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PRIDE AND PATRIOTISM By Rochelle Cherniawski, editor The Summer Olympics are set to kick off in London with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 27. Tune in to NBC to catch the action as Olympic athletes from around the world come together to compete in 36 different sports. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to represent our country as an athlete in the Olympic Games. Imagine the pride and emotion that gold medalists feel when they stand atop the podium listening to their national anthem being played for all to hear. Knowing that you are the best athlete in your sport, and that the entire world is watching you in that very moment, must be an unbelievable experience. Donald and Margery Bush (Lucina) have a daughter that knows the feeling. Lesley Bush won an Olympic gold medal as a diver in the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo. In fact, Lesley wasn’t the only Bush child to complete in the Olympics. Her brother, David, competed as a diver in the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. Turn to page 6 to read the story about Lesley and David’s Olympic experiences. Jane Hanger (Rosemont) was ready to try out for the 1940 Olympic Games in Finland, but the games were cancelled due to WWII. As a breaststroke swimmer, Jane set multiple

national speed records, and even a world speed record. So, having reached the pinnacle of her competitive career, she retired at the age of 24 and began swimming professionally. Jane’s story begins on page 3. The spirit of the Olympic Games will have many of us reflecting on the pride we feel for our great nation, especially following the celebration of our independence on the Fourth of July. With that, we wanted to celebrate one resident’s remarkable recognition for his courage and bravery in fighting for freedom. Turn to page 28 to read how Jack Hubbard (Lakewood) was recently awarded the highest military honor presented by the French government. In addition to stories of patriotic recognition and athletic accomplishments, this issue of Shell Point Life is filled with interesting information about your community. You’ll learn about the appeal for a new Suzy Q boat, plans for a new Aquatic Center, classes taking place in The Academy, special events and activities planned by the Resort Services team, and much more. I wish you a wonderful month as we celebrate our nation’s independence and catch the excitement of the Olympic Games. I’ll be cheering for Team U.S.A. every step of the way!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. AVP of Communications Lynn Schneider Editor Rochelle Cherniawski Art Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Mary Franklin, Teri Kollath, Robyn Church, Bev Chandley, Melody Desilets, Randy Woods, Tim and Glenda Stephenson, Inga Bredahl, McKenzie Millis, Dawn Boren, Sarah Nadal, Eleanor Pease, Peggy Holton, Jan Van Laer, and Susan Uhleman Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Rochelle Cherniawski, editor, by calling 239-454-2055 or e-mail: 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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Jane Hanger (Rosemont) set both national and world speed records for swimming.

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Making a

Splash Winning National Titles, Setting Speed Records, and Finding True Love By Rochelle Cherniawski


rowing up in Fort Worth, Texas, Jane Hanger (Rosemont) learned how to swim in the Trinity River when she was just three years old. The bashful girl spent most of her time in the water with her three older sisters. “I just remember it seemed like I was in the water all the time. I suppose I really was, because we were always down at the river pool.” The Trinity River was a common community swimming area, but Jane’s parents found that it just wasn’t safe in its open and unsupervised setting. So, they got approval from the city to create a natural swimming pool in a section of the river as a safe place for kids to swim in the summertime. “My dad put in a dock, diving boards, and a swing.” That pool was where Jane’s father coached her and her sisters on how to swim. “I don’t know how he happened to coach us, because he wasn’t a swimmer and he

because Jane quickly picked up speed. Skilled in the breaststroke, Jane began swimming in competitions at the age of 10. She continued training with her father every summer until she began working with the University of Texas coach, Tex Robertson, at the age of 15. Tex had an impressive swimming resume of his own. He was on the swimming team at the University of Michigan and competed in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Tex is credited by the International Swimming Hall of Fame with inventing the flip-turn, Continued next page

didn’t swim very well,” she said. “For some reason, he was just interested in it.”

Top: As a competitive swimmer, Jane Hanger won four national titles, set two national speed records, and set a world speed record.

Top Competitor

Center: Jane had publicity photos to promote her celebrity guest appearances during her professional swimming years.

Although he didn’t possess personal swimming skills, he was a talented coach,

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a pivotal technique used by modern swimmers. Although the University of Texas did not have a women’s swimming team, Jane attended and continued to train with Tex, unofficially, in the men’s pool. “He thought that I had possibilities and would sneak me in whenever possible.” Tex’s intuition about Jane was correct. She went on to win four national titles, set two national speed records, and set a world record! “I can’t even describe the feeling. Setting the world record was the ultimate payoff for all of the training that I had done! That’s about as far as you can go without being able to compete in the Olympics.”

Chance Encounter In 1942, while traveling on a train from Austin to Fort Worth to compete in the

Above: Jane, second from left, is the youngest of the four Dillard sisters. While they all enjoyed swimming, Jane excelled at the sport, setting multiple speed records and performing in professional swimming shows. Left: Jane’s father (inset) taught her how to swim when she was just three years old. It was his coaching that set the foundation for Jane to become a top competitor.

Women’s Nationals, she met a young man named Robert Hanger. “He was in the service and was dressed in his uniform,” she recalled. “He was a handsome, personable man with curly hair. We just started talking and exchanged contact information. We began writing each other after that.” While Jane and Bob each ended up marrying other people, they continued to

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keep in touch through Christmas cards over the years. “It was never romantic. It was just friendly. To him, sending a little letter was nothing because he had a jillion friends!” While the next natural step for Jane’s swimming career would have been competing in the 1940 Olympics in Finland, the games were cancelled due to WWII. So, at the age of 24, Jane retired from competitive swimming and began swimming professionally. “I swam in a water show in Minneapolis for two years. Then I swam with Buster Crabbe’s show for one tour. That’s when I actually made a little money swimming.” When Jane stopped swimming and separated from her husband, she moved to Las Vegas. “My family all ended up in Las Vegas together. I worked at the Dunes Hotel as a lifeguard. That’s where all the movie stars stayed when they came to town. I saw Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, and some others. That was kind of fun.”

Serendipity After her five-year marriage ended, Jane remained single. She was living with her sister, Nancy, in Las Vegas when she got a phone call one memorable day in 1992. Bob Hanger was living on Sanibel Island, his wife had passed away, and he wanted Jane to come for a visit. “I had actually seen Bob a couple times over the years. I had even met his wife and two sons. So, I went to visit him again after he called.” Jane never returned to Las Vegas. Her sister got the house and she got the dog. She and Bob married in 1993 and lived on Sanibel. In 1996, Bob created an endowment fund at the University of Texas in the name of Jane and Tex. “At the time Tex coached me, it never came up to even need to pay him. Bob thought that a nice thing to do would be to make a scholarship to

At the age of 24, Jane retired from competitive swimming and began swimming professionally. The Aqua Follies show that she performed with for two years featured swimmers, divers, comedians, acrobats, singers, dancers, and a spectacular sound and light show.

the university in both of our names. Thus, the ‘Jane Dillard Hanger/Tex Robertson Endowed Presidential Scholarship’ was created for the benefit of Intercollegiate Athletics. It’s nice to know that we are able to help athletes get an education.” Bob and Jane lived on Sanibel, visiting their home in Maine each summer, until they moved to Shell Point. “He had always known he would move to Shell Point. We moved in January of 2003 and it has been wonderful!” Bob passed away after almost 20 years of wonderful marriage. “I don’t know what I would have done if I wasn’t at Shell Point,” she said. “It’s beautiful, convenient, clean, the people are nice, I have a darling home, and I have my little dachshund, Precious. It’s a lovely place to be.” Jane still spends time at their summer home in Maine. “The home is on a beautiful little lake, and I do quite a bit of swimming up there.” She also spends time with the family. “They are marvelous! Bob’s family has just accepted me as one of their own. I don’t know how I got so lucky! It has been a wonderful thing for me. I’m so glad I kept in touch with Bob over all of those years.” Jane’s life of swimming success and lasting love has given her countless memories that she will cherish forever. And, she continues to positively impact the lives of students through her scholarship at the University of Texas and the lives of the family she feels blessed to call her own.

Jane met Bob Hanger on a train in 1942. The exchanged contact information and kept in touch by sending Christmas cards throughout the years. They reunited in 1992 and were married by 1993. They shared 20 years of a wonderful marriage.

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Gold Gold

Going for One Shell Point Couple Had Two Children Compete as Divers in Olympic Games B





onald and Margery Bush (Lucina) have three wonderful children: Lesley, David, and Jeffrey. Growing up in Mountain Lake, New Jersey, the Bush kids spent much of their time in the water. “Lesley didn’t actually learn how to swim until she was nine years old!” Margery said. “She was very shy and we lived in a town with five lakes. Everybody else seemed to know how to swim, but she didn’t. So I got her some lessons. Once she got the hang of it, we realized that she didn’t like to swim as much as she liked to dive off the side to get into the water. And from there, it just got out of hand!” David and Jeffrey were natural water lovers. They spent as much time in the water as they could. “It’s what everybody was doing. You could go to almost any lake in our town to swim or dive.”

Humble Talent

From the time Lesley Bush learned to swim at the age of nine, she had an interest in diving. By the age of 17, she had competed in her first Olympic Games. She competed in the Games again at the age of 21.


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When Leslie was in high school, the family moved to Princeton, New Jersey, and Leslie began practicing with the coach at Princeton University. Yet, the humble teenager didn’t mention her skill to anyone at her high school. “She would practice every morning and show up at school with wet hair,” said



Margery. When she made the team for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, I showed up at school to ask what she would need while she was away. They were shocked. They didn’t even know she had ever dived in her life!” Lesley left for Japan right after her 17th birthday. She competed in the 10-meter platform on Thursday, October 15, 1964. On the day she competed, Margery and Donald received a phone call relating some unexpected and unbelievable news. “They called me at about two in the morning and told me she had won. I said, ‘I’m sorry, I know this is a joke. She doesn’t dive until tomorrow,’ and I hung up. But, I had the times mixed up, and she had actually won. Lesley had won the gold medal! It was an absolute shock. She had only learned to dive from the 10-meter tower five weeks before the Games.” When she returned home, all of the local politicians and dignitaries wanted a big parade. Margery knew that Lesley wouldn’t want to be the center of attention. Then Margery got a call from Lesley’s principal. “She was a wonderful woman and asked if Lesley would participate in a parade if we made it personal. She knew that Lesley didn’t see very well and that we could get away

with not telling her it was a big event. School was even let out for the day. Lesley didn’t realize it was such a big deal!” That year, the school’s yearbook was dedicated to Leslie, saying, “It’s been wonderful knowing you for two years.” Margery joked, “She didn’t want to tell them she had been there for three years.” When Lesley was asked if she wanted an agent, she declined because she was interested in competing in the next Olympic Games. She went to Indiana University and studied science. Yet, even with an Olympic gold medal, she did not receive a scholarship. “There wasn’t even a team for women. And she couldn’t dive on the men’s team.” Lesley went on to win every major championship available to a female. She took home the platform gold in the 1967 Pan American Games. She also won five AAU National Championships. She then competed in the Olympic Games for a second time in Mexico City in 1968. While she didn’t medal, she still enjoyed the experience. Following graduation, Lesley became a high school teacher.

