April 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message
Dear members of the Faculty & Friends Club, it has been a true pleasure to serve you once again as your president. It has been a great year with successful and well attended monthly events such as the Annual Welcoming Reception, the Holiday Party, the 30th Anniversary Bowlegs Race and Brunch, the Chinese New Year at Azu, the Mardi Gras Party and the Winter Dance. Our varied interest groups continue to thrive, many with a huge attendance. They are definitely the mainstay of our club.

We end the academic year with a Spring Luncheon at the Golden Eagle Country Club and hope to see many of you there for this event. Although the luncheon is the final monthly event, some of the interest groups continue to meet throughout the summer. Plans are under way for the coming year. We encourage you to invite prospective new members to join us for the various events and interest groups. We have a lot to offer, both to the university community and to the community at large. The Spring Luncheon is an excellent venue to give examples of such programs.

We thank all for your generous donations to our Faculty & Friends Club Scholarship fund, enabling us to give out five scholarships last fall and five this spring. I am copying a thank you note from one of our recipients at the end of this newsletter. Our recipients are extremely grateful for our helping them achieve their goal of a better education.
I thank you again for having the opportunity to serve you for the seventh time as your president in this great club with such phenomenal friends, and I want to give a special thank you to our wonderful board members, who have made my presidency so easy to fulfill. It has been a pleasure and a joy to work with you.

Sincerely, Annelise Leysieffer

The Nominating Committee presents the slate for the executive committee members for 2014-2015:
President – Linda Clickner
Vice President – Dian LaTour
Vice President (membership) – Fred Leysieffer
Secretary – Denise Ellingson
Treasurer – Calvin Zongker
Nominating Chair – Annelise Leysieffer

Spring Luncheon with a Musical Interlude
Golden Eagle Country Club – 3700 Golden Eagle Dr. E.
Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.

“Latin and Other World Jazz Explorations
for Flutes and Guitar”

The subsidized cost is $16.00 per person for members ($20.00 for non-members). This includes tax, tip and non-alcoholic beverages. We will have the Club dining room to ourselves. The meal will be a buffet lunch like last year. Please mail your check by April 21 to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL, 32309 with check made out to The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU. If you have any questions, e-mail Annelise at aleysieffer@gmail.com or call her at 893-1272.

Dale Olsen, FSU Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology, and Carlos Odria, a graduate student at FSU will entertain us with a variety of Brazilian, Peruvian, Arabic, Spanish, German, and American musical derivations.

Saturday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Oaks – Maguire Learning Center.
France – Glory and Grief presented by Ed Schroeder
Please contact Diane Olsen m.diane.olsen@gmail.com or call her at 386-5797 to bring something for the refreshment table.

Diane & Dale together with Shirley & Doug Zahn began this vibrant and always interesting group, now in its 40th year. In the Olsens’ case, their experience in the Peace Corps gave them an intense interest in other cultures and unknown places yet to explore! Having chaired this group for the past many years, Diane is requesting that another person (or persons) take over leadership of the Globetrotter Interest group in the fall. She stresses that she has enjoyed the many special programs and the opportunities to learn about much of the globe! She has enjoyed working with travel aficionados, who brought refreshments, provided great programs, shared many adventures, and . . .enjoyed traveling with them! Also, she was pleased to see how our members appreciated each other, became friends, learned travel information and hints from each other.

She wants to thank all who attended, for their continuing and willing support and for their friendship!

Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 21 – 7:30 p.m.
Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey
by Joe Hutto
Discussed by Penny Gilmer
At the home of Judy Goldman
Thursday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m.
The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
Home TBA with Ursula Morgan as the discussion leader.
Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com.

Gourmet Sampler
Saturday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Josephine & James Ang
Please contact Barbara Elam at blelam@embarqmail.com.
Barbara is looking for somebody willing to continue this group.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, April 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Come and practice your Spanish and share delicious food at the home of Diane & Dale Olsen
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at jstepp@fsu.edu.

La Table Française
Friday, April 11- 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Anne & David Thistle – a potluck
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, April 22 – 11:45 a.m.
Z.Bardhi’s – 3596 Kinhega Drive
Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com

Outdoors Explorers
Sunday, May 17 or 18 – 1:00 p.m.
At the home of Christel & Wolfgang Heil
A Luncheon Pot-luck and Hike at Alligator Point
Please contact Barbara Elam at blelam@embarqmail.com.
Barbara & John need somebody to take over this vibrant group. A member could take over one gathering at a time and plan it. That would make it simple. We thank Barbara & John for having done a phenomenal job with this group, so please let’s keep it going!!!

