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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
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Vol. XX, No. 10 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 8, 2008


HEALTHLINE:   Jane Haggerty, 256 Camelot Drive was admitted to Venice Regional Medical Center for health problems.   She is slowly improving and may go to rehab this week.   More details to come.   Your cards and prayers are appreciated.
Margaret Craig, 179 Princess Ave. was admitted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Thursday.   is very slowly improving.   Cards and prayers are appreciated.

REGATTA:   Don't miss this one. It's the last one of this season.   Come and laugh, cheer and spend a little time with your neighbors.   Have a hot dog and other goodies.   There is still time to win a trophy for the mantel.   Hope to see you there at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME).       ---Roland Carey

MICHIGAN LUNCHEON will be held on Saturday March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Family Table Restaurant in Northport.   Go South on US 41 just past Pan American Avenue and Budget Inn on the right hand side of the road.   Sign up sheet in the Hall.   Any questions Call Loretta Brian   488-0664.

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 at the Saturday morning meetings.

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

PATIO PARTY:   "Celebration"  -  Celebrating all your birthdays and anniversaries.   If you have a special birthday or anniversary, let the committee know.   Sunday March 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Jimmy Spoto will be the entertainer.

BOOK CLUB:   This is a change in the order for the March and April books.   The book for the March 31 meeting will be "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak presented by Louise Eichenlaub, and the book for the April 28 meeting will be "Into the Wilderness" by Sara Donati presented by Barb Tompkins.   Also at the March meeting, we will be selecting books and presenters for next season.   Bring two books to the March meeting that you would be willing to present, and we will set up our schedule for October '08 - April '09.   We like to have a varied selection of interesting books:   Biography, Classic, Fiction, Florida, Humor, and Suspense.   Reading with the Book Club introduces us to authors and books that we wouldn't have chosen on our own.   Mark your calendar and plan to attend.   We welcome new members.       ---Sandy McIntyre

VIDEO ROOM:   New DVD's -- No Reservations - Boynton Beach Club - Zodiac - Keeping Mum - Forgot one -   Also Chuck McIntyre made two copies of the 2008 Talent Show and these will be available for anyone who missed the talent show.   Good DVD too.       ---Jean Ickes

LAST ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE SEASON:   We will have two separate entertainers.   Homer Noodleman is a comedian, impressionist and magician.   Cliff Ritchie is a one man variety show.   He plays guitar and sings, does comedy and impressions.   They will be here Wednesday March 26th at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $9.00 and will be sold Saturday March 8th and March 22nd and at the door March 26th or call Emil at 484-7031.   Thank you.

PHONE DIRECTORIES:   The phone directories promised in early March will not be available for two more weeks.  They will be distributed at the Round Table meeting on Saturday, March 22nd.   If you don't pick up your directory on March 22, they will be available in the Office beginning on March 24th.   Each unit is entitled to one directory at no charge if they have an updated Profile Form on file in the Office.   Extra copies will be available for $2.00 each to owners and renters.   If you are going North a few days before Easter and would like a new directory to take with you, check with me to see if I have them from the printer yet.       ---Sandy McIntyre, 412-0107

CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER:   This is the peak season for water use here at the Club.

CLUB SPEED LIMIT:   Remember to keep your speed at 20 MPH or less while driving in the Club.

DOMINOES will be cancelled March 13 due to Fair and on March 27 due to Sports Banquet.

RENTERS:   Welcome to the following renters:
Russell and Nancy Schmitz, 192 Castle Drive, here through April 30, from Markville, IN.
Robert Olson & Lucille Olson, 205 Squire Court, here until April 1, from So. Weymouth, MA.
Enjoy your stay at Kings Gate Club!

OHIO SUMMER GATHERING:   Plans are underway for a June 26, 2008 lunch gathering at Schmidt's German Village in Columbus OH.   Cost per person yet to be determined.   All King's Gaters are welcome.   Please indicate your intention to attend on the posted sign up sheet.       ---Bob Winchester

"FOREVER EASTER":   The Ladies' Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show was held on Thursday, March 6, at Jacaranda West Country Club.   A large group of ladies attended this gala event.   Fashions were from La Casa Del Quetzal and the show was commentated by Lily Weber, shop owner.   The lovely models were Judy Auerbach, Mary Lou Caron, Jan Collins, Betty Dowling, Ginny Ewing, Joy Funk, Posie Gallaher, Ann Kellum, Sue Logan, and Jean Oakley.   The committee for this event consisted of: Gigi Conway - Chair, Joan Andrews, Margaret Calkin, Jan Collins, Anna Donnelly, Betty Dowling, Louise Eichenlaub, Posie Gallaher, Ellie Lambiotte, and Reo Leach.   The prizes were centerpieces which were made by the committee, and the favors were Easter eggs.   Gwen Aldridge played background music on the piano as the models showed the beautiful outfits.   Program was done by Sandy McIntyre, and the tickets were done by Nip Barker.
  (It was a lovely party, Kings Gate style as usual, and we want to thank Chair Gigi Conway and her committee for their work to make this such a pleasant event.   Also thanks to our lovely models and Gwen, Sandy and Nip.   We all enjoyed a great time!).

