Over the last several months, WSNA has been sending out teasers about the upcoming April meeting. Well, April is almost here, and we’re excited to officially invite you to the WSNA April 4th General Meeting, hosted by our neighbors in the beautiful Capital Manor (CM) community!

In October of 2023, WSNA kicked off a new year with a newly elected board, loads of enthusiasm, and a new set of goals. Two of the main goals focus on improving and expanding our communication reach and increasing citizen participation levels in the association.

On the communications side, we’ve amped up our news and information output by submitting articles to the Westside Paper and Salem Reporter on a monthly basis. All updates are then posted on our website at www.westsalemna.com, along with other WSNA briefs on Land Use, the Glenn Gipson Water Shed, Parks, Transportation, and Houseless news.

The second goal focuses on expanding neighborhood participation in the NA. We thought if we could make it more accessible, you may be able to  join us more often. So, we decided to shake things up a bit, and move a couple of meetings to various locations around West Salem.

With that said, WSNA started a conversation with Nikki Phillips, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Capital Manor near the end of 2023.After trading a few emails, Nikki and I met for coffee at the Urban Grange to get better acquainted and talk more about Capital Manor, WSNA, and the community we all share. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Capital Manor, it’s a beautiful non-profit Life Plan Retirement Community, located at the western edge of the Edgewater district. Capital Manor offers both independent and continuing care living for retirees focused on pursuing an active lifestyle while enjoying peace of mind for the future.

Nikki started working at Capital Manor in 2017, but it was apparent in the first few minutes of our conversation, that she didn’t just work at Capital Manor, she was connected to the organization and the almost 480 residents who call CM home and the 270 team members who are employed there. I could feel the intensity and sincerity of her words as she described the make-up of Capital Manor, and the personality and drive behind the people who live and work there.

The people who live at Capital Manor didn’t come here to retire, she tole me. They came here to experience life with other like-minded people. They are people who have raised their families, finished their careers, and decided it was time to enjoy  life their way. Capital Manor is a planned community committed to providing residents with just that kind of lifestyle.

CM and its residents are not only dedicated to having a full life within their own community (over twenty resident-run committees, five resident advisory committees, and six special committees), their compassion and generosity extend well beyond their own gates.

Each year CM selects four not-for-profit sponsorships to support. Each nomination has to have a staff and resident “champion” to represent the fundraising or educational campaigns on site. In 2023, CM had six nominations, then found a way to support them all. They have supported The Salem Art Association, World Beat, Acres of Hope, Marion Polk Early Learning Hub, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to name just a few. They are also members of Leading Age Oregon and LA National whose mission statement is Advocacy – Education – Connection. They are a non-profit national association dedicated to advancing quality aging services.

WSNA is way beyond thrilled to be partnered with Capital Manor in the support and continuing development of our WS community and the city of Salem. Please add the April 4th meeting to your calendar so you can learn more about your neighbors in Capital Manor, and what’s happening in your neighborhood.

Thursday, April 4th

at 6:30 PM

1955 Salem Dallas Hwy NW

Parking: Drive past the main entrance and follow

“Event Parking” signs.

  • Next meeting: May 2nd at 6:30 PM at Roths in West Salem. The Community Room, located upstairs, is accessible by stairs and elevator.

For more information, please visit our website at www.westsalemna.com.