Kendal at Lexington News
Little Free Libraries
In early 2011, Kendal Charitable Funds made a grant to each Kendal affiliate of $5000. The funds were to be used for community outreach and to advance Kendal’s diversity initiative. After a lot of consideration from the Kendal at Lexington team, a decision was made to use the funds to build and stock “Little Free Libraries.”
Steve Jewell, Executive Director of Kendal, learned of Little Free Libraries after reading an article from DailyGood.org. Little Free Libraries was created by Todd Bol of Madison, Wisconsin, after the death of his mother. She was an avid reader and book lover. He built the first library as a way to honor her. The miniature library was constructed by Bol and installed outside his home. He stocked it with books with the idea of ‘take a book, leave a book.’ The library was a success and the movement has significantly grown.
Just two years after the first library, there are estimated to be between 300 and 400 Little Free Libraries, located in 24 states and 8 countries. In fact, Little Free Libraries has most recently been featured on NBC Nightly News and in USA Today. The libraries help spread the love of reading and of books, with many being located in underserved areas. The libraries consist of a waterproof box on a pole with a peaked roof and a plexi-glass front. They are stocked with books to be loaned out and returned. Borrowers may also give books of their own.
Ron Smith, Kendal’s Director of Facility Services, made the original Little Library for Kendal at Lexington’s project. Since then, resident Lloyd Craighill has created several little houses of varying sizes and finishes, and other residents, like Harrison Bicknell, have assisted in the woodshop at Kendal.
Sarah Giddings and Anne Preuss, members of the Library Committee have helped to organize a theme and procure books for each library. The ladies share how much they’ve thoroughly enjoyed shopping for books for children and pre-teens, on health, and an array of other topics.
Eight sites in Rockbridge County have been chosen as a library location, each with a different theme.
The first Little Free Library was installed by residents and members of the Facilities Staff in late March at Lime Kiln Bridge Park. Just after installation, a mother was enjoying the new library with her girls, Olivia and Zoey. Olivia commented, “that’s really cool, a free library right here in the park!”
The remaining seven libraries will be installed through spring.
Rockbridge Pieceworkers Quilt Guild
In early March, Kendal had the opportunity to host the Rockbridge Pieceworkers Quilt Guild. Following their regular business meeting, the Guild enjoyed a presentation by Nancy Epley, a resident of Kendal. Nancy presented nearly twenty of the over 100 quilted jackets she’s made through the years. Some of the recipients of her jackets modeled them for the group. One made for a friend, Elizabeth, featured her lovely historic brick home and tennis court, where she and Nancy once played. Another made for Anne, features Lee House, where she lived with her husband while he was president of W&L. Nancy’s jackets are a true work of art. Following the presentation, guests toured Kendal to see some of the other quilts and crafts made by Kendal residents and members of Kendal’s Sewing Circle, including Louise Tardy and Bunny Babcock.
If you’d like to learn more about the Rockbridge Pieceworkers Quilt Guild, please visit http://rpgg.com. To learn more about the Sewing Circle, please contact Charlotte or Alex.
W&L and VMI Rated Among America's Best
According to Forbes magazine, W&L and VMI, both home to Lexington, VA, are among the nation's best colleges. W&L was rated 25th and VMI 65th among the 650 schools that made the list. The rankings were based five general categories: Post Graduate Success, Student Satisfaction, Debt, Four Year Graduation Rate and Competitive Awards. Here at Kendal, we are fortunate to have access to both of these schools, whether to audit classes, attend performances, or watch a sporting event.
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Kendal Announces Arthritis Foundation Courses
The Fitness Center staff, Sherry Harrill, Wellness Coordinator, and Susan Evans, Wellness Assistant, is pleased to announce that Kendal at Lexington has received a partnership agreement with the Arthritis Foundation. This means we have been approved to offer the Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement series of exercise and educational programs. These programs are designed to help people with arthritis improve mobility and increase quality of life.
The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program was added to the wellness offerings in July. This program combines the buoyancy of water and the warmth of a heated pool to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness. Exercises focus on range of motion, gentle strengthening, and low-level endurance. You do not need to be able to swim to participate. The program is going very well and residents are enjoying the new program!
The wellness staff completed tai chi training with the Arthritis Foundation in July. Tai chi combines agile steps and joint-safe poses to improve mobility and reduce pain and stiffness. This program will be added to the calendar by fall.
We hope to be able to offer additional Arthritis Foundation programs in the future. We believe that this partnership will benefit residents and Kendal alike. If you are interested in learning more about these programs or would like to receive a fitness calendar, please contact Alex or Charlotte at 800-976-8303.
Kendal Board Names Four New Directors, June 2011
The board of directors of Kendal at Lexington elected four new members at its May 19 annual meeting: Lloyd Craighill, Jane Horton, Joan Robins and Brian Shaw.
“We are fortunate to have these four outstanding individuals join our board,” said J. Hardin Marion, board chair. “They have all been active in the local community and will bring important expertise and perspectives to the work that we do.”
