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December 2007

Quarterly Newsletter







2007 Senior Health Fair

 Fort Madison Health Center took second place at the Senior Health Fair, held at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington on October 25. With the theme “Under the Big Top,” more than seventy vendors set up with more than 800 in attendance. FMHC displayed elephants, bears, clowns, a carousel horse with monkeys riding on the horse, circus books, balloons and circus music playingfmhc 2007 health fair the entire day, while circus characters dangled from the colorful big top. Our banner was displayed prominently at the front of the table, “Great Things Happening Under the Big Top at Fort Madison Health Center.” Shirley McMurray dressed as the ringmaster and Kathy Casey was in a clown costume. Business cards were printed in circus theme and tied together to simulate the circus train; popcorn, peanuts, calendars, pens, and information were handed out to the seniors to inform of the health center’s services. Approximately 300 seniors were registered to win a large popcorn canister of popcorn, peanuts, movies, goodies, soda, all served on a tray with the circus theme. Congratulations to Anna Coppes of Burlington, the winner of the drawing. Thank you to everyone who took part in making this a successful, fun day at the Health Fair.



Fort Madison Veterans

We at Fort Madison Health Center are honored to serve those who have served our country. The following are our honored veterans: us flag

Robert Bendel
 Paul Bowen
 Claire Briggs
 Charles Cecil
 Henry Hoskins
 James Holvey
 Ernest Marsh
Melvin Mathis

 Trueman Matthews
 Louis Miller
 Maynard Mincer
 Mike Olsen
 William Rothlauf
 Felix Sanchez
 James Sommers
 George Thompson

Thank you for your service to our country.





Kenny Baker 1/8
Billie Rusher 1/11
Janella Swanson 1/12
Anna Glasscock 1/17
Mike Olsen 1/20
Joyce Ewing 1/27
Maynard Mincer 1/30


Eddie Hayes 2/1
Grace Herring 2/1
Mary Lorton 2/5
Louis Dade 2/10
Leona Wood 2/17
Fern Larson 2/22
Esther Druppel 2/28


Lloyd Kelly 3/1
Janet Klesner 3/5
Pauline Nowokunski 3/5
Doreen Mincer 3/7
Norma Lutz 3/11
Claire Briggs 3/14
Charles Cecil 3/14
Ruth Snyder 3/16
Catherine Mehl 3/18
Eleanor Lucas 3/19
Delya Cecil 3/22




Dietary Week

Dietary Week this year was October first through the sixth. The Dietary Department started the week off with Monday as “Kiss the Cook” day. The Dietary staff passed out Hershey Kisses to all the staff and residents on that day. Some of us did get kisses on the cheeks from the residents. It was a fun day. The next day was cookie day where we made cookies for all the staff at the Health Center. Wednesday was a nice carry-in meal and we brought some of our specialties that we made at home to share with everyone. Oteam fansn Thursday the Dietary Department made a cake for the pay day meeting. The cake was decorated in a sports theme with sayings like “Team Work,” and “There is No ‘I’ in Team.” This was the kick off for the big tailgate party on Friday. Everyone was asked to wear a shirt or ball cap to represent their favorite team, whether it be baseball, football, or even a NASCAR team. We cooked polish sausage and brats on the grill, grilled some onions and had all the other “fix en's” for a regular tailgate meal. Residents and staff really enjoyed it. It was also a time to remind each department that working together as one team makes this a good place to work and working as a team for one goal: making this the best home for our residents.




Activity News

 We have been staying busy with activities during this busy holiday season.

 In October, we had Trick or Treat night. We gave the residents candy to hand out to all the kids in the community who came. The residents had a wonderful time. On Halloween we had a party for all of the residents; some of the residents and staff dressed in costume for the occasion.

 On December 6th we are having a bazaar and country store. Some of the residents have made things they want to sell, so stop in and check us out!

 In December we also have our annual potluck. That is when we invite family members to bring a covered dish, we supply the meat and beverage, and everyone has a wonderful evening of food and conversation, as well as a visit from Santa and his elf. Come have a pleasant evening with us on December 13.



2007 Alzheimer’s Memory Walk

Fort Madison Health Center’s team “Magic Makers” participated in the memory walk at Crapo Park in Burlington, IA. Staff and family members represented FMHC. The local Boy Scouts assisted with the opening and closing ceremonies. Officer Boomer and Reno gave demonstrations of the canine’s help with the police department. Doug Vandiver and Kathy Dye alzheimers memory walk 2007entertained with music. A lot of activities filled the park throughout the day, and lunch was served to all who participated. 

During the month of September we had a bake sale, sold pedometers, tacos, snacks, held a silent auction, $1.00 jeans days, accepted pledges, and raised $610. Great job, team! Thanks to everyone who participated - we hope to see you next year at the 2008 Memory Walk.




Service Awards/Retirement Ceremony

Fort Madison Health Center honored the following 2007 recipients for five, ten, fifteen and twenty-five years of service: Sheryl Gant, five years; Tenile Aldridge, Shirley McMurray, Beth Todd, ten years; Deb Bruno, Caroline Gastelum, Sharon Loffler, fifteen years; Reva Anderson, twenty-five years. Pins were given to each. Reva Anderson retired after twenty-five years of service. Each facility and Inhance presented Reva with a Thomas Kincade musical light house and a beautiful gold necklace. CaAwards024ke and punch were served to all who attended. Reva will be missed by all.










Moose Honors

moose logoCongratulations to Vera Wright, who has been a member of the Moose Lodge for fifty years. Vera states that she joined in 1956 when she was thirty-three and has remained a faithful member for fifty years. Vera stated that she joVera001ined because she liked the nice people, dances, meals the first of the month and around Rodeo time. She also enjoyed the pot lucks. Vera remembers playing the piano for ten years at the meetings, always playing Blessed Is the Tie That Binds.  Vera also remembers the Christmas parties for the children and how much fun everyone had.










Congratulations to Bob and Susan Becker who exchanged wedding vows on October 20. A small reception was held at the Fort Madison Health Center with friends and family attending for a catered meal and wedding cake and a time of celebration. Each resident was given a piece of wedding cake with their dinner, after which the bride and groom traveled to Florida for a short honeymoon. Good luck to both of you in your new adventure
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