January 2014 Newsletter

President’s Message – Happy New Year!!!

We welcome the New Year and wish for all you that 2014 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 Diane Stuart, Linda & Bob Clickner, Barbara & John Elam, Dian & Chas LaTour and Carol & Bill Weissert for their dedicated work in making the Holiday Party at Dorothy B. Oven Park such a wonderful success. We also thank all who brought delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts for members to enjoy.

We begin 2014 with the 30th Bowlegs 5K Run & 1 Mile walk on Saturday the 18th. We thank Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison for co-chairing the event with me. The race will be followed by the 10th Annual Bowlegs Brunch to be held in Renegade Grill. We hope to see many members and friends at both events. We encourage you to join us for the annual Chinese New Year’s celebration at Lucy Ho’s Azu on Sunday, January 26, to attend our Valentine’s Dance at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella on Tuesday, February 11, and to come enjoy the festive Mardi Gras at the home of Linda & Bob Clickner on Saturday, March 1.

Your roster is included in this mailing. Please send changes and/or corrections to aleysieffer@gmail.com

Annelise Leysieffer

Chinese New Year at Lucy Ho’s AZU
The Year of the Horse

Sunday, January 26
6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
3220 Apalachee Parkway
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 again 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 Costco in the Big Oak Shopping Center. Please let Annelise know by Monday, January 20 if you are planning to attend and mail your check, made out to the Faculty & Friends Club of FSU, to Annelise Leysieffer, 3720 Lifford Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

30th Bowlegs 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m.
Start/Finish FAMU – FSU College of Engineering
10th Annual Bowlegs Brunch – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

In the Renegade Grill. Please RSVP for the Brunch no later than Wednesday, January 15 to Annelise Leysieffer 893-1272 or e-mail her at aleysieffer@gmail.com.

We challenge you to join us for our 30th Annual Bowlegs 5K Scholarship Race to benefit returning, undergraduate students at FSU. As this is our only formal fundraiser, do come walk or run with us before heading across the street to the Seminole Clubhouse for a delicious and congenial brunch in the Renegade Grill. The Brunch is $6 for Faculty Club members, who are either race participants or volunteers. The cost for other Club members and others, the cost is $10, the actual cost to the Club for the Brunch. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic for the runners. If interested in volunteering, or should you need fliers, please call Annelise Leysieffer at 893-1272 or e-mail her at aleysieffer@gmail.com. Payments will be received at the Brunch.

Valentine’s Dance
Tuesday, February 11, Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
American Legion Hall at Lake Ella
Cost: $5.00 for Club members

Come dance or simply listen to the beautiful and lively music performed by members of the Tallahassee Swing Band including our own Bill Landing. Please mention that you are part of the Faculty & Friends Club to be eligible for the discounted price. Beverages are available for purchase at the American Legion Hall with some light refreshments provided by the Club. Please let Annelise Leysieffer know at aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are planning to attend so tables can be reserved ahead of time.

Mardi Gras
Saturday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
At the home of Linda & Bob Clickner – 3099 Shamrock North

We thank the Clickners for inviting us to celebrate Mardi Gras at their festively decorated house. Please bring your own wine if you wish and bring either hors d’oeuvres, salads, desserts or a main course for this potluck. Please let Linda know either at lindaclickner@gmail.com or call her at (703) 850-6893 by Tuesday, the 25th to let her know if you are coming and what dish you are bringing to help Linda and her committee better plan the evening. Please be advised that the Clickners have a steep driveway so park below. There should be plenty of parking along Shamrock.

Interest Group Information
Book Discussion Group
Monday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
At the home of Sue Isaac – Discussion leader TBA
Monday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

Wild Flowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice, & Joy by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scoven
At the home of and discussed by Bonnie Armstrong

Please contact Kea Herron at kea.snuffy@gmail.com or at 422-0881 for more information about this evening and the group, and to request the list of books selected for 2014.

Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
“A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela” by Tim Lynch
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. Please contact Diane with offers of refreshments as we no longer have callers to reach out to you.

Gourmet Sampler
Sunday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. Social & 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Chinese New Year at Azu – 3220 Apalachee Parkway

Saturday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
At Westminster Oaks – more information will follow via e-vite from Barbara Elam. Please contact Barbara at ble@neuro.fsu.edu or at 385-9856.

La Mesa Española
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m.
At Morelia – 1355 Market Street
Please contact Jo Stepp-Greany at jstepp@fsu.edu or at 383-3970 for more information and to join this group.

Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, January 28, 11:45 a.m.
BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse – 1749 Apalachee Parkway

Tuesday, February 25, 11:45 a.m.
Restaurant TBA

Please contact Denise Ellingson at mdeniseel15@yahoo.com or at 907-9992 by the Monday morning before to attend.

La Table Française
Saturday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.
The always delicious and popular La Soirée Crêpe
At the home of Elise Bollier & Anuj Srivastava

This is a potluck with crêpes very welcome
At the home of Regine & Tim Lynch
Please contact Annelise Leysieffer at aleysieffer@gmail.com or at 893-1272 to attend and for more information.

