|Re: Joani Blank||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diane (dianeclairegmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2019 14:07:25 -0700 (PDT)|
Thanks Ann for that beautiful remembrance. I miss Joani too. Diane On Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 3:44 PM Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> wrote: > Hello All — > > Joani Blank passed away two years ago today. > > Who was Joani Blank? > > She was quite possibly the all time quintessential Burning Soul in the > cohousing movement. Actually, there have been many all time > quintessential Burning Souls who forwarded the movement and who have now > left us. This is just about one of them. > > A “Jewnitarian” by her own description, she lived first at Doyle Street in > Emeryville, CA and subsequently at Swan’s Market in Oakland, CA. She > served on the first CohoUS Board of Directors. She gave the first large 5 > digit donation to the newly formed board. She was intractably good humored > and positive as the then new board gathered its sea legs. Joani > volunteered her money, time and energy into moving the cohousing football > forward 10 yards at a time. Always forward. With her short, black, before > it was fashionable purple streaked hair she embodied the values of > cohousing. Cooperative yet independent. Self initiating yet aware of > others' input. > > Joani reached out a hand to many. Often the outstretched hand had a check > in it for cohousing groups struggling to get going. She monitored the > requests for information that came into the virtual coho national office. > She often asked me to answer the queries. > > Joani believed in collaboration in both life and work. She was a > successful business woman who turned her business into a worker’s > collective selling her interest to her former employees. She took that > money and invested in other small businesses. She was generous and kind > and completely, unabashedly "out there" when it came to romantic affairs. > > I miss you, Joani. And I’m grateful for the foundation you helped to > create for all of us out here in cohousing-land. > > Best -- > > Ann Zabaldo > Takoma Village Cohousing > Washington, DC > Member, Board of Directors > Mid Atlantic Cohousing > Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC > Falls Church, VA > 202.546.4654 > > I’m … > > “it’s 8:30 pm and you want to start a movie this late?” > > … Years Old. > > (From a series of DIY embroidery quotes by The Twilight Sewn) > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > > -- Diane Margolis 175 Richdale Av. Cambridge, MA 02140 617 354 1349
- Joani Blank Ann Zabaldo, August 6 2019
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