News & Events
Kay Retires from Twin Towers
In April 2013, Kay Craig retired after 45 years of service to Twin Towers. In honor of Kay, Twin Towers has created the 'Kay Award' to serve as recognition for individuals that demonstrate exemplary performance on a day-to-day basis just as Kay did.
"These individuals personify the values and mission of the organization, and do so without the need for frequent supervisory intervention or direction. These individuals are those who are “heroes” not because they step up and solve crises, but because they perform so well that they (or those they serve) do not encounter problems due to the Associate’s relentless excellence in ongoing performance. These individuals are often lost and forgotten in the chaos, because they are so reliable that they do not require others’ attention for them to perform at exceptional levels."
Enjoy retirement Kay, we will certainly miss you!
Make a Difference Day 2012
In October, groups throughout the City of Montgomery joined in Connect Montgomery's 'Make a Difference Day.' 45 volunteers from Twin Lakes, Montgomery Moms and American Heritage Girls gathered at Twin Lakes to participated by:
creating 15 fleece blankets for Project Linus,
designing 180 thank you cards for US troops,
making 200 sandwiches for the Lord's Food Pantry.
The City created a video of the days event, Twin Lakes is in it - click here to watch it on our YouTube channel.
'Celebrate Every Day' Video Captures 2012 Award
Twin Towers was honored with the Excellence in Communication and/or Media Award by LeadingAge Ohio, in recognition of their “Celebrate Every Day” video. The award was presented during the LeadingAge Ohio Awards Celebration as part of the 2012 Annual Conference and Trade Show that celebrated the associations 75 years as the advocate of not-for-profit services for older Ohioans.
This award recognizes member communications or media coverage providing a positive image of seniors and enhancing the public image of member senior services.
Sharing the not-for-profit difference is a key component of helping the public understand the commitment of members such as Twin Towers in providing quality senior services for residents and the community. With their video “Celebrate Every Day,” Twin Towers has created a timeless expression of the not-for-profit difference, with residents and associates explaining the daily commitment to quality senior services that allows their residents and their family members, as well as associates, to “celebrate” life on a daily basis.
“Our members, as shown by Twin Towers in this inspirational video, believe very strongly in quality of life for those serve,” said LeadingAge Ohio Professional Recognition Committee Chair Adrienne Walsh of Bayley in Cincinnati. “Twin Towers has succinctly captured that dedication to quality of service and subsequently, quality of life, in this timeless expression of their mantra to celebrate every day.”
Twin Towers Welcomes New Executive Director
Life Enriching Communities is pleased to announce that Jim Lay is joining the organization as the Executive Director of Twin Towers Senior Living Community.
Jim Lay has built a successful career focused on assisting for-profit and non-profit businesses and organizations through strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational assessment/improvement. He has implemented his expertise across the following industries: health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, financial services and retail.
“Jim brings with him solid strategic and leadership experiences in addition to an enthusiasm for our mission and this organization,” says Scott McQuinn, President and CEO of Life Enriching Communities.
In addition to consulting with organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, Jim served as a VP Organizational Development for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. He has been a ten-year member of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Board of Examiners, the Board of Education of the Northwest Local School District, and partnered with Starboard Strategy Corporation where he helped develop the ONE Award to recognize excellence in the area’s non-profit organizations..
Jim received a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. He completed leadership development training through the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Twin Towers Leading Philanthropist Honored At June Event
The Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council (GCPGC) recently honored College Hill philanthropist, Trudy Bernet, with a Voices of Giving Award for her and her late husband, Bob’s, generous support of Twin Towers. Mrs. Bernet was nominated for the Award by the Life Enriching Communities Foundation. She is among 24 local philanthropists who received Voices of Giving Awards.
Since moving into Twin Towers in 2004, Mrs. Bernet has given of herself through volunteerism, residential leadership, participation in community events, and financial support. In addition to giving annually, she has also made important legacy gifts to Twin Towers’ Benevolent Care Fund which provides operating funds when a resident has out-lived his/her financial resources, and to the Pastoral Care Fund because she has seen the positive impact of chaplains and spiritual support staff. “Trudy’s joy of life, her care for others, and her generosity are an inspiration to all of us at Twin Towers,” said Molly Talbot, Vice president of Life Enriching Communities Foundation.
