Butterfield LIFE Nov + Dec 2012

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LIVING SPACES At Home for the Holidays


Village residents donating time and talents to help others

HONORING VETERANS Butterfield to host annual Veterans Day celebration


Getting to know Bob and Karen Hendrix

OUT & ABOUT Lights of the Ozarks



From the President/CEO My first fall in Fayetteville is slowly putting me in the mood for the holiday season. Let’s just say visions of turkey, ham and pumpkin pie are swirling in my head. My wife and I continue to be amazed at the abundance of autumn color in the Ozarks. The palette is as warm as the people we continue to meet in our first few months as Arkansans.

Ken Cormier President/CEO MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Dana Davis Sales Counselor Dave Marks Resident Services PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs Michael Burks Asst. Program Director RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION 2012 Council Officers Ray Eitelman, President Ray Culver, Vice President Richard Wharry, Secretary Jo Anne Brown, Secretary Pro Tem Rick Meyer, Past President BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kyle Jenner, President Michael Jones, Vice President Howard Higgins, Secretary Theresa Ewing, Treasurer Nancy McClure, Dr. David Crittenden, Tom Verdery, Jim Webster, Steve Sisco, Jim Foster, Helen McElree, Wes Murtishaw (emeritus)

The holidays always seem to bring out the true spirit of giving in us all. Daily I am reminded how unique and blessed this community is to have the countless volunteers both for our Village and in the surrounding community. One such resident, Dorothy Seaton, was named as a finalist for the Arkansas Volunteer of the Year for her work in our Health Care Center. We are proud to share more of Dorothy’s story in this issue. I am very appreciative of Dorothy and the many volunteers throughout our community. In October our entire Village came together to raise money for the Fayetteville Firefighters Children’s Scholarship Fund. Of course, we had a little fun along the way. There were four pit BBQ teams vying for the BTV Pit Masters title. This was our first annual event with the pit masters and we served BBQ to over 200 people while raising funds for this worthy cause. There are plenty of BBQ pictures in this issue to tempt your tastebuds for next year. As we embrace the holiday season, I encourage each of you to give the greatest gift of all by giving of yourself. I wish you and your families a very blessed Holiday Season. May you fondly remember past holidays and look forward to the rebirth of a new and prosperous year. Seasons Greetings,

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Ken Cormier 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.

Contents 4 Feature: The Gift of Giving Village residents donating time and talents to help others


6 Village Newcomer Q+A Getting to know Bob and Karen Hendrix 6 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 7 Resident Living Spaces At Home with Jack and Bobbie Peters 8 Snapshots 10 Readers’ Poll What’s your favorite holiday dinner side dish? 11 Out & About Destination: Lights of the Ozarks 11 Arts & Entertainment Select Community Event Listings 12 Library News + Featured Village Events 13 Lodge Dining Menus 14 Wellness Have F.U.N. This Holiday Season 14 Wellness November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness & Family Caregivers Month



15 Wellness Get Your Tai Chi On! 16 Employee Recognitions 17

Department Spotlight Maureen Cover-Bryan BTV Director of Development/Foundation Executive Director

18 Did You Know? 19 Spirituality Lowell Grisham Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Fayetteville




Volumes could be written about the many Butterfield residents who donate their time and talents to help others. But for this issue we are focusing on four people who are shining examples of volunteerism – both on and off campus.

Dorothy Seaton Dorothy doesn’t travel a great distance to do her volunteer work. She devotes 60 to 80 hours a month helping out at the BTV Health Care Center. Seaton is the Volunteer Coordinator, overseeing the scheduling of the 52plus volunteers, which she says isn’t too hard since newcomers’ first question is oftentimes, “What can we do to help?” The Health Care Center volunteer group spends their time assisting the staff by delivering mail, coordinating the recycling, playing bingo and bridge, reading the paper and even accompanying residents to their doctor visits. Besides coordinating the volunteers, Dorothy fills in where needed and also reads to the sight impaired. This comes naturally to Seaton, as she was previously a teacher – having spent 10 years of her grade-school teaching career at Washington Elementary. After nine years of volunteering, Dorothy Seaton is receiving special recognition for her efforts. Seaton is one of three volunteers from around the state who have been named a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year award from the Arkansas Healthcare Association. Dorothy, while thrilled with the honor, says, “It’s just what I do…I’m not really special.” Such 4 BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012

humility should come as no surprise, but suffice it to say, BTV Health Care Center residents and staff certainly think Dorothy Seaton is pretty special.

