Message of Welcome

I welcome you to the 2013-2014 academic year and look forward to serving you again as your president. I hope your summer has been a special and relaxing one. Our new Vice President Linda Clickner is diligently working with me on great plans for the monthly events, while our interest group chairpersons continue their work to engage their members in interesting discussions on books, learning about foreign countries or places in the US, enjoying outdoor pursuits, discussing investments, in speaking foreign languages or in enjoying culinary treats in homes or in restaurants. The interest groups serve as the mainstay of the Club, and we thank the leaders who continue to chair these groups. In our wish for the club membership to grow, please spread the word about our activities and begin by inviting new and current faculty and friends to the Welcoming Reception to be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to be held at the Tallahassee Garden Center.

Please make sure to keep the central section of this newsletter as it serves as the yearbook for this year. Current and updated information will be printed in the regular newsletters and will also and preferably be sent to all who provide your membership VP with e-mail addresses.

Annelise Leysieffer

$20/$15 per household

With the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, it is time to renew your membership dues. All interest groups are part of the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU. Whether you only belong to one interest group or take advantage of all that our Club has to offer, now is the time for ALL attendees, except from the occasional visitor, to submit your dues. Please contact Annelise Leysieffer for a quick form to fill out and indicate to Annelise if there are changes to last year’s roster or if you have additions you would like to be added.

Also please let Annelise know at if you are willing to work on and keep the website current.

Alice B. Nichols Scholarship

The University Club Scholarship Fund was established in 1986. (At the request of the FSU Foundation, the name of the fund remains as stated here.) Since 1994, the Club has been awarding one or more $500 scholarships per semester to needy, returning, full-time, undergraduate students, who maintain a GPA of at least 3.2. Six years ago, the board members voted to also add some partial scholarships to part-time students.

Thanks to your generous donations and our successful, annual Billy Bowlegs 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk, we have been able to award one-hundred-and-thirty-nine (139) scholarships during the past eighteen years. We are in the process of choosing the students for the fall semester. Full-time students will receive $500, and we hope to meet them at the Fall Reception. We thank you for your generous support and hope we can continue to count on it for this worthwhile endeavor particularly during these difficult economic times.

Donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged. Please bring your check to the Welcoming Reception or mail your donation together with your dues, with the check made out to the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU, to the treasurer, Calvin Zongker, 601 Live Oak Plantation Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

Annual Welcoming Reception
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tallahassee Garden Center
507 North Calhoun Street

As always, we start the year with our Annual Welcoming Reception to take place once again 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 Georgia Belle 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, in part 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 themselves 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 our Vice President Linda Clickner at or call her at (703) 850-6893 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 of $5 per chair. While we will have some rental chairs available, we are asking willing members to bring some of their own. This is in an effort to limit our expenses and to keep our annual dues low. Please let Linda know if you are bringing chairs.

Board of The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU 2013-2014
President Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272
Vice President Linda Clickner (703) 850-6893
2nd VP (Membership) Fred Leysieffer 893-1272
Past President Josephine Ang 894-6057
Secretary Denise Ellingson 907-9992
Treasurer Calvin Zongker 385-4848
Nominating Committee Chair Josephine Ang 894-6057
Newsletter Editor Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272
Interest Groups Co-Chairs Barbara Elam 385-9856
Diane Olsen 386-5797
Friendship* Beth Charness 385-0500
Historian/Photographer Neil Charness 385-0500
Scholarship Bob Clickner (703) 850-6892
Diane Olsen 386-5797
Ex-Officio Molly Barron

*Please notify Beth Charness about members who should be sent
cards, due to illness, birth of a child, congratulations or sympathy.

Faculty & Friends Club Interest Group Chairs 2013-2014
Book Discussion Group Kea Herron 422-0881
Globetrotters Diane Olsen 386-5797
Gourmet Sampler Barbara Elam 385-9856
Carol Weissert 297-0111
Investment Club Richard Pfeffer 385-2505
La Mesa Española Jo Stepp-Greany 383-3970
La Table Française Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272
Lecture Series – PUC Bob Spivey 894-5242
Lunch Bunch Denise Ellingson 907-9992
Outdoors Explorers Barbara & John Elam 385-9856
Restaurant Roulette Jan Flake 383-7505
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Toni Kirkwood-Tucker 656-9514
Stitch and Chat Cherie Fenstermaker 386-1000

