WWII Veteran Joseph Rogers Honored Through "We Honor Veterans" Ceremony

Members of American Legion Post 25 Newport NH were honored to participate in a March 28 “We Honor Veterans” program for 93-year-old WWII Navy veteran Joseph Robert Rogers originally from Somerville, MA. Joe is the proud father of three daughters and has five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His daughter Elise Bundy and her husband Gerry were present and took part in the ceremony.

Honors were conducted by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA), a "We Honor Veterans" partner since 2011, and took place at The Seasons at Summercrest, an assisted living community in Newport where Joe currently resides. John Monroe-Cassel, LSRVNA Chaplain, opened the program with thanks to Joe and all veterans for their service. Maureen Healey, LSRVNA Social Worker, presented Joe with a pin, star from a retired flag, certificate of appreciation and memorial book. Kelly Rochford, LSRVNA Massage Therapist, presented Joe with a picture of the ship he served on in the Pacific.

Members of the American Legion read letters from President Harry Truman and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, sent to Joe at the time of his separation from active duty, thanking him for his dedication and commitment in service to our country. Post 25 also presented Joe with an American Legion cap and American flag in recognition of his service. Joe served aboard USS Eldorado CGA-11. In November 1944, she sailed to Pearl Harbor and there became the flagship for Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner, Commander, Amphibious Forces, Pacific. Joseph served aboard the Eldorado during this time and participated in the following operations:

  • On January 27, 1045, after rehearsal landings in Hawaii, the command ship sailed for the Marianas and further preparations for the assault landing on Iwo Jima. The ship also carried General Holland Smith, USMC and his staff, and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and his party when it sailed from Saipan on February 16 for Iwo Jima. The Eldorado lay off Iwo Jima from February 19 to March 9, its distinguished passengers directing operations ashore and afloat. It served as headquarters for war correspondents and broadcast directly from the beachhead to the people at home through its facilities. One of these correspondents was Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press, who took the famous American flag-raising photo on Mount Suribachi. Through the critical period of the bloody and arduous operation, the ship carried out its duties as flagship and operations center with effective thoroughness.
  • The Eldorado arrived at Guam on March 12, 1045 and embarked Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner, Commanding General of the 10th Army, then after rehearsals at Leyte in the Philippines, sailed off to the Hagushi Beaches, Okinawa for the initial invasion landings on April 1. The ship carried out with equal distinction the same type of duties it had performed at Iwo Jima. Since both the commander Air Support Control Unit, and the Force Fighter Director Officer were embarked, Eldorado's combat information center was the central unit in the air defense against the day and night air raids. General Buckner and his staff debarked on April 18 to establish headquarters on the island itself, and until the ship's departure on May 18, it was visited by several distinguished guests, including Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, Jr., and Raymond A. Spruance, and the noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

Joe served in the Navy from 1943-1946 and received three medals during that time: the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal. Following his military service, he went to college on the GI Bill. He attended Salem State College for his undergraduate degree, received a graduate degree from Tufts University, and was a high school history teacher and principal in Ipswich, MA for more than 25 years.

"We Honor Veterans" is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs designed specifically for hospice teams to meet the unique needs of veterans. It reaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement. For more information, contact Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077.

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20th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon

May 15th Luncheon Expected to Sell Out

WE'RE ABOUT FULL for the 20th anniversary of the Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon to be held May 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London! Additional details.

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FEATURED SPEAKER: Gail Matthews, Event Founder

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BE A SPONSOR and help the event raise vital funds for the Lake Sunapee VNA Pediatric Program. Sponsorship opportunities.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Recognizes Board Members, Staff and Volunteers

At its Annual Meeting on March 5, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) recognized new and outgoing board members, presented staff and volunteer excellence awards and enjoyed a presentation on "Aging with Confidence" by Martha Bruce, PhD, MPH, professor at The Dartmouth Institute.

Jim Culhane, President & CEO, spoke about the agency's strong and successful year in 2018, as well as the goals and challenges moving forward. He expressed gratitude for an exceptionally supportive community, talented staff and the more than 90 volunteers who enrich virtually every program and service provided by LSRVNA.

Board Chair, Dr. Donald Eberly, welcomed new board members Ann Dewey of Newport, Beverly Rankin of Claremont, Linda Schofield of Wilmot, Mary Scott of New London and Neil Shifrin of Sutton. He also thanked outgoing board members Kristyn Jamieson of New London and Lisa Richmond of Claremont for their service.

Jill & Jim

The 2019 Staff Excellence Award was presented to Jill Lee, HR/Fiscal Associate. A resident of Newbury and an LSRVNA employee for nearly 20 years, Lee was praised for her exceptional work ethic and described as "the quiet rock that many of us stand on, adapting to change with grace."

