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Vol. XVI, No. 1 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 4, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, 4th, Meet The Candidate Night
Tuesday, 7th, KGC 101
Wednesday, 8th, Round Table Executive Committee meeting
Thursday, 9th, Bloodmobile Visit
Thursday, 9th, Jetty Picnic
Friday, 10th, New England Breakfast
Sunday, 12th, KGC Regatta on the lake
Wednesday, 15th, Cahal Dunne Show
Thursday, 16th, New York - New Jersey Lunch

HEALTHLINE:
Don King is improving at Heritage Health Care Center.
Juanita Campion, wife of Norman, 264 Camelot, passed away and a donation in her memory has been sent to the American Heart Association.
Ilona Gardner, a former resident, passed away in September.
Betty Mohr,  is recuperating from back surgery.
Bob Miller has been well-fed by his KGC neighbors and is feeling much stronger.
Betty Markoff, was hospitalized for some testing.
Gerry Coleman had carotid artery surgery in New York and is expected to return here soon.
Omar Donaldson had a pacemaker inserted.

--- Blanche Madden, 480-1514

"MEET THE CANDIDATE NIGHT," TONIGHT, JANUARY 4, 7 PM:   Bring your Annual Meeting Packet containing your ballot and candidate resumes with you tonight and meet the candidates IN PERSON.  (Also have FREE coffee and cookies.)  Ask questions.  Get answers.  Decide how to mark your ballot!       Sponsored by the Round Table.

BLOOD BANK:   The bloodmobile will pay us a visit on Thursday, January 9th, from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.   Please sign up and donate a pint of your  "Fluid of  life".        Thank you.         --- Bob Johnson

KGC 101:   The first meeting of this study group will be Tuesday, January 7, 10:30 AM, in the Ceramics Room.  We will begin with our Articles of Incorporation.  An attempt will be made to answer any and all questions about KGC.  Anyone and everyone is welcome, newcomers to learn and old hands to make sure we get it right.                --- Dick Phillips, Chairman

POTLUCK TICKETS:   Tickets for the January potluck will go on sale today,  $4.00 per person.  Because of the popularity of the dinners, and in order to be fair to owners, two tickets only may be purchased for each house number the first week.  If the tickets don't sell out, you may purchase tickets for house guests or other guests the next week per RTEC decision.          ---  Shirley Bethke

JANUARY POTLUCK - January 18 entitled "Purple People Party."  Nip Barker is working on a repeat from over three years ago from his Momma's recipe book, his Uncle Herman's simply scrumptious "SPECIAL TEXAS MEATLOAF'' made with the finest beef, pork, and a little bit of turkey, served with "Mashed Taters and Come-Back Gravy."  Please wear something purple, if  possible.  Bring your dinner service and a dish to share with 12-16 people.        --- Louise Eichenlaub

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY LUNCH:   New York - New Jersey Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Thursday, January 16th, 2003, at 12:00 noon.   The cost per person will be $7.55, which will include buffet, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity.  Separate checks will be provided.  Please sign up on the sheet at the bulletin board.  Any questions?  Call the Barths, 485-9714.  Hope to see you all there!

RENTERS:   Welcome to Bob and Linda Bertle, who are renting 269 Camelot Drive, phone 480-9324.  They are from Dover, Ohio and will be here through the first week in April.  Linda is Doris Darbee's daughter.  We hope you enjoy your stay with us at KGC!

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Friday, January 10th:  All new owners, renters, and friends come join us for our first get-together of the new year.   Breakfast will be at 8 am at the Landmark on 133 So. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

KGC TRAVEL:   Jackie and Nip are on cruise to Panama Canal with 32 other "Gators" and Friends. Will return 1/13.   Mary Lou (484-6807) will book your Travel.   Remember, if you book Happy Heart Tours (HHT) direct, please say you are with KGC……Tampa Theatre 2/9 has been cancelled……Eight booked and seats vacant for HHT "Geritol Follies" matinee on 2/19 in Lakeland with full lunch. Price $72 per person. Canadian ladies sing and dance for your enjoyment.   Remember, detail on all our day tours, cruises, etc are available on the Travel Bulletin Board and in the Travel notebooks and the Travel web pages.           --- Nip Barker

NORTH JETTY PICNIC:   Thursday, Jan. 9, Social hour 5 PM, Dine at 6 PM.  Everyone welcome to come to the Jetty Picnic to enjoy and meet new arrivals at King's Gate.  Everybody is to bring a dish to share that will feed about 10 people.  Newcomers remember to bring beverage, plate and silverware, and snacks for social hour.                      --- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

