Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Don't be afraid to be first...first to nod, first to smile, first to speak and first to forgive.

Vol. XVI, No. 13 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 5, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Saturday, April 5 - Mardi Gras Spring Dance
Sunday, April 6 - Putt Putt Golf Tournament
Wednesday, April 9 - Round Table Executive Committee Meeting

NEW KGC PHONEBOOKS:   Owners may pick up their Resident Profile Forms at the back of the hall before the meeting, fill in emergency contacts and other information, and return them after the meeting in order to receive a new directory.  Also, if you haven't already done so, please sign a Waiver form indicating whether your Club mailings may be delivered to your clip to save postage.   Extra directories are available for $2 each.  The directories will also be available at the Office during the week.

--- Sandy McIntyre

ROUND TABLE PRESENTS:  TONIGHT - Spring Dance - Mardi Gras - 7:00 PM.  Must have a ticket to attend.  Music by "Girl Talk."  Bring hors d'oeuvre, BYOB, and set-ups.      --- Reo Leach

NEW OWNER:   Welcome to Josi Merkin who has purchased 85 King Arthur Drive.  She is from Stamford, CT.   She's listed in the new KGC phonebook, but you'll need to add her phone number (488-1390).   We wish you many happy years at KGC!

ROUND TABLE NEWS:   Vince Caudy is Acting Chair for the Round Table during Don Lambiotte's absence.  Vince can be reached at 486-0725.

CORRECTION:   New residents Tom and Elinor Tyler have purchased 108 King Arthur Drive, formerly Elmendorf residence.

ORCHIDS:   Our sincere thanks to Ike Richards who has been in charge of recycling at KGC for several years.  We appreciate the work you have done FOR US, Ike, and the money you have collected for the Club.   Ike and new Chair of Recycling, Dick Lyford, recently collected $289.22 for the Club by the aluminum they turned in.  Thanks, Guys!    (And it's our guess that Ike will continue to help Dick.)

TRAVEL NEWS:   Nip Barker reduced the Operating Balance in the Travel account and at the end of the operating year, he turned an additional $1,500 in to the Round Table.  Again, Nip, we thank you for ALL the work you have done as Travel Committee Chair.

GUIDE DOGS:   There are six openings for the two-hour tour of Southeastern Guide Dogs on April 8th at 9:30am.   You are on your own.   Signup sheet is on the Bulletin Board.  Map and directions will be delivered to you.   You will enjoy learning more about this wonderful organization.   If you wish to volunteer your time at SEGDI, please ask for a form and card.

Thanks       --- Nip,   485-9308

TENNIS TIPS:   The last session of Tennis Tips was March 27th.  We had 9 players sign up and usually had 5 to 7 players out for each session.   We enjoyed having the program and hope all the players will keep playing during the summer.

--- Alex Ferris & Don Keele

BOWLING:   Congratulations to the winners of our two-week single Bowling for Bucks - 3/25 & 4/1.  
        1.  Angela Richards 1214 1.  Bob Froehlich 1214
        2.  Carole Gualdoni 1203 2.  George Ray 1208
        3.  Grace See 1196 3.  Tom Patricca 1206
        4.  Judy Skowron 1155 4.  John Schleicher 1202
It's the end of the season.    Have a great summer.

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

FAIR FINAL FIGURES:   A report of the income and expenses for each activity at the Fair appears on the back of this week's paper Newsletter. You may pick up a copy in the Clubhouse or ask to see a friend's copy. The Fair was very successful bringing in almost as much as last year's Fair (only $63 less net).

THOUGHTS:   A friend of mine publishes a little magazine.  This issue says the art of life is constant adjusting to circumstances.  DO NOT LOOK BACK.  It will neither give you back your past nor satisfy your daydreams.  Your duty, your reward, your destiny, are here and now.  This goes along with enjoying every minute you are fortunate enough to live at King's Gate Club.  Every day is a gift for us to cherish.              --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Never ASSUME because it makes an ASS out of U and ME.

Vol. XVI, No. 14 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 12, 2003

COMING EVENTS:
Sunday, April 13 - KGC Regatta
Monday, April 14 - Memorial Service for Betty Markoff
Wednesday, April 16 - Board of Directors Meeting - 9:00 AM
Thursday, April 17 - Jetty Picnic

HEALTHLINE:   Betty Markoff, 326 King Arthur Dr., passed away on April 5.  Details of her Memorial Service are provided below.  Donations in her name may be given to your favorite charity.     Betty McDonald has been at Bon Secours with seizures, but came home Wednesday and is quickly gaining strength.     Agnes Flanagan broke her hip and is at Bon Secours where she is doing well.

--- June McMains

IN MEMORY:   A Memorial Service for Betty Markoff, wife of Bill Markoff, mother of five children, will be held on Monday, April 14, at 9:00 AM in the Clubhouse.   Join family and friends in the recognition of Betty's faith and her service to our community.  Your participation is invited.  Father Steve will conduct the services.

--- Wayne Anderson

BOAT RACES:   The next KGC Regatta will be held on the lake on Sunday April 13th at 1:30 PM.  As a repeat, we will be serving hot dogs and other goodies. Don't miss the last regatta event of the season.

--- Commodore, Jerry Becker

SCHEDULE CHANGE:   Movement for Health   -   Tues. 4/15 at 11:00 AM,  Thurs. 4/17 at 11:00 AM.

