Many Miles March

By Alison McMillan, Spann Wellness Center Manager

We’ve all heard again and again that physical activity is important, but why is it important and how can we increase our daily activity levels?

Nowadays, the average American spends almost eight hours a day being sedentary. The Sedentary Behavior Research Network defines a sedentary lifestyle as “any waking behavior characterized by an
energy expenditure less than or equal to 1.5 metabolic equivalents.” Living a sedentary life can lead to many health complications, such as increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,
increased risk of cancer, obesity, increased depression, decreased cognitive functionality, and increased mortality.

With television and internet entertainment, as well as desk jobs, leading to people sitting more, it’s extremely important to be intentional about your activity levels and getting the proper amount each day. The CDC currently recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, which is about two-and-a-half hours. They also recommend having two days dedicated to muscle strengthening-specific activity a week.

Adding and increasing your physical activity levels per week sounds daunting but there are so many ways to do so, and for it to be fun!

Here are some changes you can make in your life to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health:
– Take frequent breaks to get up and walk around.
– Park further away when going shopping.
– Go on a daily walk in the evening with your family, friends, or dog.
– If the weather is cold, head inside to your fitness center of choice and hop on a treadmill, elliptical, bike, or seated cardio machine.
– Swim laps in a pool.
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Seek out a fitness class or online fitness videos.

Make it a fun challenge this month! Track how many steps you take, how many miles you walk (or move on a cardio machine), or how any laps you swim each day. At the end of the month, you will be able to see your progress! See if you can increase your numbers each week, and feel the difference in how your mind, body, and spirit feel after increasing your physical activity levels this month!

March STARS Employee of the Month

David Kruse, Dining

» Start Date: August 2019
» Born and Raised: Tusa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Taller
» Favorite Sport: Marble Racing
» One Meal Forever: Kelsey’s Butter Chicken
» Hobbies: Longboarding
» First Job: Ranch hand
» Favorite Quote: “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
» First Car: 1988 Oldsmobile
» Favorite Movie: Interstellar
» Collects: 1995 coins or bills
» Free Time: Spending time with my daughter
» What his supervisor says: ““David is a very hard working and dedicated employee. He is always
willing to lend a hand when help is needed. We are lucky to have him on the team.” – Richard
Applegate, Director of Food Services

Employee Appreciation Campaign

It is the time of year we all count our blessings –family, friends, our health. It is also the time of year that we say “thank you” to the employees of Trinity Woods. As you may know, our policy at Trinity Woods does not allow employees to accept individual gifts or tips throughout the year, but this time of the year, we actively reach out to our community and solicit donations for the Employee Appreciation Fund. This year the residents of Trinity Woods are leading the charge and inviting you to express your gratitude and give thanks to those special people who are here each day to serve.

It’s not too late. Please consider a gift to express your gratitude for the wonderful Trinity Woods Team.

November STARS Employee of the Month

Michael Pigeon – Cook, Dining
» Start Date: June 2007
» Born: Claremore, OK
» Raised: Turley, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Zoologist
» Favorite Sport: Wrestling
» One Meal Forever: Pizza
» Described by Friends: Dependable
» Hobbies: Competitive Gamer
» First Job: Tour Guide at the Tulsa Zoo
» Family Recipe: Biscuits and Gravy
» Collects: Buffalo Nickles
» Motivated By: To honor my dad
» What his supervisor says: “Michael is a great employee. He is very caring, dependable, and
respectful. He has made tremendous professional growth in the time that he has worked here and has
become a true asset to the Charter Oak restaurant as well as the organization and its members.” – Kelsey Knouse, Charter Oak Chef

