Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Hearing is a gift; listening is an art.

Vol. XVI, No. 1 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 4, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, 4th, Meet The Candidate Night
Tuesday, 7th, KGC 101
Wednesday, 8th, Round Table Executive Committee meeting
Thursday, 9th, Bloodmobile Visit
Thursday, 9th, Jetty Picnic
Friday, 10th, New England Breakfast
Sunday, 12th, KGC Regatta on the lake
Wednesday, 15th, Cahal Dunne Show
Thursday, 16th, New York - New Jersey Lunch

HEALTHLINE:
Don King is improving at Heritage Health Care Center.
Juanita Campion, wife of Norman, 264 Camelot, passed away and a donation in her memory has been sent to the American Heart Association.
Ilona Gardner, a former resident, passed away in September.
Betty Mohr,  is recuperating from back surgery.
Bob Miller has been well-fed by his KGC neighbors and is feeling much stronger.
Betty Markoff, was hospitalized for some testing.
Gerry Coleman had carotid artery surgery in New York and is expected to return here soon.
Omar Donaldson had a pacemaker inserted.

--- Blanche Madden, 480-1514

"MEET THE CANDIDATE NIGHT," TONIGHT, JANUARY 4, 7 PM:   Bring your Annual Meeting Packet containing your ballot and candidate resumes with you tonight and meet the candidates IN PERSON.  (Also have FREE coffee and cookies.)  Ask questions.  Get answers.  Decide how to mark your ballot!       Sponsored by the Round Table.

BLOOD BANK:   The bloodmobile will pay us a visit on Thursday, January 9th, from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.   Please sign up and donate a pint of your  "Fluid of  life".        Thank you.         --- Bob Johnson

KGC 101:   The first meeting of this study group will be Tuesday, January 7, 10:30 AM, in the Ceramics Room.  We will begin with our Articles of Incorporation.  An attempt will be made to answer any and all questions about KGC.  Anyone and everyone is welcome, newcomers to learn and old hands to make sure we get it right.                --- Dick Phillips, Chairman

POTLUCK TICKETS:   Tickets for the January potluck will go on sale today,  $4.00 per person.  Because of the popularity of the dinners, and in order to be fair to owners, two tickets only may be purchased for each house number the first week.  If the tickets don't sell out, you may purchase tickets for house guests or other guests the next week per RTEC decision.          ---  Shirley Bethke

JANUARY POTLUCK - January 18 entitled "Purple People Party."  Nip Barker is working on a repeat from over three years ago from his Momma's recipe book, his Uncle Herman's simply scrumptious "SPECIAL TEXAS MEATLOAF'' made with the finest beef, pork, and a little bit of turkey, served with "Mashed Taters and Come-Back Gravy."  Please wear something purple, if  possible.  Bring your dinner service and a dish to share with 12-16 people.        --- Louise Eichenlaub

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY LUNCH:   New York - New Jersey Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Thursday, January 16th, 2003, at 12:00 noon.   The cost per person will be $7.55, which will include buffet, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity.  Separate checks will be provided.  Please sign up on the sheet at the bulletin board.  Any questions?  Call the Barths, 485-9714.  Hope to see you all there!

RENTERS:   Welcome to Bob and Linda Bertle, who are renting 269 Camelot Drive, phone 480-9324.  They are from Dover, Ohio and will be here through the first week in April.  Linda is Doris Darbee's daughter.  We hope you enjoy your stay with us at KGC!

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Friday, January 10th:  All new owners, renters, and friends come join us for our first get-together of the new year.   Breakfast will be at 8 am at the Landmark on 133 So. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

KGC TRAVEL:   Jackie and Nip are on cruise to Panama Canal with 32 other "Gators" and Friends. Will return 1/13.   Mary Lou (484-6807) will book your Travel.   Remember, if you book Happy Heart Tours (HHT) direct, please say you are with KGC……Tampa Theatre 2/9 has been cancelled……Eight booked and seats vacant for HHT "Geritol Follies" matinee on 2/19 in Lakeland with full lunch. Price $72 per person. Canadian ladies sing and dance for your enjoyment.   Remember, detail on all our day tours, cruises, etc are available on the Travel Bulletin Board and in the Travel notebooks and the Travel web pages.           --- Nip Barker

NORTH JETTY PICNIC:   Thursday, Jan. 9, Social hour 5 PM, Dine at 6 PM.  Everyone welcome to come to the Jetty Picnic to enjoy and meet new arrivals at King's Gate.  Everybody is to bring a dish to share that will feed about 10 people.  Newcomers remember to bring beverage, plate and silverware, and snacks for social hour.                      --- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

KGC REGATTA:   Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1 PM on the lake.  Hot dogs and drinks will be available.  Come to the lake and enjoy.            --- Roland Carey

MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH:   Want to find that missing zest in your life?  Here's how:  Look and feel better by joining the "Movement for Health" program available here at KGC.  This 45-minute session is especially designed for men and women 55 and over.  You exercise to the sound of music on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:15 AM in the clubhouse.  Exercising from a chair and in a standing position will result in strengthening and maintaining flexibility in your muscles and joints; and will increase your stamina, circulation and balance.  SO - mark your calendar.  Make your health a priority.  Come join us - IT IS FUN!                    --- Gigi Conway, 488-7810

CHRISTMAS DINNER:   A large part of the credit for the most enjoyable Christmas Day social hour and dinner goes to all the hard workers and all those who attended in the true holiday spirit.   We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the following workers:   Irene and George Sparhawk;  Gigi and Tom Conway;  Betty and Tom Dowling; Loretta Brian;  Chuck Leight;  Michael Davis;   Jane Bonyai;  Ken Savage;  Gloria Whisonant;  Judy Spears;  Lois Dievendorf;  Pat Edwards; Gary Exner; Fred Bethke;  Lois Gaines;  Marge Hamilton;  Alice Hildreth;  Pat Sellner;  Vicky May, Steve McCarren;  Mary and Bud Porzio; and Jan and Wy Rood.

--- Thank you, Joan and Tom Potts and Jean Davis

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.  A sign-up sheet is at the gazebo with additional details.

--- Bob Winchester

THANK YOU,  THANK YOU,   THANK YOU:   The holiday season is over now, and it's time to take a moment to reflect on what a great time we have had here in the Club.  First, thanks to George Ray and Gary Exner for heading indoor decorations for the clubhouse, and to Fred Lewis for chairing outdoor decorations.  Then, thanks to George Ray for heading the Golf Cart Parade, to Lucille Anderson for planning goodies when Santa came to visit and to Santa and Mrs. Santa (better known  as Bob and Shirley Froehlich), also to Irene Bette for being "MC" that evening.  Then we move on to Christmas Dinner, chaired by Jean Davis, Joan and Tom Potts.  There were 118 happy people as we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the clubhouse.  On New Year's Eve, Claire and Jerry Becker planned a delightful evening for 180 people, starting with hearty and delicious hors d'oeuvres, then dancing and concluding with a super breakfast just after midnight.  For each of these events, many people were on the committee to help make it such a success  - and all of you deserve a GREAT BIG THANK YOU, too.  Many hands make light work - and this is the true spirit of the club - so many are always ready to help.  We all appreciate what all of you have done to help make the holidays such a happy season here at KGC!!!

--- Shirley Bethke

LUMINARIA:   The weather finally cooperated and New Year's night the luminaria were lighted at the Club. It was a beautiful evening and many people were either out driving or walking to enjoy them.  We want to thank everyone's efforts with getting luminaria out.  A special thanks to Committee:   Joe Spears, Kerry Morawa, Chuck Leight, Dick Lyford, Jack Gregory, Paul Lemonds, and Bob Froehlich (and to George and Judy Reardon who chaired this committee).  Also, thanks to residents who folded bags and helped fill the bags with sand.          --- George & Judy, and SJB

DINNER CLUB:   Sign up NOW for the Dinner Club which will meet one evening each in February, March and April.  Menus are simple, eight people at each home, and a great way to meet new people.  Any questions, see Rae Burmaster or call her, 412-9224,

BOOK CLUB:   January selection will be "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan.  Next meeting will be Monday, January 27th at 1 PM in the Library.  Bring suggestions for a Book List for next year.                    --- Betty Dowling

REMINDER TO ALL ROUND TABLE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS:   Please note that Round Table budgeted expenses and income for each committee for 2003-04 are due no later than January 15, 2003.   Please send to Jim Alex, 35 Castle Drive.

THOUGHTS:  As I sit here writing on New Year's Day, I think back over the past year at the Club.  There have been many changes, due to illness, death, and people moving.  That is the sad part.  The happy side is that we have gained many nice new residents, who are eager to become an active integral part of KGC.  It truly is a joy to wish so many nice people A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  You're a great group!                       --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News The road to success is always under construction.

Vol. XVI, No. 2 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 11, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Tuesday, 14th, Harry Belafonte Concert.
Wednesday, 15th, Cahal Dunne Show.
Thursday, 16th, New York -New Jersey Luncheon.
Saturday, 18th,  Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, 21st, Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, 26th,  Super Bowl Party
Thursday. 30th,  Solo Club Dinner
Saturday, Feb. 1, Tennis Spaghetti Dinner
Friday, Feb. 7, Pennsylvania Luncheon

HEALTHLINE:
Betty Winchester thanks you all for the visits, cards, food and flowers you gave her.  She broke her arm at our New Year's Eve party and is healing well.
A King's Gate resident is offering 22 Vioxx 25 mg pills which are sealed doctor's samples.  If you are taking this prescription drug and would like to have these, free of charge, call Emily Keele.  First come basis.
Justin & Betty Mohr appreciate the prayers and well-wishes sent after her surgery.  And they thank you for having kept them so well fed.

--- Blanche Madden,  480-1514

CONDOLENCES:   Our condolences to the family of Cliff Roslund, long-time King's Gate resident, who passed away last Saturday in Pennsylvania.  Cards may be sent to 13 Maple Lane, Tunkhannock, PA  19657.

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY LUNCH:   Last call for the New York - New Jersey Lunch Buffet to be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Thursday, January 16th, 2003, at 12:00 noon.   The cost per person will be $7.55, which will include buffet, non-alcoholic beverage,  tax and gratuity. Separate checks will be provided.  Please wear your name tags.  Please sign up on the sheet at the bulletin board.  Any questions, call the Barths, 485-9714.  Hope to see you all there!

KGC-101 Study Group, Tuesday, 9:30AM:   On Tuesday, January 14, at 9:30 AM (new time), in the Ceramics Room, the group will review the ByLaws of KGC.  Twenty-one persons reviewed the Articles of Incorporation at the first meeting last Tuesday.  If you can, bring a set of the ByLaws with you. (They are available on the kgc.cc web site.)  Anyone and everyone is welcome.  An Attempt will be made to find an answer to every question relating to operations of  KGC.

