Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Be sure and learn from the mistakes of others, because you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Vol. XVI, No. 26 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida July 5, 2003

HEALTHLINE:
Bob Wahrer came home from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville last Wednesday.  After 40 radiation treatments, he is tired but glad to be home.  Bob and Vivian wish to thank everyone for their prayers and cards.  They were much appreciated.
Mary Jane Christopherson had knee replacement surgery last week at Venice Hospital.  She hopes to be home this week.
Bud Porzio had a knee replacement on Thursday.  He expects to be in Bon Secours Hospital for four days.
Howard Darbee is back in the Rehab Center in Michigan after further surgery on his hip due to another fracture discovered while he was hospitalized having his heart checked.    Doris also spent a night in the hospital last week for some tests.  They are making plans to move into assisted living in Dover, Ohio, near two of her daughters.

REMINDER:   For those of you who haven't yet paid the quarterly maintenance payment due July 1, remember that you won't be receiving an invoice because we've switched to a payment coupon system to save mailing costs.

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 KING'S GATE
  (From the KGC Journal March 1978)
Considered at one time, but never happened:
· Ladies and men separate gazebos for exercise out of the sun.
· Barber shop and beauty shop on a one-day-a-week basis so that "everyone could get gussied up for the dances."
· Croquet plans were included in the facility but never completed.
· Your very own chauffeur.  Sit back and leave the driving to us on a scheduled route in the King's Gate van.  Never happened….
Did you know about the following that did happen?
· A putting green was completed and used in the area north of the Clubhouse for several years until the weeds grew up through the imitation grass surface.
· Planters Patch.  Owners could do their own gardening in the area where the tennis courts now sit for the first five years the park existed.
The Trustees of the King's Gate Club, prior to the membership taking over the park were:  
· Cheryl Stanzone, an instructor at the Ringling School of Art.  They owned lot 107 in 1978.  
· Ed Hart, came from Danville, IL, and was Sales Manager for International Harvester in Sarasota.  
· Pam Hart, was a teacher of children with special needs and owned Hallmark Cards in Venice.  She owned Lot 109.
· Bob Duston, a King's Gate Park snowbird from Muncie, IN, who was a real estate salesperson.
· J. W. Blade, construction and property management background.  He retired from Vermont, and he and his wife, Virginia, owned the first membership in King's Gate, Lot 151.  
· Cyrus Bispham, a dairyman and large land owner in Sarasota County, Sarasota County Fair Chairman, Board of the National Milk Federation and on the boards of several banks.  
This board governed the construction until they turned over Park to the membership in 1987.  

---- Don Moriarty

THANKS to our Historian, Don Moriarty, for the series of articles he's contributed.  They've been an enlightening glimpse into King's Gate Club's past.

Animated Cow

THE PURCHASE
by a Farmer

A farmer had been taken several times by a local car dealer.  One day, the car dealer informed the farmer that he was coming over to purchase a cow.  The farmer priced the unit as follows:

Description Price
Basic Cow

$999.95

Shipping and Handling

35.75

Extra Stomach

79.25

Two-tone Exterior

142.10

Produce Storage Compartment

128.50

Heavy Duty Straw Chopper

189.60

4-Spigot/High Output Drain System

149.20

Automatic Fly Swatter

88.50

Genuine Cowhide Upholstery

170.80

Deluxe Dual Horns

59.25

Automatic Fertilizer Attachment

339.40

4 X 4 Traction Drive Assembly

884.16

Pre-Delivery Wash and Comb

69.80

Farmer Suggested List Price

$3,336.26

Additional Dealer Adjustment

300.00

Total List Price (including options)

$3,636.26

Tax and Ear Tags

418.00

TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE

$4,054.26

--- Contributed by Lois Dievendorf

WHAT ARE KING'S GATERS DOING UP NORTH?   Share your summer fun with all your King's Gate friends by sending a short article to Sandy McIntyre, 37 King Arthur Dr., Nokomis, FL 34275 or e-mail sandymac@comcast.net.



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Alma Dupuis
Arthur Carlson
News Sign in Jacksonville Florida: Pool is open 24 hours. Please don't enter at any other time.

Vol. XVI, No. 27 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida July 12, 2003

HEALTHLINE:  
Bud Porzio is doing well after his knee replacement.  Bud would like to thank everyone for their cards and prayers.  Visitors are welcome.  
Mary Jane Christopherson is doing as well as can be expected after her operation.  Mary Jane said visitors are welcome.

--- Eleanor Gregory

CONGRATULATIONS:
Caryll and Tom Piepmeyer (192 Castle Dr.) just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary July 4th with a party at Dante's in Cincinnati.   The music, buffet, champagne, and entire program were well planned by a niece and a sister.   Caryll and Tom said it was great to have friends and relatives who have been close during those year get together for a good time.

NEWS OF FORMER RESIDENTS:
Doris Roslund, formerly of KGC, is now residing at an assisted residence in PA.  Her address is Mrs. Doris Roslund, Willowbrook Rm. 227, 150 Edella Rd., Clark Summit, PA 18411.  I'm sure cards would be appreciated.

--- Eleanor Gregory

Ed and Tess Cronk, Marilyn and Dick Phillips, and Jackie and Nip Barker attended a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for Janet and Ketch Morrell at Shell Point in Ft. Myers. The Morrell's six children and most grandchildren were in attendance.  Family and friends joined Jan and Ketch for lunch and a cruise of the Ft. Myers area.  Later everyone enjoyed a video slide show produced by several of Morrell's children of their years together.   A beautiful day for a beautiful couple.   Here are a few photos for those who know the Morrells.  

--- Nip Barker

LAST CALL for the ladies luncheon on 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.

