Butterfield LIFE March + April 2015

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Grand Opening of Aquatic and Lifecare Centers Spotlight:

BTV Pen Pal Program

Out & About: Fayetteville Underground

Board Member Q&A: Jacquelyn Brandli



From the President/CEO Northwest Arkansas and Butterfield Trail Village have both grown and experienced significant changes over the past twenty-nine years.

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 Bruce Johanson, Lewis Epley, Bettie Lu Lancaster Theresa Ewing, Bill Shackelford, Bill Waite Truman Yancey, Foundation Member Steve Gunderson, Legal Counsel Kyle Jenner, Board Emeritus

Since opening in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village has added 42 Village Homes, a Lodge, a new Aquatic Center with gym and spa facilities, and an Assisted Living Cottage. In addition to these enhancements, there have been other changes in the “big house,” as the main building is affectionately referred to by many residents. Last year we remodeled and expanded our full-service dining area. This year as we celebrate our 29th anniversary and the opening of our new assisted living and aquatic facilities, we take great pride in all that has been accomplished by everyone working together for the good of the Village. Butterfield Trail Village continues to provide premier retirement living for all residents. While we should be proud of what we have accomplished, we need to continue to look to the future. Northwest Arkansas will continue to grow and Butterfield Trail Village must continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our residents. This includes continuing to update our current facilities and equipment as well as adding new meeting space and alternative dining options. I, along with all of you, look forward to the next twenty-nine years as Northwest Arkansas and Butterfield Trail Village continue to grow, expand, improve and be the place that we can all be proud to call home. Quintin Trammell President & CEO

Opened in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village is a locally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive LifeCare Retirement Community, BTV offers active older adults worry-free living that is secure, independent and fulfilling – and the freedom to enjoy plentiful activities both inside and outside the Village.

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Contents 4 Feature Grand Opening of Aquatic and Assisted Living Centers 8 Village Newcomers Getting to Know Judy Carey 8 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 9 Living Spaces The Home of Linda Denson 10 Snapshots


12 UA News Alumni Association Travel Program 12 Fulbright Friday Dr. Andrew Dowdle and Professor Song Yang 13 Out & About Fayetteville Underground 13 Arts & Entertainment Select Community Event Listings 14 Library News 14 Featured Events 15 Founding Churches St. Paul’s Episcopal 16 Carriage Club



17 BTV Pen Pal Program Bridging Generations 18 Foundation Report 19 Meet Your Village Board Getting to Know Jacquelyn Brandli


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Feature New Aquatic Center Pool

Photos by Stephen Ironside

Butterfield Trail Village Christens Two New Facilities 29th Anniversary Coincides with Grand Opening of Aquatic and Lifecare Centers Butterfield Trail Village is celebrating its 29th anniversary with the grand opening of two new multi-million-dollar facilities on campus — a state-of-the art Aquatic Center with pool, fitness and spa facilities, and an Assisted Living Cottage providing a new level of lifecare with all the comforts of home.

“Butterfield has a proud history of serving our residents for twenty-nine years,” Butterfield’s President and Chief Executive Officer Quintin Trammell said. “These new ultra-modern facilities are an integral part of our facilities master plan, and we’ve designed them to enhance and sustain the health and vitality of our residents now and for generations to come.”

The 94,000-square-foot Butterfield’s new $1.8 Aquatic Center, which replaces a million Aquatic Center previous fitness center that BTV offers Butterfield outgrew, features a new exercise Assisted Living Cottage residents more yearroom outfitted with state-of-theround fitness, therapy art cardio/strength equipment and spa services than especially designed for senior ever before, while the Assisted Living Cottage adults. Equipment like the award-winning Life Fitness is offering an intermediate level of lifecare that Recumbent Lifecycle provides maximum cardio independent residents now have the option benefits without placing undue stress on the transition to. user’s joints. 4 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


