December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Faculty & Friends:

Our Vice President Dian La Tour sends the following message for this wonderful annual event where over 100 attended including some brand new members. We welcome them and hope that guests joining us for the evening might also consider becoming Faculty & Friends Club members.



What a wonderful turnout for the annual FSU Faculty and Friends Holiday Kickoff Party at the beautiful Dorothy B. Oven Park!  The weather cooperated and could not have been better!

Many thanks go out to the committee who planned and made this event happen – Dian and Charles La Tour, Diane Stuart, Barb and John Elam, and Linda and Bob Clickner. And a special thanks to our bartenders…Heather and Jayson. And thanks to everyone who provided either a sweet or a savory to share. It was a lovely evening!

Happy Holidays to everyone!                                                              Dian


At the beginning of 2015, there will be more reminders about the upcoming events and interest group meetings for January. Please provide me with further interest group information to be included in that message. The preferred way is via e-mail to

Come join us for the 31st Bowlegs 5k Run or 1 mile Walk on Saturday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m. followed by a congenial continental breakfast beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Renegade Grill across the street from the FAMU/FSU College of engineering in Innovation Park. To anybody interested in either running or walking, either request a flyer from me to this e-mail or register online at Calendar ( Please contact me if you are willing to volunteer by directing, or in most cases cheering on the runners, as they pass by you at crucial intersections.

Friday, January 9, Gourmet Sampler is meeting at Westminster Oaks at 6:30 p.m. This delightful evening is scheduled to take place at 4449 Meandering Way in the St. Andrews Pub and the Oak Room. Bring an appetizer or dessert and your own wine or beer with soft drinks and coffee provided.

Please let Moira Desloge know if you are planning to attend. Her phone number is 385-3031 and e-mail is The room is the Parry Building. It is located between Oaks South (the large apartment building) and the Health Center (the last large building on the left as you drive in from the entry. There are large columns in front of the Parry building and the parking lot is on the right as you face the building.

On Saturday, January 10, Globetrotters will take place in the Maguire Learning Center at Westminster Oaks at 7:30 p.m. Homer Ooten will make a presentation on the Iditarod. Please contact Marge & Duane Meeter at 385-7633 or at if you are interested in attending these group meetings. Globetrotters began in January 1974.

Make sure to mark your calendars to come celebrate the Chinese New Year’s Year of the Sheep with the Club at Lucy Ho’s Azu on Sunday, January 25.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year.

November 2014 Newsletter


Hello Everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying the Fall and have been taking advantage of the activities that the Faculty and Friends Club offers! We had a wonderful Halloween Party thanks to Neil and Beth Charness! Don Rapp organized a great walk at Alford Greenway for November’s gathering of the Outdoors Explorers, and Stitch and Chat is busy making blankets for babies, just to name a few of the things that are going on! Our next monthly Club-wide event will be the Holiday Party at Dorothy Oven Park on Saturday, December 6. I hope to see many of you there!

Linda Clickner


Annual Holiday Party!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Dorothy B. Oven Park

3205 Thomasville Road

It’s that festive time of year!!! Start the holiday season on Saturday, December 6, and join your friends for the FSU Faculty and Friends Holiday Party at the beautiful Dorothy B. Oven Park. The Club will provide wine, beer, soda and hot mulled cider. Your contribution of either a sweet or savory treat would be greatly appreciated by the committee. This is a good time to catch up with friends and enjoy the spectacular lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park. There is plenty of parking near the main house with overflow parking in the office-building complex at the end of the Park.

If you have any questions, please contact the chair, Dian La Tour at 907-0512. We thank the committee for organizing this special event – Diane Stuart, Barbara and John Elam, Linda and Bob Clickner.


We look forward to seeing you there!              

Dian LaTour


Go to our website and look at the events photos. There are some great photos from the Welcoming Reception and terrific ones from the Halloween Party. Many thanks to Neil Charness.


