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April 20017     
National Volunteer Month; Volunteer Connect has arrived; Upcoming Hearts N' Hands; Ashby Village New Look; People of Ashby Village; Meet the Welcome Team; Arts & Culture Series: Record Turn Out for A. Hochschild Talk; From the Neighborhood Groups: Emery Bunch; In Loving Memory

March 2017             
How to become an Ashby Village Volunteer; Retirement Transitions Workshop; Upcoming Living Room Chat; What Happens at a Volunteer Orientation; Ongoing Activities; Upcoming Arts & Culture Event; Neighborhood Groups; Healthier Aging; Bulletin Board; In Loving Memory

February 2017 
First National Village Day; Retirement Workshop; Hearts and Minds in Action; The Unhyphenated Family; Arlie Hochschild in Conversation; Scholar Sundays at the JCC East Bay; Reading by Av Member Maxine Hong Kingston.

January 2017
 Ashby Village Starts off 2017 in New Home; Village Movement 15th Annual Celebration; Martin Paley thinks about the Future; AV has a New Community Engagement Manager; Embracing Change in our Lives and Living Places; North Berkeley Neighborhood Group in full Force; Holiday Party Photos.

December 2016
Sneak Peak-What's New in 2017; Ashby Village Culture of Giving; My Life as a Transgender Elder; Retirement Transition Workshop; Embracing Change in Lives and Living Places; Arts and Culture Program Team forming; North Berkeley Neighborhood Groups Launches; Nature Walk reflection.

November 2016
Tari and Bill French: Community Builders; Thanksgiving note from Executive Director; Five Steps to De-clutter; Retirement Transition Workshop; Oktoberfest Volunteer Appreciation; Grey Votes Matter; Villagers rides to Polls; Embracing Change through Proactive Planning; In Loving Memory: Danute Nitecki

October 2016
Become a Decluttering Buddy; Board comings and goings;Letter from Social Care Coordinator, Hilda Hernandez-Gravelle; Threes's Company Spotlight: Margie Pezzaglia, Kristina Holland, Kris Owens; Oktoberfest Volunteer Appreciation; Fire at First Congregational Church; In Loving Memory: Patricia Spaugh

July 2016
Culture of Giving: Member Volunteer Kris Owens; Ninetie's Tea Event; Play-it-Forward Dragon boat volunteer event; Hearts N' Hands strikes again; Looking for AV newsletter co-editor; Healthier Aging Events; In Loving Memory

May 2016
Focus on Five Year; Culture on Giving: Pat Kirkpatrick; Saturday N' Sundaes Volunteer Appreciation; Age-ing to Sage-ing: NEWElectronics volunteer category

March 2016
First Founders Fund; What is that special thing between Betty and Valerie?; Community Potluck & Slide Show; Living Now, Facing Later; Consider Strength Training; On the Move - Get Fit with Friends; Village Hearts & Hands strikes again!

January 2016
Let's Heed the Call!- Andy's New Year Greeting; Success Story: Founders Fund; I Am Not Old(Poem); 2016 Healthier Aging Initiative; "Brawn May Affect Your Brain"; Get Fit With Friends; 2016 California Village Coalition; Photos from Our 2015 Winter Holiday Party


November 2015
What's keeping her so young?; Love in Action- What did Lola do to end Alzheimers?; Sustaining Ashby Village ; Brought to you by the Story Team; Inspiring Leadership; Volunteer Appreciation Waffle Brunch

September 2015
Ashby Village Annual Picnic; Focus on Five; Being Mortal ; Love in Action (Village Hearts N' Hands; Volunteer Appreciation Brunch; Walk to End Alzheimer's); Story Telling: Don Foley and Marion Anderson

July 2015
Journey of a Village: Ashby Village Turns Five; Focus on Five; Founder's Fund; Play-It-Forward DragonMax Volunteer Event; Story Telling: Danute Nitecki and Daniel Sabsay

June 2015
Ashby Village Story Team; Faces of Fatherhood Photo Exhibit; Caught in the Act; Pool Antics; Red Nose Day; Interested in Travel?; National Village Gathering; Emergency Planning; Emergency Notice

