DC Community Conversations Town Hall
September 27, 2017 1:00pm - 3:30pm See Agenda Below
Please join us for a Community Conversation on the Measurement of Civic Engagement at the Local Level
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is supporting a series of projects across the United States that are exploring ways to improve measurement of volunteering and civic engagement activities at the local or neighborhood level; and how to better capture and describe various facets of civic life which may be linked to other important indicators of individual and community wellbeing.
In support of this initiative, the Washington, DC Community Conversations Team – comprised of Guardians of Honor, the George Washington University, Age Friendly DC, and Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) – has recently completed various interviews, observations, community consultations, and focus groups seeking to better understand what “civic engagement” and “volunteerism” mean to older Americans, how they talk about and think about these activities, the mechanisms by which they engage and volunteer, and why they choose to engage in these activities.
Given your expertise and interest in these issues, we hope you will join us Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the True Reformer Building located at 1200 U Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 to learn about our partners’ current initiatives and to contribute to a discussion on the team’s findings.
Monday, 19 June 2017
Barbara Sullivan, Executive Director of Mt. Vernon At Home, presided over this meeting. She opened the meeting outlining the Board’s new structure and the introduction of WAVE’s new timetable for three meetings per year. The Board Chair/President will rotate on this trimester basis, with a Board representative from each jurisdiction (DC, MD & VA) chairing WAVE’s activities and meeting every four months.
Alexandra Johnson from Old Dominion Home Care was then introduced and thanked for providing the meeting’s refreshments. She provided a short description of Old Dominion Home Care’s services and their willingness to work with villages as appropriate.
Board reports were made:
Guest Speaker: Emily Carton, Owner of Thetfordhouse, “How villages can help with compassionate care and support for our loved ones.”
Carolyn Ward, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center, announced that the Memory Disorders Program would soon start enrolling potential subjects/ cognitively normal patients in clinical trials, for anyone interested in their research.
Staff (Miriam ?) from the Corporation for Community Services stated that they planned on starting their focus groups with village members later that week; please contact her, Anthony Nerino or Emily Morrison.
Various villages mentioned that they would be holding watch parties for national video cast from VTV on Sept. 25th with Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal.
Waterfront Village in Southwest DC, will host the next WAVE meeting, Tuesday 17 October 2017, in St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water Street, SW, Washington DC 20024. Parking is available at The Wharf, 100 4th Street, SW. The Waterfront Metro stop is one block away. Networking at 9:30 am; meeting starts at 10:00 am; optional Networking Lunch at The Wharf at 12:30 pm.
WAVE Board Meeting
April 6, 2017
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
555 Water Street, SW
I. Accept Minutes of last meeting
II. Introduction new Board members (5 minutes)
III. Treasurer’s Report
IV. Election of Officers
V. Discussion of Mr. Nerino’s community research proposal (15 minutes)
VI. IT group report/discussion and recommendation (15 minutes) Don Moldover
VII. By-laws revision/Organizational review (15 Minutes)
VIII. Membership and dues
IX . Programs and meeting format for June meeting. Also, description of that meeting to post on web. (10 Minutes) Barbara Sullivan
New Business (10 minutes)
Our next WAVE meeting will be January 23, 2017 at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20014. This is our ‘Annual Meeting” at which we will elect new Board Member s. After the feature program, when we join group discussions, one group will meet with Mr. Anthony Nerino of The Corporation for National and Community Service to talk about a research project they are sponsoring, the Community Conversations Project.
The feature program will be a presentation by Dr. Sid Stahl, who will talk about Elder Abuse. What he will cover and his bio are below. It should be an excellent presentation with time for questions and discussion.
9:30 – 9:45 Coffee and Refreshments
9:45 - 10:10 WAVE Business Meeting *
10:10 - 11:00 Program: ELDER ABUSE: “THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY” (and a little hope).
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - Noon Discussion Groups for Executive Directors, Developing Villages and Operating Villages
Community Conversations Research Project with Mr. Anthony Nerino
Mr. Nerino of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, is asking WAVE villages to participate in a study on civic engagement and volunteering at the community level. The study aims to identify best practices to strengthen engagement and volunteering, factors that promote these activities and to measure them. The project is partnering with George Washington University.
WAVE Board Meeting
Tuesday, 22 Nov. 2016
In Attendance: Miriam Kelty, Virginia Hodgkinson, Eddie Rivas, Pat Clark, Pat Scalero, Barbara Sullivan, L Liddle, Don Moldover and Gail Kutner; convened at 10:10 am.
WAVE Board Nominations discussion
Five board members seats are up for election in Jan. 2017 – Miriam K, Barbara S, L Liddle, Don M and Pat S. All five are willing to be nominated to serve another two-year term, if confirmed by the membership during the January Annual Meeting. Board members who have one year left to serve include Virginia H, Eddie R, Pat C, and Gail K.
