Time really flies! This past Thursday we held the annual meeting at Valley View Cooperative. Terms for three individuals were expiring so an election was held to replace them. Members were permitted to vote early, but the majority of the membership voted at the meeting by secret ballot. A large number of members attended the meeting.
The program began with the liaison of each committee giving a report for the past year’s activities. We have a very active community and dozens of members volunteer to make Valley View an interesting and fun place to live.
Toward the end of the meeting, the voting results were announced. After that, the president announced the winner of this year’s President’s Award. Rod, the winner, works tirelessly around our co-op. He doesn’t do it for attention, but works with a servant heart. It is an award well deserved.
And, of course there were deserts served afterwards!
Recently the treasured residents who are ninety years or older in our building were honored at the annual Forever Young party. Here are the lovely folks that are currently in the group.
We are blessed to have fifteen members in this age range—one of whom is going to turn one hundred and one next month! A little program was the first order of business.
This was followed by each of the honorees telling a little story from their childhood. This was delightful—including a tale of being butted by a sheep to lighting what was thought to be firecrackers only to find out it was the starter for TNT!
Refreshments of cake and ice cream were served. This is a special event enjoyed by all.
And a fine celebration it was!
Since we no longer have an in-house piano tuner, it was decided we should remove the “real” pianos and purchase a digital piano. A research team was set up and a Kawai digital piano was purchased. A couple of weeks ago a concert was given by four resident pianists. Each played two pieces, showing the different sounds available on the instrument, to the delight of the audience. Cake and ice cream was served following the recital.
Here are a few photos of those who played pieces for everyone to enjoy.
Last night the third floor residents hosted a spaghetti dinner in the Valley View Room. The catered dinner included a delicious salad, bread, fantastic spaghetti with meat sauce and a wonderful—still warm—apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. The tables were set with red placemats, red/white checked salad plates, cans of tomatoes on a little square paper doily, and topped with a single battery operated candle. The hosts sported mustaches. It looked very festive. Italian music was the background during dinner.
Following dinner, Mike Henry provided a one hour program of show tunes from famous performers. Many of the songs were from Broadway shows; some were from movies. Mike has done excellent research for music from this genre and gives a bit of history and shows a short clip of the performance. Everyone enjoys this and some sang along or mouthed the words being sung.
Thank you to the third floor for hosting an excellent evening!
Last fall, a wonderful watercolor artist who is a member of Valley View Cooperative, offered to teach watercolor to anyone interested. She began teaching by showing the basic ways to begin a painting: sky—blue with clouds, dark clouds, sunset, sunrise; land, bushes, trees, rocks; fruit; flowers; snowman; etc. Once the basic lessons were completed, students were encouraged to paint something of their own idea.
This past Friday these artists hosted an art show in our library. The art displayed was beautiful! The teacher is going to continue guiding these artists with any future paintings.
To view additional examples of these amazing watercolor paintings, click here and enjoy!