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  1. 1. A Publication for Friends and Supporters of Orange Grove Center THE OSAGE Vol. 2, Issue 2 March - June 2008Capital Campaign kicks off withformer Alabama coach makes donating easyfor OGC supportersLearn more about a recent Autism studyfrom Dr. Rick RaderSee what sports figure is“Vol”unteering his time to speak atOrange Grove! Community Recycling OGC Retirees Recognized Disaster Planning for the developmentally disabled“To recognize, support and celebrate the qualities of the individual”
  2. 2. THE OSAGE 2 PageMichael A. BartoPresidentHugh J. Moore, Jr.Chairman ContentsDillard EdgemonVice President 3 From the Executive Director’s Desk: “The Long Haul”Susan Gouger RouseVice President 4 Spotlight: OGC’s Capital Campaign 2008Thomas H. CoxTreasurer 8-9 ”Around the Grove”Dr. Bruce HutchinsonAsst. TreasurerThomas A. Caldwell 10 A look at recycling in the communitySecretaryJohn F. Germ 11 Disaster planning and special needsMember-At-LargeCeleste Bradley 12 Breakfast for ChampionsBarton C. BurnsJohn BuhrmanLarry CashTom Cofer 13 OGC/UTC course on Special EducationHerbert J. Haile, Jr.Daniel J. LaGraffBill LuskSharon Matthews 14-15 Center recognition of retireesAndrew “Skip” NardoRosie RussellRichard Sadowitz, MDS. Scott Short 15 New Board MembersAvery SmithJerry Summers A quarterly publication of Orange Grove Center Inc. of ChattanoogaHONORARY BOARD © 2008T. Hicks ArmorT. Maxfield Bahner Design:Charles A. Comer Leslie Smith, CoordinatorHoward Gray Public Relations and MarketingMorton J. Kent lesmith@orangegrove.orgMrs. Helen C. MahnMrs. Emily C. McKenzie Photography: Dennis WilkesWilliam R. Russell OGC Art Dept.Mrs. Janet Strang Printer: Graphic Impressions Chattanooga, TN
  3. 3. 3Page Executive Director’s Desk From the “The Long Haul” The theme of our December 2007 Founders’ Day program was “We’re in for the Long Haul.” It was an absolutely perfect theme for Orange Grove, and I was most thankful to Dr. Rick Rader for coining the title. At the same time, we were planning our Founders’ Day program, the Tennessee Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS) began to initiate an unprecedented, unabated, undesirable, untenable, and completely unbelievable cost savings effort that shocked the provider community. Still shell-shocked from the notification that DMRS was refusing to make payment for approved services and cutting every provider’s funding by 6.1%, we hosted our annual Founders’ Day to pay tribute to all the people who make Orange Grove the vibrant and person-centered organization that it is. I was thankful for the slogan “We’re in for the Long Haul,” because it reminded me that every worthwhile investment deserves our patience and resolve. As one of our founding board members, Tom Caldwell, has pointed out to me, Orange Grove existed before there was any State funding and has managed to make a way for people with intellectual disabilities when there was lit- erally nothing available. Somehow, we will ride out this disastrous situation, and will be stronger and even more determined to maintain the level of support that our service recipients expect and deserve. I know this by reflecting upon the history of Orange Grove and talking with the many OGC founders who are some of the most tenacious and zealous advocates for individuals with disabilities who have ever lived. We recently had a retirement celebration for Fred Galletta, who remained faithful to our cause for over 37 years. Throughout his tenure as our Director of Education and Training, Orange Grove made some remarkable gains. With Fred’s leadership and the many other staff and volunteers who devoted their lives to the OGC mission, Orange Grove thrived in the best and worst of times. As part of our recognition to Fred, Orange Grove planted an Osage orange tree on our campus in Fred’s honor. It was most benefitting that we paid tribute to Fred in this way. A tree symbolizes strength, shelter, durability and hope. These are all qualities that Orange Grove has fostered because of Fred and the other champions of Orange Grove. As we prepare to weather the funding storm that we are now facing, I have great hope in knowing that Orange Grove will sustain the losses and become even stronger as we endure this crucible. A Dendrochronologist studies trees through time. Dendrochronologists count the number of rings in a slice of a tree to see how old the tree was when it died. There is one ring for each year the tree lived. A thick ring means that there was an abundance of food and it was a good year for the tree. A thin ring can mean that there was a drought that year or maybe the tree was sick. I’m sure that one day we will look back and find that 2008 created a very thin ring in our history, but where other agencies will fall due to this ruthless drought, Orange Grove will remain. We’re in it for the long haul. Orange Grove’s Individual of the Year, Melissa Moore, was again acknowledged during Founders’ Day for her consistent efforts at achievement. Fred Galletta (far right) is presented with an award for his service, and an Osage tree to be planted in his honor.
