Congratulations to Corey Schmitz for being chosen as the Plymouth Harbor “Employee of the Month” for February 2013.

Corey came to Plymouth Harbor as a part time Dietary Aide in November 2010 and was promoted to full time Relief Supervisor in February 2011.  Looking for new challenges, he accepted a full time server position in the Mayflower Dining Room in January 2012.

Corey Schmitz, Employee of the Month for February 2013Throughout his career at Plymouth Harbor, his supervisors have described Corey as an asset.  He is known as a great worker and team player, and has the determination to take on any task.  Corey has received “Exceeds Standard” remarks on his Quality of Work, Attendance, Personal Conduct, Efficiency, Attitude, and Responsiveness to Supervision.

Corey’s nominators wrote,  “He is so full of energy, takes charge, knows what to do.  You never have to ask him to do something and if you do, it gets taken care of quickly.  Corey has wonderful rapport with the residents and nothing is too much to ask of him.  He is pleasant and accommodating at all times.  Corey is a pleasure to have around and deserves to be recognized.”

Corey was born in Daytona Beach and graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee.  He moved to the Sarasota area in 2007, and took a job with Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he worked as a Dietary Aide for 2 years.  He later took a position as a Sales Clerk at Sarasota Restaurant Equipment.  He and his wife Sarah married in 2011.

We appreciate all of Corey’s hard work and dedication and are honored to recognize Corey Schmitz as the Plymouth Harbor “Employee of the Month” for February 2013.

Tributes take charitable giving a step further, by making a gift in someone’s name, either in memory or in honor of an individual or group, or in celebration of an occasion, such as an anniversary, birthday, or event.  The Plymouth Harbor Foundation is delighted and grateful to accept these gifts.

On January 16, 2013 the Smith Care Center Staff was presented with a tribute gift that came from a past rehabilitation patient in their honor.  Mary Ann and Ted Simon said they were inspired to make the gift because, in their words, the support given by the staff during Mrs. Simon’s short-term stay was amazing, professional, and delivered with a human approach that was different and unique from their past experiences with other facilities.  The gift was a complete surprise and very generous.  Please join us in extending our heartfelt gratitude to the Simons for their support of our services.  The Therapy Room was lined with staff from all over the Smith Care Center to accept the gift.

“This gift underscores the excellence of our team!  It is clear that our committed staff find personal satisfaction in the physical, emotional, and spiritual successes of those we serve,” says Joe Devore, Vice President of Health Services at Plymouth Harbor.

That spirit of caring is also the driving force behind philanthropy at Plymouth Harbor. Over the decades, members of our resident population, their families, employees, and philanthropists in the broader community have voluntarily donated more than $12,000,000 to perpetuate the Plymouth Harbor mission.  We celebrate contributions of time, talent, and financial resources, believing that service to and support of other people is a worthy lifelong value.

“When one takes the time to show their appreciation for the care our staff provides through a charitable gift, it is the ultimate compliment.  We are very grateful for the gift and the recognition that Mr. and Mrs. Simon have given to our staff,” adds Becky Pazkowski, Vice President of Philanthropy at Plymouth Harbor.

Congratulations to Patricia Martinez for being nominated by her peers and winning the “Employee of the Month” Award for January 2013.Patricia Martinez, Employee of the Month for January 2013

Patricia is originally from Cali, Colombia.  She moved to the Sarasota area in 2001. Patricia previously worked at The Springs and Bay Village in the housekeeping department.

In February of 2011 Patricia came to work at Plymouth Harbor as a full time Environmental Aide in the SCC.

Patricia received exceed standard remarks on her most recent appraisal in Job Knowledge, Quality of Work, Efficiency, Attitude, Relationship with People, Responsiveness to Supervisor, and Personal Conduct.  Her supervisor describes her as a very kind and conscientious worker, an asset to the Plymouth Harbor staff.

Her nomination form reads,  “Patricia is kind and considerate, friendly and helpful.  She always greets everyone with a smile and offers help and support to the residents.  She has an exceptionally positive attitude.  Patricia is very supportive of the Plymouth Harbor vision.”

In her spare time Patricia enjoys riding her bike and spoiling her cat, “Shadow.”  But what she enjoys the most are visits from her sons, Felipe and Pablo, who are engineers and work out of town.

It is our privilege to recognize Patricia as the “Employee of the Month” for January 2013.  As a tangible expression of our appreciation, she was given sole use of the Employee of the Month reserved parking space during the entire month of January.  She also received $100 in cash and eight hours of PTO.

 

Congress Approves 2-year Retroactive IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has been approved by Congress and it includes a two-year retroactive extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover provision that lapsed on December 31, 2011. Specifically, the new law:

  • retroactively reinstates the Rollover from 2012 and allows any otherwise eligible gifts made after December 31, 2012 and before February 1, 2013 to be treated as a 2012 donation.
  • specifies that any portion of a distribution from an IRA to a taxpayer made after November 30, 2012 and before January 1, 2013 may be treated as a qualified charitable distribution for purposes of the IRA Charitable Rollover, and
  •  reinstates the IRA Charitable Rollover for all of 2013 and will now expire at the end of this year, on December 31, 2013.

