Charity & Non-Profits
Meet the Ed Brown Center’s Board President
– Lynn Wolsey
Who is Lynn:
Coming to enjoy North County San Diego sunshine after spending her youth in the great Pacific Northwest, Lynn continues past the 30 year mark of being a community volunteer in Rancho Bernardo and all of our surrounding areas.
Her maxim is…
If something is broken, I want to fix it; if someone needs assistance, I want to help; if there’s a project that needs planning, I want to be involved; if things are going well, I want to let everyone know about it, and encourage attendance/participation.
Lynn’s specialty is keeping organizations operating smoothly, and groups that have benefited from her experience include the Old Poway Historical Site Redevelopment Committee, the Old Poway Park Action Committee, the Poway Arts & Crafts Guild, the Poway Chamber of Commerce, Once Upon a Hallowe’en and PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre. Lynn is a freelance graphic designer whose work is seen throughout the community in the form of posters, flyers, banners and billboards. She designed the Lake Poway sticker that admits local residents to the park, as well as the original POW! logo for the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She also is editor-in-chief of the Poway Progress, the newspaper that is “the voice of Old Poway Park.”
Questions and Answers with Lynn Wolsey
I sat down with Lynn recently and asked her candid questions about both the present and the future vision for the Ed Brown Center. Her energy and enthusiasm for the Center is infectious and the future is bright in Rancho Bernardo with Lynn at the helm.
Q: What do you want people to know about the Ed Brown Center that you believe is misunderstood?
A: Our membership consists of active, vital people who participate in a variety of fitness classes, art and music classes, ballroom dancing, readers theater, etc. We may have gray hair, but there’s life in the old dog yet!
Q: What do you believe are the major myths about the Ed Brown Center?
A: That it’s a bunch of old people sitting around complaining about what’s wrong with the world?
Q: Tell us TWO success stories about the Ed Brown Center and their impact on someone’s life.
A: This is a very personal question for me, because I’d probably be using a walker had it not been for the Ed Brown Center. I sustained a major injury several years ago, spent weeks in the hospital and several months in a body brace and cervical collar. When I was released, I could barely walk, and I had absolutely no flexibility. I started taking yoga classes, worked really hard, and have now regained 95% of my mobility (the other 5% I’m willing to chalk up to advancing age) I’m still in constant discomfort (as opposed to pain), but I can do pretty much anything I want to do. Thank you, Ed Brown Center!
Several people have told me that they came to EBSC because they were newly arrived in the community and were looking to meet people. They started participating in EBSC events, found good friends, and look forward to each new day.
Q: What are your top three goals for the Ed Brown Center?
- To put EBSC on a firm financial footing so that it can sustain its programming and services to the community for the next 50 years and beyond.
- To implement intergenerational programs, because interaction between youngsters and mature adults is of benefit to both.
- To become a “hub” for activities in Inland North County.
Q: Tell us about some of the people you have met at the Center and how they have impacted your life.
A: My first yoga teacher, Barbara “Ayosea” Morse, is a constant inspiration to me. Through her examples of kindness, encouragement and generosity, she has inspired me to be a better person. Irma Latzusch, Betty Fish and Juanita Hawkins — though advanced in years — have never given up on life and remain vital and connected. They are a constant reminder to me that you are what you do, and they inspire me to never give up.
Q: Tell us how you became involved with the Center and how your past experiences have led you to be in this position
A: I originally started taking yoga classes at EBSC in 2006 — offered through Palomar College — as a means of recovering from a bad accident. Due to the economic downturn, Palomar pulled out and the Center lost the revenue that had been generated. No one wanted to see the Center close, so we pulled together and came up with several ideas to keep moving forward. Then I lost my job and saw an ad stating that the Ed Brown Center was looking for Board Members, so I volunteered. I had extensive experience with several nonprofit organizations, was familiar with methods for marketing, fundraising and event planning, and thought that my skill set might be of benefit to the organization. As for how I became President of the Board, well, that was a finger-pointing exercise at a meeting. No one else was in a position to take on the job, so I guess you could say I was elected by default!
Q: What is the number one thing that you want people to take away from this interview about the Ed Brown Center?
A: I want people to know that “We’re Here for Good” — we serve nearly 400 active members in addition to providing services for the entire community, and we plan to improve and expand these services in a fiscally responsible manner so that the Center will remain a vital part of Inland North County.
Q: Give us the top 5 things that are on your bucket list for the Ed Brown Center.
- Secure grant funding to help support operations and programming
- Craft a strategic plan, so that we know where we’re going as an organization.
- Build our Board of Directors to include high visibility professionals from the business community as well as those who have recently retired.
- Implement intergenerational programs such as a “Sports Day,” that would be open to the entire community, in order to give EBSC more exposure in North County.
- 5. Build our membership base and expand volunteer recruitment and training.
Q: When you say the Ed Brown Center – what does that mean and define the Ed Brown Center?
A: The Ed Brown Center (formerly the Joslyn Senior Center) was named after local community activist Ed Brown, who retired to Rancho Bernardo after a lengthy career in Corporate America and was, quite frankly, bored. He and several others spearheaded the movement to build the Rancho Bernardo Community Park with its Recreation Center and the building that now houses the Ed Brown Senior Center, Rancho Bernardo Tennis Club and the Lawn Bowling Society. The Ed Brown Center is a gathering place for mature adults who wish to participate in a variety of activities — both active and sedentary. It’s a place to meet friends and share the experiences of a lifetime — a place that gives everyone a chance to stay healthy, active and connected to life.
Salvation Army – www.Salvationarmy.usa.org
Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation – www.Helpsdkids.org
YMCA of San Diego County – www.ymca.org
Alzheimer’s Association San Diego Chapter – www.sanalz.org
Parkinson’s Association of San Diego – www.parkinsonsassociation.org
2-1-1 San Diego – www.211sandiego.org
County of San Diego Health and Human Services — www.sandiego.networkofcare.org/aging
Ed Brown Senior Center – www.edbrowncenter.org
Poway Senior Center – www.powayseniorcenter.org
Center for Community Solutions – www.ccssd.org