ST. JOHN’S VILLA ...where growth has no boundaries
The Villa Pulse
A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS
St. John’s Villa 2012 Auction/Dinner Event
January 2012 March 24, 2012 Volume 18, Issue 2
St. John’s Villa would like to invite greatly enjoys this relationship, and is our friends and supporters, but also to
you to “A Night At The Oscars”. God grateful to the parish for allowing us to provide assistance to the people served
has truly worked miracles for our again use this wonderful space! at the Villa. A fee of $50 per ticket en-
family at St. John’s throughout the titles the guest/s to the dinner and sub-
years and this year’s event is yet an- Committee members will be working at mission of bids on items. Please write
other one of those miracles. The collecting items for the event. All items or call for tickets. Reservations are re-
funds we raise through our events al- are acceptable. IF YOU HAVE ANY quired. You won’t want to miss out on
low us to continue the much needed ITEM/S THAT NEED TO BE PICKED the fun! Call Susan Williamson or Kim
programming we provide. Our future UP, DON’T HESITATE TO CALL US. Bell at 330.627.9789 for further infor-
looks much brighter thanks to the car- WE ARE WILLING TO PICK UP mation.
ing gifts of friends, family, board ANY ITEMS WITHIN A 75-MILE
members, and several foundations. RADIUS OF ST. JOHN’S.
If you visit St. John’s today, you will Since so many of the Villa’s friends live
witness first-hand the many lives you, at a distance and would still like to par- St. John’s Villa
our friends, have touched; including ticipate, so this year we will once again Auction Drawing
the Growing Tree Daycare, the Adult be selling tickets for a special drawing 3 Chances to WIN
Day Service, the Villa Restaurant, and to be held the night of the auction. The (1 ticket $25 - 5/$100)
the Vocational Areas, for the 171 drawing will provide three (3) prizes
individuals served. one (1) of each at $500, $250, and $100, ________Tickets.
respectively to be awarded to the win-
This year’s event will be Co-Chaired ners. Complete the form available on
by Jon Capri and Susan Williamson. this page. If you choose to purchase Amount Enclosed $___________.
more than one ticket, and the committee Name_____________________________
St. John’s continually provides quality hopes you will, St. John’s Villa staff
service to all the people served here at will fill it out for you. (Tickets will also Address____________________________
the Villa and their families. The com- be available the night of the auction for
mittee recognizes the wonderful work purchase. Winners need not be pre- City_____________________ State_____
done with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. sent for the event.)
At the same time, the committee rec- Zip_____________
ognizes the need for continual updat- At this auction, businesses, companies,
ing and replacement of needed fur- supporters, and/or family members can Telephone: ____________________
nishings and equipment. The funds place advertisements. Pages will be 8 ½
generated at all fund-raising events X 5 ½ inches. ($25 for a 1/8 page ad, Tickets will be filled out by Villa staff.
are to improve the quality of life for $50 for a 1/4 page ad, and $75 for a 1/2 If you have questions or concerns please
all the people at St. John’s. page ad) Please call Susan Williamson call Susan Williamson or Kim Bell
or Kim Bell to secure a space and ar- at 330-627-9789.
Rev. Ronald Klingler of St. John the range your advertisement. The three prizes will be
Baptist Parish and his parishioners in one of each at
Canton have been extremely gracious This Oscar-themed event will be held $500, $250, and $100.
over all these years to host this event March 24, 2012. Doors open at 5:30
at their parish center! The Villa p.m. It is intended not only to entertain
This past Christmas, I hope you un- nity, and others who give abun-
wrapped many gifts, but more impor- dantly to make life good for the
tantly, I hope you unwrapped the best gift individuals we serve. Participating
of all, a gift from God, Jesus Christ. As in fund raising events through at-
we journey through this New Year, His tendance, donations and other sup-
gift will provide the companionship we port has contributed much, and this
need to forge ahead, and the dependence continues to be a source of revenue
we rely upon to continue to build a foun- as well as creating a lifetime of
dation of love, hope and service and sup- friendships to support our mission
port to others. and to serve individuals well.
For the new year, I hope your days are St. John’s Villa next big fundrais-
filled with good health, peace, love and ing event is the Annual Auction/
abundant blessings. We ask also for your Dinner. This event will be held on
prayers as they support and encourage us March 24, 2012 at St. John’s
here at St. John’s Villa in so many ways, School Auditorium at 717
just as Jesus encourages you. Our ex- McKinley Street NW in Canton,
changes of prayers remind us that Jesus Ohio. We are planning for an eve-
Christ is our inexhaustible resource from ning of fun, fellowship and excite-
which we draw our strength, our energy ment with a “A Night At The Os-
and our guidance every day of our lives. cars” theme. Please look for de-
tails in this issue of The Villa
We have experienced the love of Christ in Pulse. We hope to see you there!
what is done here, and we have seen His
blessings bestowed upon individuals in Blessings,
many ways. We are reminded of His
presence when we see the love and caring Ric
Richard A. Brown, M.P.A. attitudes of families/friends, employees,
President/CEO of St. John’s Villa volunteers, board members, the commu-
St. John’s Villa
One Starry Night Employee of the Month
St. John’s Villa announces
On December 9, 2011 the Growing Employee of the Month—Bert
Tree preschool classes presented Leasure.
their annual Christmas program to
their family and friends. The chil- Bert has been a loyal and dedicated
dren sang Christmas songs and re- employee of St. John’s for 17
cited the Lord’s Prayer. Ric years. She has volunteered her
Brown, President/CEO of St. time in many areas of need to en-
John’s Villa shared a blessing and sure all a successful day/and or
invited all to share in refreshments event.
and the creation of Christmas
crafts. These events are a wonder- The Employee of the Month will
ful time for fellowship, giving us enjoy, a $25.00 gas card, a lottery
the opportunity to express our sin- ticket, a reserved parking space for
cere appreciation for the joy the the month, and lunch at their favor-
children bring to the mission of St. ite restaurant with the President/ Bert Leasure
St. John’s Villa
John’s Villa. CEO of St. John’s Villa, Ric Employee of the Month
Counting Blessings/Giving Thanks St. John’s Villa
By: Gerald F. Doyle, Vice Chair Board of Directors 2012
decided that Cathy should become a Annual
resident of St. John’s Villa.
As time has moved forward, it is Events
obvious to my wife and I that our
choice to have Cathy become a resi-
dent at St. John’s Villa was abso- End of the
lutely the right choice to make. The Year Gifts
faith based affiliation has always
been part of the organization’s per-
sonality and culture, and we feel it 15th Annual
always will be. The current leader- Dinner/Auction
Mr. Doyle and Cathy love ship is committed to “doing the right March 24, 2012
spending time together. thing for the residents and staff.”
As the year comes to an end, I find my Throughout Cathy’s residency at St. Massillon Dinner
wife and I doing the same thing that we do John’s Villa, we have seen her grow in May 5, 2012
every holiday season, count our blessings knowledge and independence. I can’t
and giving thanks. For the past several tell you how proud we were to attend
years we have always had St. John’s Villa Cathy’s school graduation. One of our
Mother’s Day China
at the top of our list. We also revisit how prize possessions that we have dis- Drawing
our daughter Cathy became a resident of played is Cathy’s graduation picture, May 13, 2012
St. John’s Villa. First there was coming to taken and given to me by one of her
an understanding with what our family, caregivers. Cathy is now employed at
spiritual leader and legal advisor was tell- St. John’s Villa Workshop. When my 19th Annual Golf Outing
ing us. Which simply put was “it was time wife and I take Cathy shopping down- September 7, 2012
for Cathy to begin her life in a setting that town Carrollton, we are just amazed at
would help her to mature and be more in- the people that greet Cathy by name. It
is obvious that she continues with our
goal of improving independence, with To be Determined
After months of deliberation, my wife and the assistance of her caregivers.
I decided that all we were hearing from
trusted family and professionals made a lot I use the term caregivers, however, that
of sense and should, at the least be investi- does not really define those involved
gated. We began by making a list of what whom are providing care at St. John’s
Be Sure to
we felt was the necessary criteria that Villa. They are incredibly gifted indi- Check us out on:
Cathy’s next provider would need to have. viduals that are “special.” What I see
First on our list was a faith based affilia- are individuals that are patient, under- Facebook
tion. This was very important to my wife standing, dedicated, and compassion- Twitter
and I. Religion has been a large part of our ate. These are personality traits that
life and Cathy has also been part of our any individual would look for in a
spiritual connection. Secondly, we wanted friend as well as a care provider. stjohnsvilla.net
an organization that gave the residents an
opportunity to gain education, both aca- You can see why we feel blessed and
demically and through life experiences. thankful for the environment that our
Thirdly, it had to be set in an environment daughter Cathy is surrounded by at St. ST. JOHN’S VILLA
that demonstrated caring, understanding, John’s Villa. It is an environment
and compassion. where mission and values are sup-
ported and driven by excellent leader-
All of our research supported that St. ship, great people, and it is a place
John’s Villa met our criteria. Well, after “where growth has no boundaries”.
many deep breaths and some sadness, we ...where growth has no boundaries
Santa and his elf came to St. John’s Villa in the month of December
so that boys and girls could ask Santa to remember
how good they have been from January to November
The boys and girls hoped for toys and other gifts that they wanted
As they looked through the stores for the treasures they hunted
They brought these ideas to Santa as he sat in his chair
Wearing a suit of red, and a beard of white hair
They sat on his lap with laughter and cheer
And their messages and wishes were just for Santa to hear
As they whispered and giggled their hopes in his ear
Moms and dads longed for pictures as they stayed near
St. John’s Villa buildings and grounds were adorned
from ceilings to floors with fresh pines, lights and wreaths
as well as other Christmas décor
Residents and employees teamed up, and they made
A Christmas float which they rode during the Carroll County
The fun and the joy were merry and pleasin’
Yet we know that Christ is the real reason for the season!
We hope your Christmas season
was as Bright as ours!
A Beautiful Way To Remember Loved Ones
When someone loses a loved one, it is often impossible to know what to say.
A gift in memoriam to St. John’s Villa can be a beautiful way to express your condolences. Not only do you
show that you care, but your donation will have a direct and positive effect on the individuals with disabilities
served by St. John’s.
The Villa has a nice array of lovely memorial, sympathy, and get well cards.
Call Susan Williamson at 330-627-9789 for more information.
William & Mary Reynolds Leo & Lucy Huck Michael & Margaret Letzelter
Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Regis Huck Gretchen Letzelter Corban
Bill & Elsbeth Reynolds Bill & Eleanor Lang Virginia Welch BE-
Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Regis Huck A.E. Mangino
Robin Reynolds Ann & Nick Rich Sadie & Lester Caiazza QUESTS
Elizabeth Reynolds Jossey Eleanor Mangino Eleanor Mangino
Constance Bishop Helen Mangino Robin Reynolds Assure the
Jane & Richard Naser Eleanor Mangino Jennifer Garrett continuation
Richard Schulte Anna Preberoiusky Frederick A. Smith and growth of our
Patricia Schulte Rose Lengyl Marie C. Smith programs for the
Michael Verbies Herbert Roof Family Cam & Mary Abbott developmentally
James Hinton Elizabeth Deluca Donna Abbott disabled adults
Constance Bishop Emedio Deluca Family John Betty Noll in our care
John & Margaret Ramig Elizabeth Deluca Julie Wright by mention
Constance Bishop George Werner A.W. Smith in your
David Kazdan & Laura Gooch Diana Werner Bertha Smith Will.
Lee Ann Naples Andrew Mangino Robin, Elsbeth &
Mr. & Mrs. Naples Eleanor Mangino Bill Reynolds The following
Kathryn Brancato Cushman Thomas & Connie Mangino Stacey & Rob Zelina general form
Robert & Ingeborg Orr Eleanor Mangino Don Smith is suggested:
Edward Cushman Charles Gallagher Bertha Smith
Robert & Ingeborg Orr Eleanor Mangino Dolores M. Bollon “I give, devise,
Carl & Mary Branch Antonio & Maria Micketti Fred Bollon and bequeath
Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Iris Catherine Palma to St. John’s Villa,
Charles Branch Lugi & Rosaria Mancini Anne Knipp & an Ohio non-profit
Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Stephanie Palma organization located
William Branch Thomas & Peggy Michetti Trusts at:
Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino Donald & Rosemary Schott
Robert Branch Tomaso Castellucci Louis Mattevi 701 Crest Street
Marlene Hendershan Eleanor Mangino James Pastore P.O. Box 457
James Branch Theodore Branch Prayer Carrollton, OH
Marlene Hendershan Marlene Hendershan Anna Preberoiusky 44615
Richard Branch Viola & Wilbur Byers Rose Lengyl
Marlene Hendershan Marlene Hendershan Marie, June, John, Clara, The sum of $_______
Rosemma Emmerth Carol Chastain Frank & Emma (or specifically
Gretchen Letzelter Corban Marlene Hendershan Diana Werner Described
Hans D. Corban William Chastain Birthday property.)”
Gretchen Letzelter Corban Marlene Hendershan Mary V. Smith
Ida & Lester Barber Rose & Joseph Cosentino Richard T. Smith Inquiries regarding
Eleanor Mangino Marlene Hendershan In Honor of bequests are always
Michael Karpinski Raymond E. Hendershan, Jr. Mary V. Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Karpinski Marlene Hendershan Marie C. Smith
Massillon Dinner— May 5, 2012
Mark your calendar today for this special event.