Another Olympian David’s diving talent landed him a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. And in 1972, at the age of 21, he took his turn to shine at the Olympic Games when he competed in the three-meter springboard in Munich, West Germany. “David didn’t medal in the Olympics. He simply had a bad day,” Margery said. “But that was a memorable year for the games – both good and bad. Of course, it was when the terrorist attacks were happening. But it was also when Mark Spits set the world record for winning seven gold medals in a single Olympics.” When David returned home, he decided that he was done diving. “He had already reached the top competition and he didn’t

enjoyed the community. Don now lives in the Pavilion and Margery enjoys taking him out to lunch. She also likes going for walks and relaxing with a good Proud parents Don and book. “I love to read. As long as Margery Bush my eyesight holds, I won’t be unhappy,” she laughed. The youngest Bush sibling, Jeffrey, lives in Fort Myers and is currently studying to obtain a master’s degree in counseling. “Jeffrey is absolutely wonderful and comes want to do it anymore. That was it. But the to see us as much as he can. His wife is a school only wanted him back as a diver. So, wonderful cook and gathers the family for he transferred to Rutgers where he studied every occasion. I enjoy those times of getting together with everyone who is otherEnglish and helped coach the diving team.” David also became a teacher following wise scattered around the country.” Lesley and David each recently bought graduation. homes in Fort Myers as well. Life After the Olympics Although Margery is proud of her chilBoth Lesley and David enjoyed success- dren’s athletic accomplishments, nothing ful careers as educators. While teaching high makes her more proud than their vocations. school and seventh grade, Lesley let her stu- “I’m proud of them for being teachers – good teachers. They like teaching dents wear her medal on and are creative teachers. the first day of class and the That makes me more proud last day of class. “That than any medals!” medal got quite worn out,” Margery said. “In fact, the Smithsonian wanted to put her medal on display one year. When Lesley saw her medal among the others, she was shocked. The others were in perfect condition, but hers was worn down from years of use! The gold was almost all worn off and the ribbon was completely frayed. She didn’t mind though; she thought that sharing the medal was better. She eventually replaced the ribbon with a chain.” David has his master’s degree in fine arts and is now an art director at a private school in Princeton. “He teaches dance, art, music, and other art-related classes.” A talented artist in his own right, David is in the process of getting some of his artwork ready for display at the Art of the Olympians in Fort Myers.

Family in Fort Myers Margery and Donald moved to Shell Point 18 years ago. Over the years, they participated in book talks, attended the Great Decisions group, did some volunteering, exercised at the health club, and just

David Bush’s diving talent landed him a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. At the age of 21, he competed in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. Shell Point Life | July 2012


Bob Southern, assistant to the president for project development, and Dawn Boren, director of resident life, display the site plan for the new aquatic center from the current Island pool.


New Aquatic Center B Y D AW N B O R E N ,

It was announced at the June Quarterly Meeting that after 40 years of service, The Island pool and Health Club pool are in need of replacement. Unfortunately, it has been determined that the Health Club pool no longer meets certain code requirements and that it would be too costly to make modifications to The Island pool that would bring it up to Shell Point standards. Therefore, the decision has been made to move forward with the replacement of both pools, as well as the hot tub at The Island Health Club. Whenever we look at options for acquiring new programs, facilities, and equipment, we take the necessary time to 8

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complete a thorough review of every aspect in order to ensure that we capture new innovations and exhibit best practices. The process of evaluating the options for replacing The Island and Health Club pools has certainly been an example of Shell Point’s commitment to offering its residents the best services and programs available.

Multi-Purpose Design Instead of replacing The Island Pool with a design and scope similar to the existing pool, we explored a broader vision for water activity at Shell Point’s Island campus. After identifying a designer, we solicited the feedback of a focus group com-





prised of both residents and staff members with varying interests in the pool area and its use. This included daily pool users, aqua fitness participants, lap swimmers, traditional sunbathers, and the neighboring Sundial residents. The feedback and suggestions were quite informative and helped the designer create a vision that encompassed the residents’ needs across all levels of care with broad aquatic interests and varying physical abilities. The focus group determined that, in addition to creating opportunities to meet the diverse interests of our current residents and guests, the new pool area had to be versatile enough to meet the program goals and changing needs of residents for the next 40 years.

Main Pool Lap Lanes



Therapy Pool

Aquatic Center


The extended “wish list” comprised during meetings helped to create a design that is more of a water complex that will serve not only The Island neighborhood and its residents, but the entire community. One of the significant features is the use of two pools in one location. This will allow numerous water programs to occur simultaneously. Shell Point residents throughout all levels of care will enjoy the versatility of the new aquatic center. The area will serve as a water wellness center used to support Shell Point’s culture of wellness. Whether residents enjoy the pool for recreational use or therapeutic programming, they will increase their physical strength, aid in rehabilitation, and be able to manage chronic pain. The therapy pool, with warmer temperatures, will be designed for specialty classes to help with joint pain related to chronic arthritis or other illnesses. The pool will also be used to assist in rehabilitation associated with injuries and surgeries. Certain physical challenges will not be a barrier at the new aquatic center, as both pools will be outfitted with ADA access, including a zero-grade entry to the main pool and a ramp feature in the therapy pool. The new pool area will have a focus on recreational activity and be one of The Island’s social focal points. Included in the main pool, there will be two lap swimming lanes, room for aerobic and water jogging

classes, and areas for team sports such as volleyball. Additionally, residents will be able to wade up to the bench seating built into the shallow end and socialize with friends. Another special feature will be a hot bubbling Jacuzzi, perfect for reducing muscle fatigue and chronic pain while adding a soothing and relaxing environment for socialization. Plans for a new shower and changing facility are another welcome addition. The entire area will have accessible private restrooms, showers, and changing areas. The landscape of the pool area will be designed with the “Island Resort” in mind. Tropical foliage will surround plenty of areas to lounge and visit in the sun or shade. A special picnic area, including a grill, will be within close proximity for entertaining. The new area will allow residents to make plans for special occasions, such as hosting a court party, family reunion, or birthday celebration – all poolside.

How to Show Your Support Help us make this dream a reality. Shell Point has budgeted funds for the basic construction of the aquatic center, but we need your financial assistance. This is a wonderful opportunity to further enhance Shell Point’s services and amenities. From a medical standpoint, the aquatic center will allow

• Main Pool w/ Lap Swimming Lanes • Therapy Pool • Jacuzzi • Shower & Changing Facility • Picnic Area & BBQ Grill

Shell Point to offer a new level of aquatic therapies for residents. From the social aspect, we envision the pool will be regularly utilized as a social gathering place. We are looking for financial partners who would appreciate the opportunity to create a Shell Point statement that will represent our community. Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, has information to share and would love to talk to you about naming opportunities and other ways you can help make a difference – for your life, for your neighbors, and for years to come. Please contact the Legacy Foundation at 489-8484 for more information. Shell Point Life | July 2012


VIPs Make Benchmarking Visits to Shell Point (Very Interested Professionals)



ne of the positive signs that indicate Shell Point’s success as a leader in the field of continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) is the frequent number of industry professionals who visit our community for the purpose of benchmarking. In the process of benchmarking, business professionals identify and explore the top organizations within their industry to gain knowledge and understanding of the best practices being used and then compare the results with their own performance to improve their practices. This process of discovery and comparison helps good ideas bubble up within an industry and provides opportunities for continuous improvement.

Every year, Shell Point welcomes numerous visitors from across the country and around the world who want to discover the “secret” to Shell Point’s success. In turn, these individuals also share their ideas and innovations. “It’s an invigorating process for everyone involved,” said David Moreland, vice president of sales and marketing. “As we tour these guests from other facilities and related organizations around Shell Point, we describe our operation and processes in great detail. In turn, we learn what they are doing in their own facilities. It helps all of us to grow and improve upon our methods for providing service and improving resident satisfaction.” Other professionals visit Shell Point from time to time to learn more about the community or the services it provides. “We often receive visits from local and state political leaders who are interested in learning about the services we offer to senior adults in areas such as housing and healthcare,” explained David.

Clockwise from top: Larry Minnix, President of LeadingAge, with Shell Point President Peter Dys. David Moreland met with Melissa Radford and Wendy Green of LeadingAge. Lynn Schneider interviews Peter Dys and Larry Minnix on SPTV.

Leading the Way One individual who certainly has his fingers on the pulse of the industry is Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge, whose members and affiliates touch the lives of millions of individuals, families, employees, and volunteers every day. LeadingAge includes 5,400 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 38 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations, and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach over 30 countries. The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, leadership development, and applied research and promotion of effective services, home health, hospice, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, nursing homes, as well as technology solutions for seniors, children, and others with special needs. Minnix has worked in aging services for more than 30 years and in February, he made a 24-hour stop at Shell Point. Minnix arrived just a few hours before the annual Shell Point Open House was underway and he saw the community in full swing. He shared observations from his visit in his monthly letter to LeadingAge members: “Shell Point, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of our most successful members by any measure. It has been held up to me by colleagues as a ‘must visit’ place,” he wrote. During his whirlwind trip, Minnix observed our Open House activities, toured all three neighborhoods of the community, reviewed the marketing, sales, and communications programs, received an in-depth tour and presentation of the energy plant, visited the pharmacy, medical center, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing center, and rehabilitation facility, participated in an Continued next page


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interview on Shell Point Television (SPTV), and had a three-hour meeting with Shell Point management, which covered a wide range of topics regarding almost every facet of the operation.

Sparking Interest

to an article Larry wrote about Shell Point. Don Malone, board chair of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), was also impressed by Larry’s article and came to Shell Point to have a closer look at the organization. “OPRS just hired a new CEO and we are very open to a new way of doing things,” he shared. “It’s important to see what others, like Shell Point, are doing so we can continue to improve our operation.”

Political Savvy

assisted living and resident support services, to tour Shell Point’s assisted living facilities.

Vocational Vacation Sometimes, industry professionals will combine business with pleasure by visiting CCRCs while traveling on vacation. Such was the case for Jennifer Manthey, the sister-in-law of Shell Point’s advertising production manager Claude Emler. Jennifer is the director of community life for Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas. While Jennifer was visiting Claude and his wife, Trish, she asked to meet with Linda Jansen, director of information systems for Shell Point. Lakeview Village utilizes the same computer software program, Answers on Demand (AOD), as Shell Point. Jennifer had several questions for Linda regarding the application of the program across the entire organization. “This type of feedback from a peer in a similar organization is very helpful,” said Jennifer. “Linda was able to make several excellent suggestions that I can take back to work with me when I return from my vacation.”

