Most of you know that my last message of the season is always dedicated to all our volunteers. This was certainly a year that our volunteers and leaders brightened our lives! It was a challenge to keep our activities going with the chaos that the pandemic brought to our world. Dealing with Covid put a whole new set of rules of “ Safe Fun” in our Silveridge Activities. You stepped up to the plate with writing and applying the safety guidelines to your clubs and activities. Since we could not have people from outside the park, you thought outside the box by creating “Fun Play”, “Night Play” and other ingenious ways of having fun with your own Silveridge friends. Kudos to all of you who kept it going forward; to all the time, energy and passion you put into the task that was before you. Whether it was being a Club Leader, washing dishes in the kitchen, beautifying the ballroom with your deco-rating talent, stocking library shelves, or whatever your volunteering skill; you did it with professionalism and with a smile! As always, you gave away many of the projects that you worked on; such as the ceramic club members who made mugs for low income seniors or the quilting members who made and gave away Quilts of Valor to the Veterans.
Thank You to those of you who are new to volunteering and are replacing volunteers who are taking on new goals or moving on to different opportunities. Thank you to those volunteers who have served for years and thank you to the “newbies.” Over 70 Silveridge mugs were delivered to new people in the park and what a joy it was to meet most of you at our Welcome Class. There is so much talent in this park and I challenge you, even if you are new, to share your gifts. There are mentors to guide you.
To all those who volunteer in unseen ways; such as driving residents to get their Covid vaccines, bringing cards and food to the sick to house bound residents; thank you. And let’s not forget our corporate leaders, business office ladies, cleaning staff, and maintenance workers who make our park beautiful! We have missed all our Canadian friends and all those who could not make it back this year for health reasons. We look for-ward to your return next season with open arms!
A few personal thank yous: To Sharon, my friend and assistant who serves you with a smile and has been a blessing to me during the year; to Jerry our kitchen manager who brings us delicious meals cooked with love; to Tracy, our head volunteer coordinator, who recruits and trains the 100 plus kitchen volunteers;
To John and Deb Bartlett who take care of our set–ups and cleaning after all our functions. I am grateful for my husband, Jeff, who is “ my sounding board” and who stands beside me through better or worse.
The journey this year was made brighter with the prayer support of my “Balcony Friends.” These Silveridge friends uplifted the entire Silveridge Community.
It is with appreciation that I honor all our volunteers with recognition, food and entertainment at our Volun-teer Party. Thank you for brightening our lives and making a difference to our Silveridge family!
Your Activity Director ,Sue