  4. 4. Orange Grove conducts Third Capital Campaign Page 4in Fifty-Five YearOrange Grove is well into their third significant capital Four prominent area law firms sponsored the luncheon andcampaign since the Center was chartered in 1953. This Pioneer Credit arranged for Coach Stallings transportation.campaign is being led by John Germ as Chairman with thehelp of Tom Caldwell as Chairman Emeritus. These two This campaign will result in some dramatic improvementsBoard members chaired the last campaign which was con- to the Orange Grove campus, some of which will be veryducted in 1991 and exceeded the $5.425 million goal. That obvious and some of which will be felt but not seen. Thecampaign established the Habilitation Center, the classrooms and training areas will all be renovated to con-Recycling processing and education Center, the Hydrother- temporary standards and the heating and air-conditioningapy Center and campus renovations for greater system will be upgraded to dependable status. Telecom-accessibility. munications will be drastically improved and the recycling center will be modified to match the current collectionThe Center’s first campaign was conducted in 1967 and led methods employed by the City of Morton Kent and Tom Caldwell. It was held to relocatethe campus from the original site on Main St. to the presentlocation on Derby St. There was an auspicious amount, forthat time, of over $1/2 million raised in the localcommunity which served as seed and match funds todevelop the $5 million campus in East Chattanooga, over athree year period.The current campaign has a goal of $4,775,000 to expandand improve the facilities and services for individualswith developmental disabilities who are attending OrangeGrove, or who may need services in the future. Above is Orange Grove’s Capital Campaign banner for 2007-2008. It can be seen on Amnicola Highway, DaytonThis campaign was initiated by the Board of Directors Boulevard, and other locations around Chattanooga. Manyunder the leadership of Hugh Moore. When clearance was OGC buses also carry bus signs featuring the banner.given by the United Way the first request went to the Boardof Directors who responded with a 100% commitment bythe members as the lead gift. Subsequent requests totraditional supporters, family and staff have brought thetotal pledged to nearly $750,000 at the time of thispublication.Requests are pending to local and national foundations andgovernment entities. There are teams soliciting individualsin various groups and professions under the leadership ofBill Wilder.Frank Schriner and Hicks Armor are taking the lead in thecorporate category while Jerry Adams has taken on theresponsibility of major gifts given by our most generouscitizens.The campaign was announced formally at a luncheon at theConvention and Trade Center January 11th with anaddress by famed football coach Gene Stallings to about400 guests. (Left to right) Bill Wilder, Professional Division Chairman; Frank Schriner, Corporate Chairman; John F. Germ, Campaign Chairman; and Jerry Adams, Major Gifts Chairman.
  5. 5. Page 5 “Lunch with Gene Stallings” a touchdown for Orange Grove Former University of Alabama coach and football legend, Gene Stallings, made a special appearance at Orange Grove’s “Lunch with Gene Stallings” on Monday, January 7. The event kicked off the Capital Campaign, and was held at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center. Stallings made the early morning trek from Paris, TX, to Lovell Field’s TAC Air South within hours of his appearance. His early arrival enabled him to visit Orange Grove before heading to the Trade Center for a special reception in his honor. Orange Grove’s Morris McDowell has a one-on-one He was greeted by a mix of Orange Grove supporters, staff and with Coach Stallings. clients, Alabama fans, and others wishing to catch a glimpse or speak to the sports giant. Stallings graciously shook hands, The program consisted of Orange Grove history, invocation gave hugs, signed autographs and spared moments to chat by Reverend Olan Ivey (Pilgrim Congregational Church), a with everyone. song by Linda Romans (under the direction of music director, Monty Parks), and was emceed by Campaign Chair, John F. Germ. Stallings infused his speech with tough, sportsman-like wit and a soft side of compassion for individuals with disabili- ties. When speaking of his only son, John Mark, or “Johnny,” as he calls him, he spoke lovingly of him as any father would about his son. He recounted nearly punching the doctor when he announced his son’s disability, shortly after his birth, then passing out from the news. Stallings encouraged those in attendance to continue supporting Orange Grove, and for others to consider giving because “it’s the right thing to do.”Stallings is presented with an official Chattanooga Event sponsors included Pioneer Credit Company; Baker,Police Department badge from Mayor Ron Littlefield. Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.;OGC Campaign Chair, John F. Germ, is to his right. Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.; Miller & Martin PLLC and Summers & Wyatt, P.C. A special thank you to Mr. John Holden, President and CEO of Pioneer Credit Company, for furnishing transpor- tation for Coach Stallings to and from Texas!Coach Stallings is pictured with (left to right) Mayor RonLittlefield, John Holden of Pioneer Credit Company and Clyde Doss shakes hands with Stallings as Dianne Aytes,Jerry Summers. OGC Deputy Director, and Bobby Thomas (in red) look on.
