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Vol. XX, No. 8 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 23, 2008

CONDOLENCES:   Our sincerest condolences to the family of Ed Hotchkiss, 127 Camelot, who passed away on February 14th.   He lived at KGC since 1989 with his wife Joyce until her death in August 2001.   His children would like you to know how much he and Joyce loved King's Gate.   He loved to ride around KGC in a golf cart and enjoy the scenery and seeing the other residents.   He also loved going to the beach.   Cards may be sent to 47 High St., Thomaston CT 06787.   Memorials may be made to Thomaston Historical Society 158 Main St., Thomaston CT 06787.

CONDOLENCES:   Our sincerest condolences to the family of Sal Franco who passed away Tuesday February 19 in Sarasota. He is survived by his beloved wife Ann of 55 years, three sons and his seven cherished grandchildren.   He also leaves a brother and sister.   Sal and Ann lived at KGP as snowbirds for 16 years and became residents of KGC 4 1/2 years ago.   Sal loved to play golf and loved his game of poker.   His hobby stained glass was dear to his heart.   He enjoyed catching hard shell blue crabs, and he loved sharing his recipe for smoking fresh fish.   A Memorial Mass will take place today February 23rd at Epiphany Cathedral, Venice at 11:30 a.m.   A luncheon will follow at KGC Clubhouse.   Memorials may be sent to Tidwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL34238.   Cards and prayers are appreciated.

VETERANS CLUB:   Volunteer Chairperson needed for KGC/KGP Veterans Club.   Vince Caudy is resigning after several years of service to KGC & KGP Veterans.   If interested please contact Vince at 486-0725, # 285 Ave of Queens or Jim Purkey at 412-1228, # 26 Castle Dr.

KGC FAIR NAME TAGS:   On the Fridays of either the King's Gate Club or the King's Gate Park Fair Preview Day, ALL owners and renters will be required to wear a KGC or KGP Name Tag to attend.
      Fair Preview Day for the Park is Friday February 29, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Rex Ingrick will be on our Club's Patio at 10:00 a.m. Friday February 29th to issue Name Tags to the renters in the Club so that you may attend the Park preview.  
      The King's Gate Club Fair Preview Day is March 14, 2008, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Renters in the Club can obtain a Fair Name Tag from the Welcome Table on Saturday mornings.

BOOK CLUB will meet on Monday, February 25, at 1:00 PM in the Book and Game Room.   The book this month is "I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being A Woman" by Nora Ephron.   The author is a journalist, screenwriter, and director known for her successful romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle."   In this book, she takes observations and thoughts from her own experiences and puts them in a group of humorous essays.   E. F. Holmes will be the presenter.   Everyone is welcome to attend - whether or not you've read the book.       ---Sandy McIntyre

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

RENTERS:   Welcome to Tom and Elizabeth Retzlaff, 50 King Arthur Drive, here until March 31, from Webster, NY, phone 484-5398.   Enjoy your stay at Kings Gate Club.

RETURN RENTERS:   Welcome back to Gene and Judy Riggs, 152 Duchess Ave., from Reedsville, OH, phone 484-1424.  We're happy you're back at the Club.   Enjoy your stay.

FORMER RESIDENT:   Joseph Fischer, former resident of KGC at 96 King Arthur Dr. passed away Sunday, February 17 at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington PA.   Joe previously served on the Board of Directors.   He is survived by his beloved wife Irene of 60 years, son Joseph and his wife and two grandchildren. Services in Warminster, PA.  Memorials may be made to Girard College Alumni Assoc. 2101 S. College Ave. Philadelphia PA 19121-4860.

MEN 18 HOLE GOLFERS:   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

FAIR HAM RAFFLE:   Starting next Saturday, March 1st, "Honey Baked Hams" will be raffled off.   One 8-lb. ham will be raffled off for each $100.00 of tickets sold.   Certificates will be given which will allow the winners to pick up their hams any time prior to Easter.       ---Bob Winchester

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!

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 Quetzal.   Tickets for $20.00 will be on sale Saturday mornings.   Jewelry will be on sale before and after the luncheon.   CASH or CHECKS ONLY.       Any questions, Gigi Conway   488-7810.

2008 SPORTS AWARDS BANQUET:   The Sports Banquet will be on Thursday, March 27, 2008.   Social at 5:00 p.m. - Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.   Chicken Cordon Bleu Dinner.   Non-alcoholic Punch, Beer and Wine served.   BYOB.   $13.00 per person.   Tickets on sale starting today   Saturday February 23rd.

