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J O I N T H E M O V E M E N T . L I V E H A P P I E R ®.

HAPPIEST?

WHAT MAKES YOU

TRAVELING THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS

HOLLYWOOD

TRILOGY GOES ®

FINDING LOVE DOWN THE STREET

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EACH YEAR WE SURVEY ALL MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE ARE DOING WELL AND WHERE WE CAN CONTINUE TO INNOVATE. HERE IS SOME OF WHAT WAS SAID IN 2018.

Living at Trilogy is a dream come true. We call it our paradise. We love to travel, but always look forward to coming home.” Y E L L O W S T O N E

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“It is a good life; the clubs and sense of community are wonderful.” “We feel so lucky to have found this place.”

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“Staff are amazing. Always working hard to make everyone comfortable and happy. I would not live anywhere else.” “Hard to believe that we are not on a permanent vacation.”

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“I keep saying it over and over, my first impression when those gates opened was such a ‘life is good.’ I realize that my wife and I are living what other people only dream about here at Trilogy.” “My Trilogy experience...seems to be getting better and better each year.

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I T A L Y monarch Dunes, Rio Vista, and Vineyards Sales: Shea Homes marketing Company (CalBRe #01378646); Construction: Shea Homes, inc. (CA CSlB #672285). Rice Ranch Sales: Shea Homes marketing Company (CalBRe #01378646); Construction: Shea Homes limited Partnership (CSlB #672285). Polo Club Sales: Shea Homes marketing Company (CalBRe #01378646); Construction: Shea Homes limited Partnership (CSlB #855368). Vistancia, Wickenburg Ranch and Verde River and encanterra Sales: Shea Communities marketing Company (AZ DRe #CO001121000); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (AZ ROC#291056). Orlando and Ocala Preserve Sales: Shea Homes marketing Company (fl #CQ1034437); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (CBC #1260716). Jubilee and Tehaleh Sales: Shea Communities marketing Company (WA #19548); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (WA #SHAlCGi863P9). Ardiente Sales: J.f. Shea Co., inc. (NV #B.144675); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (NV #NSCB0080574). Trilogy las Vegas Sales: Shea Communities marketing Company (NV #B.144675); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (NV #NSCB0080574) lake frederick Sales: Shea Homes limited Partnership; Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (#2705152813). lake Norman Sales: Shea Communities marketing Company (NC #C25840); Construction: SHAlC GC, iNC. (NC #75061). Homes in encanterra, Rio Vista, Vineyards, Orlando, Vistancia, lake frederick, lake Norman, Ocala Preserve, Ardiente, Tehaleh and Jubilee locations are intended for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older, with certain exceptions. encanterra Resort Community, Polo Club, and Wickenburg Ranch are all-ages communities with select 55+ neighborhoods. Verde River, monarch Dunes and Rice Ranch are all-ages communities. This is not an offer of real estate for sale, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, to residents of any state or province in which registration and other legal requirements have not been fulfilled. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Pricing does not include options, elevation, or lot premiums, effective date of publication and subject to change without notice. All square footages and measurements are approximate and subject to change without notice. WHeRe APPliCABle, A PUBliC RePORT iS AVAilABle ON THe DePARTmeNT Of ReAl eSTATe WeBSiTe. Verde River, Wickenburg, Polo Club, and Ocala: Use of the golf course and club is at the pleasure of the club owner and golf courses are planned to be private. Owners must purchase a separate golf membership from the course owner. equal Housing Opportunity. models are not an indication of racial preference.


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T R AV E L T H E W O R L D WITH TRILOGY® Travel is always more fun when you explore the world’s greatest destinations with friends. For Trilogy Members, the ultimate travel experience is Explore 360, which brings together Members from across the country to enjoy specially curated travel experiences around the globe. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE "MORE FUN STUFF" SECTION OF MYTRILOGYLIFE.COM


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VAMOS A BAILAR! With Trilogy Orlando Members Miriam Valentin and Lily Martinez

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8 THE TRILOGY® MANIFESTO

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WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST?

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MONARCH MAGIC By Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Member Judy Richards

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TRAVELING THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS With Trilogy at Vistancia® Member Gail Johnson

SUN, FUN AND FRIENDS With Trilogy at Vistancia Member Amalia Schwerdtmann and Trilogy at The Vineyards Member Sherman Carden

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JOINING FORCES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE With Trilogy at Vistancia Members Susan DiGiovanni and Scott Duke

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BALANCING ACT By Trilogy Lake Norman Wellness Director Jill Cerami

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ORLANDO DRAGONS By Trilogy Orlando Member Ed Flora

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PIONEERING SPIRIT By Ben Keilholtz of BlueStar Resort & Golf

UN-BEE-LIEVABLE PASSION With Trilogy Orlando Member Sandy Ross

BREAKING BREAD With Trilogy at Ocala Preserve Members Lyn and Brad Bimonte

VERDE RIVER’S GOING SOLO By Trilogy at Verde RiverTM Member Lori Martinek

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MEMBER SNAPSHOTS SAGE BRINED PORK CHOPS WITH CINNAMON APPLE CHUTNEY

A Recipe from Trilogy at Ocala Preserve’s Chef Wallace

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52 FINDING LOVE DOWN THE STREET By Wickenburg Ranch, a Trilogy Resort Community Members Kay and Scott Stephens

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A DOG-GONE GOOD TIME With Encanterra®, a Trilogy Resort Community Member Leni Cayabyab

HAPPIER & HEALTHIER By Dr. Amy Whittington, NMD

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GRILLING THE JUDGE With Trilogy Lake Norman Member Ron Smith

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CARVING OUT A WIN By Jay Coleman and Kelci Cooper With Trilogy at Rio Vista Member Don Maher

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PROJECT MERCURY AND THE FAITH-7 LANDING By Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Member Nick Nickelson

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WALLA WALLA WINE TRIP With Trilogy at Tehaleh® Member Steve Bailey

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ESCAPING PARADISE

ONE COUPLE’S JOURNEY TO PARADISE AND BACK With Trilogy at Lake Frederick Members Joan and Cal Coolidge

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PUTTING THE “RESORT” IN RESORT COMMUNITY A conversation with Tim Steckbeck, President of BlueStar Resort & Golf

OUR JOURNEY TO LIVING HAPPIER With Trilogy at The Vineyards Members Tom Grasso and Jim Martinez Jr.

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THE TRILOGY® 10 By Trilogy at The Vineyards Member Rosie Bank

With Trilogy at The Polo Club Members Gerri Langley and Lauren Del Sarto

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TRiLOGy® AT TEHALEH® – BONNEy LAKE, WA

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TRiLOGy® AT RIO VISTA – RiO ViSTA, CA

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TRiLOGy® AT THE VINEYARDS – BRENTWOOD, CA

4 TRiLOGy® AT MONARCH DUNES – NiPOMO, CA 5

TRiLOGy® AT THE POLO CLUB – Palm Springs Area – iNDiO, CA

6 TRiLOGy® iN SUMMERLIN® – LAS VEGAS, NV 7

WICKENBURG RANCH, A TRILOGY® RESORT COMMuNiTy – WiCKENBuRG, AZ

8 TRiLOGy® AT VERDE RIVERTM – RiO VERDE, AZ 9 TRiLOGy® AT VISTANCIA® – PEORiA, AZ 10 ENCANTERRA®, A TRILOGY® RESORT COMMuNiTy – SAN TAN VALLEy, AZ 11 TRiLOGy® LAKE NORMAN – Charlotte Area – DENVER, NC 12 TRiLOGy® AT LAKE FREDERICK – Winchester Area – LAKE FREDERiCK, VA 13 TRiLOGy® AT OCALA PRESERVE – OCALA, FL 14 TRiLOGy ® ORLANDO – Orlando Area – GROVELAND, FL

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#MyTRILOGYLiFE JOAN & CAL COOLiDGE | Trilogy® at Lake Frederick RON SMiTh | Trilogy® Lake Norman TERRi FORMOSA | Trilogy® Lake Norman JuDy RiChARDS | Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes NiCK NiCKELSON | Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes LyN & BRAD BiMONTE | Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve SANDy ROSS | Trilogy® Orlando ED FLORA | Trilogy® Orlando MiRiAM VALENTiN | Trilogy® Orlando LiLy MARTiNEZ | Trilogy® Orlando DON MAhER | Trilogy® at Rio Vista STEVE BAiLEy | Trilogy® at Tehaleh® LAuREN DEL SARTO | Trilogy® at The Polo Club GERRi LANGLEy | Trilogy® at The Polo Club LORi MARTiNEK | Trilogy® at Verde River™ ROSiE BANK | Trilogy® at The Vineyards JiM MARTiNEZ JR. & TOM GRASSO | Trilogy® at The Vineyards ShERMAN CARDEN | Trilogy® at The Vineyards SCOTT DuKE | Trilogy® at Vistancia® SuSAN DiGiOVANNi | Trilogy® at Vistancia® GAiL JOhNSON | Trilogy® at Vistancia® AMALiA SChWERDTMANN | Trilogy® at Vistancia® KAy & SCOTT STEPhENS | Wickenburg Ranch, a Trilogy® Resort Community LENi CAyAByAB | Encanterra®, a Trilogy® Resort Community DJ FOuRChALK | Encanterra®, a Trilogy® Resort Community ANN & JEFF FELD | Trilogy® in Summerlin®

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

ANDREA MiNOGuE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

SARA RAiNEy

SENIOR CONTRIBUTORS

BEN KEiLhOLTZ ShAuNA FARMER TiM STECKBECK

STAFF CONTRIBUTORS

AMANDA BENTON ERiN MAhON PAMELA huBACh ThERESA MAGGiO JiLL CERAMi DR. AMy WhiTTiNGTON EMiLy WhEATLEy

MEMBER EDITORIAL BOARD

MARGiE VAN LiEROP | Trilogy® at Verde River™ LyNN RECuAy | Trilogy® Orlando GAiL WEBER | Trilogy® Orlando ED FLORA | Trilogy® Orlando LORi MARTiNEK | Trilogy® at Verde River™ PEGGy SABATO | Trilogy® at Lake Frederick

Our cover photo: Our 2018 cover features Laurie Moore, Member at Trilogy® Lake Norman in Denver, North Carolina. This photo was taken as part of the process of developing the Trilogy Manifesto film (featured on pages 70-73). From the first time we saw it, we knew it was perfect.

Thank you, Laurie – you look amazing!

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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All the Best,

J O i N T h E M O V E M E N T . L i V E H A P P I E R .® |

Since 2016, i have had the pleasure of holding a unique position within the world of Trilogy®, acting as editor-in-chief for both MyTrilogyLife.com and #MyTrilogyLife Magazine. This role provides unparalleled access to the inner workings of the communities, both in its support of the lifestyle teams at each Club and in its direct interaction with Members. The experience has been amazing, and i appreciate the way you have always made me feel welcomed and valued. As we approached the second issue of the magazine this year, it was my goal to take what i think we did well in the inaugural edition – feature real, honest stories from our Members – and simply add to the depth of the storytelling. To do this, we enlisted volunteer authors and editors from the communities, and this group is ultimately who crafted what you will read in the coming pages. hundreds of Members have reached out to me since we published the first edition in 2017. Many offered compliments; others went so far as to invite us into their world to get a glimpse into what makes them most proud, happy, or excited. Those are the stories featured here, curated with the goal of covering a variety of subjects while ensuring that every community is properly represented. it has been my pleasure to get to know so many of our Members from all of our communities across the country. you’ve made me smile (Trilogy Connections, page 52), laugh out loud (Escaping Paradise, page 48), and feel inspired to do something more in my own community (Wings at Work, page 21). We hope you have the same responses when reading about your friends and neighbors. On behalf of the entire MTL team, thank you for sharing your stories. We all benefit from you offering this small peek into your amazingly interesting lives. here’s to living healthier and happier for many years to come!


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Trilogy® believes that, when provided the opportunity for self-reflection, we all 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 a distinct home among distinct people who, over time, may become acquaintances, close friends, or even life-chosen family. Or, at the very least, friendly neighbors with whom trust is shared. And we believe that when we attract those who believe what we believe, together we reach what is the goal of all of us – more genuine happiness in our lives.

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TRILOGY’S MANIFESTO


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We recently asked “What Makes you happiest?” here’s What you said:

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TRILOGY ® LAKE NORMAN Meeting new friends, exploring new places, good food, and wine. i experienced that when i moved to trilogy. i arrived here with a serious medical condition, and our neighbors, whom we had never met, stepped up, bringing food, friendship and support; i am so grateful for them. Most importantly, it is the little things in life and spending time with my husband and our dogs.

LORI MARTINEK

TRILOGY® AT VERDE RIVER™ hiking with my neighbors in the pristine sonoran desert surrounding our trilogy at Verde river community. there are hundreds of nearby trails, giant rock formations, towering saguaro cacti, and desert wildflowers in every color. the cool waters of the Verde river are little more than a mile away. the trailblazers hiking club loves exploring it all!

LORI AND FRIENDS AT TOM'S THUMB

SARA THISSEN

TRILOGY® AT TEHALEH® Walking the trails with my dog, laika, makes me happy!

BRUCE BECKER

TRILOGY® LAKE NORMAN yellow sunny days, blue skies, powder puff white clouds, a brisk fall walk in a colorful forest, riding in a red convertible (top down), a walk in a light rain, eating a bright red tomato off the vine with a touch of salt, a wet puppy kiss, an unexpected surprise from my wife, irene (pictured right).


