May Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 May newsletterMay is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have many exciting activities this Month! Check out our May Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

2017 cinco de mayoCelebrate Cinco De Mayo!

THURSDAY, MAY 4th in the Lobby

Wear your Mexican Festive attire, or just a sombrero, or just a smile, but come and enjoy! At 1pm Salsa Dancers will demonstrate and teach residents to dance, then at 2pm a Mariachi Group is coming to entertain. There will be Special Snacks and Drinks!

 

paul brazeau bdayHappy Birthday Paul

by Chris Anastasio

There are certain people, who make it to the top.
They kept on going, when the others stopped.
They make a tough job, seem like fun.
They work harder, when they are under the gun.
They are head and shoulders, above the rest.
They always do it right, and they do it best.
They are always running, and on the go.
When there’s something to do, they never go slow.
They are way too busy, to take a rest.
It’s always more, and never less.
They always do this, with a smile.
They are always ready, to go that extra mile.
We have that person, in our man Paul.
He works the best, when he is against the wall.
He has made it big, that’s for sure.
He had to work hard, to just endure.
At the age of 90, he just keeps going.
Like a wild wind, that just keeps blowing.
So we wish you a Happy Birthday, Paul.
You are the best, and you have done it all.

 

2017 butterflyCelebrating Life Group

Starting Friday, May 5th - 9:30 to 10:30

Meeting in the Theater, and then every Friday thereafter same & place. This group is being formed as the coming together of kindred souls who have loved and lost and know that the way to carry on is to celebrate life, not mourn loss. For our first series of sessions we will be listening to (CD) and discussing the amazing book, Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. If you’re unfamiliar with this book you’re in for a treat. Talk about celebrating life! This is not just any book on Heaven – it is likely the best ever written about celebrating life. Well, just wait and see. We hope to also bring in guest speakers at some point and to go on Celebrating Life outings. Sign up on the sign up sheet coming soon and join us!

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music, come and enjoy!

 

2017 mothers dayCRABBY OLD LADY

What do you see nurses? . .. . What do you see? What are you thinking .. .. .. when you're looking at me? A crabby old lady .. .. .. not very wise, Uncertain of habit .. .. .. with faraway eyes? Who dribbles her food .. .. .. and makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice .. .. .. 'I do wish you'd try!' Who seems not to notice .. .. .. the things that you do. And forever is losing .. .. .. A sock or shoe? Who, resisting or not .. .. .. lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding .. .. .. a long day to fill? Is that what you're thinking? .. .. .. Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse .. . .. you're not looking at me. I'll tell you who I am .. .. .. As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding, .. .. .. as I eat at your will. I'm a small girl of Ten . .. . with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters .. .. .. who love one another. A young girl of Sixteen .. .. .. with wings on her feet. Dreaming that soon now .. .. .. a lover she'll meet. A bride soon at Twenty .. .. .. my heart gives a leap. Remembering, the vows .. .. .. that I promised to keep. At Twenty-Five, now .. .. .. I have young of my own. Who need me to guide .. .. .. a secure happy home. A woman of Thirty . .. .. My young now grown fast, Bound to each other .. .. ..With ties that should last. At Forty, my young sons .. .. .. have grown and are gone, But my man is beside me . .. . to see I don't mourn. At Fifty, once more, .. .. .. babies play 'round my knee, Again, we know children .. .. .. My husband and me. Dark days are upon me .. .. .. my husband's now dead. I look at the future .. .. .. and shudder with dread. For my young are all rearing .. .. .. young of their own. And I think of the years .. .. . and the love that I've known. I'm now an old woman .. . .. and nature is cruel. 'Tis jest to make old age .. .. .. look like a fool. The body, it crumbles .. .. .. grace and vigor depart. There is now a stone .. . .. where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass .. .. .. a young girl still dwells, And now and again .. .. .. my battered heart swells. I remember the joys .. .. .. I remember the pain. And I'm loving and living .. .. .. life over again. I think of the years, all too few .. .. .. gone too fast. And accept the stark fact .. .. . that nothing can last. So open your eyes, people .. .. .. open and see. Not a crabby old woman .. .. .. look closer .. .. .. see ME!!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

bertha rodriguezMay Employee of the Month

Bertha Garcia De Rodriguez

Bertha was born in Tejupilco de Hildago (aka Hidalgo) which is a state in Mexico. You can find it right down near Mexico City, in the center of Mexico. First off, did you know that Mexico has 31 states? I know I didn’t, and we live so close!

Bertha worked for two years as a secretary for a lawyer in Mexico. She’s a smart cookie! Then in 1994 she met Juan Rodriguez Garcia in Mexico and they married in 1995. After just one month they came to the United States. Bertha was pregnant with her first child, Nancy. Do you know Nancy? She works in our food service department? Some of the employees were flabbergasted recently to learn that Nancy was Bertha’s daughter. Then they almost fell of their chairs to learn that Jocelyn, also in the food service department is Bertha’s other daughter! Bertha also has a daughter, Denice who is in fifth grade.

