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Shirley Bethke
Mary Carpenter
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Dee Hicks
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Vol. XX, No. 50 King's Gate Club - a 55+ community, Nokomis, Florida December 22, 2007

HEALTHLINE:   Sandy Garver, 92 King Arthur Dr. had knee surgery this past week and is now home recuperating.   Prayers and cards are welcome.       ---Rae Burmaster, Healthline

CHRISTMAS LUMINARIES:   TODAY, December 22nd, we will be filling and delivering the luminaries to each home after the meeting.   Volunteers are needed!   December 24th at dusk put your luminaries on the street and light them.   We will be available to assist.   Merry Christmas, Curt and Linda MacMillan

CHRISTMAS DINNER:   The Christmas Dinner for KGC residents and guests on Christmas Day with the Social beginning at 1:30 p.m. and Dinner served at 2:00 p.m.   ;Any questions call Angie Richards.

MUSIC APPRECIATION:   Tonight, December 22nd, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Join us in the Clubhouse for an Evening of Christmas Music featuring Andre Rieu, Handels Messiah and Libera in Concert Angel Voices.       ---Alan & Rosemary 412-3872

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.   champagne & set-ups provided.   Tickets on sale Saturday mornings.       ---Any questions call - Lorraine and Ben  484-3134  

LINE DANCING:   No line dancing on Thursday December 27th.   Will resume January 3rd.       ---June McMains

FRIDAY COMPUTER CLASS:   Friday 12 noon - 2:00 PM computer class will be touching on the following items:   Review of how to do email, web browsing, adding printers/cameras and other devices to your computer.   How to download and install programs, saving pictures and what ever other topics YOU bring up to cover.   Yes even eBay will be touched upon if you ask.

KUDOS to Judy Skowron, our resident artist.   She was recently honored with an invitation and request by First Lady Laura Bush to attend a reception at the White House for painting an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.   The theme for this year's tree was to coincide with Americas Natural Historical Treasures (National Parks Centennial).   We are happy to have Judy as a resident of King's Gate Club.

LIBRARY:   New Books - Pieces of My Sister's Life by Elizabeth Arnold, The Man from Stone Creek by Linda Miller, The Marriage Game by Fern Michaels, Christmas Wishes by Debbie Macomber, and The Gift by Nora Roberts.       ---Barb Tompkins

THANK YOU:   Judy and I want to thank the Christmas Carolers who came by and sang for us this past week.   Your caroling was really uplifting and made me feel real, real good.       ---Ernie and Judy Auerbach

NEW ENGLAND LUNCHEON:   Calling all New Englanders!!   We will be meeting for lunch on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1021 Discovery Way (off Knights Trail), North Venice.   We look forward to seeing all our New England friends - residents, renters and guests to continue the spirit of the holidays.   Signup on the sheet in the Clubhouse.   Please wear your nametags.       Any questions call Gene & Mickey Fournier  -  488-8281

NY - NJ LUNCHEON:   The NY - NJ luncheon will be at Left Coast Seafood Restaurant on US 41 Bypass at 11:30 a.m. Thursday January 17, 2008.   Signup sheet in the Clubhouse, and please wear your name tags.       Any questions call Barth's 485-9714

ENTERTAINMENT:   LAUGHING WITH THE LEGENDS January 16, at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets on sale Saturday January 5th and 12th.  $10.00.   Relive the Fabulous 50's with "Gurl and Girl" singing, dancing, costumes, comedy skits, red hot piano playing!   Come and have a Blast with the Past!!   Questions: Cavalier or DePasquale.

TRAVEL:   Thanks to everyone that joined Sandy and John on the bus to the Rockettes; heard the lunch and show was great.   A Special Thanks to Sandy and John for hosting this trip.   Our trip from Vienna to Nuremberg on the Danube River was great, the Christmas market places were fantastic, what a great way to travel through Austria and Germany.   We have many lasting memories; but it was COLD!
The Travel Desk will be closed this week and reopen on the 29th of December.   Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday and thank you for traveling with us this past year.       Don and Mary Lou Travel Merry Coordinators and Sandy and John Eade

LADIES' HOLIDAY LUNCHEON:   All the gals who attended the Holiday Luncheon at the Venetian Golf and River Club report they had a wonderful time.   A special thanks to Co-Chairs Connie Wall and Joan Potts.   Those who helped with the luncheon included:   Favors - Judy Blow (also encouragement). Tickets/Posters - Sandy McIntyre, Advertising - Dee Hicks and Barbara Amatrudo, Favors - Judy Spears, Mickey Fournier, Pat Cavalier and Ellie Lambiotte, Program - Melanie Pillar, Eleanor Barth and Gwen Aldridge.   A big thank-you for all the toys and to all those who did not attend the luncheon but still sent toys, almost 100 toys were donated.

