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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 5 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 2, 2008

SUPER BOWL "42" PARTY:   Tickets are still on sale for the Super Bowl Party which will be tomorrow, 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.

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.   Any questions, call Alex Ferris 485-8098 or Don Keele 484-8198.

WEDNESDAY MOVIE:   The movie for Wednesday will be "3:10 TO YUMA" starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.   "THE BEST WESTERN SINCE UNFORGIVEN", says Roger Ebert.   Rated R for violence and some language.   Movie 7:30 p.m., Red Skelton at 7:00 p.m.       ---Arlene Hyde

NORTH JETTY PICNIC:   WHEN: February 7th.   WHERE:  North Jetty.   SOCIAL HOUR:  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   DINNER:  5:00 p.m.   Everyone welcome, enjoy the sunset and relaxation at the Jetty………  Bring your favorite dish for at least 10 to 12 to enjoy.   Don't forget your social hour of snacks and refreshments and your table setting.       ---Claire Becker

TALENT SHOW TICKETS:   The last day for Talent Show ticket sales will be Saturday February 2, 2008.   All the folks who were on the cruise must buy their reserved tickets by today February 2, 2008 at the RTC Morning Meeting.   A wait list will be created in case of cancellations and for sales to non-resident/renters.   Thanks so much for your help.       ---Vic Griseto

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

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

MEN'S LUNCHEON;   Please reserve Monday, February 25 th, 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 on Saturday mornings.   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

HORSE RACE / PIZZA PARTY:   The tickets will be on sale February 9th and 16th for the Horse Race-Pizza Party to be held on February 23rd.   BYOB and Quarters.   $6.00 pp.       ---Bud and Mary Porzio

GUIDE DOGS:   Annual "Raffle Sale" tickets on sale February 9th and February 16th to support SouthEastern Guide Dogs.  Come see "Kgc-Baron". He will be here with Lorraine.       ---Nip Barker 485-9308

HEALTHLINE:   Peter Byrne, 28 Castle Drive, is recuperating from surgery.   He had stints inserted for aneurysms in his aorta, and both femoral arteries.   He is reported to be doing well and hopes to see us soon.   Your cards and prayers are appreciated.   Send to his northern address.

Helen Westbrook, 113 Castle, had a third left hip replacement on January 7th.   She is now at Life Care Rehab Center, 8104 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 34243.   She has had a pulmonary embolism and an emergency blood transfusion.   Dave reports she is recovering well, and will be in rehab for a few more weeks.   Cards and prayers are appreciated.       ---Rae Burmaster - Healthline

THANK YOU for all your prayers and concerns for my daughter Diana.   Soon she starts the next step of her treatment, so please continue to keep her in your prayers.   God Bless.       Lucille Anderson, 262 Camelot Dr.

MANY THANKS to the eighteen King's Gate women who came to the Literacy Volunteers fund-raiser card party on January 24th.   The Committee was very impressed with the turnout from King's Gate Club, and I was proud that so many of you attended.   I really appreciate your support, and hope you all had a good time.       ---Sandy McIntyre

STAINED GLASS:   Another beginner class will start Thursday, February 28th, at 2:00 p.m. 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 February 14th.   Any questions contact Jessica at 488-5267.

ENTERTAINMENT:   Walker and Wolfe will perform here on Wednesday February 13, at 7:30 p.m.   They offer high energy fast-paced variety of singing and dancing.   Tickets will be on sale Saturday February 2nd and 9th, and on opening night.   Ticket price is $9.00.   If you wish to purchase tickets other than the days mentioned, please call me at 484-7031.       ---Emil DePasquale

PRAYER SHAWL GROUP:   HELP!   HELP!   We need your assistance.   The Prayer Shawl Group cannot fulfill its mission without your input.   Although we have been snooping and nosey, we have sadly missed many who would have benefited from our prayer shawls.   If you know of any resident or long time renter who is in any stressful situation, please let us know.   Call Rose at 412-1988, Louise at 488-2961, or Barb 480-9294.
P.S.   The Prayer Shawl Group will meet Tuesday February 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Card Room.

VIDEO NEWS:   Two new DVD: - "Away From Her" Julie Christie up for Best Actress in Drama and "3:10 To Yuma".   Two donated DVD "Tristan+Isolde" and "Anger Management".   Also 2 donated VCR "Dances With Wolves" and "Fiddler on the Roof".   DVD "Die Hard 4.1" came with 2 Disc.   The main DVD with the movie on it is missing.   Person who had it last returned it with one disc which is the Bonus Disc BUT NOT THE MOVIE!!!   Again, please check your DVD player and see if you still have it.   The DVD "15 Minutes" was missing for quite some time and it was finally returned and is now back in the Video Room.       ---Jean Ickes

VETERANS:   Attention Veterans with hearing aids "furnished" by the VA.   For you information…
Veterans can order batteries 3 different ways: 1. Call Denver: 303-914-5145.   2. E-mail Denver:   3. Send in the reorder card that they receive with each shipment of batteries.       ---Vince Caudy - Vets Club

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to Pat and Connie Bryan, who have purchased 95 King Arthur Dr. They are from Edmond, OK.   Phone # 405-348-2362.   They are friends of Lee and Margaret Chiles.   We wish them many happy years at KGC!

