By Petra Mueller
Our “Walk around Florida” starts this month. Get ready to record your activities and participation in programs. We are starting our walk right here in Sarasota and you will have many chances to earn points/miles over the next couple of month. The first lecture is on March 3 at 10:30 a.m. by Jeffrey Lahurd. He is a well-known historian in Sarasota and will talk about the landing of the Scot Colony in 1885 through the Real Estate Boom in 1920. On March 7 at 10 a.m., you have a chance to walk the Ringling Bridge and score points. A free tour of the Phillippi Creek Mansion followed by lunch is on the schedule for March 18. Dr. John Moor, an orthopedic surgeon, will give a Wellness Lecture about “state-of-the-art knee, shoulder and hip care” on March 31 at 2 p.m. Come with your questions and listen and learn.
The Florida Civil War in Song & Story
Join us on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. as we welcome back The American Troubadour, Bill Schustik as well as author Gene Jones as they present this educational as well as entertaining program about our state and its role during the Civil War Era. Floridians had divided loyalties among its population at that time.
Mr. Jones has written a book, “Suwanee Divide,” which tells of this little known history. He is a fifth-generation Floridian with an abiding appreciation for Florida’s unique environment and diverse people. His ancestors fought for both sides during the Civil War and were early Florida settlers who fished, farmed and traded with Cuban fishermen along Florida’s West Coast.
Mr. Schustik has traveled throughout America, gathering songs and sowing legends. The roots of his trade include his magnificent baritone voice, a keen sense of drama, a colorful array of folk instruments and a deep abiding love for traditional American lore.
We hope you enjoy this unique evening!
B.I.L.L. Series News
Our current DVD series from the Teaching Company is “The American Revolution.” This is taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo. Has there ever been a more unlikely war than the Revolution that won America its independence? Why did thirteen colonies, with nothing resembling a unified and trained Army and no Navy to speak of, believe that they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? Join us for this fascinating series and find out! The final class in this series is April 28.
Thanks to everyone who attended and hopefully enjoyed our recently completed classes from Adult & Community Education. “How Novel,” “Islamic Studies,” “Current Affairs” & “The IPAD for Beginners & Advanced.” In the fall, we will let you know what classes we will offer from this organization that we are fortunate to have such a great relationship with!
Facts From Jack
Every year, Bay Village monitors its staff turnover. Our experience over the years has been most positive.
Below is a summary:
- 2014~ 16.36%
- 2013~ 17.65%
- 2012 ~ 7.88%
- 2011~ 15.45%
- 2010~ 10.20%
If uncontrolled departures for such reasons as relocation out of the area, retirement and medical incapacity were not counted, this number would be reduced another 3%-4%. If there is any message in this narrative, it could be that Bay Village turnover rate is pretty good and continues to be, historically. Turnover in CCRC’s can average nationwide upward of 40%. Similarly, in free-standing nursing homes, it can be as high as 100% annually.
From the Dining Services Director
Did you know that March 7 is “Bay Village Dining Services Appreciation Day”? Back in 2002, after the completion of the kitchen renovation, the Bay Village Board of Directors decreed March 7 as Dining Services Appreciation Day.
This was done in recognition for the staff’s efforts during the main kitchen renovation. The staff prepared meals in a temporary kitchen at the back of the building and did not miss a beat during the five-month project.
As you go about your day on Saturday, March 7, please recognize the Dining Services staff for their efforts. I know they will appreciate it.