January 2018 newsletter

President’s Message – Happy New Year!!!

I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and I thank you for all your help at our great Holiday Party. Members of the Faculty and Friends Club had a great year in 2017, and we are looking forward to another one in 2018! As seen on this page, plans are well underway for the spring semester. We hope to see you at many, if not at all, of these events and at the various interest group gatherings. We thank our wonderful hosts who continue to host monthly events and to the many others, who offer their homes for the various interest group meetings.

Thanks to your contributions, the scholarship program continues to be
successful. We awarded seven $600 scholarships for the Fall 2017 semester, with four of those students continuing this spring. This brings the total amount of scholarships to returning students to close to 200 since 1994. This program depends on the proceeds from the Billy Bowlegs run/walk and on your contributions. Again we truly thank you and thank our major sponsor Alison & Mark Riley. We must also thank Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison for joining me in co-chairing this event for all these years. Without their dedication, we would not be able to award so many scholarships each year to these deserving students.

Added later: The Bowlegs 5k for Scholarship was a huge success. Being designated a Grand Prix by GWTC, the race attracted a larger group of runners. With the walkers, there were close to 180 in attendance.

Annelise Leysieffer

A new and easy to read format of the roster is included with this newsletter and to others online. Many thanks to Bob Clickner for getting it ready for print. Please send him additions and or changes to rpclickner@gmail.com, and e-mail him too if you wish to receive an additional copy via e-mail or ask Annelise at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

Chinese New Year at Lucy Ho’s Azu
The Year of the Dog
Sunday, January 21
6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
3220 Apalachee Parkway #13
Cost: $30 per person, all-inclusive except for alcoholic beverages.

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with delectable dishes especially prepared for the members of the Faculty & Friends Club. This popular, annual event is again taking place at Azu. Please let Annelise know by e-mail aleysieffer@gmail.com or call her at 893-1272 by Wednesday, January 17 if you are planning to attend. Please mail your check, made out to the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU, to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

Billy Bowlegs 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, January 13 – 9:00 a.m.
Start/Finish FAMU – FSU College of Engineering
Billy Bowlegs Brunch – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
In Renegade Grill For the Brunch RSVP by Wednesday, January 10 to Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272 or e-mail her at aleysieffer@gmail.com
We challenge you to join us for our 34th Annual Bowlegs 5K Scholarship Race to benefit returning, undergraduate students at FSU. As this is our only fundraiser besides your donations sent with your membership, do come walk or run with us before heading across the street to the Seminole Clubhouse for a delicious and congenial brunch in the Renegade Grill. The price for the Brunch is $5 for race participants and volunteers and $10 for others to be paid at the Brunch. You can still attend the Brunch even if you have not notified Annelise in advance. E-mail Annelise to receive a flyer or go online to register for the race at Gulfwinds.org – Calendar (Eventbrite.com).

Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 10 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Linda & Bob Clickner
3099 Shamrock North
We thank the Clickners for again inviting us to celebrate Mardi Gras in their festively decorated house. Please bring either an hors d’oeuvre, salad, dessert or a main course for this potluck. The Club is providing the wine and other beverages. Please let Linda know either at lindaclickner@gmail.com or call her at (703) 850-6893 by Wednesday, the 7th 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 driveway so park below. There should be plenty of parking along Shamrock.

Valentine’s Dance
Tuesday, February 13 – Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
American Legion Hall at Lake Ella
Come dance or simply listen to the beautiful and lively music performed by members of the Tallahassee Swing Band including our own Bill Landing. Please mention that you are part of the Faculty & Friends Club to be eligible for the discounted price of $5.00. Beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion Hall with some light refreshments provided by the Club. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are planning to attend so tables can be reserved ahead of time.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saturday, March 24 – 6:30 p.m.
At the Home of Barbara & Pete Cottrell
3062 Shamrock Street North
This popular event is another pot-luck with beverages provided by the Club. Please let Barbara & Pete know at rhinopete@mac.com by Tuesday, the 20th or call them at 893-3870 if you are planning to attend.

Annual Spring Luncheon
Golden Eagle Country Club – 3700 Golden Eagle Dr. E.
Sunday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Interest Group information in Alpha order

Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 22 – 7:00 p.m.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
At the home of Barbara Elam
Monday, February 19 – 7:00 p.m.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Hosted and discussed by Annelise Leysieffer
Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com or at 566-5610 for more information about the group and for the list of books for 2018-19.

Saturday, January 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Copenhagen, Denmark and its Environs by Tom Hart
Saturday, February 17 – 7:30 p.m.
Tibet by Bob Clickner
At the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks
Please contact Bob Clickner at rpclickner@gmail.com.

Gourmet Sampler
Friday, January 12 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Marie Cowart
Please contact Barbara Elam at blelam@embarqmail.com or at 385-9856.