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LEXI SARGENT

A PERFECT ROSE FROM LEXI'S GARDEN

TRILOGY® AT THE POLO CLUB When my favorite football team (new orleans) wins. a good movie that makes me laugh. simple pleasures like hugs and kisses from my shih tsu. surprises from my garden like a perfect rose or cute baby eggplants. happiness involves a full moon, a gentle breeze, a glass of buttery chardonnay, and music to match the mood. j o i n t h e M O V E M E N T . l i V e H A P P I E R .® |

JOEL ARKER

TRILOGY® AT LAKE FREDERICK looking at this dramatic landscape inspired the fantasy of drum rolls and the hoofs of wild mustangs running across the desert rocks. instead, the scene was quiet with only the wind rustling the leaves of the trees and the soft flow of water over the rocks in the stream. i felt in awe of the natural beauty and peaceful in its presence.

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L I N DA C R E V I S T ON

A PHOTO FROM JOEL'S RECENT VISIT TO THE SOUTHWEST

A LV A N W A L C O T T

ENCANTERRA®, A TRILOGY® RESORT COMMUNITY i’m happiest at home in beautiful surroundings, spending quality time with family and friends. i’m happiest when i enjoy good health and my favorite past times like bike riding and watching movies in my home theater. i’m happiest when good friends – old and new – gather together to enjoy music or sports events. i’m happiest traveling with my wife and enjoying new adventures.

TRILOGY® AT OCALA PRESERVE Watching my daughter show her horse, everest, right down the road at hits post time farm, makes me happiest!


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MONARCH magic B Y T R I L O G Y ® AT M O N A R C H D U N E S M E M B E R J U D Y R I C H A R D S I N T R O D U C T I O N B Y S H A U N A FA R M E R , T R I L O G Y ® B Y S H E A H O M E S ®

since the first trilogy community was created at Power ranch in gilbert, arizona in the late 1990's, the butterfly has been the symbol of the brand. representing "reinvention, renewal and new beginnings," the trilogy butterfly has become a recognized symbol in the 55-plus space. in most communities, the butterfly is seen on the entry signage and some of the street signs as well. But in trilogy at monarch dunes, the butterfly is more than a logo - it's the most prominent aspect of the community ecosystem.

trilogy at monarch dunes sits directly adjacent to a protected monarch butterfly overwintering site. each year, tens of thousands of butterflies make their pilgrimage to this spot. Judy richards, a member in trilogy at monarch dunes, has been the chairperson of the monarch Butterfly habitat Volunteer committee since its inception in 2010. We think you'll enjoy hearing that group's story in Judy's own words.


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Judy Richards has lived in Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes since 2006 and has been the chairperson of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Volunteer Committee since it began in 2010. Judy is not a scientist by training, but she does love the monarchs and earned the MBHVC position through her passionate appeals about the habitat’s status at the Nipomo, California town hall meetings. She enjoys working with the volunteers, promoting butterfly stewardship opportunities within Trilogy, and participating in monarch butterfly preservation efforts throughout California.

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the story of the monarch butterfly is an amazing one. every fall, north american monarchs on the eastern side of the rocky mountains make a migration that can be over 2,000 miles long from southern canada all the way down to the oyamel fir forests of central mexico. however, monarchs on the western side of the rockies head to the coast of california, from santa cruz down to san diego, with the highest concentrations on the central coast. the normal lifespan of a monarch butterfly that emerges from its chrysalis in the spring or early summer is just a few weeks long. the monarchs we see here are the great-greatgreat-great-grandchildren of those that were present last winter. When the nightly temperatures get cold enough, usually around november 1, they hang in jewel-like clusters, one on top of another, leaving those nightly clusters only on days when it is sunny and very warm. they do not go far from the habitat and return in the late afternoon to re-form the nightly clusters.

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during the June 2018 monarch Butterfly habitat Volunteer committee (mBhVc) meeting in trilogy at monarch dunes, mBhVc members gathered around melanie sundstrom and her phone. she wasn’t showing off the latest photo of her new puppy, grandkids, or prize-winning apples. We were all entranced, and a little jealous, that she had photographed the metamorphoses of 12 monarch butterflies raised on milkweed in her own backyard. We’re very lucky here in nipomo. at the very heart of our community is a 19-acre monarch butterfly overwintering habitat that comes to life every october as we begin to welcome thousands of butterflies for the winter. it’s a mystery why the insects return to the same areas at the same time every year – and even the same trees each year, but along the central california coast, several such areas have now been identified and protected from development to provide overwintering sanctuaries for the Western monarch Butterfly’s annual migration. the filtered sunlight of our plentiful eucalyptus groves attracts clustering monarchs on winter afternoons, and we know the monarchs enjoy the temperate climate here - just like us. our grove was identified as a model for other overwintering sites which might be harmed by housing developments. Beginning back in 1999 with cooperation between the property developer and san luis obispo county officials, a plan was formed to preserve the site, and a monetary fund was established to ensure maintenance of the grove. in 2010, the mBhVc was chartered to manage the sanctuary under the direction of our hoa. We are advised by former cal Poly san luis obispo Biology Professor, dr. Kingston leong, who has been a valuable resource and whose enthusiasm matches our own. mBhVc volunteers are in charge of the habitat, doing everything from managing the grove to educating our neighbors about the Western monarch Butterfly's migration patterns. We’ve developed a computer program to analyze our data, created our own website monarchdunesbutterflies.org, directed new plantings in the grove, and have given regular informational talks in the park during the overwintering season. one year, volunteers even tracked down butterflies when they mysteriously clustered in trees outside our preserve! our volunteers are citizen scientists who are dedicated to preserving our site for future generations to enjoy here at trilogy. every year we call for new members to join the mBhVc. our work has been a terrific community builder, as we share our interests working toward the common goal of maintaining this treasure at the heart of our community. and as our reward, we celebrate the monarchs’ arrival each fall as we see the clustering butterflies up close. a few fortunate members even have the opportunity to experience the miracle of metamorphosis right in our own backyards. n


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TWO WHEELS H o W T H e T R I l o G y ® aT V I S Ta N C I a ® B I C y C l e C l U B PeDalS aCRoSS THe GloBe B Y K E L C I C O O P E R W I T H T R I L O G Y AT V I S TA N C I A MEMBER GAIL JOHNSON

Some explore on foot, many explore by car,

and others see the world from the air, but for

Gail Johnson and other members of the Bicycle

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is to explore the world on two wheels.

“Riding a bicycle in a foreign country allows us to go places that most people never see unless they are riding, hiking, or live locally,” Gail Johnson, founder of the Bicycle Club at Vistancia, explained. “We have seen spectacular scenery and met locals, immersing ourselves in the culture along the way.” Their first group trip was to Italy in 2012 where they sought out a specialized bicycle hotel that offered programmed tours. “We all had a wonderful time riding and exploring together, forging friendships and creating memories through this shared experience,” Gail said. Since then, members of the club have traveled all over, from Spain and Switzerland, to France, New Zealand, and beyond. In July 2017, the club took one of its biggest trips yet: US and Canadian members hosted a grand Canadian adventure in honor of the country’s 150th “Sesquicentennial” anniversary. “This event took over a year to plan,” Gail said. “We offered rides for several levels of riders based on mileage and ability. Detailed routes and maps were created with events by day online.”


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“We all had a wonderful time riding and exploring together, forging friendships and creating memories through this shared experience.” — Gail Johnson Gail Johnson is an avid cyclist who founded the Trilogy Bicycle Club at Vistancia in 2007 as a way for 10 riders to train and ride together in Bike MS, a two-day, 150-mile charity ride. Since then, the Club has grown to over 145 members of all levels, and the group participates in local rides and races as well as organizing trips to destinations around the world.

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With nearly 40 members and their spouses along for the ride, the group converged in Vancouver before making their way to Victoria, British Colombia where most of their time was spent. From urban environments to the lush summer countryside, and inland to the seaside, members pedaled an average of 30-40 miles per day, with plenty of stops along the way for leisure. “other events included a tour of Butchart Gardens, a zipline experience, a brewery tour and tasting, golf, and, of course, there was always time for shopping,” Gail explained. “We also had three group dinners - one in Vancouver and two in Victoria - and two appetizer and wine gatherings hosted in Victoria at the home of two of our members.” one of the highlights of this particular trip was when the group stumbled upon a working piano sitting right on the beach during a seaside ride. a rider named murray sat down and began to play while the cyclists gathered around him. as the music drifted across the sand and out to sea, a seal swam by and waved its flippers at the group as if to say “thanks for the music, my biker friends! Happy Canadian Sesquicentennial!” With each trip that has passed, the group has built more camaraderie as they face challenging terrains, unpredictable elements, and even occasionally getting lost. But to the club, it is a gift of shared memories. “We all have the attitude that ‘yes, we have to grow older, we just don’t have to grow up,’” Gail laughed. “We will continue to have fun and explore together creating more and more treasured moments along the way.” n


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BY KELCI COOPER WITH TRILOGY® ORL ANDO MEMBERS M I R I A M VA L E N T I N A N D L I LY M A R T I N E Z

Central florida’s latin culture has grown over the last 30 years, with a large number of Puerto ricans and people of Caribbean descent living in florida. this is no different in trilogy orlando where members miriam Valentin and Brenda Satz saw this as an opportunity for their local community.


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“It’s the best night of the month!” — Kim Burrell

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How to Salsa While the trilogy latin-Caribbean Club features a variety of dances, the Salsa is most popular. a social dance with many different styles, the traditional Salsa is a 3-step dance with lots of hip and shoulder action. Here’s the basic footwork! {W - DENOTES FOOT ON WHICH WEIGHT IS PLACED}

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“many trilogy members within the latin community shared with us the desire for latin dances and that’s how our first ‘latin night’ dance was born in october of 2017,” miriam said. these latin night dances occur on a monthly basis with the mission to “surround ourselves with friendly, fun-loving neighbors to exchange cultures and develop lasting friendships." What was once a small affair with 20-30 people at the grille, magnolia House’s signature restaurant, has grown to over 140 members in attendance in the Club’s events Center. according to orlando resident Kim Burrell, “it’s the best night of the month!” in may 2018, with a need to promote their events to the larger trilogy community, the group became an official club and added another piece to their name – trilogy latin-Caribbean Club. “We felt the need to include Caribbean music as well for our Caribbean neighbors, and that's why it became the latin-Caribbean Club,” miriam explained. “We wanted to include all our wonderful friends and neighbors from the Caribbean islands who share our culture.” attendees of the dances and members of the Club do not need to be of latin or Caribbean descent to partake in the dances. “We love the energy and the camaraderie of the monthly dances, as well as the diverse people who attend,” anabelle and ronnie Schuster said. “every month we are meeting new people and it's so special how they share their excitement about how much they look forward to coming.” So, what’s next for the fast-growing club? they’d like to launch philanthropic endeavors. “We have not yet set aside time to do anything other than the monthly dances, but we have philanthropic causes that we will be looking into such as a clothing drive or can food collection, etcetera to help our community,” miriam said. “there have been talks but not definite decisions yet.” n


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WITH MEMBERS AMALIA SCHWERDTMANN AND SHERMAN CARDEN

In May of 2018, Trilogy took its 18th Trip to Club Med, this time to the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos! Over 100 Members from Trilogy at Vistancia®, Trilogy at Verde RiverTM and Trilogy at The Vineyards, spent eight days in paradise taking in the gorgeous views, exceptional customer service, and fun activities. “My husband and I heard about the trips that Gregg [Snyder, longtime Lifestyle Director at Vistancia] and his team have planned in the past,” Trilogy at Vistancia Member Amalia Schwerdtmann explained. “Having been an executive for a major airline for 35 years, I know how important customer service is. Gregg and the team delivered on every detail, which was exactly what we needed to really enjoy the vacation." Since 2010, Gregg and his team have been organizing trips for their Members. On each trip - including the most recent one to Club Med Turkoise - Gregg and his team work very closely with the Club Med team to ensure each Member’s needs are met and that their experience is above and beyond. “The Club Med Team helps us make each day special for our Members,” Gregg explained. From the private welcome reception, to exclusive themed meals, nightly entertainment, and daily activities, Members truly got the Club Med VIP experience. “When we weren't on the beach, we were experiencing all of the fabulous food and entertainment Club Med had to offer,” Sherman Carden, Member of Trilogy at The Vineyards, said.

One highlight of the trip was a visit to Da Conch Shack a world-famous spot right on the beach in Turks and Caicos. Members were treated to a private tour of the Conch Farm and a live demonstration of how the conch is harvested by the owner and his staff. This was followed by an over-flowing buffet dinner of conch fritters, ceviche, and a few other local favorites, not to mention the bottomless rum punch! Other highlights at the resort included snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, a sailing regatta, and the bocce ball tournament! “I did a lot of snorkeling and free diving,” Sherman said. “I even went on a boat ride to a snorkeling spot about a mile out in the ocean, which allowed me to see an amazing array of sea life.”

“The Club Med Team helps us make each day special for our Members.” — Gregg Snyder

Each day, you could find Members doing something they had never done before. “My husband is very sports-oriented, so he has done most of it,” Amalia said. “However, I participated in kayaking for the first time, which I found to be really fun. I laughed so hard!”


