SHELL POINT LANDSCAPE MANAGER STEVEN MORTON EARNS NATIONAL CGM CERTIFICATION

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 25, 2010) — Steven Morton, Landscape Manager for Shell Point Retirement Community, recently became one of only 127 grounds management professionals in the nation to successfully complete the Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program offered through The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). Morton has been with Shell Point since 2005, and in addition to this recent certification, he is a Certified Horticultural Professional, Certified Landscape Inspector, Certified Arborist, and has a license in Pesticide Application for Lawns and Ornamental Plants issued by the State of Florida. 
The property at Shell Point Retirement Community is comprised of more than 500 acres and Morton is responsible for of all the landscaping outside of the golf course.  He oversees 17 employees in his department, as well as five contract turf-care contractors, and watches over a range of horticultural plants from palms to orchids.

“I try to encourage my employees to seek greater horticultural knowledge through industry associations,” said Morton.  “In the last five years, members of my team have achieved 16 separate certifications from various organizations representing different aspects of horticultural disciplines. The outcome of the Shell Point Landscape Management Team’s increased level of knowledge has resulted in improved beautification in our landscaping; enhanced technical expertise; improved communication; and formal recognition of our department within the organization.”

Morton earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on Horticulture from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) awarded his team at Shell Point with “The Green Star Award” for excellence in landscaping.

Founded in 1911, PGMS is a nationally known individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. Further information on PGMS and its CCM program is available online at www.PGMS.org.  To achieve the CGM professional designation, an individual must first have accomplished a certain level of education and on-the-job experience.  Then they must successfully complete a two-part examination process administered by PGMS.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course which is open to the public, as well as recreational/fitness facilities and deep water boating access for its residents.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

 

 

SHELL POINT ACADEMY OFFERS SEMINAR SERIES ON ANCIENT ROME

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 20, 2010) — The public is invited to attend a seminar series titled “Ancient Rome – The History of its Rise and Fall” presented by Professor Adrian Kerr, and sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point. The event will take place on Thursday’s, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, with each session being 10:15am to 11:45am in the Social Center located on the Island at Shell Point Retirement Community.

The Roman Empire represents an unmatched period in scale and stability during the turbulent times in Europe and the Middle East. Its art, architecture, law, philosophy, writing, engineering, language, and religion are all very relevant to today’s world.  Tickets for each seminar are $10, for a total cost of $40 for the entire series.  If you would like to sign up for the seminars, or for more information, please call (239) 454-2054 as seating is limited.

“The influence that Rome has had on the world is immense,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “We are very excited to have Adrian Kerr back at Shell Point again discussing this very exciting and interesting topic.”

Professor Adrian Kerr is regularly invited to give talks on the Ancient Middle East internationally, and has participated in TV and Radio programs relating to various topics in which he is considered an expert.  The purpose of this seminar series is to investigate the familiar highs and lows of the Roman time period.  He will discuss the fall of the city in 455AD, and how their influences are carried well into our recent times and traditions.  The series will consist of four seminars, with each one focusing on a different stage in the Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each trimester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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THE VILLAGE CHURCH AT SHELL POINT WELCOMES ORGANIST CRAWFORD WILEY

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 17, 2010) — Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes organist Crawford Wiley on Thursday, June 3, at 7:15pm.  The performance will be in The Village Church Auditorium at Shell Point Retirement Community announced Randy Woods, Minister of Worship and Music for The Village Church.

“Mr. Wiley is a fine young organist,” says Pastor Woods.  “We are pleased to have him offer this free performance to the community, and know that the audience will not be disappointed as Crawford plays our four-manual Allen Organ.”


Wiley is a native of Naples, Florida and studied organ with Claire Faasse from the age of 13. He has just finished his Junior year at Bob Jones University, where he is studying for a B.M. in Organ Performance with Dr. Ed Dunbar.  This recital will feature Bach’s Toccata in F, Durufle’s Variations on VENI CREATOR; Britten’s Prelude & Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria and various favorite hymn arrangements.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the concert, please call (239) 454-2147.

The Village Church at Shell Point is a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and serves a congregation of more than 600.  The Village Church is located near the entrance to the Island at Shell Point and seats 1,000 people.  Shell Point Retirement Community is a continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.

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SHELL POINT TO HOST A WELLNESS SEMINAR Presentation to focus on Healthy Bones….Healthy You!

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2010) — Shell Point Retirement Community will host a wellness seminar focused on the Osteoporosis on Friday, June 4, at 2pm.  The general public is invited to come learn more about this topic, and what can be done to improve your health.  Lynne Fraser, Shell Point personal trainer, will be the presenter, and the event will take place in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point Retirement Community.

