Outing Pride: 100 Years of LGBTQ History

Friday, June 14, 2019
1 – 2:30 PM

Guest speaker, Dr. Jeanne Stanley, Ph.D., will be discussing the history of the LGBTQ movement and the impact that it has had on society.
Dr. Stanley is a licensed psychologist, national trainer, published author, consultant, Adjunct Graduate Professor and former director of graduate counseling programs at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Charlestown
Diversity & Inclusion Council

Bored of Board Games? Not These Games!

New Club Forming | Organizational Meeting

Become a Medieval jewelry shop owner, 19th Century rail baron, cooperate with others to eradicate worldwide diseases, build your own utility company, found your own village network by trading resources……and more!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10 AM
Brookside Classroom #1
All welcome!

Discussion on Internalized Racism June 19

Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10 – 11:30 AM 
Brookside Classroom 1
Topic: Internalized Racism

All are welcome to join us in the discussion:
 What are the racial realities that we all must face?
 What has it meant to grow up black in our society?
 How do these realities impact our ability to talk honestly with one another?
 Why is it important to talk about race?

Questions? Contact Lois Schmidt or Joan Green. Check Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.

Fraud Alert: Robocall Claim that Your Facebook Account Is Insecure

Facebook security compromises are in the news in recent weeks, and scammers are taking advantage of this in a variation of the “tech support scam” we have previously written about. And because Facebook’s security issues are top of mind for many, calls from these scammers can sound more credible.

How It Works

*You will receive an auto-dialed call (or robocall) claiming to be from Facebook, warning that your account has a security issue.
*The caller directs you to press 1 if you pick up the call or they will leave a phone number for you to call back, under threat that they will suspend your account.
*When you talk to a “representative,” they will ask you for your login credentials or other personal information.
*They may go on to claim that you have a computer virus that they will fix for a fee, if you let them take control of your computer remotely.

What You Should Know

*Facebook is not going to call to tell you of an account problem.
*Anytime someone contacts you and requests remote access to your computer, it is a scam. The goal is to convince you of a problem you don’t have to get you to pay for a repair you don’t need, or to install software that gives the scammer access to social or financial accounts.

What You Should Do

*If you get an unsolicited call claiming to be from Facebook, do not press 1 to speak to a representative, and do not return the call.
*Don’t rely on results of an online search for “Facebook customer service,” as many authentic-looking pages are phony.
*If you have concerns about your Facebook account, log on and click “Settings” to review your privacy settings.
*If you think your account has been compromised, set a new password immediately.
*If you have been targeted by this scam or have fallen victim, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360 for guidance and support.

Be Part of the Solution by Participating in a Safety Information Event on June 12

National Safety Month Safety Information Event
June 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Cross Creek Lobby | Fireside and Terrace Lounges

The Safety & Security Committee and the Charlestown Security Staff will be recognizing National Safety Month by offering safety information on:

Distracted Driving | Falls | Fire | Scams

Visit one of the information tables and pick up your free safety material. Look for the safety posters that will be displayed around campus during the month of June.

Review of “Where the Crawdads Sing”

Resident Chilton Knudsen will review Where the Crawdads Sing [New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2018], by Delia Owens on June 18, 2019 at 7 PM in the Auditorium.

A work of fiction, this might well be a semi-autobiographical account from someone (or someones) who personally experienced some specifics about the “Marsh Girl” who lived in the swamp, a resilient survivor of family abandonment. This book chronicles the life of Kya, the “Marsh Girl”, beginning with her mother’s flight from the family, extending through the disappearance of her father and siblings, and the acquiring of her survival skills as she faces life without external support mechanisms.

Kya is a plucky but vulnerable figure, central to this story. We come to admire and love her as she meets all manner of challenges in order to survive. Into her strange but stable existence is introduced a twist, having to do with the possible commission of a crime. You’ll have to come to the Book Review to learn more about this twist, and you’ll no doubt find yourselves in either the sympathetic or the critical category.

