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INSIDE: Tribby Arts Center Exhibitions • Meet the Residents’ Council for 2022 Jan/Feb 2022 Vol. 17 Issue 1


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

A New Year

–2 Corinthians 5:17

The new year offers a time for reflection, as well as an opportunity to look ahead to another exciting year at Shell Point. We have much to look forward to in January, from exploring the new Larsen Health Center (page 3), to discovering new activities at the Adventure Awaits Lifestyle Expo (page 47). You’ll learn all about these events – and more – in the pages of Shell Point Life.

Wood Shop Stories

The Wood Shop on The Island is busier than ever, with all sorts of projects underway. On page 12 you’ll meet two residents – one a Wood Shop veteran and the other a newcomer of sorts – who share the stories behind their beautifully crafted wooden works of art.




You’ll certainly notice plenty of events to fill your social calendar as you flip through this issue of Shell Point Life. From concerts and trips, to lectures, special events and more, start your planning with the Happenings section on page 22. Why not invite a friend to join you in experiencing something new at Shell Point.

On the Cover Few discover their professional passion at a young age – like Louise Carlson (Oakmont), who realized she had a way with words as a child growing up in Texas. Learn more about Louise on page 4. 2

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Director of Marketing and Communications Lynn Schneider Editor Kara Hado Creative Director Rich Cerrina Senior Graphic Designer Brent Mayer Graphic Designer Vanessa Miranda Contributors Chanelle Bastardo, Pat Bubb, Claude Emler, Don Pullen, Maria Festa, Janine Hammond, Andrew Hawkins, Jon High, Anette Isaacs, Steve Morton, Peter Nanfelt, Emily Reese, Lisa Rizzio, Laura Slack, Debbie Stapleton, Susan Uhleman, Peggy Zimmerman Shell Point Life is available online. You can find this current issue, as well as back issues of Shell Point Life magazine, at


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Transportation Schedule by Neighborhood Due to limited parking at the site, guests cannot commute to the event using personal vehicles and should make use of the Shell Point transportation provided. Pickup times are listed below. TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


MOMENT we have been waiting for is finally


Shell Point residents are invited to tour the Larsen Health Center during an Open House. Staff will be on hand to answer questions during your selfguided tour of our beautiful new healthcare facility. Please join us for a tour of the Larsen Health Center Medical Offices • Rehabilitation Center • Behavioral Health Dental Offices • Pharmacy Skilled Nursing Center with Private Rooms

12:30 p.m. The Arbor 1:30 p.m. King’s Crown 2:30 p.m. The Springs WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 The Island 8:45 a.m. Harbor Court, Tellidora 9:15 a.m. Cameo, Coquina 9:45 a.m. Lucina, Macoma 10 a.m. Turban, Sundial 10:15 a.m. Nautilus, Periwinkle 10:30 a.m. Junonia, Royal Bonnet 10:45 a.m. Cellana, Sand Dollar The Woodlands 12:45 p.m. Parkwood 1:30 p.m. Lakewood 2:15 p.m. Rosemont 2:30 p.m. Oakmont Coastal Links 3:15 p.m. Estuary 3:30 p.m. Enclave 3:45 p.m. Eagles Preserve Shell Point Life | January/February 2022




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orn in the small East Texas town of Kilgore to Louis and Hazel Neville, Louise and younger sister Peggy moved frequently in their earlier years as Louis, a government contractor, transferred from project to project throughout the South, eventually settling in Tyler, Texas – “the Rose Capital of the World,” Louise remembered, “The air smelled so good in the spring and summer when all those rose fields bloomed.” Louise, first grade in 1942 Post WWII, many who served at the nearby military base liked what they found and returned to make homes nearby. Tyler began to expand from principally rose growing, and the small school Louise attended kept pace. Thus, her class stayed together from kindergarten through graduation, making for lifelong friends. Louise said her class gathered annually for decades and that “We survivors still check in with each other regularly.” Louise’s path as a writer started early. Her first published piece was a third-grade poem, printed in a children’s anthology. Her nine-year-old journalism efforts involved creating a neighborhood newspaper, handwritten, laboriously mimeographed, and dubbed “The Red Dragon News.” There was only one press run, purchased entirely by her father after reading the lead story. “I immediately learned the value of having an editor review my work,” Louise said. At 15, Louise won a summer internship at the local daily, the Tyler Courier Times, shadowing the only woman journalist, the society editor. “I would show up for work in my hat and little white gloves. We’d go to teas, luncheons, bridal showers, and Rose Festival events,” said Louise. Since it was a little southern town and it was very important to host the society editor, Louise and the editor were treated royally. “Her chair was in just the right spot so attendees could come by and pay their respects. My initial job was standing behind her chair and getting her tea. Later, she let me take notes. It was a step up from the high school paper and actually very good training in handling the unanticipated,” said Louise. Excellent grades and continuing success in writing contests earned Louise a scholarship to the University of Texas School of Journalism at 17, but her father’s death from heart

Photos by Brian Tietz

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Louise Carlson

Louise and John on Miami Beach. “It was a great, fun place to be at that age and time.”

disease changed everything. Louise aviation hero Ernie Rickenbacker. She also transferred to the local community resumed university attendance. college. “I used my only salable skill, Like any young adult, Louise was not typing, while our family slowly all work and no play. Early on she met regained health and equilibrium. John Carlson, an Opalocka-based Marine I continued to write, mostly con- Corps pilot. Long after they married in tests, and recorded 1957, John told the story older cousins’ flying of how he was initially so stories for family.” taken with Louise because Commercial air she stood “stock still” and travel was expanding listened while he shared hugely and offered his life story, only to find growing opportunishe was so still because he ties, especially for was standing on the toe of travel, for employees. her sandal. Their marriage Louise explained, lasted 61 years. “The world was beckJohn intended to oning, so, once again become a commercial I parlayed my typing Louise’s 1957 pilot, which meant gainability into a job with engagement photo ing multi-engine ratings Eastern Airlines as and experience. This led an Operations Division teletype to a transfer to Cherry Point Marine Air operator. So, off to Miami.” Louise Station, North Carolina, where he spent a found her job both exciting and interest- year flying C119s, better known as “Flying ing. A highlight was meeting the legendary Box Cars.”

Here with his crew at Heathrow, John retired from Northwest Airlines in 1994. The Carlsons on a 2001 trip to Ireland.


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John and Louise Carlson were avid sailors, making regular voyages to the Caribbean and the Virgin Islands.

For 20 years in Punta Gorda, the Carlsons owned a cruising sailboat named Circe II, after the Greek sprite who enchants sailors.

Louise spent that year volunteering for The Navy Relief Society, an organization offering assistance to Navy and Marine families, working on her golf game, learning to cook and developing an avid interest in world affairs. At year’s end, John was hired by Northwest Airlines and the young couple set off to Minneapolis. John began flying DC4s and Louise took a fundraising campaign job with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, where her interest in the values of communal volunteerism were sharpened. It was also her first opportunity to use her writing skills for a worthy, non-profit cause and Louise realized it as “a good fit.” It was also a good fit because daughter Sharon Louise was born in 1960. Louise next enrolled at the University of Minnesota, John’s alma mater, and finally graduated with majors in Journalism and English, later adding Education credentials. “Really, you never stop learning; there is always something new waiting,” Louise said. After a transfer in 1961 to Salt Lake City – a move Continued on next page

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she considers “a profound learning experience that was so valuable” – John found himself back in the Marine Corps as Vietnam heated up. The Corps was looking for pilots both carrier and multi-engine rated in an effort to pioneer extremely short landings and take-offs with KC130s, the idea being to use steel mats on beaches. John’s squadron was ground zero for this experiment out of El Toro, California. “That began a period of seeing very little of each other for the next few years," Louise explained. “Pilots had to come back stateside once every so many months, usually to ferry a 130 back to Georgia for repair. Then, there were unaccompanied overseas tours of more than a year, though most of us made visits.” Since they had bought a home in Dana Point, California, Louise took a job as an Associated Press stringer, reporting on events outside normal coverage areas.

A 1985 family photo of John and Louise with their daughter, Sharon.

Granddaughter Emma Louise, now a second year Duke law student, inspired Louise to declare, “Grandparenting is the best job ever. And now I have two lovely step-grands with Sharon’s marriage to Jim McDonald.”

When John finished this five-year tour, the family moved back to Minneapolis. Louise, who had now lived on both coasts, as well as in the south and north, had a firsthand perspective on both geography 8

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and weather. “Minnesota was so cold, but it turned out to be a wonderful place to raise a family. The schools were really good, family was near and it was a beautiful place to live. A creek ran through our wooded backyard, and we had a dozen bird feeders and birdhouses. The chickadees practically ran the place.” It was during this time in Minneapolis that Louise found her highest professional calling and she was able to put it to good use in more than one organization. But, perhaps her most passionate service came from the heart. Remembering the loss of her father to heart disease, Louise began volunteering for the American Heart Association (AHA). “I was so young when my father died,” said Louise. “It had a great impact on me and on my life. So, I started volunteering for AHA through the Northwest Pilots’ Wives Club. It began by helping with fundraising events and putting things together like fashion shows. Next thing I knew, I was writing scripts for TV presentations.” Eventually, other AHA entities invited Louise to work with them. Most interesting was working with researchers, making their complicated research and data understandable for the general public. Louise’s more than 25-year career with AHA MN ended with the family move to Florida, following four years on the AHA MN Board of Directors and retiring as Chairman of the Board. Throughout her years at AHA, Louise continued working. “I stopped teaching secondary school when my daughter was in high school, but I continued freelance writing and reporting,” said Louise. One of her more interesting parttime jobs was with WCCO-TV’s investigative team as a wired “role player.” “The most satisfying effort involved a large group that was perpetuating a basementwaterproofing scam primarily preying on older people,” said Louise. The Carlson’s home was one of several used to mount sting operations to gather evidence. “In one sting after the other, the gang incriminated themselves,” said Louise. Later, Louise would appear as a witness during the trial. “It was very satisfying,” she added.

During this time, Louise and a colleague wrote a text for new journalism teachers. She also served as Journalism Advisers of Minnesota president for three years, gaining grants for statewide projects and lobbying for support for education legislation. Additionally, she served as the Journalism Educators Association of America Upper Midwest VP for four years. And for two years she ran the University of Minnesota School of Journalism summer school for high school teachers and the annual UM High School Journalists’ Workshops. Meanwhile, the Carlson family traveled the world together. “It was our idea that the more exposure our daughter Sharon had to different ways of life in places very different from our own, the better. So, we made use of John’s generous travel privileges early and often in Sharon’s life, then and since.” Eventually, a series of events provided the impetus for their move to Florida. “The dog died; our daughter married; we downsized to a condo. The last straw was a blizzard. John said, ‘Never again,’ and we moved into our Fort Myers condo while house hunting in Punta Gorda for someplace where we could put the sailboat behind the house.” In 1989, the Carlsons found that spot and moved to Punta Gorda. John commuted, working out of Narita, Japan. Louise was still working as a contributing editor for an aviation business magazine while also volunteering with the League of Women Voters and Good Shepherd Church. She said her favorite job was as Scholarship Chair for her Philanthropic Educational Organization Chapter. “I’m still in touch with the last two nominees,” she said. “Of course, I’m still in touch with a few of my high school students, who are now nearing retirement!”

After John’s 1994 retirement, the couple sailed even more, exploring Florida, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and the lower Caribbean. “It was a special time,” said Louise. After a three-year multi-state search, Louise and John moved to Shell Point in 2012. Louise explained, “John took one look

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out the window at the water he had so often sailed and said, ‘I could live here.’ And so we did. Oakmont is a wonderful building and we met so many friendly people.” She added, “When John died in December 2018, I had such a wonderful support system. I can’t say enough good things about my neighbors, and the people who work here are unfailingly kind.” Today, the entrance to Louise’s apartment features lush plants with small sculptures tucked among the greenery. An inviting metal bench and an attractive wreath of twigs and berries on the door are an indication of the warm and welcoming person who lives within. Not only does Louise tend the plants that beautify her entryway, she also tends her neighbors. At Christmas, for instance, she shares home-made cranberry chutney with her floor neighbors. With her usual enthusiasm and gift for multi-tasking, Louise serves on the Oakmont Welcome Committee, is Floor Representative, volunteers as a host for the Academy of Lifelong Learning, and helps out with the Woodlands Commons Library. Taking three series of writing classes, taught by Shell Point resident and Pulitzer Prize winning editor Dan Warner, has been a highlight among her pastimes. Another bright spot for the avid reader is her book club, “which I absolutely adore,” she said. “Because we’ve all had very different lives, everybody’s got a different perspective. It makes the experience so much richer.” It’s no exaggeration to say that Louise enriches the lives of those around her. She is what a neighbor and friend should be: kind, generous, smart, interested and interesting – and lots of fun to know. And best of all, you know she’s got a story for any occasion.

