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WAVE  Information/Education Program/Campaign - November 2014

One of the primary purposes of WAVE is to inform the public about the location of villages and their services, but also to advocate for the increase of villages to cover the metro area.  To accomplish we need to develop a strategic plan which does the following:

  1. Inform the public about who we are and where we are
  2. Encourage and help neighborhoods to create villages to serve their seniors
  3. Inform government, local and national about villages and their advantages to seniors and communities
  4. Engage communities to provide needed services to help seniors remain active and in their own homes
  5. Redirect public policy to support services to allow seniors to remain in their own homes with adequate help when needed.
  6. Design and deliver a multi-faceted public information campaign that:

            a.) informs communities about local village movement and its contributions to helping seniors remain independent;

            b.)  informs the metro-area about WAVE and its services to increase the number of villages in the metro area;

            c.) Educate and seek the support of contributions from individuals, local governments, and the federal government to support and enhance the development of villages.

The development of this plan and seeking support to implement is critical to the future of WAVE.  To accomplish such and plan and its support will need a committee  led by board  members and other members of our communities that have the professional background to help put the plan together.  If we can put this together, it should ensure visibility of the villages in the aging in place movement and strengthen the leadership and services of WAVE.

WAVE Quarterly Meeting Notes - Monday, October 20, 2014 -  9 am

President’s Report

Opened the meeting with a short debriefing on the VtVN National Gathering held in Arlington VA in late September.  WAVE members contributed their perspectives and learnings from the conference, highlighting WAVE’s contributions in workshops, etc.; and we reviewed basic information regarding the transition that VtVN is undergoing given the loss of its founding grants from MetLife and NCB Capital Impact.  Gathering presentations and additional information regarding the transition can be found at http://vtvnetwork.org/

The Village-To-Village Network is looking for volunteers to support the various committee activities being planned by the VtVN 2.0 Transition Task Force as VtVN moves to a new, more volunteer-operated/driven organization. 

WAVE Board Nominations and Election

This discussion opened with a conversation regarding existing Board committees (IT and Village Guide Update) and proposed new committees on Program Planning and Technical Assistance.  These will be further considered by the Board when they meet.

We held a quick discussion expansion of the Board and the terms of office for Board members. It was agreed by unanimous consent to expand the Board to eleven members and for the Board to review and confirm the By-Laws for the organization.  Nominations were then entertained from the floor and voted upon by the members present. 

The 2014-2015 WAVE Board of Directors as elected are:

Miriam Kelty, President, Bannockburn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, MD
Bob McDonald, Vice-President, Foggy Bottom West End Village, DC
Virginia Hodgkinson, Treasurer, Mt. Vernon At Home, VA
Eddie Rivas, Secretary, Vertical Village at Wildwood/Rt. 1 Corridor, VA/MD
Patricia Clark, Glover Park Village, DC
Peggy Gervasi, Silver Spring Village, MD
Linus Liddle, Alexandria At Home, VA
Don Moldover, Potomac Community Village, MD
Iris Molesky, DuPont Circle Village, DC
Patricia Scolero, Georgetown Village, DC
Barbara Sullivan, Mt. Vernon At Home, VA

Treasure’s Report

Our Treasurer reported that the WAVE account balance was $3,588.44.  All were reminded to pay dues if they haven’t already to WAVE, P.O. Box 7464, Alexandria, VA 22307

IT Report

The IT Team is working on two active software developer projects.  The Team expects to have an active conversation forum active by the end of November as well as a Village database.  Additional and updated information will be posted on the WAVE website -- http://wavevillages.org/

WAVE Village Guide

Montgomery and Fairfax Counties are supporting the team of volunteers updating the original Montgomery County produced blueprint for starting new Villages.  The new Guide will be applicable to villages in general, which include a range of models, templates and stories about Washington area villages. Chapters are currently being developed, with completion expected in early 2015.

Future Meetings

After a brief discussion regarding the start time for future WAVE meetings on the third Monday in Jan. Apr., July and Oct. 2015, it was agreed that WAVE meetings will start with Networking at 9:30 am, followed by the Program start at 10:00 am, ending at noon. 

 Program Presentation

There was a presentation from technology and aging consultants on information and tools for health care growing out of the HITECH Act of 2009. 
MaryJo Deering, Ph.D. President, Deering Health Associates and Chair, Maplewood Village Exploratory Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Shannah Koss, Cofounder Connected Health Resources and President Koss on Care, www.connectedhealthresources.com.    

Presentation from MaryJo Deering can be seen by clicking here
Presentation from Shannah Koss can be seen by clicking here

Suggested follow-up resources included information on Personal Health Records at http://myphr.com/ and and http://www.healthit.gov/patients-families/your-health-data.


October 20, 1014 Notes in pdf format.

-- Edgar Rivas, Secretary

WAVE Quarterly Meeting Notes - Monday, July 14, 2014 -  9 am - noon

President’s Report

Opened the meeting with the sad news of the passing of WAVE Founder and Past President Andy Mollison. 

Thanked Mt. Vernon at Home for meeting logistics, and Adult Companion Care for refreshments. 

We held a quick discussion of WAVE’s participation at the upcoming National Village Gathering to be held at the end of September at the Hilton in Crystal City/Arlington VA.  WAVE members will present on two panels: one on regional coalitions and their service to the Village movement; the second addressing service to diverse communities. 

