Most of us have to agree that we are happy to put this year behind us! The Covid pan-demic brought many changes and challenges. The good news is that we survived! When-ever we go through difficult times, I try to look back and recognize what I have learned from these times.
“ Faith Over Fear” was the title of my summer message. At the time of that writing, it became evident that Covid was not going away soon and it would alter our activities. Most of our Canadian friends and some Americans were not returning for the season.
So we set a plan in motion. “Safety First “ became our motto. All of our leaders set in place safety rules. Sanitize, face masks and social distancing became our mantra! We received an A rating from the Maricopa Food Inspection and were told that we could have 50% capacity in our ballroom! Having faith that we could still have activities, we stepped up to the plate with food functions, entertainment and club activities.
The Ticket Order List was redone several times and shows were modified to accommodate the number of people attending. I added some fun outdoor activities like the “Doggie Fair,” the Dicken’s Carolers,” more Poolside Happy Hours, “On the Green” music events and food trucks.
Here is what I have learned:
- You were happy that we had activities at all! It was your decision if you felt comfortable attending the events. Most of our entertainment events had over 100 residents attending!
- Go Local. I found good entertainment here in the valley. Entertainers were thankful to be working and they were happy to negotiate a fair price.
- Know that “this too shall pass.” Abound in Hope, asking for God’s protection.
- Change is inevitable. It forces us to get out of our comfort zone. We have to be ready to take precautions and realize what is important in our lives; family, friends, and our faith.
As I write my final message of the season, Sharon and I are putting together a bang-up year of entertainment! We have 16 dances, dinner shows, a Bee Gees and Carol King tribute, and Johnny Cash and Company Concert. I have the Marlin Brothers (4 brothers who play 100 instruments!) and 2 Christmas shows! This is just a sampling of the many events I have planned for you!
Watch for my summer message and Ticket Order List. We will have Pre– Ordering again so you can get your groups together and pick your seats.
What a fun-filled year it will be. 2021-2022 Here we Come!! May your summer be safe and filled with pleasant and precious memories.