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With the intention of bringing quality living and personalized care to South Orange County seniors, San Clemente Villas by the Sea owners Paul and Aileen Brazeau built this bustling retirement community from the ground up in 2002 on property adjacent to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. No expense was spared in creating their vision—which includes an 85˚ heated pool, on-site fitness center, beauty salon and movie theater among its many amenities.

“Tis the Season” From the Desk of Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

Wishing all our residents, families, staff & owners a very Merry Christmas!

San Clemente Villas is one big family I am happy to be part of. I am looking forward to a wonderful Christmas with our 6 beautiful grandchildren & can’t wait to see those little faces light up at this magical time of year, priceless!

Enjoy this time & spread your joy, love & happiness to all you know & meet.We have many among us who don’t have much family, warm their hearts if you may during this special time of year & remember “He is Born”.

Merry Christmas!! Warm wishes, Sherri Saunders

MARKETING INFORMATION

San Clemente Villas has a few really beautiful ONE BEDROOM and STUDIO apartments AVAILABLE NOW at amazing rates. PLEASE CALL TODAY FOR SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFERS!

Marketing – Sherri Saunders (949) 412-7394 Cell

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December Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 December newsletterDecember is here and we have plenty of festivities all month long! Check out our December Newsletter to see what is new this month!

VILLAS’ CHORALE
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCEDon't Miss Villas' Chorale

December 4th, 3:00 in the Lobby

Christmas Performance and Christmas “Sing Along." Family & Friends Welcome!

 

magic davidThe Magic of David!

Friday, December 8th @ 2:00 in the Activities Center

What’s more fun than a real live magic show? Donʼt miss this!

 

photos with santa 2017Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 9th @ 10 am - Noon

Bring your kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, grownup kids! Free printed photo!

 

christmas party 2017Resident Christmas Party

Saturday Dec. 16th - 11:30 Lunch, 1:00 Music

Lunch choice of Filet Mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Baked Salmon Music and Dancing featuring “Contraband” Big Band Music Residents with Guests, kindly dine at 12:30 $25.00/guest RSVP front desk

 

Will Assisted Living Be a Good FitMemory Support Group

1st Monday of Every Month at 3:00 pm in the Villas' Library

The Director of Alzheimer’s Support Groups has been in touch with the Villas. They are sponsoring a Support Group for residents and family members and any outside interested visitors who would benefit from sharing and learning more about memory loss. ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED as are your family members or friends who are interested.

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza2

Thursday, December 28th @ 2:00pm

Welcome Senior Neighbors, Family and Friends! $5.00 for 6 Games. JOIN THE FUN!

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

November Employee of the Month

yaneth osegueraYaneth Oseguera

Yaneth is actually pronounced “Janet”. As some of you may know we’ve gone around and around on how to pronounce her name. Some people thought it was “Yaw’-neth” and others insisted, no, it’s “Jan’-it”. She explained to me that Yaneth is the Spanish way of spelling Janet but the “Y” is pronounced like a “J” and the “h” is silent!

Yaneth came to work at the Villas in 2006. She applied here because she knew the Ponce family. Yaneth started out as a dining room server. In 6 months she got promoted to supervisor. She stayed as supervisor for seven years and then moved on to Wellness as a Med-Tech.

She’s been at the Villas 11 years. When asked, she says she loves the residents the best. She enjoys talking to them, saying ”everybody is nice”. In fact, she says she “Just enjoys coming here.” Her kids ask her, “Why do you like it so much?” She just tells them, “It doesn’t feel like a job anymore - it’s just like visiting friends”.

Her children are Stephanie, 14 and Christopher, 15. Her favorite thing to do when away from work is spend time with her family. Something that people probably don’t know about Yaneth is that she loves to cook. Her favorite thing to make is salsa. “People in Wellness look forward to getting some” she said.

Yaneth is from Mexico. She came to the US when she was 12 with her parents and two sisters. (She’s the oldest). At the time she only spoke Spanish. She went to school, 8th grade, at Shorecliffs Middle School. She graduated from San Clemente High School. Then she took Medical Assisting classes at Saddleback College. She was happy to become a Med-Tech because it was in the medical field.

I asked Yaneth if there was anything she could be doing other than what she’s doing, what would it be. She said she was very happy doing exactly what she’s doing. We’re so glad to have Yaneth as a faithful and wonderful employee at the Villas. Here’s to many more years!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Family Field Trip

Hosted by The Gratitude Garden Preschool

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 - 10:00 am till 12:00 pm
San Clemente Villas by the Sea, 660 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, California 92673

Please join us this Saturday for a Family Field Trip to The San Clemente Villas By the Sea. We will sing songs and offer handwritten cards and small gifts to the residents of the Villas. 

We hope to see many of you again this year to show our respect and gratitude to the Seniors in our community!

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November Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 november newsletterNovember has come to San Clemente Villas by the Sea and this month is full of fun activities! Check out our November Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

Will Assisted Living Be a Good FitMemory Support Group

1st Monday of Every Month at 3:00 pm in the Villas' Library

The Director of Alzheimer’s Support Groups has been in touch with the Villas. They are sponsoring a Support Group for residents and family members and any outside interested visitors who would benefit from sharing and learning more about memory loss. ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED as are your family members or friends who are interested.

