April 2008 Vol. 3 Issue 4
Java J i ve It’s easy to see why this brew’s for you!
Food for Thought By Lynn Schneider, Editor This issue is about my favorite subject…food! It’s something we excel at here at Shell Point — whether we are creating it, serving it, or eating it! Frequently, you will hear Shell Point staff discussing the many programs and activities that have been designed to fuel the mind, body, and spirit and this month we explore just a few of these. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is the food we eat, and this is one amenity that is an absolute favorite on everyone’s list. There are a variety of dining options available in our community – from the sunny Island Café to the bounteous buffet of the Crystal Room, and the lighthearted charm of the Café Promenade to the casual elegance of the Palm Grill. In this issue we’ll take just a peek at the cadre of dining options available at Shell Point and serve up a sizzling sample of some of our favorites on page 4. You’ll also meet our personable chefs with indepth profiles starting on page 6. Shell Point also offers a variety of programs, designed to provide food for the mind. The Academy at Shell Point is a program that offers a multitude of lifelong learning opportunities, plus residents explore new ways to express themselves through a variety of creative arts. Last month’s resident Art Show displayed their creative talents, see page 14.
And what about food for the spirit? Many residents have discovered the secret to an exciting and enriching aspect of the Shell Point lifestyle — volunteerism. Volunteerism provides us with an opportunity to make a difference and give something back to this world we live in. Last month’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon celebrated the many hours of service provided by the residents of Shell Point and photos from this event are featured on page 32. Opportunities for volunteering abound and new areas for service are being introduced this month by Teri Kollath, Academy and Volunteer Services Manager. And just in case you are wondering, volunteerism isn’t something new here at Shell Point! Shell Point’s very first residents, Ralph and Emilie Torgerson moved into this community before the first building was even finished and they joyfully served in a variety of volunteer roles for many years making them our first official volunteers. Read their story in this month’s chapter of the Shell Point history on pages 12-13 as we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary as a community! Shell Point certainly offers a well-rounded menu of programs and activities, and I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine as we try to bring some of these to life. I hope you brought your appetite!
ON THE COVER Collins Adjei-Bediaico, of the Palm Grill at The Woodlands, is just one of several professional dining staff waiting to serve you at Shell Point.
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It can be a best friend, provide warming comfort, and stimulate your senses. It’s easy to see why coffee has a loyal fan base that spans the globe. Here are a few facts about America’s favorite beverage: Americans, French and Germans consume about 65% of the total world’s coffee. There are 53 countries that grow coffee, all lined up along the equator. The only part that the United States has in the growth of coffee is in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. King’s Crown residents sip 1,400 cups of coffee per week and the Crystal Dining Room serves up 1,967 cups of coffee each week. Do you think you know your coffee beans? Think again. Coffee is actually made from berries. Does that mean that drinking three cups of coffee a day equals your daily nutritional requirement of fruit? In Greece and Turkey, it is the custom that the eldest is served coffee first. And Turkish grooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee.
Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. Editor Lynn Schneider Art Director Rich Cerrina Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Staff Contributors Gene McGonigle, Teri Kollath, Linda Rakos, Randy Woods, Robyn Church, Rachael Dula, Glenda Stephenson, Carol Cooper, Tom Frackenpohl, Jessica Clark, Rochelle Cherniawski, Mary Franklin, Elizabeth Brown, Ted Yeatts, Linda Hicks, Dawn Boren, McKenzie Boren Resident Contributors Peggy Holton
Please submit suggestions in writing to Lynn Schneider at Shell Point Welcome Center.
15101 Shell Point Boulevard • Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 466-1131 • www.shellpoint.org Shell Point is a non-profit ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc.
Volunteerism: Alive and Going Strong RESIDENT VOLUNTEERS ENRICH THE LIVES OF MANY B
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Volunteerism is very much evident at Shell Point and every corner of the community is touched by volunteer service. Residents with strong leadership skills serve prominently as Court Reps, or provide leadership of over 100 volunteer and activity groups. Many others use their God-given talents to entertain us by voice, instrument and dramatic presentations. Out in the Public Eye Many volunteers serve publicly and we see their special creative abilities and generous service in our Library and Gift Shop; enjoy the friendly, knowledgeable residents who meet, greet, and seat guests at large programs and events; and the residents who share information with the entire community on SPTV Channel 11. Residents who share from their lifetime of knowledge and experience are among the most popular presenters in the Academy at Shell Point.
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hours of service that go on at Shell Point behind the scenes. Residents use their creative skills to knit and sew for others in Knitters Anonymous, Huggie Hearts, and the Lap Robes groups. Hearty, active residents maintain and operate the Suzy Q pontoon boat; they pick up trash along Shell Point Boulevard for Adopt-A-Road; they deliver Meals On Wheels; they pack up and process UPS packages; they rebuild computers for charitable groups; and they drive neighbors to medical appointments. Technically-minded residents volunteer their time in computer labs and for Academy classes. Other dedicated people make calls each morning for the Morning Assurance Program. Some volunteers attend to Hospice patients or answer phones in the Pharmacy. While others lead support groups, or serve on advisory boards.
Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Though you see the hundreds of residents wearing blue jackets as they walk through the community to their volunteer work in the Larsen Pavilion, you don’t often see the impact of their service while helping to select a week’s worth of food from the menus, delivering stacks of mail, maintaining wheelchairs, visiting, welcoming, handing out hundreds of glasses of juice each week or sitting with a resident at meal time to provide companionship and help. Few of us see the many residents who lead activities in the Arbor, at King’s Crown and at the Larsen Pavilion. If you have a special interest, Jane Kennedy (Oakmont) and Hank Ivory (Periwinkle) reguchances are that if you share larly lead a painting group in the Larsen Pavilion. They find it with residents in assisted the residents really enjoy continuing a love of painting, or experiencing this creative medium for the first time. living and skilled nursing, you
Walt Craig (Arbor) lends all the accumulated experience from his career as a professor to the teaching he now does regularly in the Arbor and in the Academy, sharing his interest and experience in both photography and computers.
Behind the Scenes What we don’t always see are the resident volunteers who provide countless
Jean Downes (Lakewood) always has a large group for her popular Memory Aerobics, an activity she leads weekly in King’s Crown.
will be enriched just as much as the recipients of your generosity. You Can Get Involved For more information on volunteering or if you have an interest to share, contact Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services at 454-2254.
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What’ll it be? W
hat is the perfect meal? On a hot summer day, it might be a cheeseburger cooked just right and served up on a toasted bun with crisp lettuce and a thick slice of tomato, topped off with ketchup and mustard. On a cool Saturday evening in September, it might be a hot bowl of lobster bisque served with warm rolls and a glass of ice tea. What about after an early morning walk around the island? Perhaps it’s a bowl of fresh fruit and a blueberry muffin fresh from the oven. The point is, the perfect meal is all about choice and Shell Point serves up that dish with flair.
Sunny Start Let’s start at the very beginning…breakfast. For example, residents of the Arbor in The Woodlands enjoy breakfast in one of the Country Kitchens on each floor of the building where they can request a plate of hot pancakes with maple syrup, or eggs anyway-they-like, while they watch the morning 4
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news on television or read run of residents as well as the newspaper. A counter employees hitting the Café holds breakfast favorites such Promenade in the Commons as cereal, juice, toast, assortof The Woodlands for one of ed breads and pastries, plus a Catalina’s famous creations variety of fresh fruit. Up at to help hold off hunger pains the Island Café, business is until lunch. already brisk as residents and staff pop in for a quick cup of The Lunch Bunch coffee or a hot breakfast By lunch, dining is in full sandwich to go. swing around every corner in Don’t miss Catalina’s Folks who have just the community. The Pavilion creations at Café Promenade! worked up an appetite after a dining staff is creating cusmorning swim or a walk tomized meals for each around the island come in for heaping Pavilion resident to accommodate every plates of scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and special dietary request. The King’s Crown toast. And many residents will sit and and Arbor Dining Rooms are filled with visit long after they have finished their residents ordering from the broad menus of meal and “people-watch” as seasonal selections prepared to order by the folks come and go throughkitchen staffs. The Crystal Room is a out the morning, keeping favorite spot for residents who like to enjoy up their busy schedules. their “big” meal of the day at noontime The Woodshop Gang, a with the bountiful buffet and soup and group of men who work on salad bar. And in the Palm Grill, Chef Joel various projects in the and Dining Room Manager Tom Irwin are Woodshop, usually show up serving up the daily Blue Plate Special or around ten o’clock for their popular items from the menu like the Palm daily coffee break. Salad with mixed baby greens, cherry tomatoes, candied pecans, blue cheese crumbles, and hearts of palm tossed in a Snack Attack balsamic vinaigrette. Mid-morning finds a
When it comes to Dining at Shell Point, the choices are almost limitless. And, oh, so good!
