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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Building a Better Mouse Trap By Mary Kay Grimaldi Over the years, some interesting creations have cap-

skin of the Atlas missile from rust and

tured notoriety, from the on/off

sol cans for consumer use in 1958. By

light “clapper” to soap-on-a-rope.

1969, the Rocket Chemical Company

Maybe you also saw these “must-

was renamed after its only product.

have” items advertised on TV: a

corrosion, but was repackaged in aero-

All budding inventors may ben-

butter stick that kids can use without mak-

efit by heeding this advice from experts: “If

ing a mess or needing a knife, “baby mop”

you’re passionate about your idea, the cost

PJs, piano keys doorbell, weight-watch tape

and hard work won’t matter. Sometimes just

measure belt, and anti-theft ziplock lunch

making an existing idea a little more effi-

bags imprinted with simulated mold.

cient or cheaper can be enough.” Read how

The line between quirky and ingenious can be thin.

—P salm salm 119:105

some Shell Point residents launched their ideas on pages 3-14.

In researching background about

Note the concerts coming up (page 30)

famous inventions from A to Z for this

and plan to attend some Academy classes

month’s issue, I learned that in 1892,

(pages 18-19). Read about the Shell Point

William Wrigley, Jr., began packaging

“pleasure garden” (page 26), and join the

chewing gum as an incentive with each

“Community of Purpose” at The Village

can of the company’s baking powder. The

Church (page 35).

gum eventually became more popular, so

Get out to golf for a good cause on

Wrigley reoriented the factory to exclu-

November 13 (page 28). Book early at the

sively sell his new “cash cow” product.

Shell Point Guest House so friends and fam-

WD-40 was invented by the three found-

ily can stay nearby (page 36), especially all

ers of the Rocket Chemical Company, who

the grandparents who eagerly await a visit

were working on a line of industrial solvents

from their grand (and great-grand) children

and degreasers for use in the aerospace indus-

(see page 7).

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community. Editor Mary Kay Grimaldi Director of Marketing & Comm. Rich Cerrina Art Director Brad Blackburn Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Dawn Boren, Heather Battey, Teri Kollath, Bev Chandley, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Melody Desilets, Katelyn Van Scoy, Robyn Church, McKenzie Millis, Claude Emler, Mary Moore, Janine Hammond, Sarah Nadal, Steve Morton, Matt Whelan, Dotty Morrison, Cathy Miskell, Susan Uhleman, Peggy Zimmerman, and Marilynn Fowler Do you have story ideas or photos to share? Contact Mary Kay Grimaldi, editor, by calling (239) 454-2055 or emailing Back Issues Available Online Is there an issue of Shell Point Life that you just have to have? Was your friend or family member in a recent issue but you lost it? You can find the current issue as well as back issues of the magazine at

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Her childhood antics inspired Sand Dollar resident Cathy Miskell’s uncle to name his doll creation in her honor; read about “Chatty Cathy” on pages 4–5. 2

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The Business of Million-Dollar Ideas

Turning a Concept into the Next “Best Thing”


umans are perpetually searching for solutions – from the earliest of times when man discovered fire and invented the wheel, to “yesterday’s” spacecraft probe exploration of our solar system’s farthest dwarf planet Pluto and the introduction of a seven-nanometer, quadruple-capacity microchip that is 10,000 times smaller than a strand of hair. Whether “bioneers” and creators develop these ideas to earn a buck, answer a calling, or leave a legacy, mankind is better off for their efforts. But how do you take

an idea from concept to assembly line? From prototype to store shelf? From a corner lemonade stand to international phenomenon? If necessity is the mother of invention, then business acumen may be its father. Those who have ruminated and resolved a problem and wish to share this “best thing since sliced bread” with the rest of the world, must rely on their own wits as well as expert advice to bring this creation to market. Thomas Edison is credited for once saying: “If something won’t sell, I don’t want to invent it.” In today’s world, any inventor’s prize

is built by testing and quality production, researching and earning a patent, preparing a business plan, raising capital by persuading investors or going public, licensing or possibly franchising, marketing, then tracking results…with constant adjustments along the way. Read about some Shell Point residents connected with visionary inventions, innovation, and inspiration that talented, forward-thinking individuals pursued as they imagined a better future and brought their insights to life. Stories begin on next page Shell Point Life | September 2015


Chatty Cathy Invention


Inventor Keeps Chatty Cathy Doll in the Family B Y M A R Y K AY G R I M A L D I


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and Dollar resident Cathy Miskell was about five or six years old when her mother’s Aunt Lilly came to visit at their apartment in New York City. “I was at that age where it was all about me,” Cathy said, describing how she brought out all her toys to show her aunt and talked up a storm about each one. “Aunt Lilly sat with me and listened II like we were old friends. LOVE LOVE YOU YOU I even sang the ‘Chiquita Banana’ song and danced around the living room for her.” What might come to mind is the term “Chatty Cathy,” which has been used to refer to a particularly talkative person. That was the inspiration for one of her cousin’s forthcoming inventions.


graduating with honors in electrical engineering and industrial administration. Jack began designing inventions in his mother’s attic. His business, the Jack Ryan Group, sold ideas and products to large corporations. Jack had three inventions ready to go and landed a Sears contract to manufacture an electric typewriter, a safer bicycle brake, and a revolutionary new loud speaker. Working at Raytheon’s Boston Laboratories, he directed the task force that designed the Sparrow and Hawk mis-

Cathy Miskell (in back), pictured with her brother and sister, is dressed in the clothing style of the early 1960s, mirrored in the launch of her namesake Chatty Cathy doll, which came with different eye and hair colors as well as a choice of shoes and dresses.

Aunt Lilly’s son Jack Ryan was a child prodigy, teaching physics while attending Barnard High School pre-college programs in New York. At 15, with the dean’s approval, Jack became the personal technician to Norelco’s chief engineer. At 17, he entered Yale, then left for a tour of duty during World War II. He returned to Yale,

siles. He then spent 20 years as head of research and development at Mattel, specifically on such famous creations as “Barbie” (Jack’s first wife was named Barbara), “Hot Wheels,” and of course the “Chatty Cathy” doll. Meet the Prototype Chatty Cathy was a pull-string “talking” doll manufactured by the Mattel toy company, first released in stores and appearing in television commercials beginning in 1960. Chatty Cathy was on the market for

six years and was the second most popular doll of that decade, after Barbie. Originally, Chatty Cathy had blonde hair in a short, bobbed style and blue eyes. Mattel catalogs stated that Chatty Cathy had “go-to-sleep, life-like decal eyes.” Although her mouth did not move (designed with lips only slightly parted), Chatty Cathy “spoke” 11 different phrases at random when the “chatty ring” protruding from her upper back was pulled. The talking function was all mechanical, no batteries required. The ring was attached to a string connected to a simple phonograph record inside the cavity behind the doll’s abdomen. The record was driven by a metal coil wound by pulling the doll’s string. Among the doll’s original phrases were “I love you” and “Please take me with you.” With more than 1,000 patents to his name around the world, Jack is also credited with developing the V-RROOM! bicycles of the 1960s, which contained toy engines that simulated real motorcycle sounds. The Celebrity Pictorial magazine in August 1977 claimed that “universities would tread at Jack’s heels for lectures on creativity; science and industry would go all out to wangle a toe-hold in his new product development program.” Jack is quoted as viewing his business life in three shifts – a change from missiles to toys to consumer products. “I always had a command of hard sciences,” he said, “but much more challenging are the soft sciences, which are perhaps more art than science. What are all these inventions for … except for people?” The 1977 magazine article claimed “there was scarcely a charity in town that didn’t benefit.” The original Cathy is proud of her cousin’s many contributions, saying, “He was a brilliant man with a fertile mind able to approach things in such a wonderful way.”

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In A World Gone Digital Artificial Intelligence Answers Humans’ Questions Artificial intelligence (AI) focuses on ety, and you are willing to work hard the solution of specific problems, enough to solve it, you just have to go using several possible approaches or par- for it.” Installing applications for business ticular applications. AI research includes reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, use in the mid-60s was Paul’s inspiranatural language processing (communica- tion for the first Internet-like system. He developed the first computer tion), and perception. The AI field is interdisciplinary, in accounting system used by Coca-Cola which a number of sciences and professions in 50 countries, overcoming different Paul was an Air Force pilot during the 1950s, flyconverge, including statistical methods language, currency, and tax bases by ing the F-86 Sabre jet to test the SAGE computer and computational intelligence, versions of providing tables that could be inserted system developed by IBM and M.I.T. search and mathematical optimization, logic, for each nation. Corporations around the world, probability, economics, and many others. AI is an essential part of the technol- from Home Depot to Delta Airlines, ogy industry, providing the heavy lifting benefited from Paul’s solution to disfor many of the most challenging prob- tributed processing. Business Week applauded Paul’s work on a lems in computer science. Paul Western Electric manufacturNeighbors (Rosemont) was there ing control system, and with a during the early era of the comcolleague Paul developed a bar puter industry, working to overcode communication method come storage, portability, and for use in Sears’ mail order connectivity issues. warehouse. “While I was a pilot in the After being sidetracked by Air Force in the 1950s, I had the Paul Neighbors In 1968, more these business applications, Paul than 20 years opportunity to fly the F-86 Sabre jet fighter to test the SAGE (semi-automatic refocused on building a personal computer before most peoground environment) computer system when IBM authorized him to work in a ple were “online,” developed by IBM and M.I.T. At that time, secluded construction trailer on the edge Paul developed an Internet-like computers were too expensive and used only of the Everglades in Boca Raton. A dozen search engine that allowed system engineers for government and scientific work, not for years later, IBM launched its first PC. working at typewriter terminals anywhere By 1981, the machine’s “open architec- in the world to access an international databusiness,” Paul explained. Paul worked for 30 years at IBM and ture” allowed contractors like Microsoft to base and instantaneously resolve problems spent his career tinkering with PC and program MS-DOS (disk operating system) when installing the IBM 360. Internet projects after he was “off duty and Intel to build the first “mother board” from his day job.” By putting in an extra (the primary circuits that commu20 or 30 hours per week, Paul helped solve nicate among the electronic commany problems that once were considered ponents). By 1990, IBM’s model impossible. He is a now a regular instructor accounted for 97% of the personal of computer courses for The Academy of computing industry. “What most inspires me to Lifelong Learning at Shell Point. work on something is when others say it is impossible,” Paul said. “Stop Firing the Imagination “Nearly everyone in computers discov- thinking that things are impossible. ered the GIGO principle (garbage in, gar- Many ideas will not work the first bage out) much later,” said Paul, whose 1960 time; you have to stick to it until master’s thesis focused on input problems in you find one that works. I learned that the data processing. “When you see something only limitation in what you can do with a Paul’s first attempt at a personal computer, IBM’s System 3 Model 6. that you believe would contribute to soci- computer is your own imagination.” 6

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Saving Lives Medical Record in Your Pocket In 1979, Springs resident David Adrian tion through a chance encounter on an airplane filed a patent on his invention called flight. As a conversation starter, David showed “Lens-Card,” a medical information card his Lens-Card prototype to the man seated next to him. The man happened to be head of designed to save lives. the National Safety Council, which With his work in the insurance quickly adopted Lens-Card. field, David often rode in ambulances to Soon banks and funeral homes accident scenes. In the days before parabegan distributing Lens-Card in their medic teams were dispatched, he reguwelcome packages to new clients. larly heard ambulance drivers comment Even the Dallas Cowboys NFL team that they hoped they weren’t doing anygave the card to fans imprinted with thing to further injure the victim. the season schedule. Concerned and puzzled, David David Adrian Eventually, Lens-Card became a designed a pocket-sized card that contained a person’s medical history imprinted on victim of technological evolution and corporate microfilm, combined with a magnifying reading restructuring. “All my inventions, while successlens. If a person was found unconscious or dis- ful, had a short shelf life with the next greatest oriented, it could warn healthcare workers about discovery coming right behind,” said David. Possibly so, but this pioneer created a serious conditions, such as diabetes, allergies, groundbreaking product that, during the years epilepsy, asthma, and more. David got a lucky break to sell his inven- it was on the market, saved many lives.

The Lens-Card schematic for the patent application depicts a product that bends without breaking, is water resistant, and heat resistant up to 300 degrees, lasting for years without needing replacement.

Mixing & Mingling Among the Generations

Anna Sontra (Springs) simply shares a welcomed hug.

Spending time together… there’s no better way to honor our elders, learn from their strength and guidance, and just have fun! Many activities at Shell Point connect the generations to make new memories and start traditions that will live on for decades. Children from pre-school through high

school regularly schedule visits with Shell Point assisted living residents and often build lifelong bonds. Do something grand for Grandparents Day on September 13, then celebrate all year long by uniting younger and older people. Post your photos to share at www.

Joe Goeschl (Arbor) inspires a budding Picasso to put ink on paper.

Margaret Yates (King’s Crown) shows her love and receives hearts in return. Shell Point Life | September 2015


Saving Grace Coach Teaches Teen to Tackle Life By Mary Kay Grimaldi

Bob Chamberlin found positive role models among coaches and athletes when competing in high school athletics, setting him on a lifelong journey of success.

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The Princeton Tigers celebrated an undefeated season in 1950, when Bob played on defense.

Sportsmanship, character, leadership… since 1920, this has been the motto of Camp Chikopi on Ahmic Lake in Ontario, Canada. Royal Bonnet resident Bob Chamberlin spent four summers in the mid-1940s there on the lakeshore, involved in all sorts of sports, from swimming, sailing, and canoeing to tennis, golf, basketball, and touch football. His endeavors earned him the best athlete award, second place, and long-time friendships with Matt Mann, camp director and swimming coach at the University of Michigan, as well as Wally Weber, Michigan’s freshman football coach. Bob recalls mile-long swims in the northern lake, timed by counselors who were Big Ten swimming stars and worked the campers hard. “It got me through a critical time of upheaval in my life,” said Bob. It set him on a path many years down the road that benefitted children in need of medical care, and it continues to influence public policy for developing home care nursing visits and neighborhood-based resource centers for families with young children. Bob was living as a young teen on the west side of Cleveland when his father was mobilized from the Ohio National Guard into the U.S. Army in 1939, spending the better part of a decade away in Mississippi and the South Pacific. “Then, as a lawyer, his role involved helping with the denazification of Germany,” he said, and it left Bob at home with his mother. The camaraderie of being part of a sports team with coaches who served as positive role models helped form the accomplished man he became later in life. “These close relationships with caring adults is why I wasn’t a juvenile delinquent,” Bob documented in an essay for a memoir writing class. “I was completely on my own…[and] what saves people in my situation from going off the deep end are what they call protective factors. It turns out, in retrospect, I had a lot of these going for me.” During these growing-up years, Bob’s mom decided to relocate to a new neighborhood on Camp Chikopi was a summer sports retreat where Bob built a discipline around practice the east side called Shaker Heights, which was and perfection. closer to her job and known for better schools. But it left Bob without his established supportive peer group in a place where he knew no one.

A Mentor Steps Up

An interest in sports connected Bob with Fred Heinlen, assistant coach for football and basketball at Shaker High, who eventually became his surrogate father. “Coach Heinlen Continued next page

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Bob Chamberlin

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would encourage us to forget our mistakes and concentrate on doing better,” Bob said. “He loved sports and kids, and he was still coaching at age 82.” Under the nurturing and guidance of this coach, who was fresh out of military service, these previously undistinguished teams began to win. “People started to know us,” Bob said, especially when the football team defeated its arch rival East Cleveland High in 1946. In high school, Bob’s sports abilities matured; he wasn’t diverted by drinking, smoking, dating, or other trouble. Newspaper accounts from the Cleveland Plain Dealer laud these wins and Bob’s contributions as an end on the football team, center on the basketball team with his hook shot over taller players, and his career-high 10’9” pole vault in track (which earned a tie for second place in the Ohio State high school track and field championships held in Columbus). “Coach Heinlen really turned things around,” Bob recalled. “He gave us inspiration that we could do better, and to keep going. It was a good feeling.” It encouraged Bob to consider going to college to play football, so he put out feelers, with Ohio State the obvious choice. “In the end, Princeton won out; they offered me a good scholarship,” said Bob, explaining it was for academics as well as sports. (The school’s policy prohibiting athletic scholarships continues to this day.) He worked in construction jobs all summer, which kept him in shape, ready to play in the fall. “In high school, I played practically the whole game,” he said. “But at Princeton, with the two-platoon system, I played mainly on defense. Due to their unique single-wing offense, and [fellow player] Dick Kazmaier’s running and passing, our defensive team wasn’t on the field much, just for three downs and then out. We would often win by as much as 30 points or more, and I would hardly work up a sweat.”

Putting It On the Line

Athletics coaching team from Shaker Heights High School; Bob’s mentor, Coach Fred Heinlen, on right – read his personal praise on page 11.


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The Princeton Tiger’s 1950 undefeated championship season ended with an unforgettable Ivy League win over Dartmouth, played during a monstrous hurricane with 108-mph winds and flooding rains that turned the field into a lake. “When we would kick the ball, it would come back over our heads,” Bob explained. “We were putting it all on the line.” The Class of 1951 yearbook full of senior essays captured memories of that once-in-a-lifetime football game: “Against Dartmouth, Palmer [Stadium] was a mudflat in a wind tunnel…the scoreboard told the story: Princeton 13, Dartmouth 7. Princeton: wins 9, losses 0.” That season launched Princeton’s halfback #42 Dick Kazmaier’s Heisman trophy conquest in 1952 after another undefeated season, celebrated on the cover of Time magazine, November 19, 1951. Princeton Coach Charlie Caldwell designed a run-pass option play that

tested opposing defenses with Kazmaier’s abilities to alternate among weave-run, jumppass, or quick-kick. Yet the college-level coaching staff had plenty of other players to deal with, and Bob missed the encouragement that propelled him to distinction in his high school days. He lettered in football and track, and played intramural basketball while concentrating on his classes. Bob graduated with honors from Princeton on June 12, 1951, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Perhaps precipitated by that win against Dartmouth during the hurricane, possibly because his uncle in Philadelphia was an expert in long-range weather forecasting, or maybe it was his thesis on air pollution, Bob decided to have a go studying meteorology at M.I.T. “But I couldn’t draw a good-looking weather map like the military experts, and theoretical physics just wasn’t for me,” he said. Even though he barely passed his one pre-med biology class, and had a naturally shy personality, Bob began to think about a career in medicine. The Harvard admissions counselor was impressed with his story, and believed that a disciplined football player could handle the medical curriculum. But he gave Bob three hurdles to surmount before confirming his acceptance: passing all his current M.I.T. courses, taking a summer school course in biology at Harvard, and volunteering in the emergency room at Massachusetts General Hospital. He accomplished these tasks and was on his way.

Medicine Wins

The next nine years were spent in medical school in Boston, an internship at The Mary Hitchcock Hospital at Dartmouth, a pediatric residency at Mass General, and two years seeing children of soldiers stationed with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After spending all day for two years engaged mostly with emotional twoyear-olds, Bob decided to combine primary care pediatrics with teaching and research. He completed a one-year fellowship in the psychological aspects of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, then spent the next 20 years in academic pediatrics, mostly at the University of

Rochester Medical Center. “In the early ‘80s, when our economy was changing with the loss of blue collar jobs, and there were more single mothers working outside the home, we began to see a lot of stressed families with some instances of child abuse or neglect, and kids coming into the school system poorly prepared for learning,” Bob explained. These circumstances prodded Bob to return to school at Johns Hopkins to learn more about how to develop a communitybased approach to promote the health and development of families with young children. This approach was put into practice in New Hampshire over a 10-year period during which Bob helped create the New Hampshire Family Resource Coalition and a number of community-based support centers.

Bob’s illustrious career in the medical field earned prominence and recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives, closing the circle with his high school history by being inducted into the Shaker Hall of Fame in 1997. Today, he is working as a volunteer with the visiting home nurses at the “Healthy Kids” program of Southwest Florida to help them link with United Way houses and other community-based programs for families with young children. Looking back, Bob questions whether an early life of sports made any sense. His high school yearbook, the “Grist Mill,” simply noted involvement in a long string of sports activities. “I guess I wasn’t wellrounded back then,” he said. “But it was a stepping stone, and kept me out of trouble.”

Still Mentoring After All These Years

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Raising organic produce, as Delore Michael envisioned more than three decades ago, became a reality thanks to his daughter and coowner of the farmland (left) Dede D’Arcy (Royal Bonnet) and wife Geneva Michael (Arbor), who handled the financial books and was known among field hands at Ladybug Farm as “the General.”

Ladybug Farm Breaking Ground in Organic Produce BY MARY KAY GRIMALDI


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Innovation Delore “Mike” Michael was born in Minneapolis in 1918, and grew up

in the relatively small but adequate town of Amery, Wisconsin, overlooking North Twin Lake. Through voracious reading, varied interests, and a fearless business style, he appeared consistently ahead of his time; and his family relishes his legacy. After WWII ended and Mike returned to Kansas City with wife Geneva Michael (Arbor) and baby in tow, he became editor of trade magazines dealing with soft drink bottling and banking. He realized he would never be “his own man” working for the owner of these publications, so with a loan from his boss and equity from the sale of his Kansas City home, he and Geneva moved to Chicago to start a new trade journal. By 1958, with a second child (Dede D’Arcy, Royal Bonnet) and a house mortgage, Mike adapted his trade magazine to accommodate the growing vending industry, establishing “The American Automatic Merchandiser.” After a hard first year, the magazine took off and prospered. As the vending world grew, so did Mike’s involvement in a franchise called Office Coffee Service. This food connection introduced a new friend in the form of Pillsbury’s product manager, Jim Watkins, who linked Mike to vending opportunities for Act II microwave popcorn and a variety of frozen foods from pancakes to French fries. In the mid-1960s, Mike bought American Press, then Food Mart News. But after 22 years, the whole operation lost its allure. By the early ‘80s, Mike was tired of the publishing world, selling his journals to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, then selling that stock a few years later. His Golden Valley Microwave Foods investment ran smoothly, hooked up with WalMart, then went public and was bought by ConAgra. That freed Mike for the next great venture he had been dreaming about,

which still revolved around microloans and agricultural extension grants. Together with Dede and her husband Bro D’Arcy, Mike and Geneva bought 50 acres in Spring Grove, Illinois, a town of 550 people near the Wisconsin border. This was the spring of 1983.

Chicago Tribune in July 1988 claimed Mike “went into farming with an eye to lifestyle not earnings…a patient man whose many interests have never been fashionable; an old environmentalist, joining the Wilderness Society before it was regarded as chic.” Mike tested his theory for a tomato growth system in the fall, sinking large mesh-wire cages filled with horse manure. Embracing the Soil In the spring, he placed four tomato plants “I indulged a long-time desire on the around each cage, where they benefited Spring Grove property … a large-scale vegfrom snowmelt that created seepage from etable farm,” wrote Mike in his “Memories the manure stacks. Thus Mike’s entrée into of a Wisconsin boy and a long and happy organic farming (see page 14). marriage.” This desire gave birth to Running the farm during the first and Ladybug Farm. subsequent years was a constant hit or miss It started small, with a pick-up truck, a proposition – adjusting the seed planter single tractor, an automatic planter, and a so the lettuce wouldn’t get “bush hog” (single-spindle rotary cutter). choked, automating the The family cultivated an annual traditiller and manure tion of releasing a box of lady bugs on s p r e a d e r, and the property to help protect from scheduling harvest aphids (or “plant lice,” among the around Mexican most destructive insect pests), migrant farmers hence the farm’s brand name. and inner city This was no “hobby farm,” high school crews. although an article from the It was a big step from “gardening on all fours.” He experimented with “plastic mulch” to keep the soil a few degrees warmer in the spring and curb weeds since he didn’t use herbicides. He spent time working through the challenges of overhead water pipes then finally settled on newer, but tricky drip irrigation. To get produce to market sooner, Mike arranged to buy tomato transplants from a farm in Wisconsin, and hired a local grave digger to trench asparagus ditches – “14 inches deep and straight as an arrow.” Sadly, asparagus season typically peaked on Mother’s Day, so Geneva and Mike, in his signature overalls, and Dede worked harder than ever Geneva tended the fields of healthy on their “special” day. heirloom tomato plants that stocked high-end restaurants in Chicago.

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A Household Name

ers identified for customers why the price – and quality – were higher. The farm gained additional exposure during the fall “Best of the Midwest” show at Navy Pier, and this organic produce soon was served by chefs in the kitchens of Four Seasons hotels. The grandkids helped during school vacations, learning to spread manure in the fields and haul crates through the alleys and back doors of the finest restaurants in the city. Pay on a good day for these family field hands was lunch with linen napkins and a waiter filling their water glass after every sip. Reaping the fruits of their labors, Mike’s

Mike had decided to grow “organic” at a time when the concept was still quite new, but he knew he could justify his premium prices. A chance meeting in England with the general manager of Morton’s Steakhouse restaurants in Chicago led to a contract supplying the promised 12-ounce tomatoes at $1 per pound. He found his niche in high-priced city establishments, which led to a much bigger prize – Dominick’s, the second largest grocery chain Mike sorts Ladybug Farm tomatoes for a farm stand in the area. Later, the largest display of organic produce. local brand, Jewel supermarkets, agreed to put Ladybug’s organic tomatoes on the shelves in eight stores as a test. Picked at 90% ripeness for optimal flavor, the ongoing race continued to meet growing demand while minimizing spoilage. Eventually, with an impressive rainbow of yellow Gold Nuggets memoir recounts unforgettable adventures to pale green and bright red Whoppers, on family trips to Europe and gourmet Pilgrims, and Nepals, tiny cherry and pear- meals served personally by the great chefs shaped varieties of tomatoes, and bouquets of Chicago, such as famed Gordon Sinclair of herbs and snap peas delivered in Mike’s and Spiaggia’s Tony Mantuano. The farm signature BMW, people started to ask for even hosted these culinary experts for an annual picnic featuring Geneva’s signature Ladybug produce by name. This direct marketing approach cut out cole slaw and potato salad recipes. Despite high dollar volume, Mike didn’t the middleman, and small Ladybug stickearn a Ladybug profit until it folded. But that period was the “best time of his life,” and some thought it had mellowed this insightful man in bib overalls with an entrepreneurial spirit. “Mom, God bless her, always went with the flow, although she was known on the farm as ‘the General.’ Dad was just always ahead of his time,” said daughter Dede proudly. Not a bad legacy for an empire built on heirloom tomatoes.


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Defining Organic Farming According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water to enhance the quality of the environment. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers, bioengineering, and ionizing radiation. The organic movement reportedly began by small family farms in the 1940s as a reaction to agriculture’s growing reliance on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Post-war innovation in all aspects of agriculture resulted in large advances in mechanization, and increasingly powerful and sophisticated farm machinery allowed a single farmer to work larger areas of land as fields grew bigger. Organic farm yields have been demonstrated to be comparable with conventional farm yields over the long term, owing to superior performance under drought and inclement weather conditions. Crops that are grown organically are less forced into development of growth, which means that the time it takes for the crop to develop is generally slower. Organic products typically cost 10–40% more than similar conventionally produced products. Since the early 1990s, the retail market for organic farming in developed economies has been growing by about 20% annually due to increasing consumer demand.

Hometown Hoe-Down Come Out for Some Country Fun! Tuesday, October 27 • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Administration Circle, Courtyard, and Amphitheater on The Island The Hometown Hoe-Down is right around the corner y’all! Be sure to join the festivities on Tuesday, October 27, right here at the Shell Point “Ranch” (on The Island) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are plenty of fun games and prizes to be won and a delicious Western BBQ to satisfy your hunger for downhome cooking — featuring free hotdogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, chips, and soda. Pick up your free ticket at either service desk. Don’t forget to dress in your best western outfit for our photo booth and win a fabulous prize. Come ready to dance and sing in the Amphitheater with The Bayshore Cloggers, Shell Point Line Dancers and Square Dancers, followed by the Johnny Rogers Show, A Tribute to Country Legends, on stage at 2 p.m. Pet the animals visiting from the local farm zoo and climb aboard the festive fall hayride around Shell Point. Shop at our “Country Market” for low-priced honey, homemade jams and jellies, pickled items, and fresh produce, or just sit back and enjoy some free sweet tea and kettle corn.