New Aquatic Center

Spa Services Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Jennifer Neill said Butterfield chose the same line of equipment for the new Aquatic Center as residents are currently using in the smaller BTV gym, located off The Lodge. “We wanted the equipment in the new Aquatic Center to mirror what we have in The Lodge gym so residents can go from one to another for a seamless workout,” Neill said. “The Aquatic Center has everything you need for full-body strength training. You can do a full circuit in fifteen minutes on every muscle group. It’s designed so that it’s easy for residents to go from one machine to another seamlessly.” The crown jewel of the new Aquatic Center is the glass-enclosed, multi-purpose indoor pool. This 45’ x 35’ heated wonder features three pool areas: a warm-water therapy pool, dedicated lap lanes, and an aerobics and exercise area. The pool itself has rounded entry access and wide entry steps. The therapy pool is kept at a temperature of 94 degrees so that it’s comfortable for swimmers of all abilities.

Fitness Room “We’re offering all the fitness classes we’ve always had, plus two additional classes a day,” Neill said. “We were at the point where we were having to wait for space availability, but the Aquatic Center has all the space we need, and then some.” The Aquatic Center has an exercise area with stability balls, stretch bands, a ballet bar and other exercise aides, as well a space dedicated for group exercise classes. Neill said BTV fitness staff are in the process of developing individual exercise plans that incorporate the new Aquatic Center. Residents come in for an orientation, then meet with staff who look at their unique health issues and goals and create individualized exercise plans. The Aquatic Center isn’t for exercise alone. There are spa and massage therapy areas where residents can relax their minds and rejuvenate their bodies. There is a private room for massage therapy, and two heated hydro-jet foot spas that propel water to just the right parts of your feet.

“Our therapy pool runs about ten degrees warmer than the rest of the pool,” Neill said. “That can be especially important if someone is healing from an injury or a knee replacement or other surgery — anytime you might need a warmer pool but not as hot as a hot tub.”

There is also a salon in the new Aquatic Center. If residents want to get a haircut, manicure or pedicure, or other beauty or style service, the salon is conveniently equipped with professional hair dryers, blow dryers and makeup mirrors — everything needed for a full-salon experience.

Speaking of a hot tub, the Aquatic Center has one of those too, in addition to shower and dressing room facilities. And the Aquatic Center is accessible by an indoor walkway from 1st Floor North — meaning you don’t have to step a foot outside to get there.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity to pamper our residents,” BTV Board President Mike Jones said. “Research shows that as people age and begin looking toward retirement, many want more of a leisure environment with resort style offerings. That’s what we’re doing here at Butterfield. We’re staying relevant and continually updating and improving for today’s residents and future residents.”

Neill said that with the Aquatic Center open, BTV is able to offer additional fitness and wellness classes, including a new deep-water aerobics class being offered mornings and evenings. Like pool walking and other water exercise that leverages resistance, deep-water aerobics has virtually no impact on the exerciser’s joints whatsoever.


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Assisted Living Common Area

NEW LIFECARE OPTION The Assisted Living Cottage opened on campus in mid-February to expand the range of lifecare services available to Butterfield residents. Several residents have already moved in and are calling the $2.1 million facility home. Linda Cravens was one of the first residents to move into one of the new assisted living apartments. Cravens’ daughter Pam Galvani said her mom had been living independently at Butterfield when a series of unexpected health setbacks prompted the transition. “It’s been such a positive change for my mom and for our entire family,” said Galvani, who lives in Washington state. “There is that extra level of care she needs right now, and Butterfield has kept us informed every step of the way. It’s been such a blessing.” Steve Larson, BTV director of healthcare services, said the Assisted Living Cottage provides an intermediate lifecare option for residents who want

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or need more assistance with daily life activities, such as cooking meals, getting to the bathroom in the middle of the night, housekeeping or remembering to take their medication. “The Assisted Living Cottage is an option for residents who want a greater level of personal care, but who do not need full care we provide here at the Butterfield Healthcare Center,” Larson said. “It’s an entirely new level of care that we’ve added as Butterfield continues to evolve.” The 9,400-square-foot Assisted Living Cottage features 12 individual apartments — nine singlebedroom units and three two-bedroom suites. Each has its own heating and air conditioning system, large-screen TV, private bathroom and safety features such as wide halls and safety rails. The Assisted Living Cottage is anchored by a central common and dining area with comfortable seating, a fireplace and a coffee and juice bar. There is a full kitchen off of the common area, with white tablecloth meal service also available.

