Latest News and Events - Active Living
Be sure to check out the links to the left about upcoming classes, lectures, clinics, services, presentations - and a whole plethora of events - coming to the Tallahassee Senior Center and its Neighborhood Sites over the next few months!
Powerlifting athlete admirably benches his weight in the 2015 Capital City Senior Games.
SILVER STARS SHINE BRIGHT!
Kelsey Murray and Qaree Dreher, Interns, Sachs Media Group
On May 26, the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation will celebrate the 15th Annual Silver Stars, a gala that recognizes volunteers, sponsors and Silver Stars Award Winners. We congratulate the 2016 Silver Stars who represent all walks of life. Each recipient was selected for their service and optimal aging after turning age 60. The common thread is their continuous dedication to a positive outlook on life.
A sharp businessman with a servant’s heart, Stephen Beasley strives to make a positive, sustainable impact on Tallahassee’s Southside.
The Tallahassee native is the son of former Florida A&M professor Sylvester “Jap” Beasley, which explains Stephen’s love for FAMU. Stephen developed a passion for photography while attending FAMU High and then moved on to his beloved university, where he majored in business administration and minored in accounting and marketing.
In 1965, Stephen combined his degree, his passion for photography, and his entrepreneurial spirit when he began a photography and advertising business, Beasley & Associates. Five years later, he founded the Capital Hour Newspaper, which he published for five years. In 1976, he established the renowned Capital Outlook newspaper. After 50 years at the helm of his advertising business, Stephen finally retired and focused fully on service.
More than 30 years after helping to found the MLK Foundation, Stephen serves as the organization’s CEO. The foundation aligns with so much of what Stephen stands for: promoting charity, community, and leadership, while also spreading the spirit of community pride and equality embodied by Dr. King.
Stephen considers himself blessed as a businessman and as a person, which inspires him to give back. During his youth, his family stressed the importance of civic engagement. This environment of deeply valuing service and love inspired him to do the same for the youth on the Southside. As a result, he has started three Boy Scouts troops and dedicates his time to mentoring.
Stephen Beasley and his late wife Nickie, a school administrator for Leon County Schools, were married for 38 years. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.
It seems as though Dr. Ada Puryear Burnette has taught everywhere and everyone. She began her far-reaching career as a public school teacher in North Carolina and Illinois, before moving into higher education. She served in a variety of key positions at universities in Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee before accepting a position as administrator of Florida’s early childhood, basic skills, and elementary education programs – the first African-American to hold such a position for the State of Florida since the Reconstruction period.
After five years in that position, Ada craved the excitement of teaching. She moved to Daytona Beach for a return to higher education at Bethune-Cookman College (now University), where she served as an administrator, and later to Valdosta State University.
In 2006, Ada was inducted into Florida A&M University’s Gallery of Distinction. The next year, the school’s president and other top administrators lured her out of semi-retirement to chair the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services. She still spends her days spreading her positivity through the school and through her diverse and extensive charity work, mentorships, and social organizations.
Dr. Ada Burnette has dedicated her life and career to educational leadership, even giving three presentations at Oxford on the subject. Despite her countless professional accolades, what brings her the most joy is spending time with family, and helping to enrich the lives of others through her generous charity work and community service. She currently serves on the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women & Girls and mentors students at Sealey Elementary School.
Ada’s key to a happy life is living according to the simple but effective motto, “Look at things positively.” This motto is wisdom that she applies to every aspect of her full and exciting life as an educator, volunteer, and mentor.
One’s lifelong passion for learning doesn’t stop during retirement years, as Chuck Lee continues to impact the Tallahassee community through his education initiatives and passion for volunteering.
The Ohio transplant gathered 20 years of rich experiences in counseling before retiring. Finding solace in Miami, he had the privilege of a “full practical experience” at Life Resources Counseling Center, as director for seven years. Through his academic focus on counseling, Chuck helped cultivate a safe space for growth and healing for a diverse population.
