Category Archives: Community Meeting

Strategic Planning Status Report

On Friday at our Community Meeting, Marvell Adams reported on the moving forward of our strategic planning process.  The slides appear below.


As you cab see, we are making significant progress.  As you can also see, we continue to be ambitious, in the best sense of the word, in wanting to embrace the future, to be of service in the world, and indeed to change it.


Strategic Planning Engagement Report

Last week, at the Community Meeting, Executive Director Marvell Adams shared his presentation on the status of, and questions for, strategic planning.  I would strongly urge everyone to take a look at the whole thing.

Marvell presented one slide for each of the Working Group areas, focusing on questions that the groups have been and might focus on.  Here are two of particular interest to me, at least:


Generally, I would make the point that these are intentionally big questions. They encourage not an incremental, but a blue sky approach to the future of our community, one that builds on our strengths, but that aims for a community much more engaged in the world.  This obviously reflects in part the sense that this is a different time.

Each of the slides lists the co-chairs of the Working Group, and I would urge you to think about these questions and give input and ideas.

A personal note:  I have occasionally been met by some resident skepticism about the ultimate decision-making process for the strategic plan.  As someone who has been a resident member of both iterations of this Committee, and have watched all its steps, I want to reassure you that huge respect is being given to resident ideas, values and the input process. I am absolutely confident that the ultimate plan will deeply respect this input — indeed would be simply impossible without it.

If anyone needs more reassurance, let anyone involved in the process let know — or join it yourself.

But, first of all, look at the whole presentation.

This slide shows all the areas of work.


Thanks to all.


Third Educational Presentation — Some Things Gardenspot Has Learned

A few week ago we heard from CEO Steve Lindsey of Gardenspot Village about the innovation process and how to create a culture that values and focuses upon innovation.  It was a powerful and highly stimulating presentation, made all the more relevant in its urging of activism by last weeks events.  I have partially caught some of his thoughts, but I urge all to listen to the video.

Do not do what everyone else is doing.  Do what no one is doing.

Everythng is changing.  He compared the photos of the Papal announcements of the last two Popes.  In the newer one, everyone effectively has a computer in his hand.

A Model for thinking about the health center.  Not like a hospital, but like a home.  Clusters of rooms with the focus being the kitchen, not the nursing station.  Breakfast when you want it, and what you want.  Do what you want with your time on your schedule.  Put people back in charge of their own lives.

“Think inside the box, be aware of constraints.  Innovation is where where passion meets constraints. Those constraints can be regulatory, financial, cultural, etc.  Use the constraints as your pivot to vision, mot to limit but to be realistic.

More varied inter-generational activity.  The usual inter-generational idea is a preschool.  But Gardenspot had a constraint.  There was already a great preschool.  Instead they build a kid-grandparent camp, to which kids come and stay with their relatives for a week.  The staff volunteer to help.  The project has no budget, yet builds connections between adults and grandchildren that empower all

Beyond Monochromatic.  The challenge is how to connect with other cultures. Through the Mennonite Central Committee, Garden spot created an international internship program in which your people come from all over the world for a year to work .

Think Big – Act small.  Its important to know that it is OK to fail, so do things in fail-able ways – i.e. that you can recover and take a new approach, rather than get seriously damaged.

Curate to create.  Gardenspot encourages everyone, whenever they see anything that impresses or inspires them to take and share a quick photo.  Their public space is inspired by a hotel lobby designed to serve as a community center — not just for the retirement group, but for the county community as a whole.  Being welcome to outsiders is transformative.  (We could use the website or the discussion list to do this.)

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”  Picasso.

Local is the New Organic.  Gardenspot has their own hdyophonic greenhouse, inspired by one in Zambia,  and by EPCOT.

We are in Post demographic society. Peoples’ preferences are no longer driven by their demographics.  People want huge variety in dining, and not only in food, but also in environments.  In dining, people also want booths, private conversation capacity, and a community table that becomes the center of the party.

A Culture of Innovation.  Every community has a culture. We need Culture of Innovation. One that is flexible, takes risks, is tolerant of failure, and always awake to possibility.

 Favorite Photo.  A 101 year old Mennonite resident banging in nails to help build a pre-made home that can be moved in components to disaster areas.

Activism driven by vision and purpose. At our age, others do the chores, we have purpose.  They are engaged in local and statewide politics, have person on the Governor’s Council on Ageing, a part of the watershed restoration group, and so on.  Let teams develop organically from residents own interests and drive.

Need a process to develop ideas and innovations.  This needs to be fluid.  There is a director’s conversation opportunity every other week to which everyone can come to get answers to questions and make suggestions.



Home Swap Demo and Training Reminder Tomorrow Friday

The Kendal Home Swap launch is tomorrow, Friday, at 2:30 PM in the Auditorium, after the Community Meeting. A wonderful opportunity to expand our community by exchanging units with other Kendal residents for fixed time periods.  For more info, click here.The Kendal Home Swap Program Comes to Collington.

Here is the map of the Kendals:


So, dream a little.


Resident Assoc Council on Tuesday, Followed By Presentation on Health Services Situation Report Form, and Community Meeting Wed

This week will see both the Resident’s Association Council meeting and the Community Meeting.  It appears from the Agenda that the focus of the Community Meeting, in addition to the Executive Director’s Report, will be on Operations and Marketing Reports.

Note that the Residents Association Council meeting will be followed by the first of two presentations on the new Health Services Committee Ombudsman function.

As Health Services Committee Chair Peter Fielding explains:

The provision of health care services is complex and requires a great deal of coordination.  Not surprising therefore, is that specific items or problems arise which need to be addressed in a systematic fashion.  Not only to resolve the particular, but also to atempt to mitigate the possibility of recurrence. 

Several years ago, Collington had an Ombudsman process within the HSC which was successful under the leadership of RoAnne Hartfield.  The HSC concluded that the time was right to re-establish the ombudsman process and we are very fortunate that RoAnne has agreed to be its lead. 

The group wished to present to our resident community as a whole, the revamped “Situation Report Form,” and the flow diagram which guides the process.  We hope by so doing to encourage dialog and a more systematic analysis of areas of potential improvement.

The first of these will be after the Residents Association Council meeting, and the second on Thursday afternoon at  2:30 also in the Auditorium, The Situation Report Form and the Process Diagram that goes with it will shortly be on the RA website and in the RA manual.  It is obviously important that as many of us become familiar with the form, both in case we ever need to fill it in ourselves, or in case we need to help a fellow resident do so.  That’s how we get the data we need.