On Wednesday, April 18th, Panorama thanked resident volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Day Reception in the Chambers Restaurant. During 2011, 548 volunteers donated 64,724 hours, valued at $1,451,112.08. Joseph Di Santo, CEO, reminded everyone that Panorama would not be what it is today without the wonderful spirit of giving and commitment shared by the residents with one another.
Guest Speaker, Terry Shaw – Director of Timberline High School Choirs, spoke to the residents about how it’s the “people who live and work at Panorama” who make it a great place to be. He went on to say that the residents of Panorama affect the greater Lacey/Olympia/Tumwater community by supporting the arts and the youth locally. The power of community is built upon and thrives with the people who share their talents and time.
Resident, Dr. Jim Fett speaking at the tree planting ceremony
This year, Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd but we celebrated a couple days early. Members of the Panorama Green Team joined together in a small tree planting ceremony to commemorate this anniversary of environmental awareness. They planted an Elizabethan Magnolia in the center of McGandy Park. In all, the Green Team donated $1,200 for the purpose of replacing trees on campus that were damaged by the winter storms.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.” ~Chinese Proverb
Npr.org recently posted an interesting article on their blog that showcases the findings of a new study which proves a link between staying active and fighting cognitive decline. Here is the link:
We want to express our appreciation for the thoughtfulness carried out by a member of our grounds crew, Dennis Thompson.
A resident who has lived in the same home here at Panorama for more than 20 years recently had to transition into an apartment in our Assisted Living division due to a fall that greatly affected his mobility. He left not only his beautiful home on the lake but also an array of thriving plants that he personally installed and took care of. Transition from a home that one has experienced 20 years of life in is never easy; so Panorama employee, Dennis Thompson, thoughtfully provided this particular resident with a little piece of home. Dennis collected bulbs from a couple of plants in the resident’s yard, potted them and delivered the pots to the resident’s new apartment. Thanks to this thoughtful deed, the resident is now able to continue enjoying the plants that used to grace his home on the lake.
Thank you to Dennis for taking the time to better serve our residents.