WAVE Quarterly Meeting
February 25, 2019
Hyattsville Town Hall
Business Meeting Minutes
President Patricia Clark welcomed participants and thanked Hyattsville Aging in Place (HAP) for hosting the meeting. Denise Snyder, Chair of HAP, recognized CaringGivers, LLC, for sponsoring the breakfast and introduced Demetrius Jones, its founder, who briefly described his company.
The president called attention to the new Board of Directors members and officers. She noted that the president and two vice presidents reflect the three jurisdictions, and that most of the Board are the “post-founding” members. The two surviving original founders, Miriam Kelty and Virginia Hodgkinson, were named “Founding Emerita.”
The president announced that WAVE will return to four meetings per year. There will be two more before the Village to Village (VtV) Network conference in September. There will be one afterward.
Treasurer Leigh Sempeles announced that there is a balance of $6,892.31 in the bank account. Expenses include $242.22 for the PO Box and software updates. In addition there will be an expense for the scholarship for the VtV conference. Dues collected to date total $1,050, including 27 villages, 1 in the new category of “partner support member,” and one other donation. WAVE currently encompasses 70+ villages open or in development.
Second Vice President Mary Jo Deering announced that WAVE is proposing an extended program for the fall meeting, potentially all day and possibly in the first half of November. She asked members who would like to work on it to contact her. A notice will be sent out requesting volunteers and program ideas.
WAVE IT Work Group Chair Mary Jo Deering said that the group was preparing to share and extend what it had learned about voice technology over the past year. The ultimate goal is a “train-the-trainer” session for people who would like to be able to offer programs or support to their own villages. First there will be a pilot demonstration to test out the group’s approach and identify the most effective presentation.
First Vice President Gail Kutner asked for members to send her suggestions for programs at the next two meetings. She also asked for suggestions to enrich the website.
The president described the presentation made by California organizations at last year’s VtV conference. It was very strategic and forward looking. WAVE has more villages than any other area in the country, and we could use the California work to look ahead in our area.
Miriam Kelty mentioned that Montgomery County villages, especially in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area, collaborate to cross-promote activities or co-sponsor events. In the long run, this is good for meeting new people and spreading useful information and programs.
The president called for a motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting, which are on the website. Rob Fleming moved for approval, Miriam Kelty seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
The business meeting was concluded.