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Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
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Vol. XVI, No. 35 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 6, 2003

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
7:00P Cribbage
9:00A Line
12:00 Ceramics
8:30A Water Ex.
9:00A Dancing
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting

HEALTHLINE:   Jane Pack, 313 Camelot Dr., had hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  Her husband, Gaylord, reported that she is doing well and hopes to be home in a week.  
Rae Burmaster, 222 Princess Ave., is in New York and has a leg infection.  It's very painful, and she's wearing a surgical boot.  Her doctors are trying to determine more about her condition.  
Don Moriarty, 141 Duchess Ave., is home and beginning to feel better after a week in the hospital for gall bladder surgery.

--- Ellie Lambiotte, 486-1749

THANKS:   Lorraine and Don Moriarty wish to thank all those who expressed their concern and helped them during the past weeks that they have been out of circulation. What a great family we have here.

HATS OFF to all the super help for the Labor Day Potluck.  Couldn't have done it without you.

Thanks Bunches, Don & Ellie Lambiotte

BLOODMOBILE:   Please sign up on the bulletin board to donate blood on the morning of September 11th between 8:30 and 11:00 AM.                                  --- Bob Johnson

TIME FOR CRIBBAGE AGAIN!!!  Sign-up sheet at the back of the hall for Monday night, September 8th at 7:00 PM.  Come join us.   Call Mary Porzio, 425-1245, if you have any questions.

LADIES LUNCHEON:   Please join us for lunch and tour of Aston Gardens on Thursday, September 18th, 2003 at 12:00 noon.   Aston Gardens is a premier senior living community located behind the new Publix's on E. Venice Avenue.   We'll have a private dining room, enjoy a delightful lunch prepared by the chef which includes The Bitikar Salad (specialty of Aston Gardens), rolls and butter, dessert, ice tea, lemonade or coffee.   The cost is $10.00 including tax, tip and the tour.   Payment requested at time of reservation, $10.00 cash or checks made payable to cash.   Reservations are available this Saturday and September 6th and 13th.   Please join us for a delightful afternoon.   Any questions call Patty Ray 484-8078 or Mary Lou Richmond 484-6807.

Join us on Thursday, Sept 25, at 8:30 am at the Cracker Barrel for breakfast.   Please sign up on the bulletin board.

--- Betty and Chuck Hamilton

KING'S GATE SOLO CLUB meeting on Thursday, September 25, 6:00 PM at Left Coast Seafood Co., 750 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice.   Order from the menu.  Happy hour until 7:00 PM, well drinks $2.00, special price on beer.  Please sign up and wear your name tag, so I will know who you are.  Ask a solo friend to come with you.  Any questions or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.  Extra menus are on the counter.

NEWS FROM MINNESOTA:  Condolences to Jim Aldridge whose sister, Isabel Stevenson, recently passed away.   Isabel has for many years been a winter resident at King's Gate RV Park.
        Sue Setzer, a winter resident at Encore Park, recently passed away.   Many of you knew her as she traveled on several of our trips and also played cards with many of you.
        Last week I had a very pleasant lunch with former residents Betty Ruth Raygor and Janet Morrell, who was visiting her daughter in Minnesota.  Jan's daughter and granddaughter were also with us.
        Last week Fred Bethke became a first-time Grandfather to TWIN girls.  All are doing fine.
        I often compliment people - even strangers - if they have a particularly nice smile.  So, when I saw the following, I can't resist having it printed:

Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realized I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!

        Looking forward to seeing "you all" the early part of October.  As I watch summer "flit by,"        I realize that time will pass rapidly.                                                        --- Shirley Bethke

In July of 1981 the bills for running the club were in arrears by $6,800 and members were asked to pay their maintenance dues in advance and dues were raised to $60 starting July 1.  Total membership as of September was 204 with 130 homes on site.  Money saving tips, since garbage bag stickers cost $.81 each, please use the largest trash bags and please place a flag, available at the office, next to your mail box if you want to mow your own grass since this saves $4.50 each mowing.  December yard of the month was awarded to Ed and Alma Dupuis.  As of December 1981 the total cost to date for development and land costs of the Club was $3,497,993.28.  New arrivals in 1981 who were still residents in January 2003, Truman and Maggie Sorrell, Alma Dupuis, John and Jeanne Canfield, Leon and Florence Porch, and Bud Schmidt.  The Management reported that 40 possible members were turned away because we had no pet section and a survey of 100 members was split 50-50.  Club members were taking an interest in the selling of memberships to produce a larger base of membership dues.  Post cards supplied by the office were mailed to friends across the country.   Thurman Sorrell is heading a committee to study ways to increase membership sales and reduce cost of club operation.  A very aggressive sales promotion was announced for the Fall with members to receive $225 for each membership sale and $225 for each home sale to friends whose names are submitted to the Office.  Things were starting to move.

--- Don Moriarty

Friday, September 5, in King's Gate Club was a dark, cloudy day with very hard rains until about 6:30 when the sun came out creating a perfect rainbow and even a double rainbow. Chuck McIntyre took these photos showing the high water on King's Way, in Shakett Creek and Cow Pen Slough, and around the lake.

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