One of the numerous reasons why John Knox Village continues to remain a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community is our residents and their commitment to improving the quality of life at our community.
In 1978, with the help of administration, our residents formed the initial structure for what became the Resident Auxiliary Services (RAS). Thirty-three years later, the organization still thrives. During its annual meeting on January 24, RAS celebrated its 2011 accomplishments, as well as installed the 2012 Board of Directors.
“It is a pleasure and a challenge to be involved in RAS,” said Marcia Ellington, President for the second year. Marcia plans and presides over meetings, appoints all committee chairs, members-at-large, a Parliamentarian and performs other pertinent duties.
In addition to Marcia, the other 2012 RAS Board Members are: Willard Meinholtz, Vice President; Ann Archard, Treasurer; Reba Kinsey, Assistant Treasurer; Rita Jones, Secretary; and Martha Johnson, Corresponding Secretary.
RAS currently consists of about 200 volunteers from throughout The Village who seek to provide services to our residents. These volunteer opportunities include: the Curiosity Shop; the furniture shop, large print library in Cassels Tower; RAS Office; Maggie Goetz Library in Village Centre; and at reception desks in Cassels, Heritage, Village Towers and Gardens West (assisted living).
Other volunteer tasks include mending for residents, publicizing events and meetings, keeping up the history of RAS and clearing out units after being turned over to RAS.
Throughout the years, RAS has collected funds from selling items in its Curiosity Shop, furniture sales and at the Pompano Beach Green Market. These funds are used for approved projects which are presented to and discussed by the entire RAS Board at monthly meetings throughout the year.
In 2011, RAS approved a little more than $77,000 toward projects benefitting The Village. The various departments and groups that received generous contributions included Building and Grounds, Dining, the Employee Holiday Gift Fund, Health Center, Libraries, Marketing, Professional Center, Village Centre and Villagers Men’s Chorus.
Our Health Center was able to purchase a new popcorn machine, welcome baskets, an ice cream cart with ice cream and floral herbal gardens. Marketing upgraded our video production equipment by adding three new high definition cameras, tripods, microphones and a computer system with professional software – all to highlight activities enjoyed by our residents and promote JKV.
“We simply could not have existed the past three years without the help of our RAS. They continue to support our music,” said Ron Davis, Director of the Men’s Chorus that now has a new portable keyboard to use at venues away from JKV. Also, our East Lake Building added patio furniture. Dining Services has beautiful floral arrangements. The Professional Center installed new awnings.
Additional improvements were books for the large print library, library supplies and a new piano bench in Village Centre.
As for the future, Marcia said she encourages more residents to assist the efforts of RAS which continues to make a positive impact at John Knox Village.