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Coffee & Conversation, Wednesday March 9th at 10:30
Our next C&C will be held at the home of Jack and Martha Young. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce prospective members to the many benefits of becoming a member of SAIL. We invite members to come and share their SAIL experience and if you wish, bring along a friend.
Please call the office to register 304-870-7245.
SAIL Hosts 70th Wedding Anniversary for Sherman and Elinor
At a recent Brown Bag Lunch, SAIL hosted a wonderful tribute to members Sherman and Elinor Ross as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Friday, January 22nd. A total of 31 members and 6 guests helped these long-time Shepherdstown residents reminisce about their many experiences over their years together.
These years included time in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service with postings in such diverse places as Cameroon and Russia.
The program included a karaoke sing-along of old favorites led by Ted Walton, a special written tribute read by Betty Snyder, and the presentation of some wedding day memories by Elinor. In addition there were many cards and toasts from SAIL members, a beautiful cake, and flowers.
Special thanks to all who attended and helped make this such a special celebration.
|Mindy Sizemore and Carolyn Rodis
The Engine Room Art Space is located at 36 N Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD beside the Hagerstown Visitor's Center. There is a parking lot in between the gallery and the Visitor's Center.
Annual Intergenerational Luncheon
Written by Carolyn Rodis
On February 26, six Shepherd University students joined SAIL for our annual intergenerational brown bag lunch. Facilitated by Carolyn Rodis, we had a lively discussion about generational differences and commonalities in culture, use of words, methods of communication and how we maintain relationships. We had the opportunity to connect with members of a generation with whom we typically don’t have much contact outside of our families.
The students in attendance were Caitlyn Sheets, Michael Pfeninger, Dylan Harshman, Martina Adams, Kayla Piechowiak and Melanie Pumphrey. They were members of the psychology of aging class at Shepherd who had developed theses about aging. They had an opportunity to interview indidual SAIL members to test their hypotheses.&bsp;
SAILers may have been surprised to learn that the students value letter writing and that they prefer face to face meetings when difficult conversations are to be discussed. One student commented, “I thought older persons would be cranky. You were fun.”
Our Shadows: an artist’s collaboration with SAIL and other community members
Written by Carolyn Rodis
Five SAIL members showcased their creative and artistic abilities in an art show displayed at Engine Art Space in Hagerstown. The show was a collaboration between SAIL and Mindy Sizemore, an art education graduate student at Shepherd University.
Mindy worked with groups of people from three different stages of life: five members of SAIL, the Girl Scouts of Martinsburg – ages 5 to 8 – and Alpha Sigma Tau, a sorority at Shepherd, in a collaborative art project of cut outs. Mindy led discussions of symbolism as a tool of representation. Each person then created black cut outs representing themselves, their families and their communities. Mindy said, “When presented together, this project suggests the importance of diversity in community by emphasizing the individuality of each member of a unified group.”
The SAILers who participated are Helen Burns, Diana Eldridge, Catherine Irwin, Jack Young and Martha Young. Catherine summed up her experience as follows: “The project was very fun for me. I did an owl, a tree, a woman's equality symbol and a fox. My grandson actually helped by sketching the owl and the fox. It was a nice time for the two of us to share in an art project. Thank you so much for putting this together. I think it was a good experience for all of us!”