“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
– James Beard
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
– James Beard
Kelci Cooper Burgoz
Dr. Roger Landry
Dr. Amy Whittington
Tony George Photography
EUGENE BACKMAN | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
GLENN BONAGURA | Trilogy® at The Vineyards
DON BOURNE T rilogy® at The Vineyards
LORRAINE BRODEK Trilogy® at Wickenburg Ranch
DAN & LIBBY BROUWER | Trilogy® Orlando
COLEEN CECIL | Trilogy® at Lake Frederick
CLIFF CHIRLS | Trilogy® at The Polo Club
JERRY & KRIS COSTELLO Trilogy® at Tehaleh®
JOANNE CROMPTON | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
MISSY DEBNAR | Encanterra ® , a Trilogy® Resort Community
SANDY DEGIORGIO | Trilogy® in Summerlin®
LAUREN DEL SARTO | Trilogy® at The Polo Club
BROOK DOUGHERTY | Trilogy® at The Polo Club
ALLEN EASTON | Trilogy® Lake Norman
PETER & JOANNE FEINSTEIN Trilogy® at Vistancia®
ED & SANDRA FLORA | Trilogy® Orlando
TERRI FORMOSA | Trilogy® Lake Norman
ANGELINA GALINDO Trilogy® in Summerlin®
KATHY GALLOWITZ | Trilogy® at Verde River™
REBECCA GOODELL | Trilogy® in Summerlin®
WARD & CAROL GRANT | Trilogy® at The Polo Club
DEB HAMER | Trilogy® Orlando
SUE HAWKINS | Trilogy® at Tehaleh ®
ANGELIQUE JANOV | Trilogy® in Summerlin®
DAREY & KAREN JOLLEY | Trilogy® Lake Norman
RICH KERBAVAZ | Trilogy® at The Vineyards
KURT KOLLER | Trilogy® at Lake Frederick
DUANE LAKIN | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
TP LANGE | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
VALERIE LARIVIERE | Trilogy® Lake Norman
KIM MACK | Trilogy® Lake Norman
DAVID MARTINEZ | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
SUE MEHOK Trilogy® Lake Norman
WENDY MEYER | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
DIANE MOLL Trilogy® at Vistancia®
RALPH OLSEN | Trilogy® at The Vineyards
BILL OWEN | T rilogy® Orlando
PAMELA PAZDERA Trilogy® Lake Norman
JANE W. RANKIN | Trilogy® Lake Norman
LINDA RUBIN | Trilogy® in Summerlin®
JAN RUSSEL | Trilogy® at The Vineyards
SHARON SHANER | Trilogy® Lake Norman
ROBIN SHOOK | Trilogy® Lake Norman
CLAUDIA THOMSON | T rilogy® at Vistancia®
JOHN TOMEI T rilogy® at The Vineyards
JOHN VEKICH | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
SHAY WEISBRICH | T rilogy® at The Vineyards
DUANE WINCHESTER | Trilogy® at The Polo Club
DENISE WOODCOCK | Trilogy® Lake Norman
SUSAN WOODRUFF | Trilogy® at The Vineyards
GARY ZOELLER | Trilogy® at Vistancia®
This is a collection of Member stories that are reproduced with permission and their views are not necessarily those of Shea Homes® or Trilogy® by Shea Homes® and its representatives.
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12 Trilogy® ’s new golf leader tees off about friendship and fun on the links
46 Our Members’ favorite mountain to climb? The next one.
Sometimes hard to pronounce but always easy to enjoy, these recipes have been passed down for a reason
Near and far and farther still, follow the journeys to all corners of the globe
Cool people live here? Heck yes they do. From ﬁlmmakers to body shapers, we’re home to them all
70 Incredible photography has never been more accessible to us all. These Trilogy® artists share beautiful images captured out and about.
Trilogy® believes that, when provided the opportunity for self-reﬂection, we ultimately recognize that what has been true from every civilization since the beginning of time, is true for us as well: Sharing a friendly and secure environment among peers is the ideal platform for happiness.
Furthermore, we believe that nowhere is this opportunity for elevated happiness more acute than in the emerging “third act” of life, when a career transition is often occurring and children are starting their independent lives.
We also know that – behind only water and food – shelter is the most vital of all needs. And that the home you live in and the community you share, represent more than just sticks and bricks. Rather, when selected properly, they help us to forge a true connection with ourselves and to the world around us.
Finally, we believe that many take too long to recognize what could truly make them happy: freedom of choice; wellness of body and spirit; and connection to themselves and others. Thus, they choose to resist change and simply succumb to the powerful force of inertia, accepting the status quo as good enough. We believe that “good enough” is not good enough. Trilogy communities have been proven to make people happier, and we feel passionately that it is our responsibility to share that message with those who may be unaware.
Because we hold these beliefs so close to our hearts, Trilogy is compelled to create communities which are unique in execution but consistent in promise. Where discerning buyers can own distinct homes among distinct people who, over time, may become acquaintances, close friends, life-chosen family, or, at the very least, friendly neighbors with whom trust is shared.
When we attract those who believe what we believe, together we reach everybody's goal – more genuine happiness in our lives.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Those of you who have been around may notice a slight switch in the MTL Editorial team. The longtime Editor-in-Chief Kelci Cooper Burgoz has shifted to an Associate Editor role, allowing others to learn and grow through the responsibility like she did. This year I am taking the reins but expect some more fresh faces when the next edition comes out. Kelci’s contributions were – and are – incredibly important to the magazine. We cannot thank her enough for her work. In related news, Kelci’s wedding was the event of the year for the #MTL team.
At Trilogy®, there is a lot of talk of transformation. The idea that where you live impacts how you live. It seems self-evident when presented in this way, but sometimes it takes a while for the nickel to drop. With the pace of life and the freneticism of the world around us, proper perspective can be hard to grasp. Until it isn’t.
After an extended and hard-fought battle with prostate cancer, I lost my father this year. He was at peace, and we knew it was his time. Nonetheless it was challenging for me, for my sister, and for our mother – his wife of 57 years. The experience of losing a loved one is something, unfortunately, most everyone has experienced. And I, like so many others before, have uncovered a better perspective because of it.
My work with Trilogy began 21 years ago, and it’s basically the only career I have ever known. Since the beginning, I’ve been an admitted true believer; that commitment to the mission is even stronger today. I see the way people in our communities connect, support, and care for one another – like family. Those bonds are what inspire our teams to work on your behalf and chronicle your
stories in our magazine (as well as in our #MTL Stories short-form documentaries).
In this edition, we’ll see the world via our many Trilogy travelers. We’ll discover new books from our many Trilogy authors. We’ll explore some of our planet’s most iconic peaks through the eyes – and lenses – of our many avid hikers. And we’ll see the impact that our communities can make when we bond together around a common cause. We will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that where you live absolutely impacts how you live.
Whether you’re a longtime resident or someone considering Trilogy as a potential home down the road, thank you for taking the time to read these stories. We hope you are as inspired by those around you, as I am.
Sincerely,Ben Keilholtz Editor-in-Chief
In 2022, BlueStar Resort & Golf welcomed a new member to the senior team, Matt Anzalone. Matt’s role is to oversee the golf operations within the Trilogy® network, but, beyond that, to ensure golf is being supported at all Trilogy communities – whether there is a course on-site or not. Now a few months in, Matt is starting to be more and more visible at the Clubs, so we wanted to spend some time learning what’s on his mind. We met in his favorite place – on the practice green at Verde River Golf & Social Club, the centerpiece of the Trilogy® at Verde RiverTM community.
MTL: You’re relatively new to the team. As the leader of the golf teams throughout Trilogy, what are you hoping to accomplish?
MA: I am hoping to encourage Members to view golf as a pathway to fun, competition, nature, and lifelong friends. We want to open up the game to new people through player development programs, and at the same time, stoke the ﬁre within those who may have let their passion for the game wane.
MTL: How do you balance your responsibilities between communities that have golf courses versus communities with golfers but no golf course on-site?
MA: My responsibilities are different at each community, but the goal is always the same – use the game of golf as a gateway to a more enjoyable life. Where we have courses within the communities, I’ll work with the PGA Professionals to improve community outreach. And in communities where golf is nearby but not on-site, I’ll educate our teams on how to reach out and build relationships on behalf of our Members.
MTL: As basically the same game for the last two centuries, why do you think golf continues to be popular? Especially, given the fact that everything else has changed so much.
MA: Golf is a game for a lifetime, and in that respect it is distinct. There are trends we see now to evolve or update the game – Top Golf, hybrid courses, large cups, etc. – but the common appeal is in the game’s social opportunities and, candidly, its relative difficulty Eventually checkers becomes boring, so people progress to chess. The inﬁnite permutations of golf are very much the same way. Once its hooks are set, there’s almost no getting them out!
MTL: What makes you love the game so much?
MA: It just takes one good swing, one good chip, or one good putt to keep you coming back. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be one of your own good shots to unlock that joy. Seeing others hit their ﬁrst great shot – or their millionth great shot – is something I particularly enjoy as a PGA Professional (and deputized ambassador of the game).
MTL: What is your own favorite golf memory?
MA: It has to be when I got my ﬁrst (and only) hole-in-one. I was coaching a local high school team, and we were playing a practice round. I made it midway through the round, and though I was personally excited, seeing the joy of the young aspiring golfers made it memorable. Golf is unique in that way. I’ll remember that shot for the rest of my life, and I bet many of those kids will, too.
MTL: I understand that Trilogy Members have an opportunity to go to Scotland in 2023 to visit and play St. Andrews – among other venues What can you tell people who are considering taking this trip?
MA: Visiting St. Andrews is a pilgrimage for those who truly love the game. If you ﬁt this bill, do not hesitate to go. Save the money, make the dates work, whatever you have to do. So much of golf’s history is in Scotland and experiencing that is worth it all.
MTL: Do you have a favorite golf course in the Trilogy network?
MA: That’s a tough question because they all have so much character. Trilogy® at Vistancia® has stood the test of time (and it doesn't hurt that you can hang in V's Taproom for a drink and appetizer afterwards). Encanterra®’s wide-open feel makes it unique for Arizona, so it’s always a good place to play. Verde River is quite possibly Tom Lehman’s best work (plus the setting is amazing). For me, the venue matters some, but the people matter most; my favorite course is the one where I’m joined by my friends. n
Matt Anzalone is the Vice President of Golf & Club Operations for BlueStar Resort & Golf. Don't let his "corporate" title fool you, though, as his background spans 20-plus years in the golf industry, beginning on the ground level as an operator at both private and public facilities. In addition to visiting the Clubs and working alongside team members, Matt stays in touch with the local community by conducting charity and volunteer work. He’s also very involved with the PGA of America, both in his section and at the national level. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing golf, working out, and spending time with his wife, Emily, and their two sons, Ethan, 4, and Maverick, 2.
By the time that our third chapter arrives, life settles into a predictable pattern. Wrong! As Dr. Roger Landry has showed us over his time with us, it takes just as much thought and hustle to iron out the details now as it did years ago. We like to work smart and so does the good doctor. To that end, he laid out “a pathway to lifestyle wellness, holistic health, and wellbeing; with a focus on successful aging and healthy longevity” to guide Members toward purpose, connection, con-
tinued growth, and a belief that the rest of their lives will be the best of their lives.
Throughout our time, we focused on the ﬁve wellness pillars programmed into our communities. They are Social Connection, Physical Fitness, Spiritual WellBeing, Emotional Conﬁdence, and Intellectual Enrichment. As discussed in Dr. Landry’s presentations and articles, here are the top-10 “learnings” we all took away from the program.
1. MAKE GOOD DAILY CHOICES | How you age depends mainly on the daily choices you make.
2 UTILIZE ALL FIVE WELLNESS PILLARS | As complex beings, attention to all pillars is essential for healthy aging.
3. TAKE SMALL STEPS | Long-lasting lifestyle changes develop in small steps.
4. KEEP MOVING | Whatever happens, just keep moving and growing.
5. DON’T OVERREACT | Things don't cause stress; overreaction to things causes stress. Fix it, walk away, or accept it.
6. OBSERVE AND MANAGE | Observing and managing emotions is the key to solid relationships and overall quality of life.
7. LEARN NEW THINGS | Keep learning new things. Your brain loves and even needs it.
8. BETTER TOGETHER | We are social beings who beneﬁt from old and new relationships with all age groups.
9 FIND YOUR PURPOSE | Our spiritual self sustains us through life's "slings and arrows." Find your purpose every stage along the way.
10. BE PRESENT | It’s the most important thing for your health, happiness, and overall satisfaction
Life is a series of moments. Make the best of them as they happen.
With the foundation poured and pillars raised, it’s time to add what we’ve learned to our health goals. Luckily, Dr. Landry will be writing several articles in the future for our Members in addition to leading a host of lifechanging educational sessions, which also will be conveniently recorded. n
ABOUT DR. LANDRY
Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH, is the author of “Live Long, Die Short – A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.” He’s also a visionary thought leader who inspires a counter-cultural revolution to embrace aging, elevate expectations, and be all you can be. A preventive medicine physician, author, and decorated military veteran, Dr. Landry tackles the most persistent aging stereotypes with wit, humor, and charm. A leading authority in healthy longevity, Dr. Landry leaves audiences inspired to seek purpose, connection, and continued growth and to believe that at any age, the rest of life can be the best of life.
JANUARY 14TH | Overview of Lifestyle, Change, and Healthy Longevity
FEBRUARY 11TH | Ten Tips for Healthy Longevity
APRIL 15TH | Part One of a four-part series on Resilience.
Overview of the role of Resilience in Healthy Longevity
AUGUST 19TH | Part Two - Stress, Health, and Resilience
OCTOBER 7TH | Part Three - Mindset, Health, and Resilience
NOVEMBER 18TH | Part Four - Emotional Intelligence, Health, and Resilience
On the heels of yet another successful Gait-to-Gate (G2G) initiative, Trilogy® communities across the country ought to be a proud bunch. The latest G2G was not only the ﬁrst step towards a commitment to health and happiness for the new year, but it also came with a big heart to help support one of the most notable children’s charities in the United States – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
St. Jude was founded more than 70 years ago by notable entertainer at the time, Danny Thomas. After a career that included several ups and downs, Thomas hit a high note after building a legacy of successes on radio, ﬁlm, and television. In part due to his success and through his personal life as a father, Thomas committed himself to use his fame to help change the lives of thousands of children and families through ﬁnancial assistance to children in need of critical medical care. In 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in Memphis, Tennessee, and to this day, the hospital has remained committed to never sending a bill to the families of children in need of critical care.
“We’re honored to be part of Trilogy’s Gait-to-Gate program this year,” said Imelda Ojeda, Advisor- Area Development for St. Jude.
“We hope the initiative helps Trilogy Members add a few more steps to their walks, and through the generous donations, we’re encouraged and thankful that you’re supporting the kids and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Speaking of donations, Trilogy brought forth upwards of $41,155 in support of St. Jude this year – surpassing expectations by two-fold.
“We set out this year to support a charity that we know is near and dear to many hearts at Trilogy,” said Sara Rainey, National Lifestyle Director. “Our hearts are full from the donations that went well beyond whatever we expected we’d get. But even more so, we’re thrilled to see Gait-to-Gate becoming an annual tradition for so many Members. I personally make an effort to walk alongside as many Members as I can, and each time it’s proven to be time and energy well spent.”
