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Vol. XXIII, No. 7 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 13, 2010

GUIDE DOGS:   Today is our Annual Fund Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs.   We hope to raise enough funds to name KGC-SQUIRE.   Our KGC-DUCHESS is in final months of training and will graduate this summer.   KGC-QUEEN has not been born yet, but we can expect her by late summer or early fall.   KGC-Princess and Lorraine are here today to show off - Ha!   Thank you for your support!       ---Jackie and Nip Barker, GD Committee

KING'S GATE CLUB TALENT SHOW is tonight!   A few tickets may be available today.   Ticket price ($5) includes beer, wine and soft drinks, prior to the show; punch and cookies at intermission.   Doors open at 6 PM; show starts at 7 PM.
            Producers: Chuck and Jan Collins, 488-5065; Curt and Linda MacMillan, 484-8927.

DEAR KGC FRIENDS:   It feels like we've been gone from our home forever, but if all goes well, we will be back home shortly.   We've been at Sunset Lakes since early December.   The fractures on my (Jeanne's) pelvis have healed very well, and I'm able to get around with a walker.   We want to thank all of our friends for the many get well, and Christmas, cards.   It surely does help to know that so many people are thinking of you.   Where else could we be cared for so lovingly?       Warmest regards, Jeanne and Jim Steele

HEALTHLINE:   Ed and Irene West, 25 Castle Drive, are very appreciative of all the support, cards, prayers and loving concern, that was bestowed on them during Ed's recent surgery and convalescence.   They are extremely grateful, also, to the ladies of the Prayer Shawl Group, for Ed's very beautiful prayer shawl.   He uses it everyday and feels all its love, warmth and comfort.       ---Rose Jones

OUR SYMPATHY to the family of Elsie Dancses of 171 Duchess Avenue, who died on Monday, Feb. 8.   There will be no calling hours.   Condolences may be sent to her daughter:   Mrs. Joyce Potts 1311 Warwick Lane, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey 08734.

LYNN MOREY, JR passed away on December 25, 2009, in Sarasota.   There are still many of you who will remember that Lynn Morey started King's Gate RV Park.   Then, he had a vision which resulted in the building of King's Gate Club.   Because of his work, we are all enjoying the great place we live - KGC.   Thurman Sorrell said, about a year ago, someone brought Lynn Morey out here to have a look at the Club.   For either Club or Park residents, Lynn Morey, Jr. leaves a great legacy!

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY:   All owners and renters should have supplied the office with any changes for the new 2010 telephone directory.   If you didn't already do so, or have additional changes, please contact me at 484-5113, and I'll do my best to make final corrections.   Thank you.       ---Maureen Fitzgerald

ATTENTION ALL KGC CHAIRPERSONS:   Please submit your 2010 budget requests (income and expenses) in writing, to Jim Alex, 35 Castle Dr., by February 15, 2010.

KGC CHORUS:   My sincerest appreciation to all the members of the chorus, through the past several years.   This year especially, thanks to the remaining, dedicated singers:   Juanita Blackburn, Shirley DePasquale, Pat Gilbert, Sue Logan and our two men, Barry Squier and George Vargo, and of course, Gwen Aldridge, our pianist, who we kept wondering what we were going to sing.   We hope we entertained you through the years; we tried and now it is time for our retirement.       --Eleanor Barth

ORCHIDS to the KGC Chorus Director, Eleanor Barth, for all her efforts to bring beautiful music to KGC.   She spent many hours searching for vocal arrangements to suit our aging voices, and she made a valiant effort to keep the chorus together.   Eleanor, we salute you!

NEWS FLASH:   Get your tickets today ($10 p/p), for the Wed., Feb 17 Entertainment.   At intermission that night, we will draw 4 winning tickets for the March 24th Ken McBride Show.   Tickets will be drawn from the paid admissions of Feb.17th----the Mike Rapposelli and Keith Barany Show.   Good luck and let's support the Round Table.   Any questions call 484-7031.       ---Emil

BEGINNER LINE DANCING on Thursday Feb. 18th, will be at 10:30 AM after the BOD Meeting.       ---June

NY-NJ LUNCHEON on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Left Coast Seafood Restaurant at 12:30 PM.   Please sign up, wear you name tags.   Any questions call Eleanor, 485-9714.

