Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Oct. 2, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Hooked on Books Senior Center
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

News

Advisory Board Meeting, March 21, 2022

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
August 15, 2022

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Robin Wolf, Richard Sanders, Donn King, Wayne Slater, Bob Mohler. Art Oller PROS.  Jane West, guest.

Call to order on Zoom at 9:33 am by Fred Rentschler

Minutes – no corrections

Treasurer’s Report – Rich reports that unrestricted checking was $57,229 on 7-31-22, down $226 from June.  Creaker restricted checking is $15,255, up $100.  For the month of July WCSC has a net operating loss of $138 compared to net income of $1856 in June.  The largest revenue was another Google grant of $3912 which is a pass through to Special Summer Camp.  In August $4061.40 was collected for April-June fees collected by the City related to WCSC programs. Further information on this will be available in the next report.  Two CD’s are coming due in September and October.

Correspondence – none

Manager/Coordinator Update – Kat out of town

Presidents Report – see below

*Presentation to the Board by Jane West regarding the Perennials Garden Club.  Jane summarized what has been accomplished so far since this new club began.  It met on Zoom at first after it began in August 2020.  Jane was requesting $500 for program speakers.  She is able to get some at no charge but some require a fee.  Non-profits often ask for donations.  After discussion, the Board agreed to provide $500 for the 2023 programs.

Unfinished Business

Newsletter – Fred will take over the newsletter as Robin has developed carpel tunnel and can no longer do it.  She is available to help Fred out.  Many thanks to Robin!

2022 WCSC Audit – this will be moved to September

2023 Elections – we need candidates for the November newsletter.  Fred will pursue.

Changing Banks – Due to the lack of cooperation from our current bank, we need a new bank.  Wells Fargo was suggested. Wayne moved that we contact Wells Fargo about an account.  Jody seconded the motion and it carried 7-0.

New Business

Perennial Garden Club – * see above

AED Batteries – the Creakers have 4 AEDs that were donated by an ambulance company.  The batteries are at the end of their useful life and need to be replaced for a cost of about $800.  Donn has been looking into replacement batteries.  After discussion, the sense of the group was that new AED units should be purchased.  A motion was made by Wayne with a second by Rich.  WCSC should pay 100% of the cost for new AEDs.  5 yes, 1 abstention. Motion passed.

Jeanne leaves meeting.  Robin continues taking the minutes.

Creakers will ask the City for shade cover for the dugout.  Fred will talk to City officials.  Art said the City has a shade plan and Fred will ask for a new shade plan to include dugouts.

Dues for 2023 – Rich made a motion to increase dues to $20 for 2023. Second by Donn. Passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned 11:21 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Wolf and Robin Wolf

Jeanne Wolf

Secretary

Activities

Hooked on Books meets October 4

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Drop-in Group.  Members $2, Non-members $5

September Book: – Code Girls by Liza Mundy

hooked on books_oct In the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, Code Girls is the astonishing, untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes, helping to secure Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis.

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.


Hooked on Books has a different discussion leader each month. Books are chosen by group discussion and often by a vote.

2022 BOOK LIST

October 4 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy
November 1 – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
December 6 – Anxious People by Frederik Backman
January 3, 2023 – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

News

Creaker Softball: AED 101

by Donn King

Question: What is the most useful and valuable appliance that you could ever possess, and hope that you never need to use? Answer: an AED, or Automatic External Defibrillator. AEDs are employed when a person is having a heart attack. Their heart is in “fibrillation,” an uncoordinated, dysrhythmic, ineffectual state. The heart is fluttering or has stopped altogether and needs to be shocked back into a regular rhythm. If this can be accomplished in a timely fashion, the person has a much better chance of survival. That is where an AED can come in mighty handy.

The beauty of AEDs is they are truly automatic. The machine is designed to not let you make a mistake. It is capable of assessing the person’s cardiac status, making the correct decision about whether or not to deliver a shock, and then and only then, delivering a shock to attempt to correct the problem.

Creakers have access to four AEDs in Walnut Creek. Three are at Heather Farm: HF1, HF 3-4, and HF5. There is an AED at Rudgear Park. ADs are easy to use but people are understandably afraid of using them. If you see a downed person on a playing field, or anywhere else for that matter, the first things to do are, call 911, start CPR, send someone to get the AED, and push the button to start the AED once you have it. When you turn on the AED it will tell you what to do:

*Open the person’s clothing to expose bare skin on their chest.
*Peal off the protective backing on the sticky “paddles.” and place them on the chest where the machine tells you to place them.
*Stand clear of the downed person and allow the AED to read the person’s cardiac
rhythm.
*If a shock is warranted, the machine will deliver the shock. If not, the machine will give you further directions, e.g. continue CPR.

By the way, in recent years CPR has been simplified: in the field, lay persons are no longer expected to give mouth to mouth breathing. Giving 30 chest compressions per minute is considered most important.

Here is the amazing truth, and I hesitate to verbalize it: in ten years, which is how long the Creakers have owned our AEDs, there has not been one incident of a Creaker going down in the playing field; we have never had to employ an AED. Knock on wood, throw salt over your left shoulder, and spit on the ground. On one hand, you might think that a bunch of over-exerting senior citizens would be a population rife with cardiac events. On the other, athletes of whatever age, especially seniors, self select into a low risk group. We intend to keep moving as long as we can.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Sept. 25, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Petanque Lobby check in
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 9:30 am – 10:30 am Creative Water Coloring Senior Center
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multipurpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

News, Tips

Native Plant Growers – Swallowtail Butterflies Are Returning to Civic Park


 

 

Swallowtail Butterflies Are Returning to Civic Park

by Robin Wolf


The next time you come to the Civic Park Community Center, you might want to look for Swallowtail butterflies along the creek. These large yellow and black butterflies began returning to the creek bank after habitat restoration got under way. The WC Watershed Council has removed invasive ivy over a 200 foot stretch of the creek bank and replaced it with native fescue grass. As a result, Swallowtail butterflies are retuning to the creek area.

Swallowtail butterflies like to lay their eggs on the leaves of the valley oaks and coast live oaks that line the creek. Caterpillars hatch and eat those leaves. Then when full-grown, the caterpillars drop to the ground to make a chrysalis from which a butterfly will emerge. If the caterpillar drops into ivy, the chrysalis and emerging butterfly will probably be lost. The butterfly may emerge too deep in the ivy to be able to climb out without damaging her delicate wings. Butterflies only lay their eggs on native plants and ivy is not native. Thus, she will not be able to lay her eggs on ivy to create the next generation. However, when the native plant habitat is restored, the caterpillars drop into native grasses and can finish their life cycle.

If you take your grandchildren to Civic Park and happen to see a swallowtail, please ask them not to chase or touch the butterflies.

Activities

Perennials Garden Club

Fascinating Foliage: Drama with Variegated Plants

Monday, September 26, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Drop-in group   Members $2, Non-members $5

by Jane West

Variegated foliage (multicolored leaves) can be a real workhorse in the garden. It can provide color and interest when other plants aren’t in bloom. It can knit together garden elements by echoing or contrasting colors and it can provide focal points. Katie Creighton will talk about some of the characteristics of variegated foliage. She will let you know the Dos and Don’ts of incorporating them into our gardens.

Katie Creighton is a recently retired Landscape Designer who designed and managed the installation of gardens in the Bay Area for 24 years. Since retirement, Katie has focused on consulting with homeowners on best practices and approaches for successful landscape design. Her emphasis is on gardens that are successful in a Mediterranean climate, drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, and fun!

Katie is a member of APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) where she served for several years on the board of the Bay Area District. She has been a member of Montelindo Garden Club for 25 years, holding various board positions including President. She received her certificate in Horticulture, Design, and Construction from Merritt College.

At the CIVIC PARK SENIOR CENTER
Room: Social Hall

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.

For more information and to receive emails about future garden speakers, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com.

 

News

Advisory Board Meeting, March 21, 2022

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
March 21, 2022

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Kent Clancy, Wayne Slater, Bob Mohler, Robin Wolf, Richard Sanders, Donn King and Preston Jones and Kat Reisinger, staff.

