John Knox Village Resident Young At Art

Retired Award-Winning Architect Volunteers His Time and Talents

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John Knox Village resident and retired architect Harold Young, AIA, ASID, scouts the 18th Annual Art Gallery Show for paintings and photos to integrate into the interior design at The Woodlands at John Knox Village.

There is a great sense of camaraderie and volunteerism among residents at John Knox Village, the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Pompano Beach. Many of the 900 residents have enjoyed long and fulfilling careers in a variety of endeavors.

Experiences in business, education, medicine, law, accounting and other professions allow these residents the opportunity to continue active involvement in a variety of volunteer opportunities available at John Knox Village.

With the design and construction underway of The Woodlands at John Knox Village, interested residents voluntarily offer their experienced ideas for Florida’s first Health Center built and operated using Green House core values and practices.

When opened in April of 2016, The Woodlands at John Knox Village will provide a new level of person-centered care that gives seniors meaningful life in a loving home environment with an empowered staff dedicated to protecting, sustaining and nurturing them.

The Woodlands at John Knox Village will embrace THE GREEN HOUSE® concept of having 12 small homes in which care is provided. Each home features 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms for 12 seniors surrounded by a cozy hearth/living room with fireplace, dining area and an open kitchen.

One John Knox Village resident who brings a wealth of experience and innovation to The Woodlands is Harold Young AIA, ASID, a 32-year professor of architectural design from the University of Illinois (U of I).

During his tenure, Harold developed a graduate course in interior architecture. He was greatly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential concepts, where Wright packaged the house, interior and the furniture. Harold also had a very active architectural practice in the Champaign, Illinois area while teaching.

After “retiring” from U of I, Harold moved to Dallas and became the Director of Design for the Club Corporation of America, which is the largest owner/operator of country clubs and dining clubs in the world.

“I designed 65 clubs in the 15 years I was at Club Corporation,” Harold said. “These were mostly dining clubs for executives to entertain their clients. They were always on the top floor of new buildings.”

Among his designs are the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle, the Atrium Club (at the Westin New York) and Equitable Fitness Club in New York, and numerous others in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Harold has travelled extensively throughout the world and gained a great appreciation for art and architecture. Over the years he won many awards for his architectural designs including a PLYM traveling scholarship, which made it possible for him to study architectural monuments, both historical and contemporary around the world.

He also won the ASID National Award for his renovation of the St. John’s Chapel on the campus of the University of Illinois, and another ASIC National Award for the renovation of the Stock Exchange Club in San Francisco.

After nearly 50 years of academic and professional work, Harold finally settled down to full retirement. He relocated to Fort Lauderdale in 1999 and enjoyed the lifestyle of this vibrant area. In November of 2013, Harold decided it was time to move to a CCRC, and John Knox Village was his choice.

“When I moved to John Knox Village I did not expect to work,” the Heritage Tower apartment resident said. “But when I saw The Woodlands building was under construction, I looked at the resident volunteer committees and said, ‘I would really like to get involved.’”

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Renderings of the kitchen/dining (top) and hearth/living rooms (below) showcase what space will be available for spontaneous activities and dining experiences within each Green House home at The Woodlands at John Knox Village.

Harold volunteered (naturally) for the architectural design committee and said, “Getting involved in the design fit my background perfectly.”

“At the Club Corporation we had a philosophy,” he said. “Every club should be an extension of people’s homes. We had a process to find out what people liked, so the residential aspect of The Woodlands turned me on.”

Harold’s brother spent 10 years in a nursing home after a stroke, so his personal experiences also motivated his participation in The Woodlands at John Knox Village. “This is such a whole wonderful new concept. I wanted to be a part of it, and I want it to be the best.”

He is a leader on the design committee, which is responsible for interior furnishings, appointments and art that will enhance the livability of each home and the aesthetics of common areas. Harold is currently working with the interior designers, local galleries and Village artists to source the art that will decorate The Woodlands at John Knox Village.

During the recent 18th Annual John Knox Village Art Gallery exhibition (showcasing resident and employee creativity), Harold was sourcing interior art for The Woodlands at John Knox Village.

“I was scouting specifically to get a representation of what the Village artists do,” he said. “To date we have 68 pieces that will be in the collection of The Woodlands. We will have a total of 250 to 300 art pieces.”

Primarily seeking resident art and photography, Harold’s concept is to feature Florida flora and fauna.

JKV Hearth Room20130903web“We are looking to showcase the nature of John Knox Village – the wildlife, flowers, waterfowl and trees. My goal is to have inspiring art, the residents can relate to,” he said. “I want to make them happy, give them interest and just help with their lifestyle. Art is an important part of everyone’s life.”

Mark Rayner, Director of Health Facilities, said that volunteerism is an important part of John Knox Village, where residents contribute a vital role in the Community.

“It is exciting it is to work at John Knox Village where our residents are part of our secret ingredient,” Mark said. “So many of them share their many years of work and life experience in the form of volunteering to help us to be a great community.”

“Harold’s expertise in design and decorating is instrumental in how The Woodlands will be an extraordinary home in which our elders will live,” Mark said. “In addition to our twice monthly meetings, he has donated countless hours on the architectural design committee. Not only has he helped us select spectacular artwork and furnishings, he identified a way to redesign our Bistro Café, which added an additional capacity of 16 seats. I am grateful to have him on our team.”

If you are interested in more information about The Woodlands at John Knox Village, and The Green House model of care, please contact the John Knox Village Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040, or visit the Website (www.woodlandsjkv.com).

Review of “A Time to Dance”

Resident shares Angela Bomford’s autobiography.

By resident Dr. Roberta Gilbert Douglass

1410984390Every once in awhile, one picks up a book that is pure delight, true to the ups and downs of life and yet teaches us along the way. Angela Bomford, fellow resident at John Knox Village, has written just such a book.

The story of her life, “A Time to Dance,” begins back before World War II in England. She takes us along with her as she, her mother and her sister hide from the bombing raids in their tiny closet under the stairs.

This horrific era doesn’t seem to have permanently damaged her in any way, as she goes on telling us in a most good-humored manner about the further unfolding of a most interesting life.

At an early age, Angela learned that she liked to perform on the stage, entertaining people in song and dance, before TV had been invented. At that time, English communities turned out en masse for touring troupes. Her performances were impressive and great fun to read about.

She loved this life so much that she decided not to get married. For one thing, she would not be home much. In addition, no one but another entertainer would understand her love of entertaining. But entertainers were not home either, so there would be no way. How that turned out must be left to the reader to discover!

Her talent led her into some unforgettable roles and friendships with the rich and famous.

Her deep love for God and her implicit trust in Him teaches us a great deal about the life of the spirit. This aspect of the story is quite amazing and keeps breaking in at the most unexpected times.

After meeting Angela in The Village Mart one morning, I bought her book on the spot, and now several of my friends are waiting in line for it. But I highly encourage everyone to buy and read it.

Then, we must all insist that Angela entertain us at the upcoming Spring Scene talent show!

About the author – from her Website (www.angelabomford.com): From a childhood filled with air-raids, bombs and gas masks during World War II England, adventure follows a young girl over a roller-coaster ride in show business, while a whirlwind romance takes her life to Peru, Panama and Florida, where she acts with Jerry Lewis, Dom Deluise and Burt Reynolds.

In September, Angela moved to John Knox Village and continues to enjoy the independent, active lifestyle offered at The Village.

Books can be found online through various sites, including the publisher (www.westbowpress.com/bookstore). However, if purchased from her personally, proceeds are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Angela’s 17-year-old grandson was diagnosed with cancer and is being treated by the hospital.

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Courtesy of TheNonProfitTimes

“Is a puzzlement.”