Soda-licious While almost everyone keeps one eye on the scales and tries to make healthy eating choices most of the time, it’s fun to splurge every now and then. Staff from the Shell Point marketing department can often be seen ducking into the Island Café for a quick soda or a cup of coffee to go, but according to Barrie and Janet Smith (Lucina) nothing beats the heat of a summer afternoon like the milkshakes featuring creamy hand dipped ice cream. It all started a few years ago when the couple tried milkshakes with their hamburgers one afternoon. They enjoyed the sweet treat so much that they told several others and pretty soon the milkshakes took off. Linda and Marie at the Island Café serve
Barrie and Janet Smith (Lucina) say nothing beats a hand dipped milkshake from the Island Café on a warm summer day.
several every week along with dozens of ice cream cones, particularly this time of year when the grandchildren are visiting for Spring Break.
life care contract many residents still enjoy preparing their own meals at home. This was one of the most popular selling features according to Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle) when she and Warren, her husband of 62 Prime Time years, were considering retireDinner at Shell Point is ment communities. still a favorite, and all of the Ruth is probably one of the dining venues are busy most well-known cooks at Shell throughout the community. Point since she is the regular John and Janet Bendall host of the “What’s Cooking at (Coquina) often enjoy going Shell Point” on Shell Point to the Palm Grill on Saturday Television (Channel 11). nights for the prime rib speWarren says he lives in the best cial. “Janet likes fish and lamb Ruth is probably one of and will often order those the most well-known resi- restaurant in town! Ruth selections from the dinner dent cooks at Shell Point learned how to cook at an early menu,” said John. “I prefer since she hosts “What’s age when she was still in high school and was responsible for beef and the Palm Grill has a Cooking” on SPTV. preparing the evening meals great burger as well as the while her mother was working. “I learned prime rib.” The prime rib special on through trial and error,” she said, “but I Saturday nights features a large cut of prime enjoyed it. I read cookbooks like other rib with your choice of baked or mashed people read novels.” potato, the vegetable of the day, and a “We like the ability to decide when house or Caesar salad. and where we are going to eat — Shell Point gives us lots of options.” Home Sweet Home Perhaps variety would be one way to Of course, one of the most popular sum up Shell Point’s dining options – but places to eat at Shell Point is still your own the best word to describe it would be simhome kitchen. Since Shell Point does not ply: delicious! require the purchase of a meal plan with its Shell Point Life | April 2008
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Create enjoyable, fulfilling, and memorable dining experiences for you!
Chef Melly: Cooking from the Heart s a native of Portugal, Chef Melly Raposa is passionate about life – she cooks from her heart and love is the main ingredient in all of the dishes she creates for the residents of The Pavilion, Shell Point’s skilled nursing center. Originally from St. Michael Azoresa, an island of Portugal, Melly comes from a large family of 18. After facing her father’s death at a young age, Melly’s mother had to work odd jobs as a farm worker and tailor to take care of and provide meals for the family. Witnessing her family’s struggles sparked Melly’s dream of becoming a chef and as a young girl she would get down on her knees and pray each night that she would have the opportunity to come to America and go to school to pursue her dream. She believed if she was a chef she could make sure the world would never go hungry. At the age of 17, Melly moved to the United States and lived in Massachusetts where she worked as a machine technician in a factory. In 1986 she moved to Florida and started working at Shell Point as a dietary aid. In her first year, she moved up the ranks from dietary aid to relief cook, and then to assistant supervisor of dietary. Melly was driven to become a chef and was willing to do whatever it took to make
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her dream a reality. Right from the beginning, Melly expressed her desire to learn the craft of cooking and her dream of becoming a chef. Melly turned to Linda Rakos, assistant director of dining services, who saw her potential and mentored the new staff member, helping her in every way possible, whether it was learning nutritional information, or just assisting her with her English.
“I have worked with Chef Melly for many years and saw immediately that she had the desire to learn and become a culinary professional. She also had the drive to stick with it,” said Linda. “No matter what the challenge, she has overcome many obstacles to advance herself. Not only have the benefits been enormous for Melly, but also for the residents of Shell Point. It is a pleasure to give support and guidance to someone who is willing to do something positive with it.” While continuing to work at Shell Point, Melly started going to school at Lee Vo Tech in 1990 where she learned the basics of cooking. After completing her Vo Tech courses, she attended Hi Tech to learn baking. Melly will never forget the day at school when she decided she wanted to learn how to flip an egg, with just a flip of the wrist. When she saw the coast was clear she gave it a shot. Not realizing her own strength, the egg went airborne and stuck to the ceiling. Sure enough, her teacher walked up behind her as she stared at the ceiling holding the pan in her hands waiting for the egg to come back down. Melly remembers it as if it just happened yesterday. Melly had to leave Shell Point for a while and travel to San Continued on page 8
Chef Joel: Serves up the Sizzle s a young boy growing up in Wisconsin, Joel Bachhuber always had a passion for music. Whether he was performing in a school play or participating in a jazz band, stage band, or the symphony, he had a creative streak that had to be expressed. In 1987, a school counselor recognized Joel’s enjoyment of cooking and encouraged him to pursue the creative art as a profession and become a chef. Joel was apprehensive at first, worried he might ruin his joy of cooking by turning it into “work” but he decided to take a chance. By 1993, Joel was busy working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, California and attending The Culinary Institute of America, when he was approached by his teacher and mentor Bill Barber, who encouraged him to begin training with the United States team for the Culinary Olympics scheduled to be held in Berlin in 1996. Joel jumped at the opportunity, officially joining the United States Culinary Team in 1994. His life quickly became absorbed in training and competing, an experience that would prove to be beneficial throughout his career. The team traveled to Berlin in 1996, competing in a multitude of culinary categories. The team finished in first place in the United States and fifth place in the world.
Following such an auspicious start, Joel’s career flourished during the following years, including a position with the prestigious Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California, The Old Bathhouse at Pebble Beach, and even working as a private chef for a multi-millionaire. Joel came to Shell Point in 2004 and felt right at home in the Palm Grill, which is located in The Woodlands neighborhood of the community. He runs the kitchen with an efficiency and enthusiasm that makes cooking seem like fun.
The minute he walks through the kitchen doors, he gets right to work, putting away deliveries, preparing specials and sauces, slicing meats, managing finances, placing orders, and responding to e-mails and requests. Another main duty of Joel’s is making sure the opening kitchen staff have everything they need for a productive and smooth day. Joel strongly believes that it is his obligation to work for the cooks and he makes sure his right hand man, Todd Glaesmer has everything he needs. “If I don’t provide the cooks with what they need, it’s impossible for us provide residents with a high quality meal and experience,” said Joel. Joel enjoys constantly learning something new, especially tricks of the trade that help him to excel and meet each new challenge. The satisfaction he feels when a Palm Grill guest enjoys a delicious meal is what motivates him through each and every day. Although Chef Joel looks like a tough guy when he comes barreling around the corner on his Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 motorcycle, he’s a softie at heart. It is impossible to ignore the pride that
radiates from him when he talks about his family. Joel and his wife Ann have two beautiful daughters, Madison and Kate. If you were to ask his family what he makes best, without a second thought they would all proclaim, “Steak!” except for little Madison, who would choose “Madison’s Vacation Waffles,” which received their name when Joel made berry-topped waffles one day and Madison said, “Daddy these taste like a vacation.” When it comes down to it, Joel believes “the best dishes are those you make for the ones you love!” One thing we’re sure of, is you will love Chef Joel’s creations prepared just for you at the Palm Grill. Chef Joel is a family man at heart. Recently Joel participated in a cooking competition where local chefs use Girl Scout Cookies in an original dessert creation. Joel, with his wife Ann and daughters, Kate and Madison.
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Chef Brett: A Culinary Leader atching his mother in the kitchen every night sparked Brett’s interest in cooking at an early age. At just 14, Brett Wayte got his start in the kitchen as a dishwasher. A year later, he earned the opportunity to work as a cook at The Ripe Tomato in Fresno, California. Brett headed to culinary school when he was 19 years old and attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Brett took his education seriously and tried his hardest to absorb as much knowledge as possible, learning many value lessons along the way. While in school, students were assigned to prepare dishes for an international buffet.Brett will never forget his first encounter with wasabi. He made the mistake of assuming it was guacamole! Without a second thought, he scooped his chip into a bowl of wasabi and popped it in his mouth, overwhelming his senses with the sharp pungent fiery horseradish flavor, a mistake he won’t make again. After graduating from culinary school, Brett continued living in Portland for two years, cooking as a private live-in chef for a prominent family. Ready to head back to his hometown, he moved back to Fresno,
California and worked at a popular bar and grill for twelve years where his dedicated service prevailed through two owners and a name change. Before branching out into catering, Brett worked as the lead banquet chef for an international catering company. Then Brett and his wife made the move down south to Fort Myers, Florida. After
living in Florida for two days, he got a job a Shell Point working at the Palm Grill under the leadership of Chef Joel Bachhuber. Brett attributes his success at Shell Point to Joel and said, “He really was the one that opened my eyes to the many opportunities that Shell Point has to offer.” As the Dining Operations Supervisor, Brett is responsible for the Crystal Dining Room kitchen and his many job duties include everything from preparation, staffing, planning for events and catering, and of course— cooking. “Baking is a science,” said Brett, “but cooking is an art since you can always add your own flavor. No two chefs will ever come up with a dish the same way—no matter what you write on the recipe card.” Even after long days of cooking in the Crystal kitchen, Brett still enjoys going home and cooking a delicious and creative meal for his wife. Brett says, “to be a chef you have to have humility and be open-minded with a willingness to learn everything you can. Cooking is most often learned better through open eyes and a closed mouth.” Brett’s leadership in The Crystal Room is evident in every aspect of the dining experience.
Chef Melly enjoys the aroma of freshbaked bread as it comes out of the oven
Continued from page 6 Francisco to attend the Academy of Chefs. She later graduated from the American Culinary Federation in St. Augustine, Florida. A main part of her schooling entailed apprenticeships and working for country clubs, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. Melly continues to stay on top of her certifications and training and has moved all the way up to Certified Chef de Cuisine. Today, Chef Melly serves as the Pavilion Kitchen Manager and oversees the entire dining operation of the large facility. Chef Melly loves cooking and always 8
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tells aspiring chefs, “you have to love what you’re doing, otherwise you will never succeed or be any good at it.” Cooking continues to be her first love and her heritage shines through when she prepares her classic Portuguese dishes. From a young age, she can remember her family teaching her how to make Portuguese inspired steaks, sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers, and the classic stuffed pork, which is slow-roasted for two days underground. Chef Melly Raposa knows what it
takes to be a great chef – it’s a mixture of sheer determination and personal dedication, extensive training and certification, combined with on-the-job experience, but most of all – it’s love.
