New Senior Staff Introduced

At today’s Community Meeting.  In addition to having  detailed presentation and discussion of the planned new Bistro dining space, we were introduced by Marvell Adams and Karen Boyce to four important new staff, as follows:

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Chief Financial Officer: Justin Reaves
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Building Manager: Gene Davis
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Information Technology Manager: Robert Reigle
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Activities/Wellness Manager: Sonja Sandoval

We welcome all of you to the Collington family.

Announcing the Launch of the Collington Residents Internal Private E-mail Distribution System (Listserve)

When the Technology Committee launched this website, we also announced that in order to provide a private alternative communication system for residents, we would move towards developing and launching a private internal e-mail distribution list.

Following approval by the Residents Association Council of the governing policies and procedures, that day has now come.

In next few days, we will be loading all known resident e-mails into this system, thereby enrolling most folks.  Once your e-mail is entered you will receive an e-mail telling your of your enrollment and explaining the system, and how to use it.

When we have finished the enrollment we will announce that fact in the Courier, and asking that, if you have not been enrolled, you contact us (richard@zorza.net) to get enrolled.

Once you are enrolled, any email sent to the list will be automatically forwarded to everyone, without any process of review.  Every such email will include instructions for getting removed from the list, or for sending a new message to the list.

The full policy and procedures document is at this link, and is also pasted below.  However the most important provision, beyond the privacy of the list, is the language governing acceptable postings:

This tool is designed for limited access, and is therefore appropriate for a wide range of content.  .   .   .  

“Shaming” of community related individuals, including residents and staff, should be avoided. Which is not to say that legitimate and appropriate policy discussion of steps taken by individuals is forbidden. The test is whether a point or comment would be appropriate in a small meeting, in which respect and assumptions of good faith are part of our philosophy.

While political and religious comments are appropriate, they should be limited and respectful of residents. Matters not-relating to Collington are not prohibited, but should be offered with some restraint.

Here is the  full document:

Collington Resident Association Listserve

Policies and Procedures

Purpose

The purpose of the Collingon Resident Association Listserve is to enhance the lives of residents and particularly their access to information and communication.

Private Community Use

The list will be open only to residents. It is the companion tool to www.collingtonresidents.org, which is generally public.

Content Principles

This tool is designed for limited access, and is therefore appropriate for a wide range of content.

Content Control

The list will not be moderated. However, one who abuses the “content concerns” listed below is subject to restriction, including pre-moderation, and, ultimately, removal of posting capacity.

Content Concerns

Contributing residents are asked to bear in mind the feelings of readers, and to bear in mind the following:

  1. “Shaming” of community related individuals, including residents and staff, should be avoided. Which is not to say that legitimate and appropriate policy discussion of steps taken by individuals is forbidden. The test is whether a point or comment would be appropriate in a small meeting, in which respect and assumptions of good faith are part of our philosophy.
  1. While political and religious comments are appropriate, they should be limited and respectful of residents. Matters not-relating to Collington are not prohibited, but should be offered with some restraint.

Issues

No complaints are anticipated. While ultimate decisions about content will be made by the Resident Association, it is assumed that the vast majority of decisions will be simple, and resolved by the Chair of the Technology Committee, any Committee that is established for this function, or the Committee as a whole.

 

Enjoy.  The Committee hopes that this new tool will enhance communication and participation.

 

 

Quick Report from Dining Project Steering Committee

Here is a quick first report from the Dining Project Steering Committee, convened by Marvell a couple of weeks ago, to assist in the design of the new second dining venue to be built up in the area currently occupied by the Ping Pong Room (and the unused kitchen behind it), the Blue Room, and some of the rooms beyond.  Your reporter is excited both about the ideas that came out, and the process itself, which felt very constructive, energizing and empowering.

Its important that the meeting started with Marvell asking us all to step back to brainstorm about the goals we had in the design of the second venue.  So, while we talked about concrete things, we did so in the context of what would really make a difference to our lives.  The plan is to give these goals to the designers, so that they are guided by what the community wants, rather than design for design’s sake.

Here are some of those themes and the more concrete ideas that came out of them.

Building Connection.  Perhaps most important of all (Marvell put it on the top of the reporting sheet) is the goal of creating a place that expands connection among residents, between independent living and Creighton Center residents, between residents and their families, between residents and non-residents, etc.  The space, and related issues like parking, can make a huge difference to all these.

