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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
News To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am.

Vol. XX, No. 14 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 12, 2008

"SAILING INTO SPRING" dance is tonight at 7:00 p.m.   You MUST have a ticket to attend.       ---Reo Leach

WATER MAIN FLUSHING:   Water main flushing is scheduled to begin Tuesday April 15th.   We will start near the entrance of KGC.   Streets involved for the first week include King Arthur Dr., Ave. of Dukes, Ave. of Kings, part of Camelot Dr. and part of Castle Dr.   Time:   approximately 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon each day.   Please try to limit water usage during that period.       Thanks - John Eade

LINE DANCING on Thursday April 17th will be at 10:30 a.m. after the BOD meeting.       ---June McMains

PINOCHLE will now be played on Sunday's at 7:00 p.m. in the Book and Game Room.       ---Eleanor Barth

ENTERTAINMENT:   The entertainment season is over and I would like to thank all who supported it.   We hope that you enjoyed the shows that were chosen for the 2007 - 2008 season.
We will have the following for the 2008 - 2009 season:
      December 10, 2008   --   TOMMY O
      January 21, 2009   --   PIZZAZZ AMERICAN STYLE   - Music comedy and impersonations & more.
      February 18, 2009   --   SAHIB SHRINE BANJO BAND OF SARASOTA - Music & comedy (a charity show).
      March 25, 2009   --   CAHAL DUNNE - Irish piano vocalist & comedy.
            ---Thank you, Emil DePasquale

KGC OHIO SUMMER GATHERING:   Join us on June 26, 2008.   To locate Schmidt's German Village in Columbus OH take High St. or Third St. south from I-70, until you come to Kossuth St.  Turn left until you see Schmidt's (614-449-4038).   Parking is available.   In order to provide a head count, since lunch is a buffet, please pay me by June 1st.   $15.50 per person includes gratuity.   Looking forward to any and all King's Gaters and guests at around 11:30 a.m. on June 26, 2008.       ---Bob and Betty Winchester, 2345 Bristol Rd., Columbus OH 43221.     After May 1st our telephone number is 614-451-9801.

LOST:   I lost a radio headset the day of the Patio Party by the pool.   Charles (our manager) said they were found and put in the Lost & Found.   When I went to the Lost & Found box they were gone.   If someone could return them, I would be very appreciative.   Thank you, Frank McLaughlin, 383 Avenue of Queens

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.

THANK YOU to all my friends at KGC for the beautiful cards, phone calls, warm wishes and food.   Most of all I appreciated your prayers during my recent surgery.   I received a beautiful prayer shawl and it meant a lot to me.   The prayer shawl ladies have a wonderful ministry at KGC.   God Bless you.       ---Dee Cook

VIDEO ROOM:   New Videos were added this week:   Kite Runner - Sweeney Todd - American Gangster - No Country for Old Men - I am Legend - A Mighty Heart.
      NOTE:   The FOUR VCR tapes of Sex and the City are still missing.   Please return to Video Room - No questions asked.       ---Jean Ickes

TRAVEL:   Cabaret, Sunday, April 13, 2008 bus loading at 9:45 a.m. at Clubhouse.   If you are celebrating anything special in April let me know, birthday's, anniversaries, etc.

January Cruise:  Prince Week starts April 17, 2008 with reduced deposits of only $100.00 per person plus special coupon books.   January 29 - February 8, 2009.   We sail on the Emerald Princess with the following exciting ports: Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica, St. Thomas and the private island.   This is 10 nights Southern Caribbean Medley. Hope you will consider joining us and friends are always welcome.

April 29, 2008 Hard Rock Casino, $25.00 - $15.00 free play, Fresh Harvest Buffet, payment due today be sure and sign up need 45 to rent the bus.

Happy Heart Flyer's are available, you may want to join them for Andre Rieu or Lion King.
VIP World Travel has lots of escorted tours:   Alaska, River Boats in Europe, China River Boat, and many more, consider them when you make your travel plans.   Please tell our partners you're from King's Gate Club Travel when you book a trip.       Travel questions - we are available   Don and Mary Lou 484-6807

CLOTHE-A-CHILD:   Cheryl Patricca and her committee passed the baskets for this worthwhile project at the Saturday morning meeting a couple of weeks ago.   This netted $349.00.   As most of you know, this money, plus that given by the Roundtable, is used to outfit deserving kids before they start school in the fall.   School supplies are also purchased for them.   Our committee takes them shopping.   If any of you missed the meeting and still wish to donate, see Cheryl or our RT Treasurer, Jessica Prentice.   And a BIG THANK YOU to all who have donated!