The WAVE website is up and running -- http://wavevillages.org/

As outlined in an email to the WAVE membership, dues for member Villages in WAVE will increase to $35 for 2014.  At a later date, a determination will be made for potential dues increases next year, as needed for WAVE business.

Quarterly Meeting notes from the April 2014 meeting were approved and moved to be posted on the Village website.

Treasure’s Report

Our Treasurer reported that WAVE had received $1,970 in Andy Mollison’s memory and $750 in member dues.  Our mid-July account balance was $3,278.41.

IT Report

Although the WAVE IT Team has only existed one year, an IT package (Village Stand-alone Database) ready for WAVE member use is anticipated sometime after the summer.  The IT Team is also working on developing a support plan for existing database software in use in the DC area; and on developing a communications tool for hosting discussion forums among WAVE members similar to the VTV communications forums.

WAVE Village Guide

Montgomery and Fairfax Counties are supporting the team of volunteers updating the original WAVE document on starting new Villages.  The new Guide will be applicable to villages in general, which include a range of models, templates and stories about Washington area villages. The team is currently looking for individuals with strong backgrounds in specific topic areas for chapter/section development. The document will be available on the Internet. 


The Village-To-Village Network is looking for volunteers to support the various committee activities being planned by the VtVN 2.0 Transition Task Force as VtVN moves to a new, more volunteer-operated/driven organization.  Go to the VtVN website -- http://vtvnetwork.org/ -- for more information.

Pamela Saunders with Georgetown University’s Medical Center requested support in the form of completing survey’s for their study regarding medical products used for aging in place.  For more information, contact her at 202.784.4771.

The Exploratory Committee for the Cheverly Village announced that they would be meeting that evening (14 July 2014) and hoped to conduct a community survey sometime in the fall of this year


Meeting Notes in pdf format

-- .Edgar Rivas, Secretary

WAVE Quarterly Meeting - Monday, April 28, 2014

Introductions and Announcements

  • Thanks to Springhouse Communities for refreshments with introduction to their residences by staff member Andrea Marcasoti.

  • “Montgomery’s Got Talent” will take place on 18 May 2014 at the Olney Theater.

  • Pam Saunders from Georgetown Univ. requested support for the Medical Products for Aging in Place study for which they are currently seeking subjects to fill out their survey.

  • Carolyn Ward, from the Georgetown U. Medical Center, introduced a new study on memory disorders, for which they also are looking for participants.

  • Peggy Gervasi announced that Silver Spring Village will hold an Age Friendly Home workshop on 14 May at 2:00 pm in Silver Spring’s Town Center.

  • Catherine McClellan, Chevy Chase at Home, announced a workshop on Appraisals by Sloans and Kenyon on 17 May. 

  • Patzik Aviv, the new Montgomery County Village Coordinator, was introduced.

  • Arlington Community Villages announced that they opened for business on 07 April.

Wave Board Meeting Notes

Monday, 28 April 2014

IT Group Report

Discussion centered around the development of WAVE software for villages, building on the conversation during the WAVE Quarterly Meeting. 

Don Moldover reported that WAVE needs to set aside approximately $300 for annual server costs for the software and website hosting.  Given security issues and continued increase in costs, he estimated a top figure of $600 over time. 

WAVE Website Postings

Discussion focused on the appropriateness of announcements on the WAVE website, which could indirectly be used as marketing for for-profit entities.  All Board members agreed the event announcements, including village fundraisers, and resources should be posted. 

In regards to event announcements, the Board trusts that individual village events are used as educational or social/recreational opportunities for members and that any self-promoting marketing on the part of presenters is limited to private time after the formal event. 

In reference to posting of resources, we intend to post those resources that are WAVE specific for sharing, and are not available elsewhere on the Internet including the VTVN Resources pages. 

2014 WAVE Dues

Given that WAVE had $721.45 in our bank account at the time of the Board meeting, and that we had needs for as much as $600 in the next year for IT needs and other purposes, the decision was made to increase dues from $25/year to $35 for 2014.  It was further agreed that villages in development will not be formally assessed dues but will continue to be offered the opportunity to make contributions to WAVE for support. 

Prior to mailing dues statements in early July 2014, the Board will prepare a simple explanation for why there is a need for a dues increase in 2014, and potentially increases in the next few years.  That statement will include language related to WAVE software development, to paying for the state charter and for maintaining email lists, etc.  [Note: a draft statement was circulated to Board members on Wednesday, 30 April for comments.]

Adjourned at 2:00 pm. 

Presentations at Prior WAVE Meetings

October 7, 2013 -- A panel of county representatives from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. discussed current programs for seniors in their areas. It was followed by discussion circles for an exchange of tips and concerns by village planners and leaders and staffers.
July 15, 2013 -- Alzheimer's and Other Memory Disorders - Guest Speaker Carolyn Ward the program coordinator at the Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program.
April 29, 2013 -- Respectful and effective ways to help and be helped by village members who are blind or have low vision. Guest speaker Jocelyn Hunter, a volunteers trainer who is Director of Communications for Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -- www.clb.org


Don Moldover of Potomac Community Village is leading a group to develop benchmark against which available software offerings for Villages can be measured. The goal is to define requirements for a set of administrative support tools that would work effectively and cost efficiently

Meeting are scheduled meeting approximately once a month.  The next scheduled meeting is:
Thursday, 3/27/2014 @ 1:00pm
Location is the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center
on Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD
If you are interested in partipating in the group or just want to be on their email list to follow their progress, contact Don at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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