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Vol. XX, No. 7 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 16, 2008

KGC REGATTA:   KGC will have its Regatta tomorrow, Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pool.   All are welcome, some new competition is expected after some lengthy practices and also on figuring out how to take the boats out of their containers.… Our skilled boatmen are ready to display once again the hidden talents of true yachtsmanship present at KGC.       ---Commodore Jerry Becker

RETIREMENT RECEPTION:   Khammay Monhmany has informed us that he will be retiring effective Friday, February 22, 2008.   Khammay has faithfully served King's Gate Club for 25 years and we are surely going to miss him.   The Round Table is setting up a punch, coffee & cookie reception for him at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 in the Clubhouse.   If you can, please drop in and wish him a fond farewell.   A box will be provided for cards, etc.

KINGS GATE CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS:   On March 6, 2008, the homeowners' meeting to approve the pooling of the reserve accounts will be held in the Clubhouse at 9:00 a.m.   It is necessary to have a quorum to transact this business so please attend or turn in your proxy to the office.   COFFEE AND DONUTS WILL BE SERVED!

HEALTHLINE:   Marge Hufford, 314 Castle Drive had a pacemaker inserted on February 5.   She is at home and would enjoy short visits from her friends and neighbors.   Cards and prayers are appreciated.
Peter Byrne, Castle Drive will be back at KGC soon.   He reports doing well.   His CAT scan revealed that the stints that were inserted are all good.   He says thank you so very much for the Prayer Shawl, cards and prayers and will see us soon.
Helen Tebbets, 216 Princess Ave. fell at the bowling alley on her right shoulder and did considerable amount of damage.  She has her right arm in a sling and taking it very easy.   Your prayers and cards are welcomed.       ---Rae Burmaster - Healthline

CONDOLENCES to the family of Dick Brown, 110 King Arthur Drive who passed away on Friday February 9.   Dick and Phyllis are long time renters at KGC.   He leaves his beloved wife Phyllis and three children.   Dick and Phyllis would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.   Services were held in MA.   Cards are appreciated.

GUIDE DOGS:   Today we will draw one of the "Raffle" tickets to name our next puppy from a choice of Queen, Princess or Squire.   "Raffle" tickets on sale until February 26.   Proceeds will be given to SEGD on February 27 for our contribution to their annual "Walkathon" which will be March 1st in Palmetto.   All Welcome to participate.   After this morning's meeting you can bring your tickets and money to Nip at 217 Camelot on or before February 26.   Checks made to SouthEastern Guide Dogs.   Thank You for your Support  - Jackie and Nip Barker  485-9308  

KGC FAIR TAGS:   On the Fridays of the KGC or the KGP Fair Preview Day, renters and owners will be required to wear a KGC or KGP nametag while attending either the Club's or Park's Fair Preview.   Renters can obtain a Fair Tag from the Welcome Table.   Fair Preview Day for KGC is March 14, 2008, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Fair Preview Day for KGP is February 29, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

BINGO, BINGO, BINGO - Fred and Janet Lewis have chaired the Round Table Bingo for many years and are getting tired.   We are looking for a replacement chairperson(s) for this weekly event on Tuesday evenings for next season beginning October 2008 thru May 2009.   Think it over and if you would like this position please contact George Agricola or Jim Purkey.   Fred and Janet will train you.

COMPUTER:   "Beginner's Introduction to Genealogy" computer classes for two weeks, February 29th and March 7th in Clubhouse at 12 noon.   All interested computer users are welcome.   You will get an outline of searching your family tree and making a record on your computer.   Genealogy search can be rewarding and frustrating but well worth the effort.   Experienced Genealogy users are welcome to assist to answer questions.   No signup - just show up.   Bring pencil and paper.       ---Nip Barker

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

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 are on sale 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

ORCHIDS to Claire and Jerry Becker for planning the Jetty Picnics.   There was an exceptionally large turn-out last week, with great weather and, as usual, super food.

RENTERS:   Welcome to the following renters:
      Robert and Marie Richard, 17 Castle Drive, here until April 30, from So. Attleboro, MA, phone 484-1757.
      Robert and May Henderson, 295 Ave. of Kings, here until April 1, from Auburn, NY, phone 485-7760.
Enjoy your stay at KGC.

