Gary Walters, Former Chief Usher at the White House, to Speak at Ashby Ponds

Walters worked with four different Presidents for nearly four decades at the White House

WHAT: Gary Walters, who worked for the White House for nearly four decades, will be sharing stories on the operation of the White House during his time working there.   Walters first started working at the White House in 1970 as a uniformed Secret Service agent.  He joined the usher's staff in 1976 and ten years later, became Chief Usher in 1986 under President Ronald Reagan. He continued to serve as Chief Usher until he retired in 2007 having worked with President Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, President Clinton, and President George W. Bush. BACKGROUND:  The White House Chief Usher is the head of household staff and operations at the White House.  The Chief Usher is, by description, charged with the responsibility "for the effective operation of the White House Complex and Executive Residence, site of Official and Ceremonial activities of the Presidency, and a museum of our American history ... [Chief Usher] develops and administers the budget for the operation, maintenance, and utilities and supervises the Executive Residence staff." In carrying out this charge, the Chief Usher must coordinate Executive Residence actions with a host of organizations including the Executive Office of the President, the National Park Service, the Secret Service, the General Services Administration, the military, and other government entities. The Chief Usher serves at the pleasure of the president and coordinates both official and family life at the White House. The first female Chief Usher was chosen to serve at the White House just last October. Background source: Wikipedia WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2012 | 10:00am WHERE: Ashby Ponds retirement community Cardinal Clubhouse Living Room 21170 Ashby Ponds Boulevard Ashburn, Virginia 20147 CONTACT:  Please contact Jessica McKay at 703-923-4690 orjessica.mckay@erickson.com should you wish to report on/take photos at the event.  This event is open only to Ashby Ponds residents and media. ABOUT ASHBY PONDS:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to over 600 residents aged 62+ and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  Life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at:www.ericksonliving.com.