KGC REGATTA:   Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1 PM on the lake.  Hot dogs and drinks will be available.  Come to the lake and enjoy.            --- Roland Carey

MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH:   Want to find that missing zest in your life?  Here's how:  Look and feel better by joining the "Movement for Health" program available here at KGC.  This 45-minute session is especially designed for men and women 55 and over.  You exercise to the sound of music on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:15 AM in the clubhouse.  Exercising from a chair and in a standing position will result in strengthening and maintaining flexibility in your muscles and joints; and will increase your stamina, circulation and balance.  SO - mark your calendar.  Make your health a priority.  Come join us - IT IS FUN!                    --- Gigi Conway, 488-7810

CHRISTMAS DINNER:   A large part of the credit for the most enjoyable Christmas Day social hour and dinner goes to all the hard workers and all those who attended in the true holiday spirit.   We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following workers:   Irene and George Sparhawk;  Gigi and Tom Conway;  Betty and Tom Dowling; Loretta Brian;  Chuck Leight;  Michael Davis;   Jane Bonyai;  Ken Savage;  Gloria Whisonant;  Judy Spears;  Lois Dievendorf;  Pat Edwards; Gary Exner; Fred Bethke;  Lois Gaines;  Marge Hamilton;  Alice Hildreth;  Pat Sellner;  Vicky May, Steve McCarren;  Mary and Bud Porzio; and Jan and Wy Rood.

--- Thank you, Joan and Tom Potts and Jean Davis

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.  A sign-up sheet is at the gazebo with additional details.

--- Bob Winchester

THANK YOU,  THANK YOU,   THANK YOU:   The holiday season is over now, and it's time to take a moment to reflect on what a great time we have had here in the Club.  First, thanks to George Ray and Gary Exner for heading indoor decorations for the clubhouse, and to Fred Lewis for chairing outdoor decorations.  Then, thanks to George Ray for heading the Golf Cart Parade, to Lucille Anderson for planning goodies when Santa came to visit and to Santa and Mrs. Santa (better known  as Bob and Shirley Froehlich), also to Irene Bette for being "MC" that evening.  Then we move on to Christmas Dinner, chaired by Jean Davis, Joan and Tom Potts.  There were 118 happy people as we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the clubhouse.  On New Year's Eve, Claire and Jerry Becker planned a delightful evening for 180 people, starting with hearty and delicious hors d'oeuvres, then dancing and concluding with a super breakfast just after midnight.  For each of these events, many people were on the committee to help make it such a success  - and all of you deserve a GREAT BIG THANK YOU, too.  Many hands make light work - and this is the true spirit of the club - so many are always ready to help.  We all appreciate what all of you have done to help make the holidays such a happy season here at KGC!!!

--- Shirley Bethke

LUMINARIA:   The weather finally cooperated and New Year's night the luminaria were lighted at the Club. It was a beautiful evening and many people were either out driving or walking to enjoy them.  We want to thank everyone's efforts with getting luminaria out.  A special thanks to Committee:   Joe Spears, Kerry Morawa, Chuck Leight, Dick Lyford, Jack Gregory, Paul Lemonds, and Bob Froehlich (and to George and Judy Reardon who chaired this committee).  Also, thanks to residents who folded bags and helped fill the bags with sand.          --- George & Judy, and SJB

DINNER CLUB:   Sign up NOW for the Dinner Club which will meet one evening each in February, March and April.  Menus are simple, eight people at each home, and a great way to meet new people.  Any questions, see Rae Burmaster or call her, 412-9224,

BOOK CLUB:   January selection will be "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan.  Next meeting will be Monday, January 27th at 1 PM in the Library.  Bring suggestions for a Book List for next year.                    --- Betty Dowling

REMINDER TO ALL ROUND TABLE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS:   Please note that Round Table budgeted expenses and income for each committee for 2003-04 are due no later than January 15, 2003.   Please send to Jim Alex, 35 Castle Drive.

THOUGHTS:  As I sit here writing on New Year's Day, I think back over the past year at the Club.  There have been many changes, due to illness, death, and people moving.  That is the sad part.  The happy side is that we have gained many nice new residents, who are eager to become an active integral part of KGC.  It truly is a joy to wish so many nice people A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  You're a great group!                       --- SJB


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