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October 2013 Vol. 8 Issue 10





Matthew 5:16

By Rochelle Cherniawski, editor When most people hear that the best things in life are free, they immediately consider the joy of receiving things for free. It takes a special type of person to flip the coin and consider what they can give to others without expecting anything in return. Harold Hanson (Oakmont) can certainly relate. Harold made a career of helping others. And when he retired and moved to Shell Point, he teamed up with Shell Point employee Joseph Julmeus to make an impact in Haiti. The story of Harold and Joseph’s amazing collaboration begins on page 8. Then on page 11, learn how Herb Wilcox (Royal Bonnet), a retired engineer, turned a vacation into a venture when he saw an opportunity to utilize his resources in an effort to improve an entire island territory! The generosity continues on page 14 with Jim Houba (Lucina), a man who has been proud to offer a helping hand and leave a lasting impact in Central American countries. In each of these cases of sincere generosity, the benefactors aren’t just those on the receiving end. Acts of kindness demonstrated through donations of money or time are often rewarded with feelings of pride, sat-



In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

isfaction, accomplishment, and even gratitude. After all, when witnessing or learning that your efforts are helping others, it is nearly impossible to ignore the mirrored feeling of gratitude. That response has been reported by numerous Shell Point volunteers, as they find that they are thankful to give of their time and talents for the benefit of others. See page 22 to read a few personal experiences from dedicated volunteers. Feelings of gratitude and pride will continue this month as we turn our attention to the Festival of Heroes. The community will gather to honor the heroes among us, as well as those who have made powerful impressions in our lives, during special events taking place from November 11 through 15. You won’t want to miss a moment of the action. More information about each event, as well as the other special events planned for this month, can be found in the Happenings Calendar starting on page 26. And as we get swept up in the excitement of the holiday season, and the related traditions of gift giving, I hope you will remember that the best gifts are those you give to others!

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, Robyn Church, Teri Kollath, Bev Chandley, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Melody Desilets, Rose Donnely, Randy Woods, Glenda Stephenson, Kara Minoui, Claude Emler, Inga Bredahl, Dawn Boren, Sarah Nadal, McKenzie Millis, Steve Morton, Dotty Morrison, Peggy Holton, Sharon Bermel, & 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 Shell Point Life 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 back issues of the magazine at


Daniel Rodriguez, who got his start as “the singing policeman” and grew to fame as America’s beloved tenor, will kick off the 2013-2014 Shell Point Concert Series on Thursday, November 14. See page 24 for more information.

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Jay Scanlon of Scanlon Auto Group is pleased to sponsor the hole-in-one challenge during the Shell Point Open Golf Tournament.

Tenth Annual

Shell Point

Hit a Hole in One and Take Your Pick


Golf Tournament

Friday, November 8 Benefitting

The 10th Annual Shell Point Open Golf drive off in a brand new car! Tournament, hosted by The Legacy All proceeds from the tournament will Foundation at Shell Point, is celebrating the benefit Shell Point’s Memory Care Center, recent renovation of Shell Point Golf Club, located in the Larsen Pavilion at Shell including brand-new platinum Point, which offers services to paspalum greens. The 18-hole, residents of Shell Point and four-person scramble will take the surrounding community. place on Friday, November 8 at The center provides care to 8 a.m. When players tee up on those who have loss of memhole #5, they will aim for a ory and dementia due to hole-in-one to win a two-year Alzheimer’s and other prolease on a new Lexus or Acura gressive brain diseases. A porfrom Scanlon Auto Group. tion of the $125 tournament “The Shell Point Open entry fee is a charitable conGolf Tournament is always a tribution and will be great event, but it certainly receipted appropriately. Larsen Pavilion adds a level of excitement to Following the tournaknow that you could potentially ment, the Shell Point Golf Club sink a hole-in-one to win a luxury vehicle,” will offer free golf club cleaning. Plus, golfers said Tim Stephenson, executive director of will be able to ease muscle tension with free the Legacy Foundation. mini-massages provided by a licensed masLunch will be provided at the conclu- sage therapist from the Shell Point Salon & sion of the tournament while the winners Spa. are announced and special prizes are To sign up or learn more, contact The awarded. And one lucky player may even Legacy Foundation at (239) 466-8484.


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Toys for God’s Kids Philanthropic Nature Deeply Ingrained in Shell Point Woodworkers B





When Shell Point resident Bill Reiff (Eagles Preserve) learned about Toys for God’s Kids, a Denver-based nonprofit that makes and sends small wooden toy cars to children in need around the world, he knew he wanted to get involved. Bill explained, “After moving to Shell Point, I needed something to do — I was kind of tired of playing golf! When I heard this group made 500,000 cars since about 2003, I thought, ‘This is a great idea!’” He enlisted the help of some Eagles Preserve friends — namely Ken Treiber, Fuzz Farrell, Pete Bickett, and George Decelles. The group quickly got to work creating wooden toys in the Shell Point Wood Shop and assembling them in Bill’s home garage. Fuzz Farrell, who drives a tram at Bentley Village in Naples in his spare time, mentioned the toy car project to some woodworkers from their woodshop, and they were eager to get involved. The two groups began working as a team to complete different stages of the production process. Charles Rue (Bentley Village) shared, “Our shop is more of a ‘fix it’ shop. We provide a service to residents, and we do it because we like it. There are three of us that help make the cars in our free time — myself, Peter Mattimore, and Frank Harrigan. It’s a lot of fun, it keeps us busy, and it’s great cama4

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raderie.” Charles shared they help make the cars by cutting out the form and drilling them. Ken added, “It’s been a great collaboration and we always welcome others to join in the fun.” Together, the group has sent hundreds of cars to children throughout the world, including Colombia, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Mali,

Armenia, Turkey, and Romania. They have also sent cars to kids through the Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child programs. Locally, they’ve supplied cars to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “Many of these kids have never owned continued on page 6

Rwanda Shell Point resident Fuzz Farrell (Eagles Preserve) got in on the excitement as the children from the Kigali Christian School posed with their new toy cars.

Page 4 and 5 photos courtesy of Vicky Manietta

A young boy at the Kigali Christian School in Rwanda was thankful to receive his own toy car from a Shell Point resident who traveled to the school with a group from Builders Without Borders.

The group of men from Shell Point and Bentley Village who make cars for the Toys for God’s Kids program call themselves “Smile Makers.” L-R: Peter Mattimore, Frank Harrigan, and Charles Rue of Bentley Village with Fuzz Farrell, Ken Treiber, Bill Reiff, and Peter Bickett of Shell Point.

Romania Peru

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Continued from page 4 anything, and to just have a toy that’s theirs alone is really something,” said Ken. Ken said the woodworkers use patterns for the car chassis, and they have been cutting them from poplar scraps supplied by Naples Shutter. Wheels are constructed from hardwood, which is harder to find but more durable. “The idea is that, hopefully, they will last a little longer on the rough terrain,” he added. To make wheels, they use hardwood scraps from Florida Stairworks and Carpentry in Fort Myers, along with bits of hardwood left over from Wood Shop projects. The only store6

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A church group from Georgia took a bunch of the handmade toy cars to an orphanage in Romania. The children took pride in painting their own cars.

bought component is the dowels that become car axles. Next, they sand the cars, and then finish them with a linseed oil and mineral spirits seal. The final touch is a USA stamp on the bottom of each car. Recently, the Shell Point group invited their fellow “Smile Makers” from Bentley Village to tour the Shell Point Wood Shop. Craig Schneider from Suncoast Contractors


Supply came along for the tour. Craig explained that he was preparing for a mission trip with Builders Without Borders to Kigali, Rwanda, where they were continuing construction work on a training center and school building for the Kigali Christian School. The group proudly presented Schneider with more than 100 cars to distribute during his mission trip. In turn, Suncoast Contractors Supply donated wood to the Smile Makers for their ongoing work. Fuzz never imagined building the cars would lead him to Rwanda. When he learned about the Builders Without Borders trip, he immediately wanted to go; but, he was afraid that at 79 years old, he might be a hindrance. Craig and Peter Fenger, another member of Builders Without Borders, visited Fuzz and his wife, Nancy, at their home. They allayed Nancy’s fears about safety, and Buzz’ concerns about keeping up. “I really had a heart to go,” Fuzz said. “I wanted to show the Lord I can do something.” In September, when the Builders Without Borders team traveled to the central African nation, Fuzz joined the group to participate in the building project and to distribute the hand-made cars in person to the children at Kigali Christian School. Fuzz said he felt like the Lord really wanted him to go, and he is glad he did. He returned from the trip inspired by the fellowship he experienced with Builders Without Borders and the people of Kigali. “And I really kept up with them!” he was quick to add. Fuzz said when their bus pulled into Kigali, he saw people carrying water on their heads. It brought him back to his childhood, growing up during the Depression in Pennsylvania. They couldn’t drink the water from the cistern, so they would have to walk to Valley Forge to fill old milk cans with drinking water. Fuzz was struck by how pleasant the villagers were, and how the children were so well behaved. When he brought the cars to the school, he explained to the children through an interpreter that he and the Smile Makers made the cars for them, but it was up to the children to provide the “zoom, zoom” of the

Left: Craig Schneider of Suncoast Contractors Supply donated wood to Bill Reiff (Eagles Preserve) for the group’s ongoing work. Below: Fuzz Farrell (Eagles Preserve) passed out toy cars to children at the Kigali Christian School in Rwanda. Below left: Pete Bickett (Eagles Preserve) shows a finished toy car to Peter Fenger of Builders Without Borders.


During a trip to Rwanda in September, the Builders Without Borders team constructed three classroom buildings. All supplies and materials were shipped directly from Fort Myers. The team could put up a truss in less than three minutes.

motor. “Even though these children are poor, they were always smiling and looked happy,” he said. “I felt so appreciative of how blessed I am, and how the Lord walked with me all the way through my life,” said Fuzz, who added he would love to go on another mission trip in the future. As for the rest of the Smile Makers, they are looking forward to sharing many more of their hand-made toy cars with children across the globe. “We are all so happy to be making

Toys for God’s Kids,” said Ken. “As long as we’ve got the supplies and the volunteers, we will just keep on making cars! We’re always looking for ways to spread the Word and spread the toys.” Shell Point Life | November 2013


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Shell Point Resident and Employee Team Up to Make an Impact B






Harold Hanson (Oakmont) and Joseph Julmeus (laundry supervisor)

When two people from two very different backgrounds come together for a common goal, the results can be miraculous. Such was the case when Harold Hanson (Oakmont) and Joseph Julmeus, laundry supervisor, crossed paths and joined forces in 2007. Joseph

Joseph was born and raised in Haiti. “I saw many struggles and difficult times,” he explained. “When I was in school, the population was very small. Nobody went to school; they just played in the street. I had a tough time in school, but I learned.” In 1980, Joseph moved to the United States with his wife and three daughters. Ten years later, he started working at Shell Point. And while he was proud to be providing a 8

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better life for his family, he felt a calling to return to his homeland to share his gifts with others. “When I came to the U.S., I saw there was a good opportunity to help Haiti and help people have a better life.” Throughout the years, Joseph has completed many mission trips to Haiti. And although he has done everything from serving as a translator for medical mission groups to bringing supplies to those in need, he has felt a primary calling to help in the area of education. “You might not have any riches, but if you go to school, you never know how your life can be changed.” During one memorable trip to Haiti, a small school called the Mary Austin School caught Joseph’s attention. “The roof was made from sections of a coconut tree,” he recalled. “There was a lot of dirt and no

water. It was in great need of repairs and very basic improvements.” Upon his return to Shell Point, he shared the story about his work in Haiti and the needs of the school with former missionary Mildred Dotter (Turban). Mildred knew just the person to contact – Harold Hanson. Harold

