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EXPERIENCE

BLUESTEM COMMUNITIES

2012-2013 ANNUAL REPORT

Kidron Bethel Village A Bluestem Community

A Bluestem Community


We are Bluestem Communities Planting seeds, growing success

BLUESTEM COMMUNITIES Pursuing our mission

Living our core values

Bluestem Communities is a family of progressive retirement communities dedicated to improving quality of life and providing residential choices, community services, and personalized care with Christian compassion.

1. We are passionately committed to our mission. 2. We believe in being honest and trustworthy. 3. We make a difference in residents’ lives by anticipating needs and respecting their choices. 4. We are committed to teamwork.

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.”

— Ephesians 3:17-19

5. We believe having a positive, encouraging attitude is essential. 6. We believe innovation and a dynamic work ethic are essential to responsible stewardship of company resources. 7. We strengthen our community through positive communication, compassion, respect and humility. 8. We embrace change that improves Bluestem Communities for residents and staff. 9. We strive to do right things by practicing servanthood and great customer service.

I am deeply honored to be a part of two great communities in Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa, and every day I see people who care deeply about our mission and purpose. Two years ago, the Board of Directors and senior management envisioned the enhanced mission of these two communities serving as one through Bluestem Communities. Throughout this report, you will see great stories about how our communities are planting seeds and growing success. It is our hope and prayer that we will feed souls as we exemplify the width, length, height and depth of Christ’s love through our mission. Here are some highlights of how our mission is enhanced and strengthened by becoming one community: 1. Staff, residents and community members are constantly thinking about how we can work together to embrace our mission, purpose and core values. Both communities are sharing information, further strengthening our services. 2. Both Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa earned 5-star ratings in U.S. News and World Report’s “2013 Best Nursing Homes.” Both organizations had outstanding State surveys in 2012 and 2013. Both are past PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) Award winners. Schowalter Villa was recognized at PEAK’s highest level in 2012. 3. In the five years prior to the merger, Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa were averaging a combined change in net asset of $274,000 per year. In 2012, Bluestem Communities had a net change in asset of $577,000, representative of only a 9-month financial in the case of Kidron Bethel Village. 4. This spring, we closed a refinancing for both communities, receiving an interest rate not possible separately, as indicated by U.S. Bank and Ziegler Capital. Our annual savings will be $400,000 to $450,000. This is an example of the many savings we are achieving by working

as one community, enabling us to be better stewards of the resources God entrusts to us. 5. Our staff makes a huge difference in delivering quality of life and care, and overall community culture is our most important focus. Year-to-date employee retention increased significantly this past year. Looking to the future, we constantly are seeking ways to facilitate more effective communication. Areas critical to building community include: • Nurturing a deep sense of belonging for residents and staff • Everyone experiencing and understanding how they are making a difference • Sharing an emotional connection between our two campuses, existing as one community with unique identities • Lastly, incorporating the fruits of the Spirit as we build trust with each other. Now and in the future, Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa each will retain their heritage and continue to serve their communities as they have for decades. Staff on each campus will continue our ministry of demonstrating the depth of God’s love. In a larger sense, Bluestem Communities provides a strong foundation and represents the strength, growth, vibrancy and active lives of the people who choose to make their homes at Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa.

James Krehbiel President and CEO

10. We believe in having fun! Bluestem Communities focuses on a different core value each month, encouraging staff input and synergy. In addition, staff service halls on each campus have been renamed “Core Values Corridor.”

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Service locations Kidron Bethel Village was established in 1926, and Schowalter Villa was founded in 1961. Bluestem Communities formed and became the nonprofit parent organization of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa when the two continuing care retirement communities merged in January 2012. Nearly 750 residents are served on Bluestem Communities’ campuses.

BLUESTEM COMMUNITIES

Hesston Wellness Center 701 S. Main, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-3480, Jason Jones, jasonj@svilla.org Exercise pool, fitness equipment, classes, personal training, arts studio

Lakeside Inclusive 705 S. Main, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-3491, Bethany Schrag, bethanys@svilla.org Concierge Independent Living with enhanced services

Hickory Homes 175 W. Hickory, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-3790, Kristie Diller, kristied@svilla.org HUD housing for ages 62 and better and for the mobility impaired

MyMaid 200 W. Cedar, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-3474, Rick Hankins, rickh@svilla.org Residential and commercial housekeeping service

Kidron Bethel Village 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, KS 67117 316-836-4832, Marilyn King, marilynk@kidronbethel.org Independent and Assisted Living, Health Care, integrated memory care, rehab therapies Kidron Bethel Wellness Center 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, KS 67117 316-836-4843, Tony Helfrich, tonyh@kidronbethel.org Saltwater exercise pool, fitness equipment, classes, personal training Kidron Inc. 500 W. Bluestem, North Newton, KS 67117 316-836-4832, Marilyn King, marilynk@kidronbethel.org HUD housing for ages 62 and better and adults with severe mobility impairment

Progressive Recovery Academy 200 W. Cedar, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-3428, Diane Yoder, dianey@svilla.org Short-term rehabilitation following hospital stays Schowalter Villa 200 W. Cedar, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-0400, Treva Greaser, trevag@svilla.org Independent Living, Assisted Living, Health Care, Progressive Recovery Academy, integrated memory care, rehab therapies Water’s Edge Restaurant 703 S. Main, Hesston, KS 67062 620-327-4099, Tom Basore, tomb@svilla.org Full-service restaurant, catering

Spending time with Schowalter Villa therapy dog Zoey brings joy to residents and staff members. Photo by Vada Snider

Bluestem Communities is honored to serve you The Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa have long-standing records of exemplary care. 2012-13 honors and awards include:

U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes

Kidron Bethel Health Care Center and Schowalter Villa each received high ratings of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s “2013 Best Nursing Homes.” The report is available on the Web at usnews.com/nursinghomes. U.S. News profiles more than 15,000 nursing homes and ranks them by state, using data from Nursing Home Compare, a Web site run by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS assigns each home a rating of one to five stars in these categories: • State-conducted health inspections • Nursing and physical therapy staffing • Quality measures “The U.S. News ranking is a valued and trusted source of perspective for our stakeholders,” says Bluestem Communities President and CEO James Krehbiel. “We see these measures of quality as a starting point, the basis for a much stronger emphasis on high performance that drives us each day to greater standards of excellence.”

PEAK Award

Schowalter Villa is one of two Kansas nursing homes to achieve the PEAK (Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas) Award more than four times from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The Villa is one of six nursing homes awarded at PEAK’s highest achievement level for 2012. Kidron Bethel Village is a past PEAK Award winner. The Center for Aging at Kansas State University invited representatives of several Kansas nursing homes to visit the Villa this spring for “PEAK Experience Days,” to learn how the Villa exemplifies staff empowerment, creates a home-like environment and opportunities for meaningful resident life, and prioritizes resident preferences.

State surveys

Kidron Bethel Village Assisted Living achieved a deficiency-free Kansas Department of Aging Services survey for 2012, and Health Care had three low-level deficiencies. Assisted Living had two deficiencies and Health Care had three in the 2013 survey. Schowalter Villa Health Care and Assisted Living achieved a deficiency-free Kansas Department of Aging Services survey in 2012. In the spring 2013 survey, Health Care received two low-level deficiencies and Assisted Living again was deficiency-free. Read more @ kidronbethel.org svilla.org

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Bluestem Communities’ Board of Directors

Supporting churches Kidron Bethel Village Bethel College Mennonite Church Faith Mennonite Church First Mennonite Church Grace Hill Mennonite Church Shalom Mennonite Church

Seated, from left, Bonnie Sowers, Yvonne Sieber and Rosie Goering Brandt. Standing, from left, Barth Hague, Ron Peters, Marcy Thiesen, Jim Goering, Bruce Weaver, Mel Voth, Lu Willems, David Burns, Paul Harder, and President and CEO James Krehbiel. Photo by Vada Snider

Schowalter Villa Garden Community Church Grace Baptist Church Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church Hesston Mennonite Church Hesston United Methodist Church Highland Trinity United Church of Christ Kingdom Life Ministries Whitestone Mennonite Church

