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Marian Buckner Exhibits at the Bridge Gallery
Come join SAIL member Marian Buckner on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bridge Gallery for the opening of her art exhibit. Marian will be exhibiting more than 20 of her paintings at the gallery from May 9 until early June.
The exhibit, entitled Remembering: Flowers, Meadows, and Woodlands, is timed to coincide with the Back Alley Garden Tour on May 18 and 19.
Marian says of the exhibit, “It is a labor of love for it will contain mostly oil paintings of beautiful floral bouquets from my husband and family as well as of meadows and woodlands we enjoyed”.
SAIL's creation is rooted in the "village movement," a neighbor helping neighbor system developed around the country by seniors who are assisted by other members of their community. SAIL provides members with help going to and from the grocery store and appointments, with simple home repairs, with access to reliable service providers, with organized outings to cultural events, and fun activities such as walking groups, board game and card groups, and more.
SAIL membership is open to anyone interested in its services who lives in the 876 and 870 telephone exchanges.
For the coming year, SAIL's Board has adopted the following schedule of membership dues. The rate for a single person is now just $250 a year and for a household $500 a year. This is a reduction from the previous year's fees.
Let’s make our remaining years in Shepherdstown the best ones yet by,
“Keeping the wind in our sails!”
VILLAGE to VILLAGE Network Video
SAIL is a member of the VtV (Village to Village) Network which helps communities establish and manage non-profit organizations like ours.
Recently VtV published a video. Click the Because I Live Here link to watch the video.
All About SAIL Volunteers
During the first full year of operation, the SAIL volunteers have made a real impact on the lives of SAIL members. Just in the last half of 2012, member and non-member volunteers have given SAIL over 650 hours of their time. Non-Board members alone racked up 327 hours providing transportation, running errands, making home visits, preparing meals, and doing office work.
Linda O’Brien coordinates this ever-growing corps of volunteers, as well as provides training for home visits, transportation issues, and related concerns. Volunteers going into members’ homes wear an official SAIL Volunteer ID name tag.
Some volunteers focus on office work: sending out mailings, monitoring the phone during hours the office is not open, organizing and maintaining files, and providing computer support.
The Newsletter Team is currently designing a publication to be distributed to members, friends and the public, with input from members and community partners.
The Website Team updates content and plans improvements for www.shepherdstownSAIL.org.
Home visit volunteers provide respite for caregivers and company for the home-bound.
Membership volunteers plan the small group “coffee and conversation” sessions for potential new members; call members to remind them of an event or offer a ride; and make sure there is coffee and dessert for the monthly Brown Bag Lunches.
Volunteer members of the Activity Committee have added some new activities, from Trivia Tuesday evening get-togethers at the Clarion Hotel and trips to the movies, to the well-attended Mah Jongg, Board Games, and Walking Groups.
And let’s not forget those who always pitch in to set up and clean up after events, bring fabulous foods to the potlucks, and do countless acts of kindness, often as unsung heroes, to make it possible for us to continue to build and sustain our Village.
That’s what makes SAIL so special. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers. And to those of our members who have moved on to communities offering a higher level of care, we hope we helped you remain in your homes longer and that we were and will continue to be able to assist in the transitions life requires.
WASHINGTON POST Article
A man depicts the often grim atmosphere in assisted living facilities
By Martin Bayne
People my age — I’m now 62 — might go to an assisted living facility every now and then to visit an older family member. But few people in my age group actually live in an assisted living facility. I do.
To view the entire article, click the Washington Post article link.