|March 20th – an early start at WVRC
CLAWSON BLEAK started us off with the Pledge, noting that this was a time
for it to be particularly meaningful. Next up was the duo of JACK HARRIS and
LENNY FRIEDMAN, who combined to lead us in The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
PP RON LYSTER gave the Invocation, noting that he at one time could recite
it from memory, but would now read it – the 23rd Psalm, and always
TSENG had a Special Guest, Philip Starr, an attorney. YOE also had a Special
Guest, although this guest refuses to allow the Club to pick up his tab – he
is Dr Harold Goodman, a former neighbor, and I told him we never turn down
money…The District Breakfast is next Tuesday, the 25th, and KEN LEVER is the
contact. KEN, sometimes now known as “Lightnin Ken” also reported briefly on
the forthcoming District Conference at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula.
Those presently signed up were asked to raise their hands – and speaking
editorially, as I’ve been known to do upon occasion, it didn’t look to me
like we had very many troops going. While it may not be as chock-a-block
full of events as the San Diego gathering, ramrodded by our own PP RON
LYSTER, it will be fun – and we should support Prexy TED at this one, also.
RAY ZICKFELD came forward to announce that his granddaughter, Allison
Zickfeld, has signed up for the Japanese Youth Exchange this summer.
Allison is now in the 10th grade at Windward School, where she plays
volleyball and is quite active. , She follows her older sister, Lauren, who
participated in the Exchange in 2001. Allison will be the 3rd Zickfeld
family member to visit Japan, since her dad, Roger, was a member about 30
years ago. In that regard, my own daughter, Andrea also participated over
FORTY years ago, and Jennifer Bennett, my stepdaughter, enjoyed the
experience almost ten years ago. I mention this to indicate that the program
has always been well received by our Westwood kids, and I encourage our
members to consider it for their own children or grandchildren. PP YOSH
SETOGUCHI has been associated for many years – call him with questions.
It’s a real winner.
TSENG introduced another good program, this one on the Southern California
Presbyterian Homes. Our first speaker was Gerald W.Dingivan, President and
CEO. Jerry is a UCLA graduate – and occasionally lamented that many of his
co-workers with from the other school across town. He gave us an overview of
their many programs, in which they currently serve over 3,000 senior
Their overall program comes under what could be called the Continuous Care
Retirement Community. which includes a major affordable housing capacity
under HUD. This past year they have brought in donations and gifts totaling
eighty million dollars – a major increase which has occurred over the 27
years that Jerry has been with SCPH. Their various operations employ about
1500 professionals, including therapists, nurses and other highly trained
practitioners. Specifically, their operations include Continuing Care
Retirement Communities, Home and Community Based Services, Nursing
Facilities, Assisted Living Residence/Residential Care Facility for the
Elderly, and some fourteen Affordable Housing Communities. They are
headquartered in Glendale, and can be reached at (818) 247-0420.
Their Spokesperson is Stephanie Edwards, who has covered the Rose Parade for
many years on Channel 5. Stephanie, who has spent most of her 34-year career
interviewing people, was asked to be their Spokesperson over a year ago, and
this coincided with their search for housing for her husband’s mother. An
important lesson, which she has learned, and emphasized to us, was that it
is important to plan for this need BEFORE it becomes urgent. The face
of Retirement Communities are changing – rapidly – and the more you can
learn in advance of actual need, the better final choice you are likely to
She related her family’s moves, from Santa Monica, briefly to Bel Air, and
then to the Valley. She noted that our ‘digs’ at the Bel Air Hotel are cushy
– but allowed as how you can be comfortable for less, providing you are
realistic in what you can afford. When they moved to the Valley, someone
asked her if they were north or south of Ventura Blvd, and she simply didn’t
recall. Once the questioner learned they were north, their comment was, I’m
sorry… She concluded her remarks by reminding us that we should use what we
have learned to do best – good advice, certainly.
Their third speaker was Wanda James, Director of Marketing. She pointed out
that she certainly hoped to be as energetic and presentable as Stephanie,
who admits to being 59 years old. Wanda served in the Navy, and is pleased
that there are now many more women in the service, serving as pilots, radio
operators – billets that were not available to women just a few years ago.
There is a place for everyone who wants to retire – and again, she, too,
emphasized how helpful advance planning could be. By 2025, 60% of our
population will be age 55 or older, so this is a situation that cannot be
ignored. Remember, retirement is when you enjoy your life.
In the brief Q&A, we learned that the first property that SCPH acquired was
a beachfront hotel in La Jolla, which is still one of their Retirement
Communities. Prexy TED leaped to his feet, noting that was what HE wanted to
retire to, and then passed our Myron Taylor’s Four Way Test book to each of
our speakers, asking them to put in a good word for him when he applies.
TED, some of us may get their before you do – but seriously, this trio of
speakers did give us a good overview of what is available in their important
field. You can call them for advice – and they will tell you what is
available in the area of your choice, including programs that are not their
own. The number, again, is (818)247-0420.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe