It is only right and fitting that my last message to you is written about all volunteers! Our theme this year is angels. You are “Earth Angels” who selflessly, generously, and thoughtfully make a difference in the lives of others. You have uplifted, taught, mentored, and encouraged others to find their Happy Place.
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 ball-room with your decorating talent, or whatever your volunteering skill; you did it with professionalism and with a smile! 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. Whether you have been volunteering for years or you are one of the newcomers; thank you! 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 Newcomers Class. You are the ones who will carry on the legacy! There is so much talent in this park and I challenge you, even if you are new, to share your gifts. Do not be timid ! There are mentors and helpers there for you who will show you the way.
To all those who volunteer in unseen ways, such as driving residents to doctor appointments or just sit-ting with a resident while the spouse can get away for awhile. Thank you to my personal assistants who helped me with special projects. all learned the meaning of “many hands make light work!” And let’s not forget our corporate leaders, office staff and maintenance workers who make our park beautiful!
My years with you would not have been complete without my special team. To Sharon Beatty, my faithful friend who has a smile for everyone; to Jerry Colling, our kitchen manager who brings us delicious meals cooked with love; to Tracy Gagnier, our head volunteer coordinator, who recruits and trains the 100 plus kitchen volunteers; and to John and Deb Bartlett who makes sure we have a place to sit; thank you for “ hanging in there” with me. Your professional work ethic and friendship has meant the world to me and all the Silveridge family.
It is my honor to introduce you to Lu Way, your new Activity Director!. She comes with great creden-tials and has volunteered in many areas since she and her husband Ed moved to the park 4 years ago. With her teaching degree, she has many creative ideas and serves from the heart! Get ready for a new adventure and lots of fun! Please welcome Lu as you see her in training at the office and at the events.
I am grateful for Jeff for being my sounding board and standing beside me through better or worse. To Mom who loves me unconditionally. The journey this year was made brighter with the prayer support of my “Balcony Friends.” These friends uplifted the entire Silveridge Community. Thank you for all the retirement cards and gifts you have given to me.
It is with a grateful heart that I honor all our volunteer angels with recognition, food and entertainment at our Volunteer Appreciation Party!
A Message From Lu Way
I am very excited to be your new activity director. My husband Ed and I have been coming to Silveridge for four years. We knew we found our winter home once we started meeting people. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly we fell in love with Silveridge. I have a lot to learn from Sue and Sharon before the season ends. We have all been busy planning the dinner shows, dinner dances, concerts and lots of fun for next year’s season. Sharon has been an incredible teammate. I couldn’t do the job without her. We will be distributing a questionnaire seeking your input/feedback to guide us on what entertainment you’d like to see and do. Please complete it and return it the activity office. When you drop off your questionnaire, pop in and introduce yourself. Our new season will officially kick off on Thursday, October 20th with our 1st Welcome Back Bash. We hope you will join us if you are here. Stay tuned for many more adventures ahead.