Margo watching the game. The scoreboard says Happy Birthday to Margo and other Phillies fans

Margo watching the game.

None of the original 1971 “pioneers” is still with us, but less than four years later Margo Hinman moved in on February 17, 1975. Margo is still going strong and, on her 95th birthday in 2010, she and friends from Medford Leas celebrated by attending a Phillies baseball game. (More photos of Margo’s birthday party.)

By the time Margo came in 1975, there had already been some major changes around Medford Leas. The Community Building opened in 1972, the John Estaugh Building in 1973. Work was proceeding on the Elizabeth Haddon Pavilion, which opened later in 1975, and the John Woolman Building would open in 1976.

The scoreboard says Happy Birthday to Margo and other Phillies fans.

The scoreboard says Happy Birthday to Margo and other Phillies fans.

Over the next 35 years, the Barton Arboretum, Rushmore, Bridlington, and the Lumberton campus would be established, Woolman Commons would come and go, and internal changes would take place. Through it all, there has been the sense of community that is so well illustrated by the two-way street of caring interaction between residents and staff. And it is that sense of community that will be the focus of events throughout 2011 in observance of this birthday.

Quaker Values

The Estaugh is guided by the teachings and beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), particularly the basic tenet that there is “That of God” in everyone and the respect for the sanctity of every individual that is inherent in that belief. The Estaugh is further guided by the following Quaker testimonies: peace and nonviolence, equality, stewardship, simplicity, integrity, and community. These values are found in all phases of life at Medford Leas.

For example, Medford Leas reflects Friends’ appreciation for simplicity in its décor and building design. There are no elaborately decorated interiors or ostentatious structures. The facility is functional, friendly, and attractive with beautiful natural landscaping.

Although fewer than a third of Medford Leas residents are members of the Religious Society of Friends, the influence of Quaker values on life at Medford Leas makes residents of all beliefs welcome here.

Stewardship is especially noteworthy. Respect and appreciation for nature is easily seen in the number and range of the sub-committees under the residents’ Nature Coordinating Committee, which includes Birding, Wildflowers, the Farm, Nature Preserve, Woodlands, Courtyard Mapping, Nature Library, Nature Bulletin Boards and Displays. The vigorous outcry when the woods and meadows were to be violated in earlier expansion plans attests to this value among all who are involved with Medford Leas. Protection of God’s creation is a concern of Friends. (More about this on the next page & on the Lewis W. Barton Arboretum website.)

The two-way street of caring interaction between residents and staff is the best illustration of the values of equality and community. For example, the incomes from the residents’ Workshop, Thrift Shop, and Gift Shop help to provide employee scholarships and to express residents’ appreciation of staff. The Staff Holiday Show and other programs exemplify the give and take on a grand scale, communicating a concern for individuals.

2010 Holiday Show Photo Essay with links to Photographs of Holiday Shows since 2005.