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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
, Editor
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Vol. XX, No. 43 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida November 3, 2007

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS:   Reminder to turn your clocks back one hour before you retire this evening.

CLUB HOUSE CLOSED:   The Clubhouse will be closed Monday the 5th for set-up and Tuesday the 6th for the General Election.   Remember to vote on Tuesday.

NAME TAGS:   Because of many new people - and our memories - it is a MUST to wear our name tags to ALL Club social functions and activities.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE:   The deadline for placing articles in the current week News is Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

ANNUAL MEETING PACKAGES:   On Saturday November 10, 2007, PLEASE pick up both your First Notice of Annual Meeting Packages for the BOD and RTC during coffee hour.   Those not picked up will be mailed on Monday morning.       Thank you, KGC Office

HEALTHLINE:   Jim Hyde, 40 King Arthur Dr. underwent extensive lung surgery on Tuesday October 30th in Rochester N.Y.   He is very slowly improving in the ICU.   Recuperation is going to be a very long time.   Please keep him in your prayers.
Sal Franco, 114 Castle Dr. was admitted to Healthcare South in Sarasota.   Your prayers are most appreciated.
Rita Orzechowski, 163 Duchess Ave. under went surgery for an abdominal aneurysm on Monday October 29th at Venice Regional Medical Center.   She is now home and is doing very well.   Your cards and prayers are welcome.

CONDOLENCES:   Tom Dowling, 196 Castle Dr. passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2007.   A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at St. Mary Mother of God R.C. Church.   He is buried in the St. Mary Cemetery, Freeport, PA.   In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia, in memory of Tomas F. Dowling, 134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023.   Betty and her family wish to thank all the wonderful friends at King's Gate for their outpouring or cards, prayers and comforting expressions of sympathy.   Betty's home address is:   153 Portland Dr., Natrona Heights, PA 15065  

THANK YOU:   To All My Friends at KGC:   What a wonderful party you gave me.   It gave me a very warm feeling to see so many of my friends gathered to wish me luck in my move to "Village On The Isle".   Thank you, Loretta and all your committee for all the work you did.   The ice cream social was a very good idea as I truly did enjoy doing them during the summer months.   Shirley did her usual excellent job.   Thank you Fr. Steve for your blessing and thanks to Ron for his song "The Lighthouse".   The purse of money was a huge surprise!   Thank you all my friends.   Raymond and I have had 24 good years here at KGC.   It has been a wonderful place for us and folks like you made it possible.   I will miss you one and all, but I promise to return for a visit.   I also expect you to drop in for a visit with me.   Please give me a call.       Lois Dievendorf  486-5022

GUIDE DOGS:   KGC-KING and Lorraine are here today to visit.   This is the first appearance of King since last Spring.   King and other Guide Dogs in training will be here on December 8th for the Annual Christmas "Special Needs" collection.   Pickup your list of needed supplies starting today.   Don't forget, your donations of linens and towels are another way to show you care.   Your support of the Guide Dog committee is greatly appreciated.       ---Jackie and Nip Barker  -  485-9308

NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE:   Our sincere thanks to Lorraine and Ben Quirion who have agreed to chair this year's dance.   They have previously chaired several New Year's Dances, so we know this will be a super evening!

ENTERTAINMENT:   Tickets will be on sale today and next Saturday the 10th for Jon Semmes and the Florida Friends.   Central Florida's Favorite Acoustic Band.   The show will be Wednesday November 14th, 7:30 p.m.   Tickets will be $8.00 per person.   Support our great professional entertainment at the Club.   Guests Welcome.

DONUTS & PASTRIES:   Our Donuts & Pastries costs are rising.   Be considerate of your friends and neighbors and take only one and make sure you make a donation to defray costs.   When you cut a donut in half take the other half home with you.   Others do not want to eat a half donut that is left over.

KGC CHORUS will start on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Any questions call Eleanor 485-9714

BOWLING:   Bowlers are needed.   If you would like to bowl call Don Fisher 485-0770 or Ben Quirion 484-3134.

TENNIS:   The KGC Tennis Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Friday November 9th in the Books and Games Room.  All who are interested in tennis are invited.       ---Dick May

REQUEST:   Would the person, who borrowed the 10' stepladder, please return it to the Clubhouse.       ---KGC Manager

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING:   The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has scheduled a public information meeting for the widening of Interstate 75 from north of River Road to north of S. R. 681.   The proposed improvements will provide an additional lane in each direction and add turn lanes on River Road, Laurel Road and Jacaranda Blvd.   The project also includes shifting the I-75 southbound into the median between Laurel Road and S. R. 681 to accommodate the extension of Honore Ave. north to Laurel Road.
The public information meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the Venice Community Center, 326 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice Florida from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

ATTENTION VETERANS and spouses.   We will have a Question and Answers Meeting on Monday November 19th 10:00 a.m. in the Clubhouse.   Make notes of any concerns and bring them to the meeting.   Two Veterans Reps. will be there.   Put this on your calendar please.       ---Vince Caudy, Vets Chairman

HORSE RACE - PIZZA PARTY:   Tickets for the Horse Race - Pizza Party will go on sale on Saturday November 3rd and November 10th for the party which will be on November 17th.   .00 per person.   BYOB and Bring Quarters.       ---Bud and Mary Porzio

PATIO PARTY:   November 18th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Come one - Come All and enjoy an afternoon with "Sax on the Beach".   Refreshments will be served and bring your own drinks.   Questions call Ellie   486-1749

SAFETY PATROL:   Art and Rae Burmaster, 222 Princess Ave. are your Safety Co-Chairman and are readily available to assist anyone needing help or have questions when they are out on patrol.   New residents or our other residents wishing to sign-up and are unsure what to do give them a call at 412-9224.   It is everyone's responsibility to make sure KGC is a safe place to live.   Everyone should take their turn to sign-up.   No excuses for not signing up.   There should not be any blank nights on the calendar.   In the very near future we will have a class on Safety Patrol.   There will be a sign-up sheet in the Clubhouse.

VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED:   The Sarasota County Health & Human Services is seeking volunteers to be trained and serve if needed in time of a disaster or severe storm.   The agency is looking for persons who are needed during these periods clerical, medical treating, drivers, etc.   Should you be interested we have application forms on the clubhouse bulletin boards for you to fill out and return as directed.       ---Questions: contact George Agricola 488-8520

VIDEO LIBRARY:   In our Video Room people have been dropping off old VCR tapes.   Quite a few are old movies and in the past I have just donated them to our Fair.   However, this week someone dropped off five.   They are Tai Chi for Seniors - Power Ride - Tauck Tours Hawaii - The Bay of Islands (New Zealand) Beyond The Canadian Rockies.
Before I donate them to the Fair I am going to put them in the Video Room.   I will put a card inside the tape and if someone wants to take it out and look them over you do not have to sign them in and out.   Just put your name on the card so we can see if anyone is interested in watching them.   If no interest, then they will be given to the Fair.       ---Jean Ickes

LIBRARY:   A big thanks to the library workers over the summer - Sandy Crawford, Jackie Barker, Louise Eichenlaub and Eleanor Barth.
Come and meet some of the library staff and tour the library on November 10th directly after the Round Table Meeting.   Do we have the title you want in our library?   Where is the mystery section located?   What titles do we have on audio books?   All these questions and more answered at the Open House from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   An added bonus - books on sale at 25 cents each, for that one hour only.       ---B. Tompkins

HALLOWEEN DANCE:   The McIntyres hope everyone who attended the dance had a great time.   88 tickets were sold.   They ask that their thanks be extended to Committee members Leota Kelsey, Ellie Lambiotte, Lois and Wally Luther, Betty and Justin Mohr, Joan Potts, and Jessica and Jim Prentice for all their work.   They also thank everyone who helped set up and decorate after the morning meeting.   Winners of the Costume Contest:   1st place - Gloria and Roland Carey, and 2nd place - Lorraine and Ben Quirion.   Door prizes were won by Betty McDonald, Judy Skowron and Jim Purkey.   The photos are now on the Internet... click here to view.   The music was provided by Janis and Frank Cowman, "The Wan-Na-Bes" of Venice.  And, as usual, the finger food was delicious.
          (We want to thank Sandy and Chuck McIntyre and their committee for a fun evening.)

ICE CREAM SOCIAL:   The Ice Cream Social last Sunday afternoon in honor of Lois Dievendorf was a huge success and a real tribute to Lois.   About 175 tickets were sold.   Father Steve gave the blessing and a number of nice remarks about Lois.   Shirley Bethke was M.C.   After ice cream was served, Jean Loveday, Marge Hufford and Lorraine Quirion spoke about their friendship with Lois.   Lois was then presented with a cash gift.   Committee members were Gerry Coleman, Jean Davis, Marge Havey, Alice Hildreth. Dorothy Holden, Ellie Lambiotte, Jean Oakley, Jessica Prentice, Angie Richards, Judy Spears, and Mary Lou Richmond.   A big thank-you to Ron Carpenter who played the keyboard and sang for the enjoyment of all who attended.   And a HUGE THANK-YOU to Loretta Brian, who planned and chaired this event.   We all wish Lois good-luck and happiness as she moves into Venice - she will be missed! Click here to see the photos taken by Chuck McIntyre and posted on the web site by Sandy McIntyre.