Thanks.   Dick Phillips

JANUARY POTLUCK is on January 18, 2003, entitled "Purple People Party".   Potluck tickets for the January dinner are on sale today,  $4.00 per person.   Nip Barker is working  on a repeat from over three years ago---From his Momma's Recipe Book---My Uncle Herman's Simply Scrumptious "SPECIAL TEXAS MEATLOAF" made with the finest beef, pork, and a little bit of turkey, served with "Mashed Taters and Come-Back Gravy."   Please wear something purple, if  possible.   Bring your dinner service and a dish to share with 12-16 people.   If the tickets don't sell out, you may purchase tickets for house guests or other guests the next week.         --- Louise Eichenlaub

SUPER BOWL PARTY:   Social at 5:30, eat at 6:00; game starts 6:30.  Tickets on sale today.  This year we will have chili and hot dogs, cheese and crackers and more.  Super Bowl pool tickets are also on sale.  See you all there.

--- Bob Froehlich

KGC TRAVEL:   Need your help for ticket sales to "Kiss Me Kate" at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater matinee March 9 at $52 per person.  Have sold 34 to date.  I have reserved 88 seats.  HELP!!!  Deadline for sales is 2/22.  Ten more for one bus - minimum 30 more for second bus.  HELP!!!
Also, "Sailor Circus" on March 28.  Our deadline for sales and payment to School is February 28.  Tickets are $10 this year.  We have reserved 176 seats; have sold 24 tickets to date.  This may be the last year we sponsor sales to Sarasota School's "Sailor Circus" if we don't get more participation.

--- Nip Barker

K.G.C. SOLO CLUB   meeting Thursday, Jan. 30th, 5 o'clock at Landmark Restaurant, 133 S. Tamiami Trail (Bus. 41), Venice.  Order from 8 Early Bird Specials, $8.95, plus 18% gratuity.  Mixed drinks, $3.50, draft beer, $1.50.  We are having a private room.  Many of you have asked, "When are we going to have a get-together?"  This is your club, please, sign up and bring a Solo friend.  Any questions or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

55 ALIVE:   Drivers Safety Class, January 30th,  and 31st.  1 PM to 5 PM each day.  This class is sponsored by the Round Table and AARP.  Details and sign up sheet on the counter in the Clubhouse.   Anyone interested in other classes, please contact Harry Kiel at 488-6670 for location and dates.

DINNER CLUB:   Sign up NOW for the Dinner Club which will meet one evening each in February, March and April.  Menus are simple, eight people at each home, and a great way to meet new people.  Any questions, see Rae Burmaster or call her, 412-9224.

BOOK CLUB:   January selection will be "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan.   Next meeting will be Monday, January 27th  at 1 PM in the Library.  Bring suggestions for a Book List for next year.

--- Betty Dowling

TO ALL ROUND TABLE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS:   Please note that Round Table budgeted expenses and income for each committee for 2003-04 are due no later than January 15, 2003.  Please send to Jim Alex, 35 Castle Drive.

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.   A sign-up sheet is at the gazebo with additional details.

--- Bob Winchester

PENNSYLVANIA LUNCHEON:   Pennsylvania Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:30 PM.  The cost per person, $7.75.  This includes Buffet, Non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity if thirty people (30) show.  Under 30, the price will be $1.00 additional.  Separate checks will be provided.  PLEASE sign up at the bulletin board.  Anyone needing a ride or any questions, call Jean or Lee Ickes, 488-8967.

BOWLING:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Fred Carbone
255
614
Carole Gualdoni
233
531
Dick Lyford
202
526
John Schleicher
199
538

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……..1-6-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost              Ties      
1 1 47 42
2 3 47 43 *
2 5 47 43 *
4 7 46 44 **
4 8 46 44 **
6 2 44 45
7 6 44 46
8 4 38 52

Next Day of shuffling is Monday, January 13 at 9:30 AM.   This is position day.  Team #1position plays Team #2 position.  Position 3 plays 4, etc.  Team #4 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Black.
--- Gordy Brown

THANK YOU to these people for making coffee for Saturday AM meetings in 2002:

Everyone who attends the meetings on Saturday mornings really appreciate a good cup of coffee.
--- Lois Dievendorf

"MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT":   Approximately 125 people attended this event last Saturday evening and learned more about the candidates for the Board of Directors.  Thanks to Dick Phillips who chaired this meeting and to the four candidates in attendance.  Thanks, too, to the committee who prepared the goodies and also to the residents who furnished cookies.   ---   Shirley Bethke

RENTERS:   Welcome to the following renters:

We hope you all enjoy your stay with us at  KGC!   By the way, if other renters read this who have not yet checked in at the office, please do so.   They would appreciate it.

GUESTS:   Welcome to Evelyn & Ron Visnoski, 150 Duchess Ave., from Erie, PA.  They are related to the Joneses and will be here to January 31.  Phone 412-1988.  Enjoy your stay at KGC!

NOKOMIS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT:   On Saturdays, you may pick up your N.V.F.D. sticker (at the social meeting).  Thank you for supporting OUR Fire Dept.  Place this sticker on the outside door of your home.  Additionally, I will place an identifying sticker on your mail box.  Any questions, call me at 488-7810.  Thanks again!

--- Tom Conway

LADIES BILLIARDS:   First half of league play has ended with the following results:  

Thanks go to the following subs for the first half:   Claire Becker, Irene Bette, Shirley Froehlich, Lois Gaines, Leota Kelsey, Sally Kuecken, Barb Piepmeyer, Judy Skowron.   A lot of fun is had by all so consider coming to join us for open play on Sunday nights at 7 PM.
--- Inez Mercer

THOUGHTS:   If we each had 25 hours in a day, we could take part in all the activities available at KGC - and this is retirement!  Seriously, enjoy each day and take part in as many of the activities as you can.  A wonderful group of people live at KGC and you will enjoy getting to know more of them as you take part in different events.   --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News The most welcome person is the one who knows when to leave.

Vol. XVI, No. 3 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 18, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, 18th,  Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, 21st, Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, 26th,  Super Bowl Party
Thursday. 30th.  Solo Club Dinner
Saturday, Feb. 1, Tennis Spaghetti Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 6, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky Luncheon
Friday, Feb. 7, Pennsylvania Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 8,  Potluck Dinner

HEALTHLINE:   Penny Sweitzer, 72 King Arthur Drive is recuperating from shoulder surgery.

EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY:   Dorothy Tiel, former long-time resident at 42 King Arthur, died in Michigan.  Cards may be sent to Herb and the family at 5983 W. Pleasant Ridge, Ludington, MI 49431.    We also learned of the passing of Nelda Bahr, sister of Ray Webb of 7 Castle Drive.               --- Blanche Madden, 480-1514

JANUARY POTLUCK is on January 18, today, entitled "Purple People Party".   Please wear something purple, if  possible.   Bring your dinner service and a dish to share with 12-16 people.           --- Louise Eichenlaub

SUPER BOWL PARTY:   Sunday, Jan. 26, Social at 5:30, eat at 6:00; game starts 6:30.   Tickets on sale today.   This year we will have chili and hot dogs, Cheese and crackers and more.   Super Bowl pool tickets are also on sale.   See you all there.                         --- Bob Froehlich

KGC TRAVEL:   The cruise was wonderful.   Wish you had been there with the 34 KGC  residents and "friends".   Sunday, "Annie Get Your Gun."  Buses will leave KGC at 10:15 am and return after 5 pm.   Looks like "Kiss Me Kate" on 3/9 will be reduced to ONE bus only.  We have seven vacancies to fill one bus to 44.   This has been a very difficult year for your Travel committee.                     --- Nip Barker

K.G.C. SOLO CLUB  meeting Thursday, Jan. 30th, 5 o'clock at Landmark Restaurant, 133 S. Tamiami Trail (Bus. 41), Venice.  Order from 8 Early Bird Specials, $8.95, plus 18% gratuity.  Mixed drinks, $3.50, draft beer, $1.50. Please wear your name tags.  We are having a private room.  Many of you have asked, "When are we going to have a get-together?"   This is your club, please, sign up and bring a Solo friend.  Any questions or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

FEBRUARY POTLUCK:   Saturday, Feb. 8 -- Tickets will be sold on Jan. 25th and Feb. 1st -- two per residence at $4 each.                      --- Blanche Madden and Charlotte Alex, Chairpersons

55 ALIVE:   Drivers Safety Class, January 30th  and 31st.  1 PM to 5 PM each day.   A second class is scheduled for Feb. 6th and 7th, same times each day. These classes are sponsored by the Round Table and AARP.  Details and sign up sheet on the counter in the Clubhouse.   Anyone interested in other classes, please contact Harry Kiel at 488-6670 for location and dates.

DINNER CLUB:   Sign up NOW for the Dinner Club which will meet one evening each in February, March and April.   Menus are simple, eight people at each home, and a great way to meet new people.   Any questions, see Rae Burmaster or call her, 412-9224,

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.  A sign-up sheet is at the gazebo with additional details.                         --- Bob Winchester

LUNCH FOR INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY (and Kansas, N & S. Carolina, & W. Virginia too):   Thurs., Feb. 6, 12:00 noon, at the Big Easy (formerly Purples).  We'll order from the menu with separate checks.     Please sign up on the bulletin board.  If you have questions or need a ride, call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503.

PENNSYLVANIA LUNCHEON:   Pennsylvania Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:30 PM.  The cost per person, $7.75.  This includes Buffet, Non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity if thirty people (30) show.  Under 30, the price will be $1.00 additional.  Separate checks will be provided.   PLEASE sign up at the bulletin board.   Anyone needing a ride or any questions, call Jean or Lee Ickes, 488-8967.

JETTY PICNIC:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Thursday, January 23rd 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.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……..1-13-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost              Ties      
1 1 57 50
2 5 56 52 *
2 8 56 52 *
4 3 55 53 **
4 7 55 53 **
6 6 53 55
7 2 52 55
8 4 47 61

Congratulations to Team #1, winners of the 1st half of 2002-2003 schedule:   Sandy Garver, Capt., Anna Donnelly, Ken Downs, Val Mackus, Tom Patricca, and Fran Woodward.
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, January 20 at 9:30 AM.   Team #5 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.             --- Gordy Brown

BOWLING:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Skeet Kast
189
Helen Tebbets
181
Fred Carbone
515
Carole Gualdoni
509
Bill Thurston
508
Rod See
501
Lorraine Quirion
475
Skeet Kast
475
Elmer Kuecken had 50 pins over his average.
Skeet Kast had 52 pins over her average.

