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Vol. XX, No. 47 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida December 1, 2007

KGC BOARD MEETING:   President Tom Patricca has called a workshop meeting for the King's Gate Club Board for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2007 in the Clubhouse.  The purpose of the meeting is to form questions and issues to discuss with representatives of Sarasota County regarding the sale of the 8 acre tract at a meeting on December 6, 2007.  The workshop meeting is open to the community.

CONDOLENCES:   Our sincerest sympathy to the family of Jim Hyde, 40 King Arthur Dr. who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 26, 2007 in Rochester NY.   He leaves his devoted wife Arlene of 43 years, his two sons, James and John and a brother George.   He had been a resident of KGC for many years.   Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman and a great golfer.   Jim loved to play golf at KGC with his golfing KGC family.   Jim could be seen out riding his bike early in the morning making sure KGC was safe.   He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help.   Services were held in Rochester N.Y.   Memorials may be sent to The Arthritis Foundation, 3300 Monroe Ave. Rochester NY.14618.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:   Mark your calendar, set your alarm if necessary for next Friday, December 7, 2007 and plan to come to the Clubhouse for the Pancake Breakfast.   We start at 7:30 a.m. and serve till 9:00 a.m.   As always, if you have guests, they are welcome.

CHANNEL 33:   On December 7th and until further notice please deliver all items for Channel 33 to Dee Hicks as Barb Amatrudo will be north visiting family for the holidays.   I can be reached at 485-2482, hicks@kgc.cc or 45 King Arthur Dr.       Thank you.   Dee Hicks

LADIES HOLIDAY LUNCHEON:   Our annual "Toys for Tots" luncheon will be Thursday December 13th at 11:30 a.m. at the Venetian Golf & River Club.   Bring a new, unwrapped toy to brighten a child's holiday.   Menu choices are: soup of the day with a cold salad of grilled chicken, cranberries and pecans OR hot salmon with rice and vegetable.   Both include rolls & butter, coffee & iced tea and peppermint ice cream dessert.   Tickets are $20.00 and will be on sale November 24th, December 1st and December 8th.   Contact Connie Wall, 488-7321 or Joan Potts, 484-2027 for information or to drop off a toy if you cannot attend.

GOLF CART PARADE:   If you own a golf cart, sign up now to participate in the Golf Cart Parade on Wednesday, December 19th.   The decorated carts are so nice to see, and it is a fun evening.   Any questions, call Fred Lewis at 484-4657.

GUIDE DOGS:   Annual Christmas Collection of "Needed Items" for Kennels at SEGD will be Saturday, December 8th at "Coffee".   Please bring your items just like at Food Pantry, same place.   Your last time to visit with KGC-King as he will be going back to the kennel in January for six months added training before being assigned to his Life Partner.   But - "Bad News - Good News ", the name Duchess has been traded for the name Baron.   On October 31st Baron was born, he is another male Vizsla - (Halloween - no kiddin' - mother's name is Boo!). Lorraine will give back Kgc-King about mid January and pickup Kgc-Baron about February 1st.  Duchess will be moved in line to next year.   Pickup a list of "Needed Items" at the newsletter table on Saturday mornings, or near the bulletin board on weekdays.   Your always generous SUPPORT is appreciated.       ---Jackie and Nip Barker - 485-9308

STAINED GLASS:   The jewelry box class will be on Tuesday, December 4th at 2:15 p.m.   For this one day, only jewelry box class participants please at this time.   Beginning Tuesday, December 11th, everyone is welcome during this Tuesday time slot to work on individual projects.       ---Jessica Prentice - 488-5267

NORTH JETTY PICNIC:   WHERE: North Jetty.   WHEN: Thursday December 6th.   TIME:  Social hour 4:00 -5:00 p.m.   Dinner at 5:00 p.m.   December Jetty Picnic a good kick-off for the holidays.   Please bring table setting and your favorite dish to feed ten.       ---Claire Becker

NEW YEARS EVE AT KGC:   Celebrate the New Year with Fun and your KGC Friends!   Monday, December 31st, 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.   Music by: The Kool Katz.   Tickets: $20.00 per person.   Bring: BYOB and one hors d'oeuvre per household.   Champaign & set-ups provided.   Tickets on sale beginning Saturday November 24th.   Questions ??? call Lorraine and Ben  484-3134.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE:   We want to thank everyone who helped set up, sell or clean up for the Christmas Boutique which was held on Saturday November 17th.  We can't mention you by name, because you were too numerous, and we don't want to miss anyone, but we couldn't have done it without your help.  The sale was a huge success.       ---Angie Richards and Fran Yaros

OHIO CLUB:   Monday December 3, 2007, 1:00 p.m., 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

NEW ENGLAND BREAKFAST:   Our first get together will be Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 8:30 a.m. at Dimitri's Country Oven Buffet on US 41 Bypass N. in Venice (just down the road).   We look forward to seeing our new New England friends, renters, guests as well as our long time residents.   Sign up on sheet in the Clubhouse.   Please wear your nametags.   Any questions call Gene and Mickey - 488-8281

NY - NJ BREAKFAST:   First outing of the season for the NY - NJ  KGC'ers.   The breakfast on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 9:00 a.m., 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.

KUDOS:   Thank you Mary Lou Richmond for all the hard work you do for the Club.   In particular being Chair of the Travel Group.   The following is an e-mail that was sent to Mary Lou from the Bus Operations Supervisor:

I received your manifest.  It's perfect as always.  I think you should conduct classes on how to be 'a very organized & efficient group leader'.  We haven't moved yet.  The projected date is Dec 20.  We'll let you know before it actually happens.  The new restaurant, The Fresh Harvest, is absolutely fabulous.  You and Don will really enjoy it and with the 55 people you'll receive 2 Fresh Harvest vouchers.  The restaurant is upstairs in our new section.  It's just gorgeous here, especially since all the holiday decorations are up.  See you Thursday
Peggy Wilson
Bus Operations Supervisor

CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT show will be Wednesday December 12th, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.   Diva and the Italian Guy will be performing their special Christmas Show, adding songs of the season with a smile to their blockbuster songs by incredible Marcy and Buddy's hilarious stories and fractured versions of songs.   A guaranteed good time!!   Tickets on sale Saturday December 1st and 8th.  $9.00 per person.   Also sold at the door if available.       ---Pat and Mike Cavalier  484-9271

LIBRARY:   Several new items have been donated to the library this past week.   Alice Sebold's new book The Almost Moon (the author of The Lovely Bones) and Randy Wayne White's new mystery Dark Light are in the NEW BOOK section under the clock.   For new audio books Comanche Moon by Larry McMurty, A Bend in the Road by Nicolas Sparks, Prizes by Erich Segal, and Till We Meet Again by Judith Krantz also await your perusal.       Please remember to return those books taken out last year.   We still have titles out from January and the spring of 2007 and even some from 2006!   Check your book shelves to see if you have any library gems tucked away.       ---Barb Tompkins

RETURNING RENTERS:   Welcome back to George and Patty Ray, who are at 331 Camelot Drive for the winter.   Phone 485-6904. The Rays are from Ohio and are former owners at KGC.  Enjoy your stay with us!

SWIMMING POOL CLOSING:   The pool was closed Monday morning November 26th for repair to a broken water line.   The pool leak is in the piping under the pool, which requires the pool to be drained.   The pool will remain closed for several more days.   If you use the pool at King's Gate Park, please take your name tag so their residents will know you are from KGC.   Please observe their rules.       Thanks,  Charles, Mgr  

REGATTA SEASON is upon us for 2007-2008.   The first regatta is on Sunday December 9th at the Pool, 1:30 p.m.   From the committee, check out your boat, clean off the dust, charge the batteries, and make sure it floats. New water currents (currently under construction), and course difficulties to meet your skills.   We anticipate strong and boisterous crowds to attend this season.   All are invited to come and enjoy a fun and relaxing Sunday afternoon "at the pool".   Remember to ask SANTA for a "BOAT TO COMPETE" at the pool!!!!!   The perfect gift!       --- Commodore Jerry Becker

TRAVEL:   Jersey Boys has 2 buses.   1st bus on March 1, 2008.   We have about 5 open seats, 2nd Bus is on March 8, 2008, wait listed.   $156.00 each, your transportation, a wonderful meal at the Rusty Pelican, and your show tickets, all taxes and gratuities and bus driver are included.   Make checks payable to HAPPY HEART TOURS.   We need your menu choice:  Prime Rib of Beef, Chicken saltabucca (this is topped with prosciutto ham, provolone cheese and demi glaze sauce), or Salmon with lemon dill sauce.

Guys and Dolls, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre February 10, 2008, Sunday Matinee $60.00, wait list but we usually can get you on, cancellations come all the time.   Please sign up.

December 14, 2008, Rockettes, Friday.   Leaving about 9:15 a.m. but final times will be posted next week and on Channel 33.   We have a wait list if you have to cancel.   Sandy and John Eade will be hosting this trip.   Any questions call them at 484-4440.       --- Don and Mary Lou Travel coordinators, 484-6807

VIDEO:   Eight new video's have been added:   #227 Love Comes Softly - #228 Love's Enduring Promise - #229 Hairspray - #230 Amazing Grace - #231 Live Free or Die Hard - #232 Die Hard 4.1 - #233 Munich - #234 Miami Vice.   Also a donated video #235 Night at the Museum.       ---Jean Ickes

CPR/AED PROGRAM:   The certification for the following people who were certified in the CPR/AED program has expired.   They must attend a refresher class for the new material and for what they have learned.   The date scheduled is January 26, 2008, a Saturday.   Please keep that date open.   Please e-mail me, Emil DePasquale, at shemdp2@yahoo.com,  to attend a class.
Ruth Ingerich  -  Rich Davis  -   Barbara Tompkins  -  Charles Tompkins  -  Marilyn Phillips  -  John Kureja
Ron Carpenter  -   Dick May  -  Vicky May  -  Mary Jane Shelby  -   Loretta Brian  -  Ellie Lambiotte
Dorothy Holden  -  Betty Ulbright  -  Vic Grisetto  -  Art Grams  -  Judy Auerbach  -  Charles Brady
Mary Brady  -  Charles Clotfelter  -  Lee Childs  -  Louise Eichenlaub

