Dee Hicks, Editor
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|Vol. XX, No. 13||King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida||April 5, 2008|
HEALTHLINE: Pat Sellner, 247 Ave. of Barons had a knee replacement and is now at Manor Care, 1450 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285. Your prayers and cards are appreciated.
Vivian Isackson, 258 Camelot Dr. has been admitted to Venice Regional Medical Center several times. She is slowly improving. Your cards and prayers are appreciated.
Rita Orzechowski, 163 Duchess Ave. has returned to KGC and has a care giver 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. She would love to have visitors during the day.
J. Francis Colacino, 232 Duchess Ave. was admitted to Venice Regional Medical Center last week. He will be admitted to Manor Care, 140 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285 for rehabilitation. Cards and prayers are appreciated.
THANK YOU: Hey, it pays to buy new body parts. You get a lot of wonderful get well cards, great food from neighbors and a lot of friends who visit. Blanche is doing wonderfully with her new hip replacement and her husband is learning all kind of things about running a house. Thanks King's Gate, keep some of the prayers going, she still has to eat some of Dick's cooking. ---The Maddens
THANK YOU: Thank you so much for all the prayers, cards, visits and food. The shawl especially means a lot. I really appreciate everything. ---Margaret Craig
CONDOLENCES: Our sincerest condolences to the family of Joseph E. "Fitzy" Fitzgerald, 172 Duchess Ave., who passed away March 29th following a brief illness. He leaves his beloved wife Suzanne of 45 years, 3 sons, and 5 grandchildren. Surviving also, are 2 sisters, Dot Inman of KGC and Barbara Dowdall, Attleboro MA. He was a seasonal resident for 4 winters, he loved KGC. He loved the warmth of Florida, the beaches and most of all greeting fellow KGCers on his laps around the Club each morning. His last few days were spent with loving care at Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota. Services will be held at a later date up north. Memorial gifts may be sent to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
THANK YOU: Thanks for your many thoughts, cards and prayers. A special note of thanks to the Prayer Shawl Group and to Rae Burmaster for delivering the shawl to the hospital. He loved it. ---Suzanne Fitzgerald
THANK YOU: A great big Thank you goes out especially to all the members of the Prayer Shawl Group who have made the group so successful. In our first year we have been privileged to present over 50 shawls. Thanks also, to all those who have donated yarn or made financial donations. The Group wouldn't be able to exist if it were not for the wonderful support of the residents of KGC. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone. ---Rose Jones
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. ---Sandy McIntrye
BINGO CHAIRPERSON needed for next season. Fred and Janet Lewis are retiring after being chairs for our BINGO at KGC for five years. They need a well deserved rest! Anyone wishing to assume the chair for this important KGC Tuesday night activity please contact Jim Purkey or George Agricola. The Lewises can provide training and experienced callers and helpers are available.
WATER LINES AND VALVE FLUSHING: Our water system, like most others must be flushed out occasionally. This includes exercising the various water valves that we have. In several weeks, we plan to flush our water system, which hasn't been done since 2004. Several of us work the system starting around 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day, weather permitting. There may be a momentary drop in pressure for a minute or so, and/or a slight discoloration in the water. Although it is safe, it is suggested that after the line flush in your area, each resident run their cold water to clear any sediment that may be in the lines to each house. It is also suggested you adjust the timing of doing laundry, or using large amounts of hot water (which fills the water heater) during this time. As we get nearer to the time of doing this, we will be more specific on what area we will be in. A message will also be put on channel 33 several days prior to starting. Once the work starts, it may take several weeks to complete. ---John Eade
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.
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.
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.
JETTY PICNIC: April 10, 2008, 4:00 p.m. social and gathering. Eat at 5:00 p.m. Bring your table service and a dish to serve 10 people. The green flash will be there. This is our last picnic for this season, you don't want to miss it. ---Claire Becker
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
2008 SPORTS AWARDS DINNER: The Sports Banquet was held on Thursday, March 27. A delightful Social hour followed by a delicious chicken Cordon Bleu dinner. During the Social hour, we were entertained by our own Irene Bette with her accompanist, pianist Ron Goins. He is a professional entertainer and did this as a favor to Irene. Their music was delightful and was enjoyed by all in attendance. Sports awards were given out following dinner. The bowlers were in charge of this event. Invocation was given by Steve McCarren. M.C. was Vic Griseto. Don Fisher was Chairman and his committee consisted of Anne Fisher, Ben & Lorraine Quirion, Bill Thurston, Lou & Arlene Herbert, Dick & Marcia Nolin, Angie Richards and Gene Fournier. Thanks to all of you for a great evening!