Sitting Area

Spacious Apartments

Assisted Living Cottage

“It’s really a homelike atmosphere,” Larson said. “Residents can choose from short order menus and dine in the gathering area, or they can dine in the privacy of their own apartment.” The Assisted Living Cottage currently has a staff of 15, including a registered nurse who is available 24/7, Larson said. BTV will be bringing in physical therapists to provide residents with outpatient therapy sessions in the cottage, which is also equipped with a heated hydrotherapy whirlpool bath. Larson said the Assisted Living Cottage is not always a one-way stop along the continuum of care. Instead of transitioning from independent living to assisted living, a resident recovering from intensive care might find that the Assisted Living Cottage is a temporary stop on their journey back to better health. “Maybe they received care at the Healthcare Center for a heart attack or stroke,” Larson said. “Our goal is to help restore them to the level of care they were at previously. A stay at the Assisted Living Cottage may only be a temporarya stop on their way back to regaining independent living.”

Common Area

Comfortable Dining

“We had an open house in February and it was quite a big turnout,” he said. “We had about eighty residents who came and toured the facility, and they were really impressed. It generated a whole lot of interest from residents and from their families.” Both the Assisted Living Cottage and the Aquatic Center boast an exclusive collection of largeformat landscape photography by Eureka Springs photographer Edward C. Robison III. The opening of the Assisted Living Cottage and new Aquatic Center coincides with Butterfield Trail Village’s 29th anniversary, and a dual celebration is happening on Tuesday, March 10 at BTV. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in the North Courtyard at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10:45 a.m. in the Convocation Room. Tours of both new facilities will be available with shuttle service provided to the Assisted Living Cottage. An exhibit featuring Butterfield’s 29-year history will be on display in the BTV lobby.

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Village Newcomer Q+A

Getting to Know Judy Carey

Anniversaries March Anniversaries Charles & Faye Kittrell


Paul & Martha Westberg


Earl & Phyllis Eddins


Don & Linda Hayes


Richard & Ardith Wharry


Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton


Harold & Char Olsen


Carl & Philomena Kittrell


April Anniversaries Ted and Pat Moore

When did you move to Butterfield? I moved to BTV in November 2014 when I was ready for everything that BTV has to offer. Where are you from? I am originally from Shawnee, Okla. I lived in Little Rock before moving to Fayetteville in the summer of 1980 when my husband had the opportunity to teach in the Journalism Department at the University of Arkansas. What did you do before retirement? After college I was a civics teacher, and while my husband was working for the wire service, United Press International, I raised our two sons. Then I went back into education where I retired as a resource teacher in special education. Do you have children/grandchildren? I have two sons who both live in Fayetteville. Michael and Kellie have a daughter Madison, who is a senior at Fayetteville High School, while Jim and Reina have sons Charles, 7, and Nick, who is a recent graduate of Hendrix College. Why did you choose Butterfield? I go to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was always aware of BTV. I also have many friends here. I saw my father who lived in a retirement community with lifelong care and saw the advantages of that. 8 BUTTERFIELD LIFE



Jerry Havens & Kay Trumbo


Phil & Jackie Phillips


George & Elly Osborn


Fred & Doreen Vorsanger


New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Wesley & Martha Smith Ethel Emerson Madelyn Harris

Village Apartment Exudes Elegance and Comfort

Village Spaces

Two distinct words come to mind when you step inside Linda Denson’s one-bedroom apartment at Butterfield Trail Village: comfortable elegance. Linda moved into her new home at the Village last spring and quickly came to enjoy the ease of ground-floor living. With full-size kitchen appliances, spacious storage, a full bath and a stackable washer and dryer, the apartment features the amenities she needs to live a comfortable lifestyle. Inside, the walls are accented a buttery hue, while furnishings in regal golds and reds give a feeling of finesse. The living room is arranged for comfort: cozy seating for reading and watching TV (the Hallmark and History channels are two of her favorites). Throughout the home, she uses rugs, pillows and velvety fabrics to soften and bring warmth. Granite countertops in both the kitchen and bathroom are highend touches.


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Pat Howie at the Evans’ game room

Nelda Farthing and Connie Nunnally

Mike Jones and Mary Meyer

Bill Shackleford and Jim Herrin

John Schuldt, Diane Modisette and Doris Schuldt

Rose Warfield and Mitsy Kellam at the Chuck Wagon Dinner

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Chuck Wagon Dinner band

Harris Sonnenberg

Resident Appreciation

Ardith Wharry

Resident Appreciation

Painting Made Easy class

Linda Hayes

Instructor Deborah Bird


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UA News

Razorbacks on Tour Alumni and Friends Traveling the World For almost 30 years, members of the Arkansas Alumni Association’s Razorbacks on Tour program have visited the world’s most intriguing and fascinating locations, and 2015 offers more of the same with an exciting line-up of faraway trips and destinations.

adventurous, check out Village Life in Dordogne on Sept. 17-25. Experience the true character and traditions of Dordogne in southwestern France, including magnificent prehistoric art and villages. It is a one-week, stay-in-one-place trip with special savings through April 6.

Razorbacks on Tour offers a unique combination of discovery, adventure and learning for travelers. The Alumni Association’s travel coordinator partners with the finest educational travel professionals to choose and organize an annual slate of trips that allow alumni, members and friends of the University of Arkansas to explore our nation and world while building and strengthening lifelong friendships.

Also this year, tours are planned of Ireland, Vienna and more.

A wonderful domestic trip is coming up this summer to the Great Parks of California, July 11-19. See California’s magnificent natural preserves – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – along with storybook scenery and living history at Lake Tahoe, Carmel, Monterey and San Francisco. If you’re looking for something a little more

What are you waiting for? Make plans with your family, friends or fellow Arkansas alumni to see the world. Anyone can travel with Razorbacks on Tour. In 2016, Razorbacks on Tour will offer more than 20 tours around the world including domestic land trips and cruises. For information on remaining 2015 trips and the 2016 schedule, visit www.arkansasalumni.org/travel or contact Julie Preddy at (479) 575-6368 or jpreddy@uark.edu.

Razorbacks on Tour participants enjoying time together while on vacation

Fulbright Friday: Political Science and Sociology with Dr. Andrew Fulbright Dowdle and Professor Song Yang Friday March 20, 3:00pm Please welcome Dr. Andrew Dowdle, associate professor and vice chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Arkansas, and Song



Yang, UA associate professor and advisor. Dowdle’s specialty is the institutional evolution of the U.S. presidency, the presidential nomination process, political parties and elections, and American national government. Yang will speak about social network analysis, social statistics and mathematical sociology.

Destination: Fayetteville Underground

Out & About Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings Around Town

Art Gallery and Studios A non-profit group is working to promote the visual arts in Fayetteville and the entire Northwest Arkansas region by supporting local artists and offering chance for the community to engage in the arts. The Fayetteville Underground is a contemporary art gallery and education center originally founded in 2009 in an underground basement on the downtown Fayetteville Square.

Walton Arts Center:

Still located on the historic downtown square, but in “above-ground” digs now, the Fayetteville Underground encompasses five art galleries and seven studios of diverse working artists. Art is for sale, and the public is welcome to visit artists while they work in their studios. Located on the corner of Mountain and Block streets, you can’t miss the brightly colored PIGShibition pig statute at the entrance. Each first Thursday of the month, the Fayetteville Underground hosts a free art showing featuring the works of a local or regional artist. Live music and refreshments are included, and the event is part of the city’s larger First Thursday Fayetteville celebration. The Underground also encourages multidisciplinary arts collaboration through hosting local concerts, poetry readings and dramatic performances, which complement the visual artwork featured in the Underground galleries. When the Underground was founded six years ago, the organization initially leased the basement of One East Center — the site of many large art opening receptions, great exhibitions, hard work, and camaraderie. But the Underground lost its lease in December 2011, and soon after, several artists started meeting weekly to plan its return.

> The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare presented by Lightwire Theater March 1 > Koresh Dance Company March 6 > SoNA’s Masterworks II “Surf and Turf” March 7 > Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat March 10-15 > The Midtown Men March 19-20 > Cyrus Chestnut Quartet: Brubeck Reimagined March 21 > Pineapple Tree Dance Company: The Art Of Creation March 27-28 > Jeanne Robertson March 29 > Joe Locke Quartet with vocalist Kenny Washington April 11 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org Arts Center of the Ozarks: > Much Ado About Nothing April 10-12, 17-18 For more info, visit artscenteroftheozarks.org

The reorganization effort received a huge boost in May 2012 when the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission awarded the Underground a $55,000 grant to help with the move into a new space at 101 W. Mountain on the corner of Mountain and Block streets, maintaining a spot on the downtown square. The artists spent over two months renovating a section of the former Woolworth’s department store and Washington Hotel for the new galleries.

Rogers Little Theater:

Today, the Fayetteville Underground consists of about 25 local and regional artists, some who veterans of the organization and some who are not. And while it has retained its name, the Underground is longer located underground; The galleries and studios are at street level.


To check out the Underground’s calendar of events or for more information visit new.fayettevilleunderground.com.

> Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike April 3-5, 9-12 For more info, visit rogerslittletheater.org > Superior Donuts April 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 & 23-26 For more info, visit theatre2.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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Library News

New Books The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation supports the BTV library by purchasing new books each month. The library committee chooses the new books using the following criteria: books on the New York Times Best Sellers list, requests from BTV residents and books about Arkansas. Here is a sampling of new books recently purchased: From the Best Sellers list is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Set in London, this psychological thriller features Rachel, who while on a commuter train sees a suspicious event through the train window, informs the police and is draw into a world worthy of Hitchcock. Gray Mountain by John Grisham, whose books are sure titles on the Best Sellers list, introduces a new heroine, Samantha Kofer. After losing her position at a Manhattan law firm during the economic recession, Samantha involves herself in the dangerous secrets of a small coal-mining town, Brady, Virginia. Among requests from the BTV residents is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Dr. Atul Gawande. He tackles a quintessential question of his profession: how medicine cannot only improve life but also improve the process of its ending. Gawande explores the varieties of hospice care that demonstrate how the last weeks or months of life can be rich and dignified.

Long Way Home by Louise Penny features the retired Quebec Inspector Armande Gamache who takes on the troubles of a neighbor, Clara Morrow. He leaves his Three Pines Village home to search for Clara’s missing artist husband. The trail leads him back to Quebec and the St. Lawrence River valley. In the category of Arkansas books we have Daughter of the White River: Depression-Era Treachery and Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta by Denise Parkinson. In 1931, Helen Spense shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom. And that was only the beginning. This is a fascinating, true story. Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle is a history of the Cherokee that is also filled with Native American legend, lore and religion.

Village Tours Presents: Oaklawn Racing and Hot Springs April 2-4 Featured And we’re off! Butterfield Village Events Tours participants are destined to win as we ride away to Hot Springs and Oaklawn Park Race Track. Not only will the dining venues and side tours be topnotch, you will not want to miss a unique “behind the scenes” tour of Oaklawn’s thoroughbred horse stables. The itinerary includes a visit to historic Bath House Row, Garvin Gardens and dinner on Lake Hamilton. Please contact the BTV Programs and Events Department for more information, and good luck! Departure: 1pm Butterfield Trail Village Foundation Beautification Campaign Kick-Off Event April 23, 4-6pm The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation’s Board of Directors invites you to help kick off its 2015-16 Beautification Campaign during an informational event at The Lodge. The board is committed to several beautification projects over the next two years to enhance village and resident spaces for all 14 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


to enjoy. Currently in the planning stages are unique landscape projects for the front entrance to honor war veterans, the South Courtyard and those who previously contributed to the Special Care Center. Refreshments, architectural renderings and the opportunity to discuss plans with board members will be a part of this afternoon’s festivities. Everyone is welcome.

