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Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

By Rochelle Cherniawski, editor Hebrews 11:1

My husband and I recently had some family members fly in from California and we threw “Cherniawski Summer Fest” to celebrate the occasion. As the crowd of our friends swarmed throughout our house and poured into the backyard, and a sea of giggling children wrestled in the bounce house, our relatives asked, “How did you meet all of these people?” It’s a good question, and one that I simply answered, “Everyone in Florida is nice!” It’s true; we’ve lived here for five years now and found that just about everyone we’ve met is genuinely friendly. Maybe it’s because so many people are “transplants,” and they know how it feels to be new in town. Maybe it’s because the sun is always shining and the weather is nice all year. Or maybe I just became friendlier since I moved to Florida. Either way, I’m happy to be here! When I started working at Shell Point back in August 2007, I remember being awestruck by the culture of the community. Everywhere I went, people waved, exchanged friendly greetings, stopped to share a compliment, and just smiled. It was almost too good

to be true. I joked that there was a “new person grace period” where everyone had to be nice. Yet, five years later, I still see the same thing each and every day. It’s refreshing! I imagine that it could be overwhelming to be the “new kid on the block” when moving to Shell Point. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to take in. Fortunately, there are endless resources to help any resident, new or seasoned, get acclimated to the community and find their niche. I suggest starting with this magazine each month or tuning into SPTV - Channel 11 for the daily show. Yes, that was a shameless plug. But the TV show and magazine really are great ways to learn about the latest news and happenings at Shell Point. You can also see the Weekly Reminder, talk to your court rep, check the resident website at, visit Resort Services Manager Mary Franklin, stop by either The Island or The Woodlands service desks, or just strike up a conversation with the next person you see. There’s so much to do here and so many wonderful people to meet. Isn’t it great living in a place where everyone is nice?

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, Dotty Morrison, Peggy Holton, 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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Bob Anderson (Turban) purchased a cargo plane and started his own air freight company, Coastal Airlines, when he was just 22 years old. His story begins on page 4. Follow us on:


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y father-in-law, Lew Bussey of Oakmont, has enjoyed the experience of having a work space in the Shell Point Wood Shop. He has made mantle clocks, trivets, seven “grandmother” clocks from scratch, and even a guitar for his son. When he developed an interest in making decorative wooden bowls, his sketch of his custom design revealed that he would need some new tools to help him complete the job. The design calls for a series of six pieces that are tapered to be narrower on the bottom where they meet the base of the bowl. Lew explained, “The challenge is cutting precise 60 degree angles in ¾" "" wood pieces while simultaneously cutting the taper. Any error will be magnified as the pieces are placed alongside each other, so precision is a requirement.” Even with all the wonderful tools at his disposal in the Shell Point Wood Shop, none was perfectly suited for the job. Yet, Lew didn’t let that set him back. Born and raised on a farm in South Dakota during

out of wood and used set screws to allow precision tuning to establish the perfect angle, knowing that each layer of the bowl would require new measurements and cuts for just the right shape. And that wasn’t the only tool he created to compete his project. Lew Lew Bussey in also designed an infinitely variable, the Shell Point six-sided vise with set screws that Wood Shop. would allow him to clamp the layers together while the glue dried. Lew’s custom creations, completed in just one month, were the perfect tools for the job. The jig makes precise cuts and the vise holds everything in place – every time for consistency. “The tools have worked great,” Lew said. “I’ve used them to make about 10 tapered bowls. I gave some little trigonometry. He said, “As to my children and a couple of a tool engineer, I designed tools for them are for sale in the Shell locomotives. Before I made anything, Point Gift Shop.” I would always draw it first.” So, when the right tool isn’t available for With that, he designed an infinitely adjustable jig that frames perfect saw cuts the job, why not just invent one? You would for each layer of the bowl. He built the jig if you were Lew Bussey! depression years, Lew learned how to repair equipment. He always says, “I can fix almost anything but a broken heart.” So, the 92-year-old former tool engineer sat down with graph paper, a pencil, and a

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hen Bob Anderson (Turban) was five years old, a barnstormer pilot spent some time in his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. “He established a landing strip next to the highway and would take passengers up in his plane throughout the summer,” Bob said. Bob hung around with this fellow so much that the pilot eventually gave his new young friend a ride in his Curtiss Robin airplane. Bob was smitten with flying from then on. Years later when World War II broke out, Bob was already in the service. He immediately applied for flight training. He said, “When I was accepted to flight school, it was the most exciting day of my life!” Bob went on to fly B-25 bombers in the Pacific.



OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS After World War II ended, the government was selling off nearly new, surplus DC3 aircraft for only $20,000 with just $5,000 down and government financing. As a young, recently discharged, and very experienced military pilot, Bob had the idea of starting an air cargo service. This was possible for the first time because of a unique new feature of the DC-3 (known as the C-47 in the military). The airplane had a large, twosection cargo door that could accommodate the loading of very large items. During the war, even jeeps and artillery pieces were transported in the large planes. Bob, who was just 22 years old at the time, and two of his Marine Corps pilot buddies, Charlie Baird and Ed Zarzycki, pooled all of their money to make a down payment on a DC-3. Together, the trio started their own air freight service - Coastal Airlines. “We had no money so we had to do all the work on it ourselves to license it as a civilian aircraft,” said Bob. “It took us probably a month to get the airplane ready. We did everything. We stripped the paint, and did our own modifications.” As soon as the plane was ready, the three friends jumped in the car and headed south, looking for business. “Our first stop was at John Bell’s Celery Farm in Sanford, Florida.” Continued next page 4

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Coastal Airlines’ first paid flight was transporting celery plants from Sanford, FL to San Francisco, CA on April 23, 1946.


Coastal Airlines’ fleet eventually grew to include aircrafts like this Curtiss C-46.


Bob Anderson piloted B-25 bombers in the Pacific during World War II. Shell Point Life | August 2012




Continued from page 5 Mr. Bell decided to give the young pilots a shot and asked if they could fly a load of celery plants to San Francisco. And with that, they booked their first paying flight. They left the next day – April 23, 1946. The return trip was supposed to be empty, but a porter at the airport in San Francisco asked them if they could carry passengers. Although the only seats were fold-down benches along the sides of the cargo area where paratroopers once rode into battle, they gladly accepted passengers on the return flight to Florida. “In those days, transportation across the country was very difficult and 28 people were happy to pay $100 each to get from California to the east coast,” explained Bob. So with Mr. Bell’s check in hand, and another $2,800 in cash, the boys were gleeful in their good fortune. Bob said, “We couldn’t believe it. We grew up in very poor families, extremely poor families. It was unbelievable to have all of that money!” Business continued to thrive for Coastal Airlines. Flower growers in Florida hired them to quickly get their products to New York and Boston. The first business they talked to in New York, in an effort to fill the plane for the trip south, was the New York Herald newspaper. They ended up flying flowers northbound and papers southbound for years, racking up an impressive record for reliability. “I think we’re most proud of our performance,” Bob shared. “We operated six years straight without ever cancelling a

A promotional photo taken for Coastal Airlines. Pictured from left to right are Coastal Airlines partners Ed Zarzucki and Bob Anderson, along with pilot Mary Morrison, whom Bob married in 1950.

flight. We would take off in almost zero-zero conditions. Of course, we were flying cargo and had no passengers to worry about.” That record would be impressive even today, but it is even more remarkable considering they were flying in the earliest days of the instrument landing system.

UNEXPECTED CO-PILOT Coastal Airlines pioneered another historic milestone when they hired the first female cargo pilot, Mary Morrison. Charlie related, “Bob had a flight going out and he told me to find him a co-pilot. It just so turned out that a nice-looking young lady was looking for a job as a co-pilot. I checked all of her

“Bob had a flight going out and he told me to find him a co-pilot. It just so turned out that a nice-looking young lady was looking for a job as a co-pilot. I checked all of her licenses and she had more than I had! We went out on a test flight to see if she could fly and she did a good job. So, I hired her.” 6

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licenses and she had more than I had! We went out on a test flight to see if she could fly and she did a good job. So, I hired her.” When Bob asked Charlie if he had found him a co-pilot, Charlie simply said, “Yeah.” So Bob headed out to the plane to meet him. He quickly returned to the office and exclaimed, “That’s a woman out there!” Charlie responded, “I know it, that’s your co-pilot!” At first Bob didn’t want to go. But, eventually, he changed his mind. Charlie said, “After a few weeks, he didn’t want to go with anybody except Mary as a co-pilot.” Bob recalled, “She was a pleasure to fly with. Back then there were very few women pilots. We’d be flying and she’d check in with the controllers and they’d get so excited to hear a lady’s voice. They couldn’t believe what they were hearing.” Bob and Mary were married in 1950. Bob said with a smile, “She was the first female transport pilot in the world! And she married the boss. Lucky me!” Charlie chuckled as he remembered, “When Bob and Mary went on a trip, it was cheaper because they could stay in the same room and we didn’t have to pay the per-diem!” Coastal Airlines had fifteen successful

Bob has flown a wide variety of aircraft, including a Lockheed Constellation (top) and a DeHavilland Twin Otter on floats (left), which Bob used to provide daily service between Philadelphia, PA and Wall Street in NY during the 1970s. Recently, Bob had the opportunity to visit the cockpit of a DC-3, the aircraft that launched Coastal Airlines.

years, adding bigger and better airplanes, and adding flights across the Atlantic. After the guys sold out at a handsome price, they all went on to other fascinating careers. Bob kept his hand in aviation from then on with several other successful ventures, including a daily service flying a 21-passenger Twin Otter floatplane between downtown Philadelphia and Wall Street in New York City in the 1970s.

