Willow Brook News
Retired Willow Brook employee Wes Jordan was honored at the Medical Mutual of Ohio’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award luncheon on August 9. The event recognizes seniors who are actively engaged in volunteer activities. The award salutes those volunteers who act in a selfless, caring manner, and are committed to enhancing the quality of lives of those around them. Nominated by the Council for Older Adults, Jordan received the Gold Award.
Wes, who was a maintenance worker and bus driver at Willow Brook Christian Village until his retirement, has volunteered more than 1,400 hours in his three and a half years of service to the Council for Older Adults by delivering MealsOn Wheels, as a Farmers’ Market Voucher program volunteer, at health fairs, and packing and labeling Meals On Wheels trays. Wes also volunteers by providing transportation to clients who need to go to medical appointments. During the holiday season, he often dresses up like Santa Claus to help deliver meals. Wes also volunteers at Willow Brook by driving the bus on weekend trips.
Our residents did us proud in the LeadingAge Ohio Central Region Art & Writing Competition! Our folks ended up with 34 ribbons, including the People’s Choice Award! We always knew our communities were full of talented people, but here’s proof – and we’d dispute the judges’ decisions and add a few others if we had our way on selection, but of course we don’t. If you missed the receptions at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, you can still see these winning entries when they are a part of the statewide competition at the Hyatt Regency of Columbus on August 29 and 30.
A full list of winners here!
We did it again! There were about 5,000 attendees who were voting for their favorites and The Home was voted first place in the Taste of Worthington’s entrée category! We went head-to-head with J.Gilbert’s, Cameron Mitchell, Bravo, Rivage Alantique – in all about 15 of the top restaurants in the Worthington area, and we snagged the top honor. We now have been voted first place for five of the seven years we have been participating in the event. Congratulations to Madelyn Turner and her team for a job exceedingly well done!
Willow Brook at Delaware Run resident Diane Yothers has received Toastmasters International “Advanced Communicator Silver Award”. This is the second highest Award on Toastmasters International Speaking Track. Diane is the first female member of the Delaware TM Club to reach this level.
A couple thousand people braved the heat and threatening storms to cool off in the Philips Glen of Ohio Wesleyan University on the 4th of July to hear the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra’s traditional Independence Day concert. Intermission was cut short by threatening weather, and the after-concert fireworks started a little early, enabling everyone to make to to their cars, if not out of the parking lots, before the storm hit with full force. Willow Brook was a proud sponsor of the symphony concert.