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Coffee Connection; Meet with your SMC President

Would you like the opportunity to meet your campus president?  If you live at the Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) you have the opportunity to do just that on the second Friday of each month at 1:00 PM.  Tony Berardi, SMC President, meets with anyone that chooses to attend the Coffee Connection.  The meeting, or Coffee … Continued

SMC Fish Fry; A Huge Success

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) members weren’t concerned that it was a cold, gloomy Friday night.  It was the annual SMC Fish Fry and well over 150 people were in attendance.  Community members invited their family members and quite a few SMC employees celebrated the evening sitting side by side with the community members. The delicious … Continued

SMC Service Award Lunch

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) celebrated 330 years of service between 25 dedicated employees. Their years of experience ranged from 5 to 30 years and included careers such as nursing, dietary, housekeeping, life enrichment  and grounds just to name a few. The celebration began with a delicious lunch served in the Community Center. Some of the … Continued

Veteran’s Roll Call Returns to SMC

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) was happy to resume their in person Veteran’s Roll Call.  As it was before the pandemic, some things never change. The roll call always begins with the Pledge of Allegiance.  That may sound easy, but to some of the veterans in the room standing can be a challenge.  Then to stand … Continued

Greater Springfield Partnership Annual Awards, SMC Wins Business of the Year

The Greater Springfield Partnership recently held their Annual Meeting at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center on the campus of Clark State College.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards.  The winners for 2021 are: Business of the Year:  Springfield Masonic Community Small Business of the Year:  Fire Manufacturing Innovations … Continued

Let’s Go to the Opera

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) members enjoyed a performance by performers from the Dayton Opera.  Three of their company traveled to the campus to perform for the community members.  Approximately 35 people enjoyed a 40 minute program.  The performers included tenor, Henry Benson from Wisconsin and soprano Amanda Lynn Perzyk from Michigan. On keyboard was John … Continued

Caring for Each Other

Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way you plan.  For 23 people living in Hugh Taylor Apartments in Springfield that was the case on February 10th. A fire broke out in the high rise apartment building and some of the residents lost everything except for the clothes on their backs. Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) is … Continued

Have You Ever Thought About Donating Blood?

Luke Holtsberry thinks about donating blood at every possible opportunity when Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) holds their regular blood drives. He has been a regular blood donor for four years.  He is a Power Red donor. Luke has a process that he follows when donating blood.  He usually donates in the morning, so he fixes … Continued

Create Your Own Pasta Dinner at SMC

Most people really enjoy a good pasta dinner, especially when you don’t have to do the cooking or clean up afterwards. That’s what the Independent Living community members at Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) got to enjoy this week. An interactive pasta bar dinner was held at the SMC Community Center. Betty Jane Gardner and her … Continued

March 2022 Superstar Spotlight

At Springfield Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Stacey, the Director of Life Enrichment so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Springfield Masonic Community. (SMC) Meet Stacey, a Springfield Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Springfield Masonic Community (SMC)? … Continued

Girl Scout Daisy Troup Pays a Visit to WRMC

Scouting is an important part of the lives of many young people. Daisy Troup #91455 made Valentine’s Day special for Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) members in the Healthcare Center.  If you ask the girls what they learn by being a part of scouting you will hear them say “to make the world a better … Continued

SMC Lunch and Learn, Meet Dr. David Whitt

Your heart health is absolutely essential to your overall health.  Embracing a lifestyle that is both healthy and enjoyable can prevent heart disease and greatly reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. More than 60 people learned about heart health while enjoying a great lunch during the Lunch and Learn series at the Springfield … Continued

Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14th. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) members celebrated Valentine’s Day with a fantastic dinner.  The SMC Events Committee prepared a delicious meal consisting of … Continued

February 2022 Superstar Spotlight

At Browning Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Allie, Director of Health Services so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Browning Masonic Community. Meet Allie, a Browning Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Browning Masonic Community (BMC)? I have … Continued

The Power of Positive Thinking and our Health

Dr. Gina Boerger, PT was the guest speaker at the Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) monthly Lunch and Learn Series.  Nearly 40 guests, enjoyed a good lunch of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and a dessert of delicious cookies. When everyone was well fed, the guests learned ways to be more positive in their own lives. … Continued

Are You Feeling Hungry?