Harold has an impressive background in pastoring, church building, community missions, and community development. Harold and his wife, June, started their first church in Willimantic, Connecticut, when she was 20 and he was 21. Seven years later, they moved to the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona where they set up a tent and went to work building a church, education building, and gymnasium. “We built it as we could

afford it, one yard of concrete and one pole at a time.” Every Sunday, Harold would drive his truck around the reservation, picking up children for Sunday school. In the process, he found an astounding number of broken homes. “It was shocking to find children living in a home without parents. In many cases, the oldest child was put in charge.” Inspired to improve the lives of these children, Harold built a children’s home with temporary care for children in need. “Over the years, we built six children’s homes and had 50 to 60 youth at a time. June and I were house parents at first. Then we got enough money to hire house parents.” He also discovered a gap in care for elderly seniors while visiting a nursing home in Phoenix. “I could see that the elderly Indians didn’t have nurses that could speak to them in their own language. They were good nurses, but the language barrier was preventing optimum care. So, we built a nursing home on the reservations and hired Indians from every tribe to talk to patients in their own languages. The 80-bed, state-licensed, medicare-certified nursing home had a $2 million budget and $1 million payroll per year. Harold and June made a lasting impact on the reservation during their 30-year tenure. Harold went on to serve as the director of development for the American Indian Bible College, then was recruited to serve on the board of Teen Challenge of Arizona,

Top left: A crew works on building the Mary Austin school in St. Marc. Above: A congregation assembles for a service in a makeshift church with a cement floor and a tarp roof. Left: The finished Mary Austin school serves as a church on Sundays.

eventually becoming chairman of the board. About 10 years later, Harold served as associate pastor in Naples, Florida. Harold and June moved to Shell Point in 2003. Powerful Partnership

When Harold met Joseph in 2007, his life changed forever. With the understanding that a great amount of sensitivity is

related to employees and residents working together, Harold consulted with Employee Chaplain Don Steenhoek. Don loved the idea of the partnership and relayed the information to President Peter Dys. Mr. Dys also approved of their collaboration. That December, Joseph met Harold’s Continued next page

Harold and Joseph pose with a group of men prepared to play their guitars during a worship service in Port-au-Prince. Shell Point Life | November 2013


HOPE FOR HAITI Continued from page 9 son and grandson in Miami and they traveled to Haiti together to survey the project. When Harold traveled to Haiti to plan the addition of a second floor to the school, he brought Eugene Dotter, a civil engineer. “I took the measurements and Eugene drew the plans,” he recalled. “Later, my son and grandson built the 5,000 sq. ft. second floor with 12 new classrooms.” When Joseph and Harold joined forces, their combined talents helped transform the Mary Austin School into one of the finest schools in Haiti. They have worked together to raise funds and bring in additional partners, such as the Rotary Club of Sanibel and the Sanibel Congregational Church. Joseph said, “Now the school has a concrete roof to withstand earthquakes, extra benches, a steady supply of food, clean water, and even nice toilets like here in the states. And with the addition of a high school, there is more development, and more people have hope for a better life.” Harold added, “If the cycle of poverty is ever going to change in Haiti, there must be access to a good education. Joseph is making it happen.” Joseph replied, “God opened a door for

Harold created a board with a map of Haiti and pinned the locations of formal requests for replacement churches.

Left: Harold and Joseph gather with a group of Haitian men who are helping to improve the conditions of the local churches and schools.

me to help Haiti. If I can help, I’m happy to do it.” Now, the pair is focusing on the goal of building churches for pastors who lost their

churches during the earthquake in January 2010. “We have 35 formal requests,” explained Harold. Joseph is also planning a revival and a week of concerts for about 500 to 1,000 people to be held in April 2014 in front of the public school in the rural hills of St. Marc. Harold commented, “Together we are trying to make Haiti better. We both come from different worlds, but, together, we are making a difference.”

Sharing Inspiration The Academy of Lifelong Learning is celebrating the Festival of Heroes week by inviting Joseph to present A Shell Point Hero For Haiti. Learn more about Joesph and his inspirational work during his presentation on Wednesday, November 13, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center. For more information, see page 19.


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Grand Gesture How One Man’s Vacation Turned into a Mission to Improve an Entire Nation B






While enjoying a relaxing Shell Point Thanksgiving cruise in the Caribbean last year, a tour of Grand Turk inspired Herb Wilcox (Royal Bonnet) to help the small island territory learn about alternative energy solutions. When he returned to Shell Point, he got to work connecting the dots to the people and resources that could help support his mission. Herb earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Syracuse University. After serving in three different branches of the armed forces, he landed a job at

Westinghouse, a company focused on technology and reliable energy resources. His most high-profile job was working on the critical component of the camera that recorded man’s first steps on the moon. But shortly after, when he was 13 years into his

career with Westinghouse, he was asked to take on a project that he couldn’t accept. Instead, he found a position on the board of missions for the United Methodist Church in the Philippines and took his wife Continued next page

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GRAND GESTURE Continued from page 11 and three children from the comfort of their home in upstate New York to an island more than 8,000 miles away. Herb was the only American on the faculty of a small protestant college that was supported by the United Church of Christ. “The faculty seemed to tolerate me, but the students didn’t. You have to remember, it was 1969, the Vietnam War was going on, there was political unrest and riots in Manila, and I think the students felt as if they couldn’t trust me. I was just there to teach science and math!” Eventually, Herb was able to connect with the more radical students by inviting them to his home for open discussions. As conflicts increased within the local government and the streets erupted with violent protests, the students stopped worrying about Herb’s status as an American and focused more on what was going on domestically. Then, his work with the students came to an abrupt end.

“Things were economically at a standstill. There was nothing there. About 100 years ago, the islands were virtually uninhabited, but sea salt was a very valuable commodity and they sent slaves to come in and dig shallow ponds to collect the salt. It destroyed the environment.” After about three years in the Philippines, the Wilcox family returned to the states for a vacation. And just a week later, they received a cablegram saying they could not return to the Phillippines. Period. “There I was – a little over 40, a wife and three kids, no money, no house, no job. I had to start over again. But my family stuck with me.” New Beginnings

He was relieved to find a position at Goodwill Industries. “I set up a workshop


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The Turks and Caicos Islands are mostly surrounded by a large coral reef, making it a premiere diving destination. However, the natural environment on Grand Turk was compromised due to the conditions created by the oldest established salt-pan development in the Caribbean. In turn, all drinking water, and most of the food, must be imported.

Electricity on the island of Grand Turk is provided by Fortis TCI Limited, a company headquartered in Newfoundland, Canada.

doing sub-contracting for local industry. But, the painful truth is that you don’t get rich working for a non-profit.” Looking to find a way to make ends meet, Herb accepted a job for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). “I ended up working in Saudi Arabia for seven and a half years.” As his family dynamic was changing back home, Herb decided to retire. “My mother was in her 90s, my son was married, and my two girls were getting married. So I figured it was a good time to slow down.” His two-week retirement was interrupted by an opportunity to work at the Baltimore County Community College. “My wife got a job there first as a librarian, and I was her dependant. I worked as adjunct faculty for 13 years. And when my wife was taken over by Alzheimer’s, I stopped working to take care of her.” Herb’s wife passed away in 2005, and he made the move to Shell Point in 2006. And although Herb has settled into retirement, he still feels as though he has more to offer when it comes to his professional experience. “If my wife hadn’t gotten sick, I would probably still be working,” he shared. Perhaps that is why Herb is launching a new project on Grand Turk. While visiting the small island during the Shell Point Thanksgiving Cruise last year, Herb bypassed the traditional tourist attractions and hopped in a truck for a full tour. “Things were economically at a standstill. There was nothing

dents be able to learn this and apply it.” He also reached out to another college that he has supported throughout the years, Longwood University in Virginia, and was able to set up informal consortium. “Between the two universities, we now have six scientists and engineers, all Ph.D level, who are involved in this project. I’m funding a trip for them to go to Grand Turk in December to see what can be done to pull it all into shape.” The group plans to set up a department of environmental science so the students can be trained in those areas. “My long-range hope is that we can get these people to a point where they are less dependent on this very expensive electricity coming over the power grid. But, we have all agreed that the most important thing is the education of the students. It’s more than just being benefactors; we want them to become involved in the sciences and engineering. To enhance

there. About 100 years ago, the islands were virtually uninhabited, but sea salt was a very valuable commodity and they sent slaves to come in and dig shallow ponds to collect the salt. It destroyed the environment. They can’t grow food there and they have to import their drinking water. And the cost of electricity on the island is five times what it is here! They have no idea how to harness natural resources.” During the tour, Herb also came across a community col- Herb is funding a trip for a team of six scientists and engineers to travel to Grand Turk in December to help establish lege. “It was failing. There a department of environmental science at The Turks & weren’t enough students and Caicos Islands Community College. they didn’t know what they wanted to do.” this mission, we are going to set up online So, upon returning to Shell Point, Herb courses between the two U.S. colleges and contacted the president of the community the community college in Grand Turk. ” college to share his interest in helping to Although Herb doesn’t plan on going enhance science programs at the school in back to Grand Turk to witness the progresan effort to educate students regarding sion, he will continue to support the mission renewable resources. With the president’s that he formed last Thanksgiving. “It keeps agreement, Herb began by supporting the me connected. I’m dealing weekly with the students. “I provide tuition for three students people down there and the two universities each year, as long as they study science.” up here. I just need it. I need the interest and Then he reached out to his connections the effort. Plus, it’s just fun for me. But, more in the education community. “My wife and I importantly, aside from keeping me happy, I graduated from Bucknell University, and I think the extreme part of it is that this is a had been donating funds for wind turbines small enough project in a small enough and other stuff. Two or three of the faculty nation that we have an opportunity to truly members were very eager to have their stu- make a difference.”

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Making an Impact via Service Projects in Central America B






Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim Houba (Lucina) did not know any Spanish before he was sent to work in Bogotá, Colombia. However, the self-driven learner embraced the change and quickly became fluent in the foreign language. In his retirement years, Jim has continued to make use of his Spanish-speaking skills while enhancing the lives of others through meaningful mission projects.

After high school, Jim began an apprenticeship at a machine shop. “The plan was to work 40 hours a week while going to school at night,” he explained. “After nine years of that, you would receive a mechanical engineering degree. But after about two years of working and studying, I was already burned out.” A brief stint in the Navy gave him the drive to finish his apprenticeship. Upon its completion, he attended university full time and following graduation, Jim was rewarded 14

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with a job at General Motors (GM). “I worked for the division that made heavy equipment.” International Assignment

A series of moves within the organization led to an unexpected opportunity. “I was offered a position on the International Staff. Sometimes you just look back and think, ‘Did God have a plan here, or what?’” Jim, along with his wife, Cathy, and their two daughters, moved to New York for

two years before receiving an assignment to work in Colombia. “When I arrived in Bogotá, I had about two useless sentences in Spanish. But, if you are diligent and really want to learn, you will – especially if you have to WORK in that language.” He taught himself the foreign language by learning single words and asking questions. “Then, all of a sudden, one day, I made up a sentence! And after just one year there, I was asked to teach technical courses in Spanish to the GM distributor’s technicians!”