Honoring 2012-13 staff retirees as of May 31, 2013

Kidron Bethel campus: Carla Shilts, RN, AL nurse manager Donna Sperling, RN

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Schowalter Villa campus: Mary Jo Rogers, RN 3 years Carol Diercks, CNA 6 years Ruth Seibel, RN 17 years Jean Selzer, LPN restorative manager 24 years Mary Lindeman, housekeeper 25 years

Dennis LeFevre Gerald Leinbach Clarence Rempel Ellen Samuelson Carla Smith Jim Smith Mark Smith Wylie Smith Elnor Stutzman Gary Unruh Jerry Unruh Carolyn Wohlgemuth Janet Zook

Wellness Centers going strong The Wellness Centers on both campuses continue to be vibrant, significant contributors to Bluestem Communities’ visibility and success in the greater communities they serve. At Hesston Wellness Center, families, college students and residents are taking advantage of a variety of land and water classes. Corporate discounts also are available, says Wellness Center Director Jason Jones. The soothing saltwater of the pool at Kidron Bethel Village also attracts community members and residents for water volleyball and classes, including aerobics and Arthritis Foundation exercise programs. Membership is stronger than ever at both campuses. Hesston Wellness Center membership is at 1,370, the highest in its 13-year history. Bluestem’s Wellness Centers constantly strive to remain on the cutting edge of new opportunities and fitness equipment. Thanks to a generous donor, Kidron Bethel has a new, multi-function weight machine. Two new treadmills were added at Hesston Wellness Center, as well as three new flat-screen TVs. National Senior Health and Fitness Day activities this May included a chair-squat challenge at Kidron Bethel with the $8,000 proceeds going toward the purchase of new chairs and other equipment for the Kidron Bethel Wellness Center. The 2013 Bluestem Communities all-staff voluntary

Emma Creek Classic

Schowalter Villa corporate advisory council Carl Boyer Maria Day Wayne Decker Jim Diller Jeanne Dreier Sherry Dreier Gary Franz Dorothy Friesen Larry Fuqua Cheryl Hershberger Bev Hoskins Richard Knott Susan Lamb

Healthy community

Kaye Penner, above left, retired in spring 2013 from the Bluestem Communities Board of Directors. She served for 11 years, joining the Kidron Bethel Village Board of Directors in 2002. She also served as president of the Bluestem Communities Board of Directors during its inaugural year. Ellen Samuelson, right, served as a board member for 9 years. In 2004, she became a member of the Schowalter Villa Board of Directors. She also retired in spring 2013 after service on the Bluestem Communities Board. Photo by Vada Snider

Kidron Bethel Wellness Center. Photo by Vada Snider

Hesston Wellness Center. Photo by Kim Stahly wellness program is underway on both campuses, supporting the core value of having fun, while attaining personal wellness goals. Staff members are encouraged to work toward walking 10,000 steps a day several times a week.

Bluestem Communities’ K-S Steppers team competed in the 2013 Emma Creek Classic 5K in Hesston. Participants from Kidron Bethel: Anita Bohn; Edna Dyck; Norma Johnson, 3rd in ages 70-74; Lola Schmidt; LaVera Schrag; Kari Silvernale. From Schowalter Villa: Angela Collins; Kristie Diller; Mabel Friesen and daughter Joleta; Treva Greaser; Lucile Hochstetler, 1st in ages 85-99; Michele Janzen, 3rd in ages 50-54; Cindy Janzen; Shawna McBee; Irene Nitsche; Jessica Prouty; Cassandra Rodriguez; Ruth Schmidt, age 95, 3rd in ages 85-99; Traci Seeney; Jean Selzer; Virginia Stutzman, 2nd in ages 80-84; Anyssa and Aimee Tempera-Parks; Janet Thrasher; Cherie Wolgemuth; Diane Yoder; and Dorothy Zook, 3rd in ages 75-79. Photo by Jackie Nelson, Hesston Record

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In March 2013, Kidron Bethel completed a land purchase in the Campus Woods Second and Third Additions to the City of North Newton, buying approximately 18 acres from Al and Jennifer Vogts. The land is located just north of Campus Woods Estates, Kidron Bethel’s 15.45-acre residential addition that includes homes on Lakewood Circle in North Newton. The newly purchased property is bordered on the west by North Anderson Road and on the north by Northwest 36th Street, and includes several lots connecting it to Kidron Bethel’s existing Campus Woods Estates development. “Our vision for the future use of this land includes a fresh and exciting opportunity to develop a community that will appeal to those who desire an active lifestyle,” says Bluestem Communities President and CEO James Krehbiel. The Primrose House Plan “Our initial thoughts are that it will be at least five years before development begins on the new land,” says Krehbiel. “We envision nice retirement homes in a parklike setting, consistent with the caliber of those now being built in our Campus Woods Estates addition.” Amenities include walking trails, a park and Bethel College nearby, and access to wellness facilities and restaurants. For now, increased interest in development continues in Campus Woods Estates where 19 homes are built and occupied. New homes will continue to be constructed on the available Lakewood Circle lots. For more information, call Kevin Geraci, Executive Director of Independent Living and Fund Advancement, 316-836-4826, or visit the Web site at campuswoodsestates.com. Defying gravity since 1952!

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Early in 2013, Kidron Bethel Village launched a $150,000 fundraising campaign in support of developing Kinder Peace Gardens on its main campus. About $20,000 has been raised thus far. “This garden will provide an exciting opportunity for all ages to learn and grow together,” explains Kevin Geraci, Kidron Bethel’s Executive Director of Independent Living and Fund Advancement. Phase 1 will be located on the west side of Ivy Drive, just north of Bluestem Street, and will include seating areas, fire and water features, flowers and plantings. The second phase, “Kinder Gardens and Playground,” will be just west of Phase 1. This family-oriented space will incorporate playground equipment and programming geared toward children and adults exploring the natural world together. Kidron Bethel Grounds Supervisor Brad Burch designed the Kinder Peace Gardens project landscaping and features. “Kinder Peace Gardens will be a place of meditation, to feel the strength and the power of God,” says Kidron Bethel Village resident and Master Gardener Rosie Goering Brandt. For details or to help support the Kinder Peace Gardens project, contact Geraci at 316-836-4826 or email keving@kidronbethel.org.

How does ‘My Garden’ grow? “With silver bells and cockle shells ...” On the Schowalter Villa campus, residents, family members, children, staff and visitors are enjoying the second growing season for the central-courtyard garden project that was part of the “My Garden, My Home” capital campaign. This spring, concrete areas of the courtyard received a coating of cordovan leather stain. Villa Partners’ fundraising provided monies for the concrete staining. If you, your family or friends from a Sunday School class or civic group are interested in helping the garden grow, here are some items on the wish list:

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n More matching small tables and chairs n Large table for family dining n Wood-pellet grill n Grill set n Ice chest on wheels n Thermos For more information, contact Cindy Janzen, 620-327-3476, or email cindyj@svilla.org.

Innovative Lakeside Inclusive enriches lives Lakeside Inclusive resident Wally Jantz, center, and sons Tim and Jeff. Photo by Vada Snider

In response to seniors’ increasing desire to “age in place,” as well as obtain additional on-campus care, Schowalter Villa launched its innovative Lakeside Inclusive independent living program in 2012. “The program’s focus is overall wellness,” explains Lakeside Inclusive Director Bethany Schrag. “And perhaps, more importantly, it’s also about timely response to the ‘little details’ of life that ensure comfort and convenience.” Meals, housekeeping, transportation, utilities, an emergency response system, and an on-call nurse are among the services designed to benefit all program members. A comprehensive list of additional services, such as medication management and personal shopping, can be tailored to respond to changing desires or needs. The relative of a resident says it well: “Lakeside’s hassle-free living and support services provided by caring staff are empowering to Dad – just what a family wants! We are so grateful that you are doing the kinds of things that we can’t do from a distance! This is a way in our lives that God takes care of someone important to us.” A key feature of Lakeside Inclusive is service coordination offered by a “one-stop-shop” concierge, who, along with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, ensures that each resident has access to services that are most beneficial for health and wellness. The concierge also is instrumental in communicating with resident families. “I called Dad tonight, the first longer visit since returning home,” a resident’s son recently wrote to Schrag. “And I found that the companion staff had already addressed getting the hearing aid serviced, checked on a hearing test and got his alarm clock exchanged for a good one. Thanks

for taking care of these details! It gives me a peaceful and secure feeling knowing that attention is being paid so closely.” Lakeside Inclusive services are offered to those moving into suites at Lakeside Village, with excellent access to Water’s Edge Restaurant dining, Hesston Wellness Center activities, mail delivery and more, just outside their front doors. “I believe the desire and need for these kinds of services will only grow,” says Tim Jantz of Pennsylvania, whose father lives in Lakeside Inclusive. “There is great demand for these types of programs here in Lancaster County, and the retirement communities are responding.” For information about Lakeside Inclusive, contact Schrag at 620-327-3491 or email bethanys@svilla.org.

Reinvesting: Schowalter Villa campus n Health Care residents in North Meadows neighborhood are enjoying new recliners, artwork and paint colors in their living room, thanks to a generous donor. n At the Villa Life Center, a roofing project was completed in the lobby, administration, dining room and laundry areas. Included in the project were a new ceiling, lighting and upgrades to the sound and camera systems in the lobby area. In addition, wiring was installed for future technical needs and lobby walls were painted. Landscaping work also was done at the main entry and a new media system was installed in the chapel.

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Reinvesting: Kidron Bethel campus n Kidron Bethel’s maintenance department completed a beautiful wood wainscoting in the first-floor hallway of Village Heights, the three-story, 36-unit apartment complex attached to the Welcome Center. n Sections of Kidron Inc., sidewalks were replaced on the Kidron Bethel campus this spring, utilizing designated funds. Kidron Inc., is a 55-unit, income-based rental apartment complex.

Redecorated PRA room. Photo by Vada Snider

Reinvesting: Schowalter Villa campus

n Utilizing resident and staff feedback, Kidron Bethel Village updated its logo to a more readable type font. The “tapestry” icon also received a makeover courtesy of graphic designer Nancy Miller. n Kidron Bethel Village launched its new kidronbethel.org Web site Feb. 1, featuring a fresh, updated look throughout.

n Progressive Recovery Academy (PRA) is a 12-room, dedicated area for short-term rehabilitation and therapy following a hospital stay. Four of its spacious, private rooms are redecorated with a focus on comfortable, user-friendly features. In addition to redecorating the remaining PRA rooms, plans are to update common spaces, including the lobby and private dining room. The whirlpool room will be remodeled to become a nurse’s office and medication room. For a visual tour of a remodeled room, visit schowalter-villa. org/villa-communities/progressiverecovery-academy/. n Assisted living residents and visitors soon will have ice available 24 hours a day. An ice machine is being installed at the corner of the 100 and 150 halls. n Assisted Living residents benefitted from funds donated for a new fireplace console and flat-screen TV now installed in the Heritage Lounge. To make a difference in the lives of residents by making a donation for items or programs, contact VP of Fund Advancement Cindy Janzen, 620-327-3476 or cindyj@svilla.org, and inquire about items listed in the Villa’s “Wish Book.”

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Community connections Nurturing friendships at Kidron coffees Residents who are members of Kidron Bethel’s supporting churches are excited about staying connected to their congregations through a new coffee time with their pastors. Shalom Mennonite Church was regularly meeting with its resident parishioners, and the program expanded to include Faith Mennonite, Bethel College Mennonite and First Mennonite. “It is a time for sharing coffee, doughnuts and conversation,” says Bluestem Communities Chaplain Debbie Schmidt. “Pastors can update their residents about church happenings and have another way to be in touch. It provides a feeling of congregational support for church members who miss that important From left, Kidron Bethel residents Dotty Janzen, Di Suderman and Lenore Waltner, fellowship.” sharing coffee and conversation at nearby Mojo’s on the Bethel College campus. Schmidt also initiated a Partners Photo by Vada Snider Conversation group. Members of nine area churches meet quarterly for dessert and discussion says Schmidt. “We also hope to begin seeing the about how people experience aging as individuals, and in enormous potential for the richest spiritual journey of our faith communities. lives – our older years.” “Our hope is that those attending will plant seeds Those interested in joining the Partners Conversation of discussion in their congregations and support evergroup may contact Schmidt at 316-836-4829 or email widening conversations about the aging phenomenon,” debbies@kidronbethel.org.

Spiritual life flourishes at the Villa

Kidron Bethel’s updated logo, above right, featured on the new Web site.

Community connections are the cornerstone of Schowalter Villa’s spiritual life program. “The Spiritual Life Committee takes an important role in nurturing activities on the campus,” says Villa Chaplain Wendy Miller. Committee members organized Bible studies for Independent Living and Villa Life Center residents. Through midweek worship offerings, the committee provided large-print Bibles for resident use and study gatherings. Church partnership interactions include musical

programs, children’s ministry visits and an ice cream social. In addition to midweek services in the Villa Chapel, worship services at five area churches are broadcast weekly on Villa TV. Several pastors have monthly, on-campus gatherings with their parishioners. A resident ladies’ ensemble also provides music programs at area church gatherings. Bluestem Communities Chaplain Debbie Schmidt was the featured speaker at Schowalter Villa’s Annual Thanksfest, and both chaplains participated in Good Friday services at each campus.

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Circle of friendship constantly expanding Like the deeply rooted prairie grass that Bluestem Communities is named for, strong relationships continually are being established between residents of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa. While the two communities officially came together a relatively short time ago, many robust relationships have been flourishing for years. And friendships continue to develop as new residents with various interests and views join the campuses. Among the longstanding friendships existing between campuses are Villa resident Paul Friesen and Kidron Bethel’s Bob Regier, former teaching colleagues in the art departments of both Hesston and Bethel colleges. “During our decades of teaching,” says Bob, “Our wives, Wilma Friesen and Vernette Regier, also became very good friends.” The couples continue to nourish their friendship through emails and personal visits. Villa resident Roberta Renich, a member of the Bethel College Class of 1941, also has a number of friends from her college days who are living at Kidron Bethel. Among them are John “J.O.” Schrag and Jake Goering. A group of former Pawnee Rock residents meets regularly for coffee and conversation at their new home in Kidron Bethel Village, sharing news about the town happenings and acquaintances still there. Howard and Marlene Habegger of Schowalter Villa are distantly related to David Habegger, a Kidron Bethel resident. Numerous campus connections extend beyond familial relationships. Howard and Marlene are members of Faith Mennonite Church and have several “church friends” living at Kidron Bethel. Many such relationships are being nurtured across both campuses. Best of all, the circle of friendship is constantly expanding to welcome new residents from all life experiences and backgrounds. Current residents are eager to connect and communicate with newcomers. It’s an exciting time to be a resident at Kidron Bethel and Schowalter Villa!

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Six of the 33 members of the Inman High School Class of 1950, left, staged a reunion of sorts, all purchasing homes at Schowalter Villa. From left: new kid on the block Corky Kornelson Cooprider, who moved in a year ago; class salutatorian Roy Unruh, who came in 2002, and wife Mildred Goertzen Martens Unruh, the first to move to the Villa, in 1994; James Heidebrecht, who came in 2008; class valedictorian Elsie Neufeld Miller, who moved to the Villa in 2002; and Martha Jo Rhodes Abel, who arrived in 2006. None of the high school chums could have guessed where the paths of life would take them, eventually reuniting them at a retirement community just 23 miles from their hometown. Read their story online at schowalter-villa.org/ about/news. Photo by Vada Snider

Old Fashioned Celebration Day and Fireworks Extravaganza

MyMaid serves residential customers in Hesston, North Newton and the surrounding communities. Photo by Vada Snider

MyMaid is important community contact MyMaid Housekeeping Services continues to be one of the fastest-growing success stories of Bluestem Communities. In December 2010, MyMaid began with 13 customers. Now it has served more than 200 residential and commercial customers, and is one of the largest housekeeping companies in southcentral Kansas. There are nine staff members, with plans to add two more. The key source of growth is referrals from satisfied customers. MyMaid strives to maintain high levels of satisfaction by delivering exceptional, quality service in a timely and dependable manner. Utilizing bonded and insured staff also helps create a sense of security for customers. “We take seriously our role in representing the core values of Bluestem Communities,” says Director of MyMaid Housekeeping Services Rick Hankins. “MyMaid staff often represents the only connection to Bluestem Communities for many customers. As staff members exemplify Bluestem core values while performing their work, they become a significant source of recognition and awareness for the entire organization.” As customers experience satisfaction, the reputation and brands of Bluestem Communities are strengthened.

Kidron Bethel Village will host an “Old Fashioned Celebration Day and Fireworks Extravaganza” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at 3001 Ivy Drive in North Newton. The fundraising event benefits the Health Care Benevolent Fund and is similar to Villa Days on the Schowalter Villa campus. There will be a silent auction for themed gift baskets, a pulled pork BBQ meal for a donation, kids’ games, a Newton-Hesston square dance club demonstration, and bluegrassgospel-folk music by Book of Jebb -- featuring Bluestem Communities’ own Old Fashioned Celebration Day Lakeside Inclusive always attracts a fun crowd! Director Bethany Photo by Susan Garofalo Schrag. The 10th annual Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 is a gift to residents and their families, underwritten and presented by the Kidron Bethel Maintenance Department. Old Fashioned Celebration Day and Fireworks Extravaganza is open to the public, as well as to all Bluestem Communities staff, residents and their families.

SAVE THE DATE:

Villa Days is Sept. 20-21 on the Schowalter Villa campus

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Culinary community

The

Harvest TABLE

Frances Siemens, left, and Monica Gross share a laugh at Kidron Bethel Village. Photo by Vada Snider

Choosing to dine with friends For residents at Kidron Bethel Village, the dining experience is all about choices. A new “all-day, every day, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. menu” allows Assisted Living and Health Care residents greater flexibility in their eating times. “We also have a greater variety of items to choose from on afternoon dessert carts,” says Director of Dining Services Judi Crump. “Dining rooms now have comment cards to gather input from residents about their menu-selection preferences.” The Assisted Living kitchen recently received new tableware, and the main kitchen is utilizing the tableware previously used in the Assisted Living area. Fresh-veggie breakfast omelets and a new cappuccino machine are popular items recently added. Numbers of Harvest Table diners are increasing since daily menus are being featured on the “In the Loop” e-newsletter for Independent Living residents. “We invite friends to come to the Harvest Table for any meal,” says Crump. “That includes the lunch buffet after church on Sunday or any time during the week. It’s all about friendships and the community experiences that come from dining together.”

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Water’s Edge now open Friday, Saturday evenings Diners are enjoying the Friday and Saturday evening meals now offered at the Water’s Edge Restaurant, overlooking beautiful Lake Vista on the Schowalter Villa campus. In February, the restaurant extended its Friday and Saturday hours to include the evening meal time from 5 to 8. Among the choices on the special evening menu are the restaurant’s famous smoked meats, steaks, salmon and numerous homestyle favorites. “We’re excited about using locally sourced ingredients,” says Water’s Edge Manager Tom Basore. Those with dietary restrictions may appreciate Diners enjoy the ambience of the Water’s Edge. some of the restaurant’s Photo by Vada Snider preservative-free, madefrom-scratch dishes, such as homemade breads, vanilla ice cream and caramel- or chocolate-sauce toppings. The restaurant also is open Thursday evenings, from 5 to 8, offering specialty buffets: family-style fried chicken the first week of the month, waffles with toppings and sausage the second week, burgers the third week, and authentic Mexican food the fourth week. Breakfast and lunch buffets also continue to be offered. For information about the Water’s Edge, visit watersedgehesston.com.

Water’s Edge R E S TAU R A N T

A Service of Bluestem Communities

HOURS WEDNESDAY: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. THURSDAY: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open 5 to 8 p.m. for Specialty Buffets (closed 5th Thursday evening of the month) FRIDAY: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 to 8 p.m. SATURDAY: 7 to 11 a.m. 5 to 8 p.m. SUNDAY BRUNCH: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Exploring the world of food Once a month at lunchtime, Schowalter Villa residents are tastefully transported to exotic locations like Egypt, Argentina, Australia and Turkey. They dine on regional specialties like crillo de pollo -- a corn, potato and chicken chowder dish popular in Venezuela, bife de lomo (beef), chimichurri sauce, arroz verde (green rice) and vanilla or cappuccino flan. And it’s all happening in the comfortable setting of their own dining room at the Villa Life Center. “I’ve always wanted to feature international meals,” says LaDeena Burke, Director of Dining Services. Burke researches each country and prepares an explanation of the menu items for diners, as well as a fact sheet about the natural and agricultural resources and climate of

the locale. Food Production Manager Michael Kauffman is increasingly involved in researching authentic cultural food recipes and preparation. In addition to the international choices, a “comfort food” meal of chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy is a popular option. “I encourage our residents to try a small amount of our international food feature,” says Burke. “Many of them want to taste the new foods. “It’s extremely important for our residents to be empowered about their food choices,” says Burke. “And we are dedicated to preparing a variety of delicious dishes from which they can choose.”

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Giving community Volunteers empowering others It is said that volunteers often are the “glue” that strengthens a community, and Bluestem Communities campuses are no exception. The connections we make through volunteerism are more significant than the gift of time itself, firmly bonding us with our community members for the benefit of all involved. “Maintenance staff greatly benefits from volunteers. We’ve connected resident volunteers to gardening and lawncare that they find enjoyable and stress-relieving. They experience satisfaction in giving to their community and doing their part to make it wonderful. This is incredibly valuable! Best of all, through these personal connections, we cultivate opportunities to hear their life stories!” — Tyson Miller, Schowalter Villa Director of Independent Living Volunteering helps create memorable, lasting relationships. It’s intriguing to watch college students visit with residents each semester, says Volunteer Services Coorinator Megan Kelley. Within weeks, most are eagerly and increasingly devoting time to playing games or visiting, taking in the wealth of knowledge gleaned from the Villa’s diverse group of residents. “I chose to volunteer seven years ago to empower and inspire at-risk youth. Now, as I offer one-on-one interaction with residents at Schowalter Villa retirement community, every day I leave wanting to do and be more, personally. The

The stories the residents share, the lives they built with their bare hands, their everlasting loyalty to their spouses, and their relationships completely apart from technology are only part of what I adore about them. -- Volunteer Loretta Strong

stories the residents share, the lives they built with their bare hands, their everlasting loyalty to their spouses, and their relationships completely apart from technology are only part of what I adore about them. I truly am inspired to live a life worth sharing, as they do. See, volunteering doesn’t just benefit the organization. It has a priceless return with what you take from it. I wish more people would react to that voice inside when it says, ‘I want to give back.’ If people could see the natural reward there in itself, we all would practice unity in our communities.” — Loretta Strong, current Villa volunteer To become a Villa volunteer, call Kelley at Schowalter Villa Volunteer Services, 620-327-3413, or email megank@ svilla.org.

Schowalter Villa Volunteer of the Year Joyce Holck, left, and Volunteer Services Coordinator Megan Kelley. Photo by Ariana Kauffman

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Christine Waltner listens to a story read by her “adopted grandchildren.” Photo by Susan Garofalo

Learning life lessons at every age Fourth-graders, teens, college students and retirees are learning life lessons from each other on the campus of Kidron Bethel Village. “We’re always looking for ways to bring the greater community and its special connections to our residents,” says Kidron Bethel Activities Director Beth Penner. Kidron Bethel routinely focuses on a variety of activities to stimulate resident interest in different aspects of life, such as music and entertainment, education, worship, social interaction and service opportunities. This past school year was the first for the foster grandparent program, and 75 fourth-graders from Newton’s Southbreeze Elementary SOS (Students Offering Service) Club were matched with health care, assisted living and independent living residents at Kidron Bethel. Each resident volunteer “adopted” three student “grandchildren” for sharing stories, letters, cards and activity time. Several of the grandparents are retired teachers whose love of children extends beyond their formal careers. “I thought the children could learn a different aspect of caring by having a special older adult to spend time with,” says Southbreeze fourth-grade teacher Kathy Chouinard. “It’s a good feeling to give as well as receive.” Canton-Galva High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) group shared its youthful energy at

Kidron Bethel’s Senior Olympics, a unique “Santa on the Beach” party and at a job shadowing day. Canton-Galva FBLA won a Kansas Partnership with Business award for its volunteer program with Kidron Bethel and the project now is in national-level contention for possible recognition in June 2013. Penner also received an award for her role in the program. Newton High School’s National Honor Society members completed their first “Building Bridges” service project at Kidron Bethel. The students earned community service hours and possibly a newfound respect for the “life wisdom” acquired through aging. NHS members researched songs popular during the youth of many Kidron Bethel residents, then presented a lively concert and singalong. “It is good for our residents to get to know groups of caring, compassionate, energetic young people who are excited about learning and experiencing life,” Penner says. “Likewise, Kidron Bethel residents are willing to share their wisdom and exceptional gifts with the younger generation. We are sowing the seeds of understanding regarding what each generation has to offer the other. Hopefully both will experience something wonderful and unexpected.” Those interested in volunteering at Kidron Bethel Village may call Penner at 316-836-4842 or email bethp@kidronbethel.org.

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Creating community

Building relationships with new communities Bluestem Communities staff members and resident ambassadors are traveling to area senior centers, presenting informative and entertaining programs as an outreach to the community. This year, more than 350 people have been reached through 17 programs at area senior centers. Some of the programs being presented: Schowalter Villa Volunteer Services Coordinator Megan Kelley is teaching people about Facebook; Kidron Bethel resident Justina Neufeld is sharing her personal story, “A Family Torn Apart;” Villa resident Jack Hobbs is an Oliver tractor aficionado who shares his knowledge; Kidron Bethel resident Robert Clark is playing piano tunes from the ’30s and ’40s; Villa resident Sue Kruger is sharing her watercolor expertise; and Kidron Bethel resident Clorene Smith is sharing about her interest in watercolor painting, as well as her story of surviving the Greensburg tornado. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes continue to be held at both Kidron Bethel and Schowalter Villa. The noncredit short courses are specially developed for folks 50 and better. Spring-semester offerings attracted more than 200 people from Bluestem campuses, as well as the greater community, to learn about topics like Mennonite Prussian soldiers, the history of the automobile and Middle Eastern dynamics. Osher classes are held in conjunction with the University of Kansas. Watch kidronbethel.org and svilla.org for a list of fall class offerings.

Hettie Conrad demonstrates quilting for a group of interested youngsters from the Hesston Intergenerational Child Care Center. Photo by Vada Snider

Et Cetera Shop volunteers help stock shelves and work the cash register at the store in Newton. Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa residents volunteer at the shop. Leonard Goering, also a Kidron Bethel resident, does substitute teaching for the Newton school district. Residents from both Kidron Bethel and Schowalter Villa volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee and Newton Medical Center, and at other area businesses. Photo by Vada Snider

Do you have a quilt to be hand-stitched? Contact Cindy Janzen or Ariana Kauffman at 620-327-2007.

The warmth of friendship Watercolor instructor Sue Kruger, left, enjoys talking with Kathy Smith during a class at Newton Area Senior Center. Photo by Susan Garofalo

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The warmth generated by a quilt often begins with the fellowship of the stitchers creating it. Hettie Conrad, a resident of Schowalter Villa, knows firsthand that the threads of friendship are among the beautiful results of quilting. At age 26, Conrad decided a church quilting group might be a creative way to become acquainted with other women and form new friendships. She knew how to sew by hand, and the church provided babysitting services while the ladies sewed and visited. That pattern was repeated many times, with numerous friendships created in church quilting circles. “Each time our family moved to a new community, quilting offered a way to get to know new people,” Conrad says. “I benefitted from so many relationships and had a way to connect with friends. “Two of the ladies who joined our quilters’ group weren’t involved in the church,” Conrad adds. “Through our shared time working on our hobby, one of them decided to join the fellowship of the church.”

Her five children, eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren all are blessed with a quilt lovingly stitched by Conrad. Though she has “no idea” how many quilts she’s helped create, she estimates “just one queen-size quilt could take up to three months for a person to complete.” “Quilting is relaxing,” she says. “I listen to music. I enjoy visiting with the people who stop at our quilt frame that is set up in the front entrance of our busy retirement community.” Conrad, who has lived in seven different communities during her 83 years, sometimes spends up to 6½ hours a day on her quilting hobby. “If you’re interested in learning to quilt, begin by working with someone who is experienced,” Conrad advises. “Their expertise will help you hone good skills. You’ll also develop a new friendship, and you never know what all might come from that!” Conrad’s enthusiasm for quilting is as fresh as it was nearly 60 years ago when she began the hobby. “Why, you can see the results of your work,” she says, smiling. “The fabric just comes alive.”

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Taking a turn at mentoring From left, friends Twila Penner, Bonnie Scheid and Roma Garber Schmidt visit at the Water’s Edge Restaurant on the Schowalter Villa campus. Photo by Vada Snider

Sharing a good word Every life represents a captivating story worth the telling. Many of those tales are being recorded for future generations, as Bluestem Communities residents share the richness of their wisdom and life experiences through the written word. Published authors abound on both campuses. At Kidron Bethel, Dr. Wilmer Harms recently published his sixth book, “Doc’s Memoirs,” featuring tales from his work as a family physician in the Hesston community. He’s also written nonfiction books about wartime refugees who journeyed through China from Russia, the 125-year history of a church in Inman, and several genealogy works. Roma Garber Schmidt, a resident at Schowalter Villa, also is a prolific writer, with five books to her credit. In 1999, she published “Christina Rebecca,” the story of her mother’s youth in Comanche County, Kan., during the early 1900s. Her second book, “From Alpha to Omega,” published in 2004, continued her mother’s story. Poetry was the focus of Schmidt’s 2008 title, “Inside Out,” and like her previous books, it featured her own illustrations. Schmidt’s fourth book, “To Live in Christ,” published in 2009, chronicled the centennial history of Hesston Mennonite Church. Her fifth book, “Whisper of the Wind,” is filled with her photography and poetry. Villa author Bonnie Scheid’s newest book, “Seniors Living Well,” is filled with inspirational topics from “attitude” to “zest for life,” replete with insight about nutrition, exercise and health. “Recycle Your Life,” her first book, was published in 2009. She regularly writes a column in the Hesston Record newspaper. Among the other books written by authors at Schowalter Villa are “Two Feet Apart at the Altar,” the love story of Roy and Mabel Martens Unruh, and “That’s That,” Howard Hershberger’s autobiography written for his children and grandchildren.

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Some of the books written by Kidron Bethel residents include “The Twice-Paid Farm,” a memoir about Rhoda Yoder written by her granddaughter, Twyla Schrock; “A Family Torn Apart,” a story of escape from Communist Russia during World War II by Justina Neufeld; “Memories of a Lifetime,” Jake Goering’s story of commitment and risk-taking in the quest for fulfillment and wholeness; and “The Ideal Couple,” a memoir about marriage by Marilyn Wolgemuth and her late husband Carl, and “God’s Talk: Sharing the Gospel with the Isthmus Aztec People in Southern Mexico,” the story of the Wolgemuths’ work with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Many other Bluestem Communities residents have written their autobiographies, researched and recorded complex genealogical works for family members, or penned their memoirs for future generations. Are you writing your story?

