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December 2016 Vol. 11 Issue 12

Carving Christmas Traditions

Time to Turn to

Retirement Grade A Care at Larsen Pavilion

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Follow the Leader

—Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

By Mary Kay Grimaldi A president is a leader who

some residents put the holiday on

represents a group of people,

display (pages 11-15), and join in

whether it is a country, a com-

fellowship to celebrate the reason

munity, or a club. The president

for the season (pages 16-19).

guides, strategizes, shares a vision,

Giving is one way we show our

delegates, monitors, and pitches in

love at Christmas. Some came to

to assure things run smoothly. From finances

shop for gifts at the Holiday Bazaar (pages

and policy to advocacy and diplomacy, the

24-25). Many gave to support care at the

president wears many hats for the good of

Larsen Pavilion through the Auxiliary’s

his, or her, constituents.

Bakeless Bake Sale (page 36), celebrating

Our job is to do our best to ensure that our leader succeeds! Let’s pray for our new

the recent 5-star rating granted by the state regulator (pages 42-43).

president as he leads our community. It is

It’s a picture-perfect world at Shell

considered a great honor for any citizen to

Point – touring around the new clubhouse

shake the hand of the president, and many

(pages 40-41), modeling designer fashions

exercised this opportunity at President

at the Community Thrift Store show (pages

Emeritus Peter Dys’ retirement celebration

44-45), marveling at the precision water

on November 10 (see pages 3-10).

drop by the Florida Forest Service helicop-

It’s Christmastime, and many are dream-

ter (pages 34-35).

ing of “white,” but finding East Palatka holly

Take some quality time to appreciate all

here at Shell Point, instead of freezing temps

we have to enjoy, thanks to inspired, long-

and snow (see back page). Enjoy seeing how

term leadership.



Editor Mary Kay Grimaldi Creative Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Wendy Iverson Graphic Designer Kathy Grove Contributors Bev Chandley, Dora Robbins, Laura Slack, Michelle Tompkins, Teri Kollath, Beth Crenshaw, Robyn Church, Debbie Brewer, Dianne Morton, Erica May, Richard Brown, Melody Desilets, Claude Emler, Ginny Miller-Plaza, Tom Frackenpohl, Randy Woods, David Pavey, Roger Palms, Andy Hawkins, Charlie Howlin, Ethel Hubbard, Morgan Clayman, Sarah Nadal, Juliana Metzner, Steve Morton, Tom Irwin, Matt Whelan, Anna Smith, Janine Hammond, Jan Coay, Susan Uhleman, Marilynn Fowler, Jo Klenk, Dotty Morrison, and Jane Haines 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


Peter Dys has devoted three decades of his career as president – caring for, serving, and satisfying the residents of Shell Point. Read about his recent retirement and dedication to the service of God and the care of His people (pages 3 –10). 2

Shell Point Life is published monthly for the residents of Shell Point Retirement Community.

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Shell Point President Transition By Mary Kay Grimaldi

Culminating the long-term presidency of Peter Dys at Shell Point Retirement Community, the board of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation (C&MAF) at its meeting on November 9 formalized the transition of leadership for Florida’s largest single-site continuing care retirement community (CCRC) to Martin Schappell. Presiding at his 127th resident quarterly meeting later that day, having answered more than 2,540 questions posed by inquiring minds since 1985, the newly designated President Emeritus Dys lauded the thoughtful process to name his successor. Continued next page

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“Approximately five years ago, a transition committee began studying what we needed and planning how to proceed,” Peter said. “The spiritual values we are founded on and the mission of this organization were always central in this effort.” Late in 2014, as Peter declared his intention to retire in the coming 12-18 months, the board search committee actively identified candidates to interview for this position, finding a prime contender close to home – an eight-year member of this very board. “This is not a job, it is a commitment; and Martin brings a passion for quality care for our residents, a passion for our Lord, and a passion for our mission and ministry,” said Peter. “Shell Point is in good hands.” Continued on page 6

‘Passing the torch’ at the resident quarterly meeting in November. L-R: Martin and Janet Schappell, Pat and Peter Dys, and C&MAF Board Chair Mark O’Farrell.


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President Martin Schappell presented President Emeritus Peter Dys with a bronze manatee sculpture, traditionally reserved as an honor for employees who have dedicated more than 25 years of service to Shell Point.

Above: Lucina resident Gordon Cathey concluded the retirement presentations for Peter Dys with a prayer of hope for the future of Shell Point. Right: C&MAF board member Wanda Anderson recognized Pat Dys as the “quintessential Proverbs 31 woman: the wife of noble character, a rare and precious jewel. We are drawn to her gentle conversation; she is as comfortable arranging flowers as she is with power tools.” Far right: Peter Dys is embraced on stage after the program by several surprise guests – his grandsons, and former colleague David Haverstick and his wife.

Shell Point residents joined in recognizing Peter Dys’ 31 years as president.

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Surprising Peter by their presence with a musical performance on stage, the entire Dys family sang lyrics written by matriarch Pat Dys to describe this man we know: “You know him as a friend, a leader bold and strong; we know him as a loving dad, who we have cherished long.”


“ TIES” The ties that bind us to each other and our beliefs… “After 31 years, my mind is filled with a parade of memories and events, ranging from historic, critical, and comical,” said Peter Dys at his retirement celebration the following day. “We are just stewards doing the Lord’s service, and our time at Shell Point has been a blessing beyond compare.” November 10 marked the end of the longest era that any Shell Point leader has served in the executive office. For a CCRC that soon will claim 50 years of lifestyle with lifecare for aging adults, Peter is leaving a legacy of financial strength and a culture of joy, peace, and comfort for residents. “It is a rare combination to find someone who is mission minded and business savvy,” said the newly named President


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Schappell, thanking Peter for leaving a healthy, successful, and vibrant community. Martin described how God had called him out of his former position as a healthcare executive and into his new role at Shell Point. “I have some big shoes to fill, but gratefully they are pointed in the right direction. God slowly and sweetly moved me from my career plan toward His purpose. As Proverbs 16:9 says: ‘The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.’ I pray we never drift from our original mission.” Lucina resident Dr. Gordon Cathey, director emeritus of the C&MAF board, blessed those gathered with prayer, asking

that we “look upon this vine that God has planted,” and watch it grow in the future with hope and great expectation. Peter humbly described how those who preceded him had faced hard challenges and had much less to work with. “I walked on their shoulders, and hope to leave Martin with a rock solid foundation,” he said, describing the potential for Shell Point to more than double in size and add many unique amenities. “In the process, I ask that you take time to love, respect, and encourage our new leader, because he can lead you a long way if you allow it. He has a dedicated heart, and it can be lonely without the thank you’s you’re so good at providing.

“Through a ‘servant heart’ reflected at all levels of Shell Point operations, we express our dedication to God and the care of His people. This is an organization committed to excellence based on our spiritual values, which are always present and so deeply rooted in our culture.” —Peter Dys

Touching family performances and meaningful speeches from associates and board members, as well as the supportive presence of more than 1,000 Shell Point residents, set an emotional tone at the retirement celebrations for Peter Dys and his wife Pat.

Above all, pray for him; it’s the most powerful thing to offer and makes all the difference in the world.” Thankfulness was a solid theme expressed by our longtime leader, who was especially grateful for resident “prayer warriors” and the powerful blessings enjoyed by his entire family. “Residents trusted us; coming here was such a leap of faith, but we have delivered what we promised,” Peter said. “We are mindful of the wisdom of many counselors. It has kept us attentive to detail, humble, and focused on our mission,” he said. “I am thankful for your trust, support, and encouragement. Change is not easy, but we must be willing to embrace it or we will not survive if we stay as we are.”

Ties serve as professional neckwear… Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, chair of the Christian and Missionary Alliance board, our denominational sponsor, praised Peter for faithfully leading the organization in staying true to the Lord, to our mission, and to his family. “He leads with integrity of heart, with courage to take on tough issues,” Jon said. Continued on next page

31 Years

Walking a Mile in Peter’s Shoes

Reminiscences by a variety of speakers touched on the “places, faces, and embraces” that President Emeritus Peter Dys has experienced over the last 31 years at Shell Point … from 1985 to 2016:

• 6,000 – the number of new residents who call Shell Point home (growing from 812 to 2,307) • 49,729 – the number of birthday cards he sent to residents (“We like people getting older here,” Peter said.) • 1,033 – the number of new residential units created (independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing) • 78 – the number of new buildings constructed on campus • 6,000 – the number of miles Peter walked between work and his home in Palm Acres, several times a day, for 31 years

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“Peter was also generally the best dressed member of the board, and we joked that he must have a tie tattoo.” To demonstrate this point, the 18 members of the Dys family paraded on stage, with each of the grandsons ranging from ages three to sixteen wearing khakis, a navy blazer, and a signature tie. “What you see of our dad at work is the same we see at home,” said their son, Jeremy. “He was a dad who never missed a game, and my ‘individual supervisory evaluations’ would sometimes take place in the church narthex. This was our backyard, our home, like yours. Our first jobs were at Shell Point.” David Moreland, former vice president of Sales and Marketing who retired

in December 2015, described Peter’s tall stature and intimidating, God-like voice. “Compared to his predecessor Dr. Bernard King, Peter was all business and would ask penetrating questions. I learned to always come to a meeting prepared with an agenda,” David said. “We are better professionals today because Peter was our boss.” As Shell Point vice president of operations from 1986-2004, David Haverstick returned for the retirement celebration to compliment Peter’s years of service. “His passion and enthusiasm is contagious; his excitement and drive is infectious,” said David. “Peter’s goal was to be the best CCRC in America, and Shell Point became the standard bearer for quality programs and services, raising the bar for the entire

industry. He knew we needed to grow or go, expand or decline. Peter instilled confidence and engendered loyalty to reach this inspired vision.” One such dramatic change Peter initiated was arranging a $7.5 million purchase through a “blind agent” for the property along Shell Point Boulevard to expand the community beyond The Island home base. Peter recalled a comical coincident event where $5 million in cash was found along that road, rolled in hair curlers and stuffed in a suitcase. “The Lord dropped it there for us, but we didn’t keep it,” Peter said, explaining how a known drug smuggler was caught Continued on page 10

Pat Dys Recollects Prayers of Support Over 31 Years Those in attendance at a service at The Village Church on October 2 shared love and praise in honor of Peter and Pat Dys, celebrating 30 years to the glory of God. With words of gratitude, the wife of Shell Point’s long-time president expressed in verse her soul-searching and struggles to transition her young children to a new home as they moved to Shell Point; her feelings of welcome and encouragement; her clear, compelling calling to serve the Lord.

