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, Staff 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 www.freemasons.asn.au 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 members. committee. 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 movie! 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 present. 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 Casino 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 atLawleyPark 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 Newsletter. 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.