ON THE HILL GANG LOS ANGELES (OHGLA)

Last Update: 9/12/2020


A SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB 

FOR PEOPLE 50+


 SKIING, HIKING, BIKING, KAYAKING

AND MORE . . .


ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the Coronavirus, OHGLA events have been suspended until further notice.
We'll keep you posted on future activities.
Everyone please stay safe!
 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - AUGUST  2020
.Summer is here! Go kayaking or standup paddle boarding guided by the most enthusiastic, inspiring ganger, Jacky G. Get on your bikes and feel the wind as you gaze at the blue ocean or the banks of the San Gabriel River. Have you ever done a CicLAvia? See our city in a most interesting way; always a fun, interesting event
Coming soon is a night out at the Hollywood Bowl thanks to Fred T. August 9th is our annual picnic, which will be partially catered. It is at a new beautiful location. 
On a slightly more serious note I have to say that I was disappointed by the tiny response to our “Free Lunch” Board meeting in May. You would have had a chance to see your board and all the activity leaders working so hard for all of us.  You could have added you comments, suggestions etc.  Planning for the picnic and Fall Gala has been going on for months. All activities are always planed far in advance. Carl M. has our winter ski trips ready to go!
Soon we will have elections and all of you will be able to participate in the decision whether or not to change our name from “Over” to “On”. You will have the board’s reasoning in detail with the next newsletter.
Have a great summer and PARTICIPATE in your club’s guidance. 
Al

Happy post-Gala to all Gangers. You have voted, and we are now the On the Hill Gang Los Angeles. I never lost faith that you would all vote—all 62 of you—but the vote went according to our Bylaws and it stands . 
I would like to thank again all our wonderful volunteers for their creative and arduous work on our behalves. Personally, I had a glorious time at Asilomar and Cambria—biking, hiking, touring and dining with my wonderful fellow Gangers. This letter is too short to thank and name each person as I tried to do at the Gala, so I will end hereHappy Holidays to all of my fellow On the Hill Gang members. On Sunday, December 11, over fifty of us gathered for our annual December party at Wanda Y.’s recreation room. What a boisterous fun-loving group we were. Conversation and libation flowed even though the hour was early. The food from Stonefire Grill was delicious and the leftovers were happily taken home in provided containers. Eight members won large, beautiful poinsettia centerpieces to take home to add to their holiday décor. There were several new members at the party, and we welcomed them all. Our club is growing, but there is room for many more, so spread the word. Special thanks to Audrey J. and her hard-working crew for making the party a wonderful success. As always, it takes several months of coordination to achieve this result. 

I am writing this message on July 4, which is a bit early for the August-September newsletter. Sometimes necessity demands flexibility, even though by the time you read this I will have turned 77 and will be even less flexible than ever
Two weeks ago our members, along with four VCOTHG, enjoyed a wonderful Sunday social at the beautiful home of DB L. As always, great wine, appetizers and conversation prevailed. Thursday, July 2, thirty Gangers, led by ever-capable Fred T., enjoyed an incredible outing and picnic at the Hollywood Bowl. Smokey Robinson plus fireworks were outstanding. In a couple more weeks we will enjoy our annual picnic, and soon after an evening picnic and concert arranged by Gary C. 
Now, thinking of October, the Fall Gala has already been planned and all who attend will be rewarded with excellent food, entertainment and camaraderie. Finally, I predict that El Niño will strike in late September; so keep those legs strong for skiing. Thanks, A
It’s hard to imagine that we are halfway through the year already. OHGLA members have been busy with skiing, bike rides, hiking, urban adventures and kayaking. Thank you to all the activity leaders who make these all possible for us to enjoy. And special thanks to Rose Marie Tashima who gets the word out.

The rest of the year is equally full of activities. We have a wonderful group outing planned to the Hollywood Bowl. More than 25 people will be attending. Our annual picnic is coming up in August. Hope to see many of you there. 

As you know, our long time member and former president, D B Lion, passed away recently. OHGLA has made a donation to the Unrecables (a ski club for disabled skiers), a club dear to her heart in her memory. 
 
Our annual meeting and elections will be in the fall. We have candidates to fill each open position. 

At our last Board meeting, there was interest expressed in travel options as a group. I have agreed to start and chair a committee to investigate, arrange and organize a group trip for OHGLA. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email me at annettemann@sbcglobal.net.