Larry’s visit must have made an impression, because when he returned to LeadingAge headquarters in Washington, D.C., he encourMembers of local and state government aged two of his key staff members to make a are often called upon to make tough decivisit of their own. Melissa Radford, vice presi- sions that affect the lives of those who live dent of member relations and board development, and Wendy Green, director of leadership development, came in early April. “I’ve never heard Larry refer to a community as much as he has about Shell Point,” said Melissa. Wendy agreed. “Larry was particularly impressed by Shell Point’s clearly defined mission and its commitment to maintaining the community’s culture.” Melissa and Wendy met with David Moreland and Lynn Schneider to discuss the Shell Point brand and communications, toured the community, and enjoyed an indepth meeting with Peter Dys, presi- Above: Vice President of Healthcare Services dent of Shell Point. Steve Minniear, President Peter Dys, Florida Larry’s visit also made an House Representative Trudi Williams, Florida impression on two additional State Senator Garrett Richter, and Florida industry leaders. Sarah Soden, House Representative Gary Aubuchon in the lobby of The Arbor. marketing and public relations director of United Methodist Homes, visited Shell Point to gather infor- in the districts they represent. To stay mation and tour the community in response informed, several local leaders toured Shell Point to learn more about some of the services that are available for senior adults in Southwest Florida. Director of Assisted Living Rita Southern, Florida Florida House Representative Trudi State Representative Matt Caldwell, and Shell Point Williams, Florida State Senator Garrett President Peter Dys. Richter, and Florida House Representative Gary Aubuchon, met with Peter Dys and Steve Minniear, vice president of healthcare services, to tour The Arbor and Another example of sharing knowledge King’s Crown assisted living facilities. was the recent visit by Rhonda Dailey, direcJust three weeks later, Florida State tor of human resources for The Christian and Sarah Soden of United Methodist Homes and Representative Matt Caldwell met with Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Rhonda David Moreland. Peter Dys and Rita Southern, director of traveled from the C&MA headquarters in

Human Interest


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Jennifer Manthey and Linda Jansen discuss the benefits of the AOD computer software system used at Shell Point.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, to meet with Karen Anderson, assistant vice president of human resources for Shell Point. “It was a pleasure to have Rhonda visit our community and I was pleased to show her all that Shell Point has to offer. Rhonda commented that she had heard so many wonderful things about us and was amazed to see, firsthand, all that we offer. Even though our two organizations are different, we had many similar HR issues to discuss and our time together was helpful.”

Adarsh Narahari of Bangalore, India, discusses volunteer programs with Teri Kollath and tours the Chiller Plant with Paul Bretones.

“We are honored to be a leader in the industry and are proud to share our success stories in order to further improve the field of retirement living.” – David Moreland, VP Sales and Marketing

which he included a section about Shell surprised me the most was how people really, Point with photos he took during his tour!” genuinely, believe in Shell Point – from This year, Shell Point has seen their hearts.” Sonia Kamboj, marketing and commuincreased interest from India. “India is experiencing the same exponential growth of its nications head of senior living for Max senior adult population as the U.S. and they Ventures in New Delhi, India, also visited Shell Point to gain valuable “Interest in Shell Point doesn’t stop are trying to catch up in insight into the community along our borders,” said Lynn Schneider, their planning and develfor the purpose of developing assistant vice president of marketing and opment of housing and strategies to create a senior livcommunications. “We have had many busi- healthcare services for ing community in India. “We ness and government representatives travel seniors,” said Lynn. “The have a huge roadblock when to Shell Point from as far away as Australia, retirement industry is it comes to senior living,” she Peru, Italy, and Korea – especially Korea,” really just getting started explained. “In India, it is just she added. “For a while we were inundated there and last year, we had expected that adults will live with Korean visitors and I wasn’t sure why, our first visitors from with their children as they until I learned that one of the first Korean India. Since the beginage, but this is no longer guests I toured around the community was ning of 2012, we have had always an option. We need to a college professor who wrote a textbook in two more requests for visSonia Kamboj of New Delhi, find a way to help people its. We are pleased India, visited Shell Point to overcome the stigma associto share our experigain valuable insight into the community. Here she meets ated with senior living comence with other with Sherry Brown, director munities. I’ve learned so much industry professionof skilled nursing. in my short time here. Shell als and hope it will enhance the lives of seniors every- Point is a true leader in the industry.” where.” Adarsh Narahari, the business head of senior living for Mantri Developers in Bangalore, India, toured “We will always welcome special guests Shell Point’s model units, restaurants, to tour the community,” said David. “We are salons, chiller plant, and more. “I honored to be a leader in the industry and A group of Korean doctors and researchers with the think the facilities are phenomenal,” are proud to share our success stories in Research Center for Anti-Aging Technology he said. “I would love to be able to cre- order to further improve the field of retireDevelopment at the Hywon Institute at Pusan National University spent a day touring Shell Point. ate something similar in India. What ment living.”

International Reputation

Open Door Policy

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Wake Up Little Suzy! New, Larger, U.S. Coast Guard Certified Suzy Q on the Horizon B











In June, an exact replica of the Suzy

Q V was docked at the Shell Point

marina to allow Shell Point management and Suzy Q volunteers an opportunity to confirm that purchasing a new

vessel is the best

option to pursue in the effort to get the Suzy Q back out on the water. Suzy Q boat tours have been a tradition at Shell Point for more than 25 years. From the first donated Suzy Q that held a maximum of six residents to the current Suzy Q IV that can carry sixteen, Suzy Q rides have been a joy to many. The Suzy Q has offered an opportunity to get out on the water and socialize with friends, fill your soul with God’s blessings of our beautiful setting, and just unwind from life’s cares. The volunteer crew over the years has received rave reviews from guests, sharing testimonies of the fun and enjoyment of each voyage. Residents have been proud to take family and friends aboard the Suzy Q, as the knowledgeable volunteers educate guests on the unique environment of Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, nine months ago, we Continued next page 14

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While the “Suzy Q” name has remained the same, the boat has increased in size with each new generation. The current Suzy Q will be traded in to offset the cost of the new Suzy Q V.

were forced to dock the Suzy Q due to definition enforcement of United States Coast Guard certification guidelines. Since then, residents, family members, and returning guests have continued to express their sadness and disappointment that the Suzy Q IV can no longer operate at Shell Point. She has certainly been missed. With hopes of getting the Suzy Q back out on the water, a dedicated committee of Suzy Q volunteers met with Shell Point staff members to explore other possible options, including fabricating the current Suzy Q to meet necessary certifications, starting a private resident Suzy Q Club operation with a designated fee structure, contracting services with a charter company, or even appointing volunteers to become licensed captains. However, each of these options was eliminated, one by one, for reasons ranging from costs to feasibility and practicality. Eventually, it was determined that the best possible solution would be to purchase a new Suzy Q boat and trade in the current boat. The proposed boat is a new Triton Phantom 35 x 10, which will seat up to 28 passengers. It will feature a new motor, a PA system, bench forward seating for better viewing, a restroom, and it will meet all safety equipment enforced by codes. After trading in the Suzy Q IV, the cost of the vessel will be $56,000. This is a fantastic price reflective of a fair market price for the current Suzy Q IV trade in.

Valued Program

Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the Suzy Q volunteer program. To meet Coast Guard regulations, the new Suzy Q V would be operated by a licensed captain; however, our volunteers would still serve as co-captains, mates, and narrators as the tours on the certified vessel would continue through the scenic mangroves to local restaurants and other points of interest. The mandated licensed captain would actually allow more opportunities to travel further to destinations such as Rum Runners in Cape Coral, Nervous Nellie’s on Fort Myers Beach, or Grandma Dots on Sanibel. A modest fee of five dollars will be charged for residents and their guests to help offset the captain’s fee. We would also envision the private uses of the Suzy Q to continue, such as organized court socials, family gatherings, and events for private clubs. Even with a small charge to cover the captain’s fee, the price to ride the Suzy Q would be minimal compared to the local rentals and charters. Resident Support

The 25-year history of the Suzy Q at Shell Point has been made possible through resident support. Generous giving from past resident Norm Wood kicked off the Suzy Q II fundraising effort. Several years later, a financial gift by Mrs. J. Howard Wood helped to fund the Suzy Q III. And our recent Suzy

The Suzy Q has often transported residents to waterfront lunch venues like Rumrunners. The Suzy Q V will be fully certified by the U.S.C.G. and the new vessel will be able to accommodate larger groups on these favorite outings as well as to new destinations.

Q IV was made possible by a generous donation from Mr. Ed Budd in memory of his wife, Ellen. These residents each had a personal reason to give to the Suzy Q projects, but they also believed in Shell Point’s mission and culture of caring and giving for the benefit of one another. The dream of bringing the Suzy Q V to Shell Point this fall will only be made a reality through the continued generosity of our residents. With that, we ask that you please consider donating to the Suzy Q V. Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, has all of the details about the replacement of the Suzy Q and would love to talk with you about how you can make a difference through your giving to help get the Suzy Q sailing again. Please contact Tim at 489-8400 to learn more about how you can participate in this effort to replace the Suzy Q.

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The Health Connection

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July is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our wonderful country. It is also a great time to celebrate your health and well-being by participating in an invigorating exercise class or joining in an educational class.

Wellness Specialty Classes Beat the July heat and still get your cardio exercise by joining the Nordic Pole Walking “Insiders.” The class, taught by Lindy Smith, will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 9, 11, 16, and 18, in the Church Auditorium from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. This progressive series will teach you to effectively Nordic pole walk, focusing on posture and stride. The poles will be provided and the cost is $20 for the series. Jan Locken (Tellidora) will be teaching Help for Arthritis through a WellDesigned Activity Plan, on Thursday, July 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands. Jan is a certified American Council of Exercise Group Fitness Instructor and will teach participants that exercise is possible even with arthritis. Regular physical activity keeps joints lubricated, which makes movement easier. Jan will share her ideas on a well- thought-out plan while keeping arthritis in mind. Would you like to improve your balance? How about improve your posture and walk a little taller? Pilates Stretch can do that and more. Michelle Smith, NESTA certified personal trainer, teaches this class in The Island Health Club on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Pilates Stretch emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength and flexibility. The cost of each class is just $5.


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L-R: Focus on wellness with Lindy Smith as teaches Nordic Pole Walking “Insiders” on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout July. Take advantage of Shell Point as your resource when Salon Manager Robyn Church shares how the way you treat your body affects your outward appearance in her class titled Healthy Inside and Out on July 11. Stay connected with your medical community as Dr. Trevor Elmquist shares knowledge on how to care for your eyes when he presents Preserving Your Eyesight on July 13.

