Remembering Jo Love

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers – March 2020

Recently, on a lovely Saturday afternoon, the Panorama Community gathered to pay honor to one of our own, Jo Love Beach. She and her partner, Diane Stiles, moved to Panorama City (that was its moniker then) in November 2000. They became active in the Benevolent Fund bringing a spark of new energy to its work of helping those in the ebbtide of life have the resources they need for living. It is no secret to those living at Panorama that life in our fourth quarter often has some uncertainty:

Will we have enough to live our lives without fear?

Will our health continue to be robust?

Will we find something to do besides sit and wait?

Who will care when we age and need assistance with living?

Jo Love was active in helping others allay their fears about the future. Testimony was given by many at the memorial gathering concerning Jo Love’s involvement in making Panorama among the best places to age in our country. The memorial gathering was our way of saying thanks to Jo Love: Thanks for her leadership…thanks for her involvement…thanks for her positive personality.  Volunteering and leading is the way residents of Panorama can add to the richness of the community. There’s a place for everyone. As one who has lived here for 19 years, I can testify that it’s a dynamic place, full of energy and life. I can also say that Panorama will never be finished just as life is never finished.

The memorial gathering itself was marvel. I’ve seen and participated in many memorial gatherings but this one in honor of Jo Love outdid them all. In an easy, relaxed atmosphere those of us who attended shared with each other around elegantly set tables in the Seventeen51 Restaurant. We remembered Jo Love and honored Diane. We got to know the Beach family as they told us about their mother and grandmother. We shared with each other and went home with a quiet inner feeling of satisfaction, knowing that this is a good place to be at this time. Thanks, Jo Love, for having lived and worked among us. Your life is a challenge to our own to do what we can to make our world a better place.


The Joy of Learning and Living

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. February 2020

Roupen S. threw a worm into Panorama’s lake and I was one of 50 Panorama fish who took the bait and got hooked. What he offered us was essentially a brief history of music and musical composition. What we got was the enthusiastic musicology course we didn’t have in college. Sounds boring doesn’t it – like a course for uppity nerds. But, if that’s what you think, you are overwhelmingly wrong.

It wasn’t the music that primarily excited my soul; although, honestly, it did. The music came from many disks played on a tiny Bose. I had heard many of them on my own tiny Bose. Roupen had them laid out before him and selected each illuminating sample as it became appropriate in his course outline. He would give us a smattering of lecture and illustrate it with a tiny sample of music. Then, when he had to interrupt the music, he would shudder, smile, and apologize because he hated moving on before the full beauty of the whole piece had been savored.

The course was temptingly presented. The lecture wasn’t in the least boring. It wasn’t as though Roupen had carefully scripted himself and his subject matter in the King’s English. He didn’t use a contemporary razzle-dazzle projector with high wattage that shows stunning photographs. Nor did we pass around magnificent photos of composers and the interiors of church sanctuaries or views of the orchestra and opera halls of the world. He didn’t put an ensemble before us to play superbly. He simply drew black squiggly lines on modern white presentation board to show us how music developed.

What was striking about this presentation was Roupen! His intense eyes…his warm smile…his obvious enthusiasm for music…his deep knowledge of his subject…and the way he gently bared his soul to us about his life’s work of composing, teaching, and continuing to learn. He was so infectiously earnest about what he was attempting to do in this brief course that we came away with little flecks of enthusiasm on us to use wherever we might in life. What a rich experience for those of us in our older years who think we know everything and, then, gently learn through teachers like Roupen what delights still lie before us and how much we have yet to learn.

Roupen helped me look at my own art of writing and telling stories in a different way. Why do I write? Why do I love writing? I’ve been literally writing all my life. I was encouraged to write by two English teachers in high school. They thought I had budding talent. They urged me to become a journalist or author.

Mom and Dad didn’t encourage me to write because Mom didn’t and Dad couldn’t. Mom was a church musician who played piano and organ at our small Methodist church. She had sung solos in her college years and after. Mom didn’t make time to write anything except letters. She wrote lots of them to friends and family. She wrote a letter every week to our family for forty years until she became a resident of a nursing home. She wanted me to be a musician and sing solos. She pushed hard.

Dad was not encouraged to read or write. His poor farm family had little education and none of them except Uncle George graduated from high school. Most of them went to grade school, if they got that far. At an early age, they were put to work either at home or on loan as farmhands or housemaids.

