Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 4 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida January 26, 2008

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Our next pancake breakfast for the season will be this coming Friday , February 1, 2008.   We will serve from 7:30 a.m. till 9:00 a.m.   Come early.   Bring your visitors with you.

CORRECTION:   Last week the Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner was reported as being scheduled for February 4…this date should have been listed as February 2 (next Saturday).

TENNIS PARTY:   The Annual Tennis Spaghetti Dinner for past, present and future KGC tennis players is scheduled for February 2.   See sign-up sheet in the tennis court gazebo for additional details.       ---Tom Weber

ATTENTION ALL LADY GOLFERS:   A 9-hole scramble will be held on Wednesday, January 30, at Calusa Lakes.   We'll meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and begin our game at 2:30 p.m.   The scramble fee is $3.00, which will be used for prizes.   Sign up in the clubhouse by noon on Sunday, January 27, to reserve your spot.   For further information, please call Nancy Breitwieser or Sue Simmons.

55 ALIVE DRIVERS REFRESHER COURSE:   The driver's class will be held on Thursday and 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

RETURNING RENTERS:   Welcome to the following returning renters:
      Richard and Rozella Runnels, 17 Castle Drive, here for the month of Jan., from Clinton Township, MI, phone 484-1757.
      Gary and Irene Pitt, 74 King Arthur Drive, here 'til April 19, from West Bloomfield, NY, phone 484-7632
Enjoy your stay at KGC!

WELCOME PARTY:   Solos and the Welcome Committee have scheduled our Annual Party for New Owners for next Wednesday evening, January 30, at 7 PM.   Be sure that your calendar is marked to attend so that all of our residents can attend to meet and greet our new owners.   Solos and Welcome Committee, please bring your "goodies" to the clubhouse between 5:45 and 6 PM.   As stated earlier, 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

GET YOUR PHOTO TAKEN AT THE WELCOME PARTY!   All residents (new and old) are urged to stop by the photographers at the Welcome Party on Wednesday night to have their picture taken for the KGC Web Page Picture Book.   These individual photos in the Members Only section of our webpage are a great help when you know the face but not the name.   Printed copies of the new photos will be added to the Picture Notebook located in the Clubhouse for people without a computer.   If you like the photo currently on the webpage, there's no need to update.....unless you're getting better looking as you get older.       ---Chuck McIntyre and Wren McMains

SUPER BOWL "42" PARTY:   Tickets are still on sale 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 in 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 or Mickey 488-8281.

HEALTHLINE:   Our condolences to the family of James Burke, 19 Castle Dr.   Jim passed away on January 18 at TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care in Sarasota.   He leaves his beloved daughter, Donna Stocker of Wickenburg, Arizona, a dear friend, Jane Haggarty, a niece and two grandchildren.   Jim was past president of our BOD and was very active at KGC.   Services held in Freehold, NJ.   Memorials may be sent to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL  34238.       ---Rae Burmaster

SOLO'S:   The Solo's group will meet on January 31 at the Salt Water Café at 5:00 p.m.   Please wear name tags.       ---Jean Davis

NY-NJ LUNCHEON will be held at the Gold Rush BBQ Restaurant on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 11:30 A.M.   The menu has beef, chicken, pork, fish, salads, sandwiches, soups, full meals or whatever you want, great corn bread, desserts, and beverages.   Please sign up and come and enjoy. Located on 41 south just beyond Venice Hospital on the east side of the road. Questions, call Barth's 485-9714.

PENNSYLVANIA PATIO PICNIC:   When: Thursday, January 31, at 11 a.m.   Where: KGC Patio.   Subs, snacks, dessert and beverage provided.   Sign-up sheet posted 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.

MICHIGAN BREAKFAST:   February 12, 9:00 a.m., at Millie's Café, 3900 Clark Rd.   Sign-up sheet is posted in Clubhouse.   Please wear your name tags.   All welcome.       ---Loretta Brian, 488-0664

MEN'S LUNCHEON:  Please reserve Monday, February 25th, for this year's version of "Guys' Night Out" with a "Mystery Entertainer" (PG-rated !!).   Following the 11:30 a.m. social time, lunch will be catered by Sonny's Bar-B-Q, and served at 12:00 noon…you won't want to miss the fun!   Tickets are $14.00 and will go on sale today, January 26th.   You will have a choice of pulled pork or chicken as your entrée (side dishes are included).   Beer and wine will also be available. Your sons, grandsons, or any other male visitors are welcome, too!   Per the caterer's request, we'll need a firm count by February 21st, so please sign up early.       ---Don Paulson

BOOK CLUB will meet on Monday, January 28, at 1:00 PM in the Book and Game Room.   The book that will be presented is "Lighting the Way:  Nine Women Who Changed Modern America" by Karenna Gore Schiff.  Schiff, who is Al Gore's oldest daughter and a lawyer and journalist, has put together a collective biography of nine women of the 20th century of various social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds fighting for social justice.   Everyone is welcome to attend.   If you haven't read the book, come to hear the overview and discussion.       ---Sandy McIntyre

GUIDE DOGS:   Southeastern Guide Dogs annual "RAFFLE TICKET" sale will be February 9th and 16th.  "KGC-King" has returned to the kennel for further training. Lorraine has "KGC-Baron" now 11 weeks old.       ---Nip Barker

TENNIS-TENNIS-TENNIS:   Tennis instructions will start for beginners on Monday, February 4, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the tennis courts.   Come out and learn to play, get some exercise and make some new friends.   Or, if you played when you were younger and want to start playing again, come out and brush up on your strokes.   There are sign-up sheets at the tennis courts and in the clubhouse.   If you have questions, call Alex Ferris (485-8098) or Don Keele (484-8198).