Three and a half years later, when he was feeling accomplished with his work in Bogotá, Jim learned that the office was closing and he was being sent to Singapore. “I had traveled there from the New York office before our move to Colombia, and I told my family they would love Singapore. We were there for 13 years!” When the Singapore office closed and the company began to go downhill, Jim took early retirement. After moving to Orlando, Jim began completing various exporting projects. “I just started taking on small projects here and there, locating and shipping special orders for specific engine parts.” Asked to Serve

While attending the First Alliance church in Orlando, the pastor asked Jim to lead a work team to Guatemala. “Some three years prior, the pastor and his brother had gone to a town in Guatemala and done some work at a little church that wanted to serve orphans. At that time, the pastor promised to do something for the kids.” So Jim helped organize a team of about 12 people and, together, they completed a home for street orphans. Just one year later, they returned to add a second story. The next assignment came about five

Above: Jim Houba led a mission trip to Nicaragua in 2013 to complete a paving and painting project at a church that he had first visited and worked at five years before. Left: The team installed an outdoor cement floor in sections with beams that could be reused later for future building expansion.

years ago when Jim learned of a CMA church in Nicaragua that was in need of repair. “It had a dirt floor, no windows, and no doors – just walls and a roof.” The same team that worked in Guatemala answered the call to help in Nicaragua. “We primed the walls inside and out, then added a cement floor, and framed the doors and windows. We didn't even have a mixer, but we got it done

Jim Houba and Chris Fenwick partner on painting the exterior of the church.

using hoes, shovels, and wheelbarrows.” When Jim and Cathy considered their long-range retirement plans, connections with the Biddulphs and Neal Clarke led them to Shell Point. “They had been encouraging us to look into Shell Point. And when we finally did, Shell Point was offering a special discount. It was the right time for us and it's the smartest move one could make.” They moved to Lucina in 2010. A couple years later, Jim felt called to return to Nicaragua. “I just happened to think about them while wondering what I was doing with my life. I emailed them and found that they needed the church painted again and they needed cement on outdoor patio areas for the children. I needed to assemble a team.” The Village Church was supportive of the mission and helped raise money through private donations. “Funds raised helped pay for the cement, sand and gravel, a mixer, and paint,” he shared. “The team members always pay for their own travel expenses.” Jim extended a request for volunteers. “That part was harder than I had imagined,”he recalled. “People know that you are going, but they really don't Continued next page Shell Point Life | November 2013


MISSION MINDED continued from page 15 knock your door down asking to get personally involved.” One resident who knew he couldn't travel to Nicaragua found another way to make an impact. “Bill Reiff (Eagles Preserve) gave me 100 hand-made toy cars that he and some other woodworkers made for the Toys for God’s Kids program to distribute to the children in Nicaragua.” When Jim made his second trip to Nicaragua in June of 2013, he was joined by Chris Fenwick (Turban) and five others from community churches. “We had God's perfect number of seven. We painted the outside of the church, and we laid 100 bags of cement that weighed almost 100 pounds each. We were told that 36 bags of cement would be enough, but we really needed 100 bags! And although the forecast During his second visit to called for rain the whole Nicaragua, Jim visited a temporary time, many Shell Point church in Managua to pass out friends were praying for hand-made wooden cars, donated good working weather by Toys For God’s Kids, to the chilAt the completion of the project, the team of seven volunteers was and we didn’t get a drop dren of the congregation. formally recognized and thanked during an evening church service. of rain until we were cleaning up on Saturday. And then it poured, washing everything dren were thrilled to receive their own toy how to do hard work, but my ability to down all nice and clean. The project was cars,” he reported. speak Spanish also allows me to help as a completed without anybody getting sick or With another project under his belt, translator. Most importantly, as long as I’ve hurt. It all went well.” Jim has his ears open for another opportu- got energy and strength, I’ll continue to do At the end of the project, Jim went to nity to help. And, although he says he is this. I’d like to do two a year. How I’ll mana sister church in Managua to pass out some willing to go anywhere, he feels that his real age it financially, I’m not quite sure. But, of the hand-made wooden cars. “The chil- value is in his language skills. “Sure, I know God has a way of providing.”

While it is currently utilized as a play area for children, the newly paved space could eventually be used for expansion.







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Thanksgiving is a day of many traditions. This year, consider making it a tradition to dine in one of Shell Point’s unique restaurants. We have options that are sure to meet the needs of our residents and their guests. Dining choices range from a bountiful buffet, full-waited service, and even a complete home-cooked dinner for six.

ISLAND CAFÉ Casual lighter fare

PALM GRILL Seated Service

Start out the day with a casual breakfast at the Island Café with a complete cooked-to-order breakfast hot off the grill. Or relax over a cup of freshly brewed coffee and pastries. If you prefer a light lunch instead of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, the Island Café staff will be there to serve you from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Island Café is also offering mini or full-sized fresh baked holiday pies for take-out during the holiday season. Stop in, or call 454-2286 to place an order.

For full waited service in a more formal atmosphere, consider dining at the Palm Grill, where Manager Tom Irwin, Chef Todd Glaesmer, and the rest of the Palm Grill staff will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Menu options include the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, filet mignon, slow-roasted ham, or Florida grouper. All dinners will include soup or salad. Prices range from $22.95 to $26. The Palm Grill does not accept reservations, but call-ahead seating is available by calling 454-2059 on Thanksgiving Day.

THE CRYSTAL ROOM Bountiful Buffet


The festive Thanksgiving buffet in the Crystal Room features hand-carved roast turkey with dressing, baked ham, salmon, baked chicken, and many other holiday favorites. Accompaniments include a variety of vegetables, an extensive salad bar, and a large selection of holiday desserts – including pumpkin and mince meat pies. The Crystal Room will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and seating is based on the availability of tables. The buffet price is $23.95. You may use your Passport Dining Plan, charge to your account, or pay with cash or credit card. The Crystal Room will be closed for dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

If you would like to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared for you and ready to serve in your own home, the Crystal Room is offering Family Feast meals. Each meal is fully cooked and ready for immediate service for six. Select from a whole roasted turkey dinner or a baked ham dinner. The turkey dinner includes dressing, whipped potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and green beans amandine. The ham dinner comes with fruit sauce, sweet potatoes, and green beans amandine. Either one of these delicious dinners can be ordered for $56.95. Holiday desserts and dinner rolls are available for an additional cost to complete your turkey or ham dinner menu. Orders must be placed by noon on Sunday, November 24, and can be picked up at the Social Center on Thanksgiving Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 454-2199 or visit the Crystal Room for more information and to place your order.

THANKSGIVING DAY DINING HOURS Island Café: ..................7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Crystal Room: ..............10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28

Palm Grill: ......................11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Promenade Café: ........Closed

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November 25, with both Penny and Bruce presenting.

Flash Drive Prep School will be presented by Richard Coffee With A Nelson (Lakewood) on four Neighbor Wednesdays, beginning The Academy of Lifelong November 6. Learn how one of Learning celebrates the Festival of the most useful, powerful, and Heroes Week by presenting A Shell affordable computer tools can Point Hero For Haiti – our own help you build folders and save Housekeeping Supervisor Joseph documents in those folders. Julmeus! Joseph came to America Jim Plummer (Parkwood) from Haiti. His life is a success presents three sessions of Gmail story. Even more than the successful on Mondays, beginning life Joseph has created for his family November 4. This course is all and himself, he had a heart for about Gmail, including how to wanting to do something for the send, read, and reply to messages. people of Haiti. One thing led to You will learn how to organize Learn how to communicate with friends and family around the another, and now Joseph has a your contacts, and even how to world through free video chats. Joe Cramer (Lakewood) will clinic, a school, and a clean water create groups of contacts. Plenty present Skype Basics on two Tuesdays, November 12 and 19. project going – all projects for his of practice time is included. Wayne Wolfert (Lucina) will teach November 4, to teach Printing From Your Hope For Haiti. Come and celebrate this Making Greeting Cards with Print Shop on Tablet. Bruce presents Apple iPad – Tips hero with us on Wednesday, November 13. three Fridays, beginning November 8. In this and Techniques on two course you will learn to adapt and change, Tuesdays, November 5 and 12. add and subtract text and graphics from a On two Fridays, November 8 template of your choice to make your own and 15, he presents Using personal, one-of-a-kind cards for special FaceTime on iPhones and iPads. Then Bruce shares his occasions. Skype Basics will be presented by Joe interest in the iPad with three Cramer (Lakewood) on two Tuesdays, more classes. Talking is the New November 12 and 19. Learn how to chat Typing! takes place on two with and see family and friends around the Mondays, November 11 and 18. iOS 7 – What’s New? focuses world – for free! on a new version of the iPad, Technology Today iPhone and iPod-Touch Operating System on two and Tomorrow (T3) Tuesdays, November 19 and 26. Celebrate a Shell Point hero on Wednesday, November 13, Bruce Findley (Sundial) teams up with Security – Password Protection as Housekeeping Supervisor Joseph Julmeus shares how Penny Modrich (Nautilus) on Monday, takes place on Monday, his efforts are bringing hope to Haiti.


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Legacy Seminar

presents Islam: Its Origins, Growth and Future on two Tuesdays, November 5 and November 12. He begins with the 7th Century and progresses right through to today and the future of Islam. Rev. Andrew Hawkins, Senior Pastor at the Village Church, presents the biblical roots of the Middle East conflicts in Why Do The Nations Rage? This three-session course will be held on two Wednesdays, beginning October 23. The third and final session has been moved to Tuesday, November 5 from 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. He will explore the conflict issues of geography, economy, society, politics and, of course, religion.

sented in Southwest Florida. Dr. Harriet Furton Reece (Junonia) will provide a two-session look at some of the significant writers who no longer found their inspiAcademy ration in European Join Harriet On the Go models and set about to Reece November In November we take two educational establish unique charac- 18th and 20th to field trips. On Saturday, November 2, travel teristics of American learn about the to the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Literature. Take another leading authors of the 20th Century. Fort Myers for Making History Memorable (or a first) look at these via Art and Archaeology, “Reflections on “must read” authors in Exploring the Lives Representation: ArtCalusa.” On this trip and Works of 20th Century American you will learn more about really Old Writers on Monday, November 18, Florida, as you have the opportunity and Wednesday, November 20. to ask experts Florida history questions Professor Adrian Kerr provides an and review an exhibition of artists in-depth look at Jerusalem, Holy who represent early Floridians through City To Three Religions on Tuesday, various media. A panel discussion of November 19. This historian’s look artists and scholars will focus on visual at one of the oldest cities in the world arts, archaeology, and history. will show why the city’s status remains On Thursday, November 21, one of the core issues in the Israelienjoy the fabulous Florida fall weather Palestinian conflict. as we travel to Sundance Orchid We take a holistic look at the Nursery in Fort Myers to view more topic of Gratitude on Tuesday, than 25,000 orchids. Every day there November 19. This panel presentaare over 500 blooming plants in one tion explores the physical, spiritual, of their seven greenhouses! and psychological impact of gratitude on our health, wellness, and state of mind. Shell Point presenters include For The Love our own Dr. Carol Clark, nurse pracof Learning titioner at the J. Howard Wood Kristie Anders, education director Medical Center, Dr. Nancy Spencer, for Sanibel Captiva Conservation clinical psychologist with Behavioral Foundation, returns for another enviHealth, and Dr. Sue Stranahan, RN, ronmental education presentation on DrPH, director of the Department of Friday, November 1, when she presSpiritual Services. ents A Post Calusa History of The members of the Inquiring Captiva and Pine Island Sound. This Minds group will once again share a gifted scientist, educator, and longtime DVD from the Stanley Foundation Captiva resident will share some marthat focuses brilliantly on a topic of itime history as well as information international interest, followed by an On Saturday, November 2, Academy on the Go explores Old about the amazing barrier island Florida at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center. Particiextended discussion moderated by Dr. located right down the road. Albert Myers (Junonia). Join them for pants will review an exhibition of historical art and hear a Paul Hoden (Oakmont) once panel discussion featuring artists and scholars. Before The Killing Begins: The again presents the AARP Driver Politics of Mass Violence on Friday, Safety Course for us right here at Shell Point Award-winning maritime author, lecturer, November 22. on Monday, November 4. This six-hour and TV commentator Robert Macomber The Fourth Crusade – Venice Versus refresher course reminds us about age-related returns to Shell Point to launch his latest Constantinople: 1204 ‘The Year of Shame,” physical changes and how to adjust our driv- book, Honors Rendered. He will give us the will be presented by Professor Adrian Kerr on ing to allow for these changes. This is a great inside story on Wednesday, November 6. Tuesday, November 26. This class focuses on opportunity to tune up your driving skills and Robert Macomber will also present the two great maritime Christian powers in update your knowledge of the Florida driving something very special for us, a day-long the Eastern Mediterranean by the early 13th laws. Writer’s Workshop on Thursday, November century – Venice, and the Eastern Roman Professor Adrian Kerr will share his 7. He has given the workshop around the Empire Byzantium with its magnificent capexpertise of the Middle East with us when he world, but this is the first one he has ever pre- ital at Constantinople. On Wednesday, November 20, Timothy Stephenson, ChFC, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, will share The Work of the Legacy Foundation.

