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Dee Hicks
, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 48 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida December 6, 2008

ROUND TABLE BUSINESS MEETING will take place today after the 9:00 AM Social Meeting.   You are all invited to stay and attend.   Thank you.

HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES:   Just a reminder!   Today from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM King's Gate Club is sponsoring a Holiday Tour of Homes.   A large Christmas Candy Cane will be placed at the curb of all homes that will be open.   Come and enjoy this festive holiday event.

CHANNEL 33 TEMPORARY CHANGE:   Beginning tomorrow December 7th, until the first Sunday in January please send all articles for Channel 33 to Dee Hicks, hicks@kgc.cc  or phone 485-2482, or 45 King Arthur Drive.

HEALTHLINE:   Dick Madden is due home from Venice Hospital this week end.   He was told that his new knee comes with a guarantee that it will cut his golf score in half.

SINCERE THANKS to all who sent sympathy cards, called me, or stopped for a visit concerning my son, who passed away on November 12, 2008.   He retired after 20 years in Submarine Service.   He is to be buried at sea.       ---Eleanor Gregory

HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all the thoughtful King's Gate Club friends who sent cards and well wishes during my recent health problems.   It is with my sincere gratitude that I thank each and every one of you.   ALSO thank you to the Ladies of the Prayer Shawl Group for the wonderful shawl given to me.   Every evening with this cool weather, it gets put to good use, especially when I watch football on TV.  Please keep up the good work.       ---John Zappala

VOLUNTEERS are needed for Chairperson(s) for the 2008 Christmas Dinner.   And also for providing cookies and light snacks after the Christmas Golf Cart Parade on December 17.   Please see either Jim Purkey or George Agricola if you would like to volunteer for either of these programs.

GREAT LAKES LUNCHEON:   Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin residents are invited to an outing at Millies on Clark Road, Monday December 8th, at 1:00 PM.   Sign up sheet is in the Clubhouse.   Please wear nametags.   Any questions call Loretta Brian at 488-0664.

NEW ENGLAND LUNCHEON:   Our first gathering for lunch will be Thursday December 11, 2008 at 12:00 noon, at the IHOP Restaurant (formerly Durango's) on 4369 Tamiami Trail South, Venice.   We welcome all our New England Friends - Residents, Renters and Guests.   Signup sheet in the Clubhouse.   Please wear nametags.   Any questions call Gene and Mickey Fournier - 488-8281.

GOLF CART PARADE:   If you own a golf cart - or can borrow one - plan now to be a part of the parade on Wednesday December 17th, at 6:00 PM in the Club.   Talk to Fred Lewis if you have questions.

CHRISTMAS SHOW December 10th at 7:30 PM.   Tommie O will be performing.   Tickets on sale today and at the door on Wednesday.   $8.00 per person.   Info - Pat and Mike Cavalier   484-9271

INVITATION TO ALL SINGLES:   You are all invited to a party at 322 King Arthur Dr. on Friday December 19th at 5:00 PM.   All you need to do is sign up in the back of the Hall.   Please come and bring a smile - Christmas time!       ---Ann Kellum

GUIDE DOGS:   Baron and Duchess will be visiting KGC next Saturday at meeting, December 13th. There will NOT be a "Kennel Supplies" Christmas collection this year. Our contribution to SEGD to "Name a Puppy" has increased and kennel supplies did not count towards our quota.   KGC Guide Dog committee will have ONE Annual Fund Raiser on February 14, 2009.   Baron, Duchess and other guests will visit for this event.   However, Cash and Checks to: Southeastern Guide Dogs, are welcome at any time, from anyone, for any amount.   There is an OPEN HOUSE at SEGD campus, 9:00 AM - Noon TODAY!!! Good time to visit. For info see SEGD website:   http://www.guidedogs.org/saturday-open-house.asp   Thank you for your Support.       Nip & Jackie Barker

LINE DANCING:   Beginner Line Dancing next week only will be on Wednesday December 10th at 9:00 AM.       ---June McMains

VIDEO LIBRARY:   Four brand new DVD'S added this week:   The X Files - Wanted - Step Brothers - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.       ---Jean Ickes

LIBRARY NOTES:   You will notice that there has been a slight shift in the library shelving this month and next. Our Fiction and Mystery collections are going to be joined together, as some of the mystery authors also spill over into the fiction section and vice versa.   hardback and paperbacks will still be separated.   As mysteries are brought back, we will relocate them to the fiction shelves and eventually have everything copacetic. Any comments, please contact me, Barb Tompkins 141 Duchess Ave.