Rules for Chili Cook-off: Round up your court’s top chefs to stir up a taste that will knock our judges’ boots off! Make enough to serve 10 small bowls for judging, and deliver hot to the Island Service Desk by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Come cheer on your favorite as the best court chili entry is judged by a panel of Shell Point employees at 2 p.m., right before the concert begins. Rules for Bake Sale: Pull out your favorite recipes for cakes, surprise cookies, or “mud” pies to share your baking skills in the Resident Bake Sale. Drop off entries by 9 a.m. the day of the event at The Island Service Desk. Be sure to identify your name, court, and description of your baked goods, sold throughout the daylong event. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to the court that wins the Court Chili Cook-off.

• Country Market • BBQ Lunch • Kettle Corn • Sweet Tea • Hayride • Games • Square Dancers • Cloggers • Country Music Prizes for: • Best Dressed • Best Court Chili

Sign Up by October 15: Stop by either service desk to register.

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Have you been to The Salon & Spa lately? They have some wonderful new products to share. Getting To Know GM Collin Skin Care will bring you up to date with the science and technology behind skin care and what it means for you. How can these natural ingredients work to improve the overall appearance of your skin to create a healthy glow? Meet the Salon staff on Monday, September 14, at 2:15 p.m. in the Social Center to find out. When it comes to choosing an exercise program, what works for one person, may not work for another. Why Would I Benefit from a Personal Trainer? will explain the benefits of using a personal trainer. If you’ve been contemplating the idea of signing up for one-on-one instruction, don’t miss this informative presentation with Fitness Supervisor Michelle Smith on Thursday, September 24, at 10 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room.

Wellness Specialty Classes

Pilates Stretch will continue at 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for

Lindy Smith teaches you how to walk tall during C.A.R.E. Balance & Pole Walking on two Saturdays in September.


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The Shell Point Fitness Team invites you to try a new exercise class. Bend, Breathe, and Balance, taught by Melanie Brod on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, will loosen up tight muscles and get blood pumpimg using a low-impact, easy-on-the-joints approach.

just $5 a class at the Island Health Club with Michelle Smith. This mat-based class focuses on the six Pilates principles: centering, control, flow, breathing, precision, and concentration. Participants will see improvement in flexibility, strength, and balance while enhancing posture, coordination, and mental focus. Bend, Breathe, and Balance takes place bright and early at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Island Health Club. The class incorporates balance techniques, proper breathing, and upper-body strength exercises that help overall muscle tone and flexibility. Join Fitness Coordinator Melanie Brod for just $5 a class. Aqua-Pilates Stretch continues with AEA-certified Instructor Jane Fenzer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at The LifeQuest Aquatic Center. Pay only $5 for this aqua class and learn exercises to improve core strength and stabilization, balance, agility, and coordination.

Back by popular demand is AFAAcertified Group Exercise Instructor and pole-walking expert Lindy Smith with C.A.R.E. Balance & Pole Walking. Join Lindy for two Saturdays (September 12 and 19) at 9:30 a.m. at The Village Church. Pay only $20 for these two sessions, which include instruction and pole rental. Confidence, attitude, reflexes, and endurance, paired with poles for posture and mobility, will help maintain your “upright citizen” status at Shell Point! This program is guaranteed to have you walking tall and proud. Join Fitness Coordinator Cheryl Cooper on Wednesday, September 9, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Center for an enjoyable and engaging program, Have Your Workouts Hit a Plateau? Learn how to change up your fitness routine and think out of the box with this one-time class. Find different classes to try, innovative exercises, and fun things to implement at home to keep you moving, motivated, and healthy.

Your Medical Community

Dementia is not a specific disease; it’s a general term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. The program Dementia – What Should We Know About It? will cover these topics and more. Join Dr. Sabodash on Wednesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room for this interesting and informative presentation. The Elmquist Eye Group Presents: Prevencia, the Latest in Eyewear Technology will take place on Friday, September 18, in the Social Center at 1:15 p.m. Get information about Crizal Prevencia lenses that help protect your eyes from harmful blue-violet light rays emitted from personal electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablets, as well as harmful rays from the sun. Join cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Cintron as she discusses the multiple causes of chest pain and when to seek appropriate treatment. Chest Pain – When Should I Worry? will take place at the Social Center on The Island on Tuesday, September 22, at 10:45 a.m. Practically anything can lead to chest pain, including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, GI, and musculoskeletal problems; attend this program to be better informed.

Dr. Milsap, DDS, provides onsite dentistry for Shell Point residents. On September 25, he will present The Mysteries of Routine Dentistry.

Oral Health: The Mouth/Body Connection Have you ever wondered why we are supposed to go to the dentist on a routine basis? Whether you’re 8 or 80, your oral health is important. “You should visit a dentist twice a year to make sure everything is working nicely,” explained Dr. Douglas Milsap, DDS, PA. Dentists perform a lot of routine maintenance to prevent problems that could occur if you do nothing. Yet more than 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. According to WebMD, up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to 66% of people with no heart disease. The two conditions have several risk factors in common, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight.

Some suspect that periodontitis has a direct role in raising the risk for heart disease as well. That alone should make us seek out the dentist twice a year for a regular check-up. Other conditions related to oral care are rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity. Join Dr. Milsap on Friday, September 25,* at 10 a.m. in the Grand Cypress Room to understand The Mysteries of Routine Dentistry and what it means for you. Topics will include gum disease and resulting infections, root canals, periodontal procedures, crowns, and the current state of the art in fillings. (*Note the date change, previously scheduled for Friday, September 4.)

The New Health Connection Brochure Will Be Arriving in Your Mailbox Soon The Health Connection schedule for the October 2015 - March 2016 season will be delivered to your mailbox the end of September. Read about four healthcare events planned for the new “Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries” speaker series, and mark the dates for three upcoming “Shell Point Cares” community walks.

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Anatomy of Words (FLL01) begins again on Monday, September 14, providing a weekly opportunity for those who appreciate the English language to enjoy etymology with fellow “wordies.” Led by Floyd Jamison (Parkwood), Dan Warner (Turban), and Frank Sevier (Harbor Court) this group conveys how they enjoy our lively language! On Tuesday, September 15, Professor Adrian Kerr begins a series of six classes on The Story of China, the most populous country on the planet. Professor Kerr will provide an historian’s perspective that takes us from Peking Man (400,000 BC) through the ages to the reform and westernization of this superpower. Registration is required for each lecture: FLL02, FLL07, FLL12, FLL16, FLL20, and FLL24. Writing with David Singer (Tellidora) (FLL03) provides an eight-week opportunity, beginning Thursday, September 17, with an experienced writer to learn to tell your story. Join like-minded residents using a book of “craft secrets of dramatic nonfiction by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.” Harriet Furton Reece, Ph.D., (Junonia) brings us Hot Literary Trends: Vintage Contemporary (FLL04) on Thursday, September 17. Her PowerPoint presentation will thoughtfully ponder how a book can be simultaneously categorized as “vin-

We all have a story. Do you want to share yours? Join David Singer (Tellidora) for an eight-week workshop series that will get your creative juices flowing.

tage” and “contemporary.” Intermediate Bridge (FLL05) with Susan Willoughby begins the first fourweek session of the semester on Wednesday, September 23. Players with some experience find this a helpful way to learn as you play. Environmental education programs focused on our corner of paradise are always appreciated, especially when presented by Kristie Anders, Education Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Her lecture, Sea Turtles (FLL06), will take place on Monday, September 28.

Did you know there are seven different species of sea turtles? The one pictured is a Hawksbill sea turtle. Join Kristie Anders of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation for her insightful lecture on Sea Turtles on Monday, September 28.


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Academy on The Go

On Wednesday, September 30, we begin a semester of educational field trips focused on the history of Florida. The first trip takes us to Clewiston at The Ah-TahThi-Ki Museum on the Seminole Indian Reservation (OTG01) to learn about the Seminole Indians at their reservation nestled in the heart of the Everglades.

Legacy Seminars

Legacy Foundation Executive Director Jeff Cory brings us two seminars this month. On Thursday, September 17, he invites Reina Schlager, CPA/PFS, with Schlager Schlager & Levin, to focus on a key tool in identifying how to lower our tax bill. Join them for Lower Your Taxes, Increase Your Income, and Not Outlive Your Assets (LS01). Smart IRA Planning Strategies: Getting IRA Withdrawals Right (LS02) takes place on Wednesday, September 23, with Dennis Landfried, VP and Wealth Advisor, and Read Sawczyn, VP and Trust Administrator, FineMark National Bank & Trust.


Matthew Whelan, Shell Point Technical Support Specialist, will provide a two-session course, First Time User (TT01), on Fridays, September 18 and October 2, geared toward computer users who want to take the time to get to know their computer better.

Technology Today and Tomorrow(T3)

On Monday, September 14, Penny Modrich (Nautilus) discusses how an Apple iPad could, in most cases, be a good replacement for your computer in Apple iPad: Why Do I Need One? Will It Replace My PC (T301)? If you decide to go the route of the iPad, you’ll want to take Penny’s next course, Apple iPad: What Are the Basics (T302)?

on two Mondays, September 21 and 28. Next comes how to print, which Penny teaches on Tuesday, September 29, in Printing from Your Apple iPad Tablet (T303).