Next, Chuck and his family rooted themselves in Tallahassee, where he took on a new career role as part-time Coordinator of Judicial Affairs at Tallahassee Community College. He rounded out his professional career as the part-time Lifelong Learning Coordinator for the Tallahassee Senior Center.
During retirement, Chuck and Muriel have relocated to Westminster Oaks where he has been influential in furthering the arts, culture, and lifelong learning program within this active community. Hard-working, innovative, and always looking for an opportunity to get involved, Chuck developed his passion for serving by endeavoring to pursue all of his scholastic interests.
A multi-talented person, one might often find Chuck working on a new painting, sharing bits of wisdom in his blog, or helping Muriel tend to their flower beds.
Chuck’s civic engagement runs wide and deep, once serving as a full-time volunteer with Capital City Christian Church’s senior adult ministry. His influence spans many generations throughout the years.
Chuck married his high school sweetheart, Muriel, 57 years ago. He deeply values his family and exudes tremendous pride as he talks about his four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Asked how they kept love alive for so many years, Chuck responded: “Be flexible and work to remain on the same page,” he smiled. “Trite but true–communication and openness is the secret.”
His strong belief in being a doer drives his love for helping others. Living life to the fullest, Chuck Lee lives by this simple motto: Never give up.
Barbara Mann may be an expert woodcarver, but it’s the lives she shapes that are the true measure of her success.
Barbara learned her deep passion and skillset for woodcarving from a group of Cherokee Indians while serving as Dean of Students at West Carolina University in 1971. Since then, she has dedicated her life to teaching and volunteering as a woodcarving instructor across the country.
Upon moving to Tallahassee in 1988, Barbara began teaching her own woodcarving class at Oglesby Union on Florida State University’s campus. Her class was so popular that she decided to team up with fellow woodcarver Jack Rutledge to begin a social woodcarving club in 1994. Now, the club meets on weeknights at the Tallahassee Senior Center, the place where Barbara says, “It was all born.” An instructor for Capital City Carvers and Westminster Oaks, she has volunteered at Woodcarvers Roundup events in Florida, Michigan, and Indiana.
Before she began shaping lives through woodcarving, Barbara served as a role model and mentor for college students across the country. She received a degree in fiscal education from Bowling Green State before earning a master’s degree in counseling at Wayne State University. She then spent two years as a residence hall manager at Ball State University followed by three years as Director of Student Housing at Frostburg State University. “I loved working with college kids,” Barbara recalls. “They kept me young all those years.”
Barbara came to Florida State University in 1980 and earned a degree in higher education. She then served as Vice President of Student Services at the University of North Carolina. Returning to FSU in 1988, she worked as an associate professor of higher education, where she taught 32 doctoral students and 240 master’s students.
Barbara Mann has developed a strong legacy to be followed by woodcarvers and students alike. “Pursue your dreams. Even if you don’t reach them, you’ll find something you love along the way,” she says.
Happiness is finding the perfect dance partner. Fortunately, Nina and Cooper Mingledorff found that and so much more when they tied the knot 65 years ago. This dynamic duo has spent more than four decades twisting and twirling their way across the country as officers and dancers for the Tallahassee Twirlers Square Dancing Club. They have participated in numerous festivals and dance competitions everywhere from Kirkwood, Missouri, to English Mountain, Tennessee.
Cooper is a proud military veteran whose service included time in Japan, where he helped with cleanup operations after World War II and made sure a high-ranking colonel got where he was supposed to be. When he returned home, Cooper began forestry school, where he developed a passion and impressive knack for growing trees. After finishing forestry school in 1949, he moved to the Wakulla County community of Newport, where he met Nina at a local church.
After they were married, the couple moved to Tallahassee. Cooper began his first and only career – working at St. Joe Paper Company, where he helped grow pine trees from 1979 to 1991. Meanwhile, Nina began 25 years at Florida State University as a staff assistant.