Many of our members will be traveling this summer. Odette Ricasa will be off to Pakistan, I am headed to Europe, and our secretary, Ed Newhall, just came back from Iceland. Happy and safe travels to all.

Stay healthy, stay active.

Annette


So, here we are. If anybody would have predicted 6 months ago that we would be where we are today, he would have been viewed as a nut. Actually, Bill Gates did predict a pandemic possibility, but nobody listened. Our world has come to a screeching halt and our lives turned inside out. 

So, how do we deal with it. First and foremost STAY HOME!!!! Only go out when absolutely necessary. Do not invite anyone to your home. 

I live alone. I have been in isolation now for several weeks. I have been very successful in staying active, happy and productive. 

I will share with you what I am doing. 

1.  I ONLY WATCH 1 HOUR OF TV A DAY!  I tune into Governor Cuomo. That’s it!!!

2.  I exercise 2 1/2 hours a day. I started with 1, then 2, and increased it again. I use my phone timer. Set it for 2 1/2 hours. When I start an activity whether it is dancing or calisthenics, turn it on and turn off when I stop.  That way I am not tied to a schedule, but make sure I get my time in. I put on my favorite music and dance. I use light wrist and ankle weights. 

3.  I cook. The only time in my life that I ever cooked was for company. I cook a few times a week. I save part and freeze the rest for later. My refrigerator is full of my favorite foods. I’m eating healthy. 

4.  I stay connected. I am on Facebook several hours a day. I call friends  all over the world. I never have been a phone talker. A couple of minutes was the usual duration. Now, everybody wants to talk for an hour. With some people, I use FaceTime. Great with little ones. 

5.   I organize and clean. Every house can use some of that. 

So, this is my MO. We each have to do what works for us. 

Just remember - this is not forever. Life will get back to normal. This is temporary. But don’t waste the time. Make it productive. 

Wishing you all a safe and healthy immediate future. Looking forward to seeing you when we are past this crisis. We will be reminiscing about this time for years to come. Create good memories. 

�� Annette

It’s August! We’ve survived another month of dealing with Covid 19. I’m aware of very few of our members who have contracted the virus. Stay safe. Stay sane. 

It’s difficult to cope for such a long time with the disruptions in our lives and routines. But we’ll get through it. Wear a mask (properly!). Keep your distance. Use good hygiene practices. Simple but essential. 

All official OHGLA activities have been and continue to be suspended. But a few of us have been kayaking once a month in Newport Back Bay. This is a safe activity with more than adequate social distancing. If you are interested in joining us, notify Jacky G. Our next planned outing is August 10. 

Wishing all our members well. 


❤️

Annette

So, here we are. If anybody would have predicted 6 months ago that we would be where we are today, he would have been viewed as a nut. Actually, Bill Gates did predict a pandemic possibility, but nobody listened. Our world has come to a screeching halt and our lives turned inside out. 

So, how do we deal with it. First and foremost STAY HOME!!!! Only go out when absolutely necessary. Do not invite anyone to your home. 

I live alone. I have been in isolation now for several weeks. I have been very successful in staying active, happy and productive. 

I will share with you what I am doing. 

1.  I ONLY WATCH 1 HOUR OF TV A DAY!  I tune into Governor Cuomo. That’s it!!!

2.  I exercise 2 1/2 hours a day. I started with 1, then 2, and increased it again. I use my phone timer. Set it for 2 1/2 hours. When I start an activity whether it is dancing or calisthenics, turn it on and turn off when I stop.  That way I am not tied to a schedule, but make sure I get my time in. I put on my favorite music and dance. I use light wrist and ankle weights. 

3.  I cook. The only time in my life that I ever cooked was for company. I cook a few times a week. I save part and freeze the rest for later. My refrigerator is full of my favorite foods. I’m eating healthy. 

4.  I stay connected. I am on Facebook several hours a day. I call friends  all over the world. I never have been a phone talker. A couple of minutes was the usual duration. Now, everybody wants to talk for an hour. With some people, I use FaceTime. Great with little ones. 

5.   I organize and clean. Every house can use some of that. 

So, this is my MO. We each have to do what works for us. 

Just remember - this is not forever. Life will get back to normal. This is temporary. But don’t waste the time. Make it productive. 

Wishing you all a safe and healthy immediate future. Looking forward to seeing you when we are past this crisis. We will be reminiscing about this time for years to come. Create good memories. 

�� Annette
        
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