|Volume LIX||May 2012||Number 2|
Ready for THAT!
With five locations, thousands of people, unique architecture and countless activities, it's easy to get wrapped up in the allure of the Masonic Villages. But from all the excitement emerges one focus: impacting lives.
Mary Ellen Tarman, Hershey Chapter No. 509, O.E.S., and her husband, Jim, moved to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in January 2012. As she explores Masonic Village, Mary Ellen has volunteered to share her experiences in a weekly blog so others can discover what real life looks like at Masonic Village.
When my husband, Jim, and I told friends and family we were moving to Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, the reaction was typically, "I'm not ready for THAT!" The word, "that," sounded as if we were looking forward to a painful medical procedure.
My impression after a month of living here is that I am ready for THAT, and the change is welcome and wonderful. ...
I joke that Masonic Village is like Penn State for mature adults. The countryside and buildings remind me of my University Park days and how I viewed its campus as a freshman. There was no other place to "retire," and a determination to live at Masonic Village never wavered.
Our "game plan" had four major requirements: being able to garden, keeping our dogs, having adequate swimming facilities and continuing our Internet book business.Green Thumb
We didn't move until Jan. 11, 2012, but a need to begin planting garlic, rhubarb and heirloom iris was not going to wait until spring. We were assigned a large garden plot in October 2011, when we began planting early crops and readying the bed for spring. It was joyous to be in the fresh air putting in our crops and turning over the soil!Man's Best Friend
After our move-in date was set, one of our dogs died, and we moved here with our Chinese Shar Pei, Charlotte. Our dogs were used to a fenced yard, and Masonic Village would have allowed an invisible, underground fence, but we opted for a leash.A Fish Takes to Water
I am used to swimming seven days a week. Here, we have the Patton Pool which is open in the afternoon and evening for lap swimming. That was an adjustment, as I am used to a 6:30 a.m. swim and a heated sauna! But the pool is large and the water is at a comfortable temperature. The smaller Flohr Pool is for water exercises and soaking, and I'm excited to try the outdoor Brossman Pool this summer.Down to Business
We were fortunate to get a Garfield Drive cottage with a basement we outfitted with our book shelves holding 4,000+ books and mailing supplies. We have been selling books since the 1980s, when we started with catalog sales. In the 1990s, we expanded to selling books at local antique co-ops, and from 1994 to 2000, we operated a used book shop in Hummelstown. By the time we closed, Internet sales had overtaken the amount of shop business. Books have been an important component of our lives, and we were pleased and grateful that the needs of our book business were more than admirably met.
Services and amenities offered here definitely make it possible for us to maintain our lifestyle without the burden of tasks and responsibilities we don't mind leaving behind. ... Perhaps you will agree you are "ready for that!"
Learn more about retirement living at the Masonic Village straight from a resident who is living it by visiting www.facebook.com/masonicvillages and following Mary Ellen's blog in the notes section. The blog is also on the Masonic Village's website, www.masonicvillagespa.org, on the Elizabethtown page, for those who do not use Facebook. From moving tips to puppy problems and a Saint Patrick's Day experience, Mary Ellen touches on all aspects of life at Masonic Village.Masonic Village at Dallas
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Admissions to the Masonic Villages are governed by the Committee on Masonic Homes, members of which are elected by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Committee on Masonic Homes approves or disapproves applications for admission primarily on the basis of need. Decisions concerning admission, the provision of services and referrals of residents are not based upon the applicant's race, color, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, familial status, age, sex, limited English proficiency (LEP) or any other protected status.
Regardless of your financial situation, you can afford to move to a Masonic Village! When you choose to live at the Masonic Villages, you are not required to turn over your assets; you maintain complete control of them. Fraternal support enables the Masonic Villages to serve all eligible individuals as part of our Mission of Love.
Please contact the Admissions or Marketing Office at the Masonic Village of your preference for information on the living area desired. For more information, visit www.masonicvillagespa.org.
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