Since his first day working at the Country Club in 2013, Zach has been a productive and valuable member of the maintenance team. It is only fair that he be named the Employee of the Month for the fourth time. “I enjoy working here,” Zach noted. “What I like most is that there’s something new every day to figure out when it comes to updating and maintaining our property.” Zach views himself as a problem solver and has always been mechanically inclined. While attending Victory Christian School for high school, he started classes at Tulsa Tech for automotive service and did so well in those classes that he received scholarships to attend OSU Okmulgee. He excelled in his training and spent six years as an assistant manager at O’Reilly Auto Parts before joining our team. For July’s Date Night, Zach did an incredible job setting up different aspects of the event including the outdoor movie projector, screen and sound. This is just one example of Zach going the extra mile to make things great at CCWH. We are pleased to name him the Employee of the Month.
The Writing Club has been so successful that it is expanding! Starting in July, there will be two classes offered: Memoir Writing Club at 6:00pm on July 10th and Fiction Writing Club at 6:30pm on July 24th in the Crystal Room.
Memoir Writing Club (6 pm): Each week, members receive a writing prompt to stir up their memories from the past. At home, the members write down their memories, related to that prompt, for their children and grandchildren to read. Then, they bring a condensed version (one typed page) to read to the class at the next meeting. During the past year, the members have written about their claims to fame, entertainment growing up, their first jobs, how they met their spouses, and so much more. It’s a fun time for all!
Fiction Writing Club (7 pm): Currently, this club is working on creating a children’s picture book from a memoir. We’ll examine how award-winning, published authors have already accomplished this and what makes these books so effective. We’ll discuss the role of the author and illustrator in picture book creation, how picture books are made, and the publishing industry today, Finally, we’ll discuss what makes a good critique group and how to critique each other’s work in a helpful, not hurtful way.
By the time we are done, we will have the text of at least one picture book that can be sent to a publisher for possible publication or to self-publish.
Nearly everyone knows that they ought to be exercising. Doctors remind us that a “healthy lifestyle” included balanced nutrition in addition to consistent activity. But besides building strength and burning calories, researchers have found that at a cellular level, exercise may help to partially reverse aging! A study was conducted by researchers studying a group of 25 volunteers whose average age was 70. The volunteers spent one hour twice a week at the gym, and the study was completed after six months of strength training under the supervision of trainers and using standard gym equipment. While the researchers expected to find that the program increased strength, they found something extraordinary in addition. Their genes had changed to appear more like the genetic fingerprint of a younger person than what it had previously reflected.
All in all, the message from this study is clear: it is never too late to start to be active! Here are some of our suggestions for creative ways to begin a more active lifestyle. Be sure you stay safe and take it easy as you begin, and work your way up as your body gets used to extra activity.
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Betty Gatlin first learned to fish on a farm outside Claremore. She and her father, who ran the farm, would go out to the ponds almost every evening after a hard day’s work. “There were catfish and we’d catch perch and bass too,” Betty remembers. “He taught me everything I know. Early on, he said if I couldn’t bait the hook or take them off the hook, I couldn’t fish.” Betty and her father continued their angling ways through his later years, eating breakfast every Saturday morning and throwing casts in the afternoon. “It’s always been a great way for me to relax,” she says. After retiring, she and Carroll moved to Hot Springs Village where he golfed at least four times a week in front of the house and she’d spend the evenings on the dock behind.
The Gatlin’s have enjoyed retirement since finishing up their careers. “I decided that I wouldn’t wear a suit ever again after I retired unless I was headed to a wedding or a funeral,” Carroll notes. Growing up in Coffeeville working on farms outside town, his daily attire consisted of blue jeans. “I started hauling hay in the 7th grade at night because it was too hot during the day. I did whatever they needed me to do, whether that was moving rocks or hay or emptying out grain silos,” he recalls. After
graduating high school, Carroll served in the Army before coming to Tulsa to work for the city. As one of his jobs, Carroll took on assignments as a bodyguard. Amazingly enough, he worked with all the presidents aside from Bill Clinton and drove George Wallace around Tulsa when he was a candidate. He also spent a few days with the Mayor of Jerusalem while he was in town and guarded Elvis Presley nearly every time he played a show here. “He really was a nice guy,” Carroll noted about The King of Rock.
When he was guarding Bob Phillips of Phillips Petroleum, Carroll also filled another opening at Bob’s ranch south of town working with the horses. He grew up helping with his grandfather’s horses and it was a good way for him to unwind at the end of the day. Carroll and Betty and their four children also had their own ranch with horses at one time where they raised Palomino Quarter Horses. “It was a really great time for us and the kids,” they reminisced.