Miriam will contact individuals who have expressed interest in WAVE activities in the past to determine if they might be willing to be nominated for WAVE Board membership, in hopes of confirming three candidates for a total of twelve Board members. In order of contact/consideration (please excuse misspellings of names): Barbara Gage/Glover Park, Bob Craycraft/SW Waterfront, Lorna Grenadier/Foggy Bottom West End, Shannon Crockett/East Rock Creek, Rob Fleming/Mt. Pleasant, and Eva Cohen/Bradley Hills.
The Board will recommend a new slate of officers with the following configuration: Three Presidential CoChairs representing DC, MD & VA (Miriam K, Barbara S & ???); no Vice President; two Secretaries – Eddie R as Corporate and L Liddle as Correspondence Secretaries; and Virginia as Treasurer (not discussed).
We also agreed to change the WAVE Membership meetings to three per calendar year, “Trimester” meetings, which can be announced during the January Annual Meeting.
By-Laws Committee and discussion
L Liddle will send suggested by-laws changes to the By-Laws Committee for consideration by 12 Dec. 2016. Barbara S will research and note on record instructions for filing by-law changes, etc. in Virginia given that WAVE was incorporated in this state. The By-Laws Committee will make sure that all formal, original paperwork is collected and forwarded to the Corporate Secretary as the custodian of all Corporate records and that electronic copies are made as well.
Next Quarterly/Annual Meeting discussion
The January Quarterly meeting is scheduled to also serve as the Annual Membership Meeting for official business of WAVE. [Given that the third Monday in January is the MLKing holiday, perhaps the meeting should be held on the following Monday, 23 January 2017.] Miriam will investigate speakers for a presentation on both Elder Abuse and At Risk Elders, or on Alzheimer’s and Other Related Dementias, to be determined.
Discussion on Communications/Correspondence and Webmaster Work
Discussion centered on the need to differentiate between the responsibilities of posting updates on the WAVE website vs. developing a WAVE newsletter, and the need for individual(s) to take on those responsibilities. Presently an intern from the MD Volunteer Center updates the calendar on our website. There was agreement that a WAVE newsletter might be developed, perhaps by the three Presidential Co-Chairs, that would offer resource articles and calendar updates from each of the three geographic jurisdictions that they represent. This newsletter would serve as a communications vehicle between the three Trimester Membership meetings (every four months) proposed. Miriam and Don will develop a short job description for this newsletter editing and posting responsibility that will be communicated to all WAVE email recipients and announced during the January meeting.
Community Conversations and Community Research Project
Anthony Nerino reached out to the WAVE Board with a proposal for research in an email dated 16 Nov. 2016. [I stand corrected – not everyone on the board received the email.] Both Miriam and Don communicated with Anthony Nerino, and Virginia read over the materials; all three had slightly different understandings of his proposal and WAVE’s potential involvement. Therefore, Miriam will reach out to set up a one-hour conference call for Mr. Nerino to speak to the Board directly. This call will occur after 07 Dec 2016.
Don M reported that the IT Committee has met with three developers of village management software, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but none of which is the ultimate village software with administrative, financial, web and event management capabilities. Therefore, it is his opinion that although the Committee will continue to search for more appropriate models of village management software packages, they are prepared to serve as consultants offering their ideas for villages who make such requests.
Meeting adjourned at 12:02 pm.
WAVE Board Meeting
Monday, 20 Jun. 2016
In Attendance: Miriam Kelty, Virginia Hodgkinson, Bob McDonald, Eddie Rivas, Pat Clark, Pat Scalero, Barbara Sullivan, L Liddle, Don Moldover, George Smith and Gail Kutner; convened at 11:33 am.
VTVN & Rand Survey discussion
Miriam K reported that UC Berkeley’s survey instrument was not relevant to all volunteer village models. Another survey initiated by the Rand Corp., the CDC and AARP was in discussion; decided to ask local VTVN Board members Peggy Simpson, Barbara Gauge and Carol Paquet to report to WAVE the status of that survey. Miriam and Gail K are on the VTVN Research Committee scheduled to meet on the 23rd June; will report back to the WAVE BoD. Barbara S will contact VTVN for more information on any/all ongoing surveys of villages.
VA Neighborhood Coalition
Had short discussion regarding other local/regional gatherings of villages in the area, and what their relationships to WAVE should be. Gail K will reach out to Patricia Rohr from Fairfax County for more information on her gathering of Fairfax County’s villages. We know that there is also a “Senior Agenda” in development in Maryland, with participation of some WAVE members. Don M reported that there was a link on the WAVE website to a short, cartoon video on the Potomac Community Village that might be adapted or serve as a model for a future WAVE video presentation.
Next Quarterly Meeting discussion
The next WAVE Quarterly meeting is due to occur in DC in September; we settled on Monday the 26th Sept. Miriam reported that John Bradshaw of Georgetown Home Care may be interested in sponsoring the meeting. We decided to have an open discussion for the meeting agenda such we gather information and/or questions from the membership to guide future WAVE activity.
Membership Status Report
Discussion centered around the need to have an updated Membership report for the September Quarterly meeting. It would also be helpful to have an updated Treasurer’s report that shows bother revenues vs. income for WAVE. Barbara S and Pat S will work to produce such updates.