Jim & Dorie

Dorie Morrow of Newbury received the 2019 Volunteer Excellence Award. She has volunteered at LSRVNA for 20 years in many capacities, including visiting hospice patients, leading the hospice vigil team, preparing lunches for the Good Day Respite program and assisting with annual flu clinics. It was stated that "we can all aspire to live like Dorie, with joy and in service to others."

For more information about Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, call 603-526-4077 or visit lakesunapeevna.org.

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Dr. Martha Bruce to Speak at Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting

“Aging with Confidence: Real Challenges, Real Solutions” is the topic guest speaker Martha Bruce, PhD, MPH, will present at this year’s Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting.

Dr. Bruce is a Professor and Health Services Researcher at Dartmouth. Her research focuses on the mental health and psychosocial needs of older adults, especially among homebound, frail, medically complex and other high-risk groups. Working in partnership with community providers such as home health, aging services and primary care, she integrates clinical, sociological and public health perspectives in the development of sustainable interventions to reach as many individuals in need as possible with a goal to increase the ability to live independently and enhance quality of life. Much of her research support has come from the National Institutes of Health, and she is currently funded by the AARP Foundation to address social isolation in Meals-on-Wheels clients.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Bruce is willing to share her insights with our community, especially since ‘Aging with Confidence’ is one of the key themes that rose to the surface in our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO. “While we know that our population is aging rapidly, we also know there is a growing concern about aging confidently. We encourage community members to attend this free event.”

The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00pm at the First Baptist Church, 461 Main Street, New London. In addition to Dr. Bruce’s presentation, Lake Sunapee VNA will announce the winners of this year’s “Volunteer Excellence Award” and “Imagine the Possibilities Staff Award.”

RSVPs are appreciated by contacting Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 x231 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

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Claremont Veteran Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA

Claremont Resident Clayton "Dick" McCullough was honored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) on February 5 as part of the national We Honor Veterans program. LSRVNA has been a We Honor Veterans Partner since 2011, which involves meeting specific requirements to enhance care for patients who served in the military. For those Veterans who are interested, that includes a special in-home recognition ceremony conducted by LSRVNA staff.

McCullough grew up in Newport, RI and graduated from Rogers High School with a focus on the building trades. A brave man, he married Evelyn, a widow with six children! Evelyn and he then had daughter Julie. It is with Julie Davis and her husband Rob with whom Dick now lives in Claremont. Evelyn died in May 2017

McCullough is proud of his extensive military service. First, he joined the United States Navy, where he served as a Seaman Recruit and was honorably discharged in February 1951. Next, he joined the United States Air Force from which he was honorably discharged in September 1955, reenlisted and was again honorably discharged in September 1961. He finished out his military career with the United States Air National Guard of Rhode Island through January 1980. During his military career, McCullough served in Japan, Korea and Panama. He received many excellent evaluations for his thoroughness and willingness to always go beyond what was expected with any task assigned. He also received a Good Conduct Medal.

While in the Air Force, McCullough served in the administrative and personnel fields, advancing from records and finance clerk to chief clerk in a Wing Headquarters Squadron. In 3½ years, he was promoted to the grade of Staff Sergeant. Though not much of a talker about his military assignments, McCullough acknowledged to his daughter that while stationed at Kimbo Air Base in Korea, he was assigned to the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. This unite was responsible for aerial intelligence for both air and ground unites, leading fighter sweeps and directing-bombing strikes. The unit also provided photographic intelligence of enemy activities.

"We are pleased to honor Dick's extraordinary service to our country," says Barbara Wooley, LSRVNA Social Worker.

For more information about We Honor Veterans, contact LSRVNA at 603-526-4077.

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Baker Hill Golf Club Gives Back ... Like a Pro!

Baker Hill Golf Club Gives Back... Like a Pro!

This past summer, Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury held its first “Pro-Am Series & Charity Event.” Foursomes comprised of three Club members and one professional played in a Best Ball Gross & Net format. Each member contributed $50.00 for the special opportunity to “play with a pro” while supporting vital home care services for our local community. Sincere thanks to Pros Brad Heninger, Mark Peters, Jeremy Quelch and Ed Deshaies, without whom the series wouldn’t have been possible.

Baker Hill donation
Pictured from left: Mike Jesanis, Baker Hill Golf Club President; Mark Ashton, Baker Hill Golf Club General Manager; Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President & CEO

“In this first year of our charity event, we chose Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) as the beneficiary because of its exceptional care, care that enhances the lives of so many, but may not always be recognized,” said Mark Ashton, General Manager of Baker Hill.

“Generosity such as Baker Hill has shared helps to raise awareness, as well as much-needed funding to sustain the many programs that are integral to our not-for-profit mission,” said Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to have been selected as the 2018 recipient of the event’s proceeds, especially knowing how many other area organizations are doing important work as well.”

