10 Years of Great Decisions

Mar 7, 2024 | Uncategorized


At Covenant Woods, community is at the heart of everything we do, and our vibrant resident-led interest groups are a testament to that. With 32 groups catering to various passions and pursuits, there’s always something exciting happening on our 90-acre campus. Among these groups, Great Decisions has been making waves for an impressive decade. Great Decisions is based on the Foreign Policy Association’s largest discussion program on world affairs (https://www.fpa.org/about/). Group members meet once a month from January through August here at Covenant Woods.

Each year, the top 8 challenges to U.S. foreign policy are selected and discussed one at a time throughout the course. On campus sessions are led by expert guest speakers from the greater Richmond Metro community and from area colleges and universities. Along with the presentation, guest speakers enjoy meals and interactions with residents and find many of the preconceptions about retirement living to be simply untrue once they see how active our community is. Many of the speakers have shared their experiences at Covenant Woods with others and return to lend their expertise in future series.

A heartfelt appreciation goes out to Dr. Penny Jez for her invaluable contributions to this program. Dr. Jez was introduced to the Great Decisions program in its first year on campus by a fellow resident who recognized her passion and expertise in public policy and government. Penny enrolled right away and thoroughly enjoyed this foreign policy discussion program. She was then invited to take over as Director the following year and has been directing the series since 2016. This series is highly successful, resident led, and a self-sustaining program. It’s a testament to the enduring curiosity and engagement of our residents, and we are so proud to celebrate this milestone together. Here’s to another decade of enriching dialogue and meaningful connections at Covenant Woods!