The 14th annual Voices of Giving Awards were presented by PNC. The program included featured speaker Lee Carter, co-chair of the 2012 World Choir Games United States, and a performance by the Cincinnati Girl Choir directed by Dr. Eva Floyd.
The Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council is a professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts. Members include persons who raise funds for nonprofit institutions, consultants, and professional advisors who work in a variety of legal and financial settings — people whose life work is helping others LEAVE A LEGACY® through a planned gift to the charities they love. (Copy provided by: Lisa Desatnik,
'relationship builder & master of storytelling')
Twin Lakes Resident First Recipient of Award Named for Him
At the June meeting of the Rotary Club of Blue Ash/Montgomery & Symmes Township, Jim Cobb was awarded the 'James R. Cobb Spirit of Rotary Award' which had been previously named The Citizen of the Year Award.
Jim has been a long standing member of the group and his involvement in the community includes various board positions, Junior Achievement (he received the Partner Award), The Freedom Foundation and Vice Mayor of Blue Ash just to name a few.
Jim is also the founder of the Rotary's Camp Enterprise, a camp for students to learn about best business practices, the free enterprise system, and then practice what they learn by competing as “companies” throughout the three-day event where they interact and engage with local experts, government, and business representatives – many of them Rotary members.
In addition to the award, he was also honored by a proclamation from the City of Blue Ash, proclaiming June 5th James R. Cobb Day in Blue Ash.
Twin Towers Resident Receives Honorary Degree
Clint Seitz, of the 12th Armored "Hellcat" Division, who participated in the maneuver in the fall of 1943 was awarded an honorary Masters of Military Arts Degree in May, from the Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee. The celebration entitled “Respect and Remembrance” was scheduled May 8th, which is the date that hostilities ended in Europe in 1945. Cumberland University was the repository of the U.S. 2nd Army during the seven majormaneuvers, which totaled 850,000 soldiers. They were also celebrating the 70th anniversary of the maneuvers. Read Clint's account of his trip to Tennessee.
Clint was a 1st Lt. He commanded the 6th Self-propelled Howitzer Battery, 12th Amory Division - taken in France near Strasbourg.
Twin Lakes Pen Pal Program
For the second year, Residents at Twin Lakes and 3rd grade students at Montgomery Elementary School participated in a Pen Pal program this spring. Students and Residents exchanged letters and cards, finally meeting on April 5th at Twin Lakes. This year there were 22 elementary students and 20 residents and 2 Associates involved.
The program was initiated by Nancy Schwandner, Twin Lakes Volunteer Coordinator and Linda Furlong, third grade teacher at the school. Both Nancy and Linda believe in the value of letter writing where the students could learn to communicate with someone they did not know, ask questions in writing, and eventually introduce themselves when first meeting their Pen Pal. Nancy and Linda are already discussing plans for next years Pen Pal program!
Queen City Art Club - Art Show at Twin Lakes
Throughout the month of February, beautiful artwork could be seen throughout the hallways at Twin Lakes thanks to the Queen City Art Club. In addition to being visually appealing, the Art Club sold many works of art and generously donated a portion of the proceeds to Friends of Twin Lakes - the auxiliary for the community. A donation totalling over $200.00 was received. Thank you to all of the local artists involved in the club for sharing their talent with us!
To learn more about the Art Club, click here to view their website.
Pillowcase Dresses in Nicaragua
Twin Lakes residents were busy this fall turning pillowcases into dresses to be taken by missionaries to Nicaragua. The dresses arrived the last week of December and we received photos of the distribution center in Somoto, Nicaragua. The missionaries are with Flutemaker Ministries and the Garden of the Children. They were only able to transport half the dresses, the rest will be taken in January.
