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November Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 november newsletterNovember has come to San Clemente Villas by the Sea and this month is full of fun activities! Check out our November Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

Will Assisted Living Be a Good FitMemory Support Group

1st Monday of Every Month at 3:00 pm in the Villas' Library

The Director of Alzheimer’s Support Groups has been in touch with the Villas. They are sponsoring a Support Group for residents and family members and any outside interested visitors who would benefit from sharing and learning more about memory loss. ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED as are your family members or friends who are interested.

 

fall preventionFall Prevention Class

Thursday, November 9th at 2:30 p.m. in the Activities Center

You asked for it! Here it is! For all residents. Don’t miss it!

 

veterans day 2017Veterans Day Dinner

November 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Dining Room

For the Veterans of the Villas only (who themselves served). Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Pearce will be speaking to and honoring our Veterans. You will receive your invitation. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend. Do not go to dinner at 4:30, your special dinner begins at 6:30.

 

thanksgiving feastThanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 23rd at 11:30 a.m.

Family Style! Come enjoy the Food, Family and Friendship! Guests $25.00/person. Please RSVP at Front Desk

 

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.

 

November Employee of the Month

laura ponceLaura Ponce

In 2013 Laura’s parents had to go back to Mexico because they lost their jobs here. In Mexico her father is a dental surgeon. In case you didn’t know, Laura is not related to the other Ponces that work(ed) here. While in Mexico Laura realized she couldn’t make it there financially, so she came back. Her neighbor when she lived in San Juan with her parents was Lupe Ruvalcaba’s family. (Lupe is the co-manager in the West Indies). They told Laura that Lupe was working at the Villas, so Laura decided to apply. Her first job was as a caregiver in the West Indies where she still is today. She has since done some work on call on the “AL side”. What you might not know is that Laura has an Associates Degree in Business from Saddleback College. She was planning on going on, but that’s when her parents went back to Mexico, and they are still there. Before working at the Villas Laura was a girl’s youth soccer coach with AYSO. She did that for about four years. She’d do it now, but she’s needed on the weekends here at the Villas. Hows that for dedication? Indeed, Laura loves helping others. She likes listening to the residents’ stories like where they come from. She especially loves helping out on the AL side. When interviewing Laura I noticed she laughs a lot. I asked her when her birthday is, and it’s in June. She’s a Gemini. So I mentioned that Gemini women often go into the medical field or politics. She said she would have gone into the medical field if it wasn’t so expensive. But then she told me that’s what she likes about the Villas as it’s kind of “medical” related with taking care of people. Laura told me that she loves to do woodworking. Ask her to show you a picture on her phone of the kitchen she did with her dad! Laura we honor you this month as an awesome, dedicated caregiver!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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October Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 october newsletterOctober is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have some hauntingly fun activities this month! Check out our October Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

villas octoberfestVillas Octoberfest

Thursday, October 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby.

Wear your dirndls, lederhosen or just your suspenders! Be ready to dance and enjoy some appetizers. Oompah Band will be here! Invite family and friends.

 

villas 15th anniversaryThe Villas’ 15th Anniversary Party!

Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Featuring music for dancing by "Contraband" in the lobby. It all starts with a fabulous Anniversary lunch featuring “Surf & Turf” (guests invited, $25.00 per diner reserve at the front desk) Wear your finest black, also silver – Tuxes, suits, nice dresses for the ladies or dress suits would be elegant!

 

2017 halloween partyHalloween Party

Tuesday, October 31st at 1:00 p.m. in the Lobby

Be ready to enjoy games and treats! Join in the fun! Halloween Costume Contest! Prizes for the winners!

 

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.

 

October Employee of the Month

lucio sorianoLucio Soriano

Lucio (pronounced: Loo’-see-oh) has lived in Mission Viejo for the past four years. He has three children and a wife, Austreberta. The couple met in Guerrero, Mexico. They’ve been married for 47 years. His children are Raul, Javier, and Marisol. He also has four grandchildren, Ramon, Yesenia, Andrea and Daniel. Lucio has worked at the Villas for 11 years and 8 months. He is a dishwasher and helps in food preparation. Lucio is very content and happy working here. When away from the Villas he likes to spend time with his wife. He has traveled to Arizona and Georgia (Atlanta). If Lucio could have done anything else with his life, he says “I just want to be working, so I won’t get bored.” Lucio loves to listen to music. He thinks he’d like to work about two more years. What people might not know is that Lucio will be 74 in December!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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September Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 september newsletterAutumn has arrived at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have some cool activities this month! Check out our September Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

pancake breakfastFree Car Show & Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, September 30th - 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Here at San Clemente Villas. Come get to know the Villas and your neighbors. Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit, Coffee

 

dvd libraryDVD Library

If you have borrowed DVDs from the shelves in the movie theater, PLEASE RETURN THEM TO THE SHELVES. If you want to donate movies it would be appreciated! Also, donation of books are always a welcome addition to the library. Put them in the basket.

 

theater groupThe Villas' Theater Group

We Need New Members!

This is so much fun! You get together once a week and read scripts! Your fabulous director, Linda Conklin, guides you through acting out the script. The group performs for the residents at the Villas a couple of times per year, as well as helping out as announcers at various other functions. Get your inner “actor/actress” on and join us!! CALL LINDA: (949) 498-4047 or (949) 606-6650 to join!

 

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.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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August Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 August newsletterAugust is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and activities are blazing! Check out our August Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

theater groupThe Villas' Theater Group

We Need New Members!

This is so much fun! You get together once a week and read scripts! Your fabulous director, Linda Conklin, guides you through acting out the script. The group performs for the residents at the Villas a couple of times per year, as well as helping out as announcers at various other functions. Get your inner “actor/actress” on and join us!! CALL LINDA: (949) 498-4047 or (949) 606-6650 to join!

 

villas luauThe Villas’ “The Hula Connection”

Wednesday, August 2nd - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Our Annual Luau! The music! The grass skirts! The coconuts! The beautiful girls! The cute kids! Don’t miss it! Invite friends and family.

 

jeff harnar2Jeff Harnar Performs in the Lobby

Monday, August 14th - 1:00 p.m.

Jeff sings the show tunes you love to hear. You most definitely will not want to miss this! Invite friends and family.

 

villas got talentVillas' Got Talent Show

Friday, August 25th - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby

It’s that time, folks! It’s our annual “Villas’ Got Talent” show. “Celebrity Judges” A fun time is in store for all! Don’t Miss the Show

 

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.

 

housekeepingAugust Employees of the Month

The Villas’Housekeepers

The owners of the Villas wanted to recognize all of the Housekeepers this month. Under the management of Patricia Farias, these girls work hard, and do so with a smile. On the left, in red, from top to bottom, we have Maria Aguilar, Araceli Perez and Delia Cruz. On the right, in blue, from top to bottom we have Lucia Ramirez, Marina Gomez and Anabel Caudillo. These girls are wonderful at what they do, and want you to know they are happy to be serving the residents of the Villas! Photo by Patricia Farias

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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July Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 july newsletterSummer is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and July is sizzling with activities! Check out our July Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

dancing chrisDancing Chris & Lt Col Pearce

They had a nice Memorial Day Ceremony at the Villas. We had a group from ROTC do a flag folding demonstration. There were Boy Scouts who gave every veteran a set of dog tags with their name on them. I led the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and I read a poem entitled “A Veteran Died Today” The officer in charge gave a wonderful speech. It was all followed with a BBQ for everyone.

It was a great day - Chris Anastasio

 

4th of julyIndependance Day Activities

11:30 am - July 4th Barbecue out Front
3:00 pm - Music & July 4th Dancing with Robin Gable

Happy 4th of July from all of us at San Clemente Villas!

 

photo day2Photo Day!

Saturday, July 8th - 10:00-12:00 in the Lobby

All residents invited to have their portrait taken. 1 FREE 8 x 10 per resident or couple. All NEW RESIDENTS are asked to mark their calendars and make sure you come to this. We need for you to have a good photo for the acrylic frame outside your room.

 

villas got talentVillas' Got Talent Show

Coming in August! Do you have a talent you’d like to share? Magic? Singing? Dancing?

You need to let Barbara know you want to participate This is a structured Talent Show, so we need to know ahead of time Who you are and what you’ll be doing so we can put you on the roster. We can supply an accompanist if needed. Call Barbara today! (949) 370-2797 Or leave a note at front desk saying you'd like to participate!

 

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.

