Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score.

Vol. XVI, No. 5 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 1, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, Feb. 1, Tennis Spaghetti Dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 4,  Day in the Country bus trip
Wednesday, Feb 5, Jetty Picnic (yes, it's on Wednesday)
Thursday, Feb. 6, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky Luncheon
Thurs. & Fri., Feb. 6 & 7, 55 Alive Safe Driving Class
Friday, Feb. 7, Pancake Breakfast
Friday, Feb. 7, Pennsylvania Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 8, Valentine Potluck Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 13, New England Breakfast
Thursday, Feb. 13, Veterans meeting

HEALTHLINE:
Omar Donaldson has gone north to live in Pennsylvania for a while.  He said he is not sick but is having eyesight problems and needs his family's help.  Don't send "Get Well" cards, but  "Thinking of You" cards would be nice.  Address is  RR1, Bx. 22, Pearson Drive, New Wilmington, PA  16142.
Gloria Clark of 316 Castle Drive, had quadruple bypass surgery this week in South Carolina.  Her address is in our phone book.  Gloria is the sister of Becky Nunn.
Penny Sweitzer, Vivian Isackson, and E. F. Holmes thank all their King's Gate friends for the kind offerings given to them after their recent successful surgeries.                   --- Blanche Madden,  480-1514.

THANKS for the prayers, cards, flowers, food and visits before and after my surgery.  I am getting there slowly, but hope to be up and about soon.  Justin and I thank everyone.                  --- Betty Mohr.

REMINDER - TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for TONIGHT.                  --- Bob Winchester.

KGC TRAVEL:   Tuesday, February 4th the Bus will leave KGC at 8:45 am for our "Day in the Country" trip.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  We will be outside for most of the tours at Guide Dog school, viewing the Manatees and at Solomon's castle.  We will have a Picnic lunch with the manatees and then a served dinner at Solomon's after the tour of the castle. Enjoy this special visit to local places.                       --- Nip Barker.

JETTY PICNIC ON WEDNESDAY:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Wednesday February 5th at the North Jetty.  Bring a dish to pass, your beverage, dinner service and come on down to the Jetty.  Gather and social time 4 PM, eat at 5 PM.  Hope it's warmer.       --- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey.

LUNCH FOR INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY (and Kansas, N & S. Carolina, & W. Virginia too):   Thurs., Feb. 6, 12:00 noon, at the Big Easy (formerly Purples).  We'll order from the menu with separate checks.     Please sign up on the bulletin board.  If you have questions or need a ride, call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503.

55 ALIVE:   Drivers Safety class is scheduled for Feb. 6th and 7th  - 1 PM to 5 PM each day.  These classes are sponsored by the Round Table and AARP.  Details and sign up sheet on the counter in the Clubhouse.   Anyone interested in other classes, please contact Harry Kiel at 488-6670 for location and dates.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Mark your calendar!  Our next Pancake Breakfast will be on Friday morning, February 7, 2003.  Serving will be from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.  Please remember to bring your own table setting, including your favorite coffee cup or mug, and a good appetite.                   --- Bill Barth.

PENNSYLVANIA LUNCHEON:   Pennsylvania Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:30 PM.  The cost per person, $7.55  This includes Buffet, Non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity if thirty people (30) show.  Under 30, the price will be $1.00 additional.  Separate checks will be provided.  PLEASE sign up at the bulletin board.  Anyone needing a ride or any questions, call Jean or Lee Ickes, 488-8967.

"LOVE IS IN THE AIR"  VALENTINE POTLUCK:   Next Saturday, Feb. 8 -- Tickets are on sale today ($4) for residents, renters, and guests for this fun evening of great food and foot-stompin' music by the Sahib Banjo Band.

--- Blanche Madden and Charlotte Alex, Chairpersons

ATTENTION VETERANS & SPOUSES:   Mr. Greg Worth of the Sarasota County Veterans Office will be at KGC Club House, Thursday, Feb. 13th at 1:30 PM for questions and answers.  Please plan to attend.

--- Vince Caudy # 285.

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Thursday, February 13th: Welcome to all New Englanders---owners, renters, and friends.  We had such a good turnout (63 people) for our first get-together of the new year.  This time, come join us for a breakfast buffet at 8:15 a.m. at Sharon's Restaurant in the Park Isles Plaza (across the street from Kile's Hardware) in Nokomis.  The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, home fries, muffins, fruit, and coffee.  The cost is $6 per person including the tax and gratuity.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions or need a ride, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

OHIO LUNCHEON:   Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 AM at Sharon's Restaurant.  We will have a choice of five entrees, all include the salad bar, choice of soft drink, ice tea, or coffee for $7.00 complete including tax and tip.  A guest speaker will talk on Put in Bay.  Come meet your Ohioan neighbors, guests are welcome.  Please wear name tags.  Sign-up sheet on bulletin board in back.  Need a ride, any questions, please feel free to call Mary Lou Richmond at 484-6807.