--- Gigi Conway

JETTY PICNIC:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Thursday, April 17th at the North Jetty.  Bring a dish to pass, your beverage, dinner service, and come on down to the Jetty. Gather and social time 5 PM, eat at 6 PM.  Hope to see you.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

KING'S GATE SOLOS' CLUB meeting at Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, Thurs., April 24 at 5:30 PM.  Order from the menu, special price on drinks.  Please sign up and ask a Solo friend to come with you.  Wear your name tag.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.

--- Dick B., 485-1039

KGC BOOK CLUB:   We're reading "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham this month, and will meet on Monday, April 28 at 1:00 PM in the Library.  All Welcome.

--- Betty Dowling

KGC TRAVEL:   Internet web pages for Travel have been updated and will be posted soon at www.kgc.cc for your information of V.I.P. World Travel and Happy Heart Tours Schedules.   The KGC season schedule will be available on October 1, 2003.   Application for Travel Chairperson(s) are still being accepted (as there have been none so far).

--- Nip Barker

GUIDE DOGS:   Six big boxes of linens, towels and other goods left from the Fair were donated to SEGDI and they were elated.  They were able to use every scrap and thank us very much.  We thank the group that visited SEGDI last Tuesday.  Their monetary and materials donations were very welcomed.  If anyone wishes to do volunteer work at SEGDI such as "Walking the Dogs" and "Hugging the Puppies,"  please see Nip for a Volunteer Form and Card.   Future orientation tours will be scheduled in the Fall. Thanks for your interest.

--- Nip Barker

RENTERS:   Welcome to Nettie and Yvon Boissonneault who are renting 34 Castle Dr. for April and May.  They are from Victoria, BC, and are former owners here.   Local phone:   480-1642.   Enjoy your stay with us at KGC!

WELCOME:   Welcome to new Maintenance Man Bob Mains who has joined the King's Gate staff.

SPRING DANCE:   Mardi Gras was the theme for the dance last Saturday evening at the Clubhouse.  Decorations were lovely, hors d'oeuvres were delicious and the music by "Girl Talk" was delightful.  Thanks to Reo and Harley Leach who were Chairpersons for this event.  Another great evening at KGC!

--- Shirley Bethke

THANKS:   A huge Thank You to the committee for our Spring Dance - Mardi Gras, April 5.  Janet & Arnold Baldwin, Lucille & Wayne Anderson, Mary Jane & Al Rodecki, Doreen & Gary Exner, Judy & Wayne Crippin, Mary Ann & Dick Lyford, Cozy & Ray Hawks, Gloria Whisonant & Vince Caudy, Win & Bob Van de Steen, and Patty & George Ray.

--- Reo & Harley Leach

NEW KGC PHONEBOOKS:   Owners may verify their Resident Profile Forms at the Office and pick up their new KGC phone directory.   Extra copies are available to renters and owners for $2 each.

--- Sandy McIntyre

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

THOUGHTS:   King's Gate Club is a wonderful place!  That's why we all have bought here.  Using a line from a popular song of a few years ago, let's "Accentuate the Positive."  Enjoy your week here in Paradise. --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Money isn't everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

Vol. XVI, No. 15 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 19, 2003

COMING EVENTS:  
Thursday, April 24 - Solos Dinner at Oyster Bar

CONDOLENCES:   Our deepest sympathy to Bill Markoff on the death of his wife, Betty, and to their four sons and daughter who were all here for Betty's Memorial Service on Monday.  Bill and Betty have been residents of King's Gate Club for about twenty years.   As well as being a caring wife, mother, and friend, Betty was a fun-loving person who enjoyed cards, ceramics, bowling, and traveling.   She will be missed by family and friends.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Sandy McFarland for organizing the New York - New Jersey Theater Party on April 16th.  A group of 38 from King's Gate attended the play "The Taffetas, a musical journey through the fabulous fifties."   We all enjoyed singing along with the wonderful cast.  A great time was had by all who attended the play held at the Venice Little Theater.                         --- Jean Ickes

KING'S GATE SOLOS' CLUB meeting at Oyster Bar, 7250 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, Thurs., April 24 at 5:30 PM.  Order from the menu, special price on drinks.  Please sign up and ask a Solo friend to come with you.  Wear your name tag.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.                       --- Dick B., 485-1039

KGC PHONEBOOK CORRECTION:  Please delete the summer address for Lou and Lydia Johnson as the street, city, and ZIP are incorrect.  The summer phone number is correct.                        --- Sandy McIntyre

KGC BOOK CLUB:   We're reading "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham this month, and will meet on Monday, April 28 at 1:00 PM in the Library.  All Welcome.                    --- Betty Dowling

NEW KGC PHONEBOOKS:   Owners may verify their Resident Profile Forms at the Office and pick up their new KGC phone directory.   Extra copies are available to renters and owners for $2 each.                     --- Sandy McIntyre

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

KGC FAIR:  Thanks to Patty Ray for creating the spreadsheet which was printed on the back of the paper verions showing the Fair's Net Profit for each year back to 1991.   We're already thinking of ways to improve the Fair next year.  Chairpersons are currently discussing ways to improve the traffic flow for the 2004 Fair.                 --- Chuck McIntyre



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Vol. XVI, No. 16 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 26, 2003

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to Lowell and Kae Hardesty who have purchased 21 Castle Drive, phone 485-4229.  They are from Louisburg, Kansas.  We hope you enjoy many happy years at KGC!

