Library Committee Shows Off New Bookcases

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Thanks to a grant from the Collington Foundation, the old Biography Room in the library has been transformed to the the Biography Room and More with the purchase of all new bookshelves for the room. The room will be one of the featured projects in the Celebration of Giving hosted by the Collington Foundation on Wednesday, October 16, from 2-4 PM.

The old bookshelves were largely in disrepair. With a team effort by library committee members, a grant application for new bookcases was written. After the grant was awarded, new bookcases were ordered, the books in the room were packed and stored, the room painted, and the carpet cleaned.  The new bookcases arrived on September 12 and were installed by the store, Room and Board. Barbara Fairchild, chair of the Library Committee, organized committee member volunteers to unpack the books and place them in the new bookshelves. The room was ready on September 26th.

The new bookcases have offered a big bonus. Because they are sturdy and actually accommodate the books, there is now much more space for books. Some of the small collections from the main library room have been added to the room, hence the new name Biography Room and More. The new bookcase project is now complete. However, the space made available in the main room is leading to changes in where various collections are housed – a work in progress.

Barbara Fairchild acknowledges the special help of many members: John and Helen Hindinger and Dorothy and John Barker for measuring the room initially, determining the optimal size and arrangement for new bookcases, and obtaining the cost quotation from Room and Board; Bill and Nancy Lively for packing the books for storage; Dick Garrison for adding all the shelves to the bookcases; Jessica Milstead for labels for the re-located collection; Pat Johns for the signage outside the room entrance; for all the many people who helped re-locate the small collections to the room and other areas of the Library and to Julia Freeman for writing the grant and report. Rob Reigle, Assistant Director of Facilities, arranged to have the boxes stored. He also had the old bookcases removed, the carpet cleaned, and the walls painted.

Chair Yoga Video

Contributed by Dennis Evans

There is a weekly Collington Fitness Class: Chair Yoga with Marion Robbins: Mon 10:45 in Classroom A

There was a request to have a video of the Chair Yoga class so that someone who could not attend the Monday Class could participate on another day via a web browser.

A video from the September 23, 2019 class follows:

Chair Yoga

Resident Association Candidates Forum

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Picture: Judy Collins, Lois Brown, Marianne Mann, Sue Regen, Ann Carlson

Nominating Committee Chair Marianne Mann introduced the candidates for the Residents Association (RA) Executive Committee for 2019-2020: Lois Brown, President; Sue Regen 2nd Vice President; Judy Collins, Secretary; and Ann Carlson, Treasurer. The position of 1st Vice-President does not have a candidate. The candidates appeared in a public forum on Tuesday, September 24, in the auditorium.

Residents will vote the endorsement of the slate on Thursday, October 3. Ballots can be cast from 10 AM to 6 PM in the Clock Tower Lobby. The Annual Meeting of the RA will be held the next day, Friday, October 4, at 1:30 PM in the auditorium. A quorum of about 100 residents is needed. The Annual Report will be available at that time. In addition, the updated Residents Handbook will be released.

Lois, Sue, and Judy served last year. The president and vice presidents can serve two consecutive one year terms. Lois and Sue both commented on what a challenging year it had been in light of the CEO transition at Collington. Lois noted the efforts the team made to increase communication between the RA and residents, the Board, Management, and Staff. She noted that the Board President, Mike Nolin, had initiated written and oral communication with residents to keep residents apprised of the CEO search and other Board actions. Management provides updates in the weekly Courier. The 1st Vice President had worked to enable District Leaders and to coordinate planning with the operating committee chairs..

Ann Carlson is running to replace treasurer Linda Ewald, who will become a resident member of the Board in October. Ann, a CPA, noted her long professional experience in fiscal matters for businesses and corporations. She has also worked as a back-up for Linda.

When asked about initiatives for next year, Lois cited opportunities for partnership of residents and management to address changes needed, such as signage and transportation. She hopes to promote interaction with other Kendal affiliates. Sue Regen noted that the challenge is to accommodate new activities while letting some go when interest declines. Judy noted that she will be serving her 4thyear and every year she learns more. She cited the need for more residents to volunteer for leadership positions in the Resident Association, especially housing leaders and operating committee chairs.

Pickleball: A Game for all AGES

Contributed by Dorothy Yuan

When we first arrived in Collington we frequently utilized the well-maintained tennis court.  However after one season my husband decided to stop playing for fear of falling while trying to return my flying balls.  Now I was left with the backboard for a partner.  Salvation came in the person of Ann Marie Rahn, who instigated the idea of getting the community to play pickleball.  She lowered the nets slightly, used tape to demarcate new boundary lines and convinced old and new players to come and try.  Now we routinely have at least four to six players and sometimes eight, enough to occupy both courts.  We are also extremely lucky to have among our residents an expert player, Norma Taylor.  She made sure that we understood the rules but, more importantly, she is a patient tutor, constantly showing us the right strokes.  Hopefully our courts will soon be marked more permanently.  But the boundary lines for tennis will remain.

Hope more of you will be willing to come and play.  Times of assembly will always be posted in the Courier.