SHOWTIME:   On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 7:30 pm, RIGHT HERE ON OUR STAGE(!!!) you'll have a chance to hear the world-renowned founder of the Australian Jazz Quartet, vibraphonist Jack Brokensha, lead his current quartet through some songs that will rekindle thoughts of by-gone days for you.  And don't let the word "jazz" turn you away, for Jack knows we're not a jazz audience, but rather a group that responds to great tunes played with professional skill.  With Johnny Moore on drums, Kenny Fitzgerald on bass and Matt Bokulic on keyboard, Jack promises renditions of your favorite melodies that will delight and thrill you, so come on and bring your friends.  Tickets only $4…..on sale this morning.

YOGA CLASS:   Beginners Yoga classes will start on February 4 in the Clubhouse - Time 3:45 - 4:45.  This is the six weeks beginners class for Seniors.  Rate charge per person is $18.00 for six classes.  Class is limited to 20.  This class is full.  However, if anyone is interested in starting another class on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00, please contact Jean Ickes, 488-8967 for details.

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……..1-26-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost      
1 8 25 11
2 3 22 14
3 2 21 15
4 7 20 16
5 1 19 17
6 6 15 21
7 4 13 23
8 5 9 27
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, February 3, at 9:30 AM.  Team #6 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.  --- Gordy Brown.

BOWLING:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Fred Carbone
233
636
Charles Brady
214
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George Ray
212
539
Cheryl Patricca
183
464
Dot Avery
178
453
Mary Ann Lyford
180
446
Kerrie Morawa
183
473
Dick Lyford
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507
Shirley Froehlich bowled 59 pins over her average game and Harry Kiel converted the 6-7-10 split!

HONORE AVE.- I-75 REPORT:   A few residents will remember the fight against Honore Avenue that began in 1992 with the announcement by the County that Honore Avenue would be extended from north of Oscar Scherer Park across Highway 681 and around three sides of the two King's Gate Parks and join up with Pinebrook at the present stop light on Laurel Road.  It was defeated twice in the succeeding six years principally through the massive efforts by our residents.  A new plan, that we assume will be more acceptable to our residents, will be presented in our Clubhouse on February 24th at 2 p.m. by the Sarasota Highway Department with our Commissioner Jon Thaxton present.  It is imperative that all residents of the two King's Parks and Laurel Landings make every effort to attend.  The plan that we accepted in talks in 1998 and 1999 was to use the two south lanes of I-75 for the extension of Honore Avenue south and the construction of two north lanes all to take place when I-75 is extended to additional lanes.  Please mark your calendars for this very special meeting.

--- Don Moriarty.

SUPER BOWL THANK YOU:   We  would like to thank everyone who helped out on the Super Bowl Party, and you know who you are.  Also, a special thanks to Nip Barker for cooking the delicious chili for the party.  We had girls splattered with chili, and girls crying while cutting onions, and dishpan hands in the sink.  We had a good time, made lots of noise, and, most of us cheered the Bucs on.   Many hands make light work, and I always have so many volunteers I feel very lucky.

---  Bob and Shirley.
(And our thanks to the Froehlichs for planning a fun party for us.  We really appreciate it.)

BOOK CLUB:   Choice of book for February is "Cross Creek" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Meeting will be Monday, February 24, at 1 PM in the Library.  Read the book and join us!

NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY PATIO PARTY:   Party will be Thursday, February 27, 2003, at 5 PM.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Please bring your drinks and hot or cold snacks.  Any questions, call the Barths at 485-9714.

KGC-101 STUDY GROUP:   Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, at 9:30 AM in the Ceramics Room.  Reviewed will be KGC Board Policies, KGC Financial Procedures, and the Budget Process.  If you have a copy of this fiscal year's budget or next year's proposed budget, bring them with you.   Anyone and everyone is welcome.  An attempt will be made to find an answer to any question relating to the operation of KGC.                             --- Thanks, Dick Phillips.

FAIR TRAFFIC CREW:   We need just a few more good traffic controllers to put in two or three scheduled hours with our experienced traffic/parking crew on Fair Day.  (On-the-job training provided.)    Please call Dick Phillips, 485-8834.  Thanks.

THANK YOU ALL:   Fred and I are treating to coffee and pastries this morning as a small way to show our appreciation for your help and support during the two years I have been Round Table Chairperson.  It has been a great experience to have worked with - and become better acquainted with - so many wonderful persons.  I will remember these two years for the rest of my life!  Now I truly know why King's Gate Club is such a wonderful place to live.       --- Shirley Bethke.

OMAR DONALDSON:   Last Monday Omar, long time KGC resident, went north to visit his sister and see how he likes living up north.  He and his wife Jennie were early residents.  Jennie passed away a few years ago, but Omar continued to live here.  He helped build the stage in the clubhouse, the flag pole, and took care of our aluminum cans for 18 years, thereby bringing in lots of money for the Round Table.  This handsome, debonair gentleman has been active here until recently.  If you wish to send him a line while he is away, write to:  Omar Donaldson, Rte. 1 Pearson Drive, New Wilmington, PA  16142.  Our good wishes are with you, Omar.

THOUGHTS:   Saw a placemat in a restaurant recently, which said:  "Count your age by friends - not years.  Count your life by smiles - not tears."  It's a wonderful philosophy, and here at KGC we are fortunate to have both friends and much to smile about.                             --- SJB.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003   -    Float and Flyers at VENICE  PARADE
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003   -    KING'S GATE CLUB FAIR


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