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No matter what people were doing, it was almost guaranteed their fellow Trilogy Members were right there with them having a great time. “It is always awesome to see Members interacting with one another,” Gregg said. “Sometimes it’s with Members they’ve never met from their own community, and other times they’re hanging out with residents of other Trilogy communities. Either way, it’s great to see.” After what was intended to be a single trip eight years ago, Gregg’s trips to Club Med have become the most popular events on the Vistancia calendar each year - and a beloved memory for those Members lucky enough to snag a seat. Hundreds of Members have been a part of the 18 trips so far, and with each new trip there seems to be a perfect blend of veterans and first-timers. Where will your next adventure take you? For more information on all upcoming Explore 360 Trips, visit MyTrilogyLife.com.


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LEARN TogEThEr. grow TOGETHER. Ever notice how talented and interesting your neighbors are? So did we. That's what inspired us to create Club ConnectTM. Club Connect employs state-of-the-art technology that allows us to broadcast lectures, culinary demonstrations, Explore 360 trip previews, and more to Members throughout Trilogy - in real-time and with the ability for questions and comments to be shared from anyone. It's also helped us develop a library of past presentations so Members can explore a vast array of topics and interests. To learn more, log in to MyTrilogyLife.com and click on "More Fun Stuff".


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WINGS AT WORK

BY KELCI COOPER WITH TRILOGY 速 AT VISTANCIA 速 MEMBERS SUSAN DIGIOVANNI AND SCOTT DUKE

Generosity is a priority for Members living in Trilogy at Vistancia, as evidenced by the nearly 50 Member-led clubs and volunteer groups giving back to the community.

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In 2007, Trilogy wings at work (TwAw) was created as a way to help Member-led clubs and volunteer groups give back to the local community. “Trilogy at vistancia is always giving back,” gregg Snyder, the community's longtime Lifestyle Director, explained. “our goal was to reach out and, with our Members, help create the best possible program, charitable event, fundraiser, walk, race, or food drive we could to make the greatest possible impact.” The process is simple. A Member-led club or volunteer group will work with the resort Club’s lifestyle team to talk logistics, marketing, and fundraising in order to make their philanthropic event a success. That way, all of the resources - volunteers and otherwise - are aligned to ensure maximum impact. over the past decade, Trilogy wings at work has organized over 100 philanthropic events and initiatives; from seasonal food drives and Petstock® to blood drives and silent auctions. Two of their biggest events are typically the Trilogy veterans Club Toys for Tots drive and the Food for Kidz Pack Day.

PARTNERSHIP WITH TRILOGY VETERANS CLUB The Trilogy veterans Club began in 2014 with just three members, and today, the club is up to 158 members from all different branches of the military. In January of 2018, Scott Duke was elected as president of the club and has since ramped up the amount of charity work they do. Currently, the veterans Club works on 10 different “missions” with local organizations including the veterans outreach Center, U.S. vets and the grand veterans village, Soldier’s Best Friend, and one of the year’s biggest missions, Toys for Tots. “Every year, we surpass what we did the year before,” Scott said about Toys for Tots. “you cannot imagine the residents in this place, we collected over 19 bikes last year and over 2,000 toys.” Each november and December, the resort Club team sets up two large holiday trees – one at vistancia’s Kiva Club and another at the Mita Club – where residents drop off their donations.

“As soon as you walked in here [to the Kiva Club] you’d see this huge tree and it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger with toys,” Scott explained. “These toys were very nice toys too - BarbieTM dolls, basketballs, and all sorts of stuff.” In addition to setting up the trees, Trilogy wings at work helps the veterans Club organize the Toys for Tots holiday Salute which includes a holiday performance, a salute to our troops, and a special visit from Santa. however, their presence isn’t just felt around the holiday season; Trilogy wings at work assists the club throughout the year. “If I need a room for a kick-off meeting, gregg and his staff are always there to help us,” Scott explained. “he [gregg] says they’re a small part, but I’ll tell you they are much larger than that. They are very receptive to the needs of our club. I’ve told gregg this before, but I find it absolutely amazing how they can juggle all the demands on their time.”

PARTNERSHIP WITH FOOD FOR KIDZ Food for Kidz is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization whose mission is to package and distribute nutritious meals to hungry children and their families in crisis-torn areas. over the last 13 years, Trilogy’s Food For Kidz group has packed over 1.5 million meals for kids in need; all in a single day each year, “Pack Day.”


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And while each club has their own events and causes they support, one thing is for certain, Trilogy wings at work is a force behind the scenes to help make it all happen. “we’re trying to assist them, so that they can reach their goals,” gregg explained. "This community is full of people who are ready to give. our Members give so much of their money, time, and energy to make vistancia and the surrounding communities a better place. It's amazing." n

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“our ultimate goal is for Pack Day,” vistancia Food For Kidz Chairperson Susan Digiovanni explained. Pack Day, which is typically held in March, is when the group and their volunteers spend five to six hours packing meals of rice, soy, protein, and dehydrated vegetables. At any given time, up to 200 volunteers fill the Kiva Club’s Tewa Ballroom preparing, packing and sealing meals. At the end of the day, over 800 people will have lent a hand. “when we put together all these meals, 50 percent of them stay in the Phoenix area going to food banks locally to help starving children,” Susan explained. “The other half goes elsewhere around the world. Last year [2017], it was sent to Texas and Florida because they experienced big disasters.” Don't be fooled though. The group isn’t busy for just one single day in March, as much more work goes into the cause throughout the rest of the year to even make Pack Day happen. “Before and after Pack Day, we have fundraisers so that we can raise the $25,000 needed to pay for the ingredients of the meals that we pack,” Susan explained. “Last year, we packed over 140,000 meals. This year our goal is 150,000 meals.” To meet that goal, the group raises funds throughout the year with various events and help from Trilogy wings at work. “A lot of their fundraisers and awareness strategies happen right here at the Club,” gregg Snyder explained. “Food For Kidz volunteers or Susan herself will come to Coffee Talk and speak or recruit volunteers during happier hours. The resort Club team also helps to organize and facilitate their events like the annual fundraising dance, the coin dump fundraiser, and even Pack Day itself. A lot of work goes into getting the ballroom ready for Pack Day, but we couldn’t be happier to help!” volunteers include other Member-led clubs and organizations as well. Last year, the entire Trilogy Softball Team was on hand to load a semi-truck full of meals, and the Trilogy veterans Club worked alongside the airmen from Luke Air Force Base to pack meals for those in need.


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BY TRILOGY® L AKE NORMAN WELLNESS DIRECTOR JILL CERAMI


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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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2. THREE PLANES OF MOTION / MULTI-DIRECTIONAL MOVEMENT | our bodies are meant to move in all directions. if we get too used to moving in a linear plane of motion (moving forward, like walking), our abs become weak and unstable, so it’s imperative to include all types of functional movement into your routine to promote good balance. 3. SUPPORT BASE & WEIGHT SHIFTS | When you stand up, your legs are the base of your support, but the closer your legs are, the narrower your base of support becomes. Shifting 80% of your weight and holding for 10 seconds will help to strengthen all your leg muscles (hips, quads, hamstrings, knees and ankles) safely. 4. AGILITY | this is specific to your action/reaction where your fast and/or slow twitch muscle fibers activate, creating coordination, cardiovascular endurance, and balance. 5. UNILATERAL BALANCE AND STABILITY | Here, you want one leg or side of the body to work independently to create enough instability on the other side to challenge balance in order to build strength.

Stretch and warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before starting. this workout covers the five different sensory systems and styles of movements noted above that are important to balance training. this is a beginner routine, however be sure to check out the different progression levels in order to scale each exercise to your fitness level. an open space with a hard ground surface. Depending on your level of fitness a balance disc, a foam or balance pad, and/or a BoSU® ball. for best results, we suggest incorporating this routine 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes. Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.

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YOUR WORKOUT

1. PROPRIOCEPTION & VISION | this is your body’s awareness of the position of its limbs. Completing a single leg stand with your eyes both opened and closed sends signals to your brain, telling your joints and muscles where and how to move.

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We are all training for life. no matter our age or level of fitness, it's critical that we maintain our minds and bodies for as long as we can. Having great balance is a critical part of this pursuit. Balance helps to support the musculature system and aids in our overall strength, agility, and perhaps most importantly, postural stability. Without proper balance and upper body strength, our bodies can become subject to a flood of physical health problems in the long run, and may make existing health disorders worse. things like neurological disorders, nerve damage, poor eyesight, and head injuries can increase the risk of falls and accidents, but that’s where good balance can help. the key to balance training is to stay ahead of the game in order to maintain your flexibility, athleticism, and coordination. Doing so now will help you to lay a solid foundation which can help you recover faster should you become injured or ill. So, how does one get ahead of the game and start improving their balance? the most important thing to note is that our balance comes from our feet and core. you’ll want to work from the bottom up, starting with the dorsiflexors in the feet (the muscles that allow you to flex your ankle or take the stairs). then, you’ll move up to your stabilizers (hamstrings, abdominals, quads and glutes) which help other muscles accomplish movement and strengthens them for posture, balance, and stability. in order to challenge the body and manipulate these muscles to make them stronger, it’s imperative to work different sensory systems and switch up styles of movement. i like to think of balance work from five related perspectives.


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3 REPS OF 30 SECONDS ON EACH LEG Stand with feet together on a hard surface. Slowly lift one leg up so that your knee is bent at a 90 degree angle. maintain balance for 30 seconds. return to start. Switch legs and repeat. FOR INCREASED DIFFICULTY, repeat movement with eyes closed.

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incorporate use of balance pad. Start by standing with both feet, eyes open. once comfortable, segue into performing a single leg stand eyes open, or closed for increased difficulty. incorporate use of balance disc. repeat progression through level 1. incorporate use of BoSU ball. repeat progression through levels 1.

3 REPS OF 10 SECONDS ON EACH LEG Stand with feet wide. raise arms out to your side, parallel to the ground, so that you look like a 5-pointed star. Slowly shift your weight to one leg, while keeping the 5-pointed star pose. maintain your balance and core stability for 10 seconds. return to start. Switch sides and repeat.

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LEVEL 1 Hold the position, eyes open. LEVEL 2 Hold the position, eyes closed.

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3 SETS OF 4 STEPS Stand with feet together on a hard surface with a clear path. While maintaining your balance, walk forward heel-to-toe for four steps (two each foot). Stop and walk backwards heel-to-toe for four steps returning to start. rest and repeat.

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LEVEL 1 Walk forward heel-to-toe for 10 steps, then backwards heel-to-toe while maintaining balance. LEVEL 2 repeat level 1 while moving head side to side.


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lateral stepovers

3 REPS OF 30 SECONDS TO 1 MINUTE Set up two or three hurdles such as low boxes or BoSU balls. Stand with your right foot elevated on the hurdle and your left foot on the floor so your feet are shoulder-width apart. Push off with your right foot and jump over the hurdle, landing with your left foot on the hurdle and your right foot on the floor, all while maintaining core strength and balance. repeat on the next hurdle and continue for 30 seconds to 1 minute. rest and repeat.

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2

3 REPS OF 30 SECONDS TO 1 MINUTE Stand on a hard surface with your feet together, arms at your side, eyes open. limit movement for the duration of each set. (It’s not as easy as it sounds!)

progressions Hold the position, eyes open.

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Hold the position, eyes closed.

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3 REPS OF 30 SECONDS ON EACH LEG Stand with your feet together on a hard surface. lift one leg out in front of you, about a foot off the ground. Slowly move leg around your body - from the front to the side, and then extending the leg back. return to start. Switch sides and repeat three times each leg.

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once you've mastered the leg Swing, transition into a Single leg Squat. Stand with your feet together on a hard surface. life one heel behind you so that your shin is roughly parallel to the ground. keep your chest up and squat just until you are below normal hip height. return to start. Continue for 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat. Perform a half squat, until thighs are parallel with the ground. Perform full squat until hips are parallel to the knee.

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postural sway

LEVEL 1 Use two or three hurdles. LEVEL 2 increase time/tempo.

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What’s better post-workout than a healthy smoothie? Crafted by executive Chef Paul Steele of needle rock kitchen and tap in trilogy® at Verde river™, the Citrus Snap Smoothie is a refreshing way to recover from any workout! CITRUS SNAP SMOOTHIE

Serving Size: 1

1 ¼ Cup frozen Strawberries ½ Cup orange Juice 2 tablespoons agave nectar 1 tablespoon fresh ginger 3 tablespoons lemon Juice ½ Cup of ice Combine all ingredients into a blender until smooth.

Enjoy!


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BY TRILOGY® ORL AND MEMBER ED FLORA INTRODUCTION BY KELCI COOPER

Ed Flora is truly a positive force and the kind of Member whose lifestyle reminds us what we love about Trilogy: the opportunity to spend our “next chapter” pursuing passions, expanding and sharing talents, exploring new pursuits, and connecting and giving back to our communities. A retired corporate executive, Ed moved from Southern California to Trilogy Orlando with his wife, Sandra. Now, the former church worship leader and high school football coach splits his time between journalism, songwriting, and a host of other activities. He’s recently written his first book, A.L.I.V.E. (Answers to Living In Victory Everyday), as well as a companion album, COME ALIVE, and is the current president of the Voices of Trilogy chorale group. As if all that wasn’t enough, Ed clued us in to an outstanding experience he had as part of a Trilogy Dragon Boat team, and we just had to share the fun! Here’s Ed’s story in his own words:


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It was March 2018 and I was sitting with my wife, Sandra, in the Events Center at Magnolia House at Trilogy Orlando.