LADY GOLFERS:   A nine-hole scramble will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at Calusa Lakes.   We'll meet for lunch at 1:00 p.m. and begin our game at 2:20 p.m.   The scramble fee is $5.00.  Sign up in the Clubhouse by noon on Sunday, February 17 to reserve your spot.   For further information, please call Sandy Garver.

MEN 18 HOLE GOLFERS:  ADVANCED NOTICE - Wednesday, February 27, 2008 we will be playing Bent Tree Country Club 18 hole shotgun start 8:30 a.m.   $60.00 includes golf, cart, lunch, soft drink, and all taxes and gratuities.   RSVP Vic 488-1788 ASAP.

BOWLING - Valentine Cash Event Winners:

Hank Baxter 650
George Ray 638
Gene Fournier 622
Mary Ann Lyford 598
Lorraine Quirion 593
Carole Weber 591
Mary Carpenter 591

MONDAY SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……… FEBRUARY 11, 2008

Position   Team   Won Lost
1 1 51.5 38.5
2 7 51 39
3 2 50 40
4 5 47.5 42.5
5 3 44 46
6 6 42.5 47.5
7 4 38.5 51.5
8 8 35 55

Monday February 18  Team #8 makes courts ready.

THURSDAY SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……… FEBRUARY 14, 2008

Position   Team   Won Lost
1 5 61.5 28.5
2 3 49.5 40.5
3 2 47.5 42.5
4 4 46 44
5 7 44 46
6 6 42.5 47.5
7 1 39.5 50.5
8 8 30.5 59.5

Thursday February 21  Team #7 makes courts ready.
Order of play Y - Y - B.       ---Ralph Garver

KGC TENNIS LEAGUE SCHEDULE:
      February 18  -  10:00 a.m.  -  Women  -  Bay Indies at KGC
      February 19  -  9:00 a.m.  -  Men  -  LaCasa at KGC

KGC TENNIS TEAM TOURNAMENT:
      February 16   -   Preliminary Round   -   9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
      February 17   -   Semi-Final Round   -   1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
      February 20   -   Semi-Final Round   -   9:00 and 10:00 a.m.
      February 21   -   Semi-Final Round   -   9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
      February 23   -   Finals   -   9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

OHIO CLUB:   Last week to sign up for Ohio Club Luncheon.   It will be at the Elks Club, up Laurel Road, over I-75 and turn left on Discovery Way.   Lunch prices are reasonable, order off the menu.   CASH ONLY...NO CHARGES.   Thursday February 21, 2008, 1:00 p.m.   Sign up sheet on bulletin board.   Please wear name tags.   All Ohio residents, renters and guest are invited.   Let's have a Great Turn Out!       ???  Mary Lou 484-6807

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

WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON:   Forever Easter is the focus of our Women's Spring Luncheon to be held on Thursday March 6, at the Jacaranda West Country Club.   Enjoy fine food, fun, and the fashion show by La Casa del Quetal.   Tickets for $20.00 will be on sale Saturday mornings.   Any questions, Gigi Conway   488-7810.

LIBRARY NOTES:   Browse through our Audio Books located on shelf below the clock.   Some of our new titles on CD are:   Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchey - An Irish town's inhabitants must decide whether to save St. Anne's shrine or make way for a highway.  The story is told in different voices of the town's people- add an Irish brogue as you read.
Car Talk Classics by brothers Tom and Roy Magliozzi aka Click and Clack from NPR.  Need a laugh?  You'll be sure to get one, even if you don't understand cars!
The Maeve Binchey Collection:  Copper Beech, Circle of Friends, and The Glass Lake.
The Quilter's Homecoming by Jennifer Cheanvenni. - Haven't read- but I could use some feedback.
The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum - You saw the movie, now read the book.
Feedback is needed for new authors and titles to be added to our collection.  Should I keep on buying CD's?  Any areas like quilting or stained glass that want books for their crafts?  Let me know.       ---Your Bookie, Barb Tompkins