UP FOR GRABS:   I have several half skeins of baby yarn for anyone making preemie baby hats.   If anyone has the directions, I would be interested in acquiring them.       Barb Tompkins 480-9294

PRAYER SHAWL GROUP meet Thursday's, at 10:00 AM in the Activities Room.   All knitters and crocheters welcome!!   Want to learn how?   Come on over and we will start you out.       --- Barb Tompkins

COMPUTER USERS:   Join us Friday mornings at 10:00 AM in the Activities Room.   The first half of each meeting will focus on topics of interest to inexperienced users.   second half of each meeting will show new things you can do with your computer once you're comfortable with the basics.   We'll start each meeting with a Q&A for inexperienced users; at the very end of the meeting will be a Q&A from more experienced users.

REGATTA:   Sunday December 14 at 1:30 PM will start our 2008 season of the regatta.   For the new residents of the Club, we gather at the pool and race remote control boats of all sizes and shapes.   All genders welcome.   We serve hot dogs and drinks and in the past some wonderful ladies have donated tasty cookies and other goodies.   ask for donations for the food, no tickets or charges are placed on this event.   We are looking for new people to join in the fun this year.

REMINDER: To all those who will participate in the Regatta on December 14th, your boats must be cleaned with a bleach solution before entering our Beautiful Pool. The bacteria's and algae's from other waters can be harmful to our pool.       ---KGC Pool Operators

NEW YEARS EVE AT KGC:   Celebrate the New Year with Fun and your KGC Friends!   Wednesday December 31st, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM.   Champaign, ice and set-up provided.   BYOB and one hors d'oeuvre per household.   Tickets on sale Saturday mornings, price $15.00 per person.   Hosted by Lorraine and Ben 484-3134.

KGC NEEDS YOU:   Want to make a positive contribution to our wonderful Community?   If so, we encourage you to run for a position serving on either the Round Table Committee or the Board of Directors in the up coming elections.   Both of these functions require volunteers who are willing and eager to continue making our Community a great place to live.   KGC is truly a "Piece of Paradise".   talent, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm is needed to help continue making that so.   If you would like to know more about this rewarding experience and what is involved, please give us a call, thank you.       Rosemary Holdway, Secretary Round Table Committee, Alan Holdway, Secretary Board of Directors  412-3872

THE KING'S GATE REALTY BOARD will be having some openings in February 2009.   We are looking for interested parties to fill these vacancies.   Would that person be you?   If so, please contact Ruth Ingerick at 480-1704 or at ruthrex@gmail.com.   Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve our Club.

THANKS to Ernie Auerbach and all those who helped him trim the Hall last Saturday.   It looks just beautiful!

THANKSGIVING DINNER 2008:   The dinner was a great success and 92 hungry friends and neighbors attended.   Many thanks to Sue Simmons, Bill Elliot, Roland and Gloria Carey, Rosemary and Alan Holdway, George and Mark Agricola, Gigi Conway, Betty Dowling, Judy and Jack Bailey, Nancy and Jim Breitwieser, Dot Grams, Terri Hanlon, Ernie Auerbach, Ginny Kureja, Diana Floyd (KGP members--Dot Turner, Shari and Bill Nyebolt, Maxine Burns, Gayle and Bud Beck) and to all those who stayed to clean up the hall and change it back to the regular Saturday morning seating arrangement.       ---Chairpersons:   Jerrine and Walt Smith.  
(And MANY THANKS to the Smiths for chairing this dinner!)

THANK YOU:   The KGC Ladies' Holiday Luncheon to celebrate the Christmas Season is history for 2008.   So many people came together to make our BIKES for Toys for Tots a wonderful success with eleven bikes, helmets, and (with a gift from two people who are not residents but dearly associated with KGC) a BIKE LOCK FOR EACH BIKE.   There are so many thank you's but especially to RON CARPENTER (we love him), NIP BARKER, BARB AMATRUDO, THE FLEA MARKET BOUTIQUE, JESSICA PRENTICE AND THE KGC ROUND TABLE, and especially to the GENEROUS SUPPORTERS OF OUR BIKES FOR TOTS.   MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!       ---The Committee

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……… December 1, 2008

Position   Team   Won Lost
1 8 59 31
2 3 51 39
3 1 48 42
4 5 46 44
5 2 45 45
6 4 44 46
7 6 39 51
8 7 28 62

Monday December 1 & 8 - Team #3 makes courts ready
Order of Play December 8, B-B-Y             ---Ralph Garver

BOWLING:

Bowler High Game   High Series
Fred Carbone 185 531
Bill Gilbert 181-180 519
Kerrie Morawa 189 500

Harry Kiel bowled 55 pins over average for a single game.
Dick Schleicher, John's son, had a 639 series.       ---Don Fisher

BINGO IN KING'S GATE PARK has begun for the season.   All are welcome.   We begin at 7:00 PM each Wednesday evening.   Any questions call Terry Demeter, 488-8738.