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needless to say, this was all somewhat overwhelming; but again, as “aged veterans,” we did manage to get it. We survived our live practices without tipping the boat and learned a lot about what it takes to go all out for 350 meters in a dead sprint! other than being exhausted from training, we were fired up for race day. team member don dingee made us some great t-shirts for the event. our drummer, Patsy Kennedy, made her own dragon Hat, which she proudly wore for all of our races. and who could ever forget the U.S. army chant that mike young had us cheering? “T-R-I / L-O-G / Add a “Y” and who you see? Trilogy Orlando Dragons! / Hoo Rah!” after our resident fitness guru Paula noel got us stretched and fired up, we participated in three races and had varying times, but since we were racing against the clock, it was difficult to know how we were really faring in the competition. all we knew was that we were certainly doing our best to compete. in all, there were 26 teams taking part. When all was said and done and it came time to announce the winners, we were all as shocked as anyone to find out that the trilogy orlando dragons won first place in the Community Co-ed Senior 10 Paddler division! We are extremely proud to have represented our community so well, and to have been able to provide support for such a fantastic charitable organization. We are especially appreciative of the many members of our trilogy community who came out to offer their support as well. their enthusiastic encouragement helped keep our adrenaline flowing throughout the long day! When we retire, one of the things we try to do is give back, whether that be by giving financially, mentoring others, or simply being there when needed. and of course, proving that you’re never too old to learn new things is a good way to stay young as well! We are the trilogy orlando dragons, and we can’t wait until next year! after all “there are no limits to what you can do! We are not retired, but re-fired!” n

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Several charitable organizations were giving presentations on ways they meet the needs of the less fortunate in our surrounding communities, and more importantly, how those of us in the trilogy community can lend a hand. they were looking for volunteers as well as financial support. i didn’t know it at the time, but the scene was set for something remarkable to come. at the event, i met eric Segalini, director of Community relations for new Beginnings, an organization giving the homeless in Central florida an opportunity to get their lives back on track by providing shelter, education, and food. eric and i were able to connect new Beginnings with our own lakeside Church’s homeless feeding project and it was while we were working together that he mentioned something intriguing to me. eric was very excited about a charity event new Beginnings was hosting called the Clermont Waterfront festival. this event included live entertainment as well as a 5K and a dragon Boat race on lake minneola. i’ve spent more than 20 years traveling to asia and have visited China, taiwan, and Hong Kong each more than 100 times. i tried for years to field a dragon Boat team with my former employer to no avail; something always just seemed to get in the way. a few days later, i saw a post on our local mytrilogylife.com website that Bill gates (no, not that one) was trying to put together a dragon Boat team. Well, that’s all it took for me throw my hat in the ring. Shortly after that, i met Bill and we were equally enthusiastic about having a team participate in the dragon Boat festival. Bill, through his perseverance, was able to find five men and five women to join, as well as a drummer and two alternates. luckily, one of our team members, Karen Standfest, had some dragon Boat experience in her previous community. the rest of us had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, but being able bodied, relatively fit individuals, we were all up for the task. We had our first organized meeting in mid-april with Coach rod Price from a local team, who was also the race director for the upcoming event. We met in the movement Studio and sat on chairs to simulate our positions in the boat. We had to go over everything, from what to wear and how to sit down, to how to hold the paddle, stroke in unison, and most importantly, how not to tip the boat!


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SPIRIT B Y B E N K E I L H O LT Z , B L U E S TA R R E S O R T & G O L F

For many, what makes Trilogy such an attractive place to live is the opportunity to drop into a world that can provide dozens of friends in an instant. Seemingly behind every front door are people who have shared similar experiences, made similar life choices, and, like those coming in, prioritized living in an environment which is social and active. So, what happens when you’re among the first in? Over the course of the past two decades, Shea Homes has introduced 17 new Trilogy communities across the country, meaning that 17 times someone has been the first to close – owners and residents on a street where, quite literally, there are no neighbors. For an idea so fundamentally rooted in the idea of social ®

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connection, it’s a stark contrast to what develops over the months and years. To get a sense of what life is like for these pioneers – and what draws them to being the early adopters – we tracked down a few from the communities. While we weren’t able to connect with the very first arrivals, we were close, and their perspectives are no less interesting. The experiences are enlightening, and we hope it will make us better as we introduce new communities – like the most recent Trilogy in Summerlin, Nevada. They too will evolve from quiet enclaves to vibrant and active neighborhoods, with early adopters remembered fondly by others as trail-paving “pioneers”.


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TRILOGY LAKE NORMAN deNver, NOrTH CarOliNa

ENCANTERRA®, A TRILOGY® RESORT COMMUNITY SaN TaN valley, arizONa

dj Fourchalk was among the first to purchase in the age-qualified enclave of encanterra, one of the four actively-selling Trilogy communities in arizona. despite the fact that he had never lived in arizona and spent most of his time back home in western Canada, dj settled right in. “it’s almost hard to remember now, but i guess i was an early adopter. i don’t think it really mattered – seemingly every time i walked down the street i’d meet someone new and make a connection.” The street – laddoos avenue – transformed quickly from dirt lots to completed homes, but for dj, the charm of the “frontier” remained. “i joked with many neighbors at the time about how the ‘neighborhood was changing.’ in all honesty, i enjoyed the extra space for a while, but i much prefer having neighbors to connect with.”

The first time i met jeff Feld, he was quick to tell me that he and his wife ann were “members #3!” (considering that the entire community at that point still felt like a construction zone, it was surprising to hear there were two before them). This enthusiasm continued as we spoke more at the groundbreaking of what will soon be the community’s centerpiece, Outlook Club. “i’m looking forward to all kinds of new experiences,” jeff explained. “We’re going to maximize use of the Club for sure. in talking to our neighbors, it’s something we’re all excited about.” While the Felds are technically “members #3,” they were the first to move into the community, which has been a positive experience. “Being the first ones here, we get to know everyone who is moving in,” ann explained. “it’s been really nice because they all ask us ‘what’s it like living here?’ and ‘what’s it like to move in?’ and we feel like we’ve been able to help everybody.” “all of a sudden, we have all these brand new, best friends that we didn’t have before,” ann continued. “it’s incredible meeting all these new people, making new friends, and exploring new opportunities,” jeff added. michele Chovan Taylor, the Club and lifestyle director of the Outlook Club, agrees. “Without people like the Felds, communities like ours simply can’t launch properly. you need energy, you need excitement. They bring that in spades.” n

*WHAT’S A “HALF-BACK”? “Half-back” is a term coined to refer to northeast U.S. retirees who may begin their retirement by going all the way south to Florida but, over time, choose to return up the coast to be closer to their original homes. The relatively mild climate and growing popularity of the Carolina region has stoked this trend further, with many simply beginning their search there and foregoing Florida altogether.

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From the time Terri and her husband first started considering a “half-back*” home in the Carolinas to the time they selected Trilogy lake Norman was quick. very quick, in fact. They arrived at the community for a drop-in visit, and within the weekend they had selected a home and homesite and were underway. “as soon as we got there i knew it felt right,” said Terri. “We were a little concerned about being so early in the community, but it’s turned out to be a great experience. i feel like we’ve had a chance to form a real bond with everyone who has moved in after us.” Over time, Terri has become an integral part of the community culture, a benefit of early adoption. “a lot of what we try to do from a lifestyle perspective relies on the first residents being willing and active,” said Trevor Sunderlage, lifestyle director at Twin mills Club. “Terri’s contagious energy really got us started on the right foot, and she’s still one of our best ambassadors today.”

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BY KELCI COOPER WITH TRILOGY ® AT OCAL A PRESERVE MEMBERS LYN & BRAD BIMONTE

“Chef Wallace is very personable, approachable, and easy to talk to. He even invites us into his kitchen. How many Executive Chefs do that?” — Lyn Bimonte

since members lyn and Brad Bimonte moved into trilogy at ocala preserve, one thing has proved a certainty – they thoroughly enjoy the food scene brought to life by executive chef Wallace phaire. Between frequent outings to the club at ocala preserve’s signature restaurant, salted Brick, and attending numerous cooking demos, a friendship between the Bimontes and chef Wallace quickly began to emerge. so when it came time to celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary on valentine’s Day, the Bimontes knew just where to go. salted Brick was having a special prix-fixe menu for the holiday. Unfortunately, a last-minute emergency caused the couple to cancel on their actual anniversary, but chef Wallace assured them they would be able to have their special dinner when they were able. “a couple of weeks later, we got together with him and chose a day and time,” Brad said. “it was, indeed, one of our most memorable anniversary dinners.” With a presentation “worthy of a five-star restaurant,” chef Wallace and his team prepared a four-course meal which was served by chef himself. “it was me just having fun,” chef Wallace said. “i was proud of the food, but they made it special and memorable. the team and i were just excited to play a part in their celebration.” chef Wallace has become more than just a special occasions resource for the Bimontes. in fact, Brad frequently pops back into the kitchen to get baking advice from his friend. “as much as i like to cook and bake, i have always had issues with baking bread,” Brad explained. “chef Wallace told me exactly how to bloom the yeast and my next attempt was perfect.” the two now find themselves exchanging baking ideas regularly. “We’ve talked about chemical versus biological leveners, quick-proofing cheats using the microwave, laminating dough, and enriching his coffee cakes for family get-togethers,” chef Wallace said. "He's really into the science of baking, which is something i enjoy as well." this just goes to show that new friendships aren’t always exclusively made with other members. “our common bond has been butter, sugar, and chocolate," chef Wallace said. "that's a pretty great recipe for anything, particularly friendship."


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SAGE BRINED PORK CHOPS with CINNAMON APPLE CHUTNEY

SERVES 4

ingreDients SAGE BRINED PORK CHOPS

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2 cups Water ¼ cup salt ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup chopped sage leaves 1 cup ice 4, 12-oz Bone-in pork chops

CINNAMON APPLE CHUTNEY

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1 cup peeled and chopped apples 1 cup Dried raisins ¼ cup rice Wine vinegar ½ cup maple syrup ½ cup Brown sugar 2 tbsp Whole grain mustard ¼ tsp ground cinnamon pinch of nutmeg

1. CREATE SAGE BRINE FOR PORK CHOPS | Bring water, sugar, and salt to a

boil. Turn off the heat and add sage leaves to the hot water. Add ice to rapidly chill the brine. Once it is cold to the touch, add in the pork chops. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. 2. COOK THE PORK CHOPS | Once you’re ready to cook, drain the pork chops

and pat dry with paper towels. Grill, sear, or bake to desired doneness. 3. MAKE THE CHUTNEY | While your pork chops cook, whisk together all

ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan until smooth. Heat over a medium-low heat and simmer until apples are tender and chutney thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Set aside and cool. Chutney will keep for up to 5 days covered and refrigerated. 4. TO SERVE | Place pork chops on plates and spoon cinnamon apple chutney on

top. We suggest serving with a mashed sweet potato and bacon-braised cabbage.

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From a career life that included

medicine, motherhood, and 20 years as a professional clown, Sandy Ross never

expected that there’d be one more twist in

her story. But this Trilogy® Orlando Member

has found a unique way to enjoy retirement,

as the community’s resident Bee Whispere r .

these days sandy ross spends her time enjoying life at trilogy orlando. she moved to the central florida community with her husband a few years ago to be closer to family, and ultimately to start enjoying the retirement life they worked so hard to earn. By “worked hard to earn”, we really mean it. prior to retiring, sandy spent years in both the education and health fields, all while juggling her career progression and motherhood. in sandy’s case, the “juggling” wasn’t just between work and home, for nearly 20 years, she moonlighted as a professional clown, finding joy in creating memories for others at numerous birthday parties and special events. it’s an unusual background that most would assume might be the most interesting part of sandy’s story. think again. after a year of reveling in retirement bliss, sandy discovered an unexpected interest, in beekeeping! that’s right. after her son become a beekeeper, she had the opportunity to learn more about it, and was drawn in immediately. “the role of the honeybees in our ecosystem can’t be overstated,” said sandy. “if we aren’t careful in preserving their existence, we could profoundly affect our environment.” sandy joined the lake county Beekeepers association to learn more about these creatures and how she could play a role in positively impacting their survival. today, as a registered beekeeper with the state of florida, sandy inspects hives, checks for mites and queen activity, as well as the overall good health of the hive.

BY PAMEL A HUBACH WITH TRILOGY ORL ANDO MEMBER SANDY ROSS

additionally, sandy pulls fresh honey off the hives and bottles it for sale. in the past six months she’s collect more than 150 pounds of delicious, ready-to-stick-to-you honey, all of which she sells at the community’s garden club plant sale. in addition to packaging and selling honey for members, sandy and the lake county Beekeepers have also come to the rescue when bees have swarmed trees of neighborhood homes, ensuring they are properly collected and transferred to a safe environment, earning sandy the nickname “the Bee Whisperer” at trilogy orlando. “i’m 64 years young, passionate about this cause, and looking to help the honeybees as much as i can,” added sandy. “they play such a crucial role for us humans, it’s time for us to give back to them.” someday, its sandy’s hope to further help the honeybees at trilogy by planting wildflowers and plants native to the area in the community’s open spaces. sandy says the new landscaping would add habitat and food sources for not just the honeybees, but also wild songbirds and hummingbirds.


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Like the first day at a new school, moving to a

new community can be intimidating. Forging new friendships can be challenging-whether you are

relocating alone or with a spouse. The unknown

can be daunting, but as Trilogy at Verde River

Member and Co-Founder of Going Solo, Lori

Martinek explains, it’s not as scary as it seems.

