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With permission received from the City of Asheville, site work will commence on the north parcel in preparation of our new 27 cottages and villas.

Wednesday June 10th
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us for refreshments, a raffle for Lemongrass & Coconut Sugar Scrubs & mini complimentary services by Riverwalk Spa staff members.

 
The Rev. Richard Lindsley Walton, Jr. officially took over the lead chaplain position for Deerfield’s beloved, long-term chaplain the Rev. Morgan Gardner, upon his retirement on May 2. The Deerfield Community, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Carolina, and Bishop Porter Taylor welcome Fr. Lin as he assumes his new duties ministering to the needs of our diverse community of faith.

“Rev. Gardner’s legacy of care and compassion over the past 14 years at Deerfield have set a very high standard of service. I feel immensely blessed to be called to this community to do my part to carry on that legacy,” said Fr. Lin. “I look forward to personally getting to know all in the Deerfield Community.”
 
Fr. Lin received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from Gordon College; a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University; and a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Following his undergraduate studies, he was a research assistant at Harvard in the area of public health. He has been an Episcopal priest since 2000.
 
Before recently coming to Deerfield, Fr. Lin served a wide variety of churches in Maryland, Florida and North Carolina; and was also a lecturer in Ethics at the University of Belize, Central America. He has done short-term relief work in Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and still enjoys travelling extensively with his family.
 
Fr. Lin is married to the Rev. Nancy Dixon Walton, a United Methodist minister currently serving as a hospice chaplain, and they have two young children, Sophie and Jeremiah. The family, including their two dogs and two cats, enjoy hiking and all that the Carolina Mountains have to offer, as well as the eclectic nature of the Asheville area. 

Rev. Morgan Gardner will retire in May after 14 years of service to Deerfield and its residents and staff. Under his excellent leadership Pastoral Services developed from a part time presence to two full time Chaplains who cater to all faiths. Rev. Gardner has selflessly given caring service to all by answering emergency calls 24/7 at hospitals and residences. He has provided support throughout the continuum of care needed by individuals and families. Seventy five percent of residents at Deerfield choose to have their funeral services here at Deerfield, in either St. Giles Chapel or the Healthcare Chapel, and many choose the Memorial Garden as a final resting place. Rev. Gardner has grown Pastoral Services into a 100% self-sustaining model with all project-funding coming from the congregation, including the historical moving and renovation of St. Giles Chapel, construction of the Healthcare Chapel, and the development of the Memorial Garden. Staff and residents alike have been blessed immensely by his care and presence, and he will be greatly missed.

National speaker and local caregiver and advocate Karen Stobbe will present a session at Deerfield on Saturday, May 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. The topic of the free presentation is understanding the world of Alzheimer’s disease. Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away in 2000. Karen’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/Vascular dementia a year later. Karen’s life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work. “You will walk away from this session with practical tips that you can use, no matter what your situation may be,” said Karen.

Karen has developed a 6-week training program called In the Moment, that uses creativity, improvisation and theatre as training tools. She has a web site for the entire program: www.inthemoment.com. She has developed a Train the Facilitator DVD that focuses on how to train effectively and creatively. Karen has performed over 600 trainings in storytelling, improvisation, caring for persons with Alzheimer’s and the importance of laughter. Her trainings have included; The Pioneer Network, University of California-San Diego, RUSH Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the nation and many in-services for organizations across the country. Karen and her husband Mondy Carter were recently featured on NPR’s This American Life Magic Words: Act 2.

“Being In The Moment”

Saturday, May 16th   1 - 4 pm

Seating is limited.

Please RSVP by May 13th to 828-210-4514.

This year, Deerfield is excited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our community! From humble beginnings in 1955, when Bishop George Henry, along with two generous donors who caught his enthusiasm and financed his dream, created a retirement community on thirty acres of farmland outside of Asheville, NC. The “square donut,” as it was known, was home to almost 100 residents and employed 50 to 60 staff. Today, Deerfield sprawls across 125 acres, and is home to over 600 residents and more than 300 staff.

Beginning in April of this year, a Deerfield Decade will be celebrated each month at the General Resident meeting that will feature a photo and memorabilia display, as well as shared memories by residents and staff, culminating October with a 60th Anniversary Party on October 11th. We hope you will join us in celebrating!

The 27 cottages and villas to be built on the 15-acre site at the north end of campus have been pre-sold. The site work is scheduled to begin in March, and continue into the fall. The first of the new cottages and villas are expected to be ready in early 2016, with completion of all cottages by the summer of 2017.

Renowned children’s health care advocate Dr. Olson Huff will speak at Deerfield on Tuesday, February 3 in the Blue Ridge Room. With an extensive background in pediatric medicine, children’s issues, philanthropy and legislative affairs, Dr. Huff will share his views on the current challenges facing children’s health issues. Following a 14-year career in private pediatric practice in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Olson relocated to Asheville, establishing the child development program at Thoms Hospital in 1987. He later became the Medical Director of the Ruth and Billy Graham Children’s Health Center at Mission Hospital. Under his leadership, Mission Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina, was formed. The Olson Huff Center for Child Development became a part of the Children’s Hospital in 1996. He has authored three books and numerous articles on children’s health, development and behavior. Please join us and learn how you can raise your voice on behalf of the youngest members of our society who cannot speak for themselves.
The program will begin at 4:00 pm and is hosted by Deerfield residents Blan and Kay Aldridge, Hartley Hall, Jim and Betty Henderson, Tom and Peg Hughes, and Bunk and Nancy Spann. RSVP by February 1st to Nancy Spann, spannng@appstate.edu or 828-277-4040.

Ken Rhew, Deerfield’s Director of Facility Services, retired in January after 18 years of service to our community. Ken has overseen our Maintenance, Grounds, and Security departments, and has guided every major expansion at Deerfield during his tenure. His attention to detail and expectation of excellence from those who have worked under his direction have been an invaluable asset to us all, and an example to those who follow. Ken will remain at Deerfield as Project Manager through the completion of our cottage expansion in 2017.