Living Social at Butterfield Golden Grads
Residents Inducted into UA Society
Out & About
Monthly “First” Celebrations
Board Member Q&A Getting to Know Howard Higgins
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From the President/CEO Some of my fondest memories as a kid growing up in north Arkansas were the hot summer afternoons at the local swimming hole with my friends. There was a large group of us who would come from the surrounding farms to swim and enjoy a break from the routine of farm work. After an afternoon at the creek, we’d all walk to the local country store and enjoy a snack — often a Coke and peanuts.
Quintin Trammell President & CEO MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Dana Davis Dave Marks Sales Counselor Move-In Coordinator PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2015 Council Members Larry Masters, President Judy Robertson, Vice President Ardith Wharry, Secretary Richard Wharry, Secretary Pro Tem Ray Culver, Immediate Past President Ron Hanson, Jim Hunt, Mary John Jones, Carol Sonnenberg, Ruth Ann Rowden, Phil Wilson, Genie Donovan, Steve Neuse, Larry Hanley, Bill Shook BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Jones, President Bruce Johanson, Vice President Steve Sisco, Treasurer Howard Higgins, Secretary Jim Webster, Sara Koenig, Jacquelyn Brandli Lewis Epley, Bettie Lu Lancaster Theresa Ewing, Bill Shackelford, Bill Waite Truman Yancey, Foundation Member Steve Gunderson, Legal Counsel Kyle Jenner, Board Emeritus
It is this background that gives me an appreciation for the many activities residents can enjoy together at Butterfield. These include hiking tours, exercise classes, excursions to area venues and attractions, farmers markets, appetizer socials, movies, dinners, presentations, and more. I take great pleasure in seeing Butterfield residents enjoying these wonderful activities with their friends. Being active and staying social both have substantial health benefits, and the numerous opportunities for such make Butterfield a great place to live. As the dog days of summer begin, please remember to celebrate the birth of our nation during your Fourth of July activities. In addition to all our amenities, our new indoor Aquatic Center provides a refreshing pool to enjoy with your friends and family. Please take advantage of all Butterfield has to offer to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Happy summer and stay cool. Quintin Trammell President & CEO
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Contents 4 Feature Living Social at Butterfield 8 Village Newcomers Getting to Know Nancy McVey 8 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 9 Living Spaces The Home of Diane and Bill Breazeale 10 Snapshots
12 Golden Grads Luncheon BTV Residents Inducted into UA Society 14 Library News 14 Featured Events 15 Out & About Monthly “First” Celebrations 15 Arts & Entertainment Select Community Event Listings 16 Founding Churches First Christian Church 17 Hike n’ Lunch New Fitness Campaign 18 Foundation Report 19 Meet Your Village Board Getting to Know Howard Higgins
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Butterfield residents swap stories at the morning coffee klatch
The BTV Lifestyle: Staying Socially Connected Step in the Butterfield dining room on any given morning, and you’ll likely see a group of men sitting at a big table near the back, sipping coffee, laughing and holding court in their own kind of way. Residents like Rick Meyer, Harris Sonnenberg, George Cook, Vance Elder, John Schuldt, Bill Brunner, Jerry Brewer, Jim Hunt, Seth Young, Francis Beatty, to name a few. This informal group — which calls itself everything from a coffee klatch to a group of freelance thinkers — has been meeting like this to reminisce, talk history and support each other for years. Many grew up in the same generation, have similar memories and are in similar stages in life. Together, they’ve found that gathering over coffee and sweet rolls is the perfect way to linger, socialize and savor friendships. “To me this is a resource group,” Rick Meyer said. “A lot of these men are well-traveled and have extensive, 4 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Sarah Hoffius, Earlene Henry and Faye Crowell share a laugh first-hand knowledge of other countries, cultures and disciplines. There is a lot of collective knowledge here, and if one of us has a problem, there’s always someone who has an answer.” Meyer is right. Between former school administrators, clergymen, university professors, coaches, psychologists and war veterans, many of these men are experts in in their own right.
