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7th Annual Green House Conference in November – A Time to Connect

At The Green House Annual Meeting, organizations gain strength from each other around implementing and sustaining this model.  Connecting to share lessons learned and best practices of this paradigm shift in Long Term Care is one of the most valuable parts of being a trademarked Green House home.

This year’s conference for Green House adopters will take place November 17-19, at the historic Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Our theme, Leading with Heart and Soul, is ideal for this magnificent mecca where musical legends combined soul with talent and passion to become the pioneers for American musical genres…much like The Green House Project has pioneered the transformation of long-term care.

 

TIME FOR A ROAD TRIP!

The Green House Annual Meeting & Celebration can be a wonderful time for a road trip!  That’s right…why not drive to the conference and miss all the hassle of flying these days?  Well, that is exactly the decision that was made by team members last year from the Green House Homes at Willow Ridge in Blufton, Ohio.

 

Their new Guide, Barb Lawrence, shared the following memories from the trip:

Last year, four Shahbazim (Paula, Tammy, Terry, and I), one nurse (Coral), the Guide (Rhonda), and the Fund Development person (Doug) rented a van and drove to Boston for the Green House Annual Conference.

Paula and Terry were from one team, and Tammy and I were from the other team at Willow Ridge.  The 14-hour van ride allowed for much bonding opportunity.  We shared about our personal lives as well as our experiences thus far working in the Green House homes.  We played trivia games that we found on our phones, we enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts, and enjoyed one another’s company.  We texted folks back home (we’re not there yet!), we listened to music, and some read books.

Mid-way through the trip, Doug said, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  The good news is that we are half-way to Boston!  The bad news is that we are ONLY half way to Boston!”

Once we got to Boston, Doug and Rhonda had to find a parking garage that would be tall enough to fit our 12-passenger van.  Boston buildings are small!

Leaving Boston was equally as challenging.  Since we left in the middle of the night (3:00 AM), many of the exits off of the highway were closed, and there were very few signs giving direction – it took over 45 minutes just to get out of the city!

The team is again taking a road trip to this years conference in Memphis and Barb is quick to point out that “it’s only half the distance to Boston!”

 

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.