The Copeland Experience March 2017
Copeland Oaks Open House: April 1, 1 – 4 pm
The Copeland Oaks 250-acre campus offers a vibrant social life with opportunities to meet folks of similar interests and make new friends. There are opportunities for continued learning, stimulating discussion, and challenges to keep folks mentally sharp. There are also opportunities for fitness and sports geared to the 55 and above crowd. The musical programs, concerts, and day trips are focused on the era the “baby boomers” enjoyed most.
The April 1 Open House tour will feature
- Creativity Center – where we bring out hidden talents during a variety of art and handcraft classes like watercolor and acrylic painting, quilting and wood carving.
- Wood Shop – where we give new life to beloved antiques and create useful new items.
- Buckeye Aerobic Room – where we energize the body during a full menu of activities from chair exercises to Zumba and yoga.
- Library – where we sharpen the mind and enjoy exciting adventures, mysteries and romances as words leap off the pages of hundreds of books.
- Archives Room – where we preserve Copeland’s rich half century history.
- Thrift Shop – where we treasure hunt on a budget and re-purpose not needed household goods and clothing.
- Acorn Gift Shop – where we share our talents with friends and family, and offer handmade cards and artisan items for sale.
- Chapel – where we feed the spirit and celebrate many of life’s milestones.
Stop in to view the newly remodeled main Copeland Dining Room, enjoy an afternoon taste treat and chat with friends. For more information, check out our event poster or call Copeland Oaks Community Information at 330-938- 6126.
Copeland Oaks events are always well attended and provide many an exciting story! Last month’s line-up was no exception.
Copeland Oaks Partners with OSHIIP
Copeland Oaks Retirement Community recently hosted two programs presented by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP).
An OSHIIP representative presented a Medicare Information Session to answer questions and address several consumer guides relating to health and other insurance that will be available.
“Copeland Oaks is proud to work with OSHIIP to offer current, objective information to Copeland residents and to residents of area communities. OSHIIP presenters are experts on Medicare and related health insurance information,” noted Mary Walker, RN, Director of Community Information.
Mary Walker, RN and Kim Strabala, LPN are OSHIIP volunteer counselors who meet with Copeland residents and assist them in understanding how Medicare works and identifying the coverage that best meets their personal needs.
According to the Ohio Dept. of Insurance, during 2014, OSHIIP counseled more than 250,000 people saving them over $18 million.
A Visit From Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Copeland Oaks was honored to host a visit from Bishop Tracy S. Malone of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Malone greeted Copeland Oaks residents at an open reception on Sunday, March 19, in the Williamsburg Lounge. She enjoyed supper in the main dining room before presenting Vespers services at 7 P.M. in Bennett Chapel.
Experiencing her first visit to Copeland Oaks Retirement Community, she was appointed Bishop of the EOC in July, 2016, after serving as Dean of the Cabinet and District Superintendent of the Chicago Southern Region of Northern Illinois. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in 2001.
2017 UMU Spring Schooler Lecture: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
The University of Mount Union has gifted Copeland Oaks with 25 complimentary tickets for the 2017 Spring Schooler Lecture at the Peterson Field House on the UMU Campus. The Schooler Lecturer will be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Jabarr is the NBA’s leading scorer who won five of his six NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. An author, father of five and cancer survivor, Kareem is a 2016 recipient of the Medal of Freedom presented by President Barack Obama.
Keeping Road Worthy
Friday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m.
The Copeland Oaks bus will provide transportation for residents to the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles BMV office in Alliance.
Veterans’ Benefits Presentation
Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Moses Murphy, Senior Service Officer from the Mahoning County Veterans Commission, will present benefits and services available to those who are Veterans.
Tax Preparation Assistance
Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00pm
For the convenience of Copeland Oaks residents, a representative of D. T. Moore Tax Service will be on campus to assist with tax preparation needs on March 22 and 29.
The UMU Connection – Adventures in Learning Lecture Series
March 16 – April 6
Global Competition: “Is the U.S. Ready?” is the topic to be discussed by Dr. Francis Schortgen, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Mount Union, during the annual Spring campus lecture series.
The following topics will be discussed on Thursdays at 10 A.M. in Murphy Auditorium:
- March 16 – Trade Deals & the Global Economy
- March 23 – The 21st Century Workforce
- March 30 – Fixing America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
- April 6 – The Global Wave of Populist Nationalism
Copeland Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m.
