Back row, left to right: Susan Williams, Treasurer; Debbi Knight, Vice President; Sharon Price, Vice President of Events. Front row: Marlene Klamt, Secretary; Vickie Baehner, President; Linda Johansen, President Emeritus.
The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary, which was formed over three years ago, has raised over $100,000 to support the Atterdag Village Residents. Thanks to the Auxiliary, the Residents have an outdoor social area called the “Village Green” complete with a shuffle board, putting green, fountain, and a lush landscape. It is a wonderful place for residents to have parties with family and friends or just sit under the umbrellas and enjoy the fresh air. The Auxiliary also matched donation funds with the Christian Science Society to purchase a new van that has easy access for Residents and is used for shopping excursions and fun outings. Other items contributed by the Auxiliary include medical equipment, dining and living room furniture, a TV, and a new sound system for the dining room helping those with hearing impairment hear announcements and entertainment.
Linda Johansen, who served as the president of the board for its first three years, recently stepped down to allow others the opportunity to serve. Johansen stated “The Atterdag Village has been a huge part of my life. Many family members and friends have resided there over the years which lead to my desire to help support this wonderful valley resource. Helping the Auxiliary grow into the success it has become is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I truly love all the residents and the very capable, dedicated staff that take such good care of the residents”. Johansen will continue to support the Atterdag Village of Solvang and serve on the Auxiliary board as President Emeritus.
The Atterdag Village welcomes Carol Anders as the new president of the board. Anders will take over the reins from Chris Nielsen. Nielsen was board president for three years and served a total of six years completing his term limit.
Anders has a long history with the Atterdag Village beginning in 1988 when she was the Director of Nursing for its skilled nursing facility. Anders resigned her position when she was elected as Mayor of Solvang. “It was a struggle to work full time at Atterdag and fulfill my duties as Mayor” Anders said. Anders was called upon to co-chair fundraising for the renovation of the Atterdag Care Center with Don Sorensen. With the support of the community they raised a whopping 5.5 million for the project.
When asked what keeps drawing you back? Anders commented “We are blessed to have this treasure in our small community; it’s supported by the community, managed by the community, and serves our community, and I am proud to do my part. There have been many changes since I started working for the Atterdag Village over 25 years ago, but the main goal has always stayed the same, supporting our senior’s and their families. My goal as president of the board is to work with Executive Director, Chris Parker, and the rest of the board to complete the master plan, building the new assisted living building, adapting the current assisted living into a memory care unit, the addition of cottages, additional amenities for the residents, and renovating some of the original buildings. It’s an exciting time to be on the board as we move forward with keeping our community treasure a wonderful place to live for many years to come!”