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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Welcome Friends from the West Indies Residents and Staff!

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lupe ruvalcaba
dianna mendoza
leslie brazeau
 

April showers should bring May flowers, so don’t let those showers get you down. Great weather and beautiful sunsets ahead! We would like to welcome our new resident Nancy Cappuccio to the West Indies!

It should be a busy month here in the West Indies as residents will be enjoying refreshing popsicles, short stories and games while relaxing outside on our beautiful patio!

On April 1st don’t believe everything you hear! As you know, April Fools Day each year is celebrated by playing practical jokes on each other! Happy Birthday April 12th to the beautiful Vivian Senac! She looks amazing for 98 years old! May your birthday wishes come true Vivian!

Happy Easter April 16th. This has always been an exciting time of the year! Residents will be decorating eggs, and having an egg hunt (not to mention eating chocolate bunnies!) Of course these things aren’t the real reason we celebrate Easter. As Christians, we celebrate Easter for entirely different reasons.We are actually celebrating Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection.

Happy Earth Day April 22nd. Residents will enjoy making Pinecone and Peanut Butter Feeders! Time to get busy in your back yard, as Arbor Day is April 28th and is a holiday in which individuals are encouraged to plant and care for trees! Residents will be busy watering plants and trees on our patio.

So, what is the definition of a “caregiver”? Well the dictionary says it is “a person who gives help and protection to someone”. This is true but I would like to reflect further on the staff here at theWest Indies. They are a person, male or female, young or old, short or tall, but all who have love and compassion for our residents. They are a breath of fresh air when you have had a rough or restless night or day. They are people you can go to for a big hug when you are not feeling well, you’re a little low or need someone to chat with when you have a story to tell! These qualities can’t be taught but must be felt with the heart! I feel very lucky to be working with a staff that deals with a new challenge every day!

Quote for the month: Remember we can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to reach our destinations!

Sunshine and Smiles ~ from Leslie and all the West Indies Staff and Residents!

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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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