JETTY PICNIC:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Wednesday, April 30th, at the North Jetty.  Bring a dish to pass, your beverage, dinner service and come on down to the Jetty. Gather and social time at 5 PM, eat at 6 PM .  Hope to see you.           --- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

KGC PHONEBOOK CORRECTION:   Please note these corrections on the list of Round Table Committee Chairpersons:  Bloodbank - Bob Johnson; Ceramics - Fran Yaros.          --- Sandy McIntyre

FREE DRUG OFFER:   Contact Lee or Jean Ickes, 116 Camelot, 488-8967, if you can use 65 tablets of Gemfibrozil (generic of Lopid) 600 mg.

KGC BOOK CLUB:  The Monday, April 28 meeting for discussion of "The Hours"  by Michael Cunningham has been cancelled.  Meetings will resume in the Fall.         --- Betty Dowling

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 Nov. 10, 2003.             --- Tom Patricca

NINETY-ONE by  Ann Hafferkamp (former resident and mother of Ellie DeWalt, 208 Squire).

Some may wonder how I feel
Now that I am nearly ninety-one
Is it only the young generation
That is having any fun?

I enjoy reading a good book
Of adventures on land and sea
Or listen to a good sermon
Sunday morning on TV.

It is fun to do crossword puzzles
And maybe a cryptogram or two
I play bridge every chance I get
And the game of Scrabble too.

It's great to be with my family
Share the pride and admiration
Of each member's accomplishment
Or a birthday celebration.

THOUGHTS:   The weather is perfect, there are still activities, we have a lovely swimming pool, and there are still many people here, SO enjoy each day at KGC!         --- SJB



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?

Vol. XVI, No. 17 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida May 3, 2003

HEALTHLINE:   Vivian Wahrer of 198 Squire Ct. sent a note asking KGC members to please pray for her husband, Bob, as he begins radiation therapy at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.    E-mail health news to:  blanche@kgc.cc

--- Blanche Madden

KGC TRAVEL:   Happy Heart Tours (HHT) has scheduled five dates to see the road show of the "ROCKETTES" direct from New York.  First time ever in Florida.  Dates are Dec 16, 17, 18, 24, 31 at Tampa Performing Arts Center.  See flyer.  There are still a few seats available for 12/16 reserved for KGC.    Also encouraging you to consider "Back Roads & Country Inns", Oct 16-24 - Custom Tour - Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina. We have reserved 20 seats on this tour, have several booked - think about it - make your deposit soon.   Book with Nip 485-9308 or Mary Lou 484-6807.   The KGC TRAVEL web pages have been updated on the KGC site www.kgc.cc.   Click on the various links to access HHT schedule (open for summer tours) and VIP "Independent" travel escorted cruises and tours.  Thank you for your consideration.                      --- Nip Barker

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

JETTY PICNIC:   The next Jetty Picnic will be Thursday, May 8th at the North Jetty.  Bring a dish to pass, your beverage, dinner service and come on down to the Jetty.  Gather and social time 5 PM, eat at 6 PM.  Hope to see you.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

LADIES LUNCH:   Thursday, May 15, 11:30 AM at Café Amié, Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave., Venice.  Choice of four entrees for $13.50 (includes beverage, tax, and tip).  Please sign up on the bulletin board.

--- Mary Jane Christopherson and Lucille Anderson

THANKS:   The cards and other expressions of concern, offers of help, and food are gratefully acknowledged and thoroughly appreciated.                       --- Lois Gaines

CHAIRPERSONS:   Please check to see that your activities and/or events appear on the new monthly calendars which can be found at www.kgc.cc  (There are links to the Calendar on the "Activities", "Events", and "What's New" pages as well as the "Home" page.)   Check listings for both the summer and for next fall.   Report incorrect or missing listings by e-mailing calendar@kgc.cc or giving them to the Office.   Also verify that a contact person is listed on "Contact People" page and is correct.                      --- Wren McMains

FROM THE MAILBAG:   Here is the address of the poetess of Ninety-One printed last week:

Ann Hafferkamp, 725 Fox Run Rd. #136, Findlay, OH   45840
She stays busy with Bible Study, Bingo, Scrabble, crossword puzzles and reading, and would enjoy receiving mail from old friends.   She owned in KGP from 1976 to 1986, when she moved to KGC.

SUMMER NEWS:   Please let your KGC friends know what you're up to this summer by sending me interesting happenings for the Newsletter.  Send e-mails to sandymac@comcast.net or mail to 37 King Arthur Dr.

--- Sandy McIntyre



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News A mother holds her children's hands for a while, their hearts forever.

Vol. XVI, No. 18 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida May 10, 2003

COMING EVENTS:
Sunday, May 11 - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all KGC mothers
Thursday, May 15 - Ladies Lunch

HEALTHLINE:   Joann Lemonds wishes to thank all who thought of her with prayers, cards, flowers, food, and visits after her knee surgery - the gestures were very much appreciated.
Former owner Gladys Richter recently had successful gall bladder surgery.  She came to King's Gate for a short visit and stayed with Marge Hufford.  
For Healthline items, please  e-mail:   blanche@kgc.cc               --- Blanche Madden

CONDOLENCES:   Our deepest sympathy to the family of Marjorie Primeau, 39 King Arthur Dr., who passed away on Good Friday, April 18, in Providence, R.I.   She and her husband, Ray, who died Nov. 24, 2002, were married 64 years and had four daughters and one son.   The Primeaus were residents of King's Gate Club since 1986.   Cards may be sent to the "The Family of Marjorie Primeau" at the northern address shown in the KGC phonebook.

EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY:   Betty Dowling's mother passed away on April 28 in New York at the age of 98.   Her name was Mary E. Lynch.   Betty and Tom (196 Castle Dr.) celebrated her life with a beautiful ceremony with all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.

LADIES LUNCH:   Thursday, May 15, 11:30 AM at Café Amié, Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave., Venice.  Choice of four entrees for $13.50 (includes beverage, tax, and tip).  Please sign up on the bulletin board.

--- Mary Jane Christopherson and Lucille Anderson

KING'S GATE SOLOS' CLUB meeting at Marker 4 Oyster Bar at Fisherman's Warf, 505 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, May 29th - 5:30 PM.  Order from the menu.  Please wear your name tag and ask a Solo friend to come with you.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.            --- Dick Bartlett, 485-1039

KGC TRAVEL:   We now have six booked on the Happy Heart Tour  "Back Roads & Country Inns" for Oct 16-24.  Deposit $100 - book soon.   Also "Rockettes" at Tampa Dec 16 is selling well.  Now have 21 booked.  Still vacancies on this bus - but you better book at least a deposit of $60 to reserve with the KGC group.  Other dates available.  See flyer.   Many have asked for Branson!! - HHT has Fly to Branson Nov 13-18 with 9 shows.  Flyer at carousel.   Many day tours during the summer, check the schedule, also available at www.kgc.cc/travel           --- Nip Barker

WATER EXERCISE:   Summer hours (start at 8:30 AM) will go into effect on Monday, May 12.

--- Joan Aubry

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to the following new owners:
  - Robert & Evelyn Donovan (Bob & Lyn), 331 Camelot Dr.  They are from West Springfield, MA.
  - John & Virginia Kureja, 68 King Arthur Dr., phone 485-4457.  They are from Plainfield, IL, and formerly resided in King's Gate RV Park.
We hope you all enjoy MANY happy years at King's Gate Club!

DO YOU NEED HELP EVACUATING IF A HURRICANE COMES OUR WAY?
Hurricane Ana, the first Atlantic tropical storm of 2003, formed more than five weeks before the hurricane season officially begins on June 1.  This early storm posed no threat to land, but it's a reminder to start making preparations.  The Sarasota County Emergency Management Department provides evacuation and shelter assistance during emergencies to pre-registered "special needs" residents who have a medical or physical condition requiring special assistance or who must have continuous access to electric power for life support. To register for this service or to obtain more details regarding eligibility, call 861-5932.

Special needs residents will need to complete paperwork and have it signed by their doctor and return it to the Emergency Management Office to be registered. Each year they will be receiving renewal forms that need to be completed and returned to continue their registration. Upon declaration of an emergency by Sarasota County, pre-registered residents will be contacted by the County to arrange for an evacuation to hospital, nursing home, shelter or other suitable site.

KGC residents who do not meet the County's "special needs" criteria, but who may need assistance during evacuation, should make arrangements with friends and neighbors for help during an evacuation. If you know someone who might need County evacuation assistance, please let them know about this service and offer to help them obtain and complete the pre-registration forms.

THOUGHTS:   This morning we are packing to head north, and I can't believe another season has already gone at KGC.  This has been a sad year as we have lost some members to death and moving "back home."  It is a happy year as we acquire nice new residents.  And, as I look at the programs, activities and work that has been - and is being done - here at KGC, it shows what can be accomplished as we all work together.  Till Fall, I say, everyone have a wonderful summer wherever you may be, and most of all STAY HEALTHY!               --- Shirley Bethke




A MOTHER'S WORK IS NEVER DONE

A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon.  When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother.  "Well," said her mother "so how was the honeymoon?"  "Oh, mama," she replied, the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic."  Suddenly she burst out crying.  "But, mama, as soon as we returned Sam started using the most horrible language -- things I'd never heard before!  I mean, all these awful 4-letter words!  You've got to come get me and take me home.  PLEASE MAMA!"

"Sarah, Sarah," her mother said, "calm down! Tell me, what could be so awful?  WHAT 4-letter words?"  "Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrassed they're just too awful! COME GET ME, PLEASE !!!"  "Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset.  Tell your mother the 4-letter words!" Still sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, mama...words like:  Dust, Wash, Iron, and Cook.   OH MOM, PLEASE COME GET ME, PLEASE !!!"

Animated Rose


Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.... It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

Vol. XVI, No. 19 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida May 17, 2003

COMING EVENTS:
Wednesday, May 21 - Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, May 22 -Jetty Picnic - Last of the season
Thursday, May 29 - Solos Dinner at Marker 4 Oyster Bar

HEALTHLINE:   
Bud Schmidt, 304 Ave. of Dukes, was in Bon Secours Hospital for over a week where he underwent stomach surgery and lots of tests.  He came home on Tuesday and is beginning to feel better.
Ellie Lambiotte will be doing Healthline for the summer.  Please call her at 486-1749 or e-mail dgle@webtv.net to report sickness, injury, or death.                       --- Blanche Madden

THANK YOU very much for all expressions of concern, cards, food, visits, and prayers during my recent illness.

