One of the fun privileges that I have as president and CEO of Poudre Valley Health System is meeting new people.
Hardly a day goes by without my chatting with new folks. Of course, we usually talk about health care, but many times I get the honor to learn more about people.
One such occasion was when I met Cheryl and Ron Lipka, who are the 19,000th and 19,001st members of the PVHS Aspen Club, our association for the older (and, naturally, wiser!) population in Fort Collins and Loveland.
Cheryl and Ron moved in 2008 to Colorado from New Jersey. Ron is a retired house builder and Cheryl is retired from sales, but, like Ron, she’s one of those people who find retirement is more fun if you just don’t settle back into the sofa and become a couch potato. She is the vice president of the Fort Collins Newcomers Club, a volunteer organization that helps new residents make friends through special interest groups and social activities.
Cheryl and Ron have the right attitude about the need to stay active to help you remain in good health. (Staying active is good health tip for anyone of any age!)
Both remain vigorous by hiking and snowshoeing—activities they didn’t do until they moved to Colorado. Ron also plays golf, and they both keep their minds sharp through such fun activities as playing Scrabble and cards.
Cheryl and Ron heard about the Aspen Club through the Fort Collins Newcomers Club. They joined the Aspen Club because they were interested in the many available services, such as health screenings and the program that offers advice about Medicare.
So I’d like to welcome Cheryl and Ron to the Aspen Club and wish them many, many active and enjoyable years in Fort Collins.
By the way, I don’t know which was which. That is, was Cheryl the 19,000th member or was she member 19,001? Or Ron?
Regardless of whether it’s 19,000 or 19,001, it’s a membership record for the Aspen Club. Congratulations to the Aspen Club staff for their excellent program that serves our communities so well!