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All Village/General Meeting
June 11, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Elsie Stuhr Center
Willow Room
An opportunity for all Viva Villagers to hear exciting news of our progress as we move closer to the time we sign up members and get vetted volunteers and vendors in place for our Pilot Launch (October) and Full-Blown Launch in January 2017.

The Governing Council wants to share what it has been doing these past few months and respond to our questions and concerns.

For info contact Kathe Fradkin
Viva Village 101
Information Presentation

Thursday, June 9,
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Central Beaverton Location
near Murray and 6th Avenue
RSVP: 503-312- 7675 or

3rd Thursday Social
at Giovanni’s Restaurant

June 16, 2016,  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
dinner table
Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
Corner of Hall and Broadway, Beaverton
(#76 and #78 bus lines)
or 503-644-7417
Volunteer Orientation
June 20, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Prior Village 101 attendance required.
Beaverton Community Center,
Vose Room
12350 SW 5th Street, Suite 100
(across from Beaverton Library)
RSVP: or 503-644-7417
GamesGame Night
June 23, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fun get-together for friendly games. Please bring your favorite game to supplement games such as Scrabble, Rummicub and Uno. (Spin the Bottle?)

Dessert and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be provided.
Men’s Coffee Break at Java Lounge on Cornell in Cedar MillLots of coffee!
(2 blocks east of Murray, corner of Cornell and
Dale Ave.)
June 28, 2016
9:30 am –
10:30 am
No program or agenda, just sipping and conversation. 
Contact INFO: Ross Miller, 503-713- 3563
Viva Village Book Club
July 19, 6:30 pmGift of Caring
in a private home in south Beaverton
Discussing The Gift of Caring by Marcy Cottrell Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom.
For location and
other information contact or call 503-644-7417.
Bethany Lake ParkNature Walk:
Bethany Lake Park
—Rock Creek Trail—
two speeds:
“Amble” or “3 in 1”

July 2, 2016 9:00 am
Park and meet at 4900 Neahkahnie Ave. at the Rock Creek Trail sign.

The 5-foot wide, paved trail slopes slightly downhill toward the lake. The lake has a lovely waterfall at the west end where it spills into Rock Creek.
Bethany Lake Park
Hikers can continue across 185th into Allenbach Acres park. Wheelchair users may choose to start out in the small parking lot (5061 185th) off of 185th to enjoy the lake section of the trail and avoid the long, very slightly uphill trip back to Neahkahnie Ave. (No racing!) The section between Neahkahnie and 185th is .6 miles.

See the map on (Upcoming Public Events).

Suzanne Boyd:  Our Facebook Good Fairy

One of Viva Village’s many public images has been enhanced vastly during the last year-plus, thanks to Suzanne Boyd, diligent originator-cum-custodian and the tech brains behind Viva Village’s Facebook page. Her scouring of various sources provides postings to inspire and enchant the Village’s Facebook “Friends,” swelled in number to over 200 at this writing.

Suzanne’s imaginative research is ever beamed to unearth items to promote diversity, volunteering, and lifestyle inspiration for those past middle age—topics to keep the momentum of the Village in high gear and to connect the membership.  

Viva Village’s Bonnie Barksdale provided the initial impetus for Suzanne to become involved with the Village, though our FB page wasn’t even a gleam in its mother’s eye. Bonnie and Suzanne were neighbors; Suzanne, not of the Social Security crowd at all, with three children under 10, wanted her trio of “Smalls” to have a bit of, uh, intergenerational contact. And so Suzanne came to a Viva Village meeting, probably with a Rent-a-Geezer notion in mind. The next thing she knew, she had volunteered to produce a FB page and Viva Village was on the fast-moving social media bandwagon.

Her new home now finds her even farther from the madding crowd than where she first met Bonnie. Picture

Suzanne B.   
sprawling acres of lawn in an evergreen aerie in the Bald Peak area, boasting views of faraway Forest Grove, with an enviable hilly surround. There, Suzanne home-schools her children four days a week (on Tuesdays the children attend a nearby school), a labor of love that also requires off-site meetings with other home-schoolers’ parents, field trips, and an elaborate and varied curriculum. Home schooling under Suzanne sounds pretty 24/7. But it’s still her official day job, even if far from her IBM career of the past in Dallas, TX, as a staff analyst.

Color Viva Village lucky to have wooed Suzanne into its aura. 

And check out the Village FB page on line by going to
Viva Village Facebook.

You don’t have to be a Facebook member to savor the delightful compilations of our inventive Facebook guru-ess.

Facebook "like"

(Ellin Johnson interviewed Suzanne and composed this bio.)
Totals for April 2016 thru May 2016 for Viva Village
— Marketing, Events, Funding, Volunteering,
Strategy, Research, and Other Action Teams—

1218.35 hours 

Linda Scott
Carmela M Bowns
Darleene Meyer
Don P. Wolf
Sue Mann
Ellin Johnson
Frieda Pardo
Fran Jones
Gerry Barksdale
Gerry Lukos
Jean Feller
Janet Cruz
Karen McCune
Kathy Brown
Kathe Fradkin

Larry Brown
Nilze Sumner
Patricia Langford
Sarah Harris
Ruth Ann Homan
Rae Coleman
Regina Ford
Ross Miller
Nancy Miller
Ray Rosa
Ruth Spencer
Sherrie Winner
Suzanne Boyd
Suzanne VanSlyke
Tracy Oddson

Reported by Gerry Barksdale, Webmaster and Keeper of the Rolls

We heard this question from family and friends when we were children. They were amused by our occupational daydreams. By the time we were high schoolers, however, this was a serious question. What were we going to be? What were we going to do? What school, what training, what experiences would prepare us for work that would provide both a living and a sense of personal fulfillment?
For years I was part of a network of counselors organized and trained by Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?—a perennial best seller in the 1970s and 1980s—and still in print. We mostly worked with people on campuses as they sorted out options for study and work. We tried to help them identify skills they used easily and effectively during times of satisfying accomplishment. Knowing one’s innate skills often served as a guide to the right vocation.
When I retired in 2001, I found I was asking some of the same questions I had asked in my student days. Where do I go from here with my life? What interests and skills would I like to exercise in my retirement that might bring me a sense of satisfaction, and, at the same time, affirm my deepest values?

And now, pondering participation in Viva Village, not only as a member, but as a volunteer, I realize that I have another opportunity to visit the “what am I going to be/do” question. What do I want to do as a volunteer? What skills and knowledge do I have that might be helpful to Viva Villagers? And what sort of volunteer activity might not only assist others, but exercise some of the best in me? (Of course, Viva Village members are not required to be Viva Village volunteers, and one can be a Viva Village volunteer without being a Viva Village member. I want to be/do both.)
Viva Village will, I am sure, have a rich pool of volunteers, not only persons willing to offer rides, yard work, repairs, etc., but persons wise in the way of plants and trees, houses, machines, the animals, and so much more. This means that we Viva Villagers can not only find help in those situations calling for more knowledge and strength than our older minds and bodies can handle, but we also have access to resourceful persons who can make our lives more interesting and fun.
The Editor

(It has come to our attention that newer readers of “The Village Voice” may not understand some of the terms tossed about willy-nilly
by long-time Viva Village volunteers.
This Quiz is designed to clarify the meaning of such terms.)
Multiple choice:
  1. Launch—
  1. midday meal
  2. for which there is no such thing as a free one
  3. when a Village is finally up and running and able to offer services to members, e.g. Viva Village, Jan. 1, 2017.
 2. Pilot Launch—
  1. University of Portland event involving boats or rockets,
  2. ejection from a plane with engine failure
  3. a brief trial run for a Village to make sure its systems are working, e.g. Viva Village, Oct. to Dec. 2016.
 3. Vetted Volunteers and Vendors—
  1. Volunteers and vendors who’ve been around for a while (surely not “fetid”)
  2. Volunteers and Vendors who’ve undergone criminal background checks.
  4. Member Services—
  1. weddings, yacht christenings, exorcisms, dedications, or other ceremonies
  2. acts by volunteers or vendors arranged by Viva Village to benefit its members: transportation, technical assistance, home or yard care, etc.
 5. Hub and Spoke Network—
  1. how cycle wheels are made to go
  2. polygamous relationship (hubby and wives)
  3. a central organization (the “hub”) that provides logistical support for several emerging Villages (the “spokes”) in a geographical area. VillagesNW is the hub for Viva Village and six other spoke Villages in the Portland area.
 6. The 2017 “Body Beautiful” Calendar—
  1. A fundraising creation featuring monthly photos of Viva Villagers throwing caution to the wind
  2. an absurd concept with no more support than the bikini carwash proposed a couple of years ago.