PHONE DIRECTORY CHANGE:   On the last page (next to back cover) in the ad for "Thomson Carpet & Floor Care" the phone number has changed to 485-3133.

BOOK CLUB:   Read January selection "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan and plan to be at the meeting on Monday, January 27, at 1 PM.  February selection will be "Cross Creek" by  Florida author Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings.  Any questions, call Betty Dowling.

RENTERS:   Welcome to the following renters:
Marti Conklin & Nance Conklin  (sister), 228 Duchess Ave., from Norwich, NY.  Here to April 30.  Phone 412-0704.
Thomas & Elinor Tyler, 235 Duchess Ave. from Ashtabula, OH. Here to March 31.  Phone 488-4905.
We hope you all enjoy your stay at KGC!

NOKOMIS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT:   Pick up your NVFD sticker on Saturday at the meeting.  Tom Conway will be giving them out (if you have paid your dues).  And, Tom, we certainly want to thank you for all the work you have done on our behalf.   Since we had a small fire in the clubhouse recently, it certainly is great that we were over our 90% quota of members and there was no charge to the Club for Fire Dept. services.

E-MAIL ADDRESS CORRECTION:   Please check your e-mail address on the KGC website (www.kgc.cc in Members Only section)  and send corrections and additions to me at sandymac@comcast.net by Wed., Jan. 22.   I will be updating the lists soon.          --- Sandy McIntyre

THOUGHTS:   In the next couple of weeks, there will be new members of the Board of Directors and the Round Table.   Support these people - remember, they are VOLUNTEERS who are working with and for YOU to make KGC the best possible place to live.           --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News A way to praise your mate is OFTEN!

Vol. XVI, No. 4 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 25, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Sunday, 26th,  Super Bowl Party
Monday, 27th, Book Club meeting
Thursday. 30th.  Solo Club Dinner
Saturday, Feb. 1, Tennis Spaghetti Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 6, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky Luncheon
Friday, Feb. 7, Pennsylvania Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 8,  Potluck Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 13, New England Breakfast

SUPER BOWL PARTY:   Sunday, Jan. 26, Social at 5:30, eat at 6:00; game starts 6:30.  Tickets on sale today.  This year we will have chili and hot dogs, Cheese and crackers and more.  Super Bowl pool tickets are also on sale.  See you all there.

---Bob Froehlich

K.G.C. SOLO CLUB meeting Thursday, Jan. 30th, 5 o'clock at Landmark Restaurant, 133 S. Tamiami Trail (Bus. 41), Venice.  Order from 8 Early Bird Specials, $8.95, plus 18% gratuity.  Mixed drinks, $3.50, draft beer, $1.50. Please wear your name tags.  We are having a private room.  Many of you have asked, "When are we going to have a get-together?"  This is your club, please, sign up and bring a Solo friend.  Any questions or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

FEBRUARY POTLUCK:   Saturday, Feb. 8 -- Tickets will be sold today and Feb. 1st -- two per residence today at $4 each.                    --- Blanche Madden and Charlotte Alex, Chairpersons.

55 ALIVE:   Drivers Safety Class, January 30th  and 31st.  1 PM to 5 PM each day.   A second class is scheduled for Feb. 6th and 7th, same times each day. These classes are sponsored by the Round Table and AARP.  Details and sign up sheet on the counter in the Clubhouse.   Anyone interested in other classes, please contact Harry Kiel at 488-6670 for location and dates.

DINNER CLUB:  Sign up NOW for the Dinner Club which will meet one evening each in February, March and April.  Menus are simple, eight people at each home, and a great way to meet new people.  Any questions, see Rae Burmaster or call her, 412-9224.

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.  A sign-up sheet is at the gazebo with additional details.            --- Bob Winchester

LUNCH FOR INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY (and Kansas, N & S. Carolina, & W. Virginia too):   Thurs., Feb. 6, 12:00 noon, at the Big Easy (formerly Purples).  We'll order from the menu with separate checks.     Please sign up on the bulletin board.  If you have questions or need a ride, call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503.

PENNSYLVANIA LUNCHEON:   Pennsylvania Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:30 PM.  The cost per person, $7.75.  This includes Buffet, Non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity if thirty people (30) show.  Under 30, the price will be $1.00 additional.  Separate checks will be provided.  PLEASE sign up at the bulletin board.  Anyone needing a ride or any questions, call Jean or Lee Ickes, 488-8967.

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Thursday, February 13th: Welcome to all New Englanders---owners, renters, and friends.  We had such a good turnout (63 people) for our first get-together of the new year.  This time, come join us for a breakfast buffet at 8:15 a.m. at Sharon's Restaurant in the Park Isles Plaza (across the street from Kile's Hardware) in Nokomis.  The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, home fries, muffins, fruit, and coffee.  The cost is $6 per person including the tax and gratuity.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions or need a ride, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

CRAFT GROUP:   HELP!!   The Craft Group needs items to sell at our annual Fair in March.  Please phone Barb Tompkins at 480-9294 or Linda Varty at 488-2979 and let us know what we can expect to sell at the Fair.  We need lots of crafts to fill up our table.  We thank you for your help.

KGC TRAVEL:   Welcome home Biloxi travelers. Hope you came back happy and rich - well at least happy for the trip!   "Annie/Gun" was a tremendous show last weekend at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.  You missed a good one.  Because of the poor response to "Kiss Me Kate," I have now changed to one larger bus and have only a few tickets remaining.  Wait list is appreciated. "A Day in the Country" is our next trip on February 4th. This one sold out fast, but due to some recent changes - our wait list is thin. Come see us to add your name to the current wait list.   "Sailor Circus" tickets are still available.  Last week to get your "Geritol Follies" reservations with Happy Heart Tours.             --- Nip Barker

YOUR EX-PREZ SEZ:   We are soon off to make residence at our Massachusetts home.  But memories of this place have carved a permanent place in our hearts.  They include Bob Froehlich thanking me when I called the horse racing dice numbers for the last time;  Father Steve's special prayer at a neighborhood farewell party;  playing piano at the pancake breakfasts;  the out-pouring of concern from hundreds of you when Joyce was so sick a year ago;  reading the minutes at the meetings of the KGC Tennis Association;  going to Rotary with friends Kast, Boorsma and Aldridge and the tremendous grass roots support I received during my recent term as your president.  Our future includes plans to rent in the area so our relationship with the club will continue.  Over the past several years, you have been so much a part of our lives. Joyce and I will never forget you and so may God bless you every one.                        ---Bill & Joyce Coulter

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……..1-20-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost              Ties      
1 1 14 4
2 8 12 6
3 6 10 8
4 3 9 9 *
4 7 9 9 *
6 2 8 10
7 4 6 12
8 5 4 14


Next Day of shuffling is Monday, January 27 at 9:30 AM.  Team #5 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Black.                  --- Gordy Brown

BOOK CLUB:   Read January selection "Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan and plan to be at the meeting on Monday, January 27, at 1 PM.  February selection will be "Cross Creek" by  Florida author Marjorie Kinnan Rowlings.  Any questions, call Betty Dowling.

NOKOMIS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT:   Pick up your NVFD sticker on Saturday at the meeting.  Tom Conway will be giving them out (if you have paid your dues).  And, Tom, we certainly want to thank you for all the work you have done on our behalf.  Since we had a small fire in the clubhouse recently, it certainly is great that we were over our 90% quota of members and there was no charge to the Club for Fire Dept. services.

BOWLING:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Fred Carbone
224
599
Carole Gualdoni
--
492
Kerrie Morawa
--
450
Dick Nolin
216
--
Dick Nolin bowled 77 pins over his average;
Sandy Titus bowled 50 pins over her average.

RENTERS:  Welcome to the following renters:

Gualdonis and Koenigs have rented here previously.  We hope you all enjoy your stay at KGC!

FAIR - - - - NEW RESIDENTS
We have a Fair every March, that's how we raise money to fund special functions and purchases for our Club.  Some examples are: Exercise room and Equipment, Refrigerator, Freezer, Stage curtains, Patio, Patio furniture, Projector, Audio mixer, Chairs and Tables for Hall, Bingo board, Card tables and Flea Market storage shed. Attached is the Fair Profit for 2002, as you can see the Flea Market is our largest money maker.  All of our items are donated by our generous residents and may be dropped off at the Flea storage shed (down by Recycling).  We take almost everything; items we don't take are large appliances, curtain rods, blinds, televisions and VCRs.  We welcome everyone to participate in the Fair  --  it's a great way to meet and make friends.
EVENT
PROFIT
50/50 $ 740.50
Bake Sale 721.42
Crafts & Ceramics 1111.04
Flea Market 7410.25
Food Operations 2453.91
Dinner Raffle 2060.00
Super Raffle 644.00
Lotto Raffle 862.00
Computer booth 690.00
Vendors 1137.45
Woodshop 2161.46

HISTORY TIDBIT:   In January l988 our Newsletter in its present form was started by Art Carlson and John Olsen (former resident, now deceased).  The next month I joined the staff as a reporter.  Since that time, Alma Dupuis and Sandy McIntyre, present Editor, have joined the staff.  Many people have given articles for inclusion in the paper.  Art puts out a Newsletter about 50 weeks of each year - so you can figure how much work he has done for us over the years.   A BIG THANKS TO ART CARLSON, to the other members of the staff - and ALL of you who see that the news is received by one of us for inclusion in the papers.              --- Shirley Bethke

REMINDER:   Please put used greeting cards in blue container in Video Room, not Library.  There are also containers there for old eye glasses and food pantry goods.   Please return magazines to "In-coming" box near magazine rack in Library.  Don't put anything on shelves.  Thank You.

PURPLE POTLUCK:   The Potluck Dinner last Saturday was a huge success.  The music by Barbara Cozad and Mert Koch - the Kings Gate Duo - was delightful for dancing and/or listening.   THANKS SO MUCH to Chairperson Louise Eichenlaub and to her committee:   Ellie Lambiotte, Doreen Exner, Lois Crane, Rae Burmaster, Mary Jane Christopherson, Ginny Ewing, Jackie Barker, Barb Tompkins, Trudy Graney, Jane Bonyai, Loretta Brian, Lois Robinson, Nip Barker, Gary Exner, Ken Savage, Neil Crane, Angie Richards and Mary Jane Rodecki.  Oh, yes, the food was delicious, too.  Another great evening at the Club.                    --- Shirley Bethke

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEWS:   Thanks to Bob Miller, who completed his term on the Board.  Elected to the Board were Neil Crane, Gene Fournier, Shirley Froehlich and Tom Patricca.  Officers for the coming year are:  President - Wren McMains;  Vice President - Mike McDonald;  Secretary - Rex Ingerick,  Treasurer - Charlotte Stears.   Good luck to you all!