Before Bertha started working at the Villas she worked for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Housekeeping for 2 ½ years. She applied at the Villas in July of 2003 as a housekeeper. She did that for four years, and then went on to work as a caregiver. And we’re so happy she did. Everyone knows Bertha as very caring, responsible, and professional with resident care. She wants to make a difference every day in the residents’ lives. Her best reward, she says, is when she sees them smile.

Her supervisor Amelia says, “I feel so proud to have Bertha in assisted living. She has been an excellent caregiver in our department.”

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Happy Easter! from Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

Flowers are in abundant bloom – especially this year! I’m thankful for all the rain we’ve had. I absolutely love the warm days. I admit it; I’m truly a sun worshipper!

We have so much planned in April, so all of you new residents be sure to check those calendars. We’d love for you to invite friends and family members to enjoy our music and dance hours with you or just come in for a visit! And what about our morning walks – what a wonderful way to start each of these beautiful spring days, with fresh air and exercise! If you took advantage of all the activities on the calendar you’d fall into bed and be out like a light every night! That’s what one resident told me she does!

Have a wonderful Easter everyone ~ He is Risen! Love, Sherri

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How an American-born Dutch Youth Survived Nazi Horrors, Became a U.S. Aviator

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Any number of times, Hank Gillebaard’s boyhood in Holland could have been cut short.

There was the time he was incarcerated by German occupation forces, accused by classmates at school of being Jewish. Gillebaard, then 15, was rescued before he could be shipped off to a detention camp by a friend of his father who spotted him and pretended Gillebaard was wanted for a crime and needed by local authorities.

Around the same time period, Gillebaard risked his life to relay notes tossed over a fence for his former teacher, only learning later what they were for. The notes, back and forth, enabled his former teacher’s children to be rescued from the newly fenced-off Jewish quarter.

There were Gillebaard’s adventures as a 16-year-old, slipping from place to place around Holland for two years in hiding, living in barns, forced one night to submerge himself in a frigid canal, nearly freezing to death to avoid being detected by a Nazi search boat.

The truth was, he was not Jewish. He born in America to Dutch parents, having moved to Holland at age 2 to grow up Dutch, speaking no English.

But that was only the beginning of a stream of highly unlikely events in the adventuresome life of high school dropout turned aviator Hendrik “Hank” Gillebaard, who died March 31 at his home at San Clemente Villas at age 90.

Melissa Guzzetta, a family friend, recounts his stories in vivid detail in a 2015 book titled “Private Lucky: One Man’s Unconventional Journey from the Horrors of Nazi Occupation to the Fulfillment of a High-Flying American Dream.”

“This started out as a video for his family,” she said. “When we started hearing the details of his story … we thought, this is a story that needed to be told.”

The most frequent reaction to the book has been “this should be a movie,” Guzzetta said.

Yet most people in Laguna Beach, where Hank and Lola Gillebaard lived for 36 years, where he was once had a downtown business and was once president of the Rotary Club, would have had little way of knowing what a rollicking previous life he led.

Forced into hiding before he turned 16, the age when Dutch boys in World War II had to enter German service, Gillebaard survived a threadbare existence through the underground but returned safely to his family as the war was ending.

At his father’s behest, he joined the U.S. Army in Holland and was sent to Germany where no one believed he was American because he spoke no English.

Once denied boarding onto a U.S. Army train, he jumped onto the moving train to hang on precariously between two coaches, filthy but alive on arrival and having to explain himself.

It was the first in a series of U.S. Army misadventures. He used his multi-lingual skills (Dutch, German, Flemish and, eventually, English), a fake high school diploma written in Dutch and an inventive imagination to become an aircraft mechanic who persuaded pilots to take him aloft and show him how planes were flown to fuel his boyhood dream of becoming a pilot. Gillebaard arrived in New York City nearly broke and moved in with an old Army pal and his family.

Gillebaard thrived in New York City, purchased a used airplane and embarked on a series of unlicensed adventures in it, including a near-deadly crash in Pennsylvania where, as luck would have it, Amish farmers who spoke German took him in.

In Texas, there was another crash on takeoff that damaged the airplane. Unable to afford to fix it, Gillebaard tried to hitchhike back to New York and ended up scoring a ride to California instead. After misadventures in Hollywood, Gillebaard found out he could use the G.I. Bill to get a pilot’s license and fly legally.

As the book relates, Gillebaard worked as a crop-dusting pilot in Texas, survived a crash there and applied for a job as a multi-lingual pilot instructor for the Air Force, to train Europeans to become NATO pilots.

He lacked the necessary skills but talked his way in. He managed to dubiously pass test after test, inventively putting his sometimes intentionally poor English skills to his advantage while honing his flying skills.

