White Elephant January 1

The club’s most popular and oldest continuous event is the annual New Years Day potluck picnic and White Elephant gift exchange at Turtle Beach, on the southern end of Siesta Key. All attendees are asked to bring a wrapped present to exchange. This is the time to unload that lamentable gift you received over the holidays, or better yet, the thing that you were stuck with at last year’s event. Approximately seventy members were in attendance.

As can be seen from the photos, we were blessed with a cloudless sky and balmy temperatures. As usual, it was a fun occasion with a delectable array of mouth-watering food contributed by all the attending members. There was the customary exchange of “surprise” gifts, some of which were unloaded several times by recipients during the gathering. On the other end of the spectrum, the more desirable items were traded up to the 3 times max limit. Popular items this year were club logo hats, bottles of wine, a portable stool and, as always, an orchid plant. We all left having had another fun start to the New Year.

Thanks to Bruce Skaggs and Anita Wood for additional wording.


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