Several operating villages have not yet paid dues for 2017. For the convenience of villages which have not yet paid dues, we will accept checks at the door on our February 26 Triannual meeting at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Operating villages are requested to pay the $35 dues for 2017 if they have not yet done so. Checks should be made out to Washington Area Villages Exchange. Here is the dues form: 2017 WAVE Dues Form to send in or to give to us at the meeting with your check. We will accept dues for 2018 at the same time. Emerging villages are invited to make a donation but are not required to pay dues.
Even on the best of days, some relationships are challenging and stressful. Of course, we appreciate and accept that everyone has a different personality but certain behaviors, traits, habits, moods and temperaments can bring us to extreme feelings that impact our own mood, disposition and behavior. This gets even more difficult when there is dependence or interdependence with the challenging person, when you have to work with that person or when you sense that something might actually be wrong with that person. Navigating through conversations and activities with difficult people requires skill. Should you say something? If so, what should you say?
Kim Burton, Director of the Mental Health Association of Maryland will address this issue with her knowledge of human behavior and relationships. Kim will provide insight and tips for appropriate approach, engagement and strategies when you are faced with challenges by another person’s attitude or behavior. Program participants will be able to ask questions, discuss and learn from each other and will leave with new skills and understanding.
Treasurer reported that WAVE currently had 19 paid memberships, out of a potential for 65 villages in the DC-MD-VA metropolitan región. Currently we have $665.00 in annual revenues, with $5,100.00 in carryover funds.
There was agreement that we needed to get as many 2017 dues paid as possible. Barbara Sullivan said that she would send an email with the information form to village contacts. All agreed that we must do more to encourage dues payments, including reminders on the WAVE website, emails, the newsletter, etc.
The conversation evolved into a discussion regarding the need to recruit someone to write/edit/be responsible for a WAVE newsletter that might be compiled monthly. One idea floated was that in the newsletter and during WAVE business meetings, we could feature a “village spotlight” on some aspect of one village for information sharing.
Website & Host Server
Acknowledging that there does not exist a formal communications mechanism for information sharing, Dave Prescott (who has taken over keeping the WAVE website up to date) asked that we forward newsletters or information ítems of relevance to be posted on WAVE’s website.
After considerable discussion regarding what entity/server would be chosen to host our website and regarding registering the domain name, it was agreed that Dave would investigate the options and make a recommendation for quick implementation.
Although we discussed the need for a Communications Director to manage the email lists and the production of a WAVE newsletter, there was no decisión on who might be recruited to do so. This ítem remains open.
2018 Annual Meeting & Elections
We decided that the next WAVE Triannual meeting would be held on Monday, 26 Feb. 2018 at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Regional Service Center in Bethesda. During this meeting, we are due to have elections for Board members.
The following was compiled for discussion:
The final ítem was a request from Steve Gurney from the Guide To Retirement Living, for a presentation to the Senior Resource Group on Monday 02 April 2018. Barbara, Peggy and Eddie will represent WAVE in that presentation.
Bob Craycraft, SW Waterfront Village, welcomed everyone and introduced Reverend Martha Clark, Rector, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, who also welcomed everyone to their facility.
Miriam Kelty, Co-Chair of WAVE representing Maryland Villages, also welcomed attendees, explaining the new schedule of WAVE membership meeting three times per year – Triannual Meetings.
The IT Committee offered in their report that they are still working after four years on studying village software packages that offer the best value to villages. Having studied many existing packages and not able to find developers willing to develop packages without a guaranteed return, the IT Committee has decided that they will serve in a “Consumer Reports” function to evaluate software packages for villages, in hopes that their reviews will lead to improvements and affordability. The Committee also announced that Dave Prescott has taken over the duties of managing WAVE’s website.
The Treasurer’s Report stated that WAVE had collected $420.00 in revenue, spent $588.00 in expenses, had $5,102.00 in carryover, for a balance of $4,934.00. All villages were reminded of the importance of paying village dues of $35.00 per year so that WAVE can prevent using up our reserves.
Secretary’s Report – The minutes from the June 2017 Triannual meeting were accepted as written and posted for review.
Becky Theriot, founder and owner of A First Class Move (AFCM) was introduced to speak about Disorganized Homes and Hoarding. She stated that her business was targetted to individuals whose homes were “bursting at the seams” with clutter, which can cause safety risks that can lead to health issues. Among her more pointed remarks: hoarding is a disorder that can be treated but not cured; health, social and mental health and safety can all be compromised; not only is it important to clear up a physical space, but also it helps the individual; recognize the problem, consult professionals or authorities, and give the individual a say in how to remedy the situation; clutter requires organizing one’s space; the key is to make the solution as stress free as possible.