Now retired, the two enjoy volunteering at the Tallahassee Senior Center concession stand where they keep the popcorn machine popping during antique shows and other special events. Over the last decade, Nina served at the Senior Center’s reception desk and financial office. But it isn’t all “work” for this retired couple – Nina and Cooper make sure to spend time with their children and grandchildren at weekly Friday night dinner gatherings.
So what’s Cooper’s secret to a long and happy marriage? “When she asks you to do something, say ‘Yes, ma’am’!” Similarly, Nina’s words of wisdom for young adults in search of a bright future: “Enjoy life while you can, live every moment to the fullest, and do what makes you happy.”
Learning new skills is nothing new for Martha Rodeseike.
That was really driven home when she was just 18 and was uprooted from her home in the Netherlands after World War II when her parents moved Martha and her four siblings to the United States. While many teenage girls would find this move daunting, Martha recalls the experience as the greatest adventure of her life.
She moved first to Milwaukee, where she met her husband, an electrical engineer, and had her daughter. The young family moved to Pennsylvania, but eventually she made a return to the continent of her birth. They lived in France and then England, but finally moved back to the States. That may explain why Martha now counts travelling among her many passions.
Before her first venture “across the pond,” Martha picked up needlework skills from her mother and grandmother. She now passes her love of the art to eager students every Monday and Wednesday at the Tallahassee Senior Center, where for the past seven years she has taught all forms of needlework, including crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, and quilting. As the class leader, Martha ensures supplies are available for the class and follows up on those who miss to make sure they are well.
Martha’s classes don’t just benefit her students, however. The classes have donated more than 350 lap blankets and other handmade goods to veterans, long-term care patients, and babies in neonatal care.
When she’s not helping others through her knitting, she may be at the bowling alley participating in league play. She is also a Gold medal winner in the 2016 Capital City Senior Games.
On how she stays active, Martha’s secret is simply: “Work – keep on working. Don’t sit at home.” She lives out this message by in all of her activities. Whatever the project, Martha Rodeseike is always ready and happy to learn!
For Dr. Carolyn Ryals, a deep life-long passion for education stems from segregation’s depriving her of it when she was young.
Today, most Americans assume access to education as an entitlement. But for Carolyn, education was a privilege, one she reflected upon every day while riding a train to a distant school because the one in her Southwest Florida hometown of Boca Grande was segregated.
“It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going,” Carolyn says, recalling the maxim that motivated her to continue pushing forward through the obstacles she faced.
The adversity Carolyn experienced in gaining an education reaffirmed two things for her: She wanted to dedicate her life to education, and she wanted to provide that opportunity to others.
Her academic achievements are a reflection of the promise she made to herself. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida A&M University, a master’s in education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University.
Carolyn is the owner of KopyKat Copy Center, located near FAMU’s campus. She also spearheads “Passion for Reading,” serves on the boards of the Tallahassee Shelter and the C. K. Steele Sr. Foundation, and volunteers with Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She has served on the Tallahassee Mayor’s Task Force to End Homelessness and the Coalition for the Homeless.
Carolyn has had the privilege of passing her passion and dedication to three more generations – her daughter, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.
Asked where she derives her strength and grace from, Dr. Ryals points to her faith. “God told us to do two things: love him and love others. That’s how I live my life.”
Environmentally conscious. Innovative. Civic minded. These are just some of the phrases that describe the dynamic life of Dot Skofronick.
Embodying positive, sustainable change, Dot is on the forefront of making Tallahassee environmentally friendly. For her, sustainability and environmental service simply make sense.
When she first arrived in Tallahassee with her husband Jim, she started a gardening club to engage her community. She always sought ways to make her passion for being environmentally conscious approachable. Whether it was walking – not driving – her children to school or handing out cloth bags for recycling at her church, Dot took advantage of every opportunity to make environmental service accessible to others.
