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LIFE THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF BUTTERFIELD TRAIL VILLAGE
Tech Savvy Seniors Handmade Cards Warm Hearts
Fitness & Wellness Exercise Classes on Village Cable
Stay abreast of what’s happening at the Village and see the fun ways our residents are living their best retirement at Butterfield.
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Contents 4 From the CEO 6 Feature: Tech Savvy Seniors 7 Village News Pen Pal Program Adapts during Pandemic 8 Anniversaries & New Neighbors 8 Newcomer Q&A Getting to Know Faith Bradley
9 Employee Spotlight Director of Marketing Kelly Syer 10 Featured Village Events 11 Walton Arts Center New Broadway Series Coming this Fall 12 Feature: Handmade Cards from Children Warm Hearts 13 Foundation Listings 14 Fitness & Wellness: Classes Move to In-House Cable
12 11 14 On the Cover: Spring flowers on the BTV campus by Gary Hodges BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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VOL. 9 ISSUE 3 JUNE 2020
Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Kelly Syer Director of Marketing Leann Pacheco Sales Counselor Dave Marks Move-In Coordinator
Elise Lorene Marketing Coordinator
PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2020 Council Members Ron Hanson, President Roy Penney, Vice President Linda Pinkerton, Secretary John King, Past President Ed Piper, Neely Barnett, Carol Sonnenberg, Ginger Crippen, Geri Bender BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jacqui Brandli, President Dr. Kim Chapman, Vice President Bill Shackelford, Secretary Kim Brawner, Bernard Madison, Mark McNair, Ann Henry, David Williams, Jim Wood, Bryn Wood Bagwell, Bob Kelly, Diane Warren, Larry Hanley
From the CEO We’ve all heard the quote, “The only thing constant is change.” This year, we’ve been faced with no option but to swiftly change the usual ways in which we interact with and care for one another. At BTV, our residents and staff have risen to the challenge. Our immediate priority has been to protect our most vulnerable populations in our highest levels of care, but as headlines and guidelines changed with the spread of Covid-19, our campus as a whole has adapted. I’m proud of the resiliency of our residents, and also thankful for the kindness of strangers. In this issue of Butterfield LIFE, we’ll introduce you to three siblings who warmed hearts at BTV by sending dozens of handmade cards to residents at the Health Care Center. We’ll also update you on how the BTV Pen Pal Program is moving forward remotely so students and residents don’t lose touch during uncertain times. As the world around us trends more and more online, our residents can stay in the know through a number of digital channels, including our Facebook page and YouTube channel. BTV’s Tech Help is just one of the programs helping residents master digital technology. Over the next few months, I am hopeful that BTV can soon return to its vibrant and busy nature. Despite this moment in history, rest assured the state of the Village is strong.
Quintin Trammell Chief Executive Officer
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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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Tech Savvy Seniors Stay Connected, In the Know BTV Helps Residents Embrace Digital Communication The technology attitudes of senior adults are steadily changing. More and more are embracing digital communication as a way to stay informed and connected to loved ones. Butterfield Trail Village is communicating with its tech savvy seniors through a variety of digital channels, while providing residents with digital literacy training and campus-wide tech support. “We like to encourage our residents and Carriage Club members to learn to use social media, especially Facebook and YouTube,” Director of Marketing Kelly Syer said. “These are tools that we use to regularly promote the Village and share everyday happenings that make this such an exclusive and vibrant campus.”
“Many residents prefer e-communication over traditional [paper forms] of communication” Syer said. “It’s more efficient and easier to keep track of, and the announcement comes directly to them.”
Butterfield regularly shares fun Village photos, news and updates on its Facebook page. The YouTube channel is full of streamed video content like Fitness Tip Fridays, exercise classes, lectures, concerts and performances.
Along with programming on dedicated in-house cable Channel 1961, residents have relied heavily on social media and other digital channels in recent weeks to stay engaged during the coronavirus pandemic.
As a convenience, BTV sends email eblasts to residents and Carriage Club members to update them about events, services, announcements and scheduling changes.
BTV encourages residents to embrace technology by way of digital literacy programs. Tech Talk and Tech Help programs teach residents how to use their personal devices and apps to stay informed and connected to friends, family and the community. Tech Talk is in-person help using devices like smart phones, tablets and personal computers. Residents learn how to set up and maintain basic, web-based email and social media accounts. Tech Help, however, is conducted remotely and has been the go-to resource for residents during the pandemic.
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Village News Tech Help features a new series of training videos that help residents set up an Apple ID, use the Cox Cable DVR in their home, use the new Apple iPads distributed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, and use the Apple FaceTime app to communicate.
BTV Pen Pal Program Adapts during Pandemic
Tech Help segments air Monday through Saturday at 9:15 a.m. on Channel 1961.
Even though area classrooms are closed for the semester, the BTV Pen Pal Program is continuing with residents and students exchanging letters remotely thanks to the help of one BTV volunteer.
“The videos typically run between five and ten minutes so folks don’t get overwhelmed with information on a particular topic,” Director of Technology Gary Hodges said. Hodges credits Resident Tech Assistant Tristan Beebe for producing the Tech Help series. A new video will show residents without an Apple device or access to FaceTime how to use Skype to communicate with the outside world. Beebe’s position was added earlier this year. Together, he and Hodges handle video production for BTV and respond to tech support calls from residents campus-wide.
Volunteer says Program Vital to Participants
Resident Linda Hayes, a retired teacher who oversees the program, is working to keep it active now that classrooms at Butterfield Elementary School are closed with pupils sent home to learn during the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, 27 students in teacher Jennifer Condron’s class and 25 residents are pen pals for the 2020 spring semester. The BTV Pen Pal Program has been bridging connections between residents and secondgraders since 2013. Typically, the Village hosts the BTV Pen Pal Luncheon at the end of each school year where pals can meet, enjoy lunch and share stories. The program, Hayes said, is vital on many levels, especially now. “This can be a scary time and encouraging letters and fun activities will make a difference to the children,” Hayes said. “Having a pen pal can be vital in keeping the good spirits of the children, their families and our residents.” Historically, Hayes delivers letters from residents to students in the classroom and vice versa. In the classroom, Condron and Hayes dedicate time for students to read and discuss their letters. But since the pandemic, students across the country are largely taking their lessons at home and communicating with teachers over the Internet. To keep the program moving, Hayes and Condron are working together remotely. Students can either email their letters to Condron, photograph or scan them. She forwards them to Hayes, who emails them to the residents. If a resident prefers, Hayes places a copy of their letter in their mailbox at the Village, or delivers it to their front door. It takes a little extra work but is totally worth it to keep the letters coming, Hayes said. For more info, email Hayes at email@example.com, or leave a note in the pen pal box near the elevators in the Commons Center. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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Village Newcomer Q+A
Anniversaries May Jim & Louise Painter Bowles
Bill & Ayleen Bequette
Peter & Susan Vanneman
Bobby & Doris Marks
Lanny & Bonnie Ashlock
June Leland & Betty Tollett
Roy & Annette Penney
Bob & Lois Zimmerman
Joe & Dorothy Selzer
Barry & Carol Mason
Ed & Jane Piper
Sid & Kay Davis
Charles & Susan Riggs
Jim & Sherry Young
Alan & Lenora Metz
Bill & Sabra Martin
Lyle & Sue Gohn
Curtis & Jane Shipley
Pete & Ginger Crippen
Rick & Janet Roessler
Dick & Anne Booth
Jim & Ann Newman
Ron & Alice Talbert
Jim & Diane Modisette
Bill & Diane Breazeale
Larry & Joyce Masters
New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Bill & Sabra Martin
When did you move to Butterfield? I moved here in January 2020 Where are you from? I was born, raised and married in New Mexico. My husband, Keith, and I lived on a farm outside of West Fork where he raised cattle and chickens. What did you do before retirement? I retired from U.S. Postal Service. Prior to that I was an insurance agent with Hugh Kincaid, Sr. Do you have children and grandchildren? I have three awesome and successful sons, Ron, Mike and Mark â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus seven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Why did you choose Butterfield? I came to Butterfield because of its great reputation of being the best, and knowing I will be taken care of the rest of my life.
Sid & Kay Davis Liz Brantley Nina Simmons
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Getting to Know Faith Bradley
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Meet Your BTV Staff NAME: Kelly Syer POSITION: I serve as director of marketing. HOW LONG AT BTV: I was pleased to join the staff in April 2020. EDUCATION: I am a Rogers High School alumna and received my BA in journalism and political science from the University of Arkansas in 1990. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO: I have the opportunity to support the great team responsible for bringing new neighbors to live at Butterfield, as well as engage future residents in our Carriage Club program so they become an active part of our community before officially moving to the Village. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? My favorite part of working at Butterfield is seeing firsthand all of the activities and amenities our residents get to enjoy – and then sharing stories about our programming and very caring, creative staff.
WHAT DO YOU TAKE SATISFACTION IN AT WORK? I thoroughly enjoy illustrating the wonderful environment and way of life at Butterfield through our different marketing tools, such as our digital and printed media. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: I have worked in marketing, public relations, fundraising and community engagement for three decades, spending time at the University of Arkansas, Tyson Foods, Cox Communications, Crystal Bridges and the Downtown Springdale Alliance. I also have entrepreneurial experience as the founder of a digital marketing company. FAMILY: I am an only child to parents Jay and Joyce Hale of Fayetteville. My husband Scott Syer works in training and development for Tyson Foods and I have one adult daughter, Haley Zega. INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: I have an active social life and live to throw parties, concoct kitchen “masterpieces” and dabble in photography. I enjoy traveling near and far, always seeking new adventures!
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Featured Village Events Staying Connected From a Distance Butterfield is working to keep residents engaged and connected to the arts and music, food and culinary, the community and each other during this time of social distancing. While large gatherings aren’t currently an option, the Programs & Events Department is airing new programs and entertainment segments on in-house cable TV for residents to enjoy in the comfort of their homes.
A live taping of Meet A Village Resident with Riki Stamps
Channel 1961 is the place for concerts and performances, lectures, movie nights, Village oneon-one interviews, faith programming and more. In addition, the Fitness & Wellness Department has some novel distance-safe options to stay active and moving at home (more on page 14).
I also want to thank our Technology Department for its hard work and expertise, and our residents for their show of support and cooperation as we mark new and uncharted territory in 2020. Butterfield residents are resilient and optimism is alive and well!
Coming in May
Virtual Wine and Cheese Tasting
Meet A Village Resident with Riki Stamps May 4, 6 & 8 | 7pm – Sue Gohn May 18, 20 & 22 | 12pm – Lt. Col. Doug Prichard Channel 1961 The Village is full of so many extraordinary and diverse people, and Riki Stamps captures the laughs and smiles in this new interview segment. For the first guest interview, Riki visits with Sue Gohn, an accomplished classical pianist and piano instructor, who will also perform a mini-concert. On May 12, in honor of Military Appreciation Month in May, listen as retired Lt. Col. Doug Prichard shares experiences from his military career as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
CHANNEL 1961 • Programs, entertainment and special segments • Fitness & Wellness Classes • BTV Daily News CHANNEL 1960 • Daily programming guide to Channel 1961
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— Riki Stamps, Director of Programs and Events
May 7 | 4:30pm Channel 1961 Cable TV was never so much fun! Join hosts Riki Stamps and Fitness & Wellness Director Jennifer Neill for this unique wine and cheese tasting event. Participating residents will place their advance orders for special wine and tasty cheese, which will be delivered by staff on the day of the tasting. Then tune in to Channel 1961 as our hosts spotlight the afternoon’s flavors and selections.
NWA Backstage Pass May 21 | 7pm Channel 1961 This new series introduces residents to Northwest Arkansas professionals in the performance arts. Today, meet Jenni Taylor Swain as she discusses NWA Ballet Theatre, the region’s premier dance company, as well as other exciting stage/ performance events in the area. The founder of Potluck Arts, Swain is a consultant, producer and presenter of imaginative arts designed to integrate audiences, activate community spaces and nurture inclusive gatherings. She is the daughter of BTV resident Nell Taylor. Butterfield Trail Village is currently restricting visitor access to and gatherings on campus during the Covid-19 pandemic. To read BTV’s coronavirus message, please visit butterfieldtrailvillage.org.
Come Far Away
An Officer and a Gentleman
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
My Fair Lady
Freestyle Love Supreme
New Broadway Series Coming to Walton Arts Center Walton Arts Center’s 2020-21 Broadway season will bring six exciting premieres to Arkansas, including the appearance of one fabulous show before it debuts on Broadway.
true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The P&G Broadway Series is set to begin in September and continue through June 2021, with performances that will take audiences to worlds of pure imagination.
Walton Arts Center is the lucky winner of a golden ticket when this theater musical makes its Arkansas debut! Charlie Bucket’s bland life takes a sweet turn when he gets to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before.
The six Broadway premieres are:
My Fair Lady This classic tale takes on new meaning in light of the #metoo movement. When linguistics expert Henry Higgins hears the brash, cockney voice of a local flower girl, he makes a bet that he can turn her into a “proper lady.” But, he will soon realize that he has more to learn than she does.
An Officer and a Gentleman The new musical based on the Oscar®-winning film starring Richard Gere is making a stop in Northwest Arkansas before it debuts on Broadway! This tale of romance and courage follows U.S. Navy bootcamp recruit Zack Mayo as he learns the importance of love and friendship.
Straight from Broadway and totally fetch! Cady Heron grew up with lions and tigers on an African savanna, but nothing could prepare her for her next adventure: American high school.
Freestyle Love Supreme Before Hamilton and In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda was riffing in Freestyle Love Supreme. See the show for the “first” time every time, while the cast takes suggestions from the audience and performs full-length, improvised musical numbers. Each show is unique!
Come Far Away
Broadway season subscriptions start as low as $278. Single tickets go on sale in August. Subscribers who renew for the 2021-22 season can guarantee their tickets for the premiere Fayetteville engagement of Hamilton in early 2022.
After the tragic events of 9/11, the U.S. airways were closed and planes were grounded. This Arkansas premiere takes audiences to the heart of the remarkable
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Handmade Cards from Children Warm Hearts at BTV Special Delivery from D.C.-Area Siblings is the Stuff Memories Are Made of Everyone has a vivid childhood memory of a special visit to their grandparents’ house: warm aromas from grandma’s kitchen, or fishing with grandpa at the pond. Imagine a child’s excitement over traveling hundreds of miles to visit a relative in faraway state – and the joy of discovering that place together. Three siblings with fond memories of visiting their aunt at Butterfield Trail Village returned the favor with an act of kindness that touched the hearts of staff and residents at the BTV Health Care Center. Siblings David, Eric and Nicole Djiba of Overton, Va., sent a care package to Butterfield this spring with handmade greeting cards, each colorful and decorated, especially for residents at the Health Care Center. David, 14, and twins Eric and Nicole, 12, came up with the idea with their mother Sara Holtz, who is the niece of BTV resident Grace Donoho. The family was sheltering in place at home in the D.C. area due to the coronavirus pandemic.
BTV Health Services Director Jay Green said he and staff distributed the cards to residents one-byone. Each had a handwritten message like, “You’re Amazing” and “You’re so Sweet.” “To say we were in awe is an understatement,” Green said. “Our residents were so touched. It feels pretty amazing to see support for the people we love and work hard to care for every day.” In the summer of 2018, Donoho was thrilled to host her niece Sara, the children and other relatives who traveled from Virginia to spent time with their Aunt Grace at her retirement community. “We toured the entire Village and the gardens on campus and had wonderful meals in the dining room,” Donoho said. “The kids were so excited to have many choices for dessert. We hiked the trail behind Butterfield, and they were so impressed.”
