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Faith Filled By Lynn Schneider, Editor Not too long ago I was reading a magazine and came across an ad for a new community that was being proposed for construction in Southwest Florida. The ad was well written and the photography was very attractive, but the thing that caught my attention was the claim that this particular community would be the first and only faith-based community in Southwest Florida. What? It turns out the writer works for an ad agency in another state and they just had not done their homework. But it got me to thinking – what does it mean to be a faithbased community? And how does our faith play out each day as we live and work and serve together here at Shell Point? Shell Point’s mission statement clearly states that Shell Point is a ministry that is “dedicated to the glory of God and the care of His people.” That is the starting point of who we are and what we believe. Anyone is welcome to live at Shell Point – regardless of their beliefs – and to share and enjoy the vibrant lifestyle that is available here. Our size and strength allow us the privilege of offering a wide range of unique programs designed to meet a wide variety of interests. And part of that diverse lifestyle includes programs and activities that celebrate our faith – which brings me to the

focus of this month’s issue of Shell Point Life. January is the month that The Village Church at Shell Point celebrates its annual Missions Festival. This year’s theme is Opening Doors and Building Relationships. The church has planned an exciting week of activities, events, and speakers, along with special music and festivities. Everyone is welcome to attend. You’ll find these events on page 4. Plus, in addition to the Missions Festival, there were a number of other interesting stories that highlighted our residents and staff as they have traveled to various corners of the world, so we decided to combine them all into a special section called Spotlight on Missions. It’s filled with stories about interesting people, places, and programs. And if all this talk about foreign countries has you intrigued, then prepare to launch your own year of travel – without ever leaving Shell Point! A variety of departments have been hard at work planning a year-long program that will bring a world of destinations to you! It’s called Passport to the World and you’ll find details on page 16. You’ll also find more international travel in a recap of the recent Caribbean cruise on page 38.

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! Romans 10:15b (NIV)

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. Editor Lynn Schneider Assistant Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Design and Layout Wendy Iverson Contributors Gene McGonigle, Teri Kollath, Jessica Clark, Robyn Church, Tom Frackenpohl, Mary Franklin, Bev Chandley, Rachael Dula, Inga Bredahl, Randy Woods, Bev Patten, Tim Stephenson, Sandra Ashley, Glenda Stephenson, Lee Johns, Frank Moore, Susan Uhleman, Peggy Holton Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, assistant editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: Or submit suggestions in writing to Rochelle at the Shell Point Welcome Center. Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of one of the magazines that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member seen in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as the back issues of the magazine at

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ON THE COVER Former missionaries Marv and Marilyn Mayers of Sand Dollar.


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or more than 125 years, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) has sent international workers around the world to share the good news of God’s love in word and deed. Again this year, The Village Church will celebrate the work of these servants during the annual Missions Festival week from January 24 to 31. The theme for this year’s Missions Festival centers around opening doors and building relationships. According to Pastor Ken Nesselroade of The Village Church, “We need to break down the barriers that keep people from understanding God’s unconditional love. Our entire focus this year will be on reaching out to people, getting to know them, and building relationships.” The week begins with special morning and evening Sunday Services. Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert Fetherlin

The special guest for the opening weekend will be Dr. Robert Fetherlin. In his role as vice president of International Ministries, a position he has held since 1998, Bob has helped

to cast the vision for the missions ministries of the C&MA. Prior to becoming vice president, Bob was the regional director of Africa for the C&MA. He supervised 300 missionaries working in seven countries and worked with national church leaders in a total of nine African nations. Banquet

Bob will be speaking during the Sunday morning service on January 24, and again at the Monday night Missions Banquet on January 25. Tickets for the banquet are available, at no cost, by calling the church office at 454-2147. Special Guests

Throughout the week, two visiting missionaries will also be sharing their experiences in relation to the theme Open Doors. The first serves as a nurse at the Hospital for Women and Children in Mali, West Africa. Shell Point residents hold the work of this hospital very close to their hearts because of the work of Dr. Dan Nesselroade and his wife Marci. Dr. Dan, son of Ken and Elaine Nesselroade, was the OB-GYN who helped launch the ministry of the hospital and continues to work to improve the conditions for women in this extremely poor nation. She Continued on page 4

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More than 18,000 churches worldwide make the C&MA a global missionary church. Nearly 90 percent of those churches are overseas in 81 countries on every continent. Approximately 890 U.S. Alliance workers reside and minister in 61 of these nations. Annually, local C&MA churches host missions conferences where missionaries highlight what God is doing in the countries where they serve.

Missions Festival Schedule of Events January 24 - 31

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will be giving an update on the ministry of the hospital and future expansion plans. The second missionary worked in the country of Gabon, Africa, for many years. That country has come full circle, and there now exists a strong and growing Alliance movement. As a result, the U.S. mission team is being transitioned out and transferred to new locations. He has relocated to France to work in the areas of church planting and small group ministries. Charlotte Stemple (Cellana) will help draw the conference to a close when she serves as the keynote speaker for the Sunday morning worship service on January 31. Charlotte and her husband, Woody, served for a number of years as missionaries in Vietnam and now reside part of the year at Shell Point. A number of events highlight this missions week that promises to be both informative and challenging. Everyone is warmly invited to participate in all of the activities of the week.


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Sunday Morning Service Sunday, January 24, 10:15 a.m. Speaker: Dr. Robert Fetherlin Dr. Robert Fetherlin, vice president of International Ministries for the C&MA, has helped to cast the vision for the missions ministries of the denomination. His experience includes supervising 300 missionaries working in seven countries and he has worked with national church leaders in several African nations. Dr. Fetherlin’s presentation will kick off the Missions Festival week.

Women’s Ministries Global Outreach

Wednesday, January 27, 10:15 a.m. Attend the women’s group to hear heartwarming stories about how God is at work offering hope to mothers and their babies at the Koutiala Hospital. Wednesday Evening Service

Wednesday, January 27, 7:15 p.m. Hear about the missionary experience around the world and in WestAfrica. Fellowship Coffee

Thursday, January 28, 9:45 a.m. Social Center/IS Meet two engaging international workers in a personal one-on-one setting. Friday Evening Service

Sunday Evening Service

Sunday, January 24, 6:15 p.m. Hear from a missionary in Gabon, Africa, for many years and have transitioned to France where they work in the areas of church planting and small group ministries. He will share their experiences Sunday evening. Missions Banquet

Monday, January 25, 6:15 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Robert Fetherlin Bob will be the keynote speaker at the banquet. Tickets are available at no cost by calling the church office at 454-2147.

Friday, January 29, 7:15 p.m. Two international workers will combine their perspectives in this informative and informal Friday night service. Sunday Morning Service

Sunday, January 31, 10:15 a.m. Speaker: Charlotte Stemple (Cellana) Resident Charlotte Stemple, a former missionary to Vietnam, will help draw the conference to a close when she serves as the keynote speaker for the Sunday morning service.

Tuesday Evening Service

Tuesday, January 26, 7:15 p.m. Be inspired by this international worker’s experiences as a nurse at the Hospital for Women and Children in Mali, West Africa.

Sunday Evening Service

Sunday, January 31, 6:15 p.m. Our guest speaker will bring the Missions Festival to a close as she recaps her story during the Sunday evening service.

Spotlight on Missions Women’s & Children’s Koutiala Hospital in Mali, West Africa

Global Outreach

Women’s Ministries Welcomes Koutiala Hospital Medical Team Nurse to Speak Almost four years ago a significant event took place far across the globe in an arid, needy country. The Koutiala Women’s and Children’s Hospital opened its doors as a full-service maternity hospital in the country of Mali, West Africa. In Mali, one in ten women die during childbirth and 25 percent of children never reach their fifth birthday. In October 2009, just three years after its opening, the 5000th baby was delivered in the hospital’s clean, modern delivery room. A number of surgical procedures have been performed in the operating theater as well. The work and ministry being done at the C&MA supported hospital is well known at The Village Church and throughout the Shell Point community, as the OB-GYN at the hospital is Dr. Dan Nesselroade, son of Above: Jessica Schaeffer, a nurse at the Koutiala Hospital in Mali, West Africa, will speak about her experiences helping mothers abroad.

Pastor Ken Nesselroade and nephew of Dr. David Nesselroade. This month, we have the opportunity to meet another member of the medical team, as she visits The Village Church during the annual Missions Festival. This international worker is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. After finishing her nurse’s training, she completed a degree at Alliance Theological Seminary and then worked as an emergency room nurse and ministered in Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. She joined the team at the Koutiala Hospital in 2005. In Mali, she is training nurses and participating in ministries in the local African church. About a year ago she helped to care for premature triplets and has continued a relationship with their mother, Nana. This international worker will be featured during the Missions Festival at a special Women’s Ministries Global Outreach program on Wednesday, January 27, at

The Koutiala Women’s and Children’s Hospital

10:15 a.m. in The Village Church. If you would like to hear how God is at work offering hope to mothers and their babies at the Koutiala Hospital, you will enjoy this pleasant morning with the young vibrant nurse who has a passion for sharing her talents and her love of God. Bible Study Begins February 2

The Women’s Ministries study of the book of Esther using Beth Moore’s book, It’s Tough Being a Woman, will begin again on Tuesday, February 2, at 9:45 a.m. in The Village Church. The study will continue for five weeks.

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L-R: Bessie Zaverdinos (Macoma), Ron Bach (Oakmont), Shirley Groves (Sundial), Bill Brooks (Eagles Preserve), Maxine Brooks (Eagles Preserve), Stephen Zaverdinos (Macoma), and a place for you!

Each January, as the word “Alpha” starts to pop up around the community, many begin to wonder what the excitement is all about. Alpha began about 25 years ago in London and has since spread around the world. The courses cover the basic questions of Christianity, such as, Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus have to die? How does God guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit? and does God heal today? You are invited to come and learn more

about Alpha during its opening night at Shell Point on Tuesday, January 12. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a buffet dinner, at tables of eight, prepared by Chef Joel Bachhuber. A DVD, Christianity, Boring, Irrelevant, Untrue?, will follow the dinner. Presenter Nicky Gumbel is known for using humor and illustrations to convey his topic. Gumbel studied law at Cambridge, theology at Oxford, and is a rector at Holy Trinity Brompton Anglican Church in London.

If you enjoy the opening night, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the remaining courses. Alpha will continue each Tuesday through March 30. Each session will be held in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation, and concluding at 7:45 p.m. Alpha is sponsored by The Village Church. A suggested donation of $8 per week helps with the cost of the meal. Bus transportation will be available if requested in advance. To reserve your space for the opening night of Alpha, call the church office at 454-2147. Act now; the deadline to register is January 8 and spaces go quickly.

A Monumental Tour 2010 Shell Point Travel Series includes Washington, D.C. VISIT ALL THE GREAT SIGHTS IN DC — the WWII, Korean War, Iwo Jima and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the National Cathedral, Mount Vernon, White House Visitor Center, and more! Shell Point residents have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. in April. Following a direct flight into the nation’s capital, travelers will enjoy a Potomac River dinner cruise, featuring live entertainment and striking views of historic monuments and federal buildings. The next day will begin with a narrated tour of the nation’s capital to learn the inner workings of the political landscape. Visit the National Cathedral with its 53 bells, 215 stained glass windows, and 10,650


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pipes in its great organ. Next, enjoy a tram tour of the Arlington National Cemetery and view the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Other stops will include the National Mall, as well as the Iwo Jima, WWII, Korean War, and Franklin Roosevelt Memorials. On the third day, enjoy a tour of the White House Visitor Center. Shell Point travelers will also have the choice of touring Air and Space, American History, or the Natural History Museum. Finally, tour the U.S. Capital Visitor’s Center with its soaring spaces and skylight views. Spend

the afternoon touring Mount Vernon and President George Washington’s estate overlooking the spectacular Potomac River. Of course, Shell Point travelers always have the luxury of stress-free traveling. Leave the details to the Shell Point staff and the experts from Isings Travel. Dinner reservations, hotel reservations, and gratuities are all arranged, allowing for a smooth and relaxing travel experience. If you are interested in signing up for the trip to Washington, D.C., or for future trips to America’s Canyonlands, or a European Cruise with the optional trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play, stop by either service desk for more information.

