Resident Association President’s Message – April 2016

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Roger Cripe

Roger Cripe

Several Florida Presbyterian residents attended the annual P.E.A.C.E. Nehemiah Action Assembly at Lakeland Center on March 7th. P.E.A.C.E. is an acronym for Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment. Over 2000 Polk County residents representing 19 congregations attended the assembly. The purpose of the organization is to identify root causes of community problems and build a strong coalition capable of negotiating with public officials to resolve these problems.

PEACE sets the agenda, reviews it with each invited official and establishes a strict timeline for the 80 minute meeting. Usually 3 governmental units are invited to attend and each is asked to provide funding and/or implement new procedures, If the answer is “yes” to the proposal, a resounding cheer is provided the official; if “no” total silence is the response. With 2000 people in attendance, the silence is deafening. It’s a very effective way to ask for changes to local government procedures and funding priorities. We are encouraged to be part of the audience at next year’s Nehemiah Action Assembly.

On March 16, the Marketing Department’s “Browse and Brunch” event was attended by approximately 70 visitors. Close to the same number of staff and residents welcomed the visitors. Five of our independent housing units and two apartments were open for the visitors to see. We owe a big thanks to those who opened their residence. Also our 6-plex activity areas were open to the visitors as well as a musical combo performing in the Library. A Continental Breakfast was provided to the visitors upon arrival and lunch served in the new Bistro located in the McArthur Center.

Our Activity Fund drive is now underway and approximately $5,500 of the $7,000 needed to fund all our activities has been collected. As was mentioned before, our Financial committee recommended a $35. ($70/couple) donation. If you have not given, please make your check out to the Residents Association and give to Ann in the ALF reception area.

– Roger Cripe, President

The History of the Homes – Porter-McGrath Health Center

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In the beginning, Florida Presbyterian Homes did not have full-time nursing care. One dedicated nurse, Frances Smith, after working day duty at Lakeland General Hospital, volunteered to keep vigil each night in the Howland-Delay House. Dr. George Earnest, a retired physician living at the Homes, offered his professional services and donated $10,000 toward extending the House, in order to have an infirmary on the second floor.

The Board of Directors presented to the Synod plans for an annex with health facilities. The Synod voted to request $80,000 from the statewide expansion campaign. The Johnsons wrote, “This Annex was a sort of hybrid between a hotel and an extended care facility…offering a splendid stopgap until further money became available.”

Resident Association President’s Message – October 2015

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Bob Bourquein

Bob Bourquein

With the arrival of October, the wandering residents of Florida Presbyterian Homes will have returned from their summer trips and cooler weather will prevail. As we enter the winter months, please think personal exercise and active social life.

According to Brigham Young University psychologist Julianne Holt-Lunstad, “highly social people have a 50% better chance of survival than loners over a period of several years”.

“While exercise is no panacea, it does confer plenty of benefits as we age. When Cardiff University epidemiologist Peter Elwood tracked the health outcomes of more than 1,600 people older than 45, he identified regular exercise as a key habit that reduced people’s risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease in old age.” (1)

Celebrating 60 Years of Spirituality at FPH

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When Rev. Monte Johnson, pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church on S. Florida Ave., was visiting his congregants at the hospital or in the hotels in which they lived, many of them expressed a need for a Christian retirement center in Lakeland.

The church formed a committee and they proceeded to explore the possibilities of providing a community for retired pastors, missionaries, and their wives. The Synod of Florida granted the church group permission to establish this community. Donations provided by Mr. Erwin Howland, a retired business man, and Miss Dora DeLay, a retired school teacher of modest means, allowed the committee to purchase a large house. The Synod of Florida accepted the gift of this home and then organized the administration of what is now known as Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The History of Our Homes – Dr. William Monte Johnson

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Dr and Mrs JohnsonSeptember marks the 60th anniversary of Florida Presbyterian Homes. This is a most appropriate time to remember the life of our founder, Monte Johnson.

William Monte Johnson was the son of Alex and Laura Johnson. He was one of ten children, born in the mountain town of Crossnore, North Carolina, on April Fool’s Day in 1903. Monte never had the privilege to see a doctor or a teacher until the age of nine, when two came to Crossnore and made an amazing impact on his life. As a young boy, he was crippled and had to crawl for a long time; he may have suffered from polio. One leg was shorter than the other. Years later, he could climb a mountain faster than anyone; it was impossible to keep up with Monte and his walking stick. This gave him the nickname “The Mountain Goat.”

Resident Association President’s Message – September 2015

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The Board has suggested that I extend the Loving Care Fund series to include a section on the importance of donations to the two funds – the Loving Care Endowment and the Loving Care Funds.

Since 2001, the total donations to the Endowment Fund have amounted to almost $1.3 million. Although a large portion of these donations were contributed by outside organizations in the 2003-2005 period, many residents have compassionately contributed about $140,000. Similarly, residents, Board members, staff, families and friends of the Homes have contributed about $160,000 to the Loving Care Fund during the same 14 year period.

Honored Staff – 23, 25 and 26 Years of Memories at “The Homes”

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Maria Rivera, Administrator

Maria Rivera, Administrator

Maria English, CNA

Maria English, CNA

Rick Powers, Dir. of Environmental Svcs

Rick Powers, Dir. of Environmental Svcs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we celebrate Florida Presbyterian Homes’ 60th year, we asked questions of three dedicated employees. This month we have responses from Rick Powers, Director of Environmental Services. Rick has been here 26 years. Maria English, Assisted Living, Certified Nursing Assistant has been an employee for 25 years. Maria Rivera, RN, Administrator, has been employed at FPH for 23 years. Thank you for your faithful commitment to many residents and to each other.

The History of Our Homes: Bower-Haines Apartments

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A three-story house once stood on the land behind Forrer-Bunker Manor. A residence was on its first floor, the second floor held guest rooms, and a large apartment was on the third floor. The basement was occupied by the Finance Office.

In 1988, this house was demolished, and a three-story apartment building was built in its place. It was called the “A” Building because Postal regulations had already designated Forrer-Bunker Manor as the “B” Building. So it remained until its dedication in 1997. It had experienced almost ten years of busy living without an honorary title.

Resident Association President’s Message – August 2015

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This is the third and final report in a three-part series about the Loving Care Endowment Fund and Loving Care Fund. The June report focused on the cascading of LCF funds into the Special Projects Fund as previously reported by Past President Ted Nelson in September 2011 edition of the Lake Hunter Herald. The July report was a summary history of the two Loving Care funds referenced from the Loving Care Fund Report by John Hehn, Executive Director and Patty Fekete, Chief Finance Officer, June 2008, updated August 30, 2011.

This month Patty Fekete has provided a summary of financial data regarding the Loving Care (LCF), Loving Care Endowment (LCEF) and the Capital Project Funds (SPF) for 14 years from 2001 through 2014. The summary provides extensive information about these funds.

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