Celebrating the Flower Committee and the Camera Club

contributed by Julia Freeman

Collington residents, including members of the Flower and Camera Corner committees, filled the auditorium for presentations highlighting the committees’ work.

Pat Duggan, chair of the 40-50 member Flower Committee, spoke for the committee in remembering Bill Preston. Bill passed away recently but was known by all and had contributed so much to the Flower Committee at all levels. Not only did he grow flowers for the committee but he also had been active in collecting flowers from funeral homes.

Joe Howard and Peggy Latimer had prepared a fun PowerPoint presentation on the work of the Flower Committee, but the computer gods kept the presentation brief. Fortunately, cookies were offered to assuage the disappointment. Two pictures from the presentation show Pat Pritz receiving a call to pick up flowers and “clippers and strippers” preparing the flowers.

Bud Gardiner’s presentation on behalf of the Camera Corner went smoothly. Attendees were awed by pictures submitted by the committee members: Bud Gardiner, Joyce Garrison, Bill Colby, Anita Myers, John Hindinger, Peggy Latimer, Bill Kate, and Mike McCulley. A very few of the pictures are shown below.

 

Awesome! The energy, enthusiasm and excitement of what’s on offer at Collington!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Friday’s Activities Fair filled the Auditorium with residents at tables presenting 45 campus activities, ranging from audio-visual training to yoga.  Arranged by the RA Executive Committee, this event was a huge success, offering a dazzling variety of things to do for the lucky people who live on campus.  The photos below are just a few of the dozens of people who showed up to promote their favorites.

Marion Robbins at the Yoga table, Shirley Denman of the Coloring Club, Bud Gardiner at the Camera Club, Scotti at Dining Committee, Clarita Rickets painting for Creative Arts group.

Pat Duggan and Joyce Garrison of the Flower Committee, Peter Pfund of the Sustainability Committee, Jim Giese promoting audio-visual training, and Don Peterson representing both the Garden Committee and the Composting project.  Liz Barbehenn is at the next door Weed Warriors table. 

Here are Delores Padrone and Mary Bird offering Spanish;  Pat Kirkham, Herb Stone and Joyce Koch three of the large Library contingent, and Elizabeth Gill representing both the Marketing Committee and the Ambassadors Program.

 Noel McPherson and Faith Torsani on the Collington Singers table; Gretta Esty and Nancy Brown signing up a new member of the Fitness Committee. Lorrie Rogers is talking to Anita Myers about the Collington MACCRA branch

RoAnne and Helen Hindinger were showing some of the Glass Case wares they sell for the benefit of the RA; Stephen Poole and Bill Lively were playing to promote the newly created Chess Club (although Bill is obviously taking a moment to chat with Elizabeth Gill).  On the right Florence Zook shows what fun is to be had playing mahjongg.

Here are Irmgard Dugge for the Weed Warriors, Dorothy Yuan for the Booker and Beyond Book Club and Eloise Brache and Marion Henry for the ever-popular Drama Committee.

On the stage were Jim Florini with his drones (unpictured, alas), and two gentlemen billiard players; Laurie Cobb was at the table of the Health Service Committee, and in that picture Barbara Florini is talking Bonnie Cronin of the Women’s History Month, shown in the next picture. Peggy Latimer is representing the Collingtonian.  Jane Miller was one of three women at the knitting table. 

 As time wore on, the Auditorium became more and more crowded, and the noise level went up.   Two residents were said to have removed their hearing aids.  The energy, enthusiasm and excitement were palpable.

What a rich and lively campus we have!  What an extraordinary number of activities we (and the residents before us) have created for our education, enjoyment or self-improvement!  As if the array of activities on offer in the fair were not enough, there are many, many others – perhaps as many as another 45.

Consider, for instance, the unrepresented operational committees and groups (e.g. Grounds, Fiscal Review, Committees, Low Vision Group), so many other opportunities (working at the Country Store, visiting in Creighton Center, welcoming newcomers at dinner).  Think of our many musicians, (the Kollington Kats, and the many great singers and players who accompany evening glasses of wine in the Ivy Bar.)  Think of our radio hams, and the many folks who fix things in the woodshop/hobby shop, where a plethora of tools are on offer. Then there’s the list-serve and the residents’ website keeping residents informed of what’s going on. There are the diverse ways of worship in the Chapel, and residents bringing worship to folks in the Creighton; there’s the Speakers Program, the Neighbor Program, and the wonderful array of concerts that come our way on Sundays and throughout the week.  There’s the Interiors Group, bringing art to the walls of our Community Building, and the OO Shop that finds new homes for the things we no longer need, and funds all the wonderful things that we do.

What energy on the part of our community!  All this activity is generated by us, the residents.  These things are neither initiated, funded or organized by Management, or Sage or anyone but just us, and the residents who came before us.

When asked if they had seen anything like the verve of the Activities Fair in their previous CCRC positions, Justin Reaves and Megan Barbour both said they hadn’t.  It is they who used the word ‘awesome’.

Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back!

 

Martha Wilder’s Gorgeous Lilies

Saying Martha Wilder has a green thumb is like saying Mother Teresa is a nice person.  Its not that she seems to talk to the plants, more that they seem to intuit how they can best please her (and us.)

So, no surprise when she shares these wonderful photos from behind her unit 2217.  Nor that she encourages folks to walk by an take a look.  I understand that more lilies are to be in bloom soon.  Thanks again, Martha, for all your wonderful contributions to our community.

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But today, Friday, Martha notes (hopefully referencing only some of them):

Apparently deer can read. Yesterday, after encouraging our neighbors to come see my lilies, last night a deer accepted my invitation, climbed up my back porch steps, and ate the lilies on either side right by the door and the ones they could reach over the fence.  So glad I took the pictures when I did! Martha.

 

Helen Lauck’s Report on Our Wonderful Flower Committee

Each month, at the Resident Association Council meeting, VP Helen Lauck highlights the work of one of our activity Committees.  This month it was the Collington Flower Committee, and this was her very-to-the-point report.

This very active and very visible committee brings joy to residents, staff and visitors alike. The Flower Committee is devoted to providing fresh flower arrangements throughout the main building. There are currently more than 40 active participants in this endeavor. And it doesn’t stop at fresh flowers in public areas on every floor – the Flower Committee provides flowers for marketing events, new resident gift flowers, private parties, memorial gatherings, special parties such as New Year’s and the spring dinner event, weekly fresh flowers on each table in the dining room, fresh flowers for the 4th floor dining room and special requests by residents. Holidays such as Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring special challenges and the committee works with dining services to plan for these events. For these special occasions the committee holds workshops where it is all hands on deck. Just a personal aside – I hope we never use fresh pumpkins again!!

We get our fresh flowers from various places – we order flowers from a well known flower vendor in Silver Spring, we receive donated flowers from funeral homes, and we have been fortunate this past year or so to receive almost weekly donations of flowers from Trader Joe’s that are ‘past the sell by date’, and   last but certainly not least in the late summer and well into fall we get many flowers from our Collington Hilltop gardens.

The Flower committee also gives flower arranging demonstrations and classes for residents who are interested in working in this area. There are all levels of experience on this committee and it is a wonderful chance to learn new skills. All are welcome.

Lately I have been attending lots of activity committee meetings and am very impressed with the dedication and hard work.  Most of Collington committee work is done behind the scenes – the Flower Committee is somewhat of an exception to that as so much of their work is visible to so many. If you want to brighten a gloomy, rainy Monday morning try pushing a cart full of fresh flower arrangements throughout the halls of Collington. It will make your day.

 Martha Wilder is chair of this committee.