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February 2010 Vol. 5 Issue 2

Together We Can! By Lynn Schneider, Editor “Together.” It’s a small word, but with significant meaning, and you find it used a lot here at Shell Point. Consider the Academy, concerts, speakers, and numerous special events. There are resident advisory groups working with staff and management to plan these stimulating programs and to create lifelong learning opportunities. How about healthcare? Certainly Shell Point has provided an excellent continuum of services to support the medical and healthcare needs of our community; however, several hundred residents have also become involved in the daily provision of care through the volunteer committees of the Pavilion Auxiliary. Once again, residents and staff come together to make something good even better. Or what about creativity at Shell Point? Take a close look at nearly every creative group or activity in the community — whether stained glass, art, photography, pottery, crafts, music, singing, poetry, drama, writing, or more — and behind the scenes you will surely find residents, staff, and vol-

unteers all working... together. And the list goes on and on: the programs of the Village Church, communications through the television studio or the magazine, numerous support groups, recreation — what have you — all of these things are the result of a concerted effort by many people working together. Yes, together, we can do many things. And each of our positive individual efforts are strengthened and multiplied when combined with those around us. This month we are embarking on the final phase of an incredible journey as we raise $1.5 million dollars to complete the Larsen Pavilion renovation and the construction of the Rehabilitation Center and the Administration Building. Once again, Shell Point’s staff, residents, and management have joined forces to attempt something significant that will have a lasting and meaningful impact on our community and those who live there. The momentum is building and enthusiasm is growing as we near our goal, which we will accomplish — together!

ON THE COVER Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rehabilitation Center at the Larsen Pavilion. L-R: Tim Lochridge, VP of Finance, CFO; David Moreland, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing; Tim Stephenson, Executive Direcor of the Legacy Foundation; resident and former Chairman of Residents’ Council Dick Rochstroh; David VanLoon, Project Manager at Wright Construction; Roger Hirchak, VP of Medical Services; Bob Southern, Director of Project Management; Sherry Brown, Director of Long-term Care; Steve Minniear, VP of Healthcare Services; Fred Edman, President of Wright Construction; and Peter Dys, President of Shell Point.


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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, Jason Powers, Robyn Church, Tom Frackenpohl, Mary Franklin, Bev Chandley, Rachael Dula, Inga Bredahl, Randy Woods, Bev Patten, Tim Stephenson, Sandra Ashley, Glenda Stephenson, Lee Johns, 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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In 2004,Shell Point embarked on a grand journey of the renovation of the Larsen Pavilion.The visionary redesign and renovation of the central buildings of the Larsen Pavilion have taken Shell Point’s healthcare further than it’s ever been and elevated resident care to a new level. This journey is now in its final phase, which involves the construction of a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center and an Administration Building.

Explore the progress that we have made together on our...

Grand Journey Shell Point Launches Construction of State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Center B

The Larsen Pavilion has been an integral part of Shell Point from the beginning. A multi-specialty medical complex, it features 219 beds and provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and hospice care, combined with a full-service pharmacy, home health services, behaviorial health, and the J. Howard Wood Medical Center. Although the facility was diligently maintained over the decades, Shell Point’s leadership, staff, volunteers, and residents all agreed a full upgrade was warranted in order for the Larsen Pavilion to continue meeting this exceptional community’s high standards for excellence. And so the journey to excellence in healthcare began, and based on the vision of our residents and employees, the completion of the redesign and renovation of the central buildings of the Larsen Pavilion has taken Shell Point’s healthcare further than it’s ever been and elevated resident care to a new level. How Far We Have Come

Much of what our residents, volunteers, and staff envisioned for the Larsen Pavilion has already come to fruition and residents are already enjoying the benefits of these improvements. The new design of the Larsen Pavilion was created to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of


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each individual and provide personal comfort and care, as well as beauty and stimulation to the senses. Special emphasis has been given to creating areas for quiet reflection and contemplation, as well as attractive living areas and relaxing retreats designed to enhance personal relationships

The new design features areas for quiet reflection and contemplation, as well as attractive living areas and relaxing retreats designed to enhance personal relationships and social interaction while enjoying the outstanding water views provided by the building location overlooking the lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River. New spiritual life improvements feature expanded spiritual programs, chaplaincy services, and a new meditation and worship chapel. New dining areas and a modernized kitchen add to the overall quality of life and satisfaction for residents and staff.

New residents rooms feature bay windows.

and social interaction. The quality of care has been enhanced with features that promote service efficiency. Relocated and expanded nurses’ stations, improved pharmacy areas, and added service corridors and storage, plus modernized kitchen and service areas, all provide a smoother running operation. The various changes that have been made have all improved the quality of life for residents. These include new room interiors with spacious bay windows, beautiful new dining areas, a modernized kitchen, and expanded common areas. Plus, first-floor courtyards, a homelike environment, and reading area with a lending library. Healthcare improvements, include pharmacy stations, enlarged nurses stations, a new call system, and state-of-the-art equipment. Personal life improvements feature expanded spiritual programs, chaplaincy services, and a new meditation and worship chapel. Staff and volunteer improvements include new education and training spaces, break rooms, and a Pavilion Auxillary office and work room. The service efficiencies added a connecting walkway on the fourth floor, expanded storage areas on all floors, enhanced technology, and improved lighting. Already, medical services at the Larsen Pavilion and J. Howard Wood Medical

Center are unsurpassed. Five full-time staff physicians, two nurse practitioners, and onsite pharmacists are dedicated to the wellbeing of Shell Point residents. Nursing staff ratios are maintained at higher levels than regulations require to provide exceptional resident care. A professional and compassionate family services staff provides ongoing support for residents and their families. A full-time activities staff coordinates enriching and rewarding programs designed specifically to meet the energy levels and physical abilities of each resident. And, more than 200 volunteer members of the Pavilion Auxiliary are on hand to add the extra special touches that enhance the quality of life for residents on a daily basis. The Destination Is in Sight

Residents can sincerely rejoice in all that has been achieved and now look forward in our journey to excellence as they eagerly anticipate completion of the final phase of planned improvements for the Larsen Pavilion. In the main building a superior design has enhanced resident comfort and includes beautiful interior appointments that make the Larsen Pavilion feel like home. The efficiency of these renovated spaces has made a practical impact, allowing staff and volunteers to more effectively provide superior care which has been recently recognized by such designations as reaccreditation from CARFCCAC, specialty designations for Person Centered Long-Term Care in Dementia Care and Stroke Care, a 5-Star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in late 2008, and the Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation. $60 Million Investment

The professional and compassionate healthcare team provides ongoing support for residents and their families.

In the past four years, Shell Point has invested more than $60 million dollars in expanding the healthcare facilities for this community. These improvements included services and programs designed to benefit residents at every point in the lifecare continuum. As always, God's timing and providential blessing to Shell Point prevailed and the community was able to complete these financially significant improve-

The Arbor assisted living facility

ments before current changes in the national economy occurred that would have made such an investment impossible today. These improvements included the J. Howard Wood Medical Center, the Shell Point Pharmacy, construction of The Arbor assisted living facility, expansion of physician staff, increased nursing and healthcare ratios, an extensive renovation of The King's Crown, and finally a complete remodel and renovation of the Larsen Pavilion. The final and most exciting step in the Larsen Pavilion journey involves the $5 million dollar construction of the Rehabilitation Center and the Administration Building. The generous financial support of residents, management, staff and other donors has gotten us this far and is critical to this important project's successful completion. The Administration Building

When residents, volunteers, and staff discussed ideas for the renovation of the Larsen Pavilion, their goal was to create an environment that felt like “home.� Although many residents visit the Pavilion for a short-term stay following a surgical procedure or a brief illness, there are also residents who stay for an extended period of time, some even moving permanently into the facility, to receive the highest level of care Shell Point provides. In other words, the Pavilion becomes their home. As such, it was our desire to create the most comfortable and welcoming atmosphere possible. Gone are the shiny floors and smooth surfaces; instead, the new Larsen Pavilion is decorated in the fabrics and finishes that you would find in a private home or fine resort. The positive response to these changes underscored the importance of placing the residents and their family members at the forefront of the planning and design process. Continued on page 8

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Additions The planned Larsen Pavilion Administration building will provide a beautiful and welcoming front entrance to the facility.

The new state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center is under construction and, when complete, will provide advanced methods for physical therapy and restorative treatment.

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The Administration Building will serve as the entrance or “front door” to the Larsen Pavilion. It’s the warm welcome that guests will receive when they visit a friend or family member. Many times this will not only be their first impression of the skilled nursing center, but of our entire community. This new building will incorporate design and program improvements that will be centered on serving residents and their family members as they transition into the building. To provide places for private conversations and for relaxing or visiting, there will be comfortable sitting areas with fine furnishings, appropriate lighting, and beautiful finishes surrounding the central focal point: a beautiful water feature. For individuals and family members who desire information or require time with support staff to answer their questions, private offices are planned. A conference room will provide space for all participants to fully engage in the important resident care planning process.

THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Offices will allow staff to meet privately with residents or their families, address their questions and concerns, handle admissions and paperwork, and coordinate available resources.

A covered front entry will protect residents from the weather as they enter and exit the building.

The Administration Building will serve as the entrance or “front door” to the Larsen Pavilion. It’s the warm welcome that guests will receive when they visit a friend or family member.

The Administration Building will reflect the warmth and compassion found throughout the Larsen Pavilion. The new Administration Building will be centered on serving residents and their family members as they transition into the building. The welcoming ambiance will provide comfortable seating areas with fine furnishings, appropriate lighting, and beautiful finishes surrounding the central focal point: a beautiful water feature.

