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Dr. Bill Thomas and Beth Baker Discuss 7th Annual Green House Conference

The theme of the 7th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration this November in Memphis is Leading with Heart and Soul. We are excited to have both Dr. Bill Thomas and freelance journalist and author Beth Baker as our opening and closing plenary speakers, respectively. We caught up with Bill and Beth at The Pioneer Network’s 14th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri to hear more about what Leading with Heart and Soul means to them.

“It means bringing passion into what you do, believing in it…” Dr. Thomas began, going on to say that we all have a moral imperative to help people find new ways to live in the community, including those living with frailty and dementia.

Beth agreed and added that leading with heart and soul is honoring a person’s desire for independence and autonomy as well as their need to balance this with strong relationships and connection to a greater community. For Beth this is what interdependence is all about and will be a key theme of her closing plenary.

“In Green House homes it is interdependence that defines the relationship between Shahbazim and Elders,” Dr. Thomas concluded. “People in each group need each other. Being a part of a community means that we need each other.”

Visit our Facebook page to see a video from this discussion and hear more from Bill and Beth at our Annual Meeting this November at The Peabody Memphis in TN. Green House adopters can register here: https://greenhouseproject.wufoo.com/forms/7th-annual-green-house-meeting-and-celebration/

The Historic Peabody Memphis Hotel

We are excited that The Peabody Memphis Hotel is the host site of our 7th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration this November for adopters of the Green House model!  What is so special about this hotel? The Peabody, a AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four-Star hotel, has served its guests with Southern hospitality since 1869. The hotel was built in theheart of downtown Memphis making it an ideal location for exploring historic sites and immersing yourself in the barbecue, blues and rock ‘n’ roll that define Memphis culture.

And then there’s the ducks.

Legend of The Peabody Ducks

In the 1930s, Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, came back from an Arkansas hunting trip. They had a bit too much to drink and thought it would be funny to put their live duck decoys in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were used and the reaction was enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks replaced the originals.

In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to assist with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day, teaching them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster and held that role for 50 years.

After nearly 80 years, the marble fountain in the Peabody lobby is still graced with ducks that march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

As our 7th Annual Meeting and Celebration quickly approaches, we look forward to spending time with our adopters learning and growing at this historic landmark. And of course, we are looking for a volunteer Duckmaster for our time there to lead the daily duck march with heart and soul.

 

Registration Open! 7th Annual Green House Meeting & Celebration

 

Dust off your cowboy boots, brush up on your Elvis impersonation and save room for some of the country’s best BBQ!  The 7th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration for Green House adopters is going to be in Memphis, Tennessee on November 17-19. 

This year’s conference will take place at the historic and incredibly beautiful Peabody Memphis hotel. The Peabody Memphis is located near Beale Street, a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R &B and gospel. That’s where music legends like Louis Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King made their mark.  It’s no surprise that Memphis is known as Blues City.

Our site visit this year will be to Ave Maria in Bartlett, TN where there are four Green House homes- St. Francis, St. Anne, St. Joseph and St. Mary. These homes replaced an aging nursing home wing (circa 1956) and have allowed Elders to thrive in real homes that offer meaningful life and empowered care partners.

This year’s theme, Leading with Heart and Soul, will flourish amid this magnificent mecca where musical legends combined soul with talent and passion to become the pioneers for American musical genres.

The Green House Annual Meeting & Celebration is an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow Green House pioneers, to learn, grow, and leave inspired to lead well, as we continue to champion change that meaningfully impacts the lives of Elders.