Computer College

Computer Basics – On Mac Laptops (CC102) builds on the Mac users’ basic knowledge of the OSX operating system. This three-session course is taught by Bob Jakubiec (Lucina) beginning Monday, September 14. Basics Prep School (CC003), taught by Richard Nelson (Lakewood), is a foursession class beginning on Wednesday, September 16, for residents who are new to computers. Tips for More Organized eMail Messaging (CC231) focuses on almost everyone’s favorite form of communication.

Suzy Q Are you searching for a unique adventure, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or major milestone, or simply interested in enjoying the beauty of nature? Then a private charter on the Suzy Q pontoon boat may just be the ticket. This U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessel comfortably seats up to 25 passengers, and departs from the Shell Point Boat Docks with a tour-experienced captain at the helm. Your private charter experience is customized from start to finish, with options such as sightseeing around estuaries

If you have been using email for a while but would like to be more efficient and organized, this course is for you. Join Jim Plummer (Parkwood) on three Thursdays beginning September 17.

Stay Tuned Please refer to the brochure for the Academy of Lifelong Learning, available at either service desk or online at for more information, including any fees and registration requirements. There is also an online calendar that you can print. Please continue to confirm your class selections in the Weekly Reminder, as any last-minute changes will be posted there or on SPTV. We welcome ideas for future courses, and look forward to seeing you at an Academy class soon!

Fun on the Water

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with a trained volunteer narrator, lunch or dinner at a coastal restaurant, or a celebratory cruise with refreshments. The choice is yours! Ed and Barbara VanderHey (Coquina) are avid fans of this fun Shell Point amenity. “I’ve used the Suzy Q boat four times for private charters,” Ed explained. “We make it a full day by going to lunch at the Crystal Dining Room after the boat ride, then stopping in at the Gulf Coast Model Train Room during season. Our guests and friends have thoroughly enjoyed these trips!”

Specific pricing of charters depends on the length of the trip and other factors related to your custom cruise. General trip pricing for Shell Point resident groups for a minimum of two hours is $200, plus $75 for each additional hour. For Shell Pointsponsored outside groups, pricing for a minimum of two hours is $300, plus $100 for each additional hour. To learn more about how you can book a custom private Suzy Q charter, contact Melody Desilets, volunteer coordinator, at (239) 454-2290. Happy sailing! Shell Point Life | September 2015

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Friday Market Place


Each Friday in September 8:30–11:30 a.m. 11, 18, 25 Administration Courtyard/IS If you enjoy being outdoors, the Friday Market Place is a great place to be! Come see the new vendors and monthly entertainment. Don’t miss the uplifting atmosphere, and shop for quality produce and handmade items.

Japanese Buffet Lunch: Jing Du


Tuesday, September 8 10:30 a.m. Island 10:40 a.m. Woodlands 10:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 1:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (lunch on your own) Jing Du has quite a loyal following in Fort Myers and comes highly recommended by


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Shell Point residents. The buffet offers an assortment of delicious selections, including sushi. This is a perfect lunch outing to try some new foods or just plenty of your favorites! The reasonable prices ($8 – $15) are another good reason to sign up for this excursion.

Southwest Florida History Presentation


Thursday, September 10 1:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Jim Powers, a research historian for the Southwest Florida Museum of History in Fort Myers, will speak about the history of the people in this area, beginning with Juan Ponce De Leon and the Calusa and Seminole tribes. This extraordinarily interesting story also covers the American Civil War and Andrew Jackson. Jim presents this account in “Paul Harvey” fashion and concludes with questions and answers.


Programs • Parties • Movies • Outings • Excursions

Saturday DVD: Woman in Gold (2015)


Saturday, September 12 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Sixty years after fleeing Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish woman, attempts to reclaim family possessions that were seized by the Nazis. Among them is a famous portrait of Maria’s beloved Aunt Adele: Gustave Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” With the help of young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on a lengthy legal battle to recover this painting and several others. But it will not be easy; Austria considers them national treasures.

Everglades City Airboat Tour of the Mangrove Jungles


Monday, September 14 8:00 a.m. Island 8:10 a.m. Woodlands 8:20 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 4:00 p.m. approximate return Maximum 12 participants – Sign up soon! Cost: $53 (lunch on your own) At Everglades City Airboat Tours, the group will find a long family history of guides offering safe and quiet, yet interesting tours through the Everglades National Park waterways. The tour departs on the

Barron River and enters the deepest and thickest parts of the mangrove jungles. With comfortable cushioned seats and headsets to help you hear the guide more clearly, you’ll find this tour one of the best in Southwest Florida. Lunch will be at City Seafood waterside eatery, where entrees typically run $8–$15 and the locals love to dine.

Seafood Galore! At Your Door


Tuesday, September 15 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Village Church/IS You’re in the right place when you see the Big Green Truck from the Island Seafood Market, located on Matlacha. Purchase some of the freshest seafood around to take home and enjoy. An array of fish caught daily in Southwest Florida waters will be available, including grouper, snapper, shrimp, clams, and hogfish, with a “fresh off the boat” taste. Come and listen to the sweet sounds of guitarist Dean Miller, while sampling seafood dips prepared in-house! For pre-ordering or questions, call the Island Seafood Company at (239) 283-2525, or Program Coordinator Katelyn Van Scoy at 454-2057.

Painting Your Way to Fun!


Thursday, September 17 1:00–3:00 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL Cost: $29 An artist from Vino’s Picasso, a locally owned and operated paint studio, will guide you step-by-step through a unique painting (called “Egret,”) that you can keep or gift to someone special. This session will allow even the most inexperienced artists to have a great time while creating their own personal masterpiece. All the supplies needed are included in the cost. Light refreshments will be served.

Dining on Estero Island: Caribbean Flair


Thursday, September 17 4:30 p.m. Island 4:40 p.m. Woodlands 4:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 8:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (dinner on your own) Owners/chefs Marvia and Rupert Powell honed their culinary skills at places like the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and The Gasparilla Inn & Club on Boca Grande before opening their own Caribbean Flair restaurant. Taste Jamaican Jerk chicken and pork (with Chef Rupert’s own authentic homemade seasoning), fresh local seafood prepared in traditional and eclectic styles, ribs done Island style (with guava BBQ sauce). Don’t miss their fresh-baked pastry, homemade desserts, and Jamaican patties. Moderately priced.

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Back by Popular Demand! Outing to Trader Joe’s


Sunday, September 20 2:00 p.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) has just broken up with his wife. With nowhere else to go, Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) urges Felix to move in with him, at least for a while. The two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day!



Meet, & Things


Saturday, September 19 12:30 p.m. Island 12:40 p.m. Woodlands 12:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 4:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $8 (no meals for this trip) The staff at Trader Joe’s unique grocery store dons Hawaiian shirts to create a relaxed island feel, but their commitment to fair trade, good prices, and healthy eating is something they take seriously. Due to the length of drive back to Shell Point and lack of refrigeration, it is not recommended to purchase frozen or perishable items on this excursion. Purchases are limited to what you can carry yourself in one trip.

Sunday Matinee: The Odd Couple (1968)


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happen by signing up for Beach Day! Bring your personal beach/sun supplies, and lightweight chair if you like. Shell Point staff will serve beverages and a picnic lunch. On the way home, there will be a traditional stop for ice cream at Royal Scoop.

Do You Know Your Neighbor? Russia


Monday, September 21 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS Russia is the world’s largest nation, covering more than one-eighth of the earth’s inhabited land area. Bordering more than 10 countries, Russia is diverse in culture and history. This event allows Shell Point residents to socialize with others who have either traveled to Russia, speak Russian, are of Russian descent, or are interested in this country. Light refreshments served.

Ride the Tide… at Beach Day


Tuesday, September 22 8:30 a.m. Island 8:40 a.m. Woodlands 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 3:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $16 (ice cream on your own) Location: North Naples, Delnor-Wiggins State Park Take advice from the ocean: Be “shore” of yourself. Come out of your “shell.” Take time to relax and just “coast.” Avoid “pier” pressure. “Sea” life’s beauty. Don’t get “tide” down. Make “waves,” and make it all

Informational Talk: ECHO


Tuesday, September 22 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is a Christian international, non-profit organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. Brad Ward, an agricultural technical consultant for ECHO, will speak about the organization and its global efforts, as well as his personal work in the Caribbean.

Library Book Talk


Tuesday, September 22 2:15 p.m. Social Center/IS At this month’s book talk, residents Joy Ellyn Ryan (Junonia) and Anna Marie Tesoriero (Sundial) will review one of 2015’s best-selling novels. The Girl on the Train, written by Paula Hawkins, is Author Paula Hawkins

set in the environs of London. A psychological thriller, it’s full of complications and betrayals. Join them for discussion and refreshments.

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

English Tea with a Southern Touch: Wisteria Tea Room


Thursday, September 24 12:30 p.m. Island 12:40 p.m. Woodlands 12:50 p.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 5:00 p.m. approximate return Cost: $33 (includes tea, food, and tip) A long-neglected, Florida-style bungalow was the perfect place for Bobby Schwartz to realize a dream of running her own tea room in Fort Myers. Join us for a charming and oh-so-tasty afternoon tea, complete with scones, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats to accompany various teas.

Trinkets & Treasures Sale


Friday, September 25 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Cost for sale table is $5 per person. Don’t miss this eclectic mercantile shopping event, featuring a sea of interesting treasures sold by Shell Point residents. From books to buttons, this sale has it all! Find great deals on an incredible assortment of unique, previously used items.