 

fall preventionFall Prevention Class

Thursday, November 9th at 2:30 p.m. in the Activities Center

You asked for it! Here it is! For all residents. Don’t miss it!

 

veterans day 2017Veterans Day Dinner

November 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Dining Room

For the Veterans of the Villas only (who themselves served). Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Pearce will be speaking to and honoring our Veterans. You will receive your invitation. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend. Do not go to dinner at 4:30, your special dinner begins at 6:30.

 

thanksgiving feastThanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 23rd at 11:30 a.m.

Family Style! Come enjoy the Food, Family and Friendship! Guests $25.00/person. Please RSVP at Front Desk

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

November Employee of the Month

laura ponceLaura Ponce

In 2013 Laura’s parents had to go back to Mexico because they lost their jobs here. In Mexico her father is a dental surgeon. In case you didn’t know, Laura is not related to the other Ponces that work(ed) here. While in Mexico Laura realized she couldn’t make it there financially, so she came back. Her neighbor when she lived in San Juan with her parents was Lupe Ruvalcaba’s family. (Lupe is the co-manager in the West Indies). They told Laura that Lupe was working at the Villas, so Laura decided to apply. Her first job was as a caregiver in the West Indies where she still is today. She has since done some work on call on the “AL side”. What you might not know is that Laura has an Associates Degree in Business from Saddleback College. She was planning on going on, but that’s when her parents went back to Mexico, and they are still there. Before working at the Villas Laura was a girl’s youth soccer coach with AYSO. She did that for about four years. She’d do it now, but she’s needed on the weekends here at the Villas. Hows that for dedication? Indeed, Laura loves helping others. She likes listening to the residents’ stories like where they come from. She especially loves helping out on the AL side. When interviewing Laura I noticed she laughs a lot. I asked her when her birthday is, and it’s in June. She’s a Gemini. So I mentioned that Gemini women often go into the medical field or politics. She said she would have gone into the medical field if it wasn’t so expensive. But then she told me that’s what she likes about the Villas as it’s kind of “medical” related with taking care of people. Laura told me that she loves to do woodworking. Ask her to show you a picture on her phone of the kitchen she did with her dad! Laura we honor you this month as an awesome, dedicated caregiver!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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From the Desk of Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

Happy 15th Anniversary Paul and Aileen and San Clemente Villas by the Sea!

Wow, and to think I’ve been here for almost 10 years. Many of our residents and staff have been here longer, and an elite group has been here since day one!

That says a lot about our successful family-owned community. Personally I think we all work pretty well together, and yes, it does take a village.

Autumn has arrived, and it’s the start of a busy holiday season. Octoberfest is coming up on October 5th. The food and festivities are always enjoyed by all. As always all are welcome. Yes we are known for wearing our German dirndls & lederhosen! It’s great fun!

Then we’ll be having our Surf & Turf Anniversary lunch October 12th followed up from 5:30-7:30 will be our Anniversary Party featuring “Contraband” a wonderful band playing the “big band sounds” we all love to dance to. We will dress for the occasion in black and silver attire. We’d love to see some tuxes!
And finally we will end our month with a Halloween costume party. It’s a lot of fun to see our residents dress up and sometimes they get real creative. We’ll be having a costume contest so start thinking about it now.

We’re always entertaining our community. Friends and Families please come join in on all the fun we have here or stop by for a tour anytime. Thank you for your continued support.

Please call & ask about our Anniversary Specials happening through October 31st.

Happy Halloween!
Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

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Happy October from the “West Indies”

rey santos
lupe ruvalcaba
dianna mendoza
leslie brazeau
 

Well, I hope you are enjoying this amazing autumn weather! Happy Anniversary to the Villas, Paul and Aileen! The San Clemente Villas has been serving residents and the community for 15 years!

West Indies would like to give a warm welcome to our new residents Eleanor Whaley and Katharine Obenour it’s a pleasure to have you with us! Happy Birthday to beautiful Faye Hooper 10/4/35 she looks amazing! Also pretty Julie George 10/21/24 whom we all love!

October will be a busy month kicking off with Columbus Day Oct. 9th. And Happy Halloween on 10/31. Residents will be looking forward to fun activities for Halloween! They’ll be decorating and carving pumpkins, as well as baking and decorating cupcakes!

So as we enjoy this beautiful month take a moment to smile and thank the staff for all their hard work!

Sunshine and smiles…. From all the West Indies Staff!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalisterJan McAlister
Executive Director

Happy 15th Anniversary to San Clemente Villas!

I would like to congratulate Paul and Aileen on what an accomplishment San Clemente Villas by the Sea is after 15 years!

I’ve told my story about meeting Aileen in 1999 when she stopped in for a tour at another large community where I was working before, but for those of you who have not heard it, I will tell it again.

I remember “the vision” Aileen and Paul had for building their own assisted living senior community when Aileen shared with me in her enthusiastic way that she and her husband were thinking about building a community of their own!

In the year 2000, I ended up working for the Brazeaus on Saturdays at the “corner trailer”, helping to rent apartments that weren’t even built yet. It was exciting seeing the community Paul built from the ground up and meeting all the anxious “soon to be” residents and their families.