  6. 6. Fund-raising made easy for OGC through Page 6Contributed byMike Cook, OGC StaffTom Cox, OGC Board MemberThanks to our friend and OGC fund-raising consultant, Dan Bowers,we have connected with the latest in Internet innovation, to ameaningful system of aiding the Center in securing additionalfunding.This program enhances fund-raising methods, enabling us to unite andplay host to a fun, creative and unique body of infinite possibilities forthe Center.Orange Grove has signed up with, a website thatenables individuals to raise money online for any nonprofitorganization in the US.If you want to join us in fundraising, it’s fairly simple. With a littleassistance from staff, we set up our own individual, personal pageswithin minutes. We were given our own web addresses to personalizeour page. We each wrote a letter that states our reason for creating Sample web page on Firstgiving.comthe page, then we added photos of choice.When we were finished, we shared our pages with others by adding a link to the site within email messages. We’ve encouraged send-ing to everyone you know to increase the likelihood of raising more money. The approach has been a success. To date, the combinedgroup of staff, parent and volunteers who are registered to Firstgiving have raised over $5000 in just a couple of months.If the two of us are able to create pages, then it is possible for you to create a page. We encourage Center supporters, staff, parentsand others to consider making a personal webpage to help this cause for which we are passionate.You may also visit the website at If you choose to become a donor, all donations are secure and private, andconfirmations are sent to you via email. Proceeds are given directly to OGC.For additional assistance or information, contact one of the following OGC staff members for face-to-face or telephoneconsultation:Leslie Smith Hal BakerPR and Marketing Coord. Deputy Director(423) 308-1160 (423) 493-2912Visit to start your page today! The Staff of Pulse-Radio and its partners are proud to host the first of its kind, never before done on Internet Radio, Web-A-Thon to benefit the Orange Grove Center of Chattanooga, TN. Starting March 28 at 6:00AM until March 30 midnight, Pulse Radio will be broadcasting LIVE and accepting donations to benefit the Center. Please Join Us,To help Us To Help Them.
  7. 7. 7Page Orange Grove embarks on new Autism study Hal Baker, OGC Deputy Director Orange Grove Center is taking the bold step of bringing together all of the interested agencies, services and family leaders who are concerned with the development of long term support for the children and adults in our community who are on the Autism Spectrum. It is well publicized today that the incidence of Autism is one in every 150 births. This is an overwhelming statistic and has dramatic implications for all educational institutions, social service agencies, health care providers and business interests. How a community prepares for the high prevalence of individuals who can contribute significantly to the overall well-being of the community, if some considerations are granted, will define the communities that are positioned to move into the 21st Century with all of its citizens in jobs and homes with valuable social relations and productive lives. Orange Grove is partnering with the Hamilton County Schools, Siskin Institute, Signal Centers, Team Centers, UTC, par- ent leaders, and others to research and review exemplary programs across the country, and to determine how they may impact our communities sequence of service. In addition, all of the important entities in our area will be involved and instrumental in fulfilling their critical role in the provision of life long service and support, from initial diagnosis to appropriate education to vocational placement, social relationships and independent living. We are fortunate that the Community Research Council will lead this strategic study for our community. Chattanooga accomplished this very thing for individuals with intellectual disabilities when it established a series of services in the early 1950’s, which have resulted in a community with world class service throughout an individual’s life. This is a chance to repeat the process for individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Owens goes from the classroom to administrator Leslie Smith, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Orange Grove Center is proud to announce that Darcy Owens (right) has been named Director of Education and Training. Owens was previously principal of Children’s Services, a position she accepted last July. She has been with Orange Grove since 1984, beginning in rotating positions as a Vocational Supervisor. In 1986, she became a CPC (Client Program Coordinator), maintaining her post through recent years. Owens is popular with many of those whom she formerly and currently serves. For example, she remains in the heart of Debbie Chadwick, who received an award for volunteerism last year for her service in the community. Debbie was awarded the honor by President George W. Bush, and her spirit for volunteerism may partially be credited to her experiences with Owens. Some of Owens’ Center-related milestones include a client securing and maintaining long-term employment with a local radio station, a client giving birth to a son who would later attend college, and many others who have gone on to hold jobs within the community and maintain them. Her plans as Director are to “continue to see improvements and growth in our department, as far as meeting individualized students needs,” she said. “I want to make sure the best is brought out in every student.”
