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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
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Vol. XX, No. 2 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 12, 2008

[Sorry I was late in posting this. I just wanted you to appreciate all the work Sandy does putting the newsletter on the web each week :)   ---Wren]

SAFETY PATROL:  A class has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse for all of our residents that are unsure what to do while on Safety Patrol.   It is everyone's responsibility to make sure KGC is a safe place to live.   Everyone should take their turn to sign-up.   No excuses for not signing up.   Singles may ask another resident or your Safety Patrol Co-Chairman, Rae and Art Burmaster to accompany them while on patrol.   There should not be any blank nights on the Safety Patrol calendar.   Any questions call Rae and Art Burmaster at 412-9224.

HOSPICE:  Melissa Heath from Tidewell Hospice will be here today to give us an informative presentation regarding hospice.  Please stay after the social meeting for this 20 minute session.

PATIO PARTY:  Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m, will be our first Patio Party of 2008. Entertainer is Jay Smith. Plan to attend for an afternoon of great entertainment and refreshment. BYOB

ANNUAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Tuesday January 15th at 10:00 a.m. in the Clubhouse. All residents are welcome, FREE coffee & donuts.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Thursday January 17th at 900 a.m. in the Clubhouse. All residents are welcome.

HEALTHLINE:  Lucille Anderson of 262 Camelot Drive has requested that we include her daughter Diana in your prayers as she has been diagnosed with cancer of the brain.
   Tom Wright, 210 Castle Drive is recuperating at home after having a right knee replacement. His wife Jerry says he is such a good patient and is doing well. Your cards are prayers are welcomed.
   Ed Hotchkiss, 127 Camelot Drive is in Venice Regional Medical Center recuperating from Gall Bladder surgery. Your cards and prayers are appreciated.
   Ray Dievendorf a former resident at 17 Castle Drive fell on Christmas Day and fractured his hip and had surgery. He is now back at Manor Care Health Services 1450 E. Venice Ave., Venice Fl 34293. Cards and prayers are appreciated.

SYMPATHY:  Our sympathy to Lydia Johnson, 64 King Arthur Dr, on the passing of her Mother, Mary Menerd of Hale, MI who passed away January 7th. Services to be held in Michigan.

THANK YOU:  Words cannot express our gratitude to all of our special friends at Kings Gate Club during the most difficult time of our life.  Your cards, visits, prayers, calls and comforting support has really helped sustain us during Jim's illness and after his untimely death.  Jim and I always felt privileged to be a part of such a special place.  Our boys, Jim and John felt very good leaving me here in such a caring environment.
  --- Arlene, Jim and John Hyde

ATTENTION KGC AMIGOS ... today is the last day to purchase your ticket for the January 19th Mexican Fiesta dinner being catered by Mi Pueblo.  BYOB (margarita mix will be provided if you want to bring Tequila) and table service.  Chips and salsa at 5:30 dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 p/p.  ---Mary C. and Sandy G.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED:  We are looking for someone or some group to run the March 30th Patio Party. Jimmy Sotto, local entertainer will be here. Contact the Round Table Chairman or Jim Purkey.

ENTERTAINMENT:  LAUGHING WITH THE LEGENDS January 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale Saturday January 5th and 12th. $10.00 per person. Relive the Fabulous 50’s with “Gurl and Girl” singing, dancing, costumes, comedy skits, red hot piano playing! Come and have a Blast with the Past!! Questions: Emil Depasquale

FOOD PANTRY:  Last Saturday our generous residents contributed $300 and 84 food items to the Food Pantry!

LINE DANCING on Thursday January 17th will be at 10:30 a.m. after the Board Meeting. ---June McMains

55 ALIVE DRIVERS REFRESHER COURSE:  The driver’s class will be held on Thursday & Friday, January 31 and February 1. The class will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Activities Room. Sign up sheet and information in the back of the Hall. Questions ?? Harry Kiel 488-6670

CPR/AED PROGRAM:  The certification for the following people who were certified in the CPR/AED PROGRAM has expired.  They must attend a recertification class for any new material and refresh what they have learned.  The class is scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Please keep this date open.  You can call me, Emil DePasquale, to sign up for the class.  My number is 484-7031.

