WAVE Board Meeting

Monday, July 12, 2021

Virtual - Via Zoom



Present: Mary Jo Deering, Dave Prescott, Cele Garrett, Laurie Pross, Kathy Pointer, Eriko Kennedy, Carolyn Rourke, Nadia Taran, Denise Snyder and Wendy Zenker.


President Mary Jo Deering called the meeting to order at 3:02pm. 


Recording Secretary’s Report       Cele asked if there were changes to the minutes from the last board meeting, which were distributed prior to the meeting. The minutes were approved.


Treasurer’s Report        Last month’s balance was $9,757.59 and with deposits of $140 (from four new memberships), the ending balance is $9897.59.


Correspondence Secretary’s Report       Dave reported that 39 villages now have paid dues for 2021 (compared with 45 from last year). He has added upcoming meetings to the WAVE website.



WAVE-VtVN MOU               The memorandum of understanding was shared with board members prior to the meeting. Wendy noted that the final version changes the reporting requirement is now twice each year.

Black Artists series              Cele reported that the three-part series on Black Artists has concluded. Each session was fascinating and fairly well attended. Attendance did drop off to about 25 participants during the last session.



July Quarterly meeting       A draft of the proposed agenda was shared in advance of the board meeting. Mary Jo noted that our plenary speaker, Rhonda Schwartz, wanted information in advance about villages that currently are partnering with their local AAAs.

So far, 31 people have registered for the meeting; a reminder will go out with a call for questions in advance. Dave will send out the Zoom link on July 17. We agreed to record the quarterly meeting for later use and a YouTube link likely will be the way we make it available.

For the breakout sessions, there will be Lynn Addington’s follow-up and two breakouts for “Problem of the Day.” (We then did a practice test to set up breakout meetings.)

Mentorship Initiative         Carolyn provided an update on the progress that has been made on the plan for WAVE individual mentoring. Last week, the committee, Mary Jo and Carol Paquette met to discuss the latest iteration of the online applications for both mentors and for mentees (with different versions for villages in development and for operating villages). Carol has made minor tweaks but the applications are close to being final and will be ready to present at the quarterly meeting.

We agreed that a mentor orientation session would be useful as we move forward. And, we agreed that flexibility in scheduling and frequency will be key to making this effort successful. The email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which Carolyn will monitor, will be dedicated to the one-on-one mentoring effort. Mentoring applications will be found on the WAVE website.

For the group sessions, Mary Jo asked for feedback on the completed group mentoring sessions. Wendy reported that the financial sustainability session she led went well. It was a small but active group of 15 people. Still to come: Hilary Simmons will lead the talk on Strategic Partnerships on August 23 at 1pm. For Financial Sustainability for Small/all-volunteer Villages, Bill Emmet (Mt. Pleasant Village) has been confirmed. Andy Penn (Village of Takoma Park) has not yet confirmed his availability. The date will be Sept. 13 or 20, 1pm.  Data for Operations and Advocacy, led by Carol Paquette and Judy Berman (Capitol Hill Village) will take place September 27 at 1pm. Bill Emmett (Mt. Pleasant Village) and Noelle Durman (Arlington Neighborhood Village) will lead Recruiting and Training Volunteers on November 22 at 1pm.

Addington Survey Proposal          There are no further developments right now but Eriko confirmed that Addington will speak briefly at the quarterly meeting to present this idea.



Miriam Kelty Award for Excellence in Programs or Services              This new award will honor our esteemed, recently departed WAVE board member emerita. We had a lively exchange about the criteria for this award and how the winners would be selected—and, in particular, whether the “winner” would be an individual or a village. Ultimately, we determined that this effort is worthy of developing a small committee of people who knew Miriam to work through these questions.


October 18 Quarterly Meeting     The plenary speaker on End-of-life is confirmed: Kim Callinan, President and CEO of Compassion and Choices. Because venue availability is still so spotty, we agreed that the meeting will take place via Zoom. Since there will be no capacity issues, we will encourage villages to promote this event to their members. Breakouts could be a follow-up from the plenary and could be broken out by geography (as, in this region, Medical aid in dying is only legal in the District of Columbia at this time).

Upgrading WAVE website             Wendy shared ANC’s experience when they recently developed a three-page RFP and issued it to a small network. She got one response—from NOVA Advertising. She didn’t sense that budget was the issue but rather timing. Carolyn worked with Catch A Fire to upgrade LOWLINC’s site and will explore whether there are ways in which WAVE could benefit from LOWLINC’s membership with that entity. Laurie Pross worked with Steve Gurney to develop Kensington Village’s site.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Cele Garrett

Recording Secretary