Spacious restrooms will be provided with room to accommodate wheelchairs and caregivers. Numerous improvements are planned, such as an enhanced reception area, ample wheelchair storage in the lobby and a conference room for resident care planning meetings.


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New Rehabilitation Facility Construction Begins

As part of the renovation and redesign of the Larsen Pavilion, a new vision for rehabilitative services took shape in a plan for a free-standing center to be located near the entrance to the Pavilion. On December 22, 2009, members of the Shell Point management team and representatives from Wright Construction donned hard hats and grabbed golden shovels to commemorate the official groundbreaking of the $5 million project, which is now underway. At this time, rehabilitation services are provided at Shell Point in a 1,375 square foot setting that provides inpatient, outpatient, and transitional care services to those recovering from surgery, orthopedic repair, or joint replacement; or who have experienced a stroke or progressive neurological disease. Once this project is completed, the new rehabilitation facility will offer a significantly expanded program of equipment and services in the area of rehabilitation and physical therapy. When complete, the new 7,465 square foot facility will feature a space dedicated to providing the most advanced therapy, restorative programs, and equipment available for assisting residents in building strength, regaining agility, and recovering movement and the highest function possible following an injury, illness, or surgery. State-of-the-Art

Some of the new features the facility will provide include state-of-the-art equipment for assessing and improving balance to provide stability and reduce falls. With this new equipment the individual’s progress can be recorded and monitored to track improvement. The larger gym will allow more people to utilize the services, and individual treatment rooms will be available to provide privacy. The Occupational Therapy Transition Suite will allow for better preparation in a real-world environment as patients prepare to return home or to their normal routines. A new Aqua Therapy Pool will enhance therapy opportunities while decreasing impact with water buoyancy. In addition there will be a private rooftop patio on the second floor of the facility that will provide residents of the memory care unit access to a protected and secure garden environment. “This project is important to Shell Point because of the expanded services we

years and have enjoyed success together on several projects throughout the community,” said Fred Edman, president of Wright Construction. Some of the previous projects built by Wright Construction at Shell Point include the Harbor Court and Sundial residential buildings on The Island, the Welcome Center, the four independent residential buildings in The Woodlands, and The Arbor assisted living facility. President Peter Dys stated, Sherry Brown, director of longterm care; Steve Minniear, “This project is important to Shell vice president of health care services; Peter Dys, president; Point in two respects. One is the Fred Edman, president of Wright Construction; and Dr. service we provide and the breadth Roger Hirchak, vice president of medical services; particiof that service. But I think it’s even pated in the groundbreaking for the Rehabilitation Center. more important to consider that we are able to do it during this ecowill be able to provide,” said Peter Dys, pres- nomic condition, which has required us to ident of the retirement community. “We be more cautious, and very deliberate about have been conservative and deliberate in what we are doing. But with the help of our our planning to make sure the funds were residents, we have been able to move foralready available before the construction of ward.” the project began. Our residents have been “The opportunity to have an expanded involved from the very beginning and rehabilitation therapy area is very imporoffered their generous support in our recent tant,” said Minniear. “It allows us to provide capital campaign for the new facility.” state-of-the-art services in a spacious, comfortable environment with additional priOutstanding Progress vate therapy rooms.” “Last year was a banner year for health “Also, the private second floor outdoor care at Shell Point,” said Steve Minniear, space will be such a meaningful addition to vice president of health care services for the memory care unit. It gives those resiShell Point Retirement Community. “In dents the opportunity to be outside to enjoy addition to completing the renovation, our fresh air and sunshine. So, it’s an amazing facility was also accredited project that we’ve looked forby the CARF-CCAC, ward to with great anticipawith certifications in tion.” Person-Centered LongThroughout the entire Term Care for Specialty planning and construction Programs in Dementia and process, it has remained eviStroke care, making Shell dent that the project was made Point the only facility in possible through resident supthe nation that holds all port. “Resident support for this three.” project is the reason why it is According to Bob coming to fruition,” explained Southern, director of projDys. “We indicated right from ect development, site work the start that until we had the for the new Rehabilitation cash in hand, we could not Center at Shell Point will begin immedi- start this building and our residents were ately and construction of the building is right there with us to make this a reality. anticipated to take approximately 12 Now, grassroots support from our residents months to complete. Shell Point chose a has encouraged us to include the local company to build the facility and has Administration Building in this effort to get contracted with Wright Construction in both buildings done at the same time and Fort Myers. to complete the project in its entirety for “Shell Point and Wright Construction the benefit of all our residents now and in have had a great relationship for the past 22 Continued on page 10 Shell Point Life | February 2010


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the future. So, it is a tribute to them that we have been able to break ground on the Rehabilitation Center to bring this new service to Shell Point, and we are pleased to see the resident response to raising the necessary funds for the construction of the Administration Building.” Professional Expertise

The Rehabilitation Center will feature the most advanced therapy, restorative programs, and equipment available.

According to Minniear, the rehabilitation services at Shell Point are critically important and the new center add an even greater ability to deliver the absolute best care and to stay on the leading edge of the industry. Of equal importance is the continuum of care, which provides inpatient, outpatient, transitional, and home care services to those who have suffered from stroke, orthopedic injury, and progressive neurological disease. Bringing this expertise to life is an interdisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to helping residents achieve higher levels of independence and freedom from pain.

THE REHABILITATION CENTER State-of-the-Art Equipment There are new technological advances in rehab and physical therapy all the time. With the new rehab center, residents will get the opportunity – and the space – to utilize them.

Dedicated Gait Area Residents needing to practice ambulation can do so safely in this area.

A Separate Entrance No more searching the Larsen Pavilion to try to find where the Rehabilitation Center is located. It will have its own exterior entrance and a reception area, providing room for waiting spouses or caregivers.


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Private Treatment Rooms Treatment rooms with doors, rather than just shared rooms with curtains, provide the privacy and personal treatment you deserve.

Interactive Gardens The space between the rehab center and the Larsen Pavilion has potential to serve as practice for walking on different surfaces and situations – for example, grass, stone, or sidewalks.

Physical Therapy is a cornerstone of Shell Point’s inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Using a wide range of sophisticated equipment, our physical therapists work with patients to increase muscle strength, maximize normal movement, and decrease pain. For some this involves physical therapy as part of their Pavilion inpatient care plan; others may require therapy on an outpatient basis only. For many residents, the desired outcomes are accomplished in a few weeks; for some residents, the rehabilitative process is longer. Each resident needing physical therapy comes with different needs and goals. A skilled physical therapist performs a thorough evaluation and, in consultation with the patient’s physician, tailors each treatment to the resident’s specific needs. The goals of the treatment program are continuously reassessed and modified as treatment progresses. Shell Point’s physical therapy staff is composed of dedicated professionals who provide exceptional treatment. These clinicians have completed extensive training in a wide range of diagnoses and techniques. They bring specialized expertise to many areas including general orthopedics, injuries, adult neurology, balance problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia and many others. Specialized Therapies

The Rehabilitation Center in the Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point utilizes a comprehensive team approach which is essential for the best results and includes the resident, their family, referring physician, and on-site medical providers to achieve optimal benefits from therapy. Occupational Therapy is an essential part of rehabilitation at Shell Point and is provided to patients in the Larsen Pavilion, as well as to residents of Shell Point on an outpatient basis. Licensed occupational therapists help determine appropriate goals and provide a systematic evaluation of the skills necessary to carry out everyday activities, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, shopping, physical endurance, arm/hand mobility and strength. The patient’s beliefs and values are incorporated into the process and the whole person is considered: mind, body and spirit. Communication disorders can appear at any age and stage of life. If a problem is suspected, a speech-language evaluation is recommended to assess strengths and areas of need, determine the diagnosis, and formulate

an individualized treatment plan. At Shell Point a certified speech-language therapist can help individuals improve their function, whether limitation is due to delayed or disordered development due to neurological events, including stroke, the aging process, surgery procedures, or poor vocal habits. Programs are designed to meet the individual’s needs, and specific home activities are included to increase independence to help integrate newly learned skills into daily life. Speech therapists also assess and treat swallowing difficulties to reduce, eliminate, or provide compensatory techniques for an overall safer swallowing function. Complete the Journey with Us

In the past five years, with patience, prayer and perseverance, the Larsen Pavilion has become the outstanding facility envisioned, reflecting the quality and excellence of the entire community. Residents and staff look forward to beginning construction on the final phase of the Larsen Pavilion to complete that vision with the addition of the Administration Building and the Rehabilitation Center. This is an important effort to enhance the lives of residents at Shell Point, and through the generosity of many who have already shown their support, this project is already well on its way with the groundbreaking of the Rehabilitation Center. Therefore, we now have turned our attention to the last remaining piece of the project – the much needed Administration Building. Once again, Shell Point residents have generously anticipated this need and have given approximately $500,000 towards construction. However, we still need $1.5 million to complete the Administration Building and thus put the finishing touches on the entire project we embarked upon in 2004. The cost of this combined project is projected at $5 million and due to the generosity of previous donors $3.5 million is already in hand. We must raise the remaining $1.5 million dollars of the total needed. Whether you've been with us from the

beginning or are joining us for the first time now, our journey toward the completion of the Larsen Pavilion is well on its way. As Shell Point moves forward with this exciting effort, there are a great many reasons to lend your support and the rewards are even greater - now and for generations to come. Based on the vision of our residents and employees, the redesign and renovation of the Larsen Pavilion has taken Shell Point's healthcare further than its ever been and is elevating resident care to a new level. The Rehabilitation Center and the Administration Building are the essential and final components of our vision for this exceptional facility. Take the Next Step

We’ve already taken the first step, which is often the hardest. Each step thereafter has been easier because we’ve taken it with you, our Shell Point friends and family. The next step has a lot of positive momentum behind it, yet it is just as crucial we have your support. Your donation is absolutely necessary for the Larsen Pavilion to complete its journey toward excellence. Please consider how you might participate in Shell Point’s effort to complete the renovation of the Larsen Pavilion. Contact Timothy Stephenson, executive director of The Legacy Foundation, at 466-8484 to discuss the numerous ways you can become involved.