Twin Lakes 'Family Thanksgiving Dinner' Receives Notes of Appreciation
Each year Twin Lakes Associates prepare and serve thanksgiving dinner to the residents and families of Shepherd and Walden Courts. This years Family Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success as evidenced by the lovely notes Executive Director Denise received from families!
Seniors for Soldiers
The 216th Engineers Battalion in Woodlawn has been adopted by residents on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Twin Towers Health Pavilion. The partnership, Seniors for Soldiers, provides community support to soldiers before, during, and after their deployment. Two units (approximately 175 people) from the Battalion of 600 men and women, will be deploying to Afghanistan in August of 2012.
Turning Pillowcases into Dresses
An industrious group of residents at Twin Lakes is making dresses out of pillowcases for Missionaries to distribute. A member of the group heard about the project at a local church, and began discussing it with seamstresses she knew in the community.
The dresses are created from old or new pillowcases, bias tape and bits of lace and trim. The group has also developed a simple pattern to make pants for boys. Both dresses and pants will be given to local Missionaries who will travel to Africa, Haiti, Nicaragua, etc. during 2012.
Congressional Gold Medal Awarded
Roy Aka, who resides at Twin Lakes, has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in WWII. Mr. Aka served in the 100th Infantry Battalion and then in the Military Intelligence Service. He is a Japanese American and on one harrowing encounter he found himself mistaken for a spy!
This award is bestowed by Congress and is the highest civilian award in the United States. There are only 147 recipients to date. Mr. Aka traveled to Washington with his family to attend the ceremony.
Still Swimming and Winning!
Twin Towers resident Russ Witte competed in the Miami Refin Fall Masters Swim Meet on November 5th, 2011 and took 5 gold records and 3 world records. In this competition he swam in the 95-99 year old age group. Russ has been swimming every since he was a young man and competed in both high school and college.
Twin Towers Health Pavilion Ground Breaking
Beautiful weather, delicious food and smiling faces all made for a wonderful day at the ground breaking for the new Health Pavilion at Twin Towers. Board members, residents and associates mingled to discuss the future building and view artist renderings of it. Construction has begun and is scheduled to be completed in late 2012.
Special Visitor Arrives at Twin Towers
In May, Twin Towers hosted Midori Takeuchi, Deputy Consul General of Japan at Detroit who stayed the night in the community. She enjoyed her visit and especially appreciated the beauty & history of Twin Towers.
Thanks to all of the residents & associates who saw to it that her visit was comfortable.
Xavier University Memories Project
Residents at Twin Towers have just completed a Memories Project with Xavier University students. This Co-Mentoring Project was an inter-generational program that matched Xavier students with Twin Towers Residents to gather the residents information to create a memoir. Students engaged their partners in a life review and then focused on several life events in greater detail. Students wrote the memoirs and presented them to their partner at the end of the semester.
In addition to creating a wonderful legacy for residents, the students gained insight into human development, aging, and what it is like to be an older adult. The program was a great success!
Flower Show and Sale
Beautiful flowers, delicious food and educational programs all made for a wonderful day at the Flower Show, Sale and Demonstration on the North Campus of Twin Lakes on May 21st. Buyers strolled through the charming campus and purchased from a variety of vendors such as Pipkins and Wild Birds Unlimited. They were able to attend live demonstrations on flower arranging, gardening for exercise, and cooking with herbs. Proceeds from the event go to Friends of Twin Lakes.
Construction of the New Twin Towers Health Pavilion has Begun
The new Health Pavilion at Twin Towers building is designed to complement the “household model” ,which is more comfortable for residents and more efficient in providing services. “Households” are small intimate areas that resemble ones own home instead of a traditional nursing home. Life in the household model occurs naturally without schedules. Households contain all the comforts of home including a full kitchen in which residents can help prepare meals and grab a snack from the fridge, living rooms for casual conversations, dining rooms and private bedrooms. The staff functions as personal assistants and are able to perform all the duties within the home, such as housekeeping, administering medications, cooking and assisting with events and programs.
The current structure, completed in 1962, will be demolished to make way for the Park Expansion that will include walking trails, beautiful garden spaces and a patio with an outdoor kitchen. The pergola, water fountains and other features are being incorporated into the new design.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2012.
