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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

WRMC Annual Estate and Rummage Sale

A summer tradition that had to be changed due to the pandemic, returned to its regular format at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) in August.  The 10th Annual WRMC Estate and Rummage Sale was back, bigger and better than ever.  The sale was set on Thursday so it was ready to go for the two … Continued

The Greatest Generation Takes Flight

Operation September Freedom flew into Ohio on August 11th and landed at Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio.  Dream Flights, a nonprofit organization, has six Stearman aircraft that regularly flies veterans across the United States. This year in August and September, Dream Flights is only flying WWII veterans.  Their goal is to fly 1,000 veterans with … Continued

Brews and Tattoos

You just had to be there and many Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) members and staff spent the afternoon enjoying non-alcoholic brews and getting tattoos! Those easily removable tattoos had everyone talking, laughing, pointing at each other’s arms and legs and deciding what kind of tattoos they wanted to get. There were large tattoos and small … Continued

Going to the Fair

When was the last time you went to the county fair?  Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) members from independent living and skilled nursing just attended the 176th Medina County Fair. WRMC wanted to make sure this was a special outing for everyone.  Community members that chose to attend could stay as long as they felt … Continued

Let’s Play Golf!

According to Arnold Palmer, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” Golf is a timeless and ageless game with multiple benefits. It is played by millions of seniors, not only for the great social and health benefits, but for the mental challenge. Your pace may be a bit slower and your shot may not go … Continued

SMC Employees Participated in a Back to School Program

It’s been a long 15 months for the students and families in our community. No one was prepared for what COVID-19 would to for our conventional ways of attending school and learning.  Little has been the same for elementary students all the way through high school students and even most college students. One thing was … Continued

August 2021 Superstar Spotlight

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

Miami Valley nursing homes concerned over recent case increase

Several area nursing homes are concerned for their residents’ safety and are questioning whether restrictions should be enforced again. At The Ohio Masonic Home, over 97 percent of residents are vaccinated, along with a large portion of their staff. However, with the delta variant spreading and cases rising there is a growing concern among the … Continued

How Browning Masonic Community Celebrates July 4th

As our country celebrates Independence Day every year on July 4th, this year was even more special for the community members at Browning Masonic Community. (BMC) After living through more than a year of life during a pandemic, family and friends joined together with community members to celebrate, making this year even more special than … Continued

July 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC), our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with a Receptionist named Heather so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Meet Heather, a Western Reserve Masonic Community Super Star!    How long have you worked at Western Reserve Masonic … Continued

Go back a year ago…..how did you celebrate the 4th of July?

Here at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) our celebration looked completely different to our staff and community members. There were no fireworks to go out to see, and families were unable to see their love ones without a scheduled appointment. Everyone was wearing masks, social distancing was a must during the pandemic. Our saving grace … Continued

Shish-Ka-Bob Friday

Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) members enjoyed another exciting Friday night with their friends and neighbors. Over 90 people met at the clubhouse for dinner and music. Shish-Ka-Bob was a new menu item for an SMC social event. Dinner came with potato salad, watermelon and soft drinks. It was the perfect summer picnic dinner and enjoyed … Continued

A Generous Gift of Kindness

  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 1031 provided a generous gift of three, 32 inch smart televisions to Springfield Masonic Community.  This kindness originated with VFW member Chuck Mitchell. Chuck’s wife was a former community member at Pathways Memory Care. He still visits the community members at Pathways, as he has a heart for dementia. … Continued

$5,000 Gift for Browning Masonic Community

  Hamer Lodge #167 located in Wapakoneta, Ohio provided a $5,000 cash gift to Browning Masonic Community. (BMC) This gift is to be used for the BMC aging respectfully fund. Mark Harris gave the Past Masters of the Lodge a tour of Browning Masonic Community and at the conclusion of the tour, was presented with … Continued

Browning Masonic Community received $8,000!

Browning Masonic Community (BMC) received an $8,000 grant from Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Through the generous gifts of its members, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waterville, Ohio, is pleased to offer grants for mission purposes beyond Zion and its congregation. Zion’s Endowment Committee administers the fund through an application process. The Mission Endowment Fund is … Continued

Another Friday, a New Food Truck!

Diamond Dogs is a Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) favorite and the great turnout was proof of their good food and service! Again this week, SMC and corporate employees enjoyed lunch, as well as the largest number of community members so far this summer. Many were repeat customers, but repeat or new, everyone had fun! Life … Continued

How Important is Exercise for Seniors?

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps keep your muscles strong so you can keep doing your daily activities without becoming dependent on others. People who exercise tend to have … Continued

June 2021 Superstar Spotlight

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

SMC, Continuing an American Tradition

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, this observance originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by … Continued

Nutritional Needs for an Aging Population

Eating well is important for good nutrition at any age, but it is even more necessary for older adults because nutritional needs change. Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, quality of life and vitality. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, many seniors do not eat as well as they should. This can lead to poor … Continued

Kleinfelder Hots and Brats Returned to SMC!

  The crowds came out by golf carts, bus and on foot for the great lunch menu offered by Kleinfelder Hots and Brats. The Padre Jose was the big seller. The prices were great and the portions were sizable so no one left hungry. Employees from across the campus including the corporate office enjoyed each … Continued

Celebrating Derby Day at SMC

If you get the chance to visit the Kentucky Derby on the first weekend in May, you will find excited men and women from all over the country. That excitement can also be found at the Springfield Masonic Community. Everyone enjoys the Derby Day party. The ladies start the week before making large, flowered, traditional … Continued

Start Your Day On A Plane? Don Muncy Did.

