Monthly President’s Report

OCTOBER 2019

As I am writing this letter, we are cleaning up from the EF2 tornado that struck nearby businesses, homes, and even this building and grounds.  Although many buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed, we were blessed that no one was seriously injured or killed.  The day after the storm, the exterior of our building was a mess.  We lost 2/3rds of our trees, had debris from everywhere around us, and had roof damage in the southwest corner of our building.  Every entrance was blocked with downed trees or garage doors from across the street.  Our garages that store the Nutrition Hot Shot vehicles had some minor damage but the vehicles weathered the storm.  Interiorly, we had only the pool room and craft rooms with significant damage, primarily water damage to the pool tables, flooring, and cabinets.  They will remain closed until the insurance company inspects and the roofing company comes to repair the roof.  The safety of our members is our highest priority and we will not jeopardize anyone’s health by opening unsafe areas until we are assured everything is safe.  We only lost one day of service to our members due to the tremendous efforts of some very dedicated staff and vendors.   We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to return our building and grounds to the high standards you deserve.

On a positive note, I would like to welcome to the Active Generations team, Nancy Wehrkamp.  Nancy is taking over for Val Lietz as Program Director for the Activities Department.  Val will still be an integral part of the AG team as she transitions into a new role which includes retaining some of her current responsibilities while continuing to lead the Workers on Wheels program and taking over as the BRIDGES Employment Resource Center Director.  This transition gives us full time leadership present for direction, support, and growth opportunities in both Workers on Wheels and BRIDGES.