BY JUDY POOLER
When I was a young girl in the early 50’s my family would often take rides through Cooperstown and the Cherry Valley area.
I was born in Utica and at that time these areas seemed so far away. Little did I know that someday I would be working in Cooperstown.
In 2004 I moved to Richfield Springs after marrying David Pooler. A friend of mine, Sue Winne, suggested that I go to The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home for a job. I had always been in the office end of employment and knew nothing of Personal Care. When I went to fill out my application, I was immediately interviewed by Pat Donnelly and my future boss Laura Black. I was hired before I left the building. I started work the Saturday after going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My husband David, my daughter Stephania, Christ my son-inlaw and I attended the parade and all had a wonderful time.
David had never been to New York City before.
November 27, 2004 was the beginning of my life as a Personal Care Aide.
First let me tell you this is the most wonderful and gratifying position I have had in my entire working career.
Monday’s through Sunday’s there is always an activity to be enjoyed by all. Whether it be bird watching with Nancy Rackmyer, fun n’ fit exercises, the weekly movie, Bible Study, Communion of various faiths, shopping downtown, manicures, pedicures, hairdresser, jewelry making that I host, rides with various staff members or gardening with Carol Affourtit, who incidentally harvested our first veggies from the resident garden which were used in a salad. What a wonderful feeling to eat your own veggies.
A picnic was on July 2 in celebration of the 4th of July. Cindy Moore offered her porch as a viewing area for Patsy DeBaun, Bobbie Mook, Wanda Noyes and Vivian Allison to view the parade on the 5th. Thank you Cindy.
After the parade some of the residents shucked corn for their dinner. Laurie Blatt has implemented a Surprise Activity for Wednesdays, which has been a great success and gets everyone over Hump Day. On July 7th Peg Hage’s son Gordie arrived with the Cooperstown Trolley for a ride up the lake.
A good time was had by Art and Bunnie Laidlaw, Maureen Micek, Bobbie Mook, Ralph Veenema, Jeanette Hansen, Sue Stevens, Doris Blomquist, Wanda Noyes, Patsy DeBaun, our newest addition to CWTH, Dudley, our faithful companion, Vivian Allison and Laurie Blatt.
Mary Butler and I hosted a Treasure Trove on Sunday July the 11th, and what a treasure it was. Alberta Bowes brought jewelry and various items from all over the world that she acquired during her travels as a military nurse.
Janet Saporito brought shoe buttons from her great grandmother’s shoes. Can you imagine buttoning your shoes? Mary Butler shared her wedding photo. I shared a civil War Cameo that was a gift from my maternal grandmother. Bunny Laidlaw presented a sterling silver comb and a huge frog pendant.
Jeanette Hansen shared her Battleaxe Cross given to her by her husband after a trip to England. If you run into Jeanette ask her to tell you the story of her cross. She is hardly without it.
I would like to extend congratulations to Dan and Kristin Butler and their entire family for the new addition to the family, a beautiful baby boy. This new addition is resident Ellen Hankin’s great grandchild, and Mary Butler’s grandchild.
I have now come to the end, but before I go I would like to give tribute to Bert Kull- Chapin, a former resident of the Home. A Memorial Service was held for Bert on July 10.
Bert was a wonderful, beautiful and endearing woman who is greatly missed by all who knew and cared for her. Your eyes will shine and sparkle forever. Finally two quotes I would like to share with you:
``Unless life is lived for others it is not worthwhile’’ - Mother Teresa
``Do not confuse the pleasure of pleasing with the happiness of loving’’ - Coco Chanel
BY JUDY POOLER
- Home Notes
- April activities fool many as spring comes, goes There were many April fool jokes played here at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home on April 1. Some of us found our door name plates turned upside down or swapped with one from another door and furniture and objects were mysteriously moved around in our rooms. The dining room was completely transformed from its usual formal setting into a hodpodge of mismatched china and … horrors, plastic tablecloths and paper napkins. Each table was decorated with a different theme, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter. Christmas carols played in the background. We suspect that Dee Bouck, of Personal Care and John Santello, Activities Director, were mainly responsible for this mayhem.
- Pete Rose on deck for TLC The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn't being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Holiday celebrations have begun We have decked the halls of the home with garland, the greenhouses delivered a magnificent wreath for the door and the largest poinsettias we've ever seen, with pristine white cyclamen to accent the tables.
- Home welcomes new residents We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country.
Summer has been busy at the home
In the spring we held a workshop to create a shared vision of a summer program that would provide meaningful and enriching experiences. Residents and staff partnered to brainstorm creative ideas, then a planning committee of residents and staff worked out the details to organize and schedule the events from June through August. We’ve had many enjoyable and actionpacked days, and our journey will continue in August.
Home Notes: Celebrations abound at the Thanksgiving Home
April was a month of celebrations and much to appreciate. We had a 90th birthday celebration for Wanda Noyes on April 4 including her family and friends. Personal care staff Dee Bouck worked with residents to hand paint Easter eggs for the tree in the activity room.
Home Notes: Workshops held for Thanksgiving Home residents
We welcomed Linda Keller, Ph.D. of the Bassett Research Institute and Ida Baker of NYCAMH who presented a six-week workshop for residents and staff.
Home Notes: Residents enjoy harvest dinner
The month of October was absolutely GOURD-geous at The Thanksgiving Home. We started off the month with a beautiful and festive harvest dinner for both staff and residents. As one big family, we sat around warm plates of turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious corn casserole and fresh rolls.
Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September
“Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” -- Sylvia Voirol
The month of September began on a damp note at the home. The rains of Hurricane Irene, flooded basements andwashed out roadways making it impossible for some staff to get to work during their scheduled times. Thank you to all who helped cover for each other during the rains!
Home Notes: August is opera season
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” - Langston Hughes There is a never a shortage of humor at the Thanksgiving Home, andAugust was no different.
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