November STARS Employee of the Month

Anderson Bambokile – Household Manager, Health Center

» Start Date: February 2021
» Born and Raised: Zambia in Central Southern Africa
» Education: Ozark Christian College and Tulsa Tech
» Favorite Sport: Soccer
» Described by Friends: Caring, kind, wise, humorous and hardworking
» Hobbies: Cooking and Grilling
» First Job: Collecting samples in a copper mine
» Favorite Quote or Bible Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not for human masters.” Colossian 3:23
» Family Recipe: African Chicken Curry
» Favorite Book: A Savior Worth Having by E.V. Hill
» Collects: Seiko Watches
» Family: Married with three children
» What his supervisor says: Anderson is compassionate, and devoted to his faith, family, staff
and elders. His positive attitude brightens everyone’s day.” – Cheryl Hrdlicka, Director of Nursing

Health and Wellness Fair

by Jennifer Rawlings, Your Health Fair Loving Guru

We are excited to extend an invitation to community members and friends to the Annual Trinity Woods Health & Wellness Fair! Come learn about offerings on campus and what is available from the surrounding community. The Annual Health & Wellness Fair will be held on Thursday, September 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Life Center.

The Trinity Woods Wellness Team takes pride in providing members, family, and employees with opportunities to improve general health and wellness through the promotion of the seven dimensions of wellness. We feel that the Health & Wellness Fair plays a role in helping the community achieve whole person wellness.

At the fair you will have the opportunity to meet multiple health and wellness experts including but not limited to NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illnesses which provides classes and support groups for families and caregivers of loved ones dealing with mental health issues, Oklahoma Senior Law, The Eye Institute, OK ABLEtech, MET Recycle, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics who will be taking old
medicines in any form and many other great vendors!

We are excited to host this annual event and look forward to seeing you.

The WOODS at Trinity Woods

By Don Hertzler, Trinity Woods resident and Tulsa Master Gardner

Our campus abounds with the summer blooms of the Crepe Myrtle. Most modern crepe myrtles are Lagerstroemia indica which is a native plant in Asia, south China, and parts of Japan. These plants love heat and sun but need regular water. Oklahoma’s own Dr. Carl Whitcomb is a major breeder of the highly popular modern crepe myrtles varieties that rebloom all summer and are mildew resistant. He developed plants with small, medium and tall mature heights so that drastic pruning was no longer necessary each year to contain 25-foot-tall shrubs. Dr. Whitcomb started his breeding program while a professor at Oklahoma State University but then went into private business to introduce new varieties into the market. Most recently, he has developed crepe myrtles that rebloom on the same seed panicle, eliminating the need to remove the dead panicles during the summer. If only Dr. Whitcomb could develop a fragrant crepe myrtle!

Women of the Bible

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
Who has not heard of Sarah? She was Abraham’s wife, and her faith is recorded in Hebrews 11:11. “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”

Who has not heard of Ruth? She was a Moabite woman who showed loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and her God. Her character and faith in God brought her many blessings, including being listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).

There are many other amazing women recorded in the Bible who were blessed by God because of their faith. It’s important to remember and learn from these faithful women as well.

Faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. Sarah was well beyond the childbearing years, yet she bore Isaac just as God had said. She judged God to
be faithful in what He had promised, and she was blessed because of her faith. The Bible chronicles many such women of faith— women who believed and trusted in God. Their stories are found
throughout the scriptures.

For example, the story of Rahab is found in Joshua 2. She was a Gentile, and is mentioned again in Hebrews 11:31 as having faith, “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not
believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”

One of the most fascinating statements of faith is found in Hebrews 11:35, “Women received their dead raised to life again.” Examples abound of both Israelite and Gentile women having faith. Who were those women?

We may not often read their brief stories, but in each case, the faith of those women and those around them were increased and reading of their experiences helps us also increase our faith in God. Article is adapted from “Life Hope & Truth” website.