Some called him “The Crazy Dutchman,” he said in the book.

In the course of his trainer career at Kinston, N.C., he joined a community theater group and met Lola. They co-starred in a play that cemented their relationship.

“We had eight weeks of courting with no obligations, no money spent, just a good time,” said Lola Gillebaard. “And you found out everything about a person, how they react to good times, bad times, middle times. We knew for sure we wanted to get married when the play was over.”

The death of Gillebaard’s father in Texas led Hank and his brother Bob to take over his father’s business making hardboard for furniture manufacturing, which flourished across several states. Hank continued to fly and used the plane to access and impress business clients.

He and Lola, parents of four boys, settled in Newport Beach in 1974, two years later in Corona del Mar and in Laguna Beach in 1978.

“We had a lot of laughter in the house,” Lola said. Through the years, Hank still had a penchant at times for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and getting away with it, or even working it to his advantage.

“If I did like ‘that’ with my elbow, that meant ‘not the right time, not the right place,’ “ Lola said. “He was real good about paying attention to that. In 63 years, I’ve never seen him show fear. We lost twin boys before we had four sons. That’s the first time I saw him cry. And that does so much for a relationship. It was so good for me to see him cry over that.”

The couple prevailed through good times and bad times, “laughter whenever you could,” she said. Living in Laguna Beach, she enrolled in a stand-up comedy class, began giving shows and in 2011 won the Funniest Female in California competition.

Hank didn’t do stand-up comedy. “But he could say some of the funniest things of your life,” Lola said. “And he did great impressions.”

On the day Gillebaard died, Lola had been scheduled to do stand-up comedy at “Got Talent,” a San Clemente Sunrise Rotary competition at Casino San Clemente.

“I was lucky to be born in the United States,” Gillebaard said in the book. “It led to more opportunities for me and my family. As someone who grew up outside of the U.S., I recognized the opportunities in America, things that an American raised here may not always see, recognize or appreciate.

“I feel fortunate to have known from a very young age that I wanted to fly, and that early drive evolved into a natural talent. Luck was with me when I enlisted in the American Army after the war was over. When my career as a pilot trainer came to an end, Bob and I were lucky to have Father’s business to start with.”

His short-term memory affected by Alzheimer’s in recent years, Gillebaard retained his sense of humor and sharp memories of events long ago.

“The book brought all of this together,” Lola said. “I don’t know if he realized that or not. I think he did. I would catch him looking through the book and I’d say, ‘Tell me about that again.’ He loved to talk. He was special. He had to be, to go through all that he went through and come out with a positive attitude.”

A life remembrance is set for 3 p.m. May 7 at San Clemente Villas. “Always love, and forever laughter,” Lola said in the announcement.

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April Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 April newsletterSpring is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have many exciting activities this April! Check out our April Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

veterans formCalling ALL Veterans!

EVERY VETERAN, man or woman, needs to do this

You were given a form to fill out and return to Barbara Tancredi, Activities Director. Please do so IMMEDIATELY. The information needs to be sent the first week in April to someone who is going to speak at our Memorial Day Service. If you lost your form, ask at the front desk for another one.  (Not spouses of Veterans, only those who served themselves). Thank you in advance!

 

2017 easter bunny photosEaster Bunny Photos

Saturday, April 8th - 10:00 am to Noon

He’s sittin’ and thinkin’ about the wonderful time he’s going to have with you! Tell your friends, neighbors, kids and grandkids! Wear your Easter finest! Free photo!

 

2017 butterflyCelebrating Life Group

Starting Friday, May 5th - 9:30 to 10:30

Meeting in the Theater, and then every Friday thereafter same & place. This group is being formed as the coming together of kindred souls who have loved and lost and know that the way to carry on is to celebrate life, not mourn loss. For our first series of sessions we will be listening to (CD) and discussing the amazing book, Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. If you’re unfamiliar with this book you’re in for a treat. Talk about celebrating life! This is not just any book on Heaven – it is likely the best ever written about celebrating life. Well, just wait and see. We hope to also bring in guest speakers at some point and to go on Celebrating Life outings. Sign up on the sign up sheet coming soon and join us!

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music, come and enjoy!