SOLO CLUB MEETING:   Solos will meet at Waterfrontoo, 2205 N. Tamiami Trail.  The date is Thursday, July 31 at 5:30 PM; order from the menu.  This is a good time to meet and learn others names…….so, please wear your name tag.  Any questions, or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

VOLUNTEERS:   KGC needs several volunteers to help Khammay with picking up yard trash on Tuesday and Friday mornings.  Call Mike Mooney, Manager, in KGC Office, 484-6119.

THE GREAT TREE CASE:   After the site plan for the King's Gate Club was approved by the Sarasota County Engineers in early 1976, the Club developer, Lynn Morey, asked for a permit to proceed.  The developer and the Country Engineering Department did not specify which trees should remain and which could be removed.  When the Country Engineering Department delivered the permit, the developer was told to remove any trees that were necessary to accomplish the layout.  

The developer cleared the land, and dug the lake and used this for fill.  After all the ground work was complete and construction was under way, a suit was filed by the Florida State Attorney's Office against the developers of King's Gate Club because the permit must state which trees can be removed and stripping of the land was not approved.  The case stopped all construction and drug on for 15 months until September 19, 1977 when the case was dismissed.  Under the agreement, the developer agreed to plant two trees on each lot in the park, which I think was carried out.  It has been obvious to the residents that spreading the lake soil over the park has raised our level to the point where we have never been flooded even the time when we had 24 inches of rain in three days and this year when we had close to 20 inches in four days.   Good idea Lynn!

--- Don Moriarty

WOULD YOU WORK FOR THIS COMPANY?

Can you imagine working at the following Company?  It has a little over 500 employees with the following statistics:

Can you guess which organization this is?  Give up?

It's the 535 members of your United States Congress.  The same group that perpetually cranks out hundreds upon hundreds of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line.

--- Contributed by Lois Dievendorf

Pickles (by Brian Crane)
Pickles Cartoon


Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Vol. XVI, No. 28 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida July 19, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:  Thanks to Jeanne Winget for her suggestion to include the calendar during the summer for the benefit of our newer residents, visitors, and others who may not realize that some activities continue.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
20
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice

 
 
21
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
 
22
9:00A Line
         Dancing
 
 
23
8:30A Water Ex
 
 
24
9:00A Line
         Dancing
         Beginners
 
 
25
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
 
 
26
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
 
 

You may view all the KGC Calendars via links on KGC's home page and "What's New" page. Please help keep the calendars accurate by notifying Anne in the Office of scheduled activities and any changes.

--- Sandy McIntyre

ICE CREAM SOCIAL:   Sunday, July 27, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Make your own Sundae (all the fixings).  Donations accepted.                  --- Lois Dievendorf

SOLO CLUB MEETING:   Solos will meet at Waterfrontoo, 2205 N. Tamiami Trail on Thurs., July 31 at 5:30 PM; order from the menu.  This is a good time to meet and learn others names….so, please wear your name tag.  Any questions, or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

THANKS to all the ladies who attended the luncheon at Skarky's on Wednesday, July 16, for helping to make it a success.    Good food, good friends, and a beautiful view of the beach.

--- Ginny Ewing, Dee Hicks,  Fran Yaros, and  Joanie Grubaugh
(Many thanks, too, to Ginny, Dee, Fran, and Joanie for being great hostesses.)

BLUE HERON WATCH:   Thursday, a blue heron spent several hours in our backyard.  Chuck noticed something at the base of its neck and thought it was a tag or transmitter.    Thanks to the curiosity of Dee Hicks and Joanie Grubaugh, we took a closer look and determined that it was a 4 or 5 inch fishing lure.  I called Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary, 388-4444.  Within a few hours, two people arrived to try to catch the bird to remove the lure.  Unfortunately, after heavy rain, the bird was nowhere to be found.  Please keep an eye out and call them again if you see this bird.  Sanctuary rescue vehicles, currently a fleet of 4 trucks that communicate by shortwave radios, respond seven days a week (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) to calls reporting injured wildlife within a four county, 50-mile radius.   They have an interesting website at:  www.pelicanman.org                  --- Sandy McIntyre

NEWS FROM THE NORTH:   It has rained cats and dogs a good bit.  Have had many warm days, but May was like March--cold and wet.
     Emil and our sons roofed the garage.   Emil is in Physical Therapy to see if that will help him avoid surgery on his rotator cuff.   Also he works three or four days at the country club as a starter or in the carriage house.   I am babysitting off and on.
     We've been to a birthday celebration for a 100-year old!  The father of a close friend of ours.   We went to Greenfield Village to hear the Detroit Symphony salute the 4th of July including the 1812 Overture with bells and cannons.  The Village has been redone and is beautiful!  We are going to western Michigan on a day trip in August complete with a riverboat ride and sand dune buggy trip.
     Next week is a family reunion.  We are the hosts.  After that we go to Buffalo, New York, to visit friends and family graves.  Our son-in-law works in the Viper Division for Chrysler and will be going on a road trip out west the end of this month so Mom will babysit her daughter and two boys for a few days.  It gets lonesome for her with him gone 8 days.  Emil and I took a classic Imperial Crown Chrysler--vintage 1960--to the Tech Center for a classic car show last month.  Emil and our youngest son own the car--it's a beauty!   Convertible, red with white rag top.
     Guess that's enough news for now.  What have all of you been doing this summer?

--- Shirley DePasquale, St. Clair Shores, Michigan

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KING'S GATE

--- Don Moriarty



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Wear short sleeves. Support your right to bare arms!

Vol. XVI, No. 29 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida July 26, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
27
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiard
         Practice

 
 
28
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
 
 
29
9:00A Line
         Dancing
 
 
30
8:30A Water Ex.
 