Since moving to Country Club, Carroll has been working his way through their paperback collection at considerable pace and Betty has enjoyed working with her flowers. “It was a transition coming from our home but we are glad to be here,” says Carroll. We are so grateful they have chosen Country Club.
The 24th of this month will mark eight years that Employee of the Month Marion Burch has been on the team at Country Club. Dining Manager, Josh Ellard described all of our feelings well: “Marion is one of the most punctual and reliable people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She brings a lot of joy to our community.”
A native of the Tulsa area, Marion has a lot of family in town. “I have my family here at Country Club and I have my family at home too,” she noted. Marion is proud of her four kids and ten grandkids. “We love being together as a family. We all go to the park to play volleyball or basketball but most of them are much taller than me now,” she said. In addition to sports, she has a tradition of spending time doing puzzles with her grandkids. “When they got a certain age, I’d give each one a puzzle for us to work on. I get the simple kind but just get them motivated looking at shapes and sizes.”
Marion has always been close to seniors as well. “I always helped take care of my grandparents and now my mom is 85 and she does well but just needs a hand with a few things.” Marion is caring and attentive to the needs of all around her. We are so glad to have her on board at CCWH!
Simultaneously delicious and full of nutrients, making smoothies or, even better, juicing fresh vegetables and fruits can offer an easy way to boost your health, especially for seniors. Even if you tend to turn your nose up when it comes to eating a stalk of broccoli, you may just find that veggies and fruits are more palatable in smoothie form! Here are some of the best foods to include in your smoothies and fresh juices, alongside of an explanation of the benefits of each.
We hope that you get the chance to try some of these ideas, and maybe even try your own combination. Nutrition plays an important part of overall health and this may provide you with a novel way to introduce fresh foods into your diet. If you would like to find out more about how Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community can help you improve your nutrition in addition to many other areas of your retirement living, contact us at (918)252-5451 or at ccwh-living.com.
Most everyone remembers the teacher who brought out the best in them. Teaching is noble pursuit which requires a heavy dose of love, patience, compassion, passion and skill. Among the many great people at Country Club are a number of great retired teachers. Let’s take a moment to learn a bit more about the lives and careers of two such educators. If you see these or other educators around our community, be sure to give them a pat on the back and a “Thank You” for the work that they’ve done to promote the cause of learning.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher? I came from a family of teachers and I really felt like I wanted to do the same after working with the little ones at my hometown church in Goltry (OK). They were just so precious and they adored everything that I did and gave so many hugs. I just took to it. I went to Alva where they had a teacher’s college. That’s where I met my husband, Dean I was there for 4 years and went back later to get my MA. I still hold two life certificates for teaching elementary and secondary school in Oklahoma. And Dean spent some of his career as a Superintendent and sometimes he was my boss but we got along just fine.
What did you teach primarily? I enjoyed the 1st grade the most. With little ones you could tell that they were learning and you could see it in their eyes. I always followed the book closely but would work with them individually at their own pace for math and reading. I always tried to make things fun.
Any fun memories? There was never a dull day. When we came home, the question was always: “What did the kids do today?” One of my memories was on a real snowy day. One little boy came back from playing outside crying with a bloody face and I asked where he was hurt. He said he wasn’t hurt but that he had lost his tooth in the snow and he just had to find it so that he could leave it under his pillow for the tooth fairy. So I went to the Principal and had him write a note to the Tooth Fairy explaining why he didn’t have his tooth. He was so happy the next day when he came back to tell us his winged friend left him some money.
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher? Well, I was one that always played ‘school’ when I was little…you know, with the blackboard and dolls and everything. Then when my husband started at Spartan in Tulsa, I took a semester at TU before babies came. We had 3 in less than 3 years. And when our youngest was old enough, Tom encouraged me to go back on a National Defense Education Loan and I finished after a slow but steady 6 years at TU.
What did you teach primarily? My first job was teaching English at Nimitz Jr. High and then later I taught at Central HS. I was at public school for 8 years before I had the opportunity to go to Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. I learned pretty quickly that I was a lot better teaching adults than kids. School was very serious to me and I was a stern, exacting teacher so the college suited me. I loved teaching people in their 30s, 40s and even 60s. My favorite thing to teach was World Lit where we covered ancient Hebrew, Greek and Roman. I loved being an educator and the adults that I taught had such enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and that’s what drove me.
Any interesting memories? For me, learning was a serious thing. When I was teaching at Central in the 60s, I had my first experience with integration. I had a few black students who came to my class and one young lady who was especially beautiful and smart. I was so thankful that my experience was without incident with all that was going on at the time. But for me, they were just my students and I think the students as a whole caught on to that focus on learning.
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