A Community Garden Begins
A Community Garden at Mt. Airy Elementary School was dedicated and planted on Saturday, April 23rd. The Garden will be cultivated and sustained by the collaborative efforts of the school, Twin Towers Senior Living Community, The Cincinnati After School Program and various community members. The Garden is made possible by a generous grant from the Schott Foundation and donations from the Kohl’s Department Store at Cincinnati Mills.
Pen Pals Meet
Twin Lakes Residents and Associates participated in a Pen Pal program for the past several months with students from Mt. Airy Elementary School. After months of cheerful correspondence, the Pen Pals met in April. Laughter and smiles filled the room and the students and teachers who escorted them were treated to a tour of the community and a mid-morning snack prepared by Twin Lakes Dining.
Thank you to everyone who made this fun program a success!
Sandwiches Galore at Twin Towers
Associates and residents joined in a friendly competition to see who could make the best sandwich at Twin Towers! On Monday, March 7th the Gulden Community Center became a sandwich making and tasting site as competitors created their best entry. The judges struggled to declare a winner as one sandwich was better than the next! Finally they declared a three way tie for first place, winners include:
- Bill P for his tasty “Bistro Burger” sandwich.
- Pastoral Care Team/ Joe B for a peanut butter, banana& bacon sandwich entitled “The King.”
- Marketing Team/ Miriam A for the "Marketing's Midday Munch" of turkey and Havarti cheese.
Thanks to everyone who supported this fun and tasty event!
Shopping at firstStreet Now Available Through LEC
If you are looking for unique and useful gifts, firstStreet is the place to shop! You will find special gifts and items for everyone - young, old and in-between, whether it's the latest innovation or a firstStreet classic, there is truly something for everyone. Life Enriching Communities has partnered with this on-line store and will receive a portion of the proceeds from every purchase made through our website.
So click on the "Shopping" link at the left and browse through the fascinating gifts and daily use items that firstStreet offers. Happy Shopping!
Twins Gather at Twin Towers
The Twins of Twin Towers gathered for a photo at their annual Resident/Associate Christmas Party in early December. Although all were not available for the photo, there are 19 sets of twins spanning nearly 10 decades associated with the senior living community. The twins range in age from 6 months to 97 years old.
Front Row (from left):
Jane Jandacek, Wellness Specialist with Lilly & Emily Jandacek (age 26),
Sandy Lauman, Executive Assistant and daughter Tammi with twin grandchildren Max and Molly (age 2 ½)
Melissa Frampton, Wellness Specialist holding Rory and husband Bryan holding Ashlyn (11 months)
Mary B. Heck mother of twin boys Jim and Jeff (age 58)
Back Row (from left):
Jim Bowersox, CFO, with Matt and Mike (age 22)
Kat Schulten, Director of Marketing, holding Veronica and husband Ronald holding Katharine (6 months)
Susan Shields, Nursing Administrative Assistant and her twin sister Barb Rudolph (age 56)
Chili Cook-Off Warms Up Twin Lakes!
Associates at Twin Lakes participated in the first ever Chili Cook-off on Friday, November 12th and what a great group of cooks we had. Beans, no beans, spicy, mild you name it and the Twin Lakes Chili Cooks had prepared it! Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners:
1st Place – Jaime - The Connection
2nd Place – Lauren - Therapy
3rd Place – Diane - Hannaford Court
Honorable Mentions in numerical order:
#1 – Nancy H – Marketing
#2 – Joan R -- Clinic
#3 – Matt B – Maintenance
#4 – Nancy S – Foundation
#5 – Molly T – Foundation
#7 – Pauline O – Administration/Foundation
#8 – Rob K – Maintenance
#9 – John V – Maintenance
#12 – Gregory M – Environmental Services
Strengthening our Leadership - Welcome to the LEC Family
Denise Corrou has been selected to fill the position of Executive Director of Twin Lakes. Denise was the interim Executive Director for the past few months and brings with her nearly 10 yearsof previous experience in senior living leadership roles. She is a graduate of St. John FisherCollege in Rochester, NY with a BS in Accounting (CPA, inactive) and a graduate of Xavier University with a Masters in Health Administration.
