July 2020 – June 2021

Note that this is a preliminary schedule.  Meetings may be moved or cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions or concerns.

DateMeeting TypeNotes
Jul 7Munch and MingleCancelled due to COVID-19
Aug 4Munch and MingleCancelled due to COVID-19
Aug 4Board Meetingby ZOOM
Sep 1Munch and MingleCancelled due to COVID-19
Oct 6Members MeetingCancelled due to COVID-19
Nov 3Members MeetingCancelled due to COVID-19
Nov 10Board Meetingby ZOOM
Dec 1Christmas PartyCancelled due to COVID-19
Dec 15Members MeetingConducted over Zoom
Jan 5Members MeetingMegan Holthaus presented information about recent updates and offers at Timberline.
Feb 2Members Meeting7pm by Zoom – Details to be e-mailed.
David Mould, historian and journalist, will present. See below
Mar 2Members Meeting7pm by Zoom – Details to be e-mailed.
Robert Avsec will present. See below
Apr 6Members MeetingTBA

David Mould to present at February 2 Members Meeting

The Borders of Our Minds

Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined.

In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, David explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language, and culture. There are borders within countries—physical, economic, or social. And finally there are the borders of our minds—the way we may think of unfamiliar places.

David’s journey begins with maps and cartoons that poke fun at how we view other parts of the US. He moves on to the carve-up of Africa, the artificial (and often straight-line) borders drawn by colonial powers. In South Asia, he explores what The Economist called “the world’s craziest border” between India and Bangladesh. He ends up in Central Asia, in that gerrymandered jumble of former Soviet republics whose names end in -stan.

David Mould, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa. Born in the UK, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the US. His travel essays and articles have been published in Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Times Higher Education, and History News Network. His books include: Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys (Ohio University Press, 2019) Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia (Ohio University Press, 2016)

Kirkus Reviews describes David as “a genial travel guide … an academic who does not write like an academic.” Rick Steves, in a recent interview for his radio show, said: “Monsoon Postcards reads like you’ve got a friend who’s really connected and committed to these cultures.”

Read David’s travel blogs on Facebook and at

Robert Avsec to present at March 2 Meeting

Home Safety Tips for Older Adults

With a growing number of older adults living independently, it’s increasingly important to make sure that they’re safe at home. Falls, burns, and poisonings are among the most common accidents involving older people. Older adults who live alone may also become the victims of criminals who target older people. If you’re an older adult living on your own, or care for an older person living alone, here’s what you need to do to stay safe.

Battalion Chief Robert Avsec (ret.) served with the Chesterfield (Virginia) Fire & EMS Department for 26 years. He was an instructor for fire, EMS and hazardous materials courses at the local, state and federal levels, which included more than 10 years with the National Fire Academy.