Men's Coffee Break–New! … Lilacs …
Viva Village Update, ed. 11

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The Viva Village Update helps keep us connected. Watch for it bi-weekly (sometimes more often) for information about 1) what's happening in the Governing Council and action teams, 2) Volunteer Ideas for Village building, and 3) Viva Village Events.

Check out previous editions of the Update on our website.

Governing Council

Other Villages share their experience

This month, Viva Village had two great opportunities to learn from Villages who have been established for a while – Ashby Village in Berkeley, CA and Foster City Village north of Palo Alto, CA. We were greatly encouraged to find that we are on the right track for establishing a successful Village, and picked up several useful ideas for now and as we move towards launch and beyond. Both Villages have found that the community building aspect of a Village becomes even more significant than the services, though the services are important too. It's also important to reach out to a wide range of age groups to ensure sustainability.
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Chamber of Commerce

Viva Village is now a proud partner of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce logoChamber offers many benefits: networking with business owners and employees to tell our story to a broader audience; connections for technical assistance and advice for Viva Village's "business" needs (e.g., learning a bookkeeping system); and a potential for reaching diverse communities.

Our page on the Chamber of Commerce directory.

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Another Connection to the City of Beaverton
Beaverton logo
Suzanne VanSlyke has recently been chosen to be a voting member of the Beaverton Council on Aging. This is an advisory group to the mayor, and advocates for needed services and policies to help the growing senior population live as comfortably and safely as possible. Suzanne plans to represent Viva Village, helping us connect to the City of Beaverton through her involvement on this committee.

Thank you Suzanne for your great work!
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Our Action Teams are busy!

Events Planning and Program Development team members are busy planning events to engage Viva Villagers and foster community.

The Resource Development Team is pursuing several ways to raise the funds and other resources needed for our launch date and beyond—business supporters, grants, and a fundraising campaign.

The Membership Action Team has a great start on developing the processes and documents for membership recruitment and acceptance. The Volunteer Team, likewise, is engaged in the same process—developing the documents and process needed to recruit and train volunteers to provide direct services to our Viva Village members.

The Marketing Team is working closely with the Events and Resource Development teams, ensuring consistency and an integrated approach to our outreach efforts. We now have Viva Village decals and magnets! A big emphasis next is on developing the launch website.

In the Administrative area, volunteers are outlining workflows and learning the ins and outs of Club Express, the integrated website and database that will be the central tool to keep track of and connect our members, volunteers, and everyone else connected to our Village.

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Stay Current:

View minutes from all Governing Council meetings and from the All-Village Meeting on our website.

You can contact members of the Governing Council anytime at,
or call 503-644-7417.


Stay Connected: Volunteer
*Help Create our Launch Website
– a great way to volunteer!

Viva Village website header
Surf the Web and help Viva Village!
Join a team of volunteers to check out other Village websites. Help identify the best appearance, the best ease of use, the most inviting content, the most eye-catching content layout and style. Snap screenshots of what you find appealing, informative and useful. Your valuable input will enable us to build a great Viva Village launch website!

Website Development
Viva Village is currently developing a website that will integrate with our Viva Village database, Club Express. The team is looking for volunteers with website experience and know-how to help. This is an exciting opportunity to create something of great value for Viva Village as we go forward.

If you can help:
email, or call 503-841-2358.
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*Background Check Coordinator

As we gear up to provide services to members, volunteers will complete background security graphicchecks. We need a dedicated volunteer to keep track of those who have completed the process, plus those who have signed the confidentiality agreement. This is an important job that will allow us to fulfill our promise of providing vetted volunteer assistance to our members.

If you are interested, or for more information,
email, or call 503-644-7320

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*Looking Ahead to Summer – Service Volunteers

AtService volunteer least 70 of you have told us you want to provide services to members once we open. We haven't forgotten you! In fact, you are essential to the success of our Village. We will be reaching out to you in the next month or two.

Volunteer training sessions will begin in July or August so we will have enough trained volunteers for our pilot launch October 1.

To confirm your interest, add your name to our list,
or for more information, 

email, or call 503-644-7320

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Thank you to all those behind the recent edition of
The Viva Village Voice
– A most excellent newsletter!thank you bouquet
  • Ross Miller for his editing style, his winning way with words, and his well-thought-out editorial about "Who Needs a Village?"
  • Judith Feinstein for her engaging drawings for Ross's cartoon and her self-portrait to accompany her bio.
  • Ellin Johnson for her featured volunteer bio, and her enthusiastic response to the gardening event.
  • Bonnie Barksdale for her heartfelt thanks to volunteers who made the event a success.
  • Stephen Heard for creating a great printable version of the newsletter to send to Villagers without email.
  • Yongkie Hurd and Pokie Lee for sharing the beautiful nature photographs.

Viva Village Events

Tualatin Hills Nature Park: A great time Licorice Fermon April 2

Viva Village walkers had a real treat on this month's Nature Walk. Margaret Tusko and Julie Nemer, both friends of the Nature Park, guided us along the Vine Maple Trail. Margaret pointed out interesting plants – and animals – along the way. There was the licorice fern that sends its shoots Squirrelup a tree under the moss. The skunk cabbage was in full bloom; and there were plenty of beautiful trillium along the way. Those of us at the rear of the group learned about various edible wild plants from Julie. Beaverton is fortunate to have such a wonderful natural area.

Thank you to Margaret and Julie for adding to our enjoyment with their knowledge.

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Viva Village Thursday Social TimeGiovanni's
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join us for a casual meal at
Giovanni’s Restaurant
12390 SW Broadway, Beaverton
At the corner of Broadway and Hall

RSVP: or 503-644-7417

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Lilacs in Springtime …
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens: A Field tripLilacs!

Join us on Friday, April 22 for a Field Trip.

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, Washington 98674

Our group will meet at 8:50 a.m. at the Fred Meyer (Beaverton Town Center) parking lot, at the garden end.

white lilacWe will leave Fred Meyer at 9:00 a.m., and meet at the entrance of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens (we won't try to caravan). On the way back, some of the cars will stop for lunch … the location to be decided on that day. 

Admission to the Gardens is $3.00 – cash (no credit cards)
Get detailed directions here. Hulda Klager Lilac Garden directionspurple lilac 2

We are using friend-to-friend ride-share, on a space-available basis. Right now we have three cars going.

Our RSVP response shows that one more car would be helpful so that everyone can go.

If you can drive, please let us know. If you would like a ride, contact us with your phone number and we will try to get you in touch with a driver.

RSVP to Bonnie Barksdale at, or 503-841-2358
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coffe cupA NEW EVENT!
Men's Coffee Break

April 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Java Lounge, at the corner of
NW Cornell and NW Dale Ave,
Cedar Mill.

For more information, contact Ross Miller, 503-713-3563.

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Volunteer Orientation
(Village 101 attendance required)

Become a volunteerTuesday, April 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, Vose Room
12350 SW 5th Street, Suite 100 (across from library)

or 503-644-7417

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Coming Up in May: 
Mark these dates on your calendar.
(Watch for more information in future Updates)

May 7 – Nature Walk – Waterhouse Lake
May 11 – Village 101
May 12 – Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: A Field Trip
May 17 – Viva Village Book Club, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
May 19 – Thursday Social Time
May 23 – Volunteer Orientation
May 24 – Men's Coffee Break


Red and White Tulips

Images of
natural beauty from
Yongkie Hurd and Pokie Lie.

Tulip field

Viva Village is a member of Villages NW nonprofit Hub & Spoke Network.
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