A damp morning challenged the day as members of our Involvement Committee set up for our 2017 VBREA Annual Picnic at Great Neck Park. Motivated by their hearts and without much ado, the committee turned our picnic into a sunny event where fun, laughter, and a delicious lunch were second only to the heartfelt reunions enjoyed by everyone in attendance. The sun came out and members were able to travel through time by reviewing the “olden days” while catching up on what have become the “golden days”. If you missed our picnic this year, put a tickler on your calendar for June of next year. It will be great…join us next year as we come together for good food and wholesome soul nourishment.
Below are VBREA Board Members at the Picnic
L to R/ Front Row: Barbara Byrd, Donna Brehm, and Rose Dawley
L to R/ Back Row: Nancy Moore, Twila Leavitt, Jane Draper, and Pete Leavitt
Below are Members of the Involvement Committee at the Picnic
L to R/ Front Row: Joelle Talbot, Rose Dawley and Pat Hamm
L to R/ Back Row: Nancy Moore Roberta Snyder, Pete Leavitt, Sue Shipp, and Ilene Snyder
Below are Communications Committee Members at the Picnic L to R: Mary Cardwell, Rusty Bedard, and Twila Leavitt.
Ho,ho,ho! What another fun time...laughter, friendship, and a very jolly holiday luncheon was enjoyed by all. Take a minute to visit with members who graciously accepted being photographed for those of you who were not able to attend. Enjoy...as you share these captured moments of happiness!
Thank you Dorothy S. for being the event photographer.
If you missed our luncheon this year, we certainly hope you'll join us next year!
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The 2016 VBREA Annual Meeting Wrapped up yet another year for us...thank you everyone for making it successful! The minutes from that meeting are posted on our "Stay Connected" page for your review. Thank you to those of you attended our meeting.
We bring to your attention our guest presentations...
Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver is a national proactive, electronic tracking, program used to assist in locating people. Qualifying individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, Down's Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorder who may become lost and endangered can participate in this program. The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD), in partnership with Project Lifesaver has special tracking equipment to help locate missing persons. The VBPD is the first major city police department in the country to take on this effort. The VBREA is pleased to have donated $700 to purchase two electronic bands in support of this program. Accepting in this photo is MPO Jason Karangelen (center), with Barbara Byrd, VBREA President (right), and Nancy Moore, VBREA Director-at-large (left). To learn more about this project click here to visit: Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver on Facebook.
City Manager, David L. Hansen Members were grateful that City Manager, Dave Hansen joined us over-viewing such topics as ongoing city activities, infrastructure problems, management updates, and the importance of applying to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for those sustaining damages during the recent Hurricane Matthew that devastated some areas in our city.
FEMA contact information was posted on the city's website at the time of Mr. Hansen's presentation.
Mr. Hansen welcomed direct communications between himself and the VBREA President to maintain the ongoing partnership between city management and city retirees. In expressing his gratitude to retirees, Mr. Hansen noted the possibilities of volunteering in support of city activities. If interested, members can complete an electronic application click here: The city's website.
Knitting and Crocheting are age-old pastimes of guiding needles as they click together to "magically" create handmade winter hats and scarves keeping the wearer warm.
As is the case of our creative, skilled, and passionate VBREA retirees calling themselves the Knit-Wits, hundreds of hats and scarves have been fashioned touching the abandoned, abused, neglected, and traumatized with not only warmth...but also love and hope that the Knit-Wits will make a difference for those in need during the cold winter months. In 2016 the Knit-Wits made 114 hats and 156 scarfs for men and women. The items were donated at the Judeo/Christian Outreach Center who has expressed their sincere appreciation to the Knit-Wits for their dedication and heartfelt goodness towards those in need.
The Knit-Wits meet once a month at 2:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please contact Irene Bates: 757-430-3636.