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Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Vol. XVI, No. 33 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 23, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
24
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice
25
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
26
9:00A Line
         Dancing
12:00 Ceramics
27
8:30A Water Ex.
28
9:00A Dancing
         Beginners
6:00P Solos
         Dinner
29
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
30
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
         Donations

HEALTHLINE:   Dick Bartlett, 105 King Arthur Dr., is in the hospital for tests in Altamonte Springs, Florida (just north of Orlando).  We hope he is released and back at King's Gate soon.
Don Moriarty went to Bon Secours in Venice on Thursday and was scheduled for gall bladder surgery on Friday. We wish Don a speedy recovery.              --- Eleanor Gregory

FAMILY NEWS:   We have just learned that Virginia Collins' younger sister died a couple of weeks ago.  Sympathy cards may be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Collins, 91 Riverview Road, Alliston, Ontario, CAN  L9R 1S1.  Postage to Canada is $.60 for up to 1 oz. and $.85 between 1 and 2 ounces.

KING'S GATE CLUB SOLO CLUB MEETING at the Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 PM.  Order from the menu.  Special price on drinks.  Extra menus on the counter at Clubhouse.  This is a good time to meet and learn others' names.  Bring a Solo friend.  Please wear your name tag.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.                      --- Dick Bartlett, 485-1039

LADIES LUNCHEON:   Join the Kings Gate Club ladies for a lunch and tour of Aston Gardens Thursday September 18th, 2003.  Mark your calendars.  Tickets on sale next Saturday.  We will have a private dining room, enjoy a delightful lunch prepared by the chef which includes The Bitikar Salad, a specialty of Aston Gardens, rolls and butter, dessert, ice tea, lemonade or coffee.  It will be $10.00 including tax, tip and tour.

--- Patty Ray, 484-8078, or Mary Lou Richmond, 484-6807

THANKS:  The family of Eleanor Norman would like to thank KGC members for all the warm friendship and love over the more than 20 our mother lived here.  It warmed our hearts to see so many at her memorial considering the summer season.   Thanks also to all the ladies for keeping her hobby of doing hair going for so many years.  It was so hard for her to say no when she had to stop.                                  --- Judy and Jim Blow, Dion and Lee Hinskey

KGC TRAVEL:  Western Caribbean Cruise, January 10-17, 2004, on Holland America ms Veendam is selling well to date.  We have 34 booked and looking for at least 6 more.  Cabin selection is becoming tight as the ship if filling up. The following KGC residents are booked:   Jackie & Nip Barker and friends from Texas, Bob Miller & Ginny Ewing, Barbara & Andy Amatrudo, Barbara & Chuck Tompkins, Jerrine & Walt Smith, June & Wren McMains, Pat & Mike Cavalier, Lois & Neil Crane and friends, Dee & Lyle Hicks and family, Helen & Dave Westbrook, Marilyn & Dick Phillips, Sandy & Chuck McIntyre, Betty McDonald with her Mom, and John & Sandra Eade.  Information is at the Travel Board and online at:   www.kgc.cc/travel.    Come sail with us.                                  --- Nip Barker

BLACKOUT REPORT FROM ST. CLAIR SHORES, MICHIGAN:   Well, it's over, thankfully.  We lost power Thursday and got it back on Friday evening.  In between, it was chaotic.  First we bought ice for the refrigerator and freezer.  Our son across the street, Paul, got his power back so we took all our food over there.  Called son, Mark, who had his power back to borrow his generator.  While Emil and Paul went to Mark's house, our lights came on and Paul's went off.  So we brought all our food back to our house and Paul ended up with the generator.  On Saturday it rained over two inches.    We needed the water because even though our water supply was on, we couldn't use it for fear of contamination.  Our daughter was without water and power until Saturday.  Just flushing the toilet became a challenge.  All in all, we survived.  We managed to save some food using ice, but threw out a lot too.  Our oldest grandson spent the blackout with us, and he had a good time.  He even went swimming three times, attended a birthday party, and met some girls.  Of course, Michael is just nine, cute as can be, and doesn't let something like a blackout bother him.                         --- Shirley DePasquale

LAUREL NOKOMIS SCHOOL:   School started on August 11th.   Volunteers are needed for reading tutoring (Reading Pals); math tutoring; non-tutoring activities such as administrative work in the Student Clinic, computer lab assistance for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade; and for occasional events such as Field Day, the Fun Run, Field Trips, and the Book Fair.  If you'd like to volunteer at the Laurel Nokomis School, now is the time to go to the school to register as a volunteer.    Please call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503 for further information.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE……1982
At the first meeting of the year, the Board of Directors took under consideration the construction of a tennis court proposed by John Galaba, Robert Coffin, Don Avery, Red Treend, and Don Purkey.  The Board of Directors came up with $3,500 that would come from a fund of $50 from all future membership sales.  Members were asked to make a donation and enough was collected to pay the $14,295 construction cost with $974 left over.  Member Bill Webb offered enough tools to equip a complete wood working shop, but they would have to be shipped from Michigan.  Several members at once raised the freight bill among themselves.  At a meeting on June 21, 1982, it was suggested that 40 lots be set aside for members with pets as at least 60 sales had been lost because we did not allow pets.  A survey of 100 members regarding pets was split down the middle 50/50, but most agreed that they had never lived in a neighborhood that restricted pets.  The cost of cable increased to $6.30 per month.  Cost of curbside pickup of garbage will increase to $6.50 per month for a one-bag pickup twice a week regardless of where you are in the park.  It was voted to go to a dumpster with each resident responsible for taking their bags to the dumpster.  Monthly membership bills were $78 and will go down to $75 next year.

--- Don Moriarty

BEG YOUR PARDON:   A little old lady was going up and down the halls in a nursing home.  As she walked, she would flip up the hem of her nightgown and say, "Super Sex!  Super Sex!"   She walked up to an elderly man in a wheelchair.  She flipped her gown in front of him and said, "Super Sex!"  He sat silently for a moment or two looking up at her.  Then he finally answered, "I'll take the soup."                                   --- Contributed by Marge Hufford


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