Supporting St. Jude and the efforts the hospital makes to provide ﬁnancial support and care for children doesn’t end with Gait-toGate. “I want to personally encourage all Trilogy Members to continually support what we’re doing here at St. Jude to help ensure that no child dies in the dawn of life,” said Imelda. “From the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude sees children from all 50 states and across the globe. Because of your support, no family ever
receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, lodging, or food, so all the family has to focus on is the health of their child. To learn
“We set out this year to support a charity that we know is near and dear to many hearts at Trilogy,”
more, simply visit stjude.org where you’ll ﬁnd everything and anything you need to become a valued supporter.”
Each year the event grows, drawing people together to form new friendships, all for a good cause.
“Gait-to-Gate has become one of my favorite annual events at Trilogy,” said Jeff McQueen, President, Shea Homes® Active Lifestyle Communities. “To see our community rally around not only physical ﬁtness, but also a charity like St. Jude really shows what life is all about here at Trilogy. We believe Trilogy is a real movement, and far more than just a community of homes and amenities.” McQueen continued, “Trilogy is about who we are as family, neighbors, employees, partners, and friends. It’s our Members at Trilogy that deserve the credit for making Gait-to-Gate so great, and like the rest of our team, I’m looking forward to seeing what lies ahead this year.”
In addition to being a great cause this year, let’s not forget G2G is also about staying ﬁt and living a healthy active life. And even though the initiative takes place in November, the mantra lives on all year long. Walking is a great way to stay ﬁt, be active, lose weight, strengthen the heart, and ultimately, help you look and feel better. To learn more about walking clubs or monthly “Power Walks” in your community, visit MyTrilogyLife.com today. n
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a group of ladies from Trilogy® Orlando set out to raise $10,000 for two local charities – Libby’s Legacy and the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. These charities serve residents in South Lake County, Florida by offering free or low-cost mammograms and ﬁnancial and emotional support to cancer patients and their families.
To help raise funds, the group held a Party in Pink event that began with support from the Groveland Fire and Police Departments as they took photos with survivors and ended with an auction that included 50 baskets donated from Members. In one month, the Trilogy Orlando community surpassed their goal, raising $12,000 in support of this worthy cause.
While living in Ohio, Trilogy® at The Polo Club Member Duane Winchester got involved with the Pelotonia community after being diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Duane now resides in California, and was unable to make it back to Ohio for the Pelotonia big ride. Rather than letting the opportunity pass him by, he contacted The Polo Club leadership team to see if he could create a local event to help raise funds for Pelotonia. The team was happy to oblige and helped Duane plan an entire week of events including a pickleball round robin tournament, outdoor yoga, “kamikaze karaoke,” a local bike ride, and a silent art auction. Throughout the week Members and team members came together to donate their time and help raise $12,000 for Pelotonia. Over the course of the four years that Duane has been riding for Pelotonia he has raised $27,500.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PELOTONIA, VISIT PELOTONIA.ORG.
I believe ﬁtness provides us with the ability to enjoy healthy active lifestyles. Over the last 20 years, I enjoyed encouraging others to reach their true potential, while providing the highest level of service and safety to those adopting a lifestyle of physical well-being. As a passionate personal trainer, my ambition is to motivate, enable, and make training fun and rewarding, as clients explore new, creative avenues to reach goals not thought possible, and build strong, healthy bodies.
Fitness is not a one-size-ﬁts-all proposition, it comes in many different forms to create routines that ﬁt your needs. Make your ﬁtness work for you, wherever you are, on your personal ﬁtness journey.
LET’S FACE IT, DOING THE SAME ROUTINE REPEATEDLY GETS BORING QUICKLY. STAY MOTIVATED WITH THESE TIPS:
MAKE A PLAN AND SET REALISTIC GOALS | Create a plan that includes small steps toward your goals. You can always change your plan to meet the progress made.
START WHERE YOU ARE | Use the resources you have, and do what you can, whatever it is. If it is ﬁve minutes, then do ﬁve minutes. You know your body better than anyone else, so start small and increase when you are ready.
TURN YOUR ROUTINE INTO A HABIT | Schedule your workout on your calendar, like an appointment. You are more likely to stick to a ﬁtness routine if you create time in your schedule.
MAKE IT FUN | Exercise should be fun and something we enjoy doing. Devote time to trying a new activity each month, by the end of the year you will have 12. Dance to your favorite music, clear out a space, or change the scenery by walking a different trail.
GET FIT TOGETHER | Group classes are a great way to meet like-minded people and workout buddies to help keep you accountable. Join a local group such as cycling or walking to maintain momentum.
BE CREATIVE | Opportunities are endless and right at our ﬁngertips. Scroll through YouTube videos or enroll in those classes you’ve been thinking about trying. Pinterest has ﬁtness challenges for all levels; the local park has acres of outdoor space to explore; and local lakes may have water sports you’ve always wanted to try. Technology has made it easier than ever to get in shape.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS | Most of us focus on what we need to do instead of how far we have come. Smart watches and phones have made it a snap to track your daily workout, food intake, and progress.
WHETHER YOU ARE JUST STARTING YOUR FITNESS JOURNE Y OR YOU ARE A SEASONED GYM GOER, ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT INVESTING IN YOUR FITNESS AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING IS IMPORTANT.
The smell of fresh baked bread, cookies, pies, and cakes ﬁlls the house with aromas that can’t be beat. More than just creating something to eat, baking passes cherished family recipes to the next generation. Whether it’s mama’s apple pie or your grandma’s famous chocolate cake, we all treasure these recipes to honor and remember those no longer with us.
Sharing family recipes also creates bonding opportunities with kids and grandkids, sparking conversations and family traditions. Last but not least: we relish these time-honored recipes because they’re delicious!
RALPH OLSEN - TRILOGY® AT THE VINEYARDS
As a youngster growing up in Buffalo, New York, I watched with anticipation every Christmas as my Norwegian grandmother, Pauline Halverson Olsen, straight out of Oslo, Norway, transformed our tiny kitchen into a Julekake factory. This ritual marked the grand opening of the Christmas holidays!
While baking, the aroma ﬁlled the house. Once ﬁnished, she brushed the tops with egg wash and allowed to cool before carefully wrapping each with white tissue paper as holiday gifts for friends and family.
The baking tradition continued with my mother and father, and then my wife picked up the tradition when our children were growing up. After several years, she passed the torch to me “Viking Ralph,” and I became lead baker. When the ﬁrst batch comes out of the oven, we slice open a warm loaf and butter-up a few slices to “quality check!” Once cleared, we bag all the loaves, tie them with holiday bows, attach handmade tags, and share them with family, friends, and Trilogy neighbors.
2 cups butter
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons bulk yeast
3 cups warm water
1 cup sugar
5 pounds King Arthur's bread ﬂour
3-4 cups golden raisins
2 cups candied fruit (fruitcake mix)
4 teaspoons ground cardamom
4 large eggs (plus one for ﬁnal egg wash)
Heat butter, milk, and salt just to scalding. Stir occasionally. Do not boil. Cool. Dissolve yeast in the warm water (90-110 degrees.) Stir sugar into yeast. Set yeast in a warm place to proof. In a very large bowl, mix the ﬂour, raisins, candied fruit, and cardamom by hand.
In a large mixer bowl beat the eggs lightly, using a paddle attachment. Add liquid ingredients. Add most of the ﬂour mixture until the dough is stiff. Dump the dough on a ﬂoured surface. Mix in the rest of the ﬂour mixture and knead for ten minutes.
Clean the very large bowl and butter it. Set the dough in the buttered bowl. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled – about 75 minutes.
Punch down the dough. Knead well. Form dough into eight balls. (Weigh the dough to create even-sized loaves.) Place each dough ball on a buttered metal pie pan. Cover with dish towels and let rise in a warm place until doubled – about 45 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes total. Place four loaves on each of two oven shelves. About halfway through baking time, shift pans from the top oven shelf onto the lower shelf and vice versa. Continue baking until loaves are golden brown. Remove pans and place loaves on cooling racks.
Beat egg with 2 tsp water and brush tops of loaves with egg wash to create shine. Cool and enjoy!
JANEW. RANKIN - TRILOGY® LAKE NORMAN
A small-town, Southern girl growing up in Ramseur, North Carolina, my collection of adolescent memories includes many things but none stronger than family, friends, and the aromas wafting from our kitchen. Not only were our desserts devoured around the dining room table, the same held true at potluck church dinners, bridge clubs, and Saturday night dinner parties. All that remained of my mother’s pies were a few scattered crumbs in the aluminum Pet-Ritz pie pans.
Mimi’s coconut pie, Georgia pecan pie, and pumpkin pie were on the top of the list. For me, nothing said home like these pastries. Mother’s pecan pie recipe is printed in her handwriting on an index card, now sticky from Karo syrup. Each time I pull that weathered index card from my recipe box, I’m surrounded by fond memories. And once I start baking, I’m also surrounded by divine aromas, as each variety takes a spin through the oven.
As we continue to gather for special occasions, the joy of sharing food and fellowship is as strong as it ever was. Enjoy – life is short – you can go on a diet tomorrow!
MIMI’S COCONUT PIE The richest, melt-in-your-mouth pie ever!
1 1/2 cups ﬂaked coconut (I add a bit more)
1 1/3 cups sugar
7 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
2 unbaked regular pie shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the eggs, then whisk in remaining ingredients. Pour into two unbaked regular pie shells.
Bake for 25 minutes or until ﬁlling does not adhere to a toothpick.
Make your own pie crusts. A million recipes exist online for ﬂaky, shortcrust, puff, choux, and ﬁlo styles of pastry. Some of our editorial team's favorites have been pulled together by the amazing team from The Great British Bake Off® – available on Netﬂix and other streaming platforms. The website is thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk.
MIMI’S GEORGIA PECAN PIE Look out hips! But man, oh man, is it good!
1 cup dark Karo corn syrup
3 whole eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter (4 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups pecan halves-per pie shell
2 unbaked regular pie shells
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the ﬁlling ingredients except pecans. Line the bottom of each pie shell with nuts – don’t be stingy. Pour ﬁlling over pecans.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until pie ﬁlling does not adhere to a toothpick.
BUMPY CAKE In Three Parts
PART ONE | CHOCOLATE CAKE
The cake portion is very simple. Prepare your favorite chocolate cake from scratch or from a cake mix – either option is perfectly acceptable.
PART TWO | BUTTERCREAM
2 cups butter or margarine
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
(NOT evaporated milk)
1/4 cup egg whites from two large eggs
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
PART THREE | GLAZE
10 to 12 ounces, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
3-4 tablespoons butter
1/8-1/4 cup milk
Growing up in Michigan, we looked forward to visiting our grandparents and cousins in Ohio. Picking fresh raspberries from the backyard; riding in open bed of my Grandpa’s pickup truck; and going to family picnics were all part of the fun. But the sweetest encounter was opening the metal cake carrier sitting on the kitchen counter. In addition to chocolate cake, it held grandma’s horns! Otherwise known as cinnamon rolls, grandma made them from scratch, forming tiny dough triangles ﬁlled with sugar, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins, before rolling them into crescents, and drizzling with glaze. Over the years, after learning to make them from my grandma, I ﬁnally wrote down the recipe to carr y on the horn-making tradition for various family occasions. Now, with two grandchildren to “help,” we crack eggs, measure ingredients, and share ﬁfth-generation family fun. I hope they, too, will one day have fond memories of baking with their grandma.
Originally known as "The Sanders Devil's Food Buttercream Cake,” Bumpy Cake was created by Sanders Confectionery of Detroit and is made of chocolate devil's food cake topped with rich buttercream bumps and draped in a chocolate ganache.
Bake the cake as a one-layer rectangle in an 8x8 or a round pan, but the square shape is more traditional.
Place butter in mixing bowl, add 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, and mix at low speed to obtain a smooth paste. Whip at a medium speed while adding the sweetened condensed milk slowly and gradually until light and ﬂuffy. Using a very clean bowl and beater, whip the egg whites to a stiff snow while adding the 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar gradually. Mix the meringue slowly into the butter mixture. Add vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
Note: Best results are obtained when butter and sugar are at room temperature (70 degrees) and egg whites and milk are cold (45 degrees).
Pipe the buttercream across the cooled cake's side in six, half-inch diameter strips, edge-to-edge across the cake. The lines should be one inch apart. Chill for at least 30 minutes to set the buttercream.
The frosting recipe makes enough to frost the entire cake and pipe large “tubes” of frosting on the top of the cake, but it is not necessary to frost the entire cake since the glaze makes it very rich.
Melt chocolate chips with the butter and milk in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. After everything is well blended, it goes from soupy-ish to fudgy smooth. The glaze needs to be thin enough to pour over the frosted cake smoothly. Add more butter or milk if the glaze is too thick.
To complete the cake, pour the chocolate glaze over the chilled cake and buttercream “bumps” and decorate as you please. Store this cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will keep for up to one week, if covered and refrigerated.
As long as I can remember, making peanut brittle and gifting it to family and friends has been an Owen family holiday tradition. My parents, Jim and Delores, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, started it, with everybody pitching in, including dad as “quality controller.” Years later, my wife, Mindy, and I began upholding the tradition, and in 2018, when we moved to Trilogy® Orlando, the “Bill’s Brittle” holiday operation took off. In fact, Billie Wartenburg, Trilogy Orlando’s Fitness Director described it as “crack in a can!” It is gratifying to see people enjoy this special holiday treat. Here's how to whip up your own personal batch of "Bill's Brittle.”
1 cup Karo light corn syrup (1/2 bottle)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
16 ounces shelled raw peanuts (1 bag)
2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
2 1/2 to 3 pounds of peanut brittle
Butter the baking sheets and forks using the 1/2 stick of butter. You will not need all of this. I've tried cooking spray, it doesn't work, and it tastes bad. I use two 11x17 baking sheets and one 9x12 baking sheet, per batch. In a sauce pot combine sugar, water, and corn syrup stirring occasionally. Heat on high until 240 degree or “softball” stage. Add raw peanuts.
1/4 pound slightly softened unsalted butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
2-3 Baking sheets, 9 x 12 or larger
4 Table forks
3-4 Quart sauce pot
Wooden spoon or spatula
Decrease heat to medium high, continue stirring and heat until 300 degrees or “hard-crack” stage. Syrup should have a light brownish color, and you may smell the peanuts. Remove from heat. Add four tablespoons butter, salt, and vanilla. Stir until all ingredients are combined, returning to heat as needed to keep the mixture from setting.
Add the baking soda – stir rapidly – remove from heat. The mixture will foam up and begin to set. Pour immediately onto the buttered baking sheets – 1/2 to 1/3 of the mixture per sheet. With the greased forks, spread the brittle as thin as possible on the baking sheet before the candy cools and will no longer be pliable.
After 10-15 minutes, break the brittle into pieces and package. The easiest way to break the brittle is to slightly twist opposite corners of the baking sheet. The brittle may still be warm, but it should break, due to cooking to the hard-crack stage or 300 degrees.
Undercooked brittle will bend but not break easily and is ver y chew y. Overcooked brittle burns the peanuts. I place a dish towel under the baking sheets. This tends to slow down the cooling process, giving you a little more time to pull the brittle before it sets up.
