Our monthly Friday morning meetings with Doug Mayer, The Willows Executive Director, have continued to bring more residents and visitors to the Garden Room to hear about activities and share questions and ideas. October’s meeting included the following highlights:
- A change in the senior staff reporting responsibility for six departments was announced by Doug. Effective immediately, Becky Bishop will expand her work schedule to full-time and oversee the activities of Resident Services, Campus Activities, Reception, Marketing, our Kitchen and Housekeeping. Becky continues to serve in her role as a Resident Services Manager with fellow RSM manager Carl Symons.
- Our secure gate entry system will be undergoing some validation of the database that connects visitors with our residents. The linkage between a gate code and a contact phone number will be confirmed with current residents, so that residents may allow access to the property by answering any phone number they choose.
- Updates from SPOC (Staff Person On Call) were provided by Mary Peiper. With the increased number of residents, SPOC will be asking that the use of the SPOC cart for transportation be limited to only to/from meals or for special campus events (such as AIM or performances). If other help is needed getting around the campus, residents should consider contacting someone on the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” list — a copy of this list is posted on the bulletin board next to the lobby restrooms.
- Due to new pipes installed for the ADA restrooms, as well as the age and condition of pipes servicing our kitchen, a major project is scheduled to clean out and repair some collapsed pipes under our kitchen floor. So dining room meals on October 23-25 will be coming from a different source but will be served on the same schedule as usual. However, the Bistro will be closed for these three days. Details about this project and the impact on food service will be shared with residents on the printed menus as well as on the online menus linked to the “Dining at The Willows” page on this website.
- With the wind-down of the summer vegetable gardens, Doug Mayer shared that two new storage units have been placed next to the maintenance building for use by all gardeners. A storage bench will hold small tools, and a tall storage closet will hold rakes, shovels or other tall items. All gardeners are welcome to use these tools as needed and return them to their “home” when finished. The wooden garden sheds currently inside the maintenance courtyard will be emptied and repurposed soon.
- Carol Dorr highlighted information about our 4th Annual Fall Festival on October 28 from 3pm to 6pm. Residents and friends are invited to enjoy a harvest meal of pulled pork sandwiches with fixings, while also sipping fresh-pressed apple cider and judging hand-carved pumpkins of all sorts and sizes. Music will be provided by “The Other Half” — our talented ensemble of college friends of Barry Morton with a folk sound and great atmosphere.