Don’t take this group for stuffy, though. Talk can turn on a dime from current events to a good-natured roast of the guy sitting next to you. There is plenty of dry wit and humor. “What do we do?” Jerry Brewer said, grinning. “There’s no spitting or whittling in the dining room, so we stir the pot instead.” Vance Elder had a different take. “This group is about making connections and meeting new friends… friends with [UA] basketball tickets!” Elder said. Jokes aside, there is more than stimulating conversation and a meaningful exchange going on here. Make no mistake: These men are bonding.
Harris Sonnenberg (left) and Rick Meyer are regulars at the coffee klatch
“I’ll tell you what it is — it’s the camaraderie,” Harris Sonnenberg said. “There is something about the camaraderie. It’s good for your mental, emotional and physical health. Why do you go visit a friend? You go for the companionship. It’s the same with this group.” “That’s right,” Elder said. “Socializing is good for your ego.” LIFE–CHANGING TABLE Not long after Martha and Paul Westberg moved to Butterfield, she noticed residents on the first floor set up a jigsaw puzzle on a table in the hall alcove. People would come and go, work the puzzle as they pleased, or just sit and visit. Martha liked the idea of gathering with neighbors over a puzzle, and she took an informal poll on the third floor to see if anyone was interested. The answer was a resounding yes. Soon the third floor had an alcove puzzle table of its own. “It’s been such an amazing gathering,” Westberg said. “We’ve marveled at the friendships that have grown from that puzzle table. Sometimes if you’re new on block it can be a little awkward, but the table has made it so much easier for residents to get to know each other.” The puzzle table is not particularly organized, Westberg said, chuckling, and there is no set schedule. There may be five people at the table. Or maybe just two (but two always seem to draw more!)
Martha Westberg started the third-floor puzzle table where residents come to socialize
As personalities varies, so do techniques at the table. Some residents like to turn all the puzzle pieces faceup first. Some prefer to identify all of the edge pieces and put them to one side. Still others like to sort the pieces by tabs and blanks. “We all have different approaches, but the mood is cheerful and relaxed,” Westberg said. “The participation just kind of flows on its own.”
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The BTV Ladies Tea Party gathering in May Westberg said friendships she and others have made at the puzzle table are true lasting connections — deep friendships that have even extended to one another’s extended families.
presentations, exciting group trips and excursions, and a myriad of opportunities to sing, dance, dine, perform, study, volunteer, relax and engage with others.
“The puzzle table has brought us to new level of sharing and caring,” she said. “We call it our ‘life-changing table’.”
In July alone, residents can take a group excursion to see a new Andy Warhol exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; hear presentations by visiting author and a wildlife photographer; join friends at the Opera in the Ozarks summer music festival; or dine with the BTV Lunch Bunch at popular area eateries, like the Whole Hog Café.
ENDLESS CHOICES Living at Butterfield affords many opportunities to socialize and foster friendships. Some of the fun is informal, like the alcove puzzle tables and the men’s coffee klatch. But many of the activities are the work of the BTV Programs and Events Department, a dedicated team of professionals who organize a full roster of social choices to fit all kinds of preferences and expectations. Take a look at the BTV Calendar of Events any month. It’s full of interesting programs and
Westberg, for one, said it’s easier to meet people and grow relationships when there are always activities, special events and trips and gatherings to choose from. “We value having so many social choices at Butterfield,” Westberg said. “Everyone’s tastes are taken into effect. That’s important because people are different. My husband.. he likes wall-to-wall people, while I’m little more private. Here, you do as much or as little as you want.”
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LIVING SOCIAL When Nancy Garner says she’s active, she’s not kidding. This fun-loving Butterfield resident doesn’t bat an eye about grabbing her kayak and heading out the Buffalo River with a friend for a spirited day on the water. Garner and her husband, Mort Gitelman, take part in all sorts of activities at the Village. “I take water aerobics class, and we both enjoy special musical performances and guest presentations,” she said. “There is always something to do.” Does this active couple participate in every event? No. But since there is such a varied selection of social experiences available, they can pick and choose as they please. They love to travel abroad and were part of a group of BTV residents who took a nautical adventure on luxury cruise to the Eastern Caribbean last year. The couple also likes riverboat cruises and has taken those in Russia, and from Switzerland to Belgium. They’ll be joining other Village residents in August for a seven-day riverboat cruise in the Pacific Northwest. Garner said organized activities are great way to stay social, intellectually challenged and entertained. But less-formal mixing and mingling are just as important. “One thing we like to do is when we go to the dining room for a meal, we’ll ask for a four-top instead of a two top,” she said. “That way you get to sit down and visit with others. We like to introduce ourselves and get to know other residents. We’ve made so many friends that way.” They discovered another simple way to socialize during one of their favorite past times: attending performances at Walton Arts Center. They used to drive their own car to the arts center for plays and concerts until one evening they noticed the BTV bus pull up and drop off a group of Village residents.
Nancy Garner and Mort Gitelman are all smiles on a BTV group tour to the Caribbean
“Now we ride the bus there and it’s so much easier,” Nancy said. “We don’t have to drive our car, and we can chat with our neighbors on the way.” Gitelman said he especially enjoys laid-back evenings playing bocce ball with friends on the Village lawn. The group finds a nice spot in the shade and play men against women. “It’s all very casual and you get your exercise in too,” he said. Less outgoing than his wife, Gitelman said moving to the Village has made a big difference in his social life. “For me it’s been very good,” he said. “I’ve loosened up and have become part of the community. I’ve been more social here than I ever have in my life.”
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Village Newcomer Q+A
Getting to Know Nancy McVey
Anniversaries July Anniversaries Phil & Virginia Wilson Charles & Faye Edmondson
Bill & Pat Medley
Wesley & Martha Smith
Leroy & Wilma Reese
Campbell & Sue Johnson
When did you move to Butterfield?
Jerry & Kay Brewer
Joe & Judi Schenke
Richard & Mary Meyer
Ray & Penelope Culver
I moved to Butterfield on June 4, 2015.
Jim & Margaret Hunt
Where are you from?
John & Doris Schuldt
Buck & Jean Watson
Harris & Carol Sonnenberg
Ron & Polly Hanson
Jim & Linda Buckner
Ellis & Nancy Trumbo
I was an interior designer and managed Norm, Inc. Furniture Store.
Jim & Gaye Cypert
Bill & Gloria Mills
Do you have children/grandchildren?
Jim & Lois Ferguson
I have a daughter in Corona, Calif., who has eight children whom she home-schooled and they all received scholarships for college. I also have two sons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one who lives in Columbus, Ind., with a son of his own, and the other who lives in Seattle with two children. I have five great-grandchildren.
John & Helen Elliott
J.L. & Polly Lancaster
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My childhood was spent in Ohio. I was married in Columbus, Ohio, in 1951. I moved to Fayetteville in 1959. What did you do before your retirement?
Why did you choose Butterfield? I chose Butterfield for its sterling reputation and long-term care. I wanted to stay in Fayetteville and I also know many, many people here.
New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Bonnie Malbin Kenneth Steele & Beth Vaughn-Wrobel Jean Market Nancy McVey Anne Prichard Fay Martinson Shirley Clark Janet Havens
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A Colorful Classic The very detail in Diane and Bill Breazeale’s Village home is born of thoughtful inspiration, from the vintage Eifel Tower accents (Paris is Diane’s passion), to the fine artwork of friend and Fayetteville artist, the late Wilnita Holland. The Breazeale’s 1,600-square-foot home has three roomy bedrooms, two full baths and wood floors throughout. Classic antiques like a stately hand-carved armoire and a marbletopped dresser come together with modern sophistication in the décor. Pops of color and earthy detail make this home warm, while furnishings in emerald green and rich velvet give a feeling of opulence.
Breakfast Room Kitchen
Guest Bedroom Master Bedroom Deck
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Jack McDowell keeps it cool on the trip to Blue Spring Heritage Center
A BTV group visited Blue Spring Heritage Center in Eureka Springs
Pen pals from Butterfield Elementary School
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Table fun at BTV Casino Night
John and Sally King at the Vintage Car Show
A great turnout for the BTV Vintage Car Show
More table action at Casino Night
More Casino Night fun
Jerry and Kay Brewer at Casino Night
The Vintage Car Show
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Golden Grads Honored at Alumni Luncheon BTV Residents Inducted into UA Golden Tower Society Dozens of Butterfield residents were recently honored when the University of Arkansas Alumni Association partnered with BTV at an event recognizing those residents who graduated from the UA 50 or more years ago. The alumni association hosted the “Forever Arkansas Golden Graduate Luncheon” on June 2 at The Lodge on the Butterfield campus. More than 30 residents of the Village were honored at Forever Arkansas — the alumni association’s signature outreach event. All of the honorees graduated from UA in 1965 or earlier and represented most every class from 1942 to 1965. Brandy Cox, executive director of the alumni association, inducted the group into the UA’s Golden Tower Society. Cox recognized each inductee by name and presented them with a Golden Tower Society pin, certificate and 50-year medallion. “The Arkansas Alumni Association is honored to partner with Butterfield Trail Village by celebrating these alumni who graduated in 1965 or earlier,” Cox said. “Presenting each of them with a Golden Tower Society pin and 50-year medallion is our special way of recognizing this significant milestone.”
