Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
News If nobody knows the troubles you've seen you don't live in a small town.

Vol. XX, No. 16 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida April 26, 2008

CONDOLENCES:  Our deepest sympathy to the family of William (Bill) Barth 6 Castle Drive who passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2008 peacefully at home.   He leaves his beloved wife Eleanor of 48 years and his daughter Carol, sons David and Bill.   He also leaves nine grandchildren.   Bill and Eleanor have lived at KGC for the past twelve years.   He was "Mr. Pancake Breakfast" for many years.   Bill chaired many activities at KGC.   At our fair Bill was in charge of the food and kitchen and what a job he managed to do.   He loved to play golf and pinochle.   He volunteered for the Veterans Administration and Meals on Wheels.   A memorial service was held at Farley Funeral Home and a reception was held at our Clubhouse on Wednesday, April 23, 2008.   Memorials may be sent to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.   We will miss his friendly hello and smiling face.

WELCOME COMMITTEE:   Thanks to the following gals who have visited new owners and renters, and have helped at the Welcome Table each Saturday morning:   Charlotte Alex, Gigi Conway, Shirley DePasquale, Louise Eichenlaub, Doreen Exner, Ruth Hazeldine, E.F. Holmes, Ruth Ingerick, Ann Kellum, Ellie Lambiotte, and Pat Sellner.   Ann Kellum is Summer Welcome Chairperson and can be reached at 484-8359.       ---Shirley Bethke

AEROBICS, STRETCH & STRENGTH:   The last class for this season will be held on Monday May 5th 2008, returning in early November.   Keep fit and have a great summer.       ---Alan & Rosemary

LIBRARY:   All new books - donated or bought - are placed on the display shelf near the light switches.
5 new titles:   The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman; Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson; Hokus Pokus by Fern Michaels; Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts; Deadly Deception by Linda Miller.       ---Barb Tompkins

BOOK CLUB will meet on Monday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Book and Game Room.  The book this month is "Into the Wilderness" by Sara Donati.   Barb Tompkins will be the presenter.   This book is the first of a five book series.   This 691-page historical novel tells the story of two young lovers torn between English and Mohawk cultures in colonial New York in the1790's.   Everyone is welcome to attend - whether or not you've read the book.   This will be the last Book Club meeting until October.       ---Sandy McIntyre

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to Joseph and Elsie Reh who have purchased 164 Duchess Ave.   They are from Virginia Beach, VA.   We hope you enjoy many happy years at KGC!

NEW DVDs PURCHASED:   Dan In Real Life - Juno - Vicar of Dibley Series 1-2-3-Charlie Wilson's War - Lions for Lambs - Beaches -   ;Note:  I put the empty DVD cases in the video room hoping that someone will see the EMPTY CASE and return same to KGC.   If these are not returned by May 1st I will dispose of the cases.   Someone has to have these DVD'S.   Remember it is your money that is being wasted.       ---Jean Ickes

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY:   A HUGE THANK YOU to Sandy McIntyre who has been in charge of the Club Phone Directory for the past nine years.   This entails a great deal of work, and we do appreciate all you have done for us, Sandy.   THANKS, TOO, to Maureen Fitzgerald who is taking over from Sandy as head of this committee.

NEW ADDRESS:   Ginny Ewing, who lived at 323 King Arthur Ct., recently moved north.   Know she would appreciate hearing from our residents.   Her address is:   Ginny Ewing, 1715 Mechanicsburg Road, Cantebury Court at Town Square No. 10, Wooster, Ohio  44691.   Her phone number is 336-264-2166.

THANK YOU:   Thank you to all my friends and neighbors at KGC for the beautiful cards, prayers and visits.   Thank you to the Prayer Shawl Group for my beautiful prayer shawl.   I just love it.   I continue to be at Manor Care, 1450 E. Venice Ave, Venice FL 34285 for rehabilitation.   KGC is just a wonderful place to live, it certainly is a little bit of paradise.       J. Francis Colacino, 163 Duchess Ave.

THANK YOU:   Eleanor Barth and family would like to extend their extreme appreciation to the KGC community for their outpouring of love and support in our time of sorrow.   The gifts of cards, food and kind words were heartwarming and have truly helped us cope with the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and your friend.       Warmest regards, The family of Bill Barth.

TRAVEL:   Tuesday April 29, 2008 - Hard Rock, bus loading at 8:15 a.m., remember your player cards, proper ID, a sweater or jacket (cool in the casino).   We will do the money game so bring those $1.00 bills and put your name or house # on them.