If you are interested in joining an interest group or in forming a new one, please check with either one of the chairpersons, Barbara Elam (385-9856) or Diane Olsen (386-5797

Faculty & Friends Club of FSU Monthly Events 2013-2014

Annual Welcoming Reception – Tallahassee Garden Center
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
507 North Calhoun Street
Chair: Linda Clickner –

Annual Holiday Party – Dorothy B. Oven Park
Saturday, December 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
3205 Thomasville Road
Co-Chairs: Diane Stuart, Barbara Elam, Dian & Charles LaTour and Bill & Carol Weissert

30th Annual Billy Bowlegs 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, January 4, 9:00 a.m.
FAMU/FSU College of Engineering – Innovation Park
Bowlegs Brunch at Renegade Grill – – 10:00 a.m.
in the Seminole Golf Clubhouse
Co-Chairs: Larry Giunipero, Bill Hillison & Annelise Leysieffer

Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse
Sunday, January 26, 6:30 p.m.
Lucy Ho’s Azu – 3220 Apalachee Parkway
Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –

Valentine’s Dance at American Legion Hall at Lake Ella
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –

Mardi Gras – Hosted by Linda & Bob Clickner
Saturday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
3099 Shamrock Street North
Chair: Linda Clickner –

Annual Spring Luncheon
Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.
Golden Eagle Country Club
3700 Golden Eagle Drive East
A delightful way to end the academic year.
Program to be announced later.
Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m. – Note Thursday!
A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
Discussed and hosted by Judy Rice Goldman. This is quite an amazing book, dealing with early Florida history.
Please call Judy at 385-5222 to attend and for directions.

Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens – Hosted by Bonnie Armstrong.
Please contact Kea Herron at or at 422-0881 for more information about the Book Group and to nominate books for 2014. Please provide name, author, number of pages and an interesting blurb about the book.

This popular interest group will continue to meet at the Maguire Learning Center on Commencement Lane at Westminster Oaks with Diane Olsen as the chair. Please contact her with programs and to offer to bring refreshments. We hope to begin in early October at 7:30 p.m. Look for follow-up e-mails from Diane and Annelise.
Please contact Diane Olsen at or at 386-5797.

Gourmet Sampler
Saturday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Beth & Neil Charness
Please contact either Barbara Elam (385-9856) or Carol Weissert (297-0111) if you are interested in this delightful group to savor delicious food.

Investment Club
This group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Senior Citizen Center. If interested, please contact Richard Pfeffer for more information at or call him at 385-2505.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, September 19, 6:30 p.m.
A potluck at the home of Ricardo Villalobos
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at or at 383-3970.

La Table Française
Sunday, September 22 or 29, 7:00 p.m.
Held at the home of Annelise Leysieffer
Please contact Annelise at or at 893-1272 for more information and with information about French related events in Tallahassee.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, September 24, 11:45 a.m.
Renegade Grill – 2550 Pottsdamer Street in Innovation Park.
Please contact Denise Ellingson at or at 907-9992 to attend.

Faculty Luncheon Series at Presbyterian University Center (PUC)
Tuesday, October 8, 12:15 p.m.
The Persistence of the Book – this month discussed by Dr. Walter Tschinkel
$10 per luncheon with reservations made by Thursday, October 3 by calling 222-6320 or sending an e-mail to
Please contact Bob Spivey at 894-5242 for more information.

Outdoors Explorers
Sunday, October 20, Time TBA
At A J Henry Tallahassee City Park in Killearn Estates
This will be a potluck and a hike with more information to follow.
Please contact Barbara Elam at or at 385-9856 to attend, to provide suggestions and offers, as well as to sign up for this group.

Restaurant Roulette
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.
Z.Bardhi’s at 3596 Kinhega Drive
Please contact Jan Flake by the 17th at or at 383-7505.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
“Erzählen Sie Ihre Sommererlebnisse.”
At the home of Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker.
All meetings are held on the third Friday of each month. Please contact Toni with offers of programs and of homes.
Please contact Toni at or at 656-9514.

Stitch & Chat
Thursday, TBA, 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker (386-1000).
Please contact Cherie at for more information about the first and future gatherings.

Except for mailing the roster, future newsletters will be sent via e-mail unless you specifically request that they be sent in a hard copy format via mail. Please call Annelise Leysieffer at 893-1272 to let her know if you need a hard copy.