The Sweetie Behind the Sweets Darlene Martins Enjoys Sweet Success at Shell Point B
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The unmistakable, irresistible scent of fresh baked muffins, cookies, and sweet treats is impossible to ignore. Just one hint of the familiar aroma can evoke fond memories of family gatherings and feasting with friends. Once you give in to the temptation, you don’t look back, whether it’s a chewy cookie, fresh baked muffin, or a slice of pie that melts in your mouth. As Shell Point’s preeminent pastry chef, Darlene Martins is fully aware of the power sweets have to overcome your senses. While the majority of Shell Pointers are fast asleep, Darlene is up and at ‘em. She waltzes into the Crystal Room kitchen at 2:00 a.m., punching on the radio as she punches in. And it’s straight to work, creating delightful indulgences that will soon be enjoyed, by both Shell Point residents and staff.
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Each morning, Darlene bakes the daily spread of muffins, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and more for the Crystal Dining Room, King’s Crown and Pavilion. And if you think two o’clock in the morning sounds like a lonely time to be baking, Darlene is perfectly content with the privacy provided by early hours. “You can bake a lot more when you don’t have people crowding the kitchen and trying to sneak a snack,” Darlene laughed. “I’m not sampling the sweets, so they can’t either!” Darlene mans a kitchen complete with massive convection ovens, multiple mixers, and serving trays galore. And in addition to baking dozens of cookies, muffins, and cakes, she also prepares a colorful spread of cheesecakes, meringues, tiramisus, and tortes. She started baking as a little girl with her Easy Bake Oven, and now she is going
on her 10th year in the Crystal Dining Room kitchen, and her 17th year serving the community. Satisfy your cupcake wishes and à la mode dreams by sampling one of Darlene’s delicious desserts today!
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Shell Point Internal Transportation Change Begins April 1 BY DIANNE MOR
As Shell Point celebrates 40 years of excellence, we reflect on the various changes that have occurred with the growth and expansion of our community. Over the years Shell Point has grown, and so has the need for additional internal transportation service. The Transportation department has continuously evaluated the transportation services throughout the community to make sure the transportation needs of residents are met. On a daily basis, Shell Point drivers record the number of passengers using the transportation service from the Island, the Woodlands, and Eagles Preserve. Ridership data gathered during the past year â€“ such as the number of passengers riding from each neighborhood, and the peak time of ridership â€“ clearly indicated there was an opportunity to improve service. After evaluation, a new plan has been developed to better utilize internal transportation without sacrificing service. It was noted that the busiest time of the day was actually in the evening hours, due to Village Church services, the dinner hour and special events and concerts. Therefore, beginning April 1, the Transportation department will be offering the following transportation services: The New Blue Route
The Blue Route bus will run its usual
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7 a.m. to 8 p.m. route daily but will incorporate a stop at Eagles Preserve twice an hour. When the bus leaves the Island, it will go directly to Eagles Preserve and then to the Woodlands. The bus will run longer for church services and special events.
Look for the new bus symbol in the Happenings calendar of Shell Point Life or on other promotional materials to indicate when this special event bus will be running.
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The Island Tram will continue to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as scheduled. At 4 p.m. the Red Route/Special Events bus will be used to go around the Island perimeter, incorporating a stop at the Woodlands Commons. The Red Route/ Special Events bus will run until 8 p.m. nightly and longer for church services and special events. It will offer a direct route to the Woodlands Commons for evening events and dining at the Palm Grill.
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The Red Route/Special Events bus will begin daily at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will run between the Island Administration Circle, the perimeter of the Island, and to the Woodlands Commons. The Red Route/Special Events bus will also be used Sunday mornings, for evening church services and day/evening special events.
Current transportation schedules and route sheets are available in the kiosks at either service desk. If you have questions, please call Dianne Morton, Transportation and Resource Service Manager, at 454-2061. It is our commitment to continue to evaluate all transportation services to assure we are meeting the needs of our residents in the most efficient manner. To help identify the buses more easily from a distance, we will be installing colored flags on each bus.
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To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, Shell Point revisits its past in this fourth special section about the communityâ€™s history.
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THE HISTORY OF SHELL POINT
In last month’s segment of the Shell Point history, the preparation of the land began, which included clearing the site through the use of a major dredge and fill operation. In this issue, construction begins on the first of several buildings and we meet Shell Point’s first residents, Ralph and Emilie Torgerson.
CHAPTER FOUR PIONEER SPIRIT Word of the Christian and Missionary Alliance’s new effort to build a retirement community in Southwest Florida was spreading throughout the denomination. Reverend Ralph Torgerson and his wife, Emilie, had served as missionaries for more than thirty years in West Africa. After hearing about the new community, the couple moved to Fort Myers on September 2, 1967, with the plan to move into Shell Point Village when it was ready. At that time Shell Point Village could be visited by car, boat, or horseback. The land was rugged, and the terrain did not give a hint of the beauty to come, but the project’s supporters remained undaunted. Construction was just beginning and the 75-acres of waterfront land were still being dredged and filled. On the Torgerson’s first visit to the property, Shell Point Village consisted of only sky, water, and sand. The couple took up residence temporarily at the nearby Fountain Court Motel on McGregor Boulevard. As a missionary Ralph Torgerson had worked
hard in the villages of Africa. Now he was eager to get involved with the building of Shell Point Village. That September he went to work at Shell Point Village as a volunteer. Although no building was going on yet, there was still plenty to do. Reverend Torgerson’s first job was to paint the dredge, and later he assisted the captain on the dredge filling in the swamp. By October, construction of Shell Point Boulevard was underway. The dredging continued, this time filling in the land on the south end of the canal where construction of the first building was planned. Construction of the first building of 50 garden apartments began that month.
Shell Point’s first residents, Ralph and Emilie Torgerson, former missionaries to Africa, arrive with bags in hand. Left: Dr. Bailey leads in the ground-breaking ceremony December 1967.
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In December the Torgersons early years. When something needed thanked their landlord for fixing, everyone just called on Torgy, three happy months at the as he was affectionately known. Fountain Court Motel and moved into Shell Point At a prayer meeting one evening in Village as the first “unoffi1970, Mr. Torgerson received a cial” residents. Their first great surprise. Tom Wilson, praised home in Shell Point was him for “his untiring and faithful actually a trailer, surrounded service in giving Shell Point Village by sand and located near the a hand” and added that “now Torgy south canal at the entrance needs a helper.” At this point, he of the community. Although led the congregation out to the the trailer was sufficient for parking lot to present Mr. The Torgerson’s first home at Shell Point was actually a trailer residence, it was quite small Torgerson with a Harley-Davidson and lacked certain necessi- surrounded by sand and located near the south canal at the golf cart. This practical gift proved entrance of the community ties. A 200 foot well was to be a tremendous help to Mr. drilled at Shell Point Village, but unfortunately, it yielded Torgerson and a blessing to the community as he used it salt water, so the Torgersons brought in water once a week for his work in the Village. The golf cart was labeled from their church in Fort Myers to fill the water tank that “Torgy’s helper.” Ralph built on top of the trailer. For the next several years, Ralph Torgerson continued to The records kept by the Torgersons during their early provid Shell Point with volunteer service. He painted and months of “roughing it” at Shell Point Village were upbeat worked on the dredge, guarded the property, built boardand positive. Perhaps their years on the mission field dealwalks across sandy areas, helped plant grass lawns, watered ing with inadequate facilities and often going without newly planted trees and landscaping, mowed grass, creature comforts prepared them for this experience. repaired seawalls, maintained the base of the sewer plant, Regardless, the couple did not appear to face their new sitpainted the tiki house poles, checked and repaired sprinuation in a resigned or defeated fashion but embraced it klers, cleared debris from the beach, worked in the plant enthusiastically with a pioneer spirit. They seemed to relnursery growing shrubs and trees, started vegetable and ish the challenges and opportunities of the project and were excited and gratified by their involvement. Letters, phone calls and visits from friends and family are what Emilie described as “their lifeline” during those early months. In April 1968 the first building of garden apartments was completed. In keeping with the property’s original nautical name of Shellpoint, the community had been named Shell Point Village, and it was decided that each building would be named after a different seashell. Thus, the first building of garden apartments was christened Tellidora and declared ready for the first residents. Although final touches were still being made to the building, the Torgersons eagerly moved into apartment 216 of Tellidora on April 20, 1968. Their one-bedroom apartment offered expansive views of the Caloosahatchee River. Already Shell Point Village was fulfilling the goals set before it by Dr. Nathan Bailey and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in providing housing to retired Christian workers. Not only were the Torgersons Shell Point’s first residents, they were also the community’s first volunteers and from numerous accounts, Mr. Torgerson provided invaluable service as a “handyman” throughout the Village during those
In April 1968 Tellidora, the first building of garden apartments, was completed.
flower gardens for other residents, painted the bridge to the Village Center, removed rust and painted aluminum railings, and pitched in wherever there was work to do. Ralph Torgerson worked voluntarily on the grounds of Shell Point Village for an entire decade and was remembered fondly by dear friends as saying, “I pull weeds for God.” From the humble start of just one couple, to the hundreds of residents today, volunteerism remains a vital component of the fulfilling lifestyle available at Shell Point.
