The Villages Voice - December 2019

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VHA President's Message

by Fred Briggs

President’s Message

As I write my final President’s message and prepare to pass the Leadership role of the VHA to Phil Walker, I would be remiss were I not to give my personal thanks to the Membership of the VHA who have supported me in my efforts.  They have provided continuous inspiration for me to try to do better and work harder during my five years as their President.  There are many that deserve to be recognized individually, but I’m sure that if I started to list them there would be many more I failed to mention and it would be unfair to them. There are many things that should be a source of pride for every one of our nearly 17,000 VHA members in being a VHA Member.  I will mention just a few of them:
  • Reorganizing the VHA into the TRIAD which includes The VHA, The VHA Helping Hands and The VHA Community Foundation to make us more effective in supporting our community.
  • Donating more than $25,000 for Hurricane victims in Texas and The Bahamas.
  • Sponsoring a Room at TVRH for $25,000 (Our final payment of $5,000 will occur in 2020).
  • Creating the VHA Annual Hoedown now in its Fourth Year (I’ll see you at the Polo Fields on Saturday, January 25, 2020).
  • Updating the presentation and continuing to provide The Golf Cart Safety Class, free of charge, to all Residents.
  • Continuing our efforts us to present a monthly New Resident Night that provides newcomers with important information about living in The Villages.
  • The VHA Helping Hands Program has increased the number of pick-ups and deliveries in the last five years from 500 to more than 5000 this year.
  • Leading the effort to convince the District Government to create The Enrichment Academy (TEA) when the Life Long Learning Center was closed.
  • Leading the effort to allow PWAC to function as the Advisory Group to the Sumter Landing Community Development District with the attendant cost-saving by not creating another bureaucracy.
 I also need to give a big Thank You to our numerous volunteers, without whom we could not operate, and to our VHA Circle of Partners.  These Partnership organizations, which range from The District Government, Sumter County, The Villages Regional Hospital, The Developer, Local Law Enforcement organizations, and many more who have supported our efforts, answered a myriad of our questions and gave consideration to our many recommendations for improvement. I ask that all of you give Phil Walker, the incoming President, your full support.  He will be working hard to make your lives better and “Keeping The Dream Alive.”  I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas.   Respectfully, Fred Briggs VHA President