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Mid-Willamette Valley
Monthly Marketing Update
- December 2018

This holiday season is bringing a flurry of emotions for me, and I have a better understanding of how stressful this time can be in the families we serve. Lately, it has been a reminder of special people that are no longer sitting across the table from me, and family members living too far away to see daily. But I am trying instead- to use this opportunity to become more mindful and present in the moments I do have with those I care about. We don’t have to celebrate Thanksgiving to be grateful; we can do that every day.

In my professional life- I am grateful for our sponsors that make our work possible. Every year, our sponsors make a financial decision to part with some of their hard-earned dollars and support a comprehensive guide for the families in our community. This is just more than just a marketing piece. Would you notice if there was not a Retirement Connection? Would you miss: having one convenient guide with every community and support listed; posting of the networking meetings in a single newsletter; attending the Release Party- the largest networking event of the year;  connecting with case managers at the hospital resource fairs? If you benefit from any of this- please thank the many sponsors of Retirement Connection and refer to their businesses when possible.

Time is almost up to take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Discount that ends this week. Reserve your space now for the next edition and save 10%; payments and artwork are not due until summer. Please NOTE that we will be having our first rate increase in 10 years. The increase is due to higher paper costs and increased distribution. If you take advantage of the early bird rate- you will NOT see a rate increase and will also save the additional 10%. The average increase will be $200 per ad.

Other exciting news- We are coordinating our first Case Manager Resource Fair for the Good Samaritan Hospitals. Registration is now open for our sponsors. Space is limited- please register early.


Network Meetings - Salem/ Albany/ Corvallis


9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Linn/Benton)
Samaritan Albany General Hospital
1046 6th Avenue SW Albany, 97321


DEC 12
9 AM
Salem Senior Lifestyles Network
Hidden Lakes
400 Madrona Ave SE, Salem, 97302


DEC 19
9 AM
Senior Service Network (SSN-Salem)
South Salem Senior Center
6450 SE Fairway St, Salem, 97306
Topic: White Elephant Gift Exchange


JAN 19
9:30 AM
Save the date!
NWSDS Senior Network


JAN 17
9 AM
Save the date!
Yamhill Networking Meeting
Vineyard Heights
345 SW Hill Rd S, McMinnville, 97128


Marketing and Development


DEC 11
2 PM
Effective Communication Strategies
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
3600 NW Samaritan Dr Corvallis, 97330



DEC 12
11:30 AM
Effective Communication Strategies
Country Meadows Village
155 Evergreen Rd Woodburn, 97071



DEC 12
4 PM
A Taste of the Season
Emerald Gardens
1890 Newberg Hwy Woodburn, 97071



DEC 18
11 AM
Living with Alzheimer’s: For Early-Stage Caregivers
West Valley Hospital
525 SE Washington St, Dallas, 97338


Upcoming Hospital Case Manager Fairs


12 PM
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Ctr Resource Fair
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Conference Room B
3600 NW Samaritan Dr, Corvallis, 97330


On The Move


Do you know someone that has recently changed positions? Send us an update to share in the monthly newsletter, helping everyone stay connected and informed about community changes.

Amy Buchanan is now Senior Executive Director,
Redwood Heights Frontier Management


Additional Resources

There are so many resources included in Retirement Connection, that often a few may slip past you and may not be noticed. Did you know that the guide also includes:

Estate Planning and Transportation


Nuggets of Knowledge

"Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough." – Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes gratitude can just be a matter of perspective.
I Am Thankful For..

...the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

...the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.

...the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat. shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

...a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means that I have a home.

...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.

...all the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. huge heating bill because it means that I am warm.

...the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.

...the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.

...the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I'm alive.

...weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

Family Circle - November 1999
(no commentary from Amy, mic drop)

~ Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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