Learning Languages in the


Couple’s Ministry through Wycliff Bible Translators Touched Thousands in Guatemala The study of linguistics and a passion for field work led Marvin Mayers and his wife, Marilyn, on a journey to the coffee highlands of Guatemala that lasted more than a decade.

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Learning Languages in the Jungle


EACHING others how to communicate in a cross-cultural setting has been a lifetime passion of Marv Mayers and his wife, Marilyn. Throughout the years, Marv has trained thousands of educators, missionaries, and students to communicate cross-culturally through his books, publications, and teaching.

Above: Calvario, a building where the dead are taken for a funeral before burial. San Cristobal Verapaz, Guatemala. Left:The Mayers lived among the Pocomchi. Homes were like this adobe hut with grass roof. The mountain roads were one lane, rocky, and steep; the couple’s van had difficulties traveling on this “highway.” Far left: A washer woman carries a pot of water.

Survivor Training Camp

Marv and Marilyn Mayers (Sand Dollar), began their journey together in the coffee highlands of Guatemala, following their wedding in 1952. Before traveling into the mysterious land of the Mayan civilization, Marv and Marilyn were required to complete a jungle survivor camp in southern Mexico that was used to teach missionaries how to survive on the land and in the jungles of South America. Following the camp, they stepped back in time while living among the pine forest hills and Mayan communities. Marv, Marilyn, and their two children lived in Indian-style huts with mud floors surrounded by tropical plants and colorful birds. Their zipped-up hammocks made of netting allowed them to bypass encounters with the more exotic creatures during the night. Marv remembered one particularly eventful experience with the hammocks. “I can still hear the ping of Marilyn’s hammock twine

Below:The twice-a-week market in Tamahu, where the Mayers lived.Women used towels to keep the sun off their heads and to help balance their baskets.

breaking one night when she was expecting with our first child. Fortunately, I managed to get her out of the hammock before it fell and I let her use mine while I slept on the ground that night.” Faced with a variety of ethnic groups and dialects, learning the Pocomchi (Mayan) language was no small task. However, Marv and Marilyn were not deterred. And once they mastered the language, they began translating the New Testament for Wycliffe Bible Translators. While serving as a translator,

Marv also earned his MA in linguistics and a PhD in social and cultural anthropology. These specialized degrees helped Marv produce translations for Wycliffe that were both linguistically and culturally relevant to the Mayan people. By studying both the language and the culture of a society, he was able to understand their reactions to different situations, thus, providing an insight into effective communication. Meanwhile, Marilyn entered the administrative side of Wycliffe and eventually became the managing editor of the academic publications department. Her excellent typing and editing skills brought an abundance of translating opportuniMarv working with Mariano, who helped him to learn Pocomchi, an unwritten language.Village of San Cristoties while allowing her to assist Marv bal by a lake, where Marv’s language helper would catch fish and bring them one occasionally. Inset: Inside the house of a Pocomchi family, the couple proudly demonstrates the weaving done on a backstrap loom. with his publications. 8

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SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS Communicating Across Cultures to Translate the Gospel

A local shop owner

A typical mountain vista in the highlands of Guatemala.

A group of young Pocomchi boys sitting on the step of the Mayers’ house beginning to learn to read from the first primers in their language. A Passion for Publishing

Although Marv has more than 30 publications taken from his conceptual writings and The The Nazarene Nazarene teachings, as well as several books, he gives Evangelical Evangelical Church Church in in accolades to Marilyn for being an excellent San San Miguel, Miguel, Chicaj. Chicaj. typist and editor. Languages of Guatemala was published shortly after they left Guatemala. In Christianity Confronts Culture, first published in 1974, Marv looked at four cross-culTeaching Intercultural Communication tural communication models and the Marv and Marilyn left their jungle foundation for bonding with other people. A lifestyle in 1965 and returned to the U.S. so Look at Latin American Lifestyles followed in their daughters could finish their education in 1976 and was the very first manuscript America. For nine years, Marv taught at Marilyn typed using a computer. Wheaton College near Chicago while Marilyn Marv co-authored Cultural Anthropology, worked in the finance office. This was followed a Christian Perspective with Stephen Grunlan by teaching at the University of in 1979, and A Look at Filipino Texas at Arlington for eight Lifestyles was published in 1980. years. However, the pinnacle of Marv also co-authored Marv’s career came when the the popular book Ministering family moved to Los Angeles, Cross-Culturally with Sherwood California. In 1983, Marv Lingenfelter in 1986. This book became the founding dean of continues to be a resource for Biola University’s School of many Bible colleges, church Intercultural Studies. Biola University as it originally study groups, and missionaries. The school began with stood in 1926, before expand- It also continues to generate ing to include the School of two graduate programs, one in revenues that provide over Intercultural Studies where intercultural studies and the $5,000 in annual student Marv was the founding Dean. other in world missions. The scholarships. school expanded within the first year to include a Doctor of Missiology degree. Marv was instrumental in guiding the school toward preparing its students to work with other cultures both at home and abroad. In 1994, Biola University honored Marv for his exemplary work when they dedicated the Mayers Auditorium, which is used for events and large classes.

Above: A dictionary and two Scripture portions that were translated by Marv were among the first publications in the Pocomchi language. The Pocomchi Texts, a book of stories about their culture, was written by Marv as a tool to help him learn and understand the language. Contributions Continue

This exploratory couple found Shell Point in December 1993. However, they didn’t sit still for long. During their first few years as residents of Shell Point, they both volunteered for the community’s newsletter, preparing a monthly column highlighting residents who were “making a difference” at Shell Point. Marv also taught at Edison State College as an adjunct professor for 13 years, and at the Fort Myers campus of the University of South Florida, which merged with FGCU. Marilyn Marv and continued with her linMarilyn Mayers guistics editing during their first five years at Shell Point and has since continued typing and editing manuscripts, helping others take their books from the draft stage to the publisher-ready stage. They remain an active and vibrant couple in the Shell Point community. Shell Point Life | January 2010


Swiss Miss Resident Dotty Morrison Traveled to Switzerland to Visit Her Missionary Brother Resident Dotty Morrison was excited to travel recently to Switzerland to visit her brother, David, who serves as a missionary for Operation Mobilization in Zurich. While on her trip, Dotty maintained a vivid daily blog that served as a travelogue of her journeys. We asked Dotty to share some of the stories and photographs from her exciting trip. With several layers under my winter coat, I walked through the streets of Lohn and Mathon, wishing for a little sun to break through the clouds.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS Operation Mobilization In October, I spent 21 days touring Switzerland, with side trips to Latvia and Germany on my trip to visit my brother, David, a missionary with Operation Mobilization in Zurich. As it turns out, all of the walking that I do at Shell Point really helped to prepare me for all of the hiking I did during the trip. When I went to the region of three famous peaks, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, I spent two and a half hours hiking a fivemile mountain trail that descended 2,100 feet! A highlight of my trip was a day birding with David and ornithologist Martin Spiess. Lake Neuchatel was full of almost 10,000 birds which went screamWhile visiting Germany, the three mile walk to Kandern took me past woods, dairy farms, and orchards. I enjoyed the chilly October air while collecting leaves and seeds.


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ing into the air as a young ingly beautiful in their own eagle threatened them from way. above. As the eagle flew When I returned to the back into the forest, we land of palms and sea shells, I watched as thousands of began reflecting on my wonswans, gulls, and pochards derful trip and what I will miss. settled back on the lake. I’ll definitely miss the mounOne weekend, we drove tains. Like nothing else, those through the first snowfall to towering peaks reminded me of the small town of Donat, The churches rising above the majesty and power of God. not far from the Italian bor- the snowy landscape created For a full recap of my trip, Christmas cards in my mind. der. While there, visit my blog at www.shellswe visited Juf, the highest perma- You will learn more nently-inhabited town in Europe. It about my Swiss adventures, as well as my is about 7,200 feet above sea level. journeys to Germany and Latvia, including As we walked along, we saw a some Shell Point connections. Enjoy! stream rushing downhill. The top surfaces were frozen solid, and only a small amount of water continued to tumble down the hillside under the frozen icicles. The barrenness of the land made it David and I enjoyed a day birding at Lake Neuchatel. completely different from other parts of Switzerland, which were each breathtak-

Into the

Remotest Corners of the World

SPTV’s Dan Philgreen Traveled to Over 30 Countries Filming Missionaries

Top row L-R: A somber visit to the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia. Filming on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dan on assignment with Campus Crusade in Kiev, Ukraine. Left: Dan on the road to Jerusalem from the Dead Sea.

Dan Philgreen has become a familiar face to residents who watch SPTV, but many do not realize that he has only been at Shell Point for just over two years. SPTV is the latest chapter in an amazing career that has included travels to more than 30 countries filming missionaries and their ministries around the world. Dan graduated with a Master’s degree in Cinema from Bob Jones University in 1980

decade. Later, he worked as an independent producer for several more years as he continued to travel the planet. Dan then taught video production at Columbia International University in South Carolina from 2000 to 2006 before coming to Shell Point Dan will be sharing stories from his adventures and travels in a Passport to the World program in January. See page 17 for details.

and after marrying his wife, Esther (the daughter of missionaries from Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), he embarked upon a career in film and video production. In 1986, Dan joined the team of Campus Crusade for Christ and filmed for the organization in remote corners of the world for nearly a

A remote village on the Amazon River near Iquitos, Peru

Filming in front of Big Ben in London, and in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris for Campus Crusade.

The Mount of Precipitation in Israel

At the Berlin Wall with Mike Adamson, another video producer with Campus Crusade.

Filming Wycliffe Bible Translator, Marilyn Laszlo, in Hauna Village; and the village of Sanapian on the Sepik River in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. Shell Point Life | January 2010


Partnering with Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Caribbean Shell Point residents experienced the life-changing effect of missions as they traveled to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. STO

















Undoubtedly, one of the primary prior- where missionaries frequently spend the ities of The Christian and Missionary major portion of their energy on developing Alliance is the development and support of and maintaining the financial support they missions worldwide. But the C&MA is will need to live and serve abroad. unique among most The funds to support Protestant denominations in these missionaries are raised that individual missionaries through the C&MA’s Great are not required to raise Commission Fund, which is their own support. Instead, supported by donations from those who experience a permembers across the country sonal call to the mission and around the world. The field and are accepted into Village Church at Shell Point Missionary Julie Stutler (left) missionary service by the has been a longtime supporter with Punta Cana resident Ana. denomination are asked to of the Great Commission devote their energies to preparing themselves Fund and through its annual efforts has for service while the denomination provides helped to provide support to missionaries in the financial support for their ministry. This is countries all over the globe. quite the opposite of most denominations Continued on page 14 12

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During the eight day trip, the Shell Point team engaged in a variety of activities aimed at establishing relationships and encouraging dialogue. Highlights included a walking tour of an impoverished neighborhood, a pie making demonstration and workshop, seminars on education and photography, a Thanksgiving dinner, and attending formal and informal worship services and devotionals.

SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS Team from Village Church Travels to Dominican Republic

A group of Shell Point residents traveled to the Dominican Republic to continue the efforts that had been previously begun by other groups during the past two years.This team included Dick and Eleanor Pease (Royal Bonnet), Perry and Doris Wydman (Rosemont), Bill Benysh (Sand Dollar), Don Tompkinson (Eagles Preserve), and Pastor Ken Nesselroade of the Village Church. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Doris Wydman with Punta Cana resident Milagros. • A Santo Domingo-based missionary singing with children in a Haitian village. • The group enjoyed several meals with Zac and Julie Stutler along with teachers and professionals from Punta Cana. A prayer circle at the House of Blessing Church in Santo Domingo. • Frank, a businessman with the Punta Cana Groupo corporation, talks business with team members Perry Wydman and Don Tompkinson.Throughout the trip Don was able to offer invaluable computer technology assistance to the National Missionary Office in Santo Domingo and business professionals in Punta Cana.

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The Dominican Republic is a contradiction of images.The country’s extreme poverty is juxtaposed against the island’s tropical beauty. Below, the team visiting from Shell Point took a tour of one of the impoverished areas to hear about some of the problems experienced by the local people.

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This efficient and practical method for providing missionary support still works. However, in addition to raising support for the Great Commission Fund, The Village Church has also determined that it is beneficial to participate in short-term mission trips as a method for helping members of the congregation experience firsthand the important life-changing effects that missions can have on an individual. With that in mind, The Village Church decided to launch a missionary partnership that reached out to a growing ministry in the Dominican Republic. “It was our mutual desire to develop per-


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sonal relationships, connecting the missionary team in the Dominican Republic, The Village Church at Shell Point, the Alliance national church in the Dominican Republic, and the people of the Dominican Republic,” said Glenda Stephenson, Village Church administrator and the coordinator for the project. As she explained, “We want to work together in strategic and creative ways, specifically working with business and professional people, a growing segment in the country.” “It was also our desire that through this partnering relationship, we could enhance the vision and passion for missions in the hearts of all individuals worshiping at The Village

Church on a regular basis,” she continued. The first trip to the Dominican Republic was in the fall of 2008. A group of Village Church members and staff formed a team that included Dick and Miriam Armstrong, Dan and Cynthia Linstedt, Ken and Elaine Nesselroade, and Glenda Stephenson. According to Glenda, “The first trip was for the purpose of establishing the relationship, planning, and setting up a process for return visits to the area.” The church outlined a clear set of goals, which has been helpful in guiding the team’s approach. Ken Nesselroade, senior pastor of The Village Church, was on the first team to visit the country and he is excited about the progress that is already being made. “Our priorities are to connect regularly with the missionary team, encouraging them, praying for them, and helping them with ministry opportunities.” The intent was to begin by encouraging and working with the missionary team in the area of strategic planning, which was the focus of the trip in September 2009. From that starting point, there are numerous opportunities for special projects which may

Sand Dollar resident Bill Benysh, a retired photo journalist, traveled with the group for the purpose of coming back to“tell the story”of what was being accomplished in Punta Cana and the country as a whole. Through photographs of the people and the area, Bill’s pictures tell the story of the wonderful ministry that is occurring in the Dominican Republic. Former missionary DorisWydman, translated Pastor Ken Nesselroade’s comments into Spanish.

include special training workshops for business professionals, teaching in the Bible Institute, and special training for the country’s national church leaders. This past November, a second group returned to the country to continue the efforts that had been previously begun, specifically helping with the start of a new church in Punta Cana, a small tourist town located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. This group included Dick and Eleanor Pease, Perry and Doris Wydman, Bill Benysh, Don Tompkinson, and Pastor Ken Nesselroade. “We are especially pleased to hear the initial reports of the progress that our second team experienced,” remarked Pastor Ken. “We look forward to many more opportunities to partner with our missionary team overseas.”

The team held a number of workshops and activities that helped open doors and build relationships. Dick and Eleanor Pease gave a presentation on their missionary work in Japan. Earlier Eleanor taught on second language acquisition to educators, and Doris Wydman taught a pie baking class to neighborhood women.

“We look forward to many more opportunities to partner with our missionary team overseas.” – Pastor Ken Nesselroade

The Shell Point group found prayer and worship times especially meaningful with Pastor Marcelino in his church in a village between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.

Everyone enjoyed celebrating an early Thanksgiving dinner with C&MA missionary couple Zac and Julie Stutler in their new home in Punta Cana. Shell Point Life | January 2010


Passport to the World Shell Point Will Be Bringing the World to You in 2010 Put away your suitcases, keep your U.S. passport in a safe location, and stop looking all around for great airline deals… Shell Point is bringing the world to you!


repare to embark on a full year of fun as Shell Point launches the year-long Passport to the World celebration. Each resident will receive their very own Passport to the World Travel Log. Be sure to keep this “Passport” in a safe place, because you will be using it throughout the year. Check your mailbox on January 4 for your official Passport and additional details regarding the festivities. Throughout 2010, beginning with January, Shell Point will offer numerous events to highlight a variety of regions around the world. While flipping through

your event calendars, Academy brochures, or checking out dining events, look for the official Passport to the World logo and bring your passport to the program to receive a stamp. By receiving one stamp per month, you will be able to enter a drawing that will take place at the culmination of the program in December. If any of the monthly themes sparks a program idea, please contact Mary Franklin, resort services manager at 454-2152. And if you have stories of your experiences in any of the regions, please call Rochelle Cherniawski, communications coordinator, at 454-2055.

PASSPORT TO THE WORLD DESTINATIONS: JANUARY Set Sail for Polynesia FEBRUARY Explore Mysterious Egypt MARCH Visit the Emerald Isle of Ireland APRIL Discover the Ancient Orient MAY Head South of the Border to Latin America JUNE Backpack Across Europe JULY The Beauty of North America AUGUST Bask in the Sunny Greek Isles SEPTEMBER Indulge in Exotic India OCTOBER Experience Germany

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NOVEMBER Trek Out of Africa and into Adventure! DECEMBER Holidays Around the World


Set Sail for Polynesia A Healthier You Fitness Challenge

Polynesian Cuisine Cooking Class

31-Day Walking Program

Monday, January 25, 11 a.m. in the Social Center

The Health Club staff is joining in the fun of the Passport to the World program. Each month there will be a different fitness competition, related to the passport theme, to keep your health on track. This month, take the 93-mile trek across The Big Island of Hawaii. You have 31 days to walk or bike up the volcanoes and across lava flows to a healthier you. To sign-up to participate, contact Melanie Brod or Cheryl Cooper, fitness coordinators, at The Island Health Club. Tracking sheets will be available at each of the Health Clubs.

Resident chefs,Ruth Deuber and Dede D’Arcy will take us on a culinary adventure in the Academy, as we celebrate January’s Polynesian theme with a delicious Polynesian cooking class. The menu will feature a sampler of tropical delights and the $8 fee for the course covers the cost of the basic food items. The best part of the course is that participants will get to eat the results! Register for the class at either Service Desk.

Tommy Bahama Dinner Outing Friday, January 8, bus pick-ups begin at 4:15 p.m. Got a craving for fried conch fritters or mahi mahi? Then sign up to join your friends and neighbors on a trip to Naples for this Passport to the World dinner outing, which celebrates this month’s exciting destination. Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment with good food and an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind. See the Happenings Calendar for details and sign-up information.

Hawaiian Islands Cruise Wednesday, January 20

Shell Point residents depart for 16-night Hawaiian Cruise. Aloha!

Travel Treks with Dan Philgreen

Polynesian Night Tropical Luau at the Crystal Thursday, January 28 Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, or Happy New Year as they say in Hawaii. The Crystal Dining Room is pleased to present their first Passport to the World Dining event, a Luau buffet dinner. The Crystal Room’s chefs will offer guests variations on popular South Pacific cuisine as they walk among decorations inspired by the lush tropical islands of Hawaii. The Crystal will be filled with the fun and memorable sounds of a traditional luau with authentic Polynesian entertainment provided by Toa Tropical Productions. Prepare to be transported to an island paradise.

Friday, January 22, 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room Hear Dan Philgreen of SPTV share stories from his 15-year career filming missionaries around the world in more than 30 countries. See page 11 for details.

Be sure to bring your Passport to the World Travel Log to each event you attend to receive your stamp credit for the event. Don’t forget, by receiving one stamp per month, you will be able to enter the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.

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Speaking of…

A number of engagements have been planned to entertain, provoke thought, enlighten, and stimulate ideas. Don’t miss these opportunities! PRESENTING THE 2010 SHELL POINT SPEAKER SERIES The 2010 Shell Point Speaker Series kicks off this month. And for just $75, you can enrich your mind, body, and spirit by attending all three engaging presentations. On January 21, Dan Buettner, will begin the series by sharing the secrets of a long life. The series will continue on February 12 as Dr. Gary Small reviews the intersection of science and lifestyle and tells you how to keep your brain young. The series will conclude on February 25 when Dr. Harold Koenig explores the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health.

Tickets Tickets for th e Speaker Se ries are availab le for only $ 75 and can be p at either serv urchased ice desk or by calling 454 -206


Dan Beuttner

Dr. Harold Koenig

Blue Zones: Unlocking the Secret of a Long Life

Religion, Spirituality, and Health

Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. World-renowned explorer and National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has traveled the world with his team of researchers to discover Blue Zones - hot spots of human health and vitality. Along the way he’s met people teeming with vigor at age 100 and beyond. Learn what explains extraordinary longevity and what is the optimal healthy diet. Dan will offer a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years. The New York Times best-selling author will tell stories of the four longestlived cultures and also share nine habits that will put extra years into your life and life into your years.


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Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Gary Small

Keep a Brain Young Friday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatric and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Center on Aging, and a leading expert on memory, aging, and the brain. His team has developed brain imaging technology that allows physicians to detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease years before patients show symptoms. Dr. Small will share the latest medical and scientific evidence on how to protect your brain to live better and longer. Hear the research-based evidence about the effect that lifestyle has on one’s ability to live with health, vibrancy, and cognitive sharpness.

Dr. Harold G. Koenig is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Assoc. Professor of Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Koenig is also the founding co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. His research on the connection between religion and health has been featured on national and international TV news programs. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health. Dr. Koenig will examine the relationship of religion, spirituality, and health and propose a model of how religion and spirituality may impact physical health through mind-body connections. He will then explore the relationship between religion and physical health, immune functioning, cardiovascular functioning, and longevity.



Expert Economist Presents Back From the Brink: An Unforgettable Brush with a Second Great Depression Thursday, January 7, at 7:15 p.m. in the Auditorium/IS In just a few short months President and Financial in late 2008 and early 2009, Economist at Irving American citizens watched in Trust Company in New stunned disbelief as the econYork. Dr. Jones began omy of the most prosperous his career as an econonation on the planet took a mist with the Federal free-fall that brought our counReserve Bank of New try to the brink of economic York from 1963 to meltdown. 1968. In light of the current efforts A highly regarded to rebuild and the various issues economist, educator, that still affect our economy, and expert on U.S. David Jones Shell Point is pleased to bring financial markets, Dr. Economist nationally known and respected Jones is interviewed or economist and consultant, Dr. David M. quoted almost weekly in newspapers and on Jones, for a timely presentation entitled, national television and has lectured at many Back From the Brink: An Unforgettable Brush seminars, conferences, and banking schools, with a Second Great Depression. including the University of Michigan’s Dr. David Jones is President and CEO of Public Finance Institute, The Financial DMJ Advisors, a Denver-based consulting Analysts Seminar at Northwestern Univerfirm. In addition, he is an Executive Professor sity, the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate of Economics at the Lutgert College of School of Banking, Vanderbilt University’s Business at Florida Gulf Coast University. Graduate School of Business, University of Previously, Dr. Jones was with Aubrey G. Chicago, Life Officers’ Investment Seminar, Lanston Co. Inc. (a government securities and Columbia University’s Financial dealer) from September 1972 through March Management Program. 2000, where he served as Chief Economist, Dr. Jones has also lectured in Europe, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Asia and the Middle East. In addition, He In addition to Dr. Jones’ management has been a regular economic commentator responsibilities, his duties included the analy- on CNBC, CNN, Nightly Business Report sis of Federal Reserve policy actions and (PBS), and other network and cable TV interest rate forecasting. news shows. He has been featured in Smart From 1968 to 1972, he was Vice Money and Money magazines.