A DANCING PARTNER Mary passed away after the couple enjoyed 30 years of marriage. It was then that Bob realized he needed a new social hobby, so he took up dancing. One night at a singles dance in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Bob met a new dance partner named Millicent. “The lights were dim and she thought I was too young for her. Then she found out I was in World War II! We always get a good laugh about that.” The couple was married in 1981 and moved to Shell Point in 2009. Bob keeps his

boat in the marina at Shell Point and enjoys getting out on the water as much as possible. He also likes riding his bike, dancing, and playing bridge. The couple also enjoys the opportunity to travel. “We are at Shell Point full time, but we do like to travel to visit our children during the summer.” There are many more stories from Bob’s life and the logs of Coastal Airlines, such as flying a prized racehorse across the country, transporting Brahma bulls to Ecuador, experiencing engine failures in the clouds, and navigating the political and regulatory landscape that developed along with the rapid growth of aviation. All this and more has been chronicled in Bob’s new book, The Fly Boys: How Three WWII Pilots Pioneered a New Industry. The book is available in the Shell Point Gift Shop, on, and on Bob shared, “Every time my book is purchased at the Shell Point Gift Shop, all proceeds go to the Larsen Pavilion Auxiliary.”

The three-part Shell Point TV series about Coastal Airlines will be aired on SPTV on August 6, 7, and 8. Be sure to tune in to channel 11, or see it online that week at

Bob and Mil Anderson have lived in their home on The Island at Shell Point since 2009. Shell Point Life | August 2012


Preparing for Season Temporary Changes to Shell Point Dining Hours and Availability The summer months allow the Shell Point hospitality services and dining staff members to perform necessary cleaning and updates in each dining venue throughout the community. Before heading for a bite to eat at your favorite on-site restaurant, be sure to consider the following details:

Temporary Closings • The Promenade Café is closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 4. • The Crystal Dining Room will be closed August 13 to September 2. During that time, they will be serving Sunday brunch on August 19 and August 26. • The Palm Grill at The Woodlands will be closed September 3 through 26.

Non-Stop Service at the Island Café Island Cafe The Island Café, located behind FineMark National Bank & Trust, will be open for normal business hours all summer! Stop by from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, to enjoy a simple cup of coffee or a made-to-order meal. The hospitality services staff appreciates your understanding regarding summer closings. They look forward to serving you at your favorite Shell Point dining venue!

PERFECT HARMONY Crossroads Quartet is a world-champion a cappella quartet made up of four versatile and award-winning vocalists. They bring a variety of musical styles inspired by barbershop harmony, including jazz, blues, gospel, pop classics, and standards from the Great American Songbook. This amazing and harmonic group was formed when four friends from four different states – and four different International Champion quartets – joined together to make a brand new sound. Two years later, they were crowned the 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society International Championship Quartet. Since then, they have produced two recordings and have become one of the most sought-after a cappella foursomes in the world. The quartet has performed in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain, and the U.S. and continues to grow musically while attracting fans everywhere their music is heard.


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Crossroads Quartet Saturday, August 18 • 7:30 p.m. The Village Church Tickets for the final performance of the Summer Concert Series can be purchased for just $15 at either service desk. The general public can purchase tickets at or call the concert box office at (239) 454-2067.

2012 Shell Point Summer Concert Series

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As sultry summer days continue in August, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This month, the Health Connection offers opportunities to get involved with exercise programs, learn about sleep strategies, manage your medications, and much more.

Wellness Specialty Classes Everyone is welcome to sign up for the Balance Basics at Assisted Living taught by fitness supervisor Michelle Smith. This eight-week, progressive class is designed to focus on posture, strength, and balance. The class runs August 7 through September






27 every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the King’s Crown Community Room. Participants should feel comfortable standing for 20 to 30 minutes. The class costs $80 for eight weeks. Bev Chandley, accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, is geared up to teach another set of classes each Tuesday from August 7 to September 25. Sign up for T’ai Chi Chih to improve your balance, sleep patterns, muscle tone, and blood pressure, all through gentle weight shift. There are no strenuous movements or impacts on the joints. The class will meet each Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 .p.m. in the Health Club on The Island. The eight-week course costs $40.00 per person.

Quality Trainer

Shell Point as Your Resource

Fitness supervisor Michelle Smith recently completed her advanced qualifications as a Mature Fitness Training Specialist with the American Academy of Health and Fitness. After more than 100 hours of hands-on and book training, Michelle was honored with this certification. Mary Franklin, resort services manager, proudly stated, “She is really dedicated — not only to her profession, but to Shell Point as well.” Michelle teaches the Total Body Strength class, the Health Connection Balance specialty classes, the Pilates classes, and offers Personal Training services. For questions about fitness education please call 826-6365 or email:

Do you sometimes look in the mirror and try to figure out if you should be moisturizing or exfoliating? Kendal Colosimo, esthetician, will unlock the mystery using a woods lamp when she leads the fascinating course, Skin: What Type Are You? This program will be held on Friday, August 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the Sabal Room at The Woodlands. The cost is $5 per person; and, each person will receive a redeemable $5 coupon towards skin products sold at the Shell Point Salons. The Reflexology class on Tuesday, August 7, will be taught by licensed massage therapist and certified reflexologist Marianne Dabinett. This will be a hands-on class and each participant will learn how to perform reflexology on






their own hands. Please note, the date and location for this class have changed. Reflexology will meet in the Manatee Room at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Do you wake up in the morning and feel as if you’ve hardly slept at all? Signup for Evening of Rest to learn about different ways to help get a better night’s sleep. Instructors Robyn Church and King’s Crown RN supervisor Jean Wilson will be teaching the class in the Community Room of the King’s Crown at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14. The program includes free mini massages, relaxing music, herbal teas, and small finger food to ensure a better night’s sleep. We all need sodium in our diets, but too much can be harmful. Join Mary McCormack, RD and Pavilion consultant dietician, for a class on The Top Ten Tips to Help You Cut Back Your Sodium. Participants will receive tips on how to cut back sodium, gain knowledge to prevent dehydration, and learn what counts as fluid. The class will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center. The cost for this educational course is $5 per person. Pharmaceutical Drug Interaction is always a concern, but the professionals at the Shell Point Pharmacy are looking out for you! One of those professionals, Yaw Audo-Sarkodie, Pharm D., will share his wealth of knowledge with you on Friday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands. Yaw will give broad definitions while he describes and distinguishes between various drug interactions. Shell Point Life | August 2012


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It was all smiles as residents boarded the bus for a two-day educational trip, designed just for them by Resort Services and Best Group Tours of Naples. Our first stop in Sarasota was for lunch and a cooking demonstration at Mattison’s on 41. Chef Paul Mattison presented a fabulous culinary lesson as he showed the group how to create a gourmet meal. After the pasta bolognese appetizer and braised short rib entrée was completed, a pastry chef whipped up apple cake with caramel sauce and homemade cinnamon gelato. Oh my! When we found out we were about to enjoy the meal that was demonstrated, smiles once again spread throughout the crowd. The meal was nothing short of amazing. Ready to walk off the fabulous lunch, we headed to Phillippi Estate Park, south of downtown and east of Siesta Key. The park preserves the natural Florida landscape which is rich in history. While there, the group enjoyed touring the old Edson Keith Mansion. Once we checked into the hotel, the group enjoyed a short reprieve before dinner




The Edson Keith Mansion, located in beautiful Phillippi Estate Park, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. in the banquet room. Next, it was off to Manatee Players Theater, for a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Day two of the Sarasota trip was all about the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art. The complex offers many different areas of

interest — a Museum of Art which houses a huge collection of masterpieces, a Circus Museum with miniature replicas of circuses as well as life-size circus memorabilia, Mabel’s lovely rose garden, and a Venetian mansion to explore. Whether the group was transported by convenient trams or toured the complex on foot, it was a full day of exploration and wonder. Many residents reflected on, and re-lived their childhood experiences of visiting the circus or watching the circus come to town. Even though some residents wanted to stay another night in Sarasota, the group headed back to Shell Point. On the way home many expressed enthusiasm as they wondered what the next overnight trip would bring.