Colleen Taylor Helping out is definitely a motivation for Colleen Taylor’s volunteerism, but she laughingly says the 100 hours each year spent at Walton Arts Center gets her free parking and allows her to see some wonderful shows. Colleen has been volunteering, along with other Butterfield residents, for the last seven years at WAC. Taylor also spends 20 to 30 hours a year volunteering at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, assisting with evening events and serving as a guide for children – a natural fit, given the fact she is a retired teacher. She loved teaching so much that, after retiring in 1994, she returned to teaching in 2006. Now on her second retirement, she helps her daughter, a firstgrade teacher at Elmdale Elementary in Springdale, with copying, filling in with classes and whatever her daughter needs. Colleen spends about 18-20 hours a week there. At the Village, Colleen works on the Recycling Team, helping sort recyclables on Sunday nights. Taylor is

also into physical fitness. She swims 4 to 5 times a weeks and participates in the water aerobics classes. Colleen loves Butterfield Trail Village. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself,” she readily admits. “This is such a wonderful life. I never dreamt I’d live in place like this. I sold my house and my teacher retirement covers the monthly costs. I love it here.”

Carl Kittrell As a volunteer, Carl Kittrell spends his time making sure every day is Veterans Day. Carl has taken it upon himself to enroll World War II Veterans in the memorial registry in Washington, DC. The memory of America’s World War II generation is preserved within the physical memorial and through the World War II Registry, a listing of Americans who contributed to the war effort in uniform and on the home front. Names in the Registry are forever linked to the memorial’s bronze and granite representations of their sacrifice and achievement.

Gene Tweraser Altruistic tendencies have long been a part of Gene Tweraser’s outlook on life. She recalls reading a book at a very young age about Lillian Wald, a social worker at the Henry Street Settlement House in New York. “[That’s when] I decided that was something I would like to do…I didn’t know at the time that my paternal grandmother had worked there herself at the end of the 19th century.” A resident of the Village for a more than four years now, Gene continues with her life’s passion of helping others – something she’s actively been doing since high school. Prior to retiring, Tweraser’s professional life had many facets, all sharing the common thread of helping others: urban planning research, time as a librarian, nursery school teacher, child abuse and neglect agency assistant director, and for 19 years, adoption specialist for the Arkansas Department of Human Services. “And, lots of volunteer work while raising two children before going back to graduate school in the late ‘70s,” she adds.

Four or five years ago, Carl and his wife found out about the Registry. Both being WWII Veterans, they signed up. Carl then began signing up other WWII Veterans. His sources are “Most people at mainly word of mouth but also newspaper articles and Butterfield obituaries. When he reads volunteer – it’s the about a Veteran, he contacts way of life here.” them or their family to find out the details of their service –Village Resident and then adds the soldier to Dorothy Seaton the Registry to be forever memorialized. Carl spends one to two hours a day on the Registry project. One of his favorite parts of this project is hearing fascinating stories about these soldiers’ time at war. The Kittrells have lived at Butterfield Trail Village for the past two years. Carl is also active on the residents’ board.

Today, Gene spends upwards of 20 hours per month volunteering both on-campus at Butterfield (Library and Food committees) and out in the community: from greeting and ushering at Walton Arts Center performances and assisting in classrooms at Children’s House, to serving on boards and committees for Mental Health America’s NWA chapter and Temple Shalom of NWA, to driving elderly clients to appointments as a Faith in Action volunteer, answering phones at KUAF NPR fundraisers, and working the Theatre Squared gala. She also volunteers for two musical organizations near her family’s summer home in upstate New York.

What a gift these and all volunteers are – a gift to the Village and a gift to the community. A big THANK YOU to all of those who give back. We appreciate you. BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012 5

Village Newcomer Q+A

Getting to know Bob and Karen Hendrix Where are you from? Karen: I grew up here in Fayetteville, graduated from FHS and attended the U of A, then got married and moved away. Now, after some 45-plus years, I have come back home to Fayetteville. Bob: I was born in Malvern, Ark., and graduated from Malvern High. I attended SAU for two years and then the U of A, where I earned my BS and MS. What did you do before you retired? Karen: Who said I was retired? I still have all the same responsibilities and chores. Bob: After getting my degrees in Poultry, I worked in several areas of the poultry industry. I had the opportunity at age 29 to build from the ground up a complete integrated poultry operation in Sumter, SC. Once that was completed and running smoothly, I was ready to move and we went to south Arkansas and then to Texas where I worked in executive positions for two different poultry companies until my retirement in January 2009. How many children do you have, and where do they live? We have a daughter, Camille, who lives in Texas. Camille is a graduate of North Texas University with a degree in Interior Design. Our son, Blake, was a graduate of the U of A and received his MBA from Tulane University. We lost Blake in October 2007, at the age of 43. Grandchildren? We do not have any grandchildren. Do “grand dogs” count? Why did you choose Butterfield? If you are asking why we chose Butterfield over other retirement communities, that answer is easy – because it is the best facility of its kind anywhere in the country. If you are asking why we chose a Life Care Retirement Community in general, the answer has many facets. Karen: One reason is because I helped my sister care for our parents when their 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012