Marilyn Phillips     Rich Davis     Ron Carpenter    Dick May
Dorothy Holden      Betty Ulbright   Ellie Lambiotte     John Kureja
Vic Grisetto       Art Grams       Loretta Brian       Vicky May
Judy Auerbach     Charles Brady   Charles Clotfelter     Louise Eichenlaub
Lee Chiles        Mary Brady

SUPER BOWL “42” PARTY:  Tickets will be on sale starting Saturday January 12, and for the next few Saturdays for the Super Bowl Party which will be on Sunday February 3, 2008. Social Hour is 5:30 p.m. and the game at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the game on the “big screen” with your friends and neighbors. Subs, snacks and ice cream bars are included for the price of $5.00. BYOB. “Pool” Squares will also be available for sale. Even if your team isn’t in the Super Bowl you can cheer for your friends’ team. Questions call Gene & Mickey 488-8281

KING'S GATE CLUB CARD PLAYERS:  You’re invited to the “DEAL ME IN” card party to benefit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County on Thursday, January 24, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at Aston Gardens on S. Pinebrook Rd., Venice. The tickets are $7.00 each with advance reservations. Call Sandy McIntyre at 412-0107 for individual or table reservations. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. You’ll have fun and help support two programs: Basic Literacy (helping native-born adults with reading and writing) and English as a Second Language (teaching functional English to foreign-born adults). ---Sandy McIntyre

SOLO’S:  The Solo’s group will meet on the 5th Thursday for the month of January. The date will be January 31st at the Salt Water Café, at 5:00 p.m. Please wear name tags. ---Jean Davis

LIBRARY NEWBIES:  Three great fiction reads. You've talked about it, it's been on the NY Times bestseller list, it's on the book club circuit---it's....WATER FOR ELEPHANTS BY SARA GRUEN! A love story set in the Depression at a circus featuring a leading lady- the circus's elephant. Debbie Macomber's new book, 74 Seaside Avenue, is a juicy small town romance story. All you historical fiction people will appreciate Fort Pillow by Harry Turtledove.  A novel about the first black Union soldiers during the Civil War.  Many thanks to all who are donating such great titles to our collection, especially those large print books!   ---Barb Tompkins

MULTIMEDIA PAINTING:  This group has resumed meeting in the Activities Room on Wednesday’s from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. If interested - just come. Bring your own supplies. Questions contact Mary Jane Shelby 484-4612

THANK YOU:  Great time at the 6th annual KGC Regatta……. Hope everyone enjoyed the skill that our KGC boatmen displayed…. A big THANK YOU to the women who assisted at the hot dog stand….. Also the cheering crowds were so comforting to a few …hint Bud ?? Val Mackas, Jerry Douglas and Tom Weber for outstanding times in each of there classes… Be sure to mark the calendar February 17th for the next KGC Regatta. --- Commodore, Jerry Becker

INSIDE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:  Thanks to Ernie and Judy Auerbach who chaired this committee. This past week the following people helped them "untrim" the clubhouse: Fred and Joy Funk, Rae Burmaster, Rosemary Holdway, Linda and Jack Varty, Jack Flanagan, and Jim Walker. And, our clubhouse looked beautiful during the holiday season!

ORCHIDS to our Office Manager, Michele Rachal. She is always pleasant and helpful, is very knowledgeable, plus she is the first person many people see when they come into the office. Keep up the good work!


Fred Carbone 237 617
Charles Brady 202 577
Lou Herbert 203 553
Bill Fels 201 497
Dick Lyford 198 522
Angie Richards 185 489
Mary Carpenter 180 442
Linda Varty 194 473
Mary Lyford 164 476

Bob Goff bowled 79 pins over average for a single game. --- Don Fisher


Position Team Won Lost Tie Position Team Won Lost Tie
1 1 10 8 + 5 6 9 9 +
2 4 10 8 + 6 7 9 9 +
3 2 9 9 + 7 5 8 10 +
4 3 9 9 + 8 8 8 10 +

Monday January 14, Team #5 makes courts ready. Order of play Y – B – B ---Ralph Garver


Position Team Won Lost Tie Position Team Won Lost Tie
1 5 13 5   5 7 8 10 +
2 6 10.5 7.5   6 8 8 10 +
3 3 10 8 + 7 2 7.5 10.5  
4 4 10 8 + 8 1 5 13  

Thursday January 17, Team #2 makes courts ready. Order of play Y – B – B ---Ralph Garver

TRAVEL FILMS TODAY January 12, 1:00 p.m. here in the Clubhouse, our trip to South Africa and also our recent River Boat Cruise on the Viking Spirit, everyone is welcome.