REMINDER:   There will be a meeting for Fair Chairpersons in the Ceramics Room after this morning's Round Table meeting .                   --- Chuck McIntyre

THOUGHTS:   A friend of mine who publishes a little magazine wrote:  "All humans make mistakes; nobody bats a thousand all the time.  Rare is the champion who has not been beaten at some time or other.  Most people who attain success have learned to forget past failures and concentrate on present goals."   Very true.                  --- SJB

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003   -    KING'S GATE CLUB FAIR



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score.

Vol. XVI, No. 5 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 1, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, Feb. 1, Tennis Spaghetti Dinner
Tuesday, Feb. 4,  Day in the Country bus trip
Wednesday, Feb 5, Jetty Picnic (yes, it's on Wednesday)
Thursday, Feb. 6, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky Luncheon
Thurs. & Fri., Feb. 6 & 7, 55 Alive Safe Driving Class
Friday, Feb. 7, Pancake Breakfast
Friday, Feb. 7, Pennsylvania Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 8, Valentine Potluck Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 13, New England Breakfast
Thursday, Feb. 13, Veterans meeting

HEALTHLINE:
Omar Donaldson has gone north to live in Pennsylvania for a while.  He said he is not sick but is having eyesight problems and needs his family's help.  Don't send "Get Well" cards, but  "Thinking of You" cards would be nice.  Address is  RR1, Bx. 22, Pearson Drive, New Wilmington, PA  16142.
Gloria Clark of 316 Castle Drive, had quadruple bypass surgery this week in South Carolina.  Her address is in our phone book.  Gloria is the sister of Becky Nunn.
Penny Sweitzer, Vivian Isackson, and E. F. Holmes thank all their King's Gate friends for the kind offerings given to them after their recent successful surgeries.                   --- Blanche Madden,  480-1514.

THANKS for the prayers, cards, flowers, food and visits before and after my surgery.  I am getting there slowly, but hope to be up and about soon.  Justin and I thank everyone.                  --- Betty Mohr.

REMINDER - TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE KGC tennis players is scheduled for TONIGHT.                  --- Bob Winchester.

KGC TRAVEL:   Tuesday, February 4th the Bus will leave KGC at 8:45 am for our "Day in the Country" trip.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.  We will be outside for most of the tours at Guide Dog school, viewing the Manatees and at Solomon's castle.  We will have a Picnic lunch with the manatees and then a served dinner at Solomon's after the tour of the castle. Enjoy this special visit to local places.                       --- Nip Barker.

JETTY PICNIC ON WEDNESDAY:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Wednesday February 5th 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 it's warmer.       --- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey.

LUNCH FOR INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY (and Kansas, N & S. Carolina, & W. Virginia too):   Thurs., Feb. 6, 12:00 noon, at the Big Easy (formerly Purples).  We'll order from the menu with separate checks.     Please sign up on the bulletin board.  If you have questions or need a ride, call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503.

55 ALIVE:   Drivers Safety class is scheduled for Feb. 6th and 7th  - 1 PM to 5 PM each day.  These classes are sponsored by the Round Table and AARP.  Details and sign up sheet on the counter in the Clubhouse.   Anyone interested in other classes, please contact Harry Kiel at 488-6670 for location and dates.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Mark your calendar!  Our next Pancake Breakfast will be on Friday morning, February 7, 2003.  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.

PENNSYLVANIA LUNCHEON:   Pennsylvania Lunch Buffet will be held at the Marco Polo Buffet and Grill on Friday, February 7, 2003 at 12:30 PM.  The cost per person, $7.55  This includes Buffet, Non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity if thirty people (30) show.  Under 30, the price will be $1.00 additional.  Separate checks will be provided.  PLEASE sign up at the bulletin board.  Anyone needing a ride or any questions, call Jean or Lee Ickes, 488-8967.

"LOVE IS IN THE AIR"  VALENTINE POTLUCK:   Next Saturday, Feb. 8 -- Tickets are on sale today ($4) for residents, renters, and guests for this fun evening of great food and foot-stompin' music by the Sahib Banjo Band.

--- Blanche Madden and Charlotte Alex, Chairpersons

ATTENTION VETERANS & SPOUSES:   Mr. Greg Worth of the Sarasota County Veterans Office will be at KGC Club House, Thursday, Feb. 13th at 1:30 PM for questions and answers.  Please plan to attend.

--- Vince Caudy # 285.

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Thursday, February 13th: Welcome to all New Englanders---owners, renters, and friends.  We had such a good turnout (63 people) for our first get-together of the new year.  This time, come join us for a breakfast buffet at 8:15 a.m. at Sharon's Restaurant in the Park Isles Plaza (across the street from Kile's Hardware) in Nokomis.  The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, home fries, muffins, fruit, and coffee.  The cost is $6 per person including the tax and gratuity.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions or need a ride, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

OHIO LUNCHEON:   Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 AM at Sharon's Restaurant.  We will have a choice of five entrees, all include the salad bar, choice of soft drink, ice tea, or coffee for $7.00 complete including tax and tip.  A guest speaker will talk on Put in Bay.  Come meet your Ohioan neighbors, guests are welcome.  Please wear name tags.  Sign-up sheet on bulletin board in back.  Need a ride, any questions, please feel free to call Mary Lou Richmond at 484-6807.

SHOWTIME:   On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 7:30 pm, RIGHT HERE ON OUR STAGE(!!!) you'll have a chance to hear the world-renowned founder of the Australian Jazz Quartet, vibraphonist Jack Brokensha, lead his current quartet through some songs that will rekindle thoughts of by-gone days for you.  And don't let the word "jazz" turn you away, for Jack knows we're not a jazz audience, but rather a group that responds to great tunes played with professional skill.  With Johnny Moore on drums, Kenny Fitzgerald on bass and Matt Bokulic on keyboard, Jack promises renditions of your favorite melodies that will delight and thrill you, so come on and bring your friends.  Tickets only $4…..on sale this morning.

YOGA CLASS:   Beginners Yoga classes will start on February 4 in the Clubhouse - Time 3:45 - 4:45.  This is the six weeks beginners class for Seniors.  Rate charge per person is $18.00 for six classes.  Class is limited to 20.  This class is full.  However, if anyone is interested in starting another class on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00, please contact Jean Ickes, 488-8967 for details.

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……..1-26-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost      
1 8 25 11
2 3 22 14
3 2 21 15
4 7 20 16
5 1 19 17
6 6 15 21
7 4 13 23
8 5 9 27
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, February 3, at 9:30 AM.  Team #6 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.  --- Gordy Brown.

BOWLING:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Fred Carbone
233
636
Charles Brady
214
---
George Ray
212
539
Cheryl Patricca
183
464
Dot Avery
178
453
Mary Ann Lyford
180
446
Kerrie Morawa
183
473
Dick Lyford
---
507
Shirley Froehlich bowled 59 pins over her average game and Harry Kiel converted the 6-7-10 split!

HONORE AVE.- I-75 REPORT:   A few residents will remember the fight against Honore Avenue that began in 1992 with the announcement by the County that Honore Avenue would be extended from north of Oscar Scherer Park across Highway 681 and around three sides of the two King's Gate Parks and join up with Pinebrook at the present stop light on Laurel Road.  It was defeated twice in the succeeding six years principally through the massive efforts by our residents.  A new plan, that we assume will be more acceptable to our residents, will be presented in our Clubhouse on February 24th at 2 p.m. by the Sarasota Highway Department with our Commissioner Jon Thaxton present.  It is imperative that all residents of the two King's Parks and Laurel Landings make every effort to attend.  The plan that we accepted in talks in 1998 and 1999 was to use the two south lanes of I-75 for the extension of Honore Avenue south and the construction of two north lanes all to take place when I-75 is extended to additional lanes.  Please mark your calendars for this very special meeting.

--- Don Moriarty.

SUPER BOWL THANK YOU:   We  would like to thank everyone who helped out on the Super Bowl Party, and you know who you are.  Also, a special thanks to Nip Barker for cooking the delicious chili for the party.  We had girls splattered with chili, and girls crying while cutting onions, and dishpan hands in the sink.  We had a good time, made lots of noise, and, most of us cheered the Bucs on.   Many hands make light work, and I always have so many volunteers I feel very lucky.

---  Bob and Shirley.
(And our thanks to the Froehlichs for planning a fun party for us.  We really appreciate it.)

BOOK CLUB:   Choice of book for February is "Cross Creek" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Meeting will be Monday, February 24, at 1 PM in the Library.  Read the book and join us!

NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY PATIO PARTY:   Party will be Thursday, February 27, 2003, at 5 PM.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Please bring your drinks and hot or cold snacks.  Any questions, call the Barths at 485-9714.

KGC-101 STUDY GROUP:   Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, at 9:30 AM in the Ceramics Room.  Reviewed will be KGC Board Policies, KGC Financial Procedures, and the Budget Process.  If you have a copy of this fiscal year's budget or next year's proposed budget, bring them with you.   Anyone and everyone is welcome.  An attempt will be made to find an answer to any question relating to the operation of KGC.                             --- Thanks, Dick Phillips.

FAIR TRAFFIC CREW:   We need just a few more good traffic controllers to put in two or three scheduled hours with our experienced traffic/parking crew on Fair Day.  (On-the-job training provided.)    Please call Dick Phillips, 485-8834.  Thanks.

THANK YOU ALL:   Fred and I are treating to coffee and pastries this morning as a small way to show our appreciation for your help and support during the two years I have been Round Table Chairperson.  It has been a great experience to have worked with - and become better acquainted with - so many wonderful persons.  I will remember these two years for the rest of my life!  Now I truly know why King's Gate Club is such a wonderful place to live.       --- Shirley Bethke.

OMAR DONALDSON:   Last Monday Omar, long time KGC resident, went north to visit his sister and see how he likes living up north.  He and his wife Jennie were early residents.  Jennie passed away a few years ago, but Omar continued to live here.  He helped build the stage in the clubhouse, the flag pole, and took care of our aluminum cans for 18 years, thereby bringing in lots of money for the Round Table.  This handsome, debonair gentleman has been active here until recently.  If you wish to send him a line while he is away, write to:  Omar Donaldson, Rte. 1 Pearson Drive, New Wilmington, PA  16142.  Our good wishes are with you, Omar.

THOUGHTS:   Saw a placemat in a restaurant recently, which said:  "Count your age by friends - not years.  Count your life by smiles - not tears."  It's a wonderful philosophy, and here at KGC we are fortunate to have both friends and much to smile about.                             --- SJB.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003   -    Float and Flyers at VENICE  PARADE
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003   -    KING'S GATE CLUB FAIR



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News The best vitamin for making friends is B-1.

