CDS Monarch Connection

August 2014

Issue #5

CEO Corner

Greetings!

It's hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the year! I hope you have all been having a great summer so far. At CDS Monarch, the past couple of months have been filled with celebrations. We received a few awards, hosted several events, and celebrated some significant achievements made by the people we assist! You can read about all of these things in the sections below.

We have also been busy developing our Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan under iCircle Services. We had a readiness review with the Department of Health on June 30th, and now we are just waiting for their final approval to launch the MLTC plan, which will be called iCircle Care.

The involvement of each family who has a loved one receiving assistance at CDS Monarch is very important, especially with the changing model of service delivery for people in New York State. Making a donation or a planned gift, signing up to be a volunteer, or attending agency events and educational trainings are all greatly encouraged. Please keep in touch with us, and as always, thank you for your continued support of CDS Monarch.

Sincerely,

Sankar Sewnauth
President/CEO

Events

Serve. Honor. Support. Symposium
October 1
8:00am-12:30pm
Nazareth College
More Details >>

Check out the entire CDS Monarch Events Calendar, for a full listing of upcoming events.

Teeing Off for Abilities

The Wolf Foundation’s 27th Annual “Teeing Off for Abilities” Golf Tournament was held on Monday, July 28th at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY. Proceeds from this year’s tournament, which totaled $100,000, will provide funding for new and innovative community living options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as, allow CDS Monarch to continue assisting Veterans through Warrior Salute, so that they can make a successful transition back into their communities. Read more >>

Honoring our Special Olympics Athletes

On July 23rd, an ice cream social was held at the Wolf Life Transitions Center to recognize all of the CDS Monarch Special Olympics athletes, coaches and volunteers for their accomplishments and hard work. Congratulations to all of our athletes on the medals they received this past year! More photos >>

Seniors Picnic

Residents at CDS Monarch Senior Living enjoyed a picnic lunch on July 25th, complete with live entertainment. Everyone enjoyed listening to some great oldies music, and several people got up to dance. Fun was had by all who attended.

The Nucor House Two-Year Anniversary

On July 10th, Warrior Salute celebrated the two-year anniversary of the opening of The Nucor House, a residential home where Veterans can live while receiving services at Warrior Salute. The Nucor House was made possible through the support of community members and businesses, both locally and nationally. More photos >>

"Above and Beyond" for Service Members

On June 5th, CDS Monarch and President/CEO, Sankar Sewnauth, received the prestigious ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Above and Beyond Award. This award recognizes employers who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits. Read more >>

A Taste of Salute Seasonings

Wegmans spiced up their in-store product demonstrations for Independence Day by inviting customers to try Salute Seasonings grilling spices. For two weekends in a row, shoppers were able to sample the Salute Seasonings Barbeque, Cajun and NY Steak Seasonings on burgers and other grilled meat products. You can find these and other Salute Seasonings items, like parsley flakes and garlic powder, at 25 area Wegmans locations.

Piecing it Together

If you were to stop by CDS Monarch Senior Living on most any afternoon, you would likely find these ladies working on a 500 or 1,000 piece puzzle. They enjoy getting together to socialize, while taking on this fun, yet sometimes challenging activity. Together they have completed dozens of puzzles over the past year, and they have plans to have some of their favorites mounted and hung on the walls in their puzzle room.

Relay for Life

Almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, and the staff and residents at Beckwith decided that they wanted to do something to make a difference for those who have been affected by it. Six individuals and five staff members from Beckwith joined up with a team from Bryant & Stratton College team (Beat the Stages) to walk in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at MCC. Everyone enjoyed sharing this special moment and were glad to be able to show their support for cancer patients and survivors.

Shortstack Saturday

On the morning of Saturday, June 14th The Wolf Foundation hosted the Star-Spangled Shortstack Saturday pancake breakfast to benefit CDS Monarch's Families in Need fund. A total of $1,100 was raised! We hope to see you at the next Shortstack Saturday, on December 6th, with Santa and his Mascot friends! More photos >>

Flag Day Celebration

On June 14th, Flag Day, an appreciation event was held in honor of our Warrior Salute Veterans and supporters. A large crowd lined up along the drive way at CDS Monarch's Wolf Life Transitions Center to welcome the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, who stopped on their day-long ride for a brief ceremony and to make a $25,000 check presentation in support of Warrior Salute. More photos >>

Welcome Aboard

Erica Badger has been hired as the Executive Vice President of Quality Management and Initiatives for CDS Monarch. This position oversees quality management systems to ensure health and safety of the individuals receiving services. In addition, Ms. Badger will collaborate in the development of activities aimed at monitoring and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. Learn more about Ms. Badger >>

Debbie Litzenberger has been hired as the Manager of Enrollment for iCircle Services. This position oversees office personnel and the team of nurses who make home visits to iCircle members and potential members. In addition, Ms. Litzenberger will assist with the phases of development and implementation of iCircle’s Managed Long Term Care plan. Learn more about Ms. Litzenberger >>

Artist Co-op Raffle

Kellen (pictured), who is a member of the Artist Co-op at Blended Creative Opportunities, refurbished and redesigned an old playpen into a place where a child can play with arts and crafts. Raffle tickets are on sale for the children’s arts and crafts play station, which includes a matching chair.

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, August 27th at 1:00pm. Tickets are on sale at the reception desk in the lobby of the Wolf Center (860 Hard Road, Webster). Tickets: $2.00 each or $5.00 for an arm’s length.

A "Wealth of Health" at CDS Monarch

CDS Monarch was selected as a finalist for the 2014 RBJ Wealth of Health Awards, which honor innovative organizations that promote workplace wellness, improving both their bottom line and the overall health of our community. The entire CDS Monarch team continues to encourage and engage in a wide variety of wellness activities, and strive towards healthier lifestyle choices. Read more >>

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