Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.

Vol. XVI, No. 11 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 15, 2003

Saturday, March 15 - Venice St. Patrick's Day Parade - KGC Float and Flyers
FAIR WEEK - MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK (well, lighter anyway) - JOIN IN!
Wednesday, March 26 - Board of Directors Meeting AND Eight Acres Development Presentation
Wednesday, March 26 - Sports Banquet
Thursday, March 27 - Ohio Happy Hour
Thursday, March 27 - Solo's Dinner at Marker 4 Oyster Bar
Friday, March 28 - Sailor Circus

ST. PATRICK'S PARADE - TODAY:   All volunteers who signed up to walk or drive please meet at 11:15 AM (ready to leave at 11:30 AM) TODAY on Avenue of Kings side of Clubhouse.  Parade route roads close at noon, and the parade starts at 1:00 PM.  Question, call 488-8281.

Sat. Mar. 15 Move Fair sign to corner of Laurel Rd. and Kings Way.
Continue setting up tents and tables if not finished on Friday.
Mon. Mar. 17 Unload flea market trailer and start unpacking boxes.
EVERY DAY Unpack, sort, display, price at Flea Market - 9 AM to 4 PM - HELPERS WELCOME
Tues. Mar 18 Pick up Flea Market donations from driveways.
Residents are reminded to place donated items in their driveways by 9:00 AM.
Wed. Mar. 19 Regular Clubhouse activities cancelled until Tues. March 25.
Setup and decorate Clubhouse for Fair.
Thurs. Mar. 20 Erect Fair traffic control signs, layout parking on grass beside water plant.
Woodshop and crafts set up in Clubhouse.
Clubhouse locked in evening.
Fri. Mar. 21 Bake Sale contributions to Clubhouse 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Pre-Sale 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM - WEAR YOUR BADGE
Outside BBQ grill and drinks available for lunch.
Clubhouse locked in evening.
Sat. Mar 22 7:30 AM Coffee & Donuts for Fair Workers
8:00 AM Pies and Bake Sale items to Club House
Drawings to be held at close of Fair (you do NOT have to be present to win).
After the Fair (about 4:30) Workers Pizza Party
Sun. Mar. 23 Rain Date:  Noon - 5:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 24 Dismantle all tents, booths, etc., store away, and general clean up.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FAIR WORKERS:   Please buy food and beverages on Fair Day at the Woodshop Grill or the BBQ Grill instead of in the Clubhouse to avoid and reduce the line in the Clubhouse.             Thank you,    Bill Barth

SPECIAL NOTE TO KGC RESIDENTS:   The $50 coupon flyer passed out to promote our Fair was intended for non-residents only.  Your cooperation would be appreciated.

FLEA MARKET:   MONDAY morning, March 17, the trailer will be brought up by the library.  We will need men to unload and ladies to unpack.  Come over anytime you can help.  TUESDAY:  Please put your flea market items in your driveway for pickup.  If you need items removed from your house, call Mike McDonald 412-1010 for special pick up.   Thank you.            --- Patty Ray

BAKE SALE AT FAIR:   We need your home baked goodies…sugar-free or regular.  Please label if it contains fruits or nuts.  Please package the cookies, squares, and candies in packages of 6 or 8.  Bring to Clubhouse between 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM Friday or 8:00 AM on Saturday.  We'll be selling from 11:00 - 1:00 on Friday as well as on Saturday.

--- Mary Jane Rodecki

FAIR PIZZA PARTY:   Sign up for the "Pizza Party After the Fair"  by Thursday, March 20th.   See Dick Madden (#36), Wayne Crippin (#268) or John Eade (#317).  Cost:  $2.00 for Fair workers, $3.00 for non-workers.

RESTAURANT RAFFLE:   IT'S NOT TOO LATE - $10 for a chance to win dinner at a local restaurant AND the Grand Prize of $100.   We deliver.                --- Arlene Hyde, 486-1428

CLUBHOUSE CLOSING FOR FAIR:   Remember that all Club activities will be discontinued from Wednesday, March 19, until Tuesday, March 25.   The Clubhouse will be double locked on Thursday and Friday evenings.