Founding Churches

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church This is the third 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. From its beginnings as a small church meeting in people’s homes to a large urban parish, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville has been an important presence in the community for more than a century. The church’s history dates back to the mid-1800s when the first Episcopal Church was organized in Fayetteville in May, 1848, by Rev. W.C. Stout and a small group who met in private homes for about six years. Forty years later, the church’s congregation had grown to 1,200, and a new building on North East Avenue – where the church is currently located – was dedicated. In the 1950’s, the church’s offices, library, upstairs

education space, kitchen and parish hall were added. Later, the current nursery, library, choir room and vesting area were constructed. In 1999, the church set a campaign to expand and improve parish buildings, and on Easter 2002 it dedicated a beautiful new parish hall. Today, St. Paul’s congregation includes about 1,500 diverse members. Not only does the congregation include many families with children, St. Paul’s has the largest active group of teenage members in the Diocese of Arkansas. The congregation at St. Paul Episcopal prides itself on being open and friendly. With a mission to celebrate God’s infinite grace, acceptance and love, members strive to worship weekly, pray daily, learn constantly, serve joyfully, and live generously. St. Paul’s proudly supports numerous organizations and church-related ministries in the community. Some of the groups benefiting from St. Paul’s leadership and services include the Community Clinic at St. Francis House, the Angel Tree Ministry, Community Kids Closet, Seven Hills Homeless Center, the Ozark Highlanders, prison and emergency outreach ministries, and more. The staff of clergy at St. Paul’s is led by Rector Lowell Grisham, who came to the Fayetteville church in 1997 after serving church parishes in Arkansas and Mississippi. Having grown up in the South during the struggles of the Civil Rights era, Grishman feels strongly about the need for generosity and inclusion in today’s diverse society. He’s known for a popular column he writes for the regional newspaper.

Artosphere Chapel Series chamber concert at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s, located 224 N. East Ave. just off Dickson Street, extends a warm welcome to all visitors. Worship services are on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For more information visit stpaulsfay.org or call (479) 442-7373.


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Membership Has its Privileges

“The Carriage Club is the reason we are here.” — Polly and Ron Hanson

BTV Carriage Club Makes it Worth the Wait Do you remember the old American Express commercial that said “Membership has its privileges?” Many of our past and present Carriage Club members can say the same about their time waiting for their future home at Butterfield Trail Village. While Polly and Ron Hanson were on the Carriage Club waiting list they went to several BTV events, including a group visit to Kansas City, Mo. for shopping, dining and fun. “When we joined the waiting list we had an initial goal of coming to Butterfield Trail Village in five years,” Polly Hanson said. “We ended up moving into our new residence just short of two years from the time we became Carriage Club members.” The first step to becoming a Carriage Club member is to fill out the confidential data application and submit the $2,000 application fee. The application and financial information are then approved by both the Butterfield CEO and an appointed member of the BTV Board of Directors. At that time, the applicants become Carriage Club members and they can enjoy a number of privileges and amenities. This includes two complimentary meals a month in the Village dining room with a reservation and a Carriage Club meal ticket. Carriage Club members may also make reservations to dine at The Lodge, but they are responsible for the price of those meals.

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The BTV Fitness Center at The Lodge is also open for Carriage Club members’ use, and they may sign up for a personal training session with one of our University of Arkansas wellness interns. Carriage Club members also receive early notifications and invitations to BTV events. Members are mailed a monthly BTV events calendar, which is marked with a special (W) next to the activities that are available to Carriage Club members. Throughout the years, many residents have expressed that their time on the Carriage Club waiting list helps them acclimate to the Village and all it has to offer. Conrad and Ann Waligorski joined the Carriage Club in 2009 with only vague ideas about how they wanted to live in the future. “Over a five year span, membership helped us clarify and simplify our retirement goals, while ensuring a stable and interesting lifestyle at the Village,” the Waligorskis said. The first year that Polly and Ron Hanson were members, they attended a Christmas open house at the Village, where several of the homes were beautifully decorated for the holidays. “One priceless advantage is you receive the opportunity to view a number of possible new homes as they become available,” Polly Hanson said. “We found one we loved and decided we did not want to miss it. The Carriage Club is the reason we are here.” To learn more, contact Melinda Silva at (479) 695-8012 or msilva@btvillage.org.