August STARS Employee of the Month

Clarence Elliott, Transportation
» Start Date: October 2021
» Born and Raised: Tulsa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: A Navy man
» Described by Friends: Sincere and Dependable
» Hobbies: Listening to old albums and reading
» First Job: Mr. Cecil’s Barber Shop
» Favorite Bible Verse: “Blessed is he who considers the poor.” Psalms 41:1
» Favorite Book: My name is Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson
» Family: Married with 5 children
» What his supervisor says: “Clarence is a very conscientious person and always goes above and beyond in helping our members. It is a pleasure to a have person like him to work with.” – Cliff Mosley, Transportation Supervisor

The New Biodex Balance System

Trinity Woods is pleased to announce a new treatment option to our fall prevention therapy program. The Biodex Balance System is designed to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone and treat a wide variety of pathologies.

“Individuals can improve their balance and decrease the risk of future falls. Everyone can benefit from this therapy and I’m excited to offer this new avenue of treatment,” said Eliot Barrens, PT. “Additionally, Medicare and most insurances will cover at least a 4-week treatment program once a physician has provided an order.”

From athletes to older adults, balance testing and training is a critical piece of the rehabilitation puzzle. Biodex balance devices help you objectively identify areas of weakness so you can customize a program and document outcomes. If this is something that interests you, please reach out to Lupina Fry, Wellness Nurse.

Community Life Center Year in Review

by Jennifer Rawlings, VP of Wellness

Where has the last year gone? I still remember the anticipation, and all the planning that went into opening the Community Life center like it was yesterday. When I reflect on all that we have provided in the Community Life Center, I can’t believe we didn’t always have this space.

Over the last year this space has bridge our community and provided Trinity Woods with so many new and enhanced opportunities and partnerships. The Community Life Center has exceeded our vision of being the “central hub” or “student union: of our campus. Our dream of organic member-driven programs has truly flourished. Our vision of the Community Life Center being a place where everyone on campus could gather for events and not have a waitlist for concerts and dinners in now a reality.

Even after a year the astonishment on peoples faces when they see the stage, the Steinway piano, the lights, the acoustics, and all the finishes is still invigorating. I love to watch relationships evolve through interactions that happen in the different sitting areas of the Community Life Center. These spaces have created opportunities for residents who live in all areas of the community to gather and read the newspaper, play pool and games, have fireside chats, and enjoy coffee together.

The Community Life Center has provided us with a place where people from across the campus can come together. A place where everyone is welcomed. A place that promotes enjoyment of life. A place whew new hobbies, skills and educational experiences can happen.

Our goal for the Community Life Center is to continue to provide a place for inclusion and where the whole-person wellness can continue to flourish.

We’ll be celebrating our first anniversary on August 11.

August STARS Employee of the Month

Amy McDaniel, Housekeeping
» Start Date: June 2018
» Born: Gardenia, CA
» Raised: San Francisco, CA
» One Meal Forever: Tacos
» First Job: McDonalds
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Singer
» Family Recipe: Goulash
» Favorite Book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
» Hobby: Crocheting
» Family: Married with six children
» What her supervisor says: “Amy is a thoughtful and conscientious worker. She is happy to do the work needed to get the job done right. She is an asset to our team and to the member we serve”. – Cathy Green, Housekeeping Supervisor

Choosing Better Health!

By Jennifer Rawlings, Your Better Health Choosing Guru

Like everything in life, health and wellness are made up of the hundreds of small decisions we make every day. Whether you choose to spend 20-30 minutes a day working out or spend most of
your time sticking to healthier food choices, every choice makes an impact on you, your mood, and your interactions with others. Here are some simple, yet effective, ways to make your health a priority!

• Make smart healthy food choices – more fruits and vegetables
• Physical activity for 25-30 minutes each day
• Drink plenty of water
• Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
• De-stress daily

It’s not about cutting everything out that you love to eat or about going to the gym for an hour plus a day. And it’s not about saying yes to everything that comes your way. It is about BALANCE!

Balance means taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Living a balanced life allows you to have an understanding of yourself and your needs as well as knowing how to show yourself
compassion like you do for others.