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Quintin Trammell, Butterfield president and CEO, said the ceremony was a wonderful way to recognize a special group of residents and a testament to the spirit and strength of the UA alumni program. “I’m so pleased the university chose to honor everyone here today,” Trammell said. “Each one of you has made your own personal and professional contributions to the community. We couldn’t be more proud.” Inductees also enjoyed a trip down memory lane during the luncheon when the alumni association presented a special slideshow of UA campus life throughout the years and today. Copies of The University of Arkansas: Etched in Stone, a pictorial book capturing the beauty, character and spirit of UA were given to four residents as door prizes. The program concluded with everyone calling the Hogs and a group picture. For more information about the Arkansas Alumni Association, please contact Deb Euculano at email@example.com or (479) 575-2801.
Jerry Brewer is given his Golden Grad medallion by his wife
Brandy Cox and Golden Grad Earlene Henry
Deb Euculano awards Phil Wilson with his Golden Grad medallion
Gaye Cypert enjoys the luncheon with friends
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Books by BTV Residents Featured in the Butterfield Trail Village Library are two shelves of real treasures: books written by BTV residents. Some are memoirs, others are relevant to their careers and some are books written from the authors’ well of inspiration. Resident Connell Brown has two interesting titles in this collection. Hard Times in God’s Country is a memoir of his young life during the Great Depression. Cattle on a Thousand Hills: A History of the Cattle Industry in Arkansas is an example of his work as professor at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Animal Sciences. From the pen of Don Hayes is Adventures of a First Year Teacher in a Third World Country, recounting his experiences as an American teacher in Bolivia during the 1980s. Hayes’ The Beauty of Parametric Curves is a result of his career as a calculus and physics teacher and will be appreciated for its beautiful geometric illustrations on every page. Ellen Compton, in partnership with Charles Alison, has produced Fayetteville: Images of America, a fascinating look at Fayetteville through photographs through photographs from the 1870s through the 1960s. This book contains photographs from the Shiloh Museum’s Washington County Historical Society collection and from the University of
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Featured Leaders Events July 29 | 2-4pm | The Lodge For the second year in a row, Village residents who enjoy meeting international visitors associated with the University of Arkansas are invited to a special Butterfield event. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion and commitment of the next generation of African leaders. Each year, students in this program delve into six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking and skill building across the country. They receive an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders ranging from community organizers to the President of the United States. Please join us for this unique opportunity to meet with students from the UA’s program and visit
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Arkansas’ Special Collection. It is an opportunity to see what Fayetteville looked like over the past century. Jack McDowell was editor for Sunset Pictorial Books, and he shares Mexico and The California Coast, both full of striking subject-matter photos in color and black-and-white. Lyna Lee Montgomery, a professor of English Literature at UA, did her research on detective and mystery fiction and, along with Nancy Talbot, has edited A Mystery Reader, Stories of Detection Fiction, Adventure and Horror. The two women have written informative introductions to each section. Other BTV residents and their books include: Gretchen Gearhart, assistant editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly — A History of the Friends of the Fayetteville Public Library, 1981-2013. Ray Eitelman, minister and missionary in West Africa for the Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church — Thoughts and Keepers: Poems by Ray Eitelman and He Set Me Singing.
with them about their country, culture and experiences in Fayetteville. Honoring Our National Aerospace Legends August 19 | Departure 9am Arkansas Air and Military Museum They dreamed the dreams. They harnessed the technologies. They created a world where the sky was no longer the limit. The National Aviation Hall of Fame honors these legends for their service, ingenuity, courage and their vision. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation designating August 19 – Orville Wright’s birthday – as National Aviation Day. Celebrate the history of aviation with a guided tour of the Arkansas Air and Military Museum. There will be special guests and a chance to win a 25-minute ride in a Stinson Junior prop plane. You know this is on your bucket list! Admission is $9pp, payable in the BTV Program Office.