RETURN RENTERS:   Welcome back to Dick and Barbara L'Heureux, who are at 186 Camelot Drive until April 30, 2009.   They are from Southbridge, MA. Their phone number is 483-4327.   Enjoy your stay with us at the Club!

TRAVEL:   January 18, 2009 Singin in the Rain, Broadway Palm.   Many of you signed up last spring, check the list to see if you're booked, I have reserved seats for 100.   $62.00 each, at the present time this trip is wait listed.
      January l5, 2009, Hard Rock Casino, leaving 7:30 AM. $25.00, includes $25.00 free play and $5.00 food voucher.   Sign up now.   Payment due in December 2008.
      January 24, 2009 Saturday Matinee.   Farewell engagement to see Riverdance, this trip is through Happy Heart Tours, lunch will be included and dessert prior to the show.   Mid front orchestra seating $129.00, cash or check.   Reservations must be in and paid for by December 15th, 2008.   Any questions see us at the travel desk.
      April 25-May 2, 2009, 7 nights aboard MSC Orchestra to Bermuda 67 signed up, we would love for you to join us, flyers at the travel desk.   Call VIP World Travel to book your cabin 377-0017 or 1-800-323-7448.   Remember travel with King's Gate Club, leave all the planning & troubles to us.
      January document party for cruise; on January 7th, 2009 at 4:00 PM at 70 King Arthur Drive.  Mark your calendars.       
      Don & Mary Lou Richmond Travel Coordinators 484-6807   --   John & Sandy Eade Travel Partners 484-4440

TREE TRIMMING will begin 2nd week of January, sign-up sheet is in the office, please sign up early.   Prices start @ $15.00/palm.   Any questions, call Rich Davis 412-1951.

LADIES' HOLIDAY LUNCHEON:   The luncheon at Venetian Golf and River Club was delightful...delicious food, lovely decorations and a beautiful setting.   Thanks to Chairperson Posie Gallaher and her committee - Margaret Calkin, Mickey Fournier, Ann Franco, Ruth Ingerick, and Ann Kellum - for planning such a delightful party.   As usual, Kings Gaters' were generous and enough money was donated to purchase eleven bikes and helmets.   Plus, there was enough money to purchase a lock for each bike.   (Can't you just see some happy kids on Christmas when they receive these bikes and equipment!!).   Margaret Calkin gave the Invocation.   Ron Carpenter had the distinction of being the only man at the luncheon as he entertained us with his singing and playing the keyboard, and, as usual we enjoyed his music.   Thanks to Nip Barker for printing the tickets and posters.   Door prizes were given from the Flea Market Boutique - not from the cost of the tickets.   Thanks to all of you - it's a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season.

AED/CPR CLASS:   The next AED/CPR class to update and refresh your learning of CPR and the use of the AED will be on January 24, 2009, a Saturday, from 12:00 Noon - to 4:00 P.M. in the Activity Room.   The CPR procedure has changed and so it is important to attend this class.   Therefore, the following is a list of people that need re certified:   Inge Gooch, Sandra Crawford, Charlotte Stears, Lydia Johnson, George Agricola, Nip Barker, Jim Breitwieser, Bill Gilbert, Rae Burmaster, Terry Hanlon, Ruth Campbell, Roger Campbell, Rosemary Holdway, Alan Holdway, Dick Madden, Jean Davis, Dick Wagner, Shirley Wagner, Don Paulson, Ruth Paulson, Ted Lewis, Linda Varty, Val Zabielski, Rex Ingerick, Vicky May, Judy Auerbach, George Smatko.
      Please E- Mail me at emil@kgc.cc to attend the class.   After January 7, 2009, you can call me at KGC @ 941-484-7031

THOUGHTS:   Every day I think about how fortunate I am to be a resident at King's Gate Club.   Our Board of Directors, Round Table and our residents are just super.   There is always someone willing to work when there is a job to be done.       ---SJB


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