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Shirley Bethke
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Dee Hicks, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 10 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida March 10, 2007


THANK YOU:   I send my thanks and gratitude for all the cards and telephone calls during my recent operation and recuperation.   We hope to return to Nokomis soon.   What a joy it is to live at King's Gate Club.       ---Arnold Baldwin

HEALTHLINE:   Bud Porzio, 189 Camelot Drive is at home recuperating from his surgery and is doing good.   He will have chemotherapy in the near future.   Your cards and prayers are welcomed.       ---Rae Burmaster - Healthline

SINCERE SYMPATHY to Joan Potts, Jean Davis and Danny Murphy on the death of their sister Ann Flannery who died Tuesday March 6.   Memorial service today in Clinton CT.   Your prayers are appreciated.

MARCH POTLUCK:   The KGC March potluck "Flying High" is today March 10.   Social at 5:30 PM, dinner served at 6:00 PM.       ---Justin & Betty Mohr and Elner Mann

MUSIC APPRECIATION:   Please note due to other commitments we shall not be hosting Music Appreciation April 13th and Ideas and Discussion Group April 14th. The final evening for Music Appreciation is Saturday March 31st in the Clubhouse from 7:00 to 9:00 PM as per the March Calendar.   Best Regards, Alan & Rosemary Holdway

FAIR BUMPER STICKERS, flyers, and posters are in the back of Clubhouse.   Please place one everywhere you go.   Put bumper stickers on bumpers or in windows so we can all be mobile posters.   We need one on every car in the Club, please.       ---Thank you, Pat Cavalier

FAIR BAKE SALE:   Baked goods are needed for the Bake Sale Table on Saturday March 17th.   Please put cookies, candy, brownies etc. in bags of 6.   Bring to the Clubhouse on Fair Day at 8:30 AM.       ---Thank you, Judy Spears, Chairperson, Bake Sale Table

HEAVENLY HAM:   We are selling raffle tickets at today's Saturday meeting, at the back of the Hall.       ---Emil DePasquale

MILLION DOLLAR RAFFLE BOOTH:   Betty and George Agricola, 488-8520 are chairpersons of the Million Dollar Raffle Booth.   Contact them if you would like to volunteer your help on Fair Day.

Save your items for home pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday.   Have them in your driveway by 9:00 AM.   From Wednesday thru Friday we will be unloading boxes and pricing, all help is appreciated.   Work lists will be posted for the Fair, and if you didn't get to sign up, please come and let me know and we will find a place for you to help out.   If you can work pre-sale day, let me know, as we will need some help.   Pre-sale is Friday the 16th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.   Grocery Bags are needed.   Thanks to all for your help.       ---Linda MacMillan

AFTER THE FAIR PARTY:   Come join the fun.   Relax and eat with us after the Fair.   Sign up at the Round Table meetings at the After Fair Party table in the back of the room… Just $2.00 per person.       ---John Eade


Mon. Mar. 12 Will be moving boxes from storage to Clubhouse.
There will be NO unloading of boxes
Wed. - Thurs. Unpack, sort, pricing, display at Flea Market - 9 AM to 4 PM
Wed. Mar. 14 Setup inside Clubhouse  - unloading boxes and pricing
Pick up Flea Market donations from driveways
  - Residents to place donated items in their driveways by 9:00 AM
Begin putting up Fair traffic control signs
All regular Clubhouse activities cancelled
Clubhouse double locked in evening

Thurs. Mar. 15 Setup inside Clubhouse -  unloading boxes and pricing
Pick up Flea Market donations from driveways
  - Residents to place donated items in their driveways by 9:00 AM
Continue putting up Fair traffic control signs
All regular Clubhouse activities cancelled
Clubhouse double locked in evening

Fri. Mar. 16 Setup inside Clubhouse
Decorate outside hanging streamers
Bake Sale contributions to Clubhouse
Pre-Sale 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM- WEAR YOUR NAME TAG  
Clubhouse double locked in evening

Sat. Mar 17
KGC Fair
7:30 AM Coffee & Donuts for Fair Workers in Activities Room
8:00 AM Pies to Clubhouse
8:30 AM Bake Sale contributions to Clubhouse
FAIR DAY 9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
Drawings begin at 2:00 PM (you do NOT have to be present to win)
4:30 PM After-the-Fair Workers Party
Sun. Mar. 18 Rain Date:  Noon - 5:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 19 Dismantle all tents, booths, etc., store away, and general clean up.