Dad insisted I go to college. He didn’t care what I took. The Drake University College of Liberal Arts introduced me to life beyond Mitchellville, my little hometown. My grade average was 3.67. From Drake, I went to Garrett, a graduate school of theology of the Methodist Church. I was ordained in 1961. My new bride and I moved to our first full-time appointment in the Methodist ministry.

I wrote many sermons in the ministry. I enjoyed writing them and, to some extent, preaching them. But sermons are designed to teach the Biblical story and inspire holy living but, not necessarily, to inspire the writer to bare that which is deep inside him. Whenever I was moved to let what was inside out in the hopes of being either inspirational or pedagogical, the act of preaching inspired some of my parishioners to try to be pedagogical with me. I wasn’t any more enthusiastic about pedagogy from them than they were to receive what I had to give.

I’ve found since being in Pan Writers under Bryan’s gentle guidance that writing is about letting the deepest emotion of my soul breathe free. It’s about releasing the observations, loves, and hates of the author’s life. Writing is a way of opening one’s self in interaction with other humans. It’s about naming what thrills and moves us in our lives. Writing is an emotional act, a releasing act, a creating act. Good writing is like all creative endeavors: it breathes and has a life that can inspire more life. It moves us to name our loves and conquer our misconceptions and hates. It swerves us from the path of “my way is right and yours is wrong” to the road of “let’s help each other find a way that works”.

So, Roupen, your little class was an inspiration to spur me to do some thinking about who I am and why I write. I caught something from your presentation that moved me from beyond myself. I’ve got a few more years to think about it…a few more years to explore this amazing world…a few more years to write. Thanks!

A Resident’s Perspective – Keep Moving & Doing

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. March 2018

Since moving into my Quinault apartment in July of last year, I’ve changed my morning routine.  After a simple breakfast, I go to my glassed-in balcony and sit in my comfortable chair.

The first thing I do as I’m sitting there is size up what kind of day it’s going to be.  The tall Douglas fir trees across the street dwarf the houses and must be higher than the apartment house by quite a lot.  Their slender trunks stretch toward the sky.

I look at the sky and, since this is the Pacific Northwest, take notice of what is there.  Usually, it’s clouds…sometimes blowing lazily to the left pushed by warm air from California climes…other times scurrying to the right as if trying to avoid the cold air propelling them…and, sometimes hanging lazily in the sky barely moving.  I praise the creator if I see a clear sky and a slowly brightening red sunrise through the trees.

But—always there are the trees.  I reign in my gaze to focus on the trunks and the foliage.  It hangs high and droops down along the trunks and entwines itself with that of other trees, or reaches out to shake hands—as it may be.  At first glance I think to myself, “It’s a still morning—not a twig is moving.”  Then, as I watch I notice that the trees are moving.  The branches are catching the breeze and shaking and moving each other.  The whole tree is moving!  Even the tall trunk is swaying ever so slightly.

Actually, that’s the way we are on this campus.  The whole campus is moving and so are we…like the clouds in the sky and the trees across from my apartment.  There’s activity everywhere.  Panorama is an easy place to chase whatever is happening.  Most of us have more written on our “dance card” than we can possibly handle.   We take a few steps with one escort and then as the music changes to a new tune it’s time to dance with another.

I always have liked to keep moving.  Even as a little kid, I was moving all the time around the farm—seeing things.  And, that “doing” activity continued through seven decades of my life.  It’s been a great life, but lately I’ve rediscovered something that I remember knowing at one time—that it’s oftentimes fun to sit and watch others move and simply “be.”  Keep moving and doing but don’t be afraid to just “be.” Panorama has lots of time for that too!

December 23rd, 2017

December 23rd, 2017…two days before Christmas, a momentous marker for me because my wife and I moved into our first home at Panorama on December 22nd.  Moving here was quite a change from Alaska, our previous home for thirty-three years.  We’d seen monumental growth in Alaska over the years.  We were witnesses to that growth and participants in Alaska’s development in our occupations there.

The reason we moved to Panorama was because it had promise to supply our felt need for security in retirement that would follow us whatever our situation might be.  We were not disappointed.  My wife died 5 years ago after years of discomfort, disability and pain. She was cared for by me and, when my energy flagged, by Panorama’s Convalescent and Rehabilitation staff (Skilled Nursing) to whom I will always be grateful.