--- Betty McDonald

LAST JETTY PICNIC FOR THE SEASON:   Thursday, May 22nd, Social hour 5-6 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 also to feed about 10 people.  Newcomers remember to bring beverage, plate and silverware, snacks for social hour.

--- Claire Becker and Gloria Carey

KING'S GATE SOLOS' CLUB meeting at Marker 4 Oyster Bar at Fisherman's Warf, 505 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, May 29th - 5:30 PM.  Order from the menu.  Please wear your name tag and ask a Solo friend to come with you.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.             --- Dick Bartlett, 485-1039

FLU SHOTS:   October 22, 2003, 1 PM - 3 PM in the Hall.  If you've already signed up, please do so again, as someone took the sign-up sheets down.   Thank you.                --- Eleanor Gregory

KGC TRAVEL:   Tentative Travel schedule for Fall 2003 - Spring 2004 as follows:
11/08/03 - 7 day Caribbean Cruise (non-escorted - low fare)
12/7/03 - "White Christmas Revue" Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre (BPDT)
1/18/04 - The Pajama Game" BPDT
2/5/04 (tentative) - River Cruise with Lunch
2/19/04 (week of) - 7 or 10 day Caribbean Cruise (50th anniversary - Jackie & Nip)
3/14/04 - "Carousel" Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre
4/2/04 - Sailor Circus
Final schedule will be available October 1 by mail and website.  Day and multi-day trips available from Happy Heart Tours all year.  Book through KGC Travel.  Travel destinations to the World - VIP World Travel - anytime, anywhere.   Please check the website:   www.kgc.cc/travel   for information, news and schedules.
Travel Committee is seeking a replacement Travel Coordinator - Interested?  Please talk to Nip - 485-9308 for details.

ORCHIDS to Mary Jane Christopherson and Lucille Anderson for hosting the very successful Ladies Luncheon at Café Amié at the Venice Art Center on Thursday.  Thirty-nine King's Gate Club women enjoyed the charming atmosphere, good company, and excellent food.  After lunch they had the opportunity to appreciate the artwork of local school children which is now on display at the Art Center.

FROM THE E-MAIL INBOX:   Congratulations to Allan & Mary Ellen Elliott on celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  They owned 150 Duchess and left last year.

KGC RESIDENT HONORED:   Congratulations to Gary Townsend (211 Castle Dr.) who was awarded the 2003 Lewiston Mayor and Supervisor's Award in Niagara County, New York, for his service to his community.  Gary has been a member of the Sanborn Fire Company for almost 40 years and held many offices including Fire Chief.  His was instrumental in starting a Fire Prevention Bureau (which he chaired for 22 years), helping to set up a hazardous material department, and establishing a town park.  Also, Gary is President of the Sanborn Area Historical Society and has worked towards the development of several museums to preserve the area's history, promote tourism, and create job opportunities.  A newspaper clipping with the details and a photo is on the bulletin board.

COUNTY NEWS:   For residents who have asked for an update on some road projects, I received the following from Frank Domongo of the Sarasota Highway Department.  
  -  Pinebrook Rd. extension from Venice Avenue to Center Road which will make it easier to get to the Health Center and points east is to be built by Pelican Point developer and will be advertised for bid this coming June and construction will be in the Fall of 2003.
  -  Border Road just east of I-75 to Jacaranda Blvd. will be paved in 2004 which will give us easy access to Jacaranda Blvd. and the Wal-Mart area without getting onto I-75.
 -  The appraisal on our 8+ acres is being reviewed by the firm of Wilson-Miller working for the Sarasota County and should be complete in the next 45 days or about the first of July.

--- Don Moriarty

PHONEBOOK CORRECTION:   Chuck and Judy Leight (162 Castle Dr.) are the new Coffee Chairpersons.  Thanks again to Lois Dievendorf for ensuring for many years that we had coffee every Saturday morning.

CHOCOLATE



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product that they do on advertising, and they wouldn't have to advertise it.    -- Will Rogers

Vol. XVI, No. 20 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida May 24, 2003

COMING EVENTS:
Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day Potluck - YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP THIS MORNING!
Thursday, May 29 - Solos Dinner at Marker 4 Oyster Bar

HEALTHLINE:   Robert and Vivian Wahrer, 198 Squire Ct., are at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville where Bob is undergoing radiation therapy.  They will return to King's Gate on June 26.   They would enjoy hearing from their friends in King's Gate:   Robert and Vivian Wahrer, 90 Mayo Clinic, 4400 San Pablo Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32234.
Bill Ostergaard, former owner of 81 King Arthur Dr., fell and broke his ankle on May 10th.  He is in a nursing home recuperating.  Cards would be appreciated.  Grace and Bill Ostergaard, c/o The Harbor Campground, 1021 Highway 32, Three Lakes, WI 54562.   
On May 12, Jeanne Winget, 328 King Arthur Dr., joined the King's Gate knee replacement club.  She came home on Friday, May 16.  She is getting along fine and wants to thank all for the cards she has been receiving.