“Shell Point was thriving because of the hand of God on this place,” Pat Dys told those gathered at the church. “And you prayed with me, as each of our children left home. Each of them is serving the Lord, His church, and our country in unique and faithful ways today. We are grateful for those who taught them, inspired them, helped them, loved them, and prayed for them. You have been our family for a long time. Where have the years gone?”

Together, Peter and Pat Dys embraced their new life in Florida 31 years ago. “God’s word has been my companion in new and varied ways in the years since then, and I never questioned again that coming to Shell Point and The Village Church was God’s will for us,” Pat said.


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Construction at The Woodlands neighborhood is well underway in this circa-1999 photo, with Peter Dys, the board of directors, and Shell Point managers giving this campus expansion a “thumbs up.”

Pat opened her heart yet again for the readers of Shell Point Life magazine…

SPL: How did you and Peter meet?

When? Where?

Pat: In 1962, my father became the pastor

of the church Peter attended in Michigan. He and my brother became close friends, and we were introduced.

SPL: What do you two have most in com-

mon? What brought you together?

Pat: We share a deep love for God and

service to His people. One of our earliest activities together was a ministry to Mexican migrant farm workers in our area.

SPL: What has it been like living in such close proximity to Shell Point all these years of your marriage?

Pat: It has been a wonderful privilege to be near enough to allow our family to share in Peter’s vocation in some small ways, and to understand what his passion for Shell Point is all about. SPL: What role has family and faith

played in your lives together?

Pat: Faith and family are an inseparable

and central theme of our life together. We believe life is not made up of fragments, but is a whole. Our family, our vocations are all part of how we glorify God, which we consider our chief aim in life.

SPL: What major accomplishments

of Peter’s are you most proud to share with others?

Pat: Of course, I am so very proud of all

he has accomplished in these years at Shell Point. But that he was able to do all that and still be a faithful and loving husband and father makes me the proudest.


like to make dust, not— Peter eatDysit.”

SPL: Have you built some close relationships with Shell Point residents, or church members over the years here? Pat: We have tried to maintain an equal

relationship with all residents, respecting each for their uniqueness and worth. Our church family is, of course, dear to us as brothers and sisters in Christ.

SPL: What activities have you enjoyed

doing most?

Pat: That is a broad question. We aren’t

“activity-oriented” in the sense of recreation. We enjoy whatever we do. Our travels to see our grandchildren in the recent years has been a joy to us.

SPL: What plans do you have for your lives together now, after Peter’s retirement?

Pat: We plan to plan our retirement, having been too busy to do that till now. I’m sure it will include travel to see the children, but we aren’t planning any drastic changes for the time being.

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because of this signature modus operandi. Loss may be a signal of graceful compensation, suggesting a life lived honestly and simply. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” PSALM 127:1 (ESV)

Thanks to strong guidance during the past three decades, the leader for the future of Shell Point may build on a strong financial footing, focusing on growth and improvements that maintain our reputation as the facility of choice in the industry. “Shell Point has an unmatched location and diversity of amenities, the best residents and staff, and an experienced board with a desire to serve the Lord,” Peter said. “I convey to you this community and its mission to care for God’s people.” The benevolence of this entire community has helped to make this one man’s vision a reality, demonstrating a culture of ‘family.’ “I thank all our residents for showing us how to grow old with grace, dignity, and obedience to God,” said Peter. “You didn’t come here to stop, you came to go. You did it well, and it gives me hope for my future.”

A tie occurs when colleagues finish equal. •••

Peter Dys and his wife Pat plan to enjoy life as they embark on a new discovery of retirement. “We won’t make any quick changes; we’ll get used to retirement, and do more of what we want to do rather than what we have to do,” Peter said. The couple doesn’t plan to move to Shell Point … yet. “We need some relief time apart, and so do you, as you focus on your new leader, and we reflect on these 31 years that have been a blessing beyond compare.”

Learn more about Peter Dys’ presidential legacy at – August 2015, 30th anniversary issue; September 2010, 25th anniversary issue.

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Reason for the Season SUNDIAL COURTYARD CRÈCHE WELCOMES CHRIST CHILD Thanks to the generosity and vision of a group of Sundial residents, visitors and all who pass by this court’s corner of The Island just to the west of the LifeQuest Aquatic Center can view a lifelike, nearly lifesize rendering of the birth of Christ in the manger. Martha Hoke contributed the original three figures – Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus – that have graced the entryway each Christmas season for the past 20 years. “I wanted to make sure our Christmas centered on Christ’s coming to earth,” Martha said regarding her gift. It was a good initial investment that launched growing appreciation and participation in this holiday tradition. With Martha’s additional financial donations, the figures were recently updated to lighted versions that glow at night. A star was added by Anna Marie Tesoriero, and even more residents joined in by trimming the lobby with holly and decorating their doorways with wreaths.

“This is a happy time of the year,” said Martha, describing how residents walk about admiring holiday collections inside and out, some even plugging in animated characters. “The more you decorate, the happier the season becomes. It puts you in a different frame of mind, a lighthearted spirit, with all the resident friendship.” Over the last five years, an informal committee, including Marjorie and Warren White, Bob and Carol Mann, and court representative Lowell Schulz, has arranged garland and lights to adorn the central atriums, adding a seven-foot, rotating tree in the elevator lobby displaying colorful balls and ornaments contributed by various Sundial residents. “I always enjoy going overboard at Christmas, as long as it is realistic and in good taste,” said Marjorie, a ‘sometime artist’ who has arranged a new banner with trumpeting angel to enhance the tableau this year, with plans to add a lamb figurine sometime soon. “We got our inspiration

from the elaborate display at The Village Church, and I’m thrilled that so many volunteers are stepping up to help.” The shining new glory this year is a realistic barn structure serving as backdrop to add dimension to the nativity scene. Phil Heintzelman had a career as an engineer and architect specializing in finishing carpentry and detail work for a general contractor in Cleveland. He drew up plans for the Sundial structure, figuring a cost that Martha agreed to fund. He purchased the materials, then spent months fashioning lightweight oakgrain plywood with glue, screws, and brass piano continuous hinges, as well as paint to create a realistic crèche for the newborn Christ Child. The court borrows surplus hay bales from the fall décor around campus to prop this manger scene in the traditional comfort of the era, first anno Domini. Stop by to see this display anytime after December 1.

L-R: Warren White, Carol and Bob Mann, Martha Hoke, Marjorie White, Phil Heintzelman, Lowell Schultz, Dawn Heintzelman, and Frank Main. Shell Point Life | December 2016


Prized Creations

Shape Holiday Tradition B Y M A R Y K AY G R I M A L D I


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Judy Kinsinger (Royal Bonnet) celebrates the Christmas season with memories of her father’s wood carvings on display throughout her home.

“ Going green”

has many meanings in today’s environmentally conscious world, but one family of Shell Point residents has blazed this trail since 1977, giving their annual Christmas tree new life for future generations. Judy Kinsinger (Royal Bonnet) celebrates each year by adorning her live tabletop Frasier fir with handmade wooden ornaments, lovingly carved by her father from tree trunks salvaged from Christmases past. Each year, once the season passed into a New Year, Howard Kinsinger (formerly of Nautilus, with his wife Eva) would save a foot-long segment of the family’s evergreen, letting the sap dry out for a full 12 months. Occasionally, Judy or her brother would contribute a timber slice from their trees,

and Howard often trimmed the logs at the Shell Point woodshop to prepare smaller pieces to turn into artforms. As the new Christmas season approached, inspiration would motivate him to whittle away at the piece, creating inventive wooden toys of remembrance to grace his tree displays. For many years, the elder Kinsingers decorated their family home with these ornaments. “After my mother had passed away, and my father was living at King’s Crown in 2013, I arranged a live tree in his room, hung with all his favorite wood decorations so he could enjoy Christmas as usual,” Judy said. “When he passed away, a letter he wrote explained that these ornaments now belonged to me.”

Eva and Howard Kinsinger in 2002.