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The family explored the region together, visiting Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove Military Parks, and the University of Arkansas.
They also made a special visit to Mitzy Kellam, a dear friend of Donoho’s, who is a resident at the BTV Health Care Center.
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“I talk about my family to Mitzy, and I wanted her to have the chance to meet them,” Donoho explained. “Prior to their visit, Mitzy spent time with my brother and me when he came to visit.”
Once the family was back home in Virginia that fall, Eric wrote a school essay that said visiting Butterfield and Northwest Arkansas was the highlight of his summer. Donoho said she was moved when Sara texted her in the spring to relay the children’s plans to make and send the cards to Butterfield. “I wasn’t totally surprised,” Donoho said of Sara, who was in the Peace Corps in Tongo, Africa, and returned later to work in Senegal. “Every evening, she and the children spend time together volunteering for the community. As a family, they care and do for others.” Butterfield Trail Village is currently restricting visitor access to and gatherings on campus during the Covid-19 pandemic. To read BTV’s coronavirus message, please visit butterfieldtrailvillage.org.
Ron & Polly Hanson in memory of Ruth Southerland, Shirley Clark and Ellen Compton Virginia Lancaster in memory of Nancy Robb, Irma Boyer, Mary Johnston, Jeane Randle, Campbell Johnson, Rhea Dunegan, Ruby Warren and Ruth Forsythe
Health Care Center/Special Care Fund Marie Breuer in memory of Ruth Southerland
Library Fund Winnie MacDonald Margaret Blair in memory of Irma Boyer Bob & Geri Bender in memory of Ruth Lawson Vernon & Paulette Collins in memory of Wade Burnside, Campbell Johnson, Ruth Southerland and Gene Remy Conrad & Ann Waligorski in honor of John King’s 80th birthday Charles & Sandy White in memory of Irma Boyer
Moving Made Easy Nancy Dodson Gloria McLemore The family of Jean Market Genie Donovan
Music & Performance/Lighting Project Fund Winnie MacDonald Mitzy Kellam
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BTV Fitness Classes Transition to Village Cable Coffee on the Balcony and Trivia Geared at Whole Health Butterfield’s exercise classes for residents have transitioned to inhouse cable TV, with Fitness & Wellness Director Jennifer Neill broadcasting live most mornings on Channel 1961. Neill and her team have come up with some fun distance-safe options — like brain teasers and balcony trivia — that take a holistic approach to health, beyond helping residents stay fit and moving. Fitness & Wellness classes on Channel 1961 include: “In the mornings, we’ve been taking turns inviting [sections of nearby] apartment residents to come out on their balconies and have coffee,” Neill said. “We call out trivia questions from below in the courtyard, and throw candy and prizes up. We’re really trying to tackle every aspect of health: social, physical, stress management, all those things.”
Monday thru Thursday • Get Moving with Jennifer: Balance, Strength & Cardio! @ 10:30am • Tai Chi and Yoga @ 11am • Wellness Talks and Fitness Tips @ 11:30am
BTV’s personal training program is operating remotely, too. Instead of sessions in-person, trainers are working with residents using the FaceTime app or Zoom meeting video conferencing.
Friday • Get Moving with Jennifer: Balance, Strength & Cardio! @ 10:30am • Fitness Class with BTV Physical Therapist Dan Worley @ 11am
If a resident wishes to train alone, BTV will create a personalized packet of printed training materials and back it up with phone support and check-ins.
Some classes are replayed on Channel 1961 and are available on the Butterfield Trail Village YouTube channel. For a complete list of Fitness & Wellness classes, programs and activities, go to the Programs Calendar on our website at butterfieldtrailvillage.org. For questions or more info, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 695-8036.
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Neill taping a class MAY + JUNE 2020
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