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The Health Connection

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The Festival of Heroes reminds us that there are many ways people influence our lives. I encourage you to be your own hero and sign up for one of The Health Connection opportunities offered this month. Your body will thank you for it!

Wellness Specialty Classes Bend, Breathe and Balance continues through the month of November every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 a.m. in The Island Health Club. The class is taught by Shell Point fitness coordinator Melanie Brod. Melanie holds her SCW certification, which concentrates on the mind, body, and spirit for the senior population. This class will be performed both standing and lying flat on a mat and is perfect for anyone looking for a low-impact, stretching and strengthening class. The cost is $5 per class. No registration required. Michelle Smith, fitness supervisor, offers a challenging class for all fitness levels – Pilates Stretch. This mat-based class

Take a positive fitness journey with Nordic pole walking expert with Lindy Smith. The four-session classes begin on either Tuesday, November 5 or Saturday, November 9. 20

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Linda Rakos, RD, assistant director of hospitality services, and Brett Wayte, dining operations supervisor at the Crystal Room, will be serving up educational tips for improved nutrition when they present Eating for Your LifeQuest on Thursday, November 7.

focuses on the six Pilates principles: Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration. Participants will see improvements in flexibility, strength, and balance while enhancing posture, coordination, and mental focus. The class meets every Monday and Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in The Island Health Club. The cost is $5 per class. No registration required. Shell Point Pole Walking C.A.R.E. Class Session A and Session B will be offered by Lindy Smith, Nordic Walking expert. Linda is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise instructor and Golden Hearts specialist. The positive fitness journey will integrate Confidence, Attitude, Reflexes, and Endurance throughout the four-week session. For safety and comfort, wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Water will be provided by the instructor. Please

note, this workshop is recommended for participants who currently do not use a walker or cane. The cost of the workshop includes the rental of specially-designed Nordic Walking poles which will be provided to each participant. Session A will be held on Tuesdays, November 5 through the 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Oak Room. Session B will be held on Saturdays, November 9 through 30, at 9:45 a.m. in The Island Health Club. The cost is $20 for four sessions.

Shell Point as Your Resource The news is filled with information about the changes in Medicare. Joni Reagan, Healthcare Billing Manager/

Your Medical Community

Learn how the Medicare changes will affect you when Joni Reagan, healthcare billing manager/accountant, and her team present Medicare Open Enrollment – Get the Facts, on November 1.

Accountant, and her team will dissect all of the information and discuss how the changes will affect you here at Shell Point. Medicare Open Enrollment – Get the Facts will take place on Friday, November 1, at 2:15 p.m. in the Social Center. There will be time for questions and answers. Linda Rakos, RD, assistant director of Hospitality Services, and Brett Wayte, dining operations supervisor at the Crystal Room, will be serving up educational nutrition tips in a presentation titled, Eating for Your LifeQuest. Participants will learn about LifeQuest nutrition parameters and menu

options in the Crystal Room, including tips for making healthy choices from the salad bar, buffet, and specialty cooking stations. The duo will also review the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and give suggestions for how to meet them. Chef Brett will prepare and serve samples of several LifeQuest menu offerings and everyone will go home with a copy of the Crystal Room “Guidelines for Healthy Eating” brochure. This informative class is taking place on Thursday, November 7, at 2:15 p.m. in the Crystal Dining Room. Sign up is required.

Expectations and the Key to Success with Hearing Aids will be held on Wednesday, November 6, at 10:15 a.m. in the Manatee Room. Shelly Rogerson, RN, BCHIS has partnered with BELTONE and she will discuss what one should reasonably expect with new hearing aids. An actual hearing aid user will give a testimony and share how they made the successful transition to hearing aids. According to the American Optometric Association, the most common form of dry eyes is due to a lack of the water layer of tears – a condition known as Dry Eye Syndrome. Treatments for dry eyes aim On November 22, to restore or maintain the Dr. Elmquist will share normal amount of tears in the causes of Dry Eye the eye to minimize dryness Syndrome, as well as and discomfort and to main- treatment options for maintaining eye health. tain eye health. Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist, D.O., will answer your questions on Dry Eye Syndrome on Friday, November 22, at 1:15 p.m. in the Social Center.



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The deadline for open enrollment for making changes to Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage is December 7. In an effort to help residents complete the sign-up process, Technical Support Coordinator Brian Gainey and Healthcare Billing Manager Joni Reagan will be offering two opportunities for special one-on-one support sessions. Appointments will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $20 and




will be charged to your resident account. If you are interested in receiving personal help with the enrollment process, please call 454-8248 to schedule an appointment. Other days and times may be added as needed, so please refer to the Weekly Reminder for further details. PLEASE NOTE: help with regular Medicare enrollment changes will be provided by the Shell Point Healthcare Billing department.

One-on-One Support Sessions Monday, November 4 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Egret Room/IS Friday, November 8 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Buttonwood Room/WDL Note: A $20 fee will be billed to your resident account. Call 454-8248 to schedule your appointment. Shell Point Life | November 2013


Gratitude The exact definition of volunteer service is “freely” offering to undertake a task or service. But what if we chose to delve a little deeper, to probe into the definition of a Shell Point volunteer’s service? What we find there is a deep gratitude, a longing to fulfill a service based out of thankfulness for the opportunity, and an appreciation for the job presented to them. This generous spirit fills our Shell Point community as volunteers come forward each and every day to make a difference in both their lives and the lives of others – one volunteer task at a time.

Tom Lasier Boy Scout to Boater Tom Lasier (Lakewood) is no stranger to volunteering, as evidenced by his involvement with the Boy Scouts in Central Illinois from a very young age. He worked his way through badges and voluntary assignments until he became president of the W.D. Boyce

Tom Lasier (Lakewood) is thankful for the opportunity to volunteer, as he enjoys sharing his personal skills in a way that benefits others.


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Council of the Board of Boy Scouts, where he served for twenty years. His leadership skills continued throughout his life, and even to the present day, where he now serves as the leader of the Suzy Q V crew. A lifelong boater, being involved with the Suzy Q was just a natural progression for Tom as he entered his retirement years. Shell Point’s prime location on the Gulf Coast waters added to the appeal of serving on the Suzy Q committee, as well as other personal factors. Tom states, “I’m inspired to continue volunteering, not only for the benefits it adds to my life, but also to the lives of others. During one outing on the Suzy Q, we searched for dolphins to fulfill a resident’s lifelong dream to see one in the wild. Watching his face light up as we found a breaching dolphin added to the fulfillment I feel while volunteering.” On explaining why he feels gratitude to volunteer, he continues, “Volunteering is an educational experience. I learn about the activity I am involved in and the other vol-



unteers by which I am surrounded. Shell Point is unique in the fact that it is host to a large number of volunteer opportunities, where we can use our previous field of expertise to benefit others, and make meaningful contributions of our time and talents.”

Treva Crump One Stamp at a Time Resident Treva Crump (Junonia) is another shining example of a volunteer who uses her time and talent to make many contributions to the lives of children that she may never have the chance to meet, and yet feels grateful for the opportunity. Having worked in the Stamp Ministry for seven years, she considers it a privilege to be involved in collecting, cutting, and sorting stamps for resale to collectors where the money collected goes to translate Sunday school materials for children in South America. She explains, “I find it a pure joy to do such a sim-

Treva Crump (Junonia) has volunteered thousands of hours with the Stamp Ministry. She finds joy in knowing that a simple task can yield such great results.

ple task as collecting postage stamps that eventually yield such great results! It is such a thrill to not only see all the unique stamps that have been created over the years, but to learn that some individual stamps could be worth hundreds of dollars!” In 2012, Treva, along with numerous other resident volunteers, turned in recorded hours of volunteer service. Her passion for the Stamp Ministry was proven when her hours totaled more than 1,800. “There may not ever be a verbal thank you from those we are aiming to benefit, but we know in our hearts there is eternal value. We are able to go beyond ourselves, yet have the benefit of fellowship, excitement and the potential to learn about history through stamps and one another.”

met non-residents who have recognized us in public based on their interaction with us at an Open House. We are so grateful to be a part of this community and to bring a small glimpse of the Shell Point volunteer spirit to others.” The efforts of these few volunteers are a true reflection of the overall Shell Point

volunteer spirit. From helping others to learning about history, the opportunities found through volunteering at Shell Point abound. As the holidays approach and we begin to reflect on what we are grateful for, know that Shell Point is extremely grateful for the efforts put forth by the resident volunteers, and it is apparent that the appreciation goes both ways.

The Gadaletas Happy to Help Mike and Elaine Gadaleta (Eagles Preserve) had their first Shell Point resident volunteer experience at a Spring Open House, and were thoroughly impressed. Elaine states, “The volunteers we saw that day were helpful, happy, and approachable. This feeling of happiness permeated throughout the community, and we wanted to be a part of it!” Mike adds, “We feel so fortunate to be here in this community, and we wanted to give back.” And give back they have! This dynamic couple is currently involved in many volunteer opportunities, including the Auxiliary, Train Room, UPS Room, Gift Shop, Suzy Q, Open Houses, and, in their small window of free time, they deliver the monthly Shell Point Life magazine to residents in Eagles Preserve. “Shell Point is making such a beneficial difference in our lives by having these volunteer positions available to us. We have fostered friendships, accomplished tasks, and fulfilled a need by contributing to this generous lifestyle we are a part of,” Mike says. Elaine laughingly adds, “We have even

Mike and Elaine Gadaleta (Eagles Preserve) went from admiring volunteers during an Open House event to joining in the fun of giving back to the community.

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The 2013-2014 Shell Point Concert Series, “Let the Music Move You,” features two prominent performances in November. There is still time to take advantage of significant savings on the purchase of the entire package of Fine & Performing Arts or Concerts and Conversations series tickets. A “PICK THREE” option and single tickets are also available. For additional information about these and other concerts featured in Shell Point’s 2012–2013 Concert Series, visit Tickets are available at both service desks.

Fine & Performing Arts Concert Series

Daniel Rodriguez, Tenor Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. • Church Auditorium/IS From the "singing policeman" to His talents were quickly discovered and rec"America's Beloved Tenor," Daniel ognized as he was chosen as one of the desigRodriguez is best known as the New York nated National Anthem singers in the City police officer who helped bring the NYPD’s ceremonial division. In fact, it was country an uplifting spirit of promise and in uniform that local New York audiences hope with his stirring rendition of God Bless began to discover his voice and his passion America after the terrorist attacks on for the music he sang. Before the events of September 11, 2001. 9/11, he was already quite Daniel had an interest well known around New in music and an obvious York City as he had sung in singing talent from a young “Broadway on Broadway,” in age. Raised in a multicullocal opera and musical thetural and musical family in ater productions. which his Puerto Rican On September 11, 2001, At the “Prayer for America” concert at roots intermingled with the Daniel was driving over the Yankee Stadium after 9/11, Placido Domingo rich fabric of New York City Daniel was raised in a musical Verrazano Bridge to begin heard Rodriguez sing and offered him an culture, he studied at the family and has always felt at his shift with the NYPD opportunity to study opera at the home on the stage. American Youth Repertory when the first plane hit the Domingo/Vilar Young Artists Institute in Company in Manhattan. At 16, he pre- World Trade Center. He was on the ground Washington, D.C. Since then, he has persented his first recital at Carnegie Hall and near the buildings when they collapsed, formed at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the planned a career in music. By the age of 17, nearly losing his own life. PBS Memorial Day concert in Washington, he was billed as the “17-year-old baritone.” “Of course, when I heard him singing the national anthem, I But at age 19, he put music aside to raise his already knew that it was a quality voice, you know? I heard family and went to work to make ends meet, eventually becoming a police officer in the the real voice. And the real voice was really an operatic one.” New York City Police Department in 1995. ~Placido Domingo 24

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Shell Point Concert Series | 2013-14 D.C., the Tournament of Roses Parade, the 2004 Republican National Convention and President Bush's “Celebration of Freedom” Inauguration concert. He officially retired from the NYPD in 2004 to pursue his music career full time. Daniel's operatic debut took place in June of 2006, when he sang the role of Canio in Pagliacci with the Chelsea Opera Company in New York City. In 2007, Daniel was named for “Best Performance by a Leading Male” for the 2006-2007 season, by OperaOnline for his portrayal of Canio with Granite State Opera. In 2011, he per-

formed as part of The New York Tenors in a series of concerts, and the following year sang the National Anthem for a September 11 memorial service at Pearl Harbor. Wherever he goes, Daniel is asked about that fateful morning and how it changed his life. “For a brief period our differences dissolved. We came together. We treated each other with compassion and generosity. We were all connected. We were one. And then, suddenly... it was gone! At that time, music and spirituality were independent of each other in my life. But after

9/11, it became clear that it was the source of healing and that became the focus of my life.” Daniel’s performance at Shell Point is sure to touch the hearts, minds, and souls of all who remember that fateful September day. As he takes the stage at The Village Church, he will enhance the spirit of the Festival of Heroes week and astonish you with his operatic tenor performance of many familiar patriotic songs sung in honor of our American heroes.

