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Cherrywood news 5-11-2012

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Donors, volunteers needed for blood drives

By John Everlove

The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the Cherrywood Clubhouse from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. We have two urgent needs. The first is blood donors and the second, a volunteer to co-ordinate our blood drives.
With the summer months coming on and the fact that we live in an area with many senior citizens, there is a heightened need for life saving blood. If you’ve never given blood before, now would be a great time to sign up and provide the one substance that medical science can’t produce. If you’ve given in the past and gotten out of the habit of donating now is the perfect time to come back and give.
The professionals who operate the blood donation drive provide sterile, courteous, quick and easy service to all donors who sign up. There’s no need to be nervous or wonder if you’ll be safe in taking a few minutes out of your day to make a difference.
Our second urgent need is for a volunteer to co-ordinate the blood drives. It only requires a few hours per month and it makes a world of difference. If you call the office, Geri, will be happy to discuss what few responsibilities go with the position and assist you in getting started.
If we don’t get a volunteer, our Blood Drives will be in serious danger of disappearing and that would be a real shame. Please give this worthwhile project some thought and either give blood; volunteer or better yet, do both. Cherrywood would thank you; the community would thank you; and the people whose lives you help save will thank you.

Mother’s Day
On Sunday, May 13, our nation celebrates the holiday of Mother’s Day. It is a special day set aside to honor those special women we call Mother; Mama; Mommy; Mom and a hundred other names in scores of different languages. They are those angelic women who have given us life; love and nurture.
Mother’s Day began in the heart of Ann Jarvis, mother of Anna Jarvis. Ann had hoped that one day mothers would be honored for all their contributions to society and to the family. Upon Ann’s death, her daughter Anna took up the cause to recognize mothers and began a relentless and tireless effort for a national observance.
In response to her efforts, in 1914, six years after Anna began her crusade, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as the official Mother’s Day.  
Because of her mother’s personal like of the carnation flower, Anna began the tradition of wearing a white Carnation for remembering a mother who was deceased and a red one for those who were still alive.
Anna Jarvis, who was not a mother herself, became disillusioned in her old age at the commercialization of the holiday and sought to have it abolished. Fortunately for us, that was not done. So, on the second Sunday of May, we can take a day to say “Thank you” to our own mothers and the mothers of our children; grandchildren; and the mothers of children everywhere.
It has been said that “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Perhaps this is true, but more than the hand that rocks the cradle are the arms that hug a frightened child; warm words that give encouragement and hope; soft kisses at bedtime and a heart that pours out unconditional love; these are the gifts bestowed by a mom and they

Spotlight on Excellence
Each week we feature a resident of Cherrywood who has an interesting past; a promising future or is making a contribution to the quality of life of our active community. This week, the spotlight shines on Marty Duesel.
Marty was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the only boy of five children. His sisters, Kathleen and Elaine, still reside in Indiana while his sister Diane lives in Florida. An older sister, Donna, passed away.  
During his younger years, Marty attended pubic school and after graduating from High School, he enrolled in the International Business Institute. He graduated with two separate associate degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Finance.
During his college days, he was invited to a Memorial Day picnic and was set up with a blind date. That was in 1966. One year later, he and that blind date, Marti, were wed. They’ve been happily married for these past 45 years. (No your reporter didn’t make a mistake, it really is Marti and Marty.)
They have two children who they adopted. David was 12 when they adopted him and he still resides in Fort Wayne. Their daughter Melissa, who they adopted when she was only 4 months old, now lives with her husband in Warsaw, Indiana.
Shortly after Marty graduated from college in 1969, Uncle Sam was there with a letter welcoming him to the U.S. Army. Soon after, he was on his way to Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
After completing his Basic he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington for Advanced Infantry School. The military recognized Marty’s leadership skills and sent him to Fort Benning, Georgia, to attend the Noncommissioned Officers School. A short tour of temporary duty at Fort Polk, Louisiana ended when he was ordered to Vietnam.
Upon arrival, Marty was given a squad of men to command in the 7th Cavalry (Gary Owen) Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile). Specifically, he was a part of Charlie Company, lst of the 7th.
While “in country,” as the troops called it while serving in Vietnam, he and his unit were ordered into Cambodia to disrupt enemy supplies coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. For their bravery and sacrifice, Charlie Company was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. This is an award given only to those units who have performed extreme acts of heroism in combat. In addition, Marty received the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for successive and repeated combat operations in both Vietnam and Cambodia.
Aside from his family, Marty is most proud of his accomplishments in the Military. His medals and awards provide ample proof that he served courageously and honorably during a difficult period in this countries history.    
When he was discharged from the Military, Marty took a position with Kay Jewelers in September of 1971. The giant jewelry chain obviously recognized Marty’s leadership skills and promoted him to store manager. During his career he managed three stores in Fort Wayne and one each in Marion, Indiana and Springfield, Illinois. In each case he improved production in these locations.
After 38 years with the company, Marty retired. Tired of cold weather and seeking an active community Marti and Marty researched the area and decided on Cherrywood because it was an active community. That was 14 years ago and both he and his wife Marti have been a part of this community ever since.
Apparently finding it hard to break old habits, Marty went back to work for Kay Jewelers here in Ocala as sales associate until his second retirement a couple of years ago. Now the couple spends their time traveling; visiting his sister Diane and taking part in nearly all of the activities of our community.
Marty is a member of the Cherrywood Color Guard and also serves as Trustee of the Veterans Club. He is active with the Ritz House for Veterans Project; the food drives; Honor Flight project and he headed up the Veteran’s Breakfast. In truth, there are very few functions that you won’t find Marti and Marty attending. Their bright smiles and vitality brighten every occasion and Marty brings his leadership skills to every office he holds or position he takes. When you see Marty and Marti, be sure to thank them for their service to our country and to our community.

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