August 2015 Newsletter

Summer is coming to an end, which means it’s time to begin a new year with the Faculty and Friends Club! As always we have many activities planned! Your membership renewal form is enclosed in this newsletter, along with the schedule for the events for the year. The Fall Welcoming Reception will be held on September 30 at the Tallahassee Garden Center. I want to encourage everyone to attend this event, and to bring a guest who may be interested in joining our group! It’s a great way to catch up with friends who may have been gone all summer! Our scholarship winners will be invited to this event as well, and this is a good opportunity for our members to meet them. Thank you to all of you who have been so generous in your contributions to the Scholarship fund! I know your generosity will continue, and we will be able 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 have served for many years, and would appreciate help.

See you at the Welcoming Reception!               Linda Clickner

Annual Welcoming Reception
Wednesday, September 30
– – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tallahassee Garden Center
507 North Calhoun Street

As always, we start the year with our Annual Welcoming Reception that as usual will take place in the Tallahassee Garden Center located between North Calhoun and North Gadsden Streets. You can enter the large parking area either from Carolina Street across from Westminster Gardens or from North Gadsden Street. There is a ramp at the back of the house for easy access. This event is a wonderful opportunity to visit with old and new friends. Come savor the delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, primarily prepared by members. You can join or renew your membership and sign up for the many fascinating interest groups. These groups are a great way to get to know each other, and they serve as the mainstay of our Club. Please bring new faculty and friends and encourage current faculty to attend the reception to familiarize them with our organization. Also come meet and welcome our scholarship recipients.

If you have special delicacies, finger foods or desserts you would like to share with us, it will be much appreciated. Please e-mail Anne Thistle at with offers to bring food, to volunteer or if you have any questions. Please make sure to bring serving platters and utensils with your finger foods. The Garden Center imposes a rental fee per chair. While we will have some rental chairs available, we are asking willing members to bring some of their own. This request is made in an effort to limit our expenses and to keep our annual dues low. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at if you are able to bring chairs.

Come Celebrate Halloween
“Calling all the Creatures of the Night”
Friday, October 30 – 6:30 p.m. until…

       Join us once again for a festive and fun-filled evening at the home of Beth & Neil Charness at 1325 Peacefield Place off Thomasville Road near Woodgate. More information will follow in e-mails. Beth asks that you contact her earlier either at or by calling her at 385-0500 to let her know if you plan to attend and what you are planning to bring. Beth and her committee would like to have an early count for planning purposes. We always love to see the many terrific costumes.

Faculty & Friends Club Interest Group Meetings

Book Discussion Group
Monday, September 21 – – 7:30 p.m.
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Hosted & discussed by Karen Bickley.
Please contact Kea Herron for directions.
Monday, October 19 – – 7:30 p.m.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Hosted by Bonnie Armtrong and discussed by Diane Olsen.
Please contact Kea Herron at or at 422-0881 for more information about this always thought-provoking interest group. Please also contact Kea to nominate books for 2016. Please provide name, author, number of pages and an interesting blurb about the book.

Saturday, October 24 – – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Machu Picchu & The Galapagos Islands presented by Duane Meeter in the Maguire Learning Center on Commencement Lane at Westminster Oaks. Please contact Marge & Duane with offers of future programs and to offer to bring refreshments. For October, please do so by e-mail.
Please contact Duane Meeter at

Gourmet Sampler           
Friday, September 11 – – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Annelise Leysieffer
In this fun group, members bring either an hors d’oeuvre or a dessert. If you wish to indulge in alcohol, please provide your own.
Please contact Barbara Elam at 385-9856 or e-mail her at

Investment Club
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizen Center. There are currently openings. If interested in attending a meeting, where you can learn more about this group, please contact Margaret-Ray Kemper at or call her at 385-2632.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, September 17 – – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Jo Stepp-Greany
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at or at 383-3970.

La Table Française
Sunday, September 20 – – 7:30 p.m.
Held at the home of Annelise Leysieffer
Please contact Annelise at or at 893-1272 to attend and with information about French related events in Tallahassee.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, September 22 – – 11:45 a.m.  
Red Elephant at 2910 Kerry Forest Parkway.
Please contact Denise Ellingson at or call her at 907-9992 to attend.

Faculty Luncheon Series at Presbyterian University Center (PUC)
Tuesday, September 15 – – 12:15 p.m.
City of Noise: Sound and Nineteenth-Century Paris.
Presented by Dr. Aimée Boutin, professor of French.
$10 per luncheon with reservations required by Thursday, September 10 by calling 222-6320 or by sending an e-mail to
Please contact Bob Spivey at 894-5242 for more information.

Outdoors Explorers
Barbara & John Elam need somebody new to take over this wonderful group, or it will fold. Different members can take one meeting at a time and meet 2-4 times during the year.

Restaurant Roulette
Thursday, September 17 – – 6:30 p.m.  
Olive Garden at 1103 Apalachee Parkway
Please contact Jan Flake by the 14th at or call her at 383-7505.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, September 18 – – 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Personal reflections: What significant meaningful information did you learn this summer during your travels?
At the home of Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker.
Please contact Toni at or at 656-9514.

Stitch & Chat
Please contact Cherie Fenstermaker at or at 386-1000. This pleasant group meets every month either on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening with dates yet to be chosen. September will be at Cherie’s house.

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