Melissa Slay has joined the team as Twin Lakes Director of Marketing. Melissa brings over 15 years of senior living marketing experience to this position. Her previous employment includes the Mercy Health Partners and the Franciscan Health System in Cincinnati. Most recently she served as the Director of Marketing for Mease Manor in Dunedin, Florida.
Bob Benson has been hired as LEC Vice President of Operations. This newly created position will strive to improve daily operations and service to the residents of Twin Towers and Twin Lakes. We believe by having one position completely focused on this goal, we will yield more effective and efficient services to the residents of our communities. Bob brings to LEC 30 years of senior living experience and nearly 25 of those are in Ohio communities . Bob is a graduate of Augustana College with a BA in History and German and a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Masters in Health Services Administration.
Tea with the Mad Hatter
Fresh brewed tea, delightful food, festive hats, and wonderful silent auction items awaited those who participated in this years Twin Towers Auxiliary Fall Tea and Silent Auction on Tuesday, October 26th. We even had a visit from the Mad Hatter himself!
A round of applause goes out to the Tea Committee, Silent Auction Committee, Twin Towers Associates, and many, many individuals behind the scenes. We thank you for the long hours and dedication you provided to strengthen our friendships and more importantly make a positive impact on the lives of the residents of Twin Towers.
Twin Lakes Welcomes American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls, Troop 25 of Montgomery has officially “chartered” with Twin Lakes. American Heritage Girls is a character building program for girls, ages 5 to 18 whose mission is to “Build women of integrity through service to God, Family, Community and Country.”
The troop of approximately 25 girls and 12 leaders will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at Twin Lakes and are planning joint activities with the community. We look forward to this unique opportunity!
Twin Towers Resident Selected As Parade Grand Marshal
This years theme for the Harvest Home Parade is 'Small Business Makes America Great' and who better to Grand Marshal the parade than Twin Towers resident John Murphy. John began Murphy Insurance Company in 1955 and now with the help of his two sons and grandson, the business continues. John was honored to ride in the parade and invited his sons, grandson and great granddaughter to share the day.... read more here.
Jan Montague -Dedicated to Wellness and Health Promotion
Jan Montague of Whole Person Wellness Solutions, Inc. a for-profit division of Life Enriching Communities was featured in the most recent newsletter from the American Senior Fitness Association. Read article here.
Another Successful 'Whale of a Sale'
Friends of Twin Lakes sponsored another highly successful garage sale with proceeds of $6500! The group raises funds to support the Benevolent Care and Pastoral Care funds at Twin Lakes. "“We far exceeded our expectation of $5,000,” Anita Acomb, Co-Chair of the event said, “and we voted to give what was left from the sale to two charities." The group had coordinated for Goodwill to pick up the clothing, shoes and books and Habitat for Humanity to receive the tools and furniture. “It worked very well,” Anita says, “many people benefited from this sale.”
The Gift of Flowers
Every few months the Kroger in Montgomery generously donates flowers that they would otherwise dispose of, to Twin Lakes. Many of the bouquets have only one or two flowers that are wilted so after they are received, a team of Residents sort them out. After sorting, the group fills vases and places them through out the building for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you Kroger for brightening our day!
Baseball BBQ A Bit Hit!
It was a beautiful, sunny day for the Baseball BBQ for Residents and Associates at Twin Lakes. This year there were a few additions to the annual event. Rosie Red from the Cincinnati Reds came out to join in the fun and a dunking booth was set up. Volunteers for the dunking booth were members of the management team at Twin Lakes and not one of them went away dry!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great day!
Twin Lakes Celebrates the 4th of July
"Happy Birthday America" was the theme for the float created by associates, residents and Viox employees for the Montgomery Independence Day parade. This is the 4th year Twin Lakes has participated in the parade. The float won an award this year and the group plans to work together again next year.