Dot is involved with a myriad of environmental organizations, including ReThink Energy, Sustainable Tallahassee, and Friends of Wakulla Springs. Also a champion of community solar power, she proudly counts among her many outstanding accomplishments a successful push for a solar farm at the Tallahassee airport.
An active runner and Gulf Winds Track Club Hall of Fame member, Dot teaches water aerobics for the City of Tallahassee and mentors students at Kate Sullivan Elementary School. When she isn’t at her French study group or with an environmental advocacy group, you can find her gardening at home.
Dot and Jim met at the University of Wisconsin. Jim’s acclaim as a physicist grew, and the couple eventually moved to Tallahassee when Jim joined the Physics Department at Florida State University. Dot and Jim raised four children, each of whom became engineers with differing fields of expertise. Together, they started the Outdoor Explorers Group for FSU’s Faculty and Friends Club and recently built a kitchen-family room addition to their home.
Several of Dot’s friends from the Senior Center’s French group had this to say about her: “She is truly a wonderful resource for our community and our planet.”
Eight dealers will buy and sell philatelic items at the 2016 Stamp Show, sponsored by the Tallahassee Stamp & Cover Club. The show will be open Sat. Apr. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. Apr. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St, 2nd Floor Auditorium. Admission is free and includes limited show exhibits, door prizes plus other activities.
Enjoy a Stamp Show on Apr. 2-3 at the Tallahassee Senior Center
By Ed Walters
Collectors, dealers and aficionados will converge on the 2nd floor of the TSC for the 2016 Stamp Show held on Apr. 2 and 3,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun.
Stamp collecting dates back to the first official use of a stamp in 1842 by Great Britain. The hobby was inspired by parents who were interested in finding a rewarding, educational and time-consuming activity for their children. Parents purchased albums with spaces for a few stamps from every country in the world.
Today, the assortment of albums is abundant, and one can find albums that cover a specific interest, such as butterflies, or a distinct hobby, such as antique cars. Many such albums can be found at stamp shows or obtained by a dealer for a collector.
Stamp collecting can accommodate every budget – from the affordable and simple process of soaking stamps off envelopes, drying them, placing a glued hinge on the back, and securing it in an album - to the costly adventure of seeking expensive catalogs, exhibits, and investments.
If you inherited a collection but lack the “collector’s instinct”, you may seek dealers at the Stamp Show and the TS&CC members to provide assistance to help resolve issues about your collection(s).
The Tallahassee Stamp & Cover Club is a non-profit organization with one of its missions to assist collectors of all ages with the philatelic hobby. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., in the dining hall of the Tallahassee Senior Center. Visitors are welcome. For further information, visit www.tsandcc.info
Leaders Grow TALL
By Audrey Byrne, Communications Coordinator
Tallahassee Active Lifelong Leaders Inspire Others to Dream, Learn & Do - “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” according to John Quincy Adams. Are you inspired to be involved in the community? Do you dream about providing solutions to community challenges? If you answered yes to one these questions, and you are age 50 or older, we invite you to apply for Tallahassee Active Lifelong Leaders (TALL).
TALL is an 8-week program in which classmates meet with area leaders, go on site visits to learn about our community’s cultural, political, safety, legal & justice, educational, health, human services and other public and private initiatives that serve our community. By gaining insight of community resources and broadening knowledge of community relationships, TALL graduates become equipped to enhance positive change and employ creative solutions through advocacy and volunteerism. TALL graduates find the experience to be self-enriching, intellectually stimulating and fun.
Jim Mau, a class 8 graduate, believes that “the TALL program provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the workings of the city and county,” and was beneficial to him meeting “other people who believe that [this helps] us improve our community.” Joan Tolliver, also of class 8 said that, “participating in the TALL group was one of the best experiences I’ve had since moving to Tallahassee.” TALL, Tolliver continued, “has helped me grow in my desire to be more of a citizen in this great city.”