GOLF - A FEW GOOD OR NOT SO GOOD WARM BODIES NEEDED.   Several of us are trying to form a small group to play nine holes on Monday afternoons on a regular basis, in addition to the Thursday group.   Play would probably be at Calusa around 3:00 p.m. (to get the twilight rate).   We would like to have a list of regular players and a sub list.  If interested call Madden at 480-1514 or see him at the Saturday meeting.  


Charles Brady 235 - 221 619
Fred Carbone 231 545
Carole Gualdoni 180 510
Bev Purkey 160 454
Cheryl Patricca 168 474

March 11 will start the two week single championship.
March 18 second week of single championship.       ---Don Fisher


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 1 81.5 62.5
2 2 80 64
3 5 76.5 67.5
4 6 74 70
5 7 71 73
6 3 69.5 74.5
7 4 63.5 80.5
8 8 60 85

Monday March 10  Teams #1 & 7 makes courts ready on 7 8 9       ---Ralph Garver

TRAVEL:   Saturday March 8, we are off again on our second bus to Jersey Boys, our first trip was great, the meal and show and seats were excellent.   I think everyone had a great time.

Silver Foxes, March 20, several have not paid, please drop off your checks if you don't pay today.  $18.50 each.     I have 6 tickets still available.

Sailor Circus March 28, week of Easter, so many of you must have family here and what a great place to take the children, young and old.   This is one of the Greatest Little Shows on Earth and it helps support so many children of Sarasota.   Tickets sales are down, need your reservations, get your family and friends to go.   $14.00 per person.


We still have room for you on our Southern Caribbean Medley, January 29 - February 8, 2009, ten nights on the Emerald Princess.   Also you can cruise to Bermuda, seven nights on the MSC Orchestra  April 25 - May 2, 2009.   $100.00 holds your stateroom until March 31st, 2008.   Call VIP Travel tell them you are from Kings Gate Club and they will take care of you 377-0017.

Don has a list of who has signed up for Cabaret, April 13th.   If you have changed your mind please let us know as I have a long wait list for this show.   Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.       ---Don and Mary Lou - Kings Gate Club Travel

THANK YOU:   A big thank you from Mike and Pat Cavalier to those who helped pass out Fair flyers at the Parks Bazaar; Charlie Brady, Larry Collier, Jerry Douglas and Liz Boorsma.   Phyllis and Frank Koenig placed posters in stores on Venice Ave. and Miami Ave. downtown and Wayne, and Judy Crippen put posters in RV Parks not covered by other Club members.   Good to see all those cars with flyers and bumper stickers in the windows and thank you to everyone helping by taking and placing flyers and posters.  We are off to a GREAT Fair!!!

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   RICHARD (DICK) LYFORD.   Dick and Mary Ann Lyford purchased 134 Camelot Drive in the fall of 1991 and were part-time residents until 1994 or 1995 when they became Florida residents.
Presently the Lyford's live here about nine or ten months a year.

Dick was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and graduated from high school there.   He then attended M. E. Maritime Academy in Costine, Maine.   Dick then went into the Army for 3-1/2 years.  He served in Korea and was then stationed at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD.

Dick met Mary Ann at a dance in Maine.   After dating for some time, they were married in February, 1961, while he was in service.   They have three children:  a son in Rhode Island, a son in Connecticut and a daughter who lives in Maryland.  They have six grandchildren - four boys and two girls.  Dick also has one sister, Donna Crane, who is a renter at KGC with her husband, Vernon, and are presently in the process of purchasing a home here in the Club.

After Dick got out of service, he went to Husson College in Bangor, ME, and received a B.S. in Business Administration.  After graduation he went to work for Swift and Co. for three years.   Then he went to Ayerst Laboratories as a Pharmaceutical Representative.  Dick then started his own business in Vermont, which was a wholesale food and beverage business, and was in this business until he retired.

Dick has been on the Board of Directors at the Club for six years.   He was President for two years, and is now serving his second year as Treasurer.   He is also liaison from the BOD to the County regarding the 8-acres.   (Writer's note:  While Dick was BOD President; he stayed in Florida all year).

He was on the Board when King's Gate Realty was started.   He feels this venture has been good for the Club and assists us financially.

Dick says he enjoys working with Mike McDonald on projects that need to be done in the Club, such as repairing broken water pipes, painting the wall (along with a group of residents), etc.
(Writer's comment:   We are so fortunate to have willing volunteers who save us, the residents, a great deal of money).