"We have a great time each year with this," says Pauline O'Leary, Executive Assistant, "it's great fun from start to finish!"
Twin Towers Resident Receives Prestigious Jefferson Award
Dr. William Gerhardt, resident of Twin Towers, has been honored by receiving the Jefferson Award from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center (CCHMC). The Jefferson Award is given for acts of "outstanding public service." Dr. Gerhardt served the Cincinnati community as a pediatrician for 30 years and worked closely with CCHMC. After retiring, he began collecting artifacts from CCHMC's rich history - from medical textbooks, photos, equipment and paintings to the bubble oxygenator invented by Leland Clark, PhD, which was part of the first heart-lung machine used to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. This prestigious collection can be found in the former library space in the Research Foundation building. “Dr. Gerhardt has made an extraordinary contribution to preserving the proud history of Cincinnati Children’s — and everything he has done for so many, many years has been done on his own time, as a volunteer,” notes an award nomination support letter.
Dr. Gerhardt has not only single-handedly become the historian and archivist for the hospital but has also created a historic photo display in the hallway outside the Research Foundation auditorium called the ‘Hall of Honors.’ His work on the ‘Hall’ began during the hospital’s centennial year 1983, and continues to this day. Dr. Gerhardt keeps in touch with many CCHMC alumni all over the world allowing him to continue contributing to the ‘Hall’ in addition to writing articles for the monthly staff newsletter with alumni updates. “Since Cincinnati Children’s does not have a formal alumni association, Dr. Gerhardt’s contributions serve as a major tool for keeping former residents and fellows connected to the institution and to each other,” a nomination support letter states. “I find it remarkable that Dr. Gerhardt has dedicated himself to preserving the heritage of Cincinnati Children's practically single-handed without compensation for his efforts. His work is clearly a labor of love and respect for the institution and of his fellow physicians and caregivers.”
The awards are presented on both the national and local level. National recipients include Peyton Manning, Greg Mortenson, Eunice Shriver, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Gates.
Thank you Miles of Memory Walk Participants
Over 60 persons participated in this year’s Walk on Saturday, June 5th. Whether you walked, ran, volunteered, were cheerleaders or just came out to watch, we appreciate all of you. We were able to raise over $6,000 dollars exceeding our goal of $5,500. All proceeds from the Walk go toward the Park Fund.
Collectively, the walker/runners covered 68 miles and 476 laps around the Park. Congratulations to Twin Towers Dining Associate Patricia who walked over 6 miles (46 laps) to win the contest among the Associates!
It was a great day of fun, fitness and fund raising!
LEC Wins National Award for Whole-Person Wellness for Older Adults
Life Enriching Communities received the 2010 Best Practices in Health Promotion and Wellness and Aging award for innovative programs and services offered to older adults through The Connection at Twin Towers and Twin Lakes. This award, given by the Health Promotion Institute of the National Council on Aging (HPI/NCOA), was presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging in Chicago, IL on March 16th. The Health Promotion Institute's Best Practice Award recognizes a program, initiative, or service that enhances the health and wellness of older adults.
“Winning this award is very prestigious,” says Monica Smith, Executive Director, Twin Lakes, “our vision is to be a world-class leader in senior living. This award indicates we are leading the country in our approach to senior living.” Applications for the award were received from senior living organizations across the country and entries were evaluated based upon the following criteria : need assessment, innovation, collaborative partnerships, implementation procedures, and outcome evaluation.
“There were many excellent programs and providers among our competitors,” says Scott McQuinn, President and CEO of Life Enriching Communities, “we believe our program is cutting edge in the industry and we are honored that the National Council on Aging thought so as well.”
2010 Life Enriching Communities Golf Classic
A brisk, spring day did not hamper the enthusiasm of the golfers who came out to enjoy the 12th Annual Life Enriching Communities Golf Classic. This year’s Golf Classic was a huge success and raised in excess of $50,000 to benefit the Capital Projects at both Twin Lakes and Twin Towers. All proceeds will enable us to continue to enrich the lives of our residents. Thank you to everyone who made the 2010 Golf Classic a great success!