We’ve been on a grand journey together. We celebrate together now as the destination is in sight.

Together we’ve seen how far we have come. We invite you to complete the journey together with us. Shell Point Life | February 2010


Fitness Challenge:

Trekking through the Rile Nile 28-Day Walking/Biking Program Among the longest rivers in the world, The Nile runs through mysterious Egypt. This month’s journey will explore 423 miles of the 4,132 mile-long river. Starting in Aswan, we’ll head north along the Nile delta, passing through the most populated areas of Egypt. Trek through the Gaza Strip and Cairo to see the most ancient monuments on earth — the Gaza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx. We’ll work together as a team to make this 28day trek. If our goal is surpassed, we’ll keep going to the Mediterranean Sea! So get out your walking shoes and bike helmets and be sure to track your miles in the Travel Log Fitness Books available at the Health Clubs.

Explore King Tut’s Tomb Visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History Exhibit and Enjoy Lunch at The Oasis Thursday, February 4 Thirty-four centuries ago a young pharaoh, worshiped as a god, was laid to eternal rest in all his splendor, his rule mysteriously cut short by an unknown tragedy. 12

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Hidden in darkness beneath the desert cluded and the collection returned to Egypt. sand for over 3 millennia, his spectacular Now you can discover the mysteries and golden treasures were finally brought to light treasures of ancient Egypt when King Tut is with their discovery by Howard Carter and his resurrected at the Southwest Florida Museum benefactor, Lord Carnarvon, in 1922. of History in the exhibit, Tutankhamun: Unearthing King Tut’s burial chambers and Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb. tomb was only the beginning of the story. This magnificent collection of reproductions With the discovery of his tomb, King Tut has faithfully preserves the most astonishing ensured his place in history forever just as he archaeological treasure ever discovered. sought immortality in the Journey into King Tut’s afterlife. The mostly intact tomb and allow hieroglyphs nature of the tomb allowed to serve as your guide. See historians to piece together more than 100 authentic the life story of the boy king replicas of his stunning and the 18th Dynasty. funerary mask, mummificaWhat emerged from tion couch, weapons, tools, Tutankhamun’s tomb was a and more, that were placed story of ancient Egypt and within the tomb to help his place in it, the politics, meet the boy king’s postthe belief in afterlife and its mortem needs on his journey processes, including mumto the afterlife. mification, the Book of the Visitors will have the Dead, and the use of hieroopportunity to explore each glyphs. of the four chambers of the From 1961 to 1981 the Pharaoh’s tomb, and the traveling Tutankhamun unique artifacts that were exhibition from the uncovered, in this exhibit Egyptian Museum in Cairo presented by the Origins toured the U.S., Canada, Museum Institute and the Japan, France, England, Southwest Florida Museum of West Germany, and the History Foundation, Inc. Soviet Union. Curated by Shell Point residents can the Metropolitan Museum spectacular replicas of the funer- receive discounted admisof Art, the exhibition pre- ary mask and a royal coronation sion to the exhibit by sented 55 authentic artifacts throne can be seen at the exhibit attending the trip planned named Tutankhamun: Wonderful simply in the order in which by Resort Services on Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb they were removed from the Thursday, February 4. on display at the Southwest tomb, grouped according to Bring your Shell Point Florida Museum of History. the chambers in which they Passports for this Passport to were found. After 20 years of wear and tear the World adventure. See page 22 for sign-up on the priceless objects, the tour was con- information.

Adrian Kerr presents:

Ancient Egypt and Us Thursday, February 11, 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Open to the Public Professor Adrian Kerr travels twice a year to Egypt to keep up on the latest discoveries, give talks, and share his wealth of information with traveling scholars. Egypt was the dominant civilization in the Middle East for more than 2,000 years. The culture of Ancient Egypt still captivates. Many of its monuments are classified as World Heritage sites. This presentation is an interactive talk for those interested in what we have learned from the Ancient Egyptians. See page 14 for more information.

Travelogue: Discover Egypt’s Treasures A Sold Out Show Friday, February 19, 7 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Season ticket holders for the 2009/2010 Fine and Performing Arts Concert or Speaker Series received two complimentary tickets to attend a special engagement. Egypt’s Treasures, a travelogue, will take viewers on an unforgettable journey with filmmakers Clint and Sue Denn as they explore the historic Nile River to discover the mysteries of the cradle civilization. The majesty of Egypt has been enticing travelers for centuries. Egypt’s Treasures takes viewers on a tour of the beautiful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress overlooking the city. A trip to Memphis will reveal the Ramses II statue and Hathor Temple. The journey will also explore the world’s oldest pyramid, Zoser Step Pyramid. Experience views of the only remaining member of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the most famous monument of ancient Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza. A cruise along the Nile River will begin at Luxor, where people are still farming the same crops in the same way as their ancestors. The tour will continue to ancient Thebes, the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen

Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Queens, Karnak, and the incredible Temple of Luxor. Additional stops include Aswan, Lake Nasser, Abu Simbel, and many more exciting locales. The exciting and exclusive voyage will be shown on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the church auditorium. This engagement is presented in cooperation with FineMark National Bank & Trust and ECHO. Please note, this is a “sold out” show. Due to the popularity of the event, ticket holders who are unable to attend are encouraged to return their tickets to either service desk.

Egyptian Night Buffet at the Crystal Room Tuesday, February 23, 4 - 7 p.m.

DVD Movie

Egypt, Unlocking the Great Pyramid Monday, February 22, 2 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world: How did builders lift limestone blocks, weighing an average of two and a half tons, 480 feet up onto the top of the pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Great Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. Architect JeanPierre Houdin has devoted his life to solving this mystery by creating incredibly accurate blueprints of the Great Pyramid, using cutting-edge 3-D software. Unlocking the Great Pyramid follows Houdin and renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in Giza as they put Houdin’s theory to the test. See page 24 for sign-up information.

From the crossroads of Asia and Africa, the Nile river snakes through parched desert lands. It was there on the fertile banks of the mighty Nile that early man grew the foods that nourished the most advanced of ancient civilizations – the Egyptian. The chefs at the Crystal Dining Room are pleased to bring you a buffet inspired by the food and abundance of the Nile. Begin with a red lentil soup and then try kofta beef skewers, lemon lamb, and Nile chicken with a choice of minted couscous, Cairo rice casserole, or cardamom carrots. Be sure to save room for umm ali for dessert. Umm ali is a delicious traditional Egyptian dish similar to bread pudding. Delight your senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Egypt without leaving the comfort of Shell Point. You can have it all for only $14.95.

EXPLOREtheWORLD …without leaving home! Be sure to bring your Passport to the World Travel Log to each of the events you attend to receive your stamp credit for the event. By receiving one stamp per month, you will be able to enter the Grand Prize Passport to the World drawing at the end of the year.

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Silence of the Sphinx Egyptologist Presents Tales of an Ancient Civilization B






The Egyptian landscape strikes awe with its tall pyramids, sand dunes, and tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Fables, Hollywood movies, and beloved passages from the Bible inspire musings about ancient life along the banks of the Nile. It all seems so mysterious and beyond today’s modern lifestyle, yet experts believe that even life in modern-day America connects to the ways of the first recorded civilization in history more than 5,000 years ago. Adrian Kerr stands next toThe Great Sphinx of Giza, the world’s largest monolith statue, and the Pyramid of Khafre at the Giza Plateau near Cairo, Egypt.


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As part of February’s Passport to the World emphasis on Egypt, Shell Point has invited Egyptologist and historian Adrian Kerr, a professor from Edison State College in Fort Myers, to share his experiences and review the connections between ancient times and modern-day life during an Academy presentation on Thursday, February 11, at 7:15 p.m. in The Village Church. A Real Life Indiana Jones

Although each audience member has their own personal reasons for their interest in ancient Egyptian studies, Professor Kerr attributes the fascination to two main reasons, admiration and instinct. Egypt is the oldest and the longest recorded civilization. Ancient Egyptians built their society from scratch, so to speak, and people are essentially following their example or using their discoveries today in fields such as engineering, written language, and even archeology. “Here is this ancient civilization; we don’t know that much about it, and yet, the shapes such as pyramids

and obelisks, as well as the pictures and reliefs just capture our imagination.” Professor Kerr is a popular presenter in The Academy at Shell Point and from his extensive travels brings the up close and personal perspective of someone who has experienced the location and culture about which he teaches. Residents Ken and Marcia Treiber (Eagles Preserve) moved to Shell Point just over two years ago and have attended most of Professor Kerr’s presentations offered through The Academy. “He makes history come alive!” said Ken. “When he’s talking about Egypt, you know he has spent a lot of time learning. It’s not just a lecture from a book – he’s been there.” Shell Point resident Dr. Albert Myers

Left: Ceiling of the Luxor Temple in Egypt. Below: Notice the vivid color. The outer walls and anywhere sunlight touches are faded now, but were once brightly colored. Bottom: Adrian Kerr is a professor at Edison State College and a popular speaker in The Academy at Shell Point.