TRAVEL:   February 28, 2008 Hard Rock Casino, sold out...wait list only.   $25.00 round trip includes all you can eat buffet, all taxes and gratuities, plus $15.00 free play and your bus driver tip.   REMEMBER IT IS COOL IN THE CASINO, YOU MAY WANT A JACKET!   Bring a dollar with your name on it, you may win the money bag (if you want to play) before we arrive at the casino.   We will have two buses most of the guest that do not have player cards will be on bus #1, will post the bus schedule next week.
      March 2, 2008  Anything Goes, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. $60.00 payment due at this time.  Any special request let me know in ADVANCE, birthdays, anniversaries, handicaps, etc.   Wait List
      March 1, 2008 & March 8, 2008  Jersey Boys, final arrangements are in, please don't change your reservations, sold out.  Will continue to take wait list for last minute emergencies.
      March 20, 2008  Silver Foxes, at Venice Little Theatre, still have good seats available, please get signed up.  We have reserved 125 tickets, $18.50 each.
      March 28, 2008  Sailor Circus, Greatest Little Show on earth, under the big top on Bahia Vista in Sarasota.  Kings Gate Club always has a great turnout, I have purchased 100 tickets and need your reservations at this time.  Great night out for $14.00 each.
      We welcome your travel suggestions for 2008-2009 Travel Programs.  Any questions on the above call Don or Mary Lou at 484-6807 Travel Coordinators.

TALENT SHOW - FEBRUARY 9, 2008:   Thank you to the following people without whom we could not have had such a successful Talent Show.   It was fun and exciting to get the many talented people, and all the behind the scenes people together to put on such a fun show.
PRODUCTION STAFF:   Victor Griseto, Chairman, Patty and George Ray, Co-chair, George Agricola, Master of Ceremony, Ron Carpenter, Sound, Jerry Robinson, Stage Manager, Pete Broadwater, Asst. Stage Manager, Nip Barker, Tickets and Posters, Chuck and Sandy McIntyre, DVD Production, Angie Richards and Patty Ray, Ticket Sales, Lucille Anderson and Eleanor Gregory, Ticket Takers.
FOOD STAFF:   Arlene Herbert and Ann Curtis, Chairpersons, Lucille Anderson, Leanna Robinson, Loretta Brian, Eleanor Barth, Mary Ann Lyford, Peggy Broadwater, Sue Logan, Eleanor Gregory, Angie Richards and Patty Ray.
BEVERAGE STAFF:   Richard Lyford, Kenny Downs, Lou Herbert, Bob Curtis, Gene Fournier, Neil Crane, and Mike McDonald.
CLEAN UP CREW:   Mike McDonald, George Ray, Dick Lyford, Neil Crane and many more Ladies and Gentlemen.
TALENT SHOW ACTORS:   George Agricola, Gwen Aldridge, Charlotte and Jim Alex, Joan Andrews, Judy and Ernie Auerbach, Eleanor Barth, Juanita Blackburn, Ruth Boyle, Loretta Brian, Margaret Calkin, Mary Lou Caron, Ron Carpenter, Vince Caudy, Pat and Mike Cavalier, Jan and Chuck Collins, Gigi Conway, Shirley DePasquale, Anna Donnelly, Betty Dowling, Larry Ferris, Maureen Fitzgerald, Aggie Flanagan, Mickey Fournier, Pat Gilbert, Victor Griseto, Ruth Hazeldine, Ruth Ingerick, Leota Kelsey, Fred Lewis, Sue Logan, Linda MacMillan, June McMains, Betty and Justin Mohr, Marjorie Olson, Tom Patricca, Bud Porzio, Patty and George Ray, Mary Lou and Don Richmond, Jerrine Smith, Janet and Barry Squier, Bob VanDeSteene, George Vargo, Linda Varty, Connie Wall, Wilbur and Darlene Zeh.

(And our thanks to Producer Vic Griseto and Co-Producers Patty and George Ray.   We also appreciate all the work done by the entertainers and those who prepared the food or worked in any manner for the show.   You know this is a popular event since it was sold out with a waiting list.   THANKS to all of you!)

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   IRENE BETTE - This week we interviewed Irene Bette.   Irene and her husband, Hank, purchased their home at 185 Princess Ave. in 1997 and moved here March 18, 1997.   Sadly, Hank passed away two years ago.   They were married 47 years.

Irene grew up in Kearny, NJ, a Scotch-Irish town.   She is first-generation Irish.   Her Mother was from Ireland and her Father was from England.   Her parents met in Canada, married and came to the United States.   Irene said they always had their own home, never an apartment, and her parents always worked.   She had two sisters.   She said she had many cousins from Ireland who were sponsored by her parents.