Billy Bowlegs 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk

Saturday, January 10 – 9:00 a.m.

Start/Finish FAMU – FSU College of Engineering


Fee: $16 (GWTC members $14) by Wednesday, January 7 or $18 on race day. $12 for no shirt. Go to or to


Billy Bowlegs Brunch – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In Renegade Grill in the Seminole Clubhouse


For the Brunch RSVP by Wednesday, January 7 to Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272 or e-mail her at

We challenge you to join us for our 31st Annual Bowlegs 5K Scholarship Race to benefit returning, undergraduate students at FSU. As this is our only fundraiser besides your donations sent with your membership, do come walk or run with us before heading across the street to the Seminole Clubhouse for a delicious and congenial continental brunch in the Renegade Grill. The cost of the Brunch is $5.00 to Faculty Club members, who are either race participants or volunteers and $6.50, for Club members and others, who do not wish to participate in the race. We are in need of volunteers to help direct traffic for the runners. If interested in volunteering, or should you need flyers, please call Annelise at 893-1272 or e-mail her at You pay for the Brunch on the day itself.


Chinese New Year at Lucy Ho’s AZU

3220 Apalachee Parkway

The Year of the Sheep

Sunday, January 25

6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Cost: $30 per person, all-inclusive except for 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 will take place at AZU, Lucy Ho’s newest restaurant. 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 mail your check, made out to the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU, to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309 by Tuesday, January 20. You can contact Annelise at


Alice B. Nichols Scholarship Recipients Fall, 2014

      Adrienne Davis, majoring in Business and Professional Communication. Currently registered for 6 credits ($300). She has one daughter and is working full time. She will graduate this fall semester. Future goal: MA.

Pierre Djemgou, majoring in Chemistry. Currently registered for 12 credits ($600). He has two children and plans to graduate spring semester, 2015. Future goal: either Medical School or a degree in Nursing.

Amanda Holland, majoring in Law Enforcement Operations. Currently registered for 6 credits ($300). She has worked full time (for 9 years) in Law Enforcement and has two teen-aged children and plans to graduate this fall semester. Future goal: Law School.

Jeffrey Mayhann, majoring in Business Administration. Currently registered for 9 credits ($450). He works full time in the Gulf Correctional Institution and has three children. He plans to graduate spring semester, 2015. Future goal: MA in financial planning/services.

Crystal Dawn Mattingly, dual major in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) and Law & Society. Currently registered for 15 credits ($600). She works full time as an insurance agent and has two children. She plans to graduate spring semester, 2015. Future goals: MBA in RIM – Insurance and Management.

Laura Mieir, majoring in Psychology. Currently registered for 9 credits ($450). She works 27 hours/week as a Surgical Assistant and has a son.

She plans to graduate in the summer of 2015. Future goal: MA degree.

Natalie Reeder, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Social Work. Currently registered for 9 credits ($450). She is currently working full time at FSU. She plans to graduate this fall, 2014. Future goals: MA and PhD in Social Work.

Jennifer Richardson, majoring in Accounting. Currently registered for 6 credits ($300). She works full time in International Programs at FSU and has two teen-aged children. She plans to graduate spring semester, 2015. Future goals: passing the CPA exam!

In summary, the Faculty and Friends Club of FSU was able to award 8 scholarships this semester. The amounts varied, depending upon number of credits. As you see, these awardees are often working, some full time, and many have families. With their busy lives, their GPAs are still between 3.03 and 4.0! These awardees are admirable and certainly deserving of our Alice B. Nichols scholarships. Several have written to thank us for the timely funds, which will help them with books, supplies, and so on.

Thanks for your generous contributions to the scholarship fund!

Diane Olsen and Bob Clickner, co-chairs of the scholarship awards program.