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Walk This Way

B Y J I M P L U M M E R ( PA R K WO O D )

Carol Brodersen (Enclave)

During a recent outing to San Carlos Island, the Shell Point Walking Club took in the sights, including the San Carlos shrimp boat fleet, which offloaded more than 1 million pounds of Florida pink shrimp last year.

When we told our friends that our Walking Club event was going to be on San Carlos Island – less than 10 miles from Shell Point – they all asked “Where is that?” because they had never heard of it. Most people drive right past San Carlos Island on their way to the Matanzas Bridge to Fort Myers Beach, on Estero Island. Forty-two members of our Shell Point Walking Club traveled to San Carlos Island in November and learned all about this fascinating part of “Old Florida,” which is home to many places of interest – the shrimp boat fishing fleet, a large marina called Salty Sam’s with many rental boats, tour boats, a Pirate Ship, and an abundance of excellent sea10

food restaurants. Our walkers passed by all these sights, as well the Key West Express boat docking area. In fair weather, it’s a very popular, comfortable 3.5-hour jet drive-powered catamaran boat trip – the easiest, fastest way to reach Key West from Southwest Florida. But, of course, our walkers most enjoyed seeing and learning about the shrimp fleet based on San Carlos Island. These fishermen offload more Florida pink shrimp than anywhere else in Florida. Last year they are said to have exceeded 1 million pounds of shrimp offloaded on San Carlos Island. I’m told that seafood connoisseurs consider this Gulf of Mexico species among the sweetest found in the

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Photos courtesy Terry Baldwin and Jim Plummer

Walking Club Visits San Carlos Island

Barb Konz (Oakmont)

United States. After completing our walking adventure, several of our residents drove back to the TRICO Shrimp Company, which we passed on our walking route, to buy some of this fresh local delicacy. The Trico family owns 12 shrimp boats. When the boats return to this home site, after weeks at sea, they quickly unload the catch and sell it directly in their market here, as well as pack and ship it on trucks to restaurants and markets. We heard nothing but good reviews on this adventure – the walking conditions were very good, weather was great, and everyone enjoyed the scenery. Interested in learning more about the Walking Club? Email Jim Plummer at

SIMPLY THE BEST! Community Recognized for Excellence by Fort Myers News-Press Readers

Shell Point Retirement Community was recently recognized by The News-Press 2021 Best of the Best Community Choice Awards, earning top honors as the Best Retirement Community, Best Memory Care Community, Best Assisted Living Facility, and Best Senior Living Community.

We are truly honored by this recognition from the Fort Myers community. It serves as a confirmation of Shell Point’s reputation for excellence as we are privileged to care for, serve, and satisfy our residents every day. — Christy Skinner

Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare; Janine Hammond, Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Health; McKenzie Millis, Director of Assisted Living

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Shell Point's Wood Shop is busier than ever, with both veteran and novice woodworkers exploring the possibilities.

IT’S IN THE BAG Christina Bowman (Coquina) happily keeps a busy calendar. Along with tending a beautiful garden plot on The Island, she volunteers regularly at the Community Thrift Store, where she enjoys creating beautiful fashion displays and watching customers delight in discovering unique treasures.


t’s a feeling Christina knows well. While she was exploring a church thrift store in Fort Myers 15 years ago, she spied a unique wooden purse perched high on a shelf. “It was covered in decoupaged pictures of flowers, fruit and birds, and it immediately caught my eye because I’ve always loved treasure chests,” said Christina. “It was both fashionable and functional – and it was a bargain too, at just $5”! Beneath the thick layers of decoupage awaited a beautiful light blonde oak wood finish. “I carried it for years, and almost every day someone would compliment it,” she said. Christina approached Shell Point’s Wood Shop Coordinator Mike Myers to see if he would be able to replicate the The newly constructed purse is nearly identical to the original.


design of her favorite purse. “He was more than willing to help,” she said. He used the walnut he had on hand to fashion the top and bottom, and glued the pieces together. Over a period of weeks, Christina worked in the Wood Shop’s finishing room, which formerly housed the pottery studio that has found its new home in the Tribby Arts Center. She patiently applied 13 coats of satin finish polyurethane, followed by two coats of gloss. “In between coats, I sanded it with fine grit paper, then fine steel wool,” she explained. “Another gentleman suggested taking a paper bag after the final gloss coat and rubbing it over the entire purse to enhance the shine.” When she was searching for just the right handle to adorn the new purse, she found a fabric handbag at the Community Thrift Store with a lucite version that would do the trick. Hinges and a latch were added to complete the new walnut handbag. Growing up on a small farm in Lincolnton, North Carolina, Christina was no stranger to using tools. “I was accustomed to using a hand saw and a two-person tree saw,” she said. She eventually hopes to learn

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I’ve always “been creative. Once

you start a project, it reveals what it needs to be. I follow that. I’m learning the skills to make it all happen.

how to use the Wood Shop’s commercial grade saws. “Everyone is so knowledgeable and eager to assist,” said Christina. “I got to know some of the guys; they were helpful and answered all my questions.” Christina said getting involved in Shell Point’s volunteer and activity groups has been a great way to make new connec-

TAKING ARTISTRY TO A NEW SCALE tions and get to know even more residents. “Like everything I have become part of at Shell Point, it’s easy to establish friendships when you are in groups,” said Christina. “When I got my garden plot a year ago, I found a garden family, and it’s the same with the Community Thrift Store staff and volunteers.” “I really enjoyed the creativity and camaraderie in the Wood Shop,” she said. “ I loved every second I spent in there, more than I expected I would.” She also made a donation to the Wood Shop in appreciation for its members’ expertise. “It was a real team effort,” said Mike, who assessed the original purse to determine the measurements and cutting. Dennis Staley (Lucina) cut out the pieces and glued them together to construct the shell, and Gary Reynolds (Cellana) assisted with the hardware configuration. Inspired by her Wood Shop experience, Christina’s creativity is continuing to flourish at the Tribby Arts Center, where she’s joined the pottery group and made her first piece. “I’ve always been creative,” she said. “Once you start a project, it reveals what it needs to be. I follow that. I’m learning the skills to make it all happen, and that excites me greatly.” Christina will also be among the volunteers modeling at the Community Thrift Store Fashion Show on Monday, January 10. “Many of the beautiful clothes we’ll be wearing come from our boutique section, where you can find lots of designer fashions,” she said. “It is easy to get involved at Shell Point, as there are so many activities available on any given day. Since I love sharing inspirational stories, I am hopeful that a storytelling group will get started here soon. Everyone has a story to tell.”

Tom Young (Turban) secured his workbench in the Wood Shop when he moved to Shell Point 17 years ago. Today, Tom is known for his “River Tables” that feature a distinctive waterfall effect. It was his beautiful award-winning table from the Tribby’s “On The Water” exhibition that inspired a request for a much larger-scale project that pushed his creativity and ingenuity to new limits. Tom was joined by Wood Shop Coordinator Mike Myers to create a 7 x 4-foot conference table that showcases a pair of 200-year-old cherry slabs from Indiana, surrounded by metallic-flecked charcoal black epoxy resin. A distinctive powder-coated steel base supports the striking tabletop. Since the project was so large, Tom and Mike worked together in the former Art Studio adjacent to the Wood Shop in the Creativity Center. Tom said getting the slabs flattened was a challenge. One went through the planer in the wood shop but the other one was too big. “We constructed a jig and used a router, and it took many, many passes,” said Tom. “Because the slabs weren’t the same thickness, the solution was to pour the resin from the bottom so the slabs were flush at the top. We constructed a mold, and clamped the slabs down to keep them from floating up in the resin.” Mike and Tom enlisted help from four volunteers to turn the tabletop over and remove it from the mold. Wood-2Art in Fort Myers had a 50-inch sander that could accommodate

Tom Young

J.D. Swanson, Mike Myers, Tom Young, Shell Point Board Member Richard Todd. The table will grace the conference room of Propel Insurance in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Mr. Todd is a partner.

the oversized tabletop, which was then sprayed with polyurethane. “The knots and character of the cherry wood contribute to the table’s beauty,” said Tom. “The client really loved the table, and everything turned out beautifully.” Mike appreciated the opportunity to learn from Tom while helping throughout the two-month project. “I learned quite a bit. It’s the biggest project I’ve ever worked on, and I’m grateful for the experience,” said Mike. “It’s truly a work of art.”



veryone knows that there are always plenty of wonderful activities, events, and classes going on at the Academy of Lifelong Learning. However, in mid-November, our beloved institution had its busiest week to date: more than 900 residents attended the fascinating and thought-provoking classes at Connie Brown Hall and the Grand Cypress Room during a five-day stretch.

PAUL GAUGIN DAY A definite highlight proved to be “Paul Gaugin Day,” celebrating the 130th anniversary of Gaugin’s decision to leave Paris and move to Papeete, Tahiti. Art Historian Carol Jonson Historian Carol Jonson from FGCU’s Renaissance Academy gave a magnificent presentation highlighting the life and art of this leading Post-Impressionist painter who was on a quest for the exotic. The residents were quite surprised to hear that Gaugin actually started out as a successful stockbroker in France, but lost all his money in a stock market crash. He then focused on his true passion – painting – and spent the last 10 years of his life in Tahiti and French Polynesia, where he found the exotic colors, people, and the lifestyle he had always sought. Following the lecture, residents were able to continue their Polynesian experience with a delicious lunch at The Crystal, authentically curated by Chef Shaun Smith. He served a gorgeous HuliHuli Mahi over papaya slaw and coconut rice and prepared an out-of-this-world guava cake for dessert.

CHEATER UKE After their scrumptious lunch, Shell Point residents returned to the Grand Cypress Room where the Academy’s favorite musicologist, FGCU’s Professor 14

Jay Bubb, Judy Koloski and Peg Felix

Thomas Cimarusti, introduced them to the magic of Polynesian music. In addition, the gregarious educator also taught an exclusive ukulele workshop that was attended by 20 enthusiastic residents with all kinds of skill levels. For those students who had never held a ukulele in their hands, Professor Cimarusti created the, as he called it, “Cheater Uke” – an instrument with little colorful dots that indicate where one needs to put one’s "Cheater Uke" fingers in order to play the desired notes.

books on topics in American politics and history – gave a sharp and often humorous analysis of the extraordinary life and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton and he also weighed in on the accuracy and the tremendous success of Linn Manuel Miranda’s eponymous Broadway musical that swept the nation a couple of years ago. To the audience’s surprise and delight, Watson revealed that he deemed 95% of the musical as historically accurate. The next afternoon, the distinguished historian returned to the Tribby to talk about an iconic president, Abraham Lincoln. Professor Watson related numerous heartwarming stories about Abe “as you never knew him.” It turns out that our 16th president was a wrestler in his youth, a people person with a wonderPROFESSOR WATSON ful sense of humor, and a 6-foot-4 inch Besides music and art, the Academy tall gawky young man who not only grew also highlighted history and politics with into a doting father, but also a tremena return visit of Professor Robert Watson dous political leader. Residents learned from Lynn University in that Lincoln valued authenBoca Raton. This gifted ticity and humility, and instructor delivered two one of his favorite sayings captivating presentaat the beginning of his career tions in Connie Brown was “I want history to know Hall and was a big hit me as I am.” with the Shell Point The Academy of Lifelong audience, drawing more Learning is blessed to be able than 150 residents for to bring exceptional speakers each program. In his and scholars to our cherished talk “Hamilton: Man, residents. We are already lookMyth, Musical,” Professor ing forward to another year of Watson – the author of 40 academic excellence in 2022! Professor Robert Watson

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The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is starting 2022 with a full calendar! There are too many programs to count in January and February, so here are just a few highlights for you to enjoy:

“OUT OF AFRICA” FESTIVAL Please mark your calendars for our “Out of Africa” festival! From January 11-15, the Academy is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford with lectures, classes, an art exhibit and, of course, a screening of the gorgeous Oscar winner at Connie Brown Hall on Saturday, January 15 at 2 p.m.

PET CARE INFO SESSION For the many animal lovers at Shell Point, we have invited local veterinarian Dr. Courtney Butts who will tell us how we can care for our aging pets. This informative and important session takes place on Friday, January 21, at 1 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room in the Woodlands.

