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                                      Founders Dinner

Have you ever wondered how SAIL got started?  You may have read about our story but what about  the people who actually pulled off starting and building this wonderful  organization? We think it’s time to look back and honor those bold visionaries.

On May 16th we’ll do just that with a special Founders Dinner, designed to pay tribute, and to celebrate our nine SAIL Founders.  The sit-down dinner will be at the Erma Ora Byrd Center at Shepherd University with cocktails at 6:00 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $65 each, with $30 of that being tax deductible.  There are also special sponsorship opportunities available.

Jack Young, the Honorary Chair of the event, will be joined by Carolyn Rodis, Mike Austin and Lyn Widmyer who will share stories of how each Founder helped to develop SAIL.

For more information please contact Catherine Irwin, SAIL Fundraising Committee Chair at 304-876-9297.

Founders Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities

We are seeking support for SAIL through sponsorships of the Dinner from individuals and businesses.   Sponsors will receive attractive benefits for their donation.  A number of SAIL members have already become Sponsors.  If you know of another person or business that may wish to become a Sponsor, please let Catherine Irwin know.

Founders Dinner Sponsor  $2,500

  • Logo on materials including a press release and invitation

  • Podium signage & prominent acknowledgement by emcee at event

  • Acknowledgement on SAIL website page with link to sponsor’s website

  • Acknowledgement in SAIL’s Annual Report

  • VIP tickets to event for 6

  • Prominent acknowledgement by emcee at event

  • Name listed in invitation

  • Name in program

Admiral Sponsor   $1,000 

  • Acknowledgement on SAIL website page
  • Acknowledgement  in SAIL’s Annual Report
  • VIP tickets to event for 4

Navigator Sponsor   $500

  • Acknowledgement by emcee at event

  • Name in program

  • Acknowledgement on SAIL’s website page

  • VIP tickets to event for 2    

Anchor Sponsor   $250
  • Name in program

  • Acknowledgement on SAIL’s website page

  • VIP ticket to event for 1



Ground Hog Day
Potluck Dinner

Marianne, Martha, Elinor, Norma, and Tim

SAIL’s Annual “Groundhog Day Pot Luck Social” took place from 4:30 pm - 7 pm, on Friday, February 2nd, in the Fellowship Hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church. In excess of 50 SAIL Members, Volunteers, and Friends attended the fun-filled, gala, and up-beat event. Martha Young and her Activity/Food Coordination Committee made sure the Pot Luck Dinner more than satisfied all in attendance.
Upon completion of the dinner, Jack Young conducted a four-set Trivia Contest - involving participants at each of the seven tables. Competition was keen and a good time was enjoyed by all.

Felix, Duane, and Marianne Alexander

A special highlight of the evening featured young 5th Grader Felix Alexander - Grandson of SAIL Members Marianne and Duane Alexander. Felix attends the Shepherdstown Elementary School. Interestingly, Felix loves Groundhogs and had written a short poem about them! He read his poem to all in attendance - using the microphone, yet!! He “brought the house down”! He and his younger brother, Max, added to the festivities!

Katlyn and Bridgette

Two Shepherd University freshmen Psychology Club students volunteered to help set-up and clean-up during the evening. They thoroughly enjoyed the evening!

Brown Bag Lunch
January 19, 2018

2018 Jan BBL Attendees

SAIL’s January Brown Bag Luncheon held at the Trinity Episcopal Fellowship Hall was extremely well attended - 48 attendees. The topic was -“Important considerations when addressing the topic of leaving your home/residence.”
A panel of 3 guest speakers was on hand to provide helpful information and suggestions, and to answer questions. One panel member was Shelah McNab from the company Home Instead. She talked about the company’s services and how they can help seniors remain at home for a longer period of time.
Panelist Tom Miller discussed the benefits of the new Shepherd Village senior co-housing community currently under construction in Shepherdstown.
Panel coordinator/leader (and SAIL Member) Vicky Thomas provided information concerning the advisability of utilizing professional services of a geriatric case manager. Vicki also solicited ideas/recommendations from attendees about actions they had taken to make their homes more “safe”!
Attendees were high in their praise for the information provided. Each attendee also received a copy of a “Home Safety Checklist”.

Trivia Team Wins!!
March 22, 2018

SAIL’s Trivia Team - “SAILers Have More Fun!” captured First Place honors at the Trivia Contest at the Clarion Hotel on Thursday, March 22nd. It marked the third time the team has captured the top spot!
Shown below are attendees at the Thursday evening event.

Trivia Winners March 2018

L to R
John Burns, Jack and Martha Young, Carol Lapham, Marlene Gallo, Bruce Lapham, Kate Walsh, Dan Pickard and Beth Young (visiting from Seattle)

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!”

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Shepherdstown Area Independent Living
PO Box 2091
Shepherdstown, WV 25443