 
31
9:00A Line
         Dancing
         Beginners
5:30P Solos
         Dinner
 
 
1
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
 
 
2
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
   Food Pantry
         Donations
 
 

HEALTHLINE:   Al Rodecki (149 Duchess) had a knee replacement on July 14 near his home in Baldwinville, MA.   He is scheduled to come home from Rehab today.   Mary Jane reported that he is doing very well.   Cards may be sent to his northern address.     Val Zabielski (280 Ave. of Queens) had a kidney removed in Wisconsin.   Prayers and cards will be appreciated.                                    --- Eleanor Gregory

CONDOLENCES:   Our deepest sympathy to Peter Helfrich (239 Ave. of Barons) on the death of his wife, Martha, and to their two sons and daughter who were here for Martha's Memorial Mass on Monday.  Martha passed away unexpectedly on July 14th in Gettysburg, PA, where they were attending their granddaughter's wedding.  The Helfriches have been residents of King's Gate Club for twelve years and were Round Table Entertainment Co-Chairpersons from 1993 to 1996.  Martha sang with the KGC Choraliers and also was a member of both her church and diocesan choirs.  A donation from King's Gate Club has been sent to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Martha's memory.  

ICE CREAM SOCIAL:   Sunday, July 27, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Make your own Sundae (all the fixings).  Donations accepted.                                   --- Lois Dievendorf

SOLO CLUB MEETING:   Solos will meet at Waterfrontoo, 2205 N. Tamiami Trail on Thurs., July 31 at 5:30 PM; order from the menu.  This is a good time to meet and learn others names….so, please wear your name tag.  Any questions, or need a ride, call me, Dick Bartlett, 485-1039.

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to the new owners of 10 Castle Drive…..Stuart and Eunice Shear.  We wish you MANY happy years at King's Gate Club!  The Shears were King's Gate Park residents.  Their summer address is E24417 Birch Lake Road, Watersmeet, MI, but their mailing address is     P. O. Box 922, Land O'Lakes, WI.  Watersmeet is a tiny town located on the Michigan/Wisconsin border.

FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION NEXT SATURDAY:   The South County Food Pantry provided this list of suggested items needed:  Peanut Butter, Instant Milk, Spaghetti Sauce, Crackers, Canned Meats, Dried Beans - 1 lb. pkg., Rice - 1 lb. pkg., Soup, Instant Coffee, Toilet Tissue, Jelly, Cereal, Dry Spaghetti - 1 lb., Instant Potatoes, Canned Fruit & Vegetables, Sugar - 2 lb. pkg., Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Pasta, Hamburger / Tuna Helper, Soap.   The items on the list are the basics that are provided to each needy family.   Donations are not restricted to this list.  Cash donations are used to purchase perishable and out-of-stock food items.  During the summer season, the need is great.  There are fewer people making donations, and more people in need due to the off-season decline in employment particularly for restaurant employees.

--- Joan Cherwa

KGC TRAVEL:   Let's Go Cruising!!  Make your booking with VIP World Travel as we sail from Tampa aboard Holland/American's "Veendam" on a 7-day cruise to Key West, Belize, Guatemala and Cozumel.  Date is January 10-17, 2004.  Your hosts, Jackie and Nip Barker, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary (2/19) on this cruise.  There will be an on-board Cocktail Party to recognize other cruise couples' anniversaries anytime during 2004.  Cruise information is available at the Travel Board Carousel.  Call VIP at local: 377-0017 or long distance: 800-323-7448 for Sue or Allan or mail your registration from the flyer.  Be sure and book soon for best cabin selection.  The ship is already half booked.  Check our website:   www.kgc.cc/travel/  and click on the Carribean Cruise for a printable flyer with info and deck plans.

--- Nip Barker

BLUE HERON RESCUE:   Last Saturday in Dee and Lyle Hicks backyard (45 King Arthur Dr.), a rescue volunteer  from Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary captured the Blue Heron with the large fishing lure caught in its neck.  He was unable to remove the lure on the spot, so he took the bird to their hospital.  Several hours later, he returned and released the heron which flew away.  Photos by Chuck McIntyre and Dee Hicks may be seen on our web page at:   www.kgc.cc/news/2003/heron/
Dee reports that the heron returned the next day, and is now much more suspicious of friendly humans.  We learned from the Bird Sanctuary personnel that herons, egrets, etc. should not be fed hot dogs or bologna because nitrates are toxic to birds' livers and may eventually kill them.  To report an injured bird, please call 388-4444.  Also, if you're interested in training to be a rescuer or volunteering in another capacity, contact Joanne Davis, Volunteer Coordinator.  Visit their website at:  www.pelicanman.org