KGC PHONE BOOK - RETURNING RENTER LISTINGS:   Renters who plan to continuing renting in King's Gate Club and would like to be listed in the KGC Phone Directory, please write down and give me your listing information or e-mail me at   The information needed is:
Name(s), local address, local phone, home state, summer address, summer phone.   If you want to be listed but do not know which unit you will be renting next year, we can leave the local address blank.   If you have questions, e-mail me or call 412-0107.   I need this information by Saturday February 12th.       ---Sandy McIntyre

TRAVEL:   February 10th, 2008, Guys and Dolls, wait list
March 2nd 2008, Anything Goes. Payments due. $60.00, wait list only.

Hard Rock Casino, 1 bus only, February 28th, 2008, round trip transportation, all you can eat lunch buffet includes tax and gratuity plus $15.00 free play and bus drivers tip.   $25.00 payment due at this time.

March 1, 2008, Jersey Boys:   Have 7 seats available, ask your friends to join us, due to illnesses and cancellations, we are committed to these tickets.   If you can help with these tickets it would be appreciated.
March 8, 2008 - Jersey Boys:   Have 2 seats available.

JERSEY BOYS: How did four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history?   Find out at Jersey Boys, the Tony Award winning best musical of 2006 that takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.   Discover the secret of a 40 year friendship: four blue collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom.   Round trip transportation, excellent seats, wonderful lunch pre-show, all taxes and gratuities included, bus driver tip included.   $156.00 per person.

Reminder:   Silver Foxes coming March 20th, 2008   $18.50
          Sailor Circus coming March 28th, 2008   $14.00
Sign up later

Emerald Princess January 29-February 8th 2009, book early for best rates and rooms.

Questions regarding travel stop at the Travel Desk, Don and Mary Lou your travel coordinators - 484-6807


Fred Carbone 204 536
Bud Porzio 195 516
Kerrie Morawa - 489
Cheryl Patricca 189 481

Don Fisher bowled 78 pins over average in a single game.       ---Don Fisher

      February 4       10:00 a.m.       Women, Bird Bay at KGC
      February 5         9:00 a.m.       Men, Inlets at KGC
      February 8       10:00 a.m.       Mixed, Bye
Come and support your team!       ---Mary Carpenter


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 3 30 24
2 5 29.5 24.5
3 1 28.5 25.5
4 2 27 27
5 4 26.5 27.5
6 6 25.5 28.5
7 7 25 29
8 8 24 30

Monday February 4   Team #7 makes courts ready.


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 5 33 21
2 2 31.5 22.5
3 4 30 24
4 3 29.5 24.5
5 6 29 25
6 7 23 31
7 8 21.5 32.5
8 1 19.5 34.5
Thursday February 7   Team #5 makes courts ready.
Order of play B - Y - Y       ---Ralph Garver

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   DICK MAY.   This week we interviewed Dick May.  Dick and his wife, Vicky, purchased 246 Ave. of Barons and moved here December 1, 1989.   They are at KGC about 8-1/2 months a year.   They spend their summers at Lakeside, Ohio, on Lake Erie.   They were renting in Venice and looking around to decide where to live.   They square-danced with people from the Club, who told them about KGC and after looking here, they decided it was the place they wanted to live.

Dick and Vicky celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last summer and he said all their kids were home for it.   They have three sons - in California, Michigan and Nigeria.   They have five grandchildren - three girls and two boys.   The son in Nigeria is employed by Chevron and he has worked for them in Thailand, Indonesia and Borneo, and the Mays have visited them at each place.   They plan to go to Lagos, Nigeria - a city of at least 17 million people - next Christmas to visit their son and his family.

Dick graduated from Wooster College in Ohio, where he is a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame. Track was his main sport and he still holds one record after 55 years!   He then went to Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., on a full fellowship funded by the YMCA, with the agreement that after receiving his Master of Divinity Degree he would work for them.   So, he spent 30 years as a YMCA executive, mostly in Ohio.   He served on the National Council of the Y, and as a member of the Board of the Great Lakes Region.

Here at the Club, Dick has been President of the Tennis Club for seven years, and prior to that was Captain of the Men's Traveling Tennis Team.   He now plays tennis only twice a week, but formerly did play five days a week.   Dick led in the development of the Fitness Center and has personally instructed over 200 people in the use of the machines.   He has chaired several dinners, served on and chaired KGC Study Committees, and has worked at the Annual Fair.

Dick is a U.S. Army veteran in the Korean War.   He was on the Track Team and holds one record at Ft. Bragg.   He was a Chaplain's Assistant for two years.

He is very active in his church and currently is Vice President of the Church Board, and has served on many committees.

He has many interests:   athletics, tennis, exercise, bridge, reading, and travel.   He likes to travel with the Club as well as to distant places in the world to visit his son in foreign countries.

When I asked Dick what he likes about King's Gate Club, he replied:   "King's Gate Club is a wonderful community where people care about each other.   Vicky and I have lived here for some 18 years and have many friends here.   At this time, I can't imagine living any place else."

We're happy that the Mays are residents here at the Club.       ---SJB

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