Anniversaries November Anniversaries William & Anita Shaver John Belitsakos & Gisela Nordmeyer Pete & Mary Schaller Robert & Pauline Keegan James & Joyce Herrin Larry & Borgny Hanley Richard & Shirley Chewning William & Betty Stewart

1st 9th 12th 20th 24th 25th 26th 27th

December Anniversaries Jack & Lorene Lejeune John & Dorothy Robinson Charles & Mary McGimsey Steven & Jeanine Neuse Herbert & Mary Stout Clarence & Dorothy Young

17th 18th 20th 21st 28th 29th

New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Harris & Carol Sonnenberg Campbell & Susan Johnson Bob & Karen Hendrix Helen Hannah

health began to fail, and I saw the importance of making this decision in order to take a lot of responsibilities one day in the future from our daughter’s shoulders. Also, it was time for us to downsize, and doing that in one move was appealing because I’m not fond of moving. Bob: I was impressed that the Butterfield bus is always first in line to pick up their passengers at Bud Walton Arena. When I can’t drive, I plan to be on that bus for those games. What is your favorite Village activity? Karen: We have been here for six weeks. I am just now emptying the boxes and still have drapes and pictures to hang. So I haven’t had much time to participate in any activities. A couple of weeks ago, I started going to the Fitness Center and have been working out with the help of the interns. I’m very impressed with this facility, the equipment and the help I get. This is a very, very nice addition to Butterfield. Bob: We haven’t sold our home in Texas, so I have spent most of my time going back and forth checking on things there.

At Home for the Holidays with Jack and Bobbie Peters

Living Spaces

Jack and Bobbie Peters moved to Butterfield Trail Village last year, and with the help of their daughter, interior designer Jan Revard, the couple’s two-bedroom apartment has become quite a showplace. Using a palette of pleasing colors and incorporating the Peters’ treasured keepsakes, Jan and her parents have created a homey and inviting place to live. Christmastime flourishes add even more warmth to the space.

Photos by Stephen Ironside



Cajun Night Entertainment


Fayetteville’s finest were on hand to pick up their donations

Enjoying BBQ at the 1st Annual BTV Pit Master Cook-Off

BTV Pit Master Cook-Off Judges Table

Enjoying the Boston Mountains excursion BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012 9


You are invited to a...

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 6, 2012 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tour spacious apartments, comfortable cottages, luxurious village homes, and more! Please RSVP. Tours scheduled on the half hour.

Results from the September/October issue poll:

Halloween Treats

Readers’ Poll

Last issue, Butterfield LIFE readers were asked about their favorite Halloween treats... • • • •

Peanut Butter Cups: 57% Candy Corn: 16% Popcorn Balls: 14% Hershey’s Minis: 13%

Congratulations to Carol Sonnenberg, winner of the dinner for two in The Lodge!

NEW READERS’ POLL QUESTION... What’s your favorite holiday dinner side dish? (please circle one) MASHED POTATOES & GRAVY DRESSING/STUFFING




Your Phone:

Please fill out this slip and leave at the BTV front desk or email to marketing@btvillage.org by November 28. One lucky reader will win DINNER FOR TWO at The Lodge! Results of the poll will be featured in the next issue of Butterfield LIFE.

Destination: Lights of the Ozarks

Out & About Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings Around Town

Again this year the Fayetteville Square will be transformed into a twinkling holiday wonderland beginning with the Lights of the Ozarks “Lighting Night” parade on November 17 at 6pm. The Lights of the Ozarks festival is popular not only with Northwest Arkansans, but in its 17-year history has become a major tourism attraction. Lights of the Ozarks features a half-million LED lights, which takes the Fayetteville Parks & Recreation Department over 2,000 hours to hang from the ground to the top of the trees all around the downtown Square – creating an enchanting destination. A stroll under the magical lights while sipping cider or hot chocolate has become a holiday ritual for many. But the festival offers more than just lights. The holiday ambiance is enhanced with Christmas music playing through speakers, and on November 29, December 7 and December 11, area choirs will be performing carols around the Square. Carriage rides are also available, as are camel and pony rides (weather permitting). On some nights, Santa and his reindeer can even be seen enjoying Lights of the Ozarks – a great photo opportunity. On display through December 31, viewing the lights around the Square is free of charge. Last year there was a new addition to Lights of the Ozarks – A County Fair Christmas – a drive-thru holiday light spectacular located at the Washington County Fairgrounds. This breathtaking display will again be open this year each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 24 to December 22. The display will be open from 6 to 9pm and will cost $5 a car. For more information about Lights of the Ozarks and associated special events, visit www.thelightsoftheozarks.com or call the Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau at (479) 521-5776.