(Junonia) gives similar high praise for Professor Kerr. “His excellent communication skills coupled with his indepth knowledge of his subject make his history lectures both appealing and educational.” Man on a Mission

Artifacts and hieroglyphics tell the stories of pharaohs, famine, war, and society. Today, some of these precious links to Egyptian history are threatened by the rising Nile River water table. Archeologists are painstakingly working to record and preserve the ancient writings before they are literally washed away. “It’s a race against time,” said Professor Kerr. There are ancient writings in the Valley of the Kings temples. Years ago when they were built, flood waters were still a concern, but temples would have been placed far enough from the Nile to be safe as the river alternately flooded and receded. But today, the Nile River is dammed up to keep the water level consistently high to produce hydroelectric power and provide a reliable water supply to the growing Egyptian population. Farmers are also moving closer and closer to this area and bringing their irrigation systems along. “These two factors are causing the water table to rise and encroach upon the temples’ very foundation,” Professor Kerr said. Professor Kerr is raising awareness and funding to aid in the official documentation of Egyptian history written in these temples as part of his work with the University of Chicago. An Egyptologist educational team of nine select graduate students is conducting an epigraphic survey through the Oriental Institute at the university that includes recording the hieroglyphic texts and reliefs. They use what is called the “Chicago House” method, which involves a combination of high resolution photography and hand-drawing what is etched into the stone walls. “This allows us to get a very sharp replica of the text,” Kerr explained. “The students work from sunrise to In May 2009, leading an archaeological party to Petra, Jordan, the World Heritage Site known as the “rose red city half as old as time.”

sunset, between November and April each year, until the project is completed. And when this temple is finished, there will be others.” Currently, the students are working on a small wall in the Luxor Temple in Egypt that is about 50 square feet. It will probably take five to 10 years to finish. Proceeds from Kerr’s presentations and the sales of his book, Ancient Egypt and Us, go to support the University of Chicago research. Ancient Egypt and Us was written for anyone who is interested in learning more about the discoveries, practices, triumphs, and lessons of the ancient Egyptians. It touches on the reigns of kings and dynasties as well as the shifts in knowledge and values of the civilization as it evolved across approximately 3,000 years. “The book is focused fundamentally on the major firsts that the ancient Egyptians came up with and we still see around us today,” Kerr said. Becoming an Egyptologist

Adrian Kerr stands about six-feet tall and speaks charismatically, gesturing to emphasize his speech. Audiences can immediately sense both his wealth of knowledge and his passion. He uses words like “driven” and “called” to describe his attraction to the study of Egyptian history as well as surrounding areas such as Assyria and Babylonia. Perhaps the first seed of his dream career was planted when he was three years old. He recalls a family vacation to the Suez Canal and the pyramids when he was just a toddler. He says these latent memories resurfaced when he was a teenager. Sunday school Bible stories renewed his fascination in the culture. “Reading in the Old Testament, the Assyrians and the Babylonians and

Egypt kept coming up,” Kerr said. “It was always in my mind: who are these people, and why are they so important?” Professor Kerr was born in England, and he has also lived in India and Michigan. He studied Chemical Engineering and Business in college and worked for Shell Industries for 18 years. Since 1980, he has traveled regularly to Saudi Arabia to research ancient Egyptian and Assyrian culture. With 29 years of notes, he is considered an expert on both, and he says this is a rare thing to find in his field because most people prefer to focus their studies very deeply in one specific area. He has built his career to feature a broader expertise. “I see historical arguments from both cultural sides, and I also see the commonalities,” he said. Although he is now retired, he is reinventing the term with his full schedule of twice-a-year travels to Egypt, as well as his continuing research, writing, and presentations. Professor Kerr is currently working on his next book, The Black Pharaohs, with the hope of publishing it in 2010. “I love sharing what I have learned with others and I thoroughly enjoy the dialogue with students,” said Professor Kerr. Experience Egypt

Adrian Kerr will share his vast knowledge of Egypt during an Academy presentation on Thursday, February 11, at 7:15 p.m. in The Village Church. The event is free and open to the public. For Passport to the World participants, don’t forget to bring your Passport Travel Log to the event to have it stamped as part of the contest for prizes at the end of the year.

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Annual Shell Point Art Show Casting Call “An Evening of Comedy” Attention all performers and play readers: Mark your calendars to attend the next audition for SPOT (Shell Point’s Own Theater). On Monday, March 15, SPOT will hold auditions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. Don’t miss your opportunity to perform with your friends and entertain audiences with An Evening of Comedy. More information will be available in the March issue of Shell Point Life.

Variety Show Recalls the “Happy Days” of the 1950s

Save the Date March 5 – 7 A variety of art including paintings, wood carvings, pottery and jewelry, — all created by Shell Point residents — will be on display at Shell Point in the Social Center from Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7. Event is open to the public • Enjoy browsing the show and shopping

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 5 and 6 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, MARCH 7 • Noon to 4 p.m. • Social Center/IS For information contact Susan Miltner (Parkwood) at 481-7477.

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Calling all Cool Cats, Sandra Dee’s, Elvis impersonators, Motor Heads, Hula Hoopers, and Ed Sullivans! It’s time to sign up for the 4th annual Resident and Staff Rockin’ & Boppin’ Variety Show. Take a step back in time and be a part of this nostalgic event where residents, staff, and groups will reenact a time when one could go to the theater to watch a Gene Autry movie and enjoy a Coke and candy bar, all for 25¢. Let this nostalgic “Happy Days” era inspire you to create a short skit, sing a song, or recite a poem that evokes the time of poodle skirts, I Love Lucy, Soda Shops, and Drive-In movies. Join the other COOL acts already signed up by calling Mary Franklin, resort services manager, at 454-2152.




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Announcing 9th Annual Shell Point

Photo Show and Contest enter is Friday, March 12. The Photo Show will be on display for several days in the Resident Activity Center from March 29 through April 10. Judges from outside Shell Point will vote on the winners, which will be announced at the Opening Gala on March 30. “Exuberance” by Denton Smith 2009 Photo Show winner in Category 5.

Entries will be judges in the following eleven categories:

Calling all photographers! Get ready for the 2010 Photo Show and Contest. All Shell Point residents are invited to enter up to eight photos. “It’s inspiring to see what people can do with a camera,” said Frank Moore of Lakewood, Photo Club President. “Many of the winning photos are taken with small point-and-shoot cameras..” Contest entry forms, along with the complete list of rules, are available at either service desk. The deadline to

1) The Shell Point Community 2) Scenery at Shell Point 3) Wildlife at Shell Point 4) Friends, Families, Kids, Pets 5) Fun and /or Festive Events 6) Still Life, Portrait, Abstract 7) Nature Elsewhere 8) Wildlife Elsewhere 9) Travel USA 10) Travel Elsewhere 11) All Time Favorites

Speakers to Enrich Your Mind, Body, & Spirit The 2010 Speaker Series kicked off in January with an engaging presentation by Dan Buettner about the secrets of a long life. You can continue to enrich your mind, body, and spirit this month by attending the remaining speaking engagements, featuring Dr. Gary Small and Dr. Harold Koenig.

Dr. Gary Small presents: Keeping Your Brain Young To say that Dr. Small is knowledgeable in matters of the aging brain would be a significant understatement. Dr. Small is a leading expert on memory, aging, and the brain. He is a professor of Psychiatric and Biobehavioral Sciences, a professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Dr. Small’s team has developed brain imaging technology that allows physicians to

Friday, February 12 7:00 p.m.

detect the first signs of brain Dr. Small will share the latest aging and Alzheimer’s disease, medical and scientific evidence on years before patients show how to protect your brain to live symptoms. Studies from his better and longer. Don’t miss this authorized scientific works, as opportunity to hear Dr. Small well as several popular books on share the research-based evidence health, aging, and memory have about the effect that lifestyle has been featured in the New York on one’s ability to live with health, Dr. Gary Small Times, and other prestigious pubvibrancy, and cognitive sharpness. lications, and on numerous television programs Tickets are available for $30 each and such as NBC’s Today Show and many others. can be purchased at either service desk.

Dr. Harold Koenig presents: Religion, Spirituality & Health Dr. Harold G. Koenig is a Theology and Health at Duke. His highly-regarded expert on research on the connection between the relationship between religion and health has been feareligion, spirituality, and health. tured on national and international He is board certified in general TV news programs including ABC’s psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, World News Tonight, and Good and geriatric medicine, and is Morning America. He has also been on the faculty at Duke University featured on nearly a hundred radio Dr. Harold Koenig as Professor of Psychiatry and programs, newspapers, and magaBehavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor zines. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before of Medicine. Dr. Koenig is the founding co- the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Repredirector of the Center for Spirituality, sentatives concerning the benefits of religion

Thursday, February 25 7:00 p.m.

and spirituality on public health. During his presentation 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 also explore and explain the relationship between religion and physical health, immune functioning, cardiovascular functioning, and longevity. Tickets are $30 each and are available at either service desk.

The 2010 Economic Outlook Legacy Seminar hosted by Paul Kasriel of Northern Trust Wednesday, February 10 • 10:00 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/WDL • Sign up at either service desk February’s Academy seminar will once again, focus on the state of the economy. Please join us as we host Paul Kasriel from Northern Trust. Paul has developed a loyal following in the financial community through written commentaries containing a straightforward and often nonconsensus analysis of economic and financial market issues, and is often quoted in the media. He is the coauthor of Seven Indicators That Move Markets.