Browning Masonic Community (BMC) members are feeling hungry!  Chef Mitch is trying out some new recipes and the community members are loving the opportunity to be his taste testers.  BMC is under construction in the dining room renovation and excited for the new Sprig Bistro. Chef Mitch is working hard to create a new and … Continued

January 2022 Superstar Spotlight

At Western Reserve Masonic Community, (WRMC) our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with the Life Experience Director for Independent Living so they could share her story and the success she has had at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Meet Michelle, a Western Reserve Masonic Community Super Stars!   How long have you worked … Continued

SMC Goes Caroling

The week before Christmas brings out the holiday spirit in everyone.  Even people who don’t normally sing in public tuned up their voices and joined in the fun.  The Life Enrichment Team could be found just about anywhere you looked singing Christmas carols. As the carolers sang their way through different parts of the Springfield … Continued

What Did You Get For Christmas?

Springfield Masonic Community held their Gift Exchange for independent living community members. Just over 40 people participated and everyone had a great time and left with some really nice gifts. You received a number as you arrived and placed your gift on a table in the center of the room.  As the gift exchange began, … Continued

K4 Connect

Have you ever heard of K-4 Connect? If you are a community member at Springfield Masonic Community, you already are enjoying K4 Connect. K4 Connect is the leading technology partner of senior living communities across multiple areas such as independent living, assisted living and memory care.  It serves community members, their families and our staff. … Continued

Singing In The Christmas Season

  The Christmas season always brings out the best in people.  Everyone loves to hear the traditional carols sung by the Medina Chorus at this festive time of year.  The community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) are no exception.  People came from their villas and apartments to listen to the concert on the … Continued

A Special Christmas Gift

  The Granger Township PAC 3512 Cub Scouts truly understand the Christmas spirit and shared that beautiful spirit with the Pathways Memory Care community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community. (WRMC) These young men made decorations for all the doors in Pathways to help brighten the holiday season. When asked why, these Cub Scouts shared … Continued

BMC Provides Pies for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is thought of as a family time.  For many people Thanksgiving can also be a very challenging time. Maybe your family can’t travel from out of town or a loved one has passed away since the previous year. Thanksgiving stirs up all kinds of memories for so many people.  Browning Masonic Community (BMC) decided … Continued

Another Successful SMC Blood Drive

Right now the American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage.  The hospital demands continue to outpace the number of donations being received.  On top of that, they are also experiencing the lowest blood donor turnout since the pandemic began and more blood donors are needed now! On November 24th, community members, staff and … Continued

SMC Knows how to Tailgate

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) knows how to hold a tailgate party!  Approximately 70 independent living community members gathered at the Clubhouse for good food and the opportunity to watch the game on the big screen. Everyone came dressed for the game. Just look at the sweatshirt, hats and the traditional buckeye necklaces. Several of the … Continued

December 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Springfield Masonic Community, (SMC) our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with a dietary aid named Paula so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Springfield Masonic Community. Meet Paula, a Springfield Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Springfield Masonic Community? I have … Continued

SMC Provides Pies for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is thought of as a family time.  For many people Thanksgiving can also be a very challenging time. Maybe your family can’t travel from out of town or a loved one has passed away since the previous year. Thanksgiving stirs up all kinds of memories for so many people.  Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) decided … Continued

WRMC Appreciates their Employees

Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) celebrated their staff for all the great things that they have done, and will continue to do for all of their community members. Team members were able enjoy a pasta bar with all kinds of fixings, salad, garlic bread, and huge cookies with large pieces of Reese Peanut Butter Cup. … Continued

Time for Breakfast at WRMC

Most of us enjoy a good breakfast of pancakes or maybe French toast.  What about an omelet or maybe cereal and toast?  We can’t forget fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee. For the ladies at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) this happens once a month, usually every month.  Sure, most people eat breakfast every day, … Continued

A Day For Veterans at WRMC

For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. Veterans Day gives the country an opportunity to thank those who have previously served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day occurs on November 11th every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of … Continued

A Day For Veterans at BMC

For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. Veterans Day gives the country an opportunity to thank those who have previously served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day occurs on November 11th every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of … Continued

A Day for Veterans at SMC

For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans. Veterans Day gives the country an opportunity to thank those who have previously served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day occurs on November 11th every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of … Continued

Halloween in November

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) decided to forgo the traditional Halloween celebration, wait a week and celebrate on a clear, cool Friday evening in November.  There may not have been as many costumes, but there was no shortage of fun. Hotdogs were grilled over an open fire as well as s’mores. Approximately 75 people attended.  There … Continued

SMC Lunch and Learn

Have you ever wanted to learn about setting up a power of attorney?  The guests who participated in the Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) Lunch and Learn heard all about that. Nearly 20 people from the surrounding communities visited SMC for a wonderful lunch and practical information from George H. Lovett, Attorney.  Mr. Lovett is a … Continued

As Our Parents Age

As our parents age, frequently we need to make decisions that we never anticipated making. Adult children worry about making the correct decisions. When caring for an aging parent from afar, it can be hard to know when your help is needed. Making important healthcare decisions for an aging parent can be hard on family … Continued

Superstar Spotlight November 2021

Meet Amy, Life Enrichment Assistant At Browning Masonic Community, (BMC) our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Amy, a Life Enrichment Assistant so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Browning Masonic Community. Meet Amy, a Browning Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at … Continued

BMC Fall Fest, a Huge Success!