  8. 8. 8 Page P.E.OGC’s Michael Duke, Travis Henderson and Paul Leamon competed in the 2008Special Olympics Winter Games held in Gatlinburg, TN, January 27 - 30. Duke andHenderson competed in the Alpine Skiing event, while Leamon competed insnowboarding. Duke came in second and third, receiving silver and bronze medals.Henderson came in first and sixth, earning a gold medal. Leamon came in second andthird in snowboarding, and was awarded silver and bronze.The weekend would not have been possible without the support of Recreation (Left to right) Paul Leamon,Coordinator, Brandy Beeson, and Recreation Assistant, Teresa Jenkins. Brandy Beeson, Michael Duke, Teresa Jenkins and Travis Henderson (also Music pictured to the right) The Music Department of OGC has enjoyed a number of performance outings by both the Chorus and long-time client, Linda Romans. Director, Monty Parks, accompanied Romans during her solo recital at White Oak Baptist Church last November, and in December, the Chorus made their annual appearance at Christmas at the Courthouse, which aired on WRCB Channel 3. Director Ann Shea’s, OGC Dancers, were also present for a special holiday performance. Res Hab Residential Services is selling window decals to help with the Capital Campaign. The idea for this item came to several of the staff when discussing how to promote OGC in a positive light to the community. Cindy Sexton served as emcee Many schools or resort areas have window for the event. She is seen here decals that people proudly display on their vehicles. with OGC client and Chorus We felt that OGC was something to be proud of also, so the design mimics member, Robert Scudgins. those images. For $2, you can proudly display this decal on your car or bulletin board. All of the OGC vehicles will be sporting this decal, and we hope your vehicle will as well. You may purchase one by contacting any Residential Administration employee at (423) 493-2954. -Contributed by Ruth Toon, Director of Residential Habilitation Employment Supports William “Chris” Adkins received the “Employee of the Month” award last November. He has worked at Wal-Mart on Brainerd Rd. for 3 years, as a cart pusher and gatherer. Chris is served by Orange Grove’s Employment Supports Follow-Along Program. He is a graduate of East Ridge High School, and this is his first job. His future plans include learning duties inside the store. -Contributed by Leslie Hayes, Support Manager
  9. 9. Page 9 Hab Center Around the Grove Dr. Rick Rader threw out the first pitch at the Chattanooga Lookout’s game against the Mississippi Braves on July 27. The Editor-in-Chief of Exceptional Parent maga- zine, and Director of Orange Grove Center’s Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center, was also awarded the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for his many years of service as an advocate for people with disabilities. Capital Financial Group/Compiled by Leslie Smith MassMutual sponsored the Chattanooga Disabilities Awareness Night (DAN) event, which is held annually at athletic events nationwide.Dr. Rader was nominated andinducted into the prestigious NationalAcademy of Medicine, in recognition (Left to right) Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr., President and CEO of EPof his work in the field of intellectual and Global Communications, Inc.; Tims Sinks, Capital Financial Group/developmental disabilities. He received MassMutual; Mark Cuttle, with Capital Financial Group/MassMutual;Distinguished Practitioner status in the Dr. Rick Rader, Exceptional Parent Editor-in-ChiefAcademy which is limited to a total of 150 and honoree; and Frank Murphy, President of the EP Foundationphysicians nationwide, attesting to the honor for Education.of the designation. Therapy Services/ Employment Supports Orange Grove’s Shira Shropshire recently received United Way’s Tocqueville Courage Award for overcoming adversity and achieving his dreams. He was nominated by the Center. At Orange Grove, he surpassed limitations through the use of a new power wheelchair and assistance from caring therapists. His determination has led to ownership of a shredding business, work experience at Erlanger Hospital, and perhaps his greatest endeavor - learning how to read! Center-Wide The annual Founders’ Day luncheon and dinner were held on On Thursday, October 25, Tuesday, December 4, at the Bessie Smith Hall. Staff, volunteers, Miss Tennessee, Grace supporters and others were in attendance, as they dined on barbeque Gore, visited with clients and provided by Sticky Fingers. staff of Orange Grove Center. Awards were given by all departments, with a few special awards presented to the family of former board member, Jim Goldman, and After touring the facility, she an award for efforts to Melissa Moore, who is served by the Center. signed autographs and took photos before heading to Founders’ Day is set aside to honor staff and others who’ve made other parts of the city and contributions to the Center. Visit to see photos from the event. state.