May 2015
Ashby Village's Birthday; Subheading; New Volunteer Programs; Big Jobs Need a Team; Things To Do; What We're Reading

April 2015
Learning from the Past and Planning the Future; Pat Sussman Tapped for National Village Board; MED-PALS AVAILABLE; Did You Know? Medicare Factoids; Riding BART - Tips for Seniors

March 2015
Strong Collaborative Relationships:"Scalability and Sustainability"; Stewardship in Action; Celebrate Generosity

February 2015
Ashby Village Goes To China; COMMUNICATING-Ashby Village's Message; Stewardship in Action:Someone Special

January 2015
2015 is the Year of Stewardship; Andra Lichtenstein-New Board President; Board Transitions; Success Story Challenge Campaign Hits Goal; STAFF NEWS

Fall 2014
The Year of Stewardship; Ashby Village Juried Photo Exhibit; Expressions of Gratitude; Collaboration with TTN-Home; Volunteer Spotlight: Beth Burnside; Recognizing the Archstone Foundation; Bay Area Village Exchange; HICAP

Summer 2014
New Horizons; Ashby Village on KPFA 94.1; Volunteers Come Like Fish to Water; Surgery Planning Guide; Transportation Guide; Volunteer Spotlight: Jimmy Baker; Stories We Tell; Ashby Village 2013/2014 Donors

Spring 2014
Volunteer Appreciation Week & Party; Building the Community of Villages in CA; SevenPonds Interviews Ashby Village Executive Director; Ashby Village expands its presence on Facebook; Board/PLT Retreat Highlights; Spotlights, Berkeley Board Fellows: Brandi Howard & Casey Lord

Winter 2013
Letter from Executive Director Andy Gaines; Introducing our NEW Program Teams and Program Leadership Team; Village to Village Network recognizes Outstanding Service and Contribution; FY 2012/2013 Annual Report; New Initiatives Designed to Attract and Engage "Under 70's"; Board Development and Berkeley Board Fellows; Volunteer and Member Spotlights: Shirley Jowell and MaryJo Powell

Fall 2013
Message from Executive Director Andy Gaines; Archstone Continuation Grant Awarded; Ashby Village featured in Liberty Mutual; Information gathering for Under 70 Member Study near completion; Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Foushee; Member Spotlight: Chana Bloch

Summer 2013
Unleash the Power of Age: Pat Sussman Winner; Ashby Village video premiers; Neighborhood group leaders complete Facilitation Training; Gay Pride Month; Ashby Village listens to its Over 80's Members; Member Spotlights: Sondra Jensen & Betsy Hess-Behrens

Spring 2013
Celebrating Volunteers this Month; Ashby Village featured in SF Chronicle & Oakland Magazine; Youngest New Ashby Village Member!; Volunteer Spotlights: Ronnie Boynton, Valerie Yeakel, Will Moore, Mort Davis

Winter 2013
Executive Director Report; National Village Exchange; 2011/2012 Annual Report; Operations & Volunteer Coordinator hired; New Program Manager for AV; Making a Difference Video Project; Ashby Village featured in Japanese Press; Appreciation: Steve Lustig

Fall 2012
Watergate@Ashby Village; "Forever Activists" Donor Appreciation a Success; Coming of Age Production Team Meets; Hands on the Bay Area helps out Ashby Village Members; Villages in the Media; Appreciation: Joan Cole

Summer 2012
UCSF Study of Loneliness in Later Years; Coming of Age Grant awarded to Ashby Village; Membership Engagement & Growth; It Takes a Village Membership Fund Accepting Applications; Appreciation: Deborah Jay Levy

April 2012
The Power Behind the Village Movement; What Drives You to Volunteer at Ashby Village; Upcoming Events: Village Author Series; Appreciation: Sandy Simon

February 2012
Recognizing Service Volunteers; Volunteers Take the Wheel; Faces & Voices of Ashby Village Sevice Volunteers; Ashby Village is outgrowing its office space; Upcoming Nature Walk Events.

