Time is eternal…..

That is what we were taught, time is linear and it is in abundant supply, yet, there never seem to be enough of it. The clock ticks away and so do our heartbeats as we forge ahead to beat the clock. The more precious time becomes the greater gift we give when we share our limited time with others.  A gift of time can be one of the most valuable gifts anyone can share; time that can brighten both the life of the giver and the receiver. The gift of time is priceless.

As we approach the Benevolent Fund Patio Sale and all the hectic and fun moments that surround the preparation and activities of the sale days, I want to recognize those who have given and continue to give the gift of their time to support this community-wide effort. The year round volunteers who serve on the various Patio Sale committees making sure that all the details are attended and new changes that improve their activities are implemented.  Thanks to the “guys in the truck” pick-up teams who collect donated goods throughout the year rain-or-shine from Panorama residents.  Kudos to the many Panorama residents and staff members who volunteer for work at the patio sale as cashiers and wrappers and packers, as security, as sales people and stockers in the various areas, to the “book people” who collect sort shelve and sell thousands of books, to the men and women in the food booth who keep the public fed and watered, and to all those who work behind the scenes making sure the sale runs smoothly.  Thanks especially to the dedicated community members who work year-round at the Barn preparing, cleaning, pricing, and packing all the items that will be sold.  These volunteers have become experts in their own specialties, evaluating collectible items, art work, linens, china, silver, purses, cookware, and all the everyday items that are found on the patio sale tables.

Thanks to the Panorama Corporation who provides assistance in preparing the area behind the Chalet and at Encore by making sure the bushes are trimmed, the lighting is efficient and safety concerns are attended to. Thanks also for the donation of the shuttle bus allowing residents to commute to the sale and get back home without taking up a parking space that can be used by a member of the public attending the sale.  Thanks to the parking and traffic team who work to make sure parking and traffic through the campus is efficient and well-managed.  Thanks to the residents of the Chalet who willingly relocate their cars for a week to provide the Patio Sale venue.

Lastly, a big THANKS to Carol Thomas and Ernesta Ballard who took on management of the Patio Sale in this year of transition and change. They have worked tirelessly to give the Patio Sale a new look while expanding the sale to two locations – the traditional Chalet site and the Encore furniture and books location.  There are big changes this year because of their innovations and the ideas that came from the many resident volunteers.  What’s old really is new again at the 2017 Patio Sale – come and see for yourself – and bring a friend!

Gail Madden, Benevolent Fund Vice President


What a great success!!

WOW – If you weren’t there, you missed a great event. The special Saturday sale at Encore Furniture and Books was a terrific success. We certainly sold lots of furniture, lamps, books and miscellaneous furnishings and we had fun and enjoyed ourselves. Many, many thanks to the volunteers who participated in organizing, setting up, selling, cashiering, and taking down the sale site.   We made a little over $3500 for the Benevolent Fund in the one day sale. The wrap-up and evaluation of our activities has resulted in a major change to the organization of the patio sale – furniture and books as well some other items will be sold on-site at Encore rather than transported to the Chalet site. For the first time the Patio Sale will operate at two sites. The Patio Sale Committee is busy working on rearranging the logistics of the Chalet site to provide more room for sales there as well as revamping the logistics for parking, traffic control and directions. Stay tuned as plans develop for this exciting innovation in our traditional annual sale.

I have already thanked the volunteers and staff who worked to make the Encore sale a success, but this should be a season of gratitude for each of us in this amazing community. Novelist Faith Baldwin says “Gratitude expresses itself in a sincere thank you … not for the gifts of this day only, but for the day itself; not for what we believe will be ours in the future, but for the bounty of the past.” Today, I am grateful. Grateful for all I have, for the sunshine, for the flowers that are starting to bloom, for my neighbours, for all of you. Cultivating gratitude begins with cultivating thankfulness for our lot in life — living it in our daily lives. Being grateful means taking nothing for granted. Our life, health, friends, our family, the food we eat, and our body and senses are all gifts which we often take for granted.

Expressing our gratitude to someone directly is a wonderful way to give back. So let me take the time on behalf of the Benevolent Fund Board to thank, in advance, all of those who have volunteered to step-up in this year of change to reinvent the activities at the Stiles-Beach Barn, Encore, and the planning for the upcoming Patio Sale. Your efforts are at the heart of gratitude – working to make life better for others. To be grateful, or to offer thanks, is to confess dependence, to acknowledge that others have the power to benefit you, to admit that your life is better because of their efforts. That is true for all of us here.

Please, as you read this column, take a moment to think about volunteering for the Patio Sale. There are lots of opportunities to help from security to stocking the tables to helping to wrap packages. Two-hour shifts are available throughout the week of the sale and especially on Friday and Saturday July 14th and 15th. Take the time to sign-up and help the Benevolent Fund and your neighbours make this year’s sale a success for all of us. You can sign up on June 21st or June 26th between 10:00am and 1:00pm in Pan Hall. Thank you in advance for taking the time to be a working participant in the Patio Sale – your generosity is much appreciated. While saying thanks is never enough, thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. While thankfulness consists of words, gratitude is shown in acts. We look forward to working with you.

Gail Madden

Benevolent Fund Vice President