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Category: Volunteers

Marjorie O’Rorke: A Dedicated Volunteer and Champion of Mental Health

Selfless, humble, tenacious, intelligent, empathetic and visionary are just a few adjectives that describe Marjorie O’Rorke—a lifetime community volunteer, Springmoor resident and recent inductee into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

Marjorie O'Rorke was recently inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for her work as a volunteer in the Raleigh area and for her work to help those needing mental health assistance.
Marjorie O'Rorke was recently inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame for her work as a volunteer in the Raleigh area and for her work to help those needing mental health assistance.
Marjorie, pictured seated in the center in red, was recently inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

The Raleigh Hall of Fame recognizes individuals, including activists and volunteers, and non-profit organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions to the City of Raleigh. For 56 years, Marjorie has devoted endless hours to the Dorothea Dix Hospital and the Dix Park Conservancy; however, the news of her induction into the 2019 Raleigh Hall of Fame surprised her. “I didn’t think I had done anything great,” Marjorie said.

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Spread the Love: Springmoor Gives Back to Rise Against Hunger

This past Valentine’s Day, Springmoor residents spread the love by hosting their annual food packaging event for Rise Against Hunger, a global hunger relief organization that supplies food and aid to those in need. The senior living community in northwest Raleigh has partnered with the charity for nearly a decade, and it has helped provide more than 400,000 meals for people around the world.

Over the past few months, Springmoor residents, staff and family members continuously donated money to purchase supplies and also volunteered for the meal packaging event. This year, the community’s goal was to package 60,000 meals in just a few hours.

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Table for Four

There was a table for four with one empty seat when Sandy walked into the Rightsizing Marketing Event at Springmoor. She was in the early stages of her search for a new home in Raleigh. Marilyn was seated at the table and invited Sandy to join them in the empty chair. The introductions were made and the two became fast friends during the meeting. Continue reading →

The Store is The Reward

Emily and Bob find many rewards in helping run the Springmoor Convenience Store
Emily and Bob find many rewards in helping run the Springmoor Convenience Store

What do you do when you are out of bread or milk? Most of us run to the grocery store or call a good neighbor. Here at Springmoor, the grocery store and a good neighbor are one in the same! The community of volunteers that run the store are a reward for everyone here.

Springmoor residents and husband and wife, Emily Castrodale and Bob McGaffin, have been managing The Little Corner Store, an on-campus convenience store, for the past six and a half years. The store provides a great service for their neighbors at Springmoor. Bob and Emily, along with a long list of volunteers, keep the store stocked with everyday essentials and speciality items. The pricing is the same as what you can find in the nearest grocery store.

A volunteer-based staff helps run the store. The extraordinary team handles everything at the store from scheduling, staffing, purchasing and restocking. Neighbors helping neighbors is what makes the McGaffins so dedicated to this part of their community. They were both quick to say that the rewards outweigh the volunteer hours. The fun is the challenge of running things smoothly, the new grocery requests and spending time with their fellow residents and the staff. “The payback is great!” says Bob. Continue reading →

The Herald: News and Views at Springmoor

The Herald's First Edition
The Herald’s First Edition

The purpose of a newsletter would be to help foster successful living at Springmoor. It would do this by helping us know each other better through reports of resident activities, accomplishments, celebrations, etc.; by informing us of plans, activities, accomplishments or needs of Association committees; by fostering good neighborliness; and by striving to keep us informed of activities, opportunities or needs of residents. (John Cameron, President Springmoor Residents Association. October 1990)

The first Herald was published in October 1990 on pastel pink paper. “Cut and Paste” was actual cutting and pasting articles. The font was American typewriter. There were a few pieces of hand-drawn art to accompany the single column articles. From the beginning to the current edition, the editors along with the technology have quickly changed the look but the content continues to inform our residents and be a well-read newsletter each month.

At the editor's desk
At the editor’s desk

The Editor

Larry Auld, The Herald’s current volunteer editor, stepped into the position in the fall of 2016. As the former Principal Advisor of the School of Communication and Chair of Library and Information Studies at East Carolina University, he was a perfect to chair this Residents Association Committee. Larry brings with him a background of interests in virtual reality, visual media, history, art, photography, woodworking and gardening.

Each new editor has put their stamp on The Herald. Larry uses Microsoft Publisher to put the newsletter together. He has added a number of photos to the publication as photo journalism is an important part of any story. Experimenting with different fonts, he even began to explain the history and origin of each one as he looked for the best type style for the newsletter. He listens for unique stories in the community as he and Gabby, his little schnauzer, are out and about each day. He is quick to say that he doesn’t put it together without a lot of help from other members of the community.

Larry, the newest Herald editor, has added his touch with a splash of photo journalism
Larry, the newest Herald editor, has added his touch with a splash of photo journalism

The Contributors

There are many volunteers from the Residents Association who enjoy writing. Suggie Styres, Jan Christensen and Dottie Davis submit articles about newcomers. When a new resident arrives, they are contacted for a get-to-know-you interview. The writers then put together a short article about each new resident for The Herald. Mary Alice Hale, Springmoor’s Library Chair, keeps everyone informed with updates from the library. Upcoming books for the book clubs are always listed. Kari Richie, Springmoor Wellness Director; Leah Willis, Resident Life Director; Thom Morgan, Springmoor’s Landscape Manager and Phyllis Mayo, our Chaplain, also submit articles. The residents and employees are important contributors in keeping up informed of the who’s who and what’s what each month.

The Stats

As with most newspapers, there is a sports section! Game scores are always included. Golf, Croquet, Ping Pong and Shuffleboard are among the many competitive activities that are highlighted each month. Winners are always thrilled to see their winning scores at the top of the list! And not to be forgotten, Bridge players have a column also.

2016 editions of The Herald
2016 editions of The Herald

Birthdays

Larry quickly realized when he took over as the editor and chair of the committee that the publication had to be completed, printed and in everyone’s mailboxes by the end of each month. For those with birthdays on the first or second of each month, they would be missed if the paper wasn’t in the resident’s hands by the end of the proceeding month. With a smile, Larry says he keeps his editors on a tight deadline so the presses can roll on time.

A December 1990 edition of The Herald
A December 1990 edition of The Herald

The Funny Pages

A paper wouldn’t be complete without a little laughter. With each publication, you will find a column or two of puns, sayings or paraprosdokians.

  • We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
  • You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  • To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  • I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder to find one now.

A January 1998 edition of The Herald
A January 1998 edition of The Herald

The News

The Herald has undergone many changes through the years. From eight pink pastel pages with hand drawn logos to fourteen pages with color photography and an updated publisher layout. From John Cameron to Larry Auld, the one thing that remains consistent is that without the volunteers the paper would not be published. The first Herald editor wished the newly elected officers his best wishes but then said, “They would probably prefer to hear your offers to pitch in and help during the coming year as the association works to help each of us have a good year. Don’t blame things – better them.” Continue reading →