GOLF CART PARADE AND PARTY:   Fred and Janet Lewis again chaired this fun event last Wednesday evening.   It was a lovely evening and there was a large turn-out for this event.   There were 15 carts in the parade.   As Fred said, the decorated carts were innovative and one of the best parades we have had.   Prizes were given as follows:   1. Jim and Bev Purkey and family;   2. Linda and Jack Varty and Charlie Fote;   3. Mike McDonald and family.   Irene Bette was the M.C. for the program and led us in singing Christmas carols.   Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (aka Art and Rae) arrived with gifts for the 13 kids who were at the party.   A delicious lunch was then served.   Angie Richards was Chair for the lunch and was assisted by Joy Funk, Mary Jane Rodecki, Lois Luther, Arlene Herbert, Sue Logan, Lucille Anderson, Mickey Fournier, Patty Ray, Marion Gladkowski, Pat Savoie, Leanna Robinson and Rae Burmaster.   Thanks to all the ladies who furnished cookies for this event. And thanks to Charles, KGC manager and the KGC crew for setting up the tables, and everyone who volunteered to clean-up.   If we've missed naming anyone who helped, we do thank you very much!

HOME DECORATIONS:   Prizes were awarded for the best decorated homes in the Club as follows:   1. Art & Dot Grams (be sure to see the cruise ship at their dock);   2. Mary Lou & Leo Caron;   3. Sharon & Bill Kenney.   There are many beautifully decorated homes in the Club, so be sure you drive around to see them.   A special thanks was given to Rich Davis and Bob Curtis and to all who helped them decorate outside around the Club, and to all who decorated their homes.

BOWLING:   Congratulations to PANTHERS, Winners of First Half.

Christmas Cash Event Winners:
Hank Baxter 661
Lou Herbert 653
Bill Fels 641
Mary Carpenter 637
Joan Potts 622
Linda Varty 613


Position   Team   Won Lost
1 7 89.5 54.5
2 2 79 65
3 6 74.5 69.5
4 4 73.5 70.5
5 5 70.5 73.5
6 1 67.5 76.5
7 3 67 77
8 8 54.5 89.5

Monday, January 7 - Team #5 makes courts ready.   Order of play Y-Y-B.
Team #7 First Half Winners.       ---Ralph Garver

CITRUS TREES:   At this time of year citrus fruit begins to fall to the ground and, if not picked up, will become a mess when the mowers come by.   Please pick up all fruit to avoid the mess of the mowers and to discourage rodents.

THOUGHTS:   Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.   This is a special time of the year, whether we are staying here at the Club or have headed north.   The first year I stayed in Florida for the holidays, I wasn't too happy.   I found out in short order that there are many activities to keep one occupied.   So, enjoy each minute wherever you are for the holidays.       ---SJB

Christmas lights
T'was a Florida Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the town,
no noses were frozen, no snow fluttered down,
no children in flannels were tucked into bed,
they all wore shorty pajamas instead.
To find wreaths of holly, t'was not very hard,
for holly trees grew in every back yard.
In front of the houses, Dads and Moms were
adorning the bushes and coconut palms.
The sleeping kiddies were dreaming in glee,
hoping to find water skis under the tree.
They all knew that Santa was well on his way,
in a Mercedes-Benz, instead of a sleigh.
And soon he arrived and started to work,
he hadn't a second to linger or shirk.
He whizzed up the highways and zoomed up the road,
in a S-L 300, delivering his loads.
The tropical moon gave the city a glow,
and lighted the way for old Santa below.
As he jumped from the auto he gave a wee chuckle,
he was dressed in Bermudas with an Ivy league buckle,
There weren't any chimneys, but that caused no gloom,
for Santa came in through the Florida room.
He stopped at each house....stayed only a minute,
emptying his sack of stuff that was in it.
Before he departed, he treated himself
to a glass of papaya juice upon the shelf.
He turned with a jerk and bounced to the car,
remembering he still had to go very far.
He shifted the gears and stepped on the gas
and up Highway 41 he went like a flash.
And I heard him exclaim as he went on his way,
Christmas lights

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