NWA Cities Host Monthly “First” Events Downtown Spirited Celebrations in Full Swing Across Region Northwest Arkansas cities are hosting monthly “first” celebrations in their historic downtowns with fun-filled activities and entertainment for the entire community to enjoy. Take in art, music, shopping and local cuisine at these gatherings, which spotlight creative businesses, one-of-a-kind restaurants, local bands and more.
First Thursday In Fayetteville Showcasing the work of area artisans, street performers, food and drink, First Thursday in Fayetteville is a cultural experience in the heart of downtown. The square comes alive in a display of artistic brilliance on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-9p.m. The outdoor gallery Art Walk is a main attraction of First Thursday, displaying the original work of more than 40 visual artists from Fayetteville and surrounding communities. The Art Walk offers work in all mediums priced from the affordable to the extravagant. First Thursday also features a charity beer garden and food trucks, and surrounding shops and restaurants offer special discounts during the event. The KidsStage is back by popular demand with unique family friendly programming. First Thursday celebrations are scheduled for August 6, September 3 and October 1. For more information visit www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com.
First Friday In Bentonville In Benton County, First Friday in Bentonville is a series of themed events at the historic downtown square. These gatherings often extend the entire weekend with great food, live music, children’s activities, gallery openings and more. First Friday events include: September 4: Sugar Creek Days Downtown is transformed into The Old West with expert wood makers, blacksmiths, and a reenactment of a famous 1893 bank robbery by American outlaw Henry Starr. October 2: Oktoberfest This Bavarian-inspired event will be filled with traditional music and food as well as a brat-eating contest and the Community Chicken Dance.
Out & About Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings Around Town Walton Arts Center: > Walmart AMP: Hank Williams Jr. August 22 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org Arts Center of the Ozarks: > The Music Man July 10-12, 16-19 For more info, visit acozarks.org Rogers Little Theater: > Shrek The Musical July 24-26, 30-31 August 1-2, 6-9 > Cabaret July 27 For more info, visit rogerslittletheater.org Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: > Art Trail Experience July 10, 17 > Spotlight Lecture and Dance Performance: Dancing into the Future Presented by Alice Bloch July 17 > Outdoor Film: Ozarkumentaries July 22 > Architecture Tour July 26 > Architecture Speaker Series: This Place Matters: Preserving Arkansas’ Architectural and Cultural Heritage August 12 For more info, visit crystalbridges.org NOTE: This listing is for informational purposes only; Please refer to the monthly calendar or the Village bulletin board for confirmed transport-provided event listings.
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First Christian Church Disciples of Christ
This is the fifth in a series on the five area churches that founded Butterfield Trail Village in 1986 — Central United Methodist, First Christian, St. Paul’s Episcopal, First United Presbyterian, and First Baptist. With a legacy of more than 165 years, First Christian Church of Fayetteville believes it has a responsibility to continually move forward into the future. Blessed to claim multiple generations of families and area residents, the church strives to “engage our minds, grow our hearts, and use our hands in God’s world.” Born out of a local revival meeting, First Christian Church was founded in 1848 by pastors Robert Graham, 25, and 60-year old John T. Johnson, who gathered a membership of nearly 50 people. Graham then founded Arkansas College, on the grounds where the current First Christian Church now stands. (Arkansas College was the first degree-conferring institution to be chartered by the state of Arkansas and inspired the name of Fayetteville’s main street north and south, “College Avenue.”) The church’s initial buildings were destroyed in 1862 by a fire during the Battle of Fayetteville, rebuilt, and erased once more by another fire in 1912. Because of these disasters early in the church’s history, many of the records of early congregations were lost. A new structure was built in May of 1914 and continues to serve today as First Christian Church. A number of expansions and renovations have occurred over the years, however, the church’s mission has remained the same. First Christian Church serves those in need locally as well as globally through various outreach initiatives. Some of the entities that benefit from the church’s services include Week of Compassion, Pack Shack, Owl Creek Schools, Cooperative Emergency Outreach, Seven Hills Homeless Center, Sunday Suppers, Community 16 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Kids’ Closet and Butterfield Trail Village. Along with its service and leadership, the church welcomes everyone to take part in its active community groups and spirited events. Three women’s groups, Esther Circle, Naomi Circle and Young Women’s Bible Study, join together once a month for Bible study and fellowship. The Craft Group also meets once a month for a fun craft project that is usually centered on an outreach theme. Beneficiaries of their quality handiwork have included the NWA Cancer Support Home and girls living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. First Christian Church provides worship opportunities each week for those who want to learn and grow in their spirituality through music, scripture and an uplifting word. The contemporary worship service is held at 9am on Sundays, featuring a vibrant praise band. The traditional Sunday worship service is held at 11am with a classic choir and organist. Don’t miss the 45-minute spiritual formation classes, which are offered Sunday morning from 10-10:45am. Pastor Ryan Pfeiffer and the rest of the First Christian Church community invite all visitors to come take part in seeking of God’s direction through true community and deep Christian spirituality. First Christian Church is located at 220 N. College Ave., south of the Washington County Courthouse. For more information, please visit www.fccfayetteville.org or call (479) 442-4674.