Feel the Love: A Visit to the Norman Love Chocolate Salon

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Monday, September 28 8:30 a.m. Island 8:40 a.m. Woodlands 8:50 a.m. Eagles Preserve/EST 12:30 p.m. approximate return Cost: $7 (treats on your own, no tour) A chocolate lover’s adventure! Norman Love was corporate executive pastry chef for Ritz-Carlton, opening hotel pastry kitchens in Boston, Dubai, and Bali. After 13 years, he left to found Norman Love Confections with his wife, Mary. In February 2002, USA Today named it one of the top 10 artisan chocolate companies in the country. Artisan Gelato is another Norman Love eatery located next door for those desiring some sweet gelato concoctions. The group will stay long enough to enjoy some treats and make some decadent purchases.

Movie Night: High Noon (1952)


Monday, September 28 6:45 p.m. Social Center/IS On the day he gets married and hangs up his badge, lawman Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is told that a man he sent to prison years before, Frank Miller, is returning on the noon train seeking revenge. After hearing this, Will decides he must go back and face Miller. However, when he seeks the help of the townspeople he has protected for so long, they turn their backs on him. It seems Kane may have to face Miller alone, as well as the rest of Miller’s gang, who are waiting for him at the station. Don’t miss this western thriller!

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S H E L L P O I N T ’S O W N T H E A T E R

S.P.O.T. Auditions for Over the River and Through the Woods Thursday, October 1 4:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Do you have an interest in playreading? Here’s your chance to audition for a performance with SPOT (Shell Point’s Own Theater). The staged reading of Over the River and Through the Woods will be performed on Thursday, November 12. This upbeat, touching, and hilarious script is about two Italian families whose strong values are a stark contrast to the morals of today. In the story, Marcia, the granddaughter, is moving away from her family to advance her career, despite the family’s strong objections. Their traditions are exceptionally humorous, and some of them just might seem familiar. To participate in this wonderful production, call Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle) at 433-9520.


Taking a Break

The Palm Grill will be closed during September after Labor Day (September 7), opening again to serve you on Thursday, October 1.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24 4:30 p.m. Sabal Room/WDL This is a fellowship of those who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. This “open” meeting of AA welcomes those who struggle with alcohol issues. For information, call the intergroup phone number, 275-5111.

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 (Springs) at 333-0120.

­Caregiver Support Group Tuesdays, September 8 and 22 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. Group 2: 10:30 a.m. Medical Center Conference Room/IS These therapeutic groups are aimed at helping residents deal with issues of being a caregiver for someone with a memory disorder, whether the resident is cared for in independent living, assisted living, or skilled nursing. Dr. Nancy Spencer facilitates the groups and can be reached at 454-2043. Sign-up is required.

Diabetes Group Appointment Friday, September 4 1:00 p.m. Social Center/IS Both insulin- and noninsulin-dependent diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes open discussion.

Finding Joy (for Caregivers) This group is on summer break and will reconvene on October 8. The group will assist participants with coping as a caregiver through shared experiences and uplifting programs. Contact Jane Johnston (Lucina) at 464-5903 for more information.


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Support Groups Healing Journey Grief Support This group is on break. However, if you had a recent loss, our grief facilitators would be pleased to meet with you on an individual basis. Please contact Dotty Morrison (Cellana) at 337-4015, or Judy Mayer (Junonia) at 454-3139. You may also contact the Village Church office at 454-2147.

Hearing Enrichment Group Wednesday, September 23 1:15 p.m. Manatee Room/IS Poor hearing can affect many aspects of one’s life. Stephanie Devlin, case manager, will be facilitating this group that will help residents cope with such issues. She can be reached at 454-8246. Friends and family are also encouraged to attend.

Memory Care Support Groups Tuesdays, September 8 and 22 Group 1: 9:15 a.m. Group 2: 10:30 a.m. Behavioral Health Conference Room/IS These groups are designed to provide education and support to residents who have some type of memory disorder. The objectives of the groups are to identify practical strategies to help residents better manage their memory loss, address long-range planning, and offer an environment that fosters a sense of purpose and heightened self-esteem. Note: Individual assessment is required before joining a group. Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, facilitates the group and can be reached at 454-2073. Individual appointments are also available.

Neuropathy Support Group Wednesday, September 16 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.

Parkinson’s Enrichment Group Monday, September 14 10:15 a.m. King’s Crown Community Room/IS This group aims to provide support and educational opportunities to those affected by Parkinson’s disease as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend. Meetings include speakers, group discussions, and emotional support. For more information, call Janine Hammond, case manager at 454-2186.

Shell Point COPD Support Group This group meets quarterly; the next meeting will be on October 20. The objective is to provide information and discussions that will be relevant to individuals with a range of breathing problems, as well as those dependent on supplemental oxygen. For additional information, call Ken Peterson at 482-3779.

Vision Enrichment Group This group is on break; the next meeting will be on October 13. The group is for networking and sharing stories and information. Florence Putman (Eagles Preserve) is the chairperson. For more information, contact Case Manager Angie Prichard at 454-2134.

Challenge Yourself to

Stay Active Staying active can mean interacting with the world around us in many ways – stimulating your brain, exercising your body, or participating in a social gettogether. No matter how we do it, being active usually involves getting out of our comfort zone. Whether mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually, we grow by overcoming obstacles. No matter our age, to stay happy and healthy, and to live

meaningful lives, we need to challenge ourselves every day, even in little ways. Assisted living residents appreciate the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle, knowing that each day is an opportunity that can’t be repeated. No matter what experiences each day brings, there is always a way to make the most of them. Choose activities that keep your body and mind healthy, and nourish your soul … and have fun doing it!

Cindy Gellatly (King’s Crown) takes a refreshing dip at the LifeQuest Aquatic Center.

Rosina Rue and Virgie Hitzeman (King’s Crown) cultivate beauty in nature at the Orchid House.

Joanne Mishler and Mary Ryder (The Springs) enjoy lunch at First Watch.

Pauline Schroeder displays the first sweet potato grown in The Springs raised garden plots.

Marie Devane and Marilyn Bunting (King’s Crown) find bargains on a shopping trip to Bealls.

Dot and Bob Hagman (Arbor) “wet a line” at The Island lagoon.

LeRoy and Fran Lancaster (Arbor) talk about and relive their travel itineraries.

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I’m a city kid, born and raised on the island of Manhattan, so I grew up seeing mostly other buildings whenever I looked out a window. I now find myself utterly dazzled by the beauty of what I see every day here at Shell Point. I see the splendor and variety of the trees and shrubs, the creative landscaping design, the gift of shade and peace provided by the grove of banyan trees along the canal, the care with which the pathways are edged, the thoughtfulness of adding sparkling white sand to our little beach and faithfully keeping it raked, the pristine condition of ponds and bridges that provide lovely vistas and creature habitats.

The Shell Point Landscaping team works year-round to keep the campus grounds looking their best. Above L-R: Ignacio Rodriguez, Gabriel Roque Valdes, and Eduardo Rodriguez Carillo work to clear overgrowth on The Island. Left: Flower beds are always in bloom with seasonal annuals changed regularly.

All of this takes WORK – strenuous, tiring, perspiring work, whether the day is blistering hot or rainy and cold. There is a story about a conversation between a “doubter” and a “believer.”

As the story goes, the doubter said, “You tell me God is all powerful, but can God create a three-year-old tree in 10 seconds?” “Yes,” replied the believer, “but it will take us three years to see it.” When I look at our beautiful Shell Point campus, I see 50 years of God’s creation gloriously unfolding, thanks to the

intelligence, respect, care, and committed diligence of Shell Point’s landscape management and maintenance departments. Residents can acknowledge these efforts and thank Shell Point employees for the joy they give us by making a donation to the 2015 Employee Christmas Fund. It’s easy to give; donation forms can be found at either service desk or online at You can donate by check or by monthly billing.

Let the Shows Begin! Your Ticket to Broadway Productions, Comedies, and Musicals Coming this month to your mailbox will be the 2015-2016 theatre booklet called “Let the Shows Begin.” You can select from an amazing assortment of incredible shows to attend in the Fort Myers area this season. Shell Point residents travel by bus to the 26

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Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Artis–Naples, Gulfshore Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Theatre Zone, and Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center to see the best Broadway productions, comedies, and musicals offered in Southwest Florida. Treat yourself and catch a few shows this year!

LifeQuest Quarterly Event Active Aging Week:

Live YOUR Adventure! Here comes Active Aging Week … September 27 – October 3, appropriately themed “Live Your Adventure,” a call to action to older adults to challenge themselves to break their routines and try something new. Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), the weeklong campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly embraces the positive aspects of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully-participating

members of society and spotlights role models who lead the way. Join us on Tuesday, September 29, in the Social Center at 1:15 p.m. for a LifeQuest event that celebrates living fully in all dimensions of life. Enjoy wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment during this fun, interactive fitness class, led by our certified fitness professionals, with a healthy smoothie afterward to cool off. Be sure to wear your yellow LifeQuest T-shirt!

LifeQuest Discussion Group— Educational Dimension Connecting Through Education Presented by: Amanda Addison, Resident and Family Services Counselor Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL A continual quest for intellectual growth keeps minds sharp while also contributing to overall wellness. As LifeQuest was being created at Shell Point, it became obvious that an educational dimension was extremely important to the program. Shell Point recognizes the value of this dimension of wellness and

provides endless opportunities to stimulate the mind. Just as The Academy of Lifelong Learning provides residents with a variety of classes, so does The Larsen Pavilion, in a skilled nursing setting, provide residents with many varied opportunities to continue to learn and grow intellectually. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast

University, Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in social services, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field. Please join Amanda as she shares opportunities for ongoing learning available each day in The Larsen Pavilion.