FOOD PANTRY:   Last Saturday our residents donated 183 items plus $336.00 in

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   308 people attended the Breakfast on April 4.   28 fellows showed up at 6:30 a.m. to prepare for the last Pancake Breakfast of the season.   And thanks to Jerry Robinson who acted as Chairman of this group for the season.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU - TRAVEL:   This is said to Mary Lou and Don Richmond, who coordinate our travel and tours.   Last Saturday at the meeting, they presented the Round Table with a check for $6,060.70.   This represents a great deal of work on their part.   Because of their work, VIP Travel gives back a percentage of the tours booked.   Happy Hearts Tours also returns funds to them.   Independent bookings through VIP also help to swell this amount.   The Richmonds took over travel in March, 2004.   Mary Lou said 980 people traveled with them this year.   This has been a banner year for them, but they say funds for next year could change because of the rise in gasoline prices.   We truly appreciate all you do for US and the CLUB, Mary Lou and Don!

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   GEORGE AGRICOLA.   This week I interviewed George Agricola.   George and his wife, Betty, live at 24 Castle Drive.
 
George was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from high school there.   He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Engineering Degree.   He said he went to ten years of night school two or three night a week in order to complete his courses for graduation.   By the time he graduated, they had five children and they all attended the graduation exercises.   He gives Betty a lot of credit for "being there for him" and for enduring all the extra work she had because of him being at school so many evenings.   He says she was always there to support him.
 
He worked for two years and then started night school.   He was then drafted into the Army for two years and spent 14 month in South Korea during the Korean War.
 
George and Betty were married in November, 1951.   He went overseas in May, 1952, and returned to the U.S. in July, 1953.   He started college again in 1953 and graduated in 1963.   Quite an accomplishment!   George and Betty have been married for 56 years.   They met at a dance at her school.   He lived only three blocks from her while growing up.
 
George worked for General Electric as an engineer, and did tests on engines and wrote reports on this.   At one time, he worked with the U.S. Air Force on these tests.   He worked for G.E. for 34 years and retired on January 1, 1991.
 
The Agricolas have nine children - seven boys and two girls.   They lost their youngest son last August.   They have 20 grandchildren - 10 boys and 10 girls.   They have four great-grandchildren - all girls.
 
While he was working, George said Betty had several vacations in Florida in the Jupiter area.   George and Betty went to Encore Park (in Nokomis) because they had friends there, and they rented two or three weeks at a time.   In 1995, they bought at Encore and stayed there until 2004.   While there, George was President of the Residents' Association which interfaced between the residents and management, and met together once a month.   Betty came to the KGC Fair in 2004, and while there picked a home she wanted them to buy here at 287 Castle Drive.   They did purchase it in April, 2004, and moved in in October, 2004.   Eventually they purchased 24 Castle Drive and moved there.   They spend several months each summer in Ohio.
 
George said they were looking for people to run for the KGC Round Table so he put his name in and was elected.   He was Vice Chair and presently is spending a second year as Chair of the Round Table Committee.   And we're happy to have you in that position, George.   Betty presently sells KGC clothing.
 
I asked George what he likes about Kings Gate Club.   He said the feeling of belonging here, which is enhanced by many working together.   He also said the volunteerism is great, as are the activities.   And, the people here take care of each other.
 
George said he was in Customer Relations and Program Manager for G.E. at one time, and was very heavily involved with the French market.   He spent much time in Paris and Europe, and Betty went along with him.   George said he is German and they would visit the Black Forest area.   They still keep in contact with cousins there.
 
He is involved with his church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a lector and reads for Mass.   He also was Business Manager for his church in Ohio for ten years.
 
We're glad you live here, George and Betty.   We're happy to have you as residents of the Club!       ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   It just doesn't seem possible that another season is winding down.   Time really goes too fast, but think that is because we have so many wonderful activities and keep busy.   If you're about to leave, check the list from the office on what to do before you leave - helpful to all of us even if we're "old residents."      ---SJB


A TEST FOR OLDER KIDS


01.   After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, who was that masked man?  Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind? ________________.

02.   When the Beatles first came to the U.S in early 1964, we all watched them on the_____________Show.

03.   "Get your kicks, ___________________."

04.   "The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed__________________".

05.   "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________."

06.   After the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we "danced" under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the "_____________."

07.   "N_E_S_T_L_E_S, Nestlé's makes the very best....... _______________."

08.  Satchmo was America's "Ambassador of Goodwill." Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us.   His name was _________________.

09.   What takes a licking and keeps on ticking?  _______________.

10.   Red Skelton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, "Good Night, and ________ ________".

11.   Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their______________.

12.   The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW.   What other names did it go by? ____________ &  _______________.

13.   In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, "the day the music died".   This was a tribute to ___________________.

14.   We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.

15.   One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the ________________.


ANSWERS:
01. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02. The Ed Sullivan Show
03. On Route 66
04. To protect the innocent.
05. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
06. The limbo
07. Chocolate
08. Louis Armstrong
09. The Timex watch
10. Freddy, The Freeloader, and "Good Night, and may God Bless."
11. Draft cards (Bras were also burned.)
12. Beetle or Bug
13. Buddy Holly
14. Sputnik
15. Hoola-hoop


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