Florida’s Elder Affairs Secretary Visits

Gema Hernandez Declares Shell Point an Ideal Example

FORT MYERS, FL (July 13, 2000) – Dr. Gema G. Hernandez, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, recently visited Shell Point as part of the Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour 2000. Secretary Hernandez spoke in the Social Center to a large group of government and community leaders and representatives from a number of social service organizations that provide services to seniors in southwest Florida. The audience included representatives from the Shell Point Residents’ Council, residents of Shell Point, and other guests.

Dr. Hernandez is traveling the state of Florida as part of Florida’s Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour. Lt. Governor Frank Brogan and Secretary Hernandez launched this event last month in Tallahassee. The purpose of the tour is to encourage Florida’s counties and cities to take steps to make their communities elder-ready.

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Being Funny Is Serious Business – Resident Cartoonist Shares His Talents

FORT MYERS, FL (July 1, 2000) – Most everyone at Shell Point has seen one of Ned Beard’s cartoons on a flyer or in a newspaper. His black-and-white vignettes, personally drawn for the occasions, give residents that little chuckle that their day needs. Their joyous and giving spirit make Ned and Dot Beard a special couple.

Ned served in the Navy during World War II. On the GI Bill, he then studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, where a blind date led him to Dorothy Janda, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. They soon married and raised a family.

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