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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Karen Swanson
Dee Hicks
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Vol. XX, No. 50 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida December 20, 2008

LUMINARIES:   Today we will need your help assembling and delivering the luminaries.   Please join us after the meeting, with a lot of help it goes very quickly.   Each house will receive two or three bags.   Residents on cul-de-sacs or by a swale will receive more.   On Christmas Eve between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm (dusk) please set out and light your luminaries along the road.   If your neighbors are gone please set theirs out.
      The tradition of luminaries dates at least to early 17th century Spain.   In one version, people burned cedar boughs along town paths, symbolically lighting the way to Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph.   A slightly different version suggests that luminaries were intended to brighten the way for the Magi.   The tradition is a feature of Christmas festivals in the American Southwest where Luminaries light the way to many Christmas celebrations.

HEALTHLINE NEWS:   Rose Jones will be replacing Rae Burmaster as Chair of the HEALTHLINE.   Your *HELP* is needed and would be greatly appreciated!!!   Please contact Rose with any information pertaining to a resident's illness, surgery, accident, hospitalization, death of a family member, funeral arrangements and/or memorials.   Jokes would also be appreciated.   You may reach Rose at either 150 Duchess Ave., 412-1988 or by email,   Thank you.

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 if you would like.   Everything will be provided.   A terrific menu from Appetizers to Dessert 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

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.

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.

BLOOD MOBILE:   You will be able to donate your blood right after partaking in our wonderful Pancake Breakfast - a good time for both. The Mobile will be here at KGC on Friday, January 2, 2009, starting at 8:30 am. Please use sign-up sheet on the Club House activity board for your preferred time.       ---George Agricola or Bob Johnson

KGC CHORUS starts Thursday January 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm in the Clubhouse.   New members welcomed.   Any questions call Eleanor Barth 485-9714

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.

TENNIS instructions for beginners will start Monday January 12, 2009, at 2:00 pm at the tennis courts.   Come out and learn to play, get some exercise, and make some new friends.   Or, if you played when you were younger and want to start playing again, come out and brush up on your strokes.   There are sign up sheets at the tennis courts and in the Clubhouse.       ---Alex Ferris 485-8098 and Don Keele 484-8198.

EUCHRE will resume January 2, 2009.   Sign up in the Clubhouse or the Book and Game Room.   We meet on Friday nights at 7:00 pm.  - bring 70 cents to play.       Thanks Posie Gallaher

BEGINNERS TAP:   Class will be held every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Clubhouse beginning on Monday, January 12th.   Don't need to buy tap shoes until you decide if you like the class.   Everyone is welcome.   Call Maureen Fitzgerald at 941-484-5113 AFTER January 4th if you are interested.   Thanks.

NY-NJ Breakfast will be Thursday January 15, 2009 at 9:30 am, at I Hop Restaurant, 41 S. Tamiami Trail.   Please sign up.   If you have questions call Eleanor Barth 485-9714

VIDEO:   I just bought the new Disney DVD   WALL.E.   Also, Dark Knight - Rain Man - VCR for rain man was taken and a request to get this on DVD.   Found it at Wally Mart for $5.00       ---Jean Ickes

GREETING CARDS:   Please remember to save your greeting cards and deposit them in the box in the closet to the right just before you enter the Video Room.   They will be taken to Village on the Isles to be recycled and sold in their gift shop.       ---Jeanne Winget

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

TRAVEL:   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.
      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


Betty McDonald 626       Jack Varty 664
Mary Carpenter 607       Fred Carbone 656
Angie Richards 598       Dick Lyford 625
            Hank Baxter 625             --- Don Fisher


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

Next Shuffle Board for the Monday league will be January 5, 2009
Shuffle Board for the Thursday league will begin January 8, 2009       ---Ralph Garver

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.

THE MOWERS will be in KGC on December 20th & 22nd to allow the employees time off for the Holiday.   They will resume the regular schedule after the New Year.

STRAY CATS:   Several stray cats have been reported around the Club.   Traps have been set by the staff.   When caught, the cats will be turned over to Sarasota County Animal Control.

HOLIDAY HOURS FOR STAFF:   The office will be open for one-half day on Wednesday, December 24, and will be closed all day Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26.   On Wednesday, December 31, the office will be open for one-half day, closed all day Thursday, January 1, and will be open all day on Friday, January 2.

NAME TAGS:   PLEASE wear your name tags to all Club functions.   We have a number of new residents and it is a real help to them if you wear your name tag.

CLUB SPEED LIMIT:   Remember please that speed in the Club is not to exceed 20 miles per hour.   This is the time of year that we have many visitors, including children, so please be on the lookout for them.

GOLF CART-BICYCLE PARADE:   Wednesday evening, December 17, was a perfect evening for this activity.   The carts and bikes went through the Club and over to the RV Park.   Prizes were won as follows:   Golf Carts - 1. Bob Donovan,   2. Tom Hicks,   3. Claire Becker.   Prize for the bikes went to Barry Shields.   Thanks to Fred and Janet Lewis for planning this fun event.

FESTIVITIES FOLLOWING PARADE:   A lovely evening in the Clubhouse followed the parade.   Prizes were awarded for the best-decorated homes in the Club, as follows:   1. Leo and Mary Lou Caron   2. Millie Wanatt   3. Loretta Brian.   Honorable Mention went to Art and Dot Grams, Bridge and Entrance, Tennis Courts.   Pat Cavalier was MC for the evening.   Mr. and Mrs. Santa made a visit to the Clubhouse and gave gifts to the children present.   Christmas carols were sung.   A video made by Don Richmond was shown.   This video was a tribute to Jason Bellavaher, who has just finished his second tour of duty as a Marine in Iraq.   Jason is the grandson of Angie Richards.   He and his wife and small son, Ayden, were in the audience.   Tom Hicks played music on the organ for our enjoyment.   Thanks to Pat and Mike Cavalier for their work.   Thanks to Loretta Brian and her crew for their help in the kitchen.

MANY MANY THANKS to all you ladies who made cookies for the Golf Cart Parade Party.   (And don't forget the wonderful sloppy joe's, Loretta).   What fantastic girls I had helping with the kitchen:   Lois Crane, Mickey Fournier, Arlene Hyde, Rose Jones, Leota Kelsey, Betty Mohr, Angie Richards, Mary Jane Rodecki, and Chris Townsend.   Also little elves helping:   Neil Crane, Larry Jones and Fred Bethke.   Surely could not have done without all your help.       ---Loretta Brian

THOUGHTS:   The Round Table News staff joins me in wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas.   Whether you are headed north or will be at the Club, we hope you have a joyous season.       ---SJB

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