Please enjoy our treat with your family and friends. n
When you own a home in Trilogy®, you have access to several unique offerings that connect Trilogy Members across the country. As was highlighted later in this issue (Here, There, and Everywhere, page 30), one of these features is Reciprocal Access, which allows Trilogy Members to experience other Trilogy communities’ amenities while traveling. Hand-in-hand with that idea is Trilogy’s Home Swap program, which allows Members to swap homes, either in real-time (meaning they trade concurrently) or as a “credit” for a future stay. (For example, a Member in Washington may offer a week in their home in August for a week in a Florida home in March.) Trilogy Members Coleen Cecil and Diane Moll are just a couple of Trilogy Members that have taken advantage of this program. In this case, they left the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley for some time in the sun in Peoria, Arizona.
After COVID began to dissipate and travel started to become popular again, Coleen and her husband Dave began seeking new opportunities and stumbled across Home Swap on MyTrilogyLife.com. They knew they wanted to see their family in Arizona, and they felt staying in a Trilogy would enhance their visit. Coleen and Dave have always been travelers
that enjoy the comforts of home while traveling. As hotel rooms don’t always have everything that encapsulates, they felt conﬁdent that a home in Trilogy would give them a great ‘base camp’ for their trip.
For Diane and her husband Jeff, they ended up with an easy excuse to explore a place they’d always wanted to visit anyhow, Washington, D.C. “We did the whole D.C. thing for a few days, we would also get up in the morning and get in the car and just take off and travel to nearby wineries. We really enjoyed our time there,” Diane said.
Not only were Coleen and Diane able to enjoy new experiences while traveling, they were also able to enjoy being a part of a different Trilogy community. Coleen and her husband were excited to take advantage of the beautiful Kiva and Mita Clubs at Trilogy at Vistancia and even invite their nearby family to dine with them at Trilogy. While Diane and her husband joined other Trilogy Lake Frederick Members at a Fourth of July BBQ, where they found everyone welcoming.
After their Home Swap experience both ladies spoke very highly of the program. “What a cool way to see the rest of the country without having to rent hotel rooms,” Diane said. “The way I see it, we all have
similarly valued homes, and everybody that I have met in our community, I would trust in our house. So, I would imagine with other Trilogy communities, it would be the same.”
Coleen was most excited about the welcome she received from ever yone out west. “Michael Santonino [Vistancia’s General Manager] met us and toured us around the community, which was really nice of him. The community is just beautiful, it’s just a lovely place. Dave played pickleball while we were there. All our experiences were just very positive, everyone was so kind and nice to us.”
Both ladies highly recommend taking advantage of the Trilogy Home Swap program and encourage open and often communication while corresponding with the other Member(s) you are ‘swapping’ with.
If you are interested in taking advantage the Home Swap program along with other unique Trilogy programs, be sure to visit the More Fun Stuff page on MTL. n
In preparation for this year’s magazine, we took an informal poll of the BlueStar and Trilogy team’s favorite Trilogy-wide programs. Here’s their list, in completely unscientiﬁc order.
#5 The Food & Beverage Weeks - including Wine Week, Craft Beer Week, Trilogy Loves Chocolate Week, and more
#4 Explore 52 - the insider’s guide to regional travel available for each community
#3 Keynote Speaker Series - particularly Dr. Roger Landry’s series on empowered aging
#2 Explore 360 - the multi-community travel program which has trips coming up to Cuba, Ireland, and more
#1 The Gait-to-Gate walking challenge in support of St. Jude - the annual November fundraiser that raised more than $40,000 in 2022
TO LEARN ABOUT THESE AND MORE “MORE FUN STUFF”, SCAN THE QR CODE AND DO A LITTLE BROWSING. GOOD TIMES AHEAD!
TRILOGY ORLANDO® - ED & SANDRA FLORA, AND DAN & LIBBY BROUWER
“To cruise or not to cruise?” that was the question four friends and Trilogy Orlando Members – Ed and Sandra Flora and Dan and Libby Brouwer – asked themselves as they prepared to embark on their rebooked cruise to the South Caribbean in January 2022. After a winter full of new variants and changing protocols, the group was unsure whether they’d be able to set sail or if the cruise would be cancelled, just as their March 2021 trip was. But alas, the adventure was on, and the group was able to enjoy all ﬁve ports of call, including St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, and St. Kitts/Nevis. They visited cheese shops in St. Maarten, enjoyed a catamaran sail in St. Lucia, lounged on the beaches of Barbados, took tours in Antigua, and visited the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton – Nevis.
TRILOGY® LAKE NORMAN
This year, 14 Trilogy Lake Norman Members took the trip of a lifetime to South Africa! Their adventures began in Cape Town where they were immersed in the African culture with city eats and walking tours before making their way to the “Cape of Good Hope,” the most southwestern point of the African continent. Then the group was off to the Cape Winelands for three winery tours and tastings before heading to the Saseka Tented Camp near Kruger National Park for the highlight of the trip – safaris! The group’s ﬁnal days were spent near Victoria Falls where they enjoyed accommodations at The Elephant Camp which is home to an onsite elephant sanctuary, and activities such as a sunset cruise and high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel.
TRILOGY® AT THE VINEYARDS
Members of Trilogy at The Vineyards enjoyed a variety of offsite adventures throughout the year, but the most memorable trip in 2022 was to a few of the United States’ top travel destinations – Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Yellowstone National Park; and Grand Teton National Park. Trilogy Members made their way to Wyoming to begin their six-day adventure. Their days were spent enjoying ﬂoats down the Snake River and on Jenny Lake, hikes and exploring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, and, of course, free time in Jackson Hole and Teton Village to take in the food, art, history, and shopping.
TRILOGY® AT THE POLO CLUB - WARD & CAROL GRANT
Trilogy at The Polo Club Members Ward and Carol Grant toured two of North America’s most beautiful National Parks – Banff National Park and Glacier National Park – in September. “There was so much beauty everywhere,” Ward explained. “The glacier tipped mountains, topaz blue water and different layers and colors of rock in the mountains were all jaw dropping sights.”
“We even walked on the Athabascan Glacier, which is between 330 and 900 feet deep and 3.7 miles long,” he shared. “Sadly, this glacier has retreated to half of its volume in the last 125 years.”
They also made a visit to the glacier-fed Lake Louise, located in Banff.
TRILOGY® AT VISTANCIA® - PETER & JOANNE FEINSTEIN
According to Peter and Joanne Feinstein, Iceland is a “Bucket List Trip.” The Vistancia couple were set to “push the button” on this trip in 2020 when COVID came along, but were ﬁnally able to visit in October of 2022.
“Iceland is magical, and we enjoyed every minute, from seeing the geysers, the tectonic plates where the Eurasian and North American plates meet, waterfalls, hot pools, and the city of Reykjavík,” Joanne said. “It was cold, and at times extremely windy, but as thin-blooded Arizonans, we layered up and walked everywhere we could. One of the most memorable experiences was seeing the Northern Lights in person…stunning. We would return to Iceland in a heartbeat.”
There are so many ways to connect with neighbors and experience trips like the ones featured here. Most communities have well established travel clubs, and there is, of course, the Trilogy-wide Explore 360 travel series. To learn more, visit MyTrilogyLife.com.
In October, 48 Encanterra® Members attended The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the world-famous event, and the Members were there for the ﬁesta’s kickoff on October 1st. They witnessed the Dawn Patrol Show – a choreographed inﬂation and launch set to music that takes place before sunrise – the opening ceremonies, and a skydiving show. Unfortunately, the group missed some of the evening events due to weather, but not all was lost. A fun evening at the Dueling Piano Bar was had instead.
The trip would not have been complete without a stop at the Hot Air Balloon Museum and time exploring nearby Old Town Santa Fe for food, shopping, and a stop at the Meow Wolf Museum. n
In each issue of #MyTrilogyLife Magazine, we showcase one of the many offerings available to Members as part of our “borderless Trilogy®” initiative. Last year it was Home Swap, the program that lets Members from our community “swap” their homes – or parts of their homes – with Members from other communities. The perfect complement to Home Swap is Reciprocal Access, which provides Trilogy Members access to the Clubs and amenities at Trilogy resort communities across the country.
To explain the story of Reciprocal Access, we’re interviewing Ben Keilholtz from BlueStar Resort & Golf. Ben’s a frequent contributor to the magazine, and his experience with Trilogy and BlueStar is matched by few others. A 20-plus year veteran of the company, Ben is a great resource and, thankfully for us, a fun interview.
MTL: Ben, thanks for being here. We appreciate you spending some time with us to talk about Reciprocal Access.
BK: Absolutely. I’m happy to be here, and, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to start with a little background on our overall “borderless Trilogy” initiative.
MTL: I’m glad you brought that up. Our readers will beneﬁt from some context. Can you talk a bit about what you’ve been trying to accomplish with these multi-community programs?
BK: Sure. The idea is pretty simple, actually. We have Trilogy communities spread across the country. Each is distinct; however, they are much more alike than different, particularly as it relates to the interests of our Members. Knowing that, should we really let geography stand in the way of people developing new connections? We don’t think so. And that’s why we’ve been viewing at least a portion of our lifestyle promise as something that shouldn’t be tied to the physical location of our Members.
MTL: Can you give me some examples to illustrate the point a bit?
BK: Of course. This magazine is one, so are the national bulletins and events as well as the Member-led clubs on MyTrilogyLife.com. The Explore 360 travel program, Home Swap, the Keynote Speaker Series, Gait-to-Gate beneﬁtting St. Jude, the football Survivor Pool, and the college basketball Bracket Challenges are all great examples as well. And, of course, so is the Reciprocal Access program. Each is an opportunity for Members to experience Trilogy beyond their own communities.
MTL: Thank you, Ben. That’s really helpful. I think it’s a great segue into talking about Reciprocal Access. I’ll start with a softball – what is Reciprocal Access?
BK: Yes, that is a softball. I love these interviews! Reciprocal Access is the program that lets a Trilogy Member request access to any other Trilogy community’s amenities throughout the country. So if, for example, you live in Orlando and are visiting Northern Virginia, you can request access to the amenities at Trilogy® Lake Frederick. When you arrive, you’re treated just as if you own a home there. Want to workout? Sure. Hang by the pool? Yep. Have a nice meal? You bet.
MTL: The Trilogy world is our oyster?
BK: Kind of, actually. Obviously, there are some reasonable parameters, and you need to submit the request in advance on MTL. But if you plan ahead, are reasonably ﬂexible and reasonably understanding of any local conditions, being a part of one Trilogy means you are a part of all Trilogy communities.
MTL: So does that access apply to everything the hosting community has to offer?
BK: Each community is different. For example, golf access may be more restrictive than, say, ﬁtness. But the general idea is the host community wants it to feel like the visitor’s home community.
MTL: How do Members learn more and potentially take advantage of Reciprocal Access?
BK: Information about Reciprocal Access – including the easy-tocomplete online request form – is available in the “More Fun Stuff” section of MyTrilogyLife.com. When a Member logs in, they can use the navigation in the center of the screen or scroll down to access “More Fun Stuff.” Once they’re in there, Reciprocal Access (and a number of other programs) is right there to discover.
MTL: Thank you for spending some time with us today, Ben. As always, it’s been fun and informative.
BK: That’s kind of you to say. It’s been fun for me as well. Look, I get excited about this stuff. I’m a true believer. Every time I hear the story of Members traveling together or ﬁnding a common interest or trying something new, I get pumped. I hope everyone has an amazing experience living in our communities, and I hope the work we do helps to make that happen. I think it does; so we’ll keep pushing to do more. n
BEN KEILHOLTZ is the Vice President of Marketing & Sales for BlueStar Resort & Golf, Trilogy’s Trusted Hospitality Partner
He’s best known for butting in – in a good way – to try and make sure that Trilogy is always meeting its mission of enhancing people’s lives and creating the best possible experience for our Members.
Ben lives with his wife Stacey and their two dogs Taggart and Roark in Scottsdale, Arizona.
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. LANDRY
Dr. Roger Landry returns in 2023 with virtual discussions to help Members discover The Why of Healthy Longevity.
SHARE YOUR PASSIONS
TRILOGY® LOVES CHOCOLATE WEEK
Enjoy wine and chocolate tastings, culinary demonstrations, restaurant specials, and more.
MOTIVATION BEGINS WITH YOU
Have fun with Fitness Bingo and ﬁtness-themed events and specials.
TRILOGY® BRACKET CHALLENGE
Registration opens, then get ready to complete your bracket beginning March 12th.
EXPLORE 360 | CUBA DISCOVERY TRIP
Embark on an immersive, rich, and authentic way to discover the island nation of Cuba.
WE LOVE OUR PETS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. LANDRY
Dr. Landry will kick off a four-part series on resilience with the overview of the resilience in healthy longevity.
TRILOGY PETSTOCK® WEEK
It’s all about our bonus Members with playdates, pet-themed cooking demos, educational sessions, and lots of fun.
HONORING OUR HEROES & SHE-ROES
TRILOGY® WINE WEEK
Get ready for a grape time with wine tours and tastings, wine pairing specials, exclusive Barrel Masters events, and plenty more.
We’ll honor those who have served and made the ultimate sacriﬁce
BARRELS & BBQ
EXPLORE 360 | GEMS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
With stops in Italy, Turkey, and Greece, you’ll take in the rich history of each port while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Mediterranean Coast.
TRILOGY® BOURBON WEEK
We’ll celebrate this popular spirit with tastings, pairing dinners, and perhaps even a special Trilogy treat.
BBQ by the pool, golf cart parades, fun with family and friends? Yes, please.
BEAT THE HEAT WEEK
Escape the summer heat with poolside popsicles, dive-in movies, lawn games, and more.
EXPLORE 360 | SCOTLAND GOLF EXPERIENCE
In 2023 we're ﬂying overseas to Scotland to play several of the world's most prestigious and time-honored golf courses.
COMMIT TO BE FIT
FOCUS ON FITNESS
Commit to be ﬁt with special ﬁtness programming all month long.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
SURVIVOR POOL RETURNS
Each week, choose one football team to win outright. If your team wins, you move on to the next week. If your team loses, you’re out.
There’s nothing like the bond between grandkids and grandparents.
TRILOGY® RESTAURANT WEEK
Trilogy Chefs will ﬂex their skills and offer special dining experiences all week long!
GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY
Trilogy is full of good neighbors, show yours how much you care with Good Neighbor Grams and gratitude.
HOPS & HARVEST
7 10 1622
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. LANDRY
This month Dr. Landry will focus on mindset, health, and resilience.
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
TRILOGY® CRAFT BEER WEEK
This week is all about the beloved beverage with local brewery tours, beer-pairing dinners, tastings, and more.
GIVING BACK 1-30
GAIT-TO-GATE PARTNERS WITH ST. JUDE
Thousands of Members contribute with their participation where they will get their steps in throughout the month and donate to the cause to beneﬁt St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
CUP OF COZY WEEK
Warm up with specialty hot beverages, tastings, learnings, and more while sipping on something that complements the cozy season.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. LANDRY
To wrap up the 2023 series, Dr. Landry will conclude with a focus on emotional intelligence, health, and resilience.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
It’s the biggest event of the year. Celebrate the memories from the past year and start off the new one with a big bang.
We know Trilogy® Members are as diverse as they come, but how well do you really know what your neighbors did or still do for a living? We spent time with several fascinating Members throughout the country and while we don’t have room to include everyone (that’d take a 500-page book), here are a few Members who have had some of the coolest careers and who’ve done some amazing things in their lifetimes.