--- Ellie Lambiotte, 486-1749

DEAR FRIENDS AT KGC:  Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful during the time of my Mother's death.  Every card, prayer and kind words is deeply appreciated.           Sincerely,    Betty and Tom Dowling

KING'S GATE SOLOS CLUB meeting at Marker 4 Oyster Bar at Fisherman's Wharf, 505 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, May 29th - 5:30 PM.   Order from the menu.   Please wear your name tag and ask a Solo friend to come with you.  Any questions or need a ride, call me.       --- Dick Bartlett, 485-1039

KGC TRAVEL:   Now have eight reserved for "Back Woods", eight for "Branson" 11/13, and 25 for "Rockettes" 12/16. Still room to book on these, but don't expect them to be available come October!!!!!!!   I will have info soon on the Holland America Veendam cruise from Tampa November 8th. Send me an email at nipbar@kgc.cc if you are interested in this cruise.   Lowest rate should be $399 plus.  I will email you when we have the cruise setup with VIP.      --- Nip

MARY WHO?   Mary Ann Lyford was omitted from the list of Block Captains in the front of the KGC Phonebook…..and Mary Lou Richmond is listed twice.  Sorry for the omission, Mary Ann.  It must have been the word processing gremlin.

--- Sandy McIntyre

NEWSLETTER ARTICLES:   Please give articles for the Newsletter to Art Carlson at 137 Camelot Dr. or e-mail them to him at arthurcarl@comcast.net, and type "NEWS" and the date(s) you want the article to be printed in the Subj. blank of the e-mail.   Please submit articles prior to Thursday morning.   Art will send the Newsletter to Wren McMains to post on the internet for all our northern readers.  Chuck and I are going on vacation.                       --- Sandy McIntyre

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE:   June 1, 1881 - The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida sold 4 million acres of land of which the King's Gate Club was part, to Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia for 1 million dollars.  In 1910, Adrian C. Honore became title holder and sold it to his sister Bertha Honore Palmer of the Chicago Palmer House fame.  Her home still stands at Spanish Lakes in Osprey.  On April 22, 1927, Doctor Fred Albee purchased 448 acres which included our site.  After several transactions involving mortgages, foreclosures and estate settlements, the land of which we are a part passed into the hands of Edith R. Hurt.  Upon the settlement of her estate it passed into the hands of her children.  The land that the two King's Gates are on was purchased by Lynn C. Morey from Carlton Hurt in the name of King's Gate Campers Holiday in 1975.  The Hurt children still own the property south and east of our parks and just sold 50 some acres at Laurel Road and I-75 to the Sarasota County for ? million dollars for the extension of Honore Avenue named after Bertha of the Palmer House.  (Excerpts from the King's Gate Journal in our library.)                  --- Don Moriarty

MEMORIAL DAY:   This holiday marks the beginning of summer and is traditionally a time for celebration and outings with family and friends.  Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember the U.S. men and woman who lost their lives serving their country.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it was established in 1868 to commemorate the dead from the Civil War. Over the years it came to serve as a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action in all wars.   Venice isn't having a Memorial Day Parade, but there will be a special program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Patriots Park at Venetia Bay, U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice.  All veterans, families and friends are welcome to attend.  Bring a lawn chair.  Also, sign up to join your fellow King's Gaters at the Memorial Day Potluck Monday evening.



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Marriage is somewhat like undertaking a Lego project without instructions.

Vol. XVI, No. 21 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida May 31, 2003

CONDOLENCES: Hank Bette's mother passed away Wednesday, May 28th at the Heritage Nursing Home. Her ashes will be sent to New Jersey.     --- Ellie Lambiotte, 486-1749

REMEMBER: Please give articles for the Newsletter to Art Carlson at 137 Camelot Dr. or e-mail arthurcarl@comcast.net typing NEWS and the date in the Subj. blank. Please turn in articles before Thursday, and the paper is completed on Thursday morning.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE: March 30, 1977 - The trust agreement was finalized and the announcement of the new King's Gate Club was made to the people living at the King's Gate R.V. Park. A new concept for an adult mobile home community, owned and operated on a non-profit basis. This is an innovative way of combating the continuing high cost of living. Memberships start at $7,500 for the first 100 members, and the monthly dues are $35.00. It was necessary to sell 100 memberships to make the plan feasible, and five weeks later on May 5th the first 100 memberships were sold. The new owners began looking at Skyline Mobile Home models and placing orders.     ---Don Moriarty.

LADIES LUNCHEON: At "Landmark" in Venice, Wednesday, June 18th at 12:00 noon. Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Individual checks including tax and gratuity. Please wear Red, White, or Blue to honor Flag Day.     ---Lois Dievendorf.

MEMORIAL DAY POTLUCK: 113 people attended the memorial day Potluck. A great big THANK YOU to all who helped. ---Couldn't have done it without you!


Thanks to all the volunteers who delivered letters and KG Realty Q&A sheets to all residents the office data base "thought" were still here on May 31st. Thanks also go to volunteers who folded and stuffed copies to be mailed to everyone else on Monday, June 2nd. What surprised me was that the volunteers discovered about 15 owners who seemed to have left without notifying the office.

During emergencies this is the data base which we'll use to identify neighbors who are in residence and might need assistance. Please keep the office informed as you come and go, even if only for a few days. Our emergency coordinators, Mike McDonald and Dick Phillips, will use lists produced by the office from this data base to identify people in residence during an emergency.