VISIT FROM THE SHERIFF Although he is a very busy man, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is coming for a visit on Wednesday, February 9 at 10 a.m. in Connie Brown Hall at

To our delight, he is bringing the famous Deputy Chance, a delightful rescue dog who has since become the beloved mascot of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and who loves meeting new people! the Tribby.

Please refer to our current Academy brochure for a complete listing of classes, locations, and fees. Academy brochures are available at either Concierge Desk. See you in class!

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A Very Irish

Christmas The Legacy Foundation hosted annual Legacy Society event


The Legacy Foundation hosted its annual Legacy Society holiday event for over 200 Legacy Society members and Vision 2020 campaign leaders and ambassadors on Friday, December 3 in Connie Brown Hall. Emmy nominee Michael Londra, the Irish singer best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway and for his own PBS TV travel and music show, Ireland with Michael, pleased the audience bringing “Christmas from Ireland” told in song, dance and festive stories. The evening featured traditional heartwarming Irish carols and Irish musicians onstage to perform age-old Celtic airs on the

haunting uilleann pipes, fiddle, low whistles and the national drum of Ireland, the bodhran. Rounding out the evening were the breathtaking Celtic Fire dancers, assembled from Michael’s connections to Riverdance. President Martin Schappell greeted residents and thanked everyone for their part in helping to create this generous culture at Shell Point that in recent years has brought about the Tribby Arts Center and soon-toopen Larsen Health Center. “Shell Point residents live life with open hands and hearts; it’s one of the things that makes Shell Point so unique and special,” said Mr. Schappell. The Legacy Society at Shell

Shell Point residents live life with open hands and hearts; it’s one of the things that makes Shell Point so unique and special. — Martin Schappell 16

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Point includes residents who have remembered Shell Point in their estate plans or have contributed lifetime gifts of $100,000 or more. Through the years, philanthropic-minded residents have helped Shell Point enhance services, improve facilities, develop cutting-edge programs, and helped Shell Point become a nationally recognized leader in the senior living industry. If you would like to learn more about the Shell Point Legacy Society, remembering Shell Point in your estate plan, or opportuni-

Marge Lee, Mary Buck, Dick Brown, Deborah La Gorce, David Lee



ties for giving to Shell Point, please contact Jeff Cory, CFP at the Legacy Foundation at 466-8484 to schedule an appointment.

Wayne Robbins and JoAnn DeBaugh

Anne Kimball and Eunice Murray

Michael Londra performed some of his favorite Irish folk ballads. Jim Rudolph, Jeff Cory, John Bendall

George and Dottie Pacharis, Maria Festa

John and Beverly Thompson

Dean and Linda Nickerson

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What do you get when you bring together a creative group of artists with a passion for the arts, a generous spirit, and a strong desire to share the joy and healing the arts can bring with others? At Shell Point, we call this Arts as Healing. Arts as Healing was born when Marge Lee, Resident Arts Consultant to the Tribby Arts Center, was establishing resident committees to represent and help plan


arts including Classical Music, Popular Music and Entertainment, and the Visual Arts. She approached Patricia Armstrong with the idea of chairing a committee called Dance and Entertainment. Although Patricia loves to dance and enjoys music, she wasn’t feeling confident that this was the committee for her. After talking about other needs of the Tribby and learning of Patricia’s art experience and career in Special Education, Marge mentioned Arts as Healing. “In that moment, my heart said Bingo!” exclaimed Patricia. “This was the group I wanted to be involved in.” Marge Lee, Don Adams, Adair Heath and Patricia Armstrong worked to develop the Arts as Healing mission statement to help guide the work of the committee. The Arts as Healing mission is to encourage, coordinate and advance the healing power of the arts at Shell Point for body, mind and spirit. Co-chairs Patricia Armstrong and David Lee brim with pride and excitement as they further explained, “The committee was conceived to bring the joy of the arts and the new Tribby Arts Center to our friends and neighbors who do not have the same opportunities for arts exposure as we do.” The committee is comprised of the

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head or designee of each of the guilds, studios, groups and other committees of the Tribby and is called the Working Group. With staff support, the Working Group meets monthly to plan and brainstorm programming ideas that can be implemented

in assisted living as well as classes, lectures and programs at the Tribby for those throughout the Shell Point community who may be less likely to participate in the array of programs because of physical, cognitive or mental health concerns that can stand in the way. When the committee asked for staff support early on, Christy Skinner, Vice President of Healthcare, recommended McKenzie Millis, Director of Assisted Living; Emily Reese, Connections Program Coordinator; and Janine Hammond, Director of Behavioral and Cognitive Health. “We all fell in love with the idea and happily joined the committee," shared

Emily. “I don’t know where we would be without their support and enthusiasm,” said Patricia. The committee’s first endeavor was a special private viewing of the Tribby exhibits and gallery in June 2021. The program was a great success! This Monday afternoon event quickly became a monthly program, Artful Afternoon. Each month, more than 30 residents enjoy a curated tour with staff and volunteer assistance available to allow them to comfortably peruse the exhibit at their own pace. In addition, the Musician’s Guild provides volunteers to share musical entertainment that is enjoyed by all. In another Arts as Healing activity, Painter’s Guild volunteer, Anne Woodruff, leads a small group painting class at King’s Crown for residents with previous painting experience. “This kindhearted Arts as Healing volunteer brings the joy of the Tribby to residents who are no longer able to manage the physical distance and make it possible for them to once again enjoy creating art,”

said McKenzie. “The smiles on their faces say it all!” Will Ransom and the Vega Quartet performed for the latest Arts as Healing event. It was a special treat for all that attended. They held three small shows across campus – at the Larsen Pavilion, Connected Living at The Springs and a special concert for Artful Afternoon at the Tribby. When David Lee asked for one special show for Arts as Healing while the group was at Shell Point, Will Ransom and his partners quickly asked what else they could do to support this program. These generous individuals truly embraced the mission of Arts as Healing bringing shows to residents across campus that otherwise would not have been able to attend the main event and enjoy this incredible concert. Residents that attended were smiling, tapping their feet and enjoying this first-class entertainment.

For residents at the Larsen Pavilion, this was their first opportunity to enjoy a live performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a joyous celebration! We are looking forward to more splendid events in 2022 as the Arts as Healing Committee and the Working Group meet regularly to continue developing programs and discuss future endeavors that will spread the joy and healing of the arts across campus so all can enjoy.

2022 Shell Point Art Show and Sale

Calling All Artists & Photographers! BY BETSY CONRAD (THE ESTUARY)

The 2022 Shell Point Art Show and Sale is scheduled for Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to show and sell your 2D artwork in the Shell Point Gallery at the Tribby Arts Center. This non-juried show is open to all residents of Shell Point. All artwork must be produced within the past three years and available for sale. There will also be a Card Boutique for all entrants to sell their cards. The Shell Point Art Show and Sale prospectus and entry forms will be available Saturday, January 1 at Concierge Desks at The Island and The Woodlands and at the Tribby Box Office. Space is limited to the first 35 entries received, so

don’t delay. The deadline for entry is Friday, February 25. The show will be promoted throughout the Fort Myers area, so let’s show the community how talented Shell Point residents are!

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BIG “The Big 4” is a term used by Dr. Gary Small, neuropsychiatrist and former director of the UCLA Longevity Center, to refer to the four lifestyle habits that contribute to keeping our brain healthy. These lifestyle habits are familiar to all of us: eating a healthy diet, exercise, stress management and cognitive stimulation. The Big 4 lifestyle approach is carried out in the community through Connections Café with programming based on this “proactive and preventive” approach to brain health. Recognizing the importance of brain health, Shell Point embarked on a partnership with the UCLA Longevity Center in 2020 to provide evidenced-based programs for brain health in the community. Shell Point residents have a variety of opportunities to learn and engage and partake of programs and activities that support the Big 4 lifestyle. 20

One opportunity is the UCLA Memory Fitness class. Developed by Dr. Gary Small, the class is based on his book with the catchy title “Two Weeks to a Younger Brain.” No, your brain will

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not actually be younger, but two weeks is enough time to get started on a brainhealthy lifestyle. Meeting two times a week for six weeks, the class will delve into each lifestyle area with information on what

foods comprise a healthy diet; how exercise contributes to brain health with suggested exercises; stress management techniques; and memory strategies and exercises for cognitive stimulation. The emphasis is on adapting the information into a livable personal plan. More than 160 residents have participated in Memory Training, another UCLA class offered throughout 2021 and continuing this year. The class focuses on the four most common age-related memory complaints: recalling names, misplacing objects, remembering something in the future, and tip of the tongue syndrome. Techniques and strategies are provided to boost and preserve memory function. Residents who have taken the Memory Training class are welcome to take the Memory Fitness class as it expands focus and learning to the other healthy brain lifestyle habits. Other opportunities abound throughout Shell Point to reinforce the Big 4 lifestyle. Brain healthy foods are periodically showcased and offered as menu selections at The Crystal and Palm Grill and in the Assisted Living dining rooms. Fitness centers, classes and walking trails offer an abundance of exercise opportunities.

Stress management is offered through support groups, behavioral health, and a stress management workshop that will be offered again this year. DAKIM Brain Fitness is a computer-based brain game program that provides exercises in six cognitive domains in every session, to strengthen neural connectivity in the brain. The program self-adjusts the level of challenges in each of the six cognitive domains as you play, providing you with a customized cognitive workout. And it’s fun! Shell Point hosts a group member-

ship, so there is no fee for resident use. We look forward to 2022 and expanding Connections Café programs throughout the continuum of care at Shell Point with Brain Boosters, Memory Fitness and Memory Care. If you would like more information on any of the Connections Café programs, please contact the Healthy Living Coordination Department 454-2134 or Residents may register for Memory Fitness and Memory Training through The Island or The Woodlands Concierge Desks.


Share Your Wealth (of Knowledge) Except for prior experience, there is little in life that prepares us to be a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. For most, it is “learn as you go,” seeking information through media resources, health professionals, and publications. Another rich source of caregiving

information is caregivers themselves! This section of Shell Point Life provides the opportunity for caregivers to share their wealth of knowledge with other caregivers. The tips, hints or insight that have helped them in delivering care, coping and dealing with challenging situations can also help other caregivers. Sharing these pearls of wisdom with other caregivers enriches us all. If you have been or currently are a caregiver, please submit your “jewel” to share with others. Whether you think your tip is a diamond, emerald or ruby, all are valuable! Please send your tips to Tips are shared anonymously and subject to review and editing. Shell Point Life | January/February 2022


January & February LifeQuest Happenings Six Dimensions: Physical • Emotional • Spiritual • Educational • Community & Social • Natural Environment CHECK THE WEEKLY REMINDER FOR UPDATES ON ANY CHANGES TO THE PROGRAMS LISTED IN THIS CALENDAR AS THINGS MAY CHANGE. For questions about upcoming events or activities, please contact either concierge desk. Unless otherwise noted, sign-up for each event will begin on the first business day of the month. If you are unable to attend a program that includes a fee, five business days’ notice is required to receive a refund.


SHOPPING EXCURSION TO DOWNTOWN VENICE TUESDAY, JANUARY 4 8 / 8:10 / 8:20 / 8:25 / 8:30 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 3:30 P.M. COST: $6 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Check out the after-Christmas sales as you stroll down beautiful, downtown Venice. This historic district features unique and interesting shops and boutiques. We will enjoy lunch at the famous Cassariano Italian Restaurant and take time to enjoy the Old Florida feel and charm of the area!

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LUNCH AT THE BUBBLE ROOM ON CAPTIVA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5 9:45 / 9:55 / 10:05 / 10:10 / 10:15 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $6 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) If you are craving a fun and unique dining adventure, join us for lunch at The Bubble Room on Captiva – one of the most unusual restaurants on the planet. The atmosphere is an eclectic blend of Christmas, antiques, and stars of Old Hollywood with background music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Save room for dessert – the Bubble Room is famous for its wide variety of huge homemade cakes. Must be able to navigate stairs.


Mask requested


Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054

BEACH DAY AT SANIBEL LIGHTHOUSE BEACH THURSDAY, JANUARY 6 8:30 / 8:40 / 8:50 / 8:55 / 9 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 2 P.M. COST: $18 LUNCH INCLUDED (FROZEN CUSTARD ON YOUR OWN) Back by popular demand! Join us for a relaxing day at the beach and a delicious fried chicken picnic-style lunch. Relax in the sun, walk on the beach and look for the perfect seashell! On the way back to Shell Point we will stop for some of the best frozen custard around at The Shack on Sanibel. Please bring your own beach chairs and accessories.




