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WAVE Annual Meeting

Monday, Sept 21, 2020 - Via Zoom

Minutes

 

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.

 

Program

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.

Breakouts

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