Hike n’ Lunch: Traverse the Great Outdoors in New Fitness Program By Jennifer Neill, Fitness & Wellness Director The beauty of the outdoors and the benefits of exercise have come together in a new day-hike program that the BTV Fitness and Wellness Department launched this spring. The Hike n’ Lunch program consists of a nature hike at a scenic destination in the region, followed by a group lunch, usually at a popular local eatery. There were six hikes that took place on select dates in April, May and early June, and the program will resume again in September. Regardless of whether you’re an expert hiker or have never stepped foot on a trail, this program has a hike for you! Each hike is carefully chosen so that it can accommodate everyone — from the beginner to the most experienced of hikers. You can easily customize these hikes by simply varying your speed and your distance. Hike n’ Lunch is a fantastic way to get your workout in, while being close to nature. Research shows that the more time we spend in
nature, the less stress and depression we suffer from, the faster we heal and the less need we have for pain medication.
Some of the hikes residents enjoyed this spring include: Devil’s Den State Park
A scenic trail takes you past several beautiful rock formations, cedar glades and an incredible bluff overlooking the Lee Creek Valley.
Historic Van Winkle Trail
This trail at Hobbs State Park winds along a backdrop of plateaus, ridges, valleys, and streams. Our group enjoyed lunch at the War Eagle Mill.
Lake Fayetteville Trail
There are plenty of benches to stop at and take in the wildlife along this hike, which showcases lovely views of the 194-acre Lake Fayetteville. Lunch was at nearby Apple Blossom Brewing Company.
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Foundation News The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between April 8, 2015 and June 8, 2015 from the following donors. HONORS • Andrew & Shirley Lucas in honor of Fred & Doreen Vorsanger’s 50th wedding anniversary • Elizabeth, John and David Trickett in honor of Judy Doyle and Therese Pendleton • J.L. & Polly Lancaster in honor of the BTV Programs and Events Department and the BTV Maintenance and Facilities Department MEMORIALS • Wade Burnside in memory of Dorothy Covington • J.L. & Polly Lancaster in memory of Dorothy Covington; Eric Johnson, son of June Colwell; Dick Chewning and Elbert Durham • Nancy Trumbo in memory of Kay Trumbo Havens • Dorothy Young in memory of Joan Dean and Harold Olsen • Oscar Leverenz in memory of Harold Olsen and Dick Forsythe • Elsie Sexton in memory of Harold Olsen • Marie Breuer in memory of Harold Olsen • Harris & Carol Sonnenberg in memory of Jim Bales • Truman & Sylvia Yancey in memory of Harold Olsen MOVING MADE EASY • Eugenia Edmonds • Alice Jones • Virginia Detmer • David Trickett in memory of Elizabeth Trickett • Reed Bales in memory of Jim Bales FITNESS AND WELLNESS FUND • Elizabeth Edmonds, daughter of Eugenia Edmonds
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BEAUTIFICATION FUND • June Young • June Colwell • Ruth Sherman-Forsythe • John Brewer in memory of Marianne Brewer • J.L & Polly Lancaster • Earlene Henry • Bob & Geri Bender • A. Thomas and Jill King in memory of Mildred Gray • Bobbie Nell Templeton • Deane Meek in memory of Jim Bales LIBRARY FUND • Jean Dipboye in memory of Forrest Dipboye and Dick Chewning CHAPEL FUND • J.L. & Polly Lancaster • Dorothy Young in memory of Dorothy Covington HEALTHCARE UNIT FUND • Helen McElree in memory of Harold Olsen • George & Elinor Osborn in memory of Harold Olsen • Eileen & Robert Neukranz in memory of Harold Olsen • Shirley Chewning in memory of Harold Olsen • Ruth Sherman-Forsythe in memory of Harold Olsen • Lewis & Donna Epley in memory of Harold Olsen • Jerry & Kay Brewer in memory of Harold Olsen • John & Helen Elliott in memory of Harold Olsen • James & Margaret Hunt in memory of Harold Olsen • Ray & Penny Culver in memory of Harold Olsen and Dick Forsythe • Elizabeth Howick in memory of Harold Olsen, Dick Forsythe and Jim Bales • J.L. & Polly Lancaster in memory of Harold Olsen, Dick Forsythe, Harold MacDonald and Jim Bales SCHOLARSHIP FUND • Phillip & Ruth Terry in memory of Dick Forsythe • Longer Investments, Inc. in memory of Dick Forsythe