We really appreciate all the Block Captains who deliver notices in season. During the summer we'll use the same "Blocks" to deliver emergency notices; as we did today we'll ask others to fill in as Block Captains on an as available basis. I've put a color graphic of the KGC Blocks on the KGC.cc website, to help those who are here coordinate activities.     ---Wren

NOTE: Next week I'll be in California and Sandy McIntyre will still be away so don't expect the newsletter to be posted until one of us return. Thanks also go to Art Carlson for producing the printed version!



Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
Alma Dupuis
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
News Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

Vol. XVI, No. 22 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida June 7, 2003

CONDOLENCES and our deepest sympathy to Joan at the death of her husband, Eugene Euvrard, who died on June 3. A memorial service for Eugene will be held at 2 PM in our clubhouse Sunday, the 8th. Father Steve will be conducting the service.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KINGSGATE
(from the Kingsgate Journal, 1997 news.)
Legend of Shakett Creek: In the 1800s when the early settlers attempted to enter our area they had to cut their way through. When the Knight family came down the mid-state ridge and fought their way to the Gulf they came upon a broad creek near the head of Dona Bay which they had to ford. The mules pulling the wagons failed to budge. Holding ears in front of the mules failed to move and when whips and all other methods failed the elder Knight got an idea and instructed his sons to get the dried deer hides out of one of the wagons because he knew they made a wicked, crackling noise when they were handled. Standing along the lead team of mules, his son shook the hides and the mules bolted across the creek. Using the same method the rest of the wagons crossed over. Because of this proof of the efficiency of deer hides, the creek was named Shakit Creek and it still bares that name. The Knights built a large house on the south bank of the creek and staked a claim to all the land from the Gulf to the Myakka River, ten miles across and thirty miles long. They prospered with as many as thirty thousand head of cattle and became one of the leading families on the Gulf Coast. (Knight's Trail)



Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
Alma Dupuis
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
News Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

Vol. XVI, No. 23 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida June 14, 2003

THANK YOU: I would like to thank everyone for the cards and condolences given to me. Also, I am so grateful to the ladies who volunteered at the Memorial Sunday for Gene with their time and food. Thanks to Father Steve also. Again it reminds us of how lucky we are to be living here at Kings Gate among caring people.     ---Joann Euvrard.

LUCKY, LUCKY: Howard Darbee, 286 Avenue of Queens, fell at home in Michigan and fractured his hip. He came through surgery fine. Cards may be sent to him at this address: 686 Advance Road, North, Boyne City, Michigan, 49712.

CONDOLENCES to the family of Howard Johnson, 75 King Arthur Drive, who passed away Sunday, June 8th. Services will be held Saturday from 11am to l pm at the Farley Funeral Home.

SOLO CLUB MEETING: Solos will meet at Buddy's Restaurant, Pinebrook Plaza, 822 Pinebrook Road, Venice. (1 mile east of U.S. 41 on Venice Ave.) The date is June 26th at 5:30 pm; order from menu. You may pay with cash or local check. We will be entertained by Patti Highland singing a lot of Patsy Cline hit songs. For a fun evening, please sign up and bring a Solo friend. This is a good time to meet and learn other's names, so please wear your name tag. Any questions, or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

State agency sells our personal data:
        It may be difficult for many to believe that our state legislators have passed a law, presumably signed by the governor, permitting the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to sell and distribute the personal information from our driver's license records (date of birth, Social Security number, address, phone number, medical disabilities, etc.). The law also requires the department to give individuals the opportunity to block this information from being sold (Driver Privacy Protection Act); but it is each individual's responsibility to notify the department in order to get it blocked. The department doesn't seem to be making any volunteer efforts to get this information out to the people.
        Fortunately, I received a copy of an e-mail message advising me and others of this law; and I have taken the necessary action to block this information from being sold by the department in the case of my wife and myself. I want to pass this on to as many people as I possibly can, because I am confident that most people do NOT want their personal information being sold to outside sources by an agency of our state government.
        Possessors of a Florida driver's license or ID card should access the department's web site, which is www.hsmv.state.fl.us. On the home page of the web site, click on "Driver License Check." This will permit a person to enter a license number to check its validity; and then to block personal information from being distributed to other sources. Just follow the instructions. It is very simple and will take only a short time to complete. This must be done for each individual license holder desiring to block the information.
        For those without a computer, forms are available in the Driver's License office in the Kash & Karry shopping center on Jacaranda Boulevard.

KGC TRAVEL: The best laid plans --- well, the November cruise has been cancelled. We don't believe we can sell two cruises --- but a January or February cruise is still in the works. We will call this an Anniversary Cruise (Jackie and Nip Barker's 50th ) and everyone that books the cruise will have their anniversary recognized at our shipboard cocktail party. Details still to be worked out. Please join us. For your independent travel plans, visit our website www.kgc.cc/travel --- and click on VIP link for a schedule of their Escorted Cruises and Tours and newsletter. Click on Happy Heart Tours link for a schedule of current day and multi-day events. We will arrange a mailing of the Travel Newsletter with other Roundtable schedules in September. We are still looking for a willing person(s) to be the future Travel Coordinator(s). Interested?? See Nip.



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News If a word was misspelled in the dictionary, how would you ever know?