During the first stop at Mattison’s on 41, Chef Paul Mattison wowed the Shell Point group with an impressive cooking demonstration. They were even more amazed when they tasted the gourmet meal and dessert.

Academy On The Go

Enthusiastic travelers at the gates of the Ringling Museum.

The Ringling’s dazzling Ca d’Zan mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy. Ca' d’Zan has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR — The next On The Go overnight trip is going to depart on October 31. Details will be revealed in the Fall Academy booklet that will be delivered in mid-August. The Ringling Circus Museum was the first in the country to document the rich history of the circus. The cornerstone of the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center is the world's largest miniature circus. It was created over a period of more than 50years by master model builder and philanthropist Howard Tibbals.

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An Americana Celebration! On Wednesday, July 4, residents gathered together in celebration of Independence Day. Blueberry pie a la mode, provided by FineMark Bank, was served while door prizes were awarded and Shell Point military veterans shared stories of their years of service. After a wonderful dessert, everyone settled in to enjoy a concert by the Liberty Voices. The eight-part a cappella group wowed the crowd with


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their vocal harmony and patriotic songs. In all, more than 900 people celebrated the 4th of July at Shell Point’s Americana Celebration. It was a joyous occasion as the community joined together for the patriotic and pride-filled holiday. To see more of the pictures from the Fourth of July Americana Celebration, visit Shell Point’s facebook page at:

Liberty Voices took the audience on a memorable journey through the history of America’s independence.

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Shell Point Open Golf Tournament The Legacy Foundation will host the 9th Annual Shell Point Open Golf Tournament at Shell Point Golf Club on Friday, November 9. The event will officially begin with a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and then the golfers tee off for an 18-hole scramble. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the tournament while the winners are announced and prizes are awarded. The $125 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, player gift bag, prizes, breakfast, and lunch. A por-

tion of the entry fee is a charitable contribution and will be receipted appropriately. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Waterside Medical Complex at Shell Point, which offers services to residents of Shell Point and the surrounding community. The Waterside Medical complex includes the Larsen Pavilion, a 219-bed skilled nursing facility; a rehab center; and a variety of comprehensive healthcare services.

To sign up or learn more, please contact the Legacy Foundation at 466-8484.

Nov. 9

Save the d ate a join us for nd this fun-filled event for a grea t cause!

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Q& A

FineMark National Bank & Trust Answers Your Personal Banking Questions B Y T I F FA N Y W I L L I A M S , M A N A G I N G E X E C U T I V E , F I N E M A R K N AT I O N A L B A N K & T R U S T

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Is it true that Social Security checks will no longer be mailed and soon they will be distributed by electronic deposit only?

Yes, beginning on March 1, 2013,

the U.S. Treasury Department will stop mailing paper benefit checks. After that date, all Social Security beneficiaries (as well as anyone receiving any type of federal benefit – Supplemental Security Income benefits, Railroad Board annuity payments, federal retirement benefits, or veterans benefits – will be required to receive their benefits electronically. Many Social Security beneficiaries are already receiving benefits electronically, and if you’re among them, you don't need to do anything – you will continue to receive your benefits via the method you've chosen. 14

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If you are receiving a paper check, you need to choose one of two electronic payment options as soon as possible. 1. Direct Deposit. Choose to have your SS benefit directly deposited to a bank account or a credit union account. 2. Prepaid Card. Choose to have your SS benefit deposited on a Direct Express Debit MasterCard prepaid card that can be used to pay bills, make retail purchases, or withdraw benefit funds directly from a financial institution or ATM. The Treasury Department recommends direct deposit for anyone with access to an account at a financial institution. The Direct

Express card is most appropriate for individuals who need the benefits of direct deposit but who don't have an account at a financial institution. If you don’t choose an option by March 1, 2013, you'll be automatically enrolled in the Direct Express card option. If you have questions about this change or any other financial matters, please stop by FineMark National Bank & Trust on The Island or give us a call at 239-461-5999. We are always happy to help.

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Do you have dark circles or puffiness around your eyes? There is more you can do than splashing cool water on your face or reaching for your concealer. Try these tips to brighten your baby blues or bodacious browns: 1. Get enough sleep. Sleep not only helps keep eyes bright, it also aids your body in repairing cell damage to your skin. Your body is working to heal while you are catching Z’s. 2. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. They dehydrate the skin and make dark circles more obvious. 3. Consider skin lighteners. Creams containing vitamins C, E, and K are effective, as well as Retinol. Biolight by Repechage is very successful at lightening skin. Biolight is available at the Island Salon & Spa. 4. Use a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation — it helps reduce the appearance of dark circles.

5. Choose sun protection. Use sunscreen daily with an SPF 15 or higher. 6. Drink enough water. Staying well hydrated can help prevent puffy eyes. 7. Limit salt. Retaining body fluid can cause puffy, doughy looking skin. Reduce processed foods in your diet. 8. Use cool compresses. Find depuffing power in chilled, moist, green tea bags. Or, try Repechage Eye Rescue Pads for 10-15 minutes. 9. Be gentle with the delicate skin around the eyes. Pat eye creams into place. Heavy rubbing can stretch thin, fragile skin. 10.The most effective eye brightening tip is the easiest to implement: Smile!

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.

August Beauty Tip Stop Your Lipstick From Bleeding This is probably the biggest complaint in regard to makeup. After cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin, be sure to use a foundation that includes sunscreen. After applying it to your face, add it to your lips as well. Foundation provides a great base for lipstick and keeps it in place. Foundation with sunscreen also adds much needed protection from the sun. For additional staying power, use a lip liner under your lipstick.


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Experience layer upon layer of pure, fresh European seaweed to rejuvenate, tone, and help firm the skin dramatically. This premier anti-aging treatment will leave your skin healthy and radiant. Salon esthetician Kendal Colosimo says, “If you are interested in getting a facial, this is a great one! You will notice a difference in your skin’s moisture and elasticity after just one

hour-long treatment. Plus, this facial is remarkably relaxing.” The mineral mask at the top of the four layers heats up to 108 degrees, penetrating through the remaining three layers and enhancing the effects of the facial. After just one treatment, you will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s appearance!

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NUMBER Dr. Lynda Hicks has treated a lot of patients in her 25 years as a Shell Point staff physician. But those who know this humble Scot, know that she treats every one…well…a bit like family. As she prepares to retire later this month, Dr. Hicks looks back fondly over the path that led her to where she is today. BY ROCHELLE CHERNIAWSKI Growing up in East Kilbride, Scotland, Lynda enjoyed knitting, playing field hockey, and being a Girl Guide. “Girl Guides were like the American version of Girl Scouts. I did that until I left high school. And I was into knitting because all of the girls in Scotland knit. It’s just what we did.” Lynda knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a career as a doctor. “My mother was a nurse, and I was kind of familiar with medical things. I always did well in school and wanted to be a doctor.”

Education and Training Entering medical school at the University of Edinburgh straight from high school, Lynda was one of 20 girls out of a class of 140 students. The girls were always very close. “We had to fight to keep up with the boys, but we all made it. In fact, I still have four or five girls from medical school 16

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that I keep in touch with. We shared the same body for dissection in anatomy! We try to get together every five or 10 years. They still live across the pond.” Lynda received her Bachelor of Science in medical science from the University of Edinburgh in 1971. She continued to study at that same university and in 1974 received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Chirurgery (Surgery) degrees. In her post-graduate training from 1974 to 1978, she spent about six months at a time rotating through different disciplines. She recalled, “I remember one six-month period in the coal mining district where I performed a lot of house calls for the miners. I did six months in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and delivered some babies. I enjoyed delivering babies. As part of a pediatric rotation, I did six months with just newborn children. I liked that too. But now, I wouldn’t Dr. Lynda Hicks graduated from University of Edinburgh Medical want to take care of anybody but the elderly.” School in the UK in 1974. Continued next page