What do The Karate Kid, Mortal Kombat, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Monk, and MacGyver have in common? They’re all just a sampling of the many feature ﬁlms and television shows Trilogy Lake Norman resident Allen Easton worked on as a camera operator. With a career spanning multiple decades in Hollywood, Allen grew up not far from Tinsel Town in Paciﬁc Palisades, and through grit and hard work, worked his way to becoming a camera operator for some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
For Allen, the journey was a learn-as-you-grow experience. After graduating from Santa Monica College, Allen started working as a photographer only to later be invited to work a small movie as a grip and electrician, which later led to working for a small production studio that taught him the ins and outs of the movie business. Joining the camera union meant he was able to work on major motion pictures, amassing credits in not only the aforementioned productions, but also pictures such as all three Naked Gun movies, Stuart Little, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Blue Streak, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, and the movie Ted.
Nowadays though, Allen lives a much quieter life away from the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Since 2017, he and his wife have been active residents at Trilogy Lake Norman, where spending time on the nearby lake has become his new passion. In fact, he and his wife Linda try to spend as much time as possible on Lake Norman, throughout all of spring, summer, and fall.
He hasn’t stopped working, though. Allen is currently involved in ﬁlming NASCAR Interviews and current ﬁlms being shot in the Charlotte area
Giving back isn’t something foreign to our Trilogy Members. We’ve seen charitable initiatives happen at virtually every Club, usually stemming from their communities. But, every once in a while we come across Members like Trilogy Lake Norman’s Darey and Karen Jolley who give back and lend helping hands on foreign soils around the world.
In 1990, Karen left her job with the Charlotte Parks and Recreation Department to pursue missions. At that time, Darey was already working for Freedom Christian Center in Charlotte as the associate pastor; so pursuing fulltime mission work was a natural ﬁt. Sensing a higher calling, the Jolleys started Ambassadors to the Nations, an international mission to help impoverished children, in 1992. The bulk of their work has been in Nicaragua where they have built four Christian schools that have served more than 15,000 students from preschool through high school.
Through church programs and their own initiative, the Jolleys have put together care boxes and helped sponsor children in need throughout many impoverished countries. The Jolleys also have helped lead another initiative that provides free schooling for students by enabling individuals and families to sponsor children for as little as $10 a month.
Through their service, the Jolleys affirm their calling to provide for the children’s needs by educating and feeding them physically and spiritually. Beyond their work in Nicaragua, the Jolleys have helped those in need in Nigeria, the Congo, Cameroon, Cuba, Mexico, the Philippines, India, Jamaica, Peru, and Guatemala.
Susan Woodruff, Member at Trilogy at the Vineyards, is a behavioral epidemiologist and professor emeritus at San Diego State University. She has more than 30 years of experience in the area of health research, much of it with underserved, high risk, and understudied populations. Woodruff has a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego.
Her primary area of interest over the past few years has been tobacco and drug use prevalence and chronic disease behavioral risk factors among military personnel. Woodruff has directed studies on tobacco and excessive alcohol use among military personnel, behaviors that adversely affect military readiness, but historically have been condoned.
For more than a decade, Woodruff was the lead epidemiologist on studies of soldiers' traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Iraq and Afghanistan, assessing the long-term effect of TBI on service members' health, performance, and social adjustment. Other work on excessive bleeding on the battleﬁeld contributed to state-of-the-art treatment of combat wounds that resulted in the survival of thousands of young servicemembers, many of whom might not have survived in prior conﬂicts.
Woodruff’s recent research on combat amputees underscored that the importance of behavioral and psychological factors in coping with disease and injury are often as important as the physical ones.
Who said wine can’t be mixed with work? After a successful career in restaurant ownership, Trilogy at Vistancia Member Joanne “Jojo” Crompton noticed a lack of women-owned wine distributors in Charleston, South Carolina.
Born in Delaware, Joanne spent most of her adult life in South Carolina and Florida, where she co-owned two restaurants. While in Florida, Joanne became familiar with really good wines, and after moving back to Charleston to be closer to family, she entered the ﬁne wine distribution business. Ready to disrupt the “good ol’ boys” network of wine delivery, Crompton jumped in by importing and distributing wines from Europe and California, developing newfound relationships with chefs, sommeliers, and restaurant owners across her state.
At the time, Joanne’s was the only woman-owned distribution company in the area, and her Old World Wines really took off. Joanne developed a passion for the business and became acquainted with many of the great restaurants, outstanding chefs, and professionals in retail marketing. She met many wonderful winemakers and found the experience both interesting and rewarding. Joanne met her wonderful husband, who at the time, was living in Trilogy at Vistancia in Arizona and moved to North Carolina to start their lives together.
Joanne credits much of her happiness these days to living in Trilogy, where she’s made many incredible new friends.
Few would guess architect Jan Russell of Trilogy at The Vineyards was once among the fastest humans on the planet, but he set pedalpowered land speed records at the International Human Powered Speed Championships during the 1970s and 1980s.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in environmental design (architecture) in 1972, Russell traveled to Italy where he purchased his ﬁrst professional racing bike.
Russell later moved to Los Angeles and worked for Disney’s architectural design ﬁrm (WED Enterprises). During this time, he discovered bicycle racing and joined a racing team in Pasadena, California. Racing success came quickly for Russell. He moved from the novice category to category one in his ﬁrst year. Over the next 10 years, he competed in both road races and velodrome races.
In 1977, Russell was recruited by students at Northrop University to pilot an experimental vehicle they designed and built in hopes of breaking human-powered speed records at the annual International Human-Powered Speed Championships. Russell competed in this two-day event four years in a row, and each year the builders made improvements to the machine.
In 1979, Russell won the Abbot Prize for being the ﬁrst in history to break the national speed limit (55 mph) piloting a human-powered machine. In 1980, he was part of the team that pushed the limits of human-power even further—topping out at 61.7 mph. Additional achievements in Jan’s illustrious life include clocking 57.07 mph in a three-person machine and being part of the team to ﬁrst break the 50 mph barrier—a feat that was featured in Sports Illustrated. Coincidentally, during the last run on day two of that attempt, the organizers timing traps failed, and Jan’s speed wasn’t recorded even though the internal speedometer recorded well over 55 mph.
Russell still rides today, clocking 200 to 300 miles each week.
The bright lights and exciting nightlife on the Las Vegas Strip is a long way from Mongolia, where Trilogy in Summerlin’s resident contortionist Angelique Janov grew up. Mongolia is home to many of the world’s best and most respected contortionists, and many perform in acclaimed stage productions all around the world. Contortionism is as celebrated in Mongolia as ballet or gymnastics are in the United States. Parents are more likely to drop off their children for contortionist lessons than they are for practically anything else.
Angelique began her career more than 50 years ago in many solo, duo, and group contortion acts. She became a professional contortionist in 1970 and worked in the prestigious Mongolian State Circus for almost 20 years. In addition, she was a student of Tsend-Ayush, arguably the most inﬂuential contortionist of the 20th century.
Angelique has performed all over the world in renown circuses, such as Moscow and Roncalli and cabaret shows, such as Monte-Carlo casino and Lido in Paris, along with various TV shows: in Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Japan. Throughout her career, Angelique has been awarded numerous prizes, awards, and honors from international Circus Festivals, including the Prime Prize from Havana and Special Prize from Monte-Carlo.
From 1998 to 2017, Angelique worked as a coach and expert of contortion for “O” by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. She helped create the original contortion act in the show and installed the foundation that the contortionists still follow to this day. n
It’s likely just reading the title of this article triggered your feelings about the subject of hormone therapy for menopausal women and andropausal men. Many of you are likely to be happy, conﬁdent users of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). While, others may have deep-rooted, and sometimes justiﬁable, fears about such treatments.
Sadly, hormone therapy has become a divisive issue with practitioners and patients tending to fall on one side or the other without exception. But this doesn’t need to be so. While a small minority are not good candidates for some types of HRT based upon personal or family history, the vast majority of patients could beneﬁt from hormone balance treatments. with ver y low risk. Such treatments can provide relief from nagging symptoms, and provide long-term beneﬁts, helping to combat diseases such as dementia, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and more.
Hormones begin to change for most as early as age 40, reaching their lowest levels during menopause for women and andropause for men. Women, often mistakenly equate menopause with simply hot ﬂashes and mood swings. Although these symptoms can certainly be a part of the picture, menopause also commonly
leads to insomnia, fatigue, low libido, weight gain, skin and hair changes, brain-fog, and ﬂat affect (low mood). Unfortunately women often believe if they aren’t having hot ﬂashes, they are not showing menopausal symptoms, and they do not pursue treatment, even if they are suffering in other ways. As a result, women are more commonly prescribed anti-depressants, lipidlowering medications, and sleeping pills to control symptoms related to the age-related decline of their hormones. Men, too, are typically only tested for testosterone levels if they have functional issues, leaving men who have had signiﬁcant changes in sleep, energy, brain-clarity, and mood without effective treatment.
Making matters worse, HRT research history has been tumultuous during the past 20 years. We’ve seen vast changes in researchgathered risks versus beneﬁts associated with hormone therapy. Unfortunately, way too many physicians still quote old, ﬂawed research with regards to risks when discussing HRT options with patients.
In reality, hormone balance should be considered for increased quality of life, longevity, and increased healthy years as we age. Strong evidence shows hormone balance for men and women,
especially if it is pursued close to the onset of menopause or andropause, results in lower rates of dementia, and cardiovascular disease, improved bone strength, and protection from colon cancer, to name a few. Conversely, studies associate lower testosterone levels in men with increased rates of diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol levels (these ﬁndings likely cross over to women as well).
In terms of risks, while cancer is serious and scary, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. We should consider it ﬁrst before all others. The breast cancer risk for women treated with hormone therapy is believed to be increase by about 1 in 1,000 or less, meaning one more case of breast cancer for every 1,000 women treated versus untreated. This increased risk is equivalent to being overweight or consuming more than one glass of alcohol daily. These rates might be even lower with the addition of testosterone to the therapy which seems to have protective effects. Similarly for men, the connection between prostate cancer and testosterone therapy is no longer thought to be signiﬁcant for most men. None of this is meant to make light of those who do carry increased risks for certain cancers. Family or personal history of hormone-sensitive cancers should be considered when evaluating each individual’s risks versus beneﬁts. However, the risks are relatively low for most patients. This is, especially true when compared to the much more common risks for cardiovascular disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and quality of life decline.
There are many ways to receive BRHT (bio-identical hormone therapy) or HRT. Traditional standards of care still focus on oral use or patches for women, and injections or gels for men. There is strong evidence creams, gels, patches, and pellet versions of therapies lower risks more than oral or injection treatments. The most adequate and beneficial hormone treatment plans should also take into consideration the intricate balance of our most-common hormones, including estrogen (for men and women), testosterone, progesterone, Vitamin D, thyroid hormones, and adrenal hormones including cortisol. These hormones show protective beneﬁts against risks when given together. Treatment considerations should also include the length of time since menopause and age. Risks and beneﬁts, especially for estrogen, change over time. In nearly all cases, even if risks for an individual seem greater than beneﬁts for a particular hormone, there are other options to help control symptoms and improve risk factors.
Whether hormone therapy should be considered is an individual decision between you and your providers. But, if you or your provider, have only negative connotations for even the consideration
for HRT, it’s time to delve back into the research before decisions are hastily made. Too often, this option for treatment is not given, or is still perceived to carry risks that just aren’t signiﬁcant for many of us. Too many menopausal and andropausal men don’t feel well; a treatment option is available that improves mood, sleep, energy, motivation, and lean tissue building, all while decreasing what are actually our most prominent age-related risks. n
Dr. Amy publishes a monthly Wellness Journal on MyTrilogyLife.com, does presentations via Club Connect™, and provides individual consultations in Arizona.
1. FILTER THE EVENTS
One of the best parts of being a Member of a Trilogy community is the wide range of events available for you to participate in! But on some days, there is so much happening it can feel daunting. It’s important to remember that you can ﬁlter the events calendar to get results best suited to you.
2. OPTIMIZE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE
With everything from events and news to photo galleries and bulletins, this one-stop shop is the easiest way to get involved with your local Trilogy community. To help you on your journey, here are ﬁve of our favorite tips and tricks to get the most out of the site
The Member Proﬁle is your personal “brand” in the community. It lets others know who you are, where you’re from, and what you’re into. If everyone keeps their proﬁles up to date, the chance of discovering a common interest or background is that much greater. Take the ﬁrst step and share your story!
3. CHECK OUT TRILOGY ON DEMAND
More of a watcher than a reader? Be sure to check out the new Trilogy on Demand section of the homepage to view videos from your local and national teams. From what’s coming up to what’s just happened, this is sure to keep you in the know.
4. EXPLORE “MORE FUN STUFF”
The “grab bag” tab to the right of your screen contains many fun opportunities for you to enjoy. From Home Swap to Reciprocal Access to Explore 360 and more, there are plenty of features in this tab you won’t want to miss.
5. ADD MTL TO YOUR IPHONE OR IPAD HOME SCREEN
Access MTL with a tap of the ﬁnger, with these four simple steps. First, visit MyTrilogyLife.com on your device. At the bottom of the screen, press the arrow within the square. From the pop-up menu select “Add to Home Screen.” Type in a name for your home screen icon and just like that you’re able to access MTL from your home screen, just like an app.
MTL truly is a world to explore, so to ﬁnd more in-depth info – along with other tips, tricks, videos, and how-to tutorials – visit our #MTL Tips site by scanning the QR code below.
The world around us is full of many natural wonders and opportunities. Whether it is right in your backyard, across the country, or even overseas, there is so much to explore. You can ride a boat down the Seine River in France, you can take a helicopter ride over the volcanoes of Hawaii, or even adventure in a pink Jeep
through Sedona, Arizona. But you can also get pretty far with your own two feet. In that spirit, several Trilogy® Members from across the nation set out to climb to new heights, experience new wonders, and challenge themselves as they set out on adventures of a lifetime.
JERRY & KRIS COSTELLO | TRILOGY® AT TEHALEH®
“The Grand Canyon ﬁlls me with awe, it is beyond comparison - beyond description, absolutely unparalleled…” This was President Theodore Roosevelt’s reaction to his South Rim visit in 1903. Trilogy at Tehaleh Members Kris and Jerry Costello hiked the same ground as Roosevelt and, likewise, were awestruck by one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
Starting in El Paso, the Costellos took a 1,500 mile rental-car, road-trip adventure, hiking in six national parks and one national recreation area during their visit to the desert Southwest: Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Saguaro, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Parks, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Every location was outstanding for its own reasons, but their favorites are Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.
In 1898, teenager Jim White was the ﬁrst non-native person to explore Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, using a rickety home-made wire and wood ladder. Today, an asphalt and lighted zig-zag path descends 800 feet in 1.25 miles to reach the awesome “Big Room,” where a level path continues in a loop for an additional 1.25 miles. It’s a steady 55 degrees in the cavern, providing respite from the sometimes blazing desert heat. Water seeping through limestone over millions of years created and continues to add to the magniﬁcent formations inside the cavern The Costellos found the caverns compelling because they are singularly unique and well worth the drive from the closest large airport in El Paso.
Far more challenging hiking is available at the Grand Canyon. The Costellos hiked the Bright Angel Trail as it is the safest and best known. The heat in the canyon is notorious and can be oppressive, even deadly. The jaw-dropping vistas, however, as Roosevelt said, are “unparalleled.” The challenges of the canyon can bring great rewards.
