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 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
 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


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 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

Lunch Bunch

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

Please contact Denise Ellingson at

La Table Française

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

Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at

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

Restaurant Roulette

Thursday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m.

At Bonefish Grill, 3491 Thomasville Road

Please let Jan Flake know by March 17 to

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Friday, March 21 – 7:30 p.m.

At the home of Johanna Dinkelman

Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at

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

February 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Faculty Club Events and Interest Group Information

Thanks to all for helping and participating at the Bowlegs 5K and 1 Mile Walk on January 18. The race was a huge success with around 180 participants, and the weather was gorgeous. Being our 30th anniversary, Gulf Winds Track Club granted us Grand Prix status, which always brings extra runners. We made $2,500 for our scholarship. The Leysieffer grandson Austin Foos created another nice shirt for the race, and we had extra mugs by Brian Bachman to give to the major sponsors. The race was followed by a congenial Brunch in Renegade Grill attended by 30 members. Go to our website to look at recent photos from the various January events. We thank Neil Charness for being such an excellent and diligent photographer/historian that documents our Club activities. We look forward to seeing you at these many February activities.

Annelise Leysieffer

Last Sunday, January 26, 50 members, including Lucy and John Ho, celebrated an early Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, at Azu. The meal was superb as was the company. With the meal specially prepared for us, if you would like to try another Chinese New Year’s dinner, Azu is celebrating the their New Year next Monday, February 3, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This will be a buffet with traditional Chinese New Year’s dishes and the cost is $19.95 plus tax, tips and beverages. If you wish to attend, unless you plan to arrive early, it might be wise to call the restaurant in advance at 893-4112 to make reservations. This is not a Club event.

On February 2, Outdoors Explorers will meet at 1:00 p.m. to hike the southern terminus of the St. Marks trail and walk through the St. Marks Waterfront Park. The hike will be followed by a visit to Sweet Magnolia Inn to listen to live jazz music. Where there is a waiting list for the music, you can certainly join the group for the hike. Please let Barbara Elam know at if you are planning to hike and also to find out if any spaces have opened up for the music part.

Globetrotters will be meeting on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks. John Keller is preparing a fascinating presentation called Cuba West and East by John and Cecilia Keller. Below is John’s description: “It is becoming easier for Americans to travel legally to Cuba as part of a group or on their own. Last October, Dale and Diane Olsen talked about their experiences as part of a group tour, which included John and Barbara Elam. In this presentation, we will describe our experiences traveling on our own. We are including some of the same areas (Havana and the tobacco region of Pinar del Rio in the far west) but will not duplicate the previous content. By staying in Cases Particular, which are like bed and breakfast accommodations, and traveling with local English-speaking drivers, we had numerous unique experiences, as would any of you who travel on your own. This presentation will supplement the Olsen’s experiences in the west. We also traveled in several areas of eastern Cuba that will add a new dimension to this presentation. Eastern Cuba is a region of great historical significance, both politically and culturally. The presentation will include many photos and video clips that are filled with local color and music as well as items of cultural and historical importance.”

Please check with Diane Olsen for more information about Globetrotters at and to offer to bring refreshments.

On Tuesday, February 11, Club members will be celebrating an early Valentine’s Day by going to the American Legion Hall by Lake Ella to listen and dance to the Tallahassee Swing Band. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The entrance fee is $5.00 when you mention the Faculty & Friends Club. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at if you are planning to attend, as the Club will supply some light refreshments. You can purchase beverages in the Hall.

PUC – The Faculty Luncheon Series on Tuesday, February 11, at 12:15 p.m. The speaker is Barbara Foreman. Her speech is titled, “Using the Science of Reading to Close the Achievement Gap.” Please call 222-6320 by the 6th to attend. Cost: $10.

La Table Française will be meeting on Saturday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Regine & Tim Lynch. Please bring crêpes or some other French food for the potluck. Please let Annelise know at if you plan to attend.

The Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Monday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Bonnie Armstrong to discuss Wild Flowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice & Joy by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scoven. Agnes Furey will attend the discussion. For more information about this group, please contact Kea Herron at

Restaurant Roulette will be meeting at Marie Livingston’s Steak House at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20. If you are planning to attend, please let Jan Flake know at by February 16.

Also on Thursday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., Annelise & Fred Leysieffer are holding a board meeting at their house. If you are interested in serving on the board next year or have suggestions you would like brought to the board members’ attention, please e-mail Annelise at

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? will be meeting on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Hilly Levitz. Being the month for Valentines, members are asked to recite their favorite poetry either in German or English. Please let Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker know at if you plan to attend.

Gourmet Sampler will be meeting on Saturday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westminster Oaks Pool Clubhouse hosted by Patsy Rapp, Marie Cowart and others. Please bring either delicious hors d’oeuvres or desserts to share as well as your own beverage and let Barbara Elam know at if you are planning to attend.

Lunch Bunch will be meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at 11:45 a.m. at Coosh’s Bayou Rouge off Thomasville Road past Wal-Mart and Chili’s next to Growing Room Preschool. Please let Denise Ellingson know at by the day before if you are planning to attend.

La Mesa Española will be meeting Thursday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Marion and Gerard Nimis. If you are planning to attend, please let Jo Stepp-Greany know at

On Saturday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. Linda & Bob Clickner will be hosting the always popular Mardi Gras at their home. Please look for more information in later e-mail messages but be sure to mark you calendars for this not-to-be missed evening.