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Mark Your Calendar

In this month’s Pan News, you’ll see a box advertising a new sale day to support the Benevolent Fund. As you know, the Barn was recently named in honor of Diane Stiles and JoLove Beach to recognize their contributions to the Benevolent Fund – the Barn is now the Stiles-Beach Barn.  At the same time we decided to rename the 14th Street Warehouse to better indicate its purpose and to let people know what was inside.  Thus the Encore Furniture and Books appellation was born.  This is a good thing.  While many residents knew that they could buy furniture, rugs, and lamps there, I’ll bet not so many know that used books are also available on a year-round basis.

On April 29th from 9:00am to 3:00pm we will be having a special sale at the Encore location.  Furniture, file cabinets, shelving, lamps, rugs and books will all be available at very reasonable prices.  This sale will be open to residents and to the public.  We will provide delivery service for residents for a graduated fee so you don’t have to worry about how to get that sofa into your car!  We will accept cash, checks, or VISA/MC in payment.

We urge you to reserve and use resident transit which will be available throughout the sale day. Reservations for transit must be made on Friday April 28th as there will be no dispatcher on duty on the sale day itself.  Limited parking will be in the clinic lot and also at the area around the warehouse, or, if it’s a sunny day (we deserve one), take a walk over and check out merchandise. We hope you will invite your families and off-campus friends to come as well.  Many of you will say –“I don’t need any more furniture!” But remember, Encore is a great place for folks just starting out to purchase low-cost gently used furniture and items for that first apartment or that college dorm room.  Perhaps a grandchild would love to see what we have for sale.  If you have a church group that supports refugees or immigrants or just folks down on their luck – Encore is a good place for your organization to find  a sofa, or a rug, a desk chair, or a set of shelves.

If the rainy weather has kept you inside and you’ve read all those books and you’d like some new material – We have it. Come and browse the books and pick up a mystery, or some historical fiction, a garden book, or a classic you always promised yourself you’d read.  Books old and new, cook books, novels, biographies or travel stories – we have them all.

You can keep up with the happenings of the Benevolent Fund Patio Sale on out new Facebook page – Patios at Panorama – take a peek, like us and follow us – you’ll get the latest about the Encore Sale and the 2017 Patio Sale.

Mark the date on your calendar and join us at Encore for this new sale idea – help us make the Encore Sale a success – be a neighbor and help a neighbor. See you at the sale!

 

Service, Transition, & Innovation

Thank you for your support of the Panorama Benevolent Fund this past year. Your commitment, dedication, leadership and hundreds of volunteer hours are deeply appreciated. Please be assured that your efforts make a fantastic difference in lifestyle quality for Panorama residents.

Your efforts have made my job remarkably easy, and a lot of fun this past year. I fully believe that the opportunity to serve as President of the Panorama Benevolent Fund is the best volunteer job on campus. It has been extremely rewarding to see the wonderful accomplishments of all the great people who volunteer and work in this endeavor.

We are in the “Peace of Mind” business. A resident may never need to call on the Benevolent Fund for financial assistance, may never make a call or an appointment with one of the Social Assistance staff, and may never have the occasion to push their SARA button. But just knowing that such assistance is available, and just knowing that the Social Assistance staff can help with a host of issues involved in the aging process, provides that all-so-important “Peace of Mind.”

Almost no one ever knows about some of the most important accomplishments of the Benevolent Fund on behalf of individual Panorama residents. Some of the critical problem solving work in providing home care and home health care for individual residents and for solving all kinds of problems and crisis situations is some of the best work that we do. A great number of people who never need financial assistance and who never become qualified “clients” are your most grateful and appreciative supporters.

For those individuals who are part of our financial assistance programs, there is frequently a great team effort with our Social Assistance workers, i.e. Adele, Corrine, and Sara, and the Benevolent Fund financial assistance volunteer as they work through joint problem solving to make life easier, more rewarding, and regularly, on an almost daily basis, smooth out the bumps in the road as we advance in age and decline in ability. Most folks never hear these stories, but they represent some of our most important work. Thank you all for what you do!

You all have some remarkable accomplishments during this past year. For most of these, I have enjoyed watching your achievements and the improvements you have made.

We changed investment brokers and financial advisors. After sixteen years with Morgan Stanley, we moved our accounts to US Bank Charitable Services. This was the culmination of two years effort on the part of the financial committee under the  leadership of Gail Madden and Norm Wohlken. This resulted in an annual savings in brokerage fees of more than $20,000.

We followed the recommendations of the Patio Sale Sustainability Team and made major changes in the annual Patio Sale leadership. The Benevolent Fund moved from relying on a single patio sale leader to a distributed leadership structure. This involved the leadership of a great many patio sale volunteers. I cannot thank everyone enough for their willingness to assume the leadership and responsibilities involved. This simply could not have been achieved without many, many Volunteers in Charge making it happen. I will always be indebted to the support and cooperation of Diane Stiles. Without her willing participation, this would not have been possible.

The Benevolent Fund established a new website: www.panoramabenevolentfund.org. Norm did a remarkable job of making the website happen in a very short time and at limited expense.

Lastly, the Benevolent Fund responded to a request from Panorama that we expand our financial assistance to residents by providing support for residents who live in, and/or who may want to move to Assisted Living (AL). We created a limited, one year trial program for AL assistance. The trial is limited to a maximum of three people, with a maximum monthly assistance of $1,500. It has been a great year!

Thank you all for making it happen.

Dale Vincent