BIKE WITH THE DOCS FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 14, 21, 28 4:15 P.M. Dust off your bikes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday for a 5-mile bike ride around the beautiful Shell Point campus. For your safety, helmets are required.





Get ready for the annual Thrift Store Fashion Show! This year’s theme is “The Unveiling” – where you will learn some interesting tidbits unique to each model, as both Shell Point residents and employees show off fashions from items donated to the Community Thrift Store. A delizioso Italian luncheon will be followed by the show. This year’s delights will be catered by Olive Garden, featuring chicken parmesan, pasta, salad, garlic rolls, dessert, and a beverage.


Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together. The Island walk is approximately 1.5 miles.




Explore new lunch options each week! Jan. 6: Loud Italian Pizza Jan. 13: Ma Petite Creperie Jan. 20: Red Roc Cravings Jan. 27: Uncle Frank’s Hot Dogs


Walking required


ECO-TOUR TO MATLACHA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12 MEET AT THE BOAT DOCK 9:30 A.M. $10 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Join Suzy Q Captain Russ Spence and Ecologist Steve Canton (Harbor Court) for this special trip to Matlacha. On the way, we’ll look at some of the features of Pine Island Sound between Cape Coral and Pine Island and learn about the research being done as part of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Program. Our guide for the day, Steve Canton, is an aquatic ecologist with over 40 years of experience looking at water quality effects on aquatic life throughout the U.S. Once docked in Matlacha, we’ll grab lunch at the Blue Dog Bar & Grill.

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Enjoy the beauty of the Island Courtyard while shopping for locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, honey and other food-related items. Live music will be provided by Michael Anthony.


Mark your calendar and take an excursion to the Village Church to discover a multitude of displays and interactive exhibits of the amenities, services, volunteer and activity groups – all available to you as a resident at Shell Point. Find information on new programs and services and sign up for groups you might not have even known existed! An array of delicious snacks and beverages await you as you visit various dining stations.

CARIBBEAN NIGHT AT THE CRYSTAL THURSDAY, JANUARY 13 4:30 – 6:30 P.M. COST: $20 “Don’t worry, ‘bout a thing”, as you join the Resident Programming team and the Crystal staff for a Caribbean feast! You will be transported to the West Indies without boarding a plane or boat! Listen to the steel drums while you feast on delicious salads, main course and side dishes, and amazing desserts - all with a tropical flair. Call the Crystal at 239-454-2199 to book your reservation today.


PET FAIR FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 TIME: 9 – 11 A.M. CRYSTAL COURTYARD Celebrate National Walk Your Pet Month by walking your pet to the Crystal Courtyard for our Shell Point Pet Fair! This pet-friendly event will feature a photo area, several vendor tables (including freshly baked dog treats) and raffle prizes! This will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow pet-lovers. All pets must be leashed or carried.


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AUXILIARY ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 3 – 4 P.M. GRAND CYPRESS ROOM The Auxiliary is looking forward to new beginnings at the Larsen Health Center. Come learn about all the opportunities for volunteers. This meeting is open to all Shell Point residents!

Mask requested


Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054


Walking required



TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 11 / 11:10 / 11:20 / 11:25 / 11:30 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $64 Join us for lunch and a show as we experience this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza – Singin’ in the Rain. Set in Hollywood in the late 1920s, the story focuses on Don Lockwood and his friends, including leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-pleasant vocal tones make her an improbable contender for stardom in the new talking pictures. Includes memorable songs such as Good Mornin’, Make ‘Em Laugh, and the show-stopping Singin’ in the Rain!


Come enjoy this FREE outside concert featuring The Steve DeLadurantey Trio. Hear music from all of your favorite jazz artists, featuring Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook! This will be an evening you won’t want to miss. No sign-up is required. Bring your own snacks; beverages will be provided.



Climb aboard the Suzy Q as we cruise over to The Mound House on Fort Myers Beach. We will take a 30-minute private guided walking tour of this ancient archaeological and cultural site, with demonstrations of Calusa tools and artifacts. Then enjoy a self-guided visit to the underground museum, the historic house and the gardens. Afterwards we will hop back onboard the Suzy Q and head over to Mantanzas on the Bay for lunch.


FARMER’S MARKET THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 9 A.M. – NOON ISLAND COURTYARD Enjoy the beauty of the Island Courtyard while shopping for locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, honey and other food-related items. Enjoy music by Donna Sue Delisle.


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WALK WITH THE DOCS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 7 A.M. Lace up your walking shoes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday morning in an exhilarating morning walk around the beautiful Island neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to learn about the medical staff while also getting physically fit together. The Island walk is approximately 1.5 miles.

MONDAY, JANUARY 31 8:45 / 8:55 / 9:05 / 9:10 / 9:15 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $25 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) Comprised of more than 7,000 acres and hailed as one of the top birding spots in the nation, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is right in Shell Point’s backyard. Travel the short distance to Sanibel by bus and hop on their tram to travel through the Refuge along Wildlife Drive. An experienced naturalist will help us spot wildlife most visitors would never see. Search for roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, ibis, alligators and much more while learning about the Refuge’s ecology and history! After the tour, we will stop in their Education Center for a short time and then head off to Doc Ford’s Restaurant for lunch. Don’t forget to bring your cameras and binoculars!

FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17, 24 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. FRIENDSHIP POINT/ISLAND PARKING LOT Explore new lunch options each week! Feb. 3: Cajun Gringos Feb. 10: Jonesez BBQ Feb. 17: Loud Italian Pizza Feb. 24: Horse-Eyed Jakes Come out to Island Commons Circle and support a local favorite food truck while enjoying a delicious lunch.

Be Green! Practice good environmental stewardship by bringing your unusable electronics for recycling to The Village Church portico for this annual event. In addition, we've added a Fix It Fair at The Island Social Center. Bring your items that need a quick repair and get them fixed on-site! More details to follow.




BIKE WITH THE DOCS FRIDAYS, FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 4:15 P.M. Dust off your bikes and join Shell Point’s physicians every Friday for a 5-mile bike ride around the beautiful Shell Point campus. For your safety, helmets are required.


Mask requested

Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054

Walking required








February is National Library Lovers Month, and what better way to celebrate then surrounded by books! Join us at the Island Commons Library for hourly raffles, test your knowledge with literary games, and enjoy light refreshments. No sign-up necessary.


Explore the Everglades with former National Parks Director Fran Mainella. With behind the scenes knowledge of the park and the wildlife, this day trip is sure to be chock-full of wonderful insights. The Trendy Tour trip includes transportation, stops and learning at Everglades area State Parks, Clyde Butcher Art Gallery, Museum of the Everglades, along with a wonderful lunch. Sign-up and walking required.

CAPTIVA CRUISE DAY EXCURSION TO BOCA GRANDE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 8 / 8:10 / 8:20 / 8:25 / 8:30 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $60 (PLUS LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) APPROXIMATE RETURN: 5 P.M. Boca Grande sits on the southernmost tip of Gasparilla Island and is full of charm and history. Known as the Tarpon Capital of the World, the island has hosted Hollywood elites and Presidents for the past century, a great place to vacation away from the glaring lights. With the Lighthouse Museum and the spectacular Gasparilla Inn, this day trip will delight all of your senses. We will have lunch at one of the iconic restaurants and spend the day walking, seeing the sights and enjoying this charming little town with breathtaking views of the Gulf. Lots of walking and sightseeing.



FARMER’S MARKET THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. LOCATION: ISLAND COURTYARD Enjoy the beauty of The Island while shopping for locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, honey and other food-related items. We will have a special food demonstration and live music from Shell Point Strings!

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and look for shells or relax and watch the waves roll. We will have a picnic with fried chicken and sides under the pavilion and stop at the Shack for Frozen Custard on the way back. What a wonderful way to spend a day. Please bring your own chair and beach accessories.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 9 / 9:10 / 9:20 / 9:25 / 9:30 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $18 APPROXIMATE RETURN: 1 P.M. Love to look at and buy other people’s creations? Admire how someone can take an old piece of furniture or painting and turn it into something brand new? Come to the Lee Civic Center for Vintage Market Days and enjoy over 30 vendors from all over SW Florida with crafts, carpentry, patio art, furniture and so much more. Come with us to shop and grab a bite to eat.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 6 P.M. LOCATION: FRIENDSHIP POINT/ISLAND We are excited to welcome Doug Cameron and Family to our waterfront concert series at Friendship Point. With electric violins, the father and sons group will wow you with their musical stylings. Playing everything from popular hits from the 50s to today, to Beethoven – the boys can play! Light refreshments will be provided.

SHELL POINT OLYMPICS WATCH PARTY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 2 P.M. LOCATION: ISLAND COMMONS With the spirit of the Winter Olympics upon us, let’s celebrate your love for our country – and Shell Point! Dress in red, white and blue and cheer on the U.S.A. while we watch on the Island Commons TV. Come out to enjoy Shell Point games too, including boggle, cornhole and other card game tournaments. Everyone is welcome. We will provide light refreshments and lots of fun!





WORKING WATERFRONT SHRIMP TOUR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 7:45 / 7:55 / 8:05 / 8:10 / 8:15 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST $24 (LUNCH ON YOUR OWN) APPROXIMATE RETURN: 2:30 P.M. Head over to the Otsego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center and take a guided three hour tour with a local historian and Florida Master Naturalist on the evolution of the San Carlos Commercial fishing industry, the discovery of the Florida Pink Shrimp and todays challenges in the industry. Working waterfront tour features seafood packers, supply house, net shop and Trico Seafood Market and unloading dock. Stop for lunch at the Dixie Fish Company after the tour. Lots of walking is required!

BEACH DAY TO SANIBEL LIGHTHOUSE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 8:30/8:40/8:50/8:55/9 A.M. IS/WDL/EST/ENC/EP APPROXIMATE RETURN: 2 P.M. COST $18 Our new favorite beach is back! Join us for a relaxing day at the beautiful beach at Sanibel Lighthouse. Stroll



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Mask requested

Sign-up required; call a Concierge Desk: Island: 454-2282, Woodlands: 454-2054

Walking required




FARMER’S MARKET THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 9 A.M. – NOON ISLAND COURTYARD Enjoy the beauty of the Island Courtyard while shopping for locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, honey and other food-related items. We will also have a special food demonstration and live music.


THRIFT STORE SHOPPING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 8 / 8:10 / 8:20 / 8:25 / 8:30 A.M. IS / WDL / EST / ENC / EP COST: $4 (BREAKFAST ON YOUR OWN) APPROXIMATE RETURN: 11:30 A.M. Love a good deal, an amazing find? We are taking the Shell Point bus and going to the best thrift stores in the area. We will start off our morning with a hearty Breakfast at Eggscetera. After breakfast, we head to Teen Challenge, Harmony Thrift store, and we will finish with Shell Point’s very own Community Thrift Store. Come shop and find the deals with us. Sign up and walking is required.



BLUES AND BBQ MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28 4:30 – 6:30 P.M. CRYSTAL RESTAURANT COST: $20 Join us in the Crystal for a mouthwatering BBQ Buffet full of all your favorites. While enjoying the delicious meal take in the smooth sounds of the blues guitar. Enjoy some of the all-time classic songs from B.B. King, Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. What a wonderful evening, full of comfort. Make your reservations at the Crystal at (239) 454-2199.



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FEBRUARY 2 – WAY BACK WHEN: 1930s 9 – SWEET VALENTINE 16 – THE COMPOSERS: JULES TYNE 23 – THE COMPOSERS: DUKE ELLINGTON Shell Point’s resident big band offers free Wednesday concerts each week that are sure to put a spring in your step and a song in your heart.

NOSTALGIA THURSDAYS, JANUARY 6, 27; FEBRUARY 3 2 P.M. · CONNIE BROWN HALL Nostalgia is a themed concert and comedy show featuring Shell Point’s own Don Schneff (Sundial) behind the mic. Join your friends and neighbors at this fun event for some good-hearted laughter and fellowship.

SHELL POINT PLAYERS FRIDAYS,JANUARY 21; FEBRUARY 18 2 P.M. • CONNIE BROWN HALL Shell Point Players delight audiences with a selection of skits and readings. Everyone is invited to attend!


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Designed for poetry writers who want to take their poetry to the next level. Participants will share recent poems with the small group and receive helpful, focused and supportive feedback. Nick Ranson (Periwinkle) was Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at University of Akron, Ohio. Free; register at the Concierge Desks or sign up online with the Academy.