Paul Kasriel

Paul began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where he analyzed developments in the money and capital markets. He was promoted to the official staff and given the responsibility of organizing and leading the monetary policy briefings for the bank’s president. Paul has been a lecturer in finance at the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Although his classroom teaching days are over, Paul’s pas-

sion for educating the public on economic matters is reflected in his presentations. Currently as Senior VP and Director of Economic Research at Northern Trust, Paul is responsible for making the corporation’s economic and interest rate forecasts which are used by clients internally. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Paul’s evaluation of the economic climate on Wednesday, February 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room. Shell Point Life | February 2010


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“Be observing constantly. Stay open minded. Be eager to learn and improve.” – John Wooden Computer College and The School Of Technology

Session workshops include Introduction to Excel 07 on February 16 and 23 by Denton Smith (Oakmont), Formatting Documents on February 1 and 8 by Frank Di Vesta (Lakewood), and Personal Address Cards on February 18 and 25 by Harriet Reece (Junonia). Computer Basics classes are Computer College Prep School by Alice DeBaun (Eagles Preserve) beginning February 15, Basics – Works by Hal Bratt (Parkwood) and Jim Baumgarten (Rosemont) beginning February 12, and Basics by Richard Nelson (Lakewood) beginning February 26. Graphics classes are Using Print Shop 22 by Wayne Wolfert (Lucina) beginning February 9; Adobe Photoshop Elements by Harold Seer (Parkwood) beginning February 24, and Power Point by Frank Di Vesta (Lakewood) and Augusta Crane (Parkwood) beginning February 15. Cell Phone Prep School by Bruce Findley (Palm Acres) begins February 2, and Jitterbug Cell Phones begins February 23. Brain Fitness Using Nintendo by Emily Kletzien (Periwinkle) begins February 16. On February 4, What is OOMA will be taught by Bill Davis (Junonia). Coffee With A Neighbor

Join Bill Skinner (Harbor Court) in Coffee with the Shell Point Recycler on Monday, February 8. He has been at the forefront of our recycling efforts and he will tell us what has been accomplished and why we need to do more. For The Love Of Learning

Responding to resident interest, the Academy and the Village Church bring a


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collaboration of a two-part program in February. An Introduction to Islam and The Muslim World will be presented in five one-hour segments beginning February 1. The courses will be presented by Mohamed Al-Darsani, Imam of the Islamic Center For Peace, located in Fort Myers. Following this series, The Village Church Lecture Series brings Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, author, lecturer, and expert on Muslim culture for Comparisons and Contrasts Between Christianity and Islam on March 8 and Different World Views and Making Sense of 9/11 on March 9. Professor Adrian Kerr returns with a four-part series on The History of the United States to 1815 beginning on February 2. The series on Creative Writing, by Hallie Cerrino, Ed. M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, is offered again beginning February 3. The updated bridge classes, by Susan Willoughby, begin new sessions on February 24, with Two over One and Intermediate Bridge. The AARP Driver Safety Class by Dr. Bill Lanpher (Oakmont) is offered February 26. Community Opportunity

Leslie Amick, Senior Regional Director of the American Heart Association, joins us on February 2 to kick off National Heart Month with her presentation The American Heart Association Puts Their Heart into Heart Month. This is a good opportunity to hear what our local association does for us, and what we can do to help them with their mission.

Academy On The Go

This month’s educational field trips take us into an art museum and out to the beach for birding. On February 11, travel to the Naples Museum of Art for a spectacular new show, Chihuly: Recent Work, featuring the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. On February 17, Dr. Iver Brook (Lucina) will be our guide for Exploring Southwest Florida’s Shorebirds at two bird-filled local beaches, Bunche Beach and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Mind, Body, And Spirit

Several of our physical fitness classes taught by personal trainer Lynne Fraser, BS Exercise Physiology, begin again this month. A second session of Pilates Stretch begins on February 1 and second sessions of both Zumba and Pilates Chair begin on February 2. A new Mental Fitness class with Lynn Wallen, PhD Cognitive Fitness Facilitator, begins on February 3. Life Review and Memory Enhancement will take you through a series of structured exercises designed to hep you review your personal history in order to strengthen long-term memory. Dr. Sue Stranahan, Minister of Spiritual Care, feeds our spirits on February 17 with a lecture on Religious Symbols, held in the Steinback Chapel at the Larsen Pavilion where the symbols beautifully abound. Our minds, bodies, and spirits will be enriched on February 24 by a panel presentation on Resilience by Dr. Nancy Spencer, Clinical Psychologist; and Dr. Sue Continued on next page

Popular Presentation Sparks Additional Interest Dr. Robert Brueck, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, spoke at the Academy on January 18. Though most of his presentation was on skin cancer, residents in the audience requested he return to discuss the options of cosmetic surgery. He is now seeing patients at the Arbor Medical Center. Call the Shell Point Medical Center for appointments.

Active Advisory Boards Residents and Staff Join Forces to Enhance Programs at Shell Point Advisory Boards offer Shell Point residents and staff the opportunity to work together on a regular basis to focus various areas of resident life. There are four advisory boards in the resident life department. The Fine and Performing Arts Advisory Board evaluates and provides feedback regarding the cultural extravaganza of events held at Shell Point, including the Shell Point Concert and Speaker Series. Topics, performers, entertainment, and presenters are all considered, as are the logistics of the events. Residents serve a two-year term.

The Academy Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis to consider topics and details related to the 70 to 90 classes offered each trimester in the Academy at Shell Point. Residents are selected for two-year terms and represent varying areas of specialty. The Technology Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis to consider the teaching of, and resident access to, technology at Shell Point. Resident members who serve on this advisory board include the leaders of each of the groups and clubs that focus on technology, such as the Computer College and

The Academy Advisory Board is: Sam Cutter, Bill Skinner,Teri Kollath, Linda Forcey, Lex Roulston, Janet Howard, Jim Hooper and Bill Lanpher. Not pictured Bobbi Brown, and Bruce Findley.

The Program Advisory Board is (back L-R): Sandra Ashley, Carol Palermo, Peter LeKouses, Mary Franklin, and Bob Britz. Front row: Bev Chandley, Florence Putman, Barbara Milligan, and Audrey Cortelyou.


Stranahan, Minister of Spiritual Care and Healthcare Chaplain; and Dr. Carol Clark, Nurse Practitioner; who will teach us what we can do to create the buoyancy that will help us “bounce back” from life’s inevitable bumps and the even more serious traumas. Purpose and Power in Retirement is an opportunity, sponsored by the Larsen Pavil-

School of Technology from the Academy at Shell Point, the resident computer labs, the Mac Users Club, and the Computer Club. The Program Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis to evaluate existing trips and consider new adventures, special events, and programs planned monthly by the resort services department. Residents who are active participants are selected for two-year terms. If you are interested in serving on one of the Advisory Boards, please contact Teri Kollath at 454-2254.

The Technology Advisory Board is Teri Kollath, Marion Britz, Dr. Russ Kraay, Jannet Medina and Tom Frackenpohl. Not pictured Jean Richardson, Richard Nelson, Linda Jansen (director of information systems), Megs Singer, and Blaine Miller.

The Fine and Performing Arts Advisory Board is David McJoynt, Barbara Miller,Teri Kollath, Lynn Wheaton, Kate Mondello, and Randy Woods. Front row: Jerry Ingalls, Dawn Boren and Miriam Armstrong. Not pictured Kirk Gulledge.

Dr. Sue Stranahan presents Religious Symbols on February 17.

ion Auxiliary, to hear a second lecture from Dr. Harold G. Koenig, founding co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University. He will speak in the Academy on February 25. Dr. Koenig will also be speaking on February 25 at 7 p.m. as part of this year’s Shell Point Speaker Series. Dr. Koenig has

shared his research on the connection between religion and health on national and international TV news programs. Stay Connected to the Academy

For more information on each course, please see your Weekly Reminder and your Academy brochure, which are available at either Service Desk and on line at Look for daily updates on SPTV, channel 11. Shell Point Life | February 2010


FEBRUARY FEATURES DIVERSE CONC Experience World-Class Musical Entertainment at Shell Point Ranging from Choral, to Brass, to Strings, to Jazz Flair! All of these performances will be held at The Village Church.

The American Boychoir Tuesday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. Currently celebrating its seventieth anniversary season, The American Boychoir is regarded as the United States’ premier concert boys’ choir and one of the finest boychoirs in the world. It continues to dazzle audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, effervescent spirit, and ensemble virtuosity. Its members - boys from grades four through eight, reflecting the ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of our nation - come from nine states and four foreign countries to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at The American Boychoir School, the only non-sectarian boys’ choir school in the nation. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1937, The American Boychoir has been located in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1950. In addition to maintaining an active national and international touring schedule, the ensemble performs and records regularly with such world-class artists and ensembles as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, soprano Jessye Norman, pop diva Beyonce’, jass vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin, and Paul McCartney. Single tickets are available for $35 and can be purchased at either service desk or by calling 454-2067.

National Christian Choir Brings 150+ Voices Saturday, February 13, at 7:15 • Sunday, February 14, at 6:15 p.m. The Season of Praise Concert Series at The Village Church continues with the National Christian Choir, direct from our nation’s capital on Saturday, February 13, at 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday, February 14, at 6:15 p.m. Founded in 1984 by the current music director, C. Harry Causey, the National Christian Choir is comprised of over 150 singers from more that 100 different churches throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. In addition to their live presentations throughout the U.S. and abroad, the choir’s library of recordings is widely received. Also, their weekly inspirational The National Christian Choir will perform at Shell Point on two special nights! See them on broadcast, “Psalm95” Saturday, February, 13 at 7:15 p.m. or on Valentines Day, Sunday, February 14 at 6:15 at the is heard on more than Village Church. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these powerful voices. 500 radio stations (including the Moody Broadcasting Network) in every state, all of Canada, and beyond. Hearing the National Christian Choir on recordings is great, but it’s nothing compared to experiencing a live worship experience with them. You will be swept up by the powerful voices, participatory singing, tender moments of worship, outstanding soloists, and the ethereal inspiration of being surrounded by the singers. Because of the overwhelming support for this concert and rare opportunity to hear the National Christian Choir right here at Shell Point, there will be two performances. Tickets are $10 and are available at the church Music Director C. Harry Causey office during regular business hours. Be sure to get your tickets soon!