Single Tickets: $35 Series of 5 Concerts: $125 (You save $50!)

Concerts & Conversations Series

Ars Nova String Trio Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. • Grand Cypress Room/WDL Jennifer Kozbial, violin, John T. Posadas, viola, and Adam Satinsky, cello, met while performing together as leading members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. By forming Ars Nova String Trio, they have established themselves as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. The trio combines the talents of three chamber musicians from very diverse backgrounds. As graduates of some of the world’s leading music schools, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute of Music, the Eastman School of

Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, they have performed in many of the greatest venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, as well as international halls in Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Japan. Their performance in the intimate setting of the Grand Cypress Room will enhance the sounds of chamber music like you have never heard before. Following the performance, concert attendees are invited to stay for a beverage and decadent dessert while meeting and mingling with the musicians.

ACT NOW TO RECEIVE VIP PRIVILEGES Become a Friend of the Arts Donor and receive an invitation to special Meet the Artist events. You will also receive special recognition in our first published concert program. Donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Shell Point – Friends of the Arts. All donations should be sent to Dawn Boren, director of resident life, at The Woodlands Commons.

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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:

Shell Point Market Place


Friday, November 1, 8, 15, 22 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 8, 15, 22 Administration Courtyard/IS Enjoy your Friday mornings as you explore all that the Shell Point Market Place has to offer, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, air plants, jewelry, and more. Please note: the Market Place will not be open on Friday, November 29.

Annual Shell Point Holiday Bazaar


November 1 and 2 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Woodlands Commons: Oak Room, Game Room, Grand Cypress Room The talented Shell Point crafters have been hard at work creating one-of-akind gift items just in time for holiday shopping, and this year’s bazaar boasts the most participants to date! Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase hand-made treasures, such as jewelry, woodworks, pottery, fabric art, holiday items, toys, original artwork, and even candy! Door prizes, will also be given away at this festive event. The Holiday Bazaar is open to the public, so gather up your shopping bag and your friends, and prepare for a fun day of shopping at Shell Point! 26

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Shell Point Walking Club Destination: Fort Myers Beach


Saturday, November 2 8:00 a.m. Meet at The Island Clock Join the Walking Club for a three- or six-mile comfortable walk with resident walking leaders who will show you some of the beach sights. In addition to the beautiful Gulf beach, each group will walk past Times Square, the Fort Myers Beach Pier, and Bowditch Point Regional Park. Additionally, the six-mile walkers will continue on and visit Matanzas Pass Preserve, Bay Oaks Community Park, and will spend extra time on the beach. Both trails are intended for serious walkers who are fit and able. For sign-up information, call Jim Plummer (Parkwood) at 337-2721 or Bob Chamberlin (Royal Bonnet) at 454-3917.

The Shell Point Garden Society – Introduction to the Art of Bonsai


Wednesday, November 6 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL Jim Bremer, president of the Bonsai Society of Southwest Florida, will present an interesting and informational presentation on the Japanese art form of Bonsai. Learn how these miniature trees are shaped to limit growth in a tray or low-sided pot.



CATS Musical at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre


Wednesday, November 6 11:15 a.m. Island pickup 11:30 a.m. Woodlands pickup 11:45 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup Cost: $54 (Lunch included) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is a unique and spectacular musical with fantastic costumes and electrifying dancing that has everyone cheering! You’ll be surrounded by theatre cats, rock and roll cats, mischievous cats, romantic cats, magical cats, and more!

Shell Point Open Golf Tournament


Friday, November 8 7:15 a.m. Registration begins Shell Point Golf Club $125 per person Support the Memory Care Center by playing in the 10th Annual Shell Point Open Golf Tournament, presented by The Legacy

making it the perfect place to listen, watch, read, play, explore, and shop. There is even a free iTunes U. Bring your questions and share your knowledge with The Apple Group.

Skip One Seafood on Fort Myers Beach


Friday, November 8 4:45 p.m. Island pickup 4:55 p.m. Woodlands pickup 5:05 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 7:45 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (dinner on your own) Skip One Seafood offers the freshest seafood possible – getting shrimp from the boat to your plate all in the same day! Enjoy your meal at the new location at the site of the old Sandy Butler. The prices are more than fair and homemade pie is just $2.95 per slice!

Information Forum – What is Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) and Is It Still Used Today?


Saturday, November 9 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Three members of the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club will present a class on amateur radio’s developments over the last decade, including giving live demonstrations. Joe Cramer of Lakewood (N2XYZ), Phil Jansen, Shell Point technician (Nk1L), and Larry Zimmer, Lee County emergency amateur radio coordinator (W4LWZ), will discuss ham radios and new features. Learn more about this hobby and how it can be utilized for emergency communication purposes.


Foundation. The day includes breakfast, 18 holes of golf plus cart, player gift bag, a shot to win a 2-year lease on new Lexus or Acura, prizes and awards, and lunch. To sign up, call Deborah at 466-8484 by November 1.

The Apple Group


Friday, November 8 1:30 p.m. Oak Room/WDL iTunes is a free app that lets you organize and play digital music and videos on your computer. It’s also a store that has everything you need to be entertained,

Saturday DVD: Les Miserables (2012)

Festival of Heroes Wall of Heroes


November 11 – 15 All Day Resident Activity Center/IS Residents and Employees have shared pictures and brief descriptions of their heroes. This will be a very moving and inspirational display that you will not want to miss.


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prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, after he breaks parole. This story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.


Saturday, November 9 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anny Hathaway star in this adaption of the epic musical phenomenon. Set in 19th Century France, Les Miserables tells the story of ex-

Operation Christmas Child


November 11 – 15 All Day The Village Church/IS Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the lifechanging Good News of Jesus Christ. The Village Church is participating in this program and full shoeboxes will be collected all week. Be a hero to a young child this Christmas! Shell Point Life | November 2013




Hometown Hero Parade


Monday, November 11 10:30 a.m. Island Perimeter Join the celebration anywhere around The Island. Grab a seat along the patriotic, ribbon-decorated streets. The Honor Guard, Cypress Lake Marching Band, and the Sheriff’s Department will all be part of the parade celebration. Shell Point transportation will be your best bet to get to the event!

A Hero Salute Picnic


Monday, November 11 11:00 a.m. Island Park The celebration will continue with a picnic in the park under the Cuban laurel trees, including entertainment by a cappella doo wop group, Brylcream. Tickets for the lunch will be available at either service desk. The resident life team will be serving hot dogs, chips, fruit, and a cookie. Parking will be limited; please use Shell Point transportation.

Veteran’s Dinner Celebration at the Crystal Dining Room


Monday, November 11 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Crystal Dining Room/IS Red, white, and blue décor, along with entertainment by Stan Mleczko, will make this patriotic event one you do not want to miss. The menu will be an All-American buffet, including the famous Crystal dessert spread. 28

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Do You Know Your Neighbor – Veterans


Tuesday, November 12 1:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Veterans are the American heroes that have made this great country the Land of the Free! All Veterans are invited to come and share their stories and join in the special bond that has been created among this very special group of individuals. Refreshments will be served.

Coffee with a Shell Point Hero For Haiti


Wednesday, November 13 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS Ticket Required Joseph Julmeus, housekeeping supervisor, came to America from Haiti in 1989. His life

is a success story. Even more than the successful life Joseph has created for his family and himself, he had a heart for wanting to do something for the people of Haiti. One thing led to another, and now Joseph has a clinic, a school, and a clean water project going – all projects for his Hope for Haiti.

A Candlelight Celebration of Remembrance & Honor


Wednesday, November 13 7:15 p.m. Village Church/IS The Village Church will host a Candlelight Celebration to give everyone an opportunity to acknowledge the heroes in their lives. As the community gathers in the church, seating will be arranged around a large star that will be placed in the center of the auditorium, where people can place a lit candle to



remember and honor that special hero who has influenced their life. Music and prayers, along with words of encouragement and inspiration, will be presented by The Village Church Staff as together we remember and honor the heroes in our lives. All residents and staff are invited.

Festival of Heroes – Emergency Operations Center Tour


Thursday, November 14 8:30 a.m. Island pickup 8:40 a.m. Woodlands pickup 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve pickup 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7.00 (lunch on your own) In every emergency, heroes emerge. But if Lee County were to be hit by a natural disaster, our Emergency Operations Center and the A.L.E.R.T. (All Lee Emergency Response Team) will be ready for heroism and backed up by stateof-the-art facilities, communication systems, and a situation room. Join this awe-inspiring “behind-the-scenes” tour of this new $17.1 million facility. Applebee’s will be the lunch stop on the way home.

Rusty Brown’s Portrayal of Hero Emma Lazarus


Thursday, November 14 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Join Shell Point favorite Rusty Brown for her dramatic storytelling about poet Emma Lazarus and her memorable poem that is etched onto the Statue of Liberty as a sign of

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

heroism and freedom for our country. Born into a wealthy New York family, Emma was a cultured and aspiring poet. In her 30s, she learned of the inhumanities rampant in Europe and she began to get involved personally with the immigrants in the New York slums, inspiring her to compose her unforgettable sonnet.

Become a Volunt-HERO


Sunday Matinee: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

Photo Club

Thursday, November 14 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Join your friends at the November Photo Club meeting to view and share photos taken on the October Wildey Suzy Q photo Johnson trip, or photos related to the theme “Water.” The group learns by sharing their 8x10 photos and critiquing each one. Exciting things are happening this year, so bring your enthusiasm about photography to this month’s gathering.

Fine and Performing Arts Concert with Daniel Rodriguez


Thursday, November 14 7:30 p.m. Church Auditorium/IS Ticket Required Daniel Rodriguez inspired a nation with his stirring rendition of God Bless America after the terrorist attacks of 2011. “America’s Beloved Tenor” will inspire the crowd and close out his performance with a tribute to the spirit of our American heroes.

Special event bus will be running


Friday, November 15 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Commons and Oak Room/WDL Here is your chance to discover how you can become a hero by volunteering at Shell Point! From special interest volunteer efforts to challenging, yet rewarding, positions, there is an opportunity for everyone. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to chat with your peers about the available volunteer opportunities and how you can make a difference in your life and the lives of others!


Sunday, November 17 2:30 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Spencer Tracey, a police captain, chases a cast of money-mad citizens, including Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, and Milton Berle, who are trying to find a buried treasure under a Big “W.” We will furnish extra napkins with the popcorn to dry your tears of laughter. The New York Times boasts, “the most wonderfully crazy ‘chase’ movie of all time!”

Beach Day


Tuesday, November 19 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 (ice cream on your own) Beach day gets us all out in the fresh air! The group will head to Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park for fun, food, and relaxation. A picnic lunch will be served and the group will stop for ice cream on the trip back to Shell Point. Please bring your own chair and beach supplies.