KING'S GATE REALTY:   Board members are as follows:   Ruth Ingerick - President, Don Fisher - Vice-President, Melanie Pillar - Secretary, Charlotte Stears - Treasurer, Betty Agricola,  Associate Board Member - Sue Logan, and Liaison to KGC Board of Directors - Dick Lyford.   As Ruth reported last Saturday, both Melanie Pillar and Cheryl Patricca have taken the required exam and passed for their Broker's License.   Judy Skowron passed the required courses to be licensed in Florida as a Real Estate Agent.   Melanie Pillar is now Broker of Record, Cheryl Patricca is Broker Associate, and Judy Skowron is Sales Associate.   Cheryl and Judy will be covering the Real Estate Office daily.   Melanie will fill in as needed, but will also be overseeing special needs as they arise to keep our overall operation current with state mandates.   More about King's Gate Realty next week.

TRAVEL:   The travel desk is open; John and Sandy Eade are collecting for Thanksgiving Holly Jolly Christmas, need names on the wait list, November 22, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.   They are collecting for Radio City Rockettes, check must be made out to Happy Heart Tours $126.00 per person with menu choice:   London Broil, Chicken Marsala or Salmon with Dill sauce.
      Please sign up for Hard Rock Casino:   1st bus sold out, working on 2nd bus, $25.00 to Kings Gate Club Travel, $25.00 in free play and $5.00 in food coupon, Thursday November 29, 2007.
      All other trips are sold out but if you want to be on any wait list sign up with Sandy and I will see what I can do on our return.   Tee shirts are going well; see Don and Ellie at the travel desk:   At this time they are ONLY for the people on the Panama Canal cruise.       Thank you Travel Committee.

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   RICHARD (DICK) PHILLIPS.   Today we start interviewing our residents again, and we start this season with Dick Phillips.   Dick and his wife, Marilyn, purchased their home at 209 Squire Court in KGC in March, 1987, and moved here full time in November, 1990.
      Dick was born in South Bend, Ind., and grew up there.   He graduated from Purdue University where he majored in Civil Engineering.   He worked mainly for three different cities and later for consulting firms.   He was briefly City Manager and City Engineer at Marysville, Mich.
      Dick and Marilyn were married October 23, 1948, in South Bend.   They spent part of their married life in Alma, Mich. and 26 years in Marysville, Mich.   They have three daughters, three granddaughters (one of whom is an ordained Minister in the Unitarian Church) and two grandsons. Dick has been busy at KGC.   At different times, he has been President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors.   He has also been Chair and Past Chair of the Round Table.   He was Fair Chairman for two years in a row and says he thoroughly enjoyed it - and he commented on the many willing workers.   He states that all of the activities he has participated in have been good experiences.
      For three years in a row, he conducted KGC 101 classes.   He said these were seminars to learn about the rules and statutes under which King's Gate Club exists.   He also said he would be willing to conduct KGC 101 classes again if there is a demand for it.
      Dick and George Crobaugh were very involved in getting the patio by the Clubhouse.   This was first stymied by the 2/3 Rule and when this rule was changed to a simple majority, the vote in favor of the patio passed.   (And, the patio has proved to be an outstanding addition to our Club - interviewer's comment).
      Dick says he feels the "crown jewel" of the Club is the swimming pool and the area around it.   When asked what he particularly likes about the Club, he immediately answered the friendliness of the residents, the activities generated.   And the reasonableness in dollars to live here.   He feels it is beneficial to include people in all aspects of the Club and get more people to be active.   When there is more participation, more people will volunteer to help.
We are happy to have Dick and Marilyn Phillips as residents of the Club, and we all appreciate the work they have done for the Club!

THOUGHTS:   It is just great to be back at KGC.   This has been a sad summer as we have lost a number of residents to death.   Now Lois Dievendorf and Mary Jane Christopherson have moved into Venice.   We have prayed for those who are grieving and for those who are ill - and we will continue to do so.   And, as life goes on, let us enjoy every minute we are privileged to be here.       ---SJB

Indiana Leaves

An Autumn Day

Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!

      Golden Leaves from Blanche Madden in Indiana

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