 

Oscar GarciaJuly Employee of the Month

Oscar Garcia, Dining Room

Oscar came to the VillasMarch 23 six months after the Villas opened! The first job Oscar did at the Villas was supervisor of the dining room – the same thing he’s doing today! He’s quite an experienced guy! He loves serving the residents (though he’s quick to say he’s not fond of any complaints, so he works hard to make sure there aren’t any!).

Long ago, Oscar started at the University in Guatemala to be a lawyer – but then got married and needed to support his family, so he stopped school and got a job. Yes, Oscar is married and has four children! More about them in a minute. Back about 30 years ago, Oscar and his then bride came to America to have his wife’s facial cancer treated. He’s pleased to report that she is okay today with regard to that! Then the couple went back to Guatemala. There they went on to have two sons, Miguel and Oscar (yes, he’s a junior), and two daughters,Maria Elena and RosaMaria. Oscar now has nine grandkids and one great grandchild.

So how is it he’s here now? Many years prior to working for the Villas Oscar and his family immigrated to America. They moved to and still live in Santa Ana. He makes the long trek here five days a week. Wow, Oscar, we’re so glad you do that! Every morning and every night Oscar visits his wife, who now lives in a nursing home due to her diabetes. Oscar loves soccer and basketball, he’s not just a spectator, he loves to play both!

As we were finishing up the interview I asked Oscar if there’s anything else he would like people to know. He clutched his heart and said, “I just want everyone to know how hard it is for me to lose a resident. It hurts me. It is hard to get over. Over the 14 years I’ve been here, I’ve lost many people I’ve grown to love.” Well, we love you and your sweet sense of humor, Oscar. Here’s to many more years of your awesome service as a dining supervisor!!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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June Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

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

villas choralJoin the Villas' Chorale

June 5th - 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We start June 5th preparing for the infa- mous VILLAS’ GOT TALENT SHOW that will be on Friday, August 25th in our lobby. Come meet with us at 3:15 in the Activities Center on the Lower Level, and every Monday thereafter to rehearse for the show. We can help you find a song you’d like to sing, or an act you’d like to perform, or?

 

tech eventTechnology Event

Friday, June 9th - 10:00-11:30 in the Library

Once again SCAN volunteers are coming to give of their time and talents. They will be here to give you technology advice on your laptops, iPads, Tablets, Android cell phone, iPhones and anything else you have.

 

casino nightFather's Day Casino at the Villas!

Friday, June 16th - 1:00 pm in the Lobby

Free token for chips. Play for prizes. Fun! Fun! Fun! Come one, come all, men and women of the Villas. Pacific Coast Casino is here for Roulette, Texas Hold ‘em, Black Jack and more!

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

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

 

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.

 

Vangie CaytonJune Employee of the Month

Vangie Cayton

Vangie grew up in the Philippines with three brothers and three sisters. She met her husband, Joseph, in the Philippines. They married in November, 1982. They have 4 kids, Carla, Paolo, Karen, and Jeremy. All of the kids have worked here at one time or another. Jeremy still works at the Villas. But back up. Where did this gem come from?

Vangie came to the United States in 2002 with her husband and four children. Her mom is anAmerican citizen who had moved to the US in 1972. She’s the one that petitioned for Vangie and her family to come here. Vangie had learned English in her school in the Philippines. She said, “We were not allowed to talk Tagalog (pronounced Tuh-GAL-log) in our school, we had to talk English, or we would be fined.” Her country wanted all the students to learn fluent English because English is the second language in the Philippines. Vangie says the United States helps the Philippines in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to military assistance. The US is like family to the Filipinos. Once in the US, Vangie and her family lived in Mission Viejo with her mom. She didn’t work right away, but her husband and eldest daughter did. In about a year, in 2003, she applied at the Villas for food server, and they hired her right away part time.

After about two months she was offered a full-time job. After six months she was made dining room supervisor! Vangie says everyone at the Villas is like her family. So what does this girl do in her spare time? As most people know, Vangie loves to sing. But she also loves to dance. And she’s a happy person. So now, Vangie, tell us something we don’t know. Well, here it is – she said, “I want to be a good dancer, like someone who could go on Dancing with the Stars. I’d love to go to dancing school!” You go girl! Oh! But not too far, we need you here!!! Congratulations to Vangie, our June 2017 Employee of the Month!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere 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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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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How an American-born Dutch Youth Survived Nazi Horrors, Became a U.S. Aviator

private lucky

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!

  

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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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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!

 

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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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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.

  

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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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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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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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