  10. 10. Orange Grove Recycling helps to keepChattanooga clean Page 10Austin Jett, Recycling Eduation Coordinator businesses each week to pick up and sort all their cans, bottles and the large amounts of paper produced as a by-Around Chattanooga, Orange Grove Center is becoming product of doing business. Chattanooga area businesses aresynonymous with recycling. Through a combination of recognizing the benefits they gain by producing less garbageincreasing the number of Recycling Convenience Centers and by being environmentally-minded corporate recyclers.around town and growing participation on the part of localbusinesses in the Recycle Express program, Orange Grove And, of course, our largest single source of employment forclients are making quite a splash in the recycling community. Orange Grove clients in recycling is at the John F. Germ Recycling Center on theOver the course of the last campus of Orange Grove. Foryear, the City of Chattanooga, the last 14 years, the Center hasin partnership with Orange processed, sorted, and marketedGrove, has opened up three all of the recyclables collectednew recycling convenience through the City ofcenters. These new centers Chattanooga’s curbsidehave helped the people of collection program. We haveLookout Valley, Hixson, and experienced a growing trend ofEast Brainerd to more easily the materials collected beingmake recycling a part of their cleaner and freer of non-routines. Courtesy of the recyclable residues, which can Chattanooga be attributed partially to OrangeBut that’s not the only Times Free Press Grove’s vigorous recyclingbenefit. Each one of these Robin Fouraker, top, sorts and deposits paper in an Orange Grove education centers provides up to Recycling collection bin along with Orange Grove clients Teresasix new, high-quality jobs Morton, right, and Teri White. Teresa and Teri are both employed at Any way you look at it, Orangefor Orange Grove clients. one of Orange Grove’s new Recycling Convenience Centers at Grove Center’s engagementNot only do our clients Access Road across from DuPont. with the Chattanoogahave the opportunity to develop and sharpen valuable work community through recycling benefits everybody. Whenskills, but the resulting interaction between clients and resi- people recycle, they’re helping to create jobs that Orangedents of the Chattanooga area creates a positive social impact Grove clients can be proud of, in addition to keeping wastefor everybody. Chattanoogans have come to know and love our out of the landfill. This work also gives area residents theclients through their experiences at the four Recycling Conve- opportunity to get to know our clients and learn about ournience Centers. The overall participation level at the Recycling programs.Convenience Centers have grown steadily over the last year,both in terms of numbers of individual participants and of So when you put your can or bottle in the recycle bin rathertonnage of recyclable materials collected. than the garbage can, you can rest assured that you are not only helping the environment, but you’re also helping yourIn addition to the new drop-off centers, Orange Grove fellow Chattanoogans to have the opportunity to do what weRecycling has seen a marked increase in the number of area all deserve the chance to do, which is to have a job and earnbusinesses participating in the Recycle Express program. For a a paycheck.small fee, OGC clients and a supervisor visit theContributions Orange Grove would like to thank and acknowledge those who are supporting the Capital Campaign:2NDS in Building Materials, Inc. Earlene Aytes Ronald BoucekAdele B. Ackell Jane J. Aytes Dan BowersMr. & Mrs. Don B. Arp Max Bahner Celeste BradleyFrieda Arnold Hal Baker Andy & Jane BricardAthens Distributing Mike Barto John BuhrmanMarion Auerbach Fred & Joyce Beckert Bart BurnsAuto Glass Express Jacque Benderman Ray BurrissBarbara Aycock Mr & Mrs Charles Best Tom CaldwellEarlene Aytes Travis Boles Anne Camp
  11. 11. P lan to attend the next Orange Grove Parent Meeting on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Training Room of the OGC Habilitation Center.Page11 Your concerns matter! Join us to share your voice! Disaster Planning and Special Needs Contributed by OGC Habilitation Center Staff Among the many lessons we learned from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath was that people with disabilities are at high risk for negative outcomes in major disasters. In the best of times the population we support is highly vulnerable; but in the chaos that accompanies a disaster they are at increased risk for misadventures, displacement and mishaps. When the sponsors of the National Emergency Management Summit (Washington DC, February 2-5, 2008) were inviting national experts to present on the “lessons learned” and to share best practices in emergency management they knew they needed to include strategies for people with disabilities. Orange Grove’s Dr. Rick Rader, Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center, was tapped to represent the best thinking in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Rader had previously served as a consultant to the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness (NCORP) in helping to create a National Blueprint for disaster planning. Dr. Rader is currently working as a consultant with the Hamilton County Emergency Services in establishing protocols that would mitigate the consequences of supporting individuals with disabilities in a major disaster. Orange Grove is currently looking at the feasibility of serving as a potential shelter for people with complex disabilities in the event that a major disaster impacts the area. One thing from evaluating disasters is evident; and that is in addition to national, regional and local disaster planning from both the government and the myriad organizations that are in place, the “family” is critical in planning for preparedness, response, shelter- ing, recovery, and relocation. Families can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare BEFORE an event occurs. There is an obvious need to become “self reliant” for at least 72 and possibly 96 hours. According to the National Organization on Disability and their Emergency Preparedness Initiative, “Families are in the best position to know their