Meet Your Village Board Q&A with BTV Board Member Howard Higgins For nearly three decades, Butterfield Trail Village has represented the pinnacle of premier retirement living in Northwest Arkansas. This is due in large part to the efforts of a dedicated group of BTV Board members working for and alongside Village residents and staff. This is the fifth in a series of “spotlights” introducing Butterfield LIFE readers to the current members of the BTV Board of Directors. Q: Where did you grow up, and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas? A: My father worked in the poultry industry and moved our family to Springdale from North Little Rock when I was 12 years old. Springdale is a great place to grow up and my parents still reside there. My wife, Lisa Lashley Higgins, and her family are Fayetteville natives. After college, Lisa and I both lived in several places due to our employment but found our way back to Fayetteville in 1991. Northwest Arkansas is home for us. Q: What is your profession? A: I am a certified public accountant and after college worked in the Tulsa office of Touche Ross and Company. I returned to Northwest Arkansas and had a 16-year career as corporate controller/treasurer at Pace Industries, Inc. Currently, I am self-employed engaged in property management, real estate development and accounting/financial services working with my wife, who is also a CPA and serves on the BTV Foundation Board. Q: What is your academic background? A: I graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (majoring in Accounting) from the University of Arkansas. Q: Tell us about your family? A: Lisa and I have a daughter, Hannah, who is a graduate of Fayetteville High School and the University of Arkansas with a BSBA in Marketing. She is marketing coordinator for Colliers International (an international real estate company) in Bentonville. Q: When were you elected to the Board, and how did you come to serve? A: I have served on the Board since 2008 when initially selected to fill the seat vacated by David Lashley (Lisa’s father).
Q: Why is Butterfield important to you, and do you have any family or friends with a BTV connection? A: Butterfield is important to me because of my relationship with David Lashley, who was an original founder and longtime member of the Butterfield Board. The legacy of care that Butterfield provides my friends in the community is as important to me as it was to him. Q: What Board committees do you serve on? A: I am a past chairman of the Finance Committee and continue to serve on that committee as well as the Executive Committee. Q: Are there any particular areas of focus for you as a member of the Board, and in what ways do you leverage your various professional or personal areas of expertise? A: I try to apply my experience in both finance and accounting to the needs of the Village. Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion? A: The financial condition of the Village is strong and sets it apart from retirement communities of its type. The Board is committed to continuing a high level of service while maintaining outstanding facilities without sacrificing financial strength. Q: Besides BTV, have you in the past or do you currently serve on any other boards or committees? A: I am an elder at First United Presbyterian Church (my daughter Hannah is a sixth generation member there) where I served on the Finance, Personnel and Property committees. I also served on the board of the Fayetteville Country Club and the Harrison Country Club. Q: Do you have any favorite hobbies or pastimes? A: I used to be better known for my golfing skills although I don’t find time to play much anymore.
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