What is an IRA Charitable Rollover?

The law uses the term “qualified charitable distribution” to describe an IRA charitable rollover. A qualified charitable distribution is money that individuals who are 70-1/2 or older may direct from their traditional IRA to eligible charitable organizations. The provision has a cap of $100,000 for charitable distributions from individual IRAs each year. Individuals may exclude the amount distributed directly to an eligible charity from their gross income.

In other words, if you wish to make a charitable contribution to The Plymouth Harbor Foundation, and/or another favorite charity, you may rollover up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to the charity and you won’t have to claim the amount you rollover as income.

Want to know more about this and other 2013 tax law changes?

Please Join Us: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — 3:00 p.m. in the Card Room.

TOPIC: IRA Charitable Rollover Extension and 2013 Tax Law Changes

Presented by: Carla Plush Smith, CPA and Plymouth Harbor Foundation Trustee

Becky Pazkowski, Vice President of Philanthropy

Foundation Forum: Hosted by The Plymouth Harbor Foundation, Bill Johnston, Chair

Please call Sandy Taylor at ext 511 for more information and to register.

 

We commenced a national search in October for a new Vice President of Health Services that attracted many talented candidates.  After an extensive review process, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Joe. Devore has been hired as the new Vice President of Health Services, effective January 1, 2013.   Along with a broader scope, Mr. Devore will assume the responsibilities of Dorothy Barichak, Administrator of Health Services, who announced her retirement at the end 2012, after 35 years of service to Plymouth Harbor.New VP of Health Services

Mr. Devore has extensive experience in continuing care retirement community administration, with emphasis in healthcare administration, dating back to 1988.  More recently, from 1999-2007, he was with Otterbein Homes, Inc. as its Executive Director of Otterbein Portage Valley and Administrator of Otterbein North Shore, both located in Ohio. Mr. Devore moved to Naples, FL in 2007 to become the Executive Director of Health Services for the Chateau at Moorings Park, a premiere 106-bed skilled nursing facility, and Orchid Terrace, a 74-bed assisted living facility.

Mr. Devore graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Psychology and Miami of Ohio with a Master’s in Gerontology. He is a licensed nursing home administrator.

Mr. Devore possesses a strong background in program development, marketing and public relations, sound fiscal management, survey preparedness, quality improvement, and resident and staff satisfaction.

Mr. Devore’s responsibilities will encompass the Smith Care Center, Callahan Center, and Home Care Department. As a member of our Senior Staff, he will also be involved in strategic planning, policy development, and community engagement.

We at Plymouth Harbor have great respect for Mr. Joe Devore’s work and dedication to this profession and are excited to welcome him aboard the Plymouth Harbor family.   He and his wife Laura will be settling in Sarasota sometime in the near future.  Please join us in welcoming them both.

A “Zest for Life” Snapshot

This Fall the Asolo Repertory Theatre kicked off its American Character Project, which runs from 2012 – 2017.  The project  opened with  the Tony-award winning musical “1776,” which brings to life the Second Continental Congress, and its work in declaring American independence. It was must-see for any lover of American history.

One Saturday night, Brian Becker, a Riverview High School student and member of the local CAR (Children of the American Revolution), escorted Plymouth Harbor resident Joanne Hastings to the Asolo Rep to see the show.

When asked about his evening with Joanne, Brian enthusiastically answered, “I feel that there is still so much more to learn from Joanne. She is truly a fascinating person who has a lifetime of experiences to share.”

Joanne Hastings

A Zest for Life

Joanne was equally impressed with her new young friend.  “I felt an incredible rapport with Brian,” exclaimed Joanne, “We had great discussions – Brian’s interest in Germany, and mine in France. We share interest in European culture and languages.”

Joanne was a long time member of the Colonel David Hall Chapter of the DAR in Delaware and remains active with the local Sara De Soto DAR chapter, which arranged this intergenerational outing.   “As a Delawarian, I felt Caesar Rodney was portrayed beautifully in the play,” Joanne confirmed. “He rode 70 miles on horseback July 1, 1776 in a blinding thunderstorm in order to cast the breaking vote for the Declaration of Independence.”

One of the distinguishing qualities of the residents of Plymouth Harbor is their drive to remain active in the community and follow their passions.  It’s what they call their “zest for life!”   Joanne is no exception as she has always sought to explore and enjoy life and the company of friends.

Joanne moved here from Delaware 8 years ago, first to The Glenridge to join friends Dr. Russell and Fran Seibert.  Despite the many attractive assets of The Glenridge, she felt drawn to Plymouth Harbor and now enjoys what she calls the “million dollar view” from her home on the 16th floor.

