PKS Council on Aging Meeting Minutes – December 2022

Hotel Alice entrance in Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Our last meeting of the year wasn’t really a Christmas party, but we did enjoy the holiday spirit and décor of the ‘new’ Hotel Alice.

Checking Into the Hotel Alice

Many of our followers know that a priority for our group was to find and support an easily accessible gathering place for our community.

While the idea has been discussed and a variety of venues considered, no dedicated ‘community center’ has ever been established. That said, interest in the concept never died.

Many residents have continued to express a desire for a choice of local opportunities to meet and interact with neighbors over a cup of coffee, to play cards, discuss the latest book, etc.

We know that staying connected with friends and family positively contributes to a quality of life and can extend our life spans.

This is true for all of us and critically important in an aging market. Interaction with others in an easy to access, safe and comfortable environment is key.

Hotel Alice As a Community Gathering Place

Since we do not have the means to build a ‘community center,’ we needed to find a place within Pine Knoll Shores that met our needs and people willing to partner with us to develop the idea.

Within our group, John Macheca rose to the challenge of finding and establishing a gathering place. We found an opportunity with Hotel Alice.

What’s in a name? As many already know, the story of today’s Pine Knoll Shores begins with Alice Hoffman.

Ms. Hoffman, bought substantial acreage on the island in 1918 and made her home here, off and on, until her death in 1953.

Alice Hoffman was Eleanor Roosevelt’s aunt. As Alice had no direct heirs, at her death the 2,000-acre waterfront that she owned transferred to the Roosevelt family. The family oversaw the early development of the town.

The blend of today’s community and its history makes Hotel Alice a unique meeting place.

The location is quiet, well designed, comfortable and guest-focused – and surrounded by history.

The photos around the lobby, local history summaries and knowledgeable staff connect hotel visitors to the town’s legacy.

Amy Novick Welcomes PKS Residents

Amy Novick is the Sales Director for Hotel Alice.

Her energy and enthusiasm for our community was evident from the very beginning.

While there is no kitchen, a variety of snack items are available at the front desk and the bar is open from 2-10 p.m. every day and on Sunday from 7-10 p.m.

For the Council meeting, Amy and her staff made us feel very welcomed. She spoke to their interests in tailoring the hotel experience to our needs as a group.

From our experience, it is clear that this venue can meet our business needs as well as our social needs.

We strongly encourage you to give Hotel Alice consideration the next time you meet up with friends over a cup of coffee or glass of wine, need a venue for your book club discussions, or play cards…and bring a neighbor you’d like to get to know better. See you at Hotel Alice!

First Quarter Next Meetings: January 10, February 7, March 7, 2023 10:30 am Pine Knoll Shores Town Hall.

Official Document

Download a copy of the official PKS Council on Aging Meeting Agenda and Minutes for December 2022.

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