Walking required

Walking up and down stairs

Ladies Night “Out” with Lily & Co. Jewelers


Tuesday, November 19 5:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Ladies’ night out will offer a glimpse at some of the treasures to be found at Lily & Co! Local designer Marcia Smith of Villa Cora will join us with her stunning collection of gemstone necklaces and earrings. A sampling of giftware items, including picture frames, serving trays, and candles by Mariposa, as well as shell-adorned mirrors by Andrea Lennon, will be on display. The brightly-colored enamel jewelry line from Belle Etoile will be available to enhance your jewelry wardrobe. And, as always, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres will be served to tempt your taste buds.

Computer Club - Wireless Internet Explained


Thursday, November 21 2:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS What is the difference between traditional WiFi and the new MiFi cell phone devices from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T? How can I get the fastest WiFi speed in my home? What kind of security should I have on my WiFi system and computers? How does WiFi and MiFi speed and reliability compare with traditional wired Internet connections? Learn the answers to these questions, and more, by attending this month’s gathering of the Computer Club.

Organ Concert with Tom Hoehn


Friday, November 22 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Commons/WDL Organist extraordinaire, Tom Hoehn is back to entertain and delight on Shell Point’s Allen Theater Organ. This prolific performer will play Broadway selections, novelty tunes, standards, and hymn tunes. Tom always loves bringing his love of the organ to Shell Point! Continued next page Shell Point Life | November 2013




Something Intangible – Gulfshore Playhouse


Saturday, November 23 1:00 p.m. Island pickup 1:15 p.m. Woodlands pickup 1:30 p.m. Eagles Preserve pickup Cost: $44.00 Set among the glitz and glamour of 1940s Hollywood, this lush, new, award-winning drama goes inside the movie studio and inside the lives of two brothers. One is the creative genius responsible for bringing the first animated feature film to the screen, and the other is his loyal brother who struggles to keep the money coming in to fund the next big dream, a feature-length animated film set to classical music that will ultimately change the film industry forever.




Movie Night – Mister Roberts (1955)


Monday, November 25 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS The USS Reluctant carries cargo along World War II’s forgotten Pacific seaways. Beyond the horizon, the real war passes its stir-crazy crew by. Mister Roberts, directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, is the classic story of men fighting to survive not war’s dangers, but it’s indignities.


Library Book Talk – My Beloved World



Tuesday, November 26 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Ruth Deuber of Periwinkle will review Sonia Sotomayor’s compelling memoir, My Beloved World. With a candor never before undertaken by a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Sotomayor recounts her life journey from a Bronx housing project to the highest court in the land – a journey that offers inspiring testament to the power of believing in oneself. Refreshments and discussion will conclude the afternoon.


December Holiday Celebrations Ring in the Holidays

The holiday season brings a variety of special events to Shell Point. Don’t miss a moment of the sounds, shopping, and seasonal cheer! Mark your calendar to attend these special Christmas celebrations.

Tuesday, December 3

Friday, December 6

Tuesday, December 17

Gift Shop Holiday Extravaganza

Holiday Shopping at the Market Place

SWFL Hand Bell Choir

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Gift Shop/IS

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Administration Courtyard/IS

Thursday, December 5

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Shell Point Singers Holiday Concert 5:45 p.m. FESTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT Administration Courtyard/IS 6:30 p.m. TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Amphitheater/IS 7:15 p.m. SHELL POINT HOLIDAY CONCERT The Village Church/IS


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6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS Tuesday, December 24

Sunday, December 8

Christmas Eve Candlelight

Season of Praise Christmas Celebration

6:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS

6:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS

Wednesday, December 25

Monday, December 9

Holiday Sounds

4:15 p.m. Resident Activity Center/IS

7:15 p.m. The Village Church/IS

Tuesday, December 31

Christmas Cantata

Monday, December 16

New Year’s Eve Dining Celebrations

Southwest Florida Symphony Series – Holiday Pops

Crystal Dining Room Entertainment: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m. The Village Church/IS

Palm Grill Entertainment: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Thursdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 4:30 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength, and hope to help others recover from alcoholism. This open meeting welcomes those who struggle with alcohol as well as those who support them. For more information, contact the intergroup phone number 275-5111.

Memory Care Support Groups

Cancer Support 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.

Tuesdays, November 5 and 19 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. or Group 2: 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #1 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS

Caregiver Support Group Therapy

Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 27 3:00 p.m. 3rd Floor Game Room/King’s Crown

Tuesdays, November 5 and 19 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. or Group 2: 10:30 a.m. 2nd Floor Educational Room #2 Pavilion Rehabilitation Building/IS This group is aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder. The resident 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.

These memory care therapeutic groups are designed to provide education and support to residents who have some type of memory disorder. The objective is to identify strategies that can help better manage their memory loss, address long-range planning, and offer a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates and can be reached at 454-2073. Individual appointments are also available.

Diabetes Group Appointment Friday, November 1 1:00 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Both insulin and non-insulin diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, November 20 11:00 a.m. Oak Room/WDL This group provides support and education for those dealing with neuropathy. Contact Lenny Wodarczyk (Parkwood) at 443-4769 for more information.

Healing Journey Grief Support Wednesdays, November 6, 13, 20 2:45 p.m. Chapel/ The Village Church Healing Journey is a series of sessions which examine the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects of grief. The series runs through December 11. The sessions are led by Dotty Morrison (Cellana) and Judy Mayer (Junonia). Register by calling Dotty at 3374015 or the church office at 454-2147.

Parkinson’s Enrichment Support Group Monday, November 4 10:15 a.m. Village Church Hospitality Room/IS This support group provides support and educational opportunities to those affected by Parkinson’s disease as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend. Each meet-

ing includes a speaker covering topics related to Parkinson’s, group discussion, and opportunities for emotional support. For more information, contact Janine Hammond, resident support services manager, at 454-2186.

Shell Point Oxygen Support Group Jack Hubbard (Lakewood) leads this informative group to share information and knowledge among individuals who are oxygendependent. The group meets once a quarter. Please attend if you or a loved one is dependent on an oxygen machine for daily living.

The Vision Enrichment Group Tuesday, November 12 10:15 a.m. Social Center/IS The Vision Enrichment Group is a place to network and to share stories and information. Florence Putman (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Angie Prichard at 454-2134 or Sandee Weber at 225-2929.

Walk With Me Caregiver Support Group Thursday, November 21 Coffee and dessert at 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 personal caregiver experiences with friends. Each Walk With Me meeting offers the opportunity to embrace spiritual support and renew inner strength. Contact Joyce Seckinger (Lucina) at 466-1354 for more information.

Holiday Extravaganza

Save the Date: Tuesday December 3

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop Extravaganza kicks off Shell Point’s holiday season on Tuesday, December 3, with beautifully handcrafted items as well as new Christmas-themed items for sale in both the Gift Shop and Social Center, conveniently located on The Island. Gift Shop volunteer and Holiday Extravaganza organizer Maxine Brooks (Eagles Preserve), is very excited about this year’s festivities. She states, “We will have talented artists on hand to demonstrate how they create their beautiful work, in addition to authors who will sign copies of their books. Not to mention the fact that we are giving away door prizes every hour! This will be an exciting event for all to enjoy.” The merriment will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prize drawings occurring on the hour, where winners must be present to claim their prize. In addition to giveaways, there will be light refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping for any gifts that are purchased that day. Be sure to put the Gift Shop Holiday Extravaganza on your calendar this year!

Nancy Hall (Turban)

TECH TIP Mastering the iOS7 Update B








If you use an Apple device – such as an iPod, iPhone, or iPad – and completed the recent update to iOS7, you most likely noticed that several things either changed or moved. For some users, the update has been frustrating, as they have had to re-learn things that had been previously done by habit. In an effort to help ease you into the update, consider the following tips for using iOS7. Apple has included a mini settings menu for those things that are used most often. To access it, unlock your phone and then swipe from the bottom of the screen up. Here you can toggle on or off Airplane Mode, Wifi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, 32

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and Screen Rotation Lock. You can even adjust Brightness and Volume from the same place, as well as use your device like a Flash Light or open the apps for Stopwatch or Timer, Calculator and Camera! The Spotlight Search has also moved. To access it, all you have to do is swipe down from anywhere on the app pages. The Notifications page is accessed in the same way, but it will now show a Calendar of events you have scheduled, as well as all the normal notifications. And finally, the Multi-tasking Menu has changed. To access it, double-click the Home button, then to close items in this

menu, touch the app you want to close, and swipe up. Closing all or most of these apps will help your device run faster if it has started to slow down. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 454-8248 or email me at

Lasting Community Connection Former Staff Member Settles Into New Home at The Springs BY MCKENZIE MILLIS,





Elsie McCracken has enjoyed her time as a resident of Shell Point since she moved into The Springs in March, but her connection to the community started long before she became a resident. In fact, Elsie heard about the community while she was living in Pittsburgh and working as a nurse at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. “I read about plans for Shell Point Village in a weekly bulletin at Northside CMA church in Pittsburgh,” she recalled. Elsie was quickly intrigued by the project and began to follow the project developments in the weekly church bulletin. “I was very interested in the idea of living in paradise in Florida and had a calling to work for a faith-based community where I could fulfill my career mission as a nurse by

caring for people of all ages,” said Elsie. In 1971, Elsie packed all of her belongings and made the move to sunny Florida. At that time, the landscape of Shell Point was just beginning to take shape with Tellidora, Nautilus, Royal Bonnet, Periwinkle, and Coquina rising up from the drifting sand and shell fill. Dr. Samuel Ferrell was the executive director. He oversaw the day-to-

Elsie McCracken, who served as a registered nurse at Shell Point from 1971 to 1986, became a resident of The Springs in March. Elsie posed with Hospitality Care Assistant, Marie Almonor, after making a festive holiday wreath.

day operation of Shell Point during the week, and then served as pastor of The Village Church on Sundays. “When I first arrived at Shell Point for my first day of work, the construction of the Pavilion skilled nursing facility had recently been completed in January and The Village Church was under construction,” shared McCracken. “We used to hold church in a

dining room until construction was completed in 1973.” As a registered nurse, Elsie remained dedicated to serving the residents of Shell Point from 1971 to 1986. And throughout the past 42 years, she has stayed very connected to The Village Church. When reliving the memories of her career and the changes Shell Point has made through the years, it is common for Elsie to mark the decade or time frame by who was serving as pastor of The Village Church. Now, she is experiencing life at Shell Point from the other side of the coin – as a resident. And she couldn’t be happier. “As a resident of The Springs, I feel so blessed,” said Elsie. “I never imagined that I would have one day been able to call Shell Point home. This community has meant so much to me throughout the years, and I love living this close to The Village Church!” Shell Point Life | November 2013


End of Year Giving Deadline for IRA Tax-Free Charitable Donations B













Anyone over the age of 70 ½ with an IRA is eligible to make a charitable donation through an IRA rollover. But, in order for the contribution to be completed this year, it must be finalized by Tuesday, December 31. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, consider rolling over a portion of your IRA into a year-end charitable gift to your church, your alma mater, Shell Point Retirement Community, or another charitable organization. “It takes time to complete these rollovers. Anyone who is interested in making this type of donation should get started now,” explained Timothy Stephenson. For more information about how to make a non-taxed donation to a charitable organization through an IRA rollover, contact the Legacy Foundation by emailing or calling 466-8484.

Deadline is Tuesday, December 31

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After a slow start, The Island Aquatic Center project is now picking up steam! The beautiful entrance building and the storage building have taken shape, and the digging and forming of the pools are underway. The final permitting issues took longer than we had anticipated, and heavy summer rains created multiple challenges. The continued daily showers made the earthwork and building slab construction slow and difficult. The workers who were preparing the building sites for concrete pouring ended up redoing their work several times as the rain, which seemed to pop up every day and at different times of the day, washed out and filled in all the digging they had done. Nevertheless, progress is now being made. We are trying to make up for time lost. In light of the slow start, we are now projecting a completion timeframe for The Island Aquatic Center of 34

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late January 2014. If you would like to make a taxdeductible donation toward The Island Aquatic Center, please call Tim Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation, at 489-8485.