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Cynthia Sayer and her Jazz Banjo Tuesday, February 16, at 7:15 p.m. Resort Services is proud to present an exciting twist on jazz. Cynthia Sayer is regarded as the top fourstring jazz banjoist in the world today. A member of Woody Allen’s jazz band for over 10 years, Cynthia’s solo career has taken her well beyond her New Orleans roots to become an acclaimed bandleader and guest artist. She has a unique and expansive approach to the instrument which is all her own. When Cynthia gives a concert, a few things are apparent. First, she is a powerful musical force. Second, listeners are clearly transported by her deep vocal connection and sensitive delivery. And third, her warm and engaging personality creates a personal bond with her audience. Cynthia obviously loves what she is doing. Tickets are $5 and are available at either service desk.

Acoustic Eidolon and Special Guest Thomas Loefke Artfully Blending the String Sounds of the Cello, Double-neck Guitjo, and Harp Thursday, February 26, at 6:45 p.m. Resort Services is pleased to host another exciting concert opportunity, Acoustic Eidolon. Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Canada. Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument... like nothing they’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing. The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories. For this performance, Joe and Hannah are planning to have a very special guest with them, Thomas Loefke. He is a Celtic harpist from Berlin, Germany, and has won international awards for his Celtic harp artistry. Tickets are $5 and are available at either service desk.

The River City Brass Band Monday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat, the River City Brass band was the first professional concert band to be established in the Untied States in over 25 years. Under the baton of Bernat, the River City Brass Band took to the Carnegie Music hall stage for its inaugural concert. It was an evening of musical excellence and determination — determination to bring about the revival of the grass-roots tradition of the American brass band. All across the country, the River City Brass Band has delighted audiences with its signature style. Every performance features the witty and insightful commentary of Conductor Denis Colwell, the sounds of superb soloists, and some lighthearted fun! Often called the “Boston Pops” of brass, “the band’s extensive repertoire includes American tunes, big band swing and jazz, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classical and contemporary masterworks, and traditional marches. “It’s not a reach to say that this may be the most fun with music you’re going to have all year,” touts the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “River City Brass Band puts the fun back into music,” reported The Tribune Review of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Single tickets are $35 and are available at either service desk or by calling 454-2067. Shell Point Life | February 2010


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Presidents and their First Ladies – Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson Tuesday, February 2 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS


“Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking” is the creation of the veteran acting and writing team of husband and wife William and Sue Wills. Please join us as they present the story of Lyndon and Lady Bird and their “whirlwind courtship.” In their married years “Bird” grew into an astute business woman and Lyndon became known as “The Master of the Senate.” So, it was not a surprise that when he became President, his administration passed more important legislation in less time than any since FDR. Lyndon became known for his bigger than life personality and as Lady Bird herself said, “Life with Lyndon was one big adventure.”

From the Pharaoh’s Tomb Exhibit and Lunch at The Oasis


Thursday, February 4 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $15 (includes admission; lunch on your own, approximately $6 to $20) More than thirty centuries of mystery will be unveiled when tomb and treasure bring to life the boy king we know as King Tut. This excursion

includes a guided tour of the Pharaoh’s tomb display which contains authentic replicas of ancient Egyptian culture, history, and treasures. Bring your Shell Point Passports for this passport to the world adventure. Following the tour, the group will head to The Oasis for lunch. The Oasis offers a quality lunch at a reasonable price. Service is another winning attribute of this popular downtown Fort Myers restaurant.

Mac Users Club


Thursday, February 4 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Enjoy several back to the basics presentations followed by a panel discussion involving interaction with the membership. Come and refine your computer skills.

Shell Point Market Place


Friday, February 5, 19, and 26 Thursday, February, 11 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Park/IS The Market has two new vendors, the French Artisan and The Soap Peddler. Select from a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, preserves and sauces, honey, salad dressings, rubs, artisan bread, seafood, and more. Don’t forget to pick up fresh cut flowers for your Valentine! Market Place vendors are happy to fill special request orders.




Artfest Fort Myers


Saturday, February 6 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: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Artfest Fort Myers happens the first weekend of February every year and it is time that Shell Point residents head downtown for this riverfront tradition. Featuring 200 nationally known artists, Artfest is an amazing opportunity to see some of the most creative and exciting artwork to be exhibited anywhere in Florida. Be prepared for quite a bit of walking and standing, although there are plenty of park benches available for resting.


Fashion Jewelry Paradise Shopping and Lunch at the Bear Rock Café

Monday, February 8 9:00 a.m. Island pickup 9:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Fashion Jewelry Paradise is a funky and fun store for grown-up girls. The new eclectic store offers fashion jewelry and accessories at great discount prices. This trendy boutique is located on US 41 in Fort Myers, which puts this new shop in the perfect location for a quick stop at Bear Rock Café for lunch. Sign up today for this fabulous outing.


Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11 9:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m. Library Lounge/IS Many residents look forward to this book sale all year long. In addition to all of the paperback and hardcover books, there are plenty of audio books and DVDs for sale. And the price is always right!

Shell Point Photo Club Thursday, February 11 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS


Robert Trabucco, from the Southwest Florida Photo Society, will present Photographs, Not Snapshots. Everyone, regardless of their photographic experience, is welcome to attend.

Veterans’ Club


Friday, February 12 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Colonel Troy Scott, US Army (retired), currently serves as President of all Military Officers Association Chapters in Florida. He will bring the veterans’ club up to date on current legislation affecting all former members of the military. This is an opportunity to learn about issues that could directly impact the individual veteran.

Information Forum – Now You Can Take It With You!


Saturday, February 13 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Videos, games, music, and books… has everything gone electronic? How long has this been going on and what more can there be in the future? Come and learn about technological trends, and discover that it’s much more than just cell phones. Bruce Findley (Palm Acres) will be moderating the forum.

Saturday DVD: Last Chance Harvey (2008)


Saturday, February 13 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL When it comes to love, is it ever too late to take a chance? This delightful romantic comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson reminds us that true love can, indeed, come to those who wait. Hoffman and Thompson are perfect together as two guarded strangers who find a growing connection with one another after a chance encounter in London. The chemistry between the pair inspires them both to believe in second chances as they unexpectedly transform each other’s lives. This winner of Golden Globe nominations for best actor and actress is a Valentine’s Day delight!

Sunday Matinee Movie: Elvira Madigan (1967)


Sunday, February 14 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL This lushly beautiful Swedish film was winner of the Cannes Film Festival for best actress and music. It tells the story of a young army officer who gives up everything for a beautiful circus performer. It has stunning photography and inspired use of Mozart and Vivaldi music.

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Castle Golf Miniature Golf Outing Monday, February 15 9:30 a.m. Island pickup 9:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 12:00 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $15 Everyone loves putt putt golf! When was the last time you played a round of mini golf? It is a wonderful activity, and Castle Golf is a great place to enjoy it. They play baroque music as you golf your way through medieval castles and over drawbridges. Those who make a hole in one at the “mystery hole” will win a free round of golf! No meals will be provided, but refreshments are available for purchase.


Cynthia Sayer, Jazz Banjo


Tuesday, February 16 7:15 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Cynthia Sayer is regarded as the top fourstring jazz banjoist in the world today. She has a unique and expansive approach to the instrument which is all her own. Her eclectic repertoire includes swing, tango, western, classical, and more. Tickets are $5 and are available at either service desk. Get your ticket before they are sold out! See page 21 for more information.

Beach Day


Monday, February 22 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) “It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. 24

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And when we go back to the sea—-whether it is to sail or to watch it—-we are going back from whence we came. ‘’- John F. Kennedy. Take a day to return to the sea. Gather up your beach supplies and treat yourself to a wonderful day at Delnor– Wiggins State Park beach, including a picnic lunch and trip to Royal Scoop Ice Creamery.

DVD Movie – Egypt, Unlocking the Great Pyramid


Monday, February 22 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world: How did builders lift limestone blocks, weighing an average of two and a half tons, 480 feet up onto the top of the pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Great Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has devoted his life to solving this mystery by creating incredibly accurate blueprints of the Great Pyramid, using cutting-edge 3-D software. Unlocking the Great Pyramid follows Houdin and renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in Giza as they put Houdin’s theory to the test.

Movie Night: Casablanca (1942) Monday, February 22 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS A kiss is just a kiss, but this timeless tale, set on the coast of West Africa, full of action, love, and suspense cannot be ignored or forgotten. Two lovers torn apart by a twist of fate years ago in Paris are reunited in Casablanca. Their meeting is a mess of bad timing, life-altering secrets, and unmistakable passion. Can they be united forever? Can love conquer all? Casablanca is a backdrop where these questions are tested while the lives of many hang in the balance. With a superb performance by both Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this classic will




last through the ages as one of the best love stories the world has ever known.

Library Book Talk


Tuesday, February 23 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS One of the United States, most interesting presidents will be the topic of discussion at this month’s Library Book Talk. Bill Saunders of Turban will present John Meacham’s, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Refreshments will be served and all Shell Point residents and their friends are invited to attend.