The Easter Bunny will be hopping down the bunny trail to Copeland Oaks for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. A collaborative project of Copeland Oaks Human Resource Dept., the Employee Appreciation Committee and the Copeland Dietary Dept., the egg hunt is open to children and grandchildren of employees.
The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. on the lawns between Lakeview Terrace and the Gazebo. The Easter bunny will be available for photos at 10:30 a.m. Anticipation for the annual Spring Fest is already running high throughout the Copeland Campus as employees donate candy treats that will be stuffed into about 3,000 eggs by residents of Copeland Oaks Assisted Living. It takes a village to field an egg hunt!
A Message from Dave Mannion, CEO
Copeland Oaks Looks to Past, Present and Future
We are coming to the end of a long and rather dreary Ohio Winter. Unlike bears in the woods, we at Copeland Oaks have not been hibernating. Copeland Oaks has been a beehive of indoor activity during the past 6 months.
This winter has seen a variety of renovations and remodeling projects within the Beeghly Buildings, the main complex of the Copeland campus.
The number of residents who can benefit and the menu of programs offered by Susan Bleggi, RN, Copeland Wellness Director, have increased with the opening of the Buckeye Aerobics Center on the ground floor near the Lakeview Terrace. The center is a state-of-the-art facility that is spacious, bright and safe for seniors.
In time to welcome Holiday guests, the main entrance to the Copeland Campus was renovated and re-decorated. Wall coverings, floors and lightening were replaced to reflect a more modern look. The area was finished with new furniture and chandeliers. But, of course the warm Copeland Oaks welcome will always remain the same.
As 2017 dawned, renovations were completed to catered living apartments in Building 5. Residents in catered living apartments enjoy support services with the economy of monthly rent.
The Copeland Health Clinic was also renovated and expanded to meet the growing needs of the expanding campus. Exam rooms were added; the patient waiting area and staff work area were re-configured for more privacy and efficiency.
Slated for completion by April 1 are major renovations to the main Copeland Oaks Dining Room. This area has also been re-configured for more seating and staff efficiency. The walls, floors, lightening and window treatments and furniture will reflect a classic, elegant décor.
We are very proud of our accomplishments this winter and want to share them with residents of the Alliance and Salem area communities during the Open House on Saturday, April 1, from 1 pm – 4 pm. We invite visitors to come out and see what teamwork, collaboration, vision and hard work can do in just 6 months!
Meet Dick Bashore, the Voice
Moved to The Copeland Oaks Campus 12 years ago from Hudson, Ohio, where he served as president of City Council and of the Board of Education during his residence in the NE Ohio community near Cleveland.
Before retirement, Dick traveled extensively throughout the eastern U.S. as a sales representative to furniture manufacturers.
Transferred his many talents in business and his dedication to community service to Copeland Oaks where he is chairman of the Spiritual Life Committee and of the Copeland Oaks Computer Users’ Group (COCUG).
His special gift is his deep baritone voice and his joy in singing. He is a frequent soloist at Vesper Services, special celebrations and programs throughout the Copeland Campus, and is a member of the 50-voice Copeland Chorale.
He is known throughout the campus as “Mr. Technology” and is frequently called upon by Copeland residents to assist with setting up new electronic devices, untangling computer problems, and trouble-shooting Internet glitches.
Meet Matt Kazmierski, Copeland Food & Nutrition Team Member
Congratulations to Matt Kazmierski, winner of the Oaks Award for February. Matt was nominated for the honor by several of his co-workers in the Copeland Food and Nutrition Dept.
The recommendation from his colleagues noted that Matt is “a team player, is very conscience and always does his best.” His supervisors noted that Matt “always helps out wherever he can if the kitchen staff is short.”
Employed as a cook in the Copeland kitchen for the past 3 years, Matt is a 2015 graduate of the culinary school of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield. He is also a graduate of West Branch High School where he played basketball and was a member of the wrestling team.
Matt’s mother, Tina, is also an employee of the Copeland Food and Nutrition Department.
Matt commented that he is “very honored and gratified that my co-workers have recognized me for hard work.” “I just always try to do my very best in whatever job comes my way,” he added.
Nominations for the Oaks Award are accepted monthly by the Copeland Human Resources Dept. and reviewed by the Copeland Employee Appreciation Committee and administration.
We’ll Help With Moving Costs!
Choose a Lakeshore Apartment by the end of November and Copeland Oaks will help with moving costs.
Experience Copeland Oaks by exploring this website or visiting in person. To schedule a friendly, no-pressure tour, call 330-938-6126 or 800-222-4640.