Among his duties at the New York Fed were those of Head of the Business Conditions Section where the Bank’s economic forecasts are prepared. He was also an Economist for the Domestic Trading Desk where Federal Reserve open market operations are carried out. Dr. Jones received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. degree with honors from Coe College. He is author of the landmark classic book on Federal Reserve policy, Fed Watching And Interest-Rate Projections: A Practical Guide, published in 1986 (2nd Ed. 1989); The Politics of Money: The Fed Under Alan Greenspan published in 1991; The Buck Starts Here: How the Federal Reserve Can Make or Break Your Financial Future, published in 1995, and Unlocking The Secrets Of The Fed: How Monetary Policy Affects the Economy and Your Wealth-Creation Potential, published by John Wiley & Sons, in 2002. This Special Presentation is Free and Open to the Public

Back From the Brink: An Unforgettable Brush with a Second Great Depression is sponsored by the Legacy Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public. Please invite friends, relatives and business associates to attend this TH O intriguing presentation. BO T EN C OP BLI PU

Challenges for Media Wednesday, January 20 •10 a.m. Grand Cypress Rm/WDL The rise of Internet news and the tumultuous economic recession have posed numerous challenges for the media industry. Barbara Lindstrom, Executive Producer of Television and News Media for WGCU Public Media; and David Plazas, Community Conversation Editor for The News-Press; will share how those challenges have impacted their industry and how their

organizations have developed and implemented real innovations to survive the evolving media climate. Barbara and David are both knowledgeable and engaging professionals, and they love what they do. Come hear them share their side of the media story and learn how you play an important role in supporting the local media.

Barbara Lindstrom of WGCU Public Media and David Plazas of the News-Press will discuss the changing face of the media.

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Salon Offers Transportation Service Convenient Salon Shuttle Available for Island Residents B









We are pleased to announce that we now offer a golf cart shuttle service to the Island Salon for Island residents. Court pickup will be scheduled 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This convenient new transportation service is available for only $2 round trip, and is available for both the ladies and the men. We will pick you up with a smile and, of course, protect your hair on the way home. To schedule the Salon shuttle for your next appointment, please call 489-8400 extension #1. In addition, the Shell Point shuttle bus stops at



Island residents who need transportation to their next Salon appointment can schedule the Salon Shuttle service to pick them up fifteen minutes prior to their appointment time. Diane Biolchini, Robyn Church and the Salon staff are standing by.

the Administration Circle on The Island and The Arbor at The Woodlands, making transportation to both Salons convenient for all neighborhoods. We are happy to adjust appointment times to coordinate with bus schedules. Visit any service desk for shuttle bus information between neighborhoods.

Kendal Colosimo Goes From The Toes Up To The Nose Please join us in congratulating Kendal Colosimo, Island Salon nail technician, for successfully graduating from an extensive esthetics training program and receiving her Florida Specialty License in skin care. Kendal showed tremendous due diligence in her studies with exceptional test scores throughout the program. She has already had the opportunity to provide facials and skin care treatments to a number of residents. Each customer returned glowing reports of praise, professionalism, and attention to detail. If you have not experienced skin care services at Shell Point, now is the perfect time to start.

For those of you who caught our “brain teaser” in the December issue of Shell Point Life, our featured hair style was actually modeled by resident Jean Gilman (Cameo), not Natalie Gudeman (Cameo). Special thanks to both ladies for being such good sports!

Salon Anniversary Gift Certificate Winners

Salon employee Kendal Colosimo is now avaliable for skin care and nail services. Photo at right displays a mineral mask, which is the top layer of the Four-Layer Facial available at the Salon.

Three residents received $40 gift certificates toward salon and spa services from the raffle drawing celebrating the salon’s 4th anniversary. One name was drawn from each salon location. Congratulations to:


* Susan Miltner (Parkwood)


* Ree Anderson (Harbor Court) * Edna Moore (Pavilion)

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Pull out your blue suede shoes and get ready for the Fourth Annual Resident and Staff Variety Show!The theme is based around the 1950s and 1960s, and all acts should resonate with this time period. The fun will take place on Tuesday evening, April 27. More information will be presented in future issues of Shell Point Life. If you have questions, or would like to register to perform in the show, please call Mary Franklin, resort services manager, at 454-2152.

THE NEW YEAR BRINGS EXCITING CONCERTS TO SHELL POINT Pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski Tuesday, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. Konstantin Soukhovetski is rapidly earning a reputation as a remarkable young pianist who captivates audiences with his distinctive lyricism, immaculate technique, vigor, refinement, and drama. He is laureate of major competitions, including World Piano Competition, Naumburg, Cleveland, and Juilliard competitions. His recent highlights include recitals in Amman, Jordan; and Beirut, Lebanon; Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall; Pro Arte Musical, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Rockefeller University, and Kent State University to name a few. He also played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Austin Symphony, with Steven Ramsey, and Hilton Head Orchestra with Mary Woodmansee Green. This performance will take place in the Grand Cypress Room of the Woodlands. Tickets are available for $25 by calling 454-2067 or visiting

Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass

Sunday, January 10, at 6:15 p.m.

It has become a tradition to begin the New Year at The Village Church with a concert featuring Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass. The group of Christian musicians from around the U.S. will perform a selection of their original arrangements. For more than 20 years, They perform more than 100 concerts each season with three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards, and percussion. Playing a wide variety of music from Gabrieli to hymn classics, from Handel to jazz spirituals, and from gospel songs to patriotic marches, The King’s Brass uses all corners of the concert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise. For more information or to purchase tickets for $10, call 454-2147.

Inkas Wasi Brings Music from the Andes Tuesday, January 19, at 6:45 p.m. Resort Services is pleased to present Inkas Wasi for an evening of vibrant music from Peru. Peruvian music is an amalgamation of sounds and styles drawing on Peru’s Andean musical roots and Spanish musical influences. Many rhythms and dances of the Andes remain today as a testament to the Peruvian’s commitment to pass on the traditions of their ancestors. The members of Inkas Wasi are natives of Peru who love to express themselves in the international language of music. Indigenous Instruments

Most of the instruments played by Inkas Wasi are crafted from indigenous materials. Percussion instruments, called

Bombos, are made from animal skins. Quenilla, Quena, and Quenacho flutes are from oneto five-feet long and can produce a range of five octaves. Chakchas and Rain Sticks are used to keep rhythm with the flutes. The Chakchas are made from fruit seeds and animal hooves. The Rain Sticks are made of narrow cacti filled with seeds and crab shells. The Charango, a double-stringed instrument like a guitar, has been featured for centuries as an important component in festivals and celebrations. It is made from Peruvian armadillo shells and wood.

Don’t miss the authentic Peruvian music by Inkas Wasi at The Village Church on January 19 at 6:45 p.m.

The melodic and haunting music of Inkas Wasi will be heard in The Village Church on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:45 p.m. If you close your eyes and listen, you may even feel like you are standing in the ruins of Machu Picchu. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at either service desk beginning on January 4.

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Start the New Year with Lifelong Learning Opportunities Offered Right at Home BY TERI KOLLATH, THE ACADEMY AND





The Spring Trimester of The Academy brings a wide variety of course offerings to enhance the pursuit of lifelong learning at Shell Point.

Bridge classes to reflect the progress of Shell Point Bridge players. Bridge Revisited has turned into Intermediate Bridge while Intermediate Bridge has become Two Over One. These classes begin on January 6. COFFEE WITH A NEIGHBOR A brand new writing class takes shape on Les Davidson (Eagles Preserve) will take January 6, as Hallie Cirino, Ed. M. Harvard us on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands Graduate School of Education, begins through his stunning photos on Thursday, Creative Writing with a session of four January 14. classes offered throughout the trimester. Another writing option is Creating COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES Memoirs taught by Phyllis Bailey-Starmer, Take a look at the multiple challenges an experienced and supportive instructor that the recession and the rise of internet who has coached many Shell Point residents news have had on our local media during a in writing their memoirs. special presentation called Challenges for Beginning on Friday, January 8, artists Media. Barbara Lindstrom, executive pro- will have the opportunity to paint in the ducer of television and news media from beautiful and well-lit craft room at The WGCU Public Media, and David Plazas, Arbor. Herb Sklar (Eagles Preserve) will community conversation editor from The meet with the painters each Friday morning News-Press, will lead this intriguing course to provide instruction. The studio will on Wednesday, January 20. remain open throughout the day for artists registered for the course, Acrylics and FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING Water Based Oil Painters’ Studio Plus The Anatomy of Words, led by Jackie Lecture. Ferguson (Rosemont) begins the trimester Bongo Man Dennis Dial will be back in on Monday, January 4, with another series January to teach Hand Drumming. filled with the camaraderie of etymologists Beginning on Wednesday, January 13, and those who just plain enjoy the English Dennis will offer three one-on-one, halflanguage. hour sessions. Take one or take Professor Adrian Kerr them all. The more times you sign will present a series on The up, the more experience and fun History of the Rise and Fall you will have. of Rome. The course will Fran Allison (Junonia) introbegin on Tuesday, January 5, duces you to the fascinating world of and last four weeks. genealogy, beginning with the The first of three AARP Professor Adrian Kerr basics, on Monday, January 18. The will present a four Driver Safety Classes will Genealogy lesson will continue on week course on the take place on Wednesday, January 25 with information on how rise and fall of Rome. January 6, with a six-hour to proceed. refresher course taught by Caroline Sapsfold Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle) and Dede (Junonia). The course will focus on age- D’Arcy (Royal Bonnet) will bring the related physical changes and how to adjust Passport to the World theme alive with a driving habits to allow for these changes. taste of Polynesian Cuisine on Monday, Susan Willoughby has updated her January 25.


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A flock of Roseate Spoonbills flies over the Everglades. Academy onThe Go heads to Everglades National Park on Wednesday, January 13. Enjoy scenic views while riding the Shark Valley Tram which makes a 15-mile loop through the park.

Dan Parker, manager of engineering services, will discuss indoor air quality on Monday, January 25. By discussing Mold, Mildew, and Dust, Dan will share what Shell Point is doing for air quality and the role you play. Herb Sklar (Eagles Preserve) will share another facet of his artistic expertise as he provides a six-week course, The Eye of the Photographer, that will help you take better pictures. The January Legacy Seminar brings internationally known financial expert David Jones, President and CEO of DMJ Advisors, LLC, a Financial expert Denver based consulting firm, David Jones will to discuss Back From The give a presentation Brink: An Unforgettable on January 7 Brush With A Second Great Depression on Thursday, January 7. This highly regarded economist, educator, and expert on U.S. financial markets, has authored several books. His seminar will be a great way to celebrate financial wellness month. Lynn Wallen, PhD and cognitive fitness facilitator, is returning with updated brain wellness courses and a brand new series. She will offer four courses in January, and repeat them again in March. The first course, 10

Steps to Brain Fitness, is offered Monday, ACADEMY ON THE GO Bev Chandley, program coordinator, has January 4. Remembering Names and Faces follows on Monday, January 11. Memory some wonderful educational field trips Techniques is offered on Monday, January planned for the spring trimester. On January 18. And Mental Exercises will take place on 7, travel to Sarasota to Experience Marie Monday, January 25. Lynn’s new series, Life Selby Botanical Gardens. On Wednesday, January 13, visit the Review, will be offered in February. Lynne Frasier, B.S. exercise physiology, Everglades National Park for Wildlife At again offers a level one and a level two series Shark Valley Via Tram. of Balance Plus! Balance and Mobility COMPUTER COLLEGE Training. Balance Plus is a The Computer College offers comprehensive balance and a variety of classes in January for fall prevention program. every level of computer user. Beryl Pilates Stretch will be Bouchard (Junonia) will teach offered through three differHeaders and Footers; The Power ent four-week sessions, of Right Clicking will be taught beginning Monday, January by Dean Traxler (Rosemont); 4, giving students eight class Files, Folders & Flash Drives options offered throughout Plus Copy, Cut and Paste will be the trimester. Zumba, led by Denton Smith (Oakmont); beginning Tuesday, January Dr. Robert Brueck of Managing the Applications Soft5, has also been rearranged Associates in Cosmetic ware on Your Computer will be to give eight class options Surgery, will discuss offered three times through- plastic surgery and skin taught by Richard Nelson (Lakewood); After Absolute out the trimester. Lynn also cancer on January 18. Basics will be led by Russ Kraay has options with Pilates Chair, which gives the same benefits of (Oakmont); Word Processing Versions will Pilates Stretch, except all the postures and be taught Frank Di Vesta (Lakewood); Cle exercises will use a chair for support. Pilates Keeley (Periwinkle) will teach Designing and Making Greeting Cards on the Chair will begin on Tuesday, January 5. Cindy Merrill, medical oncology social Computer; and Larry Brock (Eagles worker at Regional Cancer Center, will Preserve) will teach Google Docs. share her 32 years of experience in the field SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY of cancer and the eight years of experience Brain Fitness classes, using web-based she has gained since she began cancer genetics with her presentation, Genetic Oncology brain fitness software, will begin on Monday, January 4, with My Vigorous on Tuesday, January 12. Hope Hospice will offer a volunteer train- Mind taught by Bruce Findley (Palm ing opportunity on Wednesday, January 13, Acres). Emily Kletzien (Periwinkle) will use for those who would like to become hospice the Nintendo DS Lite Big Brain Academy volunteers for Hope Hospice at Shell Point. software to teach a course beginning on Joe Pardi, volunteer trainer for Hope Hospice, Tuesday, January 5. A second session will begin on January 26. will lead Hospice Training for Volunteers. Photographer Frank Moore (Lakewood) Dr. Robert Brueck, Associates in Cosmetic Surgery, will discuss Plastic will teach How To Use Your First Digital Surgery on Monday, January 18. The pres- Camera on Wednesday, January 6, and entation will cover skin cancer and all of the Wednesday, January 13. Bruce Findley (Palm Acres) will teach issues Dr. Brueck addresses at The Arbor Cell Phone Prep School on Tuesday, Medical Center. The Role of the Case Managers at January 12, and Tuesday, January 26. Shell Point will be presented on Thursday, STAY CONNECTED TO THE ACADEMY January 21, by case managers Vivian Ciulla, For more information, please refer to The Janine Hammond, Kristen Judah, and Sandee Weber. This is an excellent oppor- Academy brochure, which is available at tunity to meet the case managers and learn either service desk and online at www.shellwhat their role is in the support services you Also, look for updates in the Weekly have as you transition throughout the levels Reminder and on SPTV. of care at Shell Point.