The new Island Aquatic Center, located adjacent to the Guest House on The Island, is currently under construction. The completion of the project is anticipated for January 2014.

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

Question: How can I detect telemarketing fraud and get telemarketers to stop calling me? Answer: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines telemarketing as a plan, program, or campaign to sell goods or services over the phone. Most telemarketing companies abide by guidelines set forth by the FTC and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, there are telemarketers who are out to defraud consumers by using unfair and/or deceptive trade practices. You can protect yourself against telemarketing fraud by following these guidelines: • Ask questions about the company or the products or services offered. Legitimate companies should not hesitate to give you the requested information. • Understand the offer completely. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. • Beware of free prizes – particularly if you have to pay a fee, prepay taxes, or respond immediately. • Don’t be afraid to say “no.” Ask the company to call back if you want time to think about it. • Don’t give out personal information (e.g., account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.) • If you do buy something over the phone, never send cash. Instead, send a check or a money order.

If you have been contacted by a telemarketer who you suspect may be engaging in fraudulent activity, call the National Fraud Information Center at (800) 876-7060 for information about how to report fraud and which regulatory agency to contact. National Do Not Call Registry If you want to put a stop to all telemarketing calls, you can place your phone numbers on a national “do not call” registry. Once you register your phone number, most, but not all, telemarketing calls should stop within 31 days. You may continue to receive calls from political organizations, charities, and telephone surveyors, as well as calls from companies with which you have a business relationship. You can register for free online at or call 1-888382-1222. To verify a number on the Do Not Call Registry, log onto and click “Verify a Registration.” If you have questions about this article or any financial matter, stop by the FineMark Office on The Island or call 461-5999. We are always happy to help.

Shredding for Security FineMark to Host FREE Shredding Event on November 5

It’s time to move your old documents and outdated information from the storage unit to the shredder. On Tuesday, November 5, FineMark National Bank & Trust will welcome Secure Shred, Inc. to Shell Point so residents can dispose of old items in order to reduce clutter and help prevent identify theft. From 9 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. the Secure Shred truck will be parked in front of The Village Church to

allow residents the opportunity to shred everything from old bank statements and expired credit cards to past tax records and outdated checks. Items can be brought in any bag, container, or box. The only restrictions are that 3-ring binders and preshredded materials are not allowed. So, start gathering up your shreddables and bring them to the FineMark shredding event!

This is the perfect time to shred personal financial information, old credit cards, and confidential paperwork.

Shredding Event Tuesday, November 5 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Village Church/IS

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Y S T E V E M O R T O N , L A N D S C A P E M A N A G E R

Nature’s Notebook

The Artist Palette I sat cross-legged on the floor in front of my parents’ console television, slowly twisting the rotary channel selector. The old RCA behemoth was constructed with fine furniture wood and the richly carved speaker grills appeared to be a Spanish/ Moorish design. Blithely ignoring the craftsmanship of a twenty-year-old television, I stopped turning the dial, completely transfixed by the images on the local PBS station. Speaking softly and unimposing, the artist stood calmly near the easel, yet everything else about him was larger than life. His palette holding blobs of oil colors was a disk constructed of clear plastic the size of a manhole cover. Then there was the hair. Billowing out of his head like a mushroom cloud, brown curls were piled upon one another in deliberate defiance of Sir Isaac Newton. The subject on the canvas was also super-scaled. No still life of fruit, Bob Ross attacked Alaskan mountain landscapes with only a saber-like brush. The work of Bob Ross came to mind again recently while I was Flowering plants, bushes, and trees in the Shell Point Butterfly Garden attract a variety of butterflies. Clockwise from top left: Firecracker Plant, Candle Bush, Pentas, and speaking with a resident American Beautyberry. volunteer in the Shell Artist Bob Ross Point Butterfly Garden presence at the floral smorgasbord. I could ral, and native butterflies are attracted to the and I was awestruck by what I observed. A clearly see dark wings with an electric teal garden because of the varied plant selection. multitude of flowers was blooming in the stripe on the leading edge. A fine wisp of To create this living work of art, the gardeners complementary hues of a color wheel. Like white outlined the trailing edge of the wings select from a diverse palette of botanicals. The the swirl of a paint stroke, butterflies were cir- like a decorative pinstripe. The sounds and garden must supply both nectar-producing cling flowers anticipating bustle of the community plants and host plants for butterflies to lay sweet nectar. A graceful slipped away as I was mes- eggs onto. Every stroke of the pruning shears willow tree dappled the merized by the singular, silent by the volunteers contributes to the clarity of light with a random splatactivity of a butterfly feeding. the composition. However, unlike the paintter to complete the canvas. The volunteer informed ings in the gallery, you must get close to the Similar to the contrasts of me that the Shell Point garden to see the divine in the details. Bob Ross, this garden was Butterfly Garden is all natuThe Butterfly Garden committee is a quiet, yet vibrant. This gardedicated group of Shell Point residents den is unassuming, but has who have been responsible for bringing the huge impact. garden to life. The committee welcomes resI watched a Mangrove An adult Mangrove idents and their guests for tours. For more Skipper sipping nectar Skipper and a information about the committee and tourfrom a flower within arm’s Monarch butterfly ing the garden, please contact Alice DeBaun reach. The butterfly was feed on the nectar (Eagles Preserve) at 454-0166 or Goz of flowering trees. unconcerned with my Gosselin (Turban) at 466-1594. 36

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When Laurel Werner (Lakewood) set her personal MyQuest goals, she looked to the Salon & Spa to address the goals she set within the physical and emotional dimensions. Laurel’s motivation began at the LifeQuest Expo in January of 2013. During the event, she stopped by the Salon & Spa booth to relax with a complimentary massage from massage therapist Marianne Dabinett. She had been thinking about making positive changes in her life, and within the next few weeks, Laurel saw on SPTV massage therapist, Robert Bessette, speaking about how massage improves blood and lymph circulation. Laurel decided to engage in her MyQuest to attain a new goal – to walk her son down the aisle at his wedding in Michigan. Laurel had not traveled out of the area for 11 years. This was a big event for her! Through weekly massages at the Shell Point Salon & Spa, Laurel Werner increased flexibility and range of motion in her joints, leading her to gain the strength and confidence she needed to walk her son down the aisle during his wedding.




Laurel committed to a weekly massage with Marianne Dabinett to increase the flexibility and range of motion in her joints. She wanted to feel confident as she walked down the aisle as she was afraid she might fall. By following a plan, Laurel achieved her goal, and even surprised herself. Laurel shares, “Not only did I walk my son down the aisle; I danced at the reception!” When Laurel returned from Michigan to Shell Point, she decided that she needed a new goal to continue her quest for overall wellness. Laurel says, “My personal quest is to be the best I can be for the rest of my life. I am a cheerful person on the inside, and I want to look cheerful on the outside. I recently had the salon style my hair the way I wore it for the wedding and I had my makeup done. It just made me feel good.” Laurel’s initiative to improve physical wellness through massage therapy was a proactive decision. Laurel was motivated to be confident and feel new strength for her son’s wedding, and now she continues her journey for overall health and wellness through LifeQuest. What’s Your Quest?

SALON STYLIST SHELLEY BURNS RETURNS We are happy to welcome back Shelley for her third season in the Shell Point Salon & Spa. Shelley is proficient and creative in hair cutting, styling, coloring, and permanent waving. Shelley is available for appointments on Thursdays and Saturdays in The Island Salon & Spa. Hair consultations are complimentary!

For Appointments call


Fall Savings

Refresh & Rejuvenate with Massage Therapy $60 / 55-minute massage $32 / 25-minute massage Offer expires 11/29/13

Did You Know? Massage therapy is tax deductible as a medical expense with a doctor’s prescription.

Fall Savings Save $3

Shampoo, Haircut & Style with Shelley Burns Offer expires 11/30/13

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Community & Social

A year ago this month, Shell Point Through our healthcare system and and Shell Point and participated in any prointroduced LifeQuest, a positive services, lifestyle programs, and operational gram that represents the varying levels Natural Environment Spiritual approach to wellness and active aging. The support systems, all residents are involved in within the six dimensions, then you are livmission of LifeQuest is to provide integrated one form or another. There’s a very good ing LifeQuest. If that is true for you, we programs and resources to promote a culture chance many of you made the decision to encourage you to celebrate with us by stopof wellness that supports personal growth, move to Shell Point because of the culture ping by either the Island or Woodlands servhealthy living, and a positive life experiice desk to obtain your official ence here at Shell Point. The past year’s LifeQuest t-shirt. While making various efforts have focused on educating all resipositive and proactive changes in her life, dents to this culture and ensuring all resiNoticeable Dot Beard (Cellana) dents are aware of the many resources, Improvements took up painting. support systems, programs, and services Since launching this philosophy of available that allow one the freedom to be wellness, we have seen some exciting as active or engaged as they choose to be. changes and improvements. This first Through LifeQuest, residents are year, we had a total of 351 residents encouraged to find a balanced approach take their personal wellness just one to the six dimensions of wellness: physistep further by challenging themselves cal, emotional, educational, community and setting specific MyQuest goals. and social, spiritual, and natural environWe saw a 10% increase in our ment. Each resident’s level of participacomplimentary exercise class participation tion in LifeQuest at Shell Point is all about of “Lifestyle with Lifecare.” endless opportunities and personal choices Therefore, it is no surprise that through- this year, for a total of approximately 458 that help to maximize happiness and the out the launch of LifeQuest we heard some residents regularly participating in a group ability to live a holistic approach, each and residents say, “I’m already involved here.” fitness program. We have also seen an every day. From our perspective, if you embrace life increase in our specialty programs centered 38

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on improving balance, as well as an increase in personal training appointments. As we rolled out the Senior Fit Test, we had a total of 170 residents participate to learn more about their personal body strengths and weaknesses, and what exercises they could do to improve areas such as strength and flexibility. We have seen the addition of eight new activity groups started this year, several of which are being led by residents new to Shell Point. There has also been an increase in new faces attending both local and extended travel trips. Mary Franklin, resort services and wellness manager, reported that the Health Connection has seen a 40% increase in participation over its inception, as residents have shown an increased interest in their personal wellness.

Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Inga Bredahl, assisted living activities supervisor, has been amazed at the number of resident participants this year from The Arbor, King’s Crown, and The Springs. She said, “Many assisted living residents are trying things they have never done before, like Dennis Carlson from King’s Crown who painted his first watercolor at age 91!” The Pavilion activities staff has been working closely with Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy and Auxiliary, to identify Shell Point residents who have something special to offer and are willing to share their time and talent with the residents at the Larsen Pavilion. Some of the initiatives include a travel log, Spanish class, bridge, exploring art, and even decorating baked goods. The staff are creating their activity calendar to include a balance of programs that meet LifeQuest’s six dimensions of wellness.

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fitness over 60 Saturday, November, 16 at 10 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be increasingly challenging as you get older. You may feel discouraged by illness, ongoing health problems, or concerns about injuries or falls. if you’ve never exercised before, you may not know where to begin, or you may feel that exercise is boring. if you’re already active, you may have come to an exercise rut and need some variety in your routine. Fitness Over 60 will discuss myths about exercise and aging – and will highlight tips for getting started, how to build a safe activity plan, and, most importantly, how to enjoy exercise! Join the discussion to be led by fitness Supervisor, Michelle Smith.

Crown. They will continue to work toward several internal goals that give residents the option for a healthier meal. Look for the iconic “Q” on the menus to find your next LifeQuest meal.