Shell Point as Your Resource Join Shell Point esthetician Kendal Colosimo for Skin: What Type Are You? on Monday, July 2, at 3:15 p.m. in the Osprey Room on The Island. Kendal will use a woods lamp to analyze each participant’s skin. Following the analysis, everyone will receive an individual treatment plan to care for their skin. This class is hands-on, so all participants should be prepared to leave with fresh, clean skin. The cost is $5 and each participant will receive a $5 coupon for skin products redeemable at the Shell Point Salons. You are what you eat! Robyn Church will share information regarding the health of hair, skin, and nails and how the way your treat your body affects your outward visual appearance. Healthy Inside and Out will take place on Wednesday, July 11, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center on The Island. The cost is just $5, and every participant

will receive a $5 coupon redeemable at the Shell Point Salons.

Your Medical Community With increasing age, many begin to worry about losing eyesight. Dr. Elmquist, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, will share 20 years worth of knowledge on how to care for your eyes. Preserving Your Eyesight will also cover new findings and procedures that are helping to protect and maintain eyesight. Please note there has been a date change for this class. It will now be held on Friday, July 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of The Arbor. Sign Up Today

To sign up for any of The Health Connection classes, call either The Island service desk at 454-2282 or The Woodlands service desk at 454-2054.

Investing Nuts and Bolts

P r e s e n t s

Getting Down to the Basics BY TIMOTHY STEPHENSON, CHFC,


This month, the Legacy Seminar will feature Eric and Sherri Hynden sharing the nuts and bolts of investing. Some of the discussion topics will include: • • • • • • •

What to note when reading a prospectus. Reading your brokerage statement with ease. Dealing with change. Coping with daily news broadcasts. Responding to fluctuating markets. Rebalancing portfolio to reflect changing needs. Is a fee-based or a commission-based advisor right for you?

Investing Nuts and Bolts LS03 Wednesday, July 25 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Presenters:

Guest speakers Sherri and Eric Hynden

This fast-paced seminar will cover these topics and more as we consider the nuts and bolts of investing. This 45-minute presentation will be followed with time for Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. The seminar is free; however, seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please contact either service desk.

Eric Hynden, ChFC, Senior V.P. Investments Portfolio Manager; Sherri Hynden, ChFC, Senior Wealth Strategist, Flint Financial Group at UBS and Timothy A. Stephenson, ChFC, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation

Fraud Protection

exercise Your Power – Know How to Prevent Financial abuse BY TIFFANY WILLIAMS,

Falling victim to financial abuse can be a stressful and scary situation. As the senior population continues to grow in our country, financial elder abuse will continue to grow with it. Sadly, during hard economic times, the prevalence of financial exploitation increases. Fortunately, this type of crime is completely preventable. The staff at FineMark has compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself from financial abuse: • Never give your Social Security number, account numbers, or other personal financial information over the phone – unless you initiated the call. • Do not open emails from unknown sources. • Beware of any notice claiming you have won a lottery. • Shred receipts, bank statements, and unused credit card offers. • Review your accounts regularly for unauthorized charges. • Report any lost or stolen checks immediately. • Order copies of your credit report once a year — only use Equifax, Experian or Transunion to generate these reports. • Do business with companies you know are reputable.









• Lock up your checkbook, account statements, and other sensitive information. • If a stranger is sending you a payment, insist on a check for the exact amount. Never accept a check for more and wire the difference back. • Never let someone pressure you into agreeing to loan terms before you’ve had a chance to review them in writing with a trusted advisor. • Report any unusual account inquiries you receive – whether by phone or email – to your bank, who will take measures to protect your account. • Carefully choose trustworthy people to act as your agent in all estate planning matters. If you have any financial needs, concerns, or questions, call FineMark Bank at 239-461-5999 or stop by our office on The Island. We are always happy to help.

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Patricia Myers (Junonia) will provide the July session of the Beautiful flower after beauAARP Driver Safety program on tiful flower is the focus in July, Friday, July 20. This six-hour as Dr. Gerald Langberg refresher course is just what we (Sundial) presents Focus on need to be the best possible drivers Flowers on Thursday, July 26. in Florida over the age of 55. Individually, or in groups, flowA Holistic Approach to a ers can’t be beat for beauty. We Life-Threatening Disease will be always enjoy Dr. Langberg’s preheld on Tuesday, July 24, featuring sentations, as he shares his way our three favorite lecturing docwith nature! tors – Dr. Carol Clark, Nurse Practitioner of the For The Love Of Learning Dr. Gerald Langberg (Sundial) will present Focus on Flowers at Coffee With a Neighbor on Thursday, July 26. Shell Point Medical The Rise and Fall of the Center, Dr. Nancy Ottomans is a two-session look at the enigma of the Middle East. Join Foundation. She returns on Friday, July 13, Spencer, Clinical Psychologist Professor Adrian Kerr on with a look at Turtles, Tortoises, and of Shell Point Behavioral Health, Tuesdays, July 10 and 17, Terrapins. Learn the commonalities and dif- and Dr. Sue Stranahan, Shell as he takes us from the ferences of the most common reptiles living Point’s Director of the Department of Late Roman Empire to among us that can be traced to the age of Spiritual Services. They will focus on what to do after diagnosis. In addition to the priceless the founding of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. Dr. Frederick Shaerf of the Neuro- information for the newly diagnosed, this is Turkish Republic. On Wednesday, July 11, we welcome psychiatric Research Center of Southwest good information to have when helping a back engaging author and naturalist Charles Florida will bring us an Alzheimer’s Disease friend or loved one through the terrain of a Sobczak to present The Nature of Update on Wednesday, July 18. In his pres- life-threatening disease. entation, Dr. Shaerf will bring the Southwest Florida. The most recent experience and class will be one hour of Kristie Anders, of Sanibel Captiva Conservation research of his distinguished career pure nature appreciation Foundation presents Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins to discuss novel treatment and based upon his three on Friday, July 13. new ideas for Alzheimer’s Disease. popular books about our On Thursday, July 19, we welnatural paradise here in come Dr. Rick Bartleson, research Southwest Florida. All scientist from the Sanibel Captiva participants will have a chance to purchase signed copies of Alligators, Conservation Foundation Marine Sharks & Panthers; Living Sanibel; and The Lab. He will share what is currently known about Red Tide, Living Gulf Coast. Another of our favorite naturalists is the including what it is, what triggers fine lecturer Kristie Anders, education direc- a red tide bloom, how it moves tor for Sanibel Captiva Conservation and behaves. Coffee With A Neighbor


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Join Robert Macomber for Ocean Raiders of the Pacific on Tuesday, July 24. The schooner above is the Pride of Baltimore II, a replica topsail schooner, favored by privateers for its speed and ability to sail close to the wind.

Award-winning maritime author and lecturer Robert Macomber once again joins What better way to explore us to present a session on maritime history, an estuary than by kayak with Ocean Raiders of the Pacific. He will right at water level? Join Academy on The Go as focus on some of the most famous ocean they head to Lover’s Key raiders who plied the Pacific in search of for Estuary Exploration by treasure, victory, and fame. The presentaKayak on July 12. tion will include a discussion of 16th century English privateers hated to this day by the Spanish, 19th century Confederate naval heroes who taunted the Union fleet, and Investments Portfolio Manager, and and a 20th century Imperial German Navy Sherri Hynden, ChFC Sr. Wealth Strategist officer who charmed his foes and astounded of Flint Financial Group at UBS, will join the world with his seamanship. Timothy Stephenson, Executive On Friday, July 27, Dr. Director, The Legacy Foundation. Albert Myers (Junonia) will moderate a discussion based Academy On The Go upon a DVD from the Stanley There is no better way to Foundation, Radioactive explore an estuary than right at Challenge, that will help us water level. During our educational examine the challenge of field trip, Estuary Exploration by Albert Myers securing all vulnerable nuclear (Junonia) will present Kayak, that is just what we will materials globally. Included is Radioactive Challenge do. Our estuary is the state’s first on Friday, July 27. the “world’s greatest security aquatic preserve, established in challenge,” keeping nuclear material out of 1966 near Lover’s Key State Park. You will the hands of terrorists. see many of the 300 species of birds in the Professor Adrian Kerr rounds out our area, and much of the sea life. Those familiar summer semester’s history offerings with with the sport of kayaking are welcome to How Caribbean Sugar Helped George join in the adventure on Thursday, July 12. Washington Win Independence on On Friday, July 20, we will be Tuesday, July 31. You will learn how help Discovering the Marco Island Historical came in a most unexpected form just when Museum. Long famous for the colonists, in their bid for independence, its Key Marco Cat, one of were about to take on the most powerful the most remarkable and Empire on the planet. influential discoveries in North American archaeology, the new Marco Island Legacy Historical Museum lets us Investing Nuts and Bolts is the focus explore Southwest Florida’s of the Legacy Seminar on Wednesday, July 25. Eric Hynden, ChFC Sr. Vice President Calusa Indians and bring this vanished civ-

ilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Technology Today and Tomorrow (T3)

This month’s focus is on e-reading with the Workshop: eReader iPad Prep School (How to use your iPad as an eReader). Penny Modrich (Nautilus) is your guide to this technology on two Wednesdays, July 18 and 25. Please refer to the brochure for The Academy of Lifelong Learning at either service desk, or go online to for more information, including any fees. Please confirm your class information in the Weekly Reminder. In many cases, you can also see an interview with the presenter on Shell Point TV, channel 11. I look forward to seeing you at an Academy class soon!

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

Festive Food and Tunes with Daniel Klimoski


Wednesday, July 4 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS America’s birthday is a great reason to celebrate at the Crystal Dining Room with a delicious buffet and patriotic songs by Shell Point favorite Daniel Klimoski. In additional to traditional picnic cuisine, diners will be treated to cold strawberry soup, BBQ beef brisket, cheddar biscuits, scrumptious desserts and more for only $14.95!

Americana Rediscovered! Wednesday, July 4 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream Served 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Liberty Voices Concert Church Auditorium/IS Come witness Liberty Voices light up the stage in a celebration of our nation’s birthday. Enjoy a complimentary slice of blueberry pie topped with vanilla ice cream along with a concert promising to be filled with wonder, excitement and nostalgic Americana flair! The Liberty Voices is a world famous, eight part a cappella group that sings Americana, Folk and Patriotic Songs. Tickets are complimentary and are available at either service desk. Guests are welcome to attend for $5 each.

Shell Point Market Place Friday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Admin Courtyard/IS We bring the Market to you each week with an array of treats and gifts with local flair. Be sure to support the vendors who provide fresh baked goods, produce, soap, honey, preserves, orchids and gifts in one convenient location!

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4 Liberty Voices An Americana Celebration!



