Wonderful field trip for the Senior Canteen, 10/21. We went to the new Masters' Exhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art. Eight cars brought our seniors to the masters! Thanks to Connie, Mary, Janet, Veronica and all the driver volunteers from Lend A Hand. ~ Michele B.
Thank you for your contributions to a successful LAH Autumn Yardsale!
IBM United Way Fair
Only 13 of us were invited to this special fair for the employees of IBM -- UA Technology Park, Kolb Rd. near I-10, 10-1 today. The hospitality was very warm and welcoming. The setting was perfect and so were the snacks.
Wallace folded 250 new brochures for the fair. I saw many folks and was determined that it be educational--I brought the AGING IQ TEST from the volunteer training. Our two display boards show our seniors' diversity and personalities in pictures. They also show what our services are. Some who just walked by, as if to ignore the whole aging challenge, had brochures dropped into their bags to peruse later. Others engaged in conversation and shared care of their own family members, etc.
Hope we can see an increase in giving because of this, the Armory Park, and the County Fair.
Greek Festival Parking Success!
Ron Ryan did a good job of overseeing the Greek Fest and enjoyed giving out Lend A Hand flyers. We earned maybe 1900+!
We are into this project for children and seniors. As you can see, the major donor is Humana. Parks and Recreation is adding 8500 dollars to the project. Two of our board members have volunteered services for the build or some task during the October 30, 31, and November 1 dates. Some neighborhood volunteers have stepped up to help another neighborhood add a valuable intergenerational playground to our Ward III.
I volunteered LAH as the Food Chair for these days. We will not have to cook; we will have to encourage neighborhood businesses to contribute food for 200 volunteers. I am thinking hand held foods: bagels, hotdogs, burros, tacos, burgers, fruit and water.
Additionally, we can get senior clients to be present for serving, water, welcoming, etc.
In the meantime, La Madera is pulling out the stops to get people at the meeting next Wednesday for the design. If you would like to put in your opinions, come to the meeting. If you know a neighbor or senior or a child, RSVP for the meeting. This is an exciting project!
We--LAH-- can be movers and shakers in our neighborhoods.
One of our esteemed drivers, Jane Hill, has come up with a great idea! While talking with one of our seniors about low sodium diets, Jane shared some cooking ideas with her. Perhaps there are others asking the same questions: how do I make tasty meals without salt? without the energy I used to have? with the great produce which is delivered monthly? Perhaps there are others who have great ideas and can share in a simple, clear recipe.
Maybe you have some great ideas! Jane will collect the ideas and help to get them in order to share.
1. Getting the word out.
2. Collecting ideas--several modes of collection.
3. Organizing, copying them for distribution.
Senior Canteen, Produce Delivery, Drivers, Writing Group can probably get the word out.
Let us see what we can do to better our menus.
REQUESTS: 25 need rides + Senior Canteen rides (14) - Please call Michele at 520-248-6882
Loretta Ramaeker of Hedrick Acres died last Thursday. She and her son, Craig, lived in their apartment for 20 some years. She took care of him and he took care of her. We wish him and his brothers a safe journey to Iowa where Loretta will be buried next to her husband and infant. She often talked of Iowa and growing up on the farm. May she rest in peace. The family can receive condolence cards at: 1508 E. Adelaide, #11, 85719.
BEN STOREK, one of our LAH senior neighbors, died last week. He was a great figure of a man having immigrated from Czechoslovakia before WWII to England and then to America. He told his immigrant story to our Senior Canteen audience in May. It was beautiful... He was a successful financier in the US. Our condolences to his wife, Janna, and family.
Clearly stated transportation client and driver roles are now available from Michele and via the links at the end of this post. As our system has grown and changed, we saw the need to reiterate our practices in writing. It is good for both parties to see their expected roles in black and white. We would appreciate feedback. Feel free to post these roles in your vehicle when transporting for LAH. Clients will have their lists mailed since only a handful have email. Thanks for your patience. Practice will improve the system.
Click here for LAH CLIENT CHECKLIST FOR TRANSPORTATION
Click here for LAH DRIVER CHECKLIST FOR TRANSPORTATION
January thru June 2014 you all have tallied these statistics! WOW!
Mileage for all LAH services: 7,684 Miles
Hours for all LAH services: 2,231 hours
Seniors served: 91
Volunteers trained this year: 18
An additional 16 volunteers gave 720+ miles and 192+ hours delivering produce monthly and bi-monthly as well as assisting in other projects and programs.
Helen Mautner, one of our senior neighbors, died on July 23rd. She left a legacy of moving and shaking for justice, fairness, equality in Tucson as a U of A employee, neighborhood activist and good citizen. We were honored to serve her several times. May she rest in peace. Services for her: 6-9 pm at the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday July 30.
Last Senior Canteen, July 15th, was a change in scheduling. We enjoyed Laughter Yoga with a trained yoga instructor, Miranda. Connie Trecartin, our leader, gave us a real treat in securing her services. We got our rhythm in clapping, playing percussion instruments, and moving around the room and laughing too.
LAH Senior Writers' Book Signing and Hot Summer Fun Canteen!
Tuesday afternoon, June 17th the Senior Canteen presented Summer Beach Party and readings by authors of the LAH Writing Group's recently published book, WISDOM AND REVERIE. Signed copies of the book sold like hotcakes! enjoy this photo series from the event, offered by Wallace and Junie:
Our "Lookout" in Mexico City, Jane, one of our LAH volunteers sent us a preview of monsoon which has already hit that city--last Monday. She is there teaching a class. When asked if it was not smoggy and humid, she claimed that on her walks the weather and the air is quite comfortable. In fact, she says, the rain washes clean the smog effects in that metropolis. Monsoon should be on its way here now!
Tuesday, June 17th at noon to 2 pm, the Senior Canteen presents Summer Beach Party and a reading by authors of the LAH Writing Group's recently published book, WISDOM AND REVERIE. Copies will be on sale for $8 and may even be discounted further. All are invited! Please call to let Connie know as lunch is also available: 322-6287.
Sylvia S., British war bride, RAF member and , one of our longtime neighbors, always in attendance at Senior Canteen events, is not well. If you would like to cheer her, drop a note. Call Michele, 248-6882, for address.
Our LAH Senior Writing Group is proud to present their first collection of writing, WISDOM AND REVERIE, to be found on Amazon. There will be authors reading exerpts of the book and books available at our June Senior Canteen, June 17th at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. Call 248-6882 for more information on time and agenda and headcount for lunch.
Happy Mother's Day to all!
There are many among our LAH volunteer corps.