AED/CPR CLASS:   On Friday March 28, at 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. our next AED/CPR class will be held in the Activity Room.   The following names require certification or will need recertified by the day of the class:   John Kureja, Barb & Charles Tompkins, Lee Chiles, Charles Clotfelter, Judy Auerbach, Betty Ulbright, Vicky May, Marge Hufford, George Vargo, George Smatko, Charles Hanlon and Arnold Baldwin.   New members also welcome.   Please call me to sign up.       Emil DePasquale   484-7031.

KGC REGATTA FOR FEBRUARY:   We had fine weather last Sunday afternoon, over 130 in attendance to watch seventeen of our boats perform the difficulties in completing the KGC challenging course at the pool.   There were remarks of strong winds, strange new current and buoy placements that caused their task to be so taxing on their skills.   Here are the results for each class:
CLASS C:   Margaret Calkin 2:14.
CLASS B:   Gene Fournier :39, John Eade :45, Ross Mohr (guest) :50, Justin Mohr 1:06, Patrick Mohr (guest) 2:43, Bill Thurston 1:07, Lowell Hardesty 1:10, Val Mackas 1:13, Norman Randall 1:15, Bill Kenney 1:24, Jerry Becker 1:27, Dick Lyford (new boat) 1:36.
CLASS A:   Jerry Douglas :36, Don Richmond :39, Bob Sudman (rookie, first regatta) :55, Neil Crane 1:02.
Would like to thank Roland Carey, Don Richmond, Neil Crane, Dick Lyford, and Bob Cook for their assistance in running this month's regatta.   Also thanks to the women who worked on the all-important refreshment/food stand:   Mickey Fournier, Mary Lou Richmond, Jan Collins and Claire Becker.       ---Commodore Jerry Becker  
            (And a BIG THANK YOU to Commodore Jerry for planning and running this fun event)

"DAYTONA 500" 50TH ANNIVERSARY TAIL GATE PARTY:   The Pot Luck Dinner on February 16 had a large crowd, with the usual delicious food.   Entertainment was an excellent duo that played music for dancing.   They played "something for everyone" and there was always a large group on the dance floor.   Chuck and Jan Collins chaired this event.   Committee members were Joan Andrews, Judy and Ernie Auerbach, Claire and Jerry Becker, Aggie and Jack Flanagan, Mary Ann and Jim Diebold, Anne Kellum, Loretta Brian, Leanna and Jerry Robinson, Mary Lou and Don Richmond, Julie and Jim Walker, Dick and Mary Ann Lyford, Nance Conklin, Marion Daur, Sue Simmons, Sally Engelgau, and Ellie and Don Lambiotte.
            (Thanks to Chuck and Jan Collins for chairing this event and to all of their committee)

SUGGESTIONS FROM THE OFFICE:   Conserve water whenever possible.   This is the time of year when our water use is heaviest..... Be sure to turn in your two forms, the annual profile sheet and a Gate Card/Clicker form, to Michele.   Do this as soon as possible as they are due before March 1, 2008.


Charles Brady 209 553
Dick Lyford - 507
Carole Gualdoni - 505
John Schleicher 196 505
Tom Patricca 192 501
Mary Carpenter 182 479
Marcia Nolan 180 456
Carole Weber - 457

Please complete your score sheets.       ---Don Fisher


Position   Team   Won Lost Tie
1 2 61 47  
2 7 59 49  
3 1 57.5 50.5 *
4 5 57.5 50.5 *
5 3 56 52  
6 6 52.5 55.5  
7 4 45.5 62.5  
8 8 43 65  

Monday February 25  Team #6 makes courts ready.


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 5 73.5 34.5
2 3 60.5 47.5
3 2 56.5 51.5
4 4 55 53
5 6 52 56
6 7 50 58
7 1 46.5 61.5
8 8 39 69

Thursday February 28  Team #2 makes courts ready.
Order of play Y - B - B       ---Ralph Garver

