This week we honored our employees at the Years of Service Ceremony. Over one hundred employees received recognition for their service to Springmoor. Some have been here three years and others as many as thirty! Awards were given for three, five, ten, twenty, twenty-five and thirty years. The staff at Springmoor is a dedicated group of individuals all pitching-in to make this a wonderful place to live.
With Special Recognition and Congratulations!
20 Years of Service: Rose Fleming, Zhiying Gu, Eleanya Akaronu, and Shronda Wall
25 Years of Service: Jacqueline Daniel, Michel Davis, Kenneth Dunston
30 Years of Service: Terri McMahon, Gloria Wilkins and James Dixon
Behind the Scenes
This week, we would like to introduce you to just a few of our 450+ outstanding employees. Terra Hunt is the Dining Room Manager and has been working at Springmoor for 15 years. Terri McMahon is the Supportive Living Nursing Manager and has been here for 30 years! Dee Redmond is in an Accountant and has recently celebrated her third year anniversary with Springmoor.
What was your first job as a teenager?
Terra: I had a babysitting business when I was 13.
Dee: I worked for the City of Albany in a Summer Adolescent Vocational Educational Program
How many positions have you had since you’ve been here?
Terra: Two – Supervisor and Manager in the Dining Rooms
Terri: Three – Stewart Health Center, the Out Patient Clinic and Supportive Living
Dee: Two – Accounting Assistant and Accountant
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Terra: Heavenly Hash
Terri: Butter Pecan
Dee: Butter Pecan from Stewart’s Shops in NY
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Terra: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Meteorologist.
Terri: I want to play like a kid!
Dee: When I was 8, I wanted to be an Accountant.
Where were you born?
Terra: North Carolina and raised outside of Atlanta, GA
Terri: Pensacola, FL
Dee: Albany, NY
What time do you wake up every day?
Terra: 5:15 am (Work starts at 11:00am)
Terri: 5:45 am (Works starts at 7:00am)
Dee: 5:30 am (Work starts at 8:00am. I have a five-minute commute and I am usually late!)
What is the coolest thing you do during the day?
Terra: Talk to the residents. I learn something new everyday.
Terri: Watch over the residents.
Dee: Put a smile on people’s faces!
What job at Springmoor would you like to do for one day?
Terra: Activities Manager in the Stewart Health Center
Terri: With a laugh, “Not the Executive Director, that’s for sure!”
Dee: Executive Director
What do you do on the weekend?
Terri: Track meets, soccer games and all things grandchildren!
Dee: Shopping, walking at Shelly Lake and Church
Do you sing to the radio in the car?
Terra: Oh yes!
Dee: Yes and I sing walking down the halls too!
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Terra: Spinach and tomato
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Terra: Santorini, Greece. It has beautiful whitewashed houses and overlooks the water.
Dee: Only one place?! I have a list: an African Safari, Australia and then Dubai.
Were you on a sports team or in the band in high school?
Terra: I was in the Orchestra and played the string bass, the violin, the clarinet and the piano.
Terri: I was on the Volleyball Team.
Dee: I played Soccer and Basketball.
What book are you reading now?
Terra: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
Terri: No books just Sudoku puzzles everyday
Dee: I am Number 8 by John Gray Continue reading →
Scottish Country Dancing has been on his calendar for over thirty years. Dudley Morrison, an active Springmoor Resident, continues to learn new dances, steps and figures every week. Before he goes to his next class or an event, he receives a list of dances that each participant needs to know. Keeping up with the choreography is a must for each of the eight to ten dancers in the group. Turn by right, cast two places, turn by the left to face first corner. And so goes the dance.
Dudley’s family has traced their ancestors back to Scotland but it was his late wife, Victoria, who introduced him to Scottish Country Dancing. She suggested they take a class when they moved from Chicago to Raleigh thirty-three years ago. With her ballet training, she was a quick study. Dudley had to work a little harder to understand the language, the positions and follow the figures.
With his Scottish kilt and ghillies (a soft dance shoe), he has almost mastered the art of Scottish Country Dancing. He says it’s a lot like golf, “You can’t ever be perfect but you keep trying.” It’s a mind-body exercise that he says keeps him young. There are quick time Jigs and Reels and slow dance Airs and Strathspeys. A fiddle and sometimes a piano or accordion provide the music. There are over 6,000 dances and more being written today. Dudley says the best part is, if you were to go to Japan or Canada, the steps and the music would be the same. You can walk into a class anywhere in the world and know what to do next. The precision is important. That’s what makes Scottish dancing unique.