The Investment Club has a few spaces available. If interested, please contact Margaret-Ray Kemper at mrksq@hotmail.com or call her at 385-2632 to get information about their specific rules. They meet the 1st Tuesday of each month in the Senior Center on N. Monroe Street.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, January 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Place Las Brazas
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at jstepp@fsu.edu or at 383-3970 for more information and to join this group.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, January 23 – 11:45 a.m.
Bella Bella – 123 East 5th Avenue
Tuesday, February 20 – 11:45 a.m.
Reangthai – 2740 Capital Circle NE
Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com or
at 907-9992 by the Monday morning before to attend.

La Table Française
Sunday, January 28 – 6:30 p.m.
The always delicious and popular La Soirée Crêpe
At the home of Elise Bollier & Anuj Srivastava
Sunday, February 25 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Regine Maligne & Tim Lynch
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at aleysieffer@gmail.com
or at 893-1272 to attend, for more information and to pass on any information about other French opportunities in Tallahassee.

Restaurant Roulette
Will be joining the Chinese New Year at Azu on Sunday, January 21. Please mail your reservations to Annelise Leysieffer for Azu and otherwise contact Jan Flake at 383-7505 or at janiceflake@comcast.net for future dinner information.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, January 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Share information about where you are from.
At the home of Inga Fahs-Gielisse
Please contact Annelise at aleysieffer@gmail.com to attend

Stitch & Chat
Tuesday, January 23 – 7:00 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker
Cherie delivered 22 blankets to the Christmas Connection after our last gathering. This group continues with projects to donate to various causes.
Please contact Cherie at 386-1000 or at cheriefenstermaker@gmail.com

Please support our Bowlegs Sponsors

We much appreciate Alison & Mark Riley as our major sponsor through Alison’s company Sunshine State Tax & Accounting Services, LLC.

Sunshine State Tax & Accounting Services, LLC provides quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses as well as clients throughout the world. Sunshine State Tax & Accounting Services, LLC’s long standing expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as tax and financial planning. Alison and her company have over 20 years of experience helping people with international connections such as FSU faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, and students; and accordingly they are a trusted tax resource for the FSU Center for Global Engagement.

We recently got another new sponsor. Asker Distributors, Inc delivers frozen foods such as gourmet ice cream and pizza in North Florida and other nearby areas.

We are grateful to Lucy Ho and her family for providing us with a number of gift certificates. Do visit her three restaurants, Azu, located at 3220 Apalachee Parkway, Masa, located at 1650 North Monroe Street and Dao located at Bannerman Crossings. All are popular venues for delicious Sushi, Chinese, Japanese and Southern Asian Style Cuisines. Lucy Ho’s Hospitality Group recently opened another new restaurant called Café Taverna at 1019 N. Monroe Street, serving “Southern American cuisine with a Latin twist.”

Renegade Grill, located in the Seminole Golf Course Clubhouse across from the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, serves delicious meals at reasonable prices in pleasant surroundings. We appreciate their free lunch certificates and free rounds of golf raffled off after the Bowlegs race.

The general manager of the local Jimmy John’s franchises is again providing us with many coupons for free subs. Do frequent their restaurants around town and taste their delicious sandwiches.

Make sure to visit Hopkins Eatery, our newest sponsor. This is a local chain with three restaurants in Tallahassee. The owners provide us with numerous gift certificates to use on healthy meals.

The College of Music is hosting their annual Afternoon of Musical Delight on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Ruby Diamond Auditorium. This is a free event. Please, look at the link that describes this afternoon the best. https://music.fsu.edu/college-music-prepares-important-unveiling

August 2017

President’s Message
Welcome to the new academic year. I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Welcoming Reception to again be held at Dorothy B. Oven Park on Wednesday, September 13 and am encouraging everyone to attend this event. Please bring a guest who may be interested in joining our group! This event is a great way to catch up with friends and get to make new ones. Plans have been made for the great, popular monthly events together with the varied interest groups, providing chances to socialize in restaurants and in homes, to discuss interesting books, to sew items to be donated to worthy causes or to attend great travel logs prepared by our members. Our scholarship winners will be invited to this event, and this is a good opportunity for our members to meet them. We thank all who generously contribute to the scholarship fund! We know your generosity will continue, enabling us to award more scholarships in the future! I would also like to encourage you to volunteer to help out with the Interest Groups. Many of the chairpersons of the Interest Groups continue to serve and would appreciate help.

Annelise Leysieffer


The Alice B. Nichols Scholarship was established in 1986. Since 1994, the Club has been awarding scholarships to needy, returning, undergraduate students, who maintain a high GPA. Originally, the scholarships were for $500 and given only to full-time students at the Tallahassee campus. Now, full-time students generally receive as much as $600, with part-time students and students at the Panama City campus also eligible for awards. Thanks to your generous donations and our successful, annual Billy Bowlegs 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk, we will be close to awarding 200 scholarships by the end of this our 23rd year. We have received applications for the Fall semester and are in the process of choosing the awardees. We hope to meet them at the Fall Reception. We thank you for your generous support and hope we can continue to count on it for this worthwhile endeavor. Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged. Please bring your check made out to The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU to the Welcoming Reception on September 13 or mail it to the treasurer, Eberhard Roeder, 6854 Hanging Vine Way, Tallahassee FL 32317.

Bob Clickner