The Costello’s insist everyone should see the Grand Canyon with their own eyes - pictures are not adequate. It is an incomparable national treasure.
After years of talking and planning, Trilogy at Lake Frederick Member Kurt Koller ﬁnally decided to pursue his dream of climbing the 14,505-foot summit of Mount Whitney in California. For training, Kurt borrowed a backpack from his brother, loaded it with weights, and hiked the trails around the Lake Frederick community. Other preparations included gathering new boots, cold-weather gear, various hiking equipment, freeze-dried food, and making travel arrangements. Once ready, Kurt left home to meet his friend in California and take on the new adventure.
Kurt and his friend began the journey at Horseshow Meadows, hiking eight miles to High Lake at 11,450 feet, where they set up camp and ﬁshed for dinner. “One of the highlights of the trip was learning how to ﬁsh for trout up in the mountain lakes,” Kurt said. “I had never done this extensive of a backpacking trip in my life. We did ‘cowboy camping’ that night, which means no tent, and I learned my equipment
wasn’t quite up to the temperatures.” After learning to adjust and ﬁguring out his equipment, Kurt and his friend trekked to New Army Pass at close to 12,000 feet the next day. By nightfall, they had made it to Soldier Lake, where they set camp and caught more ﬁsh. The next day they made it to Guyot Creek and decided to push on to Crabtree Meadows. The goal was to meet another group the next day, and to spend a day exploring the area. Unfortunately, it snowed, leaving the group stuck at camp. Luckily the snow soon melted, and after drying time, they pushed on to meet their friends at the next stop, Guitar Lake on the backside of Mount Whitney.
That night, the group got up at 11:30pm to ascend Mount Whitney in the dark with hopes of making it to the top in time for sunrise. “We got to the top of Whitney, and the winds were blowing, the temps were in the low 20s, and it really put a damper on taking pictures,” said Kurt. After attempting to warm up in a small shelter, the group began their descent back to camp, pushing on to hike a total of 18 miles that day. After braving the high altitude, unfamiliar territory, and mother nature, Kurt wasn’t sure if he wanted to do this again, but he said “it’s kind of similar to when I ran my ﬁrst marathon. I said one and done, but then I started running marathons.”
SUE HAWKINS | TRILOG®Y AT TEHALEH®
Following the sentencing of a close friend’s murderer, Trilogy at Tehaleh Member Sue Hawkins, an avid hiker, set off overseas alone to ﬁnd peace amongst England’s countryside. “I have been a hiker for a good part of my life, and I had led hiking trips with my friends to the United Kingdom in the past. After the sentencing, I decided I needed to get away, and I needed to go alone. It was my time to process everything I had been through,” Sue said. Over the course of 30 days, Sue arranged accommodations and planned three 100-mile hikes. The idea was to complete one 100-mile trek, and then travel by train to a different location and set out on another 100-mile journey.
With everything planned, Sue looked forward to spending time alone, doing what she loved. Although she occasionally got lost, battled wet, muddy trails, and historic ﬂooding, Sue enjoyed the solitude and the natural beauty doing something many will never do. “The experience was extraordinary, I have traveled a lot, and it was probably one of my highlight trips. Not just for the reason I did it, which is very close to my heart, but because of how nurturing it was to me,” Sue said. After three weeks of hiking, Sue continued her travels, spending time in Bath, London, and Oxford.
Sue has plans to go back to the north side of the country and do another 300mile hike in May of 2023. “For me, being able to travel without being a part of a group is extremely rewarding.” She recommends others also take hikes of their own. “Do it. Do not think about it. Just go,” Sue said.
Seven ladies from Trilogy at Lake Norman decided to head out on a three-day, two-night adventure on the Appalachian Trail. The group, known at the Club as the Elite Seven, contacted the Blue Ridge Hiking Company to help them plan their journey. With arrangements made, the group began taking weekly three- to seven-mile practice hikes with weighted backpacks and poles during the months leading up to their trip. When the time came, the group met their guide at the Blue Ridge Hiking Company’s bunkhouse in Hot Springs, North Carolina where they were given guidance and supplies.
The next morning, the group headed towards Max Patch, and with mixed emotions the Elite Seven set out with their 25-pound backpacks through the hills of the Appalachian Mountains. Once the group began the hike, the nerves dissipated quickly. The group hiked between three and 10 miles a day with a moderate elevation gain. Along the way they learned to ﬁlter their own water, took in the scenery, met several other AT’ers, and set up camp at different campsites. At the end of the three days, the ladies hiked a total of 20 miles.
The Elite Seven still hikes as a group throughout North Carolina. They believe themselves lucky to live in a state where hiking is easily accessible. The group also has a plan in the works to head out on a longer hiking trip in the near future. n
Honing art skills paid off to produce some truly mesmerizing pieces of art in the desert just outside of Las Vegas, each telling a story of its own.
Angelina Galindo lives at the intersection of grit and curiosity: “I shoot underwater in the deep blue seas all over the world,” she said, adding, “I’ve always loved photography; capturing images underwater is challenging and creative!”
She began diving in 1997 and has since logged more than 2,000 dives. Many of them have been with her 38-pound underwater photography gear made up of a DSLR camera and powerful strobes. Angelina became a scuba instructor in 2005 and taught underwater photography along the way. In 2008, she was one of four instructors chosen to be a dive-with guide at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef.
“A love of the water and the sea critters that make it magical drives my passion,” she said. “Every single dive reveals the most amazing underwater life, from brilliant colors to unbelievable reef and sea critters.”
For 10 years she routinely donned chain mail and took divers into the 1.3-million-gallon tank inhabited by 13 shark species. During this time, she shot photographs and video for Shark Reef that are still displayed on billboards and during tours of the Shark Reef.
For open-water excursions, however, the “process literally starts with booking a dive trip to a destination specially for capturing underwater critters. And then preparing the gear for the
decent into the deep blue atmosphere and scouting for critters,” she said. “Being ready and having excellent buoyancy is paramount in capturing the sea critters.”
For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing and coloring. But my passion for art didn’t take off until my friendship developed with Betty Moffett, Billie Jean King's mother, who lived across the street
from me when I was growing up. When I was in my early teens, I took an oil painting class with her. We both had a blast and enjoyed getting lost watching our pieces of art materialize into beautiful pictures right in front of our eyes.
I haven't been able to paint much since moving here, between squaring away our home and traveling with my wonder-lust-bitten husband. Since his retirement from the Navy and airlines, we have
traveled all over the world. During those trips, I’ve snapped a bunch of pictures of the places we have visited, and once I set up my art corner, I’ll start painting again.
Our children all have a picture or two of mine in their homes. Over the years, I’ve presented my art in several shows, mostly in New Mexico, selling several pictures along the way. A bit out of the box, I also used a friend’s jig saw, stored in my garage at the time, to cut out and paint various ﬁ gures of people and animals. I was in an art show around the holidays and painted with Thanksgiving and Christmas themes. They all sold! I just love the process of creating!
Since childhood, I remember drawing on various things and always being on the lookout for my next coloring book. It’s a lifetime love that came to good use during the lockdown of 2020. I decided to turn my love of art into something that would also keep me busy.
My art form incorporates painting, drawing, mixed media, and modern art elements, with empty wine and liquor bottles serving as the basis. I created a collection of decorated bottles using acrylic paint, rice, beans, beads, thread, wire, and glue. Since each bottle features a unique design, the work is very time consuming, but the effort is rewarding. It’s also my way of relaxing and having a good time!
I ﬁnish them off with beautiful wine stoppers to ﬁt each design. Once completed, they’re a lot of fun to look at, and most of all, I enjoy the way they make people smile. What I don’t giveaway is on display in
my home, in addition to sharing them on our ﬁrst art walk here at Trilogy in Summerlin.
I started making jewelry after taking a few different classes, with no particular style in mind, mostly giving away my creations as gifts. When people started saying “why don't you sell your jewelry?” I found that one special interest, beyond volunteering, which developed over the past 22 years. During that time, I explored various ways to make jewelry from incorporating rubber stamping to using different mediums such as clay Then, I started making pendants using photograph s and ice resin inside bezels. Primarily making Judaic jewelry at the time, I started selling it in Judaic Temple gift shops.
After moving to Las Vegas, I started going to bead shows including the biggest in Tucson, Arizona. I decided, if I was going to be buying all these supplies, I needed an outlet to sell what I made. So, I started selling in craft shows, at First Friday, and then opening an Etsy shop, branching out to earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more. Now back to spiritual jewelry, my Etsy shop primarily features Buddhist jewelry.
Equipped with a large craft room in my Trilogy home with tons of supplies, Joyce Kang, who I found out also made jewelry, and I decided to teach a jewelry class at Trilogy. We now mostly focus things we can teach others, including my favorite part: creating one-of-a-kind pieces for others to wear. n
MEMBER-LED CLUBS BRING TRILOGY® COMMUNITIES TOGETHER ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Whether it is a group who plays pickleball, travels the world, or gives back, you can invariably discover someone who shares your passion. To celebrate all of the great connections made every day in these communities, we would like to formally introduce the inaugural Clubbies. The Clubbies are a chance to give our Member-led Clubs across the portfolio a little sunshine and much deserved recognition. After all, the Members make our communities unique.
Activities such as community service, volunteering, and fundraising hold places near and dear to the hearts of many Members. When you get a group of individuals together with a common goal, something magical happens. The Clubs for a Cause Award highlights Member-led Clubs that not only make a difference at Trilogy, they also help local communities as well.
WINNER: Food for Kidz, Trilogy® at Vistancia®
HONORABLE MENTION: Women of Wisdom (“WOW”), Trilogy® at The Polo Club
LOOK OUT FOR: Encanterra Community Service League, Encanterra®
Celebrating Trilogy communities neighbors, the Good Neighbor Award highlights Member-led Clubs who go above and beyond to serve their fellow neighbors in times of need.
WINNER: Helping Hands, Trilogy® at The Vineyards
HONORABLE MENTION: Helping Hands of Verde River - Neighbors Serving Neighbors in Time of Need, Trilogy® at Verde RiverTM
LOOK OUT FOR: Caring Neighbors Club, Trilogy® at Lake Frederick
around common interests and pursuits. And because we want to be open and inclusive; for this award, we’ll use the term “club” to reinforce the central idea: social connections in our new communities. With that in mind, we would like to highlight two new clubs that have taken off and provided opportunities for Members to mingle and connect. The clubs have proven to be the “little clubs that could,” and something to lookout for next year.
WINNER: The Members at Treasure Valley Social Club at Trilogy® Valor in Idaho, and the Members of Cabochon Club at Trilogy® Sunstone in Las Vegas
One thing that make Member-led Clubs unique is that each club is different and completely up to Member creativity. This Award highlights witty and creative club names that embody the Member-led Club in a fun manner.
WINNER: Twin Mills Baggers, Trilogy® Lake Norman
HONORABLE MENTION: The Knotty Ladies, Trilogy® at The Vineyards
LOOK OUT FOR: Lean On Me Club, Trilogy® Orlando
Whether it is for fun or for a little friendly competition, games are something that bring us together. The games and gathering award highlights Member-led Clubs that build community for a mutual love of playing games with friends.
WINNER: Trilogy Knights, Trilogy® at Vistancia®
HONORABLE MENTION: Domino Divas, Trilogy® at Verde RiverTM
LOOK OUT FOR: Bunco Club, Trilogy® in Summerlin®
Our communities are not only home to many club-facilitated activities, but also Memberled activities. The best version of our lifestyle experience is one where we all work together to ensure the calendar is always full and every interest is explored. If you’ve been considering either starting or joining a Member-led Club, contact your local Lifestyle team and/or participate in one of your club’s Member-led Club Expos, which take place at least once each year.
Travel and sightseeing creates long-lasting memories; it’s also important to share those memories. The Going Places Award highlights Member-led Clubs that provide opportunities and discussion for Members that are passionate about travel and experiencing new things with their friends and neighbors.
WINNER: SSL Sightseers, Trilogy® at Tehaleh®
HONORABLE MENTION: Encanterra Museum Explorers, Encanterra®
LOOK OUT FOR: Destination Travel Club, Trilogy® at Verde RiverTM n
Way back in 2010, the Ohio National Guard’s Family Readiness office sent out 200 letters to churches asking for help assisting Guard members and their families. They hoped the appeal to support those who served overseas as well as local men and women who served across all branches of the military would elicit a big response. Nobody replied.
Since that unfortunate endeavor, I’ve made it my mission to improve things. As the director of the Ohio National Guard Community Outreach Office and founder of Vanguard Veteran, I’ve coached hundreds of faith leaders to become effective champions of our veterans and military families. This is a subject important to me, as I’m a veteran with a long life and career in the military. I grew up moving around the world supporting my father’s Navy career and then served nearly 30 years in the Air Force as a public affairs officer and nurse. My husband is a retired career active-duty soldier and Army combat veteran. Because of my career and experience, I’ve grown deeply aware of the needs of today’s military veterans – especially the lives they lead after their service to this country.
Through my business, Vanguard Veteran, I work hard to equip civilians to become Veteran Champions, improving quality of life, workforce, and community. More speciﬁcally, this means helping employers source, hire, and retain veteran talent and hosting Fallen Comrades Ceremonies to foster understanding about the sacriﬁces of military service and help military-connected persons heal.
To put things into context, of the nearly 2.6 million U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans:
• 15% struggle with PTSD.
• 40% have difficulty ﬁnding meaning/purpose in life.
• 55% feel disconnected from the civilian world.
And it’s not just recent veterans. Similar struggles also plague older veterans, who account for two-thirds of veteran suicides. It’s an epidemic that unfortunately doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.
So, what can we do at Trilogy communities to help our service men and women around the country? With 93 percent of Americans not ever severing in the U.S. Armed Forces, most civilians aren’t aware of the problems veterans face and don’t understand military culture. This knowledge gap inhibits the delivery of effective support
This is where military ministries play a key role. The faith community can bridge this civilian-military divide by providing connections and opportunities for much-needed spiritual healing. Churches, small groups, fellowship meetings, and so on can anchor newly separated service members and their families who feel at sea as they try to assimilate into new communities.
Furthermore, military ministries can have many faces – there’s no cookie-cutter approach. It all depends on need and what we can provide our friends and neighbors who have served. Some military ministries may be religious – some not. The point is to develop care groups that serve the needs of men and women who are struggling with adapting to civilian life.
How do you get started? Find out if you know any troops who are deploying from your local community. If there are some, consider a send-off ceremony. Are they coming home? Welcome them back
to your place of worship or to a special function at Trilogy. Are there some service men and women from your area who are overseas? Deliver meals to families or send letters and packages. For local veterans, create a wall of honor and practice making referrals to support services. The important thing is to build sustainable relationships and build long-lasting friendships. And lastly, this is perhaps the easiest – reach out to your Club’s local Veteran’s group and see how you can get involved.
My husband and I started a military ministry called “VetConnect” in our church two years ago. These people are now friends we can count on and vice versa. It’s enriched us just as much as it’s helped them!
