May is Older Americans Month

Shell Point Kicks Off Month of Celebration With Breakfast Event

FORT MYERS, FL – May has been designated Older Americans Month throughout the U.S.A. – a time when seniors are honored and recognized for their significant contributions to our wonderful country. Shell Point is joining in this celebration of age with a month of special events to help us commemorate our past, as well as look to the future.

Share the Spirit Breakfast Kick-off
Mr. Bob Janes, Chairman of the Lee County Commission and Commissioner for District 1, joined us on, Thursday, May 2, at our Share the Spirit Breakfast in the Crystal Room on The Island at Shell Point. Janes, a Sanibel resident who was recently voted Citizen of the Year, addressed a crowd of 175 Shell Point residents regarding area growth, hurricane preparedness and several other issues impacting Lee County’s future. He also read a preview of the formal proclamation from the Lee County Commission declaring May to be Older Americans Month at Shell Point and throughout Lee County. (Right: Bob Janes poses with Shell Point’s Volunteer Coordinator Teri Kollath and VP of Operations David Haverstick.)

Formal Proclamation to Lee County Commission
On Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m., Andy Coy, Lee County Commissioner for District 4, will read the formal proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month to the Lee County Commission, in their Chambers in downtown Fort Myers. The formal reading of the proclamation will enter it into Lee County’s Public Record.

Radio Host Vernon Peeples Reminisces About the Way Things Were in Florida
On Thursday, May 30, at 2:15p.m., we are proud to welcome Vernon Peeples, host of Vernon’s Views each Monday at 7:35a.m. on NPR (National Public Radio, WGCU and WMKO-FM). He will join us in the Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point to share his wealth of knowledge about the state of Florida and his family’s role in the fascinating history of the state. With a Florida family chronicle dating back eight generations to 1845, this 70-something historian has much to share! His years of collecting significant historical documents began when he was 10; then following in his family’s footsteps, he served on the State Legislature for 12 years — and is now working on a history project for the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, of which he is a member. Vernon Peeples is a distinguished Floridian who epitomizes the indomitable spirit of our Salute to Older Americans during the month of May.

Other special events taking place for Shell Point residents during May include an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, Salute to Residents Luncheons, Silver Screen Classic Movie Night and a concert by Geoffrey Day, Lan Lam and Friends from the Naples Philharmonic. On Tuesday, May 14, direct from BIG ARTS on Sanibel, a special performance by Charlotte Heimann (Shell Point resident), Kevin Pierce and Marsha Wagner, in a sophisticated comedy-drama reading of The Golden Age.

Shell Point Retirement Community is home to over 1,600 active retirees who enjoy their resort-oriented lifestyle in two neighborhoods; The Island and The Woodlands. Shell Point is located just two miles before the Sanibel Causeway on Summerlin Rd. in Fort Myers.

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