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This enduring tradition has favored Judy with a collection of treasures that she enjoys exhibiting on each fresh, new Frasier fir in her home. “One is a gingerbread man with no hands; Dad said they were placed in the cookie’s pockets,” she said. Another is a pink baby cradle for his granddaughter; an airplane reminds the family of his flying

lessons; and a whale depicts a special group trip to Nantucket. “My father carved since he was a boy,” said Judy, describing Howard’s talented decoy ducks and other birds, as well as a Celtic love spoon with infinity knot, which symbolizes engagement to be married in the Welsh tradition. She appreciates the two entwined golden wedding rings he carved for a family wedding in 1986. Other illusionary pieces include a wooden ball locked in its rectangular jail, and three red overlapping hearts atop a spoon.

Creative Expressions Starting almost 40 years ago with a miniscule sled whittled to perfect proportion and painted red with acrylics, the collection has grown to include a yellow rocking horse, wagon, drum, toboggan, snowman, wheelbarrow, and school desk. Some depict nature, including a gray manatee, white flying dove, pink pig, and laughing brown bear. And others simply reflect Christmas: a European-style St. Nicholas painted blue, a red Christmas stocking, and multi-colored nutcracker. Howard attended Nyack College,

Among the ornament collection are a few designs that were inspired by living at Shell Point, including a manatee, dolphin, and a golf cart.

Each Christmas ornament includes a marking of the year it was carved as well as Howard Kinsinger’s initals.


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plus many additional graduate programs in various locations, serving as a pastor for 43 years in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. After her parents moved to Shell Point in 1997 at the age of 74 (they were born just five days apart), Judy would come to visit at Easter and during the Christmas holidays, when she would admire their Nova Scotia pine decorated with the wooden ornaments in their Nautilus home. And she decided this community would someday become her home too. Now, every year since 2005, on the first Saturday of December, Judy launches her own holiday tradition at Shell Point: inviting three friends to help decorate her six-foot tree, starting at the top branch that cradles the carved church with steeple and lighted windows. This annual party is a simple dinner, and while Judy cleans up, her friends decorate the tree. As a reward when the job is done, they enjoy dessert served on hand-painted Lefton china that Judy bought at an antique store in Pennsylvania. “I even have a 1952 Goebel Hummel Christmas angel figurine that I bought the first day the Community Thrift Store opened,” she said. It joins the counted cross stitch crewel embroidery wall hangings, the miniature painted wintry farmland barn brooches, and the more than 30 wooden tree toys Judy’s talented father left for her to celebrate Christmas. n

Lapel pins were another of Howard’s creative outlets. Left: Rounded chips of slate hand-painted with country barn scenes. Above: Birds and ducks carved from wood, then painted or varnished to reflect the natural beauty of the grain.

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Holiday Dining We invite you to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays by choosing one of our Shell Point dining locations, where this festive season is always a joyous occasion. Options are also available for tasty holiday food prepared for you to serve in the comfort of your own home. B y T o m I r w i n , W o o d l a n d s D i n i n g , E t h e l H u bb a r d , I s l a n d D i n i n g , and

Richard Brown, The Club

The Crystal Room

A traditional holiday buffet will be offered in the Crystal Room on Christmas Day, including hand-carved prime rib of beef, baked honey ham, grouper with key lime Beurre blanc, and oven-roasted turkey, accompanied by traditional side dishes. You can choose from tasty desserts, such as pumpkin, mincemeat, pecan, and apple pie, or an assortment of cakes, all for the total price of $27.95. The extensive Crystal salad bar and freshly baked breads and rolls are also included. Join us on New Year’s Day for a traditional Sunday brunch buffet with live entertainment, featuring typical New Year “good luck” foods, such as roast pork, sauerkraut, greens, and black-eyed peas for $16.25. Seating in the Crystal Room is based on availability of tables.

The Island Café

Enjoy a casual breakfast or a light lunch in the Island Café, offering fresh-baked holiday pies (pumpkin, apple, or pecan) for take-out during the holiday season. Stop in or call 454-2286 to place an order; cost is $9.50 each. Dinner rolls are also available for $4.25 per dozen.


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Shell Point

The Palm Grill

The Palm Grill will feature a special Christmas dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lobster bisque or North Pole shrimp cocktail. Entree choices include filet mignon, roast turkey, grilled salmon, Chilean sea bass, and Gulf shrimp scampi. Prices range from $23 – $30, including a salad. A festive Christmas dessert menu is available. For “call ahead” seating, dial 454-2059. The Palm Grill will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve, as well as New Year’s Eve, offering a special December 31 dinner menu from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., with music by Daniel Klimoski starting at 5 p.m.

Christmas Family Feast

Another popular option for Christmas Day is the “Family Feast” meal available from the Crystal Room. The fully cooked and ready-to-serve feast includes a whole roasted turkey or baked ham. The turkey dinner comes with whipped potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetable for $59.95. The ham dinner includes fruit sauce, sweet potatoes, and vegetable for $59.95. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, and dinner rolls are available for an additional cost. Call 454-2199 or stop by the Crystal Room to place your order by noon on Wednesday, December 21, and pick up at the Social Center on Christmas Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Christmas Family Feast A Shell Point Tradition

Hours CHRISTMAS EVE Island Café............7 a.m.–7 p.m. Crystal Room........CLOSED Palm Grill...............11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Breezeway............7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Banyan Grille........11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Do you prefer to host guests at home, but don’t want to do all the cooking? Save time by ordering a Christmas Family Feast, which serves 6-8 people. Place your order with the Crystal Room by Wednesday, December 21, by calling 454-2199.

New this holiday season, The Club at Shell Point invites you to enjoy dining options at its two new venues: Banyan Grille

On New Year’s Eve from 5 – 8 p.m., the Banyan Grille will offer butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and mocktails, a served first course of firecracker greens, an open buffet of scallop bisque, ballerina pasta station, pepper and garlic-crusted tenderloin, and grilled swordfish kebobs, followed by a served dessert course, all for $49.95. There will also be a brunch Buffet Extravaganza on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $33, and the menu will include a selection of tasty appetizers along with a tropical fruit display and pastries; carved prime rib, omelets made to order, and Belgian waffles with Tahitian vanilla cream and berry compote. Additional entrées feature applewood bacon and country sausage, grilled filet mignon Benedict, Maine lobster and cheese ravioli, and rosemary chicken with prosciutto and goat cheese in a cherry port wine sauce, followed by a dessert selection. Be sure to call 225-2953 for reservations at the Banyan Grill, open serving its regular menu on Christmas Eve.


The Breezeway turn-stand café will be open for any interested diners during times when golfing is scheduled and other amenities are open at The Club. The Club will be closed on Christmas Day.

CHRISTMAS DAY Island Café............7 a.m.–2 p.m. Crystal Room........10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Palm Grill...............11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Breezeway............CLOSED Banyan Grille........CLOSED

NEW YEAR’S EVE Island Café............7 a.m.–7 p.m. Crystal Room........CLOSED Palm Grill...............11 a.m.–2 p.m. 4 p.m.–8 p.m.* Breezeway............7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Banyan Grille........11 a.m.–2 p.m. 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

NEW YEAR’S DAY Island Café............7 a.m.–7 p.m. Crystal Room 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.* Palm Grill CLOSED Breezeway............7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Banyan Grille........10 a.m.–2 p.m.

* Live Entertainment PLEASE NOTE: The Café Promenade will be closed on these four holiday dates.

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Arbor Christmas Train


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Chugging round and round under the Christmas tree on the second floor

of The Arbor, a model G-scale engine pulls five railroad cars along the miniature tracks through a wintry ceramic village. Watch Santa as the North Pole & Southern engineer hauls a coal car, boxcar, and passenger car, with a Merry Christmas caboose at the rear. Some believe this familiar scene depicts memories of simpler times gone by; or the hustle and bustle of people and packages coming and going during the busy holiday season; or possibly a child’s oft-wished-for present from Santa. In fact, this particular collection of train, tracks, control box, and switches was a heartfelt gift to the assisted living residents from Sand Dollar court, whose residents for many seasons had collaborated to purchase, display, and maintain the classic scene near their courtyard fountain.

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From Albion, Michigan, to Cape Coral, Florida, Lakewood resident Carolyn Zenoniani’s LifeQuest path started well before she even realized it. Carolyn met her husband Lee in 1942. As fourth grade classmates, little did they know they would one day become husband and wife. She began her long career as an educator after graduating from college in 1954 at Western Michigan University. She became a first grade teacher in Royal Oak, Michigan, then in 1956, she and Lee were married. They moved to Kalamazoo, then to Livonia, Michigan, where she taught second grade until 1960. In 1965, as a stay-at-home mother of two children, Carolyn received an invitation for a free dinner, which the couple willingly accepted. “We would do anything for a free dinner and a sitter for a night,” Carolyn said. The dinner was accompanied by an informational session about the sale of property … way down south in a sleepy Florida town called Cape Coral. That night was a turning point in their lives, after putting down a whopping $100 deposit on an empty lot in this up-andcoming area. They remained in Michigan, traveling to Southwest Florida during Christmas and summer vacations to visit their investment property. After they finally made the permanent move to their new home in Cape Coral in 1971, Carolyn went back to teaching, first in North Fort Myers, then finishing her career in Cape Coral.


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Far left: Carolyn first taught in Florida at J. Colin English Elementary in Cape Coral; photo circa 1973. Left: Carolyn then became assistant principal at Caloosa Elementary; photo circa 1980.

