First of all, a great big thank you to all who came and enjoyed the extremely successful Welcoming Reception held on Wednesday, September 12. It is always risky to send thanks and risk forgetting somebody but some must be mentioned. Thank you to Pete Cottrell for the great work with all the beverages and with securing Heather and Jason’s help as bartenders. Their help throughout the evening was invaluable. Other grateful thanks go to Jan flake, Denise Ellingson, Barbara Elam and Linda & Bob Clickner for all that hard and arduous work in setting up the tables and chairs and later disassembling the place. That was quite a job. The Garden Center was like a beehive with members helping with the clean-up in every room. Thanks also to our dedicated photographer Neil Charness, and a huge thank you to all the many members, who brought such delicacies for us to enjoy. Another thanks must go to Fred Leysieffer and Calvin Zongker for manning the membership table throughout the gathering and to Diane Olsen and Natholyn Harris for working with the scholarship recipients.

Three of our six scholarship recipients were at the reception. They were able to publicly thank us for the financial help. They circulated and really enjoyed meeting the Club members. We enjoyed getting to know these dedicated, older students, who wish to improve their lives.

We look forward to seeing you at the Halloween Party at the festively decorated home of Beth & Neil Charness on Friday, October 26 and at the Holiday Party at Dorothy B. Oven Park on Saturday, December 1. Please make sure to mark your 2013 calendars for the Billy Bowlegs Race and Bowlegs Brunch in Renegade Grill at the Seminole Golf Club on Saturday, January 5. On Sunday, January 27, we will be celebrating the annual Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, at Lucy Ho’s Azu. Linda & Bob Clickner have offered their home for Mardi Gras for Saturday, February 9. A Winter Dance is planned for Tuesday, February 26 at the American Legion, and we will attend an FSU Circus Dress Rehearsal in late March. We also plan to attend an Open House at FSUs new Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Building (AME) at FSUs Southwest Campus.

Annelise Leysieffer

Celebrate Halloween with Beth & Neil Charness
“Calling all the Creatures of the Night”
Friday, October 26 – 6:30 p.m. until…

Join us for a festive and fun-filled evening at the home of Beth & Neil Charness at 1325 Peacefield Place off Thomasville Road near Woodgate. Beth will make Witches Cauldron Chili. Please bring Devilish Delights or Cauldron Luck. Please contact Beth by this weekend either by calling her at 385-0500 or at to let her know if you plan to attend and what you are planning to bring. Although there is no absolute deadline, Beth would like to have an early count for planning purposes. This will also give Beth and her committee a general idea of how many people to expect. We always love to see guests come dressed in costumes whenever possible.

Annual Holiday Party!!!
Saturday, December 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dorothy B. Oven Park
3205 Thomasville Road

Come join us and start the holiday season at our annual holiday party in a lovely setting. The Club will provide wine, beer, non-alcoholic punch and hot mulled cider. Contributions of sweet and savory treats would be much appreciated by the committee. If you have questions, please contact the chair, Diane Stuart at 893-3466. We thank Barbara & John Elam, Carol & Bill Weissert and Dian & Chas LaTour for serving with Diane on the committee. The holiday lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park are spectacular and not to be missed. There is plenty of parking near the main house with overflow parking in the office building lot at the end of the Oven Park Drive.

Book Discussion Group
Monday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
At the home of Bonnie Armstrong
Book Discussion leader: Ursel Homann
Please contact Kea Herron at or at 422-0881 if you are interested in more information about this group.

Globetrotters will meet again in January. Please contact Diane Olsen at or call her at 386-5797 for further information.

Gourmet Sampler
Saturday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Johnnye & Heinz Luebkemann Barbara Elam and Carol Weissert are chairing the group this year. Please contact Barbara at or at 385-9856 to get added to the e-vite list. Barbara & Carol encourage you to attend the Halloween Party on October 26….

La Mesa Española
Monday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
At Morelia at 1355 Market Street
Please contact Jo Stepp at for more information and to sign up for this group.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, October 23, 11:45 a.m.
Kool Beans, 921 Thomasville Road

Tuesday, November 27, 11:45 a.m.
Fickle Pickle – 1605 East Plaza Drive # 101A

Please contact Denise Ellingson at or at 907-9992 by the Monday morning before to attend.

La Table Française will meet for La Soirée Crêpe on Saturday, January 26 and maybe in December. Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at or at 893-1272.

Outdoors Explorers – Barbara Elam will contact you about the next outing. You can reach her at

PUC – Faculty Luncheon Series
Tuesday, November 6, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Owen Mundy, Asst. Professor in Art, will speak on The Broadening Definition of “Scholarship” in dealing with the Future of Scholarly Publishing. All reservations must be made Thursday, November 1 by calling 222-6320. The cost is $10.

Restaurant Roulette
Thursday, October 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Longhorn Steakhouse – 2400 North Monroe St.
Please contact Jan Flake at or at 383-7505.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
The third Friday of each month.
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at for more information.

Stitch & Chat
Thursday, October 25 – 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker. Please contact Cherie at 386-1000 or at

Alice B. Nichols Scholarship recipients for Fall 2012

Shannon Caldwell – Major: IT, with health and project management focus – Fall, 2012
Future goals: Masters in IT in Communications.
Danielle Gasparro – Major: Creative Writing – Fall, 2012
Future goals: Nonfiction writer in NYC, then grad school.
Michael Hancock – Double major: Geography and History
Fall, 2012 – Future goals: Advanced degree in rehabilitation counseling or community counseling.
Sandra “Echo” Harris – Major: Social Work – Fall, 2012
Future goals: graduate school, then working with families.
Rebekah Landbeck – Major: Psychology, Statistics (minor)
Spring, 2013 – Future goals: Grad school, Clinical Psychology.
Samuel Watkins – Majors: Creative Writing and Sociology
Fall, 2012 – Future goals: Law school.

Our 6 fall scholars are all full-time students.Their GPAs are between 3.4 and 3.9. They have a mix of challenges: obligations of family care, work, health issues, etc. Note, also, that most are interested in continuing their education in graduate or law school.