Tables for one are a rarity in Trilogy at Verde River where a new kind of ‘solo’ club is bringing single, married and partnered Members together in a true spirit of community. Late last year, a group of Members, including myself, came together to form Going Solo, a Member-led club which puts a new spin on the traditional idea of a singles club. Going Solo is an inclusive club that is open to all Verde River Members (male and female, single, partnered and married). Because of its inclusive, all-aboard concept, the club has grown to more than 50 members in just six months. Going Solo is keeping our community tables busy and social calendars filled. About half of Going Solo’s members are married or partnered. Some find themselves in town alone while their partner is working in another state. Others have interests or schedules that differ from their mates’. Others participate in club events as a couple, which is always okay. What is unique about Going Solo is that it has nothing to do with dating and everything to do with sharing good times with our Verde River neighbors. Single members, like myself, join the club to make new friends and find people who have shared interests. Some have been single for a while; others are more


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“ Going Solo is an easy way

— elise Butler Regardless of their response, most survey respondents said they would prefer to live in a community where they can have opportunities to develop new friendships, try new activities, and enjoy new experiences. enter the Going Solo concept. Living in a fast-growing, activity community can be daunting. Going Solo provides a way to meet other residents who are also exploring active adult living. When i visited the Verde River discovery Center in 2016, i was in search of a community where i could develop solid friendships and have activities and adventures within reach. i was single, and i wanted to meet other active people who liked to do the same types of things that i do, such as hiking, traveling, and socializing (aka drinking wine and having fun). i had two key questions: Was i too young? Not by a long shot. Was i too single? No. Nationally, seven to eight percent of Trilogy residents are single, i was told. Then, i knew that i had found my new home.

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recently widowed or divorced. This club is a wonderful way to meet people to travel or workout with (not to mention it’s nice to have a “plus-one” for events and outings). finding a mate is not the objective. Going Solo members are looking for companionship and a sense of community – a trait that most Trilogy residents share. And they’re not alone. A recent study completed by Lifestory Research surveyed over 1,000 home shoppers above the age of 50 nationwide and found that – of the 62 percent of respondents who indicated that they were single and that they would consider moving to a community which would increase their chances of meeting a partner or companion — 80 percent also said that they were not looking to get married again, indicating a significant preference to remain single throughout retirement.

to become part of a fun and friendly group of people.”

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Through trips that i later went on as part of Trilogy’s explore 360 program, i met Members from other Trilogy communities – including the leaders of two singles clubs. They had active clubs and i learned a lot from our conversations. i met fellow Verde River Member, elise Butler, on a Trilogy-sponsored day trip to Jerome, where we talked about a new vision for a ‘solo club’. elise also liked the idea of creating a more inclusive club – more of an activity group than a singles club. She also agreed to become the club’s leader. elise moved to Verde River after 17 years of living in the Paso Robles wine region of California. She was widowed in 2015 and now, at 62, lives with her 92-year-old mother, Margaret, and her 32-year-old daughter, Morgan. elise chose Verde River for its resort-style amenities and activities, and to find a sense of community. The idea of starting a club that would make it easy to make new friends was appealing. “Moving to an area where you don’t know anyone can be stressful,” elise explained to me. “Going Solo is an easy way to become part of a fun and friendly group of people.” “We give club members opportunities to explore new places and try new activities that they might not otherwise attempt on their own,” she noted. Group activities typically attract 16 to 24 people, making it easy to get to know other members. “you can show up solo and feel right at home,” she added. “That’s not as easy to do at the large Club mixers.” Going Solo member Cheryl Heley spends half of the year in Arizona and the balance in Minnesota, where her husband Mark still works full-time. “i am mainly at our Verde River home by myself,” she explained. “Mark comes down about once a month, i go back to Minneapolis or we meet somewhere else for a getaway.” “i really enjoy the Going Solo club and am glad that it is not just a singles club,” she said. “i fall between the single and married categories, but no one really cares about your status. “There is no judgement here - single, married, whatever. everyone just hangs out together.”

The club uses email and social media to promote its events, including bulletins on MyTrilogyLife.com. The first Going Solo event was a New year’s eve dinner at a Scottsdale resort. But it’s become just one of many. My fellow members and i have gone to The Good Life festival™ at encanterra®, traveled to Turks and Caicos with Trilogy Members from Vistancia® and The Vineyards, and enjoyed wine tastings, boat trips, and even a line dancing lesson or two. The meet and greet happy hours are the club’s most popular events. We often check out local venues but prefer to stay close to home at Verde River’s own Needle Rock Kitchen and Tap, where views of the Mazatzal mountain range are awe-inspiring, the patio has community tables that accommodate large groups, and the nearby firepits are set up for evening conversations. “it’s a relaxed, casual setting where you can really get to know people on a one-on-one basis,” Cheryl said. “The club has introduced me to people with similar interests whom i can reach out to and do things with.” diane and Steve Collins are active members of the Going Solo Club. The couple spends about nine months at Verde River each year


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“ We give club members opportunities to explore new places and try new activities that they might not otherwise attempt on their own,” — elise Butler

Going Solo, L I K E T R I L O G Y I T S E L F ,

is all about creating community – in our social lives, our support networks, and how we live. When my book, Retiring Solo, was published in the summer of 2016, i was getting ready to move into my Verde River home. i planned to blog about my active adult resort community experience after i moved in, but i have been too busy having fun organizing and participating in activities (I lead the hiking club and organize a monthly activity called Ladies Liquid Lunch, which really is as fun as it sounds) with my Verde River neighbors to do so. Which, if you think about it, is exactly how it should be when you are busy living the Good Life! — Lori Martinek

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A little more than half of the club’s membership is single, whether by choice or circumstances. each of us has embraced our solo Verde River experience wholeheartedly. When Susie Roe packed up and moved to Arizona in 2017, she had lived in the same Nebraska community for 56 years. She chose Verde River because it was a brand-new community and she felt that would make it easier to meet people. “i will never forget my first Going Solo event,” said Susie, who had been divorced for five years at the time of her move. “it was the club’s first meeting and i had been at Verde River for less than a month. After listening to everyone introduce themselves, i knew that i would never be ‘alone’ in my new community.” “Since that day, we have had many dinners, celebrations, excursions and happy hours with singles, couples, and anyone who wants to join in,” she noted. “i am thankful every day for my Going Solo friends and experiences.” Going Solo gatherings held at Needle Rock or eddy’s Poolside (Verde River’s resort pool bar and grill) are often joined by Verde River neighbors who happen by and pull up a chair. “Going Solo is a large, fun group where everyone is welcome,” noted club leader elise Butler. “The word is getting around that it is an active group and, solo or not, people want to be part of it.” n

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and the summer season traveling, or at their townhome in Winter Park, Colorado. “We joined the Going Solo club because the group was doing a lot of fun things and we thought it would be a good way to meet other fun-loving residents of Verde River,” said Steve. Their theory was proven right. “Going Solo allows us to participate in a wide variety of activities with a great group of people,” he added. “it has exposed us to activities and places that we otherwise would not have known about.” “We particularly enjoyed a club happy hour that turned into an impromptu birthday celebration for three club members, including diane,” said Steve. “The biggest challenge of the evening was choosing what wine to pair with Needle Rock’s famous butter cake.” (Sparkling Rosé was the answer!) Married members like Steve and diane are sometimes asked why they belong to what some residents believe is a ‘singles group’. “We generally have to explain that you don’t have to be single to be part of the Going Solo club,” explained diane. “it’s a fun group of people who like to do a variety of fun things.”


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EACH YEAR, TRILOGY HOSTS MORE THAN 20,000 EVENTS AND CLASSES FOR THE MEMBERS.

NOVEMBER

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DECEMBER JANUARY

LAUNCHES BLACK FRIDAY!

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GAIT-TO-GATE Closing Walk

WELCOME IN THE NEW YEAR Sleep late – then have a nap

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BIG GAME VIEWING PARTY

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Spring Restaurant Week CHEF INSPIRED PRIX-FIXE MENUS

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ESCAPING PARADISE paradise & back

ONE COUPLE’S JOURNEY TO

B Y K E L C I C O O P E R W I T H T R I L O G Y ® AT L A K E F R E D E R I C K MEMBERS JOAN AND CAL COOLIDGE

When most people think of the Caribbean, they think of palm trees, crystal clear blue

waters, or fond memories of family

vacations, but for one couple, it’s a bit

of a different story.

In 2006, Cal and Joan Coolidge were living in Washington d.C. when they decided to uproot life as they knew it and seek a new adventure in the Caribbean. The idea sparked when Joan and a friend joked about quitting their jobs to run a “cute little B and B” in paradise. Cal overheard and thought it might just be a good idea, and a few months later, the historic Pink Fancy Hotel on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix was theirs. The couple had no experience in the hotel or hospitality industry, but they weren’t afraid of the challenge and hard work it takes to grow a business. Previously, Cal worked in the financial services industry where he was constantly calling people, and the idea of running a hotel made him think “hey, here’s a business where they call you.” “I knew the hotel had low occupancy, but I was convinced I could improve it greatly just by better marketing and hard work,” Cal explained.

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Once the Coolidges got into the thick of running the Pink Fancy Hotel on their own, reality set in. Aside from the memorable, however less-than-desirable guests, there were maintenance issues, lots of work to be done, and, most importantly, a lack in bookings. “The hardest part was realizing that there were too many factors you had very little control over,” Cal said. “As an independent hotel in the middle of the Caribbean, you were at the mercy of air fares, the weather, the broader economy as well as air schedules from Europe. Trying to do everything ourselves was not unrealistic at age 55, but I quickly realized that as we aged it would become even harder.”


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Which is why not soon after their venture began, Cal began looking for a way out. “I really tried to keep plugging along,” Joan said. “So, when Cal brought it up, I was totally shocked! It was so out of character for him, but once I thought about it, I was surprised I hadn’t realized it before he did.” Just four months after officially taking over ownership and management of the Pink Fancy Hotel, the Coolidges put the bed and breakfast they had never really dreamed about back on the market.

“We got our first offer about November 15th and closed the deal to sell before Thanksgiving,” Cal explained. “That timeline is nearly unbelievable; nothing sells on the island that quickly.” Soon after the calendar flipped to 2007, the Coolidges were on a plane back to the main-land United States, with no home and no jobs, but they weren’t worried or nervous. “Under the circumstances we were in, it was a big sigh of relief,” Joan said. “It was just a weight lifted off me.” “It was a liberating feeling,” Cal explained. “It was liberating that we were off the island and all that, but it was a feeling that not many people ever have at all. Even if we had just sold everything and quit our jobs, I don’t know if we would have felt quite as liberated as we did when we left.”


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After retiring from a second stint in the finance industry, Cal thought it might be time to share their experience beyond stories around the dinner table or on the golf course. So in 2017, the Coolidges documented their endeavor in their self-published book titled Seventeen Steps of Stone… Escaping Paradise. “We knew we had a great story to tell from the moment I wrote my 2006 Christmas letter,” Cal said, which is included in the book. “I have told the stories so often. Having repeated the story about the mortician and how the final negotiation went down so many times, I could have written those in my sleep.” The response to the book has been extremely positive, with dozens of 5-star reviews on Amazon, and even more spoken directly to the couple. “many people say, ‘I can't believe how honest you were about everything,’” Cal said in regards to the response they’ve received from the book. “I guess they are saying not many people would publicly admit to a failure. my view is everyone has a few failures and if you can find humor or excitement in your failures, more power to you.” despite all of their hardships during their time at the Pink Fancy Hotel, would they do it all over again? “We would not try anything like this again and are very happily retired in Trilogy at lake Frederick,” Cal said. “When we made the decision to go to St. Croix, it was not only to pursue what seemed like a stimulating next chapter of our lives, but also to escape the rat race we had lived.”

Joan's answer is a bit more emphatic: “Absolutely not!” She continued. “Age is now the main reason, but also – I try to learn from my mistakes.” There are certainly mixed emotions for both Cal and Joan, but overall, they still feel great about their decision to take the leap. “I was generally happy in my career… but there’s a lot of people who might feel trapped and it becomes their life’s defining event to make a change,” Cal said. “go for it. don’t be afraid of taking on something totally different, but also be realistic.” n

What’s up with the Pink Fancy Hotel Now? Since Joan and Cal’s time at the Pink Fancy, the hotel has changed hands a few times. Its most recent owners have taken it through a slight remodel (while keeping the charm that made it so special). The new Sugar Apple Bed & Breakfast is now open.


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TRILOGY AUTHORS ON AMAZON Seventeen Steps of Stone… Escaping Paradise JOAN AND CAL COOLIDGE | TRILOGY® AT LAKE FREDERICK

Imploded Lives

DAVID P. WARREN | TRILOGY® AT MONARCH DUNES

On yet another busy day in los Angeles, one of the most remarkable bank robberies of all time is about to take place, as mr. Abbott and mr. Costello take the bank in broad daylight. After a brief negotiation, the hostages are released and the bank is cleared room by room. No one remains inside - including the robbers - and a huge amount of money has gone missing without a trace. lAPd detectives Stacey gray and Jeff Butler begin a journey to discover how the perpetrators and the money vanished into thin air, leaving no forensic evidence. Who and where are they... and where is the money? dAVId IS AlSO AUTHOr TO THE “WHISTlEBlOWEr ONSlAUgHT”, “AlTErINg dESTINy”, ANd “SEAlINg FATE”, All OF WHICH ArE AVAIlABlE ON AmAzON.

