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All About the Village Landlords
 

The Village Landlords started from a meeting of several strangers at The Silver Sleigh Christmas Store in Pompano Beach, FL, in the latter part of 1991.  These few people saw they had a common interest in the Department 56 Villages, and thought it would be a great idea to form a club to include other people who also had their interest (or habit)!!  From there, an organizational meeting was held on September 24, 1991, and the first official meeting of the Village Landlords was set for October 1991.  The Club continued to grow to 80 members by 1998.

In 1998 the Village Landlords hosted a one-day event called “Christmas In July”, which turned out much greater than expected, spurring our membership to close to 150 members. Due to the success of the one-day event, two more Gatherings were held in 1999 and 2000.

In 2003 and 2005 the Village Landlords hosted the Southern Regional Gathering (a three-day event), raising over $14,000 at each Gathering for various charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Lotsy Dotsy Clown Fund), and Juvenile Diabetes.

As a non-profit Club, The Village Landlords designates funds to be donated to two charities each year.  Designated charities have been The Sheridan House, The Fort Lauderdale Ronald McDonald House, The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and The Majic Children’s Christmas Fund.  We are proud that we have had our North Pole Village displayed at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and at the Fort Lauderdale Ronald McDonald House.

Meetings are held the 4th Sunday of each month – January through April and September through November of each year. We do not hold a meeting December, as this is the month we have our Christmas House Tours where members open their homes for fellow members to view their village displays

Our meetings include guest speakers, demonstrations on setting up displays, working with Styrofoam, wiring your villages, display tips, hand’s on display workshops, and making vignettes using one or more houses.  We have Refreshments, Door Prizes and Raffle Prizes at each meeting.

Village Press, our newsletter, is published seven months a year, the same months as our meetings are held.

During our “off” months, we have held bus trips visiting Department 56 dealers throughout the State of Florida, and we have even ventured into South Georgia.  Our first bus trip was a one-day trip, and our last trip was a three-day “Mystery Bus Trip”.  No one knew, except for the person who planned the trip, where we were going and what our itinerary was. Each trip included a Saturday night of entertainment, such as a Mystery Dinner Theatre and each has been a major success.

Our bylaws have been in existence since the start of the club and have been amended from time to time over the years.  Here is a link to the current bylaws.

Want to become a member?  Great, we would love to have you.  Please click on the link to download the Village Landlords application, and get it off to us.  We even welcome you to our next meeting, as our guest, to see if our group is for you.  Click here for info on our next meeting.

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