The Residents Association of Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay welcomed its new officers who form the Executive Council in May. George Peters is the President of the 2013-14 Executive Council and he is joined by Mary Allyn, Vice President; Joan Sheil, Secretary; Ellen Steele, Treasurer; and Immediate Past President Ellen Harrison.
The council also includes three Executive Associates who serve as liaisons with resident committees, colony directors, and residents as a whole. The three Council members serving as Executive Associates are Jim Griffith (committees), Bill Brackett (colonies) and Elsa Price (residents).
Three members of the Resident Association Executive Council- the president, vice president and immediate past chair- serve as members of the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees which guides the management of this exemplary not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.
Photo: L-R (sitting): Ellen Steele, Treasurer; Joan Sheil, Secretary; George Peters, President; Mary Allyn, Vice President; Ellen Harrison, Immediate Past President
L-R (standing): Bill Brackett, Executive Associate; Dr. Jim Griffith, Executive Associate; Elsa Price, Executive Associate
Larry Coffey, the Executive Council’s previous Immediate Past President, just concluded his three year term of service on the Plymouth Harbor Board of Trustees. Board President Tom Hopkins recognized Mr. Coffey with an engraved award for his service, dedication, and willingness to serve on the Philanthropic Advisory, Finance, and Assisted Living Facility/Memory Support Planning committees. Photo: L-R Larry Coffey, Tom Hopkins.
The new Resident Association President, George Peters emphasizes the importance of communication as one of the key mission points of the Resident Association pertaining to life at Plymouth Harbor. Serving as a conduit to maintain the ongoing dialogue between the residents and the administration, the Resident Association is essential to balancing the communication with the active participation of residents in nearly all facets of this lively community.
“I consider the colonies to be the hub of the operation,” says Mr. Peters. “We are intentionally putting more emphasis on resident colony input.”
Plymouth Harbor’s unique organization of resident colonies stems from the three-level atrium groupings in the iconic tower on campus. These natural resident “neighborhoods” follow a democratic process to make decisions that pertain to their colony, such as the use of common spaces. Each colony also elects a director and associate director to represent their interests on the board of the Residents Association.
All residents are welcome to participate on any of a variety of committees that add to the quality of life and strength of the community at Plymouth Harbor. Those committees include Art, Building & Maintenance, Civic Affairs, Conservation, Décor, Dining Services, Finance, Gratuity, Grounds, the Harbor Light newsletter, Health, Hospitality, Housekeeping, Library, Multi-media Library, Programs, Resident Fund, Safety & Security, Spiritual Life, and Wood Shop.