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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
Sandy McIntyre
Dee Hicks
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Vol. XX, No. 45 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida November 17, 2007

HEALTHLINE:   Alice Cowden, 31 Castle Drive, is very ill and Hospice is in the home.   Prayers and cards are appreciated.   Please no visitors at this time.
Pete Havey, 294 Ave. of Kings has been moved to Harbor Chase, 950 Pinebrook Road, Venice FL 34285.   Your visits are most welcome.
Art Burmaster, 222 Princess Ave. had surgery at Tampa General Hospital on Wednesday.   Prayers and cards are welcomed.       ---Rae Burmaster, Healthline

THANK YOU:   A big thank you to all my friends and neighbors for the many get well wishes and good food.   I especially want to thank you for all the prayers.   They surely helped a lot.   I'm feeling much better now, and I hope to be back to my old self real soon.       Rita Orzechowski

THANK YOU:   The family of Geraldine (Gerry) Crobaugh wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone for your generous contribution of food, the many cards and sympathy shown.   We were happy to have so many of you share the funeral mass with the family.   It was also special to share with you, before the mass, the CD of Gerry and granddaughter Jennifer Ritsema singing at a family wedding.   Thanks again King Gaters.       George Crobaugh

PATIO PARTY:   Sunday the 18th, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   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

ATTENTION VETERANS and spouses.   We will have a Question and Answers Meeting on Monday November 19th 10:00 am, 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


Bowler High Game   High Series
Tom Patricca 225 546
Bill Thurston 182 505
Mary Lyford 185 472
Judy Skowron - 457

Please complete your score sheets.   New bowlers needed.       ---Don Fisher

LADIES GOLF:   Any lady golfers interested in playing 9 holes of golf at Calusa Lakes on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 pm, sign up on the sheet in the Clubhouse by Sunday noon.   For further information call Nancy Breitwieser or Sue Simmons.

MONDAY MIXED NINE HOLE GOLF GROUP:   This is golf for all who have never played or who just want to try it again.   It's a scramble, which means your bad shots don't count.   Sign up at Clubhouse by noon on Sundays.   Tee time around 2:00 pm at Calusa.   Cost $21.00 per person.   Social hour on patio after golf, BYO drinks and snacks.       ---Dick Madden 480-1514

SOLO'S:   The Solo's group will meet at 5:00 pm, on Thursday the 29th of November at Robbie's Reef located on Highway 41 south of and on the opposite side of the highway from the Brickyard.   Sign up sheet in Clubhouse.   Wear your name tags.       ---Mary Jane Christopherson  486-5417

NO SMOKING AREA:   Please do not smoke on the pool deck.   Smoking is permitted on the Club House patio.   Thank you, The Board of Directors.

STAINED GLASS CLASS:   There will be a class starting Tuesday, December 4th at 2:15 pm.   The project is making a jewelry box.   Everyone will be using the same box design.   The cost is $7.50 to cover bevels, chain and a hinge.   You will provide your own glass.   More info provided before class begins.   Sign up sheet is on the Clubhouse bulletin board and class is limited to ten people.   Prior glass experience is necessary.       ---Questions call Jessica @488-5267

BOOK CLUB:   We're meeting on Monday, November 19, instead of the last Monday of the month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  At 1:00 pm in the Book and Game Room, Eleanor Barth will present "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.   This classic novel was published in 1813.   The main subject in the novel is stated in the first sentence:  "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."   There have been numerous movie and television adaptations of the story.   This book was Sarasota County Libraries' annual selection for their One Book One Community program in which they encourage schools, book clubs, and individuals to all read the same book.   All are welcome.....even if you haven't read the book.       ---Sandy McIntyre

NEW OWNERS:   Welcome to Anthony and Ann Cownley, who have purchased 263 Camelot Drive.   They are from Burlington, Ontario.   They are long-time friends of the Holdways, have visited them here several times and decided to purchase a home.   We wish them many happy years at KGC!

MUSIC APPRECIATION:   Thanks to Alan and Rosemary Holdway for a delightful evening of music (with time out for snacks) at the Clubhouse last Friday evening.   Watch for the date of the next program and plan to attend - you'll enjoy it.

GREETING CARDS:   Please save and put your used greeting cards in the box in the Clubhouse closet outside the Video room.   They are recycled and sold in the gift shop at Village on the Isle Retirement Center.   If you have any questions call Jeanne Winget 485-3121.

OHIO CLUB:   Monday December 3rd, 2007, 1:00 pm, at Saltwater Cafe, order off menu, happy hour all day.   Join your fellow Ohioans and we will wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season.   Wear Name Tags.   Sign up sheet on bulletin board.   Any ?? call Mary Lou and Don Richmond 484-6807

NY - NJ BREAKFAST:   First outing of the season for the NY - NJ  KGC'ers.   The breakfast on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 9:00 am, will be held at Millie's on Clark Road, Sarasota.   Car pool if you can and wear name tags.   Please sign up in the Clubhouse.   Any questions call Barth's 485-9714.

FORMER RESIDENT NEWS:   Mary "Ginny" Henry age 92 formerly of 211 Castle Drive passed away November 1, 2007 in Lexington KY.   Ginny and her late husband, John, lived at Kings Gate Club for many years. Ginny enjoyed needlepoint and ceramics. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington KY 40504

ROUND TABLE NEWS ITEMS:   Residents' letters to the RTC requesting new activities, events, procurement of replacement equipment, etc. must be received by the last Saturday of each month in order for them to be read at the following month's RT Business Meeting (1st Saturday each month). This gives the members of the RTC a chance to review them before the Business Meeting.

THE RTC has reviewed and modified The Round Table Guidelines. A modified copy is posted for your information. The Guidelines will be presented to KGC Board of Directors for approval.

