Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 12 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 29, 2008

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9:00A Adv Line Dance
12:00P Ceramics
2:00P Stained Glass
3:00P Prayer Shawl
7:00P Bingo
7:30P Historical Films
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
10:00A Golf-L Bird Bay
10:00A Golf-M 18-Hole
11:00A Mvmt-Health
1:00P Painting - Drawing
2:30P Golf-L Calusa Lakes
7:00P Movie
7:00P Poker-Ladies
9:00A Beg Line Dance
1:00P Stained Glass
2:30P Chorus
7:00P Dominoes
7:00P Poker (M)
7:30A Pancake Breakfast
9:00A Beg Digital Camera
9:30A Water Ex
10:00A Computer Club
12:00P Beg Computer
1:00P Scrabble
3:00P Ohio Club (Clubhouse)
7:00P Euchre
Blood Pressure
Food Pantry
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Business Mtg. (Annual)

THE ABOVE CALENDAR is for the first week of April.   Mary Carpenter is on vacation and should return on March 31st.   Your April 2008 Calendar will be delivered on April 1st or April 2nd.

FOOD PANTRY:   Please remember to bring your food items and/or cash donations for the Food Pantry collection next Saturday morning April 5, 2008.  Thank you.

PATIO PARTY:   Sunday March 30, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   Enjoy music by Jimmy Spoto.   What could be more fun than dancing by the pool or sitting there enjoying cake and ice cream.   Anyone celebrating a special birthday or anniversary please call the committee.       ---Rosemary Murray 845-781-8519 or Barbara Amatrudo 484-0465

MUSIC APPRECIATION Saturday March 29th at the Clubhouse 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Come join us TONIGHT for an evening of light classical music, recordings of some the World's great Orchestra's and Musicians.   Refreshments will be served.       ---Alan & Rosemary 412-3872

HEALTHLINE:   Lowell Hardesty, 21 Castle Drive had neck surgery in Kansas and has returned to KGC for his recuperation.   He is doing well.   You may see him out and about walking and riding the golf cart.   Your cards and prayers are welcomed.
Joseph Edward Fitzgerald, 172 Duchess Ave. is very ill.  He is now with Hospice in Sarasota.   Please keep him and Sue in your prayers.
Dolores Cook, 166 Duchess Ave. is scheduled for surgery Monday March 31, 2008 at Venice Regional Medical Center.   Keep her in your prayers for a full recovery.

THANK YOU:   I wish to thank all of the people at King's Gate for all the cards and thoughts for me in my recent illness.   Also, wish to thank the Prayer Shawl Group for my lovely shawl.   Blue is my favorite color.   Again, thanks to everyone.       ---Mildred Crane

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Last chance for the season to have a great King's Gate Breakfast.   Next Friday morning, April 4, 2008.   Serving from 7:30 a.m. till 9:00 a.m.   Come early, beat the lines.   Your guest and visitors are always welcome.

SPRING DANCE - "SAILING INTO SPRING"   KGC Round Table presents FREE Saturday April 12, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.   Music by "Girl Talk".   BYOB and hors d'oeuvres.   You MUST have a ticket to attend.   Tickets available today.       ---Reo Leach, 301 Ave. of Dukes, 484-3780

PHONEBOOK CORRECTION:   My apologies to Betty Brady for totally messing up her listing in the KGC phonebook.   Please cross out both the local and northern information for Betty in your directory as it is incorrect.   Betty is a returning renter currently at 326 King Arthur Dr.   Her northern address is 214 Putnam Ave., Hamden, CT 06517, phone 203-288-4120.

ORCHIDS to our Round Table Budget Committee consisting of Jim Alex, Jessica Prentice and George Agricola.

NOTES FROM BOD MEETING:   Please keep plastic bags secure - and away from the lake where they can cause damage.....Please be sure you leave nothing outside when you leave for the summer.   They can become missiles in event of a heavy wind.....No children driving golf carts please.....DO NOT let your young guests go to the holding pond to look for alligators.   This can be a dangerous practice.

TENNIS:   The spring tennis club meeting will be held in the Book and Games room on Wednesday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m.   All interested in tennis are invited to attend.       ---Dick May

ATTENTION ALL LADY GOLFERS:   A nine-hole scramble will be held on Wednesday April 9 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 April 6 to reserve your spot.   For further information, please call Sandy Garver.

OHIO CLUB:   Friday April 4th, 2008, cocktail party in Clubhouse 3:00-5:00 p.m., bring your own drinks and snack to share, sign up sheet on bulletin board.  ?? Call Mary Lou 484-6807

NY-NJ BREAKFAST:   Our last gathering for the season before you all head north will be on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Crossroads Restaurant.   Please sign up in the Clubhouse.       Any questions call Barth's 485-9714.

KGC COLUMBUS OHIO GATHERING:   Arrangements were made for KGC Ohio owners, renters and non-Ohio friends to meet on June 26, 2008 at Schmidt's German Village, Columbus Ohio for lunch.   Banquet Room located above the restaurant.   Sign up sheet in Clubhouse.   A traditional German Buffet will be served.   The menu and cost per person is posted with the sign up sheet.   Attractions that you may want to consider while in Columbus are:  The Ohio Theatre, The Ohio State Capital, Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Anheuser Busch Brewery, Columbus Zoo, Ohio Village Historical Society, and Columbus Museum of Art.       ---Bob Winchester

PRESIDENT'S CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT AND BANQUET:   End of Season Golf Outing for Men and Women.   When: Sunday April 6, 2008.   Time: 2:00 p.m.   Where: Calusa Lakes Nine Holes.   Green fees including Cart $24.00.   Catered dinner at King's Gate Clubhouse approximately $15.00.   Happy Hour at King's Gate Clubhouse 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Beer, wine, soft drinks and set-ups included in price of dinner.   To sign up see Vic Griseto and Jim Breitwieser at Saturday Round Table meetings or Call Vic at 488-1788 or Jim at 488-3458.   You can play golf and not attend the dinner and you can attend the dinner and not play golf.   We are limited to 11 to 14 foursomes so sign up early.   Players matched by handicap.   This will be our Fourth Annual Presidents Cup and all who have played in the past Cups have had a great time.   A lot of fun and a wonderful catered banquet at our King's Gate Clubhouse.

BOWLING:   Congratulations to Panthers, first place team.   Second place team Osprey.

Carole Gualdoni 190 536
Dick Lyford 196 510
John Schleicher 188 507
Mary Ann Lyford 194 478
Bev Purkey 170 452

Ernie Auerbach bowled 59 pins over average in a single game.
April 1st, Tuesday, is Fun Day.       ---Don Fisher

BOOK CLUB will meet on Monday, March 31, at 1:00 p.m. in the Book and Game Room. The book this month is "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak.   Louis Eichenlaub will be the presenter. Everyone is welcome to attend.       ---Sandy McIntyre

FAIR THANK YOU:   I have been remiss in not extending thank you's to my team of Fair Day money counters:   Ken & Betty Craig, Helen & Albert Drawe, Emily & Don Keele, Virginia Kureja, Sue Simmons, Ruth Ingerick and Jim Cook.   Without this team of workers, this job would not be done in such a short timeframe or with accuracy.   Thanks to everyone for a job well done.       ---Jessica

AFTER THE FAIR PARTY:   Thanks to Chair John Eade and his committee for planning this fun party which gave people a chance to relax and eat sloppy joes.   Committee included Sandy Eade, Jim & Bev Purkey, Jerry & Bonnie Douglas, Judy & Jim Blow, Dee Cook, Joy & Fred Funk, and Mary Lou & Don Richmond.   Helping with clean-up were Rex Ingerick, Larry Myers, Bob Cook, and Bud Porzio.   A BIG THANK-YOU TO ALL OF YOU!

TRAVEL:  Hope everyone enjoyed the Sailor Circus, 100 were in attendance.  Thank you to everyone that joined us under the big tent.

Our January cruise is the Southern Caribbean Medley, 10 nights aboard the Emerald Princess.   Reduced deposits from April 17th - April 23rd, 2008.   This is the time to book; $100.00 per person holds your stateroom.   Some of the ports are Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada Dominica, St. Thomas and the private island.   Hope you consider joining us in January 2009.   January 29 - February 8, 2009.

Our April 2009 trip to Bermuda is doing well, we have 53 booked and there are only about 11 staterooms left under the group rates, there are other staterooms but the rates will be higher.   You have till Monday the 31st, to get the reduced deposit.

Hard Rock is Thursday, April 3rd, 2008, bus loading at 8:15 a.m.
Cabaret April 13, 2008, wait list only, payments should be in, $60.00 per person.       Any questions please contact Don or Mary Lou at 484-6807

LETTER FROM RESIDENT DEBBY HATCH:   Hi! - Most of you have probably seen me riding my bike around the Club, sometimes incognito, with my helmet and glasses on.   What am I up to?   When I hit 65, I decided I needed a challenge.   Well - on August 2, 2008, I'll be riding in the Pan-Mass. Challenge, an 85 mile bike ride from Wellesley to Baurse MA (Cape Cod) to raise money for cancer research.   But my challenge is nothing compared to the challenge that those with cancer face.   Therefore, I have committed to raising $3,000.
      If you have a computer, you can look at the organization's web site,   You can also go to my personal fund raising site,   I certainly would appreciate any contribution you could make to help those with cancer.   You can go to the above with your credit card or you can write a check made out to Jimmy Fund and mail to me at 122 Camelot Drive, Nokomis, FL 34275, or after May 1 send to me at 204 Club Valley Drive, East Falmouth, MA  02536.   Last year the PMC raised $33 million and that total amount was gifted to the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Institute.   Please join me in reaching this year's goal of $34 million.   Thank you so much for your support.       ---Debby Hatch

