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Vol. XX, No. 49 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida December 13, 2008

REGATTA:   Tomorrow 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.   We 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, your boats must be cleaned with a bleach solution before entering our pool.   The bacteria's and algae's from other waters can be harmful to the pool.

CHRISTMAS DINNER:   Come and join your King's Gate family for a wonderful afternoon and dinner.   Leave all the planning to us on this special Holiday.   We will gather in the Clubhouse starting at 1:30 PM with dinner being served at 2:00 PM sharp.   All you need to do is bring your place setting.   Everything will be provided.   A terrific menu from Appetizers to Desert including wine and soft drinks will be served.   Tickets will be sold this Saturday at the meeting for $12.00 per person.   If you can not make the meeting and want a ticket call Charlie Fote - 484-5398 - and he will ensure that you get one.   Don't miss this special occasion to socialize and enjoy a great afternoon and meal together.   Share the joy of the day together.       ---Charlie Fote 484-5398

GOLFCART AND BICYCLE PARADE:   December 17th at 6:00 PM meet at the Queens Cul-De-Sac.   We will be going thru the Club and also the RV Park, so make sure your batteries are fully charged.       ---Fred Lewis 484-4657

VOLUNTEERS are needed 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.

INVITATION TO ALL SINGLES:   All you singles are invited to a Christmas party at 322 King Arthur Dr. on Friday December 19th at 5:00 PM.   Sign up in Hall and come and enjoy - Christmas time!       ---Ann Kellum

ORCHIDS:   To Charlie Fote who has volunteered to chair the Christmas Dinner at the Clubhouse.   Our thanks to you!

GUIDE DOGS:   Baron and Duchess visit with us today.   See how they have grown.   We will NOT have the collection of "Kennel Supplies" this year as we have done in previous years.   Donations to SEGD can be made at anytime to Nip.   Annual fundraiser is scheduled for February 14, 2009.   We have recently taken three large bags of Towels & Linens to the kennels.   Thank you for your donations of these items.   Also, we are still collecting old eye glasses for the Lion's Club.   Items can be deposited in the Blue Tubs in the closet at right side of stage.       ---Nip Barker

MANY THANKS to all who participated in anyway to make the Holiday Tour of Homes such a success.   There has been such wonderful feedback.   This brought out so many of our friends and neighbors to set the holidays in motion along with the beautiful decorations throughout the Club.

NEW YEARS EVE AT KGC:   Celebrate the New Year with Fun and your KGC Friends!   Wednesday December 31st, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM.   Champagne, 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.

RETURNING RENTER:   Welcome back to Joseph McLaughlin, who this year is at 204 Squire Court.   He is from Lowell, MA, and will be here until April 1, 2009.   Phone:   484-3223.   Enjoy your stay at the Club!

CANDIDATES' NIGHT:   Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this important night at the Clubhouse - Saturday, January 3.   More details later.   This is your chance to become informed about candidates running for the Board of Directors and the Round Table.

IDENTITY THEFT PRESENTATION:   There will be a presentation on Identity Theft Protection on Saturday, January 10th, following the social meeting.   Since identity theft has become so prevalent, we can all benefit from tips on how to protect ourselves from becoming a victim.   Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

TRAVEL:   NEWS FLASH!   An exciting new cruise....  The Best of the Baltic with Princess Cruises, including Scandinavia and Russia with Oslo, Norway.   10 days, Roundtrip from Copenhagen on board the Emerald Princess.   September 3 - 13, 2009.   MIGHT YOU BE INTERESTED?   We have a group that is interested and we would love for you to join us.   Check the web page for details and prices, pick up a flyer if you think you want all the details.
      January 15th, 2009, Hard Rock Casino, round trip, $25.00 free play, and $5.00 in food voucher, always a fun trip, table games are in Black Jack, Pai Gow poker, Let it Ride, Baccarat, Asia poker, three card poker and Texas hold'em.   Your cost $25.00
      January 18th, 2009 Singin In the Rain, payments due at this time, thank you.  Are you celebrating anything special or do you want to sit with anyone special, now is the time to tell me.
      January 24th 2009, Happy Heart Tours, final performance of Riverdance, $129.00, reservations have to be in by Monday the 15th of December.
      April 25 - May 2, 2009   7 nights aboard MSC Orchestra to Bermuda.   67 signed up we would love for you to join us.   Call VIP World Travel to book 377-0017 or 1-800-323-7448.   Remember when you travel with King's Gate Club, leave all the planning and 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

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   Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve our Club.