After I was alone, I continued to be happy with my situation although it was constantly evolving, like a Christmas tree with slender fiberglass hairs that project tiny points of light in many colors.

Today, bright sunlight lights my eastward fronting apartment that sports a glass enclosed balcony.  The sight is magnificent from my 4th floor one-bedroom suite!  Bright sun…majestic spruce and fir trees…houses scattered around McGandy Park…blue sky—all better than yesterday’s rain.

I’ll celebrate quietly in my own way, aware that I am only one of over a thousand on this campus whose needs are being met in one way or another—and maybe I’ll find someone today or tomorrow who has a need I can meet.  MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2018!

Welcoming Change with Open Arms

It’s time to write something for the blog again.  I haven’t written for months.  The reason is that I have been trying to handle the changes in my life.  Most of us have experienced a bunch of change in our lives if we have lived for any time at all.  Bryan Willis, the guru of our writing group, Panwriters, recently gave us an assignment to list all the homes in which we have lived from birth to the present time.  Then we were to write about the smallest one of those homes.

I began listing homes.  I went into quite a reverie about where I had lived. I compiled a list of 45 different homes in the 82 and one-half years of my life.  In the past two months I moved into home 45—the 5th home I have occupied in Panorama’s complex.  For each one of those 45 homes a change has occurred in my life—some of them major changes.  Change is one of the facts of life that every one of us who live in Panorama must face.  We are seasoned changers.  We expect to change.  We know that coming to Panorama or any other retirement community isn’t going to suddenly stop change.  In fact, we call this a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and that means that if we change, the community still has a place for us and will continue to guide and support us.

So, I have been dealing with change in my life and writing for the blog was set aside for a time.  In December, my companion with whom I was living began to have some health problems.  Our agreement was that we would live together in her home, but, since both of us had cared for a period of time for a spouse who subsequently died, we would not take on the task of caregiving for each other.  I didn’t want to burden her with my care nor did she want me to be burdened with her care.  For several years we had a very meaningful relationship with each other that filled our lives with caring and love.  We did some traveling, attended lots of concerts, visited each other’s family members, and supported each other in our own little life interests and projects.

Her health began to worsen and she moved into the Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center to receive the care she needed.  I remained at our home.  But, I was cared for, as well.  I realized that she would not be coming back to live with me.  Her health was too fragile and deteriorating.  I visited with Panorama’s leadership team of social workers and those in charge of housing and we came up with a solution to meeting my own need.  I agreed to take an apartment in the Quinault building.

Then, I faced the task of packing my possessions and moving them to my new apartment.  Again, Panorama and I worked together to accomplish the move by July 1st.  I am now comfortable in my new apartment.  Unfortunately, my companion died the day after July 4th.  Her family was provided guidance and help to accomplish vacating her home.  The other day, I happened to walk through the area and saw the evidence and heard the sound of working that indicated the home was being prepared for the next occupant(s).

And, here I am writing for the blog again.  Declining health of a companion, changing relationships, moving to a new apartment, and making plans to live alone again aren’t easy things to accomplish.  Each one of them has its own degree of pain.  But change is a fact of life and beyond the change is more life.  We don’t necessarily welcome change with open arms, but, with help and compassion, change brings new life and we go on.

A Resident’s Perspective – Autumn Leaves

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. November 2016

This morning I sat reading the Olympian in our sun room.  There was no sun, of course, because it is usually dark outside at 6:30 am—especially since I turned the clock back Saturday night to comply with the time change. My body complained to me: “You know it is really 5:30, don’t you!” I don’t make the change as well as the clock!

When light began to illuminate the lawn, I noticed that the great old broadleaf maple tree was 90% devoid of leaves. Rain and wind during the past week had quickly loosened the huge leaves.  The diligent work of the grounds folks dispatched the leaves into piles with a blower and then into trucks to be hauled away.  All that was left outside was a smattering of bushes at the base of our friend, the tree; a green lawn stretching toward Cardinal Lane; and, above us our friend’s massive bare limbs stretched skyward toward the clouds.

Julia and I missed the leaves.  They’ve been hanging from the tree since April.  We enjoyed them for six months as they appeared, morphed through the stages of their life, turned from green to gold, fell off and were whisked away.  They made a comforting backdrop for our comings and goings from that room.  Our solace is, that, if we’re still here next April our old leaf friends will be replaced by a new fresh crop.  The cycle of renewal, excitement, enjoyment and decline will repeat itself for us next year.