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It was a flaw in my secondary school literary education that led me to a dimly lit reading nook at 3 a.m. in the Ellis Library at the University of Missouri. Perhaps the lapse occurred because Mrs. Pettingill preferred American authors Hemingway, Melville, and Steinbeck, or possibly the St. Louis County Board of Education fashionably altered the curriculum to focus on contemporary novels rather than the classics. Whatever the reason, I was now comfortably ensconced reading an epic Greek poem in an attempt to rectify the earlier omission. Oddly, it was not the university English Department that exposed my literary deficit, but rather it was “slow-hand” Eric Clapton. My dormitory roommate often played the Disraeli Gears record album by Cream, and Clapton’s poetry inspired me to learn about ancient Greece: You thought the leaden winter would bring you down forever, But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun. And the colors of the sea blind your eyes with trembling mermaids, And you touch the distant beaches with tales of brave Ulysses. How his naked ears were tortured by the sirens sweetly singing, For the sparkling waves are calling you to kiss their white-lace lips. Safe in my nook all those years ago, I devoured pages of the Odyssey like a ravenous Cyclops; I gulped down the stanzas of Homer’s poem like a ship spiraling in the whirlpool of Messina. Despite the tempting calls of sorority sirens, my course remained 28

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A variety of beautifully landscaped and wellmaintained walkways meander through Shell Point neighborhoods, parks, and resident courtyards – all of which delight the senses for those who pass by.

unaltered toward the enlightened shores of Ithaca. In the fantastical haze of mythology, I came to an epiphany at the crossroads of philosophy, history, and horticulture. I learned that the Greek philosopher Epicurus established garden space as a classroom for his followers in 306 B.C. Unlike food gardens, these grounds, developed within the confines of the city, were designed to safely simulate the wellbeing of wilderness. The Romans appreciated all things Greek and exported the concept of public parks to the rest of the known world. But we needed the English to name the blasted thing…a “Pleasure Garden.” Pleasure gardens differ from mere botanical gardens in that they are designed to contain more diversions than simply plants and trees. Promenade concerts allowed visitors to stroll and be seen, while

tea rooms offered respite from this exercise. Some pleasure gardens contained sculptures that were liberated by the empire, or even menageries of live animals. Pleasure gardens proliferated in the 18th and 19th centuries in London, including for example the famous Vauxhall Gardens. From ancient Greece to the gardens of Shell Point, landscape space has united us through the ages. The path from Epicurus to Shell Point has been as circuitous as that of Ulysses from the Trojan Wars back to Penelope and home. Yet, despite the rise and fall of men and their civilizations, gardens remain. Walking the planted pathways at Shell Point is as enchanting as Calypso and as inspirational as the Nine Muses. Please join me for a stroll in the “Pleasure Garden” that is Shell Point.

FINANCIAL SEMINARS IN SEPTEMBER Investments are the Key: Earn More by Paying Fewer Taxes Your tax return is a key tool in identifying how to lower your tax bill. You may not need to change your investments, but rather which investments you draw your income from. Learn how you can maximize your income by attending this plain-speaking session explaining what you should know about your tax return and the tax benefits you enjoy at Shell Point.

Lower Your Taxes, Increase Your Income – Don’t Outlive Your Assets!

Structure Your IRA to Optimal Advantage Many individuals have a significant amount of their retirement assets in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). During this seminar, you will learn the latest strategies to maximize benefits and minimize taxes during your lifetime and at death.

Smart IRA Planning Strategies, Getting IRA Withdrawals Right Wednesday, September 23 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL

Presented by: Reina Schlager, CPA/PFS, Schlager Schlager, & Levin

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Thursday, September 17 10:00 a.m. Grand Cypress Room/WDL

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Presented by The Legacy Foundation and The Academy of Lifelong Learning. Please RSVP to either service desk.

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set to download and install updates automatically. Not only is it safer for your software, but it is also safer for your computer. A fully up-to-date computer will function more smoothly overall to operate with fewer glitches. For you, this means fewer headaches and more time enjoying your fully functional computer. To set this automatic download and install for Windows 7 or Windows 8 updates, press the Windows key, type “windows update,” and press enter. Click “change settings” in the left pane, and make sure “install updates automatically (recommended)” is selected. (Note that the new Windows 10 plat-

form is somewhat different, but should update the same as Windows 7 and 8; all Macintosh products already default to automatic download and install for updates.) Along with Windows updates, it is also wise to make sure that any other programs you use on a daily basis are also constantly up to date. Many of these programs, such as Java and Adobe, also have the option of automatically updating. These two programs alone help provide smoother operation of your computer. If you have any questions, or are unsure how to update your programs, call Technology Support Services at 454-8248; a tech specialist will be happy to help. Shell Point Life | September 2015


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Watch for details to participate in the 12th Annual Shell Point Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, November 13. Hosted by The Legacy Foundation, the yearly event promises “fun and funds” dedicated to support Memory Care programs at Shell Point, specifically updating the furnishings in the second floor unit at The Larsen Pavilion. This year, Wright Construction Group and Finemark National Bank & Trust, long-time supporters and friends of Shell Point, have joined forces as co-title sponsors. Scott Loiacano has played on the Wright Construction team every year since the tournament was founded. “The course is always in great shape, and the tournament is well organized, with friendly staff and a great turnout. The best part is that we are working with The Legacy Foundation to raise money for an excellent cause,” Scott said. Players should plan to arrive at 7 a.m. to enjoy a continental breakfast and peruse the silent auction items. A hole-in-

one at #5 wins an R1200RT BMW motorcycle, provided by Gulf Coast Motorcycles. If you hit #9 in one shot, you’ll bring home a brand new “tricked out” golf cart. A perfect shot into the cup on hole #16 – 141 yards for men, 125 yards for women – wins a Sea-Doo SPARK jet ski with trailer. After the tournament, enjoy a barbecue lunch, provided by Sanibel Catering Company, and meet Krista Fogelsong, ABC7 news anchor, who will announce winners of the tournament, raffle prizes, and silent auction. “I love to golf the tournament every year,” said George Waters (Palm Acres). “It’s a lot of fun and definitely a good cause!” Registration fee is $128, and a portion is tax-deductible. To register a team or as an individual, complete the registration form in the invitation delivered to all residents. But hurry, space is limited. For more information, contact The Legacy Foundation at (239) 466-8484. Thank you for participating!

Where has this painting been for 60 years? Help us solve this mystery… We know it was purchased at the Community Thrift Store in May 2015. The artist was Jean Earley, and now this oil on plywood from 1945 has been returned to her son Pete Earley, a New York Times best-selling author and advocate for mental health reform. With both his parents recently deceased, Pete wants to know how this personal treasure, painted 30

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in Colorado when his parents were newlyweds, came to be in Southwest Florida? Do you recognize this artwork? Contact Editor Mary Kay Grimaldi at 454-2055, or Learn more about this “mystery painting” on SPTV (or go to, and read about what happens behind the scenes at the Community Thrift Store in the upcoming October issue of Shell Point Life.

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Audrey Hepburn was the original celebrity to bring popularity to the pixie haircut, followed by Mia Farrow in the 1960s. In 2013, Charlise Theron attended the Oscars sporting a modern pixie, which was later named the “Best Look of the Year.” Jamie Lee Curtis and Halle Berry are also great examples of short hair done right. Is short hair right for you? Take the 2.25 test by placing a pencil on the point of your chin horizontally; next hold a ruler to your earlobe vertically with the two creating a right angle (see illustration). The intersection where the two meet is your measurement. If it’s less than 2.25 inches, your face is proportioned for short hair. More than 2.25 inches, and a dramatically short hairstyle may not be right for you. The pixie works best on women with heart-shaped, square, and oval faces. It’s also a good cut for round faces, but looks best with volume through the top and long bangs to create the illusion of length. A longer bang styled to the side or off the face also adds a modern flare for any of these face shapes.

L: Hepburn’s classic pixie in 1956. (Paramount photo by Bud Fraker.) R: Farrow having her hair styled by Vidal Sassoon for her role in Rosemary’s Baby (1968.)

The pixie requires little effort in styling for thick or wavy hair, like Kate Sullivan (Eagles Preserve). Creating “pieces” is flattering with fringe around the face, and gives shape to the style, as illustrated by Susie Olsen (Oakmont). “Pieces” also create softness and a more feminine look. If you have fine hair, you may need lots of product to avoid the dreaded “helmet head.” Using product will give your pixie a modern look and also help emphasize your cheekbones and eyes, as seen in Joyce Crawley’s (Harbor Court) photo. For fine hair, a cocktail of volumizing spray and mousse on damp hair is a winning combination to add lift and hold at the roots and bulk to the ends, which is hard to achieve with just one product. Styling cream or paste is perfect for fringe. Dry shampoo adds volume and texture on clean or “day after” hair. Depending on face shape and hair type, it may be best to keep the layers lon-

ger as shown in the photo of Jewel Whitson (Lucina). It can be easier to achieve fullness with a smoother look, especially with a little back combing under the long layers. Try a zig-zag part on thin hair; it gives a little lift, and the scalp will show through less. A trick when styling at home is to blow dry upside down using medium heat; hot air kills volume. If you are using an ionic blow dryer, turn off this setting. Ions are fantastic for creating sleek looks, but counterproductive if the goal is volume.

