A Message From Michelle 

Recently, I was invited to attend a seminar at Lincoln Financial Field hosted by our insurance broker, Johnson Kendall Johnson (JKJ). Many of you will be happy to know that no alarms were sounded, the stadium is as glorious as when I entered and I was not approached by security at any time during the day! (ahem, I happen to cheer for another team, but I DID support those Eagles during their march to the Super Bowl!!) Anyway, back to my story...
The keynote speaker for the event was a woman named Neen James, an international speaker and author who hails from Australia but currently lives in Doylestown. From the moment she began speaking, I knew immediately that she had captivated my attention. Between her "less than 5'frame" to her amazing Aussie accent, I was hanging on every word. I knew immediately that the subject of her message that day would eventually become the message I am relaying to all of you.
She recently authored a book called Attention Pays and its focus is on the importance of Intentional Listening. One story which she relayed to us was about a time when she was visiting her next-door neighbor for coffee. Her neighbor's 5-year old son, Donovan was dressed in his Superman costume and was desperately trying to get her attention by asking her question after question. While she was answering him, she was not giving him the attention he expected so with great exasperation, he climbed into her lap, took her face between his hands, looked at her directly, and said, "Pay attention to me! Listen with your eyes!"
I realized at that moment how often that I find myself in situations, both at work and at home where I'm not completely engaged with the person who's speaking to me. With all the distractions that are going on around me, it's so easy to be thinking of things that need to be done; decisions left to be attended; and calls that need to be answered. It's also easy to fall into the trap of thinking of your response before the person finishes their thought!   Her message is that instead of hearing 'Pay Attention', we should realize that 'Attention Pays'; just by mastering the art of really listening! People will respond and know that you are invested in them and that you value their presence.
And so, I am now fascinated with this author and her book. The power of Intentional Attention is one that we can all practice.   Thank you JKJ University for introducing this woman to all of us and allowing her to spread her energy throughout the room. And I challenge each one of you to consider reading her book, but most importantly....
"Listen with your eyes"!!

Michelle Knobloch
Executive Director
Resident's Daughter Establishes Scholarship Fund for Pickering Manor Employees in Her Mother's Memory

From April, Joyce's daughter:
Joyce  was a strong believer in the power of education to change lives. When Joyce graduated from high school in 1956 at the top of her class, she was not encouraged to attend college. This was typical as she was a girl from a middle-class family in 1950's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joyce knew that the key to making a better life for herself and her family would go hand in hand with advancing her education. And so, fifteen years after graduating from high school, Joyce began taking classes, part-time, at a local college and after some time, earned her degree. Getting that degree opened doors for her at Bell Laboratories and allowed her to increase her earnings. She was a stalwart supporter of her two daughters, April and Amy, as they pursued and earned their own degrees. Over the years, Joyce and her husband, David, invested much of the money that they earned. Some of that money was used for Joyce's care in her later years. Yet Joyce's family felt that they could never thank the aides, nurses, staff, and administration of Pickering Manor enough for the kindness and care that Joyce received during her last years of life. As a small token of the family's gratitude, we believe it is fitting that some of Joyce's estate be used to create a scholarship for the employees of Pickering Manor. We believe that Joyce would be overjoyed to know that part of her legacy would be to help improve the life of another loving human being, by helping them to make their educational dreams a reality.

Scholarship application deadline is July 31st.   Pickering Manor employees can contact Alan Landis, Director of  Human Resources for more information and the application.
Auxiliary Spring Luncheon
On April 12th, the Pickering Auxiliary held its Annual Spring Luncheon at the Washington Crossing Inn. After a delicious lunch, the Auxiliary hosted 6 games of basket bingo. Thanks to the wonderful Auxiliary for all they do for Pickering Manor!

*Please Note New Date for Next Membership Meeting* Due to a snowstorm, the March Membership Meeting was canceled. It has been rescheduled for Thursday May 10 at 1:00 pm at Pickering Manor. Our speaker is David Woodhead, who will speak on Pickering Manor's exciting future!

 Pickering Manor's 
5th Annual Car Raffle
It's your LAST CHANCE! Enter to win a brand new 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATICĀ® or $25,000!  Purchase tickets here . You need not to be present to win!  Drawing is TONIGHT! Cocktail Party at Pickering Manor begins at 5:30 and drawing to take place at 6:30.

FREE Seminar- Medicare Made Easy! 
Join us on Thursday, April 26th at 2 p.m. for a free seminar, "Medicare Made Easy! Know Your Options...Understand Your Choices." Topics will include:
  • Turning 65                                     
  • 65+ and Still Working
  • Enrollment Periods
  • Medicare Supplements
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Part D Drug Plans
There will be plenty of time for Q & A.
RSVP to 215-968-3878 or info@PickeringManor.org

  Take me out to the Ballgame...    
Join Pickering Manor for a special fundraiser at the Phillies Game, Saturday, April 28th at 7 p.m. against the Atlanta Braves. We have reserved seating in the 100, 200 and 300 level from $28 to $47! Come out and enjoy the game with us! Purchase tickets here.

Pickering Manor receives 50% of ticket sales! Watch out for more information coming your way! GO PHILS!!

Mix and Mingle Happy Hour
Guests were invited to mix and mingle with the Pickering Manor Residents to find out just what life is like at Pickering. Entertainment, Food, and Drinks - Everyone has a fabulous time.

  Newtown Rotary Golf Outing June 11th- Win a Foursome at Welcome Day!   
The Newtown Rotary's 29th Annual Golf Outing is on June 11, 2018 at Trenton Country Club. Stop in and see us at Pickering Manor's booth at Newtown Welcome Day to enter to win a twosome to this private course! Two prizes will be awarded. All proceeds benefit Pickering Manor.

  Pickering Manor Hosts Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group   
Meetings will be held once per month on the first Tuesday from 10 am-12 noon in the Living room. Open to all caregivers. Call Meri Barboni at 215-968-3878 for more information.

About Pickering Manor
Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering 10 semi-detached cottages, 24 apartments, 22 private personal care rooms and 47 licensed skilled nursing beds. Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only community-owned and operated senior residence in Pennsylvania. For more information about Pickering Manor visit: