The annual picnic on Belle Isle has become one of the most popular Oakmont traditions, and this year’s event, held on Thursday, June 28th, surely counts as one of the best!
At around 11 am, Oakmont buses from each of our communities began to pull up to Shed 7 on the Isle’s southwest side, and excited residents, family members, and staff disembarked ready to enjoy a relaxing day of food, fun, and fellowship.
Each community supplied their own picnic dishes, with fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit, chips, lemonade, and other goodies on the menu at every table. Great conversations were had; wonderful stories were shared; and friendships, new and old, were celebrated.
While lunch was served by staff members, the soothing sounds of Wixie Harrington offered the perfect soundtrack to the day, playing hits from all modern eras of music and prompting many to sing along. Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack” was a particularly popular selection.
For Dessert, Screamer’s Ice Cream from Sterling Heights provided the cherry on top – allowing all attendees to indulge in many of their favorite ice cream snacks. It was the perfect treat for the warm June afternoon.
Oakmont Senior Communities would like to congratulate our Director of Sales and Marketing, Martha Teller, on her retirement. After a long and successful career of more than four decades in the workforce, Martha has stepped down from her position with Oakmont to enjoy her time with her husband and family, and pursue creative passion projects at her leisure.
Since joining the Oakmont Team, Martha used her unique skills, talents, and abilities to help build our brand, brighten our communities, and make Oakmont a special place to live and work. Beyond the duties of her position, Martha’s kind demeanor and caring heart also helped her to build many close relationships with our residents and their families from whom we have received countless well-wishes on her behalf.
Despite our sadness at losing Martha, we are so grateful and proud of what she accomplished for our organization, and truly wish her the best during her much-deserved retirement.
A Day to Remember for Bruce
If you don’t know Bruce personally, then there’s a good chance you know his work. A leader in water closet engineering, Bruce is responsible for developing the first pressure-assisted water closet flush technology, which is now found in 60% of all homes in the United States.
After a long and successful career, and raising their son Chris with his wife Sue, Bruce moved into Oakmont Rochester Assisted, where he quickly struck up a friendship with Janell, the building’s activity director, and Michele, Oakmont’s Regional Manager. Delighted by Bruce’s friendship and good nature, both Janell and Michele decided they wanted to do something special for him.
Without letting Bruce in on the secret, Janell began to plan a big surprise. She asked him to keep a certain date in June free on his calendar and told him she was going to take him out to lunch. “It all started months ago when Janell told me to reserve a date in June for a trip,” Bruce said. “I was convinced we were going to a hamburger joint.”
Though Janell may have promised a hamburger joint, where she really wanted to take Bruce was much,
At each of our Oakmont communities, we are lucky enough to receive frequent cards, letters, and notes of thanks from our residents and their families. These simple gestures mean the absolute world to us, and we are grateful to each and every author who takes the time to share their feedback.
We received the below letter from Cheryl – the niece of a resident who called Oakmont Sterling home for more than seven years. The dedication, patience, and love Cheryl showed her aunt during their near-daily visits constantly inspired us. We are so touched that Cheryl chose to share her words with us, and we wanted to share them with you below:
Note: We have altered the letter slightly to protect the privacy of Cheryl and her family.
To the Directors & Staff at Oakmont Sterling Enhanced:
As you know, my aunt has been a resident at Oakmont Sterling for over seven years until her recent passing. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for taking such wonderful care of her throughout that time. You were truly a second family to her and you made her life safe,
A big thank you goes out to all who attended, donated, planned, and helped make our Bowl for Deputy Hack event such a huge success! With your help, we were able to raise more than $2,500 dollars towards our year-long Oakmont Cares effort to support Deputy Hack’s recovery.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
- Burg’s Custom Cleaning
- Great Lakes Geriatrics
- The Professional Group
- Michele Walny & Husband
- Cherrywood & Boulevard
- Great Lakes Medicine
- The Weston Group