TRAVEL:   Thursday, February 28, 2008, bus loading at 8:15 a.m. for Hard Rock Casino, bring your player cards, proper ID, a jacket if you tend to be cold.   Bring a dollar with your name on it if you want to play in the money game.
      March 2, 2008, Anything Goes, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, due to some cancellations we have 7 tickets available, won't you consider going with us, we leave at 10:00 a.m. and back about 5:00 p.m.   I have used all the names on the wait list.
      March 1st, and March 8th, 2008 Jersey Boys, sold out, wait list, check the bus schedule to be sure you have the correct dates.
      March 20, 2008, Silver Foxes, Venice Little Theatre, still have good seats available, please sign up and we are collecting money for these tickets, they are $18.50 each.
      March 28, 2008   Sailor Circus, "Greatest Little Show on Earth", please sign up and we are collecting for these tickets $14.00 each.
      January 29 - February 8, 2009, 10 nights aboard the Emerald Princess.   $100.00 deposit from February 26 - March 3rd, 2008, will hold your room.   Get the best room available, book early, pick up a flyer if you need more information.   Take advantage of the reduced deposit.

TRAVEL NEWSFLASH:   Have booked something new!   Several people have asked for different places, so I have booked Bermuda.   April 25 - May 2, 2009, MSC Cruises is one of the fastest growing cruise lines. Their white glove service and top entertainment is well known.   The MSC Orchestra is the newest vessel and will be coming to the Caribbean at the end of 2008.   This is the only booking from Ft. Lauderdale to Bermuda.   At this time they are offering a $100.00 per person deposit till March 31, 2008 to hold your stateroom.   You will also receive a shipboard credit of $50.00 per person (maximum $100.00 per cabin) for Balcony Superior staterooms (Cat.9-11) if booked by March 31, 2008.
      Any questions regarding travel check with us.       Don and Mary Lou your Travel Coordinators, at 484-6807.  

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   TOM PATRICCA.   This week we interviewed Tom Patricca.   Tom and his wife, Cheryl, live at 261 Camelot Drive.   They have lived in King's Gate Club since July, 2001.
      Tom grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, in an area that was 98% Italian.   This was the inner city section of the city, East Liberty.   They carried on many traditions from the old country.   It was a small neighborhood and almost everyone in that area was from one of two towns in Italy.   Tom's grandparents were born in Italy.
      Tom graduated from high school at Central Catholic School.   He went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA, where he majored in English with a minor in reading.   His graduate work was done at the University of Pennsylvania where he finished a program as a reading specialist.   He taught junior high and high school.   The second half of his teaching was under Title I, a federally funded program for disabled readers, and this work was basically in elementary school.
      (And you must have had a great deal of satisfaction in this work, Tom).
      The Patriccas met at work in 1968, got engaged in January 1970, and were married in June 1970.   They went on a 60-day honeymoon to Europe, with one suitcase each, Eurorail passes, and round trip air tickets.   They had also read a book on how to see Europe on $10.00 a day!
      Tom and Cheryl have two children, a son who lives in Clearwater, FL, and a daughter who lives in Alexandria, VA.   He also has an older brother who is a playwright and lives in Chicago.
      He has been a volunteer for the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to help in reading assessments for Grade 5 as a result of the "No Student Left Behind".   His seminars were for two days, 8 hours at a time.   He worked training teachers and helping remedial students in learning how to read, and in motivating teachers and students to do their part.   Tom was also President of the Teachers' Union for seven years.
      Tom and Cheryl love to travel and they have been all through Europe 11 or 12 times, to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, many countries in South America, Russia, Alaska and Hawaii.   And, they have criss-crossed the U.S. four times on driving trips, six weeks at a time.   In the '90's, as part of their traveling, they organized trips for teachers, 35 to 45 people on each trip.
      Tom said they found KGC by accident.   They were planning to build a home in Venice and were really looking for a place to live during that time.   A realtor told them the Club was the best community.   They moved here for a winter with Helen Tebbets, Cheryl's Mother.   Incidentally, Helen now owns that home and is also a KGC resident.   At the end of the winter, Tom and Cheryl knew they wanted to stay at the Club and purchased their present residence.
      Tom was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors, then ran for the Board, was elected, and then became Secretary until he became President.   He is starting his third term as President of the Board.   He says he has good people to work with, and really enjoys being on the Board.
      (This is evident as he makes clear, concise explanations to the residents on various matters).
      I asked Tom what he particularly likes about KGC.   He said he feels he is "at home".   He likes the comfort level, the security, and the fact one can be active or have privacy respected, and the sense of belonging.   He enjoys being with friends and neighbors.
      We are glad Tom and Cheryl decided to move here, and we appreciate all that you both have done to help make KGC such a wonderful place to live.       ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   It would be difficult to live any place besides KGC.   With all of the great people here, and the numerous activities, who could ask for more!       ---SJB

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