As a new member of the Wesley Family, I don’t need to tell you anything about volunteering! This entire campus was built on the backs of volunteers, and continues to be sustained by this noble virtue, fueled by your commitment, pride and dedication to your neighbor & home. New research from Carnegie Melon University, as reported at ScienceDaily, demonstrates that older adults who volunteer at least 200 hours per year, decrease their risk of hypertension, or blood pressure, by 40%. With this outcome in mind, the residents of Wesley Homes must be exceedingly healthy! In this spirit of civic pride, and volunteerism, I spent four days over the July 4th holiday volunteering at The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) on South Lake Union during their 37th Annual Wooden Boat Festival. A brilliant local gem, I encourage you to visit CWB at one of its three locations: South Lake Union, North Lake Union, and Cama Beach http://www.cwb.org/ My daughter, Lara, who began at CWB as a volunteer, is now their Volunteer Manager supporting 800+ volunteers; therefore, I spent my time assisting her with the in-take of hundreds of Volunteers who generously donated their time and expertise towards a successful festival. Volunteering has always been a way of life within our household and it filled me with pride to see her in action. I am so impressed with the dedication and generosity of spirit as I walk the campuses of Des Moines and Lea Hill. Wesley Homes has a plethora of successful resident created programs and stands as a model for future Continued Care Retirement Communities. I look forward to speaking with many of you in the coming weeks about some of your volunteer activities and passions It is with pride that I share with people I meet that I now work at Wesley Homes.