Carolyn’s vast experience in the Caloosa Elementary system included educating fourth grade students for seven years, and serving as assistant principal for seven years, then as principal. As the head of the school, her dedication to education, love of young learners, and leadership propelled Caloosa Elementary to become the first elementary school in the county to be recognized nationally in 1985. School Reflects Real Life Principal Zenoniani maintained a respectful school environment and took pride in how well-disciplined her students were in the classrooms and hallways. “It was always nice and quiet in the school,” Carolyn said. Her real quest came to fruition when she pioneered a Community within Academic Walls program, where she and her staff creatively converted the elementary school into a community. Each of the four ‘pods’ of the school became a city, with the hallways

designated by street names. This city within the school even had its own post office and store, called Cal-Mart (Caloosa-Mart). It maintained its own government, where students would vote for a mayor. The bank within this “city” taught students how to use and manage their “Caloosa dollars” – paper money that was used as a reward and incentive system; students could deposit their dollars in the bank or use them at Cal-Mart to purchase items. Caloosa dollars and Community within Academic Walls were designed to teach the children real life experiences and to raise test scores. Under Carolyn’s guidance, both goals were accomplished. The students and teachers embraced this learning style, which ultimately brought attention to Caloosa from other schools in the state. After retirement in 1995, Carolyn remained active in the community, and her quest continued as she volunteered at the Cape Coral Historical Museum and Cape

LifeQuest Discussion Group: Spiritual Dimension

Time Is of the Essence Presented by Sunny Torres, Director of Spiritual Services Saturday, December 17 • 10 a.m. • Grand Cypress Room/WDL

Time is a commodity that is the same for us all. It can be spent, squandered, or invested like the common currency in any culture. But what we do with time personally can have a tremendous impact on our spiritual health. Join Sunny Torres, director of Spiritual Services, as she explores the different uses of time that can either benefit or eat away at the limited measure of our days. We might come away with a different perspective on “passing the time” while we still have the opportunity.

Coral Caring Center, a place where local families in need could find assistance with food and clothing as well as donations at Christmas. After moving to Shell Point in 2010, Carolyn’s volunteering went in a new direction while she held the title of social chair of Lakewood for four years, organizing and planning parties and court events. Currently, Carolyn and Lee volunteer at the Community Thrift Store and enjoy organizing the vast array of merchandise in the furniture department. But it’s not all work and no play for the Zenonianis, as they remain physically active by playing bocce twice a week, exercising indoors at the updated Island fitness center, and walking outdoors around The Woodlands neighborhood.

LifeQuest Wellness Expo Tuesday January 10 Continuing your passions at Shell Point is what LifeQuest is all about! Don’t forget to join us for the annual LifeQuest Expo at The Village Church on Tuesday, January 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – fun, games, prizes … and loads of information about living a healthy lifestyle.

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Offered in conjunction with The Legacy Foundation and Shell Point Health Connection

Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series 2016-2017

Medical Advancements in Minimally

Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement Daniel J. Harmon, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon | Lee Memorial Health System Thursday, December 8, 2:15 p.m. | The Village Church Auditorium

Hear from a leading orthopedic surgeon in Lee County about the medical advances in total hip and knee replacement. Discussion will include the direct anterior approach, which is an emerging minimally invasive technique performed by specialty trained surgeons. Studies have demonstrated a quicker return to ambulation, decreased post-operative pain scores, and a shorter hospital stay with the direct anterior approach in comparison to traditional techniques. Dr. Harmon will discuss the symptoms, diagnosis, and

treatment plans for both conservative and surgical options concerning hip and knee osteoarthritis. Light refreshments will follow. About the Speaker

Dr. Daniel Harmon, an orthopedic surgeon with Lee Memorial Health System, is an experienced instructor of the anterior total hip replacement procedure, teaching this technique to surgeons both locally and nationally, and is a contributor to developing research in this field. With the goal of a healthy, rapid recovery for each patient, Dr. Harmon provides a compassionate treatment plan that

emphasizes conservative measures prior to surgery. He earned an undergraduate degree at John Carroll University, and a medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed his orthopedic surgery internship and residency at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation/South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Harmon is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and The International Congress for Joint Reconstruction.

All programs are free, although sign-up is required; Shell Point residents contact either service desk; event line for the public, call (239) 433-7936.

The Responsibility Conversation: The “Who” and “How” of managing your affairs when you become unable Tuesday, December 6 at 10 a.m. | Grand Cypress Room/WDL What happens with your estate and trust if you become incapacitated, either temporarily or permanently? How will the successor trustee or your durable power of attorney agent continue to write your checks, pay your bills, manage your investments, and handle your other financial responsibilities? What conversations should you have now with the


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loved ones you’ve named in your legal documents, and with the banks or trust companies who will serve you? Join Florida Bar board-certified wills, trusts, and estate attorneys Craig R. Hersch and Michael B. Hill of Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill, PA, for this informative workshop.

Craig R. Hersch

Michael B. Hill

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Sign-up is required; contact either service desk.



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Question: How can I plan better before tax season? Answer: With 2016 coming to a close, now is a good time to be thinking about year-end financial planning. Here are five suggestions to ensure 2017 starts on the right note: 1. Donate to charity. Not only does donating benefit others, it provides you with a tax deduction. You can also donate appreciated stock and receive both a tax deduction and legally avoid paying capital gains on the donated stock. 2. Review your investments. While no one likes paying more taxes than necessary, it does not make sense to hold an investment just to avoid a tax liability. Now is a good time to review your investments and trim positions that have performed well or sell underperforming investments. It is also important to determine if your asset allocation still makes sense. 3. Revisit your estate plan. While you are reviewing your investments, it is

a good time to review account titling and your overall estate plan. While a thorough estate plan review is not necessary every year, a cursory review is. A cursory review allows you to ensure that any new assets are titled properly and your general plan fits your needs and wishes. A thorough review should be undertaken every three to five years or after a significant life event, e.g., birth of a grandchild, death of a spouse or child, or a marriage or divorce. 4. Gift to others. Have you done your gifting for the year? Each year you can make annual exclusion gifts of up to $14,000. This allows you to reduce the size of your estate while benefiting family members and friends. In addition to the annual exclusion amount, amounts gifted for use

by others as tuition and medical costs can be unlimited. 5. Take your required minimum distribution. Although tax returns are not due until April 15, 2017, your required minimum distribution (“RMD”) must be distributed by December 31, 2016, except if you turned 70 ½ this year. If you fail to timely take your RMD, the penalty is 50% of your RMD for 2016. So, please make sure you take your RMD from all traditional IRAs, SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, and 457(b) plans by December 31. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 461-5999 or stop by the office on The Island. We are always happy to help.

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Residents who have moved into the first 50 homes in The Estuary at Shell Point are enthusiastic about the camaraderie of their neighbors and the variety of amenities offered – including the newly opened Club at Shell Point. We’re anxious to get started with construction on an additional 23 homes in Phase II of the Estuary. Our current planned timeline allows us to begin the presale for this neighborhood in January 2017. We will begin by taking 10% deposits on specific floorplans in preferred locations at that time. The limited availability of homes in this prime location at Shell Point has led people to reach out to our team in anticipation of this deposit process, placing their name on our wait list.

Once we begin taking 10% deposits in January, we will offer an opportunity to those who make their deposit within the first 60 days. These early depositors will qualify for: • $30,000 toward upgrades FOR A SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCE • $20,000 toward upgrades FOR ANY VILLA RESIDENCE There is great anticipation that these homes will sell quickly. If you have questions or interest in Estuary Phase II, please call the Welcome Center team at (239) 466-1131, and press 1 for Sales. Our Welcome Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shell Point Life | December 2016


2016 Holiday Bazaar

Gifts for All Reasons & Seasons By Teri Kollath, Manager



The season of gift giving was off to a festive beginning with the Holiday Bazaar at the Woodlands Commons on November 4 and 5. Bobbi Peterson (Oakmont) coordinated resident volunteers who greeted more than 1,300 visitors at the entrance, and offered each a chance to sign up for a door prize, before they worked their way through 66 tables of unique items for sale – just in time for the holidays. The bazaar was expertly coordinated by Karen Hubbard (Parkwood), who was delighted that every neighborhood at Shell Point was represented among the 59 creative residents, including the 10 new


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vendors added for this 11th annual event. These artisans work throughout the year to produce unique items, such as specialty holiday décor, handbags, jewelry, three-dimensional paper crafts, special artwork, children’s items, wood sculptures, tasty treats, and more. And each year, the community looks forward to finding what our talented friends and neighbors have created.

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December LifeQuest Happenings

Six Dimensions: Physical • Emotional • Spiritual • Educational • Community & Social • Natural Environment For questions about these and upcoming events or activities, please contact Michelle Tompkins, Resort Services and Wellness Manager, at 454-2152, or email:






Bacterial infections and viral infections can cause similar symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing, fever, inflammation, and fatigue. These are all ways the immune system tries to rid the body of infectious organisms. But bacterial and viral infections are dissimilar in many other important aspects. Knowing the difference plays a role in how the infection is treated. Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP, will discuss these differences, as well as treatment and prevention options.


PHOTO CLUB MEETING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 • 2:15 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS “Wildlife” is the Critics’ Wall challenge for this month. If you went on the Academy trip to the Naples Zoo in November, bring your best photo to the meeting. If you didn’t make the trip, bring a recent photo of wildlife (not birds or pets), printed on 8x10 photo paper. This month’s lesson is a video about taking photos featuring “Motion” – a new category for the 2017 Photo Contest and Show in April, and January’s challenge.