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Well, we finally did it! Eagles Preserve finally had their first ever organized social event. On February 29th, 125 residents gathered eagerly to meet their new neighbors and to eat hot dogs and hamburgers cooked outside by the pool. The sun was shining, the air was warm and everyone arrived hungry to meet, eat and greet! Tables of eight were set-up around the pool and overflowed into the parking lot. Resident chefs were busy flipping burgers and spearing hot dogs for over two hours. Everyone mixed and mingled with people from other buildings that they had not had an opportunity to meet before the event. Plans were being made between new friends for future blended building parties. It was very exciting to see our residents so eagerly mixing with new friends. Larry and Ellen Crouch, residents of the Curlew building, were the acting hosts of our first big bash. They had organized a wonderful group of helpers who brought in everything from ice to paper plates. It will be hard to top the success of our first ever cookout! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the day such a glorious success.
New friends visiting together. The Eagles Preserve Social Committee is already at work on future gatherings.
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From far and wide, high winds and low temps, they came to the 2008 Shell Point Artist Show and Sale! Cheerful smiles welcomed more than 1,100 guests as they arrived to enjoy the show. First, the bright and fragrant orchid display from our Orchid House, dazzled visitors. We heard “oohs” and “beautiful,” “what talent,” and “wows,” for the rows of paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media and pastels. Miniature originals and printed note-cards dotted tables throughout The Social Center. There were creations in lapidary, stained glass, jewelry in crystal and bisque beads, and one-of-a-kind shell arrangements from a private collection. Also, there were many tables of clay sculpture, miniatures and unique decorator pieces. There was an impressive display of artistry in fine and rare wood, including satinsmooth bowls, masterfully carved birds, collector boxes, fret work, vases, a small designer table and even a Victorian doll house! The show was a gift from Shell Point resident artist’s celebration for life. To all the Shell Point staff and to all the volunteers, we are grateful! 14
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Experts Come from Afar to Present in the Academy The Winter Academy was full of exciting programs. Most notably, prominent speakers visited Shell Point to speak on a wide variety of topics. Mark Wittig, Ph.D. of Medellin, Colombia, spoke on his successful initiative that managed to get 1,000 kids off the streets of Medellin and into a soccer league in his February 26 presentation, Building Hope on the Streets of Colombia. Donna J. Duss, RN MSN Consultant/Coach Duss Healthcare of Alexandria, Virginia presented What Long Term Care Means To Residents of a Continuing Care Retirement Community on Thursday, February 21. Duss also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance Community for Retirement Living. Jim Skillen, Ph.D. author, lecturer and president of the Center For Public Justice, Annapolis, Maryland, presented Christian Democracy — An Oxymoron? on February 27. Dr. Stephen Post, Ph.D. President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, spoke on research from the institute and the book he coauthored, Why Good Things Happen to Good People.
Author Applauds Shell Point Volunteerism “Volunteerism is a win – win situation, good for the volunteer and good for the one benefiting from the volunteerism,” said Dr. Stephen Post, Professor of Bioethics and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, as he spoke during three presentations in the Academy at Shell Point on March 3 and 4. The Village Church sponsored his presentations. Dr. Post is the president for the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, Altruism, Compassion and Service, founded in 2001 with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Many examples of this research cited in his presentations amused, inspired and
enlightened the audience. He also spoke of many of those who served as examples in the book he coauthored, Why Good Things Happen to Good People. The book is available in the Shell Point Library. Dr. Post told his Shell Point audiences that they epitomize what the research proves – volunteerism is good for us in a variety of ways from improving our spiritual, mental and physical health to creating social networks and a community of caring and connected people. He was impressed by questions and comments from the floor, showing positive and active residents with examples of life learning to share.
INTERGENERATIONAL COMMITTEE School Fund Drive Resident volunteers of the Shell Point Intergenerational Committee are once again sponsoring a project to provide needed school supplies for the grade school children of Shell Point employees. Last year the committee was able to distribute over 300 bags filled with pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and many other items from the extensive list of supplies given to parents by the Lee County School District. These items would have cost well over $70 and greatly help ease some of the stress of “back to school” for the employees.
The 2008 fund drive will be held during the first two weeks of April. Your financial contributions can be left at either the Island or Woodlands Service Desks. Checks should be made payable to Shell Point School Fund. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the Shell Point employees by assisting in this worthy project. The school supplies will be distributed before the start of school. For information on this project please call Janet Bendall (Coquina) at 454-5953.
The Academy summer session begins May 1 and will run through July 31. Look for your Academy brochure the week of April 14th.
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Reaching Out to Troubled Teens Gene and Mildred Dotter Serve in Juvenile Detention Center They are passionate about what they do, and for good reason. Gene grew up in the slums of Guttenberg, New Jersey. He remembers the pain of his troubled upbringing and his involvement with a gang of other poor immigrant boys. He was often reprimanded in school and can remember the time a teacher belittled him in front of his classmates, saying, “You are the laziest, stupidest individual in the class. You will never amount to anything worthwhile.” Unfortunately, no one knew that Gene was too poor to see an eye specialist who would have classified him as legally blind. When he walks into the detention center and begins to interact with the boys and girls there, he is able to say firsthand, “I have been there. I know how you feel.” The defenses come down. Gene’s first exposure to prison ministries grew out of his work with the Gideons in Pittsburgh. Once a month he went to the prison, county jail, or work house and gave a Sunday morning message. He joined Prison Fellowship, the prison ministry begun by Chuck Colson, and worked with that organization for a year before making the move to Florida. When Gene arrived in Fort Myers, he contacted Prison Fellowship to talk to them about ministry opportunities here. The contacts he made eventually opened the door for his work at Southwest Florida Juvenile Detention Center. When first asked about possibly working with young people, Gene was hesitant – he had previously only worked with adults and had no children of his own. He wasn’t sure it would be a good fit. He found he really enjoyed it, however, and because of his own childhood experiences, he had a natural heart for the kids. He has been making the drive every Sunday for sixteen years. Mildred got involved about five months ago as a result of her relationship with Gene – they were married on
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Every Sunday morning, Dr. Eugene Dotter and his wife, Mildred, are up at 5:30 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., they are on the road, headed to Southwest Florida Juvenile Detention Center to interact and spend time with the boys and girls detained there. January 21, 2008. When he and others at the detention center asked her to help, her first response was negative. Upon seeing the kids, she did a complete turnaround. Before she knew it, she was teaching a class of young boys and loving every minute of it. Gene and Mildred talk about “their kids” with a great amount of compassion. They testify, “The kids are so hungry for love. Often they have no one who loves or cares for them.” They talk to the children, first and foremost, about the fact that God loves them and His plans for them are good. Secondly, they affirm the fact that they are there because they care. The children are not forced to come, but for many it is a time set aside for them to bask in the love and concern offered to them by a couple the age of their grandparents. The guards stand in the background and quietly cheer them on. The Dotters get emotional as they talk about the challenges of the work. Often the children are victims of neglect and abuse. Many of the girls compensate by looking for love and affection in all the wrong places. Teenage pregnancy is prevalent. “For many of the older boys,” Gene adds, “life has been
Eugene attended three prestigious universities: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pittsburgh. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nyack College, the principal school of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Mildred served The C&MA as a missionary for eleven years in the Philippines. She also served for a number of years at the headquarters for the denomination in New York City.
hard. They have seen too much and can be quick to turn to suicide as a way out.” They pray regularly for these children who have certainly experienced the harder side of life. In 2006 Dr. Gene Dotter was awarded the Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush. The award was in response to the hundreds of hours Gene has spent volunteering his time, both here and overseas. A civil engineer by vocation, Gene has used his gifts to build hospitals, churches, and other projects around the world. Besides their work at Southwest Florida Juvenile Detention Center, he and Mildred also go every Wednesday evening to Price Halfway House. All told, Gene Dotter figures he has touched, ever so briefly, the lives of over 19,000 boys.
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Healthy Living Shell Point Dieticians Provide Nutritional Guidance in Dining Program One very important function of the Hospitality Services Department is to provide a wide range of nutritional care for Shell Point residents in our healthcare locations. Three members of the management team who help to make this happen are Linda Rakos, Mary McCormack and Sandi Brower. Linda, Mary and Sandi work closely together with the other members of the Hospitality Services management team to ensure provision of quality food service and choices in food, menus and programmatic services for our Shell Point healthcare residents.
LINDA RAKOS Linda Rakos, a Registered Licensed Dietician, is the Assistant Director of Hospitality Services. Linda, originally from Pennsylvania, has a B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition from Carnegie Mellon University and a long career in food service management including 31 years with ARAMARK, a food service management company. According to Linda, “I came to Shell Point over 17 years ago to provide some consulting assistance and felt so welcome that I made a home here and never left.” Linda has now been employed directly by Shell Point for over 10 years. Her primary role is to oversee the Hospitality Services healthcare operations currently consisting of the
Larsen Pavilion, King’s Crown and the Arbor. Linda also ensures that the Shell Point menu programs meet nutritional standards and that they are in compliance with regulatory agencies.
MARY MCCORMACK Mary McCormack, Registered Licensed Dietitian, is the consultant dietitian at the Larsen Pavilion. Dieticians have many different areas of expertise. Mary has provided oversight for the medical nutrition needs of the Larsen Pavilion residents for the past five years. Her responsibilities include completion of nutrition assessments and an on-going nutritional plan of care for every Larsen Pavilion resident. A Florida native, born in Miami, Mary found her way to Fort Myers in 1978. She is a graduate of Florida State University and has been a consulting dietitian for over twenty years. Always looking to expand her vast knowledge of nutrition, Mary is also a Certified Diabetic Educator and recently obtained her credentials as a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.