--- Chuck McIntyre, Fair Chairman

HEALTHLINE:   Howard Johnson has recovered from a bout with pneumonia and is home from the hospital now.  If you wish to visit him, please call first.    Lois Dievendorf and Gloria Clark thank you all for the well wishes and prayers received after their recent surgeries.    Gloria and Richard are still in South Carolina and hope to return here in April.    Pete Havey is on the road to recovery; he wants you to know he appreciates all the care and concern he received from King's Gaters after his surgery.        --- Blanche Madden 480-1514

WEDDING BELLS:   Roxie Price, 219 Princess Ave., and Dorothy Runner of Venice were married on February 22 at Grace Methodist Church.  Our congratulations and best wishes to you both for many happy years together.

KGC TRAVEL:   "Buddy Holly" - "Buddy Holly" - ticket sales until April 5th.  Need 35 to take a bus, only have 17!!!! -HELP!   Happy Heart Tours (HHT) "Backroads and Country Inns".  Make your deposit soon.  Pick up a flyer today - 20 seats reserved.   HHT will have many day and extended tours this spring and summer.  Please pick up a schedule and make your bookings with Nip.   Computer users, sign up for VIP World Travel weekly newsletter (Specials) at their web site:   Book your trips with VIP and tell them you are with KGC for credit to Round Table.

--- Nip

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

OHIO CLUB:   I have scheduled the Clubhouse for Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 PM for a Happy Hour.  Please bring some type of hot or cold appetizers to pass.  Don't forget your drinks.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Wear your NAME TAGS!  If you have any questions, please call Mary Lou Richmond 484-6807.

KING'S GATE CLUB SOLO'S:   Luncheon on Thursday, March 27th at 11:30 AM at Marker 4 Oyster Bar at Fisherman's Wharf, 505 N. Tamiami Trail in Venice.  Order from the menu.  Please sign up and wear your name tag.  Any questions, call 485-1039 Dick Bartlett.

MARCH 26 - EIGHT ACRES DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATION:   Come to the meeting to hear a report from the Fund-Raising Committee.   Right after the Board meeting, on March 26, ideas about use of the eight acres will be presented by the ad hoc committee which was created to generate income for the club to offset the increases we are experiencing.  Some of the ideas put into the suggestion box will be discussed.
You have probably heard rumors and stories, but you will not really be informed unless you hear it straight from the guys who have been working on it.  You owe it to yourself, to the committee, and to all of the membership to be informed!  Ideas about what the club can decide to do about Honore Avenue will be included.  Nothing has been decided yet.  Your input is necessary!  Please be there!

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY LUNCHEON:   Mark your calendar to attend this event on Thursday, April 3, at 12 noon at Dimitri's Country Oven on 41 Bypass at Albee Farm Road.  Buffet lunch will include tax, gratuity and beverage.  Separate checks will be provided.  Cost $8.00 per person.  Please sign sheet on bulletin board.  Any questions, call Barths, 485-9714.

ROUND TABLE PRESENTS:   Sat. April 5th - Spring Dance - Mardi Gras - 7:00 PM.  No charge - tickets available 3/15 and 3/29.  Must have a ticket to attend.  Music by "Girl Talk."  
Bring hors d'oeuvre, BYOB, and set-ups.           --- Reo Leach 484-3780

SNOWBIRDS AND ALL MUSIC LOVERS OF KGC:   MARK YOUR CALENDAR:   Saturday, March 6, 2004.  As a service to my friends in King's Gate, I will again take ADVANCE ORDERS for the annual BARBERSHOP SHOW at Van Wezel for 2004.  The price and time of performance has yet to be determined, but likely will be the same.  Just remember:  TICKETS sell FAST and the BEST seats will be SOLD if you WAIT.  SHOW TICKETS will be distributed in January 2004 as this arrangement is best for me.  My policy:  ORDER NOW, PAY only when you receive your tickets.  ONLY ADVANCE TICKET ORDERS will be processed as I am NOT in the ticket business.  Direct all questions to John Canfield, 488-6150.