Little did I know it was a community I would be working at eventually full time and really loving my job and what I do. One person has described the Villas as “progressive, unique and a one-of-a kind experience!”

I believe that to be true today and will wish another 15 successful years to the Brazeaus!

Happy Anniversary!
Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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October Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 october newsletterOctober is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have some hauntingly fun activities this month! Check out our October Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

villas octoberfestVillas Octoberfest

Thursday, October 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby.

Wear your dirndls, lederhosen or just your suspenders! Be ready to dance and enjoy some appetizers. Oompah Band will be here! Invite family and friends.

 

villas 15th anniversaryThe Villas’ 15th Anniversary Party!

Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Featuring music for dancing by "Contraband" in the lobby. It all starts with a fabulous Anniversary lunch featuring “Surf & Turf” (guests invited, $25.00 per diner reserve at the front desk) Wear your finest black, also silver – Tuxes, suits, nice dresses for the ladies or dress suits would be elegant!

 

2017 halloween partyHalloween Party

Tuesday, October 31st at 1:00 p.m. in the Lobby

Be ready to enjoy games and treats! Join in the fun! Halloween Costume Contest! Prizes for the winners!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

October Employee of the Month

lucio sorianoLucio Soriano

Lucio (pronounced: Loo’-see-oh) has lived in Mission Viejo for the past four years. He has three children and a wife, Austreberta. The couple met in Guerrero, Mexico. They’ve been married for 47 years. His children are Raul, Javier, and Marisol. He also has four grandchildren, Ramon, Yesenia, Andrea and Daniel. Lucio has worked at the Villas for 11 years and 8 months. He is a dishwasher and helps in food preparation. Lucio is very content and happy working here. When away from the Villas he likes to spend time with his wife. He has traveled to Arizona and Georgia (Atlanta). If Lucio could have done anything else with his life, he says “I just want to be working, so I won’t get bored.” Lucio loves to listen to music. He thinks he’d like to work about two more years. What people might not know is that Lucio will be 74 in December!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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From the desk of the Executive Director

jan mcalisterJan McAlister
Executive Director

Since we have so many new residents of the last three months, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the roles of our managers and supervisors here at San Clemente Villas.

The first person you probably met when you came to San Clemente Villas was Sherri Saunders, our Marketing Director. Sherri’s primary responsibility is to work with persons interested in moving themselves or their loved ones into the Villas. If you have a friend or family member you would like to refer to the Villas, Sherri is the person to contact. Also, if you are interested in moving to another apartment, Sherri is the most knowledgeable about availability.

Jing Federico, Joe Manimbao, L.V.N. and Amelia Diaz all manage the Wellness Dept. in different aspects, but work very closely as a team. Amelia oversees the care service program and Jing oversees the running of the Med Room. If you have any questions regarding your health or your care, please see one of these three employees.

Maria Nemeth is our Business Office Manager, and she is the person you go to if you have a question about your bill or accounting issues.

Salvador Caballero is our Food Service Director, which means he oversees all of the kitchen and dining room operations. His is the largest department in the building and overseeing the preparation and serving of approximately 500 meals a day is a monumental responsibility, but Salvador always has time to talk to residents about their food requests. I encourage you to attend our Food for Thought Meetings, held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Our Memory Care Department, “West Indies” is now managed by Rey Santos, as the director, Lupe Ruvalcaba as the Lead Caregiver/Med Tech, and Leslie Brazeau directing the activity program. Their schedules are staggered so we have management staff present seven days a week.

Barbara Tancredi Corrigan is our Activities Director and now has Dianna Mendoza assisting with activities as well as Mario Veluz assisting Thursday through Sunday. Barbara puts together this newsletter that you are reading and the Activity Calendar. She is happy to discuss any of your activity interests with you if there is something you would like to see on the calendar.

Patricia Farias oversees the housekeeping department and Anna Lombardi-Veluz supervises the front desk staff.

Our long time Director of Maintenance, Nick Sgountzos is leaving “The Villas” to pursue other work opportunities. If you have maintenance needs, please continue placing your requests with the receptionist who will put it in the Maintenance Log Book so that the maintenance team is apprised of your request.

On the weekends Elaine West fills in for management as well as marketing and oversees what she affectionately calls her “weekend warriors.”

As the Executive Director I oversee all of the operations of the building and report to Aileen and Paul Brazeau, the owners. I maintain an open-door policy and am always happy to address any of your concerns. I also remind you that we have a Resident Monthly Meeting on the first Thursday of each month where you have the opportunity to meet and interact with the managers! Welcome to all!

Love to All, Jan McAlister, Executive Director

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Happy September from the “West Indies”

rey santos
lupe ruvalcaba
dianna mendoza
leslie brazeau
 

We hope you all enjoyed your summer! It’s time to cool things down as the Autumn season begins September 22nd! September will be a busy month kicking off with Labor Day on the 4th. We hope you get a chance to kick back and relax! Barbeque and enjoy your family! In September we will be celebrating 3 residents’ birthdays: Mel Incerto, Joan Mauri and Helen Signorile. Check it out Helen looks amazing for 101 years young! Happy Birthday to all of you! We are also in the planning stages for Oktoberfest, which is a large festival Starting on September 16th thru October 3rd. On behalf of all the managers and care staff here in the West Indies, to all the residents family members, may you find comfort knowing we all care, understand and have lots of compassion for your loved ones. Thank you for entrusting us with them!

Sunshine and Smiles… Rey, Leslie, Lupe, and the entire W.I. Staff!

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From the Desk of Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

September is here! Tourists are gone, it’s the best time to hit the beach. Kids are going back to school. Maybe families have just one last BBQ or weekend camping trip planned. We are so fortunate & blessed to live here in sunny California, and especially here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. It’s pretty close to an endless summer here. “The cruise ship that never sails.” So remind yourself to take time to sit back and relax, smile and enjoy life! Positive thinkers are healthy people and people I want to be around, it’s contagious!

Our days are gradually getting shorter. Fall begins September 22nd. Days are still warm and pleasant while our nights are getting cooler.

I have 6 grandchildren. One is going into 3rd grade, one is going into 2nd grade, one preschooler, one 3 yr. old and a 10 month old. What an exciting time as I watch my family grow! It’s a busy time also, helping in the classrooms, going to their games, plays, dance recitals, and special occasions. I am so proud of them all! Sometimes it hard to find the time but I always remember they are only young once and to enjoy this while I can. Weekends are usually family time. I absolutely love being a grandma, the grandchildren call me “Mema”. I love them so much, they light up my life! They keep me young and active.

Speaking of being a grandparent, It’s National Grandparents Day on September 8th. So celebrate all you grandparents! I hope you know how incredibly blessed they are to have you. Invite your grandchildren to visit, take them to the pool or reserve our library or private dining room for a family dinner. We welcome everyone, anytime. I feel very lucky to have known and lived with both sets of grandparents as I was growing up. The memories are so vivid and the stories that came to life were part of my childhood. There are so many residents that I’ve gotten to know that have such fascinating lives, and you’d never know until you sit and chat. I encourage everyone to take a moment and ask someone where they’re from or what they did in their lives. Who knows what you’ll learn. It’s a great way to stay active and alert. I’m so happy to be here at the Villas and to have the chance to know so many incredible residents and families.

Love from,
Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

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September Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 september newsletterAutumn has arrived at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have some cool activities this month! Check out our September Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

pancake breakfastFree Car Show & Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, September 30th - 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Here at San Clemente Villas. Come get to know the Villas and your neighbors. Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit, Coffee

 

dvd libraryDVD Library

If you have borrowed DVDs from the shelves in the movie theater, PLEASE RETURN THEM TO THE SHELVES. If you want to donate movies it would be appreciated! Also, donation of books are always a welcome addition to the library. Put them in the basket.

 

theater groupThe Villas' Theater Group

We Need New Members!

This is so much fun! You get together once a week and read scripts! Your fabulous director, Linda Conklin, guides you through acting out the script. The group performs for the residents at the Villas a couple of times per year, as well as helping out as announcers at various other functions. Get your inner “actor/actress” on and join us!! CALL LINDA: (949) 498-4047 or (949) 606-6650 to join!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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Happy August! from Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

Happy August everyone! Wow! Higher temperatures – Summer is in full force. We’ve all noticed the heat and humidity and probably are tempted to stay put in our homes with the air conditioning blasting. It’s so important to stay cool and hydrated. I encourage all residents to take full use of our beautiful pool and spa! And if not, to exercise with the wonderful pool aerobics group – they meet everyWednesday during warm weather. You should just enjoy the water and all of its health benefits. So you don’t want to get into a bathing suit? I suggest water shorts and a T-shirt! Believe me once you do, you’ll love it and wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner. Summer is also a time for our lunch BBQs. They are fabulous! We thank Salvador and all our kitchen staff that work so hard to make this possible. We invite families and friends to come and enjoy our BBQs also. If you have a friend who is interested or has any questions or would like a tour, please contact me and we can schedule an appointment. Enjoy these gorgeous summer days. Be positive and keep smiling. Remember, you are loved. We are an amazing Villas family. I feel truly fortunate to be part of the Villas! Have a wonderful month of August!

With Love,
Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

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Happy August from the West Indies Residents and Staff!

rey santos
lupe ruvalcaba
dianna mendoza
leslie brazeau
 

Welcome August! The summer is definitely here! So enjoy this beautiful weather as the time seems to pass us by so quickly! West Indies residents will be relaxing on our patio and enjoying scenic drives to the harbor. You are welcome to join us on Wednesdays when residents sing along with Bobbette, enjoy music with Mike Farrell and dance with Dancing Chris! As we are enjoying our summer, take a moment to tell a member of the Villas Care Staff, a thank you, give them a hug or just a big smile…it truly means a lot! Sunshine and Smiles fromWest Indies Staff and Residents.We wish everyone a happy, healthy and relaxing summer!

Rey, Leslie, Lupe, Dianna and the entire W.I. Staff!

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August Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 August newsletterAugust is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and activities are blazing! Check out our August Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

theater groupThe Villas' Theater Group

We Need New Members!