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Bob Bowers - Cactus Flower

Our bonus for this day is that our Christmas cactuses have each one decided that this time of turning back clocks is a time for turning on blooms.  Each of our five hybrid cactuses have burst into huge magenta and pink blooms.  Who cares what time it is!  It is the time to bloom.  What else matters?  And, that’s a lesson for us septuagenarians, octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians (Look ‘em up!):  Life is cyclical. Whatever our age—if you’re an OLD CACTUS—it is the time to bloom!

 

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A Resident’s Perspective – Changes and Growth at Panorama

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. July 2016

I found Deb Ross’ blog “Newbies, Would-bes, and Boomers” to be thought provoking.  Her blog was quoted in the 2015 Annual Report.  The comments brought back memories.  When my wife and I took up residence at Panorama on December 22, 2000 she was 67 and I was 65, soon to become 66 in March.  The average age of residents was somewhere in the low 80’s.  The comment we got when we mentioned our ages was more like this: “Oh, you’re just young kids!”  I still get that comment from the 90+’s around Panorama and I’ll be 82 in March!

We moved here from Anchorage, Alaska because we wanted a better living situation:  a physical home that was user friendly and not a two-story, walk-up condo on the second and third floor of the building; a place with a better climate than one with heaps of snow and ice and melting slush in winter; a community that met our need for good medical care and if need be good hospitals and a good nursing home—ya never know!–;  and, a stimulating environment to help keep us alive and growing.

When we came to Panorama there was no Aquatic and Fitness Center.  There was one large room in the basement of the Quinault called the Quinault “Auditorium” and no auditorium/theater with the latest in seating, design, and program.  The television “station” operated in a tiny room with old equipment.  There was no recycling center.  The nursing home was doing a terrific job of care in a 30- year-old outdated building.  One social worker was working for the Benevolent Fund.  The activities page in the newsletter was a page and a half long.  There was no wi-fi; no Information Technology Department; and very few computers to be seen.

What we did have at Panorama was:

  • A CEO dedicated to changes that made sense
  • A Board of Directors committed to working with the Executive Staff to create excellence
  • A Marketing Staff aware of the need for good, solid marketing
  • Residents who were aware of needs and progressive in working for change

We are not done yet.  This is a dynamic place to live into our old age.  I can now be considered to be old.  And, yes, I have some challenges in my old age.  But, I like what’s happened here.  I was grateful for the new C and R who took superb care of my wife in the last 3 ½ years of her life.  We’re entering a new phase at Panorama with the retirement of Joe DiSanto.  We’ve exciting changes and challenges ahead as the new Management Team takes over.  I wouldn’t miss it. . .and, I hope I live long enough to enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed the changes in the past 16 years!

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A Resident’s Perspective – New Life in Spring

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. June 2016

Recently I exited the front door of our residence on 26th Court on my way to the mailbox.  As I came through the door a little junco flitted out of one of our hanging geranium baskets into a nearby bush.

I knew it was a junco because it flashed its white tail feathers at me as it left the nest. When I came back from mailing my letter I took the opportunity to peek into the vacant nest.  There before me was a little pale cream egg waiting for Mama to comeback.  Since that time Julia and I have been watching the nest to see that all is alright with the world there.  Mama still comes and goes and once in a while Papa seems to be around though we’ve not seen him doing any nest sitting.  One day as I came through the door and eyed the nest I saw a little beak open up in front of an obviously hungry throat.  My daily check today revealed not one, not two, but three little beaks waiting to be fed.  I got my camera and took some shots.  Bowes_June2016

We don’t have a mother bird to feed us whatever we need to keep us healthy, but we are well cared for. This has been an astonishing spring.  The greens have been greener.  The reds, purples, honey golds, pinks, and mauves have been spectacular.  It seems like people around the campus have been livelier as well.  The warm weather this afternoon tells me that summer is just around the corner.  Have fun folks, as you do what your fancy dictates in the next three months.  See you at the Fourth of July Picnic in McGandy Park.