Inspired volunteers with leadership and listening skills, along with patience and a desire to learn, are best positioned to spearhead these efforts. It starts with asking questions. Who are our military families? What programs are in place already? What can we do for our veterans in addition to saying, “Thank you for your service”? It’s not rocket science. It’s “people science.” Learn more and get tips for launching your military ministry at VanguardVeteran.com or contacting me at Kathy@VanguardVeteran.com. n
KATHY GALLOWITZ IS FOUNDER OF VETERAN VANGUARD, WHICH EQUIPS CIVILIAN “VETERAN CHAMPIONS” TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY IN WAYS THAT BENEFIT US ALL. SHE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF “BEYOND ‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE,’ THE VETERAN CHAMPION HANDBOOK FOR CIVILIANS. “
One area of post-service life that’s very important to me is helping men and women of the military fuel their spiritual needs and mental/emotional wellness as well.
I grew up in a family where sports were ever present. Through those ﬁrst 17 years of my life there was one constant embedded in my love for sports: my father. My father’s role was decidedly quiet, yet encouraging, and his gentle, assuring manner was a gift to me. But, I never got the chance to thank him personally for that gift.
My father passed away in the fall of my senior year of high school from multiple myeloma. The emotional pain and mental anguish within me lasted for a long period. In attempting to grieve and make sense of it all, I would sometimes act out in harmful ways. But there was a quieter, more reﬂective side of me I would one day learn was much more powerful. My father was a man of strong faith, and this
When you’re 17 and a senior in high school, your world revolves around the usual. Things like getting a driver’s license and getting your hands on the wheel or wondering who you might ask to the prom. For me though, my “usual” was all about sports.
was another gift he had left for me, one which I knew I could not allow to go to waste. I was searching for a way to somehow honor him. It was when my love of sports and my deep faith became united in unimaginable ways – not just once, but on three separate occasions – I experienced a spiritual joy beyond comparison.
The ﬁrst of these miraculous moments came in my second year of college, just two years after my dad’s passing. Playing wide receiver on the football team for a small upstate New York college, I was enjoying an unforgettable and record-breaking season. I was also becoming highly self-absorbed, neglecting the lessons of humility my dad had taught me. Late in the season I awoke one game day and began preparing myself in the usual manner, when a moment of deep self-reﬂection caused me to stop, sit, and pray. I saw in myself an ego growing sadly too large, and a misplaced sense of importance. I saw my father’s face and I heard his soft voice. I was simultaneously ashamed for my pride and thankful I was able to recognize it. At that moment, I vowed to dedicate that game to my dad.
The game that afternoon wasn’t shaping up the way I had hoped after a serious knee injury relegated me to the sidelines. I was crushed, inconsolable, and in disbelief. Was my attempt at
humbling myself and honoring my father actually a painful lesson in irony? After incessantly hounding the athletic trainer, I was allowed to re-enter the game. I assured our quarterback, who was stunned to see me enter the huddle, all was well. His response was to dial up a pass play in my direction. In a ﬂash, I was past the defender. I looked up to see a perfect spiral ﬂoating toward me. The ball fell softly into my hands, and I outran the defender some 50 yards to the end zone. I pointed to the sky and quietly said, “this one’s for you.” In, what in my mind, can only be described as divine intervention placing a punctuation mark on the day, I was able to score another two touchdowns that afternoon.
The second of these “miraculous moments” came a few years later. Playing in a summer baseball league designed for college athletes, I had decided this would be my last season. In what I
knew was to be the ﬁnal baseball game I would ever play, I found myself stepping into the batter’s box with our team trailing by a run and with a runner on base. Realizing the outcome of my at-bat would determine the outcome of the game, I paused and softly whispered “Dad.” I took a deep breath, stepped in the batter’s box, and promptly delivered a towering home run over the left ﬁeld fence. A game-winning homer, in my last at-bat ever: for dad.
The ﬁnal miraculous moment came in my mid-thirties. I was coaching high school basketball, and this year the team was particularly special. Gritty, determined, and unﬂappable, they were the deﬁnition of a coach’s dream. We worked our way to the sectional championship game, and again, I turned to my father for guidance and strength. As I got dressed that evening, I took his college class ring from my nightstand and placed it in my pocket. I grinned and said to him, “Dad, I’d really love for us to win tonight,
but I just don’t want the kids to get embarrassed. If there’s anything you can do…?” The hard-fought game with our bitter rival came down to the ﬁnal shot. When the buzzer sounded, we had earned the championship. I reached into my pocket and tightly gripped his ring. I knew he was there with me.
If anything, I hope my story in honoring my dad inspires everyone to do the same when it comes to lost loved ones. Even though someone may not be here physically, memories of those special people live on in our hearts. It’s possible for someone to keep impacting our lives long after they’re gone. As is the case with my dad, he was my rock and still is. When my time is up, the ﬁrst thing I can’t wait to say when I see him is, “Thank you, Dad. Thank you for always being there with me.” n
I paused and softly whispered “Dad.”
When Trilogy® communities debuted nearly a quarter-century ago, they signaled – or perhaps beget – a change in the expectations of the active lifestyle homebuyer. Bigger was no longer the standard; better became the benchmark. More reﬁned clubs. More thoughtful design. Now, as Trilogy looks at the horizon once again, there is new opportunity ahead. Shea Homes is preparing to launch the ﬁrst collection of its Trilogy Boutique Communities, which are crafted to offer all the beneﬁts of Trilogy, on a slightly more modest scale. To talk a little about this evolution, we caught up with Shauna Farmer from the Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities team. Our conversation is below.
MTL: Shauna, before we dive into the story of what’s ahead, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your experience with Trilogy?
SF: You bet. I am the Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Shea Homes® Active Lifestyle Communities, which includes Trilogy, and I lead an incredible team that brings the Trilogy message to homebuyers across the country. We also support our community sales teams as they help our customers become part of the Trilogy lifestyle. I’ve been with the company since 2002, and I’ve seen incredible growth and change. The best part is I absolutely love what I do.
I am now in Trilogy’s target consumer group, which is an interesting shift in perspective. My husband Alan and I are empty nesters (with our new mini goldendoodle puppy, Sandy). Our kids are starting their adult lives, and, like many Trilogy homeowners, Alan and I are taking a fresh look at how we spend our time and where we focus our energy. It’s fun to apply some of that personal experience to my role with Trilogy.
MTL: Time does seem to move more quickly all the time. We have another interview in this edition with your longtime colleague Jeff Hinkle (pg. 78), and he talks a lot about Trilogy’s evolution. How do you feel the communities have changed over the years?
SF: One thing I appreciate is we’ve always been willing to adapt to better serve our Members. The core Trilogy tenets of Wellness, Connection, and Freedom have never changed, but the way we deliver on those tenets certainly has. I mean, when we started, the iPhone didn’t exist, Pickleball was completely unknown, and we certainly weren’t “Zooming” our friends and family. A lot has changed, us included.
We recognize our customers’ priorities have also evolved, and we’ve responded accordingly. In the past, customers focused more on tangible features. Today, the intangible has become very important to them. How do I feel when I enter the community? Am I going to be able to easily make new friends here? Will this move help me reach my ﬁtness goals? People’s desire for a real sense of community and places where they feel known, cared about, and happy to be is more important than ever.
MTL: How does that evolution lead to the new wave of the boutique communities? Before that, what does it mean to be a Trilogy Boutique Community™?
SF: We’re really excited about this new concept of Trilogy Boutique Communities. Our boutique communities offer a very similar living experience to our larger resort communities, just on a smaller scale. The beneﬁt is we can introduce new communities more frequently in locations where we know our customers want to live.
From a homeowner perspective, the experience is very much the same. There is still an amazing Club, a highly trained on-site hospitality team, and a commitment to those same tenets of Wellness, Connection, and Freedom. However, the Boutique Communities will generally have 300 to 700 homes, rather than 1,000 to 3,000 homes found in our existing communities.
We’ve been doing research with customers and based upon that feedback, our focus right now is to introduce these Boutique Communities in greater Phoenix, California’s Central Coast, and western Washington. However, there is always potential for additional new locations over time. We’ll keep listening to what our customers tell us as we work to grow the overall Trilogy offering.
MTL: That’s a helpful setting of the stage. Even though it sounds like the boutique communities will be very familiar to those who know Trilogy, is there anything other than scale they may ﬁnd different?
SF: As we work to design these communities with input from our customers, we’ll continue to design around our Trilogy brand pillars of Wellness, Connection, and Freedom. We will work to keep our customer at the heart of all our decisions. That’s been a hallmark throughout Trilogy’s history. This research will be on-going as we introduce new Boutique Communities and learn what customers in each market are excited about.
You asked for a speciﬁc change, so I’ll give you one. In the past, our Clubs have been mostly a collection of dedicated spaces. One room for art, one room for cards. One room for social groups, another for meetings. The customers we’ve been speaking with are telling us –almost like what has happened in residential architecture – they
want more open spaces that are as malleable as possible. Of course, we need a dedicated area for ﬁtness, for example. But by listening to our customers, we’re unlocking a new opportunity to use a lot of the remainder of our Club square footage much more creatively and pack a lot of lifestyle into a smaller campus.
MTL: Are the locations of these new communities set? If so, where are they?
SF: Right now, we are very close to launching the ﬁrst of our Trilogy Boutique Communities in Paso Robles, California and the Tacoma, Washington area. Interest lists will be forming soon, and it is likely that by the time you read this we may already have begun officially marketing these communities. In the meantime, I recommend visiting our website [SheaHomes.com/Trilogy] on a regular basis to see if new Trilogy Boutique Communities have been launched.
MTL: Are there any ﬁnal thoughts you’d like to share before we wrap up?
SF: For me, it’s important our homeowner Members and our future homeowner Members understand how grateful I am to be part of the Trilogy and Shea Homes family. Our whole team works every day to create communities where people have the chance to live a happier, richer, more fulﬁlling, and fun-ﬁ lled life. That ’s what motivates and inspires us.
When I speak with our homeowners it’s truly humbling to hear what living in their community has meant to them; the people they’ve met and connected with; new relationships they’ve had blossom; experiences they’ve embraced and the excitement they’ve felt. Like them, I feel blessed every day to be a small part of the Trilogy story.
Over the course of the past two decades, Trilogy® has introduced more than twenty new communities across the country. In the next decade, there’s likely to be many more, as evidenced by the recent debuts of Trilogy® Sunstone (Las Vegas, Nevada), Trilogy® Valor (near Boise, Idaho), and Trilogy® Bickford (near Sacramento, California). These three communities are in slightly different locations on their story arcs, and their slightly different timelines do a great job illustrating how a community in concept becomes a community in action.
The newest Trilogy community is Trilogy Bickford. It is located in Greater Sacramento near Lincoln. The community’s current state of the union is amazing land and amazing plans. Planned to include more than 600 homes, Trilogy Bickford will be Northern California’s third Trilogy community, and it will perhaps have the best setting of them all. The ridgeline upon which the community sits provides vistas all the way to the fog of the Bay, and the near horizon is spectacular as well. As the community continues to come together with sales expected to begin in 2023, what is now simply a place will quickly begin its transformation into a community. Speaking of…
If having the place and the plan takes care of the exposition, the people are what make the action happen. At Trilogy Valor in Idaho’s iconic Treasure Valley just south and west of Boise, the story is a bit further along. The initial wave of new homes in the community has closed. This means Members are on-site and beginning to enjoy the experience. Though some of the homes are complete, the amenities are not yet open. The new neighbors are mostly enjoying off-site excursions, on-site walks, and other “pop-up”-style activities. From the photos they’ve shared and the stories we’ve heard, their fun hasn’t been hampered one bit as they wait for the Club to be completed.
Then there is, of course, the narrative climax. The momentum builds and builds and builds until the story hits its peak. Typically this coincides with the grand opening of the Club, something that recently took place at the most mature of the three communities, Trilogy Sunstone in Las Vegas, Nevada. Astute followers of Trilogy will know Sunstone is not the ﬁrst Trilogy community in southern Nevada (Trilogy® in Summerlin® debuted a few years ago and is progressing towards its ﬁnal sales period), but even though the early Sunstone residents had some access provided at Summerlin’s Outlook Club, there’s nothing like seeing the vision come to life in your own neighborhood. Trilogy Sunstone’s Cabochon Club opened its ﬁrst phase of amenities in late 2022, and to the 100-plus residents already calling the community home, it was an incredible day to celebrate. Plan – check. Place – check. People – check. The Grand Opening party is just the start of years of fun ahead.
The ﬁnal chapter of the stor y is perhaps best represented by a community that is no longer what most would call “new.” Planning for Trilogy® at Vistancia® began in 2001, and for 20+ years, it has been one of the most celebrated active lifestyle communities in the country. Today it has more than 3,300 homes and nearly 6,000 resident Members. At some point in 2023, it is likely the ﬁnal new home will be closed. It’s a far cry from the early energy of Bickford, Valor, and Sunstone, but importantly, it’s nonetheless equally powerful for its Members. In the recent satisfaction survey conducted across the entire network of active Trilogy communities, Trilogy at Vistancia ﬁnished among the top-three in the most important metrics of Member satisfaction and community optimism. This goes to show that, even once the new wears off, there’s a lot of joy to embrace no matter when you choose to become a part of the story. n
Many of us grow up knowing our parents simply as, well…our parents. But few get the opportunity to know them as individuals with passions and hobbies of their own.
I have been fortunate to learn so much about my mother, Kathy, over the past few years. This is due to her wiliness to try new activities and learn new skills.
A few years ago, she purchased a home at Encanterra®. This was great for me because I had been living in Encanterra for some time and loved the idea my mom would be living close by, making it more convenient for me to enjoy her amazing meals.
Once she moved in, Kathy immediately began getting involved with “The Good Life” offerings. I soon started noticing she is more than just my mother. She signed up for the clay classes and produced wonderful works of art. Each week, she created beautiful pieces and would display them in her home. As a kid, I never knew she had artistic talent.
During 2020 when social events were limited, my mother frequented the lap pool where she taught herself to swim. Her favorite stroke is the backstroke. She even likes practicing ﬂip turns.
At some point in our lives, we realize who our parents are beyond being a mother or a father. Here is one Member’s story of witnessing her mother ﬂourish through the eyes of her daughter.
Once events opened up again, Kathy was eager to make new friends. I love seeing her light up when she tells me stories about the people she has met and the things she does. She loves learning new games such as Rummikub, Mahjongg, and Mexican Train at the clubhouse.
We attend the outdoor concerts and dance the day away. Kathy is constantly learning new dance moves. She watches others and asks for tips. Kathy never fails to pick the new dance moves right up.
To keep herself in shape, Kathy does water aerobics and walks in the pool. She also loves to lift weights in the ﬁtness center. She has even had opportunities to play basketball, kick a soccer ball into a very large velcro target and throw axes. I never knew my mom could shoot hoops, kick a goal or throw an axe.
One time, the Club hosted a murder mystery night with a western theme. Kathy was one of the 10 Members who participated as the actors. After learning her role, she created the perfect outﬁt to ﬁt her character. Kathy didn’t know ahead of time what she’d be asked by the audience. She had to act her part on stage multiple times in front of a room full of our neighbors. She was amazing on stage. Kathy’s conﬁdence and improvisation skills were phenomenal. I had never seen my mom like this, and it was great. Kathy had the whole room cheering for her.
The Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary has visited Encanterra multiple times. Providing educational seminars about birds of prey, alligators, and reptiles of the world. At the beginning of the ﬁrst seminar, Kathy said she had no interest in touching the animals. However, by the end of each presentation, she was petting the snakes, lizards, and an alligator. Yes, that is right, she pet the six-foot alligator!