 

witty knittersThe Knit Wits

WITTY KNITTERS to steal the term from Dana Point’s local news, the “DP Times”, is about an article published recently (February, 2017) written by Kristina Pritchett. The full article can be seen at www.danapointtimes. com. The article features our own Jessie Strike, Margo Grube and her daughter Cindy, along with five other ladies who all knit blankets for Camp Pendleton parents. That’s Margo front left, and Jessie next to her in the photo, and Margo’s daughter Cindy in the middle of the back row. The “San Clemente Knit Wits” have donated hundreds of blankets, booties, hats and more to parents at Camp Pendleton that are expecting a child. It all began years ago at an aerobics class at Ole Hanson Beach Club. One of the members of the aerobics class mentioned that she had started taking items such as diapers and baby wipes to young couples at Camp Pendleton. That birthed (forgive the pun) the idea of making baby blankets, asMargo will tell you. She’s a Villas resident and one of the groups’ original members! In fact, member Carol (see below) was just here at the Villas and told me, “Margo Grube and I got a count of our baby sets for Camp Pendleton Baby Boot Camp. So far we have 125 sets that we will deliver April 24th. That’s a record for us. The last delivery we made to Baby Boot Camp was December 19. At that time we took just over 100 sets.” If any of San Clemente Villas’ residents are interested in either joining the group or donating their own creations, email group member Carol Hagedorn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (949) 606-6749.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

amelia diazApril Employee of the Month

Amelia Diaz

Before coming to the Villas Amelia was a private caregiver in Laguna Beach (Emerald Bay). She was with a couple there for 6 years (2000- 2006). But let’s go back. Where did this beautiful lady get her start? Well, when Amelia was in fourth grade her teacher asked, “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Amelia said she really thought she would be a teacher or a nurse. Amelia’s father had left the family when Amelia was only five, so her mother was mother and father for the eight children consisting of five boys and 3 girls. Amelia said her mother was an excellent mother and provider. This was all inMexico.

Amelia came to California in 1975 with her mom and brothers when she was 17 years old. Immediately she went to work in a strawberry field, doing that for three years. “Not only strawberries but all vegetables, you name it!” She was grateful, she needed a job as she needed to help support her mother and brothers. She also worked in a factory for a year, in a hotel for housekeeping and in a fast food restaurant. In the beginning, as you can imagine,Amelia was scared because she didn’t know English. It was difficult for her to communicate. She never went to school here, but she learned English by working.

Amelia met the father of her children, Domingo, at San Clemente Ranch (south end of town). It was love at first sight. She was 19, he was 23. The two went on to have four children; three daughters Ruby, Arlene and Aricelli and one son Javier. They range in age now from 29-36, and all are out on their own. Amelia has seven grandchildren that she adores. All of Amelia’s children and grandchildren live in the area so she gets to see them often. Sadly Domingo passed away last year.

But how did she come to work at the Villas? In April of 2006 Amelia applied for a job as caregiver at the Villas. They called her two days later for an interview and she got the job. She was working as a caregiver for almost three years when she got the promotion to be a supervisor. I know everyone at the Villas joins me in expressing our love and gratitude for Amelia. She has a servants heart and a genuine love for the residents. The Villas, the residents, and her friends are all very lucky, indeed, to have Amelia in our lives!

  

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Marketing!

Sherri Saunders

We are springing into March with many new faces at the Villas.

This month we’ll highlight St. Patrick’s Day which is March 17th. In addition, we have a St. Patrick’s Day Marketing Event planned for March 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with music and dancing by George Butts and Bill Saunders (does that second name sound familiar? Yes! It’s my husband). We’ll have all the St. Patrick’s Day fixin’s, like green beer and corned beef and cabbage by our amazing Chef Salvador and staff.

Come join the Villas as spring unfolds. May God continue to bless the Villas family and may we count all the marvelous blessings that come our way!

Come see me for a free tour and complimentary lunch and see what all the “noise” is about here at the Villas!

Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

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San Clemente ‘Knit Wits’ Make Blankets for Camp Pendleton Newborns

Knit Wits Blankets for Camp Pendleton Babies

There’s a high possibility that a family based at Camp Pendleton has received a blanket for their baby from a group of women in San Clemente.

The women call themselves the San Clemente Knit Wits, known for their knitting skills and being witty, and their goal is to create blankets, hats, booties and more for Marine families who are expecting a child.

The Knit Wits met almost 20 years ago at Ole Hansen Beach Club during pool aerobics class. One of the class members had been involved with taking items to young couples at the base and mentioned Baby Boot Camp.

It all evolved from there, as the Knit Wits went from making the items once a year and only bringing about 20 or so items to visiting four times a year with close to 100 items each time.

Twice a month, a small group of 13 gather together in a member’s home. On Tuesday, they met at the San Clemente Villas and had already packed more than 30 sets to take to the base.

Each member of the group brings a different sense of creativity and specialty. Maureen Wagner, of Capistrano Beach resident, makes hats, and Sam Somerville of San Clemente uses a loom for their items.

“I just started one day and now I can’t stop,” Somerville joked. She said she can average 10 looms in a week.

Carol Hagdedorn, a Dana Point resident, said everything is washable, which she knows is important being a mother herself.

See the gallery and article by Kristina Pritchett - San Clemente TimesSee the full article by Kristina Pritchett - San Clemente Times

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March Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 march newsletterSpring is on it's way and activities are blooming here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea! Our March Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

launch partyMagazine Launch Party

Thursday, March 2nd - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wear your green and join us for some music, appetizers, fun and networking.