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A Resident’s Perspective: Thankful for Those Who Live Around Us

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. February 2016

Within the last month three women died whom I considered to be friends.  Each in their own way contributed richly to this campus.  Each was a quiet and unassuming person who left an indelible mark across the face of Panorama.

You probably have seen Arra Browning riding her three-wheel recumbent bicycle on the campus streets or on the Chehalis Trail.  She and her husband moved to the campus in 2002 taking up residence in a lakeside home on Chambers Lake Drive.  Arra was committed to making life better for all of us by focusing her energy upon things ecological and especially recycling.  In her quiet way she got others involved. She was an enthusiast for the Green Team’s efforts.  She served on the Resident Council and worked with the Foundation. She was also one who made the atmosphere around her alive.  I will never forget her ready smile.

Sydell Friedman and her husband moved to the same lakeshore in 2002 just down the street from Arra.  They immediately became active in many aspects of campus life.  They were involved in the Foundation’s work in building the Auditorium.  Sydell participated in the Drama Group that was the precursor to all the many varieties of reading, speaking and drama we currently have.  She was active in the TV operation for years. Sydell also was a Resident Council member.

Finally, Mary Jo Hinkel and her husband George moved into Holladay Park in 2004.  I knew her when she was on Resident Council, but she showed up in many other places around Panorama, particularly the Benevolent Fund Board and the Patio Sale book venue. She was active with the Auditorium once it came on line.  Her quick smile and infectious laugh always added to Panorama’s atmosphere.

Panorama is full of women and men who have left their mark upon Panorama life. I’ve lived here going on 16 years and I can tell you that we should be eternally grateful to the residents who have gone before us and those that live around us.  They have quietly given an on-going transformative energy that by its presence makes Panorama a place with vitality and life. That’s what makes this a great place to be as we age. Thanks to all the Arras, Sydells and Mary Jos that are out there.

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A Resident’s Perspective – Welcome Change

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. September 2015

Bowers - photoEverywhere I turn around this campus there’s some new construction or remodeling of the old. Just a couple of months ago there was a giant sequoia tree at the corner of Circle Lane and Woodland Loop. Now there is a fully framed and roofed new home ready for indoor construction. And, of course, the most sensational construction happening is the changes being wrought to the former Chambers House Restaurant. That’s the second transformation of the restaurant that I’ve witnessed in my better than 14 years of residency. I am eagerly awaiting the end result. I’ve got to get my suggestions in for the new name.

There’s some inconvenience to us all in this construction. We have to remember where we’re going and that’s sometimes a little difficult for people our age. PC CARE had to find another place for the Heart Bank Party. We couldn’t use the Quinault Auditorium. The Coffee Room in the Quinault was out because it would be used as the restaurant at the time we would need it on October 2nd. Someone suggested that PC CARE use the large downstairs room in the Chalet and we scheduled it. Then we got comments that if the party wasn’t going to be in Pan Hall then people weren’t going to go all the way to the Chalet. So finally we decided to have two parties at the Activity Desk outside the Lifestyle Enrichment Office. That’s where we’ll be to take your PC CARE heart boxes and other donations on October 2nd and 16th.

In the 14 years I’ve lived here I’ve seen steady transformation of a pretty good campus into one we can point to with pride. Every change means a better place to live for each of us. Every new amenity means that the Board of Directors and the Management care about us. Look around you. It’s a pretty good place to be at this time of life. Meanwhile, watch your step, remember where you’re going, and enjoy the changes.

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A Resident’s Perspective – Look Up and See the Flowers

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. July 2015

I recently was taking a walk one afternoon in the hot summer sunshine and chanced to wander across Golf Club Road into the Pea Patch.  Obviously the Pea Patch is a popular place for gardeners because the gardens were flourishing.  Bright varicolored dahlias, pretty roses,  larkspur, snapdragons, and such welcomed my eyes.  Vegetables and fruits were obviously doing well by the looks of their bright green leaves and growing edibles.  And, there was sweet corn and zucchini in abundance getting ready to be picked and eaten.  What a place!

Photo taken by resident Charlie Keck. August 2015.

Photo taken by resident Charlie Keck. August 2015.

Before I left I chanced to see a somewhat hidden garden over in a far corner.  Its wooden frames were full of blooming colorful flowers.  A sign stood in front of the frames announcing that this was the “C & R Flower Garden.”  I took several shots and, because it was hot, went on my way to seek a cooler place.  But, my heart was brightened by the cascade of blossoms.