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You Teach English Good

ELLEN ROBERTS ISRAEL | TRILOGY® AT THE VINEYARDS

Picture a classroom of thirty, newly-arrived, adult immigrants from a dozen countries, all of whom need to learn enough English to make their way. Add in one teacher trying to stifle laughs at hilarious grammatical errors, surprising cultural misunderstandings and charming malapropisms. “You Teach English Good” has all of this. After you read this book, you may agree with one student who gushed, “I thank you from the heart of my bottom.” EllEN IS AlSO THE AUTHOr OF “THrIFT SHOP TAlES”, AVAIlABlE ON AmAzON.

Retiring Solo

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millions of Americans are finding themselves on their own as they head toward retirement. Some are solo by circumstances, others by choice. Baby Boomers all of them, they are driving new trends in housing, work, caretaking and traveling, while also redefining what it means to be part of a community. These partner-less pioneers are rewriting the book on retirement as they learn what it takes to successfully retire solo and remain happy, healthy and independent in the coming years. It’s never too late, or too soon, to develop a plan to protect your independence and make sure that your coming years are happy, healthy and brightened by a sense of community. “Retiring Solo” will show you how to begin. lOrI IS AlSO THE AUTHOr OF “BE THE BUlB!” WHICH IS AlSO AVAIlABlE ON AmAzON.

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“Seventeen Steps of Stone” recounts Cal and Joan’s real-life Caribbean adventure: how the two, with no hotel-management experience, left behind their comfortable suburban existence, stable jobs, and adult children to navigate a life and business on one of the most stunning islands in the eastern Caribbean. Narrated by the couple themselves, this travelogue shares every twist and turn—the good and the bad—that they experienced while living (and working) in paradise.


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FINDING DOWN THE STREET BY KELCI COOPER WITH WICKENBURG RANCH, A TRILOGY RESORT COMMUNIT Y M E M B E R S K AY A N D S C O T T S T E P H E N S


Time is of the essence. Why wait?

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when someone moves into a trilogy community, they can never be sure of who they might meet – from retired hollywood producers, to military veterans, to old friends from their past. each day is a new adventure, and a chance for real serendipity. “when i finished my career, my brother encouraged me to come check out wickenburg and i immediately fell in love with the town,” scott stephens said. after checking out the options available, scott moved into wickenburg ranch, a trilogyresort community in march 2017, in a home which turned out to be just 12 houses down from the other player in this amazing story. kay carson was a longtime wickenburg resident who had chosen to move to trilogy as well. it was a chance for her to be around new people, and, she hoped, a chance to share her passion for her hometown with others. Despite their close proximity, for nearly a year and a half, scott and kay had almost no interaction. but that all changed in the summer of 2018 following the encouragement of a few of the staff members at the club. “i had met some of scott’s previous dates,” said sue Dubois, a concierge at the club. “they seemed nice, but i always thought that kay would be a good match for what he was looking for.” after some behind-the-scenes matchmaking, on June 1st, scott and kay went on their first date to a local taco joint. the rest, as they say, is history. “we shot pool and we were both such terrible players, but we were pretty much just focused on each other from that day on,” scott reminisced. over the course of the next two weeks - yes, two weeks! the couple fell more and more for each other and quickly realized what their next step was going to be. “it was kind of a magical connection we had, and we fell in love,” kay said. “he asked me to marry him and, as crazy as it sounds, we decided – why wait? we decided to go ahead and get married.” so, just 20 days after first meeting, kay carson became kay stephens when she married scott, making them the most recent in a growing list of couples who have met and then married while living in a trilogy community.

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“we got the official license and had the pastor come up to my house along with my daughter, scott’s brother, and his wife, and we did it there very simply,” kay said. on the evening of their wedding, scott moved down the street into kay’s home because, he said, jokingly “it’s bigger, nicer, and she wouldn’t leave.” kay’s heart isn’t the only one scott has won over. harry, kay’s 1-year-old labradoodle, is fond of him as well. “he’s crazy about scott,” kay confirmed. the couple is aware of their unusually short courtship, but their rationale was simple: “time is of the essence. why wait?” n


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according to a survey of trilogy members conducted in 2017, about half of all members own a pet. and if the entries into last year’s #mytrilogylife magazine Pet Photo contest are any indication, a vast majority of those pets are of the four-legged, always-excited-to-see-you variety! this pattern is definitely true at Encanterra, a trilogy resort community in san tan Valley, arizona, where the monthly “Bark in the Park” events hosted at the community’s algarve club are an absolute can’t-miss. “Bark in the Park is one of our favorite events,” angel Bender, lifestyle Director of Encanterra country club, explained. “We see our members together all the time, but it’s a totally different dynamic when their furry family members come along.”

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one of the members who particularly enjoys the Bark in the Park events is leni cayabyab, who enjoys the break from the usual scenario of walking the dogs in the neighborhood. leni’s two yorkshire terriers, chloe and leah, have a fun time as well. “the events allow our puppies to interact with other dogs – big and small – and to feel free by running around,” said leni. “they enjoy the attention, and, of course, the yummy treats.” Bark in the Park allows members’ dogs to run and play with each other while enjoying puppy pools, plenty of tennis balls, and the quicklybecoming-famous “Pup cup” treats of whipped cream. “for lots of reasons, most of the club areas aren’t able to be dog-friendly. so when we can open up some of the facility to dogs, the members seem to really embrace the experience,” angel said. “We’ve gotten some great feedback, and some adorable photos!” not only are the events fun for members and their pets, they typically benefit other animals in the local community as well. “We encourage members to bring donations with them to benefit area animal shelters,” angel explained. “it’s been amazing to see how much they care for not only their own animals, but animals in general. it really speaks to the spirit of the people who live here.” n


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In last year’s edition we told the story of Trilogy® at Lake Frederick Members Roger & Sheila Woodhour and their connection to The Seeing Eye, one of the nation’s most respected breeders and trainers of seeing eye dogs. This year, we share the story of Encanterra’s popular Bark in the Park events. In 2019, we’d like to feature an amazing pet story from one of our Members. So, if your furry friend has an amazing tale to tell, please contact our Editorial team at mytrilogylifemagazine@gmail.com.


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“ I WASHED IT DOWN WITH THE CRISP TASTE OF WINE... AND I BEGAN TO BE HAPPY. ” — ERNEST HEMINGWAY

AS A trilogy ® BArrEl MAStEr, yoU’ll MEEt NEW FriENDS WHo SHArE yoUr PASSioN For WiNE, gAiN ACCESS to PrEMiEr WiNE EVENtS, SECUrE PrEFErrED PriCiNg oN WiNE PUrCHASES, AND ENJoy rECiProCAl PriVilEgES tHroUgHoUt tHE trilogy NEtWorK. WHErE APPliCABlE, yoU’ll AlSo ENJoy PriVAtE WiNE StorAgE WHiCH MEANS yoUr ClUB CAN AlSo BE yoUr CEllAr. it'S A MAStErly FEEliNg.

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B Y PA M E L A H U B A C H W I T H T R I L O G Y ® AT T H E V I N E YA R D S M E M B E R S TOM GRASSO AND JIM MARTINEZ JR.

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After a few months into building their new life, the couple has not only found their way - they have had more fun, made more friends, and are ultimately living happier than ever before. “instead of tackling the daily grind like we did for so long, our mornings now start at the fitness facility and that's followed by a few hours of lounging at the pool,” added tom. “We have met so many interesting, wonderful people who have embraced us immediately. From hosted dinner parties to enjoying the wine club’s education classes, each day is more fun than the last. We now live a lifestyle we could have never imagined prior to moving here.” in addition to enjoying amenities and events hosted within the community, tom and Jim have been trying new activities and exploring new interests. they plan to start hiking, biking, visiting farmers markets and discovering new sites the area has to offer. “We’re excited about the future here at trilogy, and what’s to come next.”

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Each year we'll introduce a new Member's moving story, so if you've got a fun one - like swapping the Manhattan skyline for Mt. Diablo - please reach out to the Editorial Team at mytrilogylifemagazine@gmail.com.

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When tom grasso and Jim Martinez Jr. moved into their home at trilogy at the Vineyards in April of 2018, their expectations were audacious. they wanted this move to be the start of something new, bold, and, hopefully, awe-inspiring. the couple of 24 years, who married just six years ago, spent most of their lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, minutes from the Manhattan skyline. Both commuted to - and worked in - the metropolis for all those years, running the fast-paced, proverbial rat race. tom was a longtime advertising copywriter, spending his tenure at institutions such as Macy’s and Simon & Shuster. Jim dedicated years to the Marine Corps before working in finance. though they had affection for the city, days, weeks, months and then years began to feel similar, and it was time for a new journey. A new adventure. After previously spending time in the northern California area, tom and Jim chose the Vineyards as their new destination, in part because they have family who also live in the community, a mere "20-second golf cart ride away." While ready and eager to start their new journey, moving 3,000 miles from the place they called home for so many years did not come without some trepidation. “Before we moved here, i really didn’t know what to expect,” said tom. “i wasn’t sure if we would meet friends quickly or could foster strong relationships like we had in New york. i was at times anxious of the unknown.”


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Life at Trilogy is often a food and wine scene, people gather around meals, appetizers, at wine tastings, progressive dinners, and special occasions. It would be great if our bodies could handle all that without revealing the damages on the scale or in the mirror. Here are five simple tips for keeping your energy up and your weight down while enjoying paradise at Trilogy!


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1. Find Fitness Friends

recently I attended an afternoon gathering for an organization I wanted to learn more about, and the hostess put out a bountiful buffet; cheeses, wines, champagne, crackers, cookies, and fruit covered her kitchen island. The event was held from 4:00 to 5:30 in the afternoon. Pop quiz: what if you attended an event like this and you were not hungry? What if you had dinner plans with your spouse or friends? did it ever occur to you that you don’t always have to eat at these gatherings? you need not feel guilty, either. you get to choose what you put in your mouth and when. sipping bubbly water with lemon is refreshing and socially acceptable. When I have refrained from eating at these events no one noticed and, frankly, no one cared.

3. Avoid Dieting

any diet that is based on restrictive eating is bound to fail. What happens when we deprive our bodies of what we really want to eat? When you tell yourself that you cannot have something, this can lead to binging and over-indulging. It’s better to gradually make some adjustments with which you can live and thrive with for a long time. a healthy lifestyle is the best long-term strategy for optimizing your weight, your health, and your experience of longevity. avoid jumping on a diet bandwagon just because one of your buddies told you that he just lost ten pounds by drinking coffee when he got hungry. some things work and others are potentially dangerous. Try to avoid gimmicks and consider working with a health and nutrition coach. for instance, you are better off having an occasional cookie than going on a diet that forbids it and then eating an entire box in retaliation afterwards. It is important to develop a trusting relationship with your body. over time, you can learn what foods and how much food you can eat and enjoy, while maintaining your weight goals. We don’t do this one time or try to achieve results overnight, we practice this over time.

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2. Choose Wisely at Social Gatherings

If you share a meal with friends in their home, it’s okay to say “no, thank you” when you are offered food that either does not appeal to you or if you are comfortably satisfied. I often hear from my clients that they struggle with food choices because of what others expect them to eat; maybe because food is love and others want to please you by preparing food for you. However, it’s worth getting in touch with what you feel like eating and drinking and not allowing others to dictate your choices. someone may say, “you must try that delicious Cabernet that was just opened!” If you are finished drinking, you can just say, “sounds yummy” and let it go.

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The chance to move, stretch, and strengthen your body is everywhere here at Trilogy. If you play pickleball, go to the gym regularly, hike the surrounding areas, or ride your bike around the community, you’re probably nodding in agreement. Kudos to you! for you, a great additional exercise would be to reach around with your right arm and pat yourself on your left shoulder. Keep up the great work! others might find more excuses not to move than reasons to move. If you’ve caught that “too busy” bug, it’s time to shake it off. remind yourself how much real time you can save yourself by keeping your heart healthy, your joints mobile, and your waistline trim now. It is more fun to move your body when you are able, and it certainly takes less time than it does to repair the parts that have partially worn down from lack of use. The “use it or lose it” refrain has some truth to it. If it feels too hot to take a walk, then wait until the sun sets. That is among the most beautiful times of day to take a self-guided tour of your neighborhood. This will help you feel fantastic and give you energy back. my husband and I walk the dogs and meet fantastic new people all the time. People at Trilogy are so friendly! finally, have friends who will move with you. a walking buddy will inspire you to get those sneakers on. my husband and I ride our bikes everywhere around Trilogy because, well, frankly, it is more fun than driving. When you find what you most enjoy doing, surely you can make friends with someone who will do it with you. If you do have restrictions due to health issues, please consult an exercise-oriented practitioner who can help you come up with a plan. There is always something you can do to move your body.


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If you’re on a diet that forbids you eat any fruit (due to some crazy reason that fruit contains too much sugar), you may find yourself craving a peach, which is an incredibly healthy food. It is at this point that you should switch your practice. making choices based on providing your body with nourishment in the form of whole, fresh, delicious food from nature becomes part of a healthy approach to food and nutrition.

4. Mindless Snacking

only eat when you are hungry. This is fundamental to you and your body being on the same page. When you are not hungry, dive into life because you are free from needing to think about or act on food and eating. What activities are held at Trilogy that can help you turn your focus to more fun and less food? There is some strong evidence of the benefits of intermittent fasting, and it’s worthwhile to learn about this. I recommend reading The Obesity Code by dr. Jason fong. The more you snack between meals the more your body learns to rely on these available calories instead of the preferred method, which is to use stored fat as fuel. The longer you feel good – meaning energetic, clear-headed and able to focus - the more your body is utilizing the calories you consumed to your benefit. making the switch is gradual as your body discovers healthier and more efficient ways to provide you with energy. from a practical standpoint, you don’t need to eat because other people are eating or if you are not hungry.

