Happy New Year!!!

We welcome the New Year and wish for all that 2012 may be a special year filled with good health, great friendships and much happiness. We thank you for your continued support of our varied events, interest groups and scholarship activities and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We especially want to thank Josephine Ang, Barbara Elam, Diane Stuart, Carol & Bill Weissert and Dian & Charles LaTour for their dedicated work in making the Holiday Party at Dorothy B. Oven Park such a wonderful success. More than 100 attended making this our best Holiday Party in years. We also thank all who brought delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts for members to share. We began the 2012 with a wonderfully successful Bowlegs 5k Run & 1 Mile walk on Saturday the 7th. The weather was perfect, and we had about 180 runners and walkers, making this our best attended Bowlegs possibly ever. We thank Larry Giunipero, who began this race in 1985 together with Leitch Wright, and Bill Hillison, who began helping not many years later. With the advent of the Bowlegs Brunch, now in its 8th year, many more Faculty Club members attend and either walk, run or volunteer. We thank you, and our scholarship recipients thank you. All six recipients are continuing full time this spring semester with the club awarding them a total of $7,200 this year, which is more than we have ever given out in any given year. We thank you for your generous donations with your membership and thank Anthony’s Wood Fire Grill and High Performance Magnetics for their generous sponsorship. We also thank AZU, MASA, Renegade Grill and Shaw’s Athletics for their wonderful gift certificates. These gift certificates are a great draw to the runners and walkers. We furthermore thank Brian Bachman for donating the mugs this year for this good cause

We encourage you to join us for another delicious Chinese New Year’s celebration at Lucy Ho’s Azu on Sunday, January 29. Follow this event by listening and dancing to the lively Tallahassee Swing Band at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella on Valentine’s Day and then enjoy a festive Mardi Gras at the home of Barbara & John Elam on February 18.

Annelise Leysieffer

You will find the roster enclosed with this newsletter. We try to keep it as up-to-date as possible and apologize for any unintentional errors. Please let Fred & Annelise know of any changes at aleysieffer@gmail.com. Please note that the names appear alphabetically in horizontal fashion on the pages. We welcome the many new members to the Club.

Chinese New Year at Lucy Ho’s AZU
The Year of the Dragon
3220 Apalachee Parkway

Sunday, January 29
6:00 p.m. Cash Bar
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Cost: $30 per person (meal, tax, tip and non-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 taking place at Lucy Ho’s AZU. It is located on the left side of Apalachee parkway when coming from Capital Circle about halfway between Capital Circle and Wal-Mart in the Big Oak Shopping Center. Please send your check made out to The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU to Annelise Leysieffer at 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309 by Wednesday, January 25. You can reach Annelise via e-mail at aleysieffer@gmail.com or at 893-1272 if you have any questions about the evening.

Valentine’s Dance
Then on Tuesday evening, February 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m. celebrate Valentine’s Day by dancing or simply listening to the lively music performed by the Tallahassee Swing Band in the American Legion Hall by Lake Ella. Please mention that you are part of the Faculty & Friends Club. Beverages are available for purchase by Club members individually at the American Legion Hall with some refreshments provided by the Club. Please let Annelise know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are planning to attend so that we can reserve tables ahead of time.

Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 18 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Barbara & John Elam
3204 Brookforest Drive

Later the same week, join us at the Elams’ festively decorated house and enjoy Barbara’s delicious Gumbo and Jambalaya. Please bring your own wine if you wish and bring either hors d’oeuvres, salads or desserts to complement the main course. Please let Barbara know either at ble@neuro.fsu.edu or call her at 385-9856 by Tuesday, the 14th to let her know if you are coming and what dish you are bringing for planning purposes for Barbara and her committee.

Saturday, January 21 – 7:30 p.m. NOTE the new beginning time!
Iceland & Norway by Jack Brigham
This promises to be a spectacular presentation with Jack having spent a week in Iceland and having visited numerous places in Norway.
At the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks.
Please contact Diane Olsen at m.diane.olsen@gmail.com or at 386-5797 for more information and to offer to help with refreshments.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, January 20 – 7:00 p.m. Please note the time!
Liederabend at Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker’s house.
Please contact Toni at tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net or at 656-9514.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, January 26 – 6:30 p.m.
At Morelia – 1355 Market Street Note Morelia’s new location!
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at jstepp@fsu.edu or at 383-3970.

La Table Française
Saturday, January 28 – 6:30 p.m.
The annual ever-popular Soirée Crêpe with delicious French dishes.
At the home of Elise Bollier & Anuj Srivastava.
Please contact Annelise at aleysieffer@gmail.com or at 893-1272.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, February 14 – 11:45 a.m.
At MASA -1001 North Monroe Street.
Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com or 907-9992.

Restaurant Roulette
Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 16 – 6:30 p.m.
At Georgio’s – 3425 Thomasville Road.
Please contact Jan Flake at jflake@fsu.edu by the weekend or at 383-7505.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 23 – 7:30 p.m. Note the Thursday for this month!
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot… by Irene Pepperberg
Home and discussion leader TBA
Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com for more information about the 2012 book list and the various meeting places. We welcome a number of new members to this fascinating interest group.