SANDI BROWER Another member of the nutrition professional team at Shell Point is Sandi Brower, Nutrition Services Manager at the Larsen Pavilion, and a Registered Dietetic
Technician. Sandi is a California native who earned her degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University, and then went on to make her career in healthcare dietetics and management. Much of her past experience was gained while working at healthcare facilities for Marriott and Sodexo management companies. A past “Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year” for the state of California, Sandi found her way across the United States in 2005 to Punta Gorda, and most importantly to Shell Point. You may find Sandi working side by side with her staff in the kitchen assembling meal trays and then see her visiting residents or providing nutrition information at a multi-disciplinary care planning meeting. Much of Sandi’s time is currently spent in planning for the complete renovation of her department. She is anxiously looking forward to a brand new shiny kitchen and dining room.
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2008 Hurricane Seminar to be Presented Wednesday, April 30 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Church Auditorium
The 2008 Hurricane Seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at the Village Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All residents are invited to attend. The keynote speaker will be experienced Meteorologist, Dave Roberts, as well as the Vice President of Operations and the Director of Operations, Tim Ficker and Scott Moore, respectively. There will be a display set up in the church lobby with a recommended hurricane shelter chair and hurricane supply kit for residents to have on hand, in the event of a hurricane. Come and learn about the plans Shell Point has in place to provide you with a safe shelter in the event of a hurricane evacuation. If you miss the actual seminar, staff from Shell Point TV will be on hand to record the presentation and will run the video on SPTV Channel 11 multiple times throughout the summer.
Shell Point’s Hurricane Shelter serves as an employee parking garage year round.
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Country Inn & Suites Sanibel Gateway Focused on a Better Environment For Everyone When the new General Manager, Brian French joined The Country Inn & Suites, he started to incorporate some changes to improve the services and amenities offered to hotel guests. Here are just a few to start of with. The hotel is proud to announce that the hotel is now 100% non-smoking. The non-smoking conversion was completed in March. This is the first step on becoming a “green” lodging facility. “It’s a step in the right direction to always receive a substantial discount for promote good health with good business,” visiting family and friends. To receive said French. “We anticipate guests will these special rates, please call the hotel appreciate this change, while also enjoydirectly at 239-454-9292 and ask for the ing our convenient location to the beach“Shell Point rate.” es and value prices.” Call now for the Shell Guests will now be Point summer specials. able to check their emails Please stop in and check and print boarding passes out the “new” Country Inn at the new business center & Suites – and enjoy a which features several Brian French, Country Inn & fresh baked cookie and computer workstations. Suites General Manager coffee on us! Shell Point residents
Shell Point Singers & Friends
Tuesday, April 8, at 7:15 p.m. Village Church Auditorium
Accompanied by Wanda Dubbe (Eagle's Preserve) and directed by Randy Woods, the Shell Point Singers will be presenting Rutter's folk-like anthem, “The Gift of Music;” Purcell’s 17th Century madrigal, “In These Delightful Pleasant Groves;” Hopson's setting of the Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts;” Dengler’s inspiring setting of “Agnus Dei;” Huff'’s toe tapping arrangement of “Get Happy” from the musical Summer Stock; Mattson’s a cappella scoring of “I’ll be Seeing You;” and much more. Also, the Shell Point Singers are delighted to share the stage with some very talented friends. Organist, Calvin Johansson (Cameo), will play selections by Bach & Widor; orator, Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle) will present poetry by Frost; and pianist, Marjorie Erickson (Turban) will play music of Chopin. Come celebrate the spring season with your friends and neighbors as the Shell Point Singers present this delightful concert of fine music.
PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL PUBLISHES CHAPLAIN’S ARTICLE Dr. Sue Stranahan’s Lifetime of Medical and Spiritual Service Results in Noteworthy Piece B
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graduate level nursing degree program in community health, with a strong international component. Many of the students were missionary nurses, Sue was in her element. She says, “I enjoy teaching and love leading people in discovering truth.” It is obvious that Sue also enjoys learning. She completed a master’s degree in religion while teaching at Indiana Wesleyan.
r. Sue Stranahan, Pavilion Chaplain at Shell Point Retirement Community, has done extensive work in the area of holistic health and well-being. Most recently, one of her articles, “A Spiritual Screening Tool for Older Adults,” was published in the Journal of Religion and Health. The article is a noteworthy piece of work, a result of years of study and practical experience.
Into Africa Sue worked for many years in a small, rural hospital in Congo, helping to train nurses, as well as nearby villagers, in curative care. It quickly became obvious to her that the things they were seeing repeatedly – intestinal parasites, malaria, malnutrition, measles, and more - were both curable and preventable. This realization incited a passion within Sue to work extensively in the area of public health - helping to promote health, as well as working to prevent and control disease. While on furlough in the U.S., she fueled that passion by working to complete a master’s degree in public health from the University of Hawaii. When USAID awarded the Congo hospital a substantial grant, Stranahan channeled the resources into developing a rural African health program. Nursing students accompanied her to surrounding villages to do well-baby care and pre-natal clinics. She initiated village health committees and assigned them the task of identifying and correcting sanitation problems, nutritional problems, and other public health threats. Each community chose a lay person to be their community health worker. Periodically, the chosen leader would be brought to the hospital for additional training in fundamental medicine, sanitation, immunizations, and nutrition. It was very basic and simple, but effective. According to Sue, the Golden Rule for
her public health ministry – set down by the World Health Organization – was, “Keep the technology simple, at a price people can afford, and get them involved.” She continues, “The focus has always been prevention and health promotion. It is the best use of our resources.” A New Direction Sue spent seventeen years in Africa as a medical missionary before returning to the United States in 1984. She earned her doctorate in public health, with a cognate in health services administration, from the University of Pittsburgh, then began teaching at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing. The school offered a
Shell Point Sue first became interested in chaplaincy ministries because she wanted to explore the spiritual component involved in healthcare. As a part of a sabbatical, she came to Shell Point for ten weeks in 2001 to do spiritual care in the nursing facilities, and found she really enjoyed it. Those ten weeks were pivotal for Sue, and led her to make the move to Fort Myers so she could work full-time developing a chaplaincy ministry at Shell Point. Stranahan has worked hard, since arrivcontinued on page 28
Sue spent seventeen years in Africa as a medical missionary before returning to the United States in 1984.
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Palm Grill Crab Fest! Wednesday, April 30 Dining: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Entertainment: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Crab, crab, and more crab, is what this dinner is all about! Grab your john-boat and head on down to the Palm Grill for this fun and scrumptious night of crab fest feasting. The menu features a delicious she-crab soup, a tasty crab dip, wonderful soft shell crabs, crab cocktail, Alaskan king crab, deviled crabs, the traditional shrimp and crab Newburg, and much more! It’s the perfect night to bring a friend for some down-home fun, complete with entertainment that everyone is sure to enjoy alongside all these tasty crab dishes. Reservations not accepted.
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The Best Lunch Deal In Town Continues
Are you looking for the perfect place to have lunch? Whether with a group of friends or family; or just a tasty lunch with your spouse, the Palm Grill is the perfect place to go. The Palm Grill features a fabulous selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of other entrees, catering to appetites of all sizes. In addition to the numerous delicacies, the Palm Grill is also known for its famous Blue Plate Special. The Blue Plate Special is offered for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and changes daily – offered at the low price of just $7.75 which includes the entrée, a beverage, a scoop of ice cream for dessert, and the gratuity!
MEET, GREET & EAT Friday, April 25, 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
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The Palm Grill is hosting a Meet, Eat and Greet to whet your appetite. The event will be held in the Woodlands Commons Lobby from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to gather with friends and neighbors, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and punch, before going into the Palm Grill for dinner. In addition, there will be a selection of musical favorites played on the grand piano during this special event.
Nancy Beecher (Tellidora)
New York at Night Took Center Stage and Received a Round of Applause!
Times Square mesmerized the crowds with the lights and sounds of the city.
On Tuesday, March 4th, New York at Night took center stage! Many Shell Point residents and their guests took advantage of this “trip” to New York, where at the start of their evening, they were met at the door by New York tour guides who were eager to help them navigate the New York streets, sights and sounds in the Crystal Dining Room. Even though some cloudy weather over Central Park created the need to move this part of the event indoors, everyone still had a New York state of mind! The food itself offered a tour of the city,
Sally Jones (visitor from NY) Frances Jackson (Parkwood) Ted Yeatts (program coordinator), Dean and Elizabeth Keen (Lexington Country Club), Fred and Jean Knox (Lakewood) and Marge Boozer and Jack Supman (Junonia)
representing China Town, Manhattan, and the Lower East Side – which featured decadent creamy cheesecake. Little Italy was a lively area as Chef Dominique displayed his Italian heritage with the flavors of Italy, featuring stromboli, lasagna and fresh hot garlic sticks. Chef Dominick In addition to the Blanco delicious meal, guests enjoyed various types of entertainment. Dan Philgreen, of SPTV-11, filled the Social Center with the sounds of his guitar playing, while the movie 42nd Street played on the big screen. Entertainer, Gary LaVigne, set the mood in the main dining room as he entertained everyone with flashy Broadway show tunes! It was truly a fantastic event enjoyed by all, and everyone left with Broadway filling their hearts and souls! This dining event was so much fun that even some of the residents at Nautilus Court wrote a special thank you card featuring a funny poem that captured their wonderful reflections of the evening.
Guests loved the wide variety of food that made them feel as if they were really traveling through each of the Burroughs in NYC.