Living a healthy life is not a destination, it’s a journey! Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Comparison can be the thief of joy. Next time you start to feel like you are lacking joy, look to see if you
are comparing yourself to someone else. And remember this is your journey. Your chapter. Your goal. Your life. Your valley. Your peak. Your race. Your pace.

Living Independently Dependent

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

July 4, 1776 was the greatest and most important date for the United States of America. It is the day the original 13 colonies declared their independence from the British Empire and became independent states. It is the date we celebrate, annually, as “July 4th – Independence Day.” For enslaved Africans there was no such celebration until the final slaves were freed in Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. A day we now know and celebrate as “Juneteenth.”

As we celebrate our independence and freedom, we must also remember that more than 2000 years ago believers were set free from sin by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Given these facts, we all have great reason to celebrate our varied freedoms. However, freedom has its limits. We are limited by the laws of the land, the laws of nature, the laws of morality and the Word of God.

Paul records in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (NKJV) It was for freedom that Christ set us
free, but… Paul also tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:12, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.’ I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” (NIV)

In other words, though I have the right, freedom, and independence to do anything, not everything I choose to do is beneficial, safe, moral or good for me. While Paul is dealing primarily with the
types of food being eaten and sexual immorality, the overarching theme covers our entire existence.
Though our lives can be lived independently, we each should follow the guidelines outlined in the Word of God to manage our lives for His glory. Each of us should also erect guardrails to limit our access to unlawful and harmful thoughts, actions, activities, and behaviors.

In the final analysis, our independent existence is totally dependent on a loving and all-powerful God. We must recognize as we celebrate Independence Day that independence and freedom has its limits. And though Jesus secured our freedom more than 2000 years ago, I believe that He desires us to live Independently, Dependent – upon Him.

Lifelong Learning: Exploring, Growing, Sharing!

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I
learn.” This is the perfect description of the Trinity Woods philosophy on lifelong learning. We know
our community members bring rich stories, experiences, and expertise to this community. Lifelong
learning has become a part of the culture and community members have really embraced sharing
their knowledge and their expertise.

Whether pursuing personal interests and passions or chasing professional ambitions, lifelong learning
can help us achieve personal fulfillment and satisfaction. It feeds our natural drive to explore, learn
and grow. It even encourages us to improve our own quality of life and sense of self-worth by paying
attention to the ideas and goals that inspire us.

As a way to give structure to the sharing of knowlege and expertise, the Trinity Woods Summer School
program began. Each year, since 2017, we have offered a variety of classes that allow community
members to expand their education and their passions.

“I am really excited about the classes for this year,” said Irene Brown, Life Enrichment Coordinator.
“This year’s classes, we hope, will offer something that piques an interest for everyone. We want
community members to embrace these lifelong learning opportunities.”

A special thank you to the Summer School instructors, all of whom live on the Trinity Woods campus,
for sharing and bringing excellent learning opportunities to this dynamic and curious community. “It
is truly wonderful to watch neighbors share their experience with each other to increase awareness
and personal growth,” said Irene. For more information about Summer School classes, please
contact Irene Brown at or

July STARS Employee of the Month

Laura Myers, Dining
» Start Date: January 2022
» Born and Raised: Tulsa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Archaeologist
» Family Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie
» Hobbies: Cooking and Yardwork
» Favorite Holiday: Halloween
» Favorite Saying: “Nothing changes…if nothing changes.”
» Spends Free Time: Cooking, Sleeping and Traveling
» Fun Fact: I am actually very shy when I first meet people.
» What her supervisor says: “Laura is a blast to work with. She is always smiling and laughing and truly
loves serving our members.” – Stacy Pine, Dining Supervisor