WAVE Triannual Meeting, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
555 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Plenty of parking at The Wharf or at 1100 4th Street SW
Metro: Waterfront-SEU Stop is one (long) block away
9:15 am Lite Fare Networking (provided by Home Care Assistance)
(Please bring business cards and materials to share)
9:40 am Welcome, Barbara Ehrlich, President Waterfront Village
The Rev. Martha Clarke, St. Augustine’s Presbyterian Church
9:45 am Business Meeting: Miriam Kelty, President WAVE
Introduce our Host, Jerald Roberts, Home Care Assistance
Approval of Minutes: Eddie Rivas, Secretary
Treasurers Report: Virginia Hodgkinson
Village to Village Network National Gathering
10:00 am Beckyanne Theriot, Owner of A First Class Move
Disorganized homes and hoarding: how Villages can identify and compassionately support members with dysfunctional and dangerous home environments.
10:40 am Break
10:50 am Discussion Groups: Developing, Open & Executive Directors
12:00 pm Adjourn
Following adjournment, those interested may attend a networking lunch at The Wharf.
DC Community Conversations Town Hall
September 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:30pm See Agenda Below
Please join us for a Community Conversation on the Measurement of Civic Engagement at the Local Level
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is supporting a series of projects across the United States that are exploring ways to improve measurement of volunteering and civic engagement activities at the local or neighborhood level; and how to better capture and describe various facets of civic life which may be linked to other important indicators of individual and community wellbeing.
In support of this initiative, the Washington, DC Community Conversations Team – comprised of Guardians of Honor, the George Washington University, Age Friendly DC, and Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) – has recently completed various interviews, observations, community consultations, and focus groups seeking to better understand what “civic engagement” and “volunteerism” mean to older Americans, how they talk about and think about these activities, the mechanisms by which they engage and volunteer, and why they choose to engage in these activities.
Given your expertise and interest in these issues, we hope you will join us Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the True Reformer Building located at 1200 U Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 to learn about our partners’ current initiatives and to contribute to a discussion on the team’s findings.
DC Community Conversations Town Hall - Agenda
September 27, 2017 1:00pm – 3:30pm
1:00pm: Welcome & Introductions
Opening Remarks: GOH and CNCS Staff
Summary of the initiative and introduction of key speakers/presenters
1:15pm: Age Friendly DC
Gail Kohn, Age Friendly DC
1:45pm: Washington Area Villages Exchange
Miriam Kelty, Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE)
2:15pm: Results of Community Conversations Demonstration Project in Washington, DC
Emily Morrison, GWU
2:45pm: Conclusion and Open Networking
Closing Remarks: GOH and CNCS Staff
The spring quarterly meeting of WAVE will be on April 25, 2016 from 9:00-noon. The program will start at 9:30, leaving a half hour prior to that for socializing and refreshments. We will meet at Langston-Brown Community & Senior Center ,2121 N Culpepper St, Arlington, VA 22207. Parking is available. Google http://parks.arlingtonva.us/locations/langston-brown-community-center-park/ for directions.
An agenda will be posted here shortly. Our program will feature a speaker from the National Institute on Aging who will talk about current research on socialization and the risks associated with social isolation and loneliness. Small group discussion will follow the formal program.
The WAVE technology committee is exploring ideas and working on a development project to improve village administration. Our goal is software to coordinate and schedule services that can perform the functions you need and is very user friendly. We welcome participation from administrators or office volunteers who use Club Express and other software products to serve as Quality Assurance coaches in this project.
WAVE meetings are open. Please let colleagues and village people know that they are welcome to attend.
Our next WAVE meeting will be January 23, 2017 at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20014. This is our ‘Annual Meeting” at which we will elect new Board Member s. After the feature program, when we join group discussions, one group will meet with Mr. Anthony Nerino of The Corporation for National and Community Service to talk about a research project they are sponsoring, the Community Conversations Project.
The feature program will be a presentation by Dr. Sid Stahl, who will talk about Elder Abuse. What he will cover and his bio are below. It should be an excellent presentation with time for questions and discussion.
9:30 – 9:45 Coffee and Refreshments
9:45 - 10:10 WAVE Business Meeting *
10:10 - 11:00 Program: ELDER ABUSE: “THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY” (and a little hope).
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - Noon Discussion Groups for Executive Directors, Developing Villages and Operating Villages
Community Conversations Research Project with Mr. Anthony Nerino
Mr. Nerino of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, is asking WAVE villages to participate in a study on civic engagement and volunteering at the community level. The study aims to identify best practices to strengthen engagement and volunteering, factors that promote these activities and to measure them. The project is partnering with George Washington University.