Vol. XVI, No. 6 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 8, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, Feb. 8, Valentine Potluck Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 13, New England Breakfast
Thursday, Feb. 13, Round Table Executive Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 13, Veterans Meeting
Friday, Feb. 14, Pancake Breakfast at RV Park  7:30 - 9 AM
Tuesday, Feb. 18, Ohio Luncheon
Wednesday, Feb. 19, Entertainment - Jack Brokensha Quartet
Saturday, Feb. 22, Pizza Horse Race Party

HEALTHLINE:
Joanne Lemonds, 288 Ave. of Kings, reports that she is doing extremely well after her back surgery.  She didn't expect to feel so good so soon.  Visitors are welcome, but please call first.
Betty Markoff of 326 King Arthur is back in the hospital.  She had back surgery this week.
Art Carlson, 137 Camelot, was taken to Bon Secours hospital, but the cause of the emergency has not yet been determined.  No visitors, please, until further notice.  
Don King is living with his daughter at Capri Isles in Venice.  His address and phone number are on the bulletin board.  Don is now 89 years old and has Home Health Care.

--- Blanche Madden,  480-1514

ORCHIDS:   Sincere thanks to more of our dedicated volunteers.  Don (Doc) Avery and Skeet Kast faithfully take blood pressures for us the first Saturday of each month.  They are assisted each month by Dot Avery and Clara Jensen.  This is a real service for our residents.  We do appreciate your work!

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES:   Please e-mail articles for the Newsletter to sandymac@comcast.net or deliver to 37 King Arthur Dr.              --- Sandy McIntyre

"LOVE IS IN THE AIR"  VALENTINE POTLUCK:   TONIGHT - 5:30 Social - 6:00 Dinner.  You may bring your place settings to the Clubhouse at 12:00.     Those who signed up to bring desserts, please bring them at 4:00 PM.                    --- Blanche Madden and Charlotte Alex, Chairpersons

RTEC MEETING:  Next Round Table Executive Meeting will be on Thursday, February 13, at 9 AM in the Clubhouse.  All are welcome to attend.  Bring suggestions for projects for this next year.

RTEC MEMBERS:  The following are the members of the Round Table Executive Committee for the next year:  Don Lambiotte - Chairperson, Vince Caudy - Vice Chair, Rae Burmaster - Secretary, Patty Ray - Treasurer.  Advisors are:  Loretta Brian, Fred Lewis, Angie Richards, and Jack Veneman.  Past Chair is Shirley Bethke.  Thanks to Gerry Coleman who served as an Advisor the previous two years.

ATTENTION VETERANS & SPOUSES:   Mr. Greg Worth of the Sarasota County Veterans Office will be at KGC Club House, Tuesday, Feb. 13th at 1:30 PM for questions and answers.  Please plan to attend.

--- Vince Caudy # 285

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Thursday, February 13th  -   Welcome to all New Englanders---owners, renters, and friends.  We had such a good turnout (63 people) for our first get-together of the new year.  This time, come join us for a breakfast buffet at 8:15 a.m. at Sharon's Restaurant in the Park Isles Plaza (across the street from Kile's Hardware) in Nokomis.  The buffet will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, home fries, muffins, fruit, and coffee.  The cost is $6 per person including the tax and gratuity.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Any questions or need a ride, call Gene & Mickey at 488-8281.

OHIO LUNCHEON:   Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 AM at Sharon's Restaurant.  We will have a choice of five entrees, all include the salad bar, choice of soft drink, ice tea, or coffee for $7.00 complete including tax and tip.  A guest speaker will talk on Put-in-Bay.  Come meet your Ohioan neighbors, guests are welcome.  Please wear name tags.  Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board in back.  Need a ride, any questions, please feel free to call Mary Lou Richmond at 484-6807.

NEW RENTERS:   Welcome to Edward and Jeanette Kohler who are renting 150 Duchess for the month of February.  They are from Flushing, MI.  Phone 412-1988.  Enjoy your stay with us!

SHOWTIME:   On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 7:30 pm, RIGHT HERE ON OUR STAGE(!!!), you'll have a chance to hear the world-renowned founder of the Australian Jazz Quartet, vibraphonist Jack Brokensha, lead his current quartet through some songs that will rekindle thoughts of by-gone days for you.  And don't let the word "jazz" turn you away, for Jack knows we're not a jazz audience, but rather a group that responds to great tunes played with professional skill.  With Johnny Moore on drums, Kenny Fitzgerald on bass and Matt Bokulic on keyboard, Jack promises renditions of your favorite melodies that will delight and thrill you, so come on and bring your friends.  Tickets only $4…..on sale this morning.

KGC TRAVEL:   There were 52 that traveled on the "Day in the Country" event. We had a very good time and I think everyone enjoyed the day.  The "Puppies" at the guide dog school stole everyone's hearts.  Nobody came home hungry either.
As of 2/5 there are 20 that have booked the Veendam cruise.  With give-away prices in high season, I guessed wrong again - I thought there would be many more!!!  Anyone that missed the Australia/New Zealand trip has another chance.  VIP Travel has 5 vacancies on their tour for 10/28-11/16/03.  Nip has flyers if interested.  Flyers are on your tables today for first offerings of Princess cruises and tours to Alaska.  Still need waitlist for "Kiss Me Kate".  DEADLINE for "Sailor Circus" is 2/20 then I turn back remaining reservation.                    --- Nip

LADIES' SPRING LUNCHEON:   Tickets for the KGC Ladies' Spring Luncheon will be on sale starting Saturday, February 15 in the Clubhouse.  We will be gathering at Mission Valley Country Club on Thursday, March 6 for food and fashions.  So, get your tickets soon.  Price $17.00 including gratuity.

HORSE RACE PIZZA PARTY:   Tickets for this event will be on sale today and next Saturday at the meeting.  Get your tickets early so you won't miss out.  THE HORSES ARE READY, THE BOOKIES ARE READY.  Save your quarters.  BYOB.  Tickets are $4 each.  DATE FOR THIS PARTY IS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22.

"MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH":   Remember all are welcome to attend this health program.  There is a 45 minute session when you exercise to music on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:15 in the Clubhouse.

RV PARK NEWS:   Plan now to attend the Pancake Breakfast at the RV Park on Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 to 9 AM.

COMPUTER USERS:   Carl Rigney will be teaching Basic Computer again at King's Gate RV Park across the creek for 6 weeks starting Thursday, Feb.18, 1:30 PM.

KING'S GATE CLUB LADIES ARE INVITED by our neighbors across the creek to attend the King's Gate RV Park Luncheon & Fashion Show at Jacaranda Country Club on Friday, Feb. 21st at Noon. Tickets are $15.00.    Contact Ginger Waldron at 483-9082.    Last date for tickets 2-15-03.

RESTAURANT RAFFLE:   This year we will not have people going door to door selling restaurant raffle tickets for the Fair.  Instead, we will be selling them at the Saturday meetings starting this week till the week before the Fair.  The cost will be $10 for a chance to win dinner certificates at local restaurants and a grand prize of $100.  We hope we will sell as many tickets as we have in prior years because this has raised a lot of money for the Fair.  Also, if you do not go to the meetings and want to purchase tickets, please give me a call at 486-1428 and I will come to your home with the tickets.

Thanks,  Arlene Hyde

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……………………...2-3-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost       Tie
1 8 33 21 *
1 3 33 21 *
3 2 31 23
4 7 29 25
5 1 28 26
6 4 24 30
7 6 22 32
8 5 16 38

Next Day of shuffling is Monday, February 10, at 9:30 AM.  Team #6 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.             --- Gordy Brown

BOWLING:

Bowler
High Games High Series
Lou Herbert
225
517
Charles Brady
224-226
641
Fred Carbone
215
549
Dick Lyford
206
512
Cheryl Patricca
204
503
Bill Thurston
201
---
John Schleicher
200
---
Rod See
200
520
Carole Gualdoni
199
520
Sandy Titus
180
450

Single games over average:

February 11th - Valentine Cash Event - three games total plus handicap.

HONORE AVE.- I-75 MEETING:   A new Honore Avenue plan will be presented in our Clubhouse on February 24th at 2 p.m. by the Sarasota Highway Department with our Commissioner Jon Thaxton present.  It is imperative that all residents of the two King's Parks and Laurel Landings make every effort to attend.  The plan that we accepted in talks in 1998 and 1999 was to use the two south lanes of I-75 for the extension of Honore Avenue south and the construction of two north lanes all to take place when I-75 is extended to additional lanes.  Please mark your calendars for this very special meeting.

--- Don Moriarty

BOOK CLUB:   The February book choice is "Cross Creek" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Read the book and join us on  Monday, February 24, at 1 PM in the Library.

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY PATIO PARTY:   Party will be Thursday, February 27, at 5 PM.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Please bring your drinks and hot or cold snacks.  Any questions, call the Barths at 485-9714.

KGC-101 STUDY GROUP:   Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 11, at 9:30 AM in the Ceramics Room.  Reviewed will be KGC ByLaw 34, Round Table Standing Committee, and KGC Round Table Operational Rules. If you have copies, please bring them with you. Anyone and everyone is welcome.  An attempt will be made to find an answer to any question relating to the operation of KGC.                              --- Thanks,   Dick Phillips

"A DAY IN THE COUNTRY":   Those of you who were on our one-day bus trip last Tuesday, February 4, know what a great day we had!  It was interesting to learn about the guide dogs (and to hold the darling puppies).  Then we went to see the manatees (and there were many to see) and to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.  From there we went to Solomon's Castle (I had heard lots about this and really enjoyed seeing it) and had a tour there.  We then enjoyed a delicious dinner.  All in all, it was a fabulous day and we certainly thank Nip and Jackie Barker for making these plans for us.  AND, when another trip comes up, sign up if you want to have an enjoyable day.    THANKS AGAIN!

