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Shepherdstown Area Independent Living (SAIL)
Celebrates National Volunteer Week With Recognition Luncheon
National Volunteer Week is celebrated during the week of April 7th. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the President and Congress, governors, mayors, as well as corporate and municipal leaders across the country.
SAIL fully supports this national initiative to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service to community members. SAIL is rooted in the “national village movement”, a neighbor helping neighbor system developed around the country. SAIL provides members with help going to and from required destinations, assistance with simple home repairs, with access to reliable service providers, with varied outings to organized events and fun activities – such as exercise groups, lunch outings, and mind-challenging events, including participation in Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning Program offerings.
In keeping with the National Volunteer Week initiative, SAIL held a special “Volunteer Recognition Luncheon” for its enthusiastic group of volunteers. The event was held in the Fellowship Hall of the Trinity Episcopal Church on Monday, April 7th. A total of 23 volunteers and SAIL Board Members attended the event. The Luncheon celebration was planned and hosted by Linda O’Brien, SAIL’s Volunteer Coordinator.
There were a total of 2,079 volunteer hours given during the year 2013 by 42 faithful volunteers which included giving rides to appointments, assisting in the homes, giving companionship, help in the office and numerous hours given by SAIL's dedicated Board of Directors.
From an initial membership base of 26 participants in January of 2012, SAIL has grown to a current membership of approximately 70.
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!”
We keep getting favorable comments from members about their experiences as SAIL members. Here is a sample:
What a great opportunity to write a well-deserved testimonial for SAIL. SAIL membership contributes greatly to my feeling of being well-supported as, at age 85, I continue to enjoy living in my Shepherdstown home among good friends and neighbors. (more ...)
I moved to Shepherdstown from Allentown, PA, at the end of 2006, after my husband died, to live next door to my younger daughter and her family. I had heard about the Beacon Hill project many years ago so was immediately eager to find out more about SAIL when it was first announced.
Sherman and I are some of the first people to join SAIL. We are almost 86 and 89 years old, and hope to remain in our home on 10 acres here in Shepherdstown. SAIL is sort of a security blanket for us. (more ...
Hi! My name is Melinda Landolt. I became interested in the Village concept several years ago when I heard that an Aging in Place group might be forming in Shepherdstown. When I was invited to join this group, I was happy to add my voice to the effort. (more ...
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SAIL Art Exhibit
SAIL held its first Annual Art Exhibit at the Entler Hotel in Shepherdstown. This occurred in conjunction with the Town Yard Sale, in which SAIL also participated. Earlier this year member Jim Stovall had proposed to the SAIL Board that a free public exhibit be held to showcase the artwork of our many talented members and to raise community awareness of SAIL. The project quickly became a team effort, supported by SAIL members and volunteers.
Members showing their work at the Exhibit were Marian Buckner, Diana Eldridge, Wendy Moseley, Diane Steece and Jack Young. Former SAIL members who exhibited were Kris MacNichols, Tom Miller and Susie Spencer.
As a complement to the event SAIL began in May selling raffle tickets for a quilt made and donated by member Wendy Moseley and a painting donated by SAIL Vice President Jack Young and Martha. Tickets were sold on Sunday mornings during the Farmers’ Market with the help of Ted Walton, Jack and Martha Young, Suzie Patrick, Jean Neely, Marellen Aherne, Wendy Moseley, Dan VanBelleghem and Linda O’Brien. On the Day of the Exhibit, Sherry Adams and Mary Bell greeted people as they entered the Entler, provided information about SAIL and sold additional raffle tickets. The drawing was held at the Entler, as the day drew to a close. More than sufficient funds were generated by the raffle to offset SAIL’s expenses for the Exhibit.
Our first annual Art Exhibit was well-received by the community, thanks to the impressive art, refreshments, camaraderie, wonderful weather and the popular raffle. Many thanks to our artists, donors, volunteers and all who worked hard to make the event a success!
SAIL Takes Flight
Members of Shepherdstown Area Independent Living (SAIL) braved an early morning snow squall to drive down to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport. Located in a large hangar with elevated as well as ground level walkways, the Museum displays aircraft from before 1920 to the Space Shuttle Discovery.
World War I and II planes, including Japanese and German aircraft, shared the space with helicopters, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, an Air France Concorde and many others that have flown over the years. The Discovery was awe-inspiring, wearing its reentry grime as a badge of honor.
The SAIL group also enjoyed several IMAX films including “Hubble,” which showed the Hubble launch, video taken by astronauts who rode the shuttle up to repair it and extend its life, and stars and galaxies brought close by its amazing lenses and cameras.
Heading home before rush hour, the members of the SAIL group were delighted with the excursion and would recommend the trip to anyone interested in the history of flight.
A group of our members attended a SAIL sponsored AARP Safe Driving Course on 28-29 April. It was planned by Board Member - Hal Snyder. A total of 10 members attended the class. The course was outstanding and well received by all in attendance.
It cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. A phone call to USAA Insurance revealed they offer $35 for three years for taking the course - such a deal !!!
All About SAIL Volunteers
SAIL volunteers continue to make a real impact on the lives of members. In 2014, member and non-member volunteers have given countless hours of their time providing transportation, running errands, making home visits, preparing meals, and doing office work such as monitoring phones during hours the office is not open, or providing computer support.
Linda O’Brien coordinates and provides training for this ever-growing corps of volunteers.
The Newsletter Team has created a quarterly publication that is distributed to members, friends and the public, with input from members and community partners. See the link above.
The Website Team updates content and plans improvements for www.shepherdstownSAIL.org.
Membership volunteers plan the small group “coffee and conversation” sessions for potential new members; call members to remind them of an event or to offer a ride; check on members during inclement weather; 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.