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NUMBER Career After completing her training and residency in family practice in 1978, Lynda began working for the United States Army in Augsburg, West Germany. “I wasn’t ready to settle down yet. I planned to spend six to nine months working for the Army while I figured out where I wanted to work in the UK.” A year later, she met Lloyd Hicks, a math teacher from the Chicago area who was teaching at the military dependent school. Lynda and Lloyd were introduced through a common hobby. “In the south of Germany, you could ski at a different place every weekend. I met Lloyd through the ski club. He takes credit for teaching me to ski!” she laughed. Lynda continued to serve as a family practitioner for the Army for several years. Lynda and Lloyd were married in Scotland in the spring of 1982. They moved to Fort Myers Beach that summer. “Lloyd’s parents retired to Fort Myers Beach, and Lloyd knew the head of the math department at Edison State College. He got a job there and has worked there ever since.” Lynda started working for a doctor who had a family practice on Fort Myers Beach. Lynda and her husband welcomed their


“When one of our doctors retired and we began a search for a replacement, a friend told me about a wonderful doctor whom she had visited. Aer speaking with Lynda, I was impressed with her clearly apparent gis in both the science and art of medicine and felt that she would be a perfect fit at Shell Point. I couldn’t have been more correct! She is the embodiment of the ideal family practitioner and one of the best decisions I have ever made in my professional life.” Dr. David Nesselroade, Shell Point Staff Physician and colleague for more than 25 years

“Her caring and love for patients is matched by her remarkable competence as a physician. I have said many times that Lynda is the type of physician that I would want caring for my family, or even myself.” — Dr. Roger Hirchak, vice president of medical services

Left to right: Over the years, Dr. Hicks (middle) has kept in touch with several of her friends from medical school. In addition to her dedication to Shell Point, Dr. Hicks made sure her family was a priority. Whether enjoying a 4th of July celebration or a ski vacation, the Hicks family always has fun together. 18

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I see so many people here with such happy and productive retirements that I am really looking forward to it. first child, Andrew, in 1984. Shortly after their daughter, Heather, was born in 1987, Lynda received a phone call from a fellow doctor named David Nesselroade. “He said that Shell Point was looking for another physician and asked if I was interested. I definitely was!” David recalled, “When one of our doctors retired and we began a search for a replacement, a friend told me about a wonderful doctor whom she had visited. After speaking with Lynda, I was impressed with her clearly apparent gifts in both the science and art of medicine and felt that she would be a perfect fit at Shell Point. I couldn’t have been more correct! She is the embodiment of the ideal family practitioner and one of the best decisions I have ever made in my professional life.”

Caring, Serving, and Satisfying Lynda became a staff physician at Shell Point in 1987. “I lived close enough that I could go home at lunch and spend time with my children. It was a wonderful experience

for me as a mother at that time.” Of course, a lot has changed during Lynda’s 25 years at Shell Point. First of all, Shell Point just had one neighborhood – The Island. And the number of residents and staff was much smaller. “In the beginning, everything was done through face-toface interaction. Now, as the community has grown, we do so much online that I don’t know what a lot of the nurses look like. Sure, our current system is much more efficient, but we just don’t get to know every staff member as well.” Yet, even though technological advancements have allowed Lynda to work at a faster pace, she never let that get in the way of making connections with residents and their families. “Here at Shell Point, we have a much closer regard for our patients and their families. I get calls from family members in California and it’s nice to know who they are.” Dr. Roger Hirchak, vice president of medical services, has valued and respected the personal touch Lynda has brought to her job. “I have always considered Lynda to be a very conscientious and caring physician. She was never afraid to address issues that may arise with a patient or their family members. Her caring and love for patients is matched by her remarkable competence as a physician. I have said many times that Lynda is the type of physician that I would want caring for my family, or even myself.”

The Call of Retirement

In appreciation for her commitment to excellence, President Peter Dys presented Lynda with a service award.

When it came time to consider retirement, Lynda and Lloyd knew they would take the leap together. “We always planned to retire at the same time,” she said. “And even though we both enjoy our work, we

have reached the point where we are ready to be free to do what we want when we want. We are afraid that if we don’t retire now, we will miss out on what we want to do. I see so many people here with such happy and productive retirements that I am really looking forward to it.” On August 31, Lynda will celebrate her retirement and start packing her suitcase so she and Lloyd can travel around the country. “Our daughter is in Washington D.C. and our son is in Los Angeles, so that will take us coast to coast. After seeing them, we will head out west.” They also plan to take advantage of some repositioning cruises to Europe and go on a few ski vacations. And, in addition to their travel plans, the couple intends to stay active while home in Fort Myers. “I’ve never played much tennis, but I signed up for a tennis league where we live. Tennis players are in such great shape. I’ll certainly have more time to be healthy now!” And while she is out enjoying the retirement lifestyle, this won’t be the last we see of Lynda. She will continue to work at Shell Point one weekend each month in the Hospice unit at the Pavilion. She said, “I have loved taking care of the residents and hearing their stories. I hope to be around and keep in touch. I can’t imagine not being a part of Shell Point!” Shell Point Life | August 2012


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

“Class” Reunion


Thursday August 2 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Five accomplished flute students have returned to Fort Myers for the summer and will perform with their first flute teacher, Maureen Steger. This “Class” Reunion will include jazz harmonies in a flue choir venue with keyboard, bass, and percussion. Familiar tunes such as You Made Me Love You, The Shadow of Your Smile, Satin Doll, Over the Rainbow, Night and Day, and others have been arranged for your enjoyment.

Shell Point Market Place


Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 17,24,31 Admin Courtyard/IS Come to Shell Point’s own Market Place each week to shop from an assortment of fresh and local food items, gifts, and sweet delicacies. Also, every second Friday of the month, be sure to stop by to see what’s new from Paradise Soap Company’s beautiful display of handcrafted soaps, lotions, and balms made from the finest ingredients.

Dralion from Cirque Du Soleil Friday, August 3 6:00 p.m. Island pickup 6:10p.m. Woodlands pickup 6:20 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 10:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $62.00 (snacks on your own) Germain Arena


Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion is a celebration of life and the four elements: air, water, fire and earth. The name Dralion comes from two main symbols – the dragon, from the East, and the lion, from the West. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, man and nature are one, and balance is achieved. Arena and crowd navigation required for this trip.

What I’ve Learned from Witty Women


Monday, August 6 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS Rusty Brown is back with theatrical flair, and this time she is going to be many faces of women that we all recognize. Rusty will portray both the humorous and realistic sides of dieting, parenting, aging, and even trying on swimsuits. Don’t miss this intriguing show!



Pickleball - Give it a Try!


Wednesday, August 8 8:45 a.m. Pickleball Court/IS What is it? How do you play? Is it fun? Come and learn the answers to all of these questions while trying your hand at the game that is, yes, a LOT of fun! Barry Waddell, tennis pro turned Pickleball enthusiast, will be onsite to give a short description of the game, go over the rules, and guide you through hitting the ball a few times. All are welcome to give it a try.

BrewBabies Bistro Lunch Outing


Thursday, August 9 10:15 a.m. Island pickup 10:25 a.m. Woodlands pickup 10:35 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) Location: Cape Coral BrewBabies is the creation of Wayne and Valerie Elam who have been Southwest Florida residents for more than 20 years. The combination of healthy fresh food, relaxed atmosphere, and jazz in the courtyard, has made it a hit. Gather your friends together and sign up for this charming lunch outing. Entrees average $10 to $15.

Saturday DVD: We Bought a Zoo (2012)


Saturday, August 11 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory while uniting his family.

Blue Water Bistro Dinner Outing


Monday, August 13 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) Blue Water Bistro in Estero casts a wide net to satisfy everyone’s appetite, serving a wide variety of chargrilled fish paired with incredible sauces and sides. They offer perfectly grilled steaks, along with tons of fresh shellfish and unique everchanging creative bistro fare.

Cold Stone Creamery Tour and Tasting


Wednesday, August 15 12:45 p.m. Island pickup 12:55 p.m. Woodlands pickup 1:05 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 4:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $13.00 (includes ice cream) Location: Cape Coral Hasn’t everyone at one time or another thought they had a great idea for an ice cream flavor? This outing may just give you the opportunity to see if you have what it takes to create a delicious and unique ice cream flavor of your own. First, the group will tour the ice cream production facility to see how the ice cream is made. Then, after the tour, each resident will learn how to create their own flavor masterpiece - and enjoy the rewards!

Presidents and Their First Ladies


Thursday, August 16 3:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Shell Point’s favorite dramatic history presenters are back to share two very interesting past Presidents and their First Ladies! Warren and Florence Harding: With nerv-

ous breakdowns, love scandals, and Senate record-keeping mistakes, Harding doesn’t appear to be the right mix to create one of the largest landslide victories in U.S. history. But Warren had a strong woman behind him and was loved by the American public. Calvin and Grace Coolidge: “Silent Cal” might be Coolidge’s nickname, but he was full of humor and wit. His wife, Grace, with her effervescent personality helped fuel Calvin’s popularity.