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BTV’s Pen Pal Program Thriving Exchanging Letters Bridges Understanding Between Generations In fall 2013, about 25 second graders at Butterfield Elementary School in Fayetteville wrote letters to residents at Butterfield Trail Village as part of a new pen pal program to connect Village residents with area students. Now in 2015, the BTV Pen Pal Program is going strong, with residents and a new class of Butterfield Elementary students trading letters, and a spring luncheon planned where pen pals will meet one another in person. BTV started the pen pal program in 2013 as a way to build bridges and understanding between generations, said Programs and Events Director Riki Stamps. “The program itself creates positive relationships for both the children and residents. Through the residents, students can learn about things like grammar, penmanship and communicating with others,” she said. “The teachers are grateful, too, because the program enhances what’s being taught in the classroom.” Often through the sharing of insights and experiences, pen pals can encourage and support each other, Stamps said. A BTV resident who is a seasoned grandparent may be able to coax even the shyest student to share what their interests are, what sports they play, or what they hope Santa will bring them at Christmas. While some students may enjoy letter writing as a creative outlet, others may simply want someone to tell their puppy chewed up their dad’s favorite pair of shoes! BTV resident Linda Hayes, a retired schoolteacher herself, has been a key volunteer in the pen pal program. A volunteer at Butterfield Elementary School, Hayes helps ensure the pen pals send and return letters in a timely fashion. For Valentine’s Day, Hayes went the extra mile by providing fun pencils and stickers to be delivered to students along with Valentine’s Day cards from the residents. “At this age, children have the biggest imaginations, and giving them something small and simple like that can really brighten their day,” Hayes said. Over the course of a school year, the pen pals exchange about ten letters. Sometimes residents will correspond with more than one student if the need is there. Residents especially look forward to receiving their letters during the winter months, Hayes said.

The spring Butterfield Elementary Pen Pal Luncheon should be a day to remember. Butterfield Elementary School is less than a mile from the village. Residents invite the students to the Village, share lunch, swap stories and create friendships to be remembered for years to come. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Foundation News

Board Spotlight

The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between Dec. 20, 2014 and Feb. 17, 2015 from the following donors: CONTRIBUTIONS • Rick & Mary Meyer • Gene & Emogene McKee • Anne Vandergriff • Margaret Whillock • Richard & Anne Booth

Meet Your Village Board Q&A with BTV Board Member Jacquelyn Brandli 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 third in a series of “spotlights” introducing Butterfield LIFE readers to the current members of the BTV Board of Directors. Q:

BEAUTIFICATION FUND • J.L. & Polly Lancaster


FITNESS & WELLNESS FUND • Lewis Epley MEMORIALS • Virginia Burdick in memory of Calvin Berry, Billie Vanneman and Erma (Dexter) Brown • Mitsy Kellam in memory of Erma (Dexter) Brown • J.L. & Polly Lancaster in memory of Andy Breuer, Ruth Vickers, Marcie Kilgore, Dexter Brown and Billie Vanneman • Wilma Samuel in memory of Ruth Vickers for the Library Fund • Marie Breuer in memory of Ruth Vickers • Pat Parker in memory of Eric Johnson, son of resident June Colwell • Dorothy Young in memory of Marianne Brewer HONORS • J.L. & Polly Lancaster in honor of Rebecca Rush, Sandy Evans and Debi Brandt MOVING MADE EASY • Connell Brown • Juanita Duncan • Harris & Carol Sonnenberg • Sue Condren, daughter of former resident Wanda Belzung • Chip McGimsey, son of resident Mary McGimsey



Where did you grow up, and how long have you been in Northwest Arkansas? I was born and raised in Fayetteville. I left after graduation from the U of A and had wanted to come “home” ever since leaving, so when my husband retired from Furman University (Greenville, S.C.) in 2010, he agreed Fayetteville would be a great place to live – quite a leap of faith for a native Texan!

