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!!!! The 11-19-21 Updated Preliminary Schedule for 2022 is posted on the Activity Schedule Page.

Great News – we are returning to the Perdido Beach Resort for our weekly breakfasts, Cobalt’s for our weekly Happy Hours, and the Gulf Shores Country Club for our weekly golf scramble.

Even greater news – Bob Moore [a.k.a. the Godfather of the Missouri Snowbirds] has secured the Phoenix V Meeting Room for our special parties.  And for the price we all love to hear… FREE    Way to go Bob!

Please look over the entire schedule because it includes many additional activities, some where we are mixing with other snowbird clubs.  What a great way to make new friends.

Lastly, we know that many of you have friends that either live in Gulf Shore or come to visit while we are snow birding; please invite them to join us.  Especially the breakfasts and happy hours because this is where they will get to meet many of your fellow snowbird friends in a very friendly and sociable setting.  They don’t have to join the club – we just want them to join in the fun.

On behalf of President Karen, we wish you safe travels and we’ll see you soon!

Mark & Debbie Rethemeyer


Jonathan CRAIG Grinstead
12/15/1953 -8/21 /2021
Strangers who met him became instant friends.  Passing ouf Gold Fishing Hooks for your hat was a
friendly jester.  Once your cap had a gold fisshing hook, you're an official member of the Golden Hook

He was passionate about everything life had to offer. Music was in his blood. His guiar was in his hand
more often than not.  Canoeing hundreds of miles on rivers. Hunting deer, rriding elephants in Thailand,
summer Alpine sledding in Germany and camping every time he could

He was very proud of working in the family business: Warning Lttes. with his father Jack and his brother

Kevin said to Craig recently. "You're !he happiest person I've ever known." Craig responds.

"I AM!"

Music written & played by Craig
Eulogy by Mike Kiffmeyer
Boy Scout prayer by Alex Munoz

!!!! With great sadness I wanted to let you all know that Craig Grinstead husband of club president Karen Grinstead died Saturday August 21.  A memorial was held at Troy, Illinois August 29 (see Program above) in a facility owned by Karens Aunt, well attended by members of his family, Relatives, Snowbird friends, Warning Lites employees, their long time minister, 2 of his Boy Scout friends, and many other friends Craig and Karen had made over his years.

If you have been following Nick Barr's Facebook Group "Missouri Club of Gulf Shores"  you probably already know, but I'm sure a lot of you who do not do FB may not have known.

Craig has been suffering from COPD and has been on oxygen for some time which was aggravated more during the last Snowbird time when he and Karen both got Covid.  This all happened very sudden.  He had been in the hospital in Pensacola where he had pneumonia and got really bad to the point where Karen brought him home to their condo on Hospice where he died very quickly. 

Craig was a friend to everone.  He will really be missed by all of us. !!!!


!!!! Breakfast Wed Jan 6 Canx due to renovations.  Should be OK next week!!!!
January 08 thru February 26
random pairings
               CONTACT    :    Dominick Viviano  (618) 530-0985

!!!!!!Greetings Fellow Snowbirds!!!!

Mark Rethemeyer has updated the calendar of events for the 2021 snowbird season.You can go to our webpage: for the latest updates.

A couple of things I want to bring to your attention for next year.

  1. Weekly Breakfast Meeting – the Perdido Keys Resort sustained severe damage and will not be open until March, so we are moving to “Another Broken Egg Café” in Orange Beach.  They have a private room, we’ll order off the menu, and have separate checks. 
  2. Golf Scramble – still on the calendar on Wednesdays!
  3. Welcome Back Party -  we are combining this with the first breakfast of the year on January 6th.   
  4. Happy Hour – Cobalt’s will have their back room for our Monday Happy Hour with happy hour specials like in the past.
  5. Bunco Game Night – cancelled.  Sorry, but these is just no way to social distance and keep everyone safe for this event.
  6. Snowbird Trivia Night at the OB Event Center is on the calendar, but tentative.  If it is still a go, there will be limited seats to provide for social distancing and all tickets will need to be purchased in advance.  No 50/50 and no silent auction (gift baskets).  More on this as we get closer.
  7. Bratfest – Cancelled
  8. Lo Country Boil – Cancelled

2021 will be a crazy year in Gulf Shores, one like has never been seen before.  We “WILL” get through this, and we will have a great time despite all the obstacles we’ll need to navigate.  You can take away some of the things we all enjoy at the Gulf, but you CANNOT take away the friendships and fun we have in the Missouri Snowbird Club.

I hope to see you all real soon!
Karen Grinstead
President, Missouri Snowbird Club

!!!! The Prelininary2021 MO Snowbirds Activities Schedule is posted on the Activty Schedule Page!!!!
!!!!Attention to all seniors.  Auditions for the 2021 Snowbird Season Theatre production will be held 27 February.
Not an actress or actor?  We also need carpenters, set painters, stage hands, lighting and sound technicians, shoppers (for props), cookie bakers, and servers for wine, cheese and cookies.
John Rice
Snowbird Season Theatre Group!!!!
Download 2021 Auditions Flyer PDF
!!!!See the link to The Point Restaurant's EARLY BIRD MENU on the Links Page!!!!
!!!!Chili Supper Saturday 18 Jan is Canceled for lack of interest.!!!!

!!!!For membership issues and questions such as membership rosters or new badges,!!!!
!!!! The 2020 Trivia Night is to be held 8 February at the Orange Beach Event Center hosted by the Friends of the Orange Beach Library.  Registration Forms are posted for viewing and downloading on the Trivia Night Page. !!!!
Link for downloading PDF Trivia Night Registration Form

The Missouri Club lost a wonderful friend 23 Oct.  Dick Ruda had back surgery and seemed to be doing so well. He died in his sleep at the hospital.
There are just no words to express the profound loss that his friends feel at this sad time. Our hearts go out to Toni and the Ruda family.

As reported by Nick Barr on his Facebook Group named "Missouri Club Of Gulf Shores" where additional info and photos are posted.

Dick Ruda's partial Obituary info is shown below. The complete Obituary info can be found at

Note:  You will have to paste the above Link into your browser.

Ruda, Richard Phil

Richard (Dick) Ruda was welcomed into the Lord's loving arms, October 23, 2019; beloved husband of 53 years to Toni (nee DiBlasi); loving father of Monica Ruda, Melissa (Brian) Muldoon, and Melanie (Kevin) Wagner; cherished grandfather of Justin (Jess), Grace, Harrison, Brendan, Morgan,

Matthew, Nicholas, Emily, Kathryn, Audrey, Willow, Mary, and Andrew. He was preceded in death by his parents Felix and Adeline Ruda, his brother Jerry Ruda, and granddaughter Natalie Wagner. Dick was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Manchester, MO and Our Lady of the Gulf, Gulf Shores, AL. Dick was a proud veteran who was truly dedicated to his family and never knew a stranger; Dick generously donated his body to St. Louis University; in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, Mobile, AL or Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast AL.

Services: Celebration of life beginning at 10 a.m. with Memorial Mass to follow at 11 on Saturday November 2 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 567 St. Joseph Lane, Manchester, MO 63021.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Oct. 30, 2019
!!!! The first 2020 Monday get together at Cobalt's Happy Hour will be January 6 from 3 - 6 PM and each Monday thereafter thru February !!!!
!!!! Club Minutes posted on Activity Schedule Page below the Activity Schedule !!!!
Nick Barr Article for Jan 31- Feb 14 2018 Mullet Wrapper
Nick Article

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