Faculty & Friends Club of FSU Monthly Events 2014-2015


Wednesday, October 1 – – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Annual Welcoming Reception – Tallahassee Garden Center

507 North Calhoun Street

Chair: Dian LaTour –


Saturday, November 1 – – 6:30 p.m. until …

Halloween Party – Hosted by Beth & Neil Charness

1325 Peacefield Place off Thomasville Road

Chair: Beth Charness –


Saturday, December 6 – – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Annual Holiday Party – Dorothy B. Oven Park

3205 Thomasville Road

Chair: Dian LaTour. Committee: Diane Stuart, Barbara & John Elam, Linda & Bob Clickner.


Saturday, January 10 – – 9:00 a.m.

31st Annual Billy Bowlegs 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk

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


Sunday, January 25 – – 6:30 p.m.

Chinese New Year – Year of the Sheep

Lucy Ho’s Azu – 3220 Apalachee Parkway

Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –


Tuesday, February 10 – – 7:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Dance at American Legion Hall at Lake Ella

Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –


Saturday, February 21 – – 6:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras – Hosted by Linda & Bob Clickner

3099 Shamrock Street North

Chair: Linda Clickner –


Tuesday, March 17 – – 7:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance at American Legion Hall

Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –


Sunday, April 19 – – 1:00 p.m.

Annual Spring Luncheon

Golden Eagle Country Club

Program to announced later

3700 Golden Eagle Drive East

Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –


Interest Group Meetings


Book Discussion Group

Monday, December 8 – – 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Potluck & Book Selection Meeting

At the home of Flora Danisi

Please contact Kea Herron at or at 566-5610.



Saturday, January 10 – – 7:30 p.m.

The Iditarod presented by Homer Ooten to take place at the Maguire Learning Center on Commencement Lane at Westminster Oaks.

Please contact Marge & Duane Meeter at or call 385-7633 with offers of future programs, to offer to bring refreshments and to get on the e-mail and calling list. Sherry Hart has offered to make phone calls. Marge & Duane presented a terrific program with gorgeous photos from Easter Island, Cape Horn and Iguazu Falls.


Gourmet Sampler

Friday, January 9 – 6:30 p.m.      

Most likely at the Westminster Oaks Clubhouse on Meandering Lane across from Wesminster Oaks proper. Look for possible update as to location.

Please contact Moira Desloge at 385-3031 or at


Investment Club

This group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Senior Citizen Center. There is some space available. If interested, please contact Richard Pfeffer for more information at or call him at 385-2505.


La Mesa Española

For December, you are encouraged to attend the Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 6 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at or at 383-3970.


La Table Française

Come and have a chance to practice your French. Meetings are scheduled for December onwards for every month.

Please contact Annelise at or at 893-1272.

Lunch Bunch

December date TBA

Tomato Cafe & Tea Room at 107 W. 7th Ave. in Havana.

Please contact Denise Ellingson at or call her at 907-9992 to attend.


Faculty Luncheon Series at Presbyterian University Center (PUC)

Tuesday, December 9 – – 12:15 p.m.

Mechatronics: Collaboration with the Department of Art and the Department of Mechanical Engineering presented by Rob Duarte, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, and Jonathan Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

$10 per luncheon with reservations made by Thursday, December 4 by calling 222-6320 or by sending an e-mail to

Please contact Bob Spivey at 894-5242 for more information.


Outdoors Explorers

Don Rapp led a wonderful hike Saturday, November 15 at the Alford Greenway in Eastern Tallahassee to the scenic covered railway bridge overlooking Piney Z Lake. This group is looking for members willing to each lead one outing, Please call Barbara Elam at

385-9856 or e-mail her at to offer to lead other outings.


Restaurant Roulette

For December, this interest group will join other club members at our Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 6 at Dorothy B. Oven Park. Please contact Jan Flake or call her at 383-7505 if you would like to join this group.


Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

This group meets the third Friday of each month with interesting programs presented by members or visitors.

Please contact Toni at or at 656-9514 if you wish to get a chance to speak and listen to German.


Stitch & Chat - Please contact Cherie at

or at 386-1000 if you would like to join this group