During March, April, and May 2019, a small group of Fearrington residents participated in a Fearrington Cares Experienced Innovators project under the leadership of Lee Anne McClymont, Fellow for the U.S. Southeast Region of The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship. Lee Anne designed the experience to be part of an innovative beta project to “reconsider the lifeline of multigenerational workplaces and learning communities.”
During these three months, this group of Fearrington Experienced Innovators worked closely with four graduate students in the NCSU Master’s Degree program in Industrial Design to evaluate their semester-long original design projects during the critical development stages.
The students met four times with the group at Fearrington Cares and a subset of the group also visited the NCSU’s College of Industrial Design in Raleigh, where they met all the other graduate students in the Industrial design class, toured the several well-equipped design labs where students work-up models of their projects, and spent 90 minutes reviewing the students’ projects, which had incorporated many of the suggestions the students had received during the earlier sessions back in Fearrington and making further suggestions for final refinements.
Near the end of the semester, the students returned to Fearrington to demo their finished products and to express their sincere appreciation for the valued contributions made by these Experienced Innovators. Overall, this was an amazingly productive beta project.
Visit this site to read Lee Anne McClymont’s wonderful overview of the project design and its significance for “restoring balance to the generation-stratified workplace” and to see samples of the results of the projects developed by the students.
Lee Anne is currently working with Fearrington Cares to design and launch the next Experienced Innovators group expected to be underway during the current fall term at NCSU. Watch for the forthcoming details!
Project participants included: STUDENTS: Sara Weir, Ryan Bolick, Yetong Xie, and Yimiao Xu. LEADERS: Lee Anne and Bill McClaymont, EXPERIENCED INNOVATORS (formerly known as Elder Innovators): Paula Easton, Gary Piontak, Diana Tasciotti, Jon Darling, Carl Angel, Dale Colson, Bob Colson, Cindy Kahler, John Tyrrell, and Amy Nullman.
The Fearrington Cares Board of Directors awarded Karen Metzguer a formal Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding and remarkably dedicated service to Fearrington Cares and the many village residents served by Fearrington Cares and our several hundred dedicated volunteers.
Karen has been a practicing nurse continuously since 1976 and is a retired Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine, who spent 35 years working in infant mortality reduction at the local, state and national level. She worked as a Red Cross Disaster Nurse from 1995-2002 and assisted in emergency operations across NC, in VA, PA and at the Pentagon, September 11, 2001. She is also experienced as a Hospice Nurse, a Geriatric Care Manager and is currently the Nurse and Executive Director of Fearrington Cares.
This award was presented to Karen at the May 13, 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors and coincided with the recent 2019 Annual National Nurses Week sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA).
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The ANA theme this year is honoring America’s 4 million registered nurses and members of our nation’s most-trusted profession.
We hope you will join us in recognizing the invaluable contributions Karen adds daily to the lives of many Fearrington residents of all ages, as well as the contributions nurses in other communities and facilities make where they serve.
Thank you, Karen!
#1 Free Swim Party 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Swim and Croquet Club
Fearrington Cares is collaborating with the Swim and Croquet Club to have a Fearrington Cares Day at the pool! Club membership is not necessary on this day! Put on your sunscreen and splash with your neighbors! Floating “noodles” are available for use while at the pool and a hot tub and toddler pool are also available. You can also play croquet, ping pong, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and cornhole. Bring your towel for the pool and please do not bring glass into the pool area.
#2 Free Medication Consultation 10:00 a.m. – noon at the Fearrington Cares Center
Have you ever wanted to discuss a medication or medication interactions with a pharmacist? Han Su, Chief Pharmacist at 501 Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, will be available for FREE curbside consultations. Please bring a complete list of all your medications; alternately, you can bring your bag of medicines.
#3 Free Skin Cancer Screening 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center
The Dermatology and Laser Center of Chapel Hill is providing FREE skin cancer screenings by a dermatology-trained Physician Assistant, Leighanne McGill. If you have moles or spots that you are concerned about, this screening is for you!