A Note to…

Pavilion Auxiliary Members It is Time to Turn in Your Records of Service Yes, it’s that time of year again! As you turn in this year’s Volunteer Signin Form, please remember to pick up your new Volunteer Record of Hours Served at either Service Desk. Your completed forms give us the concrete back-up we need to share the good news of the magnitude of our outstanding volunteer service programs. Auxiliary Annual Meeting to be Held January 28 – Watch for Invitation in the Mail Members of the Larsen Pavilion Auxiliary, please watch the mail for your invitation to the Auxiliary Annual Meeting, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. Please note, this is a correction to the date listed in the December issue of Shell Point Life. Don’t forget to pick up your ticket at either Service Desk by January 13. Auxiliary to Sponsor Spring Academy Presentation – Dr. Koenig on February 25 This year, instead of inviting the community to hear a sponsored speaker during the Auxiliary Annual Meeting, we will sponsor a presentation by Dr. Harold Koenig in the spring Academy. Mark your calendar to attend Dr. Koenig’s presentation, Purpose And Power In Retirement, on Thursday, February 25, at 3 p.m. in the church auditorium. Please see page 43 of your Academy brochure for more information.

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GratefullyYours! Friday,January 15 • 2:45 p.m.or 6:45 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the unique People,Places,& Events that weave together to create the Shell Point Community.

The Program will Include: • Highlights from 2009 • The Power of a Grateful Heart • Special Entertainment by Liberty Voices • Delectable Desserts and Gourmet Coffees Provided by FineMark National Bank & Trust

Watch for your invitation in the mail. RSVP to the Legacy Foundation by January 6. For further information call 466-8484.

¿A usted le gustaría hablar un poco en español? Jane Schwab (Oakmont) shops for veggies at Market Place. Photo by Chuck Durrell.

Market Place Did You Know... • The Market has three new vendors, the French Artisan, Peperonata Pasta and The Soap Peddler. • You can buy gourmet meals for two, like Paella or Homemade Pasta and Sauce. • You can request special items from almost any of the vendors such as fruits, vegetables, baked goods and flowers.

Visit Shell Point Market Place:

Friday, January 8, 15, 22, & 29 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


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Would you like to speak a little Spanish? The Spanish Conversation Club is There will be ten one-hour sessions for pleased to offer its programs again beginners, intermediate, and advanced learnthis winter at Shell Point. Beginning, interers in the afternoons on days and at times to be mediate, and high intermediate levels will start determined by the schedules of the instructor during the week of January 18 to 22. Courses and students who sign up. Spanish I includes will continue through March 31 or into April, beginners and those who have previously depending on students’ taken Spanish courses but schedules. feel a need for a thorough Those interested in review. Spanish II is for the learning Spanish are those who have some backinvited to attend a planground in the classroom or ning meeting at 3:00 p.m. traveling. And Spanish III is on Wednesday, January for those who have had more 6, in the Oak Room of Spanish background, even A one-way sign in Spanish The Woodlands. from long ago. The courses Instructor Elizabeth Nolan, a native will use Spanish is Fun Book I and/or Book II. Spanish speaker, will be introduced at the Spanish III will use special handouts. The cost meeting and will help you find your level. is $10 per session, plus $16.50 for Book I or She has completed graduate studies in both $15 for Book II. Spain and Florida and has taught at Edison Learning Spanish offers the opportunity State College, and FGCU. Elizabeth is an to interact with others while building Spanishexperienced instructor who teaches with speaking abilities. It also helps keep the mind lively presentations. She plans to use conver- sharp. sational exchanges and text books throughIf you have questions, contact Spanish out the classes, and is available for individual Club volunteers Connie Curtin 481-1035 or tutoring by calling 274-3536. Chris Riley 463- 4512.

FineMark National Bank & Trust Celebrates New Office FineMark Officially Opened Their New Shell Point Office with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House FineMark National Bank and Trust has been operating at Shell Point for more than six months. However, from June through November, FineMark was operating from a temporary location while construction was underway to update their Shell Point office. To officially open the doors to their new facility, FineMark management hosted a ribbon cutting event and two-day open house for residents of the community. “I think the event was very successful,” said Susan Chicone, managing executive of FineMark Bank’s Shell Point office. “The weather cooperated, the space looks great, and as usual the food was the star! We always welcome time to be able to socialize with current clients and meet new residents as well.” Members of FineMark’s staff and board of directors gathered with members of the Shell Point management team as well as represen-

Members of FineMark’s Board of Directors Vito Manone, David Lucas, Aurelia Bell, and Dick Beightol join Susan Chicone, Managing Executive as they present a $1,000 donation to the Pavilion Auxiliary.

tatives from the Pavilion Auxiliary to cut the Front L-R: Steve Minniear; Dr. Roger Hirchak, Bill official ribbon, which was constructed of one Currise, Mary Fountain, Susan Chicone, FineMark dollar bills. Following the ribbon cutting, President Joe Catti, Shell Point CFO Tim FineMark presented the Auxiliary with a Lockridge, Janet Bendall, Joan Perry, and Tim Stephenson. Back L-R: FineMark’s Brian Eaglecheck for $1,000. ston, CFO; Dick Riley, Executive Vice President; Bill Currise (Junonia), Auxiliary Treasurer, Angela Morris, Teller; David Lucas, Director; was at the event to accept the donation. “We Gerry Roberts, CIO;Vito Manone, Director; Megan are so grateful that FineMark has given us this Marquardt, Relationship Banker; Aurelia Bell, generous donation so that we can continue to Director; and Dick Beightol, Director. serve the purpose of the Auxiliary, which is to support the mission of Shell Point by assisting the people that were at the event were Pavilion management and staff in serving the extremely friendly.” Pavilion residents and patients.” Gwen Miller of Royal Bonnet also enjoyed Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the event and the friendly FineMark staff. “I each court was invited to am very happy that FineMark meet with FineMark staff Bank is here at Shell Point. It and tour the new facility, makes banking that much easwhile also enjoying delecier. The staff is very personable table treats created by and always willing to help.” FineMark Catering Manager If you didn’t get a chance to Mike Gavala. Residents visit the bank during the open gathered in The Island Helen Armstrong enjoys house event, feel free to stop in FineMark refreshments. courtyard to chat with repreanytime during their normal sentatives from the bank while sampling a business hours. You can also set up an tempting variety of pastas, sandwich wraps, appointment to create an account and perfruits, sugar-free desserts, and more. Each guest sonalize all your banking needs to your prefalso had the opportunity to visit the reno- erences by calling 461-5999. FineMark hours vated banking facility and receive a tour while of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 hearing about the personal services offered to a.m. to Noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. FineMark clients. After touring the bank, Nellie BarrFriske of Macoma said, “I thought the facility was very well done and very chic. And

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To include a listing for an upcoming event or activity, please contact Mary Franklin, resort services manager, at 454-2152 or email:


Mac Users Club

Thursday, January 7 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS The January meeting will be the annual meeting including the 2010 election of officers. Be sure to attend this meeting to find out what the future of the club may hold.

Tommy Bahama Dinner Outing


Friday, January 8 4:15 p.m. Island pickup 4:25 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:35 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 8:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $7.00 (Dinner on your own) This dinner outing in Naples celebrates our Passport to the World theme for Polynesia, so be sure to bring those passport books to receive your stamp credit for the event. Tommy Bahama combines a tranquil environment with good food and an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. Entrees average from $22 to $35.

Organ Concert with Ned Spain Friday, January 8 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Commons/WDL The fabulous Ned Spain is back from Watervliet, New York to perform an organ concert. In addition to being a highly accomplished organist, Ned is an inventor, helicopter pilot, and owner of an advertising agency. Ned sold Allen organs in the Albany area for 25 years. Please plan to welcome Ned back for his third performance at Shell Point; it’s sure to be a memorable one.


Shell Point Market Place

8 15, 22, 29

Friday, January 8, 15, 22, and 29 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Park/IS Fresh and wholesome, locally grown food is brought to Shell Point each Friday morning. Join your friends and neighbors under the Cuban Laurel trees to peruse the selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables, preserves, homemade pastas and sauces, chutneys, honeys, salad dressings, rubs, fresh cut flowers, artisan breads, seafood, and more. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet roll while catching up with old friends and making a few new ones.



Veterans’ Club


Friday, January 8 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL General James Hesson will be speaking on the Support our Troops program, a successful program that makes and sends packages to troops serving our country overseas. The packages are made up of goodies as well as much needed toiletries and supplies. This wonderful program takes place all year round. Let’s continue to support our troops!

Information Forum


Saturday, January 9 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Join Mary Franklin, resort services manager, as she shares the ins and outs of her role at Shell Point. Mary will also touch on her experiences prior to Shell Point and share a sneak peak at some of the behindthe-scenes aspects of her job.

Saturday DVD: UP (2009)


Saturday, January 9 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL This delightful film from Disney’s Pixar Studios is a charming and fun adventure story with flying dogs and balloon-powered houses with an underlying story about love and loss. The main character is a crotchety retiree named Carl who is being harassed by a real estate developer. When he refuses to sell his house, he’s ordered into a retirement home. Carl makes his escape by attaching thousands of balloons to his house. But, Carl accidentally takes along an enthusiastic and naive wilderness explorer named Russell who was just trying to earn a badge for assisting the elderly. Join Carl and Russell on their trip to South America and watch as this unlikely pair become fast friends.

Sunday Matinee Concert: Vienna Philharmonic Annual New Year’s Eve Concert (2009)


Sunday, January 10 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of Strauss’

Photo Club – All Time Favorites Presentation Thursday, January 14 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS The January meeting is sure to spark some fond memories. The members of the photo club will be projecting their all time favorite 35mm slides. All are welcome to attend.


waltzes and polkas. Interfused in the performances are scenes of beautiful Austria and elegant ballet dancers from the Vienna State Opera. This concert is a great treat for the eyes and ears.

Robb & Stucky – The Psychology of Color


Tuesday, January 12 1:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Does yellow in a study stimulate learning? Does blue in a dining room suppress the appetite? Learn how the color of a room impacts how people feel and act when Robb & Stucky’s licensed interior designer, Domnick M. Minella, vice president of the Interior Design Society, presents how to select a color scheme to suit the mood you want to create for specific rooms in your home.

