November is Membership Month

November is Membership Month

Membership Month is almost upon us! November is a big deal around Capital City Village, and we’re doing it up in style. We hope all Capital City Village members will come to any of the terrific events we have scheduled into this jam-packed month of fun! And bring a friend! All of Austin is welcome anytime at the Village. Check out our Events List for all the details!

We are offering some special incentives for joining up and for membership renewal! For those who join us at the full-price rate ($600/$800 annually), we are waiving the $50 application fee during the entire month. And for any of you full-price members who renew your membership, we are offering a $50 reduction in your annual fee. The renewal offer is extended to existing full-price members who are due to renew November 2013 through October 2014. However, it does require payment for the current or future renewal in November 2013 and expires on November 30, 2013.

We’re kicking off the month with an exclusive House Concert featuring the one, the only, Butch Hancock! Join us on November 2 for this rare intimate opportunity to enjoy one of Texas’ best.

Next comes Happy Hour at La Mancha on November 7 and Second Cup at Russells Bistro on November 14, your regular opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow CCV’ers.

We’re changing things up with our first-ever Provider Fair on November 19 at the Yarborough Branch Library. This is your opportunity to meet in person official CCV Providers and talk projects, planning and more. It’s time to get that big project you’ve been putting off into gear.

Next, we’re combining our normal Men’s and Women’s Luncheon into one larger event and we’re bringing you a fresh perspective on veterans issues, a natural fit for the month that hosts Veteran’s Day. It’s also an opportunity to honor the gamut of our service men and women, many of whom are also reflected within CCV membership.

Finally, we’re taking the opportunity that Veteran’s Day brings to honor and support a vet with an honorary CCV membership. Do you know a vet who might need the support that CCV membership can provide? If so, send us their story along with a picture, and they just might be chosen. Email us at to learn more or send in your nomination.

There’s also a tour of Camp Mabry, and it’s pretty exciting! Join us in November for Membership Month!

Flo’s Membership Story

October 4, 2013
by Tom Knutsen

Flo D. was sitting on her couch, grooming her year-old pup Abby, when she said she likes Capital City Village so much “I had to tell my neighbor Lil about it. She joined right away.”

Flo–her full first name is Florence–had been working since 1998 as a house mother at Hardin House, a privately owned dormitory for women near the University of Texas campus, when she awakened one morning unable to see. That ended her working career, earlier than she had planned, for she said, “I loved those girls.”

She found an apartment at Wildflower Terrace, a three-story apartment building at the Mueller Development in Central Austin designed for adults fifty-years and older. She and Abby live on the ground floor, looking east toward Morris Williams Golf Course. A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sits on the counter separating her dining area from the kitchen. “I’m a Steelers fan from Western Pennsylvania,” she said.

Unable to see, she knew she would need help with some chores as well as transportation. He daughter, Michele, told her about CCV, having found out about it, Flo says, from one of her friends. After reading the CCV brochure, “I called Bonnie (Gilson, executive director) and joined.”

Like many of us, she is reluctant to ask others for help, but Flo said she knows there are some tasks she cannot do, so she called CCV asking for help with “light housekeeping, making the bed, vacuuming, taking out the recycling.” She got great help from volunteers and CCV board members Kay M. and Sandy Y.

At least four times one of them came to help, Flo said, and “They are lovely ladies, lovely volunteers.”

Flo’s story is a reminder that CCV members have access to a “one call does it all” organization. Need a ride or a hand, our CCV volunteers are ready.