August 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message
I hope everyone is having a nice summer, and is looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled 2014-15 year with the Faculty and Friends Club. We have lots of activities planned for this year, starting with the Welcoming Reception on October 1 at the Tallahassee Garden Center. I would like to encourage everyone to attend this function and to bring a guest who may be interested in joining. Three years ago, Annelise invited Bob and me to attend, and we have been enjoying the activities and all the friends we have made since joining the group.

I also would like to encourage everyone to consider volunteering to help out with some of the Interest Groups. Some of the chairs are resigning after many years of service, and some chairs would like help in running activities.  Please say “yes” if you are asked to help!
I look forward to seeing you all at the reception, and hearing about everyone’s summer adventures!

Linda Clickner

Please make sure to keep the central section of this newsletter as it serves as the yearbook for the 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 and Annelise with e-mail addresses.

Annelise Leysieffer


Alice B. Nichols Scholarship

The University Club Scholarship Fund was established in 1986. 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. Seven 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 close to 150 scholarships during the past 19 years. We are in the process of choosing the students for the fall semester. Full-time students will receive $500-600. We hope to meet them at the Fall Reception. We thank you for your generous support and hope we can continue to count on you 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 on October 1 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, October 1 – – 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 them 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 Dian LaTour at or call her at 907-0512 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 per chair. While we will have some rental chairs available, we are asking willing members to bring some of their own. This request is made in an effort to limit our expenses and to keep our annual dues low. Please let Dian know if you are able to bring chairs.


Come Celebrate Halloween

“Calling all the Creatures of the Night”

Saturday, November 1 – 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. More information will follow in October. Beth asks that you contact her earlier that week either at or by calling her at 385-0500 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 and to 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.


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

Co-Chairs: Barbara & John Elam, Dian & Charles LaTour, Diane Stuart and Bill & Carol Weissert


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 at Lake Ella

Chair: Annelise Leysieffer –


Sunday, April 19 – – 1:00 p.m.

Annual Spring Luncheon

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 –


Faculty & Friends Club Interest Group Meetings


Book Discussion Group

Monday, September 22 – – 7:30 p.m.

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors

Hosted by Michelle Wahl.

Please contact Kea Herron for directions.

Monday, October 27 – – 7:30 p.m.

There is No Me without You by Melissa Fay Greene

Hosted by Kathy Scott and discussed by Kea Herron.

Please contact Kea Herron at or at 422-0881 for more information about this always thought-provoking interest group. Please also contact Kea to nominate books for 2015. Please provide name, author, number of pages and an interesting blurb about the book.



Saturday, October 25 – – 7:30 p.m.

Easter Island, Cape Horn and Iguazu Falls presented by our new chairpersons Marge & Duane Meeter to take place at the Maguire Learning Center on Commencement Lane at Westminster Oaks. Please contact Marge & Duane with offers of future programs and to offer to bring refreshments. For October, please do so by e-mail.

Please contact Duane Meeter at


Gourmet Sampler     

A new chairperson is needed to continue this delightful group. Please contact Barbara Elam at 385-9856 or e-mail her at It is an easy group to chair so please offer your help to keep the group going.


Investment Club

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


La Mesa Española

Thursday, September 25 – – 6:30 p.m.

Location TBA

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


La Table Française

Wednesday, September 17 – – 7:30 p.m.

Held at the home of Annelise & Fred Leysieffer

Please contact Annelise at or at 893-1272 to attend and with information about French related events in Tallahassee.


Lunch Bunch

Tuesday, September 23 – – 11:45 a.m.  

Bella Bella at 125 East 5th Avenue.

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


Faculty Luncheon Series at Presbyterian University Center (PUC)

Tuesday, September 9 – – 12:15 p.m.

Music Therapy Applied Clinical Research by Dr. Jayne Standley.

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

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


Outdoors Explorers

Barbara & John Elam need somebody new to take over this wonderful group, or it will fold. Different members can take one meeting at a time and meet 2-4 times during the year.


Restaurant Roulette

Thursday, September 18 – – 6:30 p.m.  

Olive Garden at 1103 Apalachee Parkway

Please contact Jan Flake by the 14th at or call her at 383-7505.


Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Friday, September 19 – – 7:30 p.m.

“Erzählen Sie von Ihren Sommererlebnisse.”

At the home of Johanna Dinkelman.

Please contact Toni at or at 656-9514.


Stitch & Chat - Please contact Cherie at

April 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message
Dear members of the Faculty & Friends Club, it has been a true pleasure to serve you once again as your president. It has been a great year with successful and well attended monthly events such as the Annual Welcoming Reception, the Holiday Party, the 30th Anniversary Bowlegs Race and Brunch, the Chinese New Year at Azu, the Mardi Gras Party and the Winter Dance. Our varied interest groups continue to thrive, many with a huge attendance. They are definitely the mainstay of our club.

We end the academic year with a Spring Luncheon at the Golden Eagle Country Club and hope to see many of you there for this event. Although the luncheon is the final monthly event, some of the interest groups continue to meet throughout the summer. Plans are under way for the coming year. We encourage you to invite prospective new members to join us for the various events and interest groups. We have a lot to offer, both to the university community and to the community at large. The Spring Luncheon is an excellent venue to give examples of such programs.