  Don Muncy started his day last Thursday by climbing into a TBM Avenger at Grimes Field, Urbana, Ohio. The skies were bright blue and the weather was perfect to go flying.  The Avenger, a World War II aircraft, is one of the more rare aircrafts from that era that is still flying today. The … Continued

A Day For Mom, A Day For Tea

The ladies tea was a spring time treat! The ladies of WRMC were dressed in their finest and a few even wore hats! Close to 40 ladies attended. A variety of tea cups added to the pastel spring colors displayed on the table coverings and napkins along with a spring bouquet for a centerpiece. Each … Continued

SMC Food Truck Rally Is Back!

Spring and summer at SMC means that the food trucks are back every other Friday.  A variety of foods will be offered, and there will be something to please everyone.  The first Friday employees and community members were treated to a variety of delicious Greek foods. “Yummy Gyro” offered a variety of gyros and well … Continued

Superstar Spotlight – May 2021

At Browning Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Chef Gary in Food Services so he could share his story and the success he’s had at Browning Masonic Community. Meet Gary, a Browning Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Browning Masonic Community (BMC)? It will … Continued

Browning Masonic Community Appreciation Cookout

It was a perfect spring day in early April at BMC as the community held its first event since the pandemic started in March, 2020. The cookout was planned to show appreciation to the community members and employees.  The food was fantastic and everyone had a great time! Everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by Mark … Continued

Western Reserve Masonic Community Spring Fling

It was a beautiful spring Friday evening at Western Reserve Masonic Community (WRMC) and the community members enjoyed a bit of spring while attending the Spring Fling. Everyone enjoyed a choice for dinner which consisted of either Cedar Plank Halibut, Lamb Chops, or Chicken Francesca. .            While dining they were … Continued

Shall I Rent or Shall I Buy?

As you get a bit older, you may find yourself wanting to make a decision on renting or buying your next place to live. Do you want to spend all your time maintaining a yard and worrying about repairs that may or may not happen? Will you feel like shoveling snow or will you have … Continued

Pizza and Game Night at Springfield Masonic Community

.   March 12th is a day that many of the community members at the SMC will remember. This was the first gathering since the pandemic started in March, 2020.  Approximately 60 people turned out for the event.  Green was the color of the day so St. Patrick’s Day could be celebrated as well. Pizza … Continued

April 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Western Reserve Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Mindy from Environmental Services so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Meet Mindy, a Western Reserve Masonic Community Super Star! How long have you worked at Western Reserve Masonic Community? I … Continued

Upcoming Changes for Screening Protocols at Western Reserve

WRMC Family Community Members & Families, We have continued to test our team and vendors twice a week for COVID-19. On Monday a vendor that had been working in Independent Living, tested positive on a rapid response test. Through contact tracing it was determined that this vendor had zero contact with any WRMC community members … Continued

March 2021 Superstar Spotlight

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

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Community Members & Families, This week, all community members in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing tested negative for COVID-19. Yesterday, two dining service team members tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid response antigen testing. We are now awaiting PCR results on those two team members. All other staff tested negative. Because of their job … Continued

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Community Members & Families,  A clinical team member reported to us today that they developed symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. This staff member worked in both Traditional AL and Skilled Nursing on the days immediately preceding their symptom onset. Due to this potential exposure, Traditional Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing will … Continued

February 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Browning Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with JJ in Maintenance so he could share his story and the success he’s had at Browning Masonic Community. Meet JJ, a Browning Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Browning Masonic Community (BMC)? I have worked at … Continued

January 2021 Superstar Spotlight

At Western Reserve Masonic Community, our employees are super stars! We recently sat down with Sharon from Environmental Services so she could share her story and the success she’s had at Western Reserve Masonic Community. Meet Sharon, a Western Reserve Masonic Community Super Star!   How long have you worked at Western Reserve Masonic Community? … Continued

Who Gets the Vaccine and Who Does Not?

The vaccine is here for at least some communities and some residents.  But there are challenges.  Do IL residents get it and when?  What about staff?  In some communities, staff adoption is very low. Radiant Senior Living’s Jodi Guffee and The Ohio Masonic Home’s Anthony Berardi, Jason French, and CEO Scott Buchanan join Steve Moran … Continued

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Community Members & Families, We have continued our twice a week COVID testing of our staff and vendors. On Monday January 6th, 1 caregiver in Skilled Nursing tested positive for COVID. All other staff and vendors were negative for the current two-week period. All residents in skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care were … Continued

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Community Members & Families, On Monday we performed rapid response testing for all staff and vendors with all staff and vendors testing negative for COVID-19. Yesterday we tested all vendors and staff and 1 Nurse who works in Skilled Nursing and Traditional Assisted Living has tested positive. We have collected a pcr test and … Continued

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Assisted Living Residents & Families, On Monday we performed rapid response testing for all staff and vendors. We had 2 Assisted Living Caregivers test positive and are awaiting their PCR results. Today, we tested all staff and vendors through PCR testing and we are awaiting those results from our partner laboratory. This morning, we … Continued

Campus Update (WRMC)

WRMC Assisted Living Residents & Families, This morning we had an Assisted Living Caregiver test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid response test. We have collected a PCR test sample and are now awaiting those results. This staff member is asymptomatic, however they have worked in Traditional Assisted Living Building 2, 3, & 4 in … Continued