Irene and Hank lived in St. Petersburg, FL, for 22 years before moving here, as Hank was transferred from New Jersey to Westinghouse in Tampa.   Irene worked for 12 years as a clerk-secretary, then to K&E Slide Rule for seven years.   Then they moved to Florida and she worked for E Systems (Raytheon) for 20 years.   When the Bettes decided to move to KGC, they had several friends who already lived here.

Irene had a group of friends "The Four Seasons" in high school and they are still friends and remain very close.   They e-mail regularly and two years ago they had a reunion in Spring Hill, NJ.   This included members of both the class ahead of and the class behind her, as well as members of her own class.

Irene said she is known as a "Professional Volunteer."   She volunteers at the Venice Little Theatre, the Senior Friendship Center in Venice, and here at KGC.   She is Stage Manager for Troupe In A Trunk, through VLT.   They visit schools in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, doing the play "Robinhood" during April.

Regarding Venice Little Theatre, she does auditions, works as House Manager, and works as a "shadow" for Loveland students, mentally challenged adults, who are involved in VLT.   She is also on a committee to raise money for VLT.   Irene also performs with the "Silver Foxes," the senior group from VLT.   They perform at many events and each year presents an excellent show at the Theatre (see below for details on this event).

Irene's husband and mother-in-law went to the Senior Friendship Center and she continues to volunteer in the office there.

At KGC, she calls for Bingo some Tuesday evenings, has made coffee for the Saturday morning meetings, and has sung at various events here.

Irene has done a lot of traveling.   She has been to Hong Kong (twice), Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Ireland, all through Europe, Mexico, all islands in Caribbean, Hawaii, Canada, and has toured the U.S. state by state.

She has sung since she was 14 years old.  She and a girl friend, on a dare, tried out for a part in a school musical, and Irene got the part.  She sang Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly.  The rest is history.  She says her voice is a God-given talent and she accepts no pay to sing.

I remember meeting Irene before she moved into her home.   She attended the Fair, purchased 50/50 tickets - and was the lucky winner that year.   Fred and I had to locate her (at a friend's home here) to be sure she didn't destroy the matching ticket.   What a beginning - it was a fair amount of money!

When I asked Irene what she likes about Kings Gate Club, she said KGC is "family."   There are caring people, and people help people.   She says she has wonderful neighbors.

Irene says she has been lucky in life.   She is happy, content and says she has had a wonderful life.   She summed it up by saying, "God has been good."

We are fortunate to have Irene as a resident at the Club, and Venice is fortunate to have Irene as such a wonderful volunteer!   -  :---SJB

*****By the way, if you have not yet placed your order with Mary Lou Richmond, our Travel Coordinator, to attend the Silver Foxes production at Venice Little Theatre on March 20 with our group, DO SO NOW!!!   It is only $18.50 per person.   You will enjoy the evening (and also have a chance to see Irene).

THOUGHTS:   It is almost time for our Annual Fair.   When I mention away from here that I live at Kings Gate Club, almost immediately someone mentions the great Fair we have each year.   Many hands are needed, so if you have not yet volunteered to help, see Rex Ingerick or one of the committee chairs.   If you are a new resident (owner or renter), it is a great way to get acquainted as well as being a great help.  ---SJB

FIND YOUR NITCH AT KGC

Everyone says King's Gate Club is the best,
Once you are here, you will forget the rest.
I am told there is so very much to do,
Where do I start, I will try something new.

This year will be exciting, I'll have fun.
Try all the activities and get sun.
I started with golf but totaled the cart,
Lost a finger in woodshop, went fishing caught carp.

So many card games, I just got confused.
My partners have banned me, I always lose.
I broke the tread mill, so they took my key,
Can't spell scrabble, so it's not for me.

Wanted to swim so I followed the rule.
Stripped off my clothes to shower by the pool.
Red faced and embarrassed I heard people snicker,
I'll never go back!  I've turned to liquor.

Tried tennis then bowling, boy that was dumb,
Got a very sore elbow and bruised my thumb.
Square or line dancing just give me a seat,
You just can not dance, with two left feet.

Shuffleboard is too early, movies too late,
Stained Glass is my nap time, Quilting I hate.
Put my house up for sale, I could just cry.
Packed my belongings, guess this is goodbye.

And then I found it, something just for me.
I could excel for everyone to see.
I found my nitch, it was no small feat,
It's the POT LUCK SUPPER, boy can I eat!

                              Chuck Collins


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