Upcoming 2021 WAVE Meetings



WAVE Conversation

Topic:  Strategic Partnerships

 Monday, August 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Virtual - Via Zoom


WAVE Conversation

Topic:  Data For Operations and Advocacy

Monday, September 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Virtual - Via Zoom


WAVE Quarterly Meeting

Monday, October 18, 9:30 - 12:00 Noon

Virtual - Via Zoom


WAVE Conversation

 Topic:  Recruiting And Training Volunteers

Monday, November 22, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Virtual - Via Zoom



WAVE Quarterly Meeting
Monday July 19, 2021
Networking:  9:15 - 9:30am
Meeting:  9:30am - 12:00 Noon

Virtual - Via Zoom

Meeting Materials (slides, etc.) follow the Meeting Details below



WAVE July 19, 2021 Quarterly Meeting Details


Registration is now open:for our WAVE Quarterly Meeting, July 19, 2021, 9:30 - 12:00 pm via Zoom.  Social networking time is 9:15 - 9:30.  (See registration link at the bottom.)

Please join us at our July 19th Quarterly Meeting. The program will include a plenary featuring Rhonda Schwartz, Regional Administrator, U.S. Administration on Community Living (ACL), and  Vicki  Gottlitch, Director of the ACL Center for Policy & Evaluation. They will describe programs that can support villages and how villages, in turn, can enhance those programs. They will also share how the ACL assesses the success and impact of senior-serving programs, which can help individual villages, WAVE, and the national Village to Village Network improve our own assessments.
This will be followed by informal break-out discussions on helpful data for operations and advocacy, and “Problems of the Day”-- raise your own problem and get input from others!

Our new WAVE mentoring program, to assist both new and established villages, will also be launched. 

We will honor the memory of Miriam Kelty, a WAVE co-founder who passed away in June, with a new award program recognizing excellence in programs or services in one staff-model village and in one all-volunteer village.  

If you have questions, feel free to contact Mary Jo Deering, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please register here, and you will receive the Zoom link before the meeting:

WAVE July 19, 2021 Quarterly Meeting Materials


1.  Click HERE for a recording of the main meeting plenary YouTube presentation.

  -  Note in the comments area below the YouTube video that there are time stamps for the various segments of the meeting:

    -  Mentoring

    -  Miriam Kelty Memoriam

    -  Professor Addington

    -  Administration for Community Living (ACL)

2.  Click HERE for the Mentoring slide presentation.

3.  Click HERE for more details on the Mentoring program.

4.  Click HERE for the Administration on Community Living (ACL) slide presentation.


WAVE Converstion

Topic:  Financial Sustainability:  New Ideas and Models
Focus:  Villages With Membership Fees

Monday June 28, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Virtual - Via Zoom


As part of WAVE's new Mentoring and Mutual Support program, we will be repeating the breakout sessions from our April 19 mini-conference over the coming months. 

Please join us Monday June 28th at 1 pm for a discussion on Financial Sustainability:  New Ideas and Models.  This session will focus on sustainability for villages for which membership fees are a major component of their resources.  A separate session for villages with no or low fees will be scheduled shortly.  Stay tuned! 

This is not a presentation - simply a conversation about what we each are planning, questions or concerns that we want to share, and maybe a little problem-solving together.  Please note that this is a repeat presentation from our April 19 Mini-conference. 

Future repeat sessions include Strategic Partnerships, on August 23rd, Data For Operations and Advocacy, on September 27th, and Recruiting And Training Volunteers, on November 22nd.  All sessions will be 1:00 - 2:00 pm.


