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National Gathering
Upcoming Events
From the Executive Director
Notes for Members
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November, 2010

In this Newsletter, read about a national gathering of Villages in Philadelphia, welcome calls and a survey that will soon be going out to our members, volunteers assisting us to build a strong Ashby Village, and more!  We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
National Gathering of Villages
Next week, November 11 - 12 in Philadelphia, PA, leaders of Villages around the country will gather to learn, share, and envision.  This even will be hosted by the Village to Village Network (VtV), a national peer-to-peer network that helps communities establish and continuously improve management of their own Villages.  Workshops, forum and panels will explore a wide range of topics, including:
  • Various approaches taken by by different communities build and sustain Villages
  • How Villages fit in with Health Care Reform
  • Membership services, challenges and opportunities
  • Financial sustainability
  • Technology
Ashby Village will be sending its Exec. Director, Andy Gaines, to participate.  He will share his findings at the Tea & Chat, scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th, at the office.

 Upcoming Events
See Activities for Members on our website for more details

Remembering Lynn Forthman
Saturday, November 6th at 2:00 pm
Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley

Monthly Lunch Out
Monday, November 15th at noon
Filippos, 2930 College Ave in the Elmwood District
Please RSVP here, or call 410-204-9200

Tea & Chat with the Executive Director
Wednesday, November 17th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Ashby Village Office, 2330 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Special report on the national gathering of Villages

Ashby Village Holiday Party
DATE CORRECTION: December 12, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
for Members and their families; details coming in the November 13th Weekly Update

From the Executive Director
Andy Gaines
For the last two months I have been becoming more familiar with Ashby Village whil
e staying on top of the many opportunities and challenges of this new and budding organization.  Weeks have been full, meeting with our Board and Committees, examining the history and operational systems of the organization, and making sure that we quickly and efficiently respond to the requests of our members. 
I have
to say that I am looking forward to turning my gaze toward the national movement.  I will meet other Village directors I have been "conversing" with via email.  I will hear the stories, excitement, and challenges of other Villages.  I will get to solicit feedback and response to some of Ashby Village's many pressing questions:
  • How can we diversify our membership given that our funds come primarily from membership dues?
  • How do other Villages manage and maintain information about service requests and levels of satisfaction?
  •  How can we better clarify the services that we can and cannot provide since we offer both volunteer and referral services?
  • What are innovative partnerships other Villages have formed?
One of the hidden benefits of this journey will be the six uninterrupted hours I will have, each way on the plane!  Time to sit, reflect, ponder and plan the coming year of Ashby Village life and growth.  I look forward to sharing the continued discoveries upon my return...
Andy Gaines          
Things for members to know

Welcoming phone calls
Membership Committee Over the next several weeks, our Membership Committee and office volunteers will be making welcoming phone calls to our members.  Our intention for these calls is to answer any questions you might have about the community you are a part of, are aware of how to make use of our services, and know about upcoming events.  Committee Members very much look forward to speaking with you.   (Photo: June Cheit, Rachel Kahn-Hut, Betty Webster [Chair]; missing from photo: Gloria Bayne, Marj Wolf)

Upcoming survey

In coming weeks all Ashby Village members will receive a survey intended for us to get a clear sense of who you are, what you want, and how we can best serve you.  This survey is anonymous and will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.  In order for it to be most effective, we're aiming for 100% response rate!  We ask you, in advance, to please complete your survey; it will help us to help you better.

Ashby Village volunteers await your call

One month ago I was a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Orinda.  Today I am retired, and a new volunteer for Ashby Village.  I can't tell you how happy that makes me, especially in view of the fact that when my wife first told me about Ashby Village, I thought it sounded like just another politically correct Berkeley non-profit, designed to serve the social needs of its members, and little else.  I could not have been more wrong!  For what I consider a nominal yearly fee, you can call us up, and one of our volunteers will come to your house as a handy man, a computer whiz, a friend, or a driver if you need a way to the doctor or grocery store.  Never in my life have I felt so useful to other people, even though as a volunteer there is no pay. 

-- Tom Boydon

Please don't hesitate to call Ashby Village (510-240-9200) for help at your home.  Our volunteers are ready and waiting to help out any way they can.  If we can meet your request directly, we have a list of recommended, interviewed and approved vendors and service providers that can.

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Daniel SabsayDaniel Sabsay has volunteered a generous amount of time to assist Ashby Village in its efforts to become technologically savvy.  Working closely with Shirley Haberfeld, Village founder and Vice Chair, Daniel has laid the foundations of a transitional website and operational database. When not helping Ashby Village, Daniel is a Macintosh computer consultant helping clients with planning, installation, support, personal projects and general computer literacy.  He is also a Web developer specializing in dynamic database applications, access control, payment gateways and complete Web applications.  For all his generous, essential support, we express our gratitude.


Charlotte HerfeldWe're pleased to recognize Charlotte Herzfeld, an Ashby Village member who has been supporting Ashby Village in several important ways.  Since early Spring, Charlotte has volunteered in the office one day each week performing a wide range of administrative and support activities.  She is also part of our newly formed Social Work/Case Management Committee.   When asked what she appreciates about her work with the Village, Charlotte said that she has enjoyed making good use of her skills as a social worker, and building new connections.  Having a close-up view of all that is required to operate our program, Charlotte is grateful for the energy, vision and determination that made Ashby Village possible.

I'm very grateful.  The requested volunteer driver called me, and we are on for tomorrow morning.  I've had a sudden resurgence of an ailment that has bothered me for years.  I'm prone to dizziness and can't drive, and even taking BART is problematical just now.  So Ashby Village is just what I need.  Thanks for your assistance.
-- Anonymous Member

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