Dudley’s kilt is a Morrison Scots Clan plaid. He wears his to a formal ball with a tuxedo style shirt and jacket known as a Prince Charlie. A dance is more casual and the men wear kilts and white shirts. Women are typically in white dresses for the formal dances. He and Marjory, a fellow dancer, both wear a Morrison sash. Hers is the ancient color way, officially registered as a Morrison Tartan. Dudley’s is also the ancient color way, representing the vegetable dyes of the century and a spinoff of the black watch tartan.
The Country Dance
The men and women have equal parts in a Scottish Country Dance. In groups of four couples, there may be a few whispers of directions but mostly everyone is silently counting bars so that they arrive at each place neither early or late. Teamwork is important. Couples can be partners but it is typical to be paired with a different partner for each dance. This makes Scottish dancing a great way for singles to join in the group. Their certificated dance instructors, Barbara, Eilean and Pam, teach at Triangle Dance Studio in Durham. Dudley and Marjory look forward to their weekly classes and seasonal events. The Valentine Tea Dance is their next event and both are watching YouTube videos to learn the scheduled dances. Aerial videos, he says, are the best to watch in preparation for the event. He has a list of sixteen dances to prepare for in the next few weeks.
Dancing is once a week. Traveling the world has been a passion too. He has been everywhere and now is content to stay closer to home. The photos on the wall and the art on his bookshelves in his Springmoor apartment will tell you he likes cars. The passion for cars started when he was a living in Charleston, West Virginia. He thinks he was may have been ten or twelve years old. He remembers touching the tire hubcaps of a parked car as he walked down the sidewalk like you would reach out to pet a dog. Dudley says, “Cars can take you places.” In addition to his everyday car, he has two in storage now: a 1988 Lincoln and a 1982 Volvo Wagon. Neither are collector’s cars. He keeps them for the memories. Fifteen years ago, with two friends, he packed up the Lincoln and took a 7,000-mile trip out west spending $1,000 on gas. Best trip he’s ever had, he says! The three travelers saw everything from their comfortable roomy ride. The Volvo has 335,000 miles on it. It was Victoria’s car and took them many places. It’s a keepsake filled with memories. He has photographs of all of his cars: a ‘47 Studebaker, a ‘50 Chrysler Imperial, a ‘53 Packard, a ‘56 Packard, a ‘59 Mercedes Benz, a ‘61 Rambler Ambassador Custom, a ‘68 Chrysler Imperial, a ‘76 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon, and a ‘81 Chrysler New Yorker, hanging throughout his beautiful home. And each one has a story or two attached to them.
His week includes choir practice also. Music has always been important. He tried the piano when he was young but found that reading music and keeping the right hand and the left hand moving in different directions was not his talent. Keeping his feet moving to the Scottish rhythms has been easier. He finds singing in the church choir a way to fill his love of music. He has volunteered for many years in leadership roles as well. Continue reading →
Her mother was a nurse and one of her two daughters is a mental health counselor. A nurse, like her mother, Nina Cole has spent her life taking care of others. Today she serves on the Springmoor Board of Directors offering her knowledge and expertise when it comes to taking care of our community. Springmoor’s independent residents have an on campus doctor and full nursing staff available for any health issues that arise from flu shots, eye exams, blood pressure checks, a seasonal cold or a rehab stay after surgery. The community offers assisted living and skilled nursing as well as memory care and part time home care assistance as needed. Nina’s career has given her a lifetime of nursing experiences that she can bring to the boardroom.
Born in Mullins, a small town in South Carolina, she watched her mother go off to work at the hospital each day. She said she learned to cook early in her life as her mother was often working during mealtimes. Nina’s family moved to Beaufort, North Carolina while her father was in the service. When it was time for college, she headed to the western part of the state to begin her junior college experience at Mars Hill College. Undecided at first, she soon realized that nursing was the path she would pursue. North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston Salem became her home for three years as she completed her degree.
Nina and William met during her college nursing days. The two were married and shortly after graduation moved to Louisville, Kentucky while her husband was in the seminary. She was employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Jewish Hospital during their time in Kentucky. Then after a short stay in Virginia, they made their way back to North Carolina. Nina’s nursing career began in Raleigh at Raleigh Internal Medicine. Becoming the Director of Nursing and managing the staff, she says, was one of her most rewarding positions. She later moved to Carolina Allergy & Asthma Center where she found new challenges treating a new variety of illnesses and patients of many different ages.
Nina was also very instrumental in bringing hospice to Wake County. In 1979, Hospice was in its earliest organizational stages across the nation. She became a member for the Board of Directors traveling the state to speak about the benefits and the care they provide to the patients and their families. She continues to be intrigued by the founders and the concept of holistic care they offered. The term “hospice” (from the same linguistic root as “hospitality”) can be traced back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today the organization is known as Transitions LifeCare and is one of the larger hospice organizations across the country. They now serve Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, eastern Chatham and Wake Counties, as well as Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
During these nursing years, she also raised their two daughters. She helped with the PTA in their schools and volunteered her services at The Red Cross and The Open Door Clinic throughout their younger years. Wherever she could lend a hand and offer her expertise, she was quick to sign up to help.