WORKSHOP: STORY WRITING WITH DAN WARNER TUESDAYS, JANUARY 11, 18, AND 25; FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15 AND 22 3 – 4 P.M. • LITERARY STUDIO Dan Warner (The Springs) Each person has a story to tell, and Dan is committed to providing encouragement, ideas, prompts, skill development, and guidance to Shell Point residents. The workshop is sure to help participants tell their stories with a sense of joy and satisfaction. Each person who participates in the workshop will have an opportunity to share their writing with the instructor and the class, and receive encouragement and ideas to make their writing clearer and more vivid. Free; register at the Concierge Desks or sign up online with the Academy.

WORKSHOP: DIVING FOR PEARLS WITH DEBBY TOPLIFF WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 26 AND FEBRUARY 2 3 – 4 P.M. • LITERARY STUDIO Debby Topliff (Turban) will help participants begin the process of writing their personal memoir. Through writing prompts and a discussion of metaphor, Debby will describe the tools and discoveries she utilized in writing her memoir, Rescue. Free; register at the Concierge Desks or sign up online with the Academy.




Works inspired by the life and writings of Karen Blixen



SHELLEBRITY displays new paintings incorporating shell motifs by popular Sanibel artist Myra Roberts. Roberts’ works are paired with a display of three intricate floral arrangements made of shells by Goz Gosselin (Cameo) and a series of progressively sized, wooden nautilus sculptures created especially for this exhibition by resident Dennis Staley (Lucina).

MEET THE ARTISTS JANUARY 6 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. Stop by on Opening Day of all Tribby exhibitions: SHELLEBRITY in the Shell Point Gallery and OUT OF AFRICA and HONORING PHIL HILTON in the Overlook and Legacy Galleries – and meet the participating artists, including guest artist Myra Roberts of Sanibel. (Ms. Roberts has respectfully requested that masks be worn in the Shell Point Gallery on this day.)

PHIL HILTON: 2022 LEGACY ARTIST JANUARY 6 – 22 OPEN DAILY • LEGACY GALLERY This exhibition honors painter Phil Hilton as the 2022 Tribby Arts Center Legacy Artist. A talented painter who is especially known for his watercolors, Phil is being honored for his many years of service as a teacher in the Painting Studio.

This exhibition is taking place in conjunction with programming sponsored by The Academy of Lifelong Learning. Participating artists include painters Sandy Ehlers (Oakmont) and Karen Meredith (Lakewood), photographer Gerald Langberg (Sundial), and potter Bob Kaplan (Turban).

FEBRUARY 3 – 26, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. TUESDAY – SATURDAY • THE SHELL POINT GALLERY This non-juried exhibition displays works in all mediums by Shell Point resident artists. Shell Point artists will be allowed to display one object in this exhibit, with no limitation on the date of production. Be sure to stop by and see what our resident artists consider to be one of the best works of their careers!

TRIBBY ARTS CENTER OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 1 – 4 P.M. Have you been interested in joining an arts group but feel afraid or shy? Don’t let this golden opportunity pass you by! During this Open House, the studios of Tribby Arts center will be open and offering information about their activities and how to join in the fun! Look for a few surprises, too! It should be a fun and festive time for all, so do not miss it! Volunteers are Stars at Tribby Arts Center. Come find your opportunity to shine while helping in the box office, serving as an usher, or working as part of the lighting, sound and stage crew at the Tribby.

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At the Tribby Art and Law with Attorney Anne Dalton

THE ARTS LIBRARY THE LITERARY LOUNGE The Arts Library in the Tribby Center is a donated collection of approximately 1,500 magnificent art books that Shell Point Residents may check out. Each month, the library features a focused collection of great art movements and artists. The JANUARY collection puts the spotlight on the Post Impressionists, a group of artists of different styles who grew out of and reacted to the Impressionists. This group, active from about 1880 to 1920, included such giants as Gauguin, Cezanne, Van Gogh and later, Matisse and Picasso. The FEBRUARY collection will focus on three of the greatest Spanish artists, Velazquez, Goya and El Greco, who were from different periods and disparate styles, but who had enormous influence in their times and on art history.

The Academy of Lifelong Learning is delighted to host renowned copyright attorney Anne Dalton for two important workshops that should be of great interest to everyone who engages in artistic expression. As Senior Attorney for Radio City Music Hall, Network News/ Business Affairs Attorney for ABC News “20/20” and Associate Producer for ABC “Good Morning America/News,” she acquired the skills and experience necessary to assist creatives with copyright, fair use, invasion of privacy and related legal matters. She currently represents a wide variety of artists in Florida and elsewhere and has 44 years of legal experience in Florida, New York City, and Pennsylvania. Her credentials are available at


How can you protect your work? What is copyright all about? These questions and more will be addressed in a fast-paced interactive workshop. Includes valuable handouts and Q&A.


Fair use myths and urban legends are debunked and fair use rules of thumb, safe harbors, and public domain are explored in this essential workshop. Includes valuable handouts and Q&A. Please note: The fee for one workshop is $15. If you would like to sign up for both, the fee will be slightly discounted at $25. Light refreshments will be served. Please sign up at the Concierge Desks or online at Please also see the current Academy brochure for more details.

SERENDIPITY: THE SHOP AT TRIBBY ARTS CENTER TUESDAY – SATURDAY • 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. Located within the Shell Point Gallery, the shop features works by Shell Point artists and craftspeople. 32

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Concert Series SHELL POINT

THE PIANO MEN starring Jim Witter




Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John Thursday, January 6 at 7 p.m. • Resident Tickets: $45


ward-winning Canadian recording artist Jim Witter has been charming audiences for more than 20 years with his renditions of Billy Joel and Elton John hits, such as Candle in the Wind, Rocket Man, Your Song, Crocodile Rock, and Just the Way You Are.


Witter and his talented band take audiences back to the 1970s, revisiting the people, sights, sounds, newspaper headlines, and even TV shows that shaped the decade—year-by-year, hitby-hit—through the widely popular songbooks of Billy Joel and Elton John.



Friday, January 14 at 7 p.m. • Resident Tickets: $45 Sponsored by The Rockin’ Sisters Patricia Armstrong • Mollie Avery • Gail Bachman Mary Buck • Barb Dunham • Andrea Gainer Maddy Hanlon • Deborah La Gorce Roberta Puschel • Penny Wilkinson


ew bands in all of rock ‘n’ roll history have had the success and longevity of Chicago, with over 40 million records sold, 23 gold and 18 platinum albums, 10 Grammy nominations (and a win for If You Leave Me Now), and numerous #1 albums topping the charts. Brother of Chicago’s Peter Cetera, and an occasional member of Chicago himself, Kenny Cetera brings his Chicago Experience to Shell Point for a night of Chicago’s greatest hits, including You’re the Inspiration, Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?, Hard Habit to Break, Saturday in the Park, and more. Tribby Box Office • Monday through Friday • 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. • (239) 415-5667 Shell Point Life | January/February 2022


At the Tribby CLASSICAL

EROICA TRIO Monday, January 24, at 7 p.m. • Resident Tickets: $35 Sponsored by Deborah La Gorce


lawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm, and elegance has made the Eroica Trio the first female chamber group to reach the top echelon of the field, and they have become one of the most sought-after classical music ensembles performing today. Winning the prestigious Naumburg Award resulted in a Lincoln Center debut, and led to tours in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia.

In addition to a demanding concert schedule, they released eight critically lauded recordings for Angel/EMI Records, garnering multiple Grammy nominations.


with Herb Bruce and The Herbicide Jazz Band Thursday, February 3, at 7 p.m. • Resident Tickets: $45


nternational jazz sensation Gunhild Carling is one of the hottest artists in the jazz world today, playing to sold-out crowds at top jazz venues and headlining festivals around the globe. World-class trombonist Herb Bruce, leader of the Herbicide Jazz Band, has toured with Boots Randolph, the Nashville Brass, and the premiere Salvation Army Brass bands. He has also performed with show orchestras including Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Nelson Riddle, Jimmy Dorsey, The Temptations, Amy Grant, Al Hirt, Burt Bacharach, Woody Herman and Les Brown. He can be heard on recordings by the Back Street Boys and Hank Williams, Jr.

Inspired by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Bix Biederbecke, she is breathing new life into jazz-era classics and swing hits. Her infectious energy and


masterful musicianship leaves crowds cheering for more.

Tribby Box Office • Monday through Friday • 10 a.m. — 3 p.m. • Saturday 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. • (239) 415-5667 34

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PARKER QUARTET Saturday, February 12, at 7 p.m. • Resident Tickets: $35


ailed by the Washington Post for their “exceptional virtuosity and imaginative interpretation,” the Parker Quartet, founded in 2002, has made its mark with a varied repertoire that ranges from classical to contemporary compositions. The group regularly performs across North and South America, Europe and Asia. They are Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and are also in-residence at the University of Southern California School of Music.

Winners of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, the Parker Quartet have rapidly set themselves apart as one of the most trailblazing ensembles of their generation.

THE LIMELITERS Tuesday, February 22, at 7 p.m. Resident Tickets: $45


or over 50 years, The Limeliters have entertained standing-room-only crowds with their incredible musical talent and zany sense of humor. They first made their mark in folk clubs and on college campuses during the height of the folk music boom in the early 60s. Although the group has had different singers over the years, their signature vocal sound has been constant.


After five decades in the music business, The Limeliters are still one of the most exciting and entertaining vocal acts performing today.

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This series of world-class performances by renowned artists is presented on the big screen in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center on Mondays at 1 p.m., and broadcast on SPTV Channel 12 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Riccardo Muti conducts Schubert, Verdi and Martucci with the Berlin Philharmonic


Riccardo Muti together with Violeta Urmana, one of the leading sopranos in the Italian dramatic genre, and the Berlin Philharmonic present the overture of Verdi’s magnificent opera La Forza del Destino and La Canzone dei Ricordi by Giuseppe Martucci. Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 completes this fantastic concert at the formidable Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Riccardo Muti’s hometown.

George Balanchine’s Jewels Ballet, Music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky


Join us for a ballet at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Choreographer George Balanchine represents emeralds with the music of Gabriel Fauré, using selections from Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock. Stravinsky brings rubies to life through Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 evokes the diamond-like virtuosity of Russian classical ballet, including Mariinksy’s star dancers Ulyana Lopatkina, Igor Zelensky and Andrian Fadeyev, together with Tugan Sokhiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

John Eliot Gardiner conducts Dvorak and Mozart with Royal Philharmonic of Sweden


Gardiner made his debut as a conductor at the age of 15 and at 21 while at Cambridge University, he founded the Monteverdi Choir. Today, Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most emblematic conductors of our time and his ensemble has gained international recognition. In 2008 during the Nobel Prize Concert, he conducted the Monteverdi Choir, accompanied by Eric Ericson's Chamber Choir and the Royal Philharmonic of Sweden, in a program dedicated to Dvorák's Symphony No. 7 and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, which remains one of the most intense and moving of Mozart's works.

Seiji Ozawa conducts Gershwin with Berlin Philharmonic and Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio


It’s June 2003 in Berlin, and thousands of people have come to the famous open-air concert venue in the woods, Waldbühne Park, to spend the night with the music of Gershwin as Seiji Ozawa conducts the venerable Berlin Philharmonic and the famous Marcus Roberts jazz trio. Ozawa chose Gershwin for his 2002 farewell concert with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the musical director for 29 years. He also chose fabulous jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, accompanied by Roland Guerin on double bass and Jason Marsalis on the drums.

Rossini’s Barber of Seville (a film) FEBRUARY 28

Filmed in April, 2001 at the Zurich Opera, this Barber of Seville directed by Grischa Asagaroff is full of inspiration and humor. Acclaimed by the audience, the conductor Nello Santi is a Rossinian conductor of great stature who also plays the piano part. The real jewel in this film is Rosine, played by Vesselina Kasarova, an authentic mezzo-soprano coloratura who is perfect for this role. Music on Mondays is underwritten by the Friends of the Tribby.


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Shell Point Film Society presents



That’s Entertainment (1974)

Monday, January 10 Conceived as a celebration to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of MGM studios. This documentary consists of 100 classic song and dance numbers, hosted by a variety of familiar faces. Fun from beginning to end, a trip down memory lane, leaving a desire to see all the original films.

Tea for Two (1950)

Monday, February 7 Starring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson, this “Let’s Put On a Show!” musical is based on the 1925 stage musical, No, No, Nanette. Doris Day receives top billing for the first time in her career, and also dances for the first time on film. One reviewer describes the pairing of Day and MacRae as “going together like peanut butter and jelly.” They would go on to make several more musicals together, including Calamity Jane.

High Society (1956)

Monday, February 21 Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra join Grace Kelly in her last film before becoming the Princess of Monaco. On the eve of her wedding, Tracy Lord is surprised by the arrival of her ex-husband and a charming magazine reporter. The film features songs by Cole Porter, including the best known “True Love” duet that went platinum.


Amadeus (1984)

Sunday, January 2 F. Murray Abraham won the Oscar for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri, who resents the upstart composer Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart, played by Oscar-nominated Tom Hulce. The film itself took eight Oscars. This story has a long history: Within six years of Salieri's death in 1825, Pushkin penned the play Mozart and Salieri about the danger of envy. Rimsky-Korsakov turned the play into an opera in 1898. In both, it is suggested that Salieri's jealousy of Mozart led him to poison the younger composer – a plot point

perpetuated in Peter Shaffer's hugely successful 1979 play, Amadeus, which this film is based upon. In fact, the aspiring Mozart was not a hated rival; according to many accounts, the two composers classified each other as friends and colleagues. Salieri was supportive of Mozart’s work and taught Mozart’s son Franz Xavier.

Babette’s Feast (1988)

Sunday, January 16 This Danish film is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen. Two daughters of a strict pastor grow to spinsterhood on the desolate coast of Jutland, when a mysterious French woman arrives to be their cook. Babette serves a meal to the congregation who have never tasted such cuisine or wines. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign film.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956) Sunday, January 30

Join Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Starring David Niven, Cantinflas and Shirley Mac Laine, the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Score and Best Cinematography and created the idea of "cameo roles" as a way to invite established stars to participate in a production. Generally considered the single largest movie project ever undertaken in Hollywood, it used 140 sets built at six studios and in England, Hong Kong, and Japan. Filmed in 112 locations, casting included 68,894 extras in 13 countries; 74,685 costumes were designed, made or rented for the movie; and handlers managed 8,552 animals. There will be a short intermission for this 3-hour film.

Splash (1984)

Sunday, February 13 What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a romance with a mermaid? Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah star in this fantasy film directed by Ron Howard. As a boy, Allen is saved from drowning by a sea maiden. Twenty years later, she returns to land to find him. Can she remain human or must she return to the sea? Does love conquer all?

The 100 Foot Journey (2014)

Sunday, February 27 Helen Mirren and Om Puri star in this charming film about competitive restaurant owners in a French village. Indian immigrants rent the vacant café across the street from an elegant Michelin-starred dining establishment. A little flirtation between the French restaurant’s lovely pastry chef and the young, talented son of the Indian owner only adds to the story. As for Helen Mirren’s Madame Mallory, she is determined to add another star to her ratings amidst the turmoil with her new neighbors. Shell Point Life | January/February 2022



with guest speakers Cavin Harper and Josh Mulvihill at The Village Church Sanctuary


Friday, March 25 • 2 – 4 p.m. Why Grandparenting Matters Most Important Things I’ve Learned

Saturday, March 26 • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Biblical Role of Grandparents How the Gospel Shapes Grandparenting Disciplining Grandchildren

Sunday, March 27 • 10:15 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Why Give Children a Biblical World View?

To sign up, contact The Village Church office at (239) 454-2147

Valentine's Day Dining Whether you’re dining with a great friend, your special valentine, or you simply want to treat yourself to a delicious meal, save the date – and your appetite – for a delightful Valentine’s Day featuring decadent desserts and live music. Enjoy the regular menu or the three-course special at the Palm Grill, or a lavish buffet at The Crystal.

Palm Grill Saturday, February 12 4 – 8 p.m. Call (239) 454-2059 for reservations.

The Crystal Monday, February 14 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Call (239) 454-2199 for reservations.


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The Legacy Foundation is pleased to present the 2022 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series, an annual healthcare speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and healthcare practice.

The presentations are free, but sign-up is required by contacting the Legacy Foundation at (239) 466-8484 to register. Seating is limited; masks are requested.

URINARY INCONTINENCE: THE PROBLEM NOBODY LIKES TO TALK ABOUT Friday, February 18 at 11 a.m. • Tribby Arts Center Presented by Hadley M. Wood, MD FACS Vice Chair Department of Urology, Glickman Urological Institute, Cleveland Clinic Urinary incontinence is a common experience as we get older, with an estimated 30-40% of people over the age of 75 experiencing daily leakage. Dr. Wood will review the basics, including why incontinence happens in both men and women, how urologists approach patients seeking treatment, evaluation basics, and both surgical and non-surgical treatment options.


Hadley M. Wood, MD FACS

Dr. Wood is Professor of Urology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinician Development at the Glickman Urological Institute of Cleveland Clinic. Her area of sub-specialty is genitourinary reconstruction, with a focus on adults with urological congenital conditions. As an educator, Dr. Wood has mentored medical students, residents, advanced practice providers and fellows in GU Reconstruction. In addition to full-time clinical responsibilities and resident teaching, Dr. Wood has been continuously involved in clinical research and her work has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals.

The Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries Series is sponsored by:

Genesis Wealth Management

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Support Groups


WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 26; FEBRUARY 23 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. This is a great opportunity to try out the assisted listening devices available in the Social Center. For more information, call Robert Torres, healthy living coordinator at (239) 433-7975.


THURSDAYS, JANUARY 6, 13, 20, 27; FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17, 24 4:30 P.M. • SABAL ROOM/WDL This is a fellowship of those who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcohol addiction. This meeting of AA welcomes those who struggle with alcohol issues. For information, call the intergroup phone number, (239) 275-5111.


WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 19; FEBRUARY 16 10 A.M. • SPRINGS COMMUNITY ROOM This group offers support for residents or family members that are caregivers for someone with dementia. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with fellow caregivers, share ideas and discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one. If there is a need for respite, a coinciding group offering supervised activities for your loved one with dementia is available. Pre-registration is required. Contact Emily Reese, Connections Program Coordinator, (239) 454-2134 or Channelle Bastardo, Healthy Living Coordinator, (239) 433-7974 to register your loved one for the supervised activity program or questions about the group.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 25; 1:30 P.M. • SABAL 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. This support group meets quarterly. Call Ken Peterson for further information at (239) 482-3779.


FRIDAYS, JANUARY 7; FEBRUARY 4 1 P.M. • SOCIAL CENTER\IS Anyone impacted by Diabetes or looking to learn more including spouses or family members are invited to attend the Diabetes Support Group. Each monthly meeting covers a different topic and includes an open discussion and an opportunity to share. Call Vivian Ciulla (239) 225-2929 for more information. January 7th Dr. Carol Clark will discuss “Diabetes effects on Vision”. February 4th, Dr. Jessica Rivera from the Shell Point Pharmacy will discuss “Side effects from Diabetic Medications”. 40

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MONDAYS, JANUARY 3; FEBRUARY 7 10 A.M. • MANATEE ROOM/IS The Heart Healthy group aims to provide support and educational information to individuals living with heart disease. The goal of the group is to allow members to share their experience, fears and solutions in an effort to help everyone from the newly diagnosed to those managing heart disease for many years. For more information, please contact healthy living coordinator, Nola Mokeyane at (239) 433-7976. On January 3, 2022, Emily Reese, Connections Program Manager, will discuss the connections between heart health and brain health. Emily has worked with the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association.


TUESDAYS, JANUARY 4; FEBRUARY 1 10:15 A.M. • SOCIAL CENTER/IS The Parkinson’s Enrichment 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 Christy Hayford at (239) 433-7939.


TUESDAYS, JANUARY 11; FEBRUARY 8 2:15 P.M. • SOCIAL CENTER/IS This group provides educational opportunities and support for those individuals dealing with low vision. Discussions may include the emotional aspects of vision loss, investigating solutions, helpful tools, and sharing resources. At every session, you will learn a “quick eye exercise” that you can utilize at home and share with others. Please join us to share your story, your knowledge, as well as your experiences with other residents. For additional information, contact Katy Quinones, healthy living coordinator at (239) 454-2101.


THURSDAYS, JANUARY 20, 27; FEBRUARY 3, 10 , 17 , 24 1:30 P.M. • SABAL ROOM/WDL This is a thirteen-week program providing help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group 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 (239) 454-3139 for additional information.


Make a Difference

Shell Point’s 1,047 volunteers had a very busy year, logging over 70,000 hours of service in 2021 as they generously shared their time and talents both within Shell Point and outside of the community. As a wonderful representation of Shell Point’s core beliefs of life, love, stewardship and integrity, they realize there is strength in numbers and power when there is a purpose. If you are not yet a volunteer, perhaps 2022 is the year you would like to help make a difference! Last November, a group of volunteers led by Yvonne Schneff (Sundial) continued her tradition of providing dolls with dresses for the Guadalupe Center’s Holiday Gift Shop. This year, she issued a call for sewing help in the volunteer newsletter that was answered by Julie Black (Cellana), Nini Sieck (Palm Acres), Sara Adelizzi, daughter-in-law of Elaine Adelizzi (Tellidora), and Jo Gardner (Rosemont).

Jo Gardner helps load the Guadalupe Center van with dolls for their Holiday Gift Shop.

Yvonne purchased 18” dolls and with help from Dave Adelizzi, created closets from wooden crates that they filled with custom-sewn dresses, playsuits and formal gowns, along with an accompanying shoe box brimming with crocheted outfits, sweaters, accessories and scarves from


Guadalupe Center doll volunteers Julie Black (Cellana), Nini Sieck (Palm Acres), Yvonne Schneff (Sundial), Sara Adelizzi, daughter-in-law of Elaine Adelizzi (Tellidora), and Jo Gardner (Rosemont).

Joyce Crone (Sundial). The volunteers special week-long recognition, so stay tuned spent about six months lovingly sewing for details. If you are interested in learning each piece. about other opportunities to volunteer, “I usually donated about 10 dolls in the please call me at (239) 454-2290. past few years, but with the help of these wonderful ladies, we sent 37 dolls and about 600 outfits,” said Yvonne. “Instead of me thanking the ladies for their help, they thanked me for the joy they felt bringing happiness to the children of Immokalee,” said Yvonne. Shell Point volunteers also revved up their sewing machines for Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida. To help fundraising for the organization’s loveable GRRSWF’s dogs sport Shell Point Sewers’ handiwork. canines with medical bills, Shell Point Sewers created colorful bandannas and bow ties. At Crossroads Hope Academy, a foster home for boys, volunteers have really worked hard to improve the children’s quality of life. On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers lend their expertise to projects around the campus – from weeding and prepping the garden, to helping with building projects, and even cooking meals! Crossroads Hope Academy This April, we will be honoring all volunteers share their talents in the of our Shell Point volunteers with a garden, kitchen and wood shop. Shell Point Life | January/February 2022



How Do You Want to be

Remembered? B Y J E F F C O R Y, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R , L E G A C Y F O U N D AT I O N

It’s a question that most people consider, at least occasionally. Perhaps it’s the adventurous sense of spirit that takes you around the world. Or maybe it’s your family, faith, courage, or the incredible kindness you show others. Most people intend to leave the world a better place, and make brighter tomorrows for the people they love and the charities they support. But what about the impact you want to have with your more tangible assets, the money, property, and retirement savings you worked a lifetime to accumulate? This is where legacy and estate planning come into play.


So what is the difference between legacy planning and estate planning? Most people are familiar with the estate planning process, including the need for up-to-date legal documents such as a Last Will and Testament, Revocable Living Trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives like a designation of healthcare surrogate and living will. These are estate planning documents everyone should have in place for when the time comes. Legacy planning is a comprehensive term that is typically used for planning how your wishes for future generations will be honored. It’s deciding not only what to do with your financial assets, but what impact that ends up having on those who receive it. Legacy planning takes into account the “intangibles” of life, bringing a very personal perspective to planning. It’s insuring your life values and the things you hold dear in life are passed on to others, loved ones and charity. Regardless of how you define them, legacy and estate planning can be complex and seemingly overwhelming - both financially and emotionally. And, they require careful consideration and strategic foresight to successfully provide for your current and future financial needs.

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A proper legacy plan takes into consideration four key items: people, property, plans and professionals. At the Legacy Foundation, we want to help you to prepare for the future. It’s a good idea while you are contemplating your estate planning strategies and your future legacy, to involve your loved ones, investment and tax professionals, trust officer and a qualified estate planning or elder law attorney.

When it comes to estate and legacy planning, seeking out the advice of qualified professionals and those you trust is always a wise decision. We would be pleased to assist you in the process of planning your legacy. Please contact me, Jeff Cory, CFP at 466-8484 to schedule a complimentary review of your estate plan, and rest assured you have the people and plans in place to honor your wishes when the time comes to make the most of your enduring legacy.

Future Hospitality Leaders Visit Shell Point Fifty students from Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Resort & Hospitality Management were introduced to a variety of career paths at Shell Point, Florida’s largest Continuing Care Retirement Community and a Certified

Tenley Ticknor, Rachel Coblents, Kayle Brown

Great Place to Work. The group toured the community’s 700-acre campus, with stops at the Welcome Center and Marketing Department, Tribby Arts Center, and dining rooms at The Palm Grill and The Crystal. Along with Director of Human Resources Megan van der Meide and Director of Dining Paul Tison, we shared our personal career paths with the students and explained what sets Shell Point


apart, including our company culture, mission, and core beliefs of Life, Love, Stewardship and Integrity. FGCU Instructor Rebecca Lerman accompanied the visiting students. “After our visit, the students expressed that they had an antiquated view of what they expected at a retirement community,” she said. The tour opened their eyes to see how it is in fact a viable career path within the hospitality industry.” Student Isabella Montalvo said, “The campus accommodates almost all of the residents’ wants and needs, which means there is a variety of job opportunities. I was

FGCU Instructor Rebecca Lerman, Ryan Kenyon, Aydan Warner

extremely surprised by how the staff interacted with residents and how the residents responded. It was as if they were all neighbors in a close community. It was clear that residents appreciate the staff, and the staff is happy to help.” “I was very surprised by the number of activities that a retirement community could have. The resources for Shell Point residents blew me away!” said student Jamie Cummins. “I was so shocked to see the different opportunities that Shell Point brings to a student like me. This visit was so eye-opening and I hope to find employment here sometime in the future.” We see a bright future ahead for these up-and-coming leaders in our region’s hospitality industry!

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Space Available on Medical Missions Trip Residents and employees have the opportunity to participate in an international medical mission trip to Honduras, which will take place from Friday, March 18 through Saturday, March 26, through the efforts of Shell Point Medical Director Dr. Gary Goforth. Dr. Goforth serves as a team leader, board member and chairman for Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM), an interdenominational, Christian nonprofit organization founded in 1986. Since 1991, Dr. Goforth has led more than 50 medical mission teams, sponsored by VIMM, to Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The mission trip to Honduras can accommodate a small team of up to 15 members this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need to socially distance. Teams typically consist of physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, pharmacists and non-medical team members. While medical team members evaluate and treat ill patients, non-medical team members will assist with crowd control, distributing vitamins and deworming medicines, and assisting in an evangelism station by distributing Scriptures, praying for patients and sharing the Gospel, if fluent in Spanish. 44

Medical mission teams serve roughly 1,200 to 1,500 patients per week in remote villages and nursing homes that do not have local medical resources. The group provides primary care services that include minor surgery, joint injections and eyeglass fittings. These clinics are conducted for five to six days, followed by one day of rest and recuperation at the end of the trip. On Sunday, the group will attend a local church in Olanchito, Honduras, and assist with translation services and other support.

Packed and Ready to Go Before each trip, VIMM purchases and prepackaged medicines and supplies, such as a one-month supply of vitamins, a week’s supply of antibiotics and a one-month supply of hypertension medicines. All medicines and supplies are brought with the team as checked baggage. The estimated cost for this trip, excepting any souvenirs purchased, is $1,604. Every team member must cover his or her own expenses for the trip; however, VIMM arranges the most economical airline flights for

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the group as well as the in-country hotels, transportation and meals. Team members will stay at Hotel Beverly, which is owned by a Rotarian and offers comfortable rooms with hot showers, Wi-Fi internet service and excellent security. Since VIMM is a 501(c)(3) organization, the payment for each medical mission trip is tax-deductible. Additionally, the organization provides travel insurance for each team member and has contingency plans for medical emergencies, evacuation and blood borne pathogen exposure. Dr. Goforth will be glad to meet individually with any interested Shell Point residents to answer questions and help you prepare for the trip. The signup deadline is approaching quickly! If you are interested in joining him and serving with the Honduras team in March, learn more or apply by visiting the VIMM website at

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Joyful • Artful • Faithful

Friday, February 4 Connie Brown Hall at Tribby Arts Center All Shell Point residents are cordially invited to attend Celebration 2022, the annual community event that commemorates the highlights of 2021, while looking forward to Shell Point’s promising future. During this 20th anniversary of The Legacy, we will also reflect upon the generosity of our residents, who have contributed in a meaningful way to Shell Point’s success over the past 20 years. Enjoy special entertainment provided by Point of Grace, a contemporary vocal group who has been honored with the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Country Album of the Year. Celebration 2022 will be held in Connie Brown Hall at the Tribby Arts Center at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Residents will receive an invitation via campus mail in mid-January.


Living Life to Its Fullest

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Le Club Français

Shell Point Employee Shares His Love of Language and Poetry with Resident Group B Y K A R E N A N D E R S O N , V I C E P R E S I D E N T, H U M A N R E S O U R C E S

Susan Schmitt (Lakewood), organizer of Le Club Français at Shell Point, met employee Guy Dessources several years ago when they greeted one another from their golf carts and quickly struck up a conversation en Français! Susan invited Guy to visit a club meeting, thinking that having a fluent speaker might help members improve their conversational skills. The group was delighted to learn that Guy is an accomplished poet! “Once a month, Guy visits us during his lunch break and shares a poem,” said Susan. Sometimes the group works together with Guy to translate parts of it. During one meeting, Guy shared Si j’avais des ailes, an award-winning poem he wrote while he was in Haiti. He told the group that during his life transitions and move to the United States, his award was lost. Club member Claude Moldaver (Junonia) suggested to the group that as a symbol of their thanks and recognition of Guy’s talent and his lost award, they might present him with a new award engraved with lines from Si j’avais des ailes. “We gave Guy the award in gratitude for all he does for us, and for his wonderful poems,” said Susan. Guy, who has been part of the Shell Point Housekeeping Team for five years, said he developed an affinity for poetry at quite a young age and favored famous French poets like Victor Hugo. “I understood their technique and their art,” he said.

Goz Gosselin (Cameo), Claude Moldaver (Junonia), Judy March (The Springs), Susan Schmitt (Lakewood), Guy Dessources, Jim Albright (Cellana), Anne Brooks (The Enclave), Carla Davidson (Royal Bonnet) and Thierry Mazoyer

Members of Le Club Français have been gathering for eight years; studying Guy’s poetry has added dimension to their appreciation of the French language. “We especially liked Si j’avais des ailes because the poem is spiritual and heartfelt,” said Susan.

Le Club Français organizer Susan Schmitt met housekeeping employee and poet, Guy Dessources and invited him to join them monthly during his lunch time to converse in French and read and discuss his poetry.

If I had the wings of a carrier pigeon …. But I know that sooner or later The Lord Jesus, will give me one With her, I will go to paradise I will know eternal peace From Your Friends Le Club Français at Shell Point December 2021 Guy Dessources, Writer-Poet Translation of a plaque Le Club Français gave to Guy Dessources with their gratitude for his contributions to the club.


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Discover a day of fun and surprises at the JANUARY



Lifestyle Expo 2022!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Music • Food • Door Prizes • Giveaways • Display Booths • Games • Prizes

2 to 3 p.m.

VIP Event for The Springs, King’s Crown, The Arbor and The Larsen Pavilion Residents

Transportation Arrangements

Due to limited parking on The Island, guests cannot commute to the event using personal vehicles and should make use of Shell Point transportation.

Mark your calendar for the ADVENTURE AWAITS event that celebrates the unique lifestyle at Shell Point! This event, held at The Village Church on the Island, will include displays and interactive exhibits of the numerous resort-style amenities and lifecare services you can discover right here at Shell Point, as well as the more than 100 volunteer and activity groups. Various Shell Point departments will also join in on the fun, sharing information regarding new programs and services while refreshing your memory about all the great opportunities you can explore within the community. An array of delicious snacks and beverages will await you as you visit dining stations provided by The Crystal and Palm Grill. ADVENTURE AWAITS is certainly the event everyone will be talking about! Shell Point Life | January/February 2022


Expressing Gratitude to Those

Who Serve


The spirit of generosity at Shell Point truly amazes us! To express their gratitude and thankfulness to Shell Point Employees for their service to us and the community as a whole, residents made monthly donations, and many more made their donations during the recent Employee Christmas Fund campaign. The total of


all donations received was $528,065. All full-time staff (except for senior-level management and directors) received a gift of $650. Staff who worked part-time or who were hired within the last year received a prorated amount based on the hours they worked during the year. Employees were all smiles as they

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stopped by The Village Church and the Tribby to enjoy holiday treats and thank residents for their holiday gift. As chairs of the Employee Christmas Fund, we extend a heartfelt thank-you to each resident who contributed to this campaign and who helped brighten the lives of employees during this holiday season!

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Holiday Cheer

Shell Point staff members delivered hundreds of beautiful poinsettias to residents with a heartfelt holiday verse on the accompanying card: “May the God of Hope Fill You With All Joy & Peace” Romans 15:13.

Karla Pendexter (The Estuary) and Laura Slack

Mollie and Parke Avery (Oakmont)

Dick and Chris Salerno (The Estuary)


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Adair Heath (Oakmont)

Shirley Braddock (Oakmont)

Dotty and Jim Rudolph (Sundial)


Tree Lighting

At the community’s beloved annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, nearly 400 residents gathered at Friendship Point on The Island to enjoy hot chocolate, holiday treats and entertainment from Naples Brass Band. President Martin Schappell introduced Shell Point’s most senior resident – 103-year-old Margaret O’Connor – who lit the majestic 18-foot tree aglow with hundreds of lights.

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Introducing the 2022 Residents’ Council The Shell Point Residents’ Council is a dedicated group of resident volunteers who are dedicated to representing the interests and needs of their fellow residents. One representative from each court serves on the Council, which is the residents’ governing body to act on sponsorship of proposed programs, such as fundraisers like the United Way Campaign, Bakeless Bake Sale, Library Fund Drive, School Supply Drive, and 52

the Employee Christmas Gift Fund. Each Court Representative also serves as the court contact in the event of evacuation to the Shell Point Hurricane Shelter. The Residents’ Council holds regular monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July and August. While only the acting Court Representative has the power to discuss and vote on issues, all Shell Point residents are welcome to

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attend and hear the issues presented by Court Representatives. Members of the Shell Point Executive Management Team are also present at Resident Council meetings to provide information and respond to residents. Occasionally, staff from various departments are invited by the Council to attend and present informative updates about ongoing Shell Point activities.


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Shell Point is pleased to introduce the newly elected 2022 Residents’ Council, and expresses its gratitude for their volunteer service in these important positions.

2022 Court Representatives: The Arbor...................... Jean Hannan


Macoma.......................... Marvin Ball


Cameo............................. Joan Morgan


Nautilus.......................... Wayne Robbins


Cellana............................ Vicki Waterstradt


Oakmont........................ Eunice Murray


Coquina.......................... Ed Vanderhey


Palm Acres.................... George Waters


Eagles Preserve.......... Pat Ostrom


Parkwood....................... Carol Ann Ormes


The Enclave.................. Bob Lindman

Periwinkle...................... Larry McBee




The Estuary................... Angie Ward

Rosemont...................... Liz Schilling


Harbor Court................ Joan Lee

Royal Bonnet................ Harold Roth



Junonia........................... Bob Barger

Sand Dollar................... Jan Sparrow



King’s Crown................ Melvin Bleiberg

The Springs................... Jane Haines


Lakewood...................... Phyllis Sharp

Sundial............................ Bob Feik




Larsen Pavilion............ Alice Wertz

Tellidora......................... Don Sloan


Turban............................. Joe Belanger


Lucina.............................. Mary Varnum


Alternate, Barbara Findley pictured



2022 Officers: Chairman George Waters Vice Chairman Larry McBee Corresponding Secretary Jane Haines Recording Secretary Liz Schilling Council Chaplain Rev. Jerry Palmquist

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Out & About

Concert Season Kick Off

Jerry and Janice Mader (The Estuary)

Tribby Arts Center rolled out the red carpet for an exciting kick off to Shell Point’s 2021-2022 concert season, sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust! Residents were all smiles as they enjoyed a celebration of musical theater with Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band, featuring talented guest vocalists Gerard Canonico, Hannah Elless and Keith White. With custom Tribby Arts Center truffle boxes presented to each guest as a “Thank You” at the end of the concert, the special evening ended on a sweet note!