special needs before, during, and after a disaster.” There are many sample planning templates and checklists available to guide you but your plans must fit your own unique circumstances. The following organizations provide materials for disaster planning for people with disabilities: American Red Cross (, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (, Federal Emergency Management Agency (, National Organization on Disability ( and NOAA Weather Radio ( It is not possible to do away with the devastation due to natural hazards completely. However, destruction from natural hazards can be minimized by the presence of well-functioning warning systems, combined with preparedness on the part of the vulnerable community. If you need assistance in disaster planning for your family with special needs, Dr. Rader is available to consult with you (Email:, tel: 493-2936). Harriet Campbell Dr. & Mrs. Dan Conner Scott Ferguson Kyle Hauth Steve & Sherry Campbell David & Ivy Cowan First Tennessee C. W. Hayes Larry Cash Tom Cox John F. Germ Dr. Warren Henry Janet Catlet Lee Cullom Jack Galvin Ted & Monica Hupp Jac Chamblis M. H. Dabit Robert Giles M..D. Chattanooga Christian Community Nellie Davis Paul & Leslie Hutchins James Gallagher Foundation Jane & Alan Derthick Mr. & Mrs. Craig Gill Bruce Hutchinson Mr. & Mrs. James Cigliano Displaycraft Inc. Bruce Goodwin K. Donald Jensen Tom Cofer Mr. & Mrs. Maurice A. Dodd Graphic Impressions Steve Jett David Collins Martha Dooley Buddy Haile Don & Anita Johnson Charles A. Comer Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Doster Virginia C. Hare Sara Johnson Community Foundation Dillard Edgemon Elizabeth Harris Larry Jones Charles Conley Sharon Farber Mary Hartline Mr & Mrs R. Steele Jones
  12. 12. Page 12 Bruce Pearl to host “Breakfast for Champions” Leslie Smith, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator What better way to kick off this year’s “Breakfast for Champions, than to have the honor of the highly anticipated, college coach, Bruce Pearl, serve as guest speaker. The event will take place in the OGC cafeteria beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 18. In its nineteen year history, “Breakfast for Champions” is conducted annually to recognize the supporters and contributors of Orange Grove. Pearl has a heart for organizations that serve individuals with dis- abilities, which will make his visit to the Center even more special. Vols fans may also appreciate his visit, as his team is on the heels of several major wins throughout the 2007-2008 basketball season. In previous years, sports legends including former University of Alabama football coach, Gene Stallings, and UTC football coach, Rodney Allison, spoke on behalf of the occasion. “Breakfast for Champions” is by invitation only. For contributions to the Center, call (423) 308-1160. UT Basketball Coach, Bruce Pearl (center) will host this year’s “Breakfast for Champions.” A Look Back... UTC men’s basketball coach, Baylor School Leadership College football coach, “The Voice Of The Titans,” John Shulman, BFC 2006 Program Head, Bill Curry, Steve Sloan, Mike Keith, BFC 2005 BFC 2004 BFC 2003 Contributions, continued from page 11V. E. & Wilma Kelsey Joe T. Mathis Mr & Mrs. George OliphantMorton J. Kent Sharon Matthews Fred Oliver 1953John & Jane Killebrew Eunice McCarson Orange Grove Center Community SupportsMr. & Mrs. R. C. Kirksey John McCravey Jane T. OvertonKiwanis Duck Race Sue McCullough Michael PatrickDan LaGraff Francis M. McDaniel Phillips FoundationKevin J. LaGraff Walter McFarland Malcomb PhippsMr. & Mrs. Harry L. Lawson Emily C. McKenzie Joseph & Susan PlevaVirginia Lerch W. Thorpe McKenzie Francis PophamPaul & Sharon LewisGeorge LinderDavid & Linda Longley Rayford J. McLaurin Hugh Moore Mary & Ted Moore Dudley Porter Scott Probasco Dr. Rick Rader $4,775,000John T. Lupton Hugh Morrow Pauline RaulstonBill Lusk Helen Morton Charles RenneisenLyndhurst Foundation Andrew Nardo Jim & Susan ReynoldsLee Maddux Molly Nolan Manuel RicoPeter J. Mallen John Noll D. V. RileyHelen Mahn B.C. Northern Jim & Connie RileyEugene T. Mann Linda Norwood Susan RouseMasonic Lodge No. 199 Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Ogden Rosie Russell 2008
  13. 13. OGC, UTC collaborate to form course on teaching students withPage13 developmental disabilities Contributed by OGC Habilitation Center Staff One of the historical drawbacks of under- Complex Developmental Disabilities,” and graduate professional education (whether is actually an amalgam of three previously it’s in engineering, nursing, or business) is separate courses. the “disconnect” between the “lectures” and life in the real world. This is especially most The students are typically in their junior or dramatic in the field of preparing students senior years, and often come with specific for the field of educating students with professional goals. One of the welcome by- intellectual and developmental disabilities. products of this course is that students who never considered working with students Realizing that this “great divide” was with significant disabilities realize that this becoming more apparent, the University of is the challenge they had always dreamed Tennessee at Chattanooga approached about. Conversely, those students who come Orange Grove with a proposal, starting with anticipating a career with significantly a “clean sheet of paper” design a new challenging disabilities soon realize they curriculum for Special Ed students that need to revisit their career decisions. For us would be relevant, practical, competency at Orange Grove, this is a great benefit as it based and founded in the best practices. serves to provide a realistic window of what the reality of this population provides to the To Orange Grove, this was music to our novice teacher. ears. For one, it demonstrated that Orange Grove was indeed the bastion of excellence Of course, the “meat and potatoes” of the in special education. For two, it provided a course is the opportunity to be “embedded” curriculum where the UTC students could in the classroom under the tutelage of the Lisa Breedlove, a teacher in OGC’s learn practical teaching skills which would Orange Grove classroom teacher. The classroom #2, took the course in fortify the pool of potential teachers for insights, experience