--- Sandy McIntyre

FLEA MARKET DONATIONS:   We're disappointed to report that donations to the King's Gate Fair Flea Market continue to disappear from the unlocked drop-off trailer.  Evidently someone thinks these items are available on a "first-come first-take" basis.  Please help spread the word that these things have been donated to raise money for our Club.  If you see something in the unlocked trailer that you'd like to buy, contact Patty Ray 484-8078 or Dee Hicks 485-2482.  They monitor donations daily, and move the more valuable and pilferable items to locked storage.   To insure that your donations benefit everyone at King's Gate Club, you may call Patty or Dee to arrange to drop off items at their homes or to have them meet you at the Flea Market storage.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN KING'S GATE…….Some thoughts by John Galaba, an original member…..
John said that the original plan called for up to 500 homes in the King's Gate Club when along came I-75 and a large section of the land was taken along our east border and the new plan was reduced to 331.  The first plan called for a mote around the castle, a store, a pharmacy, and a part-time beauty and barber shop.  The developers planned to spend a million one hundred thousand, but when the costs mounted to a million nine hundred thousand, the "extras" went out the window.  Most of the new residents anticipated moving into the park in early 1978 and had their homes bought and scheduled for delivery and when the county held up the occupancy permit, the mobile homes were parked along King's Way road for several weeks.  The county issued the permit the latter part of March and people started moving in.  Since the property sloped down from the north to Salt Creek and the fill from the lake was not enough, 200 truck loads of fill were brought in.  The first home installed in the park was that of Mr. & Mrs. Russ Thomas #45.  John and Millie Galaba #63 was second, and third was Mr. & Mrs. John Bas #106.  John Galaba was appointed the first President in October of 1979 and by January of 1980 a set of By Laws were submitted to the owners for approval.  Entertainment in the early years was supplied once or twice each month by the Crossland Saving Bank at the corner of Farm Road and Route 41, but we had no stage.  The developer, Mr. Morey, told the owners that there was not enough money, but he agreed to buy the lumber and our volunteer carpenter owners built the stage and later the dressing rooms.  John recalled that the largest alligator he remembered was over 10 feet when it was removed.  (A sad note, John Galaba's wife, Millie, had a stroke and died on a Club-sponsored trip to Hawaii in the mid-eighties.)

--- Don Moriarty



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Vol. XVI, No. 30 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 2, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiard
         Practice
4
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
5
9:00A Line
         Dancing
6
8:30A Water Ex.
7
9:00A Line
         Dancing
         Beginners
8
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
9
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
         Donations

HEALTHLINE:   Lorraine Moriarty slipped and fell off an exercise machine at the YMCA.  She broke her clavicle (collarbone) bone and is in a sling.  She has to now go for a MRI to check other muscles.  Cards would be appreciated.             --- Eleanor Gregory

FORMER RESIDENT NEWS:   Don King, former resident of KGC, passed away July 27 in Venice.  Last year he moved to Venice to live with his daughter.  Don was very active in our Club and also sold real estate.  Condolences may be sent to:  Mrs. Doris King, % Barbara DeVries, 4 Alton Ct., Brookline, MA  02446.              --- Eleanor Gregory

THANK YOU is not enough to say to all of you who sent me cards, telephone calls, prayers and concerns since my surgery.  Many have brought food, ran errands, and taken me to therapy.  I'm very thankful for everything you've done.

--- Mary Jane Christopherson

NEWS FROM THE NORTH:   Howard and Doris Darbee, 286 Avenue of Queens, are now residing in Country Club Retirement Center in Dover, Ohio.  They traveled there via private plane from Michigan as Howard is recovering from a double broken hip.  Their address is 862 E. Iron Avenue Ext., Apartment 114, Dover, OH  44622, telephone (330) 365-2498.             --- Vince Caudy

KGC TRAVEL:   "Veendam" cruise Jan. 10-17, 2004, is already selling well. There are 20 cabins reserved, six are booked and ALL veranda rooms on the ship have been booked.  Thinking about it! Then make a deposit now rather than later.  Deposit refundable up to final payment.  Visit the website for information:   www.kgc.cc/travel Happy Heart Tours announces for early 2004 - at Tampa Performing Arts Center - "Say Goodnight Gracie," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and               "Les Miserables."  Also, "The Producers" available for reservations August 8th.   This will sell out FAST.  If interested, call me and tell me.  "Dixie Stampede" at Orlando will have matinee dates in Spring 2004.  At Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater - "Miss Saigon," "Anne Murray - Christmas," "Wayne Newton - Christmas," "Canadian Brass," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Ann-Margaret," "Engelbert Humperdinck," "42nd Street," and "Vickie Lawrence & Mama". ,,,,Lots of shows for everyone.             --- Nip, 485-9308

NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO AT KING'S GATE:   Christmas 1979/1980
The sixty-three homes on site and occupied at the end of 1979 were decorated for the holidays and members were planning their first New Year's Eve party with Bea Thomas in charge.  A survey of lot owners show that 33 members hail from Florida, 17 from Michigan, 12 from New York, 11 from Indiana, 10 each from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, and 5 or less from North Carolina, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and two from Canada.  The Trustees purchased a gas grill on a portable cart for parties around the pool and the shuffleboard courts.  The proposed budget for 1980 totals $90,390.  Lynn Morey announced that King's Gate Club will be promoted in 33 newspapers in ten states with a circulation of over four million readers.  Swimming classes will begin after the first of the year every Monday at 1:00 PM.  A special thank you to Mr. And Mrs. Red Treend for donating the decorative Coat of Arms plaque for the clubhouse.             --- Don Moriarty

HAVE YOU BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AAADD?   (Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder)

This is how it goes. . .

I decide to clean off the front patio.  I start to the patio and notice mail on the desk that needs to be taken down to the Post Office.  Ok, I'm going to the Post Office. . .

BUT FIRST I'm going to go through the mail that was delivered.  I lay the car keys down on the desk.  After discarding the junk mail, I notice the trash can is full.  OK, I'll just put the bills on my desk . . .

BUT FIRST I'll take the trash out.  But since I'm going to be near the mailbox, I'll address a few bills.  Yes, now where is the checkbook?  Oops. . . there's only one check left.  Where did I put the extra checks?  Oh, there is my empty coffee cup from last night on my desk.  I'm going to look for those checks. . .

BUT FIRST I need to put the cup back in the kitchen.  I start to head for the kitchen and look out my window, notice the flowers need a drink of water because of the extreme heat.  I put the cup on the counter and there's my extra pair of glasses on the kitchen counter.

What are they doing there?  I'll just put them away. . .