Do you remember that line from The King and I? We, who are the targets of nonprofit communications, shake our heads (sideways, not vertically) when we get an email whose heading is — as is one that was on my screen until 15 seconds ago — begins, “Successful Meetings — Click here to apply.”

Just about every rhetorical felony in nonprofit communication has to be compounded, doesn’t it? And in an email, it has to be at least doubly noticeable, doesn’t it? So, the recipients aren’t surprised, nor reactive, at this point in the short maturation period of email as a major (the major?) medium of force-communication, to encounter the heavy type that’s supposed to goad us into “applying”: “Reach your peak. Colorado’s Premiere Event!” As set in the email, that line was all caps, bold-faced, of course.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is a resident at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience consulting with and writing direct response copy for clients worldwide. Mr. Lewis is the author of “Hot Appeals or Burnt Offerings,” an analysis of fundraising techniques. His most recent book is his 32nd — “Internet Marketing Tips, Tricks, and Tactics.” Among his other books are “On the Art of Writing Copy,” “Creative Rules for the 21st Century,” and “How to Write Powerful Fund Raising Letters.” His Website is herschellgordonlewis.com

Blog-Andrea MacVicar-Andrea’s Latest Book

PIECES OF STAINED GLASS is a book of poetry.

I put together this book of poetry as a memoir from my earlier years of life-experiences in response to a Memories Class I taught in 2013 at John Knox Village where Mack and I reside. We moved to JKV, a “God-thing,” while I was still on chemo. The prognosis for my recovery was not good, but “through it all,” now I am cancer free, healthy, vigorous, and daily challenged to grow in Christ.

Writers always hope that readers enjoy and benefit from whatever they have put their hearts and souls into words. This is my hope as well. Of course, I want you to enjoy my poems. But most of all, I’d like for you to benefit by knowing that  all of the proceeds from your buying this book will contribute to many non-profit charities, including John Knox Village—a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida.

The book can be purchased at www.inspirationpress.org

 

In 2012, Andrea and Mack MacVicar became residents at John Knox Village. Andrea has ministered to the body of Christ since the age of eight. For over 50 years, she has served in God’s army in various roles as intercessor, counselor, missionary, pastor, teacher, educator, Christian TV and radio evangelist-speaker, minister to ministers, writer and conference-seminar leader.

“Dr. Andrea” completed her education through Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Marygrove College. Licensed and ordained in 1983 through Kingsway Fellowship International, she continued her education by earning a doctorate degree from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary. She is the Founder and President of Rejoice! Christian Ministries. She also is the author of two books, “Secret of the Laurel Crown” and “Tales of Zoftic”. Mack, her loving husband for over 40 years, is the administrator of Rejoice! Christian Ministries.

Most of Andrea’s blog entries can be found at her Website andreamacvicar.org.

Blog-Andrea MacVicar-The Other Cheek

Ever been in a situation when someone does something you feel is inconsiderate? Of course, you have. Did you ask the person to stop doing whatever? What if it’s your employer? A relative? A friend? Would you say “please stop” even if it cost you something?

An airline asked two females to disembark because they were kissing (mouth to mouth) on board. They protested and somehow the episode was leaked to the paper. The same airline okayed a cross-dresser for staying on board. A picture of the cross-dresser accompanied the article as he was being searched. Hmm! (Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, What gets you booted off plane?,” 10/1/11)

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In 2012, Andrea and Mack MacVicar became residents at John Knox Village. Andrea has ministered to the body of Christ since the age of eight. For over 50 years, she has served in God’s army in various roles as intercessor, counselor, missionary, pastor, teacher, educator, Christian TV and radio evangelist-speaker, minister to ministers, writer and conference-seminar leader.

“Dr. Andrea” completed her education through Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Marygrove College. Licensed and ordained in 1983 through Kingsway Fellowship International, she continued her education by earning a doctorate degree from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary. She is the Founder and President of Rejoice! Christian Ministries. She also is the author of two books, “Secret of the Laurel Crown” and “Tales of Zoftic”. Mack, her loving husband for over 40 years, is the administrator of Rejoice! Christian Ministries.

