Open University WILL MEET at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Monday, October 12. We are not closed for Columbus Day. Hope to see everyone there!!
AND if you haven’t looked at the OLIVER! trip flyer, do it now. It’s going to be an incredible trip!
Open University classes begin at St. Luke Lutheran on Monday, September 21. The bike races are scheduled for the downtown area, so we are not expecting any road issues. On Thursday, September 24, classes begin at First Presbyterian. There is a practice bike course on Cary Street that morning, so please enter Lock Lane from Grove Avenue to get to the church.
We hope to see everyone at both locations.
AND, don’t forget Wednesday’s Lunch-n-Life at St. Mary Catholic at 12 noon – free and open to the public. Bring a sandwich!
We are looking forward to the start of a great school year at the OU!
We had a wonderful visit last week from Sarah Cheney, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of America.
Sarah was in Northern Virginia at a ribbon cutting for the newest Shepherd’s Center, Western Fairfax County, one of the now seven Centers in Virginia. The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond was the first, 31 years ago, and we mentored both the Chesterfield and Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center when they first began. It’s great to be a part of such an important national organization and a caring community of people meeting the growing needs of aging Americans 60+. Click this SCA to find out more about Shepherd’s Center of America.
The Spring 2015 issue of Gray Matters is now on our website. You can also view it at the link below.
ATTENTION – Only 4 more spots available for our trip to Mt. Vernon & the National Marine Corps Museum in Northern Virginia on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Last day to register is this Friday, February 27. More than just another historic home and a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. It’s going to be a great trip-please join us. For more details, see the flyer at the link below and then call the office to sign up!
The Open University class schedule for Spring 2015 is now available on our website. You can also use the link below! Classes begin Monday, March 23, 2015 – See you then!!
The Amazing Raise is only 4 days away and we look forward to this 36 hour “give-a-thon.” I hope you read all about it in our fall Gray Matters. The biggest question tied to The Amazing Raise is always, “What is a unique gift?” Let me explain.
A unique gift is a donation of $50 or more made by one individual. For example, if Mr. Smith and his wife donate $100 on one credit card for both, it only counts as one unique gift. But, if Mr. Smith donates $50 on his credit card and then Mrs. Smith donates $50 on her credit card, it counts as two unique gifts. The goal is to get as many different people as you can to donate. And once you have made your donation of $50 or more, you are counted as one unique gift and will not be counted again if you make another donation during The Amazing Raise. So in general, it is a whole bunch of different people donating unique gifts to the organization of their choice. And we hope that you choose The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond.
These unique gifts count towards prizes of grant money given by the Community Foundation throughout the 36 hours. Follow this link to see the list of prizes: https://theamazingraise.org/#prizes.
So get your whole family involved, like I did. If they have a credit card, their donation can be counted as a unique gift too! There will be a direct link to The Shepherd’s Center’s donation page here on our website that will be active at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 17th. You can find out more about The Amazing Raise at www.theamazingraise.org.
If you have any questions, please post them here, e-mail me at jadams@TSCOR.org or call me at 355-7282. Let’s have an amazing, Amazing Raise! – Julie
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone as warm, delightful, or funny as Ruth Blevins. Ruth has been an Open University student for far longer than I’ve been at the Shepherd’s Center, and that’s almost a decade. Ruth has also enjoyed traveling with the Center. A few years ago, Ruth was concerned that she would no longer be able to drive to the OU, but her daughter stepped in and began bringing her mother.
Ruth won’t let a few extra years stop her from enjoying the Open University and her friends there. In fact, she just celebrated her 100th birthday!
Rosie Whitehorne and Carol Harris arranged a surprise for Ruth at the First Presbyterian OU. There was a cake, balloons, and a bouquet of flowers. When Ruth got out of the elevator, there was a gathering of well-wishers who sang happy birthday to her as she saw the cake.