Lunch at Bistro 41 Friday, July 6 10:30 a.m. Island court pickup 10:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own)


There must something special about Bistro 41 because it is a favorite lunch spot for so many locals. The menu is varied and offers Chef’s features such as lemon pepper chicken pasta, salmon BLT, chilled salads, sandwiches, quiche, homemade soups and pasta dishes. Prices for entrees run $8-$14.

The Taming of the Shrew with The Baillie Players


Tuesday, July 10 3:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS Join The Baillie Players as they present a one-hour rendition of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Set in 16th century Italy, this play tells the story of a wealthy woman’s two daughters. The younger, Bianca, is a mild mannered beauty, while the elder, Kate, is combative and surly. The problem for Bianca’s many suitors is that she is not allowed to marry until Kate finds a husband first. Watch as the comedic plot ensues with 17 characters coming to life on the stage!

Big Arts Community Players present “The Star Spangled Girl”


Friday, July 13 7:00 p.m. Island pickup 7:10 p.m. Woodlands pickup 7:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $21.00 It is time for Summer Theater at the Herb Strauss Theater on Sanibel Island. Summer is the time for local acting talent to shine

their lights and charm their audiences with their performances. Two magazine publishers hire an all-American girl to work for the magazine unaware of the tangled web their decision would make. A Neil Simon play. Navigation of narrow aisles and stairs required at this theater.

Saturday DVD: Dolphin Tale (2011)


Saturday, July 14 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL In an inspirational story of the bond between animals and humans, a boy named Sawyer discovers an injured dolphin named Winter. Unfortunately, her injuries cost Winter her tail, without which she may not survive. But with Sawyer’s devotion, a marine biologist’s (Harry Connick, Jr.) expertise and the brilliance of a prosthetist (Morgan Freeman), Winter may receive a second chance at life.

Sunday Matinee: The Bridges of Toko-Ri

C.R.O.W. Starts in Your Own Backyard!

Monday, July 16 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is coming to Shell Point to share their passion for animals and birds, stunning photographs of past patients and a professional presentation of their organization. You won’t want to miss learning how this clinic cares for the animals, birds and reptiles that make Southwest Florida such an interesting and beautiful place!

PF Chang’s China Bistro for Dinner Tonight!



Monday, July 16 4:15 p.m. Island pickup 4:25 p.m. Woodlands pickup 4:35 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 8:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (dinner on your own) Location: Gulf Coast Town Center An upscale yet casual restaurant featuring traditional Chinese offerings as well as innovative dishes which illustrate the influence of Southeast Asia on Modern Chinese cuisine. The extensive menu also offers numerous gluten-free entrees and sauces. The portions are generous and the prices are moderate.

Shell Point Fashion Event at Draper’s and Damon’s

Sunday, July 15 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Come and see what is considered the best movie about the Korean War, as expressed by bomber pilot William Holden, his wife Grace Kelly, and helicopter crewman Mickey Rooney. The movie is perfect to celebrate our country’s birthday this month.



Wednesday, July 18 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 12:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (refreshments served) Draper’s and Damon’s will be hosting a mini fashion show just for Shell Point residents! In addition they are offering a 20% discount on all purchases made on the day of the show and will serve refreshments too! If this sounds like a fun morning, you will want to sign up now because bus space is limited. Continued on next page

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

Library Book Talk


Tuesday, July 24 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Linda Forcey of Parkwood will be reviewing a novel entitled The Story Teller of Marrakesh by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya. The book, set in the Islam world, is an explanation of the nature of reality and shifting perceptions of truth. Discussion will follow the review and refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

A Midsummer Night’s Hymn Sing


Tuesday, July 24 5:30 p.m. Island pickup 5:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 5:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (please bring a canned food donation) The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers really puts on a wonderful hymn sing three times a year and this is their midsummer hymn sing. They ask for attendees to bring canned food donations to support the local food bank. Your spirits will certainly be lifted by attending this inspirational evening of song and fellowship.

Decorative Accessory and Art Selection with Robb & Stucky Wednesday, July 25 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS Come discover how your personal space can be both comforting and inspiring with the right sized acces-



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Special event bus will be running

Walking required

sories and art design to complement your style. A Robb and Stucky professional interior designer will present creative ideas and beautiful options to bring your dreams for home to life.

Beach Day


Thursday, July 26 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: $16.00 (ice cream on your own) Dust off your “gone to the beach” sign and put it up on your door! We are once again off to Delnor Wiggins State Park beach for the Shell Point monthly beach trip. You bring your beach supplies and we will provide you with a picnic lunch. Save room for dessert because we will be stopping at the Royal Scoop Ice Cream parlor on the way back to Shell Point for a cool summer treat!

2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies Friday, July 27 7:30 p.m. Live Broadcast Grand Cypress Room/WDL Join fellow Americans as you cheer on the red, white and blue while watching the London 2012 Opening Ceremony streamed live on the big screen! Be sure to wear your most supportive colors for this once in a lifetime event. Refreshments will be served, including a delicious tricolored dessert tray.




Walking up and down stairs

Movie Matinee at the Beach Theater


Saturday, July 28 1:30 p.m. Island pickup 1:40 p.m. Woodlands pickup 1:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 6:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $6.00 (movie ticket on your own) The Beach Theater on Fort Myers Beach is one of the few theaters in Southwest Florida where you can sit at a table and enjoy food that is beyond candy and popcorn. They show four different movies at approximately the same time so there are plenty of choices for everyone. The actual selections will be available the Monday before the 28th and you can find them online or at either the Island or Woodlands service desk. Enjoy a movie in a whole new way!

Movie Night: Belles on Their Toes (1952)


Tuesday, July 31 (different night) 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The endearing story of the Gilbreth family continues in this charming sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Myrna Loy returns as Lillian Gilbreth, an industrial engineer and now widowed mother of twelve rambunctious children. It’s a hilarious but sometimes heartbreaking adventure as Lillian struggles to keep the family together, even as she pursues a career against all odds in the early part of the century.

SUPPORT GROUPS Cancer Support Program 1-on-1 mentoring The goal of this resident-led program is to establish group mentoring connections between newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433–9488.

Cancer Support Group Wednesday, July 11 1:30 p.m. Osprey Room/ IS Ladies and gentlemen are all encouraged to attend the resident-led Cancer Support Group. The intent is for a meaningful and uplifting session. Contact Barbara Maruchi (Lakewood) at 433-9488, or Don Wilson (Turban) at 466-3953.

Caregiver Support Group Therapy This group is on break in July. This therapeutic group is aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. The resident with a memory disorder may be cared for in independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing. Dr. Nancy Spencer facilitates the group and can be reached at 4542043. Sign-up is required.

Diabetes Group Appointment

Neuropathy Support Group

Friday, July 6 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Attend the July meeting to learn about the Journey for Control. Both insulin and noninsulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Wednesday, July 18 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL The group provides support and education opportunities for those dealing with Neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769 and Melvin Bleiberg (Eagles Preserve) at 693-3016.

Healing Journey Grief Support

Parkinson’s Support Group

Healing Journey is on hiatus until the fall, however, Dotty Morrison, of Cellana, and Judy Mayer, of Junonia, are available to meet with anyone who wishes to talk about grief issues. Call Dotty at 337-4015 to make an appointment.

Monday, July 2 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This group provides support to Parkinson’s patients, as well as their family and friends.

Masked Marvels Sleep Apnea Group The purpose of this group is to bring awareness and support to those dealing with the challenges of sleep apnea. Contact Larry Chrouch (Eagles Preserve) at 481-7188.

The Vision Enrichment Group This group is currently on summer break. Florence Putnam (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Angie Prichard at 454-2134 or Sandee Weber at 225-2929.

Memory Therapy Group Tuesday, July 3 and 17 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Education Room #1 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS The objectives are to provide information on memory loss and changes, identify strategies and external memory aids that would help one manage better, address long-range planning, and offer an opportunity for support and socialization. Kathy Fratrick, L.C.S.W. facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2073. Sign-up is required.

Walk With Me Caregiver Support Group Thursday, July 26 Coffee and dessert 1:30 p.m. Meeting at 1:45 p.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS Attend the Walk With Me Support Group to share your caregiver experiences with friends. Each meeting offers the opportunity to embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354 for more information.

Independence Day Dining CrystalRoom Room• July • July atatthetheCrystal 44 On Wednesday, July 4, the Crystal Room will celebrate Independence Day with a delicious, old-fashioned picnic buffet. The menu will include the extensive salad bar, cold strawberry soup, assorted salads, BBQ chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob, Boston baked beans, and watermelon. There will also be a large array of desserts on the buffet. Entertainment will be provided by Daniel Klimoski, performing traditional patriotic tunes. The Crystal Room will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Independence Day. The price of the picnic buffet is $14.95. Shell Point Life | July 2012


LARSEN PAVILION Wed 4 ....Independence Day Luncheon (MDR)................ 11:00 a.m. Thu 5 ....July Birthday Bash (2/3 DR).................................. 2:30 p.m. Tue 12 ..Weeden Family Singers (3 DR) ............................ 2:30 p.m. Thu 12 ..Crafting with Kathy (3 DR).................................. 2:30 p.m. Thu 19 ..Ice Cream Social (3 DR) ...................................... 2:30 p.m. Thu 19 ..Johnny Johnson on Key Board (2 DR) ................ 2:30 p.m. Sat 21 ..Tom Cannon Piano Trivia (2 DR) ...................... 2:30 p.m. Thu 26 ..Vicki Lei Keyboard Singer (3 DR)........................ 2:30 p.m. Thu 28 ..Weeden Family Singers (2 DR) ............................ 2:30 p.m. Sun 17 ..Father’s Day Luncheon (MDR) .......................... 11:00 a.m.


Highlights THE ARBOR Mon 2 ....Gift Shop Card Sales w/ Karen (1FL) ................11:30 p.m. Mon 2 ....Songs w/ the Nolens (CMR)..................................3:00 p.m. Tue 3 ....Celebrate July 4th w/ Side by Side Entertainment and Sparklers (1FL) ......................................6:30 p.m.

Recurring Activities: • Catholic Communion will be held each Sunday in residents’ rooms at 10:00 a.m. • Vespers meet on the 3rd floor on Sundays at 2:45 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. on the 2nd floor. • Piano with Ruth Rodgers will take place on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd floor. • Bible Stories & Songs with Bud will meet Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor. • Pet Therapy with Eli will be every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor and 3:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor. • Pet Therapy with Sammie will be every Friday at 10:00 a.m. on the 3rd floor and 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor. • Hymn Sing will take place on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on 3rd floor.

Wed 4 ....Boston Pop’s Fireworks Spectacular (1SR) ..........7:00 p.m. Thu 5 ....Celebrate July Birthdays w/ Vicki Lei (CMR) ......3:00 p.m. Fri

6 ....Lunch Trip to Lighthouse (1FL) ..........................10:45 a.m.