VIDEO ROOM:   Children video donated:   A Christmas Carol - Pollyanna - Return of the King - Miracle on 34th Street.   Requested video: Children DVD #100 - Open Season.   Requested video: #183 Bleak House - PBS - 3 disc set.       ---Jean Ickes, Video Chairperson

MAILBOX APPRECIATION DINNER:   A special thanks to all the workers, set-up, clean up, all the ladies that baked, Fr. Steve for our blessing and Ron Carpenter for the great music.   Thanks for coming.       ---Don Richmond

Sunday March 11th Damn Yankees, buses loading at 10:00 AM, check the bus schedule to see if you're on Bus #1 or #2.  Don't forget daylight savings time starts Sunday at 2:00 AM....  SET THOSE CLOCKS AHEAD!!!
Silver Foxes Thursday March 22nd at 8:00 PM Venice Little Theatre.   Be sure and pick up your REAL TICKETS for Silver Foxes, when you paid I just give you a receipt.   I have one couple willing to take another if you might need a ride, check with me at travel desk today.
Sailor Circus March 30th, again pick up real tickets as you only received a receipt when you paid.   Any one that has room for anyone in their car please let me know.
Andre Rieu   April 24th, wait list only.       ---Any questions contact Mary Lou 484-6807

ENTERTAINMENT:   Wednesday March 21st we will have 2 entertainers.   Todd Charles, a comedian & magician will entertain from 7:00 - 7:45 PM.   From 8:00 - 9:00 PM Clearwater Connection sings and plays in duet style.   A joy to hear and see!       ---Emil DePasquale

RENTERS:   Welcome to Bill and Grace Ostergaard, who are at 326 King Arthur Drive until March 31.   The Ostergaards are former owners and it is nice to see you back with us.   Enjoy your stay at KGC!

LINE DANCING on Thursday March 22nd will be at 10:30 AM after the BOD meeting.   No dancing Fair week as Clubhouse is closed.       ---June McMains

SOLO'S:   The Solo's will meet on Thursday March 22nd, at 5:00 PM at the Left Coast Seafood.   Sign up sheet is in Clubhouse.   Please wear your nametag.       ---Mary Jane Christopherson  486-1739

KGC CARD PLAYERS:   You can have fun and help a good cause by attending "Deal Me In for Literacy", a card and game party at Aston Gardens on Thursday, March 22, 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Aston Gardens, 2 block south of E. Venice Ave. on Pinebrook Rd.   The cost is $7 per person with advance reservations or $8 at the door.   There will be lots of door prizes and refreshments.   This event will benefit Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County.   This non-profit organization helps adults increase their English literacy skills (speaking, reading, and writing English).   Ann Kellum and I are volunteer tutors.   Please call me at 412-0107 for table or individual reservations.       Thanks,  Sandy McIntyre

OHIO CLUB.....PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE....COCKTAIL PARTY WILL BE FROM 4:00 to 6:00 PM IN CLUBHOUSE ON FRIDAY MARCH 23, 2007.   All Ohio residents are welcome.   Get to know the Ohioans in the Club and share your friendship.   Please bring a hors d'oeuvre to share and your own drinks.   Wear name tags.   Please sign up on sheet in back. Any questions please contact Mary Lou at 484-6807.

PATIO PARTY:   Last Patio Party of the Season.   Mark your calendar Sunday afternoon March 25th at 2:00 PM.   Good dancing & listening music by "Sax on the Beach".   Come one - come all and have a great time.   Bring your own drinks.       ---Loretta Brian

BOOK CLUB:   "Marley & Me:  Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog" by John Grogan will be discussed at our next meeting on Monday, March 26, at 1:00 PM in the Book & Game Room.   This true story is a funny, touching tribute to a yellow Labrador Retriever who was as loyal and loving as he was disobedient.  Dog lovers can't miss this hilarious, heartwarming story of a family and a family pet.  Everyone is welcome!       ---Sandy McIntyre

SPORTS NIGHT / DINNER DANCE:   You are invited to attend the Sports Night / Dinner Dance, being held on March 29th in the Clubhouse.   Social at 5:00 PM Dining at 6:00 PM.   Menu will be Cordon Blue, Salad and Desert.   BYOB.   Tickets on sale $12.00 each.   Any questions call Jerry Becker, Chairperson, 412-0879

Congratulations to 2 Week Singles Championship
      Lou Herbert - 1226
      Fred Carbone - 1220
      Jim Purkey - 1194
      Skeet Kast - 1207
      Mary Carpenter - 1204
      Arlene Herbert - 1187
      Kerrie Morawa - 1187
      Carole Gualdoni - 1187

SENIOR HEALTH TALK:   Last Wednesday a good-sized group attended this talk which was presented by Erene Romanski, DC.  Dr Romanski's presentation was both interesting and informative.   More programs of this type could be useful to our members.   Thanks to Gigi Conway for arranging this program.  