Restaurant Roulette
Tuesday, April 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Little Italy – 111-17 South Magnolia Drive
15% discount to all diners on Tuesday.
Please contact Jan Flake by April 18 to attend, and please contact Jan at janiceflake@comcast.net to learn about future gatherings in the summer and to help co-chair the group.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Bettina & Fernando Tesón
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net

A Thank You Note from a Grateful Scholarship Recipient
“I cannot thank you enough for your financial support this school year. I have three children who depend on me and being a full time student is enough stress for anyone so I am immeasurably thankful to you for removing some financial worry! I lost my pel grant this semester and thought I was going to have to drop out of school but your generosity was part of my being able to stay and graduate! So thank you a billion times over for giving the support I so desperately needed in order to get the degree I never thought I would. My kids will get to see me walk that stage and receive my diploma. How amazing.”
Sincerely, Erica Nuñez

Information About University Musical Associates (UMA)
Kim Shively, the Director of Special Programs at the College of Music, writes: “Are you looking for something to do in Tallahassee that’s entertaining, culturally enriching, and supports students? Why not become a member of the University Musical Associates (UMA) and enjoy professional concerts and operas performed by FSU music students. Members have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the very popular PRISM Concert, Seasonal Celebration Concert, and Rainbow Concert before they go on sale to the general public. You are invited to an Evening of Musical Delight on Friday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. in Opperman Music Hall. This is a free concert where you can hear outstanding performances and learn more about UMA. There will be a reception after the concert. You can call Kim Shively at 644-4744 for more information. This is a wonderful win-win situation: you get to hear world-class music and our world-class students benefit directly from your generous gifts”
Kim Shively

March 2014 Newsletter

Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 1 – 6:30 p.m. at the home of Linda & Bob Clickner
3099 Shamrock Street North in Killearn Estates

Come celebrate Mardi Gras at the Clickners’ festively decorated house. Please bring hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts, or a main course for your eating pleasure. The Club will provide wine. Please let Linda know either at lindaclickner@gmail.com or call her at (703) 850-6893 if you are coming and what dish you are planning to bring to help Linda and her committee better plan the evening. Please be advised that the Clickners have a steep driveway so please park below. If you do wish to park in the driveway, please enter by the mailbox. That way all cars will be going in the same direction. If you cannot manage the front stairs, please park in the area by thegarage and enter through the back gate. Wear costumes if you wish.

Make sure to mark you calendars for the Annual Luncheon to be held Sunday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. at the Golden Eagle Country Club in Golden Eagle at the rear of Killearn Lakes. Tim Lynch and Dale Olsen and possibly a third musician will be entertaining us after the meal, playing a number of different instruments. The cost will be $16 for members and $20 for non-members. There will be more information in the late March newsletter.

Neil Charness has added some excellent photos to our website http://facultyclub.fsu.edu/site.
 I still need to update the site in certain other places.

We made $3,000 to scholarship from the Bowlegs 5K & 1 Mile Walk.

Some March and April interest group meetings:

Book Discussion Group
Monday, March 10 – 7:30 p.m. (note the earlier week) – 
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 
at the home of Flora Danisi and discussed by Bruce Bickley

Monday, April 21 –- 7:30 p.m. – 
Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey by Joe Hotto
, at the home of Judy Goldman

Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com


These two programs are planned but not 100% set in stone. Diane or Annelise will send an e-mail closer to the date. For the ones without e-mail, please contact Diane Olsen at 386-5797.

Saturday, March 15 – 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks

A Presentation of Latin American Highlights by Marge & Duane Meeter

Saturday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks

A Presentation on D-Day, 70th Anniversary by Ed Schroeder

Please contact Diane Olsen at m.diane.olsen@gmail.com or call her at 386-5797.

Gourmet Sampler

Saturday, March 29 – 6:30 p.m.
 at the home of Kathy & Bill Landing

Saturday, April 12 – 6:30 p.m.
 at the home of Josephine & James Ang

Please contact Barbara Elam at blelam@embarqmail.com

Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, March 25 – 11:45 a.m
At Mozaik, 1410 Market Street

Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com

La Table Française

Friday, April 11 – 6:30 p.m.
Potluck at the home of Anne & David Thistle

Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

Outdoors Explorers

Sunday, April 6 – 1:00 p.m.
Potluck and Hike in Linene Woods
Meet at 3204 Brookforest Drive for the potluck with beverages provided. For those who wish, you can join in a post-meal hike in the adjacent beautifully wooded and scenically hilly Linene Woods. This hike will be approximately 1-1.5 miles with firm footing and some hills. Please let Barbara & John Elam know if you intend to participate at blelam@embarqmail.com

Restaurant Roulette

Thursday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m.

At Bonefish Grill, 3491 Thomasville Road

Please let Jan Flake know by March 17 to janiceflake@comcast.net.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Friday, March 21 – 7:30 p.m.

At the home of Johanna Dinkelman

Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net.

We look forward to seeing you at these various events and interest group meetings.
Annelise Leysieffer