--- Shirley Bethke

THOUGHTS:   Enjoy each day at the Club.  I repeat this theme often I know, but we are so fortunate to be able to be here and enjoy the many great activities which are an integral part of the Club.  We have many new residents.  Be sure to greet them and make them welcome.  To all of you, I say "Get Involved."                                 --- SJB


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2003   -    Flyers & Float at VENICE  PARADE
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003   -    KING'S GATE CLUB FAIR



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Don't worry about temptation - as you grow older, it starts avoiding you

Vol. XVI, No. 7 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 15, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Sunday, Feb. 16, Regatta on KGC Lake, 1:30 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 18, Ohio Luncheon
Wednesday, Feb. 19, Entertainment - Jack Brokensha Quartet
Thursday, Feb. 20, Jetty Picnic
Saturday, Feb. 22, Pizza Horse Race Party
Monday, Feb. 24, Honore Avenue Meeting, 2 PM, Clubhouse  (IMPORTANT EVERYONE ATTEND!)
Monday, Feb. 24, Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 27, New York - New Jersey Patio Party
Thursday, Feb. 27, KGC Solo Club

HEALTHLINE:   Jean Loveday, 227 Duchess, had two knee surgeries.    Gene Euvrard, 279 Ave. of Queens, is home from the hospital and is on the mend, using the services of Home Health Care.    Betty Markoff of 326 King Arthur is at Health South on Proctor Rd. for rehab after back surgery.    Ken Savage, 156 Duchess, had knee surgery.    Art Carlson, 137 Camelot, is still in the hospital recovering from pneumonia.  He has been moved to Rehab.  He's doing much better but isn't able to have visitors yet.    Eleanor Norman, 55 King Arthur, is recovering in the Venice hospital.  She has been moved to Rehab, and she is able to have visitors and would enjoy cards and phone calls.           --- Blanche Madden,  480-1514

ORCHIDS:   This week we want to thank Jerry Robinson who compiles our Calendar of Events.  Thanks also to Leanna Robinson who sees that they are printed.  And, finally, thanks to Kerrie Morawa who is Chairperson of the Block Captains (she sees that the Calendars are distributed to each Block Captain).  Of course, we also want to thank the Block Captains:  Fred Bethke, Pat Edwards, Ann Fisher, Arlene Herbert, Dee Hicks, Mary Ann Lyford, Betty Mohr, Mary Lou Richmond, Grace See, Rodney See and Jim Steele.    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

THANKS TO TRAVEL COMMITTEE:   A BIG THANK YOU to Nip and Jackie Barker and Don and Mary Lou Richmond for the work they do for US.   On February 1, Nip presented the Round Table with a check for $3,000, which is the KGC Travel contribution for the past year.  We do appreciate it, and know it represents MANY hours of work on the part of this committee.  And Nip, the countless hours you have put in on our behalf are also noted.  You ALL do a great job!!!  And, as you all know, this is great help to the Round Table budget.  (REMEMBER:  When you travel with the KGC Travel Group or make arrangements for your trip through Nip and Travel Committee, it benefits all of us!)                    --- Shirley Bethke

OHIO LUNCHEON:   Tuesday, February 18, 11:30 AM at Sharon's Restaurant.  We will have a choice of five entrees, all include the salad bar, choice of soft drink, ice tea, or coffee for $7.00 complete including tax and tip.  A guest speaker will talk on Put-in-Bay.  Come meet your Ohioan neighbors, guests are welcome.  Please wear name tags.  Sign-up sheet is on bulletin board in back.  Need a ride, any questions, please feel free to call Mary Lou Richmond at 484-6807.

JETTY PICNIC:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Thursday,  February 20th 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.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

SHOWTIME:   On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 7:30 pm come hear the world-renowned founder of the Australian Jazz Quartet, vibraphonist Jack Brokensha, lead his current quartet through some songs that will rekindle thoughts of by-gone days for you.  And don't let the word "jazz" turn you away, for Jack knows we're not a jazz audience, but rather a group that responds to great tunes played with professional skill.  With Johnny Moore on drums, Kenny Fitzgerald on bass and Matt Bokulic on keyboard, Jack promises renditions of your favorite melodies that will delight and thrill you, so come on and bring your friends.  Tickets only $4…..on sale this morning.

HORSE RACE PIZZA PARTY:   Tickets for this event - $4 per person - are on sale today.  Buy your ticket today so you won't miss out.  DATE FOR THIS EVENT IS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22.  The horses are ready, the bookies are ready.  Save your quarters.  BYOB.

HONORE AVE.- I-75 MEETING:   A new Honore Avenue plan will be presented in our Clubhouse on Monday, February 24th at 2 p.m. by the Sarasota Highway Department with our Commissioner Jon Thaxton present.  It is imperative that all residents of the two King's Parks and Laurel Landings make every effort to attend.  The plan that we accepted in talks in 1998 and 1999 was to use the two south lanes of I-75 for the extension of Honore Avenue south and the construction of two north lanes all to take place when I-75 is extended to additional lanes.  Please mark your calendars for this very special meeting.                        --- Don Moriarty

BOOK CLUB:   The February book choice is "Cross Creek" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Read the book and join us on Monday, February 24, at 12:40 PM in the Library.  This is 20 minutes earlier than originally planned so we can finish in time to go to the Honore Ave meeting at 2:00 PM.

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY PATIO PARTY:   Party will be Thursday, February 27, at 5 PM on the KGC patio.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Please bring your drinks and hot or cold snacks.  Any questions, call the Barths at 485-9714.

KGC SOLO CLUB meets February 27th, 5 PM at Waterfrontoo Restaurant, 2205 N. Tamiami Trail.  Order from 14 Sunset Specials at $9.95.  Draft beer $1.85, glass of wine $3.50, well drinks $3.50.  Sign up in back.  Please wear your name tag and bring a solo friend.  I will be looking for you.  Any questions, call me at 485-1039.                    --- Dick Bartlett

KGC TRAVEL:   The Travel Festival scheduled March 2 has been cancelled.  The RTEC now has Application and Job Description available for the position of Travel Coordinator. These are available in the Travel Carousel.  We will be your coordinators for one more year, until March 31, 2004. The goal is for a willing person(s) to work with us in training to become the future Travel Coordinator(s).  Still need wait list for "Kiss/Kate" 3/9. "Sailor Circus" - absolutely last date to order tickets - 2/20.  Please book ALL Happy Heart Tours with KGC Travel.  Check the travel board and notebooks for info.

--- Jackie & Nip Barker

LADIES' SPRING LUNCHEON:   Tickets are on sale today for this event.  Our Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 6, at Mission Valley Country Club.  Come and enjoy the fashions by Laurie.  Social time at 12 noon - lunch 12:30 PM.   Price $17.00 each, including gratuity.

"MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH":   Remember all are welcome to attend this health program.  There is a 45 minute session when you exercise to music on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 11:15 in the Clubhouse.      --- Gigi Conway

COMPUTER USERS:   Carl Rigney will be teaching Basic Computer again at King's Gate RV Park across the creek for 6 weeks starting Tuesday, Feb.18, 1:30 PM.

KING'S GATE CLUB LADIES ARE INVITED by our neighbors across the creek to attend the King's Gate RV Park Luncheon & Fashion Show at Jacaranda Country Club on Friday, Feb. 21st at Noon. Tickets are $15.00.    Contact Ginger Waldron at 483-9082.    Last date for tickets 2-15-03 (TODAY).

VALENTINE POTLUCK:   Another wonderful Club event was this dinner at the clubhouse last Saturday evening.  Chairpersons were Charlotte Alex and Blanche Madden.  Co-Chairs were Shirley and Emil DePasquale.  Tickets were in charge of Sandy McIntyre.  Cooks were Dick Madden, Tony Mazzotta and Anna Donnelly.  The crew were Jim Alex, Wayne Anderson, Joan and Norm Aubry, Arnold Baldwin, Betty Brady, Jim Breitweiser, Loretta Brian, Margaret and Lee Chiles, Wayne Crippin, Ann and Bob Curtis, Marion Daur, Mickey and Gene Fournier, Ruth and Rex Ingerick, Ellie Lambiotte, Chuck McIntyre, Jeanne Randall, Patty Ray, Angie and Ike Richards.  The dinner was delicious - lots of good cooks at KGC.  And, of course, the Sahib Banjo Band was a real musical treat - thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.  THANKS to ALL who made the evening run smoothly.  It was another memorable evening at KGC!

RESTAURANT RAFFLE:   This year we will not have people going door to door selling restaurant raffle tickets for the Fair.  Instead, we will be selling them at the Saturday meetings until the week before the Fair.  The cost will be $10 for a chance to win dinner certificates at local restaurants and a grand prize of $100.  We hope we will sell as many tickets as we have in prior years because this has raised a lot of money for the Fair.  Also, if you do not go to the meetings and want to purchase tickets, please give me a call at 486-1428 and I will come to your home with the tickets.            Thanks,  Arlene Hyde

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS:
Shuffling was cancelled this week due to wet courts.   Standings carry over from last week.
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, February 17, at 9:30 AM.  Team #7 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.          --- Gordy Brown

BOWLING:

Bowler
High Games High Series
Rod See
205
530
Fred Carbone
---
532
Charles Brady
235
600

Congratulations to Valentine Cash Event Winners:

Meeting after bowling 2-18-03 at bowling alley regarding the Sports Banquet scheduled for 3-26-03.

KGC-101 STUDY GROUP:   Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18, at 9:30 AM in the Ceramics Room. Cindy Simmons, our Club Manager, will meet with us to explain the responsibilities and functions of the Manager in our Club.  Please plan to ask any appropriate questions you may have about the management of KGC.  If time allows, Robert's Rules of Order will also be taken up.  Anyone and everyone is welcome.  An attempt will be made to find an answer to any question relating to operation of KGC.            --- Thanks,  Dick Phillips

THOUGHTS:   When I hear of people who aren't speaking to one another because of differences on "political issues" here at the Club, it bothers me.  Democrats and Republicans speak to each other and are friends.  And I feel very strongly that socially, we should all be friends.  Let's enjoy every day here at our wonderful place - KING'S GATE CLUB!        --- SJB

KGC FAIR CHAIRPERSONS:   These are the Chairpersons for our King's Gate Fair which will be held on Sat., March 22. Many of these Chairpersons need additional workers. Please contact a Chairperson to volunteer to help. A new Chairman is needed for the Millionnaire (Lotto Tickets) Raffle. Chuck Tompkins will provide training and assistance. Call me to volunteer.          --- Chuck McIntyre, Fair Chairman 480-9503



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News If ignorance is bliss, you'd think there'd be a lot more happy people.

Vol. XVI, No. 8 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 22, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, Feb. 22, Pizza Horse Race Party
Monday, Feb. 24, Honore Avenue Meeting, 2 PM, Clubhouse  (IMPORTANT EVERYONE ATTEND!)
Monday, Feb. 24, Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 27, New York - New Jersey Patio Party
Thursday, Feb. 27, KGC Solo Club

EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY:   We were sorry to learn of the passing of Hank Ouellette's brother, in Michigan.  Sympathy cards may be sent to 305 Castle Drive.          --- Blanche Madden,  480-1514

HORSE RACE PIZZA PARTY:   This event is TONIGHT for all those lucky people with tickets.  The horses are ready, the bookies are ready.  Bring your quarters.  BYOB.

