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Online at Ann’s Choice

Resident activity website created for residents by residents

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December 20th, 2011

The abundance of activities and amenities at Ann s Choice convinced Bob Klimek that the Erickson Living community in Bucks County, Pa., would be ideal for him and his wife, Joan. I like to get involved in things, says Bob, who developed and built websites for local school and government entities in Feesterville, Pa., so when I saw all the activities it appealed to me. I also like to throw my two cents in and help where I can.

Sea of change

Bob and Joan moved to Ann s Choice in 2010. Soon Bob found a need he could fill. He contacted community resources on campus and volunteered to create an activity website to provide up-to-date information about everything on campus. He got an immediate thumbs-up. Maintained by community members for community members, the website debuted early last year. By summer it averaged more than 500 hits a week.

Everything but the kitchen sink

You name it and it s on the site activities, clubs, events, a community history, interesting resident facts and photos, even minutes from resident advisory committee meetings. It also lists potential new activities such as the Coalcrackers Dinner Club Bob wants to start for folks who grew up, as he did, in the Wilkes-Barre area. The website brims with colorful flyers, contact names, and the latest news about the community s 150-plus activities and events. A team of 12 residents, including Bob and two other webmasters, keeps it up to date. Team members each track specific groups and events. When they see new flyers or learn about schedule changes, they tell Bob. I get to stick my nose into lots of things, which I like, he says.

Join and learn

Bob checks the website every day. Ann s Choice is home, and it s filled with my neighbors, he says. I want them to be aware of the opportunities here. The website says, Come join something, come learn something. That s Bob s philosophy too. He chairs the community s computer group and plans to fold the website function into the club to involve more people. If we have more webmasters, we all can put in fewer hours, he says. He s also active in a science roundtable, the woodshop, and the model railroad club. Information about those groups is available you know where.