A Look Back at 2012

This past year brought great memories and opportunities for growth. Here are just some of the highlights of 2012 here at Panorama:

          Our Aquatic and Fitness center was visited 42,916 times by residents.

          The seats in our Auditorium were filled by over 29,000 visitors.

          98 active seniors made Panorama their home.

          Our Chambers House Restaurant hosted 312 outside groups & organizations.

          We currently have 400 dedicated and hard working employees, 270 unique floor plans, and 1,200 people who call Panorama home.


January –

Thurston County and surrounding areas were hit by a large winter storm. Snow, ice, and wind led to rough conditions with fallen trees and widespread power outages. Thankfully for those of us at Panorama, our grounds crew didn’t miss a beat! They were prepared before the storm hit and went straight to work.Snow 2012 Pan Hall Parking Grounds workers were here bright and early each morning to ensure streets, parking lots, and sidewalks were deiced and safe to use before tackling other pertinent issues on campus. In the aftermath of the storm, grounds removed 129 damaged trees, pruned limbs of 585 trees, and hauled 3,371 yards of debris off campus. When the storm subsided and the cleanup commenced, staff and residents collaborated to determine ways in which Panorama can continue to improve, as a community, in our storm preparedness.  As a result, the Storm Support Team was formed entirely of resident volunteers who are trained through a series of drills and protocols on how to interface with Panorama staff to assist their fellow residents during events like extended power outages.

February –

The Vikings beat the Panorama Pirates in the 5th Annual Kayak Races, as their vessel made of cardboard, plastic, and duct tape successfully completed 3 laps in our main swimming pool. Go team!Vikings Kayak

We invited local Baby Boomers to take a closer look at our campus and hear from fellow Boomers who have recently made Panorama their home. Attendees heard current resident testimonies and got a chance to ask their most pressing questions that could only be answered by residents themselves.

March –

Spring Fling Fashion ShowThe Panorama Spring Fling Fashion Show provided us with a sneak peak at the Chico’s new spring line. Attendees gathered in the Chambers House Restaurant as resident volunteers strutted their stuff on the catwalk, all benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

April –

The Panorama Green Team donated $1,200 to help with the replacement of on-campus trees that were lost during the winter storm. Earth Day was commemorated with a tree planting ceremony that took place in our own McGandy Park.Earth Day Tree Planting

McGandy Park also received a new resident when our welcome pole, Kia, was installed and dedicated. Kia represents the sense of kinship and security we feel in our community here at Panorama.

May – June

          The stylistic overhaul of our resident lounge began in May. The project lasted for about 90 days and the result is a brighter, warmer room that is frequented by residents who come throughout the day to enjoy a cup of fine coffee, read the newspaper and converse with fellow residents by the fireplace.


July –

          The Panorama Benevolent Fund held its 35th annual Patio Sale. That weekend, our campus played host to hundreds of visitors who stormed the Patio Sale looking for slamming deals. Thanks to the hard work of Benevolent Fund volunteers and the patronage of community members, all proceeds benefit Panorama residents in need, as well as general efforts of continuous improvement in our community.Chihuly Exhibit at Panorama

Our newly renovated resident lounge received its finishing touches; most notably, a custom made Chihuly glass exhibit!


          A group of Panorama residents enjoyed perfect weather for their hike at Mt. Rainier.

We hosted an educational seminar about social media with a specified focus on the global phenomenon, Facebook. Residents and guests learned how to use social media websites like Facebook and implement the security features involved.

September –

Residents and staff joined forces and raised a value of $10,149 for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Taste of the OlympicsAn adventurous group of Panorama residents enjoyed a 4 day hiking trip that sampled trails of The Olympics.

October –

          We opened our resident lounge to a crowd of visitors for our Fall Open House. There were delicious fall treats, good company, and a giant pumpkin carved by a professional.

December –

          Many Panorama residents and employees began noticing a Barred Owl hanging around our campus. This type of owl is native to Eastern Washington and does not normally reside in our area but he seems to be making Panorama his new home!


Looking forward to 2013…

          This year is Panorama’s 50th Anniversary, which means we have big plans in store! We are excited to be celebrating 50 years of steady growth and success! Stay tuned for updates…









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