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Vol. XXIII, No. 8 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida February 20, 2010

2nd ANNUAL KGC TEAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT is today, 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 is tonight Saturday, Feb. 20.   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.
NEWS FLASH:   Mardi Gras entertainment is open to anyone who wishes to come after the dinner, to listen and dance to the music, from 7:30 to 10 PM ($5 P/P).   BYOB       ---Tom Hicks

GUIDE DOGS:   YOU have Done It! - your generous hearts and $$$ have made it possible to Name "KGC-Squire" as our next sponsored Puppy for Southeastern Guide Dogs.   We Thank You.   To follow-up with Lorraine Erickson, our Puppy Raiser of Duke - King- Baron and current Princess, has needed to slow down her lifestyle because of health problems.   (We all know what that is).   She is giving up her Puppy Raiser duties and passing further training of Princess to another couple who live in Sarasota.   She says she will miss OUR camaraderie.   I have placed her address on the Guide Dog BB, if you wish to correspond with her.       ---Jackie and Nip Barker

TAP DANCING:  NEW BEGINNERS are invited to join the tap class.   We meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM, in the clubhouse.   All are welcome.       ---Maureen Fitzgerald, 484-5113

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

BOOK CLUB meets Monday, Feb. 22 at 1 PM, in the Library-Game Room.   Can't Wait to get to Heaven, by Fannie Flagg, is a humorous account of a woman's near-death experience and how it affects her friends.   Everyone welcome to join us.       ---Betty Dowling  484-8380

ATTENTION LADY GOLFERS:   A nine-hole scramble will be held on Wednesday, February 24 at Calusa Lakes.   We'll meet there for lunch at 1 PM and begin our game at 2:30 PM.   The scramble fee is $5.00.   Be sure to sign up in the clubhouse by noon Sunday, February 21 to reserve your spot.   Questions?   Call Mary Carpenter or Sue Simmons.

MOVIE for Wednesday, Feb. 24, will be AMELIA with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.   Hilary Swank stars as famed aviator Amelia Earhart in this dramatic biopic that follows the daring pilot's rise from obscurity, in Kansas, to her troubled marriage to businessman, George Putnam (Richard Gere), who recruited her for her first trans-Atlantic flight.   Rated PG13.   Movie at 7:30.   PLANET EARTH 7 PM.       ---Arlene Hyde

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:   Forty-two King's Gate Club women plan to enjoy an afternoon of cards or dominoes on Thurs., Feb. 25, 1:00-4:00 PM, at Village on the Isle, to benefit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.   Remember to bring your own cards or dominoes, and plan to enter the 50/50 drawing and "Teacup Auction".   One of the prizes is an "American Girl" doll, donated by Books-A-Million, that you might win for a lucky girl.   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.   There will be someone in the parking area to direct you.       ---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

DOMINOES:   There will be no Dominoes on Thursday, Feb. 25, because of the Tennis Dinner.   We will resume on Thursday, March 4.       ---Barb Amatrudo

JEWELRY DONATIONS:   Anyone who has jewelry that they would like to donate to the Fair, please leave it at 45 King Arthur Drive.   We accept all costume and novelty pieces.       ---Dee Hicks

LIFE SKILLS CLASSES in KGC:   Three, free, one hour sessions will be held on Friday, 2/26, Thursday, 3/5 and Thursday, 3/12, from 10 to 11 AM.   While having lots of fun (including give-a-ways), you will learn about brain health, stress, memory issues, confidence building, positive attitudes, assertiveness and how to recognize depression.   Questions?   Call Vic Griseto, 488-1788

ATTENTION:   Walkers for the Feb. 27th 8 a.m. United Way Walk-A-Thon.
Please pick up your KGC clothing order on Fri. Feb. 26th between 8:30 AM & 9:30 AM at the Club House.   Please use doors nearest the stage, as the exercise class will be in progress.   Payment by check is preferred (make out to King's Gate Round Table).   If cash, please have correct bills.   Tee Shirts - $9 each;  2XL, $11 each.  Polo Shirts - $22.each; 2XL - $24 each.  Hats - $11 & $14.   Thank you for your co-operation.   Any questions, call Mary Jane Shelby  484-4612.     NOTE:   All other King's Gate Logo clothing orders can be picked up at the Saturday morning Round Table Meeting on 2/27/10.