We thank all for your generous donations to our Faculty & Friends Club Scholarship fund, enabling us to give out five scholarships last fall and five this spring. I am copying a thank you note from one of our recipients at the end of this newsletter. Our recipients are extremely grateful for our helping them achieve their goal of a better education.
I thank you again for having the opportunity to serve you for the seventh time as your president in this great club with such phenomenal friends, and I want to give a special thank you to our wonderful board members, who have made my presidency so easy to fulfill. It has been a pleasure and a joy to work with you.

Sincerely, Annelise Leysieffer

The Nominating Committee presents the slate for the executive committee members for 2014-2015:
President – Linda Clickner
Vice President – Dian LaTour
Vice President (membership) – Fred Leysieffer
Secretary – Denise Ellingson
Treasurer – Calvin Zongker
Nominating Chair – Annelise Leysieffer

Spring Luncheon with a Musical Interlude
Golden Eagle Country Club – 3700 Golden Eagle Dr. E.
Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m.

“Latin and Other World Jazz Explorations
for Flutes and Guitar”

The subsidized cost is $16.00 per person for members ($20.00 for non-members). This includes tax, tip and non-alcoholic beverages. We will have the Club dining room to ourselves. The meal will be a buffet lunch like last year. Please mail your check by April 21 to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL, 32309 with check made out to The Faculty & Friends Club of FSU. If you have any questions, e-mail Annelise at or call her at 893-1272.

Dale Olsen, FSU Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology, and Carlos Odria, a graduate student at FSU will entertain us with a variety of Brazilian, Peruvian, Arabic, Spanish, German, and American musical derivations.

Saturday, May 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Oaks – Maguire Learning Center.
France – Glory and Grief presented by Ed Schroeder
Please contact Diane Olsen or call her at 386-5797 to bring something for the refreshment table.

Diane & Dale together with Shirley & Doug Zahn began this vibrant and always interesting group, now in its 40th year. In the Olsens’ case, their experience in the Peace Corps gave them an intense interest in other cultures and unknown places yet to explore! Having chaired this group for the past many years, Diane is requesting that another person (or persons) take over leadership of the Globetrotter Interest group in the fall. She stresses that she has enjoyed the many special programs and the opportunities to learn about much of the globe! She has enjoyed working with travel aficionados, who brought refreshments, provided great programs, shared many adventures, and . . .enjoyed traveling with them! Also, she was pleased to see how our members appreciated each other, became friends, learned travel information and hints from each other.

She wants to thank all who attended, for their continuing and willing support and for their friendship!

Book Discussion Group
Monday, April 21 – 7:30 p.m.
Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey
by Joe Hutto
Discussed by Penny Gilmer
At the home of Judy Goldman
Thursday, May 15 – 7:30 p.m.
The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe
Home TBA with Ursula Morgan as the discussion leader.
Please contact Kea Herron at

Gourmet Sampler
Saturday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Josephine & James Ang
Please contact Barbara Elam at
Barbara is looking for somebody willing to continue this group.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, April 24 – 5:30 p.m.
Come and practice your Spanish and share delicious food at the home of Diane & Dale Olsen
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at

La Table Française
Friday, April 11- 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Anne & David Thistle – a potluck
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, April 22 – 11:45 a.m.
Z.Bardhi’s – 3596 Kinhega Drive
Please contact Denise Ellingson at

Outdoors Explorers
Sunday, May 17 or 18 – 1:00 p.m.
At the home of Christel & Wolfgang Heil
A Luncheon Pot-luck and Hike at Alligator Point
Please contact Barbara Elam at
Barbara & John need somebody to take over this vibrant group. A member could take over one gathering at a time and plan it. That would make it simple. We thank Barbara & John for having done a phenomenal job with this group, so please let’s keep it going!!!

Restaurant Roulette
Tuesday, April 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Little Italy – 111-17 South Magnolia Drive
15% discount to all diners on Tuesday.
Please contact Jan Flake by April 18 to attend, and please contact Jan at to learn about future gatherings in the summer and to help co-chair the group.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, April 25 – 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Bettina & Fernando Tesón
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at

A Thank You Note from a Grateful Scholarship Recipient
“I cannot thank you enough for your financial support this school year. I have three children who depend on me and being a full time student is enough stress for anyone so I am immeasurably thankful to you for removing some financial worry! I lost my pel grant this semester and thought I was going to have to drop out of school but your generosity was part of my being able to stay and graduate! So thank you a billion times over for giving the support I so desperately needed in order to get the degree I never thought I would. My kids will get to see me walk that stage and receive my diploma. How amazing.”
Sincerely, Erica Nuñez

Information About University Musical Associates (UMA)
Kim Shively, the Director of Special Programs at the College of Music, writes: “Are you looking for something to do in Tallahassee that’s entertaining, culturally enriching, and supports students? Why not become a member of the University Musical Associates (UMA) and enjoy professional concerts and operas performed by FSU music students. Members have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the very popular PRISM Concert, Seasonal Celebration Concert, and Rainbow Concert before they go on sale to the general public. You are invited to an Evening of Musical Delight on Friday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. in Opperman Music Hall. This is a free concert where you can hear outstanding performances and learn more about UMA. There will be a reception after the concert. You can call Kim Shively at 644-4744 for more information. This is a wonderful win-win situation: you get to hear world-class music and our world-class students benefit directly from your generous gifts”
Kim Shively