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2015 THE LEGENDARY DICK HYMAN, JAZZ PIANIST Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Village Church Auditorium Dick Hyman is an American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer, best known for his versatility with jazz piano styles. He was born in New York City in 1927, and is still going strong at 88 years old. His career got underway in the early ‘50s as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. Because of his versatility, he has had a long career involving film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances, and more than 100 albums recorded under his own name. He won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. One of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer and masterful in improvisation of his own piano style, Hyman has researched and

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recorded ragtime and jazz music, which he often features in his recitals. Some of his past recordings include combos From the Age of Swing, Swing Is Here, Cheek to Cheek, and If Bix Played Gershwin. In years past, Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey as well as orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He has served as composer/arranger/conductor/ pianist for Woody Allen films as well. And in the dance field, he composed and performed the score for the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet Company’s Piano Man. Join us for an evening of Big Band music with Dick Hyman. His performance will also include documentaries and film clips of some of the greats, like Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and other favorites of the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.


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Residents can purchase tickets at either service desk, which will be automatically charged to your Shell Point account. Guests can buy tickets online at or by calling (239) 454-2067.

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Tis’ the season to be crafting! Calling all avid crafters who are interested in selling items at this year’s Holiday Bazaar. Shell Point residents with handcrafted or enhanced quality items are encouraged to join the Crafters Group for a minimal fee of $10. Members may then participate in the Holiday Bazaar by contacting the event chair, Barbara 32

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Hilton (Lakewood) at 267-4258. The highly anticipated Holiday Bazaar is open to the public and will take place on two floors of The Woodlands Commons on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Join in this celebration of the holiday season and our crafters’ exclusive talents.

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Become a Friends of the Arts Donor I/We wish to contribute a gift (tax deductible), as a Friend of the Arts, in the amount of $_____________________________. Maestros $2,500 or more • Composers $1,000-2,499 • Conductors $500-999 • Soloists $300-499 • Chorus $100-299

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To make a contribution, please complete this form and mail it, along with your payment, to: Dawn Boren, c/o Friends of the Arts • 15000 Shell Point Blvd., Suite 110 • Fort Myers, FL 33908 Please make checks payable to Shell Point.

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The Shell Point Photo Studio (located in the Creativity Tunnel on The Island) soon will mark its first year, and Photo Club members have put the space to good use, including safety training on all the equipment. Residents attended still life and Adobe Lightroom software classes, while Eagles Preserve residents Herb Sklar, Les Davidson, and Phyllis Ingalls have taken dozens of resident and employee portraits. During July and August, Christmas elves (with the help of Photo Club members and Volunteer Coordinator Melody Desilets) have been tinkering in the studio. They gathered holiday-themed ornaments, garland, and an evergreen tree from various Shell Point storage closets. George Waters (Palm Acres) took on the task of building a beautiful hearth, adding artificial fire to create ambiance. Carpet was laid, the tree was trimmed, and gift boxes wrapped. The set is now ready for Shell Point

residents and employees (groups up to five people) to sit (or stand) for their customized portrait with this Christmas-themed backdrop, captured by resident photographers. Imagine a cozy gathering before a hearth with a roaring fire and a festively decorated tree. Picture a grinning group hug or formal, color-coordinated pose. Create a magical scene your friends and family will love. Think about sending this image in a personalized greeting card, customizing a 2016 calendar, framing a family heirloom, or posting on Facebook for all to see. It can happen now in the Photo Studio! Half-hour portrait sessions will be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays from September 18 through November 20. Cost is $25 (payment due on day of session in cash or check payable to Shell Point Photo Club). Each session includes an 8 1/2 x 11 contact sheet of nine color images and CD with digital files (plus release for rights to make prints

Oakmont residents Susie and Roger Olson, model the Photo Studio Christmas backdrop available for resident portraits. Photo by Herb Sklar.

and distribute as needed). Call 433-7900 to schedule your appointment for a memorable Christmas portrait. Leave a message with name and contact number; a resident photographer will call back to arrange photo session date, time, and other details.

Christmas Cantata Peace on Earth Call for Vocalists and Instrumentalists “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” –Luke 2:14

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This Bible verse inspired Ruth Rodgers (Palm Acres) to envision the next Christmas Cantata theme, aptly entitled Peace on Earth. “I am always open to ideas for our cantata, and find inspiration in many things,” Ruth explained. “In this case, I took a part of the Christmas story from the Shepherd’s story in the Book of Luke and expounded on it.” This upcoming cantata marks a 20-year milestone celebration of bringing hope, song, and cheer to residents and guests on Christmas Day. Led by Ruth and Dr. Ted Rodgers, who sets music to his wife’s original lyrics, the cantata is filled with songs and narration which ultimately celebrates the birth of Christ Jesus. Ted has enjoyed the fellowship and cama-

raderie that accompanies each cantata, and he eagerly encourages others to join in the festivities. “We are looking for vocalists and instrumentalists to participate in our annual event,” he said. “We have seen an increase in both participation and attendance over the past 20 years, and we feel blessed that we have been able to share this with our Shell Point community.” Rehearsals begin Thursday, October 8, and continue each Thursday until Christmas Eve, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Rehearsals will begin at 2:30 p.m. in The Village Church Choir Room. If you would enjoy singing in the choir or playing an instrument in the orchestra, please call Ted or Ruth at 466-5353.

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We at The Village Church are a community – community in the sense of a people who hold a number of things in common. We share common beliefs and common practices – credenda and agenda, if we were to dust off our Latin. Many of those common beliefs and practices are shared by the broader Shell Point community. But in reality, we are a community in progress. We are still growing ... an aspirational community. We know what kind of community we’d like to be; we are still pursuing it. I love to find passages of Scripture that summarize the essence of the kind of community to which we aspire. It helps me focus on what really matters. What are the most important beliefs and practices? To what should we devote our energies? Last month we examined what it meant to be a community of forgiveness. We found that the Lord’s Prayer focuses our attention on what’s really important. We aspire to be a community of forgiveness – a characteristic that determines what kind of relationship we have with both God and each other. But we also aspire to be a community of purpose. We are not biding our time, waiting for our “end of days.” If we are still here, we are here for a purpose.


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erence is the Ten Commandments. But He has also sent us His Son who alone modeled the righteous life perfectly. Jesus has shown us what justice looks like. To love kindness: to act toward others in ways that recognize that we are all made in the image of God. Kindness is not primarily an emotion or feeling; it is a way of acting. It is doing good to one another – sometimes in words, sometimes in actions. Just as doing justice is clearly defined by the Ten Commandments, loving kindness is most clearly defined by the Golden Rule: doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Walk humbly with your God: humility, the essence of submission. As we recognize that we who are unholy stand before God who is altogether holy, we fall on our faces and cast ourselves on His mercy. Our lives then reflect our dependence on Him and on His grace. What a trinity of virtues! Justice, kindness, humility. No matter what our life circumstances are, they define our purpose as long as we have breath. We aspire to be a community of forgiveness, and a community of purpose. I trust you are committed to just such a community.


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On the islands of the Bahamas, ocean breezes cool and refresh inhabitants on a daily basis. For those who now attend Hillcrest Academy and Chapel on the Hill in Nassau, energizing winds coming across from the United States mainland have brought assistance and growth. Beginning in the 1970s, a gust from Shell Point helped originate a church. During the next several decades, members of the church, who had built a school, needed a fresh breeze to add an orphanage. The Fort Myers Chinese Alliance Church,

ministering to Chinese workers, spread the word. Another breeze swept through from Ohio to bring computers and construction workers to help expand the orphanage.

From Atlanta, a summer flurry brought Vacation Bible School workers. Southeastern District Alliance Men recently arrived on another breeze to finish a three-year construction project for the academy and orphanage. Come let a breeze blow on you in the Hospitality Room of The Village Church on Wednesday, September 16, to hear stories of this special place in the Bahamas. Invite your friends and join us at 10 a.m. for refreshments, followed by the program at 10:15 a.m. Shell Point Life | September 2015


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There are many reasons to stay at the Guest House on The Island. Some guests are proud of the Florida Green Lodging certification, recently achieving a “One Palm” rating for its commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. Designated properties save money by reducing water, energy use, and waste generation, increasing occupancy with lower guest rates. Other visitors enjoy the comfortable guest rooms and close proximity to Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach, which provide a restful and recreational venue for all who visit our community. Over the past 45 years, the Guest House has served residents as they move to their new Shell Point home, conference attendees, and friends and family who come to enjoy the beaches and weather, especially during the busy – and expensive – winter season. It’s hard to find a better option, with 39 modern rooms that include two queen-size beds, or one king-size bed with pull-out sofa, in-room coffee service, hairdryers, Wi-Fi, and cable TV, as well as easy access to onsite dining in the Crystal Room and Island Café. The Guest House has also served as a home port after Hurricane Charley hit our coast in





2004, housing residents from the damaged Island mid-rise buildings for approximately six weeks and allowing them to stay on campus. This summer, the Guest House exterior received a minor facelift, which included adding stucco to the cinderblock walls, recoating the upper level walkways, and painting the entire building and room doors. “We are also in the process of replacing the individual air conditioner units in each guest room for improved efficiency of heating and cooling,” said Bob Southern, director of Project Development. “The next phase of enhancement includes new landscaping around the entire building to allow for more natural light and curb appeal.”

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We encourage you to secure your reservations early by contacting the Guest House at (239) 454-2123 or via e-mail at

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