Herman and Alma Bips (King’s Crown)
Royal Bonnet residents Marcia and John Stokes, Carol Palermo, Madeline Balletta, and Rose and John Scalfani. Madelline is the Scalfani’s daughter who lives on Sanibel Island and in New York.
Charlie McCullough (Coquina) and Ann McCullough (Pavilion)
Top: Vivienne Verklin (Eagles Preserve) Right: Don Reid (Oakmont) Bottom: Barbara and Phil Hilton (Rosemont) Shell Point Life | April 2008
Mac Users Group
Thursday, April 3 – 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Spreadsheets are a great organizational tool for the computer household of today. We normally think of spreadsheet programs in terms of figures and budgets, but they are far more versatile than that! Wally Mercer (Lakewood) will explore Numbers, a Mac spreadsheet program that can incorporate graphics, and can even be useful for other purposes such as travel planners, dinner parties and committee organization.
The Wheaton Chamber Players
Sunday, April 6 6:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Tickets: $5 at door Join concert-goers for this final Season of Praise performance as the Village Church welcomes this ensemble of string players.
Saturday, April 5 – Monday, April 7 Social Center/IS Hours: Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 4:00 p.m
Spring Dance 2008
Bring a neighbor and attend this Shell Point tradition! Enjoy viewing quilts made by Shell Point quilters, along with some very special quilts of interest made by others. This show promises to be memorable and enjoyable.
Surround Sound DVD Concert
Sunday, April 6 – 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL This DVD concert will feature Victor Borge and Kiri Te Kanawa with the Boston Pops Orchestra. 22
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Monday, April 7 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Grand Cypress/WDL Cost: $15.00 Put on your dancing shoes and let’s celebrate spring by dancing the night away with friends and neighbors. We’ll be celebrating music through the decades at this fun-filled event with the very talented Billy Dean and Dawn. Bring your special someone, neighbor, friend, or come alone and meet someone new. Light refreshments will be served.
Shell Point Singers and Guests Spring Concert
Tuesday, April 8 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Accompanied by Wanda Dubbe (Eagle’s Preserve) and directed by Randy Woods, this concert will feature Rutter’s “The Gift of Music;” Purcell’s “In These Delightful Pleasant Groves;” Hopson’s “Simple Gifts;”
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Dengler’s inspiring “Agnus Dei;” Huff’s toe tapping arrangement of “Get Happy;” Mattson’s a cappella scoring of “I’ll be Seeing You;” and much more. Also, the Shell Point Singers will be sharing the stage with some very talented friends and surprise guests. Come celebrate the spring season with your friends and neighbors.
Shell Point Photo Club
Thursday, April 10 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Award-winning photographs from the 2008 Annual Shell Point Photo Contest will be presented and discussed.
SWFL Museum of History: Lucy Exhibit
Thursday, April 10 1:00 p.m. Court pickup 4:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $12.00 Spanning 50 million years in scope from early primates to the dawn of humanity, this comprehensive collection of fossil casts includes skeletons, skulls, footprints, tools and artifacts including the most famous fossil ever found, Lucy, dramatically illustrating the story of humankind’s progression on earth.
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Ken Reed of Periwinkle, Dick Uhleman of Nautilus, and Ann Wharton of Cameo.
Seminole Gulf Mystery Dinner Train
Friday, April 11 4:30 p.m. Court pickup 11:00 p.m. Approximate Return Cost: $68.00 (gratuity included) All aboard for a hilariously entertaining “whodunit” that will keep you guessing the whole trip. Enjoy a full course dinner, including prime rib, salmon or chicken entrees. Choo choo… don’t miss the train. For your comfort, bring along a sweater or jacket as the train will be air-conditioned.
Info Tech Forum presents: Freebies — Maintenance and Security for Your PC
Saturday, April 12 – 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL
Lou Gerig (Lakewood), computer expert, will share the basic steps one can take to increase their PC security. Learn what “freebies” will help with maintenance routines essential to online security. Learn how to go about it safely and avoid being hijacked to other sites, without buying expensive software. Handouts will be available, listing basic and advanced free software to protect you PC. Also, take a peek at Ubuntu Linux operating system, a freebie that Dell and others now install on new PC’s – come and find out why.
Saturday, April 12 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL When his wealthy grandfather (James Garner) finally dies, Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizeable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money. Oscar nominee, Abigail Breslin, and former beauty queen, Lee Meriwether, also star in this coming-of-age drama, based on the novel by Jim Stovall.
Thursday, April 10 – 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS You will not want to miss this laugh-aminute comedy about taking from the rich and giving to the poor. This wonderful show performed by your friends and neighbors includes Maryann Bennett of Oakmont, Pat Broman and Lynn Wheaton of Junonia, Bill Brooks and Phyllis Ingles of Eagles Preserve, John Littlejohn of Tellidora, Al Park of Turban,
Monday, April 14 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS The Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band will present a free concert of Big Band Swing, Classic Jazz, and vocal favorites right here at Shell Point! The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. Free tickets for this concert are available at either service desk.
Saturday DVD: The Ultimate Gift (2006)
Shell Point’s Own Theater (SPOT) presents a staged reading of: The Robin Hood Caper
US Army Jazz Ambassadors
Wednesday, April 16 8:30 a.m. Court pickup 3:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $15.00 (ice cream on your own) Pack up your beach bag and get on the bus as we head out for a fun day at Vanderbilt Beach. This month we’ll be firing up the grill and enjoying burgers on the beach! Save room for dessert at the Royal Scoop on the way home. This is one of the most requested trips, so sign-up early.
Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales perform with The Unconservatory Festival Orchestra
Thursday, April 17 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Tickets: $25 This piano duo has performed at many venues. The program includes: Bach’s Concerto in C Major for Two Pianos and Strings. For tickets contact the box office at 454-2067.
Roe Family Bluegrass Band
Friday, April 18 – 3:15 p.m. Amphitheater/IS This award-winning family band from Colorado will bring their bluegrass music to Shell Point! Brian, the older son, plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo. Ethan, the younger son, plays the mountain dulcimer, while mom and dad join in on the bass and guitar. Spend the afternoon outdoors and hear bluegrass as it was meant to be performed. Don’t forget to make plans for dinner at The Crystal afterward. Shell Point Life | April 2008
Glass Show— Fused Glass Enameling
Friday, April 18 – 2:15 p.m. Tarpon Room/Tunnel Jean and Robert Silva (Macoma) present the intriguing process of fused glass enameling, and will describe the transformation of plain glass into sparkling beauty within the heated kiln. Many pictures will be exhibited. Draw a number for a door prize.
MEET, & THINGS
Saturday, April 19 9:30 a.m. Court pickup 2:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $5.00 Spend Earth Day at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy free bike tours of the 4-mile wildlife loop or explore the refuge on foot. There will also be complimentary environmental programs to celebrate the day. Bring along bottled water, sunscreen, a hat and a brownbagged lunch. This trip requires participants to be physically able to complete a 4-mile hike or bike ride on uneven terrain.
Sunset Cruise on the Beach Cat
Saturday, April 19 6:30 p.m. Board at Macoma dock 7:45 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $22.00 (gratuity included) Invite some friends to join you for a delightful boat ride. Light snacks and beverages will be served as you watch the sun float into the water and hopefully, (but not guaranteed,) light the sky brilliant shades of red and orange.
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Surround Sound CD Concert
Chiller Plant Tour
Sunday, April 20 – 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Enjoy listening to the CD concert with Arias and songs sung by Renee Fleming, Mozart’s Symphony #28 played by the Orchestra: Academy of St Martin’s in the Field, and Haydn’s Symphony #65 played by the Hungarica Philharmonia.
Thursday, April 24 1:00 p.m. Court pickup 4:00 p.m. Approximate return How does the Chiller Plant produce enough cold air to keep everyone comfortable? Join Dan Parker, Manager of Engineer Services, for this enlightening, and much requested tour, so you too can be “in the know.”
Monday, April 21 – 3:30 p.m. Grand Cypress/WDL Whistling Tom is a “pucker whistler” with a remarkable three-octave range. Don’t miss this unique performer, and learn more about the art of whistling!
Dinner at Bahama Breeze
Earth Day Celebration on Sanibel
Tuesday, April 22 4:00 p.m. Court pickup 8:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $ 4.00 (dinner on your own) With its unique Caribbean-inspired food, vibrant atmosphere and people happy to be of service, Bahama Breeze is the restaurant that brings you the feeling of a Caribbean escape. The coconut shrimp are amazing!
Library Book Talk
Tuesday, April 22 – 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Rm/WDL Bill Saunders (Turban) will review Einstein, His Life and Universe by Robert Isaacson.
Ken Lelen Vintage Guitars
Tuesday, April 22 – 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL You’ll be fascinated and entertained as you hear Ken Lelen perform ragtime, jazz and swing hits all played on his collection of rare vintage guitars. This is sure to be a memorable evening.
In the Mood, A 1940s Musical Revue at the Naples Philharmonic Wednesday, April 23 6:15 p.m. Court pickup 11:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $ 48.00 This was a time like no other, when music moved the nation’s spirit and set the mood for a future, filled with promise, hope and prosperity. Come experience the swinging, jazzy, brassy and romantic music of America’s greatest generation!
Meet, Eat & Greet
Friday, April 25 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Palm Grill/WDL This Meet, Eat & Greet will be hosted by Shell Point management. Enjoy an offering of hors d’oeuvres and chat with friends while resident pianist Tom Lasier entertains. Be sure to make plans to enjoy dinner with friends at the Palm Grill afterward.
