March & April 2015 Newsletter

We must thank our president Linda Clickner and her husband Bob for hosting the delightful and extremely well attended Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 21. Their house was beautifully decorated throughout, and most members arrived festively dressed for the evening. Go to our website and look at the great event photos taken by Neil Charness. Thanks to all for bringing food and making this evening such a delightful one for all.

We had originally planned to meet Tuesday, March 17 at the American Legion Hall for St. Patrick’s Day. Since so many cannot attend, we will not be going as a group, but by all means go dance there any Tuesday evening or simply go enjoy listening to the music.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Club event, which is the Annual Spring Luncheon. This delightful lunch will again be held at Golden Eagle on Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. Look for more information about cost and entertainment in a later message.

This Monday evening March 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Book discussion group will discuss “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert. The group will be meeting at Cecilia Keller’s house at 7:30 p.m. Please check with Kea Herron at if you need more information.

On Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., the group will be discussing “Wet Works” by our own Donna Meredith and is hosted by Donna. Donna’s book is excellent.

The German group Sprechen Sie Deutsch? usually meets the third Friday, which is March 20. Please check with Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at for more information.

Next Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., Barbara & Pete Cottrell are inviting us to their house for Gourmet Sampler to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Their house is at 3062 Shamrock Street North. If you don’t usually attend this group, please be aware that we all bring either an appetizer or dessert and bring our own wine or beer with non-alcoholic drinks provided by the host. Please be sure to let Pete know if you plan to attend to his email

Lunch Bunch is meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:45 a.m. at Indigo Bistro at 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. Please let Denise Ellingson know by Monday, the 23rd if you are planning to attend. Her e-mail is

La Table Française is meeting on Saturday, March 28 at the home of Karin and Robert Werner and the following month at the home of Anne & David Thistle on Saturday, April 18 most likely at 7:30 p.m. for both evenings. Please check with Annelise at to let her know if you are planning to attend and to get the exact time and addresses.

Please check with Jo Stepp-Greany to get the next date for La Mesa Española. Jo’s e-mail is

Globetrotters is meeting on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks. Linda & Bob Clickner will be showing pictures from Russia. Please contact Duane & Marge Meeter at for more information.

Scholarship update for Spring 2015. Three of our eight scholarship recipients from the fall graduated in December. The remaining five students have been awarded scholarships for a total of $2050. The amounts for spring vary, depending upon number of credits. These awardees are often working while taking classes, some full time, and many have families. They are all extremely grateful for our financial help. We thank all who have graciously donated to this wonderful cause, and again thank Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison for working so diligently together with me with the Bowlegs Race to add to the funds collected each year for this wonderful and worthwhile cause. Without their dedication, the race would not be such a success each year for the past 31 years.

Best regards to all at this beautiful time of the year with the trees and bushes opening up with such speed now that spring has arrived.

Annelise Leysieffer

February 2015 Newsletter

February News for the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU

We made $2600 for our scholarship students from the 31st annual Bowlegs 5k. Huge thanks go to Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison for continuing this tradition. Larry and I began working together the 2nd year of the race, and Bill joined us a few years later. The date is already set for the 32nd Bowlegs planned for January 9, 2016.

38 members enjoyed a delicious meal at Azu to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Next week on Tuesday, February 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m., join us for the annual Valentine’s Dance at the American Legion Hall by Lake Ella. Come dance to the Tallahassee Swing Band with our own Bill Landing. Upon arrival, let them know that you are with the Faculty & Friends Club to receive a discount on the already low $6 entrance fee. The club will provide a few refreshments, and you can buy your beverages there. Please let Annelise know if you are planning to attend at in order for Bill Landing to have some tables reserved for us.

On Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., Linda & Bob Clickner will open their festively decorated house for our annual Mardi Gras party. Their address is 3099 Shamrock Street West. We thank the Clickners for inviting us to their house. Please bring your own wine if you wish and bring either hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts or a main course for this potluck. Please let Linda know either at or call her at (703) 850-6893 by Tuesday, the 17th to let her know if you are coming and what dish you are bringing to help Linda and her committee better plan the evening. Please be advised that the Clickners have a steep semi-circular driveway so if you have limited mobility, please pull up to the top of the driveway by the garage and come through the back door. Otherwise, park in the driveway or on the street.  There should be plenty of parking on Shamrock. From Linda: Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!

Interest group meetings for February:

Restaurant Roulette is meeting Thursday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. The group will be eating at The Front Porch, the former Chez Pierre, located at 1215 Thomasville Road. Please let Jan Flake know at by Monday, February 9 to let her know if you are planning to attend.

Globetrotters is meeting on Friday, February 13 – NOTE FRIDAY! At 7:30 p.m. in the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks. Tom & Sherry Hart will be showing pictures from their trip titled Lucerne, Black Forest and Bavarian Castles. Please contact Marge & Duane Meeter at

The Book Discussion Group is meeting on Monday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Judy Goldman. Please let Judy know in advance at if you are planning to attend and to get directions to her house. The group members will be discussing Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri with the book being discussed by Flora Danisi. If you have any questions about the group, please contact Kea Herron at

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? is meeting on Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Hilly Levitz. Dr. Roberto Mendoza will be speaking about Trials and Tribulations of a Columbian Immigrant Medical Doctor to the United States. Please contact Toni Kirkwood-Tucker at for directions and for more information about this group. Toni is locating wonderful speakers with fascinating topics with many presented in English.

On Tuesday, February 24, the Lunch Bunch will me meeting at 11:45 a.m. at the Tin Cow at 1800 Tennessee Street. Please let Denise Ellingson know by Monday noon the day before at if you are planning to attend.

La Mesa Española will be meeting Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Marion and Gerard Nimis. Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany for more information at and to get directions.

On Saturday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tim & Regine Lynch will be hosting our annual Soirée Crêpe for La Table Française. Please provide crêpes or other French delicacies for this very popular evening. Please contact Annelise for directions and to let her know you are planning to attend at

Gourmet Sampler encourages members to attend the Mardi Gras festivities at the Clickners. The group will again meet on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Barbara & Pete Cottrell to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. If interested, please contact Barbara Elam at to have your name added to the e-vite list.

Fernando Tesón’s tango band, Tango Sur, is back for a fundraiser for the Tallahassee Youth Symphony and will perform on Sunday, February 22. Tickets can be purchased online for will call pick up here: The tickets can also be purchased at Beethoven & Company, at the TYO’s Sunday Rehearsals at the FSU College of Music, and at the door before the concert. Please contact Fernando if you need more information at

Best wishes to all. We look forward to seeing you at many of these functions.

Annelise Leysieffer