If you would like to grow a bit “taller,” then apply to be a member of TALL Class 9, which begins Tuesday, April 19. Classes meet every Tuesday thru June 7, 2016, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Applicants are selected based on their interest in meeting the program’s goal of equipping active older adults with insights and knowledge to enhance positive change in the community through advocacy and volunteerism. If selected, the program costs $105.00; this fee covers 8-weeks of program costs and supplies, snacks, and lunches.
TALL is in a partnership with Leadership Tallahassee, a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The application deadline is March 28th. For an application or more info, contact Hella Spellman, Supervisor for Senior Services, at 850-891-4007 or via email.
Sandy Beck, St. Francis Education Director, with “Cedar” the Barred Owl at the L3X Launch Party. To register for her guided tour “Raptors of the Red Hills” or view other L3X descriptions, visit www.tallahasseeseniorfoundation.org/L3X.
L3X Captivates & Satisfies the Most Ravenous “Lovers of Learning”
By Audrey Byrne
The 2016 L3X (Lifelong Learning Extravaganza) is April 4 through 8. Over 60 programs offer a variety of content, workshops, field trips and entertainment promising to engage and captivate lovers of art, history, literature, music, and nature or anyone with an interest in creative writing, or the culinary arts. If you attended the “L3X Launch Party” earlier this month, you met instructors and partners, picked up a course catalog, and may have registered early as a benefit of Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation membership. Registration is now open to all adults (18+). Class registration is open until a class is full. However, many classes tend to fill up fast, so act now! To register, you may come to the Tallahassee Senior Center, pick-up a catalog, and receive registration assistance. Or, you can view course descriptions and register at www.tallahasseeseniorfoundation.org/L3X.
A sampler of the captivating workshops, field trips and entertainment for the philomath (lover of learning) is shared below:
• For the music lover or discophile, engage your ear in “Music Harmony Through the Ages: From Plato to Elvis,” or a “how-to” on listening to Jazz at B Sharps”, or enjoy “An Evening of Indian Music and Culture.”
• For the lover of things past, retrophilia, “take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House,” witness “Landmarks & Legacy Tour: Downtown Frenchtown Corridor,” or become a bit of an expert in “Canning in the 1880s” or “Resistance & Remembrance: Art & Music of the Holocaust.”
• For logophiles (lovers of words), literature lovers and writers, attend a historical nonfiction workshop and learn how to research genealogy, find your funny as you get “Writing Pointers from a Crazy (and Proud of It) Southern Author,” “Demystify the Editing Process,” and learn how you can traverse “The Adventures of Publishing Online.”
• For nature lovers or nemophilists (lovers of the woods), lose your fear of traveling down a river in “Kayaking 101” or camping overnight in “Gone Campin’ with Camp Folks: Outdoor Adventure Simplified.” Learn how to identify “Invasive Plants (that) Threaten Our Wildlife,” and for the dendrophilous (tree lovers), take a “Guided Hike of Leon Sinks Geological Area” or a “Wagon Tour of Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.”
• For lovers of wine, or oenophiles, sign-up for “Sunset, Wine and Art at Calynne Hill’s home.” If beer is your preference, enroll in the “Proof Brewery Tour and Tasting” or the “Culinary Favorite German Foods Cooking Class” to go with your newly discovered, favorite brews.
• If it is peace, wellness and appreciation you seek, try “Stress Relief with Sound Healing and Stretch,” “Social Herbs for Health” or “Gratitude & the Science Behind It.” If that does not make you feel better, you can always enjoy “Sworlz Cupcakes and Canvas Painting.”
L3X coincides with Tallahassee Music Week, a 10-day celebration of music, April 2-10, and Word of South, a festival of music & literature, April 8-10. For more information on L3X or for help on how to register, call 841-0258 or email Caroline Collins, L3X Coordinator, Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation.