Swing Your Partner ‘Round and ‘Round


Monday, August 20 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Here is your chance to learn how to do-si-do and have a blast with expert square dance caller Red Bates! Red Bates has been calling dances since 1950. Put on your dancing shoes and come prepared to have a good ol’ time! Light refreshments will be served.

Back Bay Boat Trip to Lunch at the Fish House


Thursday, August 23 Macoma Dock at 10:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $32.00 (lunch on your own) Join your fellow residents on a Banana Bay Tour company scenic boat ride to Fort Myers Beach for lunch at the Fish House. Long a favorite local dining establishment, the Fish House offers boating casual inside and outside d i n i n g o p t i o n s . Seafood is the Fish House specialty, including selections like lobster bites, steamers, or grouper served many ways. Their sandwiches and burgers are also sure to please. The servings are moderately priced, ample, and always tasty! Shell Point Life | August 2012






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

Shopping at The Community Thrift Store and Lunch at Rib City


Saturday, August 25 9:00 a.m. Island pickup 9:10 a.m. Woodlands pickup 9:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:03 p.m. approximate return Cost: $6.00 (lunch on your own) This Saturday trip will take residents to the new, bigger, and better Community Thrift Store operated by Shell Point and so many wonderful resident volunteers. The inventory and bargains change every day, creating a fun shopping adventure for everyone! After shopping, the group will head over to Rib City for lunch before returning to Shell Point. Menu selections range from $5 to $15.

Movie Night: Rebecca (1940)


Monday, August 27 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS In this Alfred Hitchcock film, mysterious widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) brings his shy, young bride (Joan Fontaine) home to his imposing estate, Manderly. But the new Mrs. de Winter finds her married life dominated by the sinister influence of Maxim’s late wife: the brilliant and beautiful Rebecca, who, she suspects, still rules both Manderly and Maxim from beyond the grave! 22

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Library Book Club

MEET, & THINGS Special event bus will be running


Tuesday, August 28 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Bill Saunders of Turban, will be reviewing another interesting biography, Walter Isaacson's bestseller Steve Jobs, a gripping journey into the life of an amazing individual. The book recounts the life of a man who wanted to change the world and who, before his untimely death, believed he did. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Beach Day


Wednesday, August 29 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) Join this beach-lovers trip to DelnorWiggins State Park for a leisurely day at the beach. Along with your personal beach supplies you may bring your own lounge chair if you like. A picnic lunch will be served and a traditional stop for ice cream will be included on the trip back to Shell Point.

“The three great elemental sounds in nature – the sound of rain, the sound of wind, and the sound of the ocean.” – Henry Beston


Walking required


Walking up and down stairs

Churros & Chords with Michael Anthony


Thursday, August 30 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Michael Anthony of Shell Point’s transportation department is excited to bring a new and unique show to Shell Point. With his Spanish guitar and “nuevo flamenco” style, you will be treated to songs such as What I Did for Love, Memory, and Begin the Beguine. In addition to the music, the audience will enjoy a Spanish treat – cinnamon and sugar-coated churros will be served during the concert.

Save the Date

Labor Day Lunch at the Crystal!


Monday, September 3 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS The Live Wires are back to celebrate our red, white, and blue! Join your friends, family, and neighbors for a classic Labor Day cookout with rousing live music!

Save These Dates 2012-2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS The excitement is building for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. We know that all of you are planning your vacations and court parties, but you don’t want to miss out on Shell Point’s special events and activities. So, we are offering a quick glance at some key dates to add to your calendar. Please note, FAPA represents the Fine and Performing Arts Concert Series, and all events are subject to change. Stop by either service desk or visit to obtain your calendar of events.




Shell Point Singers Fall Concert


FAPA: Diamonds & Orlando Jazz Orchestra


Trinkets and Treasures Sale


Season of Praise: David Payne as Paul


Fall Dance


Barbary Coast Dixieland Band


SWFL Symphony: Emperor



Concert & Conversation: AMERN ET Quartet


Resident Craft Bazaar


Season of Praise: INSPIRATA



FAPA: Fly Me to the Moon


Season of Praise: Indiana Wesleyan


Legacy Golf Tournament


FAPA: Naples Philharmonic

11/12-16 Resident Life Signature Event: SP Olympics


Season of Praise: Purdue Glee Club


SPOT Performance


Celtic Spectacular


Concert & Conversation: Merling Trio


Resident Art Expo


Gift Shop Christmas Party


Spring Fashion Show


Resident Photo Show (3/26 Gala)


Concert & Conversation: Doug Renfroe


Season of Praise: Easter Celebration

December 12/4

Tree Lighting and SP Singers


FAPA: Spanish Brass


Holiday Shopping: Expanded Market Place



Holiday Sounds


FAPA: Carpe Diem Quartet


Season of Praise: Christmas Concert with Church Choir & Symphony


Shell Point Singers Spring Concert


Spring Dance


SWFL Symphony: Holiday Pops


Resident Quilt Show


The Village Church Candlelight Service


SPOT Performance


Christmas Cantata


Variety Show


NYE at the Palm Grill and Crystal Dining Room

January 1/8

Life Quest Expo


Legacy Gala


Season of Praise: Kings Brass


Missions Festival Week


SWFL Symphony: Berlioz


Concert & Conversation: Thomas Pandolfi



Highlights KING’S CROWN Thu Thu Fri Fri

2 ....Birthdays w/ Songs to Remember (COM)......2:00 p.m. 2 ....Dog Days of Summer Buffet (DR) ..............4-6:00 p.m. 3 ....Shell Point Gift Card Sales (GS) ......................11:30 a.m. 3 ....Shopping and Lunch Trip to Beall’s and Mimi’s Café (L) ....................9:30 a.m. Sat 4 ....Leslie Gregory, harpist (DR) ........................12:00 p.m. Mon 6 ....Shopping Trip to Wal-Mart (L) .................. 9:00 a.m. Wed 8 ....Peach Dessert Buffet (DR) ............11-1:00 / 4-6:00 p.m. Sat 11 ....Lucille Ball Movie Marathon ......................1-4:00 p.m. Sun 12 ....Closing Ceremonies 2012 Summer Olympics (GS) ................9:00 p.m. Tue 14 ....Cool off with Root Beer Floats (DR) ............11-1:00 p.m. Tue 14 ....Evening of Relaxation (COM) Sign up req. ......5:00 p.m. Wed 15 ....Bonita Bay Wildlife Program (COM)................10:30 a.m. Sat 18 ....Tom Cannon, Entertainer (COM) ......................3:00 p.m. Mon 20 ....Blueberry Dessert Buffet (DR) ..........11-1:00 /4-6:00 p.m. Mon 20 ....Side by Side, entertainment (COM) ..............2:00 p.m. Tue 21 ....Homemade Cookies & Milk (GS) ................11:00 a.m. Tue 21 ....Resident Food Advisory (DR) .................... 2:30 p.m. Wed 22 ....Bonita Bay Wildlife Program (COM) ..........10:30 a.m. Mon 27 ....Lunch Trip to Olive Garden (L) ..................10:30 a.m. Mon 27 ....Dog Days of Summer Movie Classic: Old Yeller (GS) ..............................................6:30 p.m. Wed 29 ....Bonita Bay Wildlife Program (COM) .............. 10:30 a.m. Thu 30 ....Old Time Summer Favorites w/ Jean Packard Trio (COM) ......................2:00 p.m. Fri 31 ....King’s Crown Pizza Party w/ Jerry the Accordion Player (DR)........................4-6:00 pm.


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Thu 2 ........Resident Council (3 DR) ..........................10:00 a.m. Thu 2 ........Birthday Bash (2/3 DR) ..............................2:30 p.m. Fri 3 ........Horticulture Club (3 DR) ..........................10:00 a.m. Thu 9 ........Wayne Hight, singer (2 DR) ...................... 2:30 p.m. Mon 13 ........Graham Millligan, singer (3 DR) ..............10:00 a.m. Wed 15 ........Crafting w/ Kathy (3 DR)............................2:00 p.m. Thu 16 ........Luau Dinner w/ Side by Side (MDR) ......4-5:00 p.m. Sat 18 ........Tom Cannon Piano Trivia (3 DR) ............1:00 p.m. Thu 23 ........Michael Lovine (2 DR) .............................. 2:30 p.m. Thu 23 ........Ice Cream Social (3 DR) ............................ 2:30 p.m. Every Mon ..Sing-A-Long w/ Dot (2DR)............................10:00 a.m. Every Tue ....Piano w/ Ruth Rodgers (3DR)........................10:00 a.m. Every Wed ..Music Social w/ Art (3DR) .......................... 10:00 a.m. Every Sat......Pet Therapy w/ Sammie (3/2 DR) ............10-10:30 a.m. Recurring Activities: • Catholic Communion will be held each Sunday in residents’ rooms at 10:00 a.m. • Vespers meet on 3rd floor on Sundays at 2:45 p.m., and Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:45 p.m. on 2nd floor. • Bible Study w/ Eleanor will be held on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. on 3rd floor. • Bible Stories and Songs w/ Bud will meet Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. on 3rd floor. • Hymn Sing will take place on Saturdays at 3 p.m. on 3rd floor.

THE ARBOR Wed Wed Thu Fri Sun Tue Wed Sat Mon Tue Sun Tue Thu Tue Mon Tues Thu

1......Shell Point Gift Shop Cards Sales(1FL) ......11:30 a.m. 1 ....Birthdays w/ Jean Packard Trio (CMR) ........3:00 p.m. 2......“Dog Days” Summer Buffet (DR) ............11-1:00 p.m. 3...... Shopping and Lunch Trip to Beall’s and Mimi’s Café (1FL) ......................9:45 a.m. 5......Peach Dessert Buffet (DR) ........................11-1:00 p.m. 7 ......Explore Mt. Athos w/ Walt Craig (CMR) ........2:30 p.m. 8 ......Dinner Music w/ Leslie Gregory (DR)................4:30 p.m. 12 ....Closing Ceremonies 2012 Summer Olympics (1SR) .................. 9:00 p.m. 13 ....Sing Praise w/ Graham Milligan (CMR)............1:00 p.m. 14 ....Banana Split Day (DR) ..................................11-1:00 p.m. 19 ....Blueberry Dessert Buffet (DR) ......................11-1:00 p.m. 21 ....From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism (1SR) Part I ......................2:30 p.m. 23 ....Side by Side Performs (CMR) ............................3:00 p.m. 28 ....From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism (1SR) Part II ....................2:30 p.m. 27 ....Lunch Trip to Olive Garden (1FL) ..................10:45 a.m. 28 ....Resident Food Advisory (CMR) ........................2:15 p.m. 30 ....Pizza Party w/ Jerry accordion player (DR) ....4-6:00 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUPS Cancer Support Program 1-on-1 mentoring

Diabetes Group Appointment

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

The group is currently on break and will resume in October. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, August 15 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 for an appointment.

Monday, August 6 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This group provides support to Parkinson’s patients, as well as their family and friends.

Wednesday, August 1 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.

Masked Marvels Sleep Apnea Group

The Vision Enrichment 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.

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.

Caregiver Support Group Therapy

Memory Therapy Group

Tuesday, August 21 9:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #2 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS 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 454-2043. Sign-up is required.

Tuesday, August 21 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.

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In August 2011, the Weekly Reminder received a face lift. At that time, we also began adding various inserts, including the combined birthday and anniversary lists, the Library acquisition list, and the shopper. In addition, the redesigned front page has given the Resident Life department the opportunity to highlight upcoming events and inform residents of any changes. Wrapping all of the publications into one has been very beneficial

Walk With Me Caregiver Support Group Thursday, August 23 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.

Weekly Reminder Distribution Update


to the mailroom operation. Justin Schiff, business center manager, stated,“By incorporating the Library list, birthday and anniversary list, and shopper into the Weekly Reminder, we save 20 hours of machine and labor time each month. This efficiency is helpful to providing the highest level of service to our growing community.” While this new process has proved to be efficient and effective, we have learned that the timing of the distribution of the Library list and birthday and anniversary list

was not ideal. So, in order to promote new materials that are available in the Library, and give residents advance notification of upcoming birthday and anniversary celebrations, the distribution of the Weekly Reminder inserts has been revised. Effective August 3, the Weekly Reminder will include the Library acquisition list as well as the birthday and anniversary list on the first Friday of every month. You can always pick up the lists at either service desks, or online at Additionally, the most current list of new Library acquisitions is always available at the Library front desk. Shell Point Life | August 2012
























Following the Footsteps of

Lewis and Clark Paddlewheel Trip Steeped in American History Lewis and Clark had no idea that more than two hundred years after their epic expedition people from all over the world would be able to enjoy a leisurely and lovely paddle wheeler cruise from the Snake River to the Pacific Ocean by way of the Columbia River. The hardships encountered by the Lewis and Clark expedition and Corps of Discovery seemed surreal to the nineteen travelers from Shell Point as they enjoyed a wonderful and peaceful Pacific Northwest vacation.

Pendelton At one early port of call, Pendleton, Oregon, and Richland, Washington, were the shore attractions. The full-day trip to Pendleton taught the group much about the history of the region now so well known for

Multnomah Falls

Palouse Region The Shell Point journey really began in Spokane, Washington, where the group rode by bus to Clarkson to board the Queen of the West paddlewheel boat for an eight-day adventure. Travelling through the fertile eastern Washington Palouse hills was the group’s first encounter with the Columbia Plateau region. Wheat is the main crop of the Palouse hills, and the production area extends hundreds of miles. Palouse means “land with short, thick grass” but clearly wheat is king in modern times.

Columbia Rivers. They learned much about the Native Americans who once inhabited the area, as well as about Sacajawea’s vital role as interpreter for the Corps of Discovery, whose charge was to find avenues of commerce to the Pacific Ocean, study the area's plant and animal life, learn about its geography, and learn how the region could be exploited economically.

woolen products and the round up. Residents discovered that there was a catacomb of passageways built under the city which offered protection for the early settlers as they secretly moved about town.

Next it was downriver to Multnomah Falls, the two-tiered waterfall in Oregon, which was simply breathtaking. The group was experiencing the “authentic” western Oregon climate as they viewed the Continued next page

Sacjawea State Park Others from the ship explored Sacajawea State Park located at the confluence of the Snake and Queen of the West Paddlewheel boat


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William Clark

Meriwether Lewis

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast undertaken by the United States.

“With the means we have of boiling the salt water we find it a very tedious operation, that of making salt, not withstanding we keep the kettles boiling day and night.” – Lewis, February 3, 1806 “We were never without 3 meals of some kind a day, either Elk meat or roots.” – Clark, March 23, 1806

A Shoshone Indian woman, Sacajawea, was instrumental as an interpreter for Lewis and Clark on their journey.

Left: A Parfleche — a native American rawhide envelope used for storage of smoked or cured meat. On the Columbia River the common diet became mostly elk, deer, fish, dog, waterfowl, and roots – often supplied by the natives.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Lewis and Clark COLUMBIA RIVER TRIP Continued from page 27

Moss grows on just about everything on the West coast of Oregon and Washington.

many hundred-foot-high falls. Moss grows just about everywhere in western Oregon and Washington.

Mount St. Helens The night before the group was scheduled to take a bus trip to Mount St. Helens, it snowed four inches at the Mount St. Helens visitor center! So, not only did the group learn more about volcanism and view the peaks of the Cascade Mountains, they were able to stand in snow! Now, that is a unique experience for Floridians in the summer months!

Mt. St. Helens

Astoria Astoria, Oregon, is a small town that lines the south banks of the Columbia River, and the north banks of Young’s Bay. It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. A narrated bus tour of the town yielded some of the history of the

made of reinforced concrete with a pictorial frieze in sgraffito technique. The column presents a fascinating illustration of the discovery of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray in 1792, the establishment of American claims to the Northwest Territory, the winning of the West, and the arrival of the Great Northern Railway.

Fort Clatsop

buildings and townspeople. Patterned after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column is truly unique. It's the world's only large piece of memorial architecture 28

Nearing the end of the river trip, the Queen of the West docked at Fort Clatsop, which was the fort established by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition as a winter camp. Here they were able to regain their strength and build supplies before heading back on their long trek home. Of the 180 days the expedition spent at Fort Clatsop, only 12 were without rain! At the conclusion of their fantastic eight-day paddlewheel trip, every member of the Shell Point Expedition was convinced that each member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804-1806 truly did possess “Undaunted Courage.”

It was a wonderful & peaceful Pacific Northwest vacation. Helen VanBuskirk, Gin ny Brodbeck, and Jean Marshall

Wes Dirks at Multnomah Falls

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Kitty Powell at Fort Clats op n on deck Jack Beva

The Lewis and Clark expedition’s triumphal return to St. Loius on September 23, 1806, surprised many. After nearly two and half years, the men were thought to be lost in the wilderness. Columnar basalt columns, common along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Charlie Picek (Junonia) is known throughout Shell Point as the man who brought model yacht racing to the community when he established the Shell Point Model Yacht Club in 2008. Yet, Charlie’s boating experience extends far beyond remote-controlled vessels. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Charlie began sailing at the age of two. But first, he had to prove that he could swim. “In those days, there were no children’s lifejackets; we just had to be at home in the water. So, I learned how to swim right away. My father took me out to the end of our long pier and threw me in. Once I proved that I could swim to shore, I was able to go out on the sailboat.” While Charlie has owned at least a dozen boats in his lifetime, his first was one of the most memorable. “I got my first 12-foot row boat with an oar and square sail when I was 12 years old. I turned it


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Charlie and his father commonly went on weekend fishing and sailing trips together while he was growing up. A lover of adventure and the outdoors, Charlie spent as much time as he could going fishing, sailing, boating, and hunting. “I lived on the Chesapeake Bay every summer.”

Called to Sail

over in the Chesapeake Bay in December and had to swim to shore. Sure it was cold, but we were young kids and it didn’t bother us any!”

After Charlie graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1943 with a degree in chemical engineering, he entered a career of designing and starting up chemical plants. In the summer of 1959, Charlie was working at a chemical engineering consulting company in Washington, D.C. The 35-year-old bachelor commonly raced sailboats in the area and was known around the office for his sailing acumen.

One day, he received an early morning summons to appear at a board meeting – immediately. “I just figured I was in serious trouble,” Charlie said. Upon entering the board room, he saw John Wendes, the 72-year-old founder of the company, sitting at the head of the big oval table wearing a bright red scarf around his neck, a monocle in his left eye, and his yachting cap was on the table. “Please sit down Mr. Picek,” John bellowed in his Swedish accent. “We have a start-up project in Sweden and you will be the one to accompany me there and be in charge. We will take the best transportation possible.” Charlie was thinking to himself, “I had only four weeks “Sure. We’ll fly over, work 24 hours a to install a new day, and fly home without ever getting Mercedes diesel the chance to experience all that Sweden has to offer.” engine, outfit the Much to his surprise, he learned ship with all of the that their transportation would be supplies we needed, John’s 33-foot yacht, Viking. Charlie and ensure that it was instantly put in charge of preparing was seaworthy.” the boat for its trans-Atlantic voyage. He went straight to work. off the shores of New “I had only four weeks to install a new York two days later and Mercedes diesel engine, outfit the ship with put in at the City Island all of the supplies we needed, and ensure Yacht Club where that it was seaworthy.” Captain John was a member. During more publicity and feasting, Charlie learned that Captain John’s nautiCharlie worked almost around the clock cal experience was in large ships and not in at the marina. Then, at around 9 a.m. on July sail boats. “He was a graduate of the 1, he heard a commotion on the dock. “When Swedish Naval Academy and a well-known I appeared on the deck in my dirty clothes, engineer in catalytic chemical processes. there was Captain John in all his glory with He was not accustomed to sailing small local media crews flashing bulbs while he boats. That left all the navigation and sail yelled at me to ‘Get ready to shove off!’ I control up to me.” hadn’t even had a chance to test out the new engine and transmission!” Thankfully, the engine started and Captain John, Charlie, and the deck hand, After two more days of onshore advenEarl Potts, left the slip. But as soon as tures, they sailed to Halifax and Saint Johns, Charlie maneuvered the boat out of sight, Newfoundland, before heading eastward to beyond all of the fanfare and waving, he Ireland in spite of a hurricane that was headdropped anchor and began performing all of ing due north. “Our only safe course was to the necessary checks before continuing the head east and hope that it would not follow journey out to sea. us. For two days and 150 miles, we succeeded The next day they headed north along to avoid the main force, but did suffer 60-milethe East Coast in a dense fog. They arrived per-hour winds and 25 to 40 foot waves. And

“He was not accustomed to sailing small boats. That left all the navigation and sail control up to me.”

Flashing Bulbs & Fanfare

Stormy Seas

that water was cold – about 33 degrees! It would cover one end of the boat to the other.” Throughout the storm and for the next 1,500 miles, they rotated through four-hour shifts – four at the helm, four on stand-by, and four sleeping. Charlie did the cooking during his stand-by shift. “The mast of the boat went all the way down through the cabin. I tied myself to it when I cooked so I could stay in one place and not spill the food!” Charlie recalled. When Charlie picked up the Stavanger Light signal 500 miles off the Irish coast, he also picked up a storm with fierce, 80-mileper-hour winds that whipped at the boat for three straight days. “I had to go up the mast in 30-foot seas to free a stuck storm sail. Needless to say, I was slightly bruised up. But I suppose that’s the fun of ocean sailing!” Continued next page Shell Point Life | August 2012


THE ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE PICEK Continued from page 31 Finally, after 1900 miles and 20 days, Viking pulled into the docks of Moville, Ireland, for a three-week stay. “Captain John’s ulcer broke out midway across the Atlantic, so he needed to spend time in the care of doctors. And Earl left the ship and returned home to the United States. So, we hired a local rowing champion, Roy Kirkland, to accompany us for the remainder of the trip to Sweden.” The last leg of the journey took the crew across the Irish Sea, where they motored 100 miles through the center of Scotland via the Caledonian Canal. They spent a night in a real castle, reached the east coast of Scotland, and set out due east across the North Sea to Sweden. “Believe it or not, we motored all the way across this normally rough stretch of water,” said Charlie. “It was flat and calm all the way to the entrance of the Gota Canal at Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. It was a wonderful way to see Sweden. We stopped at each manually operated lock and met many school children and local people. Captain John’s trip was quite well publicized.” When the crew arrived in Stockholm, they were escorted to the main dock of the Swedish Naval Academy in honor of Captain John’s naval service. “We were the

Left: Captain John, Earl Potts, Roy Kirkland, and Charlie Picek. They hired a local rowing champion, Roy Kirkland, to accompany them for the remainder of the trip to Sweden when Earl flew back home while John healed from his ulcer.

“It was flat and calm all the way to the entrance of the Gota Canal at Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. It was a wonderful way to see Sweden.”

“Admirals from many different nations greeted us. It was all very surreal.”


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first ship to tie up there while flying a foreign [American] flag. We were royally escorted throughout the Academy and I even was requested to give a lecture to the cadets on how I had navigated and managed the voyage. We were also guests at the International NATO Conference that was being held at the Academy. Admirals from many different nations greeted us. It was all very surreal.”

Mission End The adventurous journey landed Charlie and Captain John in Sweden four weeks late. By that time, the projects Charlie was assigned to supervise were already complete, so they departed for Copenhagen. “By the time we arrived, it was too late in the season to continue the return trip to United States and we put up the ship for the winter. I then flew to Paris to check in on another project that was pending.” Once again, Charlie found that his project was already complete. With that, he spent the next two weeks immersed in the Paris lifestyle. “I visited various places and spent a lot of time at the left bank of the

Before returning to the States, Charlie spent the last two weeks immersed in the Paris lifestyle. “On my last night in Paris, an artist named Julio Viera, who was on an El Greco kick, painted my portrait.”

Seine River hanging out with the artists. On my last night, an artist named Julio Viera, who was on an El Greco kick, painted my portrait.” Charlie certainly enjoyed his time sailing the open seas with Captain John, partaking in the fanfare surrounding their voyage, exploring new locations, and making friends in foreign cities. Yet, the time eventually came for him to head home. In October of 1959, Charlie returned to the States. “It was Halloween, and when I rang the doorbell my own mother didn’t recognize me because of my beard!” A year after he returned, he married the girl he was dating when he left. “Katie’s father was in the military, so she was used to travelling. I traveled all over, so it worked out great.” Charlie and Katie shared a love of sailing. The couple would go out on their boat for two to three weeks at a time. “We sailed around Florida, up in the Boston area, around the Horn once, through the Hawaiian Islands, and anywhere the wind took us.” Charlie and Katie were married for almost 50 years.

