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Our Next DWC Luncheon

Luncheons are held monthly on the second Wednesday of each month (except for the months of July and August). Signup is required by the Friday before the meeting.

May Luncheon

Wednesday, May 8th
(The last day to RSVP or cancel is Friday, May 3rd )

Check In Time Begins at 10:45 AM
Social Time 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Program 11:30 – 12:00 PM


36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

Our Guest Speaker

H. C. “Hank” Klein
Destin Historian, Author & Speaker

Our speaker, H. C. “Hank” Klein, has long been interested in the history of Destin, Florida, and the genealogy of his father-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s families (Marler and Shirah). Both came from pioneer Destin families and both were related to Leonard Destin, the original founder of Destin, Florida.

Hank’s father-in-law’s aunt, Emma Marler, married George Destin, the first born son of Leonard and Martha Destin. While Hank’s mother-in-law’s sister, Alice Shirah, married George D. Destin the son of George Destin and grandson of Leonard and Martha Destin.

Klein has written books documenting he and his wife’s family genealogy. Hank has had a monthly HISTORY MYSTERY column in The Destin Log newspaper since 2013.

He recently published two interesting books, full of newly discovered historical facts, about early Destin titled: DESTIN Pioneer Settlers…A Land History of Destin, Florida from 1819-1940 and DESTIN’S Founding Father…The Untold Story of Leonard Destin.

Destin’s Land History is very unusual! From 1842-1926 Destin was the Moreno Point Military Reservation. In the mid-1930s ONE man owned nearly all (97%) of the land in Destin, Florida. Learn who the earliest setters were and exactly where they lived.
Enjoy the exciting true story of the founder of the small fishing village that is today Destin, Florida. Learn where Leonard Destin lived, after being shipwrecked in a hurricane off central Florida in 1835 until he permanently settled at East Pass in 1852.

Klein lived for many years in both Okaloosa and Bay Counties. He is now retired from his credit union management career, and he and his wife (the former Muriel Marler of Destin, Florida) live at Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Florida. He can be contacted at or at 501-256-7474.



Romaine Lettuce | Parmesan Cheese | Caesar Dressing | Croutons


Chicken | Onions | Bell Peppers | Rice

Coastal Slaw | Flour Tortillas | Pico de Gallo | Fries | Lime Sour Cream | Chipotle Aioli

Cream Sauce


Brioche Bread | Cinnamon | Caramel Sauce

Please don’t forget …
Food Bank Donations Needed and Appreciated

For the rest of the year the DWC is asking everyone to bring one or more non-perishable food items to the luncheons. Mabel Prescott and Betsy Stout-Jones, Co-Chairs of our DWC Family Assistance Fund, will distribute the donations alternately to food pantries in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Signups are closed for this awesome event but please consider signing up for the June luncheon.

If you do not receive your RSVP confirmation email or need to cancel, please email Kara Bell.