Friday, May 27, 2011

Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You

Back in 1951, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the classic show tune “Getting to Know You” for The King and I. I’m sure many of you probably saw it performed. And although that song has now been covered and reused for countless commercials and other purposes, the title of the song is still very apropos. At the heart of it, getting to know one another, communicating, is quite simply a good thing. Communication forms the fabric of any vibrant community.

We want to hear from you, want to know what your likes are, what your dislikes are, what your dreams are, where you like to travel, where you like to eat, and on and on …We want to know about you because we feel that by knowing who you are we can help deliver on our promise to meet your needs. We want to help you live life your way. It’s your retirement, so let’s talk about all things retirement related. This is the place we’ll do that.

You probably want to know who we are too. After all, communication is a two-way street. So who am I? Some of you may already know me. My name is Rob Klose and for the past 12 years I have worked for Front Porch in Burbank, California. The first seven of those years I mostly sat behind a desk and helped with all things related to Front Porch’s partner foundations: I managed (and still do) all the donor/donations-related data, gift acknowledgments, grant and appeal writing, tracking and reporting on funds, database management. For the past five, though, I have routinely visited many of our Southern California retirement communities where I host Foundation wine socials. I have been studying and learning about wine for the past 15 years or so and sharing my passion with the residents of Front Porch, in a fun and free activity, brings me a lot of joy.

My greatest joy though, comes from the day-to-day involvement with my 3.5 year-old son, Griffin. Together with my wife, Anthea, we enjoy being challenged by the toughest job in the world – being good parents. I am a native and loyal Californian, got my bachelor’s degree from the University of California system and my master’s degree from the California State University system. I am one of nine kids and a part of one set, out of two sets, of twins that my parents raised. Although loyal to California, my family loves to travel and try new restaurants. My favorite place in the world is Brugge, Belgium – cobblestoned streets, chocolates, friendly people, canals, beautiful architecture and a beer culture that is unmatched! A close second would have to be Kauai, New Orleans and Paris (for reasons so obvious they probably don’t need to be explained).

So that’s me in a pretty small nutshell. Over the years, I hope we can crack the nutshell and get to know much more about each other. You’ll get to hear my regular ramblings on community and lifestyle matters, but I want to hear from you as well and want to hear about what you want to talk about. We’re going to be talking about all things retirement related: travel, restaurants, local day trips from your respective community, health matters, volunteerism, philanthropy, technology – and a heck of a lot more. So come and join us. Whether you’re a resident, a staff member, or just someone doing research for their mom or dad, everyone is welcome.

Cheers and Prost!
- Rob Klose