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What is your profession? I am presently semi-retired. I have worked as a computer programmer, an internal management consultant, an internal bank auditor, and finally as a clinical social worker/ psychotherapist. Currently I am teaching a class at the University of Arkansas – Social Work with Elders.

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What is your academic background? I earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1967; a BSBA in Accounting in 1976 from the University of Tulsa; and an MSW in Social Work (with a concentration in gerontology) in 1990 from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Tell us about your family… I am married to Doug Cummins, a retired college professor. My daughter Tacy JoffeMinor lives here in Fayetteville with her husband Ray Minor and their daughters Lela (15) and Abi (10). My son Patrick Joffe lives in Tulsa with his son Alex (14), and with his new wife Laura Silvers Joffe.


When were you elected to the Board, and how did you come to serve? I was elected to the Board in 2014. I worked with Kay Trumbo on the Caring Friends Ministry (respite care for those with early stage dementia) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. One of my friends from high school is Janet Roessler and I know her sister, Susan Mayes, also through the church. They are the three BTV representatives from St. Paul’s and they knew my background in gerontology.


Q: Why is Butterfield important to you? A: I remember when it was being developed and how I thought what a good idea it was. The uniqueness of being a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) developed by five churches coming together to serve residents of this area appealed to me then and now. Of course, now it attracts residents from far beyond the boundaries of Fayetteville.

Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion? A: First of all, the unique way it was founded – not by a corporate entity to make a profit, but by a group of representatives of churches to fulfill the needs of the people in this area. The operation of BTV, as a not-forprofit organization, continues to put the residents first.

Q: Do you have any family or friends with a BTV connection? A: I have two high school friends with a parent here, and several friends from church and the community who are residents. I have always heard about Butterfield through the family “grapevine.” David Lashley’s grandmother and mine were sisters. Q: What Board committees do you serve on? A: I currently serve on the Strategic Planning Committee, which has introduced me to more of the residents and has afforded me the opportunity to gain a slightly different perspective of the Village.

“The unique way BTV is operated — not by a corporate entity to make a profit, but by a not-forprofit organization to fulfill the needs of residents — truly sets Butterfield apart. It’s a close-knit and caring community, one that puts residents first.”

Q: Besides BTV, have you in the past or do you currently serve on any other boards or A: committees? I’ve always tried to be involved and give back to my community wherever I’ve lived. In Tulsa, I was part of Leadership Tulsa, served as food cochair for Mayfest, was the banking chair of Oktoberfest, and was involved as a volunteer for other events. I was also an active member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal. In South Carolina, I was an officeholder in the state’s Society of Clinical Social Workers, and was also active in my church there. Since moving back to Fayetteville, I have been involved in the Caring Friends ministry and am currently a member of the St. Paul’s Vestry.

Q: Are there any particular areas of focus for you as a member of the Board, Q: Do you have any and in what ways do you favorite hobbies or leverage your various pastimes? – Jacquelyn Brandli professional or personal A: I love to read, and never areas of expertise? seem to have enough A: As a social worker and time to whittle down my student of gerontology, stack of unread books. I tend to focus on the Our yard is a certified quality of life for the residents – present and wildlife area, so I feed the birds…and whatever future. Also, with an accounting degree and else wanders by. I also enjoy needlepoint and experience as an auditor, I can — and do — read playing canasta. the financial reports. With my psychology and social work degrees and my personal experience Q: What do you feel potential residents need to as an “elder” I believe I can understand many know about BTV? of the emotional and personal concerns of the A: It is a community — close-knit, caring, and as residents while also understanding the financial active as possible — and the Board is committed needs of Butterfield. to it continuing as such well into the future. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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