As a volunteer at the Open Door Clinic, she, along with many other volunteer doctors, nurses, and clerical assistants offer their time to help those in Wake County that have no access to health insurance. As part of Urban Ministries, the organization remains as the only free and charitable clinic in Wake County with a fully licensed pharmacy. The Food Pantry and men’s and women’s homeless shelters are also part of the agency.
When she is not nursing, she sings in her active church choir and serves on several committees, her favorite being the church’s media team. She loves to read and says working in the church’s library is great fun. She helps purchase books as well as catalog and shelve those that are donated. Nina also enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren. “Grammy” (as she is called) and her 13 year-old granddaughter are often found at the mall. “What 13 year-old doesn’t want to go to the mall?” she asks. Continue reading →
The Springmoor Board of Directors includes a dedicated group of volunteers with a variety of careers. This week we introduce you to Ernest Carraway, a Real Estate Attorney, CPA and NCSU lecturer.
The path to the classroom and the courtroom was never expected. Ernest Carraway grew up in Greenville, NC, located in the eastern part of the state. After high school he moved to Chapel Hill to pursue an undergraduate degree at UNC in math. He was unsure where this path would lead him but knew his love for numbers was a great place to start.
The Mathematical Path
After four or five classes in calculus, he remembers taking a class in economics that peaked his interest. He is not sure now if it was the subject or the professor but his path made a twist from math to economics. As he approached his final exams in December of his senior year, he began to wonder where he was going with an economics degree. Off to graduate school, a job in a business field or law school perhaps? The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) was scheduled on campus the very next week so he quickly signed up for the exam.
The Law School Path
He received his scores within a few weeks and then applied immediately to UNC School of Law for the following fall semester. He was accepted. The path had twisted again. Upon graduation from law school three years later, he still wasn’t sure the type of law he wanted to practice so he returned to Greenville where a couple of opportunities awaited him.
Describing himself as a shy and quiet student, he was surprised when a family friend, Dr. James Bearden, Dean of the East Carolina University’s College of Business, approached him about a teaching position. Could he stand up in front of a classroom of students that were not much younger than him? Could he teach business law? Would he enjoy the classroom as much as the courtroom?
There was also a local law firm where he had worked during summers of law school that offered the chance to gain a variety of legal experience from the criminal cases in the courtroom to real estate closings.
The Path to the Classroom
He became a part-time instructor at ECU while he was also practicing law. A dual career had begun! As a lecturer, the State of North Carolina offers the staff free enrollment in classes on campus. So Ernest signed up for an accounting class and then another and another. He wasn’t really thinking about another degree but realized that with the classes he had been taking, a CPA certification would be easy to pursue and probably help with his real estate and tax law interests. So once again, the path had twisted and he began to double up on his courses and to take some during the summer semester in order to sit for the CPA exam which he passed in May, 1982.
The Accounting Path
From his math beginnings to a law school degree, he now found himself applying for jobs with accounting firms and landed in Raleigh. He was hired to work for Touche Ross as a CPA but the classroom kept calling him back. His passion for the students and teaching was something he never expected but knew he wanted to continue to pursue.
Only a few years after his arrival in Raleigh, he began a part-time teaching position at North Carolina State University which soon turned into a full-time position as a lecturer. He returned to practicing real estate law which would not interfere with his teaching schedule. This dual career would continue for many years ahead.
The call to join Springmoor’s Board of Directors came after meeting the Ammons family at Greystone Baptist Church. With his real estate and tax law knowledge, he was a perfect fit for the investment committee and the Springmoor Endowment Fund Board of Directors. He was asked to serve on the board of SpringShire, an Ammons property under development in Greenville, NC. Serving on these boards and committees has been an education for him too. He feels lucky to have joined such a dedicated group of people. He says he has learned more from them than he could ever give back. The quality of people and the responsibility that the directors offer is a gift to each community. He looks forward to serving for many years ahead.
The Path Ahead
He and his wife, Teresa, hope to retire “sooner rather than later,” he says with a laugh. Their two children, Ford and Maggie, have graduated from college and are forging their own paths in the career world.
