Two Pompano Beach WWII pilots set to fly once again

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Two World War II veteran pilots will take to the skies once again with the help of a support crew.

Pilots Roy Evans and Ben McKinney will fly in the same type of plane they piloted during World War II more than 60 years ago.

“It would be wonderful,” said McKinney. “It makes me feel like an old man. All the planes I flew are now in a museum, you know, but I was an 18- to 21-year-old kid. I love to fly.”

The three-hour flight is scheduled for Tuesday. The men will fly from the Pompano Beach Airpark to the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Click HERE to view the video on WSVN’s Website.

Village Registered Nurse Receives National LeadingAge Award

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POMPANO BEACH – 9/23/2014 – John Knox Village is thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Tracy, a RN Unit Manager in our Health Center, is the recipient of LeadingAge’s 2014 Joan Anne McHugh Nurse Leadership Award. Liz will receive this honor during LeadingAge’s Annual Meeting and Expo, which is October 19-22 in Nashville, TN. The award recognizes “aspiring leaders who provide excellent clinical care to their residents while demonstrating leadership in long-term care nursing and a commitment to the profession.”

“When I initially attended college, I studied Recreation Therapy because I had a passion for people and wanted to assist in making their lives more meaningful and enjoyable. However, when I moved to South Florida, I began thinking about a career in nursing,” she said.

Liz graduated from Broward College with her Associate of Science in Nursing degree. It was three years ago when Liz landed a job at John Knox Village. “Liz epitomizes the term teamwork and humbly serves our residents and families while motivating the team on a daily basis. Her passion and hard work are being recognized on a national level, and it is another testament to the wonderful things that happen at JKV,” said Mark Rayner, Director of Health Facilities.

“When I joined John Knox Village, I immediately realized the atmosphere and level of care far surpassed the previous facility in which I worked,” she said. “What a joy it is to not only care for our residents’ physical needs, but also their psychological, social and overall wellness.”

She credits the team in our Health Center, as well as The Village’s overall philosophy. “This would not be possible without the other dedicated caregivers at JKV who enrich the lives of our residents,” Liz said. “The Village practices resident centered care and makes meeting residents’ needs a priority over schedules and tasks.”

One example of Liz’s excellent leadership and as a resident advocate was illustrated this past year when she helped spearhead an initiative to eliminate the piercing alarm noises in our Health Center when residents at risk for falling attempted to stand without the assistance of others.

“Liz and the staff understood the system was difficult on our residents, their families and staff, adversely affecting the dignity of the residents. Removing this alarm system totally improved the quality of life for our residents, and the entire tone of the building has improved,” said Wendy Bednarcik, Director of Human Resources. As for the future, Liz is looking forward to the opening of The Woodlands at John Knox Village, our new skilled nursing center that will adopt The Green House model of care. It is anticipated to be open by early 2016.

Liz currently is working with team members to develop their relationship-building skills with residents and embracing The Green House model of providing meaningful life through empowered staff for seniors in a real home.

For more information about The Woodlands at JKV and The Green House model, visit the Website ( According to its Website (, LeadingAge is an association of more than 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. It advances policies, promotes practices and conducts research that supports, engages and empowers people to live fully as they age. The organization was founded in 1961.

The Village’s current Health Center is a fully-licensed, Medicare/Medicaid Certified, 177-bed skilled nursing facility including a physical, speech, occupational and balance therapy center. Our Health Center also has received a 5-Star Rating by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Whether for rehabilitation after a hospital stay, or short, long-term or memory disorder care, the Health Center remains committed to making your experience as pleasant as possible by providing comforting nurturing support. For more information about JKV’s Health Center, please call (954) 783-4001.

John Knox Village is a not-for-profit continuing care community that provides a full range of life-care services for those aged 62 and greater. The Village is located at 651 S.W. Sixth Street in Pompano Beach, just east of I-95 and south of Atlantic Boulevard. For more information, contact our Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040.

JKV Transportation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhether you need a quick cart trip across The Village, a bus ride to shopping, or a sedan ride to your local doctor, John Knox Village has a fleet of vehicles ready to take you where you want to go. Regularly scheduled bus routes will transport you to local grocers, shopping centers, pharmacies, and professional services. Enclosed carts will whisk you across The Village from your residence to lunch at the Patio Dining Room, or a card game in The Village Centre. All of those transportation needs are included at no charge.

At those times when you need the convenience of a professionally driven trip outside our regular zone, one of our Village sedans will transport you where you need to go, at a very nominal charge.

Locations Currently Served by JKV Transportation

John Knox Village provides transportation to a number of different banks and churches. Transportation to other locations may be able to be scheduled for a nominal fee. Reservations must be made with the Cassels Tower Desk. Click Church Names below to see their websites. (All church links go to external Websites not affiliated with John Knox Village.) For more information about Transportation, please call (954) 784-4733.

