Bridget Brewster Discovers Village Benefits
Rumor of Humor #16
Communications Project with Cal State LA
One Villager's Story
Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center
Pasadena Village Responds to Rainbow Flag Burning at Pasadena Buddhist Temple
Plan Ahead - And Be Prepared
Tuesday, May 23 Pasadena Celebrated Older Americans
Reparations, Social Justice Activity
Rumor of Humor #14
Rumor of Humor #13
Science Monday - Review of Meeting on April 10, 2023
Conversations Re African American Artists Before 1920
Beyond the Village – Suzi and Phil Hoge
Congratulations Wayne April! Honored at UNH
Volunteer Appreciation at the Village
“ACCIDENTAL HOST—The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease”
Pasadenans Recent Experience With Racism
Recent Events Reflecting Racism
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photography for Social Justice
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Catherine Deely
Creative Writing in Older Adults
Gifts of Love
Great Decisions update
Dominion Lawsuit, South Africa and 710 Stub
2023 DEI Progress
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Doug Colliflower
CONVERSATIONS WITH ART
OLDER ADULTS RESOURCE FAIR
The Important, Influential Books in our Lives - Revisited
History, Resolution of the 710 Freeway
Eminent Domain, 710 Highway
Bernard Garrett, 710 Freeway
Men's Times Gatherings
Pasadena's Senior Commission
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - JIM HENDRICK
GRATITUDE - IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
JEFF GUTSTADT - FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Bernard Garrett, Incredible Black Entrepreneur
What is the "Spirit Talk" Group About?
Same Ol’ New Year, Brand New Me
Review of 2022, Consideration of 2023
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - PATTI LA MARR
FROM THE CHAIR
WALK WITH EASE
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENTBy Blog Master
It is a great honor to serve as President of the Pasadena Village for 2021-22. I want to thank Mike Babcock, our outgoing President, for his leadership during the past year which was full of challenges brought on by the pandemic but also rich with accomplishments culminating in the hiring of Katie Brandon, our new Executive Director.
As I prepared to take on the President’s responsibilities I reached out to current and in-coming board members as well as other Village members and volunteers to get their input on the priorities of our Village. As a result of these engaging conversations I have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges we will face in the near future.
Financial sustainability is of primary importance. The long-standing financial support of ECS (Episcopal Communities & Services) will end after this fiscal year. So next year will see us focus on building up, broadening, and expanding our fundraising activities. We already have a good start with our Business Partnership program, and this gives us confidence that our message of aging in community will resonate strongly with others in the Pasadena area.
A second priority is our infrastructure. At the Village, we are talking about human infrastructure – the ways in which we organize ourselves to implement all of the great ideas our members have. We have a strong foundation with our committee structure but I see opportunities to deepen communication and clarify responsibilities between committees. We have to always remember that the Village depends on its volunteers, many of them members, to provide most of the programs and services that we all find so helpful. So we need to work as efficiently as possible.
It is also important that we increase and diversify our membership. This is the focus of our upcoming board retreat where we will develop strategies and set goals to increase our membership. I know there is a great motivation among our members, now that pandemic restrictions are ending, to get out into the community and spread the word about the benefits of being a member of the Pasadena Village.
I love that the theme of our Annual Meeting is “Looking Ahead”. As a retired city planner I know how important it is to look to the future. I want us to make sure that those of us in Village leadership are always looking ahead, not just one year at a time, but in multi-year cycles. We will work on a Strategic Plan that is built on our vision and mission and that will keep us on track to reach our goals.
I am confident that with our creative, responsive board and our energetic and skilled staff, all of these goals are attainable. But we need everyone to join us in these efforts. I invite you to participate to your fullest extent possible in helping to grow and strengthen the Pasadena Village so that it will continue to support older adults in their desire to live full and meaningful lives as part of a nurturing community.