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					                 stories of easter past at ashlar glen
Everyone simply loves a good story; it         Two exceptional ladies from the Town of
could be a best selling novel or a block       Vincent Senior Story Tellers came along
buster movie but there is nothing better       to tell tales of Easters past. The ladies
than a story told by a real story teller.      were Helen Molewyk originally from
Better still would be to combine good          Holland and Rita Pasqualini originally
stories with a good lunch for the Easter       from Italy.
holiday.                                       Their stories focused on the differences
To accommodate this great idea an Easter       of the memories of Easter times in
luncheon with a difference was the order       Europe compared with the memories
of the day at the Ashlar Glen Village Social   of the Easters of Australia. The residents       yes you guessed it! That amazing Easter
Centre on Wednesday the 19th March.            immensely enjoyed the stories and were           Bunny turned up again with yet another
                                                                swift to respond with           huge basket overflowing with chocolate
                                                                some amazing stories of         Easter eggs to share with everyone.
                                                                their own.
                                                                  A wonderful luncheon
                                                                  prepared by the Social
                                                                  Events     Committee
                                                                  Ladies was served
                                                                  and was also greatly
                                                                  enjoyed by all. After the
                                                                  wonderful lunch there
                                                                  was a surprise visitor,

    News                                                                                      Welcome
    A fond farewell                                                                           home
                                                                     A    very    warm
    It was with more than a tinge of                                                          We are delighted to
                                                                     welcome is also
    sadness that staff and residents                                                          welcome back Julie-
    farewelled our Operations Manager                                extended to our
                                                                                              ann Lorca who rejoins
    for a second time.       Several bon         new Quality Systems Coordinator
                                                                                              us after two years away. During
    voyage events were held for Sue as           Vera Mars. Vera comes to us with             that time Julie-ann gained invaluable
    she prepared to relocate to Sydney           extensive international experience           experience as the Executive Officer in
    to be closer to family and to take up a      in the field of quality, environmental,      charge of the Western Australian peak
    new and exciting senior management           health and safety management                 membership body for community
    role with a large seniors housing            (QEHS),     most      recently    with       housing providers and in a contract
    provider. Thank you Sue, on behalf           Driessen Food in the Netherlands,            role for West Australian Department
    of management, staff and residents           as a QEHS Manager.                           of Housing and Works. Julie-ann
    for the wonderful contribution               We are indeed fortunate to have              returned to the Homes to take up the
    you have made to the Homes. We                                                            role of Project Manager in February
                                                 secured her services. Welcome to
    wish you every success in your new                                                        and will now be moving across to take
                                                 the team Vera!
    adventure.                                                                                up the Operations Manager role.

      Don’t forget the Freemasons site is up and running at
                                         RESIdENT FuNdEd VILLAgES                                                     ISSuE 7 MAy 2008

                   CEO Message
                    I    am delighted          to    Corinthian Court
                    announce that the Stage
                    3 development of our
                    Lawley Park Village has
                                                      Bowlers Breakthrough
                    commenced and continues
                                                     The residents of Freemasons Homes        competition services and access to the
the flavour of the Village with single residential
homes offering universal housing design.             Corinthian Court have made a major       official magazine and literature.
Whilst our designs are contemporary they             breakthrough in the WA world of
                                                                                              This significant step forward also means
incorporate opportunities for residents to           lawn bowls. They have become the
age within their home and receive a range of                                                  that clubs such as the Corinthian Club
                                                     first retirement village in Western
significant support services. We look forward                                                 Bowls section will have the opportunity
to bringing you photos and updates of the            Australia to accept an invitation
                                                                                              to participate in the administration of
new development as it progresses towards             from Bowls WA to become registered
completion.                                                                                   the sport through an appointed advisory
Development of our Howard Solomon Aged
Care Facility has also commenced with Stage          The Corinthian Court bowlers, although
                                                                                              The breakthrough came as a result
1 housing providing 64 care places. Upon             enjoying a non-capitated status, now
                                                                                              of discussions between Bowls WA
completion of our first stage existing residents
                                                     have the opportunity to utilize the
will be re housed in their new accommodation,                                                 President, Frank Lilly and Corinthian Club
and Stage 2 will then commence. It is envisaged      services and benefits provided by
                                                                                              Bowls Section Chairman, Roy Millard. All
that the full development will take three years      the Bowls WA organisation. These
                                                                                              retirement villages will now be able to
to complete and will incorporate 26 resident         services include access to umpiring,
funded homes. Howard Solomon will offer a                                                     register with Bowls WA under special
range of low cost therapy services to all our        coaching clinics, coaching courses,
                                                                                              conditions. The membership fee is just
residents within the new development which I         advice on green matters, the benefits
                                                                                              $5.00 annually, now that’s not going to
am sure will be of great interest to you all.        of the Bowls WA administration and
                                                                                              put much of a dent in the kitty is it?
The Homes also continues to assist residents
in obtaining care and home services in each of
our metropolitan villages and, on occasions, we
have been successful in assisting our residents
requiring higher levels of care. The team at the
Homes remains fully committed to providing a
greater level of communication with each of
our residents through the application of both
technology and personal interaction between
the staff and the residents.
The Board, Management, and Staff understand
that residents will now remain with us longer
than they may have in days gone by and,
accordingly, we are continuing to develop
new and innovative solutions to support this
philosophy of longer term residency.
In addition, the Homes will continue to work
towards progressing new opportunities and we
will have a number of exciting new initiatives
to bring to you in coming months. We look
forward to sharing these with you and hope
they will greatly enhance your life with us.
                                                                OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF FREEMASONS HOMES
                                         Corinthian CoUrt
EasterBunny meets the three
 HandsomeBarmen for lunch
The three debonair barmen met the            surprise ticket under their side plate
Easter Bunny at the Corinthian Court         and there were lots of baskets of more
Social Clubs Annual Easter Luncheon          delicious chocolate eggs to be won.
and the result was of course as
                                                                                       the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
expected, lots of drinks, lots of
chocolate and lots of fun.
                                                                                       After lunch there was a special
The three handsome barmen
                                                                                       presentation from guest speaker Jan
were residents Bill, Alan and
                                                                                       Row. Jan gave an excellent presentation
Brice and the Easter Bunny was
                                                                                       and display of her wonderful hand
Laura from the office, They,
                                                                                       made quilts. The quilts, each one a
together with sixty residents
                                                                                       work of art it its own right, were
from Corinthian Court and
                                                                                       based on the theme of the countries
Keith Simpson Village, enjoyed
                                                                                       and customs of Jan’s world travels.
a superb lunch with (we are
                                             These super choc baskets were all         The countries represented exotic
reliably informed) an outstanding
                                             kindly donated by residents of Keith      locations including China, Canada and
apple crumble dessert. After dessert
                                             Simpson and Corinthian Court and          the dramatic Mossman Gorge.
the Easter Bunny shared out a huge
                                             creatively put together by Coral          A special “thank you” is also extended to
basket of chocolate Easter eggs to all
                                             Rayner and her charming daughter.         Ione Meagher for her valuable assistance
                                             You may remember that about that          in organizing this special event.
Next came the raffle; everyone had a         time the weather was somewhat hot
                                             and sticky so Coral had to have the air
                                             conditioning running full blast to keep
                                             the eggs from turning into melting
                                             moments! In all there were thirty
                                             baskets won by lucky residents so,
                                             what with the gifts from the Easter
                                             Bunny together with the basket prizes,
                                             it all closely resembled a scene from

