President’s Message – May 2020

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Good Deeds and Gratitude

    While we shelter in place and practice social distancing, we must reflect and acknowledge the people who help us daily to combat COVID-19. These heroes are the nurses, doctors, first responders, grocery clerks, delivery people and many others who keep essential businesses open.
    In Orinda we have our own special heroes. For example, The Orinda Association’s (OA) Seniors Around Town (SAT) free transportation program has been modified to deliver groceries to seniors and make reassuring phone calls.
    On April 8, KPIX 5 filmed SAT volunteer Pamela Schroeder delivering groceries to Eartha Newsom at the Senior Village. Newsom says, “This is extremely valuable, giving me a sense of not being alone and isolated.”
    Kudos to SAT staff and volunteers Kate Wiley, Cathy Goshorn, Marie Waterman, Cindy Powell and Pamela Manning for their incredible dedication to our seniors.
    Given the shelter in place, the OA and Fourth of July Committee are working to bring innovative ideas for a community-wide celebration while staying safe. Take heart. This year’s Fourth of July will be exciting, shared, watchable and fun. Our goal is “Separately Together.”  Details will be worked out in the next several months, and we’ll keep you informed about how families can participate from their own home and yard. Be sure to check OrindaAssociation.org for updates.
    In the meantime, restaurants in Orinda have adapted and are offering delivery and take out. There are many restaurants offering popular dishes, whether its pizza from Zamboni or quesadillas from Baja Cali. Not only will you get a great meal, but you will be helping local restaurants and our economy. To see a list of participating restaurants, go to the city website (cityoforinda.org).
    When this is over, may we not take for granted a handshake with a friend, a hug, a crowded theater or a conversation with a neighbor. When this is over, may we be inspired by the good deeds of so many and may we continue to enjoy living in a community that is caring, healthy and strong.

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)
Groceries delivered by a Seniors Around Town volunteer are left at an Orinda doorstep.

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