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   WAYNE CRIPPIN.   This week I interviewed Wayne Crippin.   Wayne and his wife, Judy, purchased their home at 268 Camelot Drive and came here in January, 1997.   Presently they spend about 3-1/2 months here - January-April.
Wayne was born in Three Rivers, Michigan, and graduated from high school there.  While still in school, he served as an electrical apprentice and then went to work for that company after he finished high school.   He worked there until Uncle Sam came along and he went into the U.S. Army.   This was between the Korean and Vietnam Wars.   He went to Ft. Devens, MA, to the Security Training Center.   At that time, this was a very clandestine operation.   He then went to school for Communications Interruption Operators.   After graduation there, he went to Germany (Bavaria) for 27 months.   While stationed in Europe, he visited 12 countries.   Before he returned to the U.S., he bought a new Volkswagen.   It cost $1,150 new and was shipped home free!
He left the Army and met with a contractor to do a job with Bendix in southern Indiana.  He was hired to be an electrician with an electrical wholesale business.   He worked for several companies and then got in on the ground floor when a company was sold to some investors and he became the 15th employee.   The company became one of the top ten electrical distributors in the U.S., with 28 locations in Michigan and over 650 employees.   He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and was responsible of opening many of the locations and hiring sales people.
Wayne met Judy in 1975.   She was a Purchasing Agent for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo.   One of the buyers there suggested to Wayne that he should ask Judy to have lunch with him, and he did.   The rest is history.   They were married in April, 1976.   They have five children - 3 girls and 2 boys.   They have ten grandchildren - 6 boys and 4 girls.   The oldest grandson just graduated from Michigan Tech, and the youngest was born in January this year a boy.
They owned an RV Park with 30 sites on the Grand River upstream from Lake Michigan, for 39 years.  It was a part-time venture, and he really started this because he was a boating enthusiast.  Reo and Harley Leach (KGC residents) were at this park for 37 years.  The Crippins sold the Park in 2004.
They built a new home in Michigan four years ago and now live next door to Judy's Mom.  Judy's brother lives on the other side of her mother.   This is in Oshtemo Township near Kalamazoo (western edge).   Wayne keeps active up north.   He has been on the Oshtemo Economic Development Board and the Oshtemo Fire Board.   Both Judy and Wayne are involved in the Oshtemo Historical Society.   They are in the process of restoring a 15 room farmhouse of the original white settler in Oshtemo Township.
Here at KGC, Wayne has worked on the parade floats along with Jack Boorsma and Dick Madden.  He has worked at the Fair in various capacities.   Has also worked on potluck dinners.   Has worked on the Spring Dance and will do so again this year.
When we talked about King's Gate Club, he said they had visited Reo and Harley here.   They rented on Boca Grande for two weeks and traveled from Bradenton to Naples.   KGC was their choice.   I asked Wayne what he likes about KGC.   He said everyone is so friendly and helpful and work together so well.   He also stated the first appearance of our Club is outstanding.
What many of you may not know is that in 1986, Wayne had three heart attacks, and had quadruple bypass surgery during the second attack, all in 55 days.   He spent 21 days in cardiac attack care, was on total disability for 15 months and then was able to work part-time.   This lasted for 5-1/2 years and he got more and more fatigued, and worked shorter and shorter hours.   In the Fall of 1997, he went into heart failure and was at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.   Wayne has A-B blood, which is rather rare.   He was told he needed a heart transplant, and the A-B blood made a double-edge sword.   The waiting list was very short, but donors were almost non-existent.   He was called one day and asked to report in two hours - they had a heart for him.   As you all know, the surgery was successful!   Wayne says he counts his blessings every day - without the transplant he would not be here (and he was No. 3 on the list, but the only one who could take a heart that size).
Wayne is one of the persons I most admire - he never willingly mentions what I have just written about, is always smiling and enthusiastic, and truly an upbeat person.   You are a good example for all of us!
We are glad you live here, Wayne and Judy.   We're happy to have you as residents of the Club.

THOUGHTS:   Let's all enjoy this great weather - doubly so when we hear about the bad weather up north.   And, there are still many activities at the Club for us.   The next month will find many people leaving for the summer, but each day here the reason we spend time in Florida.       ---SJB

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