              high rollers head for the
The residents of Ashlar Glen and Dianella Village made up a
combined group of thirty three day trippers for a fun day out
at the Burswood Casino on the 28th February.
There are no reports of anyone breaking the bank, winning a
jackpot on the pokies or cleaning up on a winning split at the
blackjack table but we are assured that everyone had a really
great time and enjoyed the lunch at the casino.
We are guessing that if there was a sing along on the
homeward bound bus “From a Jack to a King” and “Diamonds
are Forever”, would have featured very prominently!
                                              laWleY parK
An EducAtionAl EAstEr
The Macular Degeneration Awareness          Australia. The talks about prevention
mornings, recently held at various          and living with Macular Degeneration
metro villages, have been widely            were illustrated with screen slides and
proclaimed as an interesting and            also encompassed a demonstration of        talked further with the residents
important information forum for                                                            about living with MD and gave
the village residents.                                                                     some valuable advice and practical
Building on this success and the                                                           tips on how to best manage the
events popularity, this years Easter                                                       condition. Dr. Stevenson also ably
festivities were combined with                                                             demonstrated that it was possible
education at the Lawley Park                                                               to maintain a keen sense of
Village. The principle presenters                                                          humor despite the condition. The
were Georgina Ryan from the                                                                residents were regaled with lots of
Macular Degeneration Foundation                                                            funny stories and really enjoyed the
and Dr. June Stephenson. Dr                                                                informal and humorous exchange.
Stephenson has the condition Macular                                                   The residents raised $26.00 which was
                                            how the eye actually functions and
Degeneration and explained that it                                                     donated to the Macular Degeneration
                                            methods of diagnosis and treatment.
was the leading cause of blindness in                                                  Foundation and also purchased a copy
                                                      Each resident in attendance      of Junes wonderful book, “Picking up
                                                      was presented with an            Sunshine” for the library. June very
                                                      Amsler Grid, which is            kindly autographed the copy and
                                                      a very useful tool for self      wished all the residents well.
                                                      testing of vision for Macular
                                                                                       Finally there was a special visit from
                                                      Degeneration. Following
                                                                                       that very busy Easter Bunny who was
                                                      a sumptuous morning tea
                                                                                       staggering under the weight of a huge
                                                      provided by the Freemasons
                                                                                       basket of chocolate Easter eggs just
                                                      Homes, Dr Stephenson
                                                                                       begging for a good home.

                                  A big Thank you
A very big thank you is extended            we really do appreciate hearing about      hear any suggestions you may have for
to   everyone      who      contributed     all the interesting happenings in your     any item you would like to see included
stories, photographs or snippets of         communities.                               in Viva. We are all ears! Your contact is
information for this edition of your Viva                                              Laura on 94092322.
                                            The Viva Newsletter is a great forum
                                            for sharing ideas for events and social    Please keep up the good work and keep
We certainly hope you will continue to      activities with residents throughout our   the stories, pictures and information
support all the future editions of Viva     great state of Western Australia and we    rolling in because without your sterling
and take the opportunity to share your      can assure you that no item of news        support this publication would just not
memories of your special events, social     or general information will ever be        be possible. Once again thanks for your
occasions and fun times with us all. It’s   considered two small or insignificant      past contributions and we look forward
not just because we are plain nosey,        for inclusion. We would also love to       to hearing from you soon.

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