TRAVEL:   Guys and Dolls February 10, 2008, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, $60.00, payments should be in, wait listed.

   February 8, 2008, Hard Rock Casino, ONLY 1 BUS AVAILABLE, SIGN UP TODAY, PAYMENT DUE
   February 2, 2008, All you can eat lunch in the new Fresh Harvest Restaurant,  plus $15.00 free play, includes tax and gratuity, round trip transportation, drivers tip, $25.00
   March 1, 2008, still have a few seats for Jersey Boys, Tampa Performing Arts.  $156.00

Our new 10 day southern Caribbean cruise has been announced, Princess Booking week January 16 – January 22, 2008 deposits only $100.00 per person, plus coupon book with over $120.00 in added value.  Cruise dates:  January 29 - February 8, 2009

Luggage at bus area about 7-7:30 a.m.  Bus will be here at 8:30 a.m. on January 16, 2008
Check Bus list as to which bus you are on, #1 or #2
Put your name and information inside your luggage just in case luggage tags are lost.
Bring several $1.00 bills for tipping.
Luggage tags have correct room # on them.
Try and have someone drive you to bus area so we don't have too many cars at Clubhouse.
Phone # for emergency 1-900 329-7447 for USA.                                        1-900-565-2800 for Canada. We are on the Coral Princess


TRAVEL DESK CLOSED FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, OPENS February 2, 2008 Questions Don and Mary Lou 484-6807

LIBRARY:  Thinking of going to Europe, have been or just want to travel in your arm chair?  A new donation Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture takes you to all the great domes as the Hagia Sophia in Turkey, cathedrals of Italy, and churches of Russia. This is found on the new books shelf and will be put in the 779.4 section about architecture.  Browse through our 900 section for more travel books and see the new road atlas of Italy, if you are brave enough to drive on the roads with the Italians!  An inventory will be taken of all our books in April, so please return those books you took out last spring and summer.  ---Barb Tompkins

RETURNING RENTERS:  Welcome to the following returning renters:
   Roger and Ruth Campbell, 277 Ave. of Queens, from Concord, MA, here 'til April 30, phone 484-0972.
   Roy and Margaret Bakeoven, 109 King Arthur Drive, from Mansfield, MA, here 'til March 31.
   Jerry and Carole Gualdoni, 117 Camelot Drive, from Canadian Lakes, MI, here 'til April 1, phone 412-3430.
   Pete and Peggy Broadwater, 37 Castle Drive, here 'til May 4, from Poland, OH, former owners, phone 412-9531.
   Richard and Phyllis Brown, 110 King Arthur Drive, here 'til May 1, from Petersham, MA, phone 485-0412.
   Roger and Betty Nicely, 286 Ave. of Queens, from Grand Rapids, MI, here 'til March 31, phone 480-9874. Former owners here.
 Enjoy your stay here!

RENTERS:  Welcome to the following renters:
   Dan and Pat Zimmerman, 303 Ave. of Dukes, here 'til April 15, from Delton, MI.
   Dick and Barbara L"Heureux, 186 Camelot Drive, here 'til April 30, from Southbridge, MA.
   Joe and Donna Sexson, 197 Castle Drive, here 'til February 29, from Zionville, IN.
   Ray and Ellie Goddard, 240 Ave. of Barons, here 'til April 10, from Mansfield, MA, phone 412-1894
 We know you will enjoy your stay here at the Club!

NEW TELEPHONE #: Kathleen and Tom Olsen, 245 Avenue of Barons have a different contact telephone number from the one listed in the KGC Directory. It is a cell phone: 715-571-8594

WELCOME PARTY:  Solos and the Welcome Committee have scheduled our Annual Party for New Owners on Wednesday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendar NOW so that all of our residents can attend to meet and greet our new owners. If there is anyone "in residence" now who was a new owner in 2005 or 2006 and was not able to attend the party that year, we would like to introduce you, too. Please see me or call me at 484-2191. ---Shirley Bethke

PENNSYLVANIA PATIO PICNIC:  When: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Where: KGC Patio. Subs, snacks, dessert and beverage provided. Sign-up sheet in the Clubhouse. Remember to wear your name tag. All Welcome! See you there! Any questions call Gigi 488-7810 or Ginnie 724-421-7157.

