Oak Crest Resident Services Administrator Liz Hoppenworth talked about care for their elderly clientele and how they promote staff awareness of needs during this week’s meeting.  Hoppenworth has been with the retirement center for 34 years and says she is now seeing 2nd and 3rd generation family members look to Oak Crest for their health and security needs as they age.
Service and Care the Special Oak Crest Way
Since its founding in 1980, the Oak Crest Retirement Center strives for superior service and care, according to Resident Services Administrator Liz Hoppenworth who was this week’s speaker.  Hoppenworth explained that their 31-acre campus offers a full range of living options for those at least 62 years old.  For independent living there are several styles of duplex units as well as apartments ranging from 600 to 2,200 square feet.  Once accepted into an independent living program, lifetime plans open the way for assisted living and licensed nursing home care if needed.  Hoppenworth noted the various amenities offered at Oak Crest like their fitness and aquatics center, recreational and educational programs, and community interaction including their satellite Rotary club.  Oak Crest has 265 residents and a staff of more than 240 full and part-time employees.
Hoppenworth made a special effort to actively engage Rotarians in a couple of exercises designed to show how the Oak Crest staff becomes patient-focused.  The first was called “the shared vision exercise.”  It involved closing one’s eyes and then following several verbal instructions to fold and tear a piece of paper.  Of course, there were wildly differing versions from what was actually described because you did everything without seeing what others were doing.  The second was an awareness test involving misdirection for what to observe.  Hoppenworth had everyone number a piece of paper 1 to 20; then invited a person into the room carrying a tray she said had 20 items; the person with the tray then left; and Hoppenworth asked everyone to list features of the person carrying the tray (when everyone thought they would be listing the items on the tray).  Hoppenworth explained how Oak Crest wants its employees to avoid assumptions and be alert for unexpected patient needs by stressing relationship building as part of their staff training.
Hoppenworth gave an open invitation for Rotary to meet at the Oak Crest to see first-hand what they have to offer.  Details are also on their web site at
FINAL Rotary Reader Assignment for 2024
Rotary Reader Program
South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Avenue, Sycamore
Thursdays, 2:45 - 3:05 PM (please arrive at 2:30 PM to pick out your books)
April 25 - Jim Stoddard, Attorney
Famous Birthdays This Week
January 21, 1940 – Golf legend Jack Nicklaus (the Golden Bear) is born in Columbus, Ohio.  He holds a record 18 major titles and 73 PGA Tour titles.
January 25, 1783 – William Colgate, founder of the present-day Colgate-Palmolive Company, is born in Hollingbourne, Kent, England.  His family emigrates to the U.S when he is 15 and he becomes an apprentice learning the soap trade.
January 26, 1880 - General Douglas MacArthur is born on a military base in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He commanded Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II.  He commanded U.N. forces after war broke out in Korea in 1950 until dismissed in 1951 by President Harry S. Truman in a disagreement over war policy.
January 27, 1932 – British novelist Lewis Carroll (author of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”) is born in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.
This Week in History
January 24, 1848 – The California gold rush begins in the Sierra Nevada foothills with the accidental discovery of the precious metal during construction of a sawmill near the town of Coloma.
January 25, 1959 – An American Airlines Boeing 707 made the first scheduled transcontinental flight from California to New York.
January 27, 1967 – Astronauts “Gus” Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed as fire erupted inside their Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch simulation test at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
January 28, 1986 – The U. S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its flight killing the seven-member crew including teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first ordinary citizen in space.
Birthdays & Club Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Wildenradt
June 1
Jeff Keicher
June 17
Robert Brown
June 24
Christine Kalina
June 25
Join Date
Julie Sgarlata
June 6, 2012
12 years
Tasha Sims
June 7, 2023
1 year
President – Brandon Diviak
President Elect – Steve Wilder
Director (President Nominee) – Jonelle Bailey
Director (President Designee) - Becky Springer
Past President – Tim Neubert
Treasurer – Dr. Michele Jurkovic
Secretary – Sally Bruch
Sergeant at Arms – Paulette Renault
Monthly Committees
July: Board of Directors
August: Jeff Keicher, Brandon Diviak, Pat Shafer
September: Dave Hamilton, Jeff Jacobson, Jim Stoddard
October: Paul Callighan, Matt Nelson, Paul Stromborg
November: Sue Emberson, Jeff Frank, Heidi Wright
December: Paul Barnaby, Larry Berke, Riley Oncken
January: Ray Dembinski, Joyce Klein, Rob Mondi, Tim Neubert
February: Jonelle Bailey, Becky Springer, Tasha Sims
March: Chip Houdek, Brendan Wilson, Jim Buck
April: Bob Hammon, Jeff Petersen, Alicia Cosky
May: Bob Brown, Steve Kuhn
June: Steve Wilder, Paulette Renault

Standing Committees

Membership: Jonelle Bailey, Ray Dembinski, Bob Hammon, Steve Kuhn, Jeff Petersen, Bob Wildendradt, Jeff Jacobson, Brandon Diviak, Matt Nelson, Riley Oncken

Public Image: Bob Brown, Paul Callighan, Jeff Keicher, Joyce Klein, Tasha Sims

Fellowship: Paulette Renault, Pat Shafer, Sally Bruch, Sue Emberson, Dave Hamilton, Paul Barnaby, Larry Berke

Service: Brandon Diviak, Jeff Frank, Michele Jurkovic, Rob Mondi, Brendan Wilson, Heidi Wright, Alicia Cosky, Tim Neubert

Foundations: Jim Buck, Sue Emberson, Matt Nelson, Jim Stoddard, Paul Stromborg

New Generations: Chip Houdek, Julie Sgarlata, Becky Springer, Steve Wilder

Scholarships: Tim Neubert, Julie Sgarlata, Ray Dembinski, Steve Kuhn, Michele Jurkovic, Don Clayberg

Upcoming Events
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jun. 19, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club Golf Outing
Sycamore Golf Club
Jun. 19, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club Installation Dinner
Sycamore Golf Club
Jun. 19, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Program TBD
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jun. 26, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: NO MEETING THIS WEEK
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 03, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Program TBD
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 10, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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