HONORE AVE.- I-75 MEETING:   Please come and bring your neighbors to our Clubhouse on Monday, February 24, at 2:00 PM.  A new Honore Avenue plan will be presented by the Sarasota Highway Department with our Commissioner Jon Thaxton present.  It is imperative that all residents of the two King's Gate Parks and Laurel Landings make every effort to attend.             --- Don Moriarty

BOOK CLUB:   The February book choice is "Cross Creek" by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  Read the book and join us on Monday, February 24, at 12:40 PM in the Library.  This is 20 minutes earlier than originally planned so we can finish in time to go to the Honore Ave meeting at 2:00 PM.

KGC SOLO CLUB meets February 27th, 5 PM at Waterfrontoo Restaurant, 2205 N. Tamiami Trail.  Order from 14 Sunset Specials at $9.95.  Draft beer $1.85, glass of wine $3.50, well drinks $3.50.  Sign up in back.  Please wear your name tag and bring a solo friend.  I will be looking for you.  Any questions, call me at 485-1039.                --- Dick Bartlett

NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY PATIO PARTY: & nbsp;Don't forget to bring your drinks and hot or cold snacks to the New York-New Jersey Patio Party on Thursday, February 27 at 5 PM. Please wear name tags.  Any questions, call Barth's, 485-9714.

LADIES' SPRING LUNCHEON:   Ladies, it's time to get your tickets for the Spring Ladies' Luncheon and Fashion Show at Mission Valley Country Club on Thursday, March 6 at 12 noon. Hope you will all join us for a nice meal and lovely Spring fashions. Price $17 each, including gratuity.

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

VENICE ST. PATRICK'S PARADE, SATURDAY, MARCH 15:   Volunteer walkers needed to walk the route, following our float 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).

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

KGC-101 STUDY GROUP HAS FINISHED:   Average attendance was 15 at the six sessions. We looked at KGC Articles, By Laws, Rules, Finance, Policies, Round Table Operational Rules, and Roberts Rules of Order. At each session many questions were asked and answered. Club Manager Cindy Simmons came to the last session and explained her duties and responsibilities and responded to questions. Soon the Manager will be arranging group tours and explanations of our drinking water, sanitary sewer and swimming pool systems for anyone interested. Thanks to the 32 individuals who attended.             ---  Dick Phillips, Chairperson

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to Ruth and Val Zabielski, who have purchased 280 Ave. of Queens. They are from Kansasville, WI. Local phone 484-6611. We hope you will enjoy many happy years with us at KGC!

RENTERS:  Welcome to Stanley and Josephine Koncki, who are at 254 Camelot. They are here until April 1. We hope you enjoy your stay with us at KGC!

GATES CLOSED:   Because there has recently been a home broken into at the Club, a boat stolen and people driving around our community in autos who definitely do not belong here, it has been decided to keep our entrance gate (and exit gate) closed 24 hours a day. The Sheriff states "gypsies" who work together, often in multiple cars, may be coming through the area. The closing of the gates is done to insure the safety of the community and of us. Thanks for your cooperation.

I-75-WALL PROJECT:   Weather permitting, the project was to be completed on Thursday, February 20. The planning, prep work, and painting was a big job well done by our KGC Staff - Cindy, Ed and Vince - and the membership, consisting of: Mike McDonald, Neil Crane, Rich Davis, Dick Nolin, Jerry Morrissey, Gene Fournier, Tom Potts, Jack Varty, Lee Chiles, Norm Aubry, Hank Ouellette, Fred Scheerer, Jerry Robinson, Bob Van de Steene, Roger Nicely, Jim Alex, Don Toland, Jim Hyde, Dick Lyford, Roland Carey, Bruce Collins, Emil DePasquale, Bill Thurston, Ike Richards, Bud Porzio and Bob Cook. We apologize if anyone's name has been omitted who did participate. Contrary to what we were told two years ago, the wall is in fine condition and will be for many more years. "Congratulations" to ALL our capable and hard-working volunteers. MUCH APPRECIATED BY ALL OF US! (And a special thanks to Gene Fournier who coordinated the job of getting all these "willing workers").

WATERING RESTRICTIONS STILL IN EFFECT:   The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to maintain the previously imposed once a week watering restrictions, despite SWIFTMUD recommendations to allow twice a week watering.  Even numbered homes may water on Tuesday, odd numbers on Sunday between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.  Remember, this includes all sources of irrigation water including the lake or your own well.  Once a week watering restrictions will help maintain a low consumption rate while allowing time for the aquifer to recover after many months of drought.  Your cooperation is much appreciated in the effort to conserve a most valuable resource.            --- Cindy Simmons, KGC Manager

TOUR OF KGC FACILITIES:  Are you interesting in touring KGC facilities?  Due to popular demand, groups will be organized to tour the Water Plant, Waste Water Treatment Plant and Swimming Pool Facilities.  An explanation of facilities operation as well as a question/answer session will be conducted while on tour.  If interested, a sign up sheet is available in the Clubhouse.  Tours will begin sometime in early March - dates and time to be announced.                --- Cindy Simmons

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS ………. 2-17-03

Position     Team            Won              Lost      
1 3 45 27
2 8 44 27
3 1 41 31
4 2 36 36
5 7 35 36
6 4 30 42
7 6 29 43
8 5 27 45
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, February 24, at 9:30 AM.  Team #7 makes courts ready for play and is responsible for clean up after play.  The order of play is Yellow - Black - Yellow.             --- Gordy Brown

BOWLING:

Bowler
High Games High Series
John Schleicher
189
501
Charles Brady
213
586
Carole Gualdoni
208
510
Skeet Kast
---
455
Fred Carbone
---
551
Sports Award Dinner on March 26.  Tickets $10.00 per person.  Tickets will be sold in Clubhouse Saturdays in March.

THOUGHTS:   If you really want to show your appreciation to Don Moriarty for all the work he has done on the Honore Ave. project for ALL OF US, plan to attend the discussion about Honore Ave. at our clubhouse on Monday, February 24 at 2:00 PM. He has put in countless hours of work on this project over the years. Now he needs US - so PLEASE do plan to attend.              --- SJB



Round Table
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



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Vol. XVI, No. 10 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 8, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, March 8 - Tennis Tournament
Saturday, March 8 - "Anything Goes" Potluck and Talent Show - 5:30 PM Social, 6:00 PM Dinner
Sunday, March 9 - "Kiss Me Kate"
Monday, March 10 - New England Luncheon
Wednesday, March 12 - Round Table Executive Committee Meeting - EVERYONE IS INVITED
Wednesday, March 12 - Showtime with "Tom and Judy"
Thursday, March 13 - Bloodmobile
Friday, March 14 - Pancake Breakfast at KG RV Park
Saturday, March 15 - Venice St. Patrick's Day Parade - KGC Float and Flyers
Saturday, March 22 - THE FAIR IS JUST 2 WEEKS FROM TODAY

HEALTHLINE:   HANK AND JEANNE OUELLETTE thank you all for your kind expressions of sympathy upon the loss of Hank's brother.    The WINCHESTERS want to thank Maggie and Thurman Sorrell for going to Ft. Myers in the wee hours of the morning to bring them home to King's Gate after their auto accident.

---  Blanche Madden  480-1514

MEMBERS OF KINGS GATE:   My gratitude for the many cards, letters, phone calls, expressions of concern, and prayers for my recovery from my recent surgery.  King's Gate is truly a wonderful place to live.  Many, many thanks.

---  Peter Havey

KING'S GATE COOKS:   The KGC Cookbooks have just arrived and are on sale this morning for $8 each.

--- Betty McDonald

TODAY'S THE LAST DAY:   If you haven't filled out a ballot form regarding Honore Avenue, please enter your vote on a form available in the back of the room and put it in the box.  This is the last day we will be collecting these forms.  Every resident may vote.  Segment A is the portion that concerns us at King's Gate, and alignment 3 is our best choice.

--- Don Moriarty

TENNIS TOURNAMENT:   It's TODAY, rain date March 9.  Hot dogs and soda will be served.  Bring lawn chairs for more comfortable seating.

--- Joe Fischer

ATTENTION:   This is a reminder to all ticket holders to the Sarasota Men's Annual Barbershop Show, Sunday, March 9th at Van Wezel, "With a Song in My Heart," - Showtimes:  2:30 PM and 7:00 PM.  Additional questions:  Call John Canfield, 488-6150.  Available tickets can still be purchased at the door.

KGC TRAVEL:   Bus leaves 10:15 am for "Kiss Me Kate", Sunday 3/9.  Need wait list for "Sailor Circus".  What about show, "Buddy Holly", 4/27???  Do we get more sales to take a bus?  Or do we cancel?  Deadline 4/5.   Brand New this week - Happy Heart Tours (HHT)  "Back Roads & Country Inns", Oct 16-24. Flyers available. I have reserved 20 seats and need your deposit before you head north. Other spring tours with HHT - Myrtle Beach and New Orleans in March.  Hurry!  St Augustine, Key West, Branson, San Antonio, Reno, check 'em out.  HHT has a "Singles Mingle Club! - any questions, see Nip  485-9308.

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.

KGC LADIES GOLF:   The Bird Bay players will have a Tournament on Wed., March 12th.  Usual tee time and sign up sheet will be posted in the Clubhouse.

--- Barb Tompkins, 480-9294

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

CRAFT GROUP:   Everyone please come Thursday, March 13, to help label and inventory donated items for the Fair.

--- Barb Tompkins, 480-9294

RV PARK NEWS:   Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Pancake Breakfast at King's Gate RV Park next Friday, March 14, from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.  Let's show our appreciation for all of the events they attend at the Club.  (And thanks to all those who attended their Flea Market last Saturday.)

FAIR SET UP:   We will be starting to set up for the fair on Friday morning, March 14, at 9 AM. Those wishing to help with the setup, please report to the courtyard on the north side of the Clubhouse.

--- Roland Carey, Setup Chairperson

BEACH TIME:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Friday, March 14, 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

AFTER THE FAIR PIZZA PARTY:   Sign up for the party!  Where:  At next two Saturday meetings.  
Style:  You don't bring anything - it's all there!      Time:  4:30 PM (after the Fair closes)   
Cost:  $2.00 for Fair workers, $3.00 for non-workers.

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.

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

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).