THANKSGIVING DINNER:   The Thanksgiving Dinner held in the Clubhouse served 99 members and three shut-ins.   We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this a successful and enjoyable occasion.   The following folks helped in many ways:  Judy & Ernie Auerbach, George & Betty Agricola, Jan & Chuck Collins, Gigi Conway, Posie Gallaher, Chuck & Judy Leight, Fred Lewis, Chuck & Mary Jane Shelby, Joan & George Vargo, Edna & John Zappala, and all the hostesses at each table.       ---Rosemary & Alan Holdway

(And a BIG thank-you to the Holdways for agreeing to chair this event - there might not have been a dinner at the Clubhouse otherwise.)

DICK BARTLETT:   Dick will be moving to Orlando in the near future.   Next Saturday, December 8th, be sure to come for coffee and goodies - and to wish Dick well in his new venture.   As you all know, Dick has been a resident at KGC for many years.   Dick will be at Coffee on the 8th.

A SINCERE THANK YOU:   Many thanks to all who support the singles we have in the Club.   It is so wonderful we are all cared about and included by you all.   Singles are truly blessed to be a part of the KGC Community.       ---Gigi Conway

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:   The people who worked on the outdoor Christmas decorations are:   Rich Davis, Bob & Ann Curtis, Lou & Arlene Herbert, Jim & Judy Blow, Mike McDonald, Neil Crane, Dick Lyford, John Olson, Rex Ingerick, Loretta Brian, Harry Kiel, and Jerry Robinson.   Rich says he hopes he didn't forget anyone who worked, but that he would like to thank everyone who worked.   And we want to add our thanks - the entrance to the Club and the area around the swimming pool are both just gorgeous.   Talked to Ernie Auerbach about helpers decorating the inside of the clubhouse.   He said so many pitched in to help that it would be impossible to list everyone.   The Clubhouse is lovely, too, and we want to add our thanks to all of you who helped to decorate last Saturday.

BOWLING:
Bill Gilbert bowled a 525 series.

SHUFFLEBOARD STANDINGS……… November 26, 2007

Position   Team   Won Lost Tie
1 7 57.5 32.5
2 6 47.5 42.5
3 2 47 43
4 1 44.5 45.5
5 4 43.5 46.5 *
6 5 43.5 46.5 *
7 3 42 48
8 8 34.5 55.5

Monday December 3 Team #3 makes courts ready.

INTERVIEW FOR THE WEEK:   CHARLES CLOTFELTER, who is General Manager at King's Gate Club.   This week we chose to talk with Charles, our General Manager.   Charles was born in Rome, GA, and grew up there.   He went to Presbyterian College in South Carolina and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.

After college, Charles worked in the real estate business for nine years, and then became a stockbroker with A. G. Edwards for nine years.   He then started his own business - a snack nut business, a special process for making snack peanuts.   It grew to a thirty million dollar business annually selling snack nuts worldwide, including Russia.   He was in that business for over 20 years.   After selling, he came to S.W. Florida to assist a gentleman for one year in starting a business in snack macadamia nuts.   He then went to the Boca Grande Club, on Gasparilla Island - Boca Grande, as Property Manager, where he managed fourteen condominium associations.

Charles and Kendall have been married for fifteen years.   They moved to Punta Gorda in 2000.   Kendall has two daughters and one grandson.   Charles has one son and two grandchildren.   He says they have a nice blended family.   One of Kendall's daughters is pursuing her PhD in Santa Barbara, CA.   Kendall is employed at the AAA Office in Venice.   Charles has two sisters, one in Athens, GA, and the other in Rome, GA.   The Clotfelters have a dog and a cat, and he says the pets are good friends.

I asked Charles what he particularly likes about the Club.   He says the Club is attractive and has a pleasant atmosphere.   He likes the way the volunteers pitch in to work for the good of the Club, and are so unselfish.   He said he respects the ethics of the Board of Directors, and said they work in an up front manner in the interests and for the good of the Club.   He said it is a pleasure to work in that environment.   He also said the people in our community - the Club - are nice to deal with.   He stated that on Kendall's first visit here, she said, "This would be a nice place to live."   He said one of his goals has been to have the common grounds look as nice as the grounds around the homes.
 
Charles has worked for KGC for about 2-1/2 years.   He just recently signed a 5-year contract with us.   It is a pleasure to deal with Charles - he is very knowledgeable, has a pleasant manner and is nice to everyone.   We're happy to know you'll be with us for some years to come!       ---SJB

THOUGHTS:   As our pool is closed, I think it is great that we have such good relations with the RV Park that we can use their pool.   Remember, too, that the RV Park people support our Pancake Breakfasts and our Evening Entertainment.   And some years ago, our New Year's Eve dances would not have been able to continue without their support.   It is great to have good neighbors!       ---SJB


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