Most of Andrea’s blog entries can be found at her Website andreamacvicar.org.

Blog-Herschell Gordon Lewis-Don’t Say That

A quick question whose answer should pop into your mind within three seconds:

What benefit does “but” have that “however” lacks?

You’re putting a commanding finger on an almost-invisible way to add or lose power in a 21st-century email solicitation. Check this out:

It’s impossible to smile while saying, “However.” That damage doesn’t apply to “But.” So what? you ask? So this: we need rapport to maximize response. Formality, especially formality that transmits an unasked-for assumed superiority, is the sworn enemy of rapport. Hey, we’re in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and the marketing philosophy behind email permeates all sales messages.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is a resident at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience consulting with and writing direct response copy for clients worldwide. Mr. Lewis is the author of “Hot Appeals or Burnt Offerings,” an analysis of fundraising techniques. His most recent book is his 32nd — “Internet Marketing Tips, Tricks, and Tactics.” Among his other books are “On the Art of Writing Copy,” “Creative Rules for the 21st Century,” and “How to Write Powerful Fund Raising Letters.” His Website is herschellgordonlewis.com

Blog-Herschell Gordon Lewis-Exquisite Tailoring

We whose fortunes depend on our ability to siphon off a trivial portion of others’ fortunes face problems and decisions that seem trivial but aren’t trivial.

For example, do you puzzle over a response device asking for contributions ranging from $25 to $500? Which is better – listing the lowest amount first or listing the highest amount first?

The answer is … yes.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is a resident at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience consulting with and writing direct response copy for clients worldwide. Mr. Lewis is the author of “Hot Appeals or Burnt Offerings,” an analysis of fundraising techniques. His most recent book is his 32nd — “Internet Marketing Tips, Tricks, and Tactics.” Among his other books are “On the Art of Writing Copy,” “Creative Rules for the 21st Century,” and “How to Write Powerful Fund Raising Letters.” His Website is herschellgordonlewis.com

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As Facebook users surged past the one-billion mark and the Twitter logo has become omnipresent, a heavy percentage of nonprofits have established online Facebook pages, embraced Twitter messaging … and have experienced mixed results from experimentation with these new media.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is a resident at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida. He has extensive experience consulting with and writing direct response copy for clients worldwide. Mr. Lewis is the author of “Hot Appeals or Burnt Offerings,” an analysis of fundraising techniques. His most recent book is his 32nd — “Internet Marketing Tips, Tricks, and Tactics.” Among his other books are “On the Art of Writing Copy,” “Creative Rules for the 21st Century,” and “How to Write Powerful Fund Raising Letters.” His Website is herschellgordonlewis.com 

Blog-Andrea MacVicar-My Ten Top Predictions for 2013

Pictures of an old man with a beard holding a sickle contrasted to the new baby in a diaper for the New Year are no longer popular in the print media. But on this last day of 2012, I think of those depictions and my parents who liked to dress-up for their New Year’s Eve party at a fancy restaurant.

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In 2012, Andrea and Mack MacVicar became residents at John Knox Village. Andrea has ministered to the body of Christ since the age of eight. For over 50 years, she has served in God’s army in various roles as intercessor, counselor, missionary, pastor, teacher, educator, Christian TV and radio evangelist-speaker, minister to ministers, writer and conference-seminar leader.

“Dr. Andrea” completed her education through Wayne State University, University of Michigan and Marygrove College. Licensed and ordained in 1983 through Kingsway Fellowship International, she continued her education by earning a doctorate degree from Kingsway Christian College and Theological Seminary. She is the Founder and President of Rejoice! Christian Ministries. She also is the author of two books, “Secret of the Laurel Crown” and “Tales of Zoftic”. Mack, her loving husband for over 40 years, is the administrator of Rejoice! Christian Ministries.

Most of Andrea’s blog entries can be found at her Website andreamacvicar.org.