Three things are notable about the book:

1. It’s a great story of human resilience and perseverance.
2. The written word, the language, is exquisitely beautiful. Think Barbara Kingsolver or Annie Dillard. This writer loves God’s creation!
3. The backdrop of the natural world is a foundation for the entire story.

Please come and hear about one reader’s impressions. My hope is that my impressions will be folded into the comments of others.

~Chilton Knudsen~

Resident Book Review for May, 2019

May 21 – Charles Tucker discussed the various writings of Malcolm Gladwell, well-known journalist for The New Yorker and author of numerous books.


Malcolm Gladwell (biography from Wikipedia)
Malcolm Gladwell (Some of his pieces for The New Yorker)
Malcolm Gladwell Books (summaries of his latest books)
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History (podcast)
25 Great Articles by Malcolm Gladwell [The Electric Typewriter]
The Gladwell Effect [New York Times Book Review]
Why You Shouldn’t Trust Malcolm Gladwell [The Harvard Crimson]
Defending Malcolm Gladwell to Intellectuals [The Best Schools]
What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Fascinating [The Huffington Post]
NPR on Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell Explains Where His Ideas Come From [The New Yorker] (video)
Malcolm Gladwell at the LA Times Festival of Books (video, 2015)

MaCCRA State-Wide Annual Meeting

Charlestown Chapter is hosting the

Maryland Continuing Care Residents Association

State-Wide Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Charlestown Square – The Gallery

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. MaCCRA Business Meeting & Election

Noon Lunch

1:00 p.m. Program Speaker: Sherry Parrish, LCSW-C – Embracing Wellness

$20 per person for continental breakfast and lunch
Checks payable to MaCCRA Charlestown Chapter.
Send to Hope Tillman, Chapter Treasurer, HR 331

Non-Members may attend the 1:00 p.m. program if there is space but should
RSVP to Hope Tillman.

2019 Scholars’ Fund Goal Exceeded!

Congratulations and thank you, Charlestown residents! With your generous donations, we have exceeded our goal of $190,000 by raising $232,173 for the Charlestown Scholars’ Program, which provides academic financial assistance to eligible student-employees at Charlestown. Thirty-six new Scholars were each awarded $2,000 per year for college expenses at the Scholars’ Ceremony, which took place on Thursday evening, May 17. 2019 in the Auditorium.

This class of Scholars will join the current 121 Charlestown Scholars, some of whom will graduate this spring. We thank the residents who made a donation to the 31st Annual Scholars’ Fund Campaign, without whom we would not have been able to offer this opportunity to the student-employees who work so hard for us.

Along with the Charlestown scholarship, the Scholar candidates had an opportunity to apply for additional merit-based named scholarships. The following Scholars received these special awards: Arion Peterson, the Ruth Harden-Inglis Award; ($750), Rose Thornquist, the Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2000); Christen Gibson, the Treasure Sale Award ($2000); Shawn Watson, the Committee Recognition Award ($500); Onyedika Onyemeziem, in conjunction with the Charlestown Scholars’ Committee and Towson University, the four-year Towson Scholarship ($6000); and Talha Meher and Asiah Taylor were presented with two-year CCBC Awards ($1000 each).

The committee is grateful to this year’s guest speaker, Feyisayo Omotoso, a former recipient of a Scholars’ award. Sayo began her career at Charlestown nine years ago in the Fireside Dining Room and developed her path to Communications Specialist. She graduated from UMBC in December 2017 and is currently working as a Human Resources Management System Analyst at the Erickson Corporate office. 

If you were unable to attend the Scholars’ Ceremony last night, or if you just want to enjoy it again, the program will air on May 18 and May 19 on Channel 972. Tune in at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. on each day to watch this year’s ceremony. The program will also be available for a month in the Community Videos area of MyErickson (after the Town Hall Meetings heading.)

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Committee Chair

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14th Annual Inter-Community Softball Tournament

Come and enjoy a fun day of softball with residents of Charlestown, Oak Crest, Greenspring, and Riderwood communities on:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
9 AM – 2 PM
Charlestown Softball Field
Rain date: June 13, 2019

Players, spectators, and cheerleaders are welcome to attend and cheer on The Sluggers! Food, drinks, and music provided!