Prior to moving to Sarasota, Joanne lived in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – where she and her husband retired after their careers. She had been an interior designer at DuPont  and he had been an engineer at Hercules, another of the chemical giants that make Delaware the capital of the world’s chemical industry.

An artist from her youth, Joanne studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and enjoyed a long career with DuPont as one of the pioneers in corporate interior design.  She says one of the highlights of her career was managing the restoration/redecoration of the Hotel DuPont using all the new DuPont nylon fibers and fabrics.

She and fellow resident Vera Kohn , both devoted Francophiles and members of the Alliance Francaise, have organized a monthly brunch where only French is spoken. Joanne has always enjoyed cultural interactions, a pastime she recalls fondly from her Delaware days where a group of couples met regularly for gourmet dinner and lively discussion about the arts. They called themselves “The Eclectics.”

No wonder Joanne feels so at home at Plymouth Harbor!  Would you care to guess how soon we’ll see a renaissance of The Eclectics at Plymouth Harbor? If Joanne has her wish, it’s right around the corner.

Riverview High School Chorus Thursday ~ December 13, 7:30 pm in Pilgrim Hall

Back at Plymouth Harbor’s Pilgrim Hall by popular demand, the Riverview High School Chorus will sing your favorite holiday songs!

Riverview High School Chorus

Riverview High School Chorus

Always a hit! We’re lucky to get them on our schedule again. One of Florida’s best choral groups will treat us again to a fabulous performance. This wonderful evening of marvelous music and merriment will send goose bumps down your arms!

Showing in the Mezzanine Gallery, Through the Eye of a Needle, by Jeanne Baum, December 4 – January 19, 2013

Through the Eye of a Needle, by Jeanne Baum

Through the Eye of a Needle, by Jeanne Baum

Needlework is the ornamentation of fabric with raised design and it encompasses a
wide range — embroidery, needlepoint, tapestry, quilting and applique.

You will marvel at the beauty and intricacy of the fabric art on display in the Through the Eye of a Needle
display featuring the work of Plymouth Harbor resident, Jeanne Baum.

It’s that time again…to vote for the Herald-Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award. There is a lot to celebrate at the beautiful Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay!

Vote Plymouth Harbor for 2012/2013 Reader's Choice Award!

Vote Plymouth Harbor for 2012/2013 Readers' Choice Award!

Whichever business gets the most votes will be named the Readers’ Choice winner. Cast your vote by the deadline, 12/12/12, and you may win $1,000 cash! Pick up your official ballot at the Herald-Tribune Media Group or go online at HeraldTribune.com/readerschoice to submit your ballot.

You could also complete your official ballot at Plymouth Harbor. Voting assistance tables will be located in the business center and in the lobby to assist you in completing the official ballot. Voting times are Monday – Friday from 11am-1pm and 3-4pm. We need your vote in order for Plymouth Harbor to win the Honor of Readers’ Choice!

For the Ballot to be valid, you must fill out the following:

  1. Name and Date of Birth
  2. Address and Phone Number
  3. Your Signature
  4. You MUST fill out at least 25 categories

Please include Plymouth Harbor as your choice for:

  • Best Retirement Community
  • Best Non-Profit Organization
  • Best Assisted Living Facility
  • Best Waterfront Restaurant
  • Best Restaurant with a View

Margaret is originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica. She moved to the United States in 1999 and has lived in Employee of the Month for December 2012the Sarasota area since 2003. Her mother, brother, and sister live in the area as well.

Margaret graduated from the Continental Academy in Coral Gables, FL in 2002 and received her LPN license from Manatee Technical Institute in 2007. Previously working at Bradenton Health Care, and Riviera Palms as an LPN, Margaret came to Plymouth Harbor in October of 2009 as a full time, morning nurse.

Margaret has received “exceeds standards” remarks on her most recent appraisal in her Job Knowledge, Efficiency, and Attitude. Her supervisor describes her as very competent and proficient. She is quiet and goes about her work with a smile.

Notes from her nomination forms read:

Margaret deserves to be Employee of the Month because of her dedication to Plymouth Harbor. She is a wonderful, caring, compassionate nurse. Margaret comes to the rescue when needed to fill in for call-offs or in the 3-11 shift. Margaret is very cheerful and always has a positive attitude, she never complains.

On a personal note, Margaret is mom to son Damarian (9) who plays basketball and keeps her very busy. She enjoys evenings out with friends when not busy with her son.

It is our privilege to recognize Margaret today as the “Employee of the Month” for December 2012. As a tangible expression of our appreciation, you will have sole use of the Employee of the Month reserved parking space during the entire month of December. You will also receive $100 in cash and eight hours of PTO. This honor will also be noted in an upcoming issue of the resident publication, The Harbor Light.