Events

JULY 26 GRF BOARD MEETING POSTPONED

JULY 26 GRF BOARD MEETING

POSTPONED

A period of severe staffing shortage led to missing the posting deadline in the LW Weekly for the GRF Board of Directors’ July 26, 2022, meeting.

GRF Board President Marsha Gerber has rescheduled the board meeting for Wednesday, August 3, 2022. It will be held in Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m.

New Executive Director Announcement

Update:

After an extensive search for a new executive director for the Golden Rain Foundation, community management professional Jessica Sedgwick has accepted the position. She comes to the Golden Rain Foundation from her former position as general manager for professional community management, where she oversaw a large-scale master-planned developing community in Ontario Ranch. It is ranked No.1 in the Inland Empire for master-planned communities and No. 7 in the nation.

 

Ms. Sedgwick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in Italian from University of California, Los Angeles (cum laude). 

 

She holds the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMC) professional designation from Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) and the Association Management Specialist (AMS) professional designation from California Associations Institute (CAI). 

 

She most recently qualified to sit for the exam to obtain the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation from CAI, considered the most prestigious designation in the HOA industry.

 

She most recently was awarded the Professional Community Management Leadership Award. She is also the recipient of CAI-Greater Inland Empire Chapter’s 2018 Committee of the Year and 2019 On-Site Manager of the Year awards.

She is currently serving as secretary for the CAI-GRIE Chapter Board, was a former co-chair to the CAI-GRIE Education Committee and is a current sitting member. 

 

Of her appointment, Sedgwick states, “I am honored to be joining the Golden Rain Foundation, Leisure World Seal Beach, and to lead our team of committed leaders, staff and board into our next chapter and build on the good work of those before me. We will continue to elevate the resident experience and quality of life of all those in the community as we move forward into the future.”

 

“The GRF Board is very pleased to welcome Ms. Sedgwick to our community,” said GRF President Susan Hopewell. The GRF Board and Leadership Team were fortunate to interview several qualified candidates, and she comes with the highest credentials, great experience and a commitment to keeping LWSB the best place to live.” The GRF Board and Leadership Team hired a professional recruiter to coordinate the search for an executive director. The search yielded a field of 23 serious candidates for the challenging job of providing the GRF Board of Directors with comprehensive guidance, overseeing day-to-day GRF operations, supervising the annual budget, and managing 170 employees in 15 departments among many other tasks. 

 

Sedgwick replaces former GRF Executive Director Randy Ankeny, who left his post in December after eight years to pursue other opportunities.

GRF Cafe At Building 5

The GRF Café at building 5 is once again open for residents to use indoors. The tables and chairs, in reduced capacity per OCHCA, are now available. We added Purell sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer to use in the café per OCHCA guidelines. As the County of Orange continues to raise the tiers we will add more tables and chairs. A limited number of tables and chairs are now available on the adjacent patio. The seating on the Clubhouse 6 patio will be replaced after the completion of the Covid-19 vaccine clinics.

 

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World

The Amateur Radio Service Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Please use the following guideline.

  • Call-in time begins at 9:30am until 9:45am.
  • Use Channel 13/0.
  • Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial, and mutual: example John S. Mutual 13 checking in. Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.

If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio you may contact Leisure World Amateur Radio Service Radio Club President Rich Erickson, rjerxn@yahoo.com or call 562 431-6586 Ext. 409 to leave a message.

~An announcement from the Emergency Information Council~

SB Transportation Services (provided by CA Yellow Cab)

Senior Transportation Service – Service Change
Effective June 1st, the City of Seal Beach Senior Transportation Services will be provided by California Yellow Cab. This service change was a result of the unexpected closure of the Keolis’ Orange County facility, which was contracted to operate the City’s senior shuttle and dial-a-ride program. The Keolis Orange County facility is scheduled to close on May 31st.
As a result, the Thursday Shopper Shuttle Service (downtown Seal Beach) and the daily Senior Nutrition Shuttle/Rossmoor/North Seal Beach Community Center will be suspended until further notice; however, the Dial-a-Ride services will be expanded as follows with California Yellow Cab:
  • Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling toll free (877) 224-8294. Reservations made less than 24-hours in advance cannot be guaranteed.
  • Only registered eligible riders can partake in this service. To be eligible, the rider must be a Seal Beach resident 60 years and older.
  • To confirm whether you are already registered, call California Yellow Cab – Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle at (714) 427-2555.
  • To register as a new rider, contact Iris Lee at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, or ilee@sealbeachca.gov or email AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
  • There is no cost to use this service.
  • Transportation services will be provided to any location within Seal Beach city limits, and up to three miles outside city limits and within Orange County for non-emergency medical purposes. Users may also elect to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach.