The Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary

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.

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.