2nd ANNUAL KGC TEAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT:   Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 A.M.   Come out and watch the Bluebird Team and the Redbird Team play for the KGC tennis championship.   While you're watching, enjoy a light lunch of a hot dog and soda for $2.00 before the Mardi Gras feast in the evening.
See you at the tennis courts!!!       ---Don Keele

MARDI GRAS PARTY AND DANCE - Sat., Feb. 20:   Tickets are on sale today for $20 per person with no limit on number of tickets that can be purchased. In case of a sellout, a waiting list will be started.   You will be picking your seats when you buy your ticket, so plan ahead if a group wants to sit together.   After the Feb. 13 meeting, contact the Ticket Chairman, Judy Spears, 488-6443, with cancellations or ticket questions.
Mardi Gras Schedule:   Social 6:00 PM; Dinner 6:30 PM. Entertainment by a 6-piece New Orleans Dixieland Band with singer from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.
Mardi Gras Menu:   Catered southern-style mild Jambalaya with Chicken, Classic Shrimp Empanades, Pan-roasted Chicken Drummettes with Voodoo Sauce, Corn Salad Succotash, Sweet Dinner Rolls, topped off with dessert of Mardi Gras Berry Cake.  Punch and coffee will be available.   BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage other than punch, water, and coffee).       ---Tom Hicks

AARP Driver Safety Class:   There will be another driver safety class at King's Gate PARK, Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM and Friday, Feb 26 from 10 AM - 2 PM.   To sign up, call Lee Moyers, the instructor, at 941-923-0398.

"DEAL ME IN" CARD AND GAME PARTY:   Don't miss out.   Reserve your table for Thurs., Feb. 25, 1:00-4:00 PM, at Village on the Isle to benefit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.   Call Sandy McIntyre at 412-0107 to reserve a table for four or more.   $10 per person.   Make out checks to Literacy Volunteers and give to Sandy McIntyre.   Bring your own cards or games, and enter the 50/50 drawing and "Teacup Auction" to win great prizes.   Refreshments will be served.   Park behind Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 800 S. Tamiami Trail "on the Island" near the Village on the Isle buildings and enter the Mark Manor lobby.       ---Sandy McIntyre

KGC SOLOS will meet at 5 PM, on Thursday, February 25th, at Bella Brezza Restaurant, 500 Venitia Blvd.  ??   Call Barb Neuman @ 484-3417 or Don Lambiotte @ 486-1749.

TENNIS AWARDS DINNER for past, present and future tennis players, and spouses, will be held on Thursday, Feb., 25th, in the Clubhouse.   Social hour: 5 PM; dinner:   6 PM.   Sign up sheet is posted in the tennis gazebo.   $8 P/P includes spaghetti, meatballs, wine and beer.   Bring table settings. - Jim Diebold

UNITED WAY WALK-A-THON:   Thirty King's Gaters have signed up so far, to be walking advertisements for the King's Gate Fair on Sat., Feb. 27th, 8:15-10;45 AM (3+ miles).   It's not too late to sign up to walk or to make a donation for the United Way and Literacy Volunteers.   For more info, call Sandy McIntyre, 412-0107.

SPRING IN BLOOM:   Tickets are on sale today, February 20 and 27 for the Ladies' Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, which will be held on Thursday, March 4, at Jacaranda West Country Club.   Fashions by A'Tu.   Tickets are $20 per person.   Be sure to purchase your luncheon ticket today if you are going on the cruise!      ---Posie and Shirley

CPR/AED PROGRAM:   The next class is scheduled for Sat. March 27, in the Activity Room from 12 Noon to approximately 4 PM.   Next month, names of those who need to be recertified will be provided.   Anyone interested in attending to be certified, please sign up by calling Emil @ 484-7031.

VIDEO LIBRARY:   Two new DVDs added this week - This is It - The Michael Jackson Story and The Time Traveler's Wife.       ---Jean Ickes

A REMINDER OF KGC RULES AND REGULATIONS:   (ONE RULE WILL BE POSTED EACH WEEK).
RULE 3 - LOANED HOMES:   Members loaning their homes shall notify the Club office a minimum of 3 days in advance of the occupancy date as to who will be occupying the loaned home and the duration of stay.   Said occupant shall register at the Club office immediately upon arrival and complete the required registration form.       ---Don Richmond

BOWLING - Valentine Cash Event Winners             ---Don Fisher

Mary Carpenter - 633
Bev Purkey - 629
Helen Tebbets - 627

John Vella - 649
Charles Brady - 629
Gene Fournier - 624

MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH:   Movement for Health is a gentle senior exercise program designed to move your muscles, joints and maintain flexibility and balance.   Both men and women are welcome in this program.   We exercise from head to toe!   The class meets two times a week, Monday and Wednesday at 11:15 AM, for 45 minutes.   Half of the exercises are done from a chair and the other half while standing.   Weights are also available for use.   Mark your calendar to attend this class and increase your good health.   We have fun, too!       ---Gigi Conway

Monday Shuffleboard Standings - February 8, 2010

Position   Team   Won Lost Tie
1 2 106 74
2 6 105 75
3 3 93.5 86.5
4 1 92 88
5 5 91 89
6 4 86.5 93.5
7 7 79.5 100.5
8 8 69.5 110.5

Thursday Shuffleboard on February 11, 2010, was canceled due to brrrr…     --  Ralph Garver

TRAVEL:   Many things going on, hope you have signed up for one of our upcoming trips.
March 7, 2010 - The King & I, wait listed, $64.00.  Put your name on the wait list; plans change.
March 18, 2010 - Silver Foxes, sign up now, seats are going fast, $22.00
March 26, 2010 - Sailor Circus,  best circus in town; great evening out.  $15.00
April l8, 2010 - Ring of Fire, (Sunday) tribute to Johnny Cash, Broadway Palm Dinner theatre. $64.00
April 22, 2010 - Ring of Fire, (Thurs. eve.). Broadway Palm Dinner theatre, seats open  $65.00
** We would appreciate all March shows to be paid up in full....thank you.

**Eastern (southern) Caribbean Cruise, on Princess Cruise lines, good ports; 10 days; check the web site for more information or our travel board.   This trip will be escorted by Don and Mary Lou, your KGC travel hosts.   Private King's Gate Cocktail party on board; 10 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise, port taxes, govt. fees, fare all included, plus round trip motor coach to Ft. Lauderdale.   Any questions, contact Mary Lou at 484-6807, and call VIP World Travel with your reservations.   Ask for Sue or Allan, 377-0017, or toll free, 1-800-323-7448.   Hope you consider joining us.
      Have a great week in Paradise.   Happy Valentines Day to everyone!
            Don and Mary Lou Richmond, Travel coordinators, John & Sandy Eade, Travel Partners.

SUPER BOWL PARTY THANK YOU:   A sincere thank you to everyone who helped to make our Super Bowl Party a great time.   First of all, thanks to Nip Barker, for making our tickets and posters, and to Tom Hicks, for the TV and audio setup.   Then to the following people who volunteered without being asked ("How can I help?"):   Vern Crane, Tom and Sue Logan, Dick and Mary Ann Lyford, Bob Cook, Bob Richards, Aggie Flanagan, her friend Anita Gilmartin, Jerry and Claire Becker, Mary Jane Shelby, Angie Richards, Pat Savoie, Bill Kenney, Kathy Ferguson, and our high school classmate Cathy Wallen and her husband J.D. Vail, from Texas.   J.D. was originally from Louisiana, so needless to say, he was excited his team won.   To anyone we may have missed, please accept our thank you for whatever you may have done to help us.

Winners of the "pool" squares were:

                           1st Quarter            2nd Quarter            3rd Quarter           End of Game   
     Pool #1            Jim Alex              Bob Cook            John Marray           Jerry Becker

     Pool #2     Mary Ann Lyford       John Hegi           Shirley Bethke        John Zappala
                    
     Pool #3        Arlene Hyde           Wilbur Zeh            Arlene Hyde           John Hegi

Congratulations to all the Saints fans and to all the "pool" squares' winners.   Sincerely, Gene and Mickey

(And a BIG thank you to the Fourniers for all their work for this event!)

NEW RENTERS:   Welcome to the following new renters;
     Kurt and Janice Spaulding, at 13 Castle Drive, from Portage, MI, here until March 31.
     John and Kathleen Henry, at 226 Duchess, from Shelton, CT, here until March 31.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us here at the Club!

SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:   We were happy to see Deputy DeWayne Hill from the Crime Prevention Department of the Sheriff's office, at our Pancake Breakfast last Friday morning.   Had a nice chat with Deputy Hill and hope we may see more people from the Sheriff's office here in the future.

ROUND TABLE COMMITTEE:   At the Annual Meeting of the Round Table last Saturday, the following were elected as officers for the next year:
      Chairperson, Jim Purkey
      Vice-Chair, Don Lambiotte
      Secretary, Rosemary Holdway
      Treasurer, Linda Varty
We know that we will have a good year!   And, a special thank you to George Agricola, who retired from the Committee this year, after having served over the past years as Advisor, Vice Chair and Chairperson of the Round Table Committee.   Thanks, George, for all the work you have done for us.