December 5-9th 2008 - Happy Heart Tours has offered Ozark Mountain Christmas Holiday Show tour in Branson!   See Seven Spectacular Holiday productions including the newest show in town "Noah-The Musical," and experience Branson's Festival of Lights Tour.   Andy Williams, Christmas on Broadway special guest The Osmonds, Yakov Smirnoff, Tony Orlando with the Lemon Sisters, Shoji Tabuchi and the Bobby Vinton Christmas Show.   Round trip on American Airlines from Tampa, with pick up at your door Shuttle Service.   Deluxe Motor coach round trip transportation from St. Louis Airport and throughout the tour.   4 night's deluxe accommodations at the Savannah House Inn of Branson.   Local Branson Area guided Tour, 8 meals including 4 served dinners (non-buffet) 4 breakfasts, 7 Top Holiday Show productions with preferred reserved seating (when available)
Delicious nightly desserts at the hotel upon return from Evening shows.
Price's $1529 twin PER PERSON, $1479 triple PER PERSON AND $1679 SINGLE.
The first ten reservations under deposit received $100.00 discount per person.   The 2nd ten reservations under deposit receive $50.00 per person discount.

While on our trip to Cabaret they let the cat out of the bag and named the upcoming shows....I don't have final dates but the names of the shows are:
November   -   Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Thanksgiving   -   White Christmas
January 2009   -   Singin in the Rain
March   -   All Shook up

If you know you're going to be here on the above dates and you want a reservation, put it in writing and drop off at travel desk, my memory is good for #*%@.

Have a great week, remember our Travel Partners when you want to go somewhere, Happy Heart Tours and VIP World Travel, it is appreciated.
                        Don and Mary Lou Travel Coordinators 484-6807

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   MARGE HUFFORD.   This week I interviewed Marge Hufford, who lives at 314 Castle Drive.   Marge and her husband, Bill (who passed away several years ago), purchased their home in 1979 and moved here full-time shortly thereafter.

Marge was born in Detroit, Mich., and went to school there.   After graduation, she was the manager of a branch bakery.   This was during World War II and she joined the Coast Guard for two years.   She was stationed in New York City and was in the Ship's Service Store.   She met Bill while she was in service.   He was in the Coast Guard, too.   They were married while they were still in service, in 1945 in Detroit.

After they became civilians, they moved to New Castle, Penn., for a number of years, then to Pittsburgh for a couple of years, then to KGC.

The Huffords have two children - a son and a daughter.   Their son is a Methodist minister in Penn.   He is presently Director of Chaplaincy at a state hospital.   Their daughter was a music teacher in New Jersey and just moved to Sarasota about a year ago.   They have two grandsons - one in New York City and one working in Germany.   Marge will have a great-grandson in June.   When Marge moved here, she started our phone directory.   (She and Gisele Bossom are the only present residents who were living here at that time).   She has helped at dinners and was on various committees.   She has always worked at the Fair in some capacity.   Over the years, Marge has been in the swimming and exercise groups.   She also did Summer Healthline for a couple of summers.

At the time of the Huffords 50th Wedding Anniversary, there was a party for them in the Clubhouse, and Marge wore her Coast Guard uniform.   At the shower last year for Michele (our Office Manager), Marge wore her wedding gown.   Wonderful to be the same size as she was all those years ago.

Bill had a stroke in 1988 and was an invalid for 13 years.   Marge had him living at home.   He was unable to walk, talk or eat (except by tube).   You could see him out in his golf cart - as a passenger - riding around the Club.   He passed away in January 2002.

Marge says she has had 29 wonderful years here and had hoped to stay here for a long time yet, but now has macular degeneration and she feels it is time to move to Village-On-The-Isle in Venice.   She plans to move there in May.

I asked her what she likes most about KGC.   She says it is like one big happy family here.   Everyone is willing to help and "be part of the act."   She says it is the best place in Florida.   She especially likes it that everyone is willing to participate and do their share.   You can almost always see Marge at our Saturday morning meeting as she rarely misses.

Marge, we're happy that you and Bill moved here.   You have been fortunate to have lived here for so many years.   We'll miss you, but you can always come back to Kings Gate Club to visit.   And, we wish you ALL THE BEST as you move into Venice!       ---SJB

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES:   Stories of our residents will continue next Fall.

THOUGHTS:   This is the week each year that I kind of hate to write my thoughts.   We leave next Wednesday for the north - always nice to see friends and family up there.   But, I hate to leave here.   The consolation is that time goes by almost too fast and we will be returning before we know it.   Everyone have a great summer - stay well, and see you in the Fall.       ---SJB

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