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It’s a “Nutcracker Christmas” this year at the annual tree-lighting ceremony! Enjoy the wonderful sounds of the Naples Carolers, and the ballerinas from The Dance Warehouse as they perform “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.” Come enjoy a festive treat of freshly roasted nuts, delicious Christmas cookies, and warm coffee. This annual community-wide event will inspire your holiday spirit as we kick off the Shell Point Christmas season. Later, head to The Village Church to hear the Shell Point Singers.


FRIDAY MARKET PLACE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 8:30-11:30 A.M. ADMINISTRATION COURTYARD/IS Stroll through the brick-paved courtyard to find friendly vendors, quality produce, handmade items, and an energetic atmosphere. There are plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to choose, and many local products to purchase. This weekly event now features bimonthly entertainment. Mark your calendar for the holiday extended market on December 9.

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Call service desk to sign up. Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054


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Did you ever wonder what massage is all about, and why it is so beneficial to whole-body health? Massage is not just fluff; it is a tune-up for the body in many ways. What type of massage can best match your wellness goals? Don’t miss this session as staff from the Shell Point Salon & Spa explore the “how” and “why” of massage.


This wonderful outdoor mall is perfect for holiday shopping. Music is piped in along the streets, and the shops are full of merchandise that will be sure to capture your fancy. You’ll find Dillard’s, Charming Charlie, World Market, Panera Bread, Barnes & Noble, Fresh Produce, J. Jill, Chico’s, Clarks, and so much more. A tram service will transport you around, and a coupon book and map will be supplied to each shopper. Lunch will be on your own; feel free to join the Shell Point staff at Panera Bread.

GIFT SHOP EXTRAVAGANZA TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 • 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M. SHELL POINT GIFT SHOP & SOCIAL CENTER/IS Come enjoy this festive event of shopping and refreshments, where resident crafters will demonstrate their skills. At this winter wonderland experience, specialty items, created or enhanced by Shell Point residents, will be available for purchase, just in time for the holidays. Hourly raffles will give away handcrafted items and gift certificates (to be redeemed same day at the Shell Point Gift Shop). Complimentary gift wrapping will be available with any purchase made at the Extravaganza event. Cash or check only (ATM available at the nearby FineMark Bank branch). Questions about the Extravaganza can be directed to Beth Crenshaw, Volunteer manager, at 454-2290.




HOPE HEALTHCARE SERVICES OVERVIEW WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 • 1:30 P.M. OAK ROOM/WDL Hope HealthCare is so much more than hospice care. While it is their “heart,” they offer a wide range of services that provide specialized care to meet the needs and challenges that our community faces in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Hope Liaison Deb Angelicchio will bring her expertise and knowledge to share with residents.



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hilarious and heartwarming film that Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine calls “a flat-out masterpiece.” Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Inside Out goes on a rollicking journey into the mind to find out.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 • 1:15 P.M. OSPREY ROOM/IS Through the use of special planetarium software, this unique presentation will take you on a journey to ancient Babylon in 5 BC. You will observe the night sky and what the Three Wise Men may have seen in that era. This special Christmas program will intrigue and delight, and all are welcome.



Cruise into the sunset while singing some of your favorite Christmas carols led by Shell Point residents and employees. This 1 ½ hour cruise will be a delightful way to spread Christmas cheer for all to hear as you lift your voices in festive song. Eggnog, Christmas cookies, and the smiling crew of the Suzy Q will be on deck to greet you. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon. Please report to the dock no later than 5:40 p.m. on the day of your scheduled trip.



SATURDAY DVD: INSIDE OUT (PG) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 • 2 P.M. & 7 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WDL From the imaginative minds at Disney comes a major “emotion” picture beyond compare. Experience the


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The American Heart Association will host its annual Heart Walk at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers. The Community Thrift Store has made a donation for Shell Point residents and employees to participate and support this cause to advocate a healthier, more active lifestyle. Choose to walk either the one mile or the three mile course. All participants will receive a Shell Point Cares t-shirt to wear at the walk to show our pride! Residents may ride on the bus or meet our group at the event.



DRIVE, BIKE, WALK, OR RUN: GETTING AROUND SAFELY & ENJOYABLY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 • 10:15 A.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS Dan Moser, Safety Education consultant, will discuss habits and behaviors that are important when we are part of the traffic flow, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or driver of a car or golf cart. As a Certified Driving Evaluator, Dan will share numerous stories relating to his experience in the field and will encourage audience interaction.








This trip is designed for those who love boat rides, holiday light displays, dinner out, and holiday shopping. The bus will deliver the group to Fisherman’s Village for some unique holiday shopping and dinner. Then, the group will join King Fisher Cruise Lines on a colorful, light-filled journey through the canals of Charlotte Harbor. The decorated sailboats are a special sight to behold. This nautical experience is bound to make anyone’s season bright! Some agility required for boarding the boat.

Holiday House is here! In December thousands of lights align the inside and outside of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and Langford Kingston Home in downtown Fort Myers. Don’t miss this traditional, one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. Before visiting these important historic homes, the group will dine at Firestone Grill, named for famous Harvey Firestone. Entrees typically run $15$30. Note: The Burroughs home is two stories, and there are no elevators.






In this anthology film, John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of O. Henry’s most celebrated stories from his New York period (1902-1910). This film is divided in five tales from the beginning of the 20th century: (1) The Cop and the Anthem; (2) The Clarion Call; (3) The Last Leaf; (4) The Ransom of Red Chief; and (5) The Gift of the Magi.

The Southwest Florida Hand Bell Ensemble is an unforgettable group with years of entertainment experience. This group will be performing a variety of Christmas songs and medleys for your enjoyment. Join us for an exciting, holiday-inspired evening.

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holiday cheer when our residents sing to them as they stroll the sandy beaches. The group will enjoy a picnic lunch, with a traditional stop for ice cream on the trip back to Shell Point. Bring your personal beach supplies, and a lightweight chair if you like. Comfort facilities are conveniently located, and shade is available. Ho! Ho! Ho!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 • 1:15 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS What is winter without a friendly game of BINGO? Come enjoy this classic game with your Shell Point friends and neighbors. This fun afternoon will be filled with laughter and competition, with prizes for the winners! Light refreshments will be served.





BEACH DAY: DECKED IN HOLIDAY STYLE! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 8:30 A.M. ISLAND 8:40 A.M. WOODLANDS 8:50 A.M. EAGLES PRESERVE/ESTUARY 3 P.M. APPROXIMATE RETURN COST: $16 (ICE CREAM ON YOUR OWN) It has been a fun tradition for our loyal beach day enthusiasts to set up a Christmas tree and other fanciful holiday displays on the beach! If you have some décor to contribute, come and bring it along! Passersby are always full of


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CHRISTMAS CANTATA SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 • 4:15 P.M. RESIDENT ACTIVITY CENTER/IS Join Palm Acres residents Ruth and Ted Rodgers as they perform the 21st annual Christmas Cantata, entitled Christmas – A Time for Love. This year’s vision was inspired by the New Testament verse in 1 John 4:8 that states “…God is love.” Ruth and Ted will reveal God’s love through original songs and music. Don’t miss this special occasion that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Join in song and celebration with Shell Point friends on Christmas Day. Directly following the cantata, enjoy refreshments and fellowship with others.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 • 1:15 P.M. OSPREY ROOM/IS New pilot Rhett Jarrett of CineVista Media will regale us with his hilarious flight training stories. Then, residents will add to the fun with their own amusing adventures. Come a bit early for a light lunch, then sit back, relax, and laugh while you munch! Everyone is welcome.



MOVIE NIGHT: CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (1945) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 • 6:45 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS In her Smart Housekeeping column, Elizabeth Lane provides festive recipes and homemaking hints for readers. Meanwhile, during his recovery in a hospital, war hero Jefferson Jones becomes familiar with this column. His nurse arranges with Elizabeth’s boss, Alexander Yardley, for Jeff to spend the holiday at Elizabeth’s rustic Connecticut farm … with a husband and child. But since the column is a sham, Yardley must hasten to arrange a publicity ploy by setting up the single, nondomestic Elizabeth on a country farm.

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FRONT PORCH TRAVELS: THE LONE STAR STATE OF TEXAS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 • 1:15 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS Come hear some fascinating and fun facts about the Lone Star State. If you have ever lived or visited Texas, come and share your adventures with Shell Point friends. Light refreshments will be served.


LUNCH OUTING: DEROMO’S FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 10 A.M. ISLAND 10:10 A.M. WOODLANDS 10:20 A.M. EAGLES PRESERVE/ESTUARY 2 P.M. APPROXIMATE RETURN COST: $8 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) This lunch spot gets the Shell Point residents’ seal of approval! All of DeRomo’s dishes are prepared with freshcut meats, seafood, produce, homemade pasta, and other

Mark your calendar Tuesday, January 10

Expo The Shell Point LifeQuest Expo will be held on Tuesday, January 10, in The Village Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will showcase a variety of booths, including Shell Point’s health services and programs, and local businesses that will support your individual wellness goals as you explore the six dimensions of wellness.

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ingredients straight from DeRomo’s Gourmet Market – bringing the flavor and feel of Little Italy to Southwest Florida. You’ll be right at home in the warm, friendly, creative environment, coupled with fresh, authentic, home-style cuisine! From innovative, decadent entrées to your favorite comfort foods and traditional dishes, the trained chefs are sure to satisfy the most discretionary palate. There also will be time to visit the market. Lunch selections are priced $8-$22.