This is so much fun! You get together once a week and read scripts! Your fabulous director, Linda Conklin, guides you through acting out the script. The group performs for the residents at the Villas a couple of times per year, as well as helping out as announcers at various other functions. Get your inner “actor/actress” on and join us!! CALL LINDA: (949) 498-4047 or (949) 606-6650 to join!

 

villas luauThe Villas’ “The Hula Connection”

Wednesday, August 2nd - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Our Annual Luau! The music! The grass skirts! The coconuts! The beautiful girls! The cute kids! Don’t miss it! Invite friends and family.

 

jeff harnar2Jeff Harnar Performs in the Lobby

Monday, August 14th - 1:00 p.m.

Jeff sings the show tunes you love to hear. You most definitely will not want to miss this! Invite friends and family.

 

villas got talentVillas' Got Talent Show

Friday, August 25th - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby

It’s that time, folks! It’s our annual “Villas’ Got Talent” show. “Celebrity Judges” A fun time is in store for all! Don’t Miss the Show

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

housekeepingAugust Employees of the Month

The Villas’Housekeepers

The owners of the Villas wanted to recognize all of the Housekeepers this month. Under the management of Patricia Farias, these girls work hard, and do so with a smile. On the left, in red, from top to bottom, we have Maria Aguilar, Araceli Perez and Delia Cruz. On the right, in blue, from top to bottom we have Lucia Ramirez, Marina Gomez and Anabel Caudillo. These girls are wonderful at what they do, and want you to know they are happy to be serving the residents of the Villas! Photo by Patricia Farias

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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July Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 july newsletterSummer is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and July is sizzling with activities! Check out our July Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

dancing chrisDancing Chris & Lt Col Pearce

They had a nice Memorial Day Ceremony at the Villas. We had a group from ROTC do a flag folding demonstration. There were Boy Scouts who gave every veteran a set of dog tags with their name on them. I led the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and I read a poem entitled “A Veteran Died Today” The officer in charge gave a wonderful speech. It was all followed with a BBQ for everyone.

It was a great day - Chris Anastasio

 

4th of julyIndependance Day Activities

11:30 am - July 4th Barbecue out Front
3:00 pm - Music & July 4th Dancing with Robin Gable

Happy 4th of July from all of us at San Clemente Villas!

 

photo day2Photo Day!

Saturday, July 8th - 10:00-12:00 in the Lobby

All residents invited to have their portrait taken. 1 FREE 8 x 10 per resident or couple. All NEW RESIDENTS are asked to mark their calendars and make sure you come to this. We need for you to have a good photo for the acrylic frame outside your room.

 

villas got talentVillas' Got Talent Show

Coming in August! Do you have a talent you’d like to share? Magic? Singing? Dancing?

You need to let Barbara know you want to participate This is a structured Talent Show, so we need to know ahead of time Who you are and what you’ll be doing so we can put you on the roster. We can supply an accompanist if needed. Call Barbara today! (949) 370-2797 Or leave a note at front desk saying you'd like to participate!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Oscar GarciaJuly Employee of the Month

Oscar Garcia, Dining Room

Oscar came to the VillasMarch 23 six months after the Villas opened! The first job Oscar did at the Villas was supervisor of the dining room – the same thing he’s doing today! He’s quite an experienced guy! He loves serving the residents (though he’s quick to say he’s not fond of any complaints, so he works hard to make sure there aren’t any!).

Long ago, Oscar started at the University in Guatemala to be a lawyer – but then got married and needed to support his family, so he stopped school and got a job. Yes, Oscar is married and has four children! More about them in a minute. Back about 30 years ago, Oscar and his then bride came to America to have his wife’s facial cancer treated. He’s pleased to report that she is okay today with regard to that! Then the couple went back to Guatemala. There they went on to have two sons, Miguel and Oscar (yes, he’s a junior), and two daughters,Maria Elena and RosaMaria. Oscar now has nine grandkids and one great grandchild.

So how is it he’s here now? Many years prior to working for the Villas Oscar and his family immigrated to America. They moved to and still live in Santa Ana. He makes the long trek here five days a week. Wow, Oscar, we’re so glad you do that! Every morning and every night Oscar visits his wife, who now lives in a nursing home due to her diabetes. Oscar loves soccer and basketball, he’s not just a spectator, he loves to play both!

As we were finishing up the interview I asked Oscar if there’s anything else he would like people to know. He clutched his heart and said, “I just want everyone to know how hard it is for me to lose a resident. It hurts me. It is hard to get over. Over the 14 years I’ve been here, I’ve lost many people I’ve grown to love.” Well, we love you and your sweet sense of humor, Oscar. Here’s to many more years of your awesome service as a dining supervisor!!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_barbara_new.jpgHere are some of our recent events & activities at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Our Activities Director, Barbara Tancredi, does a wonderful job, Thank You Barbara!

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June Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 june newsletterJune is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have many exciting activities this Month! Check out our June Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

villas choralJoin the Villas' Chorale

June 5th - 3:00pm in the Activities Center

We start June 5th preparing for the infa- mous VILLAS’ GOT TALENT SHOW that will be on Friday, August 25th in our lobby. Come meet with us at 3:15 in the Activities Center on the Lower Level, and every Monday thereafter to rehearse for the show. We can help you find a song you’d like to sing, or an act you’d like to perform, or?