and expertise provided 2000 while working towards a Orange Grove. Lastly, it allowed the OGC by OGC teachers, coupled with the hands- degree in Special Education at UTC. professional staff to impact on the global on experience, is unattainable in the univer- She is one of a few who returned to knowledge base that the next generation of sity campus setting. Years after completing the Center for employment. Special Ed teachers will need to succeed the program, UTC graduates report that this Breedlove is picutred above with with the increasingly complex disabilities course was the most significant aspect of Cortez, a student in her class. that were appearing in their classrooms. their teacher preparation. “He is just a remarkable kid,” she The leading role for the development and A milestone component of the course is the said. “He’s like a little treasure implementation of this course fell to Dr. final “presentation” by the UTC student of chest. If you can find the key, and Rick Rader, the Director of the Morton J. the OGC student they shadowed. The UTC open it, there’s no telling what you’ll Kent Habilitation Center. Along with a student has the opportunity to present the find in there.” cadre of opinion leaders from “all” the entire profile of their student to colleagues, departments at Orange Grove, a curriculum teachers, parents, UTC Special Ed profes- was created that reflected a balance of sors, physicians, therapists and special To learn more, contact the theory and didactic lectures complemented invited guests. The opportunity to demon- College of Health, Education and with being “imbedded” in the OGC class- strate “thinking on their feet” by fielding Professional Studies at the rooms and the opportunity to “shadow” a questions from this panel of judges is the University of Tennessee at student with significant disabilities. icing on the cake. Chattanooga, or call the Orange Grove Habiliation Center at Working in collaboration with UTC Special Over the years, UTC Special Ed professors 493-2924. Education leaders, notably Dr. Linda have “presented” the collaboration course Johnston, the UTC liaison, the course is at national Special Ed conferences, as well formally known as “The Collaboration as providing consultation to other universi- Course for Teaching Students with ties interested in replicating the program. Mrs. S. B. Rymer Southern Champion Tray Carolyn Stilwell Wanda Fleming Fund Dr. Richard Sadowitz Carole Stein Janet Strang Blair Weigle Mr. & Mrs. Martin R. Sampley Carolyn Stilwell Mr & Mrs Thornton Strang Mr. & Mrs. Raulston Wells Arthur Seessel Janet Strang Jerry Summers Brenda Whitfield Melville J. Seessel Dr. Tyson & Kathy Smith TRC Yacht Sales & Watersports Center Bill & Kathy Wilder V. P. Serodino Southern Champion Tray Roland Thomas Hanna Witherspoon Dr. Tyson & Kathy Smith Carole Stein Beverly Turner Judy Wohlwend
  14. 14. Thanks for the years.... 14 PageOrange Grove is very proud and appreciative of those who were employed by theCenter for numerous years, and provided a stellar report of quality service.Deborah Hilbert (Music) came to Orange Grove Center in the fall of 1973 from Georgia, where shehad taught for three years. Her 33 years were filled with many memorable milestones for the musicprogram, including the Center’s ever increasing presence in the community, many personal clientaccomplishments and innovative programs like the Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF).In her early years, she challenged the music students at Orange Grove Center with gala Christmas andEnd of the Year Programs that tested the clients limits of performance, and treated the families, friendsand staff of Orange Grove to the most entertaining and memorable of nights. She instructed, trainedand took the Orange Grove Chorus to performances at Washington, DC, in front of the President of theUnited States, to the governor of Tennessee’s home and every year to the closing day of the Christmasat the Courthouse Music Celebration. She was instrumental in bringing the VSAF to Orange Grove.She worked to secure the initial VSAF grant that brought dance to the already fine music department.She worked with many students and clients over the years and gave them 1-on-1 instruction. Shehelped them develop their musical skills as well as their personal social skills, which in turn has giventhem a chance to become more independent. She was also a recipient of Orange Grove’s covetedWanda Fleming Award in 2003. She retired on April 13, 2007.Carol Jemison (Children’s Services) started in July 1983 as a House Manager for the ResidentialDepartment. She became a classroom assistant in 1987 in the school program and she continued inthat role until she retired in 2007. She was very soft spoken and was a great supporter of theclassroom teachers with whom she worked. She rarely missed work and often did not take all ofalotted annual leave. Her personality worked well with active school age individuals. She took allclassroom assignments in stride and with a big smile She was a mother-like support to many of thechildren in the school program.Jemison retired on April 27, 2007.Lawrence Griffin (Recycling) was known as the “original recycling guy” by those who worked withhim at the John F. Germ Recycling Center. He started at the Center in May 1984 in Recycling whenthe first glass crushers and can flatteners were introduced, and before the partnership with the City ofChattanooga. Former co-workers have said he was always first to unlock the building each morning.A college graduate, Griffin previously worked as a DT in group homes, and later worked 10-12 yearsin buyback until dropoff centers opened. Griffin spent his last days at OGC at the Warner Park dropofflocation, working “well past normal retirement.”According to John Chamberlin, Coordinator of Recycling, Griffin was had a “wonderful work ethic,related to clients very well, was compassionate and understanding.”Griffin retired on September 30, 2007.Barbara Davis (Accounting) was employed by the Center for over 20 years, working in variouspositions within the Accounting Department.“She has been a dear friend of mine, even before coming to OGC,” said Joy Smith, co-worker andfriend. “She’s just a precious person. Everyone likes Barbara.”Barbara retired on February 15 of this year.
