May 2012 Newsletter

Memorial Day History
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was intended to be a day when America remembered those who died in the service of our nation.   Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).  Traditional Memorial Day remembrances have diminished in America and for many the holiday represents the official start of summer and includes outdoor activities and celebrations that have little do with remembering the real reason for the holiday.  All of us look forward to holidays and time off from work, but it is important to remember that the blessings, privileges and freedoms we enjoy cost our forefathers dearly. Many of them gave their lives so we could enjoy ours. 

Johanna Woods Pool Opens May 25th
As we have done for many years now, the office will be open for extended hours to sign folks up and issue pool passes, before the pool officially opens.  You can get your passes any day during office hours beginning Saturday, May 19th.  Extended hours are as follows:  Monday evening May 21st, until 8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 22nd until 8:00 PM and Friday, May 25th until 9:00 PM.  Passes may only be checked out by adult residents and will only be issued at the office.  Pool monitors cannot issue pool passes.  No one will be admitted to the Johanna Woods pool unless they have a current pool pass.  The pool opens for the summer at 5:00 PM, May 25th, weather permitting.  Guests to the Johanna Woods pool must have a guest pass and be accompanied by a resident in order to swim.   Come see us!

Sad Neighbor News…
Two of our residents left this life for their final appointments over the last couple of weeks.   Don Morgan and Roy Medlock both passed away suddenly.  Our prayers remain with their families.

Other News
Congratulations to Elizabeth and Jason Townsend, they won the April gift card to Lowe’s!  Way to go!

Our American Heritage
“You have the highest of human trusts committed to your care.  Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number, and has chosen you as the guardians of freedom, to preserve it for the benefit of the human race.  May He who holds in His hands the destinies of nations, make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed, and enable you, with pure hearts and hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to the end of time, the great charge He has committed to your keeping.”  President Andrew Jackson (1767 -1845).  He was the 7th President of the United States of America and these words were his farewell Address on March 4, 1837.  He was also a lawyer, Congressman, U.S. Senator and judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court.  His words here, are taken from America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations, Wm J. Federer

Cook’s Corner
Marvelous Marinated Chicken
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce 
1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 tablespoon molasses 
1 tablespoon sesame seeds         
1 tablespoon brown sugar 
1 teaspoon paprika             
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt   
1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic            
1/4 cup canola oil               
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Mix the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, liquid smoke and molasses together in a re-sealable plastic bag until the molasses has dissolved.  Add the sesame seeds, brown sugar, paprika, garlic salt, garlic pepper, minced garlic and canola oil to this mixture and mix well.  Place the chicken in the bag and coat with the marinade.  Then seal the bag and marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator, moving the chicken around in the bag occasionally to keep coated.  Preheat the grill for medium heat.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess.  Grill on preheated grill until an internal temperature of 165º is reached, about 12 minutes per side.  Discard any remaining marinade.

Privacy Notice
A copy of Johanna Woods Privacy Notice is included with this copy of your newsletter.  We want you to know that we take seriously our responsibility to safeguard your personal information.  It is required that we provide you with this information annually.  However, our commitment to you is that we make every attempt to take care of the personal and confidential information you have entrusted us with on a daily basis. Please take a moment to read this policy statement.  It’s purpose is to explain how we manage your private information.  If you have any questions about it please do not hesitate to call us at 918-355-1681.

Resident Updates
Along with this newsletter, is a copy of our Resident Information Sheet.  Every year we ask our resident’s to make sure that we have correct phone numbers and residency information.  This is important in case we need to reach you in the event of an emergency.  Nowadays, people change phone numbers and even jobs with some regularity and we need to make sure our records are current.  Please take a moment to complete this form and turn it back into the office with your rent.  We will take good care of your information.  Thank you for your help with this!

Home Inspections Wrapping Up
The first round of inspections for 2012 is very nearly complete!  If you do not receive your initial report by May 15th, please call the office so we can get another copy out to you.  We have done home inspections for many years now and as a result, most of us do not have major work to do around our homes—and our community looks good as a result.  We try to provide you with a year’s notice when you need major improvements so you can plan ahead.  The appearance of Johanna Woods as a whole and the value of all of our homes is enhanced when every home looks its best.  We appreciate all of you who work so hard on your homes and yards.  Everyone who has work to do has been given a realistic time frame for the follow up inspection.  Please begin to take care of the needed work so we can mark you “done”!

Vacation Planner’s Dollar Stretcher
If summertime travel is in your plans and you are a senior, here are some companies that might help you stretch your vacation dollars.

Amtrak:  15% of (62+)
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP
Best Western:  10% off (55+)
Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Hertz:  Up to 25% off for AARP
Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off (62+) depending on location.
Marriot Hotels:  15% off (62+)
Motel 6:  10% off (60+)
National Rent-A-Car:  Up to 30% off for AARP members
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Many senior discounts are not advertised to the general public. If you are 55+ don’t be shy…ask if the business offers a discount.  It’s your money, hang on to some of it!

Communite Calendar for May
May 1st – Rent is due.
May 6th – Unpaid rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee.
May 13th – Mother’s Day!  Don’t forget Mom on her special day!
May 25th – Community Pool Opens – details above in the newsletter.
May 26th – The office will be closed for the holiday weekend.
May 28th – Memorial Day.  The office will be closed AND there will be no trash service.  Regular trash collection for Johanna Woods will be on Tuesday after the holiday!  Have a safe and pleasant Memorial Day.