Roaring 20s Pizza & Pipes: Music and Dining in Sarasota


Tuesday, February 23 3:15 p.m. Island pickup 3:25 p.m. Woodlands pickup 3:35 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 9:30 p.m. Approximate return Cost: $16 (dinner on your own) It is time again to head up to Sarasota to enjoy the music of the mighty Wurlitzer while indulging in pizza, seafood, burgers, pasta, and more at Roaring 20s Pizza and Pipes. The scheduled organist for the evening is Bill Vlasak, who will be playing the very Wurlitzer he played from 1979 to 1995 at the Paramount in Indianapolis. During the same time span, Bill recorded seven albums and was recognized in England as the Organist of the Year. The bus will stop for a restroom break on the way to and from Sarasota.

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

Egyptian Night at the Crystal


Tuesday, February 23 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Crystal Room/IS The Crystal Room is hosting an evening of fabulous food amid tastes of exotic Egypt. Try the lemon lamb with minted couscous or cardamom carrots with Nile chicken. Save room for a traditional Egyptian dessert called umm ali, which is similar to bread pudding. The buffet is only $14.95.

Special event bus will be running

Acoustic Eidolon

Walking up and down stairs

Walking required


Friday, February 26 6:45 p.m. Church Auditorium /IS Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are masters at blending Folk, Celtic, World, and Latin music. They will be joined by Thomas Loefke, who toured with them previously and has won international awards for Celtic harp artistry. Tickets are $5 and are available at either service desk. See page 21 for more information.

Boating attire


Volunteer Appreciation Event

March 11 The 2010 Shell Point Volunteer Appreciation event will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 11. Watch for the next issue of Shell Point Life for details.

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 (Feb 14) 6:15 Evening Worship

Monday 7:30 Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tennis 8:30 Woodlands SP Striders 8:45 Lap Robes (Feb 1, 15) 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)

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 10:15 Trim & Healthy (Feb 9, 23) 10:30 Suzy Q 12:45 Progressive Pairs 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 (Feb 2)

Wednesday 7:30 Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tennis 8:30 Woodlands SP Striders 8:45 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 (Feb 17/WDL) 11:15 Computer Q & A (Feb 3/IS) 1:00 Chess 1:30 Model Train Room 2:15 Knitters Anonymous (Feb 17) 2:30 Jazz ‘N Stuff 3:00 Bible Study (King’s Crown/IS) 5:45 Village Church Choir Rehearsal 7:15 Prayer & Praise

Thursday 8:00 Men’s Golf League 8:00 Round Robin Men’s Doubles Tennis 9:30 Current Events 10:00 Paddler’s Club/IS 10:30 Suzy Q 1:15 MAC Users Club (Feb 4)

1:15 Mah-Jongg (Library Lounge/IS) 1:15 SPOT Play Readers (Feb 4, 18) 2:15 Computer Club (Feb 18) 2:15 Photo Club (Feb 11) 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 (Feb 12, 26) 8:15 Stamp Project (Stamp Room/IS) 8:30 Shell Point Market Place 8:30 Woodlands SP Striders 10:15 Genealogy (Feb 12) 10:15 Inquiring Minds 10:30 Suzy Q (Feb 12) 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 (Feb 19) 2:45 Great Decisions (Feb 12, 26) 2:45 Vespers (King’s Crown/IS) 6:45 Game Night

Saturday 8:00 Adopt-a-Road (Feb 20) 8:00 Round Robin Men’s Doubles Tennis 9:00 Saturday Coffee 9:45 Duplicate Bridge – Supervised Play 10:00 Information Forum (Feb 13) 10:15 Model Yacht Club (Garden Apt Pond) 1:00 Chess 7:00 Duplicate Bridge

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Dining at Shell Point

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Palm Grill Saturday, February 13

The Palm Grill will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special dinner on Saturday, February 13, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Choose from starters of escargot, smoked wild salmon, shrimp cocktail, or the popular lobster bisque. Entrée choices will include slow-roasted prime rib, rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, or the loving couple (boneless short ribs with shrimp scampi). The menu will also feature special Valentine’s Day desserts. Woodlands dining manager Tom Irwin and chef Joel Bachhuber hope to see you at the Palm Grill for the very special Valentine Dinner. The Palm Grill does not accept

reservations but call-ahead seating is available at 454-2059. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Crystal Room Sunday, February 14

This Valentine’s Day, the Crystal Room is offering their extensive Sunday brunch buffet, including baked salmon, stuffed leg

of lamb with a balsamic fig basil sauce, and almond crusted chicken Kiev. Prime rib of beef will be hand carved to order. Those who prefer to start their meals with breakfast items can try the eggs Benedict or have a made-to-order omelet. Put the finishing touches on your meal at the Valentine’s dessert buffet, featuring a chocolate lover’s delight, including chocolate fondue for dipping fresh fruits and cakes, red velvet cake, and strawberry cream pie. The Crystal Room will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 14. The cost for the buffet is $17.50 Seating at the Crystal Room is based on the availability of tables. 454-2199.

For the Love of Fitness

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Balloon Deliveries for Your Sweetie Valentine’s Day Balloon Bouquet Deliveries to Say You Care Be the first to give your sweetie or special friend a special Valentine’s Treat! Resort Services has Valentine Balloon packages including Hershey candy kisses! Prices range from $6 to $32. Place your order today, supplies limited. Deliveries will be made on Friday, February 12th, by appointment only.


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A sedentary lifestyle is one of the depression; it can also boost self-image and top risk factors for heart disease. self-esteem. Working to achieve a healthy Fortunately, it’s a risk factor that you can do heart will also make you look fit and feel something about. Regular exercise, espe- great. cially aerobic exercise, has To jump start your way to many benefits. a healthy heart, talk to your By exercising regularly, you doctor regarding medication can strengthen your heart and changes, heavy lifting, and cardiovascular system, improve your approach to safe exercise. circulation, and help your body The best types of exercises make better use of oxygen. to achieve a healthy heart Exercise can increase energy include stretching, aerobic levels so you can do more activmovement, and muscle ities without becoming tired or strengthening. The Shell Point short of breath. In addition, Fitness is not only good for Health Club team offers group exercise can lower blood pres- it’s physical benefits but is exercises to achieve a healthy also excellent for boosting sure, improve muscle tone and heart. Check out the health one’s self-esteem and restrength, increase balance and ducing stress and anxiety. club schedule at either service joint flexibility, strengthen desk. To sign up for personal bones, and reduce body fat. Regular exercise training, call resort services manager Mary can reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and Franklin at 454-2152.

Pavilion Salon Offers Rejuvenating Escape Haircuts, Manicures, Pedicures and Massage Available B











Everyone loves a little pampering. For a more personal experience. Nail care permanent and temporary residents appointments are available on Tuesdays, and of the Pavilion, the massage appointments are Pavilion Salon offers a scheduled for Saturdays. wide array of options for a All appointments for the bit of indulgence, relaxPavilion Salon can be ation, and rejuvenation. arranged by calling 489Anyone looking to 8400, extension 3. spend some time away The Pavilion Salon from their room can enjoy a relaxing visit to the Salon, located on the first floor of the Pavilion. Those who wish to remain in the comfort of their own room may take advantage of in-home services, such as, manicures, pedicures, and massages. A Stylish Treat for Valentine’s Day The Pavilion Salon is open Monday Treat your special someone to a Salon through Friday from 9 a.m. until Noon. Afternoon appointments are also available. gift certificate this Valentine’s Day. Gift cerThe Salon even schedules separate appoint- tificates are available in any denomination ment times for men and women, allowing for and can be purchased in any of the salons.

Salon Specials During the month of February take 15% off all make-up orders. Complimentary makeovers by appointment in February at the Island Salon. Repechage is leading the industry in anti-aging skin care. All the make-up is 100% non-clogging. It won't clog the pores or settle in fine lines or wrinkles.

Keep Yourself Safe Simple Actions You Can Take to Prevent Theft B Y M I C H E L L E S A R G I S , C R I M E P R E V E N T I O N U N I T, L E E C O U N T Y S H E R I F F ’ S O F F I C E

It’s no secret that with an economy in desperate straits, there are people who will try to get ahead by doing desperate things. In the area surrounding Shell Point, we’ve seen an uptick in burglarizing of homes and vehicles, as well as attempts at Internet fraud and identity theft. Now more than ever, you need to stay vigilant so that you don’t become a victim of these criminals.

Protect Your Information

In this 21st century, criminals have found that the Internet and the telephone are more efficient ways of stealing your money by gaining access to your bank accounts and personal information. To keep this from happening, exercise some commonsense preventive measures. Don’t believe it when someone says you’ve won a lottery or other prize. Protect Your Home Scammers have been dialThere are some simple ing random numbers at things you can do to keep Shell Point, hoping to get your physical property safe. someone to divulge their Keep your doors locked in personal information. If both your home and your car. someone asks you to send a Don’t open your front door small amount of money in Keep your doors locked to unless you recognize the perdeposit for a huge cash ensure your safety. son on the other side. Close windfall, this is a red flag for your blinds at night, and don’t put valuables disaster. Just hang up immediately. in a highly visible place, either in your home Be equally wary of “prize” offers or other or in your car. financial appeals over the Internet. Scammers

Phone and Internet scams are some of the ways thiefs try to take money from people. Be extremely cautious about sharing your personal information.

will do or say anything to pull people in using religious-sounding language, or even sounding like an unnamed relative in desperate need. If it sounds out of the ordinary, it probably is. Likewise, don’t ever respond to text messages or phone calls by sending your personal information; banks will never request it this way. If there is any question, hang up, and call the phone number listed on your bank statement to confirm. Stay Vigilant

The best person to keep you safe is you. Stay vigilant and aware of these threats, and you won’t fall victim. If you have any questions, please contact the Lee County’s Crime Prevention Unit at 477-1000.

