We drove to Port Charlotte to attend their meetings today. Since it is an hour drive, we had to leave early. We should have picked a different Sunday to visit rather than on the Sunday that we changed to Daylight Savings Time and lost an hour of sleep.
Since there are no full-time missionaries in Port Charlotte now, I expected to hear about that from the members. However, no one said much explicitly. They do have a senior missionary couple, the Hardy's, who seem to be very engaged and involved. There are many snowbirds in Port Charlotte, and that seems to affect their ward. Their attendance is greater in the winter than summer. Unfortunately, from what we have been told, many of the LDS snowbirds don't become very involved with the ward.
Following the block of meetings, we drove to Arcadia for a baptism. A 13 year-old girl was baptized, again from a part member family. She has been taught by the sister missionaries assigned to the Sarasota Ward who have driven the hour to Arcadia each week to teach her. The branch has a new branch president, Pres. Hanois. He used to be in the University Park Ward until they adjusted the ward boundaries to put his family in the Arcadia Branch. I think the boundaries might have been adjusted specifically for that purpose.