Mon 9 ....Computer Typing Memoirs w/ Richard (CMR) ..2:30 p.m. Tue 10 ..Oldies But Goodies w/ Musical Family (CMR)....3:00 p.m. Wed 11 ..Dinner Music w/ Leslie Gregory (DR) ................4:30 p.m. Thu 12 ..Happy Laughers (CMR) ......................................10:30 a.m. Mon 16 ..Computer Typing Memoirs w/ Richard (CMR) ..2:30 p.m. Tue 17 ..Learn about the iPad & Kindle (CMR) ................2:30 p.m. Wed 18 ..President Truman- Part I (1SR) ......................

2:15 p.m.

Thu 19 ..Tunes w/ the Jean Packard Trio (CMR)................3:00 p.m. Fri

20 ..Shop The Community Thrift Store (1FL) ............9:00 a.m.

Sat 21 ..Freshly Baked Cookies (1-4CK) ............................2:00 p.m. Mon 23 ..Lunch at Connors Steak & Seafood (1FL) ........ 9:45 p.m. Mon 23 ..Computer Typing Memoirs w/ Richard (CMR) ..2:30 p.m. Tue 24 ..Visit the Middle East with Jerry and Bonnie Palmquist (CMR) ..........2:30 p.m. Wed 28 ..President Truman Part II (1SR) ..............................2:15 p.m. Thu 26 ..Christmas in July w/ Dot Whitman (CMR) ........3:00 p.m. Fri

27 ..Opening Ceremony of 2012 Olympics (1SR)........4:30 p.m

Mon 30 ..Gift Shop Card Sales w/ Karen (1FL) ................11:30 p.m. Mon 30 ..Computer Typing Memoirs w/ Richard (CMR) 2:30 p.m. Tue 31 ..Frozen Treats (1FL) ................................................1:00 p.m. 24

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..Yankee Doodle Dandy (SCR) ..................................2:00 p.m. ..Shopping Trip to Walmart (L) ..............................9:00 a.m. ..July Birthdays Patriotic Songs w/ Nolen (COM) 2:00 p.m. ..Homemade Ice Cream & Sparklers (COM) ........6:30 p.m. ..July 4th All-American BBQ Buffet (DR)........11-1:00 p.m. ..Boston Pops’ Fireworks Spectacular (GS) ............8:00 p.m. ..Lunch at Lighthouse Restaurant (L)....................10:30 a.m. ..Harpist, Leslie Gregory (DR) ..............................12:00 p.m. ..Horatio’s Drive America’s First Road Trip (SCR) 2:00 p.m. ..“Salad Days of Summer” Buffet (DR) ................4-6:00 p.m ..Men’s Lunch Trip to Bass Pro Shop (L) ................9:30 a.m. ..Amazing Florida Bees presentation (COM) ...... 2:00 p.m. ..Tunes w/ Vicki Lei (COM) ....................................2:00 p.m. ..New Resident Dinner (DR) One Seating ............5:00 p.m. ..Music Fun w/ Tom Cannon (COM) ....................1:00 p.m. ..Lunch at Conner Steak and Seafood (L) ..............9:30 a.m. ..Jean Packard Trio (COM) ......................................2:00 p.m. ..Olympic Buffet Dinner (DR)..............................4-6:00 p.m. ..2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony (GS) ............4:30 p.m. ..Visit the Middle East with Jerry and Bonnie Palmquist (COM).......... 2:00 p.m.

SPTV Wins Telly Award for “A Day in the Life” Video Shell Point’s award-winning television studio has recently added yet another award to its collection – a Telly Award recognizing excellence in video production. The Telly Awards have highlighted the very best in local, regional, and cable television programs since 1978. This year, SPTV was recognized in the Charitable/Non-Profit category for its production titled A Day in the Life. Jared Pike, SPTV supervisor, explained, “The Human Resources department asked us to find a way to showcase employees and to demonstrate that their work is both noticed and appreciated. So, we got creative.” The SPTV crew utilized a Drift HD helmet camera to shoot time-lapsed videos at one frame every 10 seconds. The camera was small enough to be positioned in a variety of inconspicuous places throughout the community. Each day throughout the month of November 2011, the crew would set up the camera in a new location and let it run for three hours. For example, one day the crew mounted the camera on the rearview mirror of a neighborhood tram, showing the driver interacting with passengers. On another day, the camera was mounted on the ceiling of the laundry room, showing the unbelievable amount of laundry that is processed in the facility in a mere matter of hours. That process continued throughout the month until the crew had a collection of 30second videos from every department within the organization. They compiled the best shots from each video to create A Day in the Life – a four-minute video demonstrating a literal day in the life at fast-paced Shell Point. The video was first shown at the

Clockwise from top: A scene showing landscape employees planting a new flower bed. A scene showing the laundry room staff folding towels. Jared Pike, Dan Philgreen, and Adam Brown of SPTV.

employee Christmas party in December 2011. Following the reveal to employees, the TV crew posted the video on and sent links to employees so they could share A Day in the Life with their friends and families. The video then aired on Shell Point Today, allowing residents to gain a behind-the-scenes look at each department throughout the organization. The video also aired on the local Christian television network, WRXY, offering the general public a chance to see and experience a day in the life at Shell Point. “We received positive feedback from

employees who felt that the video refreshed their sense of pride for their work and the greater Shell Point community,” said Jared. “We also received numerous comments from residents who were impressed and appreciated the behind-the-scenes views of various departmental operations. While we are proud to receive an award from our peers in the industry, we are most honored by the positive feedback expressed by the staff and residents of Shell Point.”

CHRISTMAS IN JULY The Employee Christmas gift is distributed to all eligible employees each December. While some residents opt to provide one contribution toward the end of the year, others prefer to spread out their contribution as a fee noted on their monthly statement. If you would like to set up a monthly contribution, stop by the reception desk at the administration office on The Island or contact resident billing coordinator Chris Ferrell at 454-2075.

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It has been a wonderful year with many memorable “firsts” for the staff and volunteers of Shell Point’s Community Thrift Store. From the original ribbon cutting marking the first day to the first customer giving us our first dollar bill, it has been a great first year of business! Throughout the first year, the store has welcomed thousands of customers through its doors from all walks of life. We have seen everyone from a homeless person in search of a sleeping bag to a wealthy executive intrigued to search the treasures within. There have been snowbirds furnishing rentals, college students setting up apartments, and churches fulfilling their various missions. Of course, we had our regular, loyal customers who shopped at the store on a weekly basis. But we also welcomed countless Lee County residents and Southwest Florida tourists as they discovered the store for the first time.

Thrift Store First Sale

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Memorable Moments The staff and volunteers agree that the first touching story was that of a young lady who came into the store and found a full set of Desert Rose Community Thrift Store volunteers Carol Mann, Sam Cutter, Carolyn Zenoniani, and Jane Schwab. dishes. This particular set was the same pattern that was once owned harmonica, and even a recent donation from by her mother, whose dishes broke in a recent a 90-year-old woman down the street who move. The young woman cried with grati- brought in her great grandmother’s hand-crotude, for not only was she able to purchase chet bedspread! Customer comments are captured in a the dishes for her mother, she also received 50% off the purchase during the Easter journal located near the cashier. The first comment raved about the store. Since then, Extravaganza event. Other memories include some interesting the book has been filled with accolades of items coming through the store, including a quality items, fair prices, friendly staff, store wicker barnyard basket labeled “Grandma’s cleanliness, organization of merchandise, and egg gathering basket,” a paper rolled crank lovely displays.

Thrift Store Original Grand Opening

The Community Thrift Store staff and volunteers celebrated the grand opening of the first thrift store location in July 2011. Now they are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the thrift store from its new, larger location!

Thrift Store Volunteer Highlights

Dianne Morton and cashier Sylvia Seer.

Jim and Jean Hannan with Dianne Morton. Don and Bev Shubel celebrated a special anniversary at the store.

Power in Numbers It takes a small army of volunteers to serve on various committees. Many of our first volunteers, such as Jim and Jean Hannan (Harbor Court), are now serving in leadership roles. “When we moved into Shell Point, we looked for something we could do together. The thrift store was perfect, as we had prior thrift store experience.” Jim and Jean are thrilled to be able to share their expertise and knowledge with customers. We are currently recruiting volunteers for a new position – cashiers. Sylvia Seer (Parkwood) chose to be a volunteer cashier because, “I come in contact with almost every customer, the people are friendly and interesting.” Residents Don and Bev Shubel (Lucina) recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary as they volunteered at the store. “We really enjoy the thrift store; it’s fun here,” they shared. Pam Conrad remembered that the first time she saw the store she thought it was very stylish. “It was something I wanted to be a part of. I’m proud to volunteer here, and the best part is that almost everyone leaves with something!”

Pam Conrad (far right in blue headband) enjoys working at the jewelry counter.

those around us through donations to several low-income senior centers, as well as clothing and supply donations to organizations such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Harlem Heights, Blankets for the Homeless, and other missions in need. The Thrift Store also sponsors Shell Point Cares, a new initiative that allows residents and staff to participate as a team in various events throughout the area in support of worthy causes. The first Shell Point Cares event was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. More information about Shell Point Cares events will be revealed in future issues of Shell Point Life.

The success of the Thrift Store’s first year of operation also brought the need for more space. Thus, in order to accommodate its growth, the store moved into a unit that is approximately 40% larger. Located next door to the original space in Miner’s Plaza by Planet Fitness, the new location has allowed the store to grow its inventory of popular items such as clothing, furniture, artwork, housewares, children’s clothing and toys, music, linens, and more. The section of the store devoted to building supplies was also expanded, allowing for a more comprehensive display of kitchen cabinets, countertops, blinds, doors, lighting, fans, fixtures, sinks, and more. “Customers are excited about the expansion,” said Dianne Morton, transportation and resource services manager. “We have more merchandise now at the same great prices!”

