Fall 2018

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Enjoy the Holidays The end of the year holidays are quickly approaching, make them even more pleasant this year. Stroll down memory lane: Holidays provoke memories. Share stories and observations from the past with family and friends. Break out the photo albums, family videos and music, songs on the radio will bring memories and help recall stories and experiences. See who can share the funniest story; the process will have everyone smiling.

Watch a holiday movie: Watching a holiday classic is a must do during the holiday season. Invite your loved ones to join you or get together with friends. Bring some holiday treats to make it a festive evening.

Walk outside: Make time for activities that will increase exposure to daylight. Going for a stroll or sitting on a bench will rejuvenate your senses. Throw some leaves for fun.

Create new memories: Enjoy local activities that capture the holiday spirit. Check out the Milwaukie Tree Lighting and Winter Solstice Celebration which includes a decorated umbrella parade. See more ideas on page 2 and try something new.

Be social: It’s a perfect time to invite friends over to share in a visit. Getting together with friends to show your appreciation for their friendship is a perfect holiday tradition. Make it a game night with Rummy, Quiddler, Canasta, Yahtzee, or any of your favorite games.

Make handmade cards: Create holiday cards from craft materials and send them to your family and friends during the holiday season.



LETTER FROM DIANE One of my favorite things about the holidays is that they begin with Thanksgiving. The focus is on what’s important. Appreciation for the good in our lives and expressing gratitude to others for the gifts we’ve received. Life gets busy and the days fly by. Thanksgiving is a reminder to pause. It’s a perfect time for me to tell you all how grateful we are for your support of our mission to help residents at Willamette View who need financial assistance and help managing their daily financial affairs. We don’t want any resident to worry about financial security. We wish you peace and happiness.

With gratitude,


Local Holiday Activities Portland Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Join fellow Portlanders on Nov. 23rd from 5:30pm-6:30pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the lighting of the spectacular 75 ft Douglas-fir tree. See thousands of colorful lights and participate in Portland’s largest community sing-a-long. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Catch the Max Orange Line from the SE Park Avenue Max Station to Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland.

Milwaukie Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting On Saturday, Dec. 1st from 3:45 to 6:30pm join the annual tradition of parading down Main Street with decorated umbrellas to City Hall and celebrate the tree lighting. Enjoy an hour long performance by the Dickens Carolers, free hot cocoa, spiced cider, and the Franz Bakery Grilled Cheese Machine bites. Hop on the Max Orange Line at SE Park Avenue and get off at the downtown Milwaukie Main stop.

Christmas Ships Parade For a few weeks during the holidays, boat owners cruise the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to showcase their holiday lights and spread holiday cheer. On Saturday, December 15th at 4:30pm the fleet will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego. The ship parade can be seen from Willamette View. Mark your calendar and don’t miss this annual holiday treat.

Winter Wonderland Light Show Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway is the largest light show in the Northwest. Ask a family member, or a friend who drives, to go enjoy the beautiful display of over 250 colorful light pieces and animated scenes from the comfort and warmth of the back seat. It is truly spec-



Financial Assistance from Willamette View Foundation

It’s your safety net The Foundation’s primary mission is to provide financial assistance for qualified residents of Willamette Views whose resources have been exhausted as a result of meeting their residency and care needs. We are here to help you when your funds have run out. We know that uncontrollable things can happen such as unexpectedly high care costs, market drops in investment value, or the good fortune of a long life. The assistance program is available and even has special provisions for couples when one becomes ill to enable peace of mind from financial worries. Although we can’t guarantee financial assistance, we can say that as long as funds are available and the eligibility standards are met, we will be your safety net. Our program has been funded by residents, their families and friends, and has been supplemented by investment earnings.

We started helping

residents in 1969 and by the end of this year, we will have paid Willamette View, Inc. over $10 million on behalf of 154 residents in need. We want you, and your family, to know that when you need help, we’ll be here for you with assistance and compassion. Our program strengthens the community without burden.

Who establishes gift annuities? Most gift annuity donors seek the security of fixed payments that will not vary, and would like to support the mission of a charity. A charitable gift annuity can accomplish these goals and might also provide tax savings. Gift annuities are appealing when interest rates on CD’s are low, when you have appreciated investments, and when you desire fixed payments you can count on. If you are thinking of establishing a gift annuity, and would like to see how you can Give & Get, request a financial illustration showing the rate you can receive, how it would be taxed, and the charitable deduction generated by a gift. Contact us at 971.233.8958 and we’ll be happy to help.



Willamette View Foundation 11226 SE 21st Ave Portland, OR 97222 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

IN THIS ISSUE Enjoy the Holidays

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Local Holiday Activities

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Your Safety Net

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Charitable Gift Annuity

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THE FOUNDATION’S MISSION is to help qualified

971-233-8956 Diane Wernli, Executive Director diane@willametteviewfoundation.org Christy Noble, Administrative Assistant christy@willametteviewfoundation.org

residents of the Willamette View Retirement Community maintain their dignity and independence through assistance in satisfying their need for housing and financial security. Aid is provided through resident assistance and financial management programs, educational seminars, financial information service, publications and grants to Willamette View, Inc. that benefit the community’s residents.

FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Christie Geiger- President Bill Spooner- Vice President Ron Gustafson- Secretary/Treasurer Carol Cameron Jon Coney

Lift holiday spirits when you...  Pay someone a compliment  Send a loved one a letter  Smile at everyone you see

Thomas DeSouza

 Give someone a hug

Jonathan Enz

 Volunteer your time

Pat Fisher Robert Potter