Outdoors Explorers
An Outdoors Explorers event is being planned for the afternoon of Sunday, February 2. It will include a walk on the lower St Marks trail and a visit to the Sweet Magnolia Inn (in St Marks) to listen to live jazz music. 
Please mark your calendar and await further details. Contact Barbara Elam at ble@neuro.fsu.edu or at 385-9856 if you are not currently receiving Outdoors Explorers announcements and would like to be added to the mailing list.

PUC – Faculty Luncheon Series

Tuesday, January 14, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Felicia C. Coleman, Director FSU Coastal Marine Laboratory will speak on The Rebirth of the FSU Marine Lab: Forecasting the Future of Marine Science at FSU.

Tuesday, February 11, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Barbara R. Foreman, Director, Florida Center for Reading Research at FSU will speak on Using the Science of Reading to Close the Achievement Gap.
All reservations must be made by noon on the previous Thursday by calling 222-6320. The cost is $10 per luncheon.

Restaurant Roulette
Will be joining the Chinese New Year at Azu on Sunday, January 26. Please mail your reservations to Annelise Leysieffer for AZU and otherwise contact Jan Flake at 383-7505 or at janiceflake@comcast.net for other dinner information.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Suzi Sinke, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, at FSU, wird ûber ihre Fulbright Scholarship an der Universitât von Salzburg berichten, die Höhen und Tiefen einer solchen Erfahrung, und die Erlebnisse ihres Sohnes, ein Middle School Student, der seine Mutter nach Salzburg begleitete und dort zur Schule ging. 
At the home of Bettina & Fernando Tesón

Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. with home and program TBA
Please contact Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker at tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net for more information and to attend.

Stitch & Chat
Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker
Please contact Cherie at 386-1000 or at jfenstermaker@fsu.edu.

Alice B. Nichols Scholarship
Last fall, we awarded scholarships to five deserving students. Only some were full-time and received the full $500. With all five continuing this spring, we plan to again offer them scholarships. We thank the many of you who have so generously donated to our scholarship fund. We hope to see a record turnout of runners and walkers for this our 30th Bowlegs Race and Walk to further add to the scholarship account.

We were very sorry to lose Shirley Baum, a gracious lady and close friend. Shirley served as president of the University Wives Club in 1955-56. Upon returning to FSU, she again immediately became involved with the club and served another term as president in 1984-85 the year the club changed name from the University Womens Club to the University Club of FSU.

Please Support Our Bowlegs Sponsors

We gratefully thank High Performance Magnetics for their continued support.

We much appreciate Alison & Mark Riley becoming our new sponsors through Alison’s company Sunshine State Tax & Accounting Services, LLC. The company specializes in guiding clients with bank accounts and other financial assets located in foreign countries as well as guidance for start-up and small businesses.

We are grateful to Lucy Ho for providing us with a number of gift certificates. Do visit her two restaurants, Azu, located at 3220 Apalachee Parkway, and Masa, located at 1001 North Monroe Street. Both are popular venues for delicious Sushi, Chinese, Japanese and Southern Asian Style Cuisines.

Target Copy has been supplying us with race fliers for years. Go to Target Copy for all your printing needs and receive 15% off when showing your faculty ID card.

SHAW’S Athletics. Each year, Shaw graciously donates several gift certificates to be used as prizes to race participants. Visit his store at 1415 Timberlane Road to see his wide range of athletic apparel, shoes and sports equipment.

Renegade Grill, located in the Seminole Golf Course Clubhouse across from the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, serves delicious meals at reasonable prices in pleasant surroundings. We much appreciate the many free lunch certificates they provide to be raffled off after the Bowlegs race.

The general manager of the local Jimmy John’s franchises has generously provided us with 50 coupons for free subs. Do frequent their restaurants around town and taste their delicious sandwiches.

August 2013 Newsletter

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 aleysieffer@gmail.com 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 aleysieffer@gmail.com if you are willing to work on and keep the website http://facultyclub.fsu.edu/site 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 lindaclickner@gmail.com 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) ble@neuro.fsu.edu or Diane Olsen (386-5797 m.diane.olsen@gmail.com

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 – lindaclickner@gmail.com

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 – aleysieffer@gmail.com

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

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

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 – aleysieffer@gmail.com

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 kea.snuffy@gmail.com 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 m.diane.olsen@gmail.com 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) ble@neuro.fsu.edu or Carol Weissert (297-0111) cweissert@fsu.edu 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 optionsexpert@gmail.com 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 jstepp@fsu.edu 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 aleysieffer@gmail.com 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 mdeniseel15@yahoo.com 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 floridastatepuc@gmail.com
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 ble@neuro.fsu.edu 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 jflake@fsu.edu 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 tkirkwoodtucker@comcast.net or at 656-9514.

Stitch & Chat
Thursday, TBA, 7:30 p.m.
At the home of Cherie Fenstermaker (386-1000).
Please contact Cherie at jfenstermaker@fsu.edu 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.