NEW YEARS’ EVE DANCE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 • 7-10 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM/WDL Dance away the old year to the music of The Live Wires. Tickets are $10/person, plus a treat to share at your table. Sponsored by the Resident Dance Committee. For tickets, call Bob and Mil Anderson, 489-3254 or 940-5237; John Bendall, 454-5953; or Phil and Lois Gannon, 482-5965.



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Expect your personal Gala invitation to arrive via campus mail in January.

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Support Groups ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS THURSDAYS, DECEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 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.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 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.

COPD SUPPORT THIS GROUP MEETS QUARTERLY; THE NEXT MEETING IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 • 1:30 P.M. • OAK ROOM/WDL The objective of this group 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 (Oakmont) at 482-3779.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 • 1:30 P.M. MANATEE ROOM/IS The focus of this program is you, the caregiver or former caregiver. We will explore ways to identify and reduce stress, improve communication skills, and understand and handle difficult feelings. The speaker will be Carol Clark, EdD, ARNP, covering “The Effects of Stress on Our Health.” Contact Jane Johnston (Turban) at 464-5903 or

HEARING ENRICHMENT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 • 1:15 P.M. SOCIAL CENTER/IS Poor hearing can affect many aspects of one’s life. This group seeks to help residents cope with hearing loss, share information, learn about services and products that may help, and offer support to each other. Friends and family are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Katalin Carrow, case manager, at 225-2929.

GRIEFSHARE THURSDAYS, JANUARY 12 – APRIL 6 • 2:15 P.M. VILLAGE CHURCH CHAPEL This is a 13-week program providing help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. This special weekly seminar and support group is designed to help you rebuild your life. We know it hurts, and we want to help. Led by Jim and Judy Mayer (Junonia); call them at 454-3139.

MEMORY CARE THESE GROUPS WILL NOT BE MEETING IN DECEMBER. 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 are to identify practical strategies to help residents better manage 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. Call Kathy Fratrick, LCSW, at 454-2073. Individual appointments are also available.

THIS GROUP MEETS QUARTERLY; THE NEXT MEETING DATE IS TO BE DETERMINED. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and use a CPAP device, consistent use can make a tremendous difference in helping you feel more energetic and healthy during the day. Education and support for CPAP users has shown to increase compliance with use of the device. For more information, contact Larry Chrouch (Eagles Preserve) at 481-7188.




FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 • 1 P.M. • SOCIAL CENTER/IS All diabetics are encouraged to attend this meeting, which covers various topics and includes open discussion. For more information, contact Stephanie Devlin, case manager, at 454-8246.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 • 2:15 P.M. • SOCIAL CENTER/IS This group provides educational opportunities and support for those dealing with low vision. Florence Putman (Turban) is the chairperson. For additional information, contact Angie Prichard, case manager, at 454-2134.


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 • 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.

“This was a perfect way to ring in the autumn season,” said Susan Flanders, King’s Crown Activities leader. “By spending time together, we really feel the sense of community at Shell Point.”

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T Residents gathered outside the Breezeway café at The Club to view the precision waterdrop demonstration. Many felt the spray of mist as the helicopter zoomed by.

he excitement began to build at the Aviation Club’s October meeting, as Shell Point security arranged orange safety cones to block car traffic along one side of On Par Boulevard near The Club at Shell Point. Soon, we heard the “whop, whop, whop” of the chopper as it came into distant view, and grew louder as it approached. Right on schedule at 12:38 p.m., before the meeting began, the helicopter hovered, then slowly descended to land on the designated flat field beside the road. After shutting down, the pilot hopped out and greeted the gathering crowd. He joined two other presenters from the Florida Forest Service, and we all headed indoors for the presentation.

Helicopter pilot David King, fixedwing pilot Bo Gillam, and wildfire mitigation specialist Samantha Quinn from the Caloosahatchee division told us about how they prevent and manage forest fires in Lee, Hendry, and Collier counties, with particular emphasis on the aviation resources. Bo explained how he has flown for many years and finds fire fighting to be an interesting and challenging change from aerobatics. As a fixed-wing pilot, he searches for fires, then helps to coordinate and direct resources to the appropriate places: aviation (both helicopter and tanker) and ground (bulldozers and other equipment and crews.) He works in conjunction with Samantha, who handles communications

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during fires, and also on public education related to wildfire mitigation. David flies the helicopter to a fire, fills the water basket, then drops the water strategically to help extinguish the fire. On occasion, he drops pellets to carefully set and manage controlled burns. A video showing a fire in progress in our area helped us understand how serious real-life fires are, and how important it is to have the expertise and equipment to fight them. Exercise in Precision

Then things really got exciting! The crowd moved to the windows, and some went outside to watch David demonstrate what he and his helicopter could do. He started up the chopper, and we all watched as it rose in the air with the bright orange water basket attached. It

slowly descended just enough to dip the water basket into the nearby pond, filling it to the brim. He went up, up, and away, circling so that it was aligned for a run over the pond outside The Club. David perfectly dropped the water into the pond right in front of the amazed crowd. He repeated this exercise twice, while we held our breath and wondered if he could repeat this perfection yet again. Each time, we were amazed that he did it. Several golfers on the other side of the pond were especially pleased that the water drop hit its mark! It was clear that he has pinpoint precision to drop on a specific spot. The helicopter then landed, and David invited everyone to take a look inside at its equipment and to ask questions. For those

of us who are pilots, it was a rewarding experience. Everyone had fun and came away with a new appreciation of what the Florida Forest Service does to help prevent and manage fires to keep us safe.

(L-R) The Florida Forest Service aerial firefighting team, Bo Gillam, David King, and Samantha Quinn, shared their stories at the Shell Point Aviation Club meeting, coordinated by (far right) Jo Klenk, pictured with her husband Tim.

Background: Helicopter pilots use a durable orange water basket to retrieve and strategically drop water over active wild fires. Top: Residents were invited to make a cockpit inspection of the helicopter instrumentation panel.

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Relationships Begin with a Name “Hello. I know we’ve met before, but I can’t recall your name.” Sound familiar? You can start up any dialogue on a much friendlier note if the resident in question was wearing his or her name badge. It helps build a warm, welcoming environment. As new residents move to Shell Point, they have an opportunity to purchase a name badge, and are encouraged to wear it when out visiting in their new community. Likewise, long-time residents should also wear this identification at events and social gatherings, large or small. Is your badge lost somewhere? Maybe you switched courts and need an updated version.

A newly designed, branded look might be just the incentive to place an order for a new Shell Point resident badge, and to wear it proudly around campus. Just stop by either service desk, or visit the resident website, to complete the form. The cost is $6 for the pin version, and $7.50 for magnetic – not to be worn with a pacemaker, charged to your resident account. A new badge will be delivered within two weeks. After that, you can confidently strike up a conversation saying, “My name is Sue (or Lou, or Drew), from Kalamazoo (or Waterloo, or Timbuktu). How do you do?”






Three styles of name badges are available: general court identification, volunteer designation, and a third version specifically for Larsen Pavilion Auxiliary volunteers.

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Christmas with Cantus “We Will All Be Together” The “intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich” (Star Tribune) men’s vocal ensemble, Cantus, is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend. The Cantus 2016 holiday program explores the reasons behind traditions – learning from generations past how best to celebrate the season and discovering these wonders anew. The ensemble will include entertaining, poignant, and funny readings, combined with beautiful, lush underscoring. Cantus weaves this concert from the old and familiar (White Christmas, Carols of the Bells, The Christmas Song), while leaving room for new favorites as well. The ensemble works together to reach new levels of artistic excellence, innovation, and audience engagement – to give voice to shared human experiences. “Cantus is unlike any other vocal group you will see or hear,”

Tuesday, Dec. 6 • 7:30 p.m. Village Church/IS • Tickets: $35

said Samuel Green, bass singer. “Every program we stage, and each piece of music we perform, has eight artists’ fingerprints on it.” Founded on the ideals of collaborative music-making, the group helps to ensure the future of ensemble singing by mentoring young singers and educators. “I think it’s so important in our world to actively practice building healthy communication and relationships, and Cantus is an example of what that communication and collaboration can create,” said Paul Scholtz, tenor. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. Through all the special moments of the season, “We All Will Be Together” will leave the audience contented, with a little wonder – and certainly humming all the way to Grandma’s house!


Holiday Pops Monday, Dec. 12 • 7:30 p.m. • Village Church/IS • Tickets: $35 The Southwest Florida Symphony is Lee County’s professional orchestra, and one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Over the past half century, the Southwest Florida Symphony has grown to a roster of 65 world-class musicians. Their much-anticipated Holiday Pops concert breathes life into the familiar, joyous sounds of December’s traditional favorites. Maestro Nir Kabaretti takes the Shell Point stage to conduct this Holidays in Paradise program. Residents can purchase tickets at either service desk or online at the resident website. The general public may purchase tickets online at or by calling the box office at (239) 454-2067. Shell Point Life | December 2016


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Choosing a high-definition television (HDTV) for your family room depends on two equally important factors: your budget and the size of the room. While your budget may ultimately be the deciding factor, if you want an immersive viewing experience, the size of your TV should depend on how far you generally sit from the screen.

Viewing Distance and Optimal Screen Size

Viewing Angles

For the best viewing experience, a rule of thumb for choosing the best TV size is viewing distance (i.e., how far you’ll be sitting from the TV). Today’s HDTVs offer more detail, so you can sit closer to the television, but not so close that you can see the screen pixels. You don’t want to sit so far away, however, that you miss any of the great details. Here’s a formula that makes it really simple: Viewing distance (in inches) divided by 3 = recommended TV size.