Movie Night: Citizen King — American Experience (2005)
Monday, April 28 – 7:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS The year-long celebration of Shell Point’s 40th Anniversary continues with this documentary about a littleknown chapter of the life on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in 1968. Much is known of his tireless efforts as a civil rights leader, but in the last five years of his life, King spoke out against the Vietnam War and became an advocate for all of America’s have-nots, regardless of race.
Cabbage Key Lunch via the Beach Cat
Tuesday, April 29 9:30 a.m. Pickup at the Macoma Dock 3:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $40.00 (lunch on your own/crew gratuity included) Travel via the 41-foot, power catamaran to Cabbage Key, home of the Cabbage Key Inn. Lunch will be served in the main dining room where previous visitors have
Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)
Special event bus will be running
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taped thousands of one-dollar bills to every surface. This is a fun day full of fresh sea air, good food and beautiful scenery.
Shell Point Variety Show
Tuesday, April 29 – 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Did you know that our community is filled with talented musicians, actors, dancers, and singers? It may not be the Broadway stage they once dreamed of, but these residents and staff performers are prepared to show off
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their talent just for you! With Scott Moore from Facility Operations as the Master of Ceremonies, this event is sure to be a hit—so don’t miss it.
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Wednesday, April 30 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Church Auditorium/IS Meteorologist, Dave Roberts, will address suggest ways to get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. A sample resident hurricane supply kit and hurricane shelter chair will be on display. Come and learn about Shell Point’s Hurricane Plan and about hurricane preparedness for your pet.
Palm Grill Crab Fest!
Wednesday, April 30 Dining: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Entertainment: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Palm Grill/WDL Grab your john-boat and head on down to the Palm Grill for this fun night of crab fest feasting. The menu features she-crab soup, crab dip, soft shell crabs, crab cocktail, Alaskan king crab, deviled crabs, shrimp and crab Newburg, and much more! Bring a friend for some down-home fun, complete with entertainment. Reservations not accepted.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR The following activities are planned by a variety of groups. All Shell Point residents are welcome to attend. Check your current Weekly Reminder or watch SPTV for locations and/or changes.
SUNDAY 9:00 Christian Studies (WDL) 9:15 Christian Life Studies 10:15 Morning Worship 1:15 Mixer Golf League 3:00 CD Surround (Apr 20) 3:00 DVD Surround (Apr 20) 6:15 Evening Service MONDAY 8:45 Lap Robes (Apr 7, 21) 9:15 Billiards 9:15 Pottery 10:15 Virtual Bowling 10:30 Disciple Men’s Bible Study 11:00 Spanish Class 12:00 Mah-Jongg (Sabal Room/WDL) 1:15 Advanced Table Tennis 1:15 Scrabble 1:15 Shuffleboard 1:15 Tone Chimes 2:00 Beading Club 3:00 Bible Study (Arbor) 7:00 Pinochle 7:00 Duplicate Bridge TUESDAY 8:30 Women’s Golf League 9:15 Painting Class 9:15 Stamp Project
12:45 Intro to Duplicate Bridge 1:00 Mixed Progressive Pairs’ Bridge 1:45 The Rollicking Recorderists 6:45 Hymn Sing (Apr 1) WEDNESDAY 7:45 Men’s Bible Study 8:45 Resident Council (Apr 2) 9:00-12:00 Geraci Travel 9:15 Watercolor Group 9:45 Ladies’ Bible Study 10:15 Fishing Club (Apr 30) 11:00 Computer Q & A/WDL (Apr 9) 11:15 Computer Q & A /IS (Apr 23) 1:00 Chess 1:00 Spanish Club 1:15 Table Tennis 2:15 Huggie Hearts 2:15 Knitter’s Anonymous (Apr 16) 2:30 Jazz ‘N Stuff 3:00 Bible Study (King’s Crown) 5:45 Village Church Choir Rehearsal 7:15 Bible Study & Prayer THURSDAY 8:00 Men’s Golf League 9:00 Paddler’s Club/IS 9:30 Current Events Group 10:15 Online Investors (Apr 17) 1:00 Spanish Club
1:15 Mac User Club (Apr 3) 1:15 SPOT Play Readers (Apr 3, 17) 1:15 Mah-Jongg (Library Lounge, RAC) 1:45 The Shield (Apr 24) 2:00 Mended Hearts (Apr 24) 2:15 Computer Club (Apr 17) 2:15 Handwork (Apr 10, 24) 7:00 Trailblazers Bible Study FRIDAY 8:00 Intrepid Bike Riders (Apr 11, 25) 9:15 Stamp Project 10:15 Genealogy (Apr 11) 10:15 Inquiring Minds 11:15 Fit & Healthy 1:00 Mixed Progressive Pairs’ Bridge 1:15 Quilters 1:15 Table Tennis 1:30 Vespers (Arbor) 2:45 Vespers (KC) 3:15 Ballroom Dancing 3:15 Great Decisions (Apr 4, 18) 6:45 Game Night SATURDAY 8:00 Adopt-a-Road (Apr 19) 9:00 Coffee Social 9:45 Bridge, Supervised Play 10:00 Information Forum (Apr 12) 1:00 Chess 7:00 Duplicate Bridge
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Women’s Ministries Global Outreach Program Welcomes Joan Galasso — An Encourager to Others
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2002 they started Alive in Christ Women’s Ministries of The Village Ministries, Inc. Having experienced God’s Church is excited to have Joan grace, love, and mercy, and desiring to share Galasso, co-founder of Alive in Christ it with others, they make themselves availMinistries and author, as the speaker at the able to go wherever God sends them – travGlobal Outreach Program on Wednesday, eling to Germany, India, Sri April 16 at 10:15 a.m. in the Lanka, Peru and Kenya. There Hospitality Room at The are two arms to Alive in Christ Village Church. This time of Ministries—transformation and encouragement and fellowship restoration. People who are living will begin with coffee and will in fear, despair and discouragefeature several books by Joan ment are transformed as they disand her husband. cover joy and peace in the Lord “I’ve been married to my Jesus Christ. The ministry of best friend, Bob, for 34 years, am Joan Galasso, author restoration brings healing to the the mother of three wonderful and co-founder of brokenhearted with a special adult children and the grandAlive in Christ focus on pastors and their wives, mother of seven grandchildren,” Ministries, speaks missionaries and other Christian said Joan. Relationships are a Wed., April 16 workers. Joan and Bob take the key priority in her life. But Joan at 10:15 a.m. time to listen, offer spiritual counwould go on to tell you that the sel and friendship and bring the truth and most important relationship in her life has healing ministry of God’s Word, biblical been an alive and growing fellowship with counsel and ongoing prayer. the Lord Jesus Christ. It is her desire for you to know this aweJoan and Bob spent four years with some God for yourself and live in His presYouth for Christ, followed by 24 years in ence, so come and be encouraged! pastoral ministry with The C&MA. In
The Women’s Ministries Summer Wellness Series will present two of our knowledgeable Shell Point professionals presenting timely topics that will be informative and practical. Dr. Carol Clark, Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. Sue Stranahan, Chaplain, will be featured. Both have extensive backgrounds in the health profession, as well as a commitment to ministry. Dr. Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP will present the first session of Dr. Carol Clark the series on the relevant topic of diabetes. Public Health officials are concerned about the growing incidence of Type 2 Diabetes which is now triggering lifestyle changes for all age groups. Dr. Clark will explore the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of living with or among senior adults with Type II diabetes. Look for more details in the May Shell Point Life.
still hope for the future; the dimension of transcendence – going beyond ourselves to continued from page 19 enter into a meaningful relationship with others and with God, and religion - the outing, to develop the framework for chaplainward expression of our spirituality. Spiritual cy ministries. In the process, she has been health, therefore, is the ability to invest enerwilling to ask hard questions and look gy in each of these four areas. It is characterdeeply into the spiritual issues that residents ized by the presence of peace, freedom from grapple with on a daily basis. Her goal is to guilt, joy, security, balance, and contentedminister to spiritual needs; her desire is that ness. Spiritual distress, on the other hand, even in the face of suffering, people find manifests itself in anger, despair, bitterness, comfort and peace. regret, imbalance, apathy, and the like. It is Sue believes that all humans, though often evident in one who has lost a not necessarily religious, are spirisense of meaning and purpose, one tual beings. There is a spiritual who is struggling to cope with component that is as much a part present circumstances, or who is of any person as the physical body. experiencing difficulty in relationIt follows, then, that spiritual ships with loved ones or with God. health is related to overall wellSue writes, “The aim of the spiritubeing. Just as she was able to work al caregiver is to identify spiritual in the area of prevention to proDr. Sue distress and restore spiritual balmote good physical well-being, she Stranahan ance and harmony.” believes it is possible to assess and sort out Early detection of spiritual distress and those who may be at risk for spiritual disproper intervention is essential. To aid in the tress. Her article expounds on this thesis. detection process, Stranahan has developed In her article, Dr. Stranahan defines an assessment tool - the thrust of the article four components of spirituality: the need to - that is especially helpful with older adults find meaning and purpose in life; the inner who are looking at life in review and are strength to cope with loss and difficulty and 28
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coming to terms with either a sense of fulfillment or regret. The tool makes use of questions that specifically target the four components of spirituality listed above. The results make it possible to determine where an individual might lie on the spectrum between spiritual health and spiritual distress. Human beings tend to be more private about the spiritual side of their being. The struggles and scars are simply not as visible. There are times, however, when having someone who deeply cares about one’s spiritual health, and is trained to minister to that area, is wonderfully beneficial. Sue Stranahan works everyday in the Pavilion, and in the assisted living facilities at Shell Point, to facilitate health and wholeness to body and spirit. When asked, Peter Dys is quick to say, “I have the utmost respect for Dr. Sue. She is one of a kind and we are blessed to have her on the team. Her unique experience and training make her a wonderful fit for her role as Pavilion Chaplain.” Dr. Sue Stranahan’s office is located on the 4th floor of the Pavilion. She is available to counsel with people of any faith or denomination.