L Liddle reported that he would shortly be in touch with the WAVE Census Committee members for updated WAVE member information. Committee members include: Gail K, Virginia H, Pat S, Don M, Bob McD and Barbara Gage who will be approached by Pat Clark to determine willingness to serve.
Don M reported that the IT Committee met with a potential developer of village management software, but has been waiting to hear back from him. He need to send out an RFP to get additional ideas/interest. The committee hopes to have a completed product in approximately three years, and is also looking for financial support. They hope software can address both scheduling needs and communication needs for villages.
Miriam reported that the initial chapters of the revised Village guide are being reviewed and out for comment. The hope is that the guide will be available during the September Montgomery County Village Gathering.
We held a short discussion about what role WAVE might hold during the fall meeting of the national VTV Network in Columbus OH. Both Miriam and Barbara reported plans on attending and possibly participating in workshop presentations. They will report back afterwards.
Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.
The spring quarterly meeting of WAVE will be on April 25, 2016 from 9:00-noon. The program will start at 9:30, leaving a half hour prior to that for socializing and refreshments. We will meet at Langston-Brown Community & Senior Center ,2121 N Culpepper St, Arlington, VA 22207. Parking is available. Google http://parks.arlingtonva.us/locations/langston-brown-community-center-park/ for directions.
An agenda will be posted here shortly. Our program will feature a speaker from the National Institute on Aging who will talk about current research on socialization and the risks associated with social isolation and loneliness. Small group discussion will follow the formal program.
The WAVE technology committee is exploring ideas and working on a development project to improve village administration. Our goal is software to coordinate and schedule services that can perform the functions you need and is very user friendly. We welcome participation from administrators or office volunteers who use Club Express and other software products to serve as Quality Assurance coaches in this project.
WAVE meetings are open. Please let colleagues and village people know that they are welcome to attend.
WAVE Board Meeting
Monday, 29 Feb. 2016
In Attendance: Miriam Kelty, Virginia Hodgkinson, Bob McDonald, Eddie Rivas, Pat Clark, Pat Scalero, Barbara Sullivan, L Liddle, Don Moldover, George Smith and Gail Kutner; convened at 1:05 pm.
By Laws discussion
Defined Class 1 WAVE members as dues-paying members (eligible to vote for Board officials and formal business) versus Class 2 members as Developing Villages with discounted rates.
Although the Board currently numbers eleven members, by laws allow for between 3-13 members. All members have two-year terms and can serve for up to three terms.
The election for the board members is held during the Annual Meeting, usually held in January.
If we choose to change the bylaws, it should be done by the end of 2016 in order to facilitate filing our revised IRS 990 form.
L Liddle will chair a By Laws Committee to review the bylaws; members include Pat C., Virginia .H and Eddie R. The By Laws Committee will review the possibilities of naming “co-conveners” and the need for geographic distribution of officers; it will also visit other issues as they arise.
Vision & Mission Statement Revisions
All agreed by majority vote (6:5) that the Vision statement was too vague, and agreed to replace the geographic reference from “world” to “region.”
New Census Committee
L Liddle will also chair a new Census Committee to organize a census of WAVE villages for updated information. Committee members include: Gail K, Virginia H, Pat S, Don M, Bob McD and Barbara Gage who will be approached by Pat Clark to determine willingness to serve.
WAVE Spring Meeting
Date: Monday, 25 April 2016, 9:30 am to noon, in Northern Virginia; Gail K will work with Miriam to determine location, agenda and speaker. A potential topic for a meeting speaker is to discuss the importance of social interaction as we age.
WAVE Domain Name
Don M will use our email addresses to assure access to the WAVE Board pages on our webpage; he will maintain management of the domain name and payments, working with Virginia H as the Treasurer.
Miriam reported that Chapters 1 thru 5 were with an editor under review, and would be distributed to Board members for review as well. When completed, the intent is that the document remains a living document by being posted on the WAVE website for public consumption. Protocols will need to be determined for future edits, etc. We hope to have it posted by summer 2016.
Don M reported on the decision to forgo building on either of the two databases currently being used by WAVE members and developed locally. Rather there will be an effort to create a new sustainable database which can be locally supported and enhanced without too much difficulty and costs.
The IT Group also met with the developer of the Village Rides/Rides Scheduler software who may be interested in developing a new database product for WAVE members. Of concern however is that fact that the developer said he would move forward only if he could be assured of villages’ interests to purchase the product. Since WAVE cannot guarantee such participation from its members, Don M will poll WAVE members, and would like to report back to WAVE during a Quarterly Meeting. Barbara S and Eddie R agreed to work with Don M to develop the survey instrument for the poll and review the poll’s findings and determine what type of presentation would make the most sense for a WAVE meeting.
At this time, there is no formal webmaster for the WAVE website as Pete Olivere ceased his maintenance of the website. Don M will work on this until other arrangements are made.
We started a discussion about the need for a Membership Chair for WAVE. This topic will need to be revisited during the next Board meeting.
Adjourned at 2:40 pm.