A Message From Michelle
“We are all in this together...”
I was recently reading an article as it related to leadership during a time of crisis and I was struck by the example of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd President. It was his first ‘Fireside Chat’ delivered 8 days after taking office in 1933. The article mentioned that the ‘entire American Banking System was in disarray’ following the Great Depression and he was planning the re-opening of Banks and needed the support of the Federal Government. It went on to say that he made it clear that the ‘success of this move was completely dependent on the principle of “we are all in this together”.

As we continue to navigate this National Crisis and we layer on the political and social unrest that is now a part of the daily news narrative, this message that FDR gave 87 years ago is still quite relevant.
As we are in the process of carefully ‘reopening’ at Pickering Manor, we must continue to be vigilant. We all recognize that with each baby step of progress, it opens the door to the possibility of consequences. We know that many are facing similar decisions in other areas such as our educational systems. The social and emotional welfare of our residents are at stake. Due to our COVID-19-free status, we are now able to allow them to dine together; as well as participate in activities outside their rooms. We continue to restrict visitors from entering into their living space, but we communicate with their families through FaceTime and ‘porch visits’. Through the generosity of a local Home Health company, we have a plexiglass barrier that will allow us to invite the families (one person at a time) into the living room to sit with their loved one.

These are all incredibly difficult decisions that again, bear consequences. While we would like nothing more than to throw open the doors and allow a steady stream of families to enter and love all of us, we cannot yet do that. As a leader, I ask for your continued patience as I pray for my own.

We will all move through this...it is only a ‘moment’ in time while it seems like forever. Our own children, our own families, ourselves...are all being impacted and we all must make decisions that are best for others. This Crisis has required us to strive to be selfless; not selfish. So we wear masks to protect others, we socially distance to protect others, and we restrict our social gatherings to protect others. Because in so doing, we protect ourselves and those we love as well.
“We are all in this together...”


Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

Due to restrictions as a result of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor on August 10.
We would like to recognize the sponsors and donors who generously gave to this event despite our need to cancel. Save the Date for our next Outing on Monday, June 7, 2021.
Eagle Sponsor
Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
Birdie Sponsor
Anthony Petsis & Associates
Par Sponsor
Fleck Companies
Rotary Friend Sponsors
Citizens & Northern Bank
Contract Pharmacy Services
CURA Hospitality
Foursome and Hole Sponsors
Knights of Pythias
USA Environmental Management
Putting Green Sponsors
Allen and Betty Fidler
Bill Mahler
Pennswood Village
Advertising Sponsor

Kolenda & Associates, PC
Hole Sponsors
Citizens & Northern Bank
Contract Pharmacy
CURA Hospitality
Fleck Companies
Mercedes Benz of Princeton
 McCaffrey’s Food Markets
Marge Torongo
USA Environmental Management
World Class Vacations
Sips & Suds virtual for 2020
Our 2nd Annual Sips & Suds will go virtual in November 2020 due to COVID-19. There are three ways to participate:

  1. Enter for a chance to win the "Mystery Bottle/Six Pack of the Day" challenge. For every $10.00 donation, you will be entered to win that day's special prize.
  2. The "Raise a Glass to Pickering" Challenge. Post a picture or video of your toast to your social media, nominate friends and tag Pickering Manor. You can set your own fundraising goal or crowdsource the suggested ticket price with friends and family ($75.00 per person or $40.00 for designated driver).
  3. A virtual silent auction.

If you would like to sponsor or donate to this event, please contact Jennifer Miller at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email jmiller@pickeringmanor.org. Thank you!
COVID-19 Emergency Funds:
Your Dollars in Action

Our donors' generosity through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund has allowed Pickering Manor to purchase iPads to connect our residents with their loved ones, friends, and medical professionals since we were forced to close to visitors in March. The residents' iPads are used by both nursing and activities departments to ensure we expand the 5-star care we have provided to our residents since 1963.

August Birthdays
Happiest of birthdays to our residents!
August 7
Ruth L.

August 8
Betty L.

August 19
Kay M.

August 22
Catherine Mc.

August 26
Helyn R.

August 31
Jessie C.
Pickering Manor's Penny Gennaro (right), one of our devoted nursing team members and owner of Southern Comforts of Morrisville, PA, offered lunch to staff courtesy of our COO David Woodhead and resident Pat Woodhead (right).
HR Director Alan Landis serves delicious brisket from Southern Comforts.
Jon Bibic serves BBQ Chicken and Pork provided by Southern Comforts.

It's not too late to make a gift to Pickering Manor's Capital Campaign which will ensure the legacy of Pickering Manor's 5-star service to the community for the future! Naming opportunities for our new building are still available.

For more information about the campaign and to donate, click here!
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.