Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. January 2020
I was sorting through the kitchen bargains under the huge white tent.
Above the excited chatter arose, “Hi, Mary Jo. I’m Bob Bowers, president of the Resident Council.”
Resident Council, what’s that? Who IS this guy? He has a Panorama name tag. Everyone greets me with my name these first two weeks. I smiled, but side glanced, “Oh, hi there. This is some Patio Sale . . . so organized.
Someone needs to fill me in on “resident council.” We had student council at Providence High in San Antonio before I entered the convent.
So, what have I learned since that day in July 2011?
Panorama’s 140 acres is divided into 18 districts, each district electing one representative on the Resident Council for a three-year term. The council elects a president and vice president who appoint a secretary and treasurer. Monthly meetings are open for residents in our Quinault Auditorium, but our Panorama Channel 370 also televises them for closed-circuit viewing the next week.
The Resident Council (RC) is a liaison between residents and the Panorama Corporation. We residents are welcome to use equipment in the RC office, including:
- Copy machine, including color!
- Three-hole punch
- Laptop computers
A volunteer is always there to help us.
Resident Council sponsors many of our activities and organizations. These are just a few examples of what they sponsor:
- Activity Fair showcases the many activities offered and we are able to meet the volunteers.
- Panorama Arts Guild shares, supports, and encourages creating and enjoying resident arts.
- Bingo has winners twice a month in Quinault Auditorium
- Clay/Ceramic Arts Studio promotes unusual, creative clay and ceramics activities.
- Computer Learning Center (CLC) has up-to-date PC and Apple computers. Resident volunteers offer learning and enhancing opportunities.
- Employee Appreciation Fund was established to thank eligible employees from residents.
- State-of-the-Community Meetings and Forums are hosted by the Resident Council during the year to hear and question management and key staff on issues.
- Garden Club provides the Pea Patch garden area for those enthusiasts.
- Gifts, Etc. sells items handmade by over 100 talented residents.
- Green Team promotes environmental sensitivity and wise use of energy and water resources, and promotes two on-campus recycling centers.
- Lapidary Shop is for residents interested in cutting, grinding, polishing and displaying rocks.
- Metal Shop has tools and equipment to repair and maintain metal objects and to create with metal.
- Panorama Chorus provides opportunities for musical study, and for winter and spring performances.
- Panorama Television Channel 370 is our closed-circuit Panorama broadcasting station delivering a great variety of resident-produced programming.
- Readers’ Theater offers a venue for creative Panorama community involvement and entertainment through the spoken interpretation of the written word.
- Resident Emergency Resources (RER) include:
- Map your Neighborhood (MYN)
- Panorama Pet Partners (PPP)
- Emergency Communications Center (Radio Club K71F)
- Storm Support Team
- Disaster Supply Center
- Crisis Support Team
- Resident Council Transit provides free, on-campus transportation for residents, utilizing volunteer resident drivers and dispatchers.
- Wood Shop is for all interested and qualified residents. Non-wood shopper residents may bring items needing repair!!
So do you think we kinda appreciate our Panorama Resident Council? I can’t think of a minute in the day when every resident does not benefit from our dedicated members. Thank you, Panorama Council members. Talk about blessings, all of us residents!