Events Report – March 2018

Our community is still in need of an Events Coordinator (or maybe two Co-coordinators).
Cat Burns has left after two years in the position. She did a great job and ended her tenure as the lead on the fabulous Tom Douglas dinner in January.
What does the Events Coordinator do? Well, the primary responsibilities include working with the Membership Chair to identify leads that implement our signature events (e.g. Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Parade and Picnic, Halloween, Holiday Open House), assisting with volunteer recruitment, and serving in a budget/financial management capacity. It can be a fun position where you get to know your neighbors and perform a vital community building role.
But for as long as I’ve been around, it seems we’ve struggled with getting the right structure in place to run and manage the events we’ve all come to enjoy and want. We’re all busy and only have so many volunteer hours to give. I don’t know the answer, but I do know I will be very disappointed if we don’t have the Fourth of July festivities this year. We’re definitely open to new ways of ensuring that we keep these events going.
If you have ideas or questions or would consider stepping in to the Events Coordinator role, please contact Jen Henninger or myself



Happy Almost Spring!! Next Pacesetters Meeting is Wednesday, March 21

Topic of meeting: Empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in their community.
Pam Nolte is a co-founder of Seattle’s Taproot Theatre Company and has worked as a professional actor for 41 years, creating over 75 diverse roles to date with a variety of local stage companies. Taproot serves over 150,000 people a year through its Mainstage productions, touring programs and acting studio. In 2011 Taproot Theatre began partnering with the Greenwood Senior Center to provide theatre classes for individuals experiencing memory loss.
Pam’s interest in creating theatre classes for students experiencing memory loss came late in her career, following her personal journey with her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and eventual death. As she learned more about the work being done worldwide in art therapy for individiuals with dementia, she began working with other professionals in the field locally.
Her continued work has allowed Taproot Theatre to expand its offerings through the years to include improv classes as well as creative dramatics classes for the memory loss community throughout the city. She is on the steering team for MOMENTIA, a grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community.
The Evening Agenda:
  • 6:00-6:30 Socializing
  • 6:30-7:15 Potluck Dinner
  • 7:15     Announcements
  • 7:20 +/-8:00 Speaker Pam Nolte


A Message from Milt & Metta Smith – 


Author Bill McKibben makes a sobering statement in an article, “Something Better Than Trying to Save the World”: “In the U.S. we have created the most hyper-individualized people the world has ever seen — we literally have no need of our neighbors for anything practical.” As a result, he says, “Three quarters of America have no relationship with the person who lives next door. We have half as many friends as the average person of fifty years ago.”
Fortunately, this isn’t Blue Ridge. All the annual celebrations and get-togethers we have in Blue Rudge, such as the Spring work party, the July 4th Parade and Picnic, the Summer Pool Party, and the Holiday Party, draw us together. This was evident, judging by the number of people who attended Brad Borland’s Memorial Service Saturday, February 24. Their presence was a picture of neighborhood friendship and support.
Pacesetters, a new addition to Blue Ridge activities also strengthens that feeling of community. Even though, primarily a group of Blue Ridge folks 65 or over, we frequently have guests who are younger, and residents from nearby communities, like North Beach, Olympic Manor, and Sunset Hills. All are welcome. What we have also discovered, is the way new friendships have developed among those attending our meetings.
We are now into our third year. We meet once a month on the third Wednesday at 6 pm for a potluck dinner and a program; often a speaker from Blue Ridge, or a musical program featuring one of our neighborhood musicians, including some who are young. We have discovered our Blue Ridge community has residents with marvelous stories and talents to share.
We’ve enjoyed neighborhood authors Jim Thayer and John Crocker, inventor David Holcomb, long-time Delta flight attendant, Leslie Bateman, Port of Seattle Airport Manager Mark Reis, International Medical/Hospital consultant Derick Pasternak, and most recently, Cathy Farrar, who shared with us her extraordinary hiking and extensive travels. We also loved the music one evening by young Carl Johnson and his friends.
We have been stimulated by the host of other presenters. A favorite was a presentation about the newspaper business by beloved neighbor, and former President of the Seattle Times, Mason Sizemore, who died just recently and will be missed.
We invite you, whatever your age, to join us, especially the June 20 meeting about Earth Quake Preparation, which we hope can develop into a plan for the whole community. Here’s what is ahead until our summer break:
March 21: Pam Nolte, Taproot Theatre Co-Director: Impact of Drama on Memory Impaired.
April 18: Jim Copacino: Advertising Trends, and Mariner Ads
May16: Steve Malloch, Cleaning Up America’s Rivers
June 20: Judy Lightfoot: Getting Ready For the Big One
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