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Presented for significant volunteer contributions
to Westminster Canterbury Richmond.
From left: resident Bill Michaux, First Presbyterian Men’s Supper
Group volunteers Bob Priddy, Doug Albertson, John Corey and Steve
Gentil. Seated, residents Pat Clancy, Dr. Grayson Foy, Rosalie Spott and
WELCOME NEW TRUSTEES
In January 2011, the following were elected as trustees.
WESTMINSTER CANTERBURY MANAGEMENT CORPORATION:
Benjamin C. Ackerly
Hunton & Williams LLP
David M. Williams
Grubb & Ellis/Harrison & Bates
Ronald A. Cain, Jr.
Wells Fargo Advisors
Timothy R. Harris, CPA
Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, PC
Cheryl D. Moore
Cheryl D. Moore Architect
A. Cabell Ford, Jr.
Retired President and COO
Solite Corporation, Aggregate Division
Elizabeth H. Marth
The Protocol School of Virginia
Tax Manager, Cherry Bekaert & Holland, LLP
Peter N. Pastore, Jr.
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
St. Catherine’s School
began a term as chair.
THE COCHRANES AND NOVEMBERS HONORED
Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award
Elizabeth M. Waring
Mathematics and Science Center
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Lettie Pate Whitehead
Detail of mirror in the Lettie
Pate Whitehead Evans Room
Westminster Canterbury Richmond residents
Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane and Sara
Belle and Neilson J. November are the 2011
recipients of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans
Award for exceptional service and volunteer
leadership. Both couples were recognized February
24, during the annual observance of Lettie Pate
Whitehead Evans’ birthday, for their extraordinary
contributions to the Westminster Canterbury
Sara Belle and Neil November, who also became
residents in 2005, have modeled vision and
action through service to the community. The
Novembers expanded the scope of possibilities
for visual and performing arts on campus for
residents, staff and performers as their generosity
initiated performances in the Sara Belle November
Theater. Part of their art collection was featured in
the opening exhibition in the H. Scott November
Louise and Harwood Cochrane have been
role models since they became Westminster
Canterbury residents in 2005, expanding our
community’s exposure to performing and studio
arts. Mr. Cochrane’s introduction and care of
ducks at the campus retention pond led to the
establishment of Cochrane Pond, now a favorite
destination of residents, staff and children.
The Novembers have been involved in many other
areas of Westminster Canterbury life. Sara Belle
volunteers in The Galleria, has shared her creative
insights on the Performing Arts and Exhibition
Committees and has chaired the Dining Services
Committee. Neil served as a Foundation trustee,
worked diligently as a member of the committee
that produced the book War Stories and contributed
his talents as a speaker in lectures about his
World War II experiences. Both have been
active ambassadors for Westminster Canterbury
throughout the Greater Richmond community.
The Cochranes have been important forces
in fostering a vibrant, active community. Mrs.
Cochrane, a noted artist, continually inspires other
residents through her art work and creativity. Mr.
Cochrane gave the three-day S.S. Celebration
event for all employees, which provided a
new model for residents to demonstrate their
appreciation for staff.
Westminster Canterbury is proud to honor
the Cochranes and Novembers with this
organization’s highest award.
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JUST ADD SALT
Westminster Canterbury’s pool has been converted to a salt water chlorine system.
Twenty-nine residents, friends and employees generously donated $25,000 for the
project. Resident Bill Michaux led the fundraising effort. “Residents who are allergic
to chlorine can now use the pool. Pool utilization has increased. Plus, with salt we’re
saving a ton of money!”
A salt water swimming pool is filled with a mild salt solution and uses a chlorine
generator to transform ordinary salt into chlorine to sanitize pool water. Salt is
added to keep the salt solution strong enough for the chlorine generator to work.
Salt water is a healthy and economical alternative to chlorine and other pool
chemicals. Salt is significantly less expensive than chlorine additives.
For information about aquatics programs, contact the Aquatics Office at 804.264.6539.