(1,c; 2,c; 3,b; 4,b; 5,c; 6,b)

Not Your Grandmother’s
Book Club

(assuming she had one)

A record nine, count ‘em, clustered around Rae Coleman’s friendly farm table on the eve of June 1 to parse a holocaust/Vichy France heartbreaker, The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.

For the assorted newbies to the Viva Village bi-monthly group, held at various homes, it was a peppy introduction to still another of the Village’s burgeoning social possibilities, as the Village moves toward its pre-launch in October.  The group began last year and is poised to continue—with choices literary and otherwise (one cannot live by Proust alone, whew.)

book clubThe format was democratic and to the point. Everyone did a précis of reactions to the WW2 novel that has captured the hearts of millions since its 2015 release.  (No English Lit class background for this group, although it was informative that Kristin Hannah is a Seattle-ite, because The Nightingale begins on the Oregon Coast.

Reactions to this examination of two French sisters’ lives during the Resistance were impassioned. The resilience of children, the courage of WOMEN (yes!), the elegant fluidity of prose and searing details, and the reality that this saga is very much alive today in other permutations—these were some of the comments.

Remembrances of things past were not absent, a number of the group sadly nostalgic over their own WW2 memories. The minor deprivations in the US at that time shrank rapidly in import when the draining demands of French life in the 1940s were considered.  So there was much for everyone to contribute.

book clubLooking ahead, the VV group plans a variety of titles for summer and fall: July, The Gift of Caring by Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS and Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH;  Blood Money (eye-opening study of the billionaire Koch brothers' "doings") by New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for August. The Book Thief, the story of a young Jewish girl and the German family that absorbed her into their family in a small German village in 1939 is the September read, and in November Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl.

The Washington Co. library has a number of these titles available for book clubs in a kit that can be reserved before hand, but it’s prudent to pounce as soon as a planned book is nominated. Ruth book clubSpencer offered that reserving is possible in both regular print and large print, doubling one’s opportunities. And who doesn’t love LARGE PRINT?

Your grandmother’s book club certainly didn’t include asparagus frittata, and Oregon strawberries and Toll House cookies (the Massachusetts establishment after which chocolate chip goodies were originally named).  Rae Coleman, hostess, did the culinary honors. Lots of clean plates.

Everyone needs a break from a diet of video games, and the VV book club provides it.

(Ellin Johnson)


Art: Judith Feinstein; Text: Ross Miller
Village illustrated story
*Many Villages across the U.S. offer “healthcare buddies,” sometimes called
by other names —“medical companions” or “medical friends”— as a volunteer service.

Villages, however, do not provide actual medical services.
These volunteers provide friendly support to Village members
Back issues of The Viva Village Voice (August, October, and December 2015, February, and April 2016) may be viewed on the website, Viva Village is a member of the Villages NW nonprofit Hub and Spoke Network. We are one of six Villages being formed in the Portland area. A seventh—Eastside Village—became a fully functioning Village offering services to members on October 1, 2015.
To learn more about the Village Movement locally, nationally, and internationally, please visit Villages NW online at or email Contact The Viva Village Voice at

Editor, Ross Miller Roving Reporter, Ellin Johnson
Graphic Artist, Judith Feinstein Hard Copy Distributor, Darleene Meyer
Layout, Kathy Brown  
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