BUT FIRST I need to water those plants.  I head for the door and. . .

Aaaagh!  Someone left the TV remote in the wrong place.  Okay, I'll put the remote away and water the plants . . .

BUT FIRST I need to find those checks.

END OF DAY:   The patio has not been cleaned, bills still unpaid, cup still on the counter, checkbook still has only one check left, lost my car keys. . .

And, when I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I'm baffled because. . .

I KNOW I WAS BUSY ALL DAY!

I realize this condition is serious. . .

I'd get help…

BUT FIRST. . .I think I'll check my e-mail.

--- Contributed by Marge Hufford



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.

Vol. XVI, No. 31 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 9, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice
11
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
12
No Line Dancing
13
8:30A Water Ex.
14
No Line Dancing
         Beginners
12:00 “Angels”       Ladies Lunch
15
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
16
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
         Donations

HEALTHLINE:   An e-mail from Blanche Madden in Indiana:   A few Kings Gaters visited with Janet Lewis in Indiana last week. She is using a portable oxygen tank and will probably have surgery. It would be nice if we'd send her some Cheer-Up cards as she goes through all the testing.
An e-mail from Betty and Tom Dowling:  Tom is doing well after hip repair surgery on July 23rd.  He is up and walking with a cane and able to walk down the street two times a day.  He can't wait until its time to return to KGC and go to the pool and hot tub!  Thanks for all the calls and e-mails.

--- Eleanor Gregory, 484-4592

FORMER RESIDENTS NEWS:   Harry Seitz, formerly of 37 King Arthur Dr., was hospitalized for the month of June due to lung cancer.  He's out of the hospital now and would appreciate hearing from King's Gate Club friends.  His address is:   c/o Van Mall Retirement Community, 7808 N.E. 51st St., Apt. A-140, Vancouver, WA 98662, phone 360-604-6020.

--- Jeannette Rylands

LADIES LUNCHEON:   Join the King's Gate Club ladies for lunch on Thursday, August 14, at 12:00 at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant at Sarasota Square Mall (near Dillards on the Sears side).  The theme of the luncheon is "Angels."  Please wear something depicting "angels".  There will be prizes for the smallest, largest, prettiest, etc.  Please sign up on the bulletin board by Tuesday, August 12.

--- Judy Leight, 484-0162, Joann Lemonds, 484-7692, Lorraine Letting, 484-4393

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

NOT SO LONG AGO AT KING'S GATE CLUB:       *** 1980 ***
Club members approved an assessment of fifty dollars to purchase a truck and a tractor to mow the unimproved lots.  (Members here in 1980 you may remember who were in the News:  Jim and Carol Veverka, Ada Alakna, Verlin and Marion Treend, Dan Manley, Thurman and Margaret Sorrell, Howard Darbee, Ann Hafferkamp, and Ed Capua)  Two hundred club members bought out the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre to see "Sweet Charity."  A solar heating system to heat the pool to be placed on the roof of the Clubhouse was approved for next year.  Garbage stickers will come with your monthly bills at the first monthly Saturday coffee.  (Garbage was collected at the curb of each home and a sticker had to be placed on each container or the county would not pick it up.  The club purchased the stickers in bulk.)  In 1980 memberships were still available for $9,900 and homes could be ordered for $32,900.  Monthly fees were $75.  Several members reported that "outsiders" were using our pool and requested that members and their guests wear wristbands while using the pool area.  The bands were furnished by the Office.  Club members patrolled the pool to keep it "CLEAN."  This lasted for one season and a majority of members refused to wear them and it was stopped.

THE WIZARD OF ID (by Brant Parker):   This is for our Men's Golf Chairman, Father Steve McCarren.

Wizard of Id comic

For non-golfers, here's Merriam-Webster OnLine Dictionary's definition of "mulligan"   --  a free shot sometimes given a golfer in informal play when the previous shot was poorly played.  A great dictionary and thesaurus is available at:   www.m-w.com

DID YOU KNOW?    The last 30 days of many comics are available on the internet at:   www.comics.com/categories/  Some comics from our Sarasota Herald Tribune are included plus many others including nineteen editorial cartoonists.



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News For people who like peace and quiet: a phoneless cord

Vol. XVI, No. 32 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 16, 2003

CONDOLENCES:   Our deepest sympathy to the family of Eleanor Norman, 55 King Arthur Dr., who passed away on Sunday, April 10th, while staying with her son, Dion Hinskey, in Sebring, FL.  Eleanor moved to King's Gate in 1980 with her husband, Norm, who passed away in 1990.  She had many talents including cooking, crafts, hairdressing, and ballroom dancing.  She volunteered her talents decorating for various KGC events and working at the annual Fair.  She liked to Travel and went on many trips and cruises.  She will be sorely missed by her friends here in King's Gate Club.
Memorial services will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2705 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, this morning at 11:00 AM.  Her children's addresses are:   Judy and Jim Blow, 22921 West Keyes, Taylor, MI 48180  and  Dion and Lee Hinskey, 4008 Cortez, Sebring, FL  33872.  Memorial donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or your favorite charity.

LADIES LUNCHEON:   Thirty King's Gate Club ladies journeyed to Sarasota Square Mall for lunch at Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Thursday.  Many thanks to hostesses Judy Leight, Joann Lemonds,  and Lorraine Letting who created an angelic atmosphere with Angel favors, centerpieces, and door prizes.  Theme prizes were won by Lois Dievendorf (smallest angel), Marge Fulgoni (largest angel) and Mary Lou Richmond (prettiest angel).  Door prizes went to Helen Larsen, Joannie Grubaugh, Mary Jane Christopherson, Mary Porzio, and Sandy McIntyre.