  15. 15. Page 15 New Dr. Richard H. Sadowitz, M.D. (left) received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida at Board Members Gainesville, and his doctorate from the University ofAndrew J. “Skip” Nardo (bottom) is a Miami, School of Medicine. He completed anChattanooga native, having attended Notre Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine atDame High School and the University of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.Chattanooga. Dr. Sadowitz completed a Fellowship in DigestiveIn previous years, he held various Diseases at the University of Medicine and Dentistry ofmanufacturing management positions at New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. He is Board Certi-DuPont, including serving as a Technical fied in Gastroenterology and has been practicing in Chat-and a Direct Sales Marketing tanooga since 1994. Professional offices for ChattanoogaRepresentative. During his tenure, he was Gastroenterology, PC are located at Parkridge Medicalresponsible for $200 million in business Center Campus and at Hutcheson Medical Center.annually. Dr. Sadowitz is a member in the American College ofIn 1994, he was the recipient of the DuPont Gastroenterology, American Society of GastrointestinalMarketing Excellence Award. He is a member Endoscopy, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America,of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Signal Mountain Chattanooga- Hamilton County Medical Society andGolf and Country Club and Walden Club. He the Tennessee Medical Association. He has served asis past president and current board member of a professional speaker for Jansen Pharmaceuticals, Tapthe Chattanooga Sierra Club. Pharmaceuticals and Astra Pharmaceuticals.Nardo is retired, and currently lives on Signal Mountain Dr. Sadowitz lives in Chattanooga with his wife Jacque.with his wife, Carolyn. He is the proud father of three teenage children. Fred Galletta (Education and Training) Fred applied his analytical mind to a multitude of perplexing problems at Orange Grove over his career and always was able to come up with several courses of action to solve them. Fred had a wonderful capacity to lead his staff to decisions that they all believed in no matter how long it would take and he never sought credit for the successes his programs achieved. He was generous in his complements and miserly with his criticisms. Fred could always be counted on to join in any extracurricular activity that Orange Grove conducted. He probably never missed a Christmas or Spring program, a basketball game, a special Olympic event or any type of staff or client function. Even though Fred spent his entire working life at Orange Grove he was able to occupy offices in every corner of the campus and at one time or another was responsible for every department except residential. Even though there were many difficult days and many difficult decisions to be made over his thirty seven year career Fred approached each new day as one with possibilities for improvement for everyone. Fred may be gone, but he wants to make sure that Orange Grove is not forgotten! Visit him at: Fred is joined by his family at his retirement reception. and support OGC.
  16. 16. THE OSAGE Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Chattanooga, TN A publication of Permit No. 770 ORANGE GROVE CENTER 615 Derby Street Chattanooga, TN 37404 (423) 629-1451 (423) 624-1294 (fax) RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Showcasing our far-reaching impact in the special needs arena. A United Way Member Agency To correct or change mailing information, call (423) 308-1160. The osage orange (background), or the hedgeapple, is a woody shrub with green fruit that was found in abundance around the location of the original Orange Grove School on Main Street in Chattanooga and for which the school was named.We want your storypitches, bright Upcoming Eventsideas, submittedwriting & artwork forfuture issues of this Capital Campaign (continuing through June 30)publication. Call Breakfast for Champions (featuring UT Basketball Coach, Bruce Pearl), April 18308-1160. Kiwanis Duck Race (benefitting Orange Grove Center), June 14 Fairway Dreams Golf Tournament, (OGC benefit), August 23My Pledge Orange Grove Center “Serving IndividualsTo strengthen Orange Grove Center, and in consideration of the gifts of others, with Intellectual Disabilities”I/we pledge a contribution to be paid in the following manner:Name ______________________________________________Phone ( ) _________ Capital CampaignAddress _____________________________________________ City _____________ 2007-2008State ______ Zip _______________ Email ___________________________________ Please make checks payable to: Total Pledge Gift Amount: $ ____________ Orange Grove CenterBalance to be paid over: 615 Derby Street Amount Enclosed Today: $ _____________ 1 yr 2 yrs 3 yrs 4 yrs 5 yrs Chattanooga, TN 37404 Balance Due: $ _____________ (423) 629-1451Please use the following name(s) in all acknowledgements: _____________________________________ (423) 624-1294 (fax) I/we wish to have our gift remain anonymous.Signature _________________________________________________ Date_______________________ * Please remember OGC in your estate plans. * Thank you!