SPOT Winter Show A Bad Year for Tomatoes


Tuesday, January 12 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Don’t miss SPOT’s next performance, A Bad Year for Tomatoes, a comedy by John Patrick. John is best known as a playwright, but he also wrote the screenplay for more than two dozen films including Teahouse, Three Coins in a Fountain, and Love is a Many Splendid Thing. This story is about a famous actress who leases a house in a tiny New England village to write her autobiography. She experiences many inconveniences and comical incidents that will be sure to delight everyone. Come on out to support SPOT and enjoy the show!

Vision Enrichment Group Outing to Schepen Eye Seminar Friday, January 15 8:00 a.m. Island pickup 8:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup Cost: $5 bus (lunch on your own) The Vision Enrichment Group will be attending the Schepen Eye Seminar at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater. After the seminar the group will enjoy lunch at Starz Pizza. Register by calling Florence Putnam (Eagles Preserve) at 418-1819.


Let the Shows Begin – Let’s Dance Saturday, January 16 11:45 a.m. Island pickup 11:55 a.m. Woodlands pickup 12:05 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup Cost: $78 per ticket Get ready to be swept off your feet in this spellbinding song-anddance pops extravaganza! Move over Fred and Ginger, Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward will join the orchestra to sing and dance to some of your favorite music at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.


Wellness DVD – Food Inc. (2009) Monday, January 18 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL This movie will shake up your perception of what you eat. It has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie – it’s an important movie.” If daily headlines about food poisoning, pollution, labor abuse, and rampant hunger have left you worried or confused about the foods you eat, Food Inc. will provide a valuable insight into the problems behind these issues. This movie is a powerful tool for the informed consumer.


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ARTSalon with Kat Epple


Tuesday, January 19 6:45 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Cost: $5 Inkas Wasi will bring the music of the Inca people from their homeland in Peru. Dressed in current day Andean costumes and playing native instruments made from animal skins and hooves, they perform enchanting melodies with infectious rhythms. As you watch them dance and sing, be prepared to be caught up in their performance and transported to a far away land.

The Fish House Lunch Adventure via Catamaran


Friday, January 22 10:00 a.m. Macoma dock 2:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $45 (lunch on your own, bring a light jacket or sweater) The Dolphin Waters catamaran will take the group to one of the favorite lunch spots 28




Tuesday, January 19 9:15 a.m. Island pickup 9:25 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:35 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 2:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $17 (lunch on your own, donation included) An informal concert and talk about music and flutes from around the world will be presented by Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated flautist and composer, Kat Epple at the Phillips Gallery at Big Arts on Sanibel. Kat will tell interesting stories about music while performing on flutes which she has collected from exotic locales. She will also talk about composing music for films, CDs, digital orchestrations, and she will share how music influences us. After the presentation, the group will head to Trader’s for lunch. Trader’s is one of the most unique dining experiences on Sanibel. They serve fresh seafood dishes, steaks, wonderful pastas and delicious desserts. Entrees range from $8 to $25.

Inkas Wasi


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Beach Day

on Fort Myers Beach - The Fish House. Sailing off to lunch is a unique way to enjoy scenery, view wildlife, and visit with fellow Shell Point residents. Anyone who has ever been to the Fish House knows about their delicious food and wonderfully Floridian atmosphere. Entrees are moderately priced. There is a 20 person minimum for this trip, so convince a friend to join you!

Travel Trek with Dan Philgreen Friday, January 22 2:15 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Learn about Dan’s 15-year career spent filming in remote locations capturing the work missionaries. His photo presentation will take the audience to Russia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, and Israel, just to name a few locations. Learn about all of the places that Dan has visited.



Saturday, January 23 9:00 a.m. Island pickup 9:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $7 (lunch on your own) Fleamasters Flea Market is the bargain shopper’s paradise in Fort Myers! The array of shops and booths seem to be never ending. Whether you need kitchen utensils, socks, tools, towels, sunglasses, birthday gifts, produce, or you simply want to enjoy a day of browsing, this excursion is bound to suit your shopping needs! Wear some comfortable shoes and be prepared to do some walking.


Monday, January 25 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 3:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $15 (ice cream on your own) One of the very special things about living in Florida is being able to go to the beach year round! We are the envy of the nation as we can bask in the sunshine while they shovel snow. Gather up your beach gear and join us for our monthly beach trip to Delnor Wiggins State Park. We are going to stop at the Royal Scoop Ice Cream Parlor on the way home as an extra special treat.

Movie Night: East of Eden (1955)


Monday, January 25 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS East of Eden is an acknowledged classic, with James Dean making his starring debut. This movie, based on John Steinbeck’s novel, casts the brooding star as Cal, the younger of two brothers vying for the love of their stern father (Raymond Massey) in Monterey, California, at the dawn of World War I. Cal discovers that his mother is not dead as his father told him, but rather a brothel owner in nearby Salinas, California. The depiction of Cal’s anguished need for paternal acceptance makes East of Eden a timeless tale of family secrets and hard-won affection.

Library Book Talk Fleamasters Flea Market Shopping Adventure



Tuesday, January 26 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Dick Jacker (Palm Acres) will present Patricia Hampl’s The Florist’s Daughter. The brilliant memoir by the award winning Minnesotan author is set in St. Paul and is an indelible portrait of the writer’s parents. Refreshments will be served and all Shell Point residents and their friends are invited.

Sign-up required for this activity. Call Island (454-2282) or Woodlands (454-2054)

Polynesian Luau


Thursday, January 28 Dining 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Entertainment 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS You will be transported to an island paradise as The Crystal Dining Room presents their first Passport to the World dining event, a luau buffet. Polynesian entertainment will be provided by Toa Productions — to add authentic luau flair! Aloha!

Special event bus will be running

Lunch at the Clam Bake

Walking up and down stairs

Walking required

Boating attire


Friday, January 29 10:30 a.m. Island pickup 10:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $6 (lunch on your own) Back by popular demand is an outing to the Fort Myers seafood lunch spot that makes you think you are in New England. Residents raved so much about this lunch spot that they wanted to go back the very

next day! If you love authentic New England seafood, sign up for this lunch out trip. Entrees are moderately priced.

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 Life Studies (WDL) 9:15 Christian Life Studies (IS) 10:15 Morning Worship 1:15 Mixed Golf League 3:00 Sunday Matinee Movie (Jan 10) 6:15 Evening Worship

Monday 7:30 Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tennis 8:45 Lap Robes (Jan 18) 9:15 Billiards 9:15 Pottery 10:15 Virtual Bowling 10:30 Disciple Men’s Bible Study 10:30 Suzy Q 10:45 Beginner’s Table Tennis 12:00 Mah-Jongg (Sabal Room/WDL) 1:15 Scrabble 1:15 Table Tennis 1:15 Tone Chimes 1:30 Model Train Room 1:30 Shuffleboard 2:00 Bead Club 3:15 Virtual Golf 4:30 Bourne Jewelers 6:45 Duplicate Bridge 7:00 Pinochle (Sabal Rm/WDL)

10:15 Trim & Healthy (Jan 12, 26) 10:30 Suzy Q 12:45 Duplicate Bridge 1:00 Mixed Progressive Pairs’ Bridge 1:15 The Rollicking Recorderists 1:15 Knitters Group 1:30 Stamp Project (Sabal Room/WDL) 3:15 Virtual Tennis 6:45 Hymn Sing (Jan 5)

Wednesday 7:30 Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tennis 7:45 Men’s Bible Study 9:00 Geraci Travel 9:00 Watercolor Group 9:45 Women’s Bible Study 10:15 Model Yacht Club (Commons Lake) 10:30 Suzy Q 11:00 Computer Q & A (Jan 20/WDL) 11:15 Computer Q & A (Jan 6/IS) 1:00 Chess 1:30 Model Train Room 2:15 Knitters Anonymous (Jan 20) 2:30 Jazz ‘N Stuff 3:00 Bible Study (King’s Crown/IS) 5:45 Village Church Choir Rehearsal 7:15 Prayer & Praise

Thursday Tuesday 8:00 Round Robin Men’s Doubles Tennis 8:00 Women’s Golf League 8:15 Stamp Project (Stamp Room/IS) 8:30 Bocce 9:15 Open Painting Group 10:15 Through The Bible

8:00 Men’s Golf League 8:00 Round Robin Men’s Doubles Tennis 9:00 Paddler’s Club/IS 9:30 Current Events 10:30 Suzy Q 1:15 MAC Users Club (Jan 7) 1:15 Mah-Jongg (Library Lounge/IS)

1:15 SPOT Play Readers (Jan 7, 21) 2:15 Computer Club (Jan 21) 2:15 Photo Club (Jan 14) 4:00 Seamstress 6:45 Pinochle (Manatee Room/IS) 7:00 Trailblazers Bible Study

Friday 7:30 Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tennis 8:00 Intrepid Bike Riders (Jan 8) 8:15 Stamp Project (Stamp Room/IS) 8:30 Shell Point Market Place 10:15 Genealogy (Jan 8) 10:15 Inquiring Minds 10:30 Suzy Q (Jan 8) 1:00 Mixed Progressive Bridge 1:15 Quilters 1:15 Table Tennis 1:30 Model Train Room 1:30 Vespers (Arbor/WDL) 2:00 Euchre 2:15 Art Club (Jan 15) 2:45 Great Decisions (Jan 8, 22) 2:45 Vespers (King’s Crown/IS) 6:45 Game Night

Saturday 8:00 Adopt-a-Road (Jan 16) 8:00 Round Robin Men’s Doubles Tennis 9:00 Saturday Coffee 9:45 Duplicate Bridge – Supervised Play 10:00 Information Forum (Jan 9) 10:15 Model Yacht Club (Commons Lake) 1:00 Chess 7:00 Duplicate Bridge

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A Scientific Legacy Unique Opportunity to Give, Possibly Change the World The statistics about Alzheimer’s Dis– plaques, insoluble fibrous protein aggreease get plenty of press, and let’s gates of amyloid protein, abnormal in face it, they can be discouraging. healthy organs. Currently, the detection Every 70 seconds, someone is tentatively diag- of amyloid plaques can only occur after nosed with Alzheimer’s, and it is thought that the patient dies and an autopsy is perroughly 5.3 million Americans have the dis- formed. To be able to determine (prior PET scan - Alzheimer’s ease that robs them of their memories, and to death) if a patient has accumulated PET scan - healthy brain of control patient. brain. more: their personalities, their friends, and abnormal amounts of amyloid, a diagthe role they played in others’ lives. You likely nostic test must be developed that can know someone with Alzheimer’s, perhaps a identify the plaques. Dr. Schaerf is working on dying,” said Melissa Schaerf, A.R.N.P., close friend or a spouse – somejust such a test. Clinical Director. “Every story is so touching one you love. The study involves injecting the and each person who has participated so far According to Frederick participant’s arm with trace amounts of has done so for such deeply moving and perSchaerf, M.D., Ph.D., one of the a specific molecular imaging agent sonal reasons.” Consistently, Dr. Schaerf and most frustrating challenges which bonds with amyloid, and might his team are finding that the individuals who regarding Alzheimer’s has been be able to identify the amyloid are choosing to participate in this study want the inability to accurately diagplaques by using a PET scan. Because it to know their lives had meaning and even at nose the disease while binds to amyloid, the imaging the end they were able to do something of the patient was living tracer, Florbetapir F18, is being genuine significance to help others, possibly Dr. Frederick Schaerf, founder and thereby most effectested to ascertain whether it mankind. of Neuropsychiatric Research tively treat the illness. may be an important new diagDr. Schaerf is seeking participants for his Center, is conducting clinical trials in an effort to learn more “The signs of Alzheimer’s nostic tool that physicians can trial who see the significance of contributing about Alzheimer’s Disease and appear seven to ten years use to confidently detect and to such a worthy pursuit. Anyone who has ways to possibly prevent it. prior to diagnosis,” said diagnose Alzheimer’s in its ear- watched a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s Dr. Schaerf, “and while liest stage. can relate to the feelings of loss and helplessthere is no cure at this time, we are convinced ness the disease causes. For patients who parParticipant Protocol that earlier detection would allow for earlier ticipate in Dr. Schaerf’s clinical trial, there is The final procedure of the study is con- an opportunity to add significance and meantreatment which may provide the ability to ducted by the doctor when the participant ing into a period of life which tends to be better manage the disease.” Dr. Schaerf, a Diplomate of the American eventually passes away. In a post-mortem lacking in positive aspects. Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, founded analysis of the the Neuropsychiatric Research Center in Fort brain, staining Myers for the purpose of conducting clinical for amyloid protrials that could lead to breakthrough discov- tein is done for eries in the diagnosis, treatment, and preven- comparison to evaluate whether tion of Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, he is working on a project that the diagnostic could provide a significant advance in the test was accurate. One of the difficulties in Participation in this study could turn this diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. “Presently, there is finding participants for the study is that due to challenging set of circumstances into a legacy no method for determining Alzheimer’s dis- the timeframe of an average lifespan, a normal, that could benefit millions of people worldease in the brain prior to death,” said healthy participant is not a good candidate wide and provide a scientific legacy to Schaerf. In response to this situation, Dr. because of the amount of time that would pass mankind. Schaerf is currently one of the investigators between when they participated in the scan participating in a clinical trial focused on and the date of their death. This means that For individuals interested in learndetecting the disease as symptoms begin to the subjects being sought to participate in this ing more about this clinical trial, contact Melissa C. Schaerf A.R.N.P.; present themselves, and the patient is able to study are terminally ill with less than six Director, Research Division; benefit from an early and accurate diagnosis. months to live. Neuropsychiatric Research Center “We really are dealing with life and of Southwest Florida at Revolutionary Research death here and not just because we are (239) 939-7777 x106 or go online to Brains under attack by Alzheimer’s Disease researching Alzheimer’s, but because our have accumulated what are called amyloid study participants already know they are

Each person who has participated has done so for deeply moving and personal reasons.