Vol. XVI, No. 24 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida June 21, 2003

SOLO CLUB MEETING:  Solos will meet at Buddy's Restaurant, Pinebrook Plaza, 822 Pinebrook Road, Venice (1 mile east of U.S. 41 on Venice Avenue).  The date is June 26th at 5:30 pm; order from menu.  You may pay with cash or local check.  We will be entertained by Patti Highland singing a lot of Patsy Cline hit songs.  For a fun evening, please sign up and bring a Solo friend.  This is a good time to meet and learn other's names, so please wear your name tag.  Any questions, or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KINGSGATE
        (From the KGC Journal 1978)
Construction gets under way.  Al Smith Construction of Sarasota was awarded the contract for construction of the Castle recreation complex and in October 1978 the buildings were well under way.  Lang Pools of Tampa have been awarded the pool and whirlpool contract and both will be completed by December 1978. McNeil and Company of Tallahassee are scheduled to complete the sewer plant and two lift stations by December 15th, 1978.  The Dennis Dale Pipeline Company was well under way with the manholes and sewer lines in October.  Lynn Morey III, Jon Knapp and Al Nelson make up the real estate team at the King's Gate Club with Lynn Morey, Jr. in charge of construction.  At the construction meeting in October it was announced that the Publix Foods Mart and Eckerd Drugs would be the first stores at the shopping center to open at Laurel Road and Route 41 in December 1979 and there would be a stop light at that corner.  I-75 bridges are under construction at Shakett Creek.  The King's Gate access to I-75 by way of Route 681 from Route 41 will be available in early 1982.      --- Don Moriarty



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Vol. XVI, No. 25 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida June 28, 2003

MORE TROUBLE:  Howard Darbee had a heart attack while in the nursing home. He is now in the hospital in Michigan.

CONDOLENCES to Charlotte and the family of Karl Stears of 67 King Arthur Drive who passed away suddenly Friday, June 20th.  Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.

CONDOLENCES to Alex and the family of Jane Ferris of 289 Avenue of Kings on her death on Monday, June 23.   Memorials may be sent to the Cancer Fund or the Alzheimer Fund.

LADIES LUNCHEON:   We have scheduled a ladies luncheon for Wednesday, July 16th, at 12 o'clock noon at Sharky's on the Pier with doors open at 11:30 am.   You may order from the menu and separate checks will include tax and tip.   "BY THE SEA" will be our luncheon theme.   We have a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, please sign up by July 13th.   We look forward to seeing you there and having a fun time.   Questions?   Call Ginny, 484-0079;  Dee, 485-2482;  Fran, 484-8681, or  Joanie, 480-9174.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KINGSGATE
       (From the KGC Journal March 1978)
The week of March 11, 1978 appeared as if it were Christmas or New Years as sections of mobile homes rolled into King's Gate like a train as members lined the bridge.  The long awaited issuance of the occupancy permit signaled the arrival.   136 memberships have now been sold.   The pool and exercise room are now in use with Gisele Johnson and Ruth Bossom helping with these activities.   The Billiard Room was in use.   As of March 1978 the membership fee was $12,000.   Prices for homes at this time ranged from $30,000 to over $50,000.   The Castle Grounds, as of this date, looked like a medieval walled city with the style of King Arthur and Camelot and covers the length of two football fields.   Life is beginning to look very nice for the first members moving in.       --- Don Moriarty

It just wasn't a good day!
     One hour after beginning a new job which involved moving a pile of bricks from the top of a two-story house to the ground, a construction worker suffered an accident which hospitalized him.  He was instructed by his employer to fill out an accident report.
     It read, "Thinking I could save time, I rigged a beam with a pulley at the top of the house, and a rope leading to the ground.  I tied an empty barrel on one end of the rope, pulled it to the top of the house, and then fastened the other end of the rope to a tree.  Going up to the top of the house, I filled the barrel with bricks.  Then I went down and unfastened the rope to let the barrel down.  Unfortunately, the barrel of bricks was now heavier than I, and before I knew what was happening, the barrel jerked me up in the air.  I hung onto the rope and halfway up I met the barrel coming down, receiving a severe blow on the left shoulder.  I then continued on to the top banging my head on the beam and jamming my fingers in the pulley.  When the barrel hit the ground the bottom burst, spilling the bricks.  As I was heavier than the barrel, I started down at high speed.  Halfway down, I met the empty barrel coming up, receiving several cuts and contusions from the sharp edges and slivers of the barrel.  At this point I must have become confused, because I let go of the rope.  The barrel came down, striking me on the head and I woke up in the hospital."  "I respectfully request sick leave."

REPORT FOR SNOWBIRDS ON FLOODING IN SARASOTA COUNTY:   Heavy rains that ended on Monday resulted in flooding of the Myakka and Peace Rivers and Horse Creek.   North Port was particularly hard hit, and Ramblers Rest Resort on the Myakka River was under water.   Officials fear that rain predicted for this weekend may bring more problems.   On Wed. morning, flood waters had decreased 8 inches from Tues. morning, but 291 streets were still impassable and about 850 homes were under a voluntary evacuation notice.   The water level in Cow Pen Slough/Shakett Creek was high, but did not overflow.

Please send Newsletter articles to Sandy McIntyre at sandymac@comcast.net or 37 King Arthur Dr. as she is now back in King's Gate.

Eleanor Gregory will be handling Heathline starting 6/28/2003 until either Ellie Lambiotte or Blanche Madden return to KGC. Please keep her informed.




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