“As we get older, our bodies get weaker, especially our bones,” said Mary Franklin, Resort Services Manager at Shell Point. “This presentation is helpful because it focuses on the affects of Osteoporosis and arthritis, and how to improve your health with either or both of these ailments.  No matter who you are, as we age, most of us will be presented with this health issue, and being prepared for it and learning ways to improve it are good to know at any age.”

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SHELL POINT WELCOMES LOCAL AUTHOR ROBERT N. MACOMBER

Local Author will Discuss His Newest Book, the Darkest Shade of Honor

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 7, 2010) — The Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend a program presented by Robert N. Macomber, a well-known local author.  Macomber will offer insight into his research for his latest book, The Darkest Shade of Honor, on Monday, May 24, from 10am to 11:30am.   The presentation will be held in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands neighborhood at Shell Point Retirement Community.

“Robert Macomber is an excellent author, and his research is fascinating to hear about as well.  He has offered multiple presentations in the Academy during other trimesters,” said Teri Kollath, manager of The Academy and Volunteer Services. “His presentations are always well attended, and we are glad to have such a great relationship with him to be able to provide this opportunity for our residents and the general public.”

Macomber’s recent book, The Darkest Shade of Honor, is set in 1886, with scenes from New York, Havana, Key West, Tampa, Sarasota, and many barrier islands in Florida.  The plot revolves around a story of Cuban revolutionaries who are operating in Florida, while Spanish agents try to stop them and the U.S. Government attempts to discover them.  Books will be available with a book signing at the end of the presentation.

The event is free; however seating is limited and a reservation is required. Please contact 239-454-2054 to RSVP or for further information.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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SHELL POINT HOSTS SPECIAL EVENT FOR MILITARY VETERANS  

Veterans Invited to Attend Special Luncheon to Learn About Retirement Options

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 6, 2010) — Military veterans and their spouses, men and women aged 55 and over, are invited to attend a free luncheon and tour at Shell Point Retirement Community on Friday, May 21. Members of the Shell Point Veterans Club will serve as hosts and hostesses at the event, which will include patriotic entertainment, a brief presentation about Shell Point, and a guided tour of the community.

“When my wife and I moved into The Woodlands at Shell Point in 2008, I was surprised by how many veterans lived here,” said Jack Hubbard, president of the community’s Veterans Club. “Many of these retired veterans were career military, but the majority spent just a few years in the service, especially during the years around World War II, the Korean War, and lately even the Vietnam War,” he said. “Although their service may have been a long time ago, we find that it was an important time in our lives and one we well remember. Meeting others who shared this experience is very uplifting and we enjoy getting together.”

Guests will learn about the numerous retirement options available at Shell Point during the luncheon presentation given by one of the community’s experienced retirement counselors who will explain the concept of lifecare and the numerous benefits received when becoming a resident at Shell Point.  Included in the visit will be a tour of the popular Shell Point Train Room, as well as other attractive amenities, plus decorated model units.
Admission to this event is free; however, seating is limited, so reservations are required and may be made by calling Maureen at 239-466-1131 or 1-800-780-1131.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, go to www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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KING’S CROWN AT SHELL POINT HOSTS A SUNSET COOK OUT AND INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION AND TOUR

Public Invited to View Benefits of Assisted Living at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 6, 2010) — Shell Point Retirement Community will host an Assisted Living Informational Event on Tuesday, May 25, at 5pm at the Kings Crown Assisted Living located on The Island at Shell Point.

Please join us for a relaxing cook out as you enjoy a presentation about Shell Point’s Assisted Living options presented by Rita Southern, Director of Assisted Living.  The presentation will be followed by a tour of the award-winning facility including the opportunity to view furnished residences.

“Assisted Living facilities allow prospective residents and their families an alternative to nursing care for parents who may need assistance with the activities of daily living, but do not require full time skilled nursing,” said Rita Southern, director of assisted living facilities. “Assisted Living offers individuals a comforting home-like environment, while improving the daily quality of life through a variety of amenities.”

Shell Point has two assisted living facilities on site, the King’s Crown Assisted Living and the Arbor Assisted Living.  The King’s Crown was recently renovated and features 120 residential units; an expansive beautifully appointed dining room; library; computer station; and a variety of activity and gathering spaces.

The Arbor Assisted Living is an elegant facility with a total of 132 units, and a variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans.  Amenities on site for residents include a full-time activities staff, fitness center, salon, game rooms, chapel, library, and a number of social areas throughout the building.

Space is limited for this free event.  To reserve your spot, or for more information about the Assisted Living Sunset Cook Out Event to be held on Tuesday, May 25, at 5pm at the Kings Crown, please call McKenzie Boren (239) 454-2077.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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