THE ANNUAL RT CALENDAR OF EVENTS SCHEDULE is posted for your review even though it may not be complete, i.e. we have some events needing chairpersons.   If you can chair please advise Jim Purkey.

TRAVEL:   HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE, WE HAVE ONE TICKET STILL AVAILABLE FOR BROADWAY PALM, SEE ME TODAY IF POSSIBLE.   Bus will load approximately 4:00 pm and leave by 4:15 pm....come hungry, nice buffet, Thursday November 22nd.   Put your name on your ticket as we may have some door prizes.

      Hard Rock Casino, only 1 bus must be paid up now, $25.00 November 29th, 2007 Kings Gate Club Travel.    
      I have one ticket for the Rockettes available on December 14th, 2007 must see me today.  We have 4 people on the wait list in case anyone has to cancel at the last minute.  If you have to cancel please check with travel as these people on wait list have 1st choice.  Thank you.
      Jersey Boys has 2 buses, 1st bus on March 1st, 2008 and 2nd bus on March 8th, 2008, the lists are at the travel desk.  If you have changed your mind you must let me know now.  Due to the holidays and the upcoming cruise, payments would be appreciated.  $156.00 per person includes round trip transportation, your meal, all taxes and gratuities, bus driver and escort.  Choice of meals, Prime Rib of Beef, Salmon with lemon dill sauce or chicken saltabucca (this is topped with prosciutto ham, and provolone cheese & demi- glaze).
      Guys and Dolls Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, February 10, 2008, Sunday Matinee $60.00.
      This is a busy time for everyone during the holidays we try to book as much as possible to please everyone, and you make our job a little easier if these payments are in.  Thanking you in advance.   Any questions see Don or Mary Lou Travel Coordinators or call 484-6807.   John and Sandy Eade Travel Committee 484-4440.

A RESIDENT REMINISCES:   FATHER STEVE McCARREN.   This week we interviewed Father Steve McCarren.   Father Steve rented here starting November 1, 1997, and then purchased 307 Ave. of Dukes in February, 2000.
      Steve was born near Kittanning PA, about 30 miles from Pittsburgh.   He had one older brother and has two sisters (his sister and brother-in-law, Pat and John Sellner, live at the Club).   He said he grew up in the Depression years and started school in a one-room school in Rose Bush MI, where his Dad was drilling oil wells.   The family moved back to Pennsylvania and he went to a one-room school there through the second grade.   Then he went to Parochial school in Kittanning.   He said he knew from the 4th or 5th grade that he wanted to be a Priest.   Then he went to Minor Seminary which is run by the Capuchin Franciscan Order, and spent four years of high school and two years of college there.   He made the decision to be a diocesan priest and was sent to St. Vincent College/Seminary in Latrobe PA, where he took philosophy and started theology.   His new bishop then sent him to complete his studies at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia.  He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Greensburg in June, 1955.   His first parish was in Uniontown PA, where he served as Assistant Pastor for three years.
      He received his first pastorate in 1964 and was sent to reopen a parish which had been closed in the depression era in the small coal-mining village of Melcroft PA, and then to build a new parish plant in the foothills of the Laurel Mountains at Donegal PA, near Seven Springs Ski Resort.   It was there he met Gerald Ford one day as they shared a seat on the ski lift.
      In 1971, the bishop sent him to complete a building program in Delmont PA, (a bedroom city community of Pittsburgh).   It was a wonderful experience he says - every family had a mortgage, and lots and lots of kids.   They were beautiful hard-working people.  He stayed four years at this parish.
      Then the bishop called in 1975 and said go back to St. John's in Uniontown.   There 20-23 years later, he was marrying the people he had baptized as babies.   This time, as pastor, he was responsible for turning a parish mission into a new parish and for erecting a new parish plant overlooking the Ft. Necessity National Battleground, the scene of Washington's only defeat.
      In 1983, he took a year's sabbatical and returned to study at Catholic University and Washington Theological Union (a consortium of seminaries) in Washington DC.   While there he finished a course in Clinical Pastoral Education at Washington Hospital Center.   Toward the end of that year, he was asked to cover Masses for one weekend at the V.A. Medical Center in Martinsburgh WV.   That weekend turned into a stay of 13 years, during which he served as Catholic Chaplain, and then Chief of Chaplains.   During a period of semi-retirement, he served as interim chaplain at Walter Reed Medical Center.   He was named a Monsignor in 1992.
      He retired permanently in 1997, and started in Bar Harbor ME, to see the United States for four months by automobile.   He said he went across the U.S.
      I asked Father Steve what he particularly likes about living in the Club.   He immediately said the people, the activities and the loving attitude in the community.   He stated one of the blessings we all enjoy and need to be thankful for is living at King's Gate Club.
      With the permission of the Bishop of Venice, Father Steve says Mass at his home weekly on Sunday for our residents who are ill (and their caregivers) who could not otherwise attend church.   Father Steve has also conducted Memorial Services at our Clubhouse for Protestants.   He is also willing to give the prayers at our dinners, etc.
      We are very fortunate to have Father Steve McCarren (the Padre) as a resident of King's Gate Club, and we wish him many more happy, healthy years here!

THOUGHTS:   It is almost Thanksgiving and I started thinking of all the things for which we can all be thankful.   First, we are fortunate to be living at King's Gate Club, our "little bit of paradise."   Then we can be thankful for our dedicated Board of Directors and Round Table Committee, and the many residents who help to see that our activities flourish.   Then we can also be thankful for our paid staff who help to keep our Club running so efficiently.   We all have many other things for which we are thankful, but the above relates to each and every one of us.   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  ---SJB

TO ALL !!!!

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