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

SECURITY NOTICE:   Some of you may not know that two golf carts were stolen this summer in King's Gate Club.  In response to these thefts, the following notice was read at the Saturday morning meeting on August 9.
The Gates to the Community are now closed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This decision was made in the majority interest, for the welfare of the Community.
The Board and your Manager felt it was our first and obvious line of defense to deter further thefts.
We regret the inconvenience.   We further encourage cooperation with the message on Channel 33 directing your service providers to the KGC Office for issuance of a pass so we will know who is in here at a glance to the vehicle windshield.
It is everyone's responsibility to question and report suspicious person(s) or vehicles.   The Sheriff's Office has been requested to provide special attention to us, but you have to help yourself and your own Community too.                   --- Mike Mooney, Manager

PETITION FOR NIGHT-TIME-ONLY GATE CLOSINGS:   In response to the preceding Security Notice, 35 unit owners (the majority at the meeting) signed a request to the Board to return the gates to night-time-only closings.  This request was given to the office Monday morning, August 11, along with a Service Request expressing the following:  We ask the Board to remember that a majority of KGC members voted for night-time-only gate closings not too long ago. The 35 signers of the attached petition still believe that the disadvantages of day-time closing outweigh the misconception of added protection.   Three of the petition signers were the owner of a stolen golf cart, this month's Security Chairman, and our Vice-President.   Therefore, we appeal for an immediate reversal of the gate closing times, back to what had been satisfactory for many years, night-time-only closings.          
Editorial Note:  On Monday, August 11, Mike Mooney delivered copies of this petition to Board members in residence and mailed copies to out-of-town Board members.   Members who did not have an opportunity to sign the petition may express their opinion by contacting Wren McMains wren@kgc.cc, Board President, and Tom Patricca tpatricca1@comcast.net, Chairman of the Gate Closing Committee.                  --- Richard Phillips

MORE ON THE GATE CLOSINGS:   A "Community Living" column from the Tampa Tribune was also read and distributed at the August 9 meeting.  Richard White, Tribune correspondent, in response to a security question from a reader, stated:   "Another issue owners fail to understand is that gate security is not a protection from crime.  It is pretty and makes owners feel comfortable, which is a misconception and causes owners to become complacent.  Many communities no longer call it security.  They are renaming it access control to reduce liability.  Gate security does not have the responsibility, or in your words, the ability to secure the property."    (The questioner had a burglary and stated, "So the security is not really serving the purpose of securing the property.")

FOR INTERNET USERS - MICROSOFT WINDOWS PROBLEM:   Microsoft has a "bug" which allows people to download and execute any program on your machine.  These programs could broadcast your financial data, delete everything on your machine, or cause other kinds of havoc.  There is no problem if you are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition (Me) operating systems.  However, if you are running Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows NT, you need to install a "patch" (fix) as soon as possible.  Links to the patches can be found in the "RESOLUTION" section at MS03-026, Knowledge Base ID 823980.    More information:   MS Security Bulletin
I had thought this was more of a problem for those with cable modems.  However, even with an up-to-date anti-virus program, I got the W32/Lovsan.worm virus this week while attached to a dial-up line.  I saw a second computer infected within a few minutes of connecting to the internet.  Given the potential danger, I recommend you install the patch.  More information: W32/Lovsan.worm    If you need help installing the patch, contact Nip Barker or Sandy McIntyre.

--- Wren McMains

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE……1981
February saw a flurry of new membership sales (12 sales) with total memberships sold now standing at 185.  Lightening hit the pool and put it out of operation with $2,400 in repairs required.  Orville Walker, Howard Darbee, George McIntyre, and Chuck Messenger painted the entire entrance to the park.  Effective May 15, 1981, the memberships were increased to $15,000.  On October 18th, nine homes were broken into by cutting the fence along the I-75 roadway which is under construction.  None of the homes were occupied.  
King's Gate Club members who were on the list of members at the end of 1981 who are still members today in the 2003 phonebook.  Ada Alakna, Don and Dorothy Avery, Gisele Bossom, Edward Capua, Sue Cavallo, Howard Darbee, Alma Dupuis, Marjorie Hufford, James Larson, Dan Manley, Don and Lorraine Moriarty, Edward and Barb Neumann, Eleanor Norman, Leon and Florence Porch, Don and Bonnie Purkey, Vincent Renga, Love Richey, Jeannette Rylands, Dorothea Shaefer, Thurman and Margaret Sorrell, Donald and Wanda Toland, Verlin and Marion Treend, and Jim and Carol Veverka.                   --- Don Moriarty



The response below from Wren McMains was not included in the printed Newsletter, however, it was announced at the Saturday meeting that this is available online and that a printed copy may be obtained from the King's Gate Office on Monday.

I was really surprised by the petition against closing the gates for a few weeks to minimize the risk of additional thefts.  We closed the gates for a few weeks this spring in a similar situation, and there seemed to be little problem beyond some "gate rage" by residents trying to sneak in behind other residents.  No one believes gates can prevent ALL theft, but if we are able to keep thieves from driving through and casing the place, it certainly will cut down on theft.  Most thieves will follow the path of least resistance and look elsewhere.

After the theft of two golf carts, Mike Mooney and I discussed the situation and we decided to temporarily close the gates until he had a better handle on the situation. Unlike this spring when the office was able to let vendors in, by the time gates were finally closed this time Anne was away and Mike Mooney was in class.  I think this led to many of the problems the first few days the gates were closed; hopefully those have been resolved.

We continue to walk the line of maximizing both convenience and security.  Personally I'm worried about where each of us will stand with our insurance companies who give us a "gated community discount".  On the one hand if we start asking questions, we may have to keep the gates closed all the time.  On the other hand, if we take no action to minimize the risk we may find we are un-insured because we claimed to be gated but then left the gates open.

