contributed by Julia Freeman
Mardi Gras was celebrated with food and music – and the auditorium was full. Thanks to the CollingKats for the live music that had folks dancing! Thanks also to Dining Services for the delicious food.
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.
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!
Sometimes we use this blog sot to update our friends with information that has been shared already with residents, but should also be helpful for those who care about them. This is one such.
We are now officially moving forward with having MedStar Health taking over our clinic, as the first phase of further changes. The most important thing about this is that the new system we develop with MedStar will be modern gerontology focused, rather than traditional primary care. Indeed MedStar has long been operating a geriatric program so we can expect quick changes with their expertise.
Let us hope and plan that as we welcome these new providers to our community, we will start from day one as partners, not only as institution to institution, but also as patient to individual provider. I once ended my first meeting with an oncologist by saying , “you must tell me how I can help you,” and she replied, “you already have.
What a lovely way to start working together. Lets start with the same spirit. With all the work that our health and strategic planning groups and management have done to put this together with just this spirit, I have great confidence that we will.