Walton Arts Center Upcoming Shows:

Shrek: The Musical Oct. 30 thru Nov. 4 (times vary) UA Inspirational Chorale Concert Nov. 6 / 7:30pm UA Schola Cantorum Nov. 8 / 7:30pm Jane Bunnet & Hilario Duran Nov. 9 / 7pm Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul Nov. 15 / 7pm UA Wind Symphony Nov. 19 / 7:30pm Cantus and Theater Latte Da Nov. 29 / 7pm Sean Jones Quartet Dec. 1 / 7pm & 9pm Billy Elliott: The Musical Dec. 4-9 / Times Vary Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Dec. 11 / 4pm & 7:30pm Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas Dec. 16 / 7pm Jim Brickman: On a Winter’s Night Dec. 17 / 7pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas Dec. 20 / 8pm Moscow Classical Ballet’s The Nutcracker Dec. 21-23 (times vary) www.waltonartscenter.org Arts Center of the Ozarks Upcoming Shows:

The Perfect Party

Oct. 26 thru Nov. 3

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever / Dec. 7-9 www.artscenteroftheozarks.org Rogers Little Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol Today Dec. 7-9, 13-16 (times vary) Victory Theater, Rogers www.rogerslittletheater.org

Symphony of NWA Presents: Christmas Concert Dec. 15 / 7:30pm Walton Arts Center www.sonamusic.org TheatreSquared Presents: Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment Dec. 6-30 (times vary) WAC Nadine Baum Studios www.theatre2.org NOTE: This listing of select community A&E events is for informational purposes only; BTV may or may not be providing transportation to these – please refer to the monthly calendar or the Village bulletin board for transport-provided event listings.


Library News

New Books at the Village Library

MYSTERIES The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva continues the adventures of spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon as he works for the Vatican to solve the mysterious death of a young woman discovered on the floor of St. Peter’s Cathedral. His search involves a global criminal enterprise that loots and sells timeless works of art to the highest bidder. Silva creates his usual page-turning magic. The St. Vita Society by Ruth Rendell, three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, introduces readers to a posh block in London where an upstairs/downstairs world brings masters and servants together in a psychological thriller. This

book proves 82-year-old Rendell has not lost her touch. Other new mystery titles include: Zoo by James Patterson; A Wanted Man by Lee Child; The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny; and The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark.

ROMANCES One of the genres most favored by romance writers are “series books.” These books are often set in the same town or community and sometimes follow the same characters over several years. Readers feel they know these characters and enjoy them for their familiarity. The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber is a superb example. “The Inn” is a bedand-breakfast located in the

Northwest Pacific town of Cedar Cove. Macomber plans her plot around guests at the Inn. Other new romance titles include: Return to Willow Lake (the Lakeshore Chronicles) by Susan Wiggs; The Sacred Shore by Janet Oke; and The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts.

MISCELLANEOUS The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach is about a small college baseball team. It is also about relationships, responsibility, college administration, comingof-age, and friendship. Other new titles include: Oxford Book of American Short Stories edited by Joyce Carol Oates; Arkansas: An Illustrated Atlas by Tom Paradise, which was introduced to residents at a Fulbright Fridays lecture; and Men of Sunday by Curtis Eichelberger, which discusses the faith of pro football players.

Featured Upcoming Village Events

For a complete list of Village events, offsite excursions and more, please refer to the monthly event calendar or contact the Program Department for more information at (479) 695-8003. AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE Tuesday, November 6 // 8:30am–1pm // The Lodge Butterfield is honored to host another AARP Driving Course for its residents, and to participate in the national veterans promotion that allows veterans, their spouses/widows/widowers and dependents to take the course free of charge. Either fill out a coupon at the door, or print one from the website www.aarp. org/veterans. Reservations for this class are required. Call the Village at (479) 442-7220. Non-veteran cost is $15 per person, payable at the door.

SAN ANTONIO HOLIDAY CHARTER BUS TOUR Sunday, November 25 thru Wednesday, November 28 Enjoy 2 days and 2 nights in a luxurious hotel on the historic San Antonio River Walk! Joyous caroling fills the evening air as more than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups ring in the holidays singing traditional carols on cruising boats. Other stops will be authentic Tex-Mex restaurants, La Villita Historic Arts Village and the San Antonio Missions. Please visit butterfieldtrailvillage.org for pricing and other details for this exciting excursion!

A PATRIOT’S DREAM Veterans’ Dinner & Program Friday, November 9 5:30–7pm // Dining Room Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson. Our nation’s veterans range from WWII to Afghanistan warriors and all have made personal sacrifices. While their patriotism is unwavering, the rest of the country’s patriotism is fading though it has been a driving force in our nation’s strength. Join us this evening as we show our patriotism by honoring the nation’s veterans through music, film and testimonials in tried and true village fashion.

ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Friday, December 7 // 6–9pm Join The Cherry Brooks and Cal Jackson Band, Fayetteville musicians gone Memphis, for a return engagement! Combat holiday stress with this fun evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres, dancing and lots of holiday cheer! This semi-formal occasion is a hot annual event! Enjoy the photo booth set up around the Christmas tree and pose with Santa or your friends! Reservations required. No charge to residents and guests of Marketing. All others: $10 per person.






Soup of the Month


Chicken Enchilada with Fried Corn Tortilla Chips

Seared Scallops Served over roasted turnip puree with red pepper coulis $3.50

Sandwiches BBQ Chicken Sandwich Slow cooked chicken breast smothered in a homemade BBQ sauce $7

Chicken Enchilada with Fried Corn Tortilla Chips

Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger Hand pressed burger patties grilled to order and served with all the fixins $7

Salads Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps and Grilled Crostinis

Italian Rustica Sweet Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and mozzarella in a handmade meat loaf $7 1/2 Sandwich & Choice of Two Side Items $7 1/2 Sandwich & Choice of One Side Item $5 Other Items Pork Ragout* Slow-simmered pork and vegetables with a rich red wine sauce served over herbed polenta $7 Chilled Thai Shrimp Salad* w/Ginger Soy Vinaigrette $7 *Option available with one side Dessert Buttermilk Cocoa Cake with Buttermilk Frosting $3.50 All sandwiches are served with your choice of Sweet Potato Fries, French Fries, House Salad, Caesar Salad, Fruit Salad or Cup of Soup


House Salad with Choice of Dressing Entrees Beef Tenderloin Topped with herbed compound butter over a twice baked potato and bacon seared Brussels sprouts $17.50 Duck Sauteed with orange Grand Marnier sauce, rice pilaf and honey glazed carrots $17.50 Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Served with balsamic maple sauce, yampablano au gratin and tri-cheese cauliflower $14 Seafood Cioppino Scallops, shrimp and fish slow stewed in a tomato and lime fish based sauce, served over buttered white rice $14 Fresh bread served on table Entrees served with a choice of Caesar Salad, House Salad or Soup Dessert Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream $3.50

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Have Some F.U.N. This Holiday Season By Elizabeth Hefley, Guest Commentator and BTV Dietitian Intern For some of us, the holidays include simple dinners and a time to give thanks. But for many, it’s an eating steeplechase leading to the same lose-weight-and-getback-in-shape New Year’s resolution that we make year after year...after year. That sliver of pecan pie, extra half of a cookie, additional three bites of mashed potatoes, and a few licks off the spoon while cleaning the cheese dip bowl are all similar – they represent at least 200 calories. Even something as small as eating 200 additional calories a day adds three to four pounds a year! So, how does a person get through October, November and December without adding to their waistline? By using F.U.N. At social events, FOCUS on the socializing. Focus on relationships, old and new,

F.U.N. Quick Tips: • Allow for holiday favorites! Focus and slowly savor the food item. Oftentimes a few bites will satisfy the craving. • Understand memories made during the holidays stay with us…not the food. • Navigate thoughtfully, never setting unrealistic expectations regarding food. • HAVE FUN throughout the holiday season! when chatting; and Focus on the reason for the celebration, not just on the yumminess of the food. UNDERSTAND the food options available. Plan ahead before going to parties and dinners, and eat a healthful snack before walking out the door; and offer to bring a healthy entrée, side dish or desert, so that all partygoers

would have a healthful meal option. NAVIGATE the meal with the same direction and awareness similar to how a person would navigate the road – knowing what the path (i.e. healthy meal) should entail, but making some allowances for the unexpected variable, whether savory or sweet.

November Is National Alzheimer’s Awareness & Family Caregivers Month Butterfield offers support and encouragement through Caregiver Support Group By Patricia Poertner, LSW Since its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association has been the leader in making the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, a national priority. After designating a National Alzheimer’s Disease Week in 1982, President Ronald Reagan helped to launch a national campaign against the disease by declaring November as “National Alzheimer’s Disease Month.” Taking the lead on the issue, he went on to advocate for research as “the only hope for victims and families.” He made this proclamation to bring attention to the emotional, financial and social consequences of Alzheimer’s, and to show understanding and support for the individuals with the disease, as well as 14 BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012

their families and friends. Since that time, the Alzheimer’s Association has continued to use this annual event, now known as “National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month,” to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, the experiences of the disease’s victims and their families, and the importance of finding treatments, preventions and a cure. In 1983, there were fewer than 2 million diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s in America. In 2012, that number has increased to 5.4 million. This increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease has, no doubt, created an increased need for caregivers – especially family caregivers. It is not surprising then that November is also “National Family


Get Your Tai Chi On! By Jennifer Neill Fitness & Wellness Coordinator For the better part of 20 years, Jesse Thomas (left) has been practicing and promoting Tai Chi, an ancient form of Chinese internal martial arts. Recovering from a severe back injury in his early 20s, Jesse turned to Tai Chi training to rehabilitate and strengthen his whole body, starting with his basic stance. Learning to lengthen and align his spine has changed all of his everyday movements for the better. The meditational movements, when repeatedly practiced, help to reconnect one’s ground path from the top of your head downward into the earth. Over the course of his studies, Jesse traveled to China in 2004 to do a documentary about Hong Junshen, a master of Chen Style Taijiquan. For more than 10 years, Jesse has studied the Hong’s Practical Method with 19th Generation Master Chen Zhonghua. Last winter, Instructor Thomas was in Haiti, setting up a pre-cast concrete plant to rebuild some of the hardest hit areas of Haiti, with the help of the United Methodist Church.

Caregivers Month.” In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Bill Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997, and every president since — Democrat and Republican alike — has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week eventually evolved to National Family Caregivers Month. NFC Month is organized each year by the National Family Caregivers Association (www. thefamilycaregiver.org), and is designated as a time every year to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers and individuals providing care to loved ones living with chronic illness, disability or the frailties of old age. Today, there are more than 65 million family caregivers in this country. A number of those family caregivers

During any spare time, he made an effort to share his enthusiasm for Tai Chi with his hard-working Haitian brothers and sisters. This November, Instructor Thomas will be sharing his beginning level Tai Chi class with Butterfield Trail on Saturday mornings at 10am. Consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the inner workings of Tai Chi in you. Observers are also welcome. I encourage you to discover the many benefits of Tai Chi. For more information regarding the art of Tai Chi, please feel free to contact me at (479) 695-8036 or visit these websites: ask.healthline.com/galecontent/tai-chi www.mayoclinic.com/health/tai-chi/SA00087 www.mayoclinic.com/health/tai-chi/SA00087

reside right here at Butterfield. We have many residents who act as a caregiver for a spouse, a family member or a friend. Being a caregiver is a stressful and all-consuming job that impacts the health of the caregiver. In an effort to support and encourage those individuals, BTV offers a monthly Caregiver Support Group meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Day Room, which is located in the Health Care Center. In this setting, caregivers have an opportunity to get away from daily routines and talk with others who share similar stresses and concerns. If you are a caregiver but have never attended the group meeting, please consider doing so. Making the effort to engage with other caregivers in a group setting will provide positive benefits that will impact both you and your loved one.


Employee Highlights

Steven Russell August Customer Service Award Recipient Steve Russell has worked in the maintenance department at Butterfield Trail Village for nearly two years. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, and attended Washington High School there. He attended Laney Jr. College where he majored in Air Conditioning & Heating Technologies. He also has earned his CDL, HVAC, Contractor and Journeyman licenses. Steve enjoys fishing and watching TV – his favorite shows are Survivor and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He also likes watching pro football, especially following the Dallas Cowboys. His dream vacation would be to travel to Europe, and his favorite foods are a rib-eye steak and lobster. Steve enjoys living in the country (Strickler). He has three cats and is looking for a German Shepherd to adopt. He likes the color blue, and loves classic rock music. And, he says his hero is his mom. The thing he likes most about his job are his co-workers and the residents. “When you begin seeing our residents in the same light as our own parents or grandparents, it’s easy to go the extra mile for them,” Steve says. “I see this every day, in every department at BTV. It’s what makes this job special.”

Dana Davis September Customer Service Award Recipient Dana Davis has worked for Butterfield Trail Village for more than two years. She started out as a parttime receptionist in August 2010, and then joined the marketing team in December 2011. Dana was born in Jacksonville, Texas, graduated high school, and then attended Texas A&M University where she majored in Political Science. Dana has two children: John Benjamin is 18 years old and Jennifer Ann is 13 years old. Dana’s husband’s name is Steve, and the family has two pets: a dog named Muffin, and a cat named Honey. Dana’s favorite color is Burgundy, and she prefers music from the ‘80s. She says she doesn’t have much time for a hobby but likes to read. Classics are her favorite. She can’t really pick a favorite author, but she enjoys reading John Kennedy Toole’s books. She enjoys traveling, having recently returned from a cruise. Her hero is “any average Joe who does a good deed without expectation of reward of glory.”

BUTTERFIELD FOUNDATION REPORT (479) 695-8068 • foundation@btvillage.org We are grateful for the following contributions, received between August 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012:

Tributes In Honor of Patricia Poertner and others in management who have shown exemplary consideration and compassion in assisting an employee in need: Oscar & Marjorie Leverenz In Honor of Fred & Doreen Vorsanger: Anonymous In Honor of Truman Yancey: Jack & Jean Herd Memorials In Memory of G.A. Giles: Harold & Betty Horton In Memory of Thelma Graddy: Judy Doyle, Ruth Sherman Forsythe, Mitsy Kellam, Jack & Lorene Lejeune, Nancy Robb, Ruth Vickers 16 BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012

In Memory of Louise Hassel: Jack & Lorene Lejeune In Memory of John Parker: Kenny & Billye Bartholomew, John & Marianne Brewer, Virginia Burdick, June Colwell, Thomas & Jane Davis, Bradford & Jane Donovan, Richard Forsythe, Ruth Sherman Forsythe, Elizabeth Howick, Dr. James & Margaret Hunt, Jack & Lorene Lejeune, Mary Lou Middleton, Jim & Susan Rieff, Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton, Joseph & Dorothy Selzer, Frank & Sara Sharp, Charles & Barbara Stills, Gary & Michelle Tollett & Family, William & Gracie Watt In Memory of Bill Rose: Jack & June Lejeune In Memory of Dr. G.A. Sexton: Michael & Robin Adams, Anderson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Arvest Bank-Fayetteville, Bill & Leigh Anne Beck, Thomas & Jane Davis, Adrian Hopper & Staff from Derby Golf and Country Club, D.C. (Dash) Goff,

Department Spotlight

Maureen Cover-Bryan BTV Director of Development/Foundation Executive Director and forging organizational partnerships to bring new programs and services to the Village, and promoting Butterfield Trail Village throughout Northwest Arkansas. In the works for 2013 are plans for a ‘signature’ event to which the public will be invited, a distinguished speaker series, and grief support groups for spouses and families.

You might find Butterfield’s new development director attending an in-house event with residents or a civic event with people who have never heard of Butterfield Trail Village. But you can be sure that in either case, Maureen Cover-Bryan is developing relationships for the Village. Maureen is responsible for maintaining strong relationships with existing donors and friends of Butterfield, and developing new friends and networks. This includes community outreach

Also serving as Butterfield Trail Village Foundation’s executive director, Maureen handles the day-to-day business of the Foundation and is liaison to the Boards of Directors for both the Village and the Foundation, the latter acting as the fundraising arm of the Village. Working with the Village, the Foundation identifies the best way donors’ gifts can enhance the Village and meet the changing needs of the community. Donors’ gifts in recent years have provided such things as, employee scholarships, fitness equipment, library books, and wireless Internet. Donor gifts are also responsible for The Lodge and Fitness Center, and our Special Care Unit.

If you have questions about contributions or memorials, you may contact Maureen Cover-Bryan at (479) 695-8068 or by email at mscover@btvillage.org.

Elizabeth Howick, Dr. James & Margaret Hunt, Dr. G.D. and Mary Bowers Jay, Frank & Suzanne Kerr, Jack & June Lejeune, Oscar & Marjorie Leverenz, Evelyn Levoe Maxwell, McIloy Investments, Harold & Vernice Miller, Dr. Hugh & Don Mills, Munoco Company, L.C.,Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation, Edward & Frances Ross, Richard & Margaret Rutherford, Ira & Vadeen Stanfill, Wanda, Mike & Betsy, Dr. James Tinnin In Memory of Jack Tuck: Nancy Robb In Memory of Harry Vandergriff: June Colwell, Richard Forsythe, Jerol & Sally Garrison, Mary Lu Gatewood, Elizabeth Howick, Dr. G.D. & Mary Bowers Jay, Mitsy Kellam, Jack & June Lejeune, William & Patricia Medley, Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton

Moving Made Easy (MME) June Colwell, Daniel Griffin, Grace Harvey, Steve Kennan, Janet Parks, Millie Wentz Your gifts to Butterfield Trail Village Foundation contribute to the sustainability of programs and

services of the Village for your friends, families and loved ones now and in the future. Please consider a gift to the Foundation. Whether the gift remembers a loved one or pays tribute to a special person, because you love Butterfield and the service it provides this community, or “just because;” you can be sure that your gift will affect hundreds of lives in our community and beyond.

Foundation Board of Directors Jeff Williams, President Kathy Ball, Vice-President/Secretary Truman Yancey, Treasurer Walt Eilers, Theresa Ewing, Lyle Gohn, Read Hudson Joe Mains, Therese Pendelton, Bill Shackelford Maureen Cover-Bryan, Executive Director Please notify the foundation office if there are omissions or corrections. BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012 17

Did You Know?

Village Residents Helping Children For 24 years, Butterfield Trail Village residents and staff have supported EOA (Economic Opportunity Association) Children’s House through special events on the Village campus. These annual events include a summer petting zoo, trick-ortreating, and a Christmastime fun-filled morning that includes a visit from Santa. Through Village residents’ donations, the children are provided Christmas gifts of clothing and toys.

developmental and psychological/social needs. Of equal importance, families and caregivers also learn skills to strengthen their ability to nurture, raise and educate their children. There is no other program in the state of Arkansas that offers this array of services to abused and neglected children. The joy of giving and spending time with these angels is a blessing for residents and staff. For more information about EOA Children’s House, visit www.childrenshousenwa.org or call (479) 927-1232.

Established in 1978, the EOA Children’s House mission is “Stopping Child Abuse. Saving Lives.” They accomplish this mission by providing a safe, secure place for children to overcome the devastating effects of abuse and neglect, regardless of social or economic background. EOA Children’s House is a friendly, homelike environment, providing assessment, early childhood development services, education services and therapy, at no cost and in one location, sparing the child from going to multiple sites in order to provide for their educational,

Living Green at BTV Resident volunteers recycled 11,422 pounds of material during the month of August. The monthly average is about 10,303 pounds, with the greatest weight in newspaper, mixed paper and cardboard. A group of residents recently visited Pathfinder, Inc., located in Bentonville – they recycle styrofoam that is shipped to Mexico then processed into picture frames. The Village now actively recycles styrofoam, sending even less waste to our local landfills. Bravo!

Turn Back Time... Daylight Savings Time ends at midnight, Saturday, November 3, 2012. Turn your clocks back one hour at bedtime!



In a World Full of Transitions, Some Things Remain Constant By Lowell Grisham / Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Fayetteville It seems delightful to me that our culture has a generic term for the days between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. We commonly call them the “Holidays” or even the “Holiday Season.” There is a religious root to all of this, of course. The word “Holiday” is a version of the expression “Holy Day.” And even the most secular of us seem to get into the spirit of hospitality, celebration, and gift giving. The giving and receiving of gifts is wonderful. Some of the most meaningful gifts are those that have been made by hand. Maybe the most precious gift someone can offer is the gift of their time on another’s behalf. One of the benefits of retirement is the opportunity to give oneself to things other than a job or livelihood. So many of the residents of Butterfield Trail Village offer their energy, experience and support to help others – through one-on-one attention to friends and loved ones, as well as through organized participation in service oriented activities. There is some interesting research that contends that serving others is even more satisfying than having fun. The University of Pennsylvania psychologist-researcher Dr. Martin Seligman has an experiment that he asks his students to undertake. First he has them discuss things that they enjoy. The young people tell about various pleasurable activities with most of the conversation centering around “fun.”

Then Seligman gives the class an assignment. Each student is asked to (1) engage in one pleasurable activity, and (2) engage in one philanthropic activity. Then they are to write about both. Professor Seligman says that the results are often life-changing for these students. They write that there is no comparison between the afterglow that comes from participating in some act of kindness compared to the mere pleasures of fun. One student told a story about her nephew phoning her to ask for help with his third-grade arithmetic. She helped him for about an hour. She found the effect on her to be astonishing. “For the rest of the day, I could listen better, I was mellower, and people liked me much more than usual.” (I love that last observation.) We are so grateful at St. Paul’s for the active volunteerism of our older and retired parishioners. They offer themselves in our Community Meals program – preparing and serving a hot, nutritious lunch to anyone who comes every Monday and Wednesday. They befriend a group of neighbors living at home with early forms of dementia or Alzheimer’s – giving the family caretakers some respite time each week. They tutor children at nearby Washington Elementary. Throughout our community, BTV residents are giving themselves to help others. And if Dr. Seligman’s research is to be believed, they are finding happiness, energy and meaning in their serving. Jesus came among us as one who served and invited us to follow his example. During this year’s Holidays, how about giving yourself a priceless gift? Offer yourself to some philanthropic activity, and see if you don’t receive even more than you can give.

Featured in each issue of Butterfield LIFE is a guest article related to spirituality and the ongoing connections between Butterfield and its five sponsoring churches: First United Presbyterian, Central United Methodist, First Christian, St. Paul’s Episcopal and First Baptist. BUTTERFIELD LIFE NOVEMBER + DECEMBER 2012 19


The Lodge, Your Lodge

The Lodge at Butterfield Trail Village bustles with activity. A tastefully furnished 2,000 square foot building with kitchen facilities, comfortable conversation seating, a big screen television and a fireplace along with a light airy atmosphere make The Lodge the perfect venue for socials, game nights, restaurant-style lunches and dinners, meetings and fun events. You can

also share this facility with your friends and family by making arrangements with the staff for parties and meetings. Catering by the BTV culinary staff is also available at a reasonable cost. Check your calendar and join your friends for fun and socializing at The Lodge, Your Lodge.

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