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Ground Hog Day
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.
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!
Two Shepherd University freshmen Psychology Club students volunteered to help set-up and clean-up during the evening. They thoroughly enjoyed the evening!
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.”
Brown Bag Lunch
January 19, 2018
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”.
January 5, 2018
SAIL members are encouraged to take advantage of the FREE Exercise/Balance Class offered each Friday morning at the Wellness Center. The instructor is Suzy Munnis and she does a terrific job of instructing. Last fall, Suzy presented an introductory session at one of SAIL’s BB Luncheons. There is no requirement to sign up in advance - just show up at 11 AM.
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!”
Shepherdstown Area Independent Living
PO Box 2091
Shepherdstown, WV 25443