The VtVNetwork Board (from left): Susan Poor, Arthur Culbert, Joel Shapira, Susan McWhinney-Morse, Jane Nyce, Steve Roop, Pat Sussman, Natalie Galucia (staff), Frank Harnden, Mandy Summerson, Dick Elkin (not pictured: Peter Engstrom, Paul Ramsey)
"The Village concept is important and powerful," said a member of the newly elected VtV Network Board of Directors (BOD) meeting for the first time in St. Louis the weekend of March 13-15. The inspiring in-person meeting was held in our new, central VtV Network Office.
VtV Network Board of Directors Convenes
The first order of business was approving the transition of the Network to an independent, incorporated 501(c)(3) organization and electing BOD officers. A huge thanks to Steve Roop of Beacon Hill Village for his leadership in creating the Corporation and shepherding it through the initial steps. Congratulations to new VtV Network Co-Presidents Jane Nyce and Susan Poor, Vice-President Joel Shapira, Secretary Patricia Sussman, and Treasurer Dick Elkin! All have deep roots in the Village movement: Jane headed the 2014 Task Force and is former executive director of Staying Put in New Canaan, and Susan Poor is a founding and current board member of San Francisco Village. Joel Shapira is a board member of North Shore Village in Evanston, Illinois, Patricia Sussman is a founder and past president of Ashby Village in Berkeley, and Dick Elkin is founder and past president of Nauset Neighbors in Massachusetts.
So much has been accomplished in this last year. Since the Network was established in 2009, it has helped us grow from a handful of Villages into the beginnings of a new movement at the local, state, and national levels.
The two major themes of the meeting were how to strengthen the VtV Network for both new and established Villages and planning well for the Network's future. We have lots to build on. There is much to build on with Natalie Galucia at the helm, ten active board committees, a support team of volunteers to provide technical assistance to Villages, and a soon-to-be-updated website with a vast collection of shared information and documents (including checklists to help start-up Villages, staff and volunteer job descriptions, 501c3 filings, a national Village map, and more). In addition, the Network continues to schedule webinars and support discussion forums.
“We can view the future with great confidence and energy,” said a board member at the end of the meeting. Remember, we Villages, are important and powerful.
The board cannon work alone, so it is most important that everyone let us know how we can help as you grow or start your Village – we’re here for you.
Save the Date: National Village Gathering: Registration and Call for Presentations
The Village Movement: Aging’s New Frontier
Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle, WA
October 5 – 7, 2015
Planning for the national Village Gathering is moving ahead full steam, with a talented committee chaired by Arthur Culbert of STL Village. The conference will be held Monday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 7 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Registration is now open, Register by August 7th for early bird pricing. Click here to register.
The call for proposals is now open: The conference theme is, The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier, and we invite all Villages and organizations that support Villages to share their expertise, innovations, research and best practices. We’re building a robust agenda appealing to both existing Villages and those in the planning stages. Proposals must be received by May 29th to be considered.
Click here for for guidelines and instructions on how to submit a proposal.
Click here for the official proposal submission form.
What Makes VtV Thrive? YOUHow are we able to accomplish everything described above - the "new VtV Network" and the annual conference? With volunteers - including all of you. Like individual Villages, the Network is a member-driven organization. Since our first Village opened in 2002, we have grown to 160 established Villages with about 25,000 total members. Many have volunteered their expertise to help run the Network - serving on committees of the board and in leadership roles. You are a very impressive group of people.
Do we need more participation from you, our members? Yes! We have exciting and significant challenges ahead of us in terms of cost-effectively and efficiently managing the Network's operations, addressing Village growth and expansion, creating a sustainable VtV Network business model, putting together a strong fundraising/development process, and establishing the Network as an innovative leader in the support of older adults. Each committee will need your input and ideas in these areas. Please add your talent and expertise to helping create a vibrant Village Network and movement.
Share Your Stories and Photos: Are you celebrating Older Americans Month? What's happening at your Village? Have a great member/volunteer story? A successful membership campaign idea? A community garden or member art exhibit? We'd love to share your content and inspire other Villages! Send your article ideas and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned: We're Swinging into Spring!
We'll be officially kicking off our 2015 Annual Campaign in early May. We greatly appreciate the support that we received last year and are looking forward announcing the campaign and outlining the many ways that Villages and Village friends can step up to help this year as well.
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