Monday & Thursday
9:30 AM
Walgreen Drug Store
Sun Trust Bank
Bank of America
Wells Fargo Bank
Chase Bank
Florida Shores Bank
Post Office
1101 East Atlantic Blvd.
1409 East Atlantic Blvd.
2335 East Atlantic Blvd.
2400 East Atlantic Blvd.
2401 East Atlantic Blvd.
301 North Federal Highway
400 North Federal Highway
1950 Northeast 6th Street

Churches Call 954-783-4036 | Limited Seating Available

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
5555 N. Federal (FTL) (954-771-8840)
Service Hour – 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Pickup – 8:30 a.m. Return – 11:15 a.m.
Christ Church United Methodist
4825 NE 25th Ave. (FTL) (954-771-7300)
Service Hour – 11 a.m.
Pickup – 10:15 a.m. Return – Noon
Pompano Lutheran Church
109 SE 10th Ave. (Pompano) (954-942-1216)
Service Hour – 10 a.m.
Pick Up – 9:30 a.m. Return – 12:15 p.m.
St. Martin Episcopal Church
140 SE 28th Ave. (Pompano) (954-941-4843)
Service Hour – 8 a.m.
Pick Up – 7:30 a.m. Return – 8:45 a.m.
St. Gabriel Parrish
731 N.Ocean Blvd.(Pompano) (954-943-3684)
Service Hour – 8 a.m.
Pick Up – 7:30 a.m. Return – 9 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church (Pink Church)
2331 N.E. 3rd Ave.(Pompano) (954-941-2308)
Service Hour – 11 a.m.
Pickup – 10:15 a.m. Return – 12:15 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of FTL
401 S.E. 15th Ave (FTL) (954-462-6200)
Service Hour – 11 a.m.
Pickup – 10:15 a.m. Return – 12:15 p.m.
St. Henry Catholic Church (785-2450)
1500 S.W. 12th Ave. (FTL) 4 p.m. (Sat.)
Pickup – 3:15 p.m. Return – 5 p.m.
1500 S.W. 12th Ave. (FTL) 10 a.m. (Sun.)
Pickup – 9:30 a.m. Return – 11 a.m.
Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale
2401 Cypress Cr. Rd. (FTL) (954-977-9673)
Service Hour – 10 a.m. (Sun)
Pickup – 9:15 a.m. Return – 11:45 a.m.

Other locations include:

Publix every Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon

Library Outing 1st and 3rd  Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

Winn-Dixie every Tuesday 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month Wal-Mart Superstore 9:30 a.m. to noon

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Wal-Mart Marketplace, Stein Mart, Dollar Store, Jo Ann Fabric 9:30 a.m. to noon

Pompano Citi Centre 1st Thursday of every month

Wal-Mart every Friday 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rotary Club Promotes Fun, Friendships and Service

(Article appeared in August 2014 Village Voice)

IMG_3919-rIt was in 1905 when the first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago. The other two gentlemen to join him were Gustave Loehr, a mining engineer and freemason, and Hiram Shorey, a tailor.

The name Rotary was chosen because initially the men rotated subsequent weekly club meetings at each other’s office.  It was later when it was decided to have meetings at a regular location.

This simple start of the Rotary Club quickly grew across the United States – the next four started in California (San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles) and in Seattle, WA. In 1910, the National Association of Rotary Clubs were formed.

A year later, the first meeting of the Rotary Club Dublin was held in Ireland, making it the first club established outside of North America.

Today, there are more than 34,200 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. These Rotarians usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it is a social event, as well as an opportunity to organize work toward individual club’s goals.

Since August of 2008, John Knox Village has had its own Rotary Club. The vision began with two residents – Hank Watson and Bob Simon, who unfortunately has passed away since then.

Hank had been a Rotarian for more than 40 years, and Bob was a former District Governor of Rotary International in South Florida. Today, the Rotary Club of JKV remains a strong organization with more than 50 members.

The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday evening in our Lakeside Dining. The dinners feature various programs that are entertaining and informative. It also is an opportunity to socialize, have fun and discuss ways to recruit new members.

Recently, The Village’s Rotary Club introduced its new leadership. The officers are as follows: Don DeJong, President; Boots Maurer, President/Elect; Mary MacLaren, Secretary; Paul Loree, Foundation; Bill Zeiher, Treasurer; David Haun, Sergeant at Arms; Nancy Johns, Immediate Past President; and Margo Lewis, Administrative Director.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with the Rotary members. I have made some great friends. We are always seeking ways to recruit new members and get them involved with the Club,” Don DeJong said.

There also are various Directors that provide their leadership help, including: Jane Wynn, Club Service; Nancy Johns, Community Service; Bud Kreh, International Service; Joyce Wood, Membership; Ron Davis, Music Director; Mary MacLaren, Newsletter (the monthly Village Crier); Mary Jane Graff, Programs; Betty Fifer, Hospitality Committee; and Margaret Castendyck, Sunshine Committee.

Helping plan the weekly programs, Mary Jane Graff is extremely excited about some of the guest speakers and their topics. In July, there was an antique car presentation, “The Photography of Gene Hyde,” resident Barbara Rowell and her “Underwater Around the World” SCUBA diving experiences and Rutchel Louis Coutzee with “Life in South Africa during Apartheid.”

The dinners also feature 50/50 drawings and Happy Dollars, which is an opportunity for members and guests to express reasons for being happy while contributing a dollar toward the Rotary Club.

In addition to the socializing, the Rotary Club of JKV is committed to three annual fundraisers – one for the local community, one benefitting an international cause and the third is the annual Knox Rocks concerts. Funds raised from the two-night event help our current Health Center and The Woodlands at John Knox Village, the new skilled nursing center that is under construction.

“In addition to recruiting efforts, one of our goals is to continue the success the Rotary Club has had with fundraising,” Don said. “Our members have come up with some brilliant ideas to help others in need.”

To become a member of the Rotary Club of JKV, an individual must be invited by a current member, attend a few meetings and be voted on by the Rotary’s Executive Board. There also are some membership dues.

For more information about the Rotary Club of John Knox Village, either contact Membership Chair Joyce Wood at (954) 782-2873 or visit the Club’s site at (