This garden was created many years ago by resident gardeners who wanted to provide fresh flowers in season for the dining tables of Panorama’s Convalescent and Rehab center (C&R).  Under the careful leadership of Cathy Smith, the PC/CARE flower arrangers use these beautiful flowers to provide small bouquets for each dining table. They brighten the day for those who are confined to long-term care.

That’s just one of the many good things we are fortunate to have here at Panorama.  Thanks to the flower growers and arrangers for bringing a tiny bit of Panorama’s beauty to our C & R Residents.

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A Resident’s Perspective – Music and Memory

Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. May 2015

On Tuesday, April 28th, the Panorama Auditorium showed a Learning In Retirement segment that all of us should see.  It was titled “Music and Memory” and featured the work of Dan Cohen in awakening residents of nursing homes and gentle-care facilities from their seeming withdrawal from life.  Dan Cohen is a social worker who observed how withdrawn long term residents with dementia and, particularly, Alzheimer’s disease seemed to be.  But, he also observed another thing about them:  music, particularly, their favorite type of music seemed to reach deep within their brains and light a fire of memory, animation and socialization.  They came alive.  Cohen followed this observation by using the technology of the I-Pod player to provide residents with a way to play their own music over the simple headset.  He founded a non-for-profit organization dedicated to getting as many nursing homes and gentle-care facilities as possible in this country to use the simple technology to bring life to their residents.

As I watched the LIR video play out I was so glad that last year about this time of year PC/C.A.R.E. and the Panorama Foundation were responsible to bringing the program to the Activities Department of our nursing facility.  As a result we have 30 I-Pods in use or will have shortly.  It is a thrill to see people who have been in the deep slumber of dementia waken to the tune and beat of their favorite music played on their personal I-Pod in the quiet of their own room.  The video showed this so well.  I’m delighted to have a part in this program that is so worthy.  And—you should be too!  Because it is the dollars you have contributed that have made the difference.  Thanks!

By the way, Katherine Billings told us the auditorium will be showing the video again soon. Watch for it and see for yourself the value of their program.

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A Resident’s Perspective – My Place in the Panorama Chorus

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. December 2014

One of the most meaningful and productive things I do on campus is hold down a spot in the bass/baritone section of the Panorama Chorus.  In February when we gather to begin preparation for the Spring Concert I will be starting my 14th year as a chorus member.  When I first sang with the chorus and for a number of years we always sang in the Quinault Auditorium.  The chorus and its audience were crowded together in what seemed like a very small place. We still made wonderful music.  Now we perform in Panorama’s spacious auditorium with its superior sound and lighting systems.  What a treat for both the audience and the chorus!  December 5th and 6th we brought a concert of some of the best music of the Christmas Holiday as well as some humorous musical comments on fruitcake and the “Twelve Days After Christmas”.  It’s one of the great offerings of our Panorama home.

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Salute to a Job Well Done – Resident Council President

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. August 2014

Monday, September 8, the outgoing President of the Panorama Resident Council, Kathy Houston, will hand the gavel to the incoming President, Sue Ballard.  When she takes the gavel Sue will become the tenth living President on campus.  It is a heavy responsibility and a very special privilege to be elected Resident Council President. The Council President guides the work of the 17 District Representatives as they respond to concerns of the residents in their districts and help campus activities to be vital and meaningful to all who live here. There are four pages of activities listed in the resident handbook.  Each President brings to the job of Council President a set of skills, interests, and experiences that are available to assist them in their work. Each President enters the job with certain goals and expectations that he or she wants to see implemented. To get all of that done and not lose your sanity is a real challenge.

IMG_0295I want to give kudos to Kathy Houston for a job well done.  When I was President, she was Vice President during my last year.  She was such a good support and provided wisdom and insight for me when I really needed it.  She has been a good leader.  I hear that she will still be around in new capacities with the Arts Council and the TV Studio so we will have more good things to come from her direction.

One of the best perks of the Resident Council President is the seat that person occupies on the Corporate Board.  Weekly meetings with CEO, Joe DiSanto, monthly meetings of the Corporate Board, and other aspects being in center of things on the Panorama Campus enrich the President’s life and work.

Thanks Kathy for all your work as Resident Council President and good luck as you continue to be a vital part of this campus.

From your predecessor,

Bob Bowers

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