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July 2018

LeadingAge MEMBER

On Thursday, June 14, Lyle Goertzen brought his dad, Wayne’s, 1963 combine out to the field across the street from Sunshine Meadows and treated residents and staff to a front-yard view of an old-fashioned harvest. Residents stayed out on the shaded porch for as long as they liked, enjoying the view and reminiscing with others about harvests gone by. There are videos of the harvesting on the Sunshine Meadows Facebook page for those who missed it. Wayne Goertzen was a long time volunteer bus driver for SMRC, getting residents to and from medical appointments safely.

Chaplain’s Chat:

In Christ we Hope And Triumph Waiting for God to make His will evident can be one of life’s most trying challenges to being at peace. As SMRC employees read our Administrator's letter in May’s newsletter, the magnitude of making up the $147,000+ over-allocated to us in 2016 from Medicaid, plus the ripple affect for future years, seems reason enough to allow our hearts to be troubled. What might this mean for SMRC employees, residents, and ministry? Be assured the Leadership Team is working on the matter. We wait on the Lord to renew our strength, grant our leadership wisdom, and blanket us with peace. Choosing to believe that God will intervene can be an arduous endeavor. If we are not aware, this may affect the way we view God. This financial circumstance may seem reason to be at least a little nervous, yet God said, "Be anxious for nothing." The bottom line is this: It's natural for us to doubt, to sin. That's why we need Jesus. It takes something supernatural to rescue us from the fast track of our culture and world. The Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death." We need to choose here and now, if we haven't, where we will spend eternity. This is the biggest choice that we make. Please choose Jesus. Then, in the midst of this concern, find power in the pause. Pray. Invite God into the upheaval. If God doesn't intervene when or how we'd like, will we choose to be faithful? His Name is Faithful and True. Let us be found faithful: Faithful as we live., Faithful as we wait, Faithful as we rebuke the wrong place our emotions may try to take us. Choosing to take inexpressible and glorious joy in our salvation. Indeed, everything else can be taken away except our salvation! Praise The Lord! Talk about putting things in perspective! ~Lenora Duerksen, Chaplain

According to the 2018 Fraud Book, produced by the EVERYONE loves to get mail! Did you know... you can send a digital postcard to our residents? Just go to our website at and click




Resident, choose your postcard style, and

write to your favorite person.

We will deliver the postcard promptly.

Thanks to all who devoted their Saturday to help us clean up and plant around the Gazebo! It is looking so pretty now. ~Ginger Arnett, RN Assisted Living

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, older Americans are scammed for nearly $3 billion each year. The top 10 scams reported in 2017 were: IRS Impersonation Scams Robocalls and Unsolicited Phone Calls Sweepstakes Scams / Jamaican Lottery Scam “Can You Hear Me?” Scams Grandparent Scams Computer Tech Support Scam Romance Scams Elder Financial Abuse Identity Theft Government Grant Scams If you or someone you know are the victim of a scam or fraud attempt, call the Fraud Hotline at 1-855-3039470.

We are excited! Our front entrance changed a little bit with the addition of a handrail/fence.

An intense game of Chicken Foot Dominoes

This year’s Father’s Day celebration was a true treat for Sunshine Meadows residents and their sons, as they enjoyed burgers grilled by Administrator Keith Pankratz, along with all of the expected trimmings, and a mini-car show provided by the Hutchinson Classic Car Club. On June 15 about 40 SMRC fathers, sons, and staff members, along with around 20 HCCC families, got together to discuss the eight classic cars brought onto the grounds. Along with warm weather, tasty food and fine conversation, memories of getting together with family made this a day to remember.