Hours / Donations

Community Service Over the last year we have been blessed with support by the resident volunteers, the Shell Point Community, the Shell Point staff, and the broader Lee County community. We have been fortunate enough to cover our capital expenses and also share our good will with

Bigger and Better

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Save 20% off all all clothing clothing in in July. July.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Thrift Store, Shell Point residents will save 20% off all clothing throughout the month of July. Make plans to visit the Community Thrift Store soon! And please consider making regular donations to the store. Pickups can be arranged by contacting the Call Center at 454-2190. We thank you for your support this first year… and always! The Community Thrift Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Shell Point Life | July 2012


Jack (front left), a member of the 306th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, had just returned to England from a mission over Berlin. His crew was being taken to be debriefed by the intelligence section of the bomb group. They were all thrilled to return from the mission, as the losses were extremely heavy during the war.

g n i d n e f De m o d e e r F By Sue Taylor

Patriot Receives Highest Medal of Military Distinction from French Government

Drawn to the call of duty at just 18 years of age, Jack Hubbard traded his youth for the chance to fight for freedom. In turn, Jack lives each day knowing that he contributed to the legacy of a free America. In honor of his courage, bravery, and dedicated service, he was inducted as a Knight into the French Legion of Honor on May 11, 2012. Born in Huntingburg, Indiana, Jack spent his early childhood with his grandfather and divorced father in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they built and operated a very successful barrel stave factory. Although Jack remembers his very early years as prosperous, good old days in a softer and slower-moving time, tough times were on the horizon. With the coming of the Great Depression

In a May 11, 2012, ceremony at American Legion Post 104 Pinellas Park, Florida, Jack Hubbard, Major, USAF (Ret.), was designated a Knight in the Order in the Legion of Honor. He received the medal from French Consul General Gael de Maisonneuve (L) and Rear Admiral Patrick Martin, French Navy (R).

came the death of his grandfather, the loss of the family business, and decline of his father into a life of alcoholism. Bouncing back and forth between his father, now in California, and his remarried mother in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack found himself

living a disjointed life. Jack states in his memoirs, “The instability of my life with no firm roots or a decent home life was getting to me. I knew Continued on next page

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Defending Freedom Continued from page 29 I didn’t have the schooling I should have had at my age. At 18, I barely had enough credits for two years of high school, but was well trained in the school of hard knocks and street smarts. I learned my lessons well, but it didn’t prepare me for a lifelong vocation.” At the young age of 18, Jack became passionate about joining the military service. He remembers, “I saw the Movietone News at a theater, showing the German Army marching through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. As the camera panned the crowds of French people watching in horror, it zoomed in on one man with tears streaming down his face. I was very deeply affected by this scene and wanted to do my part to help those people.” Jack was rejected for enlistment into the U.S. Army due to flat feet. So, with an interest in becoming a pilot, he went to Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In order to meet the minimum age requirement, Jack told them he was 21. Unfortunately, the RCAF was not taking any more volunteers, so Jack looked for a unit in the Canadian Army that would soon be going overseas. He joined the Three Rivers Regiment, because he believed a tank unit would be the first to see combat action because of the recent success of the German Bliztkreig using tanks.

In the Army Jack went to England with the Three Rivers Regiment on June 21, 1941. Accompanied by ten U.S. Land Lease destroyers, Jack boarded his ship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finally landed in Scotland. On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese and the U.S. went to war. In early 1942, Jack submitted paperwork requesting a transfer to the U.S. Army. That transfer finally came in September, almost two years to the day he first enlisted in the Canadian Army. Unfortunately, the transfer proved to be, as Jack saw it, “being shanghaied into the


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Jack’s formal dress uniform is adorned with medals he received throughout his service career, most coming from WWII. His crew member’s wings are positioned above his medals. The Legion of Honor medal, hanging below his uniform medals, represents the highest medal of military distinction that can be received from the French government.

Military Police” in downtown London. After months of transfer requests to the 8th Air Force, Jack was finally transferred on January 12 to the 306th Bomb Group near Bedford, England.

The 306th Bomb Group At the time he joined the 306th Bomb Group, Jack had never even been in a plane. He began the training and discipline required in order to be assigned to a combat crew, including a refresher course on the Morse code, training on a .50 caliber machine gun, and learning how to identify enemy aircraft.

While Jack took his training very seriously, he had a tremendous amount to learn in a very short time. When crew members were wounded or killed, replacements were immediately assigned. When a radio operator/gunner was wounded and couldn’t fly, Jack became his replacement radio operator/gunner. After only 16 days in the 306th Bomb Group, he was scheduled to fly his first combat mission. It was only the second time he had ever flown! Jack flew his first mission to Frankfurt, Germany, on January 29, 1944. His last mission was flown just five months later on June 20, 1944. “Losses were so great in the 8th Air Force,” says Jack, “that we were

Jack, far right, served in the B Squadron of the 12th Canadian Army Tank Battalion, also known as the Three Rivers Regimen.

like to help revive the almost lost art of communications over lunch with interesting people.”

Meaningful Recognition

awarded an Air Medal after every five missions, and the Distinguished Flying Cross after completing 25 combat missions." Statistics showed eight missions to be the normal for survival for air crews. The 8th Air Force in England alone had more casualties in World War II than all the Marines lost during the war. Most of these young men were 18 to 25 years old. “We took it in stride, but we were all scared. Anyone who said he wasn’t was not being truthful. We just did our job; we knew our objective was to defeat Hitler." Jack flew 24 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with four Air Medals, two Presidential Unit citations, two Battle Stars, and two Air Force Commendation medals – just to name a few. Transferring back to the states, Jack was assigned to Boca Raton Air Base. He left the service after the end of the European War and before the end of the Pacific campaign. He then began flying as a radio officer overseas for Pan American, bringing troops back from Europe. Knowing that radio officers would soon be replaced by more sophisticated communications, Jack went back into the Air force in 1945. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1947 and retired from the Air Force in 1966. Jack recorded his memoirs of his military career in Patriots Will: Surviving the Great Depression and World War II Combat. Dedicating his book to those who served the 8th Air Force during World War II, Jack says, “I called my book Patriots Will because patriots will defend our country at all costs

so their will and legacy will always be a free America.

The Good Life When Jack and his wife, Karen, talked about moving into a retirement community, they knew they wanted to check out Shell Point. They had friends living at Shell Point and decided to take a closer look for themselves. They loved what they saw and moved into Lakewood three and a half years ago. Jack says, “Coming to Shell Point was the smartest move I ever made - next to marrying Karen. Just like everyone else, I say that the real trouble is that I should have moved here sooner.” One of the first things Jack did when he moved into Shell Point was start a Veterans’ Club. “It is open to men and women who served in all branches and all ranks of the military. Spouses are also encouraged to attend the club gatherings.” While Jack is no longer serving as the president of the club, he is an active participant. Jack spends a lot of time reading, primarily non-fiction, biographies, and history. He is also a part of two Bible study groups. “Those groups are very special to me,” he said. Jack and Karen enjoy attending Shell Point’s Speaker Series every year. “We find it extremely interesting. We also enjoy the music and entertainment available to us here.” Jack is currently finishing a two-year term on the Program Advisory Council. And, he always embraces the opportunity to connect with a friend over a good meal. “I

On March 4, 2012, a letter from the Consul General of France, Gael de Maisonneuve, extended congratulations on behalf of the French Republic to Jack for his recent nomination and induction into the French Legion of Honor. Those heartfelt congratulations expressed France’s deep appreciation for Jack’s service to their country during World War II. The letter further stated, “Your decision to fight for freedom during World War II was an admirable act, demonstrating your courage and selflessness. The solidarity you lent our country and people as a soldier will never be forgotten. Please be assured that we are eternally grateful. …Without your bravery, and that of those who fought alongside you, France and Europe might have never been liberated from the barbarity of Nazi occupation. Your efforts are both admirable and an example to follow and it is our pleasure to award you France’s highest military distinction.” On May 11, 2012, the medal was conferred by the French Consul General at a ceremony held by the American Legion in the city of Pinellas Park, Florida. Jack said “I am honored and humbled to receive this distinctive award and accept it on behalf of my fallen comrades who are the real heroes." In addition to other World War II veterans, Jack joins the ranks of well-known honorees who have received this medal, including Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Clint Eastwood, and recent Best Film of the Year producer Harvey Weinstein. Jack is quick to encourage other World War II veterans who have served in France to apply for the Legion of Honor award for they may well be eligible, and France is pleased to learn of such veterans. The impact of Jack’s service is something that will live on forever in the hearts of those who he dedicated and risked his life to protect, and future generations who will benefit from his patriot’s will.

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Featured Style: A Newcomer from the North

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Donna Sawler of Nova Scotia, Canada, has made Shell Point’s Island Salon & Spa her salon of choice when she is in Fort Myers. Donna spends the winter months living in Palmetto Palms and noticed The Island Salon & Spa while dining at the Crystal Room. She enjoyed her dining expeDonna rience so much that she Sawler decided to try the salon services. She had been unsuccessful in finding the right stylist who would listen to what she was looking for in a hair style and make professional recommendations. After one visit to The Island Salon & Spa, her search was over! Donna wears a stylish, short cut with lots of texture and body. This style was achieved by cutting the hair through the crown and interior following the shape of Donna’s head. To follow the natural shape of the head, hair is cut at a 90 degree angle. The side view shows that the area below the occipital bone is graduated with the hair length diminishing as it reaches the nape of Donna’s neck. The length at the ear is left long enough to cover the top of the ear. In styling, the hair is blow dried back away from the face,




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exposing more of the ear with the remaining hair tucked behind the ear. A section around Donna’s hairline in front of the ear is styled forward, creating softness on her face. This style has a full but wispy bang, balancing Donna’s face shape for an oval appearance. Donna’s hair color is a soft, natural blonde with a few highlights for added pizzazz and dimension. The addition of a few foils around the face really brightens up hair color and is flattering to most people. Add a few foils with your next hair color application and the compliments are sure to follow!

JULY SPECIAL ON HIGHLIGHTS Add highlights around your face during your next color service for an additional $25. (Compliments are free!) Expires 7/31/12

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489-8400 The Island Salon Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Men’s Mondays! 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Arbor Salon Monday – Friday: 8 a.m .to 4 p.m. The Pavilion Salon Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SALON Q&A Q) Should I apply sunscreen or

moisturizer first? A) Apply your sunscreen first! The best procedure to follow for good skin care is: 1) Clean the skin with a gentle soap-free cleanser. 2) Apply toner to the skin – this prepares the skin to receive moisturizer. 3) Apply sunscreen. 4) Apply moisturizer – a common ingredient in moisturizer helps reduce the evaporation of moisture from the skin. This ingredient will also help preserve your sunscreen. Q) What can I use to remove

the dry skin from my lips? A) An easy at-home sugar rub

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1) An easy trick for removing dry skin from lips is to mix a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of water 2) Rub the substance back and forth across your lips. This gritty mixture will exfoliate dry skin from your lips, preparing them for moisturizer.












A New Addition to Shell Point’s Amenities several residents show interest in this Pickleball is currently the fastest sport. After a little bit of research, we growing player participation realized that the greater Fort Myers sport in America. The United States area has a thriving Pickleball commuPickleball Association estimates there nity. So, it simply made sense to bring are more than 100,000 active Pickleball it here to Shell Point.” players in this country alone! The dream of adding Pickleball to Pickleball is a racquet sport which Shell Point’s list of amenities will combines elements of badminton, tenbecome a reality with the renovation of nis, and table tennis. The game is played the current Shuffleboard court area on a badminton court with a net lowbehind the Resident Activity Center. ered to 34 inches at the center. Players The renovated area will reveal four new use hard paddles to volley a polymer Shuffleboard courts, scoreboards, shadwhiffle ball. ing, and one new Pickleball court! Although Pickleball appears to be Pickleball is a simple paddle game, played with a special Shell Point is currently seeking a very similar to tennis, there are key dif- perforated, plastic, slow moving ball over a tennis type an official Pickleball leader. In the ferences that make Pickleball more net on a Badminton sized court. meantime, anyone who wants to try accessible to a wider range of players – particularly seniors. Chief among these dif- This smaller area, combined with the slower their hand at Pickleball is welcome to hit the ferences is the speed of the ball, which typi- moving ball, makes Pickleball easier to play court! There will be paddles and balls in the storage building to the east side of the court cally moves at one-third of the average speed than tennis. Best of all, it’s easy to learn! of a tennis ball. Equally important, however, “Leave it to Shell Point residents to be for people to borrow at their leisure. Keep an is the size of the court, which is just under cutting edge,” said Dawn Boren, director of eye on the Weekly Reminder for updates about one-third of the total area of a tennis court. resident life. “In recent months we have had this exciting new activity.

Shell Point Summer Concert Series The third annual Shell Point Summer Concert Series continues on July 30 with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. With single tickets available for just $15, this is a concert you can’t afford to miss! So, grab your friends and neighbors and enjoy the Sounds of Summer at Shell Point.

Grand Floridian Society Orchestra Monday, July 30 Coming to us from Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort is the ever popular Grand Floridian Society Orchestra under the leadership of Mr. Pat Doyle. This orchestra features some of the country’s finest musicians who have been entertaining guests for the past 25 years. Come listen to the toe-tapping sounds of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and hear why Disney resort guests return to hear them year after year. This concert will be held in the Church Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Residents can purchase tickets at either service desk. The general public can purchase tickets online at For questions, please call the box office at 454-2067. Shell Point Life | July 2012



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The Women’s Ministries Global Outreach meeting in July will feature guest speaker Miss Janet Davison. The daughter of Christian and Missionary Alliance missionaries, Janet grew up in Ecuador, graduated from Crown College, and attended Alliance Theological Seminary. She has several years of experience teaching in public schools and Christian schools. A highlight of Janet’s career was teaching at the Alliance Academy International (AAI) in Quito, Ecuador. AAI is an independent, Christian international school, which serves children from the missionary, business, professional, diplomatic, and Christian ministry communities in the capital city of Ecuador. The Academy’s program, services, and ministry build on foundations laid by Christian & Missionary Alliance missionaries who founded the school in 1929. A few years ago, AAI became independent; however, some Alliance teacher/missionaries have continued to teach and serve that community. Known for its academic excellence, the school has invested in the lives of many young people


who are now committed profesJanet Davidson is dedicated to the education of children in Ecuador. She will share her sional educators. remarkable experiences with the Women’s A close look at the ministry of Ministries group on Wednesday, July 18. almost any Christian international school reveals faculty and students involved in outreach. The Academy’s staff and faculty are committed to being involved with different Christian Service Outreach groups of students. I met Janet at AAI in 2001 and will never forget the day that she took a team of college-aged English teachers to an orphanage. We spent much of the day there playing with the able-bodied children, while some team members simply held the other chil- Women’s Ministries meeting prepared to dren in their comforting arms. Those were talk about her experiences as a teacher at the children with debilitating disabilities. the Academy and she will focus on some of There is nothing sweeter than seeing a nor- the ministries of the AAI Christian Service mally unresponsive child in a crib acknowl- Organizations, such as working with people at the city dump and working in edge the presence of a Quechua Indian communities. loving Christian young All are invited to attend the person who has reached meeting on Wednesday, July 18, out and touched the at 10:15 a.m. Come a little early child. to the Hospitality Room in The Janet also worked Village Church for fellowship, in El Batan Alliance pastries, and coffee, followed by Church, a rapidly growEleanor and Dick Pease ing church in Quito. (Royal Bonnet) at an orphan- an inspiring message on God’s age in Quito. work in Quito, Ecuador. She will come to the

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The Shell Point fitness department is pleased to introduce Vanessa Mango, certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Vanessa teaches the sittercise class at The Arbor three days a week and a fitness class for Shell Point employees twice a week. She also offers one-on-one personal training with residents who are looking for a more individualized exercise program. Vanessa has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. Her specialties include strength training, increasing range of motion, and balance. She enjoys working with seniors


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because they motivate her each day to become more knowledgeable in order to help them achieve their goals. We are really proud to have Vanessa as a part of the Shell Point team. If you are interested in one-on-one personal training, please call 826-6365 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Vanessa Mango, certified personal trainer, is available to help residents meet their health and fitness goals. She also teaches exercise classes for resident and employees.

Matters of the Mind A Seven-Day Guide to Keeping Your Brain in Shape B




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Exercising your brain should be a daily habit. And fortunately, a little mind maneuvering can be a simple as keeping in contact with friends or working on a crossword puzzle. Consider this seven-day guide to help keep your memory connections limber and your synapses crackling. Day 1. Fit enough physical activity in your day – and schedule it! In a fascinating twist on studies proving exercise to be beneficial, research has also suggested that using an appointment book or PDA to record your plans helps your brain make long-term connections.






Administration on Aging, volunteering keeps the brain active and helps preserve memory. Day 4. Find thinking games that you enjoy, such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word jumbles, or chess. Studies have proven that people who play thought-provoking games are less likely to experience mental decline. Day 5. Take an honest look at your health habits and identify areas that bear improving. A recent CDC study pointed out that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and physical inactivity are all linked to a decline in mental function.

Day 2. Spend time Being with family and friends with friends and family. keeps your heart happy, and a Being with friends keeps happy heart keeps your mind Day 6. Stock up on your heart happy, and a in good health. vegetables for the upcoming happy heart keeps your mind in good health! Grab a friend and a week. Leafy greens and fresh, colorful vegetables help maintain a healthy brain. copy of the Happenings, and go have fun. Quick recall and a good vocabulary go Day 3. Volunteer within the commu- hand-in-hand with eating right. nity, or take an Academy class on a subject Day 7. Talk to your doctor. If you have that matters to you. According to the U.S.

Shell Point Home Care Providing Peace of Mind for Caregivers Shell Point Home Care is available to help ease some of the stress you might be experiencing as a caregiver. Home Care provides the assurance and peace of mind of competent caring support in the comfort of your home setting. Whether you would benefit from Home Care once a week, once a month, for occasional personal time, or during an emergency, Shell Point Home Care is only a phone call away. You, as the caregiver, may make an inquiry or referral by simply dialing 454-2242. A Home

Leafy greens and fresh, colorful vegetables help maintain a healthy brain.

concerns about cognitive decline, don’t hesitate to consult with a professional. Taking action sooner rather than later can make a big difference when it comes to treating issues related to mental wellness. If you are interested in preserving your mind power, make it a point to stimulate and challenge your brain on a daily basis. Small steps can become significant strides in the pursuit of mental acuity. For more information about strategies to exercise your mind, contact the Behavioral Health department at 489-8441.

Call for more info: 454-2242 Care nurse will meet with you at their office,or at your home. The assessment and paperwork would be completed, and an individualized care plan would be created especially for your loved one. Home Care ensures that you have two experienced Shell Point RNs as a resource to you. We value caregivers and understand the special challenges they face each day. Shell Point Home Care is experienced in meeting your unique needs. You so admirably deserve peace of mind, and all it takes is a phone call. Shell Point Life | July 2012


Birthday Golfer Shoots His Age B






On May 22, John Walsh (Parkwood) headed out to the Shell Point Golf Club with Perry Widman (Rosemont) and Bob Armocida (Shell Point Golf Club member) to play 18 holes in celebration of his 76th birthday. It was just like any other day on the course,” he said. “The weather was warm and I played from the number three tees. I wasn’t even keeping track of my score that day.” John had no idea how well he was doing as he approached the final hole. “I ended up shooting an eagle on 18,” he commented. That’s when he added up his score and realized that he had shot a 76 – on his 76th birthday. “I had no idea I was even close,” he laughed. Golf Pro Michael Raber shared, “Shooting your age is a significant accomplishment for any golfer. Of course, the older you get, the easier it gets. But John is young! Shooting a 76 is impressive. That’s just five over par.” John seems to run into luck on the course on his birthday. “Last year, the day before I turned 75, I shot a 75! I guess I was either one day too young or one shot too long. Either way, it was the best score I had ever shot at Shell Point Golf Club!” What is perhaps even more remarkable than John’s birthday-related scoring success is the fact that he didn’t pick up the game until his late 50s. “I played tennis my whole life, but heart trouble led me to transition to golf when I was 58. Now I play on a very regular basis.”

On his 76th birthday, John Walsh shot a 76 at Shell Point Golf Club.

reschedulings and course closings. John is appreciated more than he knows!” To John, helping out at the club is simply something he enjoys doing. “I’m sort of the youngest in the bunch, so I volunteered to help. It’s not a big deal. I try to make sure that we alternate and play with different people each time. We have a lot of fun.” In addition to the group he plays with each Tuesday, John also organizes a group of guys that play together every Saturday. “There are four of us. It’s an interesting group. Everyone has shot their age! One of the

players, Pete Gipp (Parkwood), is 92 years old. The other players are Bart Harrold (Lakewood) and Don Low (Parkwood). I really enjoy playing with them.” When John is not on the course, he can be found volunteering in the local community. He is a Lee County Meals on Wheels volunteer; he organizes another Meals on Wheels group at his church; and he and his wife, Betty, are volunteer coordinators for the local soup kitchen. John and Betty also have season tickets to the Florida Rep, they enjoy the Community Concert Association at the Barbara B. Mann, and they go out to lunch together almost every day. And if he has any time left over, he likes to get out and cast a line from his 19-foot fishing boat. As John celebrates his 77th birthday on May 22, 2013, look for him out at the Shell Point Golf Club. Chances are, he’ll be shooting a 77!

Lending a Helping Hand

While John plays at Shell Point Golf club at least three times a week, he also spends a significant amount of his personal time helping the Golf Club staff. Michael explained, “John manages a group of around 20 players. He works with the staff behind the counter to check tee times, he communicates with players via email and phone, and he helps communicate sensitive information like

A fan of the social aspect of the game, John regularly gets behind the counter at Shell Point Golf Club to organize tee times for his friends. Every Saturday, John plays with three other men that have shot their age. Two of the players, pictured below (L-R) are Pete Gipp (Parkwood) and Bart Harrold (Lakewood).

I’ll shoot my age if I have to live to be 105! ~ Bob Hope

Shell Point Life July 2012  

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

Shell Point Life July 2012  

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