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners Start March 15th!

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music by Haprist Julio Montero.

 

st pattys daySt. Patrick's Day Party

Friday, March 17th - 3:00 pm

A tribute to the Irish, wear your green and Mario & Anna will sing!

 

small orchestraPerformance by The Small Orchestra

Sunday, March 19th - 1:00 pm

They’ll be off for the summer in just a couple of more months!

 

SOS Dance Crewsos dance

March 21 @ 1:00pm

With Suzy Vanderlip, performing in the lobby.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

mario veluzMarch Employee of the Month

Mario Veluz

Mario came to the Villas after applying with Anna at the now closed San Clemente Hospital. While applying at the hospital they saw the Villas and came over so Anna could fill out an application. Mario says, “She applied on Friday and started on Monday.” But wait! How many of you thought Anna and Mario met here at the Villas? They even got married here! So where did they meet? Mario says they met in Houston, Texas where the two were in a securities training seminar at the same time. They started dating. Mario said his friends kind of pushed Mario to date (truth is, he had just broken up with someone and wasn’t interested in dating). Well, it wasn’t long, and the two got serious. Then Mario’s mother, who lives in Upland, needed more help, so Mario and Anna moved to California. Anna had gone online and found work at a Subway near Camp Pendleton where she became manager. Mario became manager of another Subway. Around that time Mario began doing work on the house that his parents owned in San Clemente. Eventually the couple moved into that house. So now we’re back to where they were applying at the hospital, but ended up working at the Villas. How did Mario get his job? Anna loved working at the Villas so much, that Mario decided to apply as well. His first job at the Villas was in Dining and Deli. Then the owners of the Villas discovered how personable and talented he was and had him start doing some of the activities. And that, he says, is when he found his calling. It took a while, but after Barbara came on as the Activities Director, Mario began working inActivities full time. Mario’s favorite part about the Villas is the interaction with the residents, especially the brain games that he does with them. Barbara appreciates Mario’s reliability and attention to his work. “It’s a joy and relief to know he’s taking care of everything, I can concentrate on what I have to do” she says. The truth is, all the residents love Mario, and this is why he was nominated and selected as our employee of the month for March! Congratulations Mario, you are a treasure to the Villas!

 

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalisterJan McAlister
Executive Director

The month of February, for the most part, makes us think about celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Contemporary Valentine’s Day is connected mainly with romantic love. The modern Valentine’s customs developed in early modern England and spread in the 19th century. The customs include sending cards, flowers, or chocolates to one’s beloved. Paper Valentine cards became so popular in England in the early 18th century that they were assembled in factories. Many of you are single as a result of being a widow or widower and have certainly known romantic love in your life time. Since I am single, I like to remember how much I love and adore my 3 grandchildren and consider them to be the loves of my life. They have brought me so much joy with their accomplishments and their unconditional love. One has graduated from college this past December, one is working on a four year college degree and the youngest is an aspiring dancer who recently performed in her community production of TheWizard of Oz. If you don’t have grandchildren or a spouse, pick someone to remember this coming Valentine’s Day, a close friend or other relative who has been significant to you during your life. I guarantee you will be blessed by reaching out to that person with a Valentine card or remembrance. Be sure to check out our February Activity Calendar for all the great events coming up!

Love to All, Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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February Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 february newsletterFebruary is here and we at San Clemente Villas by the Sea wish you a Happy Valentine's Day Our February Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

jeff harnarSinger Jeff Harnar

February 14th at 1:00 p.m. in the Lobby

It’s De-Lovely AValentine’s Day Songbook Performance JEFF HARNAR is an Award-winning NewYork cabaret and recording artist. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. At Carnegie’sWeill Recital he appeared in a sold-out solo concert, and most recently as Michael Feinstein's special guest in his Jule Styne tribute at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. He is best known for his critically acclaimed engagements at The Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room, The Russian Tea Room, Birdland, Feinstein's/ 54 Below and most recently at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. We are blessed to have him perform for us in honor of his mother, Marilyn’s birthday!

 

valentine concertTHE SMALL ORCHESTRA

February 19th at 1:00 in the Lobby

Be sure to be in attendance. This marvelous group will only be playing a few more times, then they’re done. Let them tell you why and what’s going on when you see them.

