's Day Banquet.
It was decided to kick off the summer season with a Brunch at Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay and, as both Amy
and Meg would be away, Meryl and Bill would take names and organise that particular event. Hope many
people will be interested and give some input into further events.
|Proprietors: Dennis Tyson
& Bruce Neveau
|Trust Muriel to travel in
style in her Murielmobile!!
|Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay
Again, we had more than 40 members and guests attending the June Brunch and it was
great to welcome our regular participants as well as some first timers. Delicious food,
reasonably priced and including an exotic Mimosa or Bloody Mary drink.
Singing is always a highlight and today was no different. Amy led the singing and
everyone participated in full voice. A very enjoyable time was had by all, as can be
seen by all those smiling faces.
|Emily serving tea and coffee
at the Croeso Lounge
|Meryl & Bill meeting Bryan (centre)
at the Cymru A'r Byd Booth
|Pam and Clara at the Orlando
|Clara helping out at our
|Clara (front, wearing a straw hat) at the
Venice St Patrick's Day Parade 2006
|Our Three Nonnegenarians:
Rhianon, Muriel and Clara
|Bob, flanked by Clara and Pam at our
|Pam and Clara at Red Lobster for the first
Annual Meeting at a restaurant in 2012
|If you have a favourite restaurant you think our Group would
enjoy for our Sunday Brunches, please email your
suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Some of us were lucky enough to attend the National
Eisteddfod in North Wales during the month of
August. The atmosphere on the 'Maes' was
phenomenal with the warmth and 'hwyl' only the Welsh
know. Here are some photographs on the Maes.
|On October 16th, the Officers of the Board, as
well as guests, gathered at Muriel's home to
discuss the up-and-coming Annual Picnic as
well as to plan new events for the Thanksgiving
and Christmas seasons. Also, it's never too
early to plan for the St David's Day Banquet on
March 1, 2018. We had a very lively meeting
with some great ideas from those present so
watch this site as we post events when dates
are finalised. Thanks to Muriel for providing us
with snacks and refreshments.
(Present but not shown, Ronnie and Meryl)
|The adorable Garrison
|TAYLOR LYNN-JONES, BA (Honours)
B.A. (Honours) in Natural Sciences
(Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour)
University of Cambridge, UK
Taylor is currently a technical associate at the
McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT.
She plans to pursue graduate study in
neuroscience. We wish her every success in
|In June, two of our Scholarship
Recipients graduated from
WELL DONE GIRLS
who celebrated her 97th Birthday
September 28, 2017
I think she's enjoyed every minute of her
week long celebrations
|It's Time! Will Eleanor
be Fashionably Late?
If the Royals can do it, so can
Eleanor and David
|David J Rees and Eleanor Crossley
On September 23, 2017 David and Eleanor exchanged
vows and became husband and wife.
In this troubled world isn't it wonderful to witness such
joy and happiness.
We wish them a long and happy future together
Let's celebrate this couple's special day
(Thank you Eleanor and David for giving us permission
to publish your photographs)
|EMILY SIAN KINSEY, BA
Double Honours in French & Spanish
Swansea University, Wales
Emily is a former recipient of our Scholarship
Fund so it's good to see her progress in
achieving her Degree and hope that our
contribution was of some help towards her
Emily has been offered a Post-Graduate place
at Swansea University to study Translation and
Interpretation and we wish her every success in
her future academic studies
|It seems that September is the month for big celebrations for some of our members. Not only did
our dear friend Muriel enjoy her 97th birthday but, being the dynamic person she is, began
preparations to move to a new home in Sarasota. We all admire her spirit.
Another big celebration this month was the marriage of Eleanor and David who 'tied the knot'.
We were all excited to hear the news and showered them with congratulations when they
attended their next Sunday Brunch
|Darleen & Friend placing their order
|On November 29th, 30 people gathered at the Paradise Grill,
Nokomis to celebrate the conclusion of Thanksgiving week
enjoying dining, singing and good company. David Lynn-Jones
and Linda Mercurio had birthdays in November so we
celebrated by singing Happy Birthday to them both.
|The British Club of Sarasota celebrated their Christmas Dinner on
December 9, 2017 at the Heritage Country Club. Nine of our members
attended and you only have to look at their expressions to see what a good
time was had by all.
Merry Christmas Everyone
|On December 7th several of our members supported the local Marines' project Toys for
Tots by bringing toys to The Ringling for such a worthwhile cause. Some met by the
Circus Museum then toured the Ca d 'Zan, the beautifully decorated Ringling Mansion.