Craighill, a former executive with Philip Morris Inc. in Richmond, has been a resident of Kendal at Lexington since 2000. He serves on the boards of the Virginia Horse Center and the Rockbridge Area Hospice and previously served on the boards of Stonewall Jackson Foundation, Historic Lexington Foundation, Rockbridge Historical Society, the United Way, and Stonewall Jackson Hospital, which he chaired.
Horton is university physician and director of student health and counseling services at Washington and Lee University, where she has worked for more than 20 years. She is also an assistant Institute physician at VMI. Horton is vice chair of the board of Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and is also a past chair of the Stonewall Jackson Hospital board.
Joan Robins has been director of Hillel at Washington and Lee University for 10 years and spearheaded construction of the Hillel House, which opened in September 2010. Before joining W&L, she was a nurse in the community for many years. She has served on the board of the Rockbridge Area Community Services.
Brian Shaw is president of the George C. Marshall Foundation, an independent research and leadership organization located on the VMI post. Before joining the foundation, Shaw was director of communications at W&L. He has served on the boards of the Rockbridge Area Economic Development Commission, the Rockbridge Area Community Services, the Lexington Downtown Development Association and the Rockbridge Area YMCA. From 1988 to 1994, he served on Lexington City Council.
Three members are retiring from the board: Woody Sadler, Sandy Harcus and Matt Paxton. The Kendal at Lexington board now has 17 members, all of whom are area residents.
At its May 19 meeting, the board also elected officers for the coming year: Hardin Marion, chairman; Ruth Woodcock, vice chairman; Pam Luecke, secretary; and Greg Raitz, treasurer.
Kendal at Lexington Ranked Among "Best Nursing Homes" in Virginia
US News and World Report recently ranked more than 15,000 nursing homes across the nation. Kendal at Lexington's Benjamin Borden Health Center was among the best ranked nursing homes in Virginia. The rating is based on receiving five stars, the highest overall rating, from the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A facility's overall rating is geared to it's performance in health inspections, nurse staffing and medical care. Additional information.
Kendal Launches New Rockbridge Dementia Caregivers Support Group
Kendal at Lexington launched the new Rockbridge Dementia Caregivers Support Group on September 9, 2010. Under the auspices of the Alzheimer's Association, the group provides an opportunity for friends and family to share valuable information, caregiving tips and concerns throughout the Alzheimer journey. "I initiated the group, seeing the need for caregivers to have support, a time and place to meet and discuss their needs. Caregivers often experience a sense of isolation. Our country is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It affects everyone differently and becomes a tremendous emotional, financial and spiritual strain on the family and friends who are caregivers," stated Cathy Lewis, the support group leader and Clinic Nurse for Kendal at Lexington.
The Rockbridge Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Sunnyside House located at Kendal at Lexington. All caregivers along with their family and friends are invited to attend. Refreshments and educational materials are provided. For additional information, please call 540-463-1910.
Kendal Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
On July 17, 2010, Kendal at Lexington celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special ceremony and social. Residents, staff, board members, families & friends, and wait list members attended the celebration. Ruth Woodcock, resident and vice chair of the board, spoke at the ceremony.
"The Bulb Brigade"
In an effort to become more “green” the Sustainability Committee established a task group, the "Bulb Brigade." This group worked to educate other residents about the benefits of CFL bulbs, allowing them the opportunity to try them out in place of the traditional bulbs. Phil Young, resident and convener of the committee, said the program was very successful. “We switched out over 200 bulbs, helping to decrease energy costs in the community. Residents found the CFL bulbs provided quality lighting and felt good they could make a difference in energy consumption in the community.”
As the CFL bulbs were installed, the residents collected the traditional bulbs for donation to the local Habitat for Humanity. Pictured here are Phil Young with Harrison Bicknell, another resident who assisted with the project.
Names Three New Directors
The board of directors of Kendal at Lexington elected three new members at its May 20 meeting: Marylin Alexander, Ab Smith and Dan Walz. “We are delighted to have these three outstanding individuals join our board,” said J. Hardin Marion, board chair. “They bring important expertise and new perspectives to the work that we do.”
Marylin Alexander, a Lexington native, is property manager for the Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation and a member of Lexington City Council. She is treasurer of First Baptist Church has been a community member of Kendal’s Marketing and Community Relations Committee for the past year. She has served on numerous other community boards and chaired the Lexington City School Board for three years. Ab Smith is a consulting optical engineer who has lived in Lexington since 1991. A singer with the Rockbridge Choral Society and Lexington Presbyterian Church choir, Smith has served on the boards of Fine Arts in Rockbridge and the English Speaking Union. Dan Walz has been executive director of the Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity for nine years and was recently named chair of Habitat Virginia, an umbrella organization that supports all 52 Habitat affiliates in Virginia. Dan served in the Peace Corps in Africa after college and has business experience in several African countries. He attends the Maury River Friends Meeting.
Two members are retiring from the board: Deb Klein, Parish Associate of Lexington Presbyterian Church; and Mike Walsh, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement at Washington and Lee University. The Kendal at Lexington board now has 16 members, all of whom are local residents.