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Shepherdstown Christmas Parade 2016
SAIL members turned out early on Saturday morning, December 3nd to participate in the Annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade. It was a lively and gala outing - replete with marching bands, dogs galore, horses, pretty beauty queens, fire trucks, and marching groups like SAIL. The parade lasted 40 minutes and featured Santa Claus and his arrival in town!!! The streets and sidewalks were packed with onlookers - especially children.
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Ted Walton, Joan VanBrunt, Martha Young, Diana Eldridge, Carolyn Rodis. Also present but un-pictured - Wendy Moseley, Catherine Irwin, Betty Snyder, and Jack Young
January Brown Bag Luncheon
Kanette Petry from the Matinsburg office of WV Consumer Protection Division, spoke to SAIL at the January 21 brown bag lunch. She explained that her office looks for a pattern of behavior by a merchant when bringing litigation. She advised that the best protection is prevention. Never verify any information by telephone or email. Government agencies will never call you. If you receive a letter purportedly from a government agency, go to the website to verify the phone number before you dial. If you suspect a scam, file a complaint even if you are not scammed, to alert the office. File a complaint online or by mail. Call Monday-Friday 304-267-0239, www.wvago.gov
Carolyn Rodis presenting Jack and Martha Young with a gift certificate from the board and the membership in honor of their outstanding and continuing contributions to SAIL>
Annual Member Business Meeting
SAIL conducted its Annual Member Business Meeting on Friday, November 18, 2016, at the Trinity Church Fellowship Hall. In addition to the Business Meeting, members were provided a delicious lunch and an assortment of desserts. Martha Young planned and coordinated the luncheon arrangements.
Board Member G.T. Schramm conducted the Business Meeting - which included reports by the various Committee Chairman and also the nomination and election of three (3) new Board Members - Cathy Lewis, Wendy Moseley, and Catherine Irwin. Departing Board Members - Hal Snyder and Dan VanBelleghem were recognized and thanked for their contributions.
Some Words to the Wise on SCAMS
Seniors lose millions of dollars each year to heartless fraudsters. Here are some tips to be sure that YOU don’t fall victim to Senior SCAMS:
1. Never give your bank account or Social Security number to someone you do not know, even if they appear to be from a legitimate institution, like the IRS.
2. Do not respond to a message on your computer that says your virus protection has been compromised.
3. Don’t send money to anyone who says they are in a hospital in a foreign country and need your help. Frequently, they report that they have had their passport and wallet stolen – and need money to get back home.
4. Don’t respond to a notification that you have won a sweepstakes or an all- expense paid travel vacation.
5. If someone who sounds like your grandchild calls to say they are in trouble, immediately call their cell phone or call their parents to make sure that the situation is factual.
6. The IRS never communicates by phone or email. They only communicate via US Mail.
7. New Medicare Cards do not have Social Security numbers, but people are calling to “confirm” your number – in an attempt to learn your number.
8. Beware of vendors going door-to-door recommending repairs to your roof, chimney, or driveway.
For more information, you may contact the Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800 677-1116.
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!”