 

mardi grasMardi Gras Party

February 28th at 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby

Food, Live Music, Dancing and Fun! Wear Your Purple, Green and Gold if you can!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo banoanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

karina alayFebruary Employee of the Month

Karina Alay

Karina started working at San Clemente Villas about two years ago. Now she’s been recommended for “Employee of the Month” for February. Is it because she is a friendly, happy person who loves to smile, laugh and stay positive every day? Absolutely! But we also found out that her favorite thing about working at the Villas is giving companionship to the residents because she believes they are the most important people at the Villas. Amen to that Karina! She says it is important to also work to ensure residents are safe. In fact, Karina is a Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aid and has been for the past 15 years. She enjoys this line of work and cannot picture herself choosing any other career or job. Karina is a single mother to five wonderful kids, three girls and two boys. In her spare time she loves spending time with them. They go to the movies, eat out, or go to the park. Karina would like to thank her co-workers, supervisors and the owners of the Villas for working together as a “family”, being supportive and working hard for the residents and their families. She appreciates that. And we appreciate YOU Karina! Keep up the awesome work.

  

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Happy New Year! Health & Happiness to you all from Marketing!

Sherri Saunders

We’re happy to have met our new residents throughout the year. They have added to our community in many ways. We have all gained new friends and learned a lot. We had a couple of banner months in 2016. We’re looking forward to many more move-ins as the New Year proceeds.

As new residents move in, we have a wonderful hospitality committee. For three or more years they’ve been residents and know our community well. They are always very happy and helpful to take residents by the hand and answer the many questions new folks might have. Thank you hospitality committee for all your caring and work! And for other residents, we are always looking for more hospitality committee members.

At the Villas we have many events throughout the year where you can come hear the music, see the show, try our dining, visit the residents, and take a tour for yourself! Come see why new residents say the Villas is the best. Check our newsletter and calendar each month to keep up on the latest events. Have a wonderful and blessed new year!

Love to all, Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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January Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 January newsletterHAPPY NEW YEAR! From all of us at San Clemente Villas by the Sea! Our January Newsletter is filled with events and activities!

photo dayVillas’ Annual Photo Day

Saturday, January 14th at 1:00 in the Lobby

For all of our residents! Come get your photo taken. You’ll get your FREE 8 x 10 to put in your frame outside your room, or to give to loved ones.

 

braille instituteThe Braille Institute Presents Information you can Use!

Thursday, January 19th - 1:00 pm in the Lobby

Come to this informative seminar!

 

scrabble showdownSign Up Now for the Scrabble Tournament

Thursday, January 26th

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo banoanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

mirna uriasJanuary Employee of the Month

Mirna Urias

Mirna came to work at the Villas about 6 years ago. She was born in Tijuana. She grew up there as well. She has a sister that lives in Bellflower and one more that lives in Mexico. Her parents have passed. She is a caregiver on the AL side. Her favorite thing about being a caregiver is hearing the stories from the residents, sharing with them, and caring for them. Mirna is married toMoises, and has four daughters, Jaquelene,Mia,Michelle andMaya. Mirna loves to bake cakes and spend time with her girls. Mirna has always been a caregiver but if she wasn’t a caregiver she would have been a lawyer! Managers and employees have taken note as to how loving and kind Mirna is. We love you Mirna! Keep up the awesome work.

 

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgWe Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

Here are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Marketing

Sherri Saunders

Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful residents, Paul, Aileen and our amazing staff here at the Villas. All of you I call “family”, having worked here eight years! I love and enjoy my job so much. How blessed I am to come to work every day and look forward to it! I would wish that for everyone!

Christmas is a time of giving. It could be a gift, a warm touch, a hug or just quality time spent with people you care about. God has given us the gift of LIFE. My prayer is that we all cherish the gifts God gives us every day.

We welcome all family and friends to join us for some Christmas Cheer and festivities. May you and your families be filled with Joy, Peace and Blessings this Holiday Season, and into the New Year!

Love to all, Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All!

It is an exciting time of the year here at “The Villas”! Have you noticed all the wonderful Christmas and Holiday decorations everywhere? Aileen and Paul go all out to make your home very festive looking while you and your loved ones celebrate all of the holidays here! We have many visitors coming in doing special entertainment and presentations throughout the month. The December calendar is packed with activities. Please check the daily sheets at the front desk and the monthly calendar that Barbara prepares to keep up with everything going on! As a reminder, I would like to encourage residents or family members to contribute to our “Employee Appreciation Fund”. It is against state and company policy for our hourly employees to accept tips for their services to you as residents throughout the year, so now is the time to remember them by making a donation. Resident council Treasurer, Richard Hobart, is the chairperson of this project and has set Friday, Dec. 5th as the last day to contribute to this fund to give the resident committee time to compile your very generous donations for distribution to our employees. One of my favorite traditions at Christmas time is the Christmas Stocking. The most popular legend about why stockings are hung at Christmas goes something like this: A recently widowed man and father of three girls was having a rough time making ends meet. Even though his daughters were beautiful, he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry. St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared. The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew! While obviously far-fetched, this tale of unknown origin and date is most widely referenced when it comes to the history of the Christmas stocking. I hope your “Christmas Stockings” are filled with faith, love and hope for blessed holidays!