PATIO PARTY: The Patio Party last Sunday afternoon was WELL attended and everyone enjoyed the music by Jimmy Spoto. It was a beautiful afternoon and the refreshments were delicious. Chair was Roz Marray and her committee consisted of John Marray, Rae Burmaster, Barb & Andy Amatrudo, Stu & Eunice Shear, Chris Townsend, Jim & Linda Petty, Sally Zimny and Bob Jeffery. Thanks to all of you!
FORMER RESIDENT NEWS: Former owner James Larsen who lived at 27 Castle Drive with his wife Helen, passed away March 18th. Jim enjoyed KGC very much playing bridge and square dancing. He and his wife moved from KGC to Village on the Isle in Venice FL 34285. Memorials may be sent to Malta Public Library, 110 S. Second St., P.O. Box 54, Malta, IL 60150.
TRAVEL: Hope everyone had a good time at Hard Rock last Thursday. Thank you to everyone that joined us.
Our January cruise is the Southern Caribbean Medley, 10 nights aboard the Emerald Princess. January 29 - February 8, 2009. 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.
Our April 2009 trip to Bermuda, April 25 to May 2, 2009 is doing well.
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
A RESIDENT REMINISCES: ELEANOR GREGORY. This week I interviewed Eleanor Gregory. Eleanor and her husband, Jack, live at 290 Ave. of Kings. Eleanor and her husband (now deceased) picked out the lot at 290 Ave. of Kings 23 years ago and then picked out a home to place on it, which was moved there in September, 1985. Jack and his wife moved into the Club in October, 1992. Sometime after Eleanor and Jack lost their spouses, they started dating. They have been married for 11 years.
Eleanor was born in Bloomfield, NJ, and went to high school and graduated there. She went to work for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company where she worked as an operator. After nine months, she became a supervisor. While in New Jersey, she volunteered at the hospital in Neptune.
She has six children - five sons and a daughter. She has nine grandchildren - three girls and six boys, and one great-grandson (almost a year old).
In New Jersey, she was on the auxiliary of the Fire Department. In Nokomis, she volunteered and collected and counted funds for the Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years. She is active with the Food Pantry each month. She worked for the County Election Board for many years, but has now retired.
Eleanor was the first woman in the Club to be Chair of the Round Table, in 1989 for one year. She served on the B.O.D. in 1995-96 and was Treasurer.
Eleanor and Jack enjoyed a Caribbean Cruise with the Club Travel Group in January. She has worked on many potluck dinners, and says that over the years she has worked on about everything in the Club. She has worked at the Fair each year in some capacity. In earlier years, she chaired the 50/50 booth at the Fair. She has been on the Monday Shuffleboard League for years. She says they have chaired the New Year's Eve Party a couple of times.
Eleanor has handled the setting up of the flu shots at the Club since they started here, and will do so again this year. She says sign-up will be in the Fall and the flu shots will be in November. We are grateful that she handles this important project.
Eleanor visited a relative in a manufactured home park in the area, and she recommended King's Gate as the place to live. She eventually moved here herself (some of you may remember Alice Jackson). That is how Eleanor found the Club. They looked here - and bought.
Eleanor says she loves living here and wouldn't change it. What she especially likes about KGC is the friendliness of everyone. And she says there is always someone who will help if a person has a problem.
We're glad you live here, Eleanor and Jack. We're happy to have you as residents of the Club!
THOUGHTS: As I sat and listened to each group talk about golf, bowling, shuffleboard and tennis, at the Sports Award Dinner, it was stated over and over that more players were needed. Think about signing up - you'll meet people, get exercise, and learn a new sport or continue one that you enjoy. The Chairperson of each activity is listed in the front of the KGC Telephone Directory. Give them a buzz and tell them you want to be a part of their activity. ---SJB
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