5. Eat in Technicolor

many of us at Trilogy have worked long and hard to live in our beautiful homes. for my husband and I, this was decades in the making. This mindset of being a good steward of our finances extends to our bodies as well. so invest in your health. your body is your most precious asset. and it’s the only one you get this time around. Unlike your car, you cannot trade it in.

you can, however, make healthy choices. Whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian, adding whole fresh fruits and vegetables has a place at every table and within any dietary practice. eating in technicolor means a wide variety of nature’s own creations. a spinach salad instead of macaroni and cheese means the difference between consuming life-enhancing phytonutrients versus artery-clogging saturated fat. raw almonds over salami and cheese is a chance to get extra fiber as opposed to exposure to carcinogens associated with processed meats. eating whole grains, such as slow-cooked oatmeal, instead of processed flour, such as a bakery pastry, means providing your body with vitamins, minerals and more fiber instead of increasing inflammation. you live in a beautiful home. don’t you deserve to live in a beautiful body? There are countless moving parts when it comes to enjoying radiant good health, abundant vitality, and the shape and size you desire for your body. It’s never just one thing. The smartest thing you can do is to allow your body to gradually transform as you improve your practices over time. Weight loss happens gradually and remains permanent as you evolve into someone who knows how to take care of and provide nourishment to your body. you are worth it. your health matters, and so do you. n

Rosie Bank is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She is the founder of Health Matters Coaching, is an international speaker, and the author of “Health Matters.” Rosie has been helping people live more successfully in their bodies since the mid-1970’s. Rosie maintains a practice locally and throughout the U.S. via video conferencing. Rosie leads the Vitality Club in Trilogy ® at The Vineyards and offers workshops in meditation and mindful eating. For more information on Rosie, visit BankOnYourBody.com and HealthMattersCoaching.com.


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Welcome to Trilogy’s new inter-community walking challenge. M Member s log steps e to achieve pe ersonal targets and a the over e all community goal of circumnavigating the entirre network of Trilogy communities (6,4 429 miles in all!). Register at MyTrilogyL y ife.com/GaitToG o ate • Starts November 1


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When you think of traditional American foods, a few things probably come to mind, including hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie, but none are more popular than what is both a cooking method and style of food – barbeque. Few know this better than Trilogy® Lake Norman Member and Master Certified Barbeque Judge, Ron Smith. We were lucky enough to “grill” Ron on his love of barbeque, his experience judging it, and whether or not he can cook it as well as he eat it! BEING A BARBEQUE JUDGE IS A PRETTY SWEET GIG, HOW DID YOU GET STARTED JUDGING?

RS: I always enjoyed grilling in the backyard, and when a friend and co-worker of mine told me he was on a BBQ cook team and told me about the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), my interest in becoming a judge piqued. That same friend asked if I wanted to judge an upcoming event he was participating in, and 17 years later, the rest is history! WE HEAR YOU’RE A MASTER BBQ JUDGE – HOW DID YOU GET TO THAT STATUS?

RS: First, you have to become a Certified Barbeque Judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which requires you to take a class where you learn how to grade world-class chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and brisket (and taste them during the process!). Then, after you judge 30 barbeque cook-off events, participate in a competition with a cook team, fill out some forms, and pass the KCBS Master Test with a 90% or higher, you become a Master Certified Barbeque Judge. WOW! HOW MANY COOK-OFFS HAVE YOU JUDGED?

RS: So far, I’ve judged 54 events as a Certified Barbeque Judge, and at least another 25 prior to my KCBS certification. WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN JUDGING?

RS: As KCBS judges, we always look for appearance, taste, and tenderness. It takes a dedicated team of judges to decide which is truly the bestof-the-best.

DO YOU ENJOY EATING BARBEQUE OUTSIDE OF COMPETITIONS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MEAT TO EAT?

RS: Yes, I do, but in most cases, the meat in BBQ restaurants does not compare to competition BBQ. Pork ribs are my favorite, but for example, most BBQ restaurants think that fall-off the bone ribs are the bomb and that is not so. In a competition, fall-off the bone will draw a low score; you take a bite and it should come clean off the bone, not fall off the bone. HAVING EATEN BBQ FROM A NUMBER OF AMAZING COOKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, DO YOU LIKE TO COOK?

RS: I do like to cook barbeque. Before we left Colorado and moved to North Carolina, I gave away all my smokers because I didn’t want to take them cross-country. So, my next challenge is learning how to cook on my new smoker, the Pit-Boss Rotisserie Smoker.


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WHAT’S THE BEST THING YOU COOK?

RS: I cook pork butt and chicken well, and I’m still working on the pork ribs and brisket. At my last place of employment, I would sneak in large pans of BBQ pork butt, and chicken hot links, along with rolls, just to practice. The people really liked the food, and most thought the meat tasted pretty good! WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO COOKING OR JUDGING BARBEQUE?

Ron Smith moved to Trilogy® Lake Norman in March 2017 along with his wife Beverly. For years, he worked in Data Configuration Management in Colorado, and now, when he's not judging, cooking, or eating barbeque, he enjoys being outdoors and staying active.

RS: If you’re looking into becoming a barbeque judge, I would check out the Kansas City Barbeque Society. That’s how I got into judging. To become a Certified Barbeque Judge, just attend one of the hundreds of classes conducted by KCBS every year throughout the country.


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in the 1960s, america was in a two-way race to be the first in space. With the establishment of Project mercury, we were getting closer and closer. during one instance in particular, a man almost lost his life. trilogy member nick nickelson, a member of the underwater demolition team, gives his first-person account.


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President Kennedy brought a close to the cuban missile crisis and now all eyes were on sending an american into space. We were in a two-man race with russia and it seemed that we were playing catch up. america’s first two sub-orbital flight attempts to put an astronaut in space took place in may and July of 1961 and lasted only 15 minutes each. the second flight failed when, after splash down, the escape hatch was prematurely blown, causing the capsule to fill with water and sink to the ocean’s depth. gus grissom barely escaped with his life by slipping out and swimming free of the capsule – nasa hadn’t anticipated this problem and realized that something had to be done to ensure that this would not happen on future flights. nasa came up with a plan to develop a flotation collar and asked the navy to provide men from underwater demolition teams (udt), also known as frogmen, to attach the collar after splash down. frogmen would be used based on their prowess in all matters related to the ocean and their ability to work well in stressful situations with two recovery teams, consisting of three men each, assigned to each of the next four flights. the primary recovery team would attach the flotation collar and the backup team would be there in case something happened to the primary team. i was not involved with launches three through five and, in fact, was just going through Basic underwater demolition seal (Bud/s) training at the time John glenn made his historic three-orbit flight in february 1962. glenn was the first american to orbit the earth; scott carpenter followed as the fourth american in space with a three-orbit mission. on october 3, 1962, Wally schirra was the fifth american in space and orbited

the earth six times. While schirra was in orbit, i was in cuba assigned to a detachment of frogmen in support of the cuban missile crisis. i returned from cuba at the end of 1962, happy to be back in colorado. in early february 1963, our executive officer (Xo) made an announcement that two new members would be added to the astronaut recovery Program to replace two men being reassigned. he asked for a show of hands if anyone was interested and, of course, 70 men raised their hands. our Xo instructed each man to put his name on a piece of paper and he would draw the lucky winner at noon. after muster, 70 men formed a line which i was at the back of, thinking that my chance of being selected was slim at best. i stepped out of the line, went to the Xo’s office and knocked on his door. When granted permission to enter and speak, i asked why he was choosing a replacement by drawing a name from a hat when i was obviously the man for the job and he would be making a huge mistake by selecting any man other than me. he listened intently, smiled, and said, “i like what you did here. the job is yours.” he then confronted the men still standing in line and told them he had made his selection – nickelson was his man. at that point i was temporarily relieved of routine udt duties and started training in earnest for the may 16, 1963 recovery of astronaut gordon cooper’s faith-7 capsule by working with a replica mercury capsule and flotation collars provided by nasa. two crews from helicopter anti-submarine squadron six, the navy’s best, were teamed with us while we worked tirelessly for the next several months, both day and night, jumping into the ocean and attaching the flotation collar. nasa and the navy department provided us with training manuals that covered every aspect of the mission. We had to know what to do if the astronaut became unconscious or injured. Various colored flares, with their own specific meaning, would be used to communicate

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with the recovery ship uss Kearsarge. the training was thorough, exciting, and fun. cooper would be the first astronaut to spend a prolonged period in space, orbiting the earth 22 times in roughly 33 hours. a lot was expected of cooper, as nasa had no idea how man would react to weightlessness over a prolonged period of time, and he would prove that he was up to the challenge. it was finally the big day, may 16, 1963. We boarded our helicopter at approximately twelve-hundred hours and lifted off from the deck of the uss Kearsarge. over our headsets, we were informed that cooper had lost communication with the cape. this meant that cooper would have to bring faith-7 in manually, something that had never been done before. on all previous flights, nasa would basically fly the spacecraft and when it was time for re-entry, nasa would tell the astronaut when to fire the retro-rockets, then the capsule would come back to earth. chuck yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, referred to the mercury-7 astronauts as, “spam in a can,” because they did not fly the spacecraft, and simply went along for the ride. this was certainly not the case with cooper – he was out there on his own and about to be tested to his limits. on its twenty-first orbit, the faith-7 capsule lost all electrical power. that meant cooper would have to rely on his wristwatch to time the firing of the craft’s retro-rockets for re-entry. he would also have to manually adjust altitude, pitch, and yaw of the spacecraft by firing six small thrusters located on the spacecraft. using a grease pencil, cooper marked the curvature of the earth on the capsule’s window; this and his view of the stars would be his only guide for re-entry. if the descent of the capsule was too steep, the g-force would be so great it would kill cooper; too shallow, and the capsule would skip off into space. once everything was in place, cooper would use his wrist watch to correctly time the firing of the retro-rockets. While everything was happening nasa could only standby and listen; they could hear cooper but could not communicate with him. cooper had now been in space for nearly 33 hours and was completing his 22nd and final orbit of the earth. so exact was the timing of the retro-rockets that missing the mark by one second could put the spacecraft as far as 100 miles from the primary recovery area. two seconds, 200 miles, and so on until 10 seconds, and at that point the spacecraft would skip off into space, never to be seen again. We waited impatiently and just when all seemed lost, we witnessed the impossible. floating down under a bright redand-white parachute was the faith-7 capsule and gordon cooper. he had actually pulled it off and brought the faith-7

capsule within four miles of the recovery ship, manually. once the capsule splashed down and the parachute separated from the craft, we were inserted by the helicopter and started to perform the task we trained for. Bert swift swam to the capsule to make contact with and assess the condition of cooper while r.e. saillant and i swam the flotation collar to the capsule. everything was moving along smoothly, and in a very short period of time, the flotation collar was attached. the recovery had gone perfectly. We were now able to communicate with cooper who was one very happy astronaut. We asked cooper if he wanted to egress from the capsule now or wait until the craft was towed back to the Kearsarge, where a boat had been dispatched with a long tow line. cooper opted to stay with the capsule until hoisted aboard the ship. upon boarding the Kearsarge, the hatch was blown and cooper was given the hero’s welcome he so rightly deserved. the space Program had been given a huge boost because of this remarkable flight and cooper’s unbelievable accomplishments. our job was now complete – we had done what we had so rigorously trained to do. the navy and cooper were pleased with our performance. during our debriefing one of the reporters asked if we were aware that a number of sharks had been seen swimming near the capsule. none of us had seen the sharks, probably because we had been so focused on the job at hand. We were then asked what we would have done had we known, and to that, r.e. saillant simply replied, “it would have been very crowded in that tiny capsule, the three of us and cooper.” n

nick nickelson has lived in trilogy® at monarch dunes with his wife doris for the past five years. his time in the navy inspired him to write a book titled Hooyah! UDT/ Seal Stories of the 1960s, where he shares his knowledge with the world through his literature and occasional speaking opportunities. nick maintains contact with seal team members to this day and even made a trip to nasa on the exact anniversary, 54 years from the infamous day that the faith-7 capsule splashed down. now retired, nick spends his free time reading books and enjoying the community he lives in through rounds of golf and taking walks around the neighborhood with doris. if you’d like to hear more stories from nick and his time in the navy, his books are available for purchase on UDT-SEAL-STORIES.COM OR AMAZON.COM


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When you think of wine country, two places probably come to mind: Sonoma and Napa Valley, California. However, there are a number of up-and-coming regions quickly becoming popular wine destinations, one of them being Walla Walla, Washington. featured on both Vogue.com and forbes.com in 2018 for its burgeoning wine-making culture, Walla Walla is a quaint town located five hours southeast of Trilogy at Tehaleh. earlier this year, a group of 17 wine loving members - plus two hosts from the resort Club team - ventured to Washington wine country for three days of wining, dining, and good times. “Walla Walla is a cute town with a booming wine industry,” said Seven Summits lodge lifestyle Director elizabeth glassgen. “many of our members are new to Washington and enjoy exploring their new home state. eastern Washington, where Walla Walla is located, is very different from Western Washington where we live, so we wanted to take them out of what they’re used to.” In the beginning stages of planning the trip, elizabeth knew of just the person to help – member and former winemaker, Steve Bailey. In 1985, long before moving to Trilogy, Steve had gone from simply an enthusiast to a home vintner, crafting wines at home as a hobby.