Memorial Gifts... Besse Birt

$718.00, unrestricted

Brenda Leiker Betty Allen Wilma Succa LeNora Duerksen Joyce McMannis Ruth Herman Debra Miller

“Our family was noticing the love and care given to my dad, who could be a big handful. The caregivers were awesome.” ~Daughter’s comment

Delores Orem

$553, unrestricted

Rochelle Spencer

$180, unrestricted

Judith Boyian Paula Ballinger Margaret Swanner Rebecca Stark Brad Steele LeNora Duerksen

Lowell Hull

comes in for the last days, last hours, staff gather around the bedside to

$175, unrestricted

Adam Yungeberg Ann Parks Joan Schieferecke Dennis Reiser Ida Meyeres Julie Christian Loren Boughfman

Theresa Evans Margaret Kastens Pati Holthus

sing hymns and pray with the grieving family. Often times, staff is just as blessed as the family after this time

of emotional sharing. Sunshine Meadows wishes to thank everyone who honored their loved one with a memorial tribute in the past several months, and the family members who

$50, unrestricted

Linda Witt

Shirley Evans

few years ago, continues to impress dent’s health is declining and family

Mile High Rock and Mineral Society/ Mile High Rams Bruce Brown

Loren Mohler

A tradition that was established a family members. Whenever a resi-

$300, unrestricted

Irman May

after father recently passed away

designated SMRC as a memorial option. These gifts

$105, nurses appreciation

help assure that others will continue to receive the same high standard of care that was enjoyed by those who've gone on to their heavenly home.

Ways you can help: Did you know you can donate to SMRC right from our website?? You absolutely can! Simply visit our website at, and click the "Donate" tab at the top right of the home page. On the Donate page you will have a few different options to select the way you would like to donate. This is a great way to help support the mission of Sunshine Meadows. Contact our Fund Development Director, Carla Barber, with any questions. If you already have an Amazon customer account, when first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. Type in Buhler Sunshine Home Inc and click on the Search button, then Select it when it comes up. That’s all you have to do! Then shop as usual. Dillons also has a rewards program. By enrolling in this program, a percentage of your total purchase will be donated to Sunshine Meadows. You need only 3 things to register and begin supporting Sunshine Meadows: A Plus card, available at any Dillons store by asking an associate (you may already have one if you shop there; it’s the card the cashier asks for if you wish to receive store product discounts); A valid email address, which can be obtained from any free online service and can be anonymous; and a personalized account at the Dillons website, which can also be anonymous. To create an online account at the website, visit communityrewards , click on "Register" at the top of the page, enter your email address, password, zip code (select preferred store), then click on "Create Account" at the bottom of the page. You will receive an email confirmation to your inbox; to activate your account, click on the link in the body of the email and enter your sign-in information to confirm. To enroll in the community rewards program, create an online account. Visit, sign in or click on "Enroll Now," enter the 5-digit NPO number (10455), search and select “SUNSHINE MEADOWS RETIREMENT COMMUNITY” (click on the dot left of the name), and then click on "Enroll." Enjoy shopping as always! There’s nothing more to do, and it costs you nothing, but you can feel good about supporting a comfortable, inviting community that has been caring for our elders for over 70 years. Buhler Sunshine Meadows is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environment offering superior care for all qualifying senior citizens, regardless of their ability to pay.


Try Something New Meeting new people; feeling fulfilled; doing a public service; warding off loneliness or a lack of purpose; improving one’s health; getting out of the house; these are all reasons why people decide to volunteer. If you have an open hour or two or more once a week or once a month, Sunshine Meadows probably has a volunteer position for you. If you enjoy socializing, or you like crafts, or simply helping others, there are a lot of positions in the Activities Department where your help would be meaningful and appreciated. If you’re good with your hands, feel happiest when you’re building, repairing, or mending something, or like to garden, paint, or organize items, Nathan might have just the spot for your valuable help in the Maintenance Department. Maybe you are a great typist, or love social media, or wouldn’t mind running errands, answering the phone, or stuffing envelopes once in a while. There are often short-term jobs that need an extra pair of hands. Call Sunshine Meadows at 543-2251, or drop in sometime.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR… Our 20th Annual Gala will be at the Sand Hills Center in Hutchinson! March 1, 2019 New venue with some new features.

Buhler Sunshine Home

Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community 400 South Buhler Rd. Buhler, KS 67522 620-543-2251

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