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice was founded in 1970 and provides skilled medical care, personal care services and hospice in the home setting, as well as a robust menu of community-based health and wellness programs in more than 29 towns spanning Grafton, Merrimack and Sullivan counties. On any given day, there are approximately 600 patients on service with the agency. For more information, call 603-526-4077 or visit www.lakesunapeevna.org.

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Christmas Elves Bring Joy to the Kearsarge Community

Thanks to the generosity of so many, 75 families from throughout the Kearsarge community now have gifts to open on Christmas day. The gifts were gathered through the Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project, an annual event coordinated through Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) in collaboration with area churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals.

This year’s volunteer elves were Lauri Smerald and Sheila Wallace, both of Sunapee, and Debbie Seyfried of Springfield. They handled all the paperwork, communication and organization of gifts from the more than 30 sponsors who adopted families, as well as 45 cash donations used to purchase gift cards and any unmet requests. “From answering the Elf Line to last-minute shopping and distribution of gifts in space provided by Tracy Memorial Library, our elves did a great job,” says Cathy Raymond, Development Officer at LSRVNA. This was also evident through the sentiments of families receiving gifts. One parent said, “Thank you in advance for my kids’ smiles on Christmas.” Another stated, “It’s not easy to ask for help. We are grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.”

Community members also donated many extra items that families could choose from when they picked up their gifts. “We had donations of winter hats and mittens, books, stuffed animals, classic wooden toys and more,” says Raymond. “We are so grateful to all the ‘elves’ who make this such a special and successful event each year. It is a heart-warming, community-wide effort.”

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Hospice Dinner Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On November 14, 2018, more than 100 guests gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Lake Sunapee Region VNA (LSRVNA) Hospice Dinner at The Millstone at 74 Main, raising funds and awareness for compassionate end-of-life care. In 1980, Tom Mills and family opened The Millstone Restaurant; in 1989 he established the Hospice Dinner to benefit the LSRVNA Hospice Program. Tom supports a number of local organizations with special interests, including youth, education, veterans and health initiatives. He believes it is important to partner with local organizations that significantly impact our community. 

When Rich Stockwell, a long-time restauranteur, bought The Millstone Restaurant in 2014 (renamed The Millstone at 74 Main at that time), he said it was a “no brainer” to continue the Hospice Dinner tradition. “Rich and his entire team are terrific to work with and always deliver a well-organized event and exceptional meal,” said Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer. Both Rich and Tom have had personal experiences with family members cared for by LSRVNA. “I can’t imagine there are very many people in our area who have not experienced the VNA in some way,” Tom shared. Tom Mills, who at one point ran three area restaurants, still owns the Flying Goose Brew Pub in New London. In addition to The Millstone at 74 Main, Rich recently opened the Little Brother Burger Company on Main Street in New London. “We remain deeply grateful for community leaders like Tom and Rich,” says Raymond. For more information about LSRVNA, call 603-526-4077 or visit www.lakesunapeevna.org.

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“Handling the Holidays After a Loss” to be held December 6

Holidays after losing a loved one can be challenging and sometimes difficult. That’s why Lake Sunapee VNA is offering a free grief support program entitled “Handling the Holidays After a Loss” to help grieving community members explore ways to proactively plan and maneuver through major holidays.

The program will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 3:00 to 4:30pm at TLC Family Resource Center (109 Pleasant Street, Claremont) and will be facilitated by a Lake Sunapee VNA bereavement counselor. RSVPs are requested by calling 603-526-4077.

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Volunteer “Elves” Spread Holiday Joy!

Three very special volunteers have taken on the cheerful task of serving as this year’s “Volunteer Elves” for the Kearsarge Kids Christmas Program. Sheila Wallace, Debbie Seyfried and Betsy Kloeppel—all who volunteer in other capacities for LSRVNA, including in the office and at the Good Day Respite Program—have stepped up to help bring joy to area families in need during the holiday season.

The priority is on the children, ensuring that they receive some “necessity items” such as clothing, as well as a few “wish list” items such as toys. Generous donations from caring individuals, organizations and businesses sustain this program. Some "adopt" families, buying and wrapping gifts that have been requested. Others donate gift cards or make financial contributions. Sheila, Debbie and Betsy make sure ads and mailings go out, communicate with area school nurses and welfare officers, match families with sponsors, field calls on our “Elf Line” and coordinate the drop-off and pick-up of gifts. Sometimes they even go shopping. And the families who benefit are enormously grateful…and tell us so every year!

 “This is truly a blessing to my life this year. It amazes me how this community comes together to help one another!”  

 “I am very grateful. My son was so very excited for Christmas day to come!”

 “Words cannot express how wonderful this whole experience has been.”

For more information or to get involved, call the "Elf Line" at 603-526-4077 x356 by October 30.

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