Influential people including Fr. Theodore overcame the odds and became a very suc-
Hesburgh, President Emeritus, Notre Dame cessful and caring individual and business
University, and Lou Holtz to name a few. man. We feel very honored to have him as
By the way, in 2002 Jim was inducted as a our speaker, which he is doing gratis. Jim
Distinguished American into the Lou Holtz and his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Katy
Hall of Fame as a member of the Board of Clare, reside at the edge of the Notre Dame
He is a renowned speaker and author, who The event will take place at Shady Hollow
has affected many young people's lives and Country Club in Massillon, OH on May
careers, which is most gratifying to him. 5, 2012. The staff of Shady Hollow will
Jim is known nationally as a motivational provide the guests with a delightful meal,
speaker. At the request of President, atmosphere, and desert made by the Villa
Ronald Reagan, he facilitated Leadership Restaurant to make an evening for all to
Goal Setting for the California Governor's
conference and the President's Committee
Jim Connelly and Lou Holt for Employment of People with Disabili-
The St. John’s Villa Sign Singers will also
ties held at Stanford University. He was
Bob David, at a chance meeting also the keynote speaker for the Volunteers perform the song “Celebration” by Kool
at Notre Dame University last of America Midas Touch program for & The Gang.
May, met Mr. Jim Connelly and gifted inner-city children.
was most impressed with him and Our family at St. John’s Villa would love
convinced him to be our speaker Jim grew up in a western Pennsylvania to have you join us for a wonderful eve-
at this year's Massillon Dinner. factory town with an alcoholic abusive ning. If you have any questions or con-
Bob says he is a most remarkable father. By the age of seven the young cerns, please feel free to contact Bobby
individual who has crossed paths Connelly had developed two things - an David at 330-806-0146, Susan William-
and been friends with many entrepreneurial spirit and a fighter. He son or Kim Bell at 330-627-9789.
Mother’s Day China Drawing
Enjoy 5 settings of Mikasa
St. John’s Villa China Drawing—Coupon
“Parchment” China (including — din-
ner plate, salad plate, soup bowls, tea-
(Donation $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00)
cup, and saucer)!
Please send __________Tickets.
In addition, the gift includes service
for 5 of Oneida
Amount Enclosed $____________.
The exquisite Stainless Steel Sil-
Mikasa “Parchment” verware.
pattern and the Name_______________________________________
International What a delightful
silverware setting to gift a Address_____________________________________
will make an family member,
friend, or even City____________________________________
elegant dinner table!
keep to decorate your own home with!
The drawing will again take place on Mother’s Day. Chances
will be sold at $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. If you have any
questions, they can be addressed to Susan Williamson or Telephone: ____________________________
Kim Bell at 330.627.9789.
lunch consisting of ham,
cheesy potatoes, chips, a
veggie tray with dip and an
array of desserts.
Staff members had a great
time eating, listening to
Christmas music and catch-
ing up with each other.
Above: Staff members had a great
At noon, the winning ticket time catching up with each other.
On Friday, December 16, 2011, St. John’s was drawn for the winner of
Villa hosted an All Staff Christmas party. the Lottery Tree. Congratu-
The party was held in the gathering room at lations to “Enzo” whose
St. John’s . name was pulled from the
box by Leo, Ruth Web-
The Villa Restaurant provided a wonderful ster’s grandson.
Thank you to everyone
who helped make the party
such a great success!
Right: Sharon Wittlinger
(front) and Sandy Kucera
enjoyed a great lunch pro-
vided by the Villa Restaurant.
ST. JOHN’S VILLA St. John’s Villa
VOLUNTEER 701 Crest Street
PROGRAM P.O. Box 457
Carrollton, OH 44615
and volunteers are welcomed Phone: 330-627-9789
Join a team of people com- to join us and help in many Fax: 330-627-4826
mitted to serving together in different ways. Website: stjohnsvilla.net
the St. John’s Villa Volunteer
Program. At this time we are This is a great program for Published quarterly
seeking caring individuals to High School students who President: Richard A. Brown, M.P.A.
work in our Volunteer De- must fulfill Community Ser- Contributing Writers:
partment. Volunteers must vice hours and a special way Ric Brown, Kim Bell,
be at least sixteen (16) years for families to form a spiri- Dawn Nichols, Jennifer Rodriques,
of age. tual connection with each Susan Williamson & Gerald Doyle.
Volunteers will assist staff Photographers & Layout:
members in the Adult Day Interested individuals should Kim Bell & Susan Williamson
Habilitation area and in other contact Kim Bell or Susan
Editor: Richard A. Brown, M.P.A.
program areas as well. There Williamson at 330.627.9789
& Susan Williamson
are numerous areas of need for more information.