Flexibility.  We need a highly flexible space that can be used for eating, meetings, presentations, and can expand (maybe by having the barrier to the corridor being movable).

24/7 Availability.  A place that people use all the time.  From night owl foods to light snacks to full meals at certain times.  Finding a way to use machines to get food out, without staff at some times (wine dispenser like hotels now have in lobby).

Technology. Multiple screens for engagement and communication, including video conferencing with other communities, worldwide.  Maximum flexibility in terms of conduits for future data sharing.  Ease of check in and getting information on medal credit status (or equivalent after changes).  Strong WiFi and charging stations.

A Sharing Space.  Ways that community members can share — photos from vacation, achievements, etc, routinely displayed in multi-media.

Avoiding Fragmentation of Community into “Old Dining Room Gang”and “Second Venue Gang.” Design the space, the food, and the use of the space to draw in everybody.

Integration with Strategic Plan.  Whether our plan ultimately focuses on an intern generational vision, an international vision, a broader local vision, a learning vision, a technology vision, an environmental vision, a research vision, or whatever (all totally up in the air right now) we have to have the flexibility so that this space can promote and serve the vision.

Maximum Food Variety.  Keeping our culinary life varied is central, particularly as we attract younger residents and guests.

Design of Waiting Area and Flow.  We need to learn from current bottlenecks and make the entry area a connecting place more than a waiting place.  Sit down, chat, engage, learn, plan.

Human Connection Role of Staff.  While technology can help manage all this, remember the wonderful role that staff play in getting residents talking to each other, engaged, and feeling useful and important.  Think about how to enhance, rather than replace this.  We want staff you see their jobs broadly rather than narrowly, like the wonderful Jodie and Anna do at the podium.

Building a Mock-Up.  Given how critical it is that everybody gets a chance to “experience” the redesigned space before construction starts, maybe we should build a mock-up out of cardboard in the Auditorium.

Other Items:  Opportunity to plan for composting of waste.  Sustainability and energy. Fourth Floor Kitchen?  Coats. Mobility devices.  Parking issues for outsiders.  Airflow.  Arts room redesign.  Fire Barrier redesign.  Patio roof flexibility for light.  Accessibility issues.

All the members of the Steering Committee would welcome everybody’s thoughts and ideas.  Our next meeting is March 8.  Here is the list of members:   Marvell Adams, Chris Ramsey, Sara Case, Jim Giese, Anne Stone, Maja Keech, Mike McCulley, Pat Howard, Helen Lauck, Bill Lively, Anne McCulley, Barbara Bailar, and Richard Zorza, and from Kendal, Steve Bailey and Ben Butler.

Remember, as we get older, many of us live in anticipation from meal to meal.   Others, of course, live in anticipation from Dining Committee meeting to Dining Committee meeting!

The way this meeting happened I regard as a very good omen for our community.  It showed a quality of input and creativity from all our stakeholders that suggests that we are entering a truly exciting time as we follow similar kinds of processes for the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan.

 

 

Residents Association Website Hits Two Milestones

Sorry, we cannot help bragging just a bit today.

Last night we hit two important milestones.

We have now had over 10,000 views since we started a few months ago — that is over 20 views per resident. Our biggest day was last Tuesday, when we had 466 views.  The pictures of the snow helped.

We also now have 50 e-mail subscribers, that is to say, 50 people have signed up to get e-mail whenever a new news item is posted on the site.  If you have not done this, you can go to the box on the right side and put in your e-mail.  You may want to encourage your kids and grand kids to do the same, if they want to know what is going on in our world.  Not to mention friends who you may be trying to persuade to join us here.

Love this map, which shows the 32 countries from which people have visited the site.

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Here is the list of countries.  Any idea who some of these folks may be?  Friends? Relations? Fans?  Who do we know in Brazil?

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Techies At The Bar — Report, Photos and Plans

Both days of “Techies at the Bar,” our Walk-In Clinic for computer and mobiles help, were highly successful, as you can probably see from the photos below.

Everybody, including the “experts” learned something, and best of all we all had fun.

So, back by popular demand, next week, Tuesday Feb 2, and Thur Feb 4, we will be back in the Ivy Room from 10:00 AM to noon, sharing and having fun with our toys.  “The only difference between adults and children is the memory capacity of our toys.”  We’ll see how this goes in terms of need and demand, before making additional scheduling decisions.

Don’t feel embarrassed to come back with more problems, or even the same problems, that’s what we are there for.

Thanks to all.