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November 2016 President's Message / BESKJED FRA PRESIDENTEN

Greetings fellow Members and Friends,

I sure hope everyone made it through October Okay. We did have a little more excitement then we expected for our Regafa. We had to cancel because Hurricane Matthew decided to come visit that weekend.

He did a lot of damage in St. Augustine. Eugene Yerkes and Pete Hopkins went down to see what how the area survived. The docks at Aunt Kate’s were badly damaged. We were hoping to have a small Regatta in November, but after seeing the damage, it was decided to wait until the spring and decide then. Thanks to everyone involved in the planning for the Regatta. You are all the best.

We hope our lodge members came out OK in the storm. Maybe the worst was some being without electricity. We were blessed that Mafhew turned some, so he didn’t hit Florida directly. I hope it will be at least another 50 years before it happens again.

We are geing ready to have our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Shepherd of the Woods on November 18th, starting at 6:30 and dinner served at 7. It is such a great time to gather together to count our blessings. Anthony’s will be doing the catering. We will have turkey and dressing and all the good extras that go with it. We will have a raffle and celebrate our Veterans.

On December 4th we are having our annual Scandinavian Jule Fest at the home of Kristen and Andy Allen. We appreciate them opening their beauFful home for us to have this time to celebrate Christmas together. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, desserts, lutefisk, lefse, some surprise deserts and drinks. Santa and his helper is coming to visit us, too. We will have our Santa Lucia procession. We need a lot of children. We will also have music provided by Mai Britt Corbin and Lou Corbin. It is going to be a fun afternoon. Please come and bring your family.

It should be a fun November and December. We look forward to seeing all of you there. Happy Fall and God Bless you all!

Fraternally Yours,
Evelyn Hopkins, President
Gateway to Florida Lodge 3-541