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Volume 1, Issue 9; July 2009

by Bronwen Krause e recently had a chance to chat with one of wonderful vegetarian meals. However, DeWitt Westcott Lakes’ newest members, Mr. counts his biggest passion as modern abstract DeWitt Mathers. DeWitt, who was born in Miami art. “I started doing abstract artwork years ago and raised on a farm in because we had a big house, nearby Greenville, bare walls and no money! attended Florida State Fortunately for me, my wife University and loved it!” recalls DeWitt. “I graduated in 1958 with will deVinitely be bringing a degree in accounting my artwork to Westcott from the College of Lakes, and I plan to Business. “When I continue creating artwork graduated high school, when I’m there.” I went right into the When asked about his service, and served decision to join Westcott during the Korean War. Lakes, DeWitt listed When I was through convenience as one of his DeWitt pictured with his grandson, Mathew serving in the military, I top priorities. “It’s just so was able to attend FSU comforting to know that at as a result of the G.I. Bill,” said DeWitt. Westcott Lakes I can go from assisted living to After college, DeWitt, who worked as an skilled nursing with no big production, if need be. accountant, was married and he and his wife had Since I live alone, I’m happy to know that there a daughter named Jennifer. Jennifer attended Mt. will always be friends around, and that I can stay Holyoke (in Massachusetts) and she went on to in the same place for whatever I need,” he says. earn her Masters and Ph.D. at Oxford in England. “Also, I think I’m ready to take it easy and give up “Jennifer now lives in Wales with her husband all the yard work,” remarks DeWitt. “Basically, and their 11 year old son. She is a tenured I’m just a lazy person looking forward to a life of international politics professor at the University leisure at Westcott Lakes!” of Wales. Needless to say, I am very proud and I We’re not sure about lazy, but DeWitt Mathers love visiting them when I get the chance.” is no doubt an interesting and engaging neighbor DeWitt’s interests include gardening, traveland we are so happy he has decided to make ing to see friends and family and cooking Westcott Lakes his next home!


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Eagle Vision

by Dr. Chris Mulrooney, Westcott Lakes CEO and Regional Vice President respondents across these two experiencing categories In terms of general • This breakdown of suggestions and comments, responses is fairly consistent most responses were positive across the scales for “overall afVirmations of member membership,” “staff experiences. Several friendliness and courtesy,” comments were also speciVic to “responsiveness to inquiries/ that member, and so we will complaints,” and “resolution of follow up with those inquiries/complaints” individually. We will also be • Only 1% reported that going through the survey with they were fairly unsatisVied and greater detail in the weeks to 18% reported “N/A,” mostly in come in order to understand some of the speciVic areas of the implications of all Dr. Chris Mulrooney member services with which comments and ways we can Westcott Lakes CEO and they had little experience (Life respond to them. Thank you Regional Vice President sm College , Second Tuesdays Soagain to each of you who have fter a brief hiatus last cials and Special Events/Trips) responded to this survey to month and Mark GrifVis’ Of 44 answers to the queshelp us better serve you. guest article on the Medical tion, “How conVident are you in Since my last writing, we’ve Forum, I’d like to pick up again the future of Westcott Lakes?”: also initiated our small group with an update on our “Voice of • 61% responded in ways member dinners hosted by the Customer” key strategic like “hopeful, fully conVident, Mark and Tasha GrifVis and my priority. My thanks to all of you very conVident,” etc. Of these wife, Laure and I. We’ve held who completed the recent responses, several felt that it two dinners thus far, and both satisfaction survey we sent out will likely take longer but that were very enjoyable. I’m conVito obtain your input in a it will happen dent that this will prove to be number of areas. We had a • 14% responded that an important time of getting to good return rate of nearly 50% they were “moderately know each other, of forming and received some valuable conVident, fairly conVident, had community, and of learning insights. some apprehension,” etc. about some of your questions, To summarize the ratings of • 25% expressed that comments and suggestions the closed-ended questions: they were not very conVident, about your membership. • 66% of all responding but in half of those responses Invitations to these dinners are members are very satisVied and the members said that their going out about every three 15% reported that they were conVidence was tied to the weeks with 6 to 10 guests fairly satisVied, for a healthy current economic challenges being invited to each dinner. I total of 81% of satisVied our country and region are do hope you’ll be able to come!


The Arts at Westcott Lakes Dr. Jessie Lovano-Kerr, Chairperson of the Members Showcase Committee, encourages members with interests in the visual arts to join this Committee. Email Jessie at or call 385-1702. A Virst project of the Committee will be to display artworks of members at the Westcott Lakes Welcome Center.



Seminole Patchwork by Dr. Betty Lou Joanos

Dr. Betty Lou Joanos Director of Alumni Relations


une seemed to be the month for anniversaries and weddings. The Chandler family had both! Westcott Lakes members Bridget and Gibby celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary here in Tallahassee and son Bert (Dr. Gilbert Chandler, III) and Deborah Langford were married in a quiet family wedding in Atlanta. Congratulations and all best wishes to the two couples. Baseball season at FSU ended, but not without excitement. After beating Ohio State in a record breaking regional game, the Seminoles hosted one of the eight Super Regional competitions playing

the Arkansas Razorbacks. The College World Series, however, was not to be for the Seminoles this year, as they lost to Arkansas. One might think that without ball games to attend, life might slow somewhat. That is deVinitely not the case for us here in Tallahassee. For starters, the FSU College of Music has offered the 2009 Starlight Concert Series in the Owen Sellers Amphitheater. The free concerts under the stars have featured traditional and contemporary wind band music and guest artists. The City of Tallahassee also features a Sizzler Saturdays Concert Series. A concert is conducted on each Saturday evening at Kleman Plaza in downtown from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Earlier in the day the Downtown Marketplace takes place in Ponce de Leon Park at Park Avenue and Monroe Street. This delightful event features a farmers' market, pet adoption, artists, music and more. The Tallahassee Bach Parley whipped out period

instruments to perform music from the 17th century. Most of their concerts are held at St. John’s Episcopal Church and admission is free. The Artists' League unveiled its "5 Rings of Passion: Love, Anguish, Awe, Triumph, Joy" group exhibit at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. The outstanding collection includes pottery, jewelry, photography, sculpture and oil paintings. The FSU National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, not to be overlooked, is opening itself and its research to the public. Beginning on June 17, the laboratory hosts public tours on the third Wednesday of every month. The tour begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts about an hour. During the tour, visitors will be able to see the laboratory's signature magnets including the Laboratory's Hybrid Magnet which is responsible for the most powerful artiVicially generated magnetic Vield ever created.

In Memoriam It is with deep regret that the Westcott Lakes community noted the passing on May 9 of Martha Strom Bryson, a Founding Member, who was a Florida State University graduate and an active participant in several Tallahassee organizations.



Socially Speaking

by Dr. “Fancy” Funk, June Alford and “Kitty” Ball entertainment pleasure. interested members. Please give Second Tuesday, July 14th, is Allene a call: 850-656-8779. an absolute “must.” Please come Sherrill Ragans and Dr. Betty and bring friends, prospects and Lou Joanos are starting the guests. We will be treated to a Westcott Lakes Book Club and Low Country Shrimp Boil, with would like to know of others all of the Vix’ins. Dress extremely who would like to join. Please casual. Don Adams, President of contact Sherrill at 850-576-6710 Kelly Tours of Savannah, Georgia, or Betty Lou at 850-877-1092 is the Chef and he is excellent! and let them know of your Following the delicious interest. Shrimp Boil, Don will talk about The June meeting of the tours offered by Kelly Tours and Social Committee hosted a very Dr. “Fancy” Funk information about the December special guest: founding member Social Committee Chair 1-2, 2009 motor coach trip to he Social Committee’s beautiful calendar is Villing quickly Join us on December 1 and 2 as we head to Callaway Gardens with exciting activities for West Georgia for Callaway Garden’s “Fantasy to view the Westcott Lakes members and in Lights” Christmastime Tour. “Fantasy in guests. We are so pleased that Lights”. Please Barbara Holt has agreed to serve Also featured in this two-day trip is a visit to make your as Secretary of the Social FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs, reservations for Committee. June Alford was superior accommodations and service at the the Callaway elected Assistant Chair at the Callaway Inn, and a visit to Callaway Gardens Gardens trip early May meeting, and she is also during the day for a close look at the Day by contacting coordinating all of the Travel & ButterVly House and the Conservatory June Alford at Events planning for this featuring its annual display of poinsettias. 850-893-5668 Committee. since the motor Bridge anyone? “Kitty” Ball An initial deposit of $79 per person is due by coach will Vill shares that the Bridge Club is August 1 with the Vinal payment due quickly. growing and that the monthly November 1. These may be paid by credit card Keep looking meetings are being hosted in the or check (payable to Kelly Tours, Inc.). For for various homes of various members. The reservations, contact June Alford at announcements June meeting was hosted in the or 850-893-5668. to members home of Barbara and Billy Beggs about an and a great time was had by all. Ruth Bass. The purpose of the upcoming bowling event, a trip For those of you who would love to the FSU Strozier Library and a meeting was to decide on the to get involved with the Westcott special evening at the FSU Film theme and supporting Lakes Bridge Club, please give School. decorations for the upcoming “Kitty” a call at 850-386-2521. We are always pleased to Holiday Season. Sounds like a Interested in being part of a welcome new members to the long way off? Not really… so get Quilting & Sewing group? Allene Social Committee. It’s your comready for a beautifully decorated Roberts is the contact and she is mittee…come and join in the fun! Welcome Center for your ready to move ahead with