A path with many forks, Ernest’s career has given him a unique niche in the classroom, the boardroom and the courtroom. He looks forward to soon enjoying a little more time on the Pamlico River in his kayak, a good book or a long bike ride. A devoted UNC sports fan and an avid runner, he has a long list of things to do. For now, he enjoys his accounting students with the one-on-one time in the classroom being his favorite part of teaching. He has had the opportunity to teach a study-abroad course in Germany. He is learning new technology to keep up with the increasing demand for online classes. He offers these video presentations for those who might miss a class but he believes it’s always better to spend time face to face. Continue reading →
What better time than now to take steps to prepare for retirement living? With a move to Springmoor, you will have time to enjoy the activities that you have always had to try to squeeze into weekends or after work. You will no longer need to spend your weekends taking care of the lawn or calling and waiting for home repairs. We will take care of home security while you are out of town. We will do your housekeeping chores and prepare dinner. If you need to see a doctor, a nurse or schedule rehab, you can do it all here on our campus.
We suggest these five steps to help get you started toward enjoying your retirement at Springmoor.
Step One: Meet with your Financial Planner
Before you begin your visits to communities in your area (or in an area close to your family), we suggest you meet with your financial planner to gain an understanding of what is within your budget. A financial planner can help prepare and consolidate the documents needed to discuss your future resident options. They can give you a budget to work within and guide you towards making an informed decision about your future home.
Step Two: Contact the Springmoor Marketing Department
This step is easy. You can request a tour online or call our office at 919-234-7626. We look forward to meeting you, answering your questions and showing you the campus. Gaining knowledge about our community will help you make an informed decision about your next move. This step at Springmoor usually takes at least two or three visits. Plus you have the opportunity to attend marketing events to learn more about the community and related topics.
Step Three: Add your Name to the Waiting List
Once you have made your choice, it will be necessary to add your name to the waiting list. Like most Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), Springmoor works from a waiting list. Choosing the size and floor plan that suits your needs will be part of this step. Smaller alcove apartments have a shorter wait time while our larger individual homes with an attached garage have the longest wait times. Of course, these times will vary depending on your specific requests. A marketing counselor can help guide you towards the best fit for your lifestyle. This is an important step in preparing for your move as the large number of baby boomers in this area has increased the wait times.
Step Four: Rightsizing
Now that you have chosen a community and have a possible floor plan or two in mind, you can begin to downsize. Your kitchen is probably filled with baking sheets and serving dishes. Most find that having our dining room staff prepare meals means there is no need for so many kitchen accessories, serving dishes and utensils. The downsizing can begin! Cleaning out drawers, cabinets and even your attic can take time. Beginning the process is an important first step. Giving yourself ample time to downsize takes the stress out of this big task. Having advice from a Rightsizing Specialist can also help.
A Rightsizing Senior Move Specialist can offer advice and guidance when the task seems overwhelming. They can provide several floor plan options using your favorite pieces of furniture. They can give you a list of places to donate, auction or sell pieces that you will no longer need. They will arrange pick-up services for the larger items too. With their prior experience, it is easy for these experts to walk you through the downsizing steps in each room of your house. Packing and unpacking for your move will be the final steps in the services they can provide.
Step Five: Meet with a Real Estate Agent
This step prepares your house for the market. An agent can offer advice on home repairs that will be needed. Power washing, painting, wood repair and carpet cleaning will be part of the steps you may need to take to prepare your house for sale. This process can take several months and with their assistance you will be able to schedule all of the contractors needed to make your house look it’s best for the market. Continue reading →
Our RISE AGAINST HUNGER was a huge success this year! Thank you to the many volunteers that gave their time and talents to make it such a wonderful day.
How many meals were packaged during our Rise event on Tuesday?
51,192 meals were packaged
How long did it take to package the meals?
Less than 6 Hours (record time!) and lots of dedicated volunteers
What was the total donated to purchase the meals?
$29,400 was donated to cover our 50,000-meal event plus enough to help Rise host another 51,372-meal upcoming event.
How many people participated today?
150+ Springmoor Residents and Staff volunteered for the event
How many students came to help?
28 Middle School Students (6th – 8th Grade) and 4 Teachers from The Montessori School of Raleigh came to help. They are students of a former Springmoor employee who loves to participate.
How many Fire Fighters came to help?
5 City of Raleigh Firemen helped haul the boxes and bags to refill the buckets with the dehydrated meal ingredients – rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
How many families came to help?
This was the big story of the day! We were thrilled to have the Residents invite their family members come and help package meals.
Libby Woods brought her son Paul.
Betty Duke was joined by her son Kent.
DG Harwood and his two daughters, Sheron and Lynn helped package meals.
Robin Wright brought her whole family plus a few extras – Scott, Spencer, Stephanie and two of their friends!
Edna Hicks was joined by her daughter, Lauren, and a friend.
Robin Hardison brought her daughter, Chadisey.
Jim and Shirley Overcash were joined by their daughter, Donna.
Kelli Sullivan’s husband, Joe came to help unload the truck.
How many years has Springmoor been doing this event?
This was our 7th year hosting a meal-packing event.
How many total meals has Springmoor packed during these events?
The Springmoor community has now packaged over 300,000 meals
RISE numbers Continue reading →