Florida Senior Day
|From left, Mary Jefferson and Emily Millet, former Chair of the Senior Services Advisory Council, are ready to enjoy Florida Senior Day festivities.
||From left, TSCF Art Program Coordinator Leslie Puckett and Freida Travis, member of the Senior Services Advisory Council, look forward to the Florida Senior Day town hall meeting and events at the State Capitol Courtyard.
|From right, Lisa Dollar-Covert, TSCF Community Relations
Coordinator, greets Florida Senior Day participants E. Ann Cleare,
Realtor and Senior Services Advisory Council member,
and Joy Rowan, graduate of the 1st TALL Class.
In Other News
From left, Akhenaton Thomas converses, with Lossie Vaughn and Fred LaCrone, regarding Mayor Gillum’s 1000 Mentors, which is seeking to recruit a cadre of 1,000 men and women who are willing to serve our community by volunteering one hour of time, once a week, to meet with a mentee. If you are interested, please call Akhenaton Thomas at 850-891-8181.
From left, Coordinator of the Airport Ambassador Program Nick Johnson, and Airport Ambassadors, greet newcomers, newly retired or those new to the Senior Center at the Choose Tallahassee Red Carpet Welcome Reception. If interested in the Airport Ambassador Program, call Nick Johnson at 891-7516 or email at Nicholas.Johnson@talgov.com. For more information on future Red Carpet events, call 891-4000 or visit http://choosetallahassee.com.
|Discover Fun, Social & Learning Opportunities
at the 7th Annual Regional L3X (LifeLongLearning Extravaganza)
If you missed the L3X Launch Parties (on Feb. 29 & Mar. 1), not to worry. L3X registration is open and it is time to register. To view descriptions of over 60 assorted classes, entertainment, field trips, art, culture and lectures, and to register online, go to www.tallahasseeseniorfoundation.org/L3X. To register by phone with a credit card, call Tina Niggel at 891-4003. Or, you may pick up a catalog and receive registration assistance at the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St. For more information on L3X or for help on how to register, call 841-0258 or email Caroline Collins, L3X Coordinator, Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation. Enjoy a sampler of L3X excitement below!
|Mark Mustian, founder of Word of South and former Tallahassee City Commissioner, chats with Barbara Goldstein, Executive Director of the Holocaust Education Resource Council. Word of South is Apr. 8-10 (www.wordofsouthfestival.com). One of 3 HERC classes offered is “Italy and the Holocaust: A Glimmer of Humanity.”
From left, Author Sydney Ann Clary, aka Lacey Dancer, and her assistant Shirley Nott give a workshop on developing fictional characters.
From left, Sybil & George Palmer chat with Gina Edwards, line & copy editor and creativity coach, and Heather Whitaker, developmental editor and writing coach, who give professional advice in “Demystifying the Editing Process.”
Authors Bruce Ballister, President of the Tallahassee Writer’s Association, and Lyla Ellzey will present lessons learned in “Adventures of Publishing Online.”
Maureen Haberfeld, a TCC adjunct professor of Earth Science and Geology and her husband Joe Haberfeld, a professional geologist with Florida Department of Environmental Protection will offer a “Guided Hike of Leon Sinks Geological Area.”
|From right, Rhett Devane, gives a “Southern” author’s perspective in “Finding Funny” & Penelope Young shares travel tips in “En Route: The What, Why, and When of How to Travel.”
||Join Taylor Phillips, chaplain of Westminister Oaks, to hear the untold story of the “First Woman to Fly the Globe.”
|Chef Jessica Bright McMullen, owner of KitchenAble, encourages George Sweat to sign-up for “Favorite German Foods Cooking Class.”
||From left, Sheila Salyer, Executive Director, Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation, and Rick Minor, organizer of Tallahassee Music Week. The 9-day celebration of music begins Sat., Apr. 2 and ends on Apr. 10. For more information, visit www.TLHMusicWeek.com.