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WAVE Members (Annual) Meeting - February 15, 2021 - Minutes

WAVE Members Meeting - Annual Meeting

Monday, February 15, 2021

Virtual - via Zoom



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

Number of attendees: 53


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


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


Treasurer’s Report 

Laurie Pross reported the current balance:  $8,856.01. She noted that 45 villages paid their dues in 2020. She reported that WAVE has filed its 990. She updated us on our revenues and expenses.


Correspondence Secretary’s Report

Corresponding secretary Dave Prescott noted that the web site is up-to-date with current WAVE members. 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.


WAVE Year in Review

Leigh Sempeles recapped WAVE’s activities with a 2020 year in review. The WAVE board revised bylaws, conducted feedback surveys, and offered four scholarships to the Village to Village Network October Village Gathering. Overall, the board focused on providing a forum for villages to share experiences. Highlights include the following:

  • Member quarterly meetings that included such plenary speakers as Gail Kohn (Impact of Villages on the Pandemic and What That Might Mean for the Future), Linda Kohn from the League of Women Voters (The Status of Vote by Mail Across the U.S.) and DC Attorney General Karl Racine and elder justice prosecutor Amy Mix speaking on topics that included consumer protection, scams, housing and restorative justice.
  • Additional informal discussions and breakouts With COVID presenting greater challenges, additional meetings in June and again in August allowed us to problem-solve and share ideas with one another. WAVE facilitated breakout sessions and shared meeting notes afterward.
  • Partnering with Montgomery Co. for joint program We were pleased to contribute logistical and content support to this conference featuring a keynote speaker and six concurrent sessions.
  • Gathered and disseminated village program offerings on a monthly basis for the period of September through December 2020. We are grateful for the efforts of Doug Gaddis and Silver Spring Village for taking this effort to a higher level with the new Shared Programs web page.


New Business         

Leigh recognized Wendy Zenker from Arlington Neighborhood Village who proposed forming small ad hoc collaborative discussions to address specific issues. Leigh then recognized VtVN executive director Barbara Sullivan. VtVN is considering a one-day conference in May.


Spring Village Conference

Leigh recognized Mary Jo and Pazit Aviv. The date has been confirmed as Monday, April 19 from 1-4:30pm. This meeting is organized in partnership with the Village to Village Network and Montgomery County Village Program. It will take the place of the regular quarterly WAVE meeting. The conference will begin with a plenary session and is currently planned to include two sets of breakout sessions. Decisions about breakout topics were based on feedback from the pre-conference survey results gathered in late January. There will be no registration fee. The focus will be on mature villages.


WAVE Elections

Leigh Sempeles announced that she will be moving back to Ohio and must leave her position as president of the WAVE board. Mary Jo Deering, current Vice President of the board, will assume the presidency. The slate of officer was presented as follows:

Leigh thanked the following members for their service on the WAVE board now that their terms are up: Pat Scolero (DC), Gail Kutner (VA) and Sharon Canner (VA). Note: Gail Kutner resigned in November 2020 and Sharon Canner resigned in July 2020.

The following new board members were elected: Nadia Taran (Foggy Bottom Village, DC); Eriko Kennedy (Chevy Chase at Home, MD); Carolyn Rourke (LOWLINC, VA) and Wendy Zenker (Arlington Neighborhood Village, VA).


After a brief break, the group then divided into three breakouts:

1) “Mind and Body” (facilitated by Eva Lucero with Peg Simpson as notetaker)

2) “To Zoom or Not to Zoom” (facilitated by Denise Snyder with Cele Garrett as notetaker)

3) “Social Programs and Connectedness” (facilitated by Lisa Rosenthal with Pat Scolero as notetaker)


The meeting adjourned at approximately 12noon.


Respectfully submitted,

Cele Garrett

Recording Secretary


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