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Shirley Bethke
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Vol. XVI, No. 40 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida October 11, 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 Line
7:00P Dominos
NEW Come try it!
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting

HEALTHLINE:   As I told you last week, the process for reporting health problems is for you to be sure that the person who is ill approves of the news being announced, and then for you to let me know by phone call (480-1514) or email (  There are two new thank you cards on the bulletin board. One is from Virginia & Bruce Collins in Canada, in which Virginia said, "it helps to ease the pain to know so many people care". The other is from Howard & Doris Darbee in Ohio. Howard has been in bed and in a wheelchair for four months, and is now beginning to walk a bit.

--- Blanche Madden

THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!   The gates are now operational.  The Keypad, Telephone, and Card Reader are now on a single pedestal.  The system has been completely rewired.  The electrical circuit has been isolated from the fountain and landscape lighting.  King's Gate Club is grateful to the volunteers that made this happen so efficiently:  George Ray, Mike McDonald, and Dick Lyford.  All of this work would have cost more than $3,000.        --- Mike, Manager

KGC TRAVEL:   The Travel Desk is open on Saturday mornings.  Otherwise contact Nip or Mary Lou.  You have all received the operating schedule for Travel from current through April 2004. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater tickets are limited as we have only reserved one bus (50) for all three shows.  Deadlines are two weeks before the event.  "White Christmas" deadline is November 15.  Use it or lose it, must have min of 40.   "FREE - FREE - FREE" Christmas Party for ALL residents sponsored by Holland-American Cruise Lines and VIP World Travel.  Get your free ticket to use for Door Prize drawing.  "Veendam" cruise, January 10 is Sold Out and wait-listed.  The literature "roundie" is current with active flyers.  The "Notebooks" have been updated.  Please DO NOT wait to participate.  The event may have to be cancelled OR you may be shut out.  Book ALL Happy Heart Tours with KGC Travel.

Thanks,      --- Nip 485-9308 and Mary Lou 484-6807

GUIDE DOGS:   Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. in Palmetto has a program that will accept funds from organizations such as KGC to "Name a Puppy."   We currently have prior dollar donations and the Round Table Charity Committee has approved $400 for distribution towards this event.  The BIG fund raising event for SEGDI is March 13, 2004 with their "Walk-a-Thon."  Nip is going to walk for KGC and any other volunteers are welcome.  Raffle tickets will be sold and will go towards our project to "Name a Puppy."  More next week to outline this program.           --- Nip Barker

MICHIGAN BREAKFAST:   All of you Michigan people please come and join us for a Michigan Breakfast at Anita's (used to be Sand Dollar) on Oct. 23 at 8:30 AM.  Order from the menu.  There will be separate checks so bring small bills if possible.  Any questions, call Loretta Brian at 488-0664 or Marion Gladkowski at 483-1848.

BOWLING:   League bowling starts Tuesday, October 21, at AMF Bowling Center.  Warm-up time is for 10 minutes at 12:00 PM, and you must be ready for league play at 12:15 PM.  If you are on a team and cannot bowl, please call Don Fisher at 485-0770.  All substitutes can bowl every week.

FLU SHOTS:  October 22 is shot day.  If you haven't signed up as yet, please do so.  Please do not sign up if you already have.  I do not leave the sign-up sheets up once they are filled.                  Thank you,   Eleanor Gregory

SOLO CLUB:   King's Gate Solo Club meeting on Thursday, October 30, 5:30 PM at the Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Order from the menu and special prices on the drinks.  This is the last Solo get together this year, so sign up and bring a Solo friend.  Please wear your name tag.  Any questions or need a ride, call Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.  Extra menus are on the counter.

PINOCHLE:   Thanks to all who kept the Pinochle group together through the summer.  We started the fall-winter season on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at 7 pm, and invite all pinochle players to sign up each week on the sheet in the Clubhouse to assure everyone of a partner.                --- Eleanor Barth

VOLUNTEER AT THE LAUREL NOKOMIS SCHOOL:   Do you think you would enjoy helping children and teachers at our local school (Kindergarten - 8th Grade)?  Why not give it a try!   Various assignments are available.  It's necessary to go to the school to register and wait to be approved before beginning your volunteer assignment.  Seasonal as well as full-time residents will be appreciated to help students with math or reading and for various non-tutoring activities.   Call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503, for more information.

- Ruth and Klee Fitz and helpers Cele and Walt Ball announced that 280 Club members had traveled with the Travel Club during the first four months of the season to dinner theaters, sports events, Sea World, Disney World, Sea Escape, St. Augustine, Cypress Gardens, Ireland, and the Alps.
- By April the Transition Committee was finalizing plans for the take over of the park by members in 1987.  Makeup of the Board of Directors and terms were finalized.
- The first Sports Banquet was held on April 17th with a great, catered dinner by Emmy's with organ music during dinner.  A contract was let to install new insulation in the ceiling of the Clubhouse.  Two six-foot alligators were removed by the trapper from the lake, but Big Ben, our eight-footer, escaped.  
- An unknown author submitted this:  Lord, you know better than I know myself that I am growing older and may some day be very old.  Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly, from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject.  Release me from craving to try to straighten out everybody's affairs.  Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.  With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use all of it; but you know Lord that I want a few friends left at the end.  Keep my mind free of the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.  Seal my lips on my aches and pains.  They are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.  Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that even I may be mistaken.        --- Don Moriarty
(PS:  Two couples who are still here at KGC who moved in during 1985 were omitted from last week's article - Bob and Vivian Wahrer #198 and Dorothy and Jack Pysher #221.)

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