Jukebox Bingo is Kathy’s opportunity to test her musical knowledge each month. She laughs so much during this game I can’t
help but laugh with her. My abdominals are usually sore from laughing so much from a good time.
During her birthday month each year, she has participated in Gait-to-Gate. She gets her steps in during the scheduled walks and on her own time. This last year Kathy purchased a tricycle to add in more movement. She likes to ride from her house to the Clubhouse to pick up her mail.
Encanterra had a ROCK-A-PALOOZA in 2021. There was a rock wall brought in for this incredible music festival. You might have already guessed it, but yes, Kathy was rock climbing for the ﬁrst time and she did great. They helped her into the harness, hooked her up to the rope, and she started to climb. She enjoyed the repelling part too.
As life happens so does the not-so-good stuff. In 2022, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and completed radiation. Now, she is breast cancer free. While she was going through this process, Kathy was blessed with much support from her Encanterra friends. They made sure she continued to attend game days at the Clubhouse and dance at the social events.
Watching Kathy thrive has been nothing short of amazing. I now see her as an artist, card and game enthusiast, and an actress. I am grateful for all the opportunities that she has taken advantage of to live a fully active life here at Encanterra.
I love you, Mom. n
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“I believe her strength was reinforced by the people she surrounded herself with.”
Writing is one way many individuals choose to express themselves. It can come in many forms whether creative, biographical, or informative. Many of our Members publish their own writing, and we enjoy highlighting several authors from across the Trilogy® portfolio. This year, we are featuring an array of publications detailing personal stories, careers, and tips learned along the way.
“Beyond Thank You for Your Service” is a one-of-a-kind guidebook for anyone who loves our servicemembers. It explores ways to express gratitude for those who sacriﬁ ce for the liberties we often take for granted. Discover what a “Veteran Champion” is, what they do, and how you can become one.
Civilians share their win-win stories of lives improved, inspiring others to begin partnering with servicemembers. You won’t want to miss the rewards of aligning with members of our military community — especially if you’re an employer. Many segments of society — faith, healthcare, legal and others — are wellpositioned to give much-needed care to military personnel and their families. Find out what these needs are, why they're more urgent than ever, and what you can do to contribute.
Just as civilians need the military, the military needs citizens. Everyone has a role supporting those who defend freedom. Thank a veteran and "be a part of the win," by getting informed and learning how easy it is for you to become a Veteran Champion.”
On a morbidly hot August day in the depths of the Grand Canyon, Lorraine Brodek and her friend Erma Bombeck found themselves caught without shade or water. Their knees buckled, and they hit the sand. Looking for some sort of cover, they rolled under a crag from which a scorpion skittered. That’s when Erma mumbled her obit.
“I can see the headlines now…Famous Humorist, Newspaper Columnist, and TV Celebrity Dies on Trail with Little Unknown Person.”
At that moment, Lorraine promised God that if he/she let them live, she would write a book. This is her hilarious account of growing up in the 90210 in the midst of A-listers.
Go behind the scenes of show biz, with humor that jumps off the page told by Lorraine, her movie-producer husband, and other Hollywood insiders.
It conﬁrms that fact is funnier than ﬁction, and a “little, unknown person” can turn her crazy, bawdy, stories into a wonderful collection about “A Nobody in a Somebody World: My Hollywood Life in Beverly Hills.”
As a professional circus-style contortionist with decades of experience training, performing, and educating Mongolian contortion, the author believes this book will prove itself important for many contortion coaches and students. The author shared her extensive background, providing detailed warm-ups, step-by-step stretch exercises and techniques required for executing complex movements.
This book offers injur y prevention and encourages everyone, at all ages, with simple exercises to practice contortion to maintain a healthy level of ﬂexibility Not only does the book feature scientiﬁc research and analysis of body mobility, it also is an excellent historical account of the Mongolian National Circus and fascinating aspects that gave Mongolian contortion its success.
‘TEAMS THAT WORK: THE SIX CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS’ BY CLIFF
Stories from the Boeing Company, Loews Corporation, Michigan State University, Cornell University’s Hotel School and alumni, Bank of Hawaii, HR Spinner, NCAA, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles illustrate how effective teams drive progress in business, associations, and education. The six key characteristics of successful teams, as described by the Partners of the Effectiveness Institute, provide the framework for an enlightening discussion of what it takes for a team to produce great results. n
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In Charleston, South Carolina at the Middleton Place Equestrian Center, 10-year-old Lauren Del Sarto sat astride Mini Haha, the shaggy pony she planned to ride to victory in the walk, trot, canter class.
Lauren was equally shaggy in a Winnie the Pooh turtleneck, rubber boots, a second-hand boy’s jacket, and wild bits of blonde hair poking out at all angles from under a third-hand velveteen helmet. It was what her family could afford. She didn’t notice the other girls with their perfect jodhpurs, leather boots, and expensive ponies with neatly braided manes.
Lauren took her turn and was pleased with her performance. She wondered where she would hang her ribbon. She waited for the announcer to call out the winners. Fifth, fourth, third, second. Her name would be next. Except it wasn’t. Lauren couldn’t hold back the tears, but her trainer was having none of it. She pointed out the impeccable grooming of the other girls and the superior quality of their mounts. When she called Lauren “sloppy,” she stopped crying and in that moment, her love for Mini Haha was replaced with a desire for a fancy horse and a determination to win that was so ﬁerce, it would inform the next ﬁve decades of her life.
It took a few years before her family was able to afford Cracker Jack Surprise, the $700 steed that Lauren rode to win after win. Nothing got in her way. When she had to wear a back brace to combat scoliosis every single hour of the day except when she rode, she dealt with it. She sold Cracker Jack and moved up to a nicer horse continuing to improve and to win. At 16, Lauren represented the United States in an International Horse Show in Puerto Rico where she was named Best Visiting Junior Rider. She rode her ﬁrst year in college, but put it aside for other dreams, graduating from James Madison University with a major in mass communications and a minor in journalism. New York City called and she landed a communications job at Morgan Stanley.
One weekend, Lauren attended the wedding of a friend just outside of Palo Alto, California and stumbled across the Horse Park at Woodside. The sprawling cross-country course spoke to her like a cabana boy asking if she wanted a cocktail on a hot summer day. This was where she was going to live. She returned to New York, handed in her resignation, and couldn’t wait to get back into horses. She arrived on the West Coast with two goals: ﬁnd a job and ﬁnd a barn. Within ﬁve years, Lauren bought her ﬁrst show horse since her teen years, a beautiful young bay named Pippen. Their first competition was the HITS Horseshow in Indio, California. She was back in the saddle, riding, winning, and living her truest life until an injury in a motorcycle accident halted her return and instilled a fear of ﬂying over fences she couldn’t rise above. Pippen was sold. Her career continued to ﬂourish including a marketing position with Dorothy Hamill’s Ice Capades before launching her own agency that specialized in corporate sponsorships. Tommy Del Sarto was one of those sponsors. She married him and became a stepmom to his three incredible daughters. They bought ﬁve acres in the country and Lauren built her dream equestrian facility which led to the creation of an equestrian construction company she ran for three years. She settled into pleasure of riding and tried turning Tommy into a cowboy. Life was good, but it was a lot of work and after ﬁve years on the farm, Tommy was ready to turn in the pitch forks for golf clubs.
They decided to try early retirement in the Coachella Valley. Lauren’s goal was to focus on personal health and enjoy all the
meditation, yoga, mineral baths, and natural medicine the Valley had to offer. They bought a home in a golf course community and let the party begin.
After eight months, Lauren was bored out of her mind. Looking for a part time job, she came upon an ad for a newspaper delivery route and serendipitously reached out to inquire. Seeing her qualiﬁcations, they asked Lauren if she’d like to manage the Coachella Valley edition of their alternative health publication, which she did for a year. When the owners didn’t agree that a more integrative health publication would be of greater interest to a larger audience, Lauren decided to start her own and Desert Health News was born. It was an instant success.
With her new retirement career underway, Lauren decided to ﬁnally return to the ring. This was bucket list time, and somewhere deep in her soul, she had a hankering to revisit her teenage self. Lauren found a local barn and a great trainer who put her on a prized jumper. That uncanny fear she had previously felt returned, and she requested to downgrade to a “more controllable” sized pony. But even over small jumps, Lauren was terriﬁed of falling. After a few lessons and many tears, she patted the pony on the neck, remembering Mini Haha and how much she loved her, dismounted, and handed the reins to the trainer. Then she walked away. She was too old, too broken, and it was just too late.
After eight years in the desert, Lauren heard about a new neighborhood being built across from the exact polo grounds she had shown at 20 years ago. A visit to Trilogy® at The Polo Club
with its equine motif and laid-back vibe was all it took for her to know this was home. Tommy had already joined a neighboring golf club and loved the vibe as well. They settled in and embraced all the community had to offer.
Three years later, a routine mammogram and biopsy revealed stage one breast cancer that instilled the greatest fear Lauren had ever felt. She dove into researching options resourcing the many medical and natural health practitioners which she was now working with through Desert Health. In lieu of a lumpectomy and radiation, she decided on cryoablation, a minimally invasive procedure that freezes the tumor, and within a year was deemed cancer free.
Beating cancer birthed a new kind of fearlessness in Lauren and the desire to get back in the saddle. She called her trainer and booked a lesson. When the trainer brought out a pony, Lauren laughed and said, “no way. I’m ready for a horse.” She was paired with Tristan, a stunningly beautiful chestnut, and set her eye on competing once again. They began training for the hunter and equitation divisions, the same divisions she competed in as a kid.
Then, while practicing on show week, Lauren found herself on the edge of a full-blown panic attack. All her new courage had evaporated. She thought about walking away again, but instead turned to the breathing and mindfulness techniques that got her through cancer and helped instill calm.
The day came. Showtime. Lauren mounted Tristan. Tendrils of fear threatened to ﬁlter up, but she tamped them down by claiming her conﬁdence and deciding she wasn’t too old or too injured or too sloppy. She had on the perfect boots and breeches, and her hair was neat as a pin. It was a beautiful day. She was in an international arena once again, and it was time.
After four days of beautifully jumping course after course, she entered the ring for the equitation ﬂat: walk, trot, and canter. Lining up for the judges at the end of the class, she thought she did okay. It didn’t matter, though. She had done it. The announcer read off the names of the winners. Fifth, fourth, third, second. Oh who cared. Then they announced Lauren Del Sarto and she cried. She was back.
Lauren will tell you that these days, she’s not training for the ribbons. She’s training for the love of riding. She will tell you that when you lose your passion and get it back again, it is a spiritual moment to be treasured. She will tell you it’s about loving the horse and the sport, not merely the competition. What she may not tell you is how many ribbons she’s won since returning to the ring and how much her teenage self totally digs each and every one of them. n
FEATURES FROM THE TRILOGY® AT VISTANCIA® PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WITH VISTANCIA® MEMBER GARY ZOELLER
Art takes many forms from canvas paintings to Broadway plays, but one of today’s most accessible mediums can be found in the palms of our hands at nearly all times: photography. Smartphone cameras, which improve with each new model, give us easy access to quality equipment to encourage photography clubs at Trilogy® communities countrywide. This year features works from the Trilogy at Vistancia Photography Club.
“’Milky Way Over White Pockets’ depicts not only the Milky Way but the incredible sandstone sculpturing at Vermillion Cliff National Monument near Kanab, Utah. These sand sculptures have puzzled geologists for years. This unique photo was shot at f2.8, for 6 sec with a 16mm lens at 6400 ISO. The photo was awarded at the ACCC Spring Round Up.”
John Vekich and his wife, Carol, moved to Trilogy at Vistancia from Washington state. He has been on the club’s board of directors for a number of years, helping maintain the club’s website, keeping the computer up to date, and conducting one-on-one and small group special-interest sessions.
John is passionate about photography. “I try to capture a moment in time as I see light interacting with people and nature. I am conﬂicted between available light venues and the studio. My primary passion is working with the natural light that nature provides.”
John is a life-long learner and an excellent teacher. “(I’m) struggling to achieve artistic vision, whatever that might be. There are just so many subjects (to photograph), and so little time.”
Still a driving force today, more than 14 years later, Vistancia’s Photography Club was founded by likeminded individuals focusing on the common goal of becoming better photographers.
“We continually ask our membership what they’d like to experience,” said Gary Zoeller, who has been the Photography Club’s President for more than four years. “Making things interesting, educational, and fun keeps our board of directors and educational committee quite challenged.”
Held nine months of the year, with loaded meeting agendas, the meetings often include guest speakers, educational tips, and features called “the story behind the photo.”
“We try very hard to present a subject or skill at a meeting, then our members practice those skills, with results posted on our website for all to experience,” Gary said.
Additionally, the group assigns summer projects to stay engaged, and members work is regularly on display in the Kiva Club, one of Vistancia’s two Clubhouses. Check out the next few pages to see a sample of images captured by Vistancia’s Photography Club members. Or scan the QR Code to visit their website.
“Breakfast of Champions was inspired by a fellow club member, Mary Gill, during a conversation about creative ways to photograph food. The comic design of the photo won a second-place award for creativity at the Arizona Camera Club Council’s Spring 2022 Round Up.”
Gary Zoeller and his wife Sue moved to Trilogy from Colorado in 2016 after searching for the perfect retirement community for over two years. During his working years, Gary never thought he would have time to actually retire. Now that he is, he doesn’t know how he had time to work.
“I never had time for hobbies when I worked, but I always wanted to learn how to become a better photographer and shoot more than family candids. One of the ﬁrst things I did after moving to Trilogy was join the Photography Club.”
Gary’s management and educational background helped set the stage for him, as he became the club’s education director and then the president for the last four years.
“David captured this photo visiting Lake Manyara National Park while he and his wife Debbie enjoyed a two-week safari across Kenya and Tanzania. A day didn’t pass without seeing whole populations of zebra, lion, elephant, exotic birds, as well as breathtaking scenery. This photo was awarded at the 2022 Arizona Camera Club Council’s Spring Round Up.”
David Martinez’s interest in photography began at a very early age when he received his ﬁrst camera – a Kodak Bronie Hawkeye – at the age of 11. He has since upgraded his equipment signiﬁcantly from a Canon AE1 in 1977, to Canon’s 5D and now to the Canon 5d MK2.
He and his wife Debbie have called Trilogy home since May of 2020. They have been fortunate to travel around the world several times, visiting six of the seven continents and checking off many national parks. “My passion is nature and landscape photography, and my travels have presented me with incredible opportunities to fuel that passion.”
“The photo, ‘Red Rose in Full Bloom,’ was entered in the 2018 statewide competition at the Arizona Camera Club Council’s 2018 Fall Round Up. It earned an Acceptance Award in the nature category.”
Claudia Thomson and her husband, Jim, moved from Chicago and retired in Trilogy at Vistancia in 2008. They both joined the Trilogy Photography Club in 2009. “My past work experience proved to be very useful, as I led the club, serving as president for three years. Now, I spend my time with the club working on perfecting my photographic skills as well as heading up the club’s Competition Committee.” Claudia has always enjoyed taking photos, but retirement and membership in the club has given her the opportunity to pursue her passion for landscape photography.
“’The Shipwreck’ is a photo of what is left of the Peter Iredale. The wreckage is located along the Oregon coast at Fort Stevens State Park. I managed to capture this image early in the day and was rewarded with an abandoned beach and favorable lighting.”
