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First Anniversary Party Draws Over 40


It was a most enthusiastic and talkative bunch of Village members, volunteers and guests who showed up on Saturday, July 26th for the North San Rafael Village celebration of our first anniversary held at the Rotary Valley Senior Village in the club house.


Co-chairs Carole Sherick and Jane Solomons welcomed the crowd of over 40 people, lauded volunteers, introduced Board members and office staff, and presented the entertainment.   Members Barbara Rozen played the piano and Alison Fuller read some of her favorite poems.  Board President Loulie Sutro spoke about Marin Villages and its future plans.


Carole noted, “It was a feel-good time to have so many lovely folks together enjoying the camaraderie of our Village.”
Photos by Ann Rivo

Below are a few pictures:

Co-chairs, Jane Solomons and Carole Sherick

 North San Rafael Village Co-Chairs - Jane Solomons and Carol Sherick


Marin Villages Board of Director Chairperson, Loulie Sutro

Suzie Pollak with North San Rafael Village members



Member, Allison Fuller reading poetry



From a Life in the Military to the Village


It was at a chance encounter with a table companion at a local luncheon that Harriet Cohen first heard about the Village. After she and her husband Ted did some research, they joined as full-fledged members in January.


“Since then,” Harriet reports, “not only have we arranged car pick-ups for doctor appointments through the Village, but we’ve also made new friends at the First Thursday coffees, discovered new places at outings sponsored by the Village, and enjoyed some do-able leisurely walks they’ve organized.  And, oh yes, we’ve joined the Village’s book club.”


Harriet, now 87, and Ted, 90, have never been what you might call “stay-at-homes.” Born and raised in Chicago, Ted enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school in 1943.  He stayed in the military through the Vietnam and Korean wars, served tours of duty in Germany, Japan and the Philippines, and was posted around the U.S., with one stint as the U.S. Army’s National Guard Advisor to the state of Massachusetts before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1970.


Growing up in the Boston area, Harriet always had two big wishes. One was to be a librarian and the other was to travel. So after graduating from Boston University and becoming a teacher, Harriet worked summers clerking at Harvard’s Widener Library and other area libraries. When the travel bug proved too strong, she applied to the Red Cross to work at service clubs on U.S. military bases. It was at the Post Exchange in Bad Hersfeld, Germany that Ted first met Harriet and wrangled a date. Thirteen months later, they were married, with Harriet riding a tank in her wedding dress. The following year, the first of four children was born.


Soon after they returned to the States in 1969, they moved to their present home in Terra Linda, where they raised their children. Ted pursued an interest he developed in Germany that became a second career. “In Germany, I had taken up cooking for relaxation,” he says. “That led to my working for a restaurant management consulting firm, and later to giving cooking classes at home to small groups and talks before organizations about food and wine.  I specialized in French cuisine with a sideline focus on showing how to debone a chicken, stuff and roast it, and deliver it to the table so your guests didn’t know it had no bones.” He was even written up in the Marin IJ on two occasions about his culinary activities. Harriet worked as a librarian until retiring as the administrative medical librarian at the Oak Knoll Naval Library in Oakland in 1994.


With active backgrounds like these, Ted and Harriet’s involvement with North San Rafael Village  has proven a wonderful fit.                     


Interviewed by Roy Fidler




At our Feb. 6 coffee, 30 attendees heard Nancy Boyce, a registered nurse, tell why early recognition is crucial for minimizing the damage from a stroke and describe some quick and simple tests for recognizing a stroke.

The main things to check, she noted -- using the key F-A-S-T for remembering -  are:


Face -- Ask the person to smile.   Look for facial droop or lop-sided grin.

Arm -- Have the person close his/her eyes and hold both arms with palms facing


            See if one arm droops down, or if he or she experiences weakness


            tingling, or if there is an inability to move an arm or leg.

Speech -- Check to see if person is slurring words, speaking nonsense, or is not

          able to talk at all.

Time - Note the time that the symptoms started or the last time the person

           seemed to be well.


What should you do?  CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!   EVEN ONE OF THESE


Reported by Val Stilson