You’re Invited!


Life College

Social Networking for Members by Dr. Gary Stilwell

Dr. Gary Stilwell Founders Club Member he Life College at Westcott Lakes was graced by the presence of three delightfully informative ladies from FSU’s Strozier Library on Tuesday, June 9. Bridgett Birmingham (Media Librarian), Suzanne Byke (Outreach Librarian), and Kirsten Kinsley (Assessment Librarian) presented “Electronic Forms of Communication,” which consisted of several different types of computer social networking. Included in the hands-on presentation were such networking sites as YouTube, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vox and RSS feeds. If you’ve ever wondered what these new things are all about or would like to do such things as make free video-phone calls, this was the class to attend.


YouTube, which was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees, is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. Skype is an Internet telephone service provider that offers free calling between subscribers and low-cost calling to people who don't use the service. In addition to standard telephone calls, Skype enables Vile transfers, texting, video chat and videoconferencing.

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging (web log) service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets.

Facebook is a social networking site where users can create and customize their own proViles with photos, videos and information


about themselves. Friends can browse the proViles of other friends and write messages on their pages. LinkedIn is a social networking website geared toward companies and industry professionals looking to make new business contacts or keep in touch with previous co-workers, afViliates and clients.

Vox is a free personal, more robust, blogging service where people share thoughts, photos, videos and more with friends, family and the general public. RSS feeds provide news about DVD releases, upcoming movies, newsfeeds from CNN and BBC, etc. without having to check the site every day or week. It is a kind of speaking bookmark that tells you when there is something new from a particular web site of interest to you. There is some overlap between these offerings in that they all provide a means of social networking over the Internet. So, try some of them, stay up with the world and improve your communications. To access these websites, add .com to the name and you’re on your way.


Spotlight on Staff

Susan Mahoney Life Plan Consultant ost likely, you already M know our newest Life Plan Consultant, Susan Mahoney, because this South Florida native has been immersing herself in the Westcott Lakes


dults age 65 and over gain substantial health beneVits from regular physical activity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided guidelines for such activity among seniors. Physical activities for older adults can be divided between aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Aerobic includes walking, dancing, swimming, water aerobics, jogging, aerobic exercises, bicycle riding (stationary or on a bike), tennis, golf (without a cart) and vigorous yard work.


by Bronwen Krause culture from day one! Susan, who was Virst attracted to a position with Westcott Lakes because of the beautiful location and afViliation with FSU, was excited to take the position at Westcott Lakes because she says, “I have always loved Tallahassee, as I spent summers here as a child.” She went on to say, “My mother, who is 94, wanted to move closer to family and so did my husband and I. Tallahassee turned out to be the perfect location for all of us!” Susan and her husband now reside in the beautiful SouthWood area with their three cocker spaniels. Susan, who has worked in the Senior Living Industry for

Have You Heard?

14 years, received the Gold Mature Media Award in 2001 for an advertising/human interest piece she created. The piece garnered international media attention and was featured on the front page of the New York Times, on the Today Show, CNN and the nightly news. “I received hundreds of thank you notes from older adults all over the world for bringing attention to the over 60 population. It was a great feeling!” says Susan. We could not be more excited to welcome this experienced, enthusiastic and fascinating person to our team and we are sure she will help Westcott Lakes become a fabulous Life FulVilling Community!

by Dr. Charles Nam

Muscle-strengthening includes exercises using exercise bands, weight machines, and hand-held weights, calisthenic exercises, yoga, Tai Chi and gardening. Older adults should aim to do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week, or somewhat less time of vigorous-intensity activity. Episodes of activity should be divided throughout the day or week. For example, a person who takes a brisk 15minute walk twice a day on every day of the week would


easily meet the minimum Guideline for Physical Activity. Balance training to lower the risk of falls would complement physical activities. By all means, older adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health beneVits. Source: Adapted from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Recommended Reading

