March 30, 2016 // 9:19 AM
April 2016 | Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village
Written by Scott Miller
Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village.
A couple of weeks ago 50 Garden Spot leaders plus a dozen residents put our heads together to brainstorm new ideas for the creation of opportunities. Residents here – help shape the future. It’s why people move here in their late 50s, early 60s and live long fulfilling lives.
For example, we’re the only retirement community in the country - that we’re aware of - that does a full 26.2 mile marathon. We’re in our 8th year AND over the years, we’ve added a half marathon PLUS to make it even more intergenerational . . . a Kids Marathon. We get 1,500 runners from all over the world and across the United States. With spectators it’s a 2,500 person event.
Each year a surprising number of residents of all ages decide to take up running or intentional walking for health benefits or simply the challenge. Beyond that hundreds volunteer. People organize, guide, direct, manage and staff the event. They put skills accumulated from successful careers, cultivated over a lifetime to worthwhile and productive use. It’s a rewarding day for everyone.
Speaking of volunteering . . . April is national volunteer month. It’s a time to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of volunteers. Everyone loves numbers but numbers are not the objective. They are, however, an indication of what’s taking place among the people. In 2015, 56,851 hours were recorded and that’s just on campus. That doesn’t include everything that people do in the community at large. More than 40 people have been consistently volunteering for over 15 years. The top runner has personally logged over 10,000 hours. From the 50 somethings to those who’ve cracked 100 people are involved, engaged and living life to its fullest.
Another exciting initiative . . . we’re opening a new ultra hi-tech Aeroponic greenhouse that will provide people with a green thumb the opportunity to use their skills and get involved year round. In addition, farm-to-table dining events are planned in the midst of the growing system. It’s pretty awesome and it provides the opportunity to grow ultra-local fruits, vegetables and herbs in an environmentally controlled setting though out the year. The health, financial and social engagement benefits are outstanding. It’s nice to know where your food is grown and what’s in it.
As always there’s a lot happening around campus. We just posted the April issue of the Garden Variety where you can discover everything that’s going on this month.
This has been Endeavor – Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village.
I’m Scott Miller and I hope to see you around campus.
As I always say . . . Life is Good!