UNITED WAY WALK-A-THON:   It's not too late to sign up to walk on Sat. Feb. 27th, 8:15-10:45 AM (3+ miles), or to make a donation to the United Way and Literacy Volunteers.   The Walk-A-Thon collection box is at the back of the room near the Newsletters.   Thirty-two walkers have already signed up.   Our Fair Publicity Chairs, Pat and Mike Cavalier, will be at the Walk-A-Thon to advertise the King's Gate Club Fair.
     Walk-A-Thon Walkers....come to the parking area between the Gazebo and the public restrooms on West Venice Ave. and look for Pat and Mike's table.   Registration starts at 8:00 and the Walk starts at 9:00 AM.   Wear your King's Gate Club shirt and bring a hat.   All walkers need to fill out a Release form. There will be forms there, in case anyone forgets it.   For more info, call Sandy McIntyre, 412-0107.

SPRING IN BLOOM:   Buy your tickets today 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 and will also be sold on Saturday, February 27.       ---Posie and Shirley B.

ENTERTAINMENT:   This is what all of you have been waiting for, KEN MCBRIDE!   He is an Irish vocalist/pianist, at his best.   The date of the show is Wednesday March 24th @ 7:30 PM.   Admission is $10:00 p/p.   Tickets will be sold on Saturday March 6 & 13th.   This will be our last scheduled entertainment of the season.       ---Emil and Shirley DePasquale

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.

BOWLING - February 16, 2010

Dick Schleicher 222 586
Fred Carbone 212 570
Jim Rundell 201 573
Tom Patricca 189 502
Marcia Nolin 161 457
Anglie Richards - 52 pins over average in single game             ---Don Fisher

Thursday Shuffleboard Standings - February 18, 2010            ---Ralph Garver

Position   Team   Won Lost Tie
1 2 53.5 36.5
2 5 52.5 37.5
3 6 50 40
4 3 49 41
5 1 48.5 41.5
6 4 40 50
7 8 34 56
8 7 27.5 62.5

TRAVEL:   Our travel group of 31 are off to the Oasis of the Sea today, we will return late next Saturday afternoon.   The weather report was 82 in St.Thomas.   Thanks to Sandy and John.   They will hold down the travel desk.
March 7,  2010 -  The King & I.   All payments should be in - $64.00.  Please put your name on the wait list; plans change. Thank you.
March 10, 2010 -  Hard Rock. Have you signed up?  Always a nice day out; good food and your chance to win a million.  $25.00.  Please sign up today.
March 18, 2010 - Silver Foxes.  If you were at the Talent Show, you had a preview of Irene Bette.   She is GREAT.   Tickets are $22.00, and we have a few open seats.      Please sign up today.
March 26, 2010 - Sailor Circus.  Greatest little show on earth; support our children of Sarasota County.   They are fantastic, and it's a great night out.   We always sell out all our tickets, so please sign up now. $15.00.
April l8,  2010   -   Ring of Fire, a salute to Johnny Cash. $64.00.   Wait list.
April 22, 2010   -   Ring of Fire, Thurs. evening show.   A few seats left; sign up now.  $65.00

January 27 - Feb. 6, 2011, Princess Cruise. Eastern Caribbean.  GREAT NEWS...Princess cruises has extended the early discount until next Wed. the 24th of Feb.   $100.00 per person will hold your stateroom.   Call VIP World Travel, ask for Sue or Allan and get signed up, we still have group space available and balconies.  377-0010.   A list of rooms reserved is on the web site and also on the travel board in the rear of the clubhouse.
            Don and Mary Lou Richmond, Travel Coordinators and John and Sandy Eade, Travel Partners.

      RULE 4 - GUESTS.   Guests of members must register at the Club office within 3 days from the date they enter the Club.   Their stay will be limited, as follows: If under 18 years of age, to a maximum of 60 days within any consecutive 12 month period.   If between 18 and 55 years of age, to a maximum of 120 days within any consecutive 12 month period.  Guests of renters, or of occupants of loaned homes, must register at the Club office within 3 days from date they enter the Club and their stay will be limited to 14 days.       ---Don Richmond