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Live United Shell Point Residents Support United Way Campaign B









The Shell Point Residents’ Council has once again approved sponsorship of the Shell Point United Way Campaign. For the 2010 campaign, which runs from January 15 through March 1, the Residents’ Council set a goal of $50,000.

the United Way of Lee County to keep fundraising costs extremely low. Volunteers annually evaluate agency performance and thoroughly study agency budgets to make sure United Way of Lee County dollars are spent efficiently.

Did you Know?

You Can Make a Difference

Just one contribution to the United Way of Lee County helps support more than 140 programs in 70 local partner agencies that assist our friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers. All United Way of Lee County dollars remain local, helping people in our community. Last year, United Way of Lee County agencies provided service to more than 300,000 people throughout our community. That accounts for approximately one out of every two people. Extensive volunteer involvement allows

In January, all Shell Point residents received United Way packets in their internal mailboxes. The packets included a Shell Point pledge card, envelope, and a brochure listing the 70 agencies served by the United Way. Contributors have the option of designating a specific agency to receive their donation by writing the agency’s name at the bottom of the pledge card. Donations can be sent through internal mail to Administration, dropped off at The Island or Woodlands service desks, or mailed directly to the United Way in the

envelope that is provided. On behalf of the local United Way and the many individuals it serves through its agencies, we thank you for your generous support.

Cliff Smith, President of the United Way of Lee County, presents Bill Lanpher with a plaque for Shell Point’s United Way participation.

Women’s Ministries

Guest Speaker to Discuss Social Ministry Efforts Compassion and mercy ministries have been the focus of missionary couple Tim and Ruth Albright for 23 years in the country of Burkina Faso. When Tim and Ruth met at Nyack College, they discovered they had each grown up in foreign countries while their parents served as missionaries. Tim had his roots in Mali, West Africa, and Ruth hailed from

the Philippines and Malaysia. Together in West Africa, Tim and Ruth have been involved in social ministries, such as water purification, digging wells, famine relief, education, healthy gardening, and helping develop small businesses. Each of these domains has enabled the people of West Africa to live a better life in a harsh environment, and it has showed them God’s love

in a practical, tangible way. The Albrights settled in Fort Myers in August 2009, and Tim is currently working for ECHO in North Fort Myers. Ruth Albright will be the featured speaker at Global Outreach on Wednesday, February 17, at 10:15 a.m. in the Church Hospitality Room. All are welcome, and coffee and refreshments will be served.

Women’s Spring Bible Study Continues The Village Church Bible study of the book of Esther resumes on Tuesday, February 2, at 9:45 a.m. in the Church Hospitality Room. This continues to be an exciting study of a familiar narrative which highlights a number of different ways of how it is tough being a woman. Not only was it tough in


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Esther’s day, but it remains challenging today. Through this study, women will discover: • How we can balance passion with patience in our lives • An understanding of God’s timing in life events • How God allows circumstances to redirect our lives

• God’s power to rescue us from trials and reverse destinies for His purposes The group Bible study will feature small groups for sharing as well as video sessions by the author of the study, Beth Moore. There will be five Tuesday sessions, with the concluding study scheduled for March 2.

INTRODUCING THE 2010 RESIDENT COUNCIL Court Representatives Elected to Serve B









Back row: Jerry Ingalls, Harold Waldron, Gerry Wilson, John Bendall,ThomasTimothy (Alt. Rep), Donald Miltner, Richard Maass, John Gill, andTed Rodgers. Middle row (standing): Bill Lanpher, Mike Klein, Norman Arnold, Grayce Gore, Pat Straup, Sidney Hansen, Bobbie Phillips (Alt. Rep), and Bill Staples. Front row: Russel Peters, Sylvia Chamberlin,Winona Whitehead, Chris Gooden, Joan Perry, and John Schulke.

The Shell Point Residents’ Council is comprised of a dedicated group of residents who serve on a volunteer basis to represent the interests and needs of fellow residents living in their courts. The purpose of the Residents’ Council is to facilitate communication between the residents and administration of Shell Point on matters of general concern to the residents. The Council holds regular monthly meetings, normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:45 a.m. in the Social Center. All residents are welcome to attend and hear the issues presented by each court representative. However, only the acting court representative has the power to engage in discussion and vote on issues during meetings. The Council consists of one representative for each court, elected by residents of that court on The Island, and at The Woodlands, Eagles Preserve, Palm Acres, King’s Crown, the Arbor, and the Pavilion. In November 2009, elections were held to reappoint court representatives for each building. For each representative, a first and second alternate are also elected to serve, as needed, in the absence of the acting court representative.

The Council serves as the resident governing body to act on sponsorship of proposed programs, such as the United Way, Employee Christmas Gift Drive, Library Fund Drive, Bakeless Bake Sale, etc. Each court representative also serves in the important role of the court contact in the event that a hurricane may cause evacuation of residents to the Shell Point hurricane shelter. The officers of the Residents’ Council are also empowered by the residents to act as their Resident Advisory Committee to present resident concerns to the Shell Point Board of Directors, who meet onsite at Shell Point approximately three times a year. As you schedule your calendar of activities for each month, consider attending one of these important meetings to observe this group in action. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about ongoing activities at Shell Point along with issues and concerns among your fellow residents throughout the entire community. We are pleased to introduce the newly elected 2010 Residents’ Council. All of us at Shell Point are grateful for their volunteer service in these important positions:

2010 Court Representatives

Arbor..............................Warner Gaines Cameo ..............................Russel Peters Cellana ............................Gerry Wilson Coquina ............................John Bendall Eagles Preserve ....................Jerry Ingalls Harbor Court ........................Joan Perry Junonia ....................................John Gill King’s Crown ................Sidney Hansen Lakewood ..............................Fritz Knox Lucina ..........................Warren Goodell Macoma ................................Pat Straup Nautilus................................Mike Klein Oakmont ............................Bill Lanpher Palm Acres ........................Ted Rodgers Parkwood ......................Donald Miltner Pavilion ................................Bill Staples Periwinkle..........................Grayce Gore Rosemont........................Richard Maass Royal Bonnet ........Sylvia Chamberlain Sand Dollar..................Harold Waldron Sundial ............................Chris Gooden Tellidora ......................Norman Arnold Turban ..............................John Schulke Officers

Chairman ..........................Bill Lanpher Vice Chairman ................John Schulke Corresponding Sec. ..........Russel Peters

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Gratefully Yours!

Liberty Voices

Celebrating the Power of a Grateful Heart Each year, Shell Point’s annual Gala is an opportunity for the community to gather together to celebrate Shell Point’s anniversary and continuing success. The 2010 Shell Point Gala was a joyous celebration of the unique people, places, and events that weave together to create the Shell Point community. The celebration of Shell Point’s 42nd anniversary began with welcoming messages from Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, and Lynn Schneider, assistant vice president of sales and marketing. They shared the importance of expressing gratitude and the power of saying “thank you.” The Power of Thank You

“Saying ‘thank you’ is an important part of Shell Point’s culture,” said Tim. “Those two very small words, when said sincerely, can be filled with such significance and meaning.” Tim thanked the residents for the many ways they have demonstrated what it means to live generously as a community. Peter Dys, who has served as the president of Shell Point for the past 25 years, shared his reflections on Shell Point’s culture of generosity and discussed the commencement of the construction for the new Larsen Pavilion Rehabilitation Center and Administration building. “Shell Point has a history that has emerged from the spirit of giving that created the culture of benevolence we enjoy today. I’m so thankful for that culture and what it has done for this

Miriam and Dick Armstrong (Oakmont)

community. It is a culture that I hope is seeded with such great roots that it will never be shaken. It affects every one of us today and it makes Shell Point unique.” Following a prayer by Ken Nesselroade, senior minister of The Village Church, the Liberty Voices took to the stage and wowed the audience with a cappella renditions of popular songs, such as A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Moon River, and Let There Be Peace On Earth. In addition to the inspiring presentations and remarkable entertainment, another highlight of the event was the delectable desserts and refreshments provided by FineMark National Bank & Trust. Chef Mike Gavala and his culinary team presented an irresistible display of a Norman Love dark chocolate cup filled with chocolate mousse and topped with whipped cream. The plate was garnished with a brie cheese wheel drizzled with fresh raspberry sauce and paired with sliced apples. “The Gala was a wonderful celebration recognizing the generosity of the entire Shell Point community and especially that of the residents,” expressed Dick Riley, executive vice president of FineMark. “The presentations were enlightening and the Liberty Voices were very talented. It was an honor for FineMark National Bank & Trust to be involved as a sponsor.”

Members of the FineMark National Bank & Trust team Jennifer Case, Dick Riley, Robert Sizemore, Angela Morris, Gerry Roberts, Susan Chiccone, and right, Chef Mike Gavala.

Peter Dys and Timothy Stephenson

Charles and Jewell Whitson (Lucina)

Jack and Karen Hubbard (Lakewood)

Carol Nielsen, Rich Miller, and Dorothy Miller all of Sand Dollar Court

Fern and Gerry Crawford (Turban Court)

Shell Point Life February 2010  

Monthly magazine that highlights the amazing lifestyle and wonderful persons that make Shell Point Retirement Community truly unique.

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