|Dannet Botkin explains the new Resident Ambassador Program to the Sacred Heart Men’s Club at the club’s March meeting.|
A survey of those who recently moved into the Village shows that over 50% chose Hot Springs Village after learning about it from a friend or family that lives here. Recognizing this trend, a new program has been established called a Resident Ambassador. This program is offered to encourage residents to expose their family and friends to the Village and to qualify for discounts and prizes. There are other special and unique activities planned to gain exposure to the Village including such things as a Media Day, a Triathlon in June, States Weeks where visitors from a state can use amenities at resident rates and a Real Estate Open House Day featuring lunch at participating restaurants.
Although Dannet has been on the job for a very short time there are already some impressive results. In addition, Hot Springs Village will be declared as one of the five best retirement centers in the US in an upcoming issue of Newsweek magazine. Following the presentation Dannet took questions from those attending and her talk was very much appreciated.
|There was a very large group for the picture of those married 50 years or more that were attending the Sacred Heart Men’s Club Valentine’s Party.|
|Bernie and Marilyn Bauer were recognized for the longest marriage at the party, 65 years!|
The Sacred Heart Men’s Club meets monthly at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Membership in the club is open to all men that are members of Sacred Heart or whose spouse is a member. Information about the club is available at their website, hsvmensclub.com.
|Fr. Bill Elser demonstrating that he can use his smart phone to download the app for Liturgy of the Hours devotions.|
Under Father Bill’s direction, Sacred Heart has initiated a few new prayer activities recently. The first is the reciting of the Patriotic Rosary. Once a month at mass the Patriotic Rosary is recited as a prayer for our country, our leaders and those who have sacrificed for our liberty. It is usually done coinciding with an appropriate national day of recognition such as Veterans Day or Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The second prayer activity recently initiated is to pray the morning prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours prior to the start of mass on Monday through Friday. The Liturgy of the Hours is a common prayer started in the days of the very early Christian church. The prayer grew out of the Jewish tradition of praying at specific times of the day and from Jesus’s teaching, as recorded in the bible, for all to pray at all times. Ordained priests and religious of the Catholic Church are obliged to daily pray the morning and evening prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours. In this way the Church offers a common prayer to Christ and with Christ to sanctify the entire day. The Liturgy of the Hours prayer is built around scripture and includes readings from the old and new testaments, the psalms, songs of praise and specific prayers. The Liturgy can be done in a group with a leader, such as a priest or a deacon, or privately by an individual. There are books available to help facilitate those wishing to do the Liturgy as well as an app that can be downloaded to your smart phone, which Fr. Bill then demonstrated.
Father Bill concluded his remarks by calling on the men of the Sacred Heart Men’s Club to become “prayer warriors”.
|Danny Murphy, Sacred Heart Men’s Club Secretary and Meals on Wheels Committee Chairman, and his wife Kathy load up their van at the McCauley Center with meals, bread and milk for delivery.|
Currently there are approximately 20 addresses within the Village that receive the daily meals and the delivery involves driving about 65 miles. The Sacred Heart Men’s Club has been assisting with Meals on Wheels deliveries for a number of years and plans to continue this service in the future.
|L to R, Wayne Kapple, Marvin Young, Bill Hurley and Bill Janser.|
|Tim Keating, (left) past Men's Club President receiving past president's plaque from current Men's Club President, Bill Patterson.|
|Bill Patterson (right), President of Sacred Heart Men’s Club, and Buddy Dixon (left), Program Chairman, welcome John Paul to the club’s October meeting.|
John spent time reviewing the discussions underway on changing the course greens from Bent Grass to Bermuda Grass. Hot Springs Village is in the “transition zone” from a weather standpoint which makes this a difficult issue. There is no perfect solution, just a series of pluses and minuses depending on which way you go. At this point no decision has been made and John emphasized that any change will be made slowly and only following careful evaluation and trials.
After briefly outlining the plans for renovations and improvements projects during the coming year John took questions from the audience. Bill Patterson, President of the Men’s Club, thanked John for his presentation and for taking time to stay and answer the member’s questions.