 

tech eventTechnology Event

Friday, June 9th - 10:00-11:30 in the Library

Once again SCAN volunteers are coming to give of their time and talents. They will be here to give you technology advice on your laptops, iPads, Tablets, Android cell phone, iPhones and anything else you have.

 

casino nightFather's Day Casino at the Villas!

Friday, June 16th - 1:00 pm in the Lobby

Free token for chips. Play for prizes. Fun! Fun! Fun! Come one, come all, men and women of the Villas. Pacific Coast Casino is here for Roulette, Texas Hold ‘em, Black Jack and more!

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music, come and enjoy!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

Vangie CaytonJune Employee of the Month

Vangie Cayton

Vangie grew up in the Philippines with three brothers and three sisters. She met her husband, Joseph, in the Philippines. They married in November, 1982. They have 4 kids, Carla, Paolo, Karen, and Jeremy. All of the kids have worked here at one time or another. Jeremy still works at the Villas. But back up. Where did this gem come from?

Vangie came to the United States in 2002 with her husband and four children. Her mom is anAmerican citizen who had moved to the US in 1972. She’s the one that petitioned for Vangie and her family to come here. Vangie had learned English in her school in the Philippines. She said, “We were not allowed to talk Tagalog (pronounced Tuh-GAL-log) in our school, we had to talk English, or we would be fined.” Her country wanted all the students to learn fluent English because English is the second language in the Philippines. Vangie says the United States helps the Philippines in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to military assistance. The US is like family to the Filipinos. Once in the US, Vangie and her family lived in Mission Viejo with her mom. She didn’t work right away, but her husband and eldest daughter did. In about a year, in 2003, she applied at the Villas for food server, and they hired her right away part time.

After about two months she was offered a full-time job. After six months she was made dining room supervisor! Vangie says everyone at the Villas is like her family. So what does this girl do in her spare time? As most people know, Vangie loves to sing. But she also loves to dance. And she’s a happy person. So now, Vangie, tell us something we don’t know. Well, here it is – she said, “I want to be a good dancer, like someone who could go on Dancing with the Stars. I’d love to go to dancing school!” You go girl! Oh! But not too far, we need you here!!! Congratulations to Vangie, our June 2017 Employee of the Month!

 

We Love the ACTIVITIES at the Villas

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May Events at San Clemente Villas by the Sea

2017 May newsletterMay is here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea and we have many exciting activities this Month! Check out our May Newsletter to keep up with the fun!

2017 cinco de mayoCelebrate Cinco De Mayo!

THURSDAY, MAY 4th in the Lobby

Wear your Mexican Festive attire, or just a sombrero, or just a smile, but come and enjoy! At 1pm Salsa Dancers will demonstrate and teach residents to dance, then at 2pm a Mariachi Group is coming to entertain. There will be Special Snacks and Drinks!

 

paul brazeau bdayHappy Birthday Paul

by Chris Anastasio

There are certain people, who make it to the top.
They kept on going, when the others stopped.
They make a tough job, seem like fun.
They work harder, when they are under the gun.
They are head and shoulders, above the rest.
They always do it right, and they do it best.
They are always running, and on the go.
When there’s something to do, they never go slow.
They are way too busy, to take a rest.
It’s always more, and never less.
They always do this, with a smile.
They are always ready, to go that extra mile.
We have that person, in our man Paul.
He works the best, when he is against the wall.
He has made it big, that’s for sure.
He had to work hard, to just endure.
At the age of 90, he just keeps going.
Like a wild wind, that just keeps blowing.
So we wish you a Happy Birthday, Paul.
You are the best, and you have done it all.

 

2017 butterflyCelebrating Life Group

Starting Friday, May 5th - 9:30 to 10:30

Meeting in the Theater, and then every Friday thereafter same & place. This group is being formed as the coming together of kindred souls who have loved and lost and know that the way to carry on is to celebrate life, not mourn loss. For our first series of sessions we will be listening to (CD) and discussing the amazing book, Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. If you’re unfamiliar with this book you’re in for a treat. Talk about celebrating life! This is not just any book on Heaven – it is likely the best ever written about celebrating life. Well, just wait and see. We hope to also bring in guest speakers at some point and to go on Celebrating Life outings. Sign up on the sign up sheet coming soon and join us!

 

candlelight dinnerCandlelight Dinners

4:00 pm in the Dining Rooms

There will be a Special Menu and beautiful music, come and enjoy!

