Sample-McDougald House Benefit Breakfast

Sample-McDougald House Benefit Breakfast

John Knox Village was pleased to host this morning’s “Breakfast for the Big House,” benefitting the Sample-McDougald…

Posted by John Knox Village on Friday, September 25, 2015

Annual Tax Seminar for Residents

Annual Tax Seminar for Residents

As part of our annual Tax Seminar for Residents, John Knox Village’s CFO Jean Eccleston (right) spoke about the many…

Posted by John Knox Village on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus Continues to Improve

The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus Continues to Improve

Resident Elaine McNamara directs the dynamic group of women.

IMG_4446b66x9John Knox Village resident Elaine McNamara admits that she is a “workaholic,” which keeps her active and makes her happy.

In addition to enjoying the lifestyle at John Knox Village, this retired Music Teacher/Professor, Choral Director and Executive Director of the Florida Vocal Association continues to thrive and contribute her time and talents toward music.

She also is an official employee with the U.S. Census Bureau and has served as the Choir Director and still sings at the 1st Presbyterian Church (The Pink Church) in Pompano Beach.

Elaine’s latest addition to a lengthy list of volunteer work is as the new Director of The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus at John Knox Village.  In 2007, The Note-Ables began practicing and performing under the direction of the chorus founder, fellow resident Harriet “The Diva” Mertz.

The group was formed shortly after The Villagers Men’s Chorus. “We found a core of ladies who also loved to sing,” Harriet once said. “We have fun together. And the whole point is the joy of song and bringing happiness to others.”

Elaine strongly agrees with the same philosophy. “Music enriches one’s life. It is good for the soul, and the ladies have developed a wonderful bond of friendship and love for each other over the years,” she said. “They are an inspiration – always willing to learn new choral techniques and discovering ways to better themselves.”

Currently, The Note-Ables have 25 ladies who attend regular practices on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the Village Centre (either in the Hibiscus or Craft Rooms). Elaine is hoping that number grows to 30 or more.

“You don’t have to know how to read music or need to audition in order to join our group,” said Elaine, who also is the group’s accompanist. “I always urge people who don’t think they can sing to join a group, such as a chorus. It is easy to follow others. The group can pick you up and carry your voice on the wave of music.”

Elaine said the ladies know between 350-400 songs for just about every era dating back to the late 1800s. “We always like to close with a sentimental heartfelt song, such as ‘Climb Every Mountain’ or ‘Let There be Peace on Earth,’” she said.

Lately, the focus has been learning the songs from the famous musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” These include “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Do You Love Me” (with Elaine’s husband Jack and fellow resident Marba Mallet as a duet), “Tradition” and “To Life.”

The Note-Ables perform every other month in Gardens West (assisted living) and the Health Center. They also traditionally open the Annual Spring Scene shows held in March.

Finally, the chorus sings for groups at John Knox Village and throughout South Florida. They have some dates booked, including a performance at St. Henry’s Catholic Church on January 4, 2016 and for the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) at John Knox Village in February.

Elaine is seeking new places for the ladies to perform. They hope to be singing at the Festival Flea Market (Sample Road in Pompano Beach), the Northeast Focal Point Senior Center (Deerfield Beach) and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale).

If you belong to an organization that wishes to have The Note-Ables perform at an upcoming function, please contact John Knox Village’s Public Relations Department at (954) 783-4040 or e-mail (

We’re Listening to You!

We’re Listening to You!

How are we doing?

As reported in last week’s Thursday Flyer, we have selected Holleran Consulting Company once again to conduct our Resident Satisfaction Survey. Holleran is a full-service market research and strategic planning firm specializing in healthcare-related companies and Continuing Care Retirement Communities similar to John Knox Village. Holleran is a well-respected national company with home offices located in York (Lancaster County), PA.

After much research, we chose Hollering Consulting for three main reasons.  First, the company offers the services of highly trained individuals in their field of expertise. They provide proven and effective research methodologies, and

Holleran’s research tools have been tested and proven. They will help us customize the survey to meet the needs of John Knox Village, while allowing us to compare ourselves not only with our own survey completed two years ago but with other retirement communities across the United States.

Second is Holleran’s impeccable credibility. With their accurate and reliable results, John Knox Village will be able to choose realistic solutions to areas identified as needing improvement and continue programs that are working well.

Third is that Holleran is independent. Our staff is not involved in the collection, tabulation or analysis of the data or compiling the written report.

Tiffany Scott is our Client Relations Manager at Holleran. She is responsible for guiding us through the entire survey process. The survey will be conducted starting October 7 through the 26th. We suggest that you complete the survey immediately so it doesn’t get lost in the vast piles of papers we all have or forgotten entirely. Remember, for best results, it is important that everyone fills out and submits the survey.

What are we doing well? Where can we improve? We want to hear from you!