It was a beautiful, cool Saturday in October for the Browning Masonic Community (BMC) Fall Fest. Nearly 200 community members, their families and Waterville residents enjoyed the day. There was something for everyone to do. For those that enjoy painting, there was both pumpkin and face painting. The children enjoyed Trick or Treating in front … Continued

BMC Honors First Responders

Browning Masonic Community (BMC) hosted a First Responder Appreciation Breakfast at Dale’s Diner in Waterville.  Both Waterville and Whitehouse Fire Departments enjoyed their breakfast. The First Responders were very appreciative of our kindness that was shown to them.  Unfortunately, some of the crew couldn’t make it, so BMC gladly paid for their meals, which were … Continued

October Food Truck Rally

Even on a chilly and damp Friday, Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) employees enjoyed the great food from Hot’s and Brat’s.  This was their 3rd visit to SMC for the Friday Food Truck Rally.  The food was fantastic and staff and community members laughed and had fun while waiting on their lunches.  You could enjoy all … Continued

A Beautiful Piece of History

When parents bring a child into the world, they have dreams of what their child’s life might be like.  Sometimes life changes and those dreams can’t become reality. Even as early as the late 1890’s, families needed help caring for their children.  The Ohio Masonic Home (OMH) began as a refuge for the children of … Continued

October 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Western Reserve Masonic Community, (WRMC) our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Environmental Services employees named Alisha and Anna so they could share their story and the success they’ve had at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Meet Alisha and Anna, a mother and daughter team, Western Reserve Masonic Community Super Stars!   … Continued

Alzheimer and Dementia Tips (continued)

Again this month, The Ohio Masonic Home is adding more tips to our blog to help you learn some ways to support your loved ones dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  We will continue to provide tips for you to use at home, as well as suggestions on when you may want to bring outside help … Continued

WRMC Joins Forces with Trinity Rose

Community members at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) enjoy a good game of golf. Let’s take that round of golf and play in a golf tournament to support the Trinity Rose Foundation. Maybe you’re not a golfer, but you enjoy volunteering, that’s what some employees enjoyed doing on a beautiful Monday in September. WRMC also … Continued

WRMC and the Medina County Alzheimer’s Walk

It was a crisp fall day with temperatures hovering in low 50’s on Sunday and it was the Medina County Alzheimer’s Walk to end Alzheimer’s. The walk was held at the historical Medina Public Square. More than 235 walkers were registered for the event. Walkers could choose between a 1 mile walk and a 3 … Continued

SMC Supports Alzheimer’s Walk

Saturday, April 2nd was the perfect day to take a walk, especially if it is “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” The Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) has been a supporter of this walk for several years, and plans to continue their support for many years to come. Wittenberg University had over 500 walkers on their campus. … Continued

Alzheimer and Dementia Tips

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, some families make the decision to care for them at home.  This is a difficult and potentially overwhelming task. If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, your role in managing daily tasks will increase as the disease progresses. Consider practical tips that can help the person … Continued

WRMC Celebrates National Cream Filled Donut Day

Everyone that lives and works at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) enjoys celebrating so many food related holidays.  September 14th was no exception.  Community members started their day with “cream sticks.” This sweet treat was made by a well know local grocery, Buehler’s.       Sweet treats are never calorie free, so checkout this … Continued

Exciting Changes Coming to SMC!

On September 23, 2021, Springfield Masonic Community President, Tony Berardi hosted a virtual presentation detailing some exciting upcoming changes to the Springfield Masonic Community campus. In case you weren’t able to attend the live presentation – it was recorded and is posted below: ** NOTE:  The audio will begin at the :30 mark

September 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Springfield Masonic Community, (SMC) our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with a Social Wellness Coordinator named Jonathan so he could share his story and the success he’s had at Springfield Masonic Community. Meet Jonathan, a Springfield Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Springfield Masonic Community? I … Continued

Margaritaville Returns to SMC

A summer tradition that was put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, returned to the Springfield Masonic Community this August.  Margaritaville was back, bigger and better than ever. There was a crowd of over 100 community members and their families.  Everyone loved the food, cheeseburger sliders, (with all the fixins’), chips, and watermelon.  … Continued