July STARS Employee of the Month

Cathy Green, Housekeeping Manager
» Start Date: August 2009
» Born and Raised: Tulsa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: An Adult
» Described by Friends: Crusty on the outside but a marshmallow on the inside.
» Hobbies: Trail Hiking and Fishing
» One Food Forever: Pizza
» Special Skill: Fluent in Pig Latin
» First Job: Counting cattle on the trucks entering the stockyard
» Fun Fact: I have a minister’s license and officiated my son’s wedding.
» What her supervisor says: “Cathy is a loyal, hardworking, and a dedicated employee. She is very
dedicated to her staff and the members. Cathy is a hard worker, a pleasure to work with, and provides
excellent customer service to the Trinity Woods organization.” – Dennis Graham, COO

Good Samaritan’s Paving The Way

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

I have heard it said many times that this community would not be what is, if it weren’t for the kindness of others. We are surrounded by reminders of the “Good Samaritans” who have ensured that this community and its mission have thrived for over 65 years. We could not do what we are called to do without these good Samaritans. We all know the story of the Samaritan who came to the aid of a fellow traveler, someone truly in need. Currently there are residents living in our Health Center who have outlived their financial resources, through no fault of their own. They are reliant on support from the Good Samaritan Fund, formerly the Supplemental Aid Fund. The fund was recently renamed to fi t the donors of this very special cause.

Each year we ask our community and generous supporters to give to this Fund. Over the past few years this Fund has become one of the most urgent and critical areas of need for the people living at Trinity Woods.

This Fund helps Trinity Woods residents when they need it most. If you feel led to help a fellow neighbor through the Good Samaritan Fund, please use the remittance envelope provided to make a donation. All donations are 100% tax deductible. You can even make a gift as an honorarium or memorial in the name of a friend who is living or no longer with us.

This year, with a gift of $300 you will receive a commemorative “brick” that will be engraved in your honor and placed in front of the Community Life Center. Our goal is to raise $150,000 for the Good Samaritan Fund. I hope you will partner with us to support this very important cause.

To support this very special mission please visit:

Who Is My Neighbor?

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” James 2: 8-9 NIV

The Apostle James provides his own version of loving thy neighbor, but first he emphasizes and clearly makes the distinction of class division. The book of James chapter 2 highlights for us the behaviors and parameters of who we deem as acceptable and who we consider as neighbors based upon worldly things: power and social status. I believe even today this is where we too struggle with loving our neighbors as God loves us. It is so easy for us to love those who look as we do, dress as we do and move in the same social circles as we do. But what becomes problematic is when we are asked to treat all those we encounter with love, respect, justice, and mercy.

It is easy to love those we self-define as worthy, but it is harder to love those who may be different than we are or those we prejudge and label. It is often difficult to widen the circle of life to include those we discriminate against, those whom we would rather not break bread with, those whom God has called us to include as sisters and brothers. James has much to contribute to our thinking about separatism and inclusion. He reminds and cautions us in chapter 2 verse 9 that in showing favoritism or disregard for the “other,” – we sin. What a sobering thought!

Who then is our neighbor? Our neighbor is anyone in our proximity with whom we can share God’s love. We love people by genuinely seeking what is best for them. Loving others does not mean agreeing with everything they say or do, nor does it mean acting in ways that always gain their approval. We love our neighbors when we have compassion for them and help meet their needs as we are able.

As we serve in the spirit of Christ, remember to always “love your neighbor as yourself.”

June STARS Employee of the Month

We are so excited to spotlight Rosal Osburn, CMA in the Holliman Center as the June STAR employee of the month! Rosal thank you for your outstanding customer service!

» Start Date: June 2003 (19 years!)
» Born and Raised: Philippines
» University: Holy Trinity University in the Philippines
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Flight Attendant
» Described by Friends: Caring person and a giver
» Hobbies: Traveling, cooking and watching sports on television
» Favorite Verse: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm
» Collects: Angels and Crystals
» First Job: Telephone Switchboard Operator
» Fun Fact: She has traveled on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
» What her supervisor says: “Rosal connects with residents, family and team members easily because of her passion to serve others.” – Jacob Will, VP of Health Services

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