Carol Sperlak, Laura Slack, Jason Smith

Julia and Tim O'Neill (The Enclave)

Michael and Mitzi Chrisp (Eagles Preserve)


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Dick Brown (Parkwood), Mary Buck (Parkwood), John Burden (Lakewood), Tanya and Michael Hochschild (Parkwood)

Veterans Day Shell Point honored its more than 300 resident veterans and all those who have served in the U.S. Military with a special Veterans Day program in The Village Church. During the United States Armed Forces Medley, residents who served were invited to stand and be recognized when their branch’s song was played. The program concluded with a spirited sing-along to “God Bless the U.S.A.” Afterwards, residents enjoyed a special Veterans Day picnic lunch at The Crystal.

Abracadabra! The Illusionist Club made all the tickets to their debut performance disappear as they entertained and amazed during a sold-out show in Connie Brown Hall. Audience participation was a highlight of the evening as The Illusionists astounded and amused all in attendance! David Lee (Lucina)

William Stell (The Estuary)

Kenneth Saccaro (The Estuary) Bill Colehower (The Estuary)

Terry Furhovden (The Estuary)

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s the Church in America dying? One has to wonder if this isn’t so. Every year hundreds of local churches close their doors for the last time. Numerous Roman Catholic seminaries have been shuttered in recent years for lack of ministerial recruits. Thousands of mainline churches struggle to maintain their substantial building complexes which house fewer and fewer worshippers on Sunday mornings. The reality is that overall, the American Church is shrinking. The facts don’t lie. Unfortunately, many Americans, even some believing Christians, have drawn the conclusion that if the Church is experiencing a spiritual recession in the U.S., it must be suffering a similar fate in countries all across the world. Is this true? What does the global picture of the Church look like? What is the status of the Church in Latin America, Africa, and in many parts of Asia? One of the reasons The Village Church hosts a special conference each year, called Global Impact Week, is to update the Shell Point Community about what is really going on in the world. We all know about


the strife and intrigue that is so prevalent among nations. We hear a lot about the threats that are launched against freedomloving people and of the inhumane treatment of minority peoples in many parts of the world. It is certainly true that in some areas, godless governments and radical religious regimes have suppressed and persecuted the Church. But in spite of all the attempts being made to hinder the expansion of the Christian message, look what has happened. A hundred fifty years ago, there were 60 million people in Latin America who claimed to be Christians. Today, there are almost 600 million. In Africa, a century and a half ago, there were only 8.5 million Christ followers. Today there are over 630 million professing Christians, more than on any other continent. Just 50 years ago, the combined number of Christians in China, Korea and Japan was 11 million. Today there are 171 million professing believers in these three countries. Perhaps the most astonishing fact is that in 1800, only 1% of all the Christians in the world lived in Latin America, Africa and

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The growth of the Christian Church has been fueled by Jesus’ command to make disciples of all the nations. And, it has been inspired by His promise that when the Gospel has been preached in all the world, the end will come – (Matthew 24:14).

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Asia. Today, 77% of the world’s Christian population resides in these areas. North America and Europe ceased to be the center of the Christian world a long time ago. And one of the main reasons for this remarkable transition is the work of Christian missionaries. Over the years the number of mis-

sionary workers world-wide has increased substantially. One of the main reasons for this expansion is due to the fact that the thousands of Christian communities established across the world are now sending their own missionaries to areas where the Gospel of Jesus has never gone. The growth of the Christian Church has been fueled by Jesus’ command to make disciples of all the nations. And, it has been inspired by His promise that when the Gospel has been preached in all the world, the end will come – and Jesus will return (Matthew 24:14). With this promise of Jesus in view, no wonder believing Christians are keen to know how Christ’s Church is expanding across the world. This is why The Village Church congregation looks forward to Global Impact Week each year. Workers directly involved in this global task report personally on the progress being made, as well as the challenges being faced.

FEATURED SPEAKERS Dr. Tim Meier will be the keynote speaker for this special week which begins on Sunday, February 20. Tim, who is the Vice President for Development for The Christian & Missionary Alliance, served with his wife Rachel in a pastoral role in New Jersey for five years before going to France, where the couple began a new church, primarily for young adults, in the city of Paris. Dr. Meier will be speaking at both services on the opening Sunday and will also present an Academy class

Rev. Jose Chinchilla

the following day. On Monday evening, Feb. 21, a very special event will take place when The Village Church will welcome Aaron Shust, one of the most gifted song writers and singers of his generation. Aaron was named both New Artist and Song Writer of the year by the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards back in 2007 and he has continued to build on that early promise to become one of the Christian community’s most trusted voices. The Monday evening event will feature Aaron Shust’s musical artistry and a challenging message from Dr. Tim Meier. Prior to the program everyone will enjoy a special spread of “International Bites” consisting of hot hors d’oeuvres and tasty finger foods. Rev. Jose Chinchilla will begin his ministry on Tuesday night, Feb. 22. Jose and his wife, Melanie, met in Costa Rica in 2005 when he was completing his master’s degree in New Testament theology at the ESEPA seminary there. Prior to this he had obtained an accounting degree and served as a pastor in the U.S. Melanie was in language study at the time, preparing to go on to Paraguay where she intended to serve as an Alliance international worker. After getting married in 2007 Jose and Melanie were eventually appointed by the C&MA to serve in Germany where they have been engaged in church planting ministries among Spanish speaking people in Berlin. Jose will be speaking at various times throughout the week, concluding his ministry on the final day of the conference, Sunday, Feb. 27.

Toward the end of Global Impact Week The Village Church will welcome back Cheryl and Darrell Phenicie. The Phenicies have just retired after a formidable missionary career. They served in Beirut, Lebanon (from which they were forced to evacuate on three different occasions due to war conditions). They also ministered to Kurds while residing in northern Iraq, lived and worked in Tunisia as well as Jordan, and finally completed their missionary service in Berlin, Germany working with Mid-Eastern refugees. The Phenicies faced head-on the stark reality that the world missions task today faces the daunting challenge of sharing the Gospel in areas of the world where people are vigorously opposed to the message of Jesus. Darrell and Cheryl will join Jose Chinchilla in a celebratory service on Friday night which will honor God for all He has accomplished across the world, especially in recent years. Then, on Saturday morning, the Phenicies will speak again at The Village Church following some breakfast delights that will be served in the church sanctuary.

Mission Work

The Bible teaches that Christ’s Church will endure no matter what forces oppose it. Global Impact Week helps us to understand more fully how this is happening, even in our day, all across the world. Put these dates on your calendar – February 20-27, and plan to expand your understanding of Christ’s global community.

Darrell and Cheryl Phenicie

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As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other. (Genesis 47.21)


ontagnard” means “mountain dweller” in French. It is the term applied to a number of ethnic groups who have historically inhabited the central highlands in Vietnam. The Christian & Missionary Alliance, the denomination with which the Shell Point Retirement Community is associated, has churches among the Montagnard. Many are in Vietnam where the C&MA has had a presence since 1911. But one of the newest Montagnard churches is in Finland.

Ancient Israel knew all about that – they were displaced to Egypt during the time of Joseph. And God has always been concerned about the welfare of refugees.


That’s right – Finland! It started in 2007 and obtained official Finnish recognition in 2018. So how did the C&MA end up planting a church for Vietnamese Montagnards in Finland? It’s because people have been migrating all over the globe throughout history. Famine, pestilence, and war have been chief causes for the wholesale displacement of people. Ancient Israel knew all about that – they were displaced to Egypt during the time of Joseph. And God has always been concerned about the welfare of refugees. Since the Vietnam War, the Montagnard have been an oppressed people due to the participation of many in the South Vietnamese army. Many fled Vietnam into Cambodia, and well beyond Cambodia – all the way to Finland! The largest group of Montagnard outside of Vietnam is in North Carolina. The Christian & Missionary Alliance has always had a concern for displaced peoples. It’s why we have churches for the Montagnards in North Carolina and

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Finland. We have churches in Germany as well – and not always for Germans. Our ministries in Berlin include churches for migrants from South America and refugees from Syria. In February, The Village Church will celebrate the annual Global Impact Week. The focus this year reflects that the global movement of displaced peoples has escalated beyond anything seen before in history. Jose Chinchilla and his wife Melanie have been working in Berlin with Spanish speaking peoples from Spain and a whole host of Latin American countries who have migrated to Germany for economic reasons. Darrell and Cheryl Phenicie most recently ministered in Berlin to Syrian refugees displaced as a result of the Syrian civil war. It’s all a reminder of how the world is changing. Masses of people are moving. There’s ministry to be done. And we at Shell Point are engaged in global migration as we support the international work of the Christian & Missionary Alliance.



Denver & The Mile High Orchestra continues to produce the kind of music that delights fans and audiences around the world – crafting their own work with an eye towards always stretching the envelope and taking a new exciting look at Christian classics and hymns. Blending

a red hot horn section, along with jazz and big band roots, DMHO have created a powerful sound unlike any other. With Denver Bierman writing and arranging the band’s music, prepare for a fresh look at Christian music and a wonderfully uplifting evening.

Alpha 2022 Begins Tuesday, January 11 The Alpha course explores the answers to the big questions with which we all struggle. Fast-moving video presentations provide a natural lead-in to the small-group conversations that focus on discovery rather than dogma. You will find that there are no dumb questions! Whether you attend church or not, Alpha will provide refreshing insights and answers to Life’s Big Questions. Join us as we gather together for 10 evenings in January through March to share experiences and

opinions, to learn from each other, and to form new friendships. Sessions take place in the Woodlands Grand Cypress Room, starting promptly at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 6:45 p.m. Each session begins with a complimentary dinner catered by the Palm Grill, followed by a video and small group discussion. Alpha is sponsored by The Village Church and the Academy of Lifelong Learning. The course, which is underwritten by The Village Church, is free to participants.

Are “Life’s Big Questions” on your mind? You are not alone! Register by January 6 either online at alpha or by calling the church office at (239) 454-2147. Space is limited.

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New Year New World George “The Jacobite.” I read the words again, this time slowly to digest their meaning. The Jacobite moniker was not a playful nickname, but rather a malicious label. Considering George was living in an English colony, the name was most likely a slur intended to inform anyone within earshot of what George was. I wondered what had happened to make George this hated stranger in a strange land.

When doing genealogy research, I often study my father’s paternal tree, but this time I followed his maternal line. I skipped like a stone through the centuries, landing with a splash in 1695 Edinburgh, Scotland. I found that George was born into a successful merchant family. I further discovered in 1715, my sixth great grandfather was fighting on the side of the Scottish people against the English Crown in the battle of Preston. The rebellion was quickly crushed by the English forces of Oliver Cromwell. The Scottish Jacobites believed that the senior line of the Royal House of Stuart were the rightful heirs to the British throne

and this political divide lasted nearly two centuries. This conviction found young George as a prisoner of war and marched to Liverpool. In January of 1716 George was loaded, along with other shackled prisoners, onto the merchant ship Elizabeth and Ann bound for exile in the Virginia colonies. Upon arrival to Yorktown, George was immediately sold into servitude. Although not much is known of his forced labor, I can imagine my reviled relative performing the worst jobs in the colonies. Vast amounts of lumber was needed by the growing colony of Williamsburg. I can visualize “The Jacobite” standing at the bottom of a saw pit in a swirl of dust and sweat, making planks from the huge Bald Cypress logs that were abundant in the area. Cypress was used for framing, doors, windows, and shutters where the wood needed to be rot resistant. I carefully walked down the slope into the slough. I wanted to get closer to my trees. They are only “mine” in the respect that I planted them in 2010, and I have watched them grow and develop like children. The tall one is over 30 feet and his mantle of green needles are soft and pliable as a cotton blanket. The base of his arrow straight trunk is much wider than the stem, appearing muscular and strong. The trunk base is fluted as if a buttressed cathedral soaring to heaven. Over time, we have created at Shell Point a natural ecosystem where none was before, known as a Cypress Slough. The colonist appreciated the Bald Cypress trees for their uses, and even Captain John Smith of the Jamestown Colony noted the Bald Cypress dugout canoes of the Powhatan Indians. Today, we appreciate the unique benefits to nature that the Cypress provides. The trees tend to grow along rivers, and in wetlands, they are


excellent at soaking up floodwaters and preventing erosion. They also trap pollutants and prevent them from spreading. Frogs, toads and salamanders use Bald Cypress swamps as breeding grounds. This New Year’s day, walk with George and me back in time to Shell Point’s Cypress Slough. Located on the South end of the Tribby Arts Center parking lot, the primordial wetlands contain over 40 specimens of Bald Cypress trees in various stages of growth. In addition, there are native plants of the American Crinum Lily and native Macho Ferns. This area has active Killdeer nesting sites and depending upon rainfall and standing water, any number of wading birds could be seen. The Jacobite and I are both pleased there will not be a whipsaw in sight.