BOWLING - Position Play   3-11-03:
Bowler
High Games High Series
Bill Thurston
-
501
Arlene Herbert
-
452
Dick Lyford
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507
Fred Carbone
209
568
Rod See
-
503
Charles Brady
214
530
Mary Ann Lyford
-
474
Hank Baxter
201
-
Jane Bonyai
-
463
George Ray
201
-

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS ………. 3-03-03
Position Team Games Won/Lost
1st 3 Won 65, Lost 43
2nd 8 Won 61 ½, Lost 46 ½
3rd 1 Won 61, Lost 47
4th 7 Won 55 ½, Lost 52 ½
5th 2 Won 52, Lost 65
6th 5 Won 46 ½, Lost 61 ½
6th 4 Won 46, Lost 62
7th 6 Won 44 ½, Lost 63 ½
Next week is position day and will determine the winner of the second half of the shuffling.  Team in 1st position will play team in 2nd position.  3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, and 7th & 8th position will play.
Next Day of shuffling is Monday, March 10, 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

RESTAURANT RAFFLE:    Buy tickets this morning - $10.  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:   This is especially for our new (and almost new) residents.  GET INVOLVED!  Right now your help will be welcome at our Annual Fair - and it's a wonderful chance to get acquainted. ---SJB



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

COMING EVENTS:  
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!
Saturday, March 22 - KING'S GATE CLUB ANNUAL FAIR
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.

FAIR WEEK SCHEDULE:
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:   www.vipworldtravel.com   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

BOWLING:
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.

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS ………. 3-10-03
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

REMEMBER - NO NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK, SO
BE SURE TO WATCH CHANNEL 33


Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
Alma Dupuis
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
News Many folks know how to say nothing. Few know when.

Vol. XVI, No. 12 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 29, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Monday, March 31 - KGC Book Club
Tuesday, April 1 - Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, W. Virginia, North & South Carolina Breakfast
Thursday, April 3 - New York-New Jersey Luncheon
Friday, April 4 - King's Gate Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, April 5 - Mardi Gras Spring Dance

HEALTHLINE:   At our Fair, Marge Hufford was hit by a motorized wheelchair.  Lois Dievendorf bandaged the cut on her leg; then Hank Ouellette took her to the hospital for stitches.  She is getting better and thanks those who helped her.   Jane Pack is recuperating nicely from hip surgery and thanks all who sent her cards and caring thoughts.

--- Blanche Madden 480-1514

BOOK CLUB REMINDER:   Join us on Monday, March 31, at 1:00 PM in the Library.   The March book choice is "Emperor of Ocean Park" by Stephen L. Carter.            --- Betty Dowling

NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY LUNCHEON:   Remember, this event is 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 TODAY.  Must have a ticket to attend.  Music by "Girl Talk."  Bring hors d'oeuvre, BYOB, and set-ups.

--- Reo Leach 484-3780

BOD NEWS:   Dick Lyford was appointed to the Board last Wednesday to fill the unexpired term of Dick Diggins who resigned.  Thanks to Dick Diggins for his work on the Board.

KGC TRAVEL:  Flyers of current schedule for Happy Heart Tours will be kept up to date in the literature rack at the Travel Board through the summer.  HHT has many day and multi-day tours for the summer season.  Please make your bookings with KGC Travel.  I plan to provide information for HHT and VIP links on the web site at: www.kgc.cc  click Travel.

--- Nip Barker - 485-9308

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER VERY SUCCESSFUL FAIR:   A lot of planning and hard work were required by over 200 residents.  Raising money for the Club, working together, meeting new people, and enjoying the whole experience is the goal of the Fair.  I want to THANK all the chairpersons and their teams for all the hard work they did this year to make the KGC Fair such a big success.              --- Chuck McIntyre

FAIR DEBRIEFING:   A meeting of the Fair Chairpeople will be held immediately after today's Round Table meeting in the Ceramics Room. Bring along your ideas on how we may improve the Fair for next year.               --- Chuck McIntyre

ST. PATRICK'S PARADE:   Sincere thank you to all the volunteers who walked the parade route with our beautiful float, distributing approximately 4,200 flyers promoting "Our Fair," and to the drivers who got us there and walked also.  The crowd always looks forward to knowing the date of the Fair.  Drivers and walkers were:  Walt and Jerrine Smith, Andy and Barbara Amatrudo, Bill and Eleanor Barth, Don Keele, Paul Sims, Betty McDonald, Don Richmond, Arlene Herbert, June McMains, Rae Burmaster, Mary Ann Lyford, Jane Haggerty, Neil and Lois Crane, Betty Dowling, Steen and Janet Meryweather, Linda Varty, Ernie and Judy Auerbach, Jean Ickes, Dave Westbrook, Nance Conklin, and Gene and Mickey Fournier.               --- Mickey Fournier

PARADE FLOAT BIG SUCCESS!  Big crew contributed:  Wayne Crippin and Jack Boorsma on construction; Jim Steele, transportation; Fred Carbone, signs; Blanche Madden, Charlotte Alex, Ginny Ewing, Sandy McIntyre, and Judy Crippin, decoration; Linda Varty, sign; Sandra Eade, Ginny Ewing, Judy Crippin, and Jeanne Randall, Leprechauns; Fred Lewis as the snowbird; Chuck McIntyre, candy purchase; and Dick Madden, design.  Thanks a bunch, folks!

FLEA MARKET:   Thanks to all the ladies and men who unloaded the trailers and helped sort and clean everything during set-up.  Thanks to all who worked the day of the Fair and to those who showed up to help even if they weren't on the list.  A special thanks to Angie and Ike Richards who worked all year packing items as they were dropped off at the trailer.  Their hard work all year long is greatly appreciated.  Patty Ray, thank you doesn't cover it for all the work you do, especially this year when things were put in another pattern.  No one knows how much you do.  A Big THANK YOU.

--- Barb Tatge

RESTAURANT RAFFLE:   Thanks to everyone who participated in the Restaurant Raffle.  We raised over $500 for the Fair.  A special thanks to Gerry Coleman who helped sell the tickets and Shirley Bethke who donated certificates from Applebee's.  Congratulations to Rex and Ruth Ingerick who won the $100 Grand Prize.  Congratulations also go to Dick Bartlett who won a gift certificate to Rosebuds, Ann Kellum who also won a certificate to Rosebuds, Dottie and Jerry Morrissey who won a certificate to Flying Bridge, and Pat and Hank Baxter who won a certificate to Applebee's.

--- Arlene Hyde

FAIR DAY 50-50 RAFFLE:   As Chairman of the 50-50 Raffle, I would like to extend a special thanks to all Committee members on their special effort put forth to make this a record setting event…
The winner of $947 was Rodger Warren of Tecumseh, Michigan, located about fifty miles north of Toledo, Ohio.  They have been vacationing in the local area and saw signs for the Fair.                   --- Jerry Becker

THE POOL FLOAT DIDN'T SINK!   The pool float was great this year thanks to Charlotte Alex's artistic work and the floral decorations by her, Blanche Madden, Judy Crippin, and Sandra Eade.  Wayne Crippin and John Eade provided the transportation to and from the pool.  (Did you notice that the alligator's tail wiggled?)              --- Dick Madden, Designer

A GREAT PIZZA PARTY:   202 Fair workers consumed 70 pizzas, 9 cases of beer, 9 liters of wine, and a bunch of sodas for a good relief after the Fair.  Special thanks to John Eade for much, much work and to his delivery boy, Wayne Crippin.  Also, special thanks to John's wife, Sandra, and Roland Carey and his crew for set-up and clean-up.  You can't beat KGC for volunteering.                   --- Dick Madden, Chair

NEW OWNERS:   We welcome the following new owners:

The Tylers have been renting in the Club this winter, and the Wagners and Colliers have been at the RV Park.   We hope you all enjoy many happy years at KGC!

CRAFT GROUP:   Crafts will be suspended until the Fall.  In October we will do Swedish weaving.  Those of you with good patterns for placemats or table runners, please contact Barb Tompkins at 480-9294.  
A big thank you to all who contributed to the Craft Table at the Fair, to those who worked behind the table, and to those who bought our crafts.  Special thanks to Linda Varty and Judy Auerbach who coordinate the Craft Table.         --- Barb Tompkins

GUIDE DOGS:   We were very pleased to have representatives with Southeastern Guide Dogs in attendance during the "Fair".  Donations totaled $155.  This amount will go towards our "Goal" to raise funds to "Name a Puppy" by KGC.  Three ways to help Support SEGDI - donation of Dollars, donation of Expendable Items and donation of Time, by volunteering to help at the kennels with the puppies and walk the dogs.  Check out the website: www.guidedogs.org   Pick up literature at Bulletin Board - or - see me with your questions.                  --- Nip Barker

2003 SPORTS AWARD DINNER:   123 people attended this event last Wednesday evening.  Dinner was delicious - Chicken Cordon Bleu - and after dinner Awards Presentation followed.  Awards were given to participants in Shuffleboard, Women's Golf, Men's Golf, Tennis, Regatta and Bowling.  The party was hosted by the Bowlers this year.  Don Fisher was Chairperson and M.C. for the evening.  Many, many people worked hard to help make this party successful and our THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

BOWLING:   Congratulations to 1st Place Team:  Bobcats - George Ray, Sandy Titus, Rex Ingerick, and Anne Fisher.  2nd Place Team:  Sharks - Ernie Morawa, Jane Haggerty, Cheryl Patricca, and George Reardon.  April 2 will be final week of bowling for $$$.  Singles - total pins including handicap.  End of season.  A big thank you to all the bowlers for their help on the Sports Award Dinner.  

SHUFFLEBOARD will start on November 10, 2003.  Anyone who wishes to play must sign up for the 2003-2004 season.  Full-time players must be available for play on November 10, 2003.                 --- Tom Patricca

NEW KGC PHONEBOOKS are being printed and will soon be given to owners who have verified and signed their Resident Profile Form.   Thanks to Wren McMains, you longer need to rewrite all your information on this form each year.  The forms are preprinted with information currently on file in the Office.  The dates and times to come up to the Clubhouse will appear on Channel 33.  For those who have not already verified their new Resident Profile Form, please bring:

Directories will be available for $2 to renters and owners who want an extra copy.               --- Sandy McIntyre

LAUREL NOKOMIS SCHOOL:    If you're interested in volunteering at the Laurel Nokomis School  in the Fall (or in April and May), now is the time to go to the school to register as a volunteer.    Volunteers are needed as reading tutors (Reading Pals), math tutors, and for various non-tutoring activities such as helping with Field Day, the Fun Run, or the Book Fair.  Call Sandy McIntyre, 480-9503 for further information.

THOUGHTS:   Events are beginning to "wind down" at the Club.  Where has this year gone?  But, for the Snowbirds, there are still activities to enjoy, events taking place, and wonderful weather so you can enjoy the swimming pool.  And, finally, make a new friend or two before you leave for the summer.  We have many new residents who want to become acquainted with others.  You full-time residents can do all of the above all year.  In short, enjoy every minute you are at KGC!

--- SJB




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