Medical Support

Our medical team wants you to be proactive in taking care of your health. Sometimes after surgery or diagnosis there are changes, which lead to “new normals.” There is a team of medical doctors, rehabilitation therapists, mental health experts, personal trainers, massage therapists, nutritionists, and many organized support groups here to serve you. We want to make sure you take full advantage of the services and resources you need to adapt, thrive, and maximize your personal quality of life here at Shell Point. Physicians are including LifeQuest dialogue with residents as a means to encourage all residents to seek out a healthy lifestyle, Nutritious and Delicious at every level. The medical team has been The Hospitality Services educated to team purchased a new softLifeQuest and is ware program that allows encouraging residents them to gain the nutritional to make an appointanalysis of most foods they ment for their free purchase. The chefs and dietiannual wellness cians worked together to creassessment. Talk to ate various LifeQuest menu your doctor about options for the Crystal Dining anything you have Room and recently expanded ignored and be sure healthier alternatives at the This Crystal Room salmon is a to make a commitPalm Grill and the King’s healthy choice at just 502 calories. ment to yourself to

get your annual physical and screening. The Medical Center has established a tracking system to capture when residents go out with EMS and is able to coordinate better with the hospitals and staff for follow up after a resident returns home.

Future Improvements Various key staff members who make up the OurQuest team have met to discuss ideas and create plans for continued improvements. The OurQuest team is committed to promoting the seamless delivery of services and communications to ensure the best quality is offered throughout all neighborhoods, departments, and levels of care. We encourage you to continue your quest and we commend you for the successes you have already achieved! And remember, if you initially thought at the launch of LifeQuest, “I’m already active,” we welcome you to stop by either service desk to pick up your very own LifeQuest t-shirt. Our goal is to recognize and congratulate every resident who makes any or all of LifeQuest a part of their daily life at Shell Point. Stay tuned for more information regarding next year’s scheduled LifeQuest events of fun, fellowship, and special topics of interests.


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Caring Hearts The Spirit of Shell Point B

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The ongoing success of the Bakeless Bake Sale certifies the deeply caring character of the Shell Point community. In the two previous years, Shell Point residents have donated more than $73,000 through the Bakeless Bake Sale in order to improve the lives of those living at the Larsen Pavilion. The Larsen Pavilion Auxiliary Board thanks everyone who has given to make it a more comfortable and welcoming place. By giving to the Bakeless Bake Sale, you give to friends and neighbors in need. We celebrate the generosity of all those who have given of their treasures and time to help make the Pavilion a better environment for living. Life changes occur at the Pavilion daily — it is a setting for both pain and joy. For some of us, it’s a last residency. For others, it’s a place for rest, recovery, and rehabilitation. Even though it’s a destination we’d all prefer to avoid, it is reassuring to know it’s there should we need it. The Bakeless Bake Sale is the best mate-

rial way Shell Point residents get to express their concern and compassion for Pavilion residents, as the money helps our volunteers provide outstanding service to their neighbors in need. Volunteering provides a personal, hands-on avenue for caring, and volunteers donate thousands of hours each year serving and caring for Pavilion residents. Your donations to the Bakeless Bake Sale help equip the nearly 250 volunteers with the resources that help them support the lives of our Pavilion residents. Whether it’s purchasing new wheelchairs, brightening dining room tables with flowers, giving residents birthday cards and Christmas gifts, or providing training and recognition for healthcare staff members, your contributions to the Bakeless Bake Sale make a difference. The Larson Pavilion Auxiliary Board again thanks you for enriching the lives of Pavilion residents through your contributions of time and money — truly caring gifts of mercy.

An Attitude of Gratitude Feelings of Thankfulness and Appreciation Linked to Overall Wellbeing It is believed that, in general, people who are more grateful have higher levels of well-being. An attitude of gratitude can bring happiness and satisfaction while decreasing levels of stress and depression. The benefits of gratefulness continue with findings that people who are grateful have higher levels of positive personal growth, life purpose, self acceptance, and control of their environments. These positive outcomes are linked with the understanding that grateful people have more positive coping strategies, are more likely to seek support from others,


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and are able to grow from each new experience – good or bad. The Academy of Lifelong Learning will take a look holistic look at the topic of Gratitude this month. The informative panel presentation will explore the physical, spiritual, and psychological impact of gratitude on our health, wellness, and state of mind. Shell Point presenters will include Dr.

Carol Clark, nurse practitioner at the J. Howard Wood Medical Center, Dr. Nancy Spencer, clinical psychologist with Behavioral Health, and Dr. Sue Stranahan, RN, DrPH, director of the department of Spiritual Services. This interesting presentation will be held in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, and all are welcome.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melody Beattie











We often hear our friends at Shell Point say, “Aren’t we fortunate to be living here?” Many of the benefits of life at Shell Point are made possible by the hardworking employees who are committed to the mission of caring for, serving, and satisfying. Sometimes, we want to do more than say “thank you” for their outstanding service. And we want to be sure that each and every employee, even those working behind the scenes, is recognized for his or her dedication. The Employee Christmas Fund was established so that we, the residents of Shell Point, can show our appreciation for all the service, kindness, and support given to us by

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our wonderful Shell Point employees throughout the year. Some residents opt to contribute through monthly donations, while others prefer to give a one-time monetary gift. Regardless of the method, or the size, of the donation, it is greatly appreciated by the employees who receive their gifts in early December. The last opportunity to give to the 2013 Employee Christmas Fund is Friday, November 29. Please join us in helping to achieve 100% participation by our Shell Point residents to make this year’s gift as generous as possible.

FIGHTING HUNGER Successful Food Drive Spurs Additional Request for Donations In September, The Village Church and Shell Point Retirement Community joined forces to sponsor a food drive for the benefit of The South Fort Myers Food Pantry. In just one short week, non-perishable food donations reached an astounding 1,075 pounds and monetary donations totaled $3,462. With the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s remarkable buying power of $6 to every $1 donation, the money donated during the drive will be valued at $20,772! By working together, Shell Point residents and members of The Village Church were able to make a lasting impact on the fight against hunger in our local community. And the fight will continue this month as

The Village Church and Shell Point host another food drive, beginning during the Thanksgiving Eve service at The Village Church on Wednesday, November 27. Come to enjoy the service of Thanksgiving and help support the fight against hunger! This food drive will continue through Sunday, December 1, with collection sites located in the Resident Activity Center on The Island, the service desk at The Woodlands Commons, the Eagle’s Preserve Health Club, and the sanctuary of The Village Church. Please note, food donations should be


Gifts will be distributed to employees on Friday, December 6. For more information regarding the Employee Christmas Fund, please contact Chairperson Renee Maxwell (Harbor Court) at 415-1904.

Food Drive November 27December 1 non-perishable items, and there is a great need for canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, and nourishing soups. If possible, please drop off donations in reusable grocery bags. Those who prefer to make a monetary donation are asked to make checks payable to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and mark the memo line “South Fort Myers Food Pantry.” If you have further questions, contact The Village Church office at 454-2147.

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Global Outreach

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David and Sara King spent years ministering in Hong Kong and now pastor the Fort Myers Chinese Alliance Church.

As the influence of the Chinese people spreads through the economic and political events of our world, many are working to bring the light and love of Christ to the Chinese within Fort Myers and across the United States. Sara and David King have worked with and loved this cultural group for their entire career. For many years, Hong Kong was their home and place of ministry. Now, they pastor the Fort Myers Chinese Alliance Church, along with the assistance of Shell Point residents Dick and Eleanor Pease (Royal Bonnett). Bring your friends to hear exciting news about what God is doing right here in Fort Myers, and also enjoy special music by the Kings. This Global Outreach meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. in The Village Church Hospitality Room on Wednesday, November 20. All are invited to come early for light refreshments.

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If you could ask God one question, what would you ask? If you were asked the meaning of life, how would you respond? More than 18 million people in 169 countries have found answers to many of life’s big questions by taking the Alpha Course, which is offered by every major denomination in all 50 states. The course, which presents the basics of the Christian faith, will soon be offered at Shell Point for the eleventh consecutive year. It will run every Tuesday evening from January 14 to March 11, and one Saturday morning, March 1. Each session will begin with a dinner in the Grand Cypress Room, catered by the Palm Grill, followed by a video lecture and a small-group discussion. Each session will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:45 p.m., sharp. The course is free to participants, with the cost being underwritten by The Village Church. The video lectures are given by Nicky


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Gumbel of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London, an Anglican vicar. His humor and clarity of expression, coupled with a low-key presentation style, make the fastmoving talks the focus of each evening and a natural lead-in to small group discussions. These informal interchanges focus on discovery rather than dogma. There are no dumb questions or wrong answers. As people share experiences and opinions, new friendships form and we learn from each other. Alpha is of special appeal to those who may not attend church, but are seeking spiritual answers; it may also offer insights to those who are uncertain of their beliefs or want to grow in their faith. To sign up for this free course, or to request more information, contact The Village Church office at 454-2147. Space is limited, and Alpha fills up quickly. Registration closes on January 5.

Looking for answers to life’s big questions? Sign up for ALPHA by January 5.

Inspirational Concert Series Kicks Off This Month

The Village Church is Pleased to Present

Season of


Two Tenors Sunday, November 3 The 2013-2014 Season of Praise concert series, presented by The Village Church, will begin with Two Tenors on Sunday, November 3, as traditional classical singer Barry Craft and contemporary artist Jacob Taylor provide an entertaining evening of sacred music at Shell Point in white tie and jeans. This unique concert will feature two amazing tenors with different backgrounds and styles – one traditional and one not-so-traditional – performing an inspirational concert together. The concert will be held at 6:15 p.m. at The Village Church. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at For more information, call the box office at 454-2147. Save the Date: The Season of Praise will continue with a special Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 8.

Traditional classical singer Barry Craft and contemporary artist Jacob Taylor combine their talents for a unique concert experience. Tickets are available for $10.

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE November 27 • 7:15 p.m. The Village Church welcomes you to its annual Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:15 p.m. As you anticipate enjoying this American holiday with your family and friends, begin the celebration by joining this special tradition of giving thanks to God for His bountiful provisions. For more information, call (239) 454-2147. Shell Point Life | November 2013


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Agility training

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Agility course


Cyndi Smith, along with her dents took turns leading the Shell Point residents who participated in the Academy on assistant and teenage daughters, alpacas through a series of tires, seethe Go trip to the STARanch hosted our group for the day. They saw ramps, tunnels, slalom courses, Alpaca Farm encountered a very had three stations set up for differ- and even a small jump. The third station was the feltspecial treat upon their arrival. First, ent alpaca-oriented activities. The the bus drove onto the farm through first station was set up for feeding ing station, where everyone rolled the wandering male alpacas. The and interacting with the herd. We and squished the wool into cookie males have been separated from the are surprised to learn that alpacas cutter shapes for ornaments, or decorative soap covers. Alpacas females and youngsters to keep typically yield about four the peace among the wonderful pounds of wool per shearing wooly creatures. here in Florida, and even Then, out the bus window, more in colder climates. was a small, white flash racing Our questions were across the paddock - a one-weekanswered by Cyndi and old baby alpaca feeling its oats and the others. The passion that testing its legs for speed and agility. the STARanch folks held for Of course, it was running straight their animals was evident in to Mama since it had never seen Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural the huge smiles on their faces. or heard a big bus before! Before the group was ready fiber. While similiar to wool from a sheep, And with a number of the to move into the afternoon itin- Alpaca fleece is warmer, not prickly, and it is females currently carrying hypoallergenic. young, they are looking forerary, a whole lot of “Oh my gosh,” “How cute,” and “They are have serious under bites, with teeth ward to an increase in their herd in so soft,” had to be said as the feel of that keep growing to the point the spring! The trip to the farm was such the wool and the charming, where they need to be trimmed. friendly nature of the animals cap- They crush their food on the roof a pleasant experience and the anitured the hearts of everyone in the of their mouth, since they are com- mals were so adorable that we had to check twice to make sure that group. It is easy to see why some- pletely lacking top chompers. The second station was the none of the alpacas were smuggled one would want a whole farm of alpaca agility course, where resi- onto the bus! alpacas!

Going for a walk

Soap making Finished soap

Smiling Alpaca

Shell Point Life November 2013  
Shell Point Life November 2013  

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