ZOOM connection:


Or, join by phone; dial 301-715-8592

Meeting ID: 231 031 5137

Passcode: 806762



WAVE Spring Mini-Conference

Mature Villages:  Challenges and Opportunities

Monday April 19, 2021
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Virtual - Via Zoom

Program with Presentation Materials


The WAVE mini-conference on mature villages was a great success, attracting over 120 participants from 43 villages and several related agencies and organizations. 
The conference program, with links to slides, texts, and organizational websites is attached here(Press + sign at top to make it big enough to read.)
The program was recorded, and the video and saved chat texts can be accessed below. 
-Financial Sustainability
-Strategic Partnerships
-Data  (will be posted when available)
Chat texts:
-Financial Sustainability
-Strategic Partnerships



Washington Area Villages Exchange  
Spring Mini-Conference
April 19, 2021, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Virtual - Via Zoom
Dear WAVE Members and Friends,
Please join others from villages around the metro DC area at the WAVE Spring Mini-Conference, organized in collaboration with the national Village-to-Village Network and Montgomery County’s Village Coordinator.  The theme is “Mature Villages:  Challenges and Opportunities.”  Programs for startup villages will be offered later in the year. This program will include a plenary on how villages of different models can evolve to their own best next level, and break-out discussions on financial sustainability, data, and strategic partnerships.  Plans for a new WAVE mentoring program will also be announced. The program is free, but registration is required.  To register please click here. If you have questions, feel free to contact Mary Jo Deering, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Mary Jo Deering
WAVE Board President


 WAVE Spring Mini-Conference Program April 19, 2021   (Press + sign at top to make it big enough to read.)


Here is the link to the Registration form:

Zoom Links

The Zoom link will be sent to each registrant before the conference.




Washington Area Villages Exchange  
Third Quarter Members Meeting
September 21, 2020, 9:30 - 12:00
Virtual - Via Zoom

Dear WAVE Members and Friends,
On Monday, September 21st WAVE will host the 3rd Quarter membership meeting offering another session based on timely topics including a plenary session and breakouts sessions related to voting in the November 3rd election. Our Plenary speaker, Linda Kohn, will share her knowledge and expertise in vote-by-mail state elections. Since 2017, Ms. Kohn has been active in the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, Maryland and currently serves as an officer on the Board. In our breakout sessions, you will receive specific jurisdictional information (DC, VA and MD) on voting topics including in-person and mail-in which you can then share with the members of your entire Village.    

Also, please note that the Village to Village Network (VtVN) will be hosting its National Virtual Village Gathering on October 6th, 13th and 20th. At our WAVE meeting on the 21st, the Board will announce scholarship awards to volunteer-managed Villages to attend all of the VtVN online events. A volunteer-managed Village is one that does not operate with paid staff personnel and does not require membership dues or only offers membership dues at a modest level. Please self-nominate your Village or nominate another qualified Village and email your submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or just reply to this email, which sends it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


I look forward to “seeing” you at 9:30 am on September 21st. Thank you.  

Leigh Sempeles
President of the Board



Since we are providing links to the main session and to each of the breakouts below, there is no need for registering for this 9/21/2020 WAVE Mambers Meeting.

Zoom Links

The following is the link for the WAVE Business and Plenary Sessions:

Dial by your location
      301 715 8592 US (Germantown)



Washington Area Villages Exchange  
Third Quarter Members Meeting
September 21, 2020, 9:30 - 12:00
Business meeting    
9:30 - 10:00 am 
  • Welcome - Call Meeting to Order  - Leigh Sempeles
  • Recording Secretary Report - Cele Garett 
  • Treasurer's Report - Laurie Pross
  • Corresponding Secretary's Report - Dave Prescott
  • New Business/Announcements from the Floor  
  1. Pazit  Aviv, Village Coordinator, Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services - Recap September 15th meeting and Toolkit Form 
  2. Barbara Sullivan, Executive Director, Village to Village Network - Update on National Virtual Village Gathering - Leigh will announce scholarships to volunteer-managed Villages 
10:00 am - 10:50 am -  Leigh will introduce our Plenary speaker, Linda Kohn -  Discussion of mail-in voting followed by Q&A  
10:50 am - 11:00 am - Adjournment of Business meeting - 10 minute break to  enter into new/separate zoom sessions set up in advance by jurisdiction   
11:00 am - 12 noon  Break out sessions: 3 separate zoom meetings by jurisdiction to review and discuss specific voting procedures in VA, DC, and MD.  
  • Maryland -  Facilitator, Marjorie Wexler  - Mary Jo Deering introduces
  • DC - Facilitator, Kathy Chiron - Pat Scolaro introduces
  • VA - Facilitator. Julie Gentry - Cele Garrett introduces

WAVE Annual Meeting

Monday, Sept 21, 2020 - Via Zoom



9:15 – 9:30am   Attendees began logging in

Number of attendees: 46

(Note: The meeting was hosted by Foggy Bottom West End Village.)