“A coworker of mine had attended a seminar on winemaking and he gave me some basic ideas, then I took it from there,” Steve said. “In my initial years, I was able to make a few good wines, but I also made a lot of bad ones. Back then there was no internet or YouTube to help educate and give you tips. It was just trial and error.” Just before retiring from his career in Homeland Security, Steve enrolled in South Seattle Community College’s Winemakers program in 2006. “After I retired in 2007, I worked as a Winemaker’s Assistant for two years before I was approached by a friend who was interested in opening a winery,” Steve explained. The winery, Sigillo Cellars, opened in 2010, and Steve worked there as the winemaker for five years before hanging up his hat to focus on other things. And while he no longer makes wine, the love and passion he has for it is still there, making him the perfect person to help plan a trip to Washington wine country.


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YOUR GUIDE TO WALLA WALLA

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— Steve Bailey Whitman Hotel and tastings at five different wineries. At one of the stops, members got the VIp experience thanks to Steve’s connections in the industry. At Saviah Cellars, owner and winemaker rich funk gave the group a personal tour of the winery and an overview of the Walla Walla grape growing region. “I’ve been going to Walla Walla once or twice a year for the last seven years,” Steve said. “I always enjoy going. It was a pleasure to be able to share my knowledge and experience with wine, winemaking, and the unique wine region of Walla Walla with my fellow Trilogy members.” n

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OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST TWO YEARS, Trilogy’s community marketing team has been making a concerted effort to change the way the story of Trilogy® is communicated. Most notably, this has included a new tagline (“Live Happier.”), a new call-to-action (“Join the Movement. ”), and the replacement of all models and stock imagery with actual Members doing the things they love to do. Our underlying belief is that the more authentically we share the story of our Members, the more likely others will be compelled to learn more about what we offer. In addition to new words, new images, and new ads, the team has also undertaken new projects with the goal of communicating - in unexpected ways - what Trilogy is all about. This magazine is one example, and soon the team will be debuting a new film which is designed to bring to life what it feels like to live in Trilogy. Featuring a cast of Members, the film hopes to capture and reflect the true character of our culture as a brand, brought to life through our Members' everyday lives. Their generosity and enthusiasm made it easy to show our spirit. TM

The film crew in Joshua National Park shooting some long exposure scenes.

Professional filmmakers Mark Kohl and Rob Rasmussen were engaged in early 2018, and filming began later in spring, first with Members from Trilogy® at The Polo Club in Indio, California, and then with Members from Trilogy® Lake Norman in Denver, North Carolina. Venues for the shoot included, of course, the communities themselves, but Members and the crew also travelled to Joshua Tree National Park to capture what our director Mark Kohl believes will be the iconic shots of the film. “My favorite part was interacting with the film crew, the producer and the director,” Gerri Langley, a Polo Club Member said of the experience. “It was fun to see how the ‘behind the scenes’ plays out.” Thanks to the many cooperative Members from The Polo Club and Lake Norman – along with the hundreds who submitted photos and videos via MyTrilogyLife.com – the film is expected to debut in late 2018.


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We were recommended as fun people, which we were glad to hear. WHY DID YOU AGREE TO BE PART OF IT?

Trilogy at The Polo Club is a special place. The camaraderie and positive energy of the community is something we love and are very proud of. We are cheerleaders for the community and constantly telling friends about how great this place and the people - are, so we were honored to be invited. WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

It was friends – and new friends - getting together in beautiful environments, trying to act natural in front of the camera, laughing with and at each other, and drinking beer on the sidelines. Doesn’t get any better than that. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE?

The crew actually pulled off a surprise birthday party for me and I had NO IDea until I arrived. The hide and seek at the clubhouse in the hours proceeding my arrival (I was not where they thought I would be) sounded hilarious! I had family members hiding in the bushes and good friends at the bar lying through their teeth as to why they were there at 4 o’clock. and to top it off, when my husband said, “they want us for another shoot” and he wanted to go, I thought the spotlight had gone to his head and put my foot down. He dragged me there (somehow) and I was completely shocked and humbled that they went through all of this for me. How fun is that?

ABOUT THE FILM TEAM MARK KOHL is a Los angeles- and Capetown-based cinematographer with a rich history in television and feature films. In his nearly 30-year career, he has worked with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, aaron Spelling, John Travolta, Dennis Leary, and James Gandolfini. For Trilogy’s film, he acts as director and lead cinematographer. ROB RASMUSSEN became an extended member of the Trilogy team in 2016, when he helped lead the group’s brand evolution, the ultimate expression of which is the brand film, of which he is the Creative Director. Rob’s career successes are nearly unparalleled, as for years he led award-winning campaigns for some of the world’s best-known brands, including Nike, Sprite, ally bank, Twitter, and eSPN.


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In the last 15 years, we’ve seen integrative medicine come a long way. What used to be considered alternative and to many, a little out there, is now considered mainstream. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), more than 50 reputable institutions around the country - including Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and the Mayo Clinic - go so far as to include the word integrative in their name. In many ways, the "alternative" methods of nutrition, acupuncture and similar modalities have become a standard part of the treatment process. As a matter of perspective as to just how fast this increase in acceptance has been over the last 15 years, when I started, it was typical for patients to be apprehensive about telling their primary care physicians that they were seeking integrative care. Now, integrative care is often within the same building. Much of the progression is due to the healthcare community listening to what patients wanted, and also realizing that complementary medicine is just that: complementary, and not an attempt to completely abandon conventional ways. In fact, the word “alternative” is rarely used today because it denotes that one has to choose between traditional treatments or other options, when ideally, healthcare is a blend of many types of practitioners and modalities. I am still blown away that so many years ago, Trilogy was progressive enough to include a naturopath to help build their wellness program. In a time where most active adult com-

munities settled for vans pulling up to give wellness screenings, Trilogy went further in thinking about ways to educate their Members in becoming healthier and aging better. Most Members have their traditional doctors already, but bringing in an integrative provider allowed for a comfortable exploration into complementary treatments and prevention. I hope that I have shown Members that most integrative medicine is indeed science-based, which is another reason that we have seen more acceptance from the traditional community over the years. These days, your conventional doctor is likely to recommend the use of supplements once thought to be alternative, such as CoQ10, fish oil, or probiotics. Likewise, conventional medicine offers some irreplaceable treatment options, and even integrative physicians like myself will often dip into the world of pharmaceuticals when needed. You should never have to decide strictly between traditional and integrative medicine, as both worlds can provide keys to your health. As much as I am an advocate for seeking integrative medicine, I want to share with everyone how important it is to find the right practitioner. There are many companies that provide weekend trainings in supplements and “health” that churn out “experts” handing out advice. Even with those who seem to hold legitimate titles, it is necessary to do your research. Naturopathic medicine, for example, varies from state to state. In Arizona, where I practice, naturopaths are licensed as


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There is no doubt that integrative medicine is growing. It will be exciting to watch it become even more mainstream. If we are all diligent in securing properly trained providers, we can rest assured that we will have access to the best, science-based integrative medicine alongside traditional medicine, allowing us to blend the best of both worlds for prevention and treatment. In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to relay the best information to Trilogy and its Members, and in doing so, keep us all on the progressive side of health.

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Dr. Amy Whittington practices naturopathic medicine at the Alvea Spas at Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, Arizona and Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, Arizona. She has been Trilogy's chosen naturopath for more than a decade. Dr. Amy publishes a monthly Wellness Journal on MyTrilogyLife.com, does presentations via Club Connect, and, in Arizona, provides individual consultations. Among Dr. Amy’s offerings include full-body health assessments, acupuncture, collagen injection therapy, skin-tightening treatments and detoxification programs.

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general practitioners and have prescriptive and diagnostic rights. Some states don’t yet provide licensure and your naturopath might be more limited. When looking for a practitioner, it is a good idea to ensure that they hold a license in a licensed state (properly trained naturopaths will have an undergraduate degree plus four years of naturopathic medical school and will typically maintain a license somewhere even if they are practicing in a state that does not yet license practitioners). Naturopathic doctors are currently licensed in about 17 states and Washington D.C. If your practitioner doesn’t hold a license, they may not have completed all of the necessary training. On the other side of the coin, if your traditional doctor is claiming to be integrative, seek information on where that additional training occurred as most medical schools don’t include much integrative training in their typical curriculum.


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Don maher follows a simple philosophy, which was made famous by former south african President Nelson mandela: it always seems impossible until it’s done. last year, Don, who has been practicing the art of wood carving for only five years, seemingly accomplished the impossible when he won first and second place in the Wood art/Wood Carving category at the California state fair. furthermore, his first-place creation, “Whimsical tower of Power”, won a special California Carver’s guild award. “i guess my carving skills come naturally,” says Don, who has lived at trilogy with his wife, terri, for two years. “i can look at a piece of wood and see it finished." He added, jokingly, "then it just takes 250 to 300 hours of carving to bring it to life!" Don's father was a carpenter, and his grandparents were Cherokee and Choctaw indian, so his carving expertise may be in his DNa. as a kid growing up, he used to make a lot of balsa-wood cars. today, Don carves only with plains cottonwood bark. every year he drives to Wyoming or montana and brings home half a pickup truck-full of wood. “the size of the bark is larger there,” Don said. “the tree has to be dead for approximately two years before the bark will separate from the trunk, and that’s what i use. it is soft and very easy to carve, allowing you can do very small details without it chipping off.” Don has about $500 invested in carving tools, and typically uses 10 – 15 different tools to create the intricate details and special effects in his creations. “i only try to do a few pieces a year just because of the hours involved and the detail i try to incorporate into each piece,” he said. occasionally, Don attends carving shows to buy tools and examine other carvings for ideas, “but never to copy someone else’s work.” His second-place state prize was for “Casa Verde,” a beautiful depiction of southwestern cliff dwellings, which he created after spending two weeks in New mexico. “the Cliff Dwelling is probably my favorite piece,” Don said. “i felt really connected while working on it.” in addition to wood carving, Don frequently performs in the rio Vista guitar Club’s this ‘n that Coffee House shows. “i’m a better carver than i am a guitar player,” he joked. n


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Dear Jeff, After seeing your interview in last year’s #MyTrilogyLife Magazine, I felt compelled to send you this letter. Living in Trilogy Lake Norman has been the greatest experience of my life. I never in a million years thought I would be living in such a great community. To say it has been a blessing is an understatement. Our community is like a family to me. I lived in Boca Raton for 25 years and I hardly knew my neighbors. Yet here, I cannot believe the number of friends I have made, and I seem to keep making more every day. I am very social and very active, and I am always at the Club enjoying the events and parties- or just socializing with other Members. I seem to always feel happy at the end of the day, and you can never put a price tag on that. Living here has changed my life both mentally and physically. I have lost weight, my blood pressure has gone down, and I just feel so good about life. I tell people all the time that living here is like living in a Hallmark movie. I could go on and on how wonderful my life has been since I moved here. But please just let me say a simple “Thank you” to you and your team. I feel blessed to be living in such a great place. Sincerely,

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No matter how many letters like this I receive – and I'm proud to say there are many – the feeling of joy never diminishes. On behalf of everyone involved in creating the Trilogy communities, we say thank you for choosing to call us home. We hope you all feel as amazing about your new community as Terri does. — JEFF MCQUEEN | PRESIDENT OF TRILOGY ® BY SHEA HOMES®


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Let’s begin with an easy one – CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHERE BLUESTAR FITS IN WITH TRILOGY®?

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BlueStar is an independent company owned by the Shea family. Our clients include Trilogy communities and others throughout the country. We work very closely with the Trilogy team, with whom we share core values and culture. Ultimately, we’re in the business of creating the best experience we can for Members. HOW DO YOU MEASURE BLUESTAR’S SUCCESS?

There is a question in the Member Survey each year about happiness. Basically, are you happier now than you were before you moved into the community? When people say yes, I feel like we’re succeeding. And when the occasional person answers no, it gives us a chance to understand how we can continue to improve. WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE DOING WELL?

Our group has grown to nearly 1,500 employees. To a person, I think they genuinely care about the Member experience and want to be great at their jobs. Hiring, training, and retaining talented people is both our biggest challenge and also what we do best. WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU CAN IMPROVE?

Hospitality is a 365-day-a-year business. Yet at the same time, every night must feel like opening night. Putting in systems and processes that let us be consistently great is where we’re focusing our energy. WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE FUTURE FOR THE COMMUNITIES?

The best thing about Trilogy communities is the Members who live there, and that’s not going to change. But, what trends do I see coming? I think our Members are going to continue to have higher expectations when it comes to communications, programming, service quality, and more, and that means we need to keep challenging ourselves to uncover and incorporate the next great thing. ANY CLOSING THOUGHTS?

I’d like to thank the Members for the chance to be a part of their lives. Their enthusiasm is what keeps us excited, too!

Tim Steckbeck is the founder and president of BlueStar Resort & Golf. He had a 20-year career in luxury hotels and resorts around the world before starting the company. Tim and his wife Lynne live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and enjoy supporting their daughters as they finish college and begin careers of their own.


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2018 #MyTrilogyLife Magazine  

The #MyTrilogyLife Magazine is a collection of Trilogy® Member stories from communities across the United States.

2018 #MyTrilogyLife Magazine  

The #MyTrilogyLife Magazine is a collection of Trilogy® Member stories from communities across the United States.

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