January 2012
It really does "Take a Village"; A Fresh New Year; Channel 5 TV News Story; Ashby Village Facebook Page; Upcoming Member Forum: Planning for Sustainability; Appreciation: Nancy Ceridwyn.

December 2011
The Gift of Ashby Village Membership; It Takes a Village Membership Fund; Presenting Village Linkages: Lifelong Medical Care; Article published by Bay Area News Group; Appreciation: Paul Axelrod

October 2011
Seniors get help from Village Support Network, ABC Channel 7 News Story; UC Berkeley News Center Stories; Meeting scheduled to explore linkages with US Berkeley; Fall Membership Drive; Appreciation: Pat Carvalho

September 2011
Ashby Village awarded $100,000 Grant; Operations Coordinator hired; Last Call for Group Discount Registration; Appreciation: BarbiJo Stim.

August 2011
Strategic planning processes announced; Volunteers Lula Greene and Joanne Backman recognized; Ted Roszak Memorial Fund established.

July 2011
In this Anniversary Issue there are interviews with Ashby Village founders reflecting upon the beginnings of our Village; hiring Operations Coordinator; partnerships being discussed; beginning a year-long Strategic Planning Process; Upcoming Events include Ashby Village's First Picnic.

June 2011
It Takes a Village, comments by Marlene Bagdikian and Marcia Freedman on Ashby Village's first year progress as part of the Villages movement; Still Time to Renew Your Membership; the MedPal program holds its first advanced training; Upcoming Events include 'Nutrition for the Wise Years' June 29 and the July Living Room Chat; the Village is seeking to fill two part-time volunteer positions;

May 2011
Safety Tips for an Elmwood Home; A series of village events including Susi Stadler's presentation, Potluck & Poetry, and Living Room Chats; Volunteer Orientation and Training on the way; Roberta Pressman highlighted for appreciation.

April 2011
Discussion of Home and Personal Safety programs; Announcement of new Board Members; AARP article about Villages: "The Real Social Network". Volunteer Mark Goldman highlighted for appreciation.

March 2011
Announcement of new website; Membership installment option now available; Gail Sheehy Keeps Focus on Ashby Village - presentation at OLLI. Volunteers Joann Sullivan and Judy Boe highlighted for appreciation.

February 2011
Volunteers meet to chart the history of Ashby Village and the national movement; Social Services Committee offers free consulting service to members. ìWhat do you talk about when you discuss Ashby Village?î Volunteer Betty Webster highlighted for appreciation.

January 2011
Member survey completed. New columns added to Newletter to connect members. Member Services committee met. Executive Director participates in Philadephia national Village gathering.


December 2010
Holiday Party. Tea and Chat announced. Executive Director discusses funding challenges for expansion. Launch Discount still available. Volunteers Irene Marcos and Raymond Lozano highlighted for appreciation.

November 2010
Executive Director Andy Gaines to attend Village to Village Network national meeting in Philadelphia; Membership committee will make welcoming phone calls. Volunteers Daniel Sabsay and Charlotte Herzfeld highlighted for appreciation.

October 2010
Vetted and trained volunteers available to meet membersí requests. Interim Executive Director hands ìbatonî to new Director Andy Gaines. Second volunteer training completed.

September 2010
Andrew Gaines appointed as new director. Volunteer Orientation and Training scheduled. House Party Schedule announced.

August 2010
Inaugural Community Meeting well attended. New Executive Director Andrew Gaines formally announced.

July 2010
First members meeting held. Full-time Executive Director position filled. Members meet for lunch at Cafe Leila. Upcoming House Parties announced.

June 2010
Ashby Village to be launched in July. Ashby Village mentioned in scholarly journal; Volunteers called for. Committees working hard to prepare for launch.

February 2010
Members and donors welcomed. First Ashby Village social gathering announced; Sunday speaker series to be launched in March.

January 2010
Administration on Aging grant now received. Neighbors encouraged to attend Living Room Chats.

October 2009

Suggestions requested for vetted providers. Ashby Village stories in two local newpapers.

August 2009
Ashby Village meetings scheduled for September. photographs for brochure requested.


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