CITRUS TREES:  At this time of year citrus fruit begins to fall to the ground and, if not picked up, will become a mess when the mowers come by.  Please pick up all fruit to avoid the mess of the mowers and to discourage rodents.

INFO ON NEARBY PHARMACY:  Did you know that there is a full-service pharmacy right down the street from King’s Gate? The Village Pharmacy (by Publix at Laurel and U.S. 41) offers a full range of services that include hard to find medications, prescription compounding (including bio-identical hormone therapy), special packaging, delivery service (currently $3 delivery fee), vitamin and mineral supplements, diabetic shoes and hosiery, and home medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, lift chairs, grab bars, raised toilet seats, etc.) It truly is a pharmacy from “the good old days” when access to one’s pharmacist is as easy as a phone call or visit. Village Pharmacy’s entire focus is fulfilling customer needs and going the extra mile in helping their customers get the help they need. Jeff and Sarah Young (the owners and pharmacists) have lived in this area for over 20 years and have developed strong community and customer ties. Stop in to the pharmacy to meet Jeff Young, the owner. The phone number is 488-8800. His wife, Sarah, runs the Venice Apothecary location and they also have a store in Englewood.

Did you know that there is NO COST DIFFERENCE in receiving specialized service? Village Pharmacy will match any prescription cost, even the $4 medications offered by the larger chain pharmacies. They accept a wide range of insurance, including Medicare. Did you know that Medicare covers all or most of the cost for home medical equipment when prescribed by a physician?

The information above was provided by Julie Podwitz, 941-586-3836, Community Relations Director for Village Pharmacy. She's the daughter of Helen Helgren who some of you know as the "Purse Lady" who was a vendor at our Fair for many years. She said that Jeff Young would be willing to come to King's Gate Club and conduct cholesterol screenings if the Club is interested. They do this at a Health Fair at Bay Indies. She said that if deliveries to a number of King's Gaters became a daily thing, they would waive the delivery fee. ---Sandy McIntyre

KGC RESIDENT – SHIRLEY BETHKE:  Shirley was born in St. Paul, MN and graduated from Mahtomedi High School, near St. Paul. And graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, with a B.A. Degree.

She was employed at Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railway in St. Paul in the Transportation Division for 33 years. She took a one year leave from the railroad to teach school in Minneapolis. She taught Spanish, bookkeeping and shorthand. She can still do her notes in shorthand.

She was on the Board of Central Towers for six years. Is an Honorary Life Member of Board-Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America. Her hobbies include playing bridge and other cards, reading and traveling.

She and her husband purchased a home in King’s Gate Park in April 1982, and lived there five years. Then in April 1987 they purchased a home in King’s Gate Club, 218 Princess Ave.

When her husband passed away, she was planning to come to KGC and sell her house. The lady who was to drive down with her could not do it, so Fred Bethke, who belonged to the same church as Shirley in St. Paul, offered to drive her so she would not have to drive down alone. After they arrived down here in FL, she commented that she had a big house, and she invited Fred to stay a little while for a visit. He had planned to take a bus back to St. Paul.

Shirley and Fred were married on November 20, 1990. And they decided to keep the house and winter in Florida. She has one step-son, John, and twin granddaughters.

She has been involved in many activities here in the Club. Shirley was Publicity Chairperson for the Fair for a number of years. She has chaired Talent Shows, Ladies Style Shows, and has been commentator for many of the Shows and Dinners.

Shirley served on the Round Table in the early 1990’s, then chaired it from 2001-2003 and thoroughly enjoyed the job as R.T. Chair. She has been working on the Welcome Committee for 10 years, and has been chair for the last 5 years. She started on the Newsletter right after it started in the spring of 1988, and has continued to be on the Staff since.

She loves people, residents, renters and visitors. She loves KGC, the people and activities, etc. She has a wonderful memory and knows so many people, and where they live. She is really and truly a great lady, and wonderful to be around.

THOUGHTS:  Last week returning renter Marion Daur had barely settled in when she helped Eleanor Barth taking blood pressures of our residents. Our renters are helpful and active, and we're happy to have you all with us. - SJB

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