LIBRARY:   Three books about Florida wildlife will be cataloged in the Florida section, 917.81 rather than under birds, trees, and flowers.   If you want to identify our plants, trees and birds - these are the ideal books.   They also give little stories about their uses and where they come from.   We are currently moving the paperback mysteries into the fiction section.   Just move down towards the nonfiction section to find the audio books and the paperbacks.   Please refrain from moving those boxes again!       ---Barb Tompkins

ENTERTAINMENT:   To start the New Year we will have the popular "Pizzazz American Style", formerly "Classic Pizzazz" performing on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30 PM.   Watch and listen to the talented pianist, Brian Gurl and violinist, Lenny Ski along with a dynamic rhythm section perform.   With a lot of luck we may see them in the future because they are going national, meaning they will be difficult to hire.   For an update for entertainment for the season please review the bulletin board near the office or our own web site, KGC.CC

THANKS:   To Betty Agricola who has been Chair of sales of KGC clothing and accessories and is now retiring from this position.   We appreciate all your work, Betty.   Mary Jane Shelby will now chair this committee.

ENTERTAINMENT:   Tommy O presented a wonderful Christmas concert last Wednesday evening.   If you were there, you know it was a delightful evening.   If you didn't attend, plan to attend the next program planned by the Entertainment Committee.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   179 hungry people attended the Men's Pancake Breakfast on Friday, December 5.   The next Pancake Breakfast will be on Friday, January 2, so put this on your calendar now.   The fellows work hard and hope to see a large attendance.


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 8 70.5 37.5
2 3 63 45
3 1 62 46
4 5 52.5 55.5
5 2 51 57
6 4 48 60
7 6 47 61
8 7 38 70

Monday December 15 - Team #4 makes courts ready
Order of Play December 15,   Y-Y-B       ---Ralph Garver


Bowler High Game   High Series
Dick Schleicher 225-268-225 718
Fred Carbone 214 580
Dick Lyford 181 505
Kerrie Morawa 214 471

Hank Baxter - 55 pins over average single game
Harry Kiel - 57 pins over average single game
Art Grams - 53 pins over average single game
December 16th Christmas cash event.   3 men and 3 women total scores plus handicap.       ---Don Fisher

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.

FOOD PANTRY:   $330.00 and 115 items of food were donated last Saturday to this worthwhile cause.

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   VAL MACKAS.   Val and his wife, Pauline, purchased their home in Kings Gate Club at 229 Camelot Drive in 1981.
      Val's parents emigrated from Russia to Brooklyn, NY.   Val was born in Brooklyn in February 1918.   They moved to a farm in Connecticut when Val was about three years old.   He went to high school at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Conn.   He was not interested in farming, so he went to a trade school and studied in the mechanical field.   He became a tool and dye maker.   He worked in the shop and was able to handle new jobs when needed.   He then moved to a Civil Service job where he worked in the Watervliet Arsenal.
      Val met Pauline where he was working and they were married in 1945.   Within a month after their marriage, he transferred to Naval Dry Docks in San Francisco.   They stayed in California until his Dad became ill, and they then moved back to Connecticut.   They lived in Hartford and then bought a home in Wethersfield, Conn., and lived there.   He worked for shop in Rutland, VT, and they then moved the plant to Maryland in 1947.   He then went to work for the Faffnir Bearing Company and spend 30 years working for them in New Britain, Conn.   He started as designer and progressed until he was Chief Plant Engineer until he retired in charge of every department in the corporation.
      They have one son, David, who was born in 1948 in Conn.   He is an Oceanographer in Victoria, BC.   Val has four grandchildren, 3 girls and a boy.   Some of you may remember when granddaughter Renee did a Scottish dance on the stage during the Fair.   She has now graduated from college.
      Val and Pauline spent about six months a year - between October until around June.   Since 2005, Val has been a full-time resident at King's Gate Club.   Sadly, Pauline passed away in November 2004.   They were both planning to live here full-time.
      They found KGC through a friend who lived in Florida.   This was about two years before Val retired, and he showed them Kings Gate Park.   They stayed there in an Airstream in 1980 and 1981.   Then they looked at the Club and decided to buy here, and they took possession of their home in September 1981.
      Many of you know that Val was 90 years YOUNG in February of this year.   He is VERY active in activities here - shuffleboard, bowling (he helped start the Bowling League many years ago and headed it for about seven years), golfing, plays Bingo (helped run it for a time), goes to Solos, Potlucks, the Jetty Picnics, attends most shows at the clubhouse, attends most trips to Broadway Palms Dinner Theater, goes on Casino trips, plays pinochle, cribbage and euchre with those groups.   Plus, he has done a great deal of dancing at Club parties.   Guess the above keeps Val BUSY and perhaps that is why he seems so young - he has a great attitude and a wonderful outlook on life.   Keep it up - you're a super example to all of us.
      Val says KGC serves the purpose of what he was looking for when he retired - many activities and friendly residents. We're happy that you live here, Val.   And, our hope is that you have many more happy, healthy years at KGC!   ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   Many of you volunteer time on projects outside the Club.   All of this serves to keep retirees busy and helps the organizations they serve.   Fred and I spent just a couple of hours this week ringing bells for the Salvation Army and it was a great feeling to collect money that will go to help the needy in this area.       ---SJB

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