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For "The Upside of Aging"

f you missed it last year, this is your chance to correct that mistake!

If you came last year, then you know what a great presentation this is, so come again this year!

It's our Third Annual Upside of Aging Event, Tuesday, October 30 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

Dr. Torres-Gil

This year's featured guest is Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil, a leading spokesperson on demographics, aging and public policy. He is a professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA , director of the university's Center for Policy Research on Aging, and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC.

President Jimmy Carter named him to the Federal Council on Aging and then he was apppointed special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.  Later he was appointed first-ever U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. He is author of six books and more than 100 publications.

Appearing with Dr. Torres-Gil is our own Board Member Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging and retirement. She was named one of Next Avenue's 2016 major influencers in Aging and is among the Top 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts to continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older. 

In addition to our speakers, vendors will be there to provide information about services that are available locally.

Admission is free but RSVP is required.  Please call 310-265-0644 to say you will come, or email

Our Sponsors For The Upside of Aging
We are grateful for the support of these local businesses.


A Peace Of Mind

complete in home care

In Other Village Activities

Members Cheer Their Alma Maters At Tailgate Party 

Beer, wine and memories flowed at the September 21 Tailgate party  at Harriet and Ken Servis' home as members gathered to talk about their various University teams. Tables were decorated with various team colors and there even were a few pompoms around. The brats and kraut and cheeses were favorites as well as yummy desserts.

Tailgate . Party September 2018

August Salon-Goers Tell How Language Shaped Their Lives

When villagers gathered August 17th at the home of Kathy and Bob Swank, the topic was supposed to be "How has language shaped who you are and who we are as a country."

But it turned out that participants had wonderful stories to tell about where they were born, the language that was spoken in their homes during childhood, the language their children spoke, how their native language affected their lives as they were growing up and how it has shaped who they are.

One of the members observed that it was delightful to learn about their truly varied heritage and to observe how "we have come to love and respect who we are and what we are about."

Participants had so much to say that they decided to postpone the discussion about how language has shaped who we are as a country until the next meeting in September.

Julu Salon

It's Time To Say Hello
To Our New Executive Director

Marianne Propst

Marianne Propst, a long-time resident of the Peninsula with extensive experience in senior health care as both a professional and volunteer,has been named as the new Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Village, replacing Colleen Cotter, who served as the Village’s first Director.

“Marianne’s many wonderful qualities make her the perfect choice as our new Executive Director, “ said Carolynn Petru, Chair of the Village Board of Directors. 

“We are so grateful to Colleen for providing us with a solid foundation. It feels like a very natural transition that builds on Colleen’s legacy and allows Marianne to apply her own talents to further support and improve the PVP Village,” she said.

Marianne is well acquainted with the Village because she has been serving as one of the Village volunteers. Her recent work experience includes serving as a Referral Specialist for Coast To Coast Senior, consulting with seniors and their families on assisted living options. She also acted as an Enrichment Leader for Belmont Village in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Her prior professional experience includes working as the Director of Marketing Communications for Secure Horizons, a Medicare HMO.  

A resident of Palos Verdes Estates, Marianne has been deeply involved in the Peninsula community for many years, having served as a board member for the Special Children's League, American Youth Soccer - Region 10, and the Peninsula Committee for the LA Philharmonic.

She also volunteered for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Cornerstone Elementary School.

Her educational background includes a B.A. in Health Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in planning and policy, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She is married with two adult sons and enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and is always looking to learn something new.

Members Say Hello and Goodbye To Two Directors

Members and volunteers gathered at the Peninsula Library on August 31 to say good-bye and thank you to retiring Director Colleen Cotter and welcome to incoming Director Marianne Propst.

Carolynn Petru, Board Chair, greeted the attendees followed by a glowing tribute to Colleen with a special thank you to Colleen’s husband, Mike, a pillar of support.

Colleen praised Marianne as a volunteer for the PVP Village who with her background and experience was superbly qualified for her new position as Executive Director of the PVP Village.

When Colleen acknowledged all that Pat Sneller has done to assure a smooth transition and thanked her from the bottom of her heart, the audience broke into spontaneous applause.

The volunteers who made the celebration possible were thanked for their outstanding efforts in making it a festive occasion. They included Fran Wielin, Susan Wallace, Pat Sneller, Jill Smith, and Girl Scouts Grace Trester  and  Shivani Sharma.

Hello and Goodbye

Ladies Who Lunch Met Our New Director at August Get-Together 
Thanks to great planning by  Susan Hamilton -Wallace, Village women enjoyed a friendly luncheon at the Palos Verdes Golf Club August 23, 2018, where they got to meet the new Village Executive Director Marianne Propst. 
Ladies Luncheon August 23, 2018

July Salon: Truth and Lies

Fall-Winter 2018 Village Newsletter

2017 Village Annual Report

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