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Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Ever notice that anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anybody going faster is a maniac?

Vol. XVI, No. 9 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 1, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
TODAY - Flea Market at King's Gate RV Park    9 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday, March 4 - Jetty Picnic
Thursday, March 6 - Spring Ladies' Luncheon and Fashion Show
Friday, March 7 - KGC Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 8 - Tennis Tournament
Sunday, March 9 - "Kiss Me Kate"
Monday, March 10 - New England Luncheon
Wednesday, March 12 - Showtime with "Tom and Judy"
Thursday, March 13 - Bloodmobile
Saturday, March 15 - Venice St. Patrick's Day Parade - KGC Float and Flyers
Saturday, March 22 - THE FAIR IS JUST 3 WEEKS FROM TODAY

HEALTHLINE:  
Norm Campion (264 Camelot Drive) is home now.    Get-Well cards would be nice for Jane Pack, who received a new hip this week. Her address is 313 Camelot Drive.    Jean Loveday is home from the hospital and doing very well.     Lois Dievendorf (17 Castle Drive) fell in Publix last week and broke her hip.             ---  Blanche Madden  480-1514

EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY:   We extend sincere sympathy to Jerry Becker on the sudden death of his brother.

FLEA MARKET AT KING'S GATE RV PARK:   Any time today, March 1, between 9 AM and 2 PM, go next door to the RV Park Flea Market.  There will be lunch, entertainment, crafts, music, food and baked goods.  This is our chance to show we appreciate their attendance at so many of our events.

PICNIC:   The next Jetty picnic will be Tuesday, March 4, 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 to see you.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

LADIES' SPRING LUNCHEON:   This is the last day to buy your tickets for the Ladies' Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at Mission Valley Country Club.   Date:  Thursday, March 6 at 12 noon.  Our ticket sellers will be glad to help you.  Social time begins at noon.  Price $17 including gratuity.   See you all there!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Mark your calendar!  Our next Pancake Breakfast will be on Friday morning, March 7.  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

TENNIS TOURNAMENT:   Preliminaries will be completed next week.  The finals will be on March 8, rain date March 9.  Hot dogs and soda will be served.  Bring lawn chairs for more comfortable seating.                 --- Joe Fischer

KGC TRAVEL:   Please book ALL Happy Heart Tours with KGC Travel.   We need you to sign up for WAIT LIST for "Kiss Me Kate" 3/9 and "Sailor Circus" 3/28.  The last event on the Travel Schedule is at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on April 27, a musical about the life and times of "Buddy Holly". This should be a Blast from the Past.  Have 17 booked to date, need 35 to run a bus. Deadline April 1. Remember - Applications for "Travel Coordinator" for Travel committee are in the round literature display at the Travel board area.  All interested persons, please talk to me.          --- Nip Barker

NEW ENGLAND LUNCHEON:   Monday, March 10, 1 p.m.  -  New Englanders, we are having a luncheon for March.  We hope those of you who couldn't make breakfast can make it to a luncheon.  It will be at Sharon's Restaurant (across the street from Kile's Hardware) again.  There will be five meal selections - Grilled Chicken/Pasta, Fried Grouper/French Fries, Blackened Grouper/Pasta, Spaghetti/Meatballs, and Hamburger/French Fries - including salad bar, drink, tax and gratuity for $7 per person.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions or need a ride, call Gene & Mickey 488-8281.

SHOWTIME:   It's "Tom and Judy" time in our Clubhouse!!   Wednesday, March 12th at 7:30 PM….tickets ONLY $4.00.   Tom Renaud and Judy Griffith on twin keyboards, bringing you music from YOUR romantic past!!!!   Come and give your significant other a late Valentine with songs you love and REMEMBER!  You'll even learn the verses that lead to the choruses we ALL sang!  Tommy will even lull you with some lively, lovely turns on his saxophone on some of the tunes.  Tix on sale this morning, so come and get 'em!!                          --- Don Paulson

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE:   The Bloodmobile will be here Thursday, March 13, from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.   Please sign up and give.  We need lots of donors.                    ---- Bob Johnson

BOOK CLUB:   The March book choice is "Emperor of Ocean Park" by Stephen L. Carter.  Join us on Monday, March 31, at 1:00 PM in the Library.  This book is not available in paperback so start looking early for a copy.  Sarasota County Libraries appear to have 20 copies with 50 people on a waiting list.  Amazon.com has lightly used copies for $10 - $15 incl. tax & shipping.               --- Betty Dowling

SPORTS AWARD DINNER:   Everyone is invited to attend on Wednesday, March 26.  Chicken Cordon Bleu, punch, beer, and wine will be served.  Social 5 PM, Dinner 6 PM.  Tickets $11.00 per person.  BYOB.              --- Anne Fisher

MY SINCERE THANKS for everyone who attended the Honore Avenue presentation on Monday.  We had over 500 residents registered for the largest crowd ever in our Clubhouse.  It is now very important that we all vote, and for Segment A, alignment 3A is our best choice.  Please mail your vote, or turn them in to the Office, or bring them to the Coffee next Saturday.                   --- Don Moriarty

FORMER RESIDENT HONORED AFTER 57 YEARS:   Klee Fitze, who lived at 153 Duchess until 2000, was a member of the first Board of Directors and KGC Travel Coordinator from the mid-1980's to mid-1990's.  Klee recently received the Distinguished Flying Cross and six air medals he earned as a Navy aviator during World War II.  In 1944 and 1945, Klee co-piloted a B-24 Liberator bomber on 46 anti-submarine patrol missions from bases in North Africa, Gibraltar, and England.  He received one air medal in 1950, but didn't know about the other medals until he attended a Naval reunion a few years ago.  The medals were awarded two days after Christmas 2002 at a special ceremony in his hometown of Tunkhannock, PA, in front of about 75 family members and friends.  Klee and his wife, Ruth, live at 645 Willow Valley Square J507, Lancaster, PA 17602-4871.

GUESTS:   Welcome to Roger and Joanne DiMarzio who are guests at 240 Ave. of Barons from now to March 28.   They are from Foxboro, MA.  Carol Pignato is Roger's niece.  Local phone:  412-1894.  We hope you enjoy your stay at KGC!

VENICE ST. PATRICK'S PARADE, SATURDAY, MARCH 15:   Volunteer walkers needed to walk the route, following our float and passing out flyers promoting our King's Gate Fair.  Parade route is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles.  Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board.  Any questions, call Gene and Mickey Fournier (488-8281).

PIZZA - HORSE RACING PARTY:   What a great time we all had last Saturday night.  Thanks to bookies Gerry Coleman, Arlene Herbert, and Mary Ann Lyford.  Thanks also to all who helped with the tables, the pizzas, coffee, the kitchen, and all who just got up to help.  Thank you all.  We have fun watching you have fun.       --- Shirley and Bob Froehlich

(And a BIG THANKS to the Froehlichs for all their work!)

VETERANS TAKE NOTE:   Here are our two contacts in the Sarasota County Veterans Service Office:   Greg Worth (Venice Office) 941-861-3047 and Terry Acton (Sarasota Office) 941-316-1060.         --- Vince Caudy

LUMINARIAS  -   WANTED:   Volunteers still needed for placing luminarias on bridge and around Clubhouse for Christmas Eve.  Unless someone commits to these positions, there may not be luminarias in these areas next year.  Think it over.  I'll need to know in October.  Enjoy your summer.                        Judy and George Reardon

DIABETIC - INSULIN:   We have just received an incorrect prescription of insulin from our mail order pharmacy--can't send back as they say it was the doctor's error.  If you or someone you know uses Humalog Mix 75/25 please contact Dick or Joyce Diggins (114 Castle), 484-9314.  We have seven 10 mL vials which are properly refrigerated.  (Our cost was $50 but would rather let someone have it than to destroy it.)

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS: . . . . . 2-24-03         * = tie
Position Team Games Won/Lost
1st 3 Won 57, Lost 33
2nd 8 Won 51 ½, Lost 38 ½
3rd 1 Won 51, Lost 39
4th 7 Won 46, Lost 44
5th 2 Won 42, Lost 48
6th 4 Won 38, Lost 52 *
6th 5 Won 38, Lost 52 *
7th 6 Won 36 ½, Lost 53 ½

Next Day of shuffling is Monday, March 3, at 9:30 AM.  Team #8 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.           --- Gordy Brown

SUPPORT THE KGC FAIR:   Please remember to buy Restaurant Raffle tickets at the back of the hall.  For $10 you'll have a chance to win dinner at a local restaurant AND the Grand Prize of $100.  Call Arlene Hyde at 486-1428 if you'd like tickets brought to your home.

THOUGHTS:   The Club gates are closed - at least temporarily.  Yes, it's a bit of an inconvenience, but if it accomplishes what it is supposed to do - keeping our homes secure - it is worth it.  SO, be a good sport and don't tailgate the car ahead of you as you come in the gate.  It is not always possible to recognize the driver behind you.              --- SJB


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