Woodturner and craftsman John Buckner retired to Kidron Bethel Village, where he pursues his love of woodturning and produces handcrafted items to sell at area venues. He also is mentoring Bethel College students Jason Smith of Garland, Texas, and twins Cody and Scott McCall of Conway Springs, teaching them the finer points of woodturning. The trio began weekly sessions several years ago as freshmen, working with Buckner at his home to learn more about his craft. The McCalls will be juniors and Smith a senior this fall at Bethel College in North Newton, and all are playing on the Threshers’ football team. This spring, Buckner and his students presented a woodturning program at Garden City Community College. Their art is now on exhibit at the college campus in Garden City. “More than demonstrating what we do,” explains Buckner, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to help the Garden City students do some hands-on woodturning.”

From left, Bethel College students Scott and Cody McCall work on their woodturning projects with Jason Smith and mentor John Buckner. Photo by Susan Garofalo

Buckner’s mentoring experience is an example of many such relationships thriving on Bluestem Communities campuses, where there are ample opportunities for intergenerational interaction between residents and college students.

Walkabout Gallery showcases local artists

Jacob D. “Jake” Goering completed his autobiography, “Memories of a Lifetime,” after taking a writing and storytelling class at Kidron Bethel.

The Walkabout Gallery at Schowalter Villa is located at 701 S. Main, and is open to the public, the same hours as Hesston Wellness Center. Any resident or community member willing to showcase his or her talent is welcome to contact Ariana Kauffman about the opportunity to display and sell their artwork. Contact Kauffman at 620-327-3477 or email arianak@svilla.org.

Photo by Vada Snider

Walkabout Gallery schedule:

Clorene Smith instructs a watercolor painting class Tuesday mornings at Kidron Bethel. Photo by Vada Snider

June: Gale Nachtigal, photography July: Sadie Webb, spray-paint art August: Neil Kerbs, Kansas landscapes September: Hesston Wellness Center Oil Painting Club

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Bluestem Communities financial report

2012

opened a new chapter in the history of Kidron Bethel Village and Schowalter Villa when the two retirement communities merged and Bluestem Communities was formed as the overarching organization. Bluestem Communities chose a calendar-year end, and the 2012 financial report reflects a 9-month period for the Kidron Bethel campus. Beginning in 2013, all results will reflect a 12-month period. Despite additional expenses during the initial years of a merger and the short-year results for Kidron Bethel campus, Bluestem Communities increased net assets by $577,000 in 2012. This compares to the most recent 5-year annual average combined increase in net assets of $274,000 for Kidron Bethel and Schowalter Villa. As facilities age, the ongoing marketability of the community typically depends on maintaining the physical plant. Bluestem Communities’ average age of facility is 12 years, remaining strong compared to the regional average of 15 years. Bluestem takes pride in all its well-maintained facilities. The merger enables department managers and staff to find new ways to reduce costs while improving the quality of care and services provided. By keeping costs down, Bluestem Communities maintains a higher full-time equivalent per average daily census in its skilled nursing facilities as compared to regional averages. Outstanding facilities and quality of care helped Bluestem Communities’ occupancy remain strong throughout 2012. Health Care occupancy was 94.2% compared to regional averages of 87.5%, and Assisted Living occupancy was 94.5% compared to the 83.8% regional average. Independent Living occupancy held strong at 94.5%.

Bluestem Communities, Inc. Consolidated Balance Sheets

Bluestem Communities, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Operations

Carolyn Wilhelm Chief Financial Officer

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$5,000 and more Venture Club members

Kidron Bethel Retirement Services Inc., Donors April 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 Thank you for your generous donations that help support Kidron Bethel Retirement Services Inc., and its mission of compassionate, Christian service to its residents. Our sincere apology for the omission of any donor’s name. Please notify us of any corrections that need to be made by calling the Fund Advancement office, 316-836-4826.

Opposite page: Resident Jean Cole, left, and Activities Director Beth Penner enjoy time with Kidron Bethel’s therapy dog, Dobson. Photo by Vada Snider

Virginia Claassen Estate Everence The Mennonite Foundation Art & Ruth Schmidt $1,000 to $4,999 Venture Club members Dr. Bruce & Maribeth Buhr Anne and John D. Buller Ray D. & Rosie Goering Brandt David C. & Barbara Burns Helen Entz Rev. John A. & Bernice Esau Lester Ewy & Elvera Voth First Mennonite Church Elsie Flaming Laura Friesen Jacob D. Goering Paul & Eldine Harder Doreen Harms Dotty Janzen Eileen Janzen Kidron Bethel Auxiliary Clifford & Marilyn King James and Julie Krehbiel Ralph & Evelyn Lehman Ruth Linscheid Next Element Consulting, LLC Virgil & Kaye Penner Willy & Gerry Penner RiverSource Life Insurance Company Roland Schmidt Dr. Richard & Frances Siemens Sizemore, Burns & Gillmore, P.A. Velma Teichroew Robert & Ruth Unruh Al & Jennifer Vogts Vogts Construction Marie W. Voth Martha Voth $25 to $999 Ethel Abrahams Alliance Monitoring Technologies LLC American Funds Anonymous

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Elda Bachman Helen Bargen Floyd Bartel & Justina Neufeld Harlan & Grace Bartel Lewis Bartel Bob & Donna Becker Bethel College Bethel College Mennonite Church and Women’s Fellowship BonWorth John Buckner Bud and Steve Auto Service Howard Buller Leroy & Ramona Busenitz Ellen Byergo Dwight & Connie Claassen Kim & Debbie Claassen Roland Claassen Walter Claassen Judith A. Cross Jerry L. & Debra Decker Waunita Decker Geoff & Verda Deckert Kenneth Deckert Waldo & Hazel Dick Michael & Ann Doerksen Kent & Jo Dove Dr. George & Edna Dyck Tina Block Ediger Dianne Epp Faith & Life Bookstore Faith Mennonite Church First Bank of Newton Melanie Florine Dr. Paul & Judy Fransen Rodney & LaDeen Frey Barbara Friesen John W. & Mary Gaeddert Becky Gaede Bertha Fern Gerber Mary Ann Gertsen Leona Gingerich Barb Goering Kevin & Tara Goering Theodore “Jim” & Shirley Goering Rachel Goossen Graber’s Plumbing & Heating Grace Hill Mennonite Church Monica Gross David Habegger Barth & Betty Hague Mary Harms Merril & Gladys Harms

Richard & Wanda Harms Shirley Harshbarger Hesston Pharmacy Harvey C. & Alison Hiebert Mark & Sandra Hiebert Nancy Hilty Wilma R. Hinz Thomas Hoskins Vern H. & Helen Jantz Kenneth & Mary Janzen Mr. & Mrs. Walter Jost Ken Crump Home Improvements Jeannette K. Kitch Melvin Klaassen Louise Koehn Jean Krahn Kerry & Nancy Krehbiel David & Heidi Kreider Robert & Lois Kreider Mary Lasiter Mr. & Mrs. Howard Lohrentz Midland National Bank Vickie Kay Moore Rosemary Moyer Berneil Rupp Mueller & Ted Mueller Newton Medical Center Eleanor Nickel Clarence B. & Gladys Niles Paul Oswald Dewayne & Betty Pauls Vernon & Janice Pauls Penner Manufacturing Don & Kathryn Penner Jason & Beth Penner Mr. & Mrs. Joe Peters Ronald & Carol Peters Prairie Harvest Marles & Norma Preheim Vern Preheim & Norma Johnson Arlin & Janora Ratzlaff Marie Ratzlaff Realty Connections Gary & Gloria Rediger Marie Regehr Doris L. Regier Edwin & Ella Regier Lois Regier Raymond & Gladys Regier Robert & Vernette Regier Clarence & Amanda Rempel John & Phyllis Rempel Richard & Erna Rempel Loren & Peggy Reusser Esther Rinner

Sherry Rowland Anne & Byron Rupp Ruzen Flowers Armin & Ellen Samuelson Mr. & Mrs. Phil Sawatzky Weldon & Florence Schloneger Barbara Schmidt Don & Debbie Schmidt Donald & Marlene Schmidt Harold Schmidt Hartzel & Ilene Schmidt John D. & Linda Schmidt Junia & Doris Schmidt Lola Schmidt John & Hulda Schrag Laura Ann Schrag LaVera Schrag Gerald & Yvonne Siebert Donald & Rosie Smith Evelyn Smith Mr. & Mrs. Stanley J. Smucker Keith L. & Aldine Sprunger Ted & Kathleen Stein Elvera J. Suderman Luree Swedberg The Citizens State Bank Marcy & Jeff Thiesen Carl & Louise Thieszen Mr. & Mrs. Donald Thompson William & Ann Thompson Todd Barnes State Farm Agency Pauline Toews Belva Unruh Elva Unruh Oliver & Elizabeth Unruh Otis & Vera Unruh Cindy Vanover Mildred Vogt Omar & Carolyn Voran Peter & Lois Voran Jane Voth Melvin & Mary Sue Voth Lenore Waltner Frank & Margaret Ward Connie Weber Doris Weber Wenger Oil Inc. Orletta Wiebe LaWanda L. Wiens Dr. Wendell Wiens Violet Wildeboor Lu & Judie Willems Marilyn Wolgemuth John & Sandra Zerger

Kidron Bethel Memorials and Honors Kidron Bethel Retirement Services Inc., gratefully acknowledges gifts and tributes made in memory and in honor of loved ones and friends listed below.