Book by David A. Kessler, MD; The end of overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. 320 pp. New York: Rodale, 2009. $25.95 (hardback) he National Center for Health Statistics has estimated that roughly half of the U.S. adult population is overweight (based on ideal relationship of weight to height, or body mass index). There had been no signiVicant change in average weights over a long period of time but, beginning about 1980 and until about 2004, gains in average weight were alarming. Many people already overweight became more overweight and the percentage of persons who were obese (extremely high body mass indexes) increased markedly, accounting for half of all overweight people. All population categories shared in this development, but they were greatest for non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American women. Health consequences of these



estcott Lakes members Bob Riedel and Dr. Charlie Nam sat next to each other at a Founder’s dinner. Not having met before, they talked about some life experiences and discovered they were both WWII vets. Charlie mentioned that he and his 170th Field Artillery Battalion were primed to cross the famed Remagen

by Dr. Charles Nam trends can be severe. Dr. David A. Kessler, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and one who has experienced being overweight, surveys research to determine the causes of the surge in body weight. Genetic factors play a part in the excess weight of some people but cannot explain the sharp increase in the general population. The larger role is in changes in behavior and environment. It is simply the fact that more persons indulged in overeating and the calories gained were not matched by the calories the body used. What led to these behavioral changes in eating practices? First, the food industry -restaurants and producers of

food --made their products more tasty and appealing by increasing the amount of fat, sugar and salt in their recipes. Second, they enlarged the portions of the foods prepared for their clients. As a result, many became attached to the food changes and were psychologically and biologically converted to them (what Kessler calls “conditioned hypereating”). High caloric ingredients beget high caloric foods. Kessler devotes a considerable part of the book to exploring ways that people can counter these trends by becoming more disciplined in their eating habits. It is insufVicient, he says, to just resort to a diet, because most diets are unsuccessful in keeping people from returning to their bad eating habits. What is needed, he argues, is acquiring a disciplined mental state that enables rejection of unhealthy foods. Kessler indicates it works for him. Would it work for you?

A World War II Story

Bob Riedel and Dr. Charlie Nam Bridge when the Germans blew


it up to forestall the American Army’s thrust across the Rhine. “In practically no time,” Charlie indicated, “an Army engineering group erected a pontoon bridge and the 170th made its way across the river and pursued the Germans.” “Interesting,” said Bob, “that engineering group was my 171st Engineering Combat Battalion and I helped build that pontoon bridge.”



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July Calendar of Events

Monday, July 13 Bridge Club Session (1 p.m.) At the home of Jim and Kitty Ball 702 North Ride, Tallahassee, FL R.S.V.P. by calling Kitty at 386-2521. Tuesday, July 14 Life Collegesm Series (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Charles Nam will present ‘An Introduction to Genealogy’ for beginners and those who need more help with researching their family trees. Tuesday, July 14 Second Tuesdays Event (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Join us for a Low Country Boil hosted by Kelly

Tours, and an opportunity for members to bring new prospects to the Welcome Center to mingle and meet other members and guests. Monday, July 20 PCA Meeting (1:30 p.m. Social; 2:00 p.m. Meeting) Tuesday, July 21 Men’s Breakfast (8:30 a.m.) at theVillage Inn; 3388 Lonnbladh Rd. Tuesday, July 28 Social Committee Meeting (1:30 p.m.) Wednesday, July 29 Ladies Luncheon (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) at Goodwood

To R.S.V.P. for an event, call the Welcome Center at (850) 645-7110. For more information on Westcott Lakes events, visit our website at, or give us a call.

This newsletter is prepared by Dr. Charles B. Nam, Editor, with substantial assistance from members of the Westcott Lakes Newsletter Committee (Dr. Betty Lou Joanos, Don Alford, M.D., Dr. Fanchon Funk and Dr. Jessie Lovano-Kerr) and other Westcott Lakes members and Administration staff, and with design and editorial contributions from Bronwen Krause of the PRAXEIS Communications staff. Dick Ambrosius and Stephanie Hinson of PRAXEIS provide logistical and guidance support. The Editor encourages submissions from other members with stories to tell (e.g., travelogues, book reviews, historical accounts) that would be of interest to the general membership. These and other communications concerning the newsletter should be sent to



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