Round Table
Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
News If the line moves quickly, you're in the wrong line.

Vol. XX, No. 30 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida August 4, 2007

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7:00P Pinochle
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Dup. Bridge
7:00P Billiards (L)
7:00P Cribbage
12:30P Ceramics
1:00P Bowling
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
7:00P Poker(L)
7:00P Poker (M)
8:00A Aerobics
8:30A Water Ex
1:00P Scrabble
8:15A Coffee
9:00A RT Mtg

GREETINGS:   Just want to tell you that one of our Saturday tasks is to check out the weekly KGC News on the internet.   It's an enjoyable task and one we look forward to doing.   Only sad when we read about our friends health issues.   Hope to see you all in late September.       Regards to all, Betty and George Agricola

HEALTHLINE:   My apology to Ruth Ingerick, 151 Duchess and to Mary Ellen Elliot, formerly of 151 Duchess.   Ruth had emailed me that Mary Ellen had fallen LAST week (and THAT was May 18, 2007).   Now can you see why I feel so badly?   Do you think some of us could send cards to cheer her up as she recovers--and do put her in your prayers.       Jane Haggerty, Summer-time Health line

NOTICE REGARDING YARD WASTE:   Yard waste put out after 8:00 AM on Friday will not be picked up until the following week.       KGC Management

TRAVEL:   Watch the newsletter, all shows, prices, dates will be announced next week, check your calendars and be sure you're booked.   January Cruise still has room for you, January 16th-26, 2008, Coral Princess.   Journey to the wondrous Panama Canal on board one of the newest ships.   We have posted on the web site the cabins that have been already reserved.   We have 82 traveling with us.   Don't miss the ship.       Don and Mary Lou - Travel Coordinators    484-6807

GET A HEAD START:   Do you have some spare time this summer?   Why not use that time to get started on the books the KGC Book Club will discuss during the 2007-2008 season.   Hope you will join us.       ---Sandy McIntyre
October:     My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Pat Cavalier)
November:     Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Eleanor Barth) (Sarasota County's 2007 "Beyond the Book" selection)
December:     The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (Sandy McIntyre)
January:     Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America by Karenna Gore Schiff (Helen Westbrook)
February:     I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (E.F. Holmes)
March:     Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati (Barb Tompkins)
April:     The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Louise Eichenlaub)   

MINNESOTA BRIDGE CATASTROPHE:   So many of our Kings Gaters have either phoned us or sent e-mails to be sure that we are safe.   From the bottom of our hearts, thanks to such a caring group.   We are fine and so are Fred's son and daughter-in-law who use that bridge frequently about that time of day.   Our hearts ache for the people who were involved in the bridge accident.   Thanks again for your concern.     ---Fred and Shirley Bethke

FORMER RESIDENT NEWS:   Joanie Grubaugh, 7073 Kings Way, Flushing, MI 48433, (formerly 65 King Arthur Dr.) has reported that after three trips to the emergency room for back pain, they decided that surgery was the answer to the pain.   She was at McLaren Hospital in Flint and got very good care. She is home now, and it is rest and recuperation.   Their kids were all there helping her and Jack, and she says she misses you all.   Your prayers and cards would be welcomed.

NEWS ABOUT RESIDENTS AND FORMER RESIDENTS:   Shirley dePasquale writes that she and a friend were the Flower people at their church's 50th Anniversary in June.   Shirley and Emil will celebrate their 50th Anniversary at the end of September so she is busy making plans for that event......
Fred and I went up to Elk River to have lunch and a visit with Gwen Aldridge.   She is planning to return to KGC in October....
I'll have lunch on August 2 with former resident Betty Ruth Raygor, so we'll have chance to catch up on news.       ---Shirley Bethke

KINGS GATE CLUB - THE EARLY YEARS:   We are continuing the report from last week, which was written sometime ago, by John Galaba, former resident of "our little bit of paradise":

The first home in the Club was that of Russ Thomas on Lot 45.   But he didn't have a carpet in the home so he couldn't get an occupancy permit.   The next homes were mine on Lot 63 and then John Bas on Lot 103.   When we found out that John Bas was living in a motel waiting until he could move in, and since we were going on a cruise and would be unable to move in, we asked Mr. Morey to finish installation on the Bas home first so they would not have too much motel expense.   If my memory is correct, they were the first ones to live in the Club, around the first week of April 1979.   I was the second on April 7.   This is as near as I can remember what happened so many years ago.

In October of 1979, Mr. Morey asked everybody who was then living in the Park to a meeting in the clubhouse to show his appreciation for the people who had purchased homes.   He set up a little feast with plenty of wine.   There were about fifty owners present.  He gave a little speech of appreciation and then announced that it was about time that we organized an Association and governed ourselves like the present Round Table.   Then surprising everyone including me, he said that he was appointing me as the first President.

The first thing I did was to appoint a committee to draw up some bylaws by which we would operate.   I can't remember who was on that committee, but they did a great job.

I can't remember the exact dates, but somewhere around January, 1980, I called for a meeting in the clubhouse.   The bylaws were approved and they voted me in as the first elected President of the Club.

We had a very active entertainment committee and had lots of shows, mostly put on by a bank.   They were excellent.   But the complaint was that there was no stage, so dance numbers and many other items could not be seen well.   So they appointed me a committee of one to tell Mr. Morey that he should have built a stage and we expected him to install one.   He said that they had already paid more than he planned for the Club and he wasn't going to pay any more.   I finally got him to agree to buy the lumber if we would build the stage.   All those that had carpenter skills turned out and we built the nice stage.  A Sarasota carpet company put in a carpet on it for free as they figured they would get a lot of carpet orders from the many mobile homes coming in.

Some of the entertainers complained that they had no place to change clothes or put on costumes.   So I think it was just about at the end of my term as President that our volunteers built one dressing room.

To be continued next week ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   One year it was so cool in Minnesota that Fred and I flew to Florida for the last week in July and the first week in August to warm up.   This year we can't do it, but wish we could go to Florida to cool off.   I can't remember such a hot, dry summer here since I was a little kid.   We are in the midst of a severe drought and just hope it rains soon.       ---SJB

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