For now let's walk the line, closing the gate during the day when prudent due to the high risk of theft and keeping it open during the day during periods when the risk seems less.  Mike Mooney is on vacation next week, but I've asked him to review the situation the next week and report by e-Mail to the Board members just after Labor Day.   If necessary we'll have a conference call Board meeting at that time.

I have asked Mike Mooney to assign vendors permanent PIN numbers along with their pass which is to be displayed on their dash.  Residents should then only need to give the PIN of the week to a house guest who is expected when you're not there and the gates are closed (either at night, or when the need arises to close them during the day.)

Giving access to potential home buyers should not be a problem when the office is open.  After they identify themselves, the office can let them in.  I know Mike Mooney has been good about directing potential buyers to homes for sale by owner and would let potential buyers cruise the community after they have been identified.  One of the things many potential buyers are looking for is security; they will think it a good thing, not a bad thing, when they are asked to identify themselves to cruise around KGC.

A suggestion I made to Mike Mooney before I left in June was to have volunteers available on the weekends to show homes for sale by King's Gate Realty.  If the gate was closed on the weekend, these same people could open the gate for prospective buyers who identifies themselves.  They could look at homes listed with KGR as well as those for sale by owner.  Mike decided to initially just have potential buyers call his cell phone on weekends so he could judge the demand.

Let's work together, keeping the gates open during the day when the risk doesn't appear too great, and making suggestions how to improve operations when the gate is closed (both at night or during times of high risk).

If you have any suggestions, call or e-Mail Tom Patricca or me.

I hope any King's Gaters caught in the blackout of 2003 will send their stories to Sandy McIntyre for next week's newsletter. Let's compare with stories from 1965 when June was caught in the NYC subway. Send those along too.

-Wren



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

--- Don Moriarty

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



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Before you give someone a piece of your mind, make sure you can get by with what is left.

Vol. XVI, No. 34 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 30, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
31
1:00 - 3:00
         Ice Cream
         Social 7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice
1
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
5:30P Labor
         Day Picnic
2
9:00A Line
         Dancing
12:00 Ceramics
3
8:30A Water Ex.
4
9:00A Dancing
         Beginners
6:00P Solos
         Dinner
5
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
6
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
         Donations

HEALTHLINE:   Please call Ellie Lambiotte, 486-1749, with reports of illness, injury, or death.  She will verify information with the family before reporting.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL:   Sunday, August 31, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Make your own Sundae (all the fixings). Donations accepted.                               --- Lois Dievendorf

LABOR DAY PICNIC:   Come join us on Monday, September 1, for a Labor Day Picnic.  Social at 5:30 PM, eat at 6:00 PM.  Sign up today.  Bring your own hot dogs or hamburgers to grill.  Any questions, call Don or Ellie, 486-1749.

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

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

RENTERS:   Welcome to Dennis and Barbara Bulger who are at 34 Castle Drive for the next month.   We hope you enjoy your stay with us at KGC!

WELCOME to Joan Andrews who is staying with Ada Alakna at 321 Castle Drive.   Joan is from Rollinsford, NH, and is related to Ada's nephew.

HURRICANE INFORMATION:   Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, Disaster Services will provide a speaker for the Round Table meeting, Saturday, September 20.  His name is Mr. Bob Dinwoodie.  The thrust of his talk will be to remind everyone that when a hurricane is forecast you must evacuate from mobile homes!  Further, he will discuss approved county shelters and the fact that our Clubhouse and other common buildings are not approved hurricane shelters.               --- Mike Mooney

HURRICANE PREPARATION FOR RESIDENTS NEEDING ASSISTANCE:   Residents with special needs, (oxygen, wheel chairs, etc.) should call Sarasota County Emergency Management Services (951-5283) and register using the form they send.  In the event of a hurricane or other evacuation order, those who have registered will be taken care of first.              --- Mike Mooney

HOBBY REPORT:   I have a hobby. I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it scattered on beaches all over the world. Maybe you've seen some of it.                    --- The Shell Collector

WEATHER REPORT:

Beach Mushrooms Cartoon



Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

Vol. XVI, No. 35 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 6, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice
8
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
7:00P Cribbage
9
9:00A Line
         Dancing
12:00 Ceramics
10
8:30A Water Ex.
11
9:00A Dancing
         Beginners
8:30-11:00
      Bloodmobile
12
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
13
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
         Donations

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

--- Ellie Lambiotte, 486-1749

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

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

Thanks Bunches, Don & Ellie Lambiotte

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

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

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

INDIANA, ILLINOIS, KENTUCKY, N. & S. CAROLINA, W. VIRGINIA, KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA!
Join us on Thursday, Sept 25, at 8:30 am at the Cracker Barrel for breakfast.   Please sign up on the bulletin board.