Presently Dick sells 50/50 tickets at the Men's Pancake Breakfast each month.   He was in charge of parking at the Fair for a couple of years, and also did the food at the woodshop for the Fair for a couple of years.   He said he and Mary Ann have worked on and chaired many Pot Luck Dinners over the years, and also chaired a New Year's Eve Dance.  They have worked for many of our activities over the years.

The Lyford's had a motor home some years ago and traveled around Florida.   When in this area (their favorite), they stayed at Encore Park two or three times for several weeks at a time.   Dick said they "stumbled on to the Club, looked over here several times and decided to buy a home".

I asked Dick what he likes most about the Club.   He said the community feeling of living here.   He said there is no limit to the help you can get when you need it, or the help that is given, and feels it is a tremendous place to live.

We are fortunate to have the Lyford's as residents at the Club, and we're happy that they decided to make their home here.  ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   It doesn't seem possible that next week is our Annual Fair.  Time does go by fast!   Want to say once more that if you haven't yet signed up to help at the Fair, see Fair Chair Rex Ingerick or one of the Committee Chairs.   This is a wonderful way to get acquainted with other residents AND as well as being fun, it is the big money-raiser for the Round Table activities and our charities that we help.       ---SJB

KGC FAIR NAME TAGS:  ALL owners and renters and any guest staying with you in your unit will be required to wear a KGC Name Tag to attend the King's Gate Club Fair Preview Day which is Friday March 14, 2008, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Renters and Guests staying at your Unit in the Club may get a Fair Name Tag from the Welcome Table today Saturday March 8 or on the Patio on Friday March 14 at 10:00 a.m.   ;    ---Rex Ingrick, Fair Chairman

FAIR POSTERS AND BUMPER STICKERS are available.   Please put posters in Mobile Home Parks, Malls, Beauty Shops, stores, etc.   Sign up on clipboard on Saturday to avoid duplications.   Your car with bumper stickers or flyers will be moving advertising.   Thank you.   Any questions: Pat Cavalier 484-9271

VEHICLES are not to park in the Ave. of Queens parking area from March 10 thru March 17 for Fair Set-up       ---Rex Ingrick, Fair Chairman

FAIR HAM RAFFLE:  Buy your ham raffle tickets today.  One 8-lb "Honey Baked Ham" will be raffled off for each $100.00 of tickets sold.  A certificate will be given which will allow the winner to pick up their ham any time prior to Easter.   ---Bob Winchester

AREAS CLOSED FOR FAIR:  The Library, Woodshop and Shuffle Courts areas will be closed one (1) hour before to one (1) hour after the Friday Fair Pre-sale day and Saturday Fair day hours.
---Rex Ingrick, Fair Chairman

FAIR BAKE SALE TABLE:   Baked good are needed for the Bake Sale table.   Please put cookies, brownies, doughnuts, candy, etc. in plastic bags of 6 each.   Breads, pies, etc. are welcomed also.  These can be brought to the Clubhouse on Friday March 14 at 2:00 p.m. or Saturday March 15 at 8:00 a.m.  Thank you for your donations. ---Judy Spears


Sat. Mar. 8 After Social Meeting - move all Flea Market boxes to stage
Mon. Mar. 10 Club House OPEN for regular activities.
Set up tents.
Tues. Mar. 11 Club House OPEN for regular activities until 6 PM - NO Bingo
Wed. - Thurs. Unpack, sort, pricing, display at Flea Market - 9 AM to 4 PM
Wed. Mar. 112 Setup inside Clubhouse  - unloading boxes and pricing
Pick up Flea Market donations from driveways
  - Residents to place donated items in their driveways by 9:00 AM
Begin putting up Fair traffic control signs
All regular Clubhouse activities cancelled
Clubhouse double locked in evening
Thurs. Mar. 13 Setup inside Clubhouse -  unloading boxes and pricing
Continue putting up Fair traffic control signs
All regular Clubhouse activities cancelled
Clubhouse double locked in evening

Fri. Mar. 14 Setup inside Clubhouse
Decorate outside hanging streamers
Bake Sale contributions to Clubhouse
Pre-Sale 3:00 PM TO 5:00 PM- MUST WEAR YOUR NAME TAG   --   Name tags for renters and KGC guests may be obtained on Patio 10AM - 11 AM
Clubhouse double locked in evening

Sat. Mar 15
KGC Fair
7:30 AM Coffee & Donuts for Fair Workers in Activities Room
8:00 AM Pies to Clubhouse
8:30 AM Bake Sale contributions to Clubhouse
FAIR DAY 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
Drawings begin at 2:45 PM (you do NOT have to be present to win)
5:00 PM After-the-Fair Workers Party - NO EARLY BIRDS!
Sun. Mar. 16 Rain Date:  Noon - 5:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 17 Dismantle all tents, booths, etc., store away, and general clean up.

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