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                                      Founders Dinner

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherdstown Are Independent Living (SAIL) held its sold-out Founders Dinner last Wednesday at the Erma Ord Byrd Hall to honor those who originated the organization.

The nine members honored began to meet a decade ago in order to establish a Shepherdstown chapter similar to others in what is known as the “Village Movement.” It took three years of constant meetings and preparation.  Finally, in 2012, they had met all the requirements and SAIL was born.  From the original 26 members, SAIL has grown to over 100 members who participate actively, volunteer their services and “age in place.” 

The SAIL Founders

The nine honorees were (row 1) Jean Neely, and Vicky Thomas; (row 2) Jack L. Young, Judy Moore, Melinda Landolt, and Dan VanBellegham; (row 3) Tom Miller, Ted Walton, and G.T. Schramm. 

The Presenters

They were introduced by Lyn Widmyer, Carolyn Rodis, and Bill Brown.   The master of ceremonies was Jack Young. 

Closing the evening, SAIL president Carolyn Rodis expressed her appreciation to all who contributed to make the evening a success.

Mary and Maylene

Dinner Guests 1
Judy and Carl
Cathy and Winnie



Brown Bag Lunch
May 18, 2018

Curtis Jamison

SAIL Members were treated to a very informative Luncheon Presentation by Mr. Curtis Jamison, a local representative of the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services.  He is a Skills Trainer for the organization’s Daily Living Skills Program.  Curtis presented and demonstrated a wide variety of useful aids for people who have visual impairments.
   The aids are available FREE if a person meets these three criteria- (1) Resident of WV, (2) 55 years of age or older, and (3) Have a referral citing diminished visual capabilities.  Mr. Jamison can be called at his office in Martinsburg - 304 267-0005 extension 51172 to make an appointment to discuss arranging for a capability assessment/visit.
  His presentation was extremely informative and well received by the approximately 25 Members in attendance

May 18 BBL Attendees

Brown Bag Lunch
June 15, 2018

Approximately 25 SAIL members attended the monthly BrownBag Luncheon held on Friday, June 15th, at the Fellowship Hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church. Attendees were treated to an informative presentation by Cris Kinsella, who is the Co-Chair of the Voter Services segment of the Jefferson County League of Women Voters organization. She presented an overview of issues related to Voter Districts and “Re-districting” actions. Particular emphasis was directed to the impact of “gerrymandering” - not only in WV, but also across
the country. 

Sail's Creation

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.

 “Keeping the wind in our sails!”

Office Phone:


Shepherdstown Area Independent Living
PO Box 2091
Shepherdstown, WV 25443