STAINED GLASS:   Another beginner class will start Thursday, February 28th, at 2:00 PM in the activities room.  It is a six week class and there is a $25.00 fee to cover class supplies.   Class size is limited to eight (8) people.   Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Clubhouse.   Sign up by Feb 14th.   ?'s  contact Jessica at 488-5267.

LADIES' BILLIARDS:   The first half of league play has ended with the following results:
1st Place:   Inez Mercer (Capt.), Lou Grimme, Dee Hicks, Sandy McIntyre
2nd Place:   Margaret Goff (Capt.), Vicky May, Melanie Pillar
3rd Place:   Betty Mohr (Capt.), Leota Kelsey, Joan Potts, Jessica Prentice
4th Place:   Kerrie Morawa (Capt.), Barbara Amatrudo, Gisele Bossom, Sonia Scheerer

Thanks to the following subs:   Gigi Conway, Bonnie Douglas, Ruth Grimaldi, Sharon Kenney.   They are a big help to the league.   Anyone interested in practice or learning, come join us on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m.   League play continues on Monday nights.

TRAVEL:   Hard Rock Casino, 2/28/08, Thurs., leaving at 8:30 a.m. Sold out, wait list only. Payment due on Sat., Feb. 2, 2008, $25.00, King's Gate Travel.   Round trip transportation, buffet lunch, $15.00 free play, all taxes and tips. Bus driver included.

Jersey Boys:   March 1, 2008, Seats available, need to fill the bus.   Round trip transportation, pre-show lunch, choice of menu, good seats, all taxes and gratuities included.-- $156.00; make checks payable to HAPPY HEART TOURS.

Jersey Boys:   March 8th, 2008, seats available, same as above  $156.00.

February 10th, 2008   Guys and Dolls, Broadway Palm, wait listed.   If interested let me know.

Medical Forms:   Everyone that is booked on ANY trip please complete a medical form, put in white envelope with your name on it (SEALED), IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU AFTER EACH TRIP.   FORMS AVAILABLE ON THE TRAVEL BOARD.   DROP OFF ON 2/2/08, TRAVEL DESK

January 29-Feb. 8, 2009, Southern Caribbean Medley, Emerald Princess, early booking till January 22, 2008, only $100.00 deposit will hold your room. Everyone welcome.

Travel desk closed till February 2, 2008.       Don and Mary Lou, Travel Coordinators

BOWLING - Tuesday Jan. 22, 2008:

Carole Gualdoni 543 200
Bob Skowron 538 208
Mary Ann Lyford 454 -


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 1 20 16 *
2 3 20 16 *
3 4 19 17 *
4 5 19 17 *
5 7 18 18
6 2 16 20 *
7 6 16 20 *
8 8 16 20 *

Monday, January 28 - Team #6 makes courts ready
Order of play   Y-B-Y       ---Ralph Garver


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 5 23 13
2 4 22 14
3 3 19.6 16.5
4 3 18 18
5 7 17 19
6 6 16.5 19.5
7 8 15 21
8 1 14 22

Thursday, January 31 - Team #4 makes courts ready
Order of play   B-Y-B       ---Ralph Garver

      January 28       10 a.m.     Women at Bay Indies
      January 29         9 a.m.     Men at Venice Isles
      February 1       10 a.m.     Mixed at Lazy River  
Come support your KGC teams!!       ---Dick May

OUR SINCERE THANKS…to all those who contributed in any way to making the Prayer Shawl Group a success.   We are extremely grateful to the many nimble fingers who have wielded knitting needles or crochet hooks and to those who have donated yarn.   Because of you, we have been able to be a small part in many lives.   Our next meeting is the first Tuesday of February, the 5th, at 3:00 in the Card Room.   All members and wanna-bees are encouraged to attend.   For further information, please call Rose, 412-1988.

MEXICAN FIESTA DINNER:   A large group attended the Mexican Dinner last Saturday evening.   The food, which was from Mi Pueblo, was delicious.   Our thanks to Mary Carpenter and Sandy Garver for chairing this fun event.   Tickets were sold by Angie Richards and Patty Ray.   Helping at the dinner were Judy Blow, Arlene Herbert, Charlotte Alex, Rae Burmaster, Eleanor Barth, Mickey Fournier, Mary Ann Lyford and Judy Leight.   Mary Ann, Sandy, Mary and Judy spent several hours making the paper flowers -and the tables looked lovely.   Jim Purkey and Jack Varty transported the food from the restaurant, and Jim Blow, Lou Herbert and Chuck Leight also helped.   Ron Carpenter entertained us with lovely music appropriate to the occasion.   Thanks to all of you - it was a delightful evening.

THOUGHTS:   With many new people here, it is a MUST to wear your name tag to all social functions at the club.   It helps our new residents and it even helps us to put names and faces together.   (And especially, please wear your name tag to Welcome Night next Wednesday evening).       ---SJB

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