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Join these talented musicians for glorious music! Wheaton Chamber Players Sunday, April 6 6:15 p.m. Village Church Auditorium
The Wheaton Chamber Players ensemble is the newest group to emerge from Wheaton College’s wellknown music conservatory. The group is comprised of the principle string players of Wheaton’s outstanding Symphony Orchestra and distinguished pianist, composer, editor, William Phemister. William Phemister is professor emeritus of piano at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and graduate of Juilliard (BS) and the Peabody Conservatory (MM, DMA). Along-side pianist William Phemister, will be William Skinner playing the violin. Skinner is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at Wheaton. He has performed with the National
Festival Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Principal violist of the Wheaton College Symphony, Anna Moffatt will be playing the viola. She is currently studying viola with Claudia LasareffMironoff. Jeffery Erbland will amaze you on the cello, as he began his training at four years old. He has traveled to many European countries with the Hochstein Youth Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Their energetic performance will feature Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, as well as many beautiful classical and sacred solos, duets, and trios. Tickets are available at the door the night of the concert for a $5 donation.
Family A Five Generations Visit Recently Pavilion resident Bill Bezanson and his wife Val had some family members come to visit them as part of their spring breaks. The visit was close to three important dates in Bill and Val Bezanson’s lives – Val’s birthday on March 10, Bill’s birthday on April 7, and their wedding anniversary on April 3. Standing left to right are Val Bezanson (Nautilus), Ashley Soto Jenkins (greatgranddaughter), William Paul Bezanson (son), Mary Bezanson-Soto (granddaughter). Seated is Bill Bezanson holding his great-great-grandson Trystin Jenkins.
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trapping moisture in the nails; however, do not reapply more than once a week. The nail polish remover is harmful to your nails if used too often.
How do I select the right hair style for my face shape? First determine what your face shape is. Is it oval, round, square, oblong or pear shaped? Determine what area of your face is the widest. This is the area you want to have least volume in your style. The area that is most narrow should have the most volume. If you have a large, wide forehead it is most flattering to have a full bang or almost full bang. If you have a face shape other than oblong, volume in the crown area is probably just the ticket to give you a little lift. Please consult with your stylist in the salon, as they are trained to assist you with determining the right style.
What can I do to reduce the puffiness under my eyes? There is a very inexpensive way to combat this problem. Moisten cotton pads with witch hazel and place the pads over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this as often as needed to reduce the unwanted puffiness under the eyes.
Why are my nails weak, brittle and splitting? What can I do? This condition can be caused by a number of factors; inadequate nutrition, lack of protein, lack of Vitamin A, C, Niacin, Calcium or Iron. Other factors include; thyroid disease or poor circulation. If you have white spots on your nails, it could be a zinc deficiency. If you suspect any of these, you should contact your physician. To address your nails, weekly or bi-weekly manicures are a big help in keeping your nails hydrated. At home be sure to wear protective gloves when your hands are in water or chemicals. It is helpful to apply lotion not only to your hands but also directly to your nails. Appling moisturizer before bed to your hands and nails and wearing a cotton glove or sock, you will capture much needed moisture. Nail polish is beneficial to
When will The Salon offer Acrylic Nails? Now! The Salon at Shell Point now offers Acrylic Nails. Get your fills in your own neighborhood and avoid the traffic. We use a great quality odorless product. Don’t delay; make your appointment today…and remember your coupon! For additional natural nail pampering – select a new SPA manicure or pedicure! How can I tell if I should be using warm or cool colors in my make up? Try placing one hand on white fabric and one hand on off-white or beige fabric at the same time. If the hand on the white fabric looks more youthful; select cool shades. If the hand on the offwhite fabric looks more youthful; select
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What can I do for the dark circles under my eyes? Use a concealer yellow in color to cover dark circles. Place one dot near the corner of the eye and one below the eye, near the inner corner. Use one additional dot if needed. Less is better so use sparingly. Set your concealer in place with translucent powder.
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warm shades. This is also a tip useful in selecting wardrobe colors for both men and women. If you have additional makeup questions, Hilary Vandevelde, esthetician, would be happy to assist during a complimentary consultation and skin analysis. Call the Island Salon to schedule. The Salon professionals at Shell Point are here to help. Please share your questions and we will find you the answers. Chances are you are not the first person to ask the question. Please enjoy the valuable savings below as we welcome spring.
Salon Hours: Island Salon M-F 8-4 Men’s Monday 8-12 Sat 8-12
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To the library, an activity, or lunch outing.
With grocery shopping, and meal preparation.
With private one-on-one care for your loved one, if you are away or just need a break.
To attend church, a concert or go shopping.
With personal care needs. To have an RN visit on a weekly basis and fill your pillbox.
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This is how the process unfolds: Marcia Ortega, the Home Care Office Coordinator, will respond to basic questions. With years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she has special insight and respect for your needs and knows the Home Care staff well. If you are interested in service or an informational visit, Sandy Aurs, the RN Case Manager, will set up an appointment to review your needs and develop a customized plan of care. Remember, that being a private service provider – and not Medicare – gives us greater flexibility in what services are can be provided, and a person doesn’t have to be homebound to receive care. While receiving service, you may also talk to Linda Macenas, who is our Office Assistant. Services provided range from as few as two hours a week to as many as 24 hours a day. Fee schedules are available upon request and Home Care charges will appear
I’m proud to say that the above Home Care services and countless other care needs – are being accomplished daily in many settings at Shell Point, by more than 50 Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides that you see around Shell Point adorned in their purple tops. These are Shell Point employees who meet the licensed Home Care requirements of the State of Florida, the standards and policies set by Shell Point Home Care and work under the direct supervision of an RN. Last year we had Home Care staff Linda Macenas, Sandy Aurs, the pleasure of providJoanne Meyers and Marcia Ortega ing 84,608 hours of care to our residents. on your Shell Point monthly statement. Four employees coordinate and manTo arrange for services or to obtain age the agency under the administration additional information, call (239) 454of Steve Minniear, Vice President of 2242 or visit the Home Care office on the Health Care Services. I, Joanne Meyers, second floor of the medical center. am the RN Home Care Manager. With We’d love to meet you and tell you over twenty years of experience in Home how Shell Point Home Care can make Care and Hospice, I look forward to your life easier and better, now or in the meeting Shell Point residents and staff to future. share with them our Home Care role and our value in the Shell Point health care continuum. I am focused on presenting a committed and competent staff to meet for all your Home Care needs. your needs.
…Think PURPLE first,
NEW Shell Point Medical Center Offers A New Program for Diabetics Residents with Type I or Type II Diabetes have the opportunity to sign up for the initial meeting of a Group Appointment to obtain an assessment and medical advice related to diabetes. The group will be led by Dr. Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP. She recently received her educational doctorate, with a thesis focused on geriatrics and diabetes. She will share her knowledge and expertise to help guide the group toward a better understanding of the
group setting will provide a learning environment where patients can ask questions specifically related to their unique healthcare needs.
unique medical needs of patients with diabetes. Carol’s research found that patients that truly understand the risks are more likely to alter their behavior. This group setting will provide a learning environment where patients can ask questions specifically related to their unique healthcare needs. Participants will undoubtedly benefit from Dr. Clark’s leadership. Dr. David Nesselroade said that, “Carol is one of the most caring persons… she identifies deeply with the concerns of the residents.” Group appointments will be held on the first Friday of each month at 2:00 in the Hospitality Room of the Village Church, starting May 2nd. Reservations are open to the first 12 callers. If you would like to reserve an appointment to attend this group, please call Mardee Lader at 415-5435. Additional group appointments will be added as needed. Each participant will be asked to sign a statement of confidentiality. Vital signs will be recorded and medical records will be updated with progress notes. This is a billable service through Medicare with no co-pay required. Shell Point Life | April 2008
Volunteers Recognized The gems of our community! Volunteerism is honored and appreciated 365 days a year at Shell Point, though one day is set aside each year to bring the many Shell Point resident volunteers together for an appreciation luncheon in their honor. This year’s event took place in the Church Auditorium on Friday, March 14, to honor the “gems” of our community. Gems, typified by the ruby, was the chosen theme for this 40th anniversary year of Shell Point because the traditional gem for the 40th anniversary is the ruby which symbolizes the passion and 8 commitment still alive after 40 years. Volunteerism was a part of the culture and tradition of Shell Point from those first days in 1968, and volunteerism is still very much at the forefront of community life at Shell Point today.
5 1. Carol Brook (Lucina), Marian Roeck (Parkwood), and Kay Sturm (Parkwood) 2. Teri Kollath, manager of Academy and Volunteer Services 3. Gene Ormsby (Sand Dollar), Val Zipfel (Sand Dollar), and Peg Richmond (Sand Dollar) 4. Marv Mayers (Sand Dollar), Joan Perry (Harbor Court), George and Agnes Henry (Sundial), and Marilyn Mayers (Sand Dollar) 5. A bird’s eye view of the luncheon 6. Rev. Don and Yvonne Schneff (Royal Bonnet) 7. Lois Tutherly (Sand Dollar) and Lessie Slater (Sand Dollar) 8. Audrey Cortelyou (Harbor Court) and Joyce Greeson (Harbor Court)