In Memory Millie Austermiller Arlene Balzer Virginia Claassen Roland R. Decker Alma Ruth Dyck Horton Flaming Emma Frey Wilmer Friesen Beth Goering Joan Gray Esther Harms Martha Hiebert Heinz Janzen Laura Janzen

In Honor Donna Klaassen Arlan Krehbiel Alice Kreider Bernice Penner Shirley Pener Clara Reimer Margaret Rich Leona Sawatzky Ruth Sawatzky Gertrude Schmidt Richard Schmidt N. Paul Stucky Willard Waltner Ruth Wiebe Norma Wiens

Iris Banman Roland R. Decker Martha Harms Harold Moyer Margaret Rich Esther Schrag Rosella Toevs Harris & Christine Waltner Marilyn Wolgemuth

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Schowalter Villa Donors Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 Heartfelt thanks to our donors for your generous gifts of support. We are grateful for you. Every effort has been made to accurately recognize each donor. If you notice any errors, please accept our sincere apology and contact the Fund Advancement office with your corrections at 620-327-2007.

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George & Martha Abel Jo Sean Abel Jim & Jerry Agar Cliff & Lois Amstutz Anonymous John & Rita Balzer Harlan & Grace Bartel LaMar & Karen Bender John & Betty Bergey Daniel & Jeanne Billings Carolyn Bitikofer Dennis & Mary Bitikofer Elizabeth Bitikofer Leroy & Doris Bitikofer Helen Bloom Jared & Katelyn Boese Gary & Kay Bontrager Jerre & Lucy Bontrager Jamie & Monte Borders Erv & Priscilla Boschmann Carl & Joan Boyer Karen Breese Brent & Angie Brockmueller Stanley & Eloise Brown Dale & Deb Brubacher Don & Margaret Brubacher Paul & Grace Brunner Clinton & Marian Bryan William & Raenette Bryan Verna Buerge Chuck & Darlene Buller Darlene S. Buller Paul & Marna Burckhart David & Barb Burns Mr. & Mrs. Roger K. Busenitz Jason & Tillie Byler Shirley Yoder & Byron J. Oberst Barbara Callahan L. Scott & C. Diane Campbell Kent & Marcia Carlson Carpenter & May Central National Bank Larry & Helen Chambers Edward G. Cherry Citizen’s State Bank City of Hesston Sara Claassen Aaron & Karyn Clanton Hilton & Clara Clausen Kathleen Colborn Harper & Pearl Cole John & Sandy Cole Conrade Insurance Group Inc. Joyce Cook William & Valerie Cooper Coralou Cooprider Harold & Norma Craig Travis & Breanne Creamer Nora Bell Dalke

Dave & Sharon DeBliek-Anderson Wayne & Edna Decker Wesley & Marliss Detmers Herman & Mary Ellen Diener Arnold & Wilmetta Dietzel Doris Diller Eugene & Donna Diller Bob & Marcella Diller Minda Kay Doebbeling Richard Drake & Kathleen Schroeder Lurena Dunn Linda Ediger Barbara Eichelberger Mabel Eichhorn Donna Eigsti Orlin & Ina Eigsti Wesley & Bernice Eilers Carol Ely Wayne & Barbara Engelhardt Gerry & Ruth Epp Jim & Jan Erb Everence Financial Gordon Ewy Excel Industries, Inc. John & Jenny Fast William & Pam Fast Lola Fensky Ronald & Virginia Ferchen First Bank of Newton Sally Fleming Glenda Franklin Paul & Julia Fransen Marlin & Deane Frey Michael & Jeannette Frey Dennis & Mabel Friesen Jon & Kathleen Friesen Judy Friesen Mary L. Friesen Paul & Wilma Friesen Walter & Carol Friesen Richard & Karen Fulk Fuqua, Ruth, Typer Insurance Zenora Gard Garden City Community College Garden Community Church Bill & Val Gatz Lloyd Goering Lowell & Judith Goering Ryan & Kylie Goering Raymond & Rosie Goering Brandt Golden Plains Credit Union Arnita H. Graber Leon & Treva Greaser Clayton & Emma Gunden Barth & Betty Jo Hague

Allen & Marcia Hahn Harper Industries, Inc. Peter & Marilyn Hartman Harvey County Farm Bureau Association Harvey County Health Department Richard & Sandy Hayden Larry & Barbara Hays James & Bonnie Heidebrecht Dan & Alleah Heise Ken & Diane Helmuth Rita Hensley Mary Herr Howard & Martha Hershberger James & Phyllis Hess Hesston Area Seniors Inc. Hesston Community Foundation Hesston Decorating, LLC Hesston Golden Agers Hesston Mennonite Church Hesston Mennonite Church Friendship Sunday School Class Hesston Mennonite Church Pathfinders Sunday School Class Hesston United Methodist Church Tracy G. Hilker Grace Histand Jack & Nyla Hobbs Dale & Lucile Hochstetler Dennis & Jeannine Hoheisel Marvin & Joyce Holck David Holsinger Tom & Beverly Hoskins Orlin & Ethel Huxman Rich & Margie Huxman Steven Jackson Mary Jantz Melvin & JoAnn Jantz Jon & Mary Beth Jantzen Cindy Janzen Michele & John Janzen Richard Janzen Carl & Mildred Johnson Alvin Johnston Kansas Grown, Inc. Kansas Health Foundation David Kasitz Ariana & Joel Kauffman David & Lynda Kauffman Owen & Sondra Kaufman Richard & Barbara Kaufman Howard & Tami Keim Keith Schrag Insurance, Inc. Megan Kelley James & Leanne Kilmer

Myrdith King Kingdom Life Ministries Jeanie Kirby Jean Marie Kirchhofer Lenora Klassen Myron & Shelley Klassen Richard & Marilyn Knott Fred & Linda Koup KPERS Employee Fund Deneen Krehbiel James & Julie Krehbiel Ronald & Cynthia Krehbiel Ken & Kimberly Kropf Harold & Sue Kruger B. & Paula Kuhns Lafe T Williams & Associates Randall Lais, MD Mike & Susan Lamb Dan & Connie Latta Dana Laughlin Bud Laughlin Nialson & Karen Sue Lee Dennis & Jen LeFevre Hilda Lewis Gerald Lichti Kevin & Stephanie Lindgren Donald & Rebecca Linscheid Marcus & Cynthia Loganbill Wilma Loganbill Elizabeth Lohmolder Randall & Cynthia Loucks Stephen & Glenna Lowry Cynthia Lygrisse Emerson & Thelma Martin Bill & Ruth Mason Phillip & Cynthia Friesen Mason Ronald & Darlene Matz Ernest & Helen McClain Phyllis McCosh Mark & Carolyn McGinn Phyllis McKee Mid Kansas Cooperative Association Mid Kansas Eye Care of Hesston Mid Kansas Family Practice, P.A. Berta I. Miller Billie & Carolyn Miller Evelyn Miller Galen Miller Ivan Miller Kenneth & Evelyn Mae Miller Mark & Wendy Miller Oletta Miller Steven & Marcia Miller Miller-Ott Funeral Home Kathy Mills Robert & Glenna Mitchum