HDTV Sizes for Crowded Rooms

If your family room is used for more than just TV watching, space may be limited. In crowded rooms, consider at least a 40-inch screen if you are seated four to six feet from the TV. A 50-inch screen can be sufficient if you are up to 7.5 feet from the screen. If you are 6 to 9 feet away, consider at least a 60-inch screen.

Viewing angles are another important consideration when buying an HDTV for a family room. Usually, the TV should be placed parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right. If you are seated at a sharp angle to the TV, you may see negative images on the screen.

Screen Size and Resolution

The larger an HDTV screen, the more important screen resolution becomes. For an HDTV that is 40 inches or smaller, a 720p (pixel) resolution may be sufficient, however, once you get to a 50-inch screen or larger, you will see a definite difference between 720p and 1080p. An HDTV with 1080p resolution, sometimes known as full HD, offers 1920 by 1080 pixels. Full HD becomes more noticeable on video game consoles, Blu-ray discs, and true HD cable or satellite channels. If you have any questions, please consult with a Technical Support specialist by placing a work order with the Call Center at (239) 454-2190.

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Now is the time to sign up for the Alpha course, offered on 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings, January 10 to March 14, 2017. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Lifelong Learning and The Village Church, the course is free to participants, but space is limited and fills up quickly. Registration ends January 5, so call the church office at 454-2147 today! Each session begins at 4:30 p.m. with


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a complimentary, Palm Grill-catered dinner served in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands, followed by a video, then a small-group discussion that ends at 6:45 p.m. The new Alpha Film Series is emotive and epic in scale and scope. The crew has traveled around the world, filming in Canada, the UK, France, India, Hong Kong, Israel, and New York. Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican vicar in London,

and two young presenters walk us through the Alpha material in a way that is fresh and clear. Alpha is of special appeal to those who may not attend church regularly, but are seeking answers to life’s big questions. It also offers insights to churchgoers who are uncertain of their beliefs or want a refresher course in Christianity. Find more information online at

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This time of year is about giving. Our customers have given us so much with their humor, clever stories, expertise, and loyal patronage. So all of the Shell Point Salon & Spa locations are giving back to you with loyalty reward points for services and retail purchases you enjoy throughout the year.

Simply share your active email address with us, and you are enrolled – earning 200 points as a welcome gift to launch your rewards account! There is no reward card to present when you visit; your points are tracked electronically in our database. Begin earning reward points on December 1.

When you purchase Salon & Spa services and retail products the points add up fast! • • • • • •

For every $1 spent on retail products = 5 points When you schedule your next appointment at the time of check out = 100 points Purchase a gift certificate = 200 points* Try a service for the first time = 400 points First-time customers = 1,000 points Refer a friend = 2,000 points (because your recommendation is the best compliment!)

* SPECIAL CHRISTMAS REWARDS • For every $100 gift certificate purchased during December = 1,000 reward points • For every $50 gift certificate purchased during December = 400 reward points

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How much are reward points worth?

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Once you reach 2,000 points (a $10 value), you can begin redeeming your loyalty reward points.

Gift certificates are available for the Island Salon & Spa, Arbor Salon, and Pavilion Salon by calling 489-8400, extension 1, or by visiting the Island Salon & Spa. Gift certificates are available for Seagrape Salon & Spa at The Club at Shell Point by calling 225-2960, or stop by and shop for luxury stocking stuffers!


10 Years of Creative Hair & Conversation How time flies when you are having fun! Kim Turnbull has been serving Shell Point residents and their families for 10 years. Kim joined the team at the Shell Point Salon shortly after relocating to Florida from Ohio with her husband, Jim, and son, Tyler. Like so many, they decided to trade cloudy days for the sunny skies of Florida.

“I have the best job working with the best customers! There are so many interesting people with amazing stories about their lives. I really enjoy the conversations and laughter,” Kim said. It has been such a pleasure working with Kim, and we look forward to many more years of fantastic hair from her station at the Island Salon & Spa. Shell Point Life | December 2016


Club Doors Open to Resident Acclaim It was a grand event at the October 12 opening of The Club at Shell Point, with an estimated 1,000 residents coming to tour the facility, gazing at its grandeur and décor, and learning about its many amenities. Comments confirmed that this new showcase place exceeded expectations on a variety of levels, according to General Manager Charlie Howlin. At the top of

VIPs, Project Development, and clubhouse staff celebrated the ribbon-cutting with a dedication prayer and photo “opp” along the signature grand staircase.


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the list were the pleasing and modern color scheme; spectacular views from the Banyan Grille on the second floor; deluxe fitness equipment and spacious workout classroom; wonderfully stocked Golf Pro Shop; and plush locker rooms. The lush landscaping and greenery surrounding the clubhouse building attract attention and draw people into the environmentally friendly atmosphere of

The Club at Shell Point, bordered by its Audubon-certified, 18-hole championship golf course. “Comments were favorable, and the majority of residents were pleased with what they saw as they walked around on a self-guided tour of the facility,” said Laura Slack, director of Resident Life, who welcomed visitors at the entrance doors on its first day of business.

Residents guided themselves throughout the clubhouse using a two-story floor plan.

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Earning a zero-deficiency report during the annual inspection by state regulator AHCA (Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration) is an ideal objective, but no small feat to accomplish. As reported for the most recent survey conducted at the Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point by AHCA on September 6-8, 2016, no deficiencies were identified. “This is great news, and indicates we are in substantial compliance with regulations. It acknowledges the quality of the care our staff provides to residents at the Pavilion,” said Scott Moore, chief operating officer, claiming that, according to LeadingAge, an association for aging services, typically, fewer than 10% of all nursing facilities nationally experience a recertification survey without any deficiencies; the average for facilities in our Southwest Florida region is 16 citations at each annual survey. AHCA is responsible for licensing all healthcare providers in Florida, and serves as a subcontractor of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in ensuring that providers receiving reimbursement by Medicare or Medicaid operate in compliance with applicable state statutes and federal regulations. The goal of these unannounced surveys is to protect the health and safety 42

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of residents/patients. An evaluation of severity (level of harm) and scope (number of persons affected) is assigned for three categories of compliance: quality of care, quality of life, and administration. A possible 255 deficiencies comprise the broadest measure of performance, called “overall inspection.” During an inspection, which typically lasts three to four days, multiple AHCA surveyors review a sampling of clinical records, policies and procedures, staffing reports, and other relevant documents. They also conduct interviews with patients/residents, family members, staff, visitors, and volunteers. Inspection deficiency reports reflect any violations of the regulations found. Performance measures (indicated as stars, up to five in various categories*) rank facilities within each region using nursing home licensure and certification inspection deficiency data. “The inspection process is extremely complicated and extensive, considering the breadth of the criteria reviewed, especially for a facility the size of the Larsen Pavilion, with 219 licensed beds with a high occupancy

Pavilion Rated 5 Stars *

The latest survey in September 2016 awarded the Larsen Pavilion five stars for an overall rating. These Medicare measures are primarily based on quality of care, overall staffing, especially the number of Registered Nurses, and state survey inspection results. CMS created the 5-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes. Those with five-star ratings are among the top 10% of facilities receiving the highest score on state health inspections, and are considered to have above-average quality. The more stars a facility receives in any category, the more the facility was found to be in compliance with the regulations governing nursing homes. Each nursing home receives an overall rating calculated from the following data: • Health Inspections—from the last three years of onsite inspections, with the most recent survey findings weighted more. • Staffing—the number of hours of care provided on average to each resident each day by nursing staff. A nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff. • Quality Measures—11 different physical and clinical measures, including the extent to which specialty care is provided, such as rehabilitation or dementia support. Learn more about the survey process and 5-star rating at AHCA.myflorida. com,, or

NNNNN A luncheon in the Schilling Dining Room celebrated the accomplishments of the Larsen Pavilion team.

rate,” said Doug Potts, NHA, Pavilion administrator and director of Long Term Care. “A healthcare expert noted that skilled nursing facilities are among the most highly regulated, exceeding even hospital oversight.” “Many longtime staff don’t recall receiving a deficiency-free report in the past 25 years, which is meaningful in light of ongoing regulatory challenges within the industry, and recent changes in administration personnel at the Pavilion. Nothing defines team effort like this annual survey, and I was proud to be a part of it.” Focus on Quality Doug described renewed emphasis on quality assurance/performance improvement (QAPI) processes involving every department at the Pavilion. “All staff are focusing on system procedures and quality. The survey results are a credit to the dietary, nursing, activities, social services, housekeeping, maintenance, and administrative staff

“Please join me in congratulating the King’s Crown assisted living team, and celebrate that they have just completed a deficiency-free AHCA survey! My thanks go to the many Shell Point departments that contribute their support as we work to care, serve, and satisfy our assisted living residents every day.” —Rita Southern, Director of Assisted Living and Resident Support Services, October 12, 2016

who work so well together,” he said. “We analyze issues during our daily morning meetings to quickly determine needed resolutions to our processes and programs. The team then moves forward on implementing and monitoring the changes for success.” The Larsen Pavilion is registered with AHCA for payroll-based journal (PBJ) recording of staffing hours, and documents all resident care plans via an electronic medical record (EMR) system, aiding AHCA in its evaluation to compare care against a minimum data set (MDS). “We have conducted life safety drills to test the sprinkler system, and watch trends that may develop, such as with skin breakdown,” said Doug. “The staff meet daily to discuss specific care of each patient. If we observe a pattern of increased falls, for example, we question whether it may be connected to medication distribution, or when residents are more mobile around meal times or during staffing shift changes.” In determining this root-cause analysis, the Pavilion team applies the “5 Whys” approach. By repeating the question “Why?” when exploring the causeand-effect relationships underlying a particular problem, each answer forms the basis of the next question. The “5” in the name derives from an anecdotal observation on the number of iterations needed to resolve the problem, much like when children ask “Why?” when they are told to go to bed or eat their veggies before they may have dessert. “We must verify the needs and services required for each resident at the Pavilion,” Doug explained. “Since we will admit any Shell Point lifecare resident, our goal is to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.”

Vice President of Healthcare Services Dr. Roger Hirchak; Mara Wright and Allison Brown, assistant directors of Nursing.

Director of Long Term Care Doug Potts and Shell Point President Martin Schappell.

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The 6th Annual Community Thrift Store Fashion Show showcased chapeau styles for all seasons at the inaugural occasion held at The Club at Shell Point. This event sold out in less than a week, in anticipation of Executive Chef Richard’s preparation of tasty, healthy lunch fare, featuring a delicious tiramisu for dessert. Guests relaxed and enjoyed this year’s theme, “Hats Off to Holidays,” with table décor featuring one-of-a-kind hats designed by residents Sam Cutter

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(Eagles Preserve), Carolyn Zenoniani (Lakewood), Carol Mann (Sundial), and Marilynn Fowler (Turban). Volunteers from the Thrift Store modeled clothing representing various holidays – Easter, Valentine’s Day, Veterans Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Arbor Day, and Boxing Day, to name a few. To add to the laughter, participants demonstrated some unique holidays, such as Kentucky Derby Day, National Chocolate Day, Groundhog Day, and National Straw Hat Day.

Following the show, guests shopped for clothing, hats, purses, and accessories that were on display from the Community Thrift Store. Many of the residents shared that they loved the fun program, enjoyed the feast, and had a wonderful afternoon. “We are so pleased and fortunate to receive the generous donations from Shell Point residents who support the Community Thrift Store,” said Dianne Morton, Transportation manager, who oversees this fundraising effort that supports senior services in the Fort Myers area.

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Tom and Jim Hannan Barbara Larson

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The Community Thrift Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by and shop, or consider donating your gently used clothing, furniture, or housewares. “Please consider offering an afternoon or two of your time, and enjoy the fun that so many residents find at the Community Thrift Store,� said Manager Erica May.


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50% off all furniture, lamps, framed artwork through December 15!




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“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (LUKE 2:11)

Well, it’s that time of the year again! Once we’re past Halloween, all the stores and advertisement outlets push out their Christmas products. You don’t have to wait for us preachers to announce the Advent season – we’ve sub-contracted that to the commercial interests! But that wasn’t the case in the 1st century. There were no Wal-Mart stores in Jerusalem. Costco and Sam’s Club weren’t up and running in Palestine. The Advent announcements were made by angels. “Angels” literally means “messengers.” And one of the messages they delivered was to the shepherds tending their flocks near Bethlehem, which was interesting in itself, because the shepherds were not the influencers of their day. Anything but, as a matter of fact. They were regarded as the lowest of the economic strata in their society. But when Jesus was born, they were the ones God chose to tell first! The angels said, “I bring you good news of great joy!” Shepherds were used to getting bad

news. They were afraid when the angels appeared, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. The angels had to bring their blood pressure down before they told them what was up. The first thing they said was, “Fear not!” Then they said, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) The birth of Jesus was an occasion of great joy – in fact, there were at least three reasons why it was worth celebrating: 1. Jesus came into the world as a Savior. He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Of all the things that we struggle with, sin is the worst. It is like an insidious cancer that affects our whole being. And there is only one cure. Only God can provide the therapy. Only Jesus can administer the medicine. That’s why He came. 2. Jesus also came into the world as Christ. “Christ” is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Christ means “the anointed one.” The Anointed One is

commissioned by God for a special vocation. The long-expected Messiah would come as both priest and king. As priest, He would provide the ultimate sacrifice. As king, He would reign over a new kingdom – a kingdom of justice, righteousness, and peace. 3. Jesus came into the world as Lord. He came as the master of His people, who were bought and paid for by the sacrifice of His own life. Lord of all those who would ever believe in Him. A gracious, benevolent Lord – always looking out for the eternal welfare of his subjects. That was the message of the angels for the lowly shepherds: “A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” They received the message with great joy. The message hasn’t changed. It is the same message for us. It is the message we at The Village Church are sharing during this Advent season with the entire Shell Point community. We trust you too will receive that message with great joy.

Be our guest at a special event…

Ticket required

“Christmas Visitors” Wednesday, December 14, 10:15 a.m.; refreshments at 10 a.m. The Village Church Ruth Deuber (Periwinkle) will direct Shell Point residents in “Waiting for the Christmas Guest,” joined by a high school choir from Evangelical Christian School singing Christmas carols and songs. RSVP: Stop by The Village Church to pick up free tickets for you and your friends.


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A Christmas Celebration

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Sunday, December 11 6:15 p.m. at The Village Church The joy of the season will resonate throughout the church sanctuary as the 100 voices of the Village Church Choir, the Celebration Ringers, and the Southwest Florida Festival Orchestra present A Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 11. Under the direction of Randy Woods, Minister of Worship & Music, this festive program will feature Hal Hopson’s classic arrangements interwoven through a service of lessons and carols addressing the major theme of God’s love for us, and culminating in an uplifting celebration of the joy of the season. Everyone is welcome to this musical Christmas celebration to appreciate the retelling of the prophecy of Christ with scripture lessons and carols that recount the message of God’s plan for redemption.

In addition to the choir, orchestra, and hand bells, o you’ll enjoy the artistry of our featured organist, resident Dr. Ronald Boud (Estuary), a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music and the School of Church Music of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before retiring, Dr. Boud served as a Professor of Music at Union University and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Tennessee. All concerts require the purchase of a nonrefundable $10 ticket, available from the church office at 454-2147, or online at



Christmas Eve Carols & Candlelight Service Saturday, December 24 7:15 p.m. at The Village Church Come celebrate the “Birthday of a King” as we retell the Christmas story and sing our praises to the Christ Child by candlelight. Enjoy gathering with your family and friends on the eve of our Savior’s birth. This special service will include caroling, candlelight, special music, and an inspirational message from Rev. Andy Hawkins, senior pastor.

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Nature’s Notebook By Steve Morton,



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At exactly 8 p.m., my mother strode into the living room and

announced with authority, “It’s time for my movie now.” She fearlessly took control of the television, rotating the channel dial to the NBC network. Father looked exasperated, yet resigned to the situation, as he grudgingly extracted himself from his easy chair and left the room muttering something about working in the basement. Turning off the light on the end table, she brazenly settled into the “forbidden” chair as if it were her own. Our Scottish terrier “Tama” recognized a unique opportunity, and curled up next to my mother’s feet, resting her head upon those soft, pink, Dearfoam slippers. Amid the 180-degree shift of the hormonal balance in the room, the opening credits began to roll:

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In December 1965, I did not know what VistaVision was, but as I sprawled upon the carpeted floor, I was mesmerized by the brilliant red-velvet backdrop and contrasting green holly leaves that framed each movie star’s name. In Olde English type font appeared the titles: Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen. It seemed to jump off the 26-inch diagonal Magnavox

screen. The opening scene was a tightly framed shot of Bing and Danny performing a vaudeville routine. But as the camera zooms out, it becomes clear that they are entertaining military troops somewhere near the snowy front lines of the European theatre during WWII. I was now visually oriented, and remembered that the movie event was my mother’s ritual viewing of White Christmas by Irving Berlin. After 50 years of watching the film, listening to Bing and other artists sing the title song, I believed myself to be an expert of all things White Christmas. White Has Vanished It seems, however, that the internet and Google exist to smack down the smug and shatter the perceptions of the confident. I discovered that we have been hoodwinked by the most trustworthy man in America, Bing Crosby. That silverthroated crooner omitted the first verse of the song as written by Berlin. Living in Southern California, Irving Berlin wrote the lost verse from a warmclimate perspective. Now, as a Floridian, I have a new appreciation for the entire song:

The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway. There’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills, L.A. But it’s December the 24th, and I’m longing to be up North. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. For those of us comforted by seasonal change, Christmas in Southwest Florida can be disconcerting. During the northern winters, we are solaced by nature’s evergreens like the pine and holly trees. The

shiny green leaf and red berries of the holly are the harbinger of the holidays, demonstrating the persistence of life, even in frigid climates. Luckily, at Shell Point, we have a holly tree to enjoy. A hybrid of Ilex cassine x Ilex opaca is a cultivated variety known by the name where it was discovered: East Palatka, Florida. Like the northern Christmas holly that we remember, the East Palatka holly female plant has stiff green leaves and bright red berries. As Christmas is a season of giving, the East Palatka holly gives to our local bird population. Watching a flock of cedar waxwings eating the berries off the East Palatka holly is an experience. For those at Shell Point who are “dreaming of a white Christmas,” the Landscape team has arranged a treat for you. If you “need a little Christmas,” perhaps even “right this very minute,” we wish to share our secret. Take a winter’s walk behind the Woodlands Commons building and search for the East Palatka holly tree that we have decorated with bright bird treats. Devoid of white, but decked in traditional green and red, this is our gift of nature to you, and our avian visitors, as “we wish you a Merry Christmas.”

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