"A LITTLE BITE OF PARADISE":   The new KGC cookbook is here!  Get your copy NOW.  Only $8.00 per copy.  Thanks to Don Moriarty who suggested we have a new cookbook.  Thanks, too, to those who submitted recipes.  A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Betty McDonald, who chaired this project, and to her co-chair, Angie Richards, and to those who worked on the committee.  You may make purchases on Saturday morning, at the Fair, or from any committee member (they have copies at their homes) as follows:   Betty McDonald, Angie Richards, Lucille Anderson, Shirley Bethke, Jean Davis, Helen Drawe, Judy Leight, Mary Ann Lyford, Patty Ray, Judy Skowron, and Fran Yaros.   There are many good recipes for us to prepare - and these cookbooks will make great gifts, too.

LADIES' SPRING LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW:   On March 6, 158 ladies enjoyed a delightful luncheon and fashion show at Mission Valley Country Club.  Thanks to Eleanor Barth and Mary Lou Richmond for planning this event.  Committee consisted of Judy Spears, Pat Cavalier, Ruth Ingerick, Sandy McIntyre, Charlotte Alex, and Claire Becker.  Thanks, too, to Don Richmond for doing tickets and posters.  Gwen Aldridge played the piano for our listening pleasure.  The attractive models were Carole Weber, Joanie Grubaugh, Nancy Breitwieser, Jeanne Randall, and Judy Skowron.   Fashions were from Laurie's at Bird Bay Plaza.   THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR PLANNING ANOTHER GREAT EVENT FOR US!

THANKS, THANKS, THANKS:   Many, many thanks to each and everyone who helped make our Potluck/Talent Show last Saturday night a great success…from tickets, setting up tables, decorating, cooking, serving, clean-up AND our wonderful talent show!  What talented gals and guys we have in KGC.  You missed a great evening if you were unable to attend.  Many thanks again to the Potluck/Talent Show Committee, and a special thanks to Loretta Brian and Betty Jo Miller who headed the Potluck Committee (how long did it take to put all that meat on the skewers?), and to George Ray who chaired the great Talent Show.

BILLIARDS:   The ladies league play has ended for the season with the following standings:

Thanks go to the following subs:   Barb Amatrudo, Claire Becker, Irene Bette, Betty Dowling, Lois Gaines, Leota Kelsey, Sharon Kenney, Sandy McIntyre, Barb Piepmeyer, and Judy Skowron.
--- Inez Mercer, 485-2799

Bobcats Team and Cardinals Team are tied for second half.  Rolloff next week 3-18-03.  Championship rolloff 3-25-03.  Also, two-week single tournament begins 3-25-03 and ends 4-1-03.
Helen Tebbets bowled 186 - 188 - 131 for 505 series.
Carole Gualdoni bowled a 504 series.  

Buy your Sports Award Dinner tickets today.

Position Team Games Won/Lost
1st 3 Won 74, Lost 52
2nd 8 Won 70 ½, Lost 55 ½
3rd 1 Won 69, Lost 57
4th 7 Won 65 ½, Lost 60 ½
5th 2 Won 61, Lost 75
6th 4 Won 57, Lost 69
7th 5 Won 55 ½, Lost 70 ½
8th 6 Won 51 ½, Lost 74 ½

Congratulations to winners of the second half:   Team #3 - Rae Burmaster, Capt., Gordy Brown, Marcel Buhl, Neil Cane, Lee Chiles, and Jean Thurston.   Team #3 will play Team #1 for Club Champion next Monday.
Next day of shuffling is Monday, March 17, at 9:15 AM.  Teams #3 & #1 make courts ready for play and are responsible for clean-up after play.  The order of play is to be determined.           --- Gordy Brown

THOUGHTS:   The Fair serves many purposes.  It brings in money to support the Round Table; it helps the Club members to become better acquainted as they work together - and some of our present residents first learned about KGC by attending a Fair.       --- SJB


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