TENNIS FUNDAY EXHIBITION:   Last Saturday morning was a beautiful day for the Tennis Exhibition.   Over 30 players were involved in this exhibition.   Food was served, too.   MANY PEOPLE helped to make this a very pleasant day for those who attended.   Thanks to ALL of you.

ORCHIDS:   To Chuck and Jan Collins for agreeing to Chair the Spring Dance!

MAILBOX PARTY:   What a wonderful party last Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to celebrate our new mailboxes.   Father Steve gave the blessing and Ron Carpenter played delightful dinner music.   A wonderful dinner was served.   Board President Tom Patricca spoke to the large group in attendance.   It was so nice to see our Manager, Charles, and his lovely wife, Kendall, at the party.  Mary Lou and Don Richmond say, "Thanks to EVERYONE who worked, help support the project, and are paying for the new mailboxes.   Really everyone is involved and we thank everyone."   There were so many who helped that it is impossible to list everyone's name.   However, we give a special thank you to Mary Lou and Don Richmond.   By the way, 236 people were served dinner - what a great turnout!

ACCORDIONIST EXTRAORDINARY:   VINCE CAUDY.   Vince was born in St. Johns, MI, and grew up on a small farm out in the country.   He went to grade and high school in St. Johns, and then went to General Motors Institute in Flint, MI, where he majored in mechanical engineering.   He worked 41 years in the automotive and trucking industry of the U.S. and Canada, and retired with the title Director of Quality Control and Warranty.

Vince enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 (on his 17th birthday) and six weeks later the war ended.   He spent six years in service.   He received two honorable discharges - from World War II and the Korean War.   He was married in 1950 and his wife passed away in 1990.   He has two daughters, four granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters.   Vince met Gloria Whisonant in 1997 in Venice, FL, at Florida Pines Park in South Venice.   Gloria is his constant companion. They purchased their home here at 285 Ave. of Queens in December, 1999.   Vince says he has been playing the accordion since he was 7 years old, never took a lesson, and plays all by ear.   He says he greatly enjoys this hobby.   One of his first purchases after getting out of the Navy was a new accordion.   We are all fortunate that he enjoys this hobby as he has entertained here at the Club numerous times - much to our delight.

Vince is a proud veteran and belongs now to the American Legion Club in Venice.   He is a 60-year member of the Legion and will be Guest of Honor at a dinner soon. He also belongs to the S.W. Florida American Czech Club and is Treasurer of this group, which meets once a month.

Vince served on the KGC Round Table for four years - two as Vice Chairman and two as Chairman (he just finished his term of office in February). He is Chairman of the Veterans Club for Kings Gate Club and Kings Gate Park - together they have over 200 veterans who belong to this group. He has worked on many Potluck Dinners, and he and Gloria chaired the Veterans Day Dinner in 2006.   He also was a member of the Kings Gate Realty Board for a few years, retiring just recently.   He has assisted in the maintenance of the purple martin houses on the common grounds.   This year he is Entertainment Chairman for the Fair, as he has been for the past several years.

Vince says there were 10 children in his family.   He is No. 9 in a family of 10.   His Mother lived to be 99 years of age, and his Father to the age of 93.   His oldest living sister is now 90, and this is the oldest age any sibling has attained.

Vince and Gloria plan to sell their home here at the Club and move to the North Port area, where they have family who have moved here recently.   We'll all be sorry to see the two of you move, but we appreciate all you have done for the Club in the years you have lived here.   Good luck to you both!

THOUGHTS:   Remember, it's only a week until our Annual Fair, which is our big moneymaker for the year.   Many people have worked hard to make plans so it will be successful.   If you haven't yet signed up to help, do so today.   You will be a help - and it's a great way to make new friends.    ---SJB

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