TALENT SHOW:   Thank you for making the 15th Annual Talent Show, last Saturday evening, a huge success!   The actors and actresses were superb.   Special thanks to audio crew - Tom Hicks, Charlie Fote and Ron Carpenter, and to the video crew - Sandy and Chuck McIntyre.   Behind the scene was Producer Linda MacMillan keeping the mikes straight and moving along the acts with help from Curt MacMillan and his crew - Jerry Robinson, Bob Gay, Jack Flanagan, Chuck Shelby and Kay Hardesty.   The refreshments were brought to you by Dick and Mary Ann Lyford, Gene and Mickey Fournier, Ken Downs, Vern Crane, Sandy and John Eade, Agnes and Jack Flanagan, Gary and Irene Pitt, Jim and Dee Cook, Loretta Brian, Claire Smith, Mary Jane Shelby, and all the wonderful ladies of King's Gate Club who baked cookies.   Publicity was in full swing with Walt Smith, Brenda Johnson, Linda MacMillan, Jan Collins, Chris Townsend, Phyllis Bakeoven, and Angie Richards.   We can't forget our great clean up crew - Bob Sudman, Roy Bakeoven, Neil Crane and his group (sorry, didn't get all the names).   A great big thanks to Chuck Collins, Master of Ceremonies, and our hosts, Rose Jones and Alan Holdway.   A special thank you to Vic Griseto for his advice and guidance at our organizational meeting.   We sold 374 tickets and found room for all - amazing!   Your attendance made the night a total success.
           ---Jan Collins, Producer      (And a big thank you, from all who attended - it was a great, fun evening.)

POOL AEROBICS:   Come join us on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 AM, weather permitting (air temperature 65 or above).   This is a very good program, lasting 40 minutes.   Doing exercises in the pool is easy on your joints and easy to do.   Join us - you will enjoy water exercises.       --Bob Johnson

RENTERS:   Welcome to Richard and Betty Morrill, who are renting 37 King Arthur Drive.   They are from Webster, NY, and will be here until mid-April.   We know you will enjoy your stay at KGC!

CONGRATULATIONS to Steen Meryweather, 249 Castle Drive, who was recently advanced to the honorary grade of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard, by the Chiefs Corp from Sector Northern New England and the First Coast Guard District, in a presentation ceremony at his home in Maine, which was attended by the Aids to Navigation Team Southwest Harbor and members of the Coast Guard Sector, Northern New England Chiefs Corp.
     This honor is rarely bestowed on non-military individuals, but because of his commitment to the service, as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a former Commodore of Division 1, Aid Verifier to the Aids to Navigation Team and his pride in being a part of the organization and dedication to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, it was authorized by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the First Coast Guard District and signed by Admiral Thad Allen, Coast Guard Commandant.   (What an honor!!! - we're all proud of you, Steen).

THOUGHTS:   Recently I have seen several people out walking after dark.   PLEASE be sure that you walk toward traffic, wear light-colored clothing, and have a LIGHTED flashlight.   We don't want anyone to be injured.       --SJB

Eric Hazeldine - of Liverpool, Wolfville and Venice, Florida, died peacefully in Kentville, NS, surrounded by his family on February 13, 2010, in  his 92nd year, after a brief illness which weakened his body but never his sharp mind and wit.   Eric was born in 1918 in Rottingdean, England.   He was the son of the late Thomas and Natalie (Howitt) Hazeldine.

In addition to being a humble gentleman, Eric was a great engineer, mentor, inventor, veteran, adoring husband, cherished father and proud grandfather.   He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth (nee: Piers) and 5 children:   Keith (Ethel), Fort Wayne, In;   Carol (Jim) Dewar, Wolfville, NS;   Sally (Arnie) Chestnut, Kingston, On;   Gail (Bill) Moffatt, Truro, NS; and Piers (Wendy), Ponhook Lake, NS; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.   He was predeceased by his sister Patrica, and brother Roy.

During WWII, he served with the Royal Engineers in India and Burma and was mentioned in Dispatches.   In 1946 he, "Boy", married Ruth, "Scamp".   He worked in East Africa after the war as Chief Mechanical Engineer on the Groundnut Project.   Upon returning to England he designed and built over 20 gas and electric cars, known as the "Hazelcar".   Sixty years later, one is still in use in England and others in museums.

In 1952, he immigrated to Canada to work as an engineer at Bowater Mersey Paper Co, Liverpool.   His career spanned 32 years, retiring as Mill Manager.   He was actively involved in Liverpool's community and headed many organizations such as:   Kiwanis, Red Cross, Assoc. for the Mentally Handicapped, Children's Aid Society, and as District Commissioner of Boy Scouts.

After retiring in 1982, Eric and Ruth traveled extensively.   Life was divided between Nova Scotia and Venice, Fl.   Eric was an integral member of King's Gate Club, having designed, built, managed created and led various projects.   He lived life to the fullest with his soul mate and true love.

The celebration of Eric's "Awesome Life" will be held at 2:00 p.m.   Thursday, February 18, 2010 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, with Rev. Robyn Brown-Hewitt officiating.   Reception following at the funeral home.   Donations in Eric's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of N.S.   On-line condolences or inquiries may be directed to

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