--- Betty and Chuck Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

--- Don Moriarty


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

Round Table
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
News Ever wonder…..Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Vol. XVI, No. 36 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 13, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
14
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies
         Billiards
         Practice
15
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Bridge
         Duplicate
7:00P Cribbage
16
9:00A Line
         Dancing
12:00 Ceramics
17
8:30A Water Ex.
18
9:00A Line
         Dancing
         Beginners
12:00 Ladies
         Luncheon
19
8:30A Water Ex.
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
20
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting

BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to June and Gordy Brown, 244 Castle, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in early August.   Cards would be a nice surprise for them.                     --- Lois Dievendorf

E-MAIL UPDATE ON DORIS AND HOWARD DARBEE:   Howard now has his doctor's okay to put his full weight on his leg.  He walked about 100 feet this week with the therapist, and they are hoping he will soon be able to walk out to the car so they can go for a ride in the beautiful Ohio countryside.  Doris's 90th birthday is September 28.   If you'd like to send her a card, the address is 862 E. Iron Avenue Ext., Apartment 114, Dover, OH  44622.  Their phone number is (330) 365-2498.            --- Vince Caudy

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

INDIANA BREAKFAST:   Join us on Thursday, Sept 25, at 8:30 am at the Cracker Barrel for breakfast.   Please sign up on the bulletin board.            --- Betty and Chuck Hamilton

EDITORIAL NOTE:   I added the erroneous headline last week to the above notice because I assumed that Illinois, Kentucky, N. & S. Carolina, W. Virginia, Kansas and Oklahoma were to be included as in the past.  I've since learned that the Hamiltons planned this breakfast for Indiana folks only.           --- Sandy McIntyre

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

HURRICANE SPEAKER CHANGE:  The previously scheduled speaker, Mr. Bob Dinwoodie, has been replaced with Ms. Mary Florio.  She asks that her time be given as near as possible to 9:00 AM on Sat. Sept. 20 to facilitate her work afterwards.           --- Mike Mooney

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE……1982
A closing on May 15th for new members Peter and Marge Havey who had been renting the home at location 60.  A special thanks to Don Toland, Thurman Sorrell and Howard Darbee  for mowing lots and weeding around the Castle.   Members are requested to help with the Open House in March when radio station W.A.R.M. will be doing a remote from the Castle and hot dogs and cokes will be served to visitors.  The opening of the 37 miles section of I-75 from Manatee County through Sarasota County will have an official ribbon cutting on May 10.  A traffic light at Laurel Road and U.S. 41 has been approved.  Residents raised $4,500 to expand the Castle kitchen with a triple sink, coffee urn, a twenty-foot refrigerator, a Vulcan range, and 28 feet of additional cabinets.  The money was derived from pancake breakfasts, a pig roast, and an auction of items donated by members.   New autumn King's Gate members still residents were Jack Hedegore, Lois Hill, Eric and Ruth Hazeldine, John and Estelle Soroka.  For the month of October advertisements were inviting potential buyers to fly to Sarasota and stay at King's Gate for three days with all meals furnished for $298 with a full refund if they purchase plus a $10,000 savings on all spec homes.  The search for buyers heats up.           --- Don Moriarty



Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Arthur Carlson
Sandy McIntyre, Editor
News Honesty is something you can't wear out.

Vol. XVI, No. 38 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida September 27, 2003

WEEKLY CALENDAR:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
28
7:00P Pinochle
7:00P Ladies Billiard Practice
Attend Church of your choice
 
 
29
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Bridge (D)
 
 
30
9:00A Line Dancing

 
 
1
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Bridge (C)
 
 
2
9:00A Line Dancing (Beg)

 
 
3
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
7:00P Euchre
 
 
4
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Meeting
Food Pantry
 
 

HEALTHLINE: Jane Pack thanks you for all the cards and calls, and especially the prayers you offered, after her hip surgery 3 weeks ago. She's doing fine.       A scholarship memorial fund for future nurses is being set up as a tribute to Eileen Hawks. If any of you who knew Eileen would like to contribute, information is on the bulletin board.       To send cards to Wilma Kerns of 271 Camelot Drive, whose mother passed away, address them to her Indiana address in our directory.

CONDOLENCES: Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Gordy Brown of 224 Castle Drive, who passed away last week. A memorial Service was held for him in our clubhouse on Tuesday. Gordy will surely be missed by so many of us who enjoyed his companionship in bowling, playing euchre and billiards, shuffleboarding, golfing. He and his wife, June, have lived at King's Gate for nineteen years.

JOIN THE FUN: Bingo will start Oct. 7th at 7:o'clock in the Clubhouse. We hope everyone will come and have some fun for the evening. There is an announcement on our bulletin board inside the hall & outside. As you can see, we are having some optional games that you can play.
        --- Judy Spears (488-6443) and Fred Lewis (484-4657)

PIANO ACCOMPANIST NEEDED FOR CHORALIERS: Ellie DeWalt is the Chairperson for the King's Gate Club Choraliers. She will arrive back in King's Gate in early December and would like to start rehearsals with the Choraliers the first week in January. Please e-mail Ellie at gldewalt@earthlink.net or write or call her at her northern home in the KGC Phone Directory to volunteer to play the piano for the Choraliers.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT KING'S GATE:       1985 Spring
Due to some break-ins because of the easy access into King's Gate from Route 75, a wall along our boundary was proposed and a committee appointed to investigate. Types of walls considered were all 8 feet high and were wood fence, concrete block, a rock wall, chain link, thorny hedge, and electronic security devices. Membership considered the rock and the block walls would serve the best and both original bids were around $46,000. Since the rock wall would take the least maintenance and its' 36 inch base would provide the most noise abatement, it was selected by ballot by the members. Mr. Morey and the Directors made available from Club funds $12,500 to be used for the wall. The remaining $33,500 would be paid by a one time special assessment of $132 per membership. The contract for the rock wall was let and soon after construction was started. After a portion of the wall was completed, construction stopped. The contractor, at first, said he was having trouble getting the rock, but after a delay of several months, it was learned he was out of business. We were lucky to have only paid as constructed. Much debate went on for the remainder of 1985 as to how to finish the wall. No builder using rock was available, and the wall sat unfinished until June 2, 1986 when a contract was signed to finish the wall with concrete block a total of 1,500 feet, stuccoed on both sides, and painted for $50,084. The contractor completed the wall in 60 days…and that's the reason why we have a décor wall part rock and part block.




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