PATRIOTIC NIGHT 2010, last Wednesday evening, was a HUGE success and was very well-attended.   Know we all learned from the Trivia Game, and we enjoyed the hot dogs, apple pie and lemonade.  Then the video, Many Faces of Old Glory, was absolutely fantastic.   We surely thank Chairman George Becker for planning this great evening, and his committee:   Liz Becker, Carol and Ray Angelo, Irene and Gary Pitt, Judy and Alan Morse, Sharon and Dave Lones, and of course "Uncle Sam."   And, it was nice to have Julie Walker give some information about the Canadian flag, too.   An evening like this makes us think of how fortunate we are to live in the United States (or Canada, for our Canadian friends).       ---SJB

CHARITY COMMITTEE appointments are as follows:   One Year - Gerry Coleman, Arlene Hyde and Loretta Brian.   Two Years - Jim Cook, Eleanor Barth and Mary Ann Diebold.

THOUGHTS:   We wish our Board of Directors and Round Table Committee another great year.   We are fortunate to have these people working for our benefit.   And, they are happy because there are so many willing volunteers in the Club.   So all of us can count our blessings and be happy that we are residents of King's Gate Club.       ---SJB

SKYPE DEMONSTRATION:   On Friday, 5th February, at the invitation of Wren McMains and Charlie Fote of the KGC Computer Club, I demonstrated the audio & visual communication capability of Skype.   I am told 92 people attended and 86 asked for a written, step by step, instruction set on how to install Skype on their computers. Instead of entering 86 e-mail addresses, an easier way of getting this message to the 86, as well as anyone else that couldn't make it, is via the KGC Newsletter.   Many thanks, Alan Holdway
 
Skype Download Instructions:   You will need a high speed internet service, web cam with microphone either built into your laptop or, a web cam with built in microphone that attaches via a USB port to your computer.   If you need to buy a web cam, I recommend either the Logitech C200 (approx $30), or the Microsoft VX-3000 (approx $27).   In both cases, the picture quality is more than adequate and both have a built in microphone.   These can be purchased at stores like Office Depot or online, like  www.newegg.com.
In both cases, you will also need speakers, unless they are built in already. There is no charge and no limit as to the time you are on a call to anywhere in the world, with access to high speed internet service.
      Type into your browser (Internet Explorer, Google, Firefox, etc.), search box, "Skype Download".   When the listings come up on your screen, either click on "Skype 4.1 for windows" if you have a PC, or click on "Skype for Mac" if you have Apple.   When the Skype webpage comes up on your screen, scroll down until you see "Download now", then click on it.
      Another page comes up on screen.   Wait until you see at the top of that page "to help protect your security, click here for options", OR it may show, "This type of file can harm your computer; are you sure you want to download Skype?"   Up comes a box.   Click on SAVE.
      Up comes another box, "A program needs your permission to continue"; click on Continue.   You now click on "click here for options"; then a box comes up and you click on "Download file"; then click on RUN.
Up comes a box asking you to select your language of choice; normally English is already there. You then click on "I agree - install".   The next box that comes up, I recommend you click on the little tick mark to the left of "Include Google Chrome" that removes the tick.   Click on "Continue installing Skype", and you will see the green bar progress from left to right as it installs.   After install is complete, click on finish.
      After the install is complete, up comes "Create a new Skype account"   -   name, e-mail and Password (make a note of password).   Fill in the box including "Yes I have read and agree with...."; then, click NEXT.
Enter details in the box "name, e-mail, country, city". Now click on "Sign In".   Up comes" Hello and welcome to Skype"; follow the instructions that will test your Speakers, Microphone and Camera. Once that is complete, you can now click on "Find a friend".   You now need to get your family member/friend to download Skype, and once that is done, you can send an invitation to them asking to accept your invitation.   Once accepted, you are now able to call each other with both sound and vision; (yes you can turn the camera off and have sound only), and it's free of charge, for as long as you wish. Often times there are as many as 15-18 million people around the world, all using Skype at the same time. What a dramatic improvement over the carrier pigeon!
      If your family member or friend has Skype installed already, then as long as you know their e-mail address, or Skype name, you can send the invitation.   As soon as they accept it...................you are ready to rock and roll.... HAVE FUN!       ---Alan Holdway


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