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Alcohol Policy at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2016 december alcohol policyDecember 2016 and forward

There are many complications that go along with seniors drinking alcohol. Alcohol, coupled with health problems, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and heart disease can lead to health decline and senior behavior and happiness can be at stake.

Here are the considerations to take into account with regard to seniors and alcohol:

  1. In seniors, alcohol tolerance weakens. Many studies show that the aged experience greater alcohol-related impairment. An aging body just can’t metabolize alcohol as effectively, and as a result, seniors can experience more significant coordination and memory problems and an increased risk of falls and accidents — a real problem in those with limited mobility.
  2. Alcohol aggravates, creates, and even causes new medical conditions. Just some of the conditions that are exacerbated by alcohol include diabetes, osteoporosis and malnutrition. [West Virginia University School of Public Health.]
  3. Combining alcohol with medications can be risky; causing drug interactions that may reduce the effects of the medication or, conversely, render it more dangerous or even toxic.
  4. Late onset alcoholism can be a result physical pain, emotional stress, and loneliness. Feelings of isolation from the death of a spouse, the stress of moving out of the family home and into senior living, or a difficult transition into retirement, can lead to increased alcohol use and even dependence.

With the above factors to consider, it’s easy to understand why some senior living communities might decide it isn’t worth the risk to serve alcohol.

The Alcohol Policy of San Clemente Villas by the Sea, commencing Dec. 1, 2016, shall be this: No alcohol shall be served at Happy Hour or other functions. We will continue to have Sparkling Cider and other non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a 2 drink limit at dinner time. As always any resident on the “no alcohol” list as generated by doctor’s instructions, will not be served alcohol. Except for residents on the “no alcohol” list, alcohol purchased by residents or family and kept in their room will not be monitored unless it becomes an issue, at which time we will investigate and in conjunction with professional advice, make a decision about moving the resident to the “no alcohol” list. As always, we thank everyone for their cooperation in this vital matter.

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Marketing: from the desk of the Sherri Saunders

Sherri Saunders

As Thanksgiving Day approaches I’d like to encourage every resident, every family member, and every employee – in fact, everyone reading this, to be truly thankful. What does that mean? Some say it means you simply give thanks to God for what you have, and let go of whatever you feel you “don’t have”. Others say, “We’re all in the same boat”, and so we all will eventually go through wonderful things, not so wonderful things, and inevitably some bad things. That’s a part of this thing we call life.

For all of us, life is a mixed bag of ups and downs. But even when we consider ourselves to be in a “down” time, there’s always plenty to be thankful for. The Apostle Paul repeated over and over that we are to be thankful “no matter what”. He also says to “be happy”. So get up, get out, do what you can, and be thankful you are alive! Don’t waste the life you’ve been given.

At the Villas we’re thankful for all the new residents that have come to live with us. Each person brings so much to the lives of everyone here. Both new and established residents comment that they are thankful to be here.We believe it’s because the Villas is such a joyful place to live and to work.

Personally, I am thankful for my family and friends and every day that I have here on earth.

Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

I love this time of year! Generally by November, we have a little break in our Southern California heat waves, just in time to turn on the ovens and enjoy some good comfort food. Turkey with cranberry sauce, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes (yams), ham, apple salad, pumpkin and pecan pies are wonderful traditional foods we have at our Thanksgiving celebrations. Generally, I can’t wait until Thanksgiving to have my favorites, so I will “jump the gun” and cook a turkey before the actual holiday. At San Clemente Villas, Salvador, our Director of Food Service Director extraordinaire, is planning a special Thanksgiving meal as well at the lunch hour. He and the Dining Room Staff do a terrific job of preparing those traditional dishes we like and his staff serves them with love! Please tell your family and friends to make their reservations early if they are planning on having their Thanksgiving meal here.

I also want to remind residents Salvador has a “Food for Thought” meeting on the 3rdWednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the library. Last month there was a record turnout and it gives you, as a resident, one-on-one time to express your wishes to Salvador. I hear he is planning a tour of his kitchen in the near future!

Let’s all think of something we are thankful for this year. For me, it is the fact I have a very large extended family and we all care about each other! We are fortunate to live in the U.S.A., in Southern California, and in particular to live or work at San ClementeVillas by the Sea!Blessings to All!

Jan McAlister
Executive Director

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From the desk of the Sherri Saunders

Sherri Saunders

 We’ve had a boom in move-ins! We’ve met some wonderful new people who are now or will soon be residents here at the Villas. Welcome as we celebrate our 14th year here! As always we strive to provide a community where residents can feel safe while enjoying all that life has to offer. I was just talking to our Activities Director and she told me when she interviews new residents, the first thing they say they love about the Villas is the food! Is it one-on-one home cookin’ like your sister or momma did for you? What we’ve found is that it’s the closest you’ll likely come to that in a community of any size.