Brent & Janell Moerer Darrel & Jill Moore Adam Moss Moundridge Funeral Home Brian & Kelli Mowry Bob & Janie Mullet Mark & Ronda Myers Shirley Naffziger Kenneth & Teresa Neufeld Newton Medical Center Lorraine D. Niemela Vernon & Lennea Nikkel Warren Nuss Timothy & Sue Nyberg Byron B.Oberst Matthew & Nancy Oberst Gary & Jan Orpin Lila Osborne Lloyd & Pamela Otte John Pagels Joey & Cheryl Parkins Tom & Jolene Parmenter Dean & Sandra Patterson Charles & Carolyn Pauls Al & Sue Penner Kyle & Anne Penner Lauren & Twila Penner Lawrence & Kathryn Penner Virgil & Kaye Penner Jeanette Peters Ron & Carol Peters Charles & Gail Peterson Roger & Donna Pfaff Innes Phillips Karen Phillips Eunice Porter Preferred Builders, Inc. Deborah Premoe Patricia Ann Purvis David & Lillian Quiring Dwight Quiring William & Maurine Regehr John & Karen Regier Regier Construction, Inc. Delmer & Gerry Reimer Roberta Renich Ray & Naomi Ressler Loren & Peggy Reusser Ronald & Carla Riffel Opal Nitzsche Ripley Chris & Trisha Rizzo Rockhill Insurance Company Kenneth Rodgers Pearl Rodgers Roofing Services Unlimited Clark & Debra Roth Jim & Chris Roth Elda Roupp Kent & Carolyn Rychener Armin & Ellen Samuelson

Eric & Julie Samuelson Ron Samuelson Burt & Gerry Sanders Bob & Bonnie Scheid John & Anita Schimmel Allen & Juanita E. Schmidt Harlo Schmidt Leo & Roma Schmidt Ruth Schmidt E.R. & L. Schmidt Family Trust Marjorie Schmucker Peggy Schoenecker Thomas & Jeri Schrag Tim & Bethany Schrag Twilla Schrag Robert & Denise Schreiber John & Phyllis Schrock Mark & Traci Seeney Gerald & Jean Selzer Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Shadid Carl Shank David & Rhonda Shank Gerald & Vonnie Sieber Bill Siebert Virgil & Mary Lou Simmering Sizemore, Burns, & Gillmore, LLC SJ Diller Construction Harold J. & Mary Lee Smith Mike & Mary Smith Mrs. Duane Smith Ray & Nadine Smith Berneice Stadalman Edward & Jaxine Starkey Glenn & Mary Stehman Leonard & Jan Steider Betty Stejskal Alden Stratton Ted & Sue Stuckey Marjean Stucky Nyla Stucky Richard & Barbara Stucky Virginia Stutzman Lucille Swartzendruber Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC Thomas & Norma Symns Brent & Carla Takemoto Richard & Linda Taylor Lydia M. Tester The Hesston Record LLC Jeff & Marcy Thiesen Harvey & Lois Thiessen Margaret Tichacek Art & Elaine Tozier Violet M. Troyer United Wall Systems Jerry & Elaine Unruh Michael & Trudy Unruh

Roy & Mildred Martens Unruh Villa Partners Arnold & Shirley Vogt Gary & Ruth Vogt Steven Vogts Dave & Joyce Von Diligin A.J. & Lois Voth Ellen Voth Helen Voth Marie & Martha Voth Melvin & Mary Sue Voth Timothy & Carolyn Voth Vernelle Voth Wal-Mart Foundation Richard & Carolyn Watkins Bruce & Lori Weaver Jerry & Catherine Weaver Rick & Jill Schmidt Weaver Annita Weber Kandiance Weber Jay Wedel Rieny & Patty Wedel Paul & Lela Wenger Frank & Linda White Whitestone Mennonite Lamplighters Sunday School Class Whitestone Mennonite Church Whitestone Mennonite Omega Sunday School Class Whitestone Mennonite Women Whitestone Mennonite Primetime Sunday School Class Lowell & Rebecca Whitlock Kurt & Kristi Whitney Margaret Wiebe Marguerite Wiederstein Leo & Edna Willems LuAlan & Judy Willems Barbara Williams Harold & Margaret Winsinger Delvin & Cherie Wohlgemuth Ron & Denise Wright Tammy & Dennis Wyse Arlan & Ila Yoder Clifford & Mary Yoder Gene & Dorothy Yoder Clark & Betty Yost Joe & Karen Yost Lyle Yost Dorothy K. Young John & Merne Yousey David & Lynn Zook Herb D. Zook James & Janet Zook Bill & Joyce Zuercher

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Thank you for your generosity

Villa friends Nadine Smith, left, and Elaine Unruh.

You are an integral part of Bluestem Communities’ mission and purpose. Your gifts through memorials, honorariums, attending events and fundraisers, payroll deduction and annual commitments give individuals quality care in a caring, home environment with life fulfillment. In 2012, the Good Samaritan Caring Fund financially supported 52 Healthcare and Assisted Living residents at Schowalter Villa, as well as additional projects improving their quality of life and care. At Kidron Bethel Village, the Health Care Benevolent Fund helped offset the shortfall created between Medicare reimbursement, for the care of those who outlive their resources, and the actual cost of care. You understand our mission as an extension of the greater community, caring for parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and acquaintances. Thank you for connecting with and giving to those who call the Villa Life Center, Bethel Health Care Center and Suderman Center for Assisted Living their homes. We truly are grateful for your faithful support.

Photo by Vada Snider

Schowalter Villa Memorials and Honors Donations to the Memorial and Honors program provided $17,973 designated for the Good Samaritan Caring Fund, Progressive Recovery Academy renovations, Schowalter Villa Chapel Fund, Life Enrichment activities and the Wellness Center Endowment. These generous gifts were received in memory and in honor of:

In Memory Betty Bergey Kathryn Bitikofer Luella Bitikofer Elta Deits Alevina Enns Walter Erb Normand Ferguson Mae Fitchett Myrtice Fuqua Elsie Heslop

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In Honor Esther Kaufman Robert Knott Rollins Krehbiel Wilma Matthews Allen Nuss Patricia O’Keefe Eva Osborne Mildred Quiring John Ruebke Wilbur Schmidt ,

Iona Schrock Henry Siebert James Virgil Simmering, MD Arthur Voth Merlin Wedel Nada Wedel Lenora Wiens Bernice Yoder Edna Yoder Dorothy Young Helen Yousey

Supporting community Opportunities abound on both campuses to work together and build communication. Bluestem Communities held its first joint open house this spring at several Independent Living residences on both campuses. The open house is one of several cross-campus marketing and communications efforts promoting Bluestem Communities. “Commitment,” the first Bluestem Communities Fund Advancement magazine, was published this spring. It was the joint effort of teams on both campuses - Kevin Geraci and Kent Dove from Kidron Bethel and Cindy Janzen, Ariana Kauffman and Megan Kelley from Schowalter Villa. On the Kidron Bethel campus, an option is now available to receive the “Village Voice” Independent Living newsletter by email, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to paper. Each campus now has an electronic newsletter for Independent Living residents. “In the Loop” premiered in 2012 and is delivered each Saturday morning by email. Residents on both campuses are appreciative of this timely tool to keep up on campus news and opportunities. In addition to regular communication, “In the Loop” is used to notify residents of last-minute schedule changes and updates. Villa residents also have an option to receive timely notifications and service details from Chaplain Wendy Miller when a resident passes away. Those interested in receiving “In the Loop” for Kidron Bethel may email susang@kidronbethel.org, and those who want to receive the Villa’s “Loop” may email bethanys@svilla.org.

Roy & Bess Mullet Armin & Ellen Samuelson Kidron Bethel resident LaVera Schrag finds joy in music. Photo by Vada Snider

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