Call to order on Zoom at 9:32 am by President Fred Rentschler.

Approval of Minutes of February 21, 2022 – approved.

Correspondence – there has been an indication from Carol Varian (sp?) of interest in leading the Bazaar Group but Fred has been unable to contact her. Her phone number doesn’t work.

Treasurer’s Report – Donn reports unrestricted checking is $55,069 as of 2/28/22 which is down from January. Creaker restricted checking increased $110 to $30,833 from January.  Looking at the comparative income statement, membership dues was the largest revenue at $1798 and field fees were the largest expense.  Twenty four checks were issued in February for a total of $1747. Money collected by the City (for drop in fees and dues) comes in quarterly so it will be received in April.  At the end of February there were 822 members.

**Managers Report – later. Waiting on Kat

President’s Report – will be covered elsewhere

Unfinished Business –

Newsletter – Robin continues to do an outstanding job.  The April newsletter is mostly ready.  Robin asked Bob to continue with his Trivia articles.  This newsletter will include a video.

Parking regulations – According to Fred’s discussion with Kat, they are not going to change. Still issued for 3 hour classes.  The Board members can get a pass.  More later from Kat.

In Person Classes – they attendance remains a bit low.  Possibly because of mask regulations among other things.  Wayne reported that the Investment Club has about 20 people including new members.  Mah Jong was down to 16, Bingo 24, Garden about 12 per Fred. Hoping as things open up the attendance will increase.

**Managers Report – Kat stated that the City no longer requires masks or proof of vaccine except for the bus travel.  She is getting ready for the spring programs. She is working on the presentation next month for the transportation grant which has been popular.  Regarding parking, she states that the permits are for between 10 am – 2 pm in the back lot where they are required, they can be in the front lot and library for longer than 3 hrs. To get a parking pass you must attend events at least twice a month.  Kat also stated that a membership card is not required to attend a class.  The drop in fee is $2 for members and $5 for non-members.  Robin reminded everyone that currently the membership card gets you two coffees for the price of one at the Library Café.

New Business

Creaker tractor -The Creakers have done their due diligence and found a tractor for $14,681.25.  Payment for the tractor will come from the Creakers restricted fund of $30,833.  The funds are mostly from donations to the Creakers.  They believe they need Board approval.  Bob made a motion to approve $14,681.25 for the purchase of the tractor.  Jody seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Zoom – Fred will be gone May and June.  Wayne will chair the Board meetings.

Not on agenda:

Kat – there have been staff changes and boxes need to be removed from the travel office.  Fred will deal with them.  Bob noted that the WCSC records must be kept for 5 years per the IRS.

Kat also noted that the Café is moving to the Assembly Hall and will need the cupboards there. Fred has worked on cleaning them out and the Board agreed to donate the items except for what is to be moved to WCSC storage closets.

Ambassador Reports – Rolando reported that the Walking Buddies have had about 20-25 people each Tuesday.  The Thursday hike is once a month.

Fred reported that the Tennis Club membership dues have been turned into the City.

Creakers – Donn reported that the season has started and will go through September. There are 220 participants.

Trivia – Bob reported that there seemed to have been a 3-4 person increase perhaps due to the article in the newsletter.

**Not on agenda

Wayne noted that a couple of CDs are coming due at the bank.  After discussion it was agreed that as rates seem to be going up the renewals should be for 6 months.

PROS – no meeting

Meeting was adjourned at 10:16 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Wolf

Secretary

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Sept. 18, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multipurpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Activities

Native Plant Growers

Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Free – No drop-in fee

Meet at the Bird Habitat Garden at the entry to the small parking lot – with the green plastic fence and colorful flags.

Native Plant Growers Getting Ready for Fall Planting

by Robin Wolf

The Native Plant Growers plant and maintain a butterfly habitat garden in Civic Park next to the Community Center. We water the garden at our weekly meetings and also plant native plants and grow seeds. Learning about native plants can be satisfying. The garden contains both nectar plants and host plants for butterflies: plants on which butterflies lay their eggs. We are helping to bring back butterflies to Civic Park.