The Sunshine State Years ago, Charlie and Katie used to visit Katie’s cousin on Sanibel Island. “We stayed at The Island Inn and would drive by Shell Point and always said we would check it out some day. But Katie didn’t want to live in Florida. Her friends and relatives were all in the Maryland and New York area.” After Katie passed away, Charlie decided to move to Florida to sail and fish. “I moved to Shell Point five years ago, and I’m happy that I did,” Charlie said. “I have a lot of fun building boats for the Model Yacht Club in the Wood Shop with my good buddy Wes Allison (Junonia). Charlie also spends a lot of time with the Pendergrass family living on Little Gasparilla Island. “They are my

fishing friends that sort of adopted me because I only have one nephew. They have a 13-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old boy. I’m Grandpa Charlie to them!” Charlie and the Pendergrass family are so close, in fact, that he recently gave them his Paris portrait. “They were interested in it, and I had had it for more than 50 years, so I passed it along.” While it is apparent that Charlie loves spending time on the water, he also loves to be out on the open road in his fully electric Tesla Roadster. “It goes zero to 60 in less than three and a half seconds! It’s fun.” He is currently looking forward to the arrival of his newest vehicle, the Tesla Model S performance sedan. “It can go 300 miles on a single charge,” he explained. While Charlie’s experience of taking the Viking on a trans-Atlantic voyage is one he will remember forever, he has continued to make meaningful memories throughout this life. From learning how to swim and getting his first sailboat, to a wonderful marriage and entertaining retirement, the adventures of Charlie Picek are still unfolding! Shell Point Life | August 2012


TOTAL RECALL Residents Have Opportunity to Help Graduate Student Complete Dissertation B






Meagan Farrell is a student at the University of Florida who is in the final stages of obtaining her PhD in psychology. In order to complete her dissertation, Meagan is seeking residents between the ages of 60 and 74 to participate in her study on cognitive aging. She explained, “The project is focused on changes to language and memory processes associated with older age. More specifically, I’m looking into why older adults have greater difficulty with retrieving words and names from

memory, despite the fact that they generally have larger vocabularies and more world knowledge compared to younger adults.” The frustrating lapses in memory are called tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) states. “TOTs are particularly relevant to older adults who experience more TOTs than younger adults, especially when it comes to names. In fact, difficulty with remembering names is cited as the most troubling and frustrating cognitive changes among older adults.” Participants in the study will be asked to fill out questionnaires about their basic background information, such as age and education. They will then complete a few short tests that will assess their vocabulary and short-term memory. The main experiment is similar to a trivia game, where participants are asked questions about events, words, and famous names. Meagan said, “The entire procedure takes approximately two hours, and most participants have really enjoyed it.” Participants will be compensated at a rate of $10 per hour. Also, the participants’ identities and performance information will be kept private. Dr. Chris Votolato, director of behavioral health, said, “While this research project is

Doctoral student Meagan Farrell is seeking residents age 60 - 74 to participate in a study on cognitive aging. Call Meagan at 464-6731 if you are interested.

not sponsored by Shell Point, I think this is a great opportunity for our residents not only to help a doctoral student complete her dissertation, but to further the body of knowledge related to memory and cognition.” Meagan will be conducting one-on-one studies at Shell Point from August 6 through August 11. If you are between the ages of 60 and 74 and would like to participate in the study, call Meagan at (239) 464-6731 or email her at Each study will take place in the Behavioral Health office on The Island.

It’s Time for

Singing Shell Point Singers and Village Church Choir Resume in August Whether you enjoy singing a sacred anthem or a popular song, there is an opportunity for everyone to join their voices and share in the joy of music at Shell Point. Randy Woods, minister of worship and music at The Village Church, provides direction for both the Shell Point Singers and Village Church Choir.

special Christmas program with the Friends of Shell Point Festival Orchestra. Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, August 15, at 5:45 p.m.

Village Church Choir

Shell Point Singers

The Village Church Choir will sing sacred music for Sunday worship services and special programs throughout the season. This choir will have frequent opportunities to sing with guest artists, and they will also perform a

This community choir will enjoy performing selections from the Great American Songbook for their fall concert, holiday favorites for Christmas, and music from the Disney Songbook for their spring concert.


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Rehearsals for the Shell Point Singers will begin on Monday, August 20, at 3:15 p.m. Every singer is invited to participate in The Village Church Choir and/or the Shell Point Singers. Both ensembles rehearse at The Village Church. It’s going to be another great musical season here at Shell Point. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the fellowship with your friends and neighbors as with joy we sing the old songs and the new!

Se t Sa il o n 3 0 1 2 5 , r y u a Jan Cruising the Caribbean with The King’s Brass Plan now to cruise into 2013 with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass. Board the Caribbean Princess and sail the deep southern Dutch Caribbean seas with host Randy Woods, minister of worship and music for The Village Church. Experience the azure blue waters, warm tropical breezes, exquisite cuisine, and inspirational sounds

of Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass. Setting sail from Fort Lauderdale on January 5, the ship will dock at Princess Cays, Bahamas; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba; before returning to the States on January 12. Arrangements for this cruise have been made exclusively for The Village


Wednesday, August 15 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room

Bonnie and Jerry at The Sea of Galilee.

Church and Shell Point by Isings Travel. Pricing starts at $1,198 per person in a double cabin. The package includes round-trip transfers from Shell Point, port charges, government fees, all on-board concerts, and social gatherings. Call Randy Woods at (239) 464-5514 for more information.

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Bonnie and Jerry Palmquist (Coquina) will be the Global Outreach speakers on Wednesday, August 15, at 10:15 a.m., in the Hospitality Room of The Village Church. In April, they journeyed to Israel and Jordan and are eager to share their experiences. A missionary to Jordan and Lebanon more than 30 years ago with her first husband, Norm, Bonnie's love for the people of the Middle East has not dimmed over time. Longing to share these special places with Jerry, she jumped at the chance for the two of them to join a tour, led by her brother, Andy Kerr. For three weeks, they toured biblical sites, ate exotic food, and worshiped in Israeli and Arabic churches. Meanwhile, Bonnie renewed acquaintances, relived memories, and greeted pastors she had known when they were just children. Learn about how God is using international workers and national pastors in a variety of ways to build bridges of love and understanding, alleviate poverty, and improve educational opportunities for the people of Israel and Jordan. The Palmquists will share these stories, as well as photographs from their trip. Arrive early for coffee and pastries.

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Bringing Families Closer Together Shell Point Residents Welcome Father to The Springs B














provided just the support he was looking for Jim and Marsha Horton (Cellana) with the benefit of having his daughter and have enjoyed many years of having son-in-law close by. “I am so happy here at a close relationship with Marsha’s parents, The Springs, I love being close to my family Thomas and Mary Abraham. In fact, the and enjoy the outdoor patio. The staff go Hortons and the Abrahams were neighbors in above and beyond in everything they do for Bayside Estates before Jim and Marsha moved us. I am most impressed with the dining servto Shell Point in 2003. “We were very well ices. The food is very tasty and there is a nice acquainted with Shell Point even before we variety to choose from.” moved here, because we were members of The Marsha shared, “As Shell Point resiVillage Church for years,” Marsha said. dents, we often think about the great deciThomas began visiting the community on sion we made for ourselves but often forget a regular basis when Mary was a patient in what is available to our loved ones not living Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility. He at Shell Point. I am explained, “My relationship with Shell Point so happy to be able started back in 2009 when the love of my life, to ride my bike to Mary, was a patient in the Larsen Pavilion. It visit and to know was a lovely experience and she was so well that Dad is so close needed placement in taken care of.” by and being well While visiting his wife in the Pavilion, December of 2011 and The cared for. I am very Thomas often spent quality family time with Springs was not open yet.” satisfied with The As a result, the Hortons his daughter and her husband. They would enjoy sharing a meal in the Crystal Dining supported Thomas as he selected an alternative Springs and highly recommend it to any Shell Room or simply sitting and watching the man- assisted living facility in the Fort Myers area. Point resident looking for assisted living for a “Unfortunately, Dad became quickly dissatis- parent, sibling, or other family member.” atees swim in the lagoon. Following his wife’s passing in 2010, fied with the dining services he was Thomas continued to live independently until being offered at that facility. So, we The Springs Assisted Living he eventually came to the decision that he decided to take another look at The Springs. Fortunately, by would be happier living that time, the construction in assisted living where had been completed and he wouldn’t have to If you have a family member or friend the license was pending. worry about shopping for that is interested in assisted living services, When Jim and I walked groceries or fixing his we encourage you to consider The Springs, into The Springs and saw own meals. an affordable assisted living option open to the fireplace lounge and “We were so excited the public that is available on a month-todining room, I quickly realto hear about the conmonth basis. The Springs features 105 priized I needed to bring Dad version of The Country The Springs resident Thomas vate residences and offers the perfect balance by for a tour – immediately,” Inn & Suites and were Abraham (center) poses with of support and independence to make for an his daughter, Marsha, and said Marsha. “We picked him quickly sold that this easy transition while providing a safety net son-in-law, Jim. up for a tour and he was just would be the perfect of services and amenities that enhance an as excited as we were.” option for Dad!” said individual’s quality of life. The family toured The Springs Marsha. “We were also excited to hear about If you know someone interested in the Veterans Administration Aid and together the very same day the facility learning more about The Springs, please Attendance benefit since Dad had served in received its license. Thomas moved in call (239) 454-2077 today to request a the Army. There was only one problem, Dad six days later! The Springs at Shell Point brochure or schedule a tour.

Shell Point Life August 2012  

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

Shell Point Life August 2012  

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