President Leigh Sempeles opened the meeting at 9:35. Leigh welcomed everyone and explained the format of the meeting.

Recording Secretary Report        Leigh noted that Cele Garrett the minutes of the June WAVE meeting were distributed last week via eBlast and are listed on the WAVE web site. The minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report 

Laurie Pross reported the current balance:  Current balance is $9,375.12.

Correspondence Secretary’s Report

Correspondence secretary Dave Prescott gave an overview of his responsibilities. Dave encouraged folks to email him at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they have any questions about their dues or any other WAVE-related business.

New Business         

Leigh recognized Pazit Aziz, village coordinator with the Montgomery Co. Office on Aging and Disabilities, to provide a report on the MoCo/WAVE mini-conference that took place on Sept. 15. The conference was focused on how villages are responding in the Covid environment. Aside from some minor technical issues, the general session and six breakouts went well. She noted that the plenary speaker, Dr. DeJonge from Capital Caring Hospice, was favorably received. Pazit also explained that the Covid Toolkit she is compiling with village best practices will be available to all villages. She emphasized the importance of villages submitting their ideas to the Toolkit link.

Leigh recognized Barbara Sullivan with the Village to Village Network to provide an update on the upcoming VtVN conference in October. There are 325+ registrants to date. The registration deadline is Tuesday, though she will extend it a few more days to those villages that are finalizing their attendee list. She explained that, in order to get the discounted $40 rate, you will need to submit your village’s attendee list directly to her. VtVN will create an invoice and villages are to send payment by check. She provided highlights of each day’s sessions.

Leigh announced that it was WAVE tradition to pay for one registration fee for a village that is an all-volunteer operation. This year, because the conference is virtual and the registration cost is significantly lower, WAVE is paying for four registration fees for the following four villages that applied: Chevy Chase Connections, Hyattsville Aging in Place, Bannockburn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Mt Pleasant Village.



Voting by Mail     Leigh introduced our invited guest, Linda Kohn, as our plenary speaker. Linda serves on the executive committee of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. Linda began by explaining how she became an advocate for voting by mail (long before Covid) to help alleviate the Election Day stresses and bottlenecks that precincts face in processing so many voters in a short period of time. She emphasized that several states have been doing voting by mail for some years—Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Utah among them.

Linda explained the difference between Vote by Mail and Absentee Voting. She described the work to be done before the election—both the voter’s responsibility to keep their record up-to-date as well as the Elections board/office actions in educating the public.  During the election period, the Elections office must work through the specifics of where and how voters can return their ballot: by mail, at the drop box and in-person. The post-election work of counting the ballots is critical: handling the volume of ballots, checking the date, checking the signature, and releasing results. Linda addresses issues such as ease of voter turnout, costs and security. Finally, she emphasized that transitioning to Mail-in Voting takes time. She recommended the New York Times article “The End of the Polling Booth.” After the presentation, there was Q and A.


At 11am, attendees broke into three groups based on location of their village: MD, DC and VA. Each breakout had a host and a speaker continuing the discussion of the election process in their own state. The groups brainstormed ways in which their village could make the process smoother for their village members.

The meeting adjourned at the conclusion of the breakout meetings at approximately 12noon.

Respectfully submitted,

Cele Garrett

Recording Secretary




Washington Area Villages Exchange

WAVE Members Meeting
Monday June 22, 2020, 9:30 - 12:00 Noon
Virtual - Via Zoom



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 Gail Kutner Picture

 Gail Kutner - WAVE Covid Check-In Study Findings Presentation 6/22/2020

Gail Kohn Picture

Gail Kohn - Villages and the Impact of COVID-19


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