One resident said about the service while on an outing in a restaurant, “I miss the Villas! The service is so much better there!” The second thing new residents say they love about the Villas is how friendly or “nice” everyone is. We tell them that it’s not just in our job description, but in the DNAof the people who work at the Villas. They love their jobs, and genuinely love the residents. The third thing new residents rave about are the many activities offered. Folks who have lived elsewhere say we offer far more than where they lived before.

All in all we’re a friendly, happy, busy community where there’s something for everyone. Come check us out for yourself! Come for a tour and free lunch!

Sherri Saunders
Marketing Team

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

It is estimated that today more than 31,000 people live in assisted living communities in California. The first assisted living communities opened in the late 1970’s in Oregon. They were seen as a more affordable alternative to nursing or convalescent homes as well as a less institutional environment for seniors who could no longer live in their homes.

My first day of work at “Palm Terrace” Assisted Living in Laguna Hills was June 11, 1999. We did have nurses and med techs by that time. In the absence of a caregiver or a med tech, the nurse would cover the shifts so as not to create overtime. While some Assisted Living Communities had a string to pull on the wall if you needed help, at least my community had a pendant system. Many communities had what you would call “universal caregivers”, which meant you not only assisted residents, but you served meals and occasionally did housekeeping duties, as well. For the larger communities, I think that is next to impossible now.

Needless to say, assisted living has changed considerably since the 1990’s. Much of this is due to a large number of facilities being built in the 1990’s and early 2000’s and the need to be more competitive and offer more choices for residents. Also, the State of California began passing lots of legislation regulating the industry which they continue to do every year. Our Residency Agreement was six pages long in 1999. It is now 20 pages long, not including all the addendums. I have to say that the evolution of the industry has made assisted living communities much nicer places to live as well as places where residents have many more choices. I embrace the changes, but can’t help smiling at the memories of the earlier days of assisted living!

I hope you will take advantage of the many Fall activities we have coming up in September and the months to follow. Our activity program is second to none. The Activity Team of Barbara, Mario, Dianna, Leslie and even our own Business Office Manager Maria are constantly striving to come up with fun activities, educational seminars, resident/family parties, new card games, art projects and weather-appropriate outings. If you have an idea you would like to see implemented at “TheVillas”, please email Barbara Tancredi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will not only answer you, but will do her best to make it happen!

Jan McAlister
Executive Director

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalister

August is a wonderful month in many ways. For me, this year, it is the start of my second month as your new Executive Director here at San Clemente Villas. I have been fortunate to have a supportive team and will work hard to make your Community a place you are happy to live at.We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the sunshine and warm summer days in Southern California that include the Dana Point Harbor, the San Clemente Pier and the constant view of the Pacific Ocean.

Later this month, I will be traveling to Trinidad, California to enjoy the redwoods, do a little fishing, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the northern coast while visiting my parents. Trinidad is a small fishing town just north of Eureka just in case you were wondering where it is. My parents are residents in Temecula, CA, but have vacationed and later spent their retirement summers “up north” for years. Salmon, halibut, red and black snapper and ling cod are the fish we catch and my parents clean it, can it, freeze it and smoke it! They are experts at preparing “fish dishes”. My dad is a diehard deep sea fisherman, and my mother has made an excellent “first mate” who can handle the boat and a fishing rod like one of the guys! Can’t say that I can keep up with her!

I would also like to say a word about our previous Executive Director, Karen Milroy. This is the second time I have followed in her footsteps as an Executive Director. She hired me back in 2007 to work with her at another community and I am following her again here at TheVillas. I feel she has mentored me in so many ways since that time, whether it be with a work-related issues or sharing one of her “world famous” recipes. She is just one of those people you hope will be in your life for the rest of your life. Aileen and Paul had a wonderful send-off party for her on June 30th and I know she will be missed, but hope her retirement years will be just as fulfilling for her as her career years have been. Hats off to Karen!

Have a terrific summer,
Jan McAlister

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Hoedown at SC Villas Celebrating July 2016 Issue of South County Magazine

Hoedown at SC Villas Celebrating July 2016 Issue of South County Magazine

Local publication - South County Magazine - celebrated its July 2016 Issue with a Country Western BBQ and Hoedown at San Clemente Villas! Featuring San Clemente Villas, the magazine thanked Aileen and Paul Brazeau, co-owners of San Clemente Villas by the Sea, for coordinating such a festive affair to celebrate its July 2016 edition - the gracious hospitality of Aileen and her attentive staff, who went above and beyond to ensure guests a memorable experience.

The event saw attendees mixing and mingling with other local business owners and professionals who 'noshed' on delicious lamb chops, grilled corn, skewered veggies, fresh fruit - an amped up backyard barbecue just in time for the holiday weekend! Guests socialized with some of the facility’s residents, many of whom got into the act - line dancing to music by a live country western band!
Photos by Mark Montgomery, Montgomery Photography

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