 

2017 mothers dayCRABBY OLD LADY

What do you see nurses? . .. . What do you see? What are you thinking .. .. .. when you're looking at me? A crabby old lady .. .. .. not very wise, Uncertain of habit .. .. .. with faraway eyes? Who dribbles her food .. .. .. and makes no reply. When you say in a loud voice .. .. .. 'I do wish you'd try!' Who seems not to notice .. .. .. the things that you do. And forever is losing .. .. .. A sock or shoe? Who, resisting or not .. .. .. lets you do as you will, With bathing and feeding .. .. .. a long day to fill? Is that what you're thinking? .. .. .. Is that what you see? Then open your eyes, nurse .. . .. you're not looking at me. I'll tell you who I am .. .. .. As I sit here so still, As I do at your bidding, .. .. .. as I eat at your will. I'm a small girl of Ten . .. . with a father and mother, Brothers and sisters .. .. .. who love one another. A young girl of Sixteen .. .. .. with wings on her feet. Dreaming that soon now .. .. .. a lover she'll meet. A bride soon at Twenty .. .. .. my heart gives a leap. Remembering, the vows .. .. .. that I promised to keep. At Twenty-Five, now .. .. .. I have young of my own. Who need me to guide .. .. .. a secure happy home. A woman of Thirty . .. .. My young now grown fast, Bound to each other .. .. ..With ties that should last. At Forty, my young sons .. .. .. have grown and are gone, But my man is beside me . .. . to see I don't mourn. At Fifty, once more, .. .. .. babies play 'round my knee, Again, we know children .. .. .. My husband and me. Dark days are upon me .. .. .. my husband's now dead. I look at the future .. .. .. and shudder with dread. For my young are all rearing .. .. .. young of their own. And I think of the years .. .. . and the love that I've known. I'm now an old woman .. . .. and nature is cruel. 'Tis jest to make old age .. .. .. look like a fool. The body, it crumbles .. .. .. grace and vigor depart. There is now a stone .. . .. where I once had a heart. But inside this old carcass .. .. .. a young girl still dwells, And now and again .. .. .. my battered heart swells. I remember the joys .. .. .. I remember the pain. And I'm loving and living .. .. .. life over again. I think of the years, all too few .. .. .. gone too fast. And accept the stark fact .. .. . that nothing can last. So open your eyes, people .. .. .. open and see. Not a crabby old woman .. .. .. look closer .. .. .. see ME!!

 

Bingo Bonanzabingo bonanza

4th Thursday of Every Month @ 2:00pm

The more that come, the bigger the fun! Stay and join us at Social Hour immediately following.

 

resident meetingMonthly Resident Meeting

1st Thursday of the Month

These meetings are a time to learn "what's going on," ask questions, and share concerns. It's also a time to give praise where praise is due!

Don't Miss Them.

 

bertha rodriguezMay Employee of the Month

Bertha Garcia De Rodriguez

Bertha was born in Tejupilco de Hildago (aka Hidalgo) which is a state in Mexico. You can find it right down near Mexico City, in the center of Mexico. First off, did you know that Mexico has 31 states? I know I didn’t, and we live so close!

Bertha worked for two years as a secretary for a lawyer in Mexico. She’s a smart cookie! Then in 1994 she met Juan Rodriguez Garcia in Mexico and they married in 1995. After just one month they came to the United States. Bertha was pregnant with her first child, Nancy. Do you know Nancy? She works in our food service department? Some of the employees were flabbergasted recently to learn that Nancy was Bertha’s daughter. Then they almost fell of their chairs to learn that Jocelyn, also in the food service department is Bertha’s other daughter! Bertha also has a daughter, Denice who is in fifth grade.

Before Bertha started working at the Villas she worked for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Housekeeping for 2 ½ years. She applied at the Villas in July of 2003 as a housekeeper. She did that for four years, and then went on to work as a caregiver. And we’re so happy she did. Everyone knows Bertha as very caring, responsible, and professional with resident care. She wants to make a difference every day in the residents’ lives. Her best reward, she says, is when she sees them smile.

Her supervisor Amelia says, “I feel so proud to have Bertha in assisted living. She has been an excellent caregiver in our department.”

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Happy Easter! from Sherri Saunders, Marketing Director

Sherri Saunders

Flowers are in abundant bloom – especially this year! I’m thankful for all the rain we’ve had. I absolutely love the warm days. I admit it; I’m truly a sun worshipper!

We have so much planned in April, so all of you new residents be sure to check those calendars. We’d love for you to invite friends and family members to enjoy our music and dance hours with you or just come in for a visit! And what about our morning walks – what a wonderful way to start each of these beautiful spring days, with fresh air and exercise! If you took advantage of all the activities on the calendar you’d fall into bed and be out like a light every night! That’s what one resident told me she does!

Have a wonderful Easter everyone ~ He is Risen! Love, Sherri

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How an American-born Dutch Youth Survived Nazi Horrors, Became a U.S. Aviator

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Any number of times, Hank Gillebaard’s boyhood in Holland could have been cut short.

There was the time he was incarcerated by German occupation forces, accused by classmates at school of being Jewish. Gillebaard, then 15, was rescued before he could be shipped off to a detention camp by a friend of his father who spotted him and pretended Gillebaard was wanted for a crime and needed by local authorities.

Around the same time period, Gillebaard risked his life to relay notes tossed over a fence for his former teacher, only learning later what they were for. The notes, back and forth, enabled his former teacher’s children to be rescued from the newly fenced-off Jewish quarter.

There were Gillebaard’s adventures as a 16-year-old, slipping from place to place around Holland for two years in hiding, living in barns, forced one night to submerge himself in a frigid canal, nearly freezing to death to avoid being detected by a Nazi search boat.

The truth was, he was not Jewish. He born in America to Dutch parents, having moved to Holland at age 2 to grow up Dutch, speaking no English.