Thank you to our donors who stepped up last year to support the Annual
Fellowship Fund when Westminster Canterbury Foundation faced declines
in giving. Your support enabled 114 residents with financial need, the most
ever, to receive life-sustaining Fellowship assistance. We also are extremely
grateful to the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, which has continued
to increase its support to meet a rising need after the economic downturn.
EMBRACE THE MOMENT!
Susan Perlstein, international speaker and founding
director of the National Center for Creative Aging, gave
the 2011 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Day keynote
address. Ms. Perlstein encouraged all, senior adults in
particular, to find meaning and purpose through the arts.
She emphasized how involvement in creative
activities improves quality of life. “With
aging, art is like chocolate to the brain.”
Artistic pursuits effectively combat
depression and isolation in senior adults and
create a sense of mastery. She praised Westminster Canterbury
for an environment that promotes creative, active aging.
moved to Westminster Canterbury in
June 2010 from Midlothian, Virginia.
Erline and Miller had been high school
sweethearts in Goldsboro, North
Carolina. They parted ways when they
went off to college and later reunited.
Miller served in the Air Force and
was an engineer and bridge builder.
The Easons lived in many places in
Virginia. In Richmond, the couple
originally lived on Seminary Avenue,
where they raised their son and three
daughters. The Easons now have nine
Erline developed her clown hobby
in later years—much like the Lettie
Pate Whitehead Evans Day speaker’s
Creative Aging message to stay active
and find new interests.
Michaux, a 2011 Laurel
Award winner, is from
Richmond and attended Thomas
Jefferson High School. At 17, he
volunteered for the Army Specialized
Training Reserve program and was
sent to the University of Pennsylvania
to learn Japanese, then to VMI.
The war was declared over on his
first day of active duty. After Basic
Training, Bill was stationed in Bremen,
Germany, where he managed a
theater and oversaw USO shows and
movies. He returned to earn a degree
from the University of Richmond.
Bill’s career in the trucking industry
spanned almost 50 years, ending
as vice president of sales for Great
Coastal Express. After retirement, he
continued to work eight days a month
and traveled all across the country.
She first became interested in clowns
while working as a costume designer
at Wolff-Fording Costume Company.
She designed several clown costumes
and says she has been “clowning around
ever since!” Erline took Beginning
Clowning and Advanced Clowning
classes at John Tyler Community
College in the early 1990s. She joined
Clown Alley, a professional clown
group that does charitable work for
programs to help children in need,
church celebrations, fundraisers and
Erline is busy
is a Floor
has organized floor
parties, is involved
in the Small
Crafts group and
participates in the
Erline owned a collection of more
than 400 clown collectibles and a wide
assortment of clown memorabilia. She
downsized to move to Westminster
Canterbury, but kept 200 of her
favorite clown items.
When they sing “send in the
clowns,” Erline Eason is ready!
Bill and his late wife had three sons
and nine grandchildren. The couple
moved to Westminster Canterbury
in 2001. Bill’s first volunteer work
at Westminster Canterbury was as
president of the Men’s Club, which
increased in membership from 20
to 125. He also has volunteered with
Westminster Canterbury Foundation’s
Major Gifts Committee, as chair of the
Dining Services Committee, on the
Christmas Fund Committee and on
the Pastoral Care team. He transports
residents to medical appointments as
well as visiting in the Mary Morton
Parsons Health Center.
Bill recently led the fundraising effort
to convert the swimming pool to salt
water. He has served on the Executive
Board of the Residents’ Association
- story by Jo Ann O’Hara, resident
photos by Jo Ann O’Hara & Chuck Hanson, residents
community, Bill served on the vestry
at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
and at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
in Bon Air. He now is a member
of Manakin Episcopal Church in
Powhatan, founded by a French
Huguenot ancestor in 1700. Bill stays
busy, but in his spare time enjoys
setting up cruises for residents. The
next one, to Europe, is scheduled
- story and photo by Jo Ann O’Hara, resident