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Research Project

How do Parents and their Adult Children Discuss

End-of-Life Decisions? Wheaton College Doctoral Candidate Seeks Participants for Research Study Making end of life decisions is a sen- of-life issues are successfully addressed, an indisitive subject and thus one that senior vidual’s end-of-life experience often entails less adults and their children may have difficulty stress and greater meaning for all involved,” broaching. However, avoiding the topic and said Allison. “I hope that my study will proleaving decisions unresolved can cause prob- vide insight into how senior adults and their lems in the event of an emergency health cri- family members can more effectively prepare sis or the loss of decision making capacity due for the decisions that must be made as people to sudden cognitive decline. This issue has near the end of life.” become the subject of a dissertation research The study is designed to explore how senproject being conducted by Allison Scott at ior adults and their children talk about endthe University of Illinois at Urbanaof-life health decisions and how Champaign. such communication might be Allison earned a dual Bachelor of linked to the kinds of end-ofArts degree in English Literature and life choices people ultimately Communication from Wheaton make. In the study, parent/child College in 2004 and a Master’s degree pairs are asked to complete an in Communication from the University initial questionnaire, engage in of Illinois in 2006. She is currently a a private audio-recorded condoctoral candidate in the Department versation about end-of-life Allison Scott is of Communication at the University health decisions, and comconducting a research of Illinois, and upon completion of her plete a second questionnaire. study at Shell Point PhD she plans to become a professor “Given that I am interested in to continue teaching and researching how peo- communication, it is important for me to ple communicate about health. examine people’s actual communication and Allison became interested in the topic of not just their retrospective accounts of such end-of-life decisions and how family members communication. The conversational portion talk about their decisions while researching of my study is something that sets my project communication in older age. “Advances in apart from previous research in this area. I am medical technology make it possible for many looking at what people are actually saying people to make choices related to health care when they talk about these decisions, which at the end of life. But despite the fact that such will allow me to get a much clearer picture of choices exist, most people do not plan well for what makes these conversations more or less the end of life. There is a real need for research effective.” on how people communicate about end-of-life Allison would like to invite Shell Point decisions, because when end-of-life issues are residents to participate in her study when she not adequately addressed, the quality of a pervisits the community from January 2 through son’s end-of-life care can be severely compro- 5. She would like to meet with one resident mised and the person’s family members can along with one of their adult children to guide experience undue stress. However, when end- them through completing the questionnaires

and having a face-to-face discussion about possible ways of making end-of-life decisions. The meeting is expected to last between an hour and an hour and a half, and each individual participant will be paid $20 in gratitude for their involvement with the research. Participants should be residents in independent living or assisted living who are not facing an imminent health crisis. If more family members would like to be present for the conversation, they are welcome to attend the meeting to view the participants engaging in the discussion. However, visitors would be asked to not contribute to the conversation until after the participating individuals have completed the research-related portion of the discussion. At that time, the additional family members would be welcome and encouraged to talk together about the study. “I’m encouraged by the fact that individuals who have already participated in this study have found it to be very helpful. I’ve had numerous people share that being in the study made them realize issues they had not yet considered. In addition, several participants explained that they have been meaning to talk about end-of-life choices with their children but did not know how to raise the topic. This study has provided guidance for senior adults to initiate discussion in a structured, thorough, and non-threatening manner. I believe Shell Point residents who choose to participate will find the experience to be both informative and meaningful.” Individuals interested in participating in the study may contact Allison Scott by calling her at (402) 960-0181 or by emailing

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Volunteer Oppor tunity

Golf Attendants Help the Shell Point Golf Course in Variety of Ways B










What do New Orleans, Tavares, Congo, New York, and Colorado Springs have in common? What about white pelicans, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, osprey, alligators, gopher tortoises, and a bobcat? What about engineer, insurance, missionary, sales, newspa-

per, and police detective? Not sure yet, well don’t give up. What about GPS, fishermen, batteries, speed of play, bicycles, ball hawkers, and buttons? All four of these lists relate to the volunteers who participate in the new Shell Point Volunteer Golf Attendant program. Residents Louis Bayus, Gerald DeBaun, Arni Shareski, Jerry Touche, and Michael Raia hold Golf Attendant positions and they all come from locations and vocations listed above. The lists also reflect the range of wildlife they’ve seen on the course and the challenges they have faced while serving as Golf Attendants. The Volunteer Golf Attendant program began last October and is going strong. The volunteers have had the opportunity to help in many ways and to see many sights while on the golf course. Their duties include

Gerry DeBaun enjoys the outdoor volunteer opportunity at the Shell Point Golf Course. Woodstorks and many other large water birds frequent Shell Point’s golf course each winter season.

New Year,

New You!

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checking in with the Golf Shop staff for any special news of the day and getting a cart to drive and observe activity on the golf course. Aside from enjoying the sunshine and nature, volunteers have observed the sport – young golfers and mature golfers of all skill levels – they’ve also seen smiles, and heard laughter. Become a Volunteer

There are no specific eligibility requirements to participate in the Volunteer Golf Attendants program. And there is plenty of training related to the GPS system, fishermen, speed of play, bicycles, and golf carts. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Volunteer Golf Attendant, please contact Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy and volunteer services, at 454-2254.

Achieving Your Fitness Goals B


It’s the turn of the calendar year, and January brings thoughts of the Super Bowl, winter snow storms up North, and New Year’s resolutions. More than 50 percent of these resolutions are not achieved. We may have a strong desire to make these changes; we may know these changes will be good for our health and enhance our quality of life; we may even make promises to ourselves to really stick with it. Yet, too often, we are not as successful as we would like to be. Why is that? Behavior modification is not easy. And the older we get, the tougher it can be. But do not fear! It is not impossible. The transtheoretical model, as presented by James Prochaska Ph.D – one of the top five cited authors in psychology from the American Psychology Society – illustrates five stages of change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. A person’s readiness to change depends where


Gerry DeBaun (Eagles Preserve), Louie Bayus (Coquina), Mike Mongoven (Golf Pro), Jerry Touche (Eagles Preserve), and Arni Shareski (Sundial).








they are in the change process. Each level requires different motivators to elicit the desired behavioral changes. Success in sticking to your New Year’s resolution lies with a cognitive decision to adhere to your objectives. Allow yourself time to process your goals. Pre-contemplation and contemplation can often take months. It is common to digress at this stage. By the time January 1 rolls around, most of us have been thinking about what we want to do better in the New Year. Next, clearly identify and set attainable goals with concise timelines. To exercise more regularly you may establish a goal of exercising six days a week for 30 minutes each day. If you are sedentary, you may amend this goal to fewer days per week and less time each day. Achievable goals with stepping stones produce greater success with longer term sustainability. Tips to adhering to your goals may

Get in Shape by Attending Shell Point Health Club Classes Try these group classes as a fun and healthy way to get fit: Morning Blend • Stretch and Tone H2O Circuit Training • Tai Chi Line Dancing • Water Fitness Balance Plus • Zumba

include keeping a journal, sharing your goals with a friend, establishing rewards, or joining a support group. Walking is another great form of fitness with many health benefits. Join us on Thursday, January 21, in the Grand Cypress Room at 10 a.m. to enhance your walking exercise program and to learn about the new walking club, The Shell Point Striders. Make this the year of the new you and the year you are successful with your New Year’s resolutions.

Simply Parfect Shell Point Golf Associations Welcome Players of All Skill Levels GOLF, LIKE THE MEASLES, SHOULD BE CAUGHT YOUNG, FOR, IF POSTPONED TO RIPER YEARS, THE RESULTS MAY BE SERIOUS. –P.G. Wodehouse, A Mixed Threesome, 1922

Players of all skill levels show their driving passion for golf as members of the Women’s and Men’s Golf Associations at Shell Point. In total, more than 130 men and women share their love of the sport as they gather to play each week. Mike Mongoven, director of golf, said, “The Women’s and Men’s Golf Associations are both great groups. Sure, they play good golf, but it’s really more about camaraderie. The laughter we hear is a true sign of the support that the players have for one another. It’s a wonderful thing. That’s what so great about Shell Point in general – everyone cares.”

play at their own level,” said treasurer Marilyn Brannin (Rosemont). “Personally, I love the game and I enjoy playing with a group.” There are many different reasons that the ladies choose to play as a group. Lois Smith (Oakmont), said, “I love the game and the course is a challenge. I joined the Women’s Golf Association for the camaraderie and competition. I love competition!” Men’s Association

More than 100 men are proud members of the Men’s Golf Association at Shell Point, led by president Dave Marano (Lakewood). They meet every Thursday morning at 8 a.m. to enjoy games of 9 or 18 holes. For many of the players, there’s more to the Men’s Golf Association than the thrill of the game. “I really enjoy having such good comradeship with the guys. It’s a good group Women’s Association and we have a great course. With all of the The Women’s Golf Association, led by wildlife out there, I think we actually have Jane Small (Eagles Preserve), is comprised of one of the most beautiful courses,” said Dr. more than 30 ladies of varying skill levels. Bob Gibson (Nautilus). “In addition to the Bart Nagle (Rosemont), women from Shell Point, we who is experiencing his first year also have players from Sanibel as a member of the Men’s Golf and other areas throughout Association, joked, “We don’t Fort Myers,” said Jane. “We actually enjoy the golf. We enjoy also have a golf pro, Sheryl the friendship; the Steele, who visits each week golf is incidental.” to offer suggestions and help Not all of the Ila Butala (Palm Acres), Jane Borkowski (Oakmont) the players improve their players are Shell and Maxine Brooks (Eagles Point residents. Ted game. She’s a great asset.” The Women’s Association Preserve) prepare for a day Abiva is simply a of golf with the girls. meets each Tuesday at 8 a.m. golf enthusiast who to play games of 9 or 18 holes. “The option of enjoys playing at Shell Point. “I 9 or 18 holes offers ladies the opportunity to am from South Fort Myers. I just

Paul Williamson (Eagles Preserve), Ron Campbell (Parkwood), Larry Malinconico (Oakmont), Dorrill Luce (Sanibel resident), and Woody Briggs (Parkwood) enjoy a men’s golf game each week.

heard about the friendly people out here and wanted to join. I really like it!” Get Out There and Play

Regardless of your reason for playing golf, consider joining the group of men or women who play at Shell Point. The Men’s and Women’s Golf Associations always welcome new players. Membership dues are just $20. For more information on joining the Women’s Golf Association, call treasurer Marilyn Brannin at 432-0310. To join the Men’s Golf Association, call membership chairman Jack Small at 481-7305. And remember, it’s always a great day for golf at the Shell Point Golf Club!

Camaraderie on the Course Women’s Golf Association Tuesdays at 8 a.m. Men’s Golf Association Thursdays at 8 a.m. Mixer Group Sundays at 1:15 p.m.

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C R SP Homecoming Celebration

In November, Shell Point residents had the opportunity to show their community pride during an enthusiastic week of events. By Mary Franklin, resort services manager

Joyce Crone of Sundial raises her pom-pons in cheer.

Residents of Shell Point recently showed their spirit and pride for their community by participating in a week-long series of events designed to provide opportunities for fun and the celebration of neighborly friendships. For more photos visit High Energy Pep Rally The week kicked off (literally!) with an exuberant Pep Rally where scores of young ladies from Fort Myers High School’s Dancers high-kicked their way through the auditorium as the Green Wave Drum Line powered out a percussion performance on stage. With the beat still reverberating, seventeen courts shouted cheers and presented court mascots in front of a crowd of more than 700 people. “It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen,” exclaimed Michelle McCarthy of Lucina. “I enjoyed watching everyone in action. I give credit to those who put the event together – they were the key to motivate the community, who responded enthusiastically.” “It was lively, exuberant, silly, and enjoyable,” said Bunny Kupsaw of Lakewood.


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The Fort Myers High School Green Wave Drum Line wowed the crowd with rousing, loud percussion to kick off the Pep Rally.

Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) doing his court’s cheer.

Jim and Marian Davey cheer with their pompons and do the YMCA dance at the Pep Rally.

Linda Nickerson and Gordon Cathey (Lucina) in high spirits.

Above: Mascot Carol Ashley leads the Coquina Kittens in their cheer at the Pep Rally, along with Bobbi Bayus, Cecelia Null, Helen Johnson, Eloise Bennet, and Willie Demarest. Left: Paul Murphy of Harbor Court volleys a ball to the Auditorium crowd at the Pep Rally.

Royal Court At the end of the Pep Rally, the “king” and “queen” from each neighborhood were crowned. The “royal court” included, James and Winona Whitehead from The Arbor; Larry Chrouch and Jerry Nanfelt of Eagles Preserve; Gordon Cathey and Linda Nickerson from The Island; Chuck Farnum and Margaret Hoorneman Marie Wodarczyk from King’s Crown; the (Parkwood) Pavilion’s Ed Scanlon and Juanita Art.; and Bud Smith and Marie Wodarczyk of The Woodlands.

Ed Scanlon of the Pavilion

Rev. Howard Kinsinger, Jannet McCollum, and Ken Davis recalled their own one-room school house memories. Mary Franklin (right) dressed in old-fashioned school style for the event.

Schoolhouse Stories Not everything was silly fun and games. Since Homecoming is often associated with school days, many residents enjoyed attending the panel discussion held on Tuesday where several residents shared their fond memories of attending school in one-room schoolhouses when they were growing up. And on Thursday several Shell Point residents who served as college administrators shared their experiences in The Academy.

Dancing the Night Away Billy Dean and Dawn had residents on the dance floor from the very first song at the Homecoming Dance. Between numbers, the crowd was mesmerized by the duo’s singer, Dawn, as she entertained the crowd with a variety of songs that even included operatic arias that brought the crowd to a complete standstill. Sue and Frank Moore of Lakewood; Mira and Don Eyman of Nautilus; and Ron and Gail Schongar of Lucina were among the many who enjoyed the Homecoming Dance and great entertainment.

Bonfire Sing-along Midweek brought a perfect fall night for a bonfire sing-along with employee Dan Philgreen, who entertained the crowd at the amphitheater with his songs and guitar as residents sang along.

Jerry Nanfelt and Al MacIsaac in the parade.

Mary Firestone of Lucina marches past Coquina.

Homecoming Parade Residents enjoyed being part of the parade around the Island. The colorful and high-spirited parade consisted of 19 Shell Point courts and the Veterans’ Club, plus there were also several community participants such as Ding Darling, C.R.O.W, Bailey’s General Store, and the Shriners group. “The parade was fantastic – we had a great response and there was something for everyone,” said Fran Boch, Cellana. Betty Dougherty of Periwinkle agreed, “It was beautiful, I saluted the flag from my lanai.”

Eagles Preserve won “Most Spirited Court.” Their mascot attended all events that week.

Sallie Rich (Tellidora) and Ray Nandal (Nautilus) rode their bikes in the parade. The Shriners marched along the parade route around The Island at Shell Point.

After the parade, a picnic was enjoyed by 850 residents taking shade under the Cuban laurel trees.

Closing Ceremonies The week-long festivities ended with a bang as hosts Dawn Boren, director of resident life, and Mary Franklin, resort services manager, revved up the crowd with a reverberMary and Dawn ating cheer and then presented several spirit awards. The event concluded with a memorable video presented by SPTV that captured the spirit displayed that week. “It was a fantastic week!” said Bud Smith of Parkwood. “The camaraderie was wonderful! Homecoming week showed the spirit and enthusiasm of our ‘Shell Point family’!” Many residents commented on the emotional impact they experienced as they attended one or more of the events during the week or participated with their court in the festivities. “I could only attend the closing ceremony, which was beautiful!” said Richard Nelson of Lakewood. “It brought tears to my eyes; Shell Point is a great place!” Jean Webber of Eagles Preserve summed it up this way, “Homecoming Week—I would give the whole week a 10! The spirit and enthusiasm was just wonderful!” Bob Tomlinson of Rosemont was impressed by the great spirit and attitude of those who participated, and Betty McCollum of Oakmont said the event brought back many memories. Nautilus shows their spirit.

The award for “Most Spirited Group” went to the Veterans’ Club. (L-R) Bud Smith and David Fountain in their military uniforms.

June Lockhart marches to her own beat, in the parade and every day!

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Feeling Thankful at Sea B

Atlantic Coast of Barbados.

Shell Point residents enjoying themselves in the “Crow’s Nest”









A group of 60 Shell Point residents broke with the tradition of family gatherings and days of cooking to board the Holland America MS Noordam for a 10night cruise in the Southern Caribbean. The trip began with a sea day full of onboard activities. Some chose to shop, take in shows, admire gemstones, or learn to cook specialty items. The first formal dinner evening brought out the fancy in each resident. Philipsburg, St Maarten was the first port-of-call where the group spread out in all directions. Some folks ventured out on lovely island tours, while others soared to new heights on aerial tram tours. The next exotic stop was Castries, St Lucia, a lush and colorful island crowned with the breathtaking twin peaks known as the Pitons. Some adventurous Shell Point travelers geared up and went zip lining through the rain forest canopy. Resident Bill Noble (Eagles Preserve) was told he was officially the oldest to ever experience the zip

line adventure excursion. Meanwhile, the Queen’s Tour actually took a group right through a volcano. Thanksgiving Day brought the ship to the very British city of Bridgetown, Barbados. Barbados has a friendly spirit and many beautiful sights. Coastal vistas included sights of huge eroded boulders left to fend for themselves in the foaming surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Many were amused to see that they drive on the left side of the road in Barbados and still practice the tradition of afternoon tea. Whether residents toured the Concorde aircraft, observed the green monkeys, or snapped photos along the Barbados Photo Tour, everyone enjoyed their time “chillin’” in Barbados. Martinique was the next port-of-call. The island has a stunning volcanic history spanning back to 1902, when Mont Pelee erupted, killing thousands and devastating the lush landscape. The locals say you will never see the summit of Mont Pelee, but on this rare day, Mont Pelee showed its peak with pride and splendor. Many residents enjoyed a tour of the Balata Botanical

Top L-R: Marilyn Hooper (Lucina); Chris and Susan Riley (Periwinkle); Susan Williams of Isings Travel and Bev Chandley; Bill and Pauline Staples (Lakewood) and Jean Peacock (Cellana). Bill Staples and Bev Chandley gearing up to enjoy the sky canopy zip line. Right:The aerial tramway in St. Lucia. Background photo: Mont Pelee, Martinique


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Residents enjoyed magnificent coastal views.

Gardens. It was impressive how much Shell Point residents knew of the island plant species. But there were some that defied even the wildest imaginations. The next stop was St. Thomas. As a part of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is known worldwide for its fabulous Caribbean shopping, tales of pirate Blackbeard, and beautiful botanical gardens. The hardest part about being in St. Thomas was choosing what to do first. The grand finale port was to Holland

America’s own island, Half Moon Cay. The weather was absolutely perfect as group members walked the beach, enjoyed the shade of a rented sun “clamshell,” rode horses, enjoyed the Island BBQ, or stayed on the ship to enjoy the views of flying fish or to catch some peace and quiet. There is no question that as the ship left Half Moon Cay and headed to Ft. Lauderdale, many Shell Point residents were feeling very thankful that they were able to be a part of this wonderful cruise in the Southern Caribbean.

Bob and Ginger Dornburg amongst the flora and fauna at Balata Jardin

Margaret Slingerland and Barb Hayes exploring the grounds at Balata Jardin

Above: Ginger Dornburg Anna Marie Tesoriero and Jeanne LeKouses. Below: Jean Gilman and Nip Wilson

Above: A group of 60 Shell Point residents cruised the Caribbean at Thanksgiving. Here several of the group pose before dinner. Below: Balata Church, Martinique

Above: A hungry little green monkey. Below: Jardin de Balata

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A Time to Say “Thank



In December, resident volunteers distributed gifts to very happy and grateful employees. This year, the generosity of Shell Point residents was record breaking. The campaign raised a total of $318,358 for the 851 employees of Shell Point. Each employee who worked full time at Shell Point for one or more years received $500. All others received a pro-rated amount. Of course, a campaign of this magnitude cannot happen by itself. I would like to express sincere gratitude to the many people who came forward to support our effort. Thank you to the committee members who helped drive the success of the campaign, Jane Hoden (Oakmont), Judy Brock (Eagles Preserve), and Herb Wilcox (Royal Bonnet). A very special thank you to Peter Dys who helped support our campaign with encouraging words during the Resident Quarterly Meetings. Thank you to Dick Rockstroh (Turban) and the 2009 Residents Council members who were always there for us.

Thanks to Karen Anderson, director of human resources, and Karen Urbanowic, director of finance, for everything they did for the campaign. Thank you to Rochelle Cherniawski, communications coordinator, Jared Pike, SPTV supervisor, and Dan Philgreen, SPTV technical advisor. They were part of the publicity team who took our crazy ideas and made them a reality. Thank you to Joan Perry (Harbor Court), who has for many years graciously organized the volunteers who distribute the gifts to employees. I could not possibly

Join the Shell Point Singers Rehearsals for Spring Concert begin January 18

Above L-R: Mike Durkin (Engineering Services) picks up his holiday gift envelope and his child is more than happy to carry it home. George and Agnes Henry handed out holiday cookies and punch to employees at the Resident Activity Center. Robyn Church (Salon) and Wendy Iverson (Communications) express their happiness as they picked up their holiday gifts.

name all of the wonderful people, both staff and residents, who helped with mailings, placed contributions into envelopes for distribution, and served as resident voices for the Employee Star promotions on SPTV. We couldn’t have done it without you. Finally, to the wonderful and supportive residents of Shell Point, thank you for your generous gifts. You helped to make this a special Christmas for our “Shining Stars.” L: Maria McCarty and Dennis Bross (both of the Medical Center) sign a thank you card from Shell Point employees.

Left: Carol Palermo and Sara McIndoe handed out dozens of holiday gift envelopes to employees. Above: Joan Perry stands with Bill Smith (Landscaping) who presented a special holiday greeting from the Grounds and Landscaping staff as a way to say thank you for the generous resident gifts.

All interested singers are welcome to join the Shell Point Singers on Monday, January 18, at 3:15 p.m. in the church choir room. The choir will begin rehearsing for the Spring Concert, which will feature the music of Gilbert & Sullivan, to be presented on Tuesday evening, April 13. A fee of $10 covers cost of music. Join your friends and neighbors and sing in the New Year together!

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