Thank you,

Gerry Stryker


Upcoming Note-Ables Rehearsal/Performance Dates

Upcoming Note-Ables Rehearsal/Performance Dates

The Note-Ables Rehearsal Schedule:

All rehearsals will be in either the Hibiscus Room or Craft Room in the Village Centre from 9:30-11 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 28, 2015           
  • Friday, September 4, 2015
  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Friday, September 25, 2015
  • Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Friday, October 16, 2015
  • Friday, November 6, 2015
  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • Friday, November 27 – No rehearsal – Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Friday, December 11, 2015
  • Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day – No rehearsal
  • Friday, January 8, 2016
  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Friday, January 29, 2016

Key Performance Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – John Knox Village Rotary Club at Lakeside Dining Room at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23, 2015 – Health Center, bus at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2015 –  Gardens West, bus at 10 a.m.
  • January 4, 2016 – Performance at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, bus leaves at 12:30 p.m.
  • February 23, 2016 – Performance for PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) in Village Towers Party Room at 1 p.m.
  • March Dates TBD – Annual Spring Scene at John Knox Village
FLiCRA Flash – October 2015

FLiCRA Flash – October 2015

I just mailed my NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents Association) Membership Application. NaCCRA functions a lot like FLiCRA, but on a national scale.

Several years ago, your John Knox Village FLiCRA Chapter 26 joined NaCCRA as a Community Association. As part of that membership, we receive 10 copies of the NaCCRA bi-monthly publication “Life Line.”

These copies are distributed to your FLiCRA Chapter Board Members. Periodically, a Board Member joins NaCCRA as an individual member and receives his/her own copy of Life Line. When this happens, I leave the extra copies in the Village Centre lobby.

My decision to join NaCCRA has been a journey. I feel that Florida CCRCs are in a “good place” regulation-wise (in a large part through FLiCRA’s efforts), so how could NaCCRA benefit us.

However, I know that many states have little CCRC regulation and that resulting negative situations affect the entire CCRC industry. Also, lack of state regulation could prompt Federal regulation and NaCCRA would be a good way for CCRC residents to be represented. As always there is strength in numbers!

The Life Line has some excellent articles and gives interesting insight into how similar/different CCRCs can be. I have passed on information about some activities John Knox Village might consider.

I hate to admit it, but I think the thing that really got me to send in my NaCCRA application was a challenge. Indian River Estates, a CCRC in Vero Beach, had 101 residents listed as new NaCCRA members in the January/ February 2015 Life Line, and John Knox Village only had eight!

NaCCRA yearly dues are $20 for one individual and $15 for the second individual; there is also a lifetime membership ($200/$150). I have a supply of Membership Applications and would be happy to share a Life Line with you.

Just give me a call, and I will send you a Membership Application by campus mail. It sure would be nice to beat Indian River Estates!

Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317 (Phone number in Directory)

37th Annual Holiday Bazaar: “Passport to The Woodlands”

37th Annual Holiday Bazaar: “Passport to The Woodlands”

IMG_0262-rFor the third consecutive year, John Knox Village residents Rudy and Carol Frei are dedicating their time and talents as Chairs of the Annual Holiday Bazaar. However, it takes a (John Knox) Village of volunteers and staff members to make sure the two-day fundraiser is a major success.

“We have been blessed to have so many residents willing to serve on the Bazaar Committee,” Carol said. “It also is great to see a passing of the baton to new residents who want to volunteer.”

“Passport to The Woodlands” is the theme for our 37th Annual Bazaar. It is always one of the most anticipated events at John Knox Village. This year’s Bazaar is on Thursday and Friday, November 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

“It is a wonderful way to socialize and meet new friends,” Carol said. “We also have raised considerable funds to benefit our current Health Center and our new skilled nursing center, The Woodlands (at John Knox Village).”

Last year, more than $25,800 was raised – half for improvements to our current Health Center and the other half contributed to the John Knox Village Foundation as a donation for The Woodlands, which is expected to open in April of 2016.

In addition to socializing, the Bazaar allows our residents, employees and guests (Friday only) the opportunity to purchase some incredible items prior to the holiday season and possibly win raffle prizes. With the overall passport theme, each booth/exhibit has a destination-related title.

The teams of volunteers and their designated areas include:

  • Baked Goods: “Café de Paris” – Mary Butterfield, Maddy Gambino and Sally Harper
  • Café: “Hofbrauhaus” – Diane and Bob Barton
  • “International Crafts” – Betty Fifer and Peggy Stanley
  • “Italian Jewelry” – Marlene McGinn
  • “An English Garden” Plant Sale – Sally Loree
  • “Woody’s Shirts” Sale – Ava Janes
  • “Monte Carlo” Raffle Prizes – Home Health Agency and Health Center
  • Treasures: “Turkish Bazaar” – Twylah Haun and Joyce Wood
  • “Dutch Masters” Artwork – Barbara Kuntz and other painters
  • “Swiss Woodshop” – Harry Wood

Some of the behind-the-scenes Committee members are:

  • Treasurer – Elaine McNamara
  • Set-up – Lois Fry with support from our Activities Department
  • Photography – Norm Rasmussen
  • Publicity – Boots Maurer

The raffles and 50/50 drawing will be on Friday at 2 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to claim their prize(s).

As stated in recent issues of the Thursday Flyer, the Bazaar Committee is still seeking donations for the Treasures, Jewelry and Bake Sale. Contact the residents overseeing those areas for more information (phone numbers in Directory).

Also, if artists are interested in submitting their creations for the Dutch Masters, the Painting Group meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Craft Room.

“Thank you for your support in the past and for this year. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 5 and 6,” Carol said.

RAS Curiosity Shop Hours

RAS Curiosity Shop Hours

The RAS Curiosity Shop is open every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m., on Thursdays between 2-4 p.m., and the furniture store (South Gardens #542) is open every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.

Stop by for great deals and/or donate your items to be sold. Proceeds help benefit John Knox Village by improving services and amenities for all residents. If residents need their donations picked up, please call our Maintenance Department at (954) 783-4030.