But that was only the beginning of a stream of highly unlikely events in the adventuresome life of high school dropout turned aviator Hendrik “Hank” Gillebaard, who died March 31 at his home at San Clemente Villas at age 90.

Melissa Guzzetta, a family friend, recounts his stories in vivid detail in a 2015 book titled “Private Lucky: One Man’s Unconventional Journey from the Horrors of Nazi Occupation to the Fulfillment of a High-Flying American Dream.”

“This started out as a video for his family,” she said. “When we started hearing the details of his story … we thought, this is a story that needed to be told.”

The most frequent reaction to the book has been “this should be a movie,” Guzzetta said.

Yet most people in Laguna Beach, where Hank and Lola Gillebaard lived for 36 years, where he was once had a downtown business and was once president of the Rotary Club, would have had little way of knowing what a rollicking previous life he led.

Forced into hiding before he turned 16, the age when Dutch boys in World War II had to enter German service, Gillebaard survived a threadbare existence through the underground but returned safely to his family as the war was ending.

At his father’s behest, he joined the U.S. Army in Holland and was sent to Germany where no one believed he was American because he spoke no English.

Once denied boarding onto a U.S. Army train, he jumped onto the moving train to hang on precariously between two coaches, filthy but alive on arrival and having to explain himself.

It was the first in a series of U.S. Army misadventures. He used his multi-lingual skills (Dutch, German, Flemish and, eventually, English), a fake high school diploma written in Dutch and an inventive imagination to become an aircraft mechanic who persuaded pilots to take him aloft and show him how planes were flown to fuel his boyhood dream of becoming a pilot. Gillebaard arrived in New York City nearly broke and moved in with an old Army pal and his family.

Gillebaard thrived in New York City, purchased a used airplane and embarked on a series of unlicensed adventures in it, including a near-deadly crash in Pennsylvania where, as luck would have it, Amish farmers who spoke German took him in.

In Texas, there was another crash on takeoff that damaged the airplane. Unable to afford to fix it, Gillebaard tried to hitchhike back to New York and ended up scoring a ride to California instead. After misadventures in Hollywood, Gillebaard found out he could use the G.I. Bill to get a pilot’s license and fly legally.

As the book relates, Gillebaard worked as a crop-dusting pilot in Texas, survived a crash there and applied for a job as a multi-lingual pilot instructor for the Air Force, to train Europeans to become NATO pilots.

He lacked the necessary skills but talked his way in. He managed to dubiously pass test after test, inventively putting his sometimes intentionally poor English skills to his advantage while honing his flying skills.

Some called him “The Crazy Dutchman,” he said in the book.

In the course of his trainer career at Kinston, N.C., he joined a community theater group and met Lola. They co-starred in a play that cemented their relationship.

“We had eight weeks of courting with no obligations, no money spent, just a good time,” said Lola Gillebaard. “And you found out everything about a person, how they react to good times, bad times, middle times. We knew for sure we wanted to get married when the play was over.”

The death of Gillebaard’s father in Texas led Hank and his brother Bob to take over his father’s business making hardboard for furniture manufacturing, which flourished across several states. Hank continued to fly and used the plane to access and impress business clients.

He and Lola, parents of four boys, settled in Newport Beach in 1974, two years later in Corona del Mar and in Laguna Beach in 1978.

“We had a lot of laughter in the house,” Lola said. Through the years, Hank still had a penchant at times for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and getting away with it, or even working it to his advantage.

“If I did like ‘that’ with my elbow, that meant ‘not the right time, not the right place,’ “ Lola said. “He was real good about paying attention to that. In 63 years, I’ve never seen him show fear. We lost twin boys before we had four sons. That’s the first time I saw him cry. And that does so much for a relationship. It was so good for me to see him cry over that.”

The couple prevailed through good times and bad times, “laughter whenever you could,” she said. Living in Laguna Beach, she enrolled in a stand-up comedy class, began giving shows and in 2011 won the Funniest Female in California competition.

Hank didn’t do stand-up comedy. “But he could say some of the funniest things of your life,” Lola said. “And he did great impressions.”

On the day Gillebaard died, Lola had been scheduled to do stand-up comedy at “Got Talent,” a San Clemente Sunrise Rotary competition at Casino San Clemente.

“I was lucky to be born in the United States,” Gillebaard said in the book. “It led to more opportunities for me and my family. As someone who grew up outside of the U.S., I recognized the opportunities in America, things that an American raised here may not always see, recognize or appreciate.

“I feel fortunate to have known from a very young age that I wanted to fly, and that early drive evolved into a natural talent. Luck was with me when I enlisted in the American Army after the war was over. When my career as a pilot trainer came to an end, Bob and I were lucky to have Father’s business to start with.”

His short-term memory affected by Alzheimer’s in recent years, Gillebaard retained his sense of humor and sharp memories of events long ago.

“The book brought all of this together,” Lola said. “I don’t know if he realized that or not. I think he did. I would catch him looking through the book and I’d say, ‘Tell me about that again.’ He loved to talk. He was special. He had to be, to go through all that he went through and come out with a positive attitude.”

A life remembrance is set for 3 p.m. May 7 at San Clemente Villas. “Always love, and forever laughter,” Lola said in the announcement.

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