Gene Backmon relocated to Trilogy at Vistancia with his wife, Ida, in 2010 from North Carolina. Gene’s interest in photography has spanned more than 30 years, as he followed the trends from ﬁlm to digital and now to drones and smart phone photography.
“Most recently I have focused on landscape photography. The Southwest has opened up an unlimited variety of new photo opportunities to explore. Every part of Arizona challenges me to capture the beautiful images.”
Gene has been a long-time Photography Club member, serving a number of years as Field Trip Coordinator and Vice President. He has led the club on many exciting shoots, including Bisbee, Route 66, Monument Valley, and Zion National Park just to name a few.
“Duane was standing on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy gazing down the Arno River when he spotted some rowers moving toward the bridge. After crossing to the other side of the bridge Duane was able to capture the rowers with the beautiful landscape in the background. The bridge itself was packed with tourists, but he was able to make the shot tourist free. This photo won an Honorable Mention at the 2022 Arizona Camera Club Council’s Spring Round Up.”
Duane Lakin has enjoyed photography since his days standing on the football sidelines with a full bag of ﬂash bulbs, capturing photos of the game for his high school paper with his beloved Pentax camera. He and his wife of 53 years, Melanie, make for a great team. “I ﬁnd that she is much better at identifying great composition than I am. I simply shoot where she tells me, and then I use Photoshop, cropping, and her advice to make it look the way I want it to look.”
Duane is relatively new to the Photography Club, but already serves on its Education Committee and has earned recognition in a number of interclub competitions as well as statewide Arizona Camera Club Council photo competitions. n
You may think the name Trilogy® at The Vineyards references the Northern California community’s close proximity to wine country. However, after a closer look, you’ll see it’s more literal than it ﬁrst appeared.
In addition to the community’s traditional amenities such as a ﬁtness center, resort pool, restaurant, and events center, Trilogy at The Vineyards also features hop vines, grape vines, and olive trees. These aren’t just for show. Four Member-led Clubs – The Olive Club, Amici Wine-making Club, the Craft Beer Club, and Vineyards at Marsh Creek (VMC) – use the crops grown on-site to create a wonderful variety of products. Recently, these four clubs banded together to celebrate their community ’s uniqueness in a special way.
The idea came in October of 2021 and was spearheaded by Trilogy at The Vineyards Member and Olive Club Leader Shay Weisbrich.
“I enjoy the beauty of our olive groves, vineyards, and hops garden on daily walks with my dog, Toby. One day it occurred to me what a special place we live in to have such an abundance of crops we all use,” Shay said.
“That made me think of characterizing the Olive Club, Craft Beer Club, and the two wine clubs as ‘Harvest Clubs.’ It just made sense to do something together to celebrate our fall harvest.”
So, Shay went to work, contacting her fellow Club Leaders of the Craft Beer Club, Amici Wine-making Club, and the VMC Wine-making Club, and collaborating with BlueStar Resort & Golf to create the “Harvest Celebration.” Her idea was met with overwhelming support.
“Shay came to the other club leads with the idea that we should put on a party to celebrate some of the things that make our community unique,” said Rich Kerbavaz, president of the Craft Beer Club. “I don't think I had ever thought about how unusual it is to have so many ‘harvest’ clubs. However, many of us are members of several of the clubs; so, something about it seems to resonate. Shay saw the bigger picture and came up with a way for all the individual clubs to celebrate with the whole community.” The two wine clubs who make wine from the grapes grown on-site, agreed as well.
“Anytime you can bring 300 friends and neighbors together to eat and drink on the Club Los Meganos Event Center Lawn, what more could anyone want?” said Don Bourne of VMC.
Over the next 11 months, the Harvest Clubs worked together to plan the event which took place on August 26, 2022. Together, there were planning meetings on the menu, the décor, and entertainment. For example, each
club was represented in the table décor by placing grapevines, olive branches, clusters of grapes, and a sprig of hops on each. Separately, each Club planned how they’d showcase their specialty for their friends and neighbors.
“George Macht, a member of all of the ‘Harvest Clubs’, has a background in culinary arts,” Rich explained. “He worked with Shay and Chef Ivan at Club Los Meganos on a menu for the event. One of his ideas was to serve an affogato for dessert but substitute the espresso with a home-brewed stout. I worked with him and tweaked a few recipes to make a Chocolate Milk Stout that wowed the crowd.”
Additional items on the menu included an olive tapenade and dishes featuring Olivina extra virgin olive oil, a local producer, to represent the Olive Club.
“VMC wine was featured at the dinner, and Don and I poured wine for all attendees who wanted to drink,” Glenn Bonagura of VMC explained. VMC’s 20.2 Reserve Red Wine and Josie Rosé Wine are made with the community’s Mourvèdre Grapes were served.
The Amici Winemaking Club offered tastings of their wine and a special roving Barbershop Quartet, the Forget-Me-Nots, was assembled just for the event.
“The night was a huge success,” said John Tomei, who is on the Board of the Amici Wine-making Club.
Three hundred Members attended to the delight of all the Harvest Clubs. And from the outside looking in, the Harvest Celebration truly was more than just another event held for the community.
“It was amazing to see these Members work together to create something so unique and special for the community,” said Club Los Meganos General Manager Steven Tsunekawa. “All of the events held here at the Club are a good time for our Members, but to have something like this created by Members, for Members, from the things that grow right in our community was something we’ve never experienced before. And I think it is something we’ll all remember for a long time.” n
The ﬁrst of the “Harvest Clubs” to be established, the Amici Wine-making Club is a group of volunteer members who started making wine from the grapes grown in the community in 2018. From harvesting and fermenting, to barreling, bottling, and labeling, this club does it all! Additionally, they provide vineyard, grape, and wine education for Members.
The Craft Beer Club brings Members together to brew – you guessed it – beer! The group began brewing out of any space they could ﬁnd before they found a home in the community’s Wine Barn. Not long after, they proposed and planted the hop garden and now brew beer from the hops grown on site. The group also hosts educational sessions and outings to local breweries.
The mission of the Olive Club is to create a fun, friendly, and participative learning environment focusing on the many features, uses, and beneﬁts of olives and olive oil. In addition to educational sessions, potlucks, tastings, and ﬁeld trips to local producers, members pick olives from Trilogy’s trees and cures them, both as part of the Club and individually.
Otherwise known as VMC, operates under the direction of the community’s Viticulture Committee and produces and sells wine created from the grapes grown within the green spaces of Trilogy at the Vineyards. All sales proceeds of the wine and the grapes return to the coffers of the HOA to help offset the vineyard maintenance costs. Learn more about VMC and their wine at vineyardsatmarshcreek.com.
Larry McMurtry is perhaps our country’s most respected and proliﬁc chronicler of the American West. His novels underpin the canon of ranch and frontier culture, and his knack for deep, rich, and relatable storytelling are what deﬁned the novelist’s 60-plus year career as a writer. McMurty is perhaps best known for his novels that became feature ﬁlms – Hud, Terms of Endearment, and The Last Picture Show. However, where McMurtry really shined was in his sprawling multi-volume epics, most notably the iconic Lonesome Dove series. We’ll get back to that in a second.
When Trilogy® ﬁrst began its work on what would become Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch and the accompanying Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club, the design team knew adopting western inspiration would be an unforgiving tight rope act. Lean too far one way, and you’re city-slickin’. Lean too far another, you’re a rhinestone cowboy. Trilogy wanted to honor the heritage of the West, but do so in a way that still felt modern and new. For those Members who experience the ﬁnal product today, it’s clear the challenge was met. The contemporary western design has been incredibly well received.
What has particularly stood out to both Members and guests at Wickenburg Ranch is the dining experience provided at the community’s feature dining venue, Jake’s Spoon. But who was Jake? And where did he get his spoon? Well, let’s reintroduce our literary legend Mr. McMurtry and how his renowned character-building led to the restaurant’s unique name. In his famous Lonesome Dove series (which included, in order of publishing,
Lonesome Dove, Comanche Moon, Streets of Laredo, and Dead Man’s Walk), a central character in all but Dead Man’s Walk is Jake Spoon. A friend to many but an enemy to more, Jake’s arc is central to the storyline, and one that is particularly compelling to most readers and viewers.
So, what makes Jake so interesting? The mystique of the American West should get the credit. Jake loved all the things that people love to mythologize in our frontier history – exploring the open range, dispensing vigilante justice, gambling at the tables, chasing the ladies who were few and far between. At his best of times, he embodied a heritage many of us have come to revere fondly. At his worst, he fell victim to what many of us fear in life – impatience, isolation, desperation, and ﬂawed judgment.
The mystique of the American West should also receive credit for getting Jake’s name on the front of the restaurant. Granted, “spoon” is a handy surname when it comes to identifying a dining space. The hope was those in the know would recognize the name and the homage to McMurtry. But ultimately, the team who developed the name felt the reference was the perfect way to walk the tight rope. It’s western without being cheesy. It acknowledges the good, the bad, and even some of the ugly of our frontier heritage. And, perhaps most importantly, it sticks in your memory like a good meal to your ribs.
Jake’s Spoon. A name with a story decades in the making. n
For more than two decades, Jeff Hinkle has had a hand on the steering wheel of Trilogy®. After 15-plus years as the company’s Vice President of Community Development, Jeff was elevated to the role of Senior Vice President, with in ﬂuence over both existing and upcoming communities. A general contractor by trade, Jeff is best known within the group for his incredible construction knowledge and, at times, for his biting wit. Working alongside Trilogy President Jeff McQueen, Jeff Hinkle has never been afraid to tell it like it is.
We were pleased to catch up with Jeff on a Saturday morning, just hours before his beloved Oklahoma Sooners were set to take rival Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was kind enough to give us most of his attention.
MTL: Jeff, there is a lot about you that people will ﬁnd interesting, but I’m going to start with one of my favorite qualities you possess – you are qualiﬁed to build a home! Can you tell people a bit about yourself and your experience growing up in construction?
JH: I grew up mowing lawns. At 12 years old, I had two push mowers and one client. By the time I was in college, the business had grown to well over ﬁfty homes, a farm, three banks, two cemeteries, and two apartment complexes. Mowing put me through school and, maybe more importantly, started me on the road to construction and ultimately homebuilding.
MTL: That’s some impressive entrepreneurialism as a young person.
JH: I was raised to work hard, but I also had a taste for Oklahoma’s version of the ﬁner things. I remember seeing a guy on a construction site wearing starched Wranglers with a starched dress shirt and sportscoat (and a pair of $1,000 boots), and that was all the inspiration I needed. I wanted to be him. White collar but not too far from blue
collar. So, it was that mystery man – along with a little bit of early success working with my hands – that led me to study Construction Management at the University of Oklahoma.
MTL: That’s a fun walk down memory lane. It leads to a question many people might have – what does “Community Development” do in a homebuilding company? And how has it changed over the years?
JH: When I ﬁrst started in the residential industr y, everyone doing a version of what I wanted to do was called a “Land,” “VP of Land,” or a “Land Superintendent.” Land is one part of the equation, but to really make a community successful, there is so much more involved. Entitlements; community conﬁguration; the marketing trail; amenities like golf courses and clubhouses; managing subcontractors; safety considerations; timing of work; the list goes on and on. “Community Development” is the job of ensuring all these pieces come together in a way that maximizes the experience for the future homebuyer while also meeting the ﬁnancial returns expected by the landowner. As for how it’s changed, we’ve gotten way better at taking sites from raw space to vibrant communities – and doing so in a way that respects the land and respects the environment.
MTL: A couple years ago, you oversaw the curation of Trilogy’s 20th anniversary celebration. Looking back over all those years, what stood out the most to you?
JH: We [Jeff Hinkle, division President Jeff McQueen, and Area President Hal Looney] started with Shea in 1999. John Shea – the fourth-generation company leader at the time – shared something that has stayed with us over the years. He said, “I want you guys to remember that my family’s name is on the door of every community we build.”
In just over two decades, we have grown from a relatively modest regional concept to perhaps the most respected active-lifestyle builder in the country. Our ability to maintain a small family culture as we expanded to multiple markets across many different community types – that is what stands out to me. And it is why I am here 24 years later.
We were encouraged along the way to try without fear. If we failed (we did, occasionally), we learned from it and returned stronger, thanks to the family’s support. I have been blessed to be a small part of an incredibly important legacy. I’m so proud of what we have done with Trilogy and Shea Homes.
MTL: Jeff, one of the things I think most people enjoy about you is that you’re never really satisﬁed. Whether it s coaching softball, grinding away at your golf game, or developing your team in the office, you’re always trying to ﬁnd the newest, best way to do things. First, do you agree with that assessment? And second, if so, how do you think that affects your focus for Trilogy?
JH: To start, I don’t know if everyone enjoys my never being satisﬁed! I bet a few of our team members might prefer it if I were a little less critical at times. But we all believe that it is important to do the best we can, and the only path to your own best is through hard work and determination. That’s been the truth since I mowed my ﬁrst lawn.
I hope that my determination drives creativity, accountability, predictability, and in the end, credibility. Our customers have to know what they can expect from us. In my mind, they should expect the best, and we should deliver it.
MTL: Those who know you are aware that your upbringing in Oklahoma has had a lasting impact on you. Can you talk a bit about how your relationships with your family – parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren – inﬂuence the way you envision communities for Trilogy?
JH: When I look back on my time growing up, I could not feel more fortunate. Both of my parents worked: my father with the same company for 35 years, my mother with the same hospital for nearly as long. They raised my sister and I to have respect, empathy, and an unwavering work ethic. These qualities were embodied by the two of them, and also by my grandparents on both sides – all of whom lived either in town or just a short drive away. Weekends, holidays, and vacations were spent together, always.
I was an athlete into college, and like most people, the older I got, the better I was. But I wasn’t bad, and I certainly learned that you only get out what you put in. Our family yard was always manicured
– so is mine today. My father’s pants were always pressed – so are mine today. If you go out and look at my truck right now, it’s clean, even after a long week in the ﬁeld. Self-discipline is a habit. Both of our girls played competitive softball growing up, and I tried to teach them the same way my folks taught me. Respect yourself. Respect your competition. Hustle never slumps. I am so proud when I see what incredible women they have turned out to be.
How does all this affect Trilogy? Well, nearly 25 years in, I’m still often the ﬁrst person to arrive at the office. I think my team notices that, and it motivates them to be similarly dedicated. Success doesn’t come without hard work. I learned that from my folks. They learned it from their folks. Hopefully my daughters and my colleagues have learned it from me.
MTL: Jeff, that’s a humble response. Thank you. Are there any ﬁnal thoughts you’d like to share before we wrap up?
JH: Set it up to be lasting. Leave it better than you found it. If you’re good enough, others will say it for you. n
Jeff Hinkle joined Trilogy® in 1999, and his inﬂuence on the company is evident in many ways. When he’s not at work Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, but he also has plenty of individual pursuits, including classic cars, golf, softball, and, of course, OU football. Jeff and his wife Theresa were high school and college sweethearts, and they have two grown daughters, Casey and Bailey. Casey and her husband Max have two daughters, Marlee (5) and Parker (2). Their two dogs Bogey and Bentley round out the family.
After another of Jeff’s infamous question-after-question emails, a yet-to-be-identiﬁed colleague snuck into his office and removed the “?” key from his keyboard. A not-so-subtle hint? Jeff took it in stride, and, in classic Hinkle fashion, let everyone know that “If you want fewer questions, just send me better answers!”
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