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SAIL welcomes new board and officers

By Staff | Jan 16, 2017

Chronicle photo by Vanessa McGuigan Shown, front row, from left are Wendy Moseley; Carolyn Rodis, president; Jack Young,, immediate past-president and Cathy Lewis. Back row is Catherine Irwin; Joan Ergin, vice president; Ted Walton, secretary; and Carl Moore, treasurer. Not pictured are continuing board members Hulda McLachlen, Diana Eldridge, G.T. Schramm and  board member emeritus Jean Neely.

SAIL (Shepherdstown Area Independent Living) installed new board members and officers on Monday at the first meeting to kick off the new year.

The officers and incoming board members are Carolyn Rodis, Wendy Moseley, Cathy Lewis, Catherine Irwin, Joan Ergin, Ted Walton and Carl Moore.

Continuing board members are Hulda McLachlen, Diana Eldridge, G.T. Schramm, and board member emeritus, Jean Neely.

Incoming board President, Carolyn Rodis said, “SAIL continues to grow, responding creatively to help our members age in community. At our first board meeting, we discussed new services and opportunities we will offer to our members, and programs we will open to the community in the coming year.”

SAIL was started in 2010 based on the Beacon Hill model of an “aging in place” community in Boston, Massachusetts, commonly known as a “village”. SAIL is now part of the Village to Village network, which includes approximately 200 such villages in the United States.

These villages are custom tailored to meet the needs of its community, and SAIL membership benefits are numerous. Services such as transportation to appointments, personal assistance with grocery shopping and chores, referrals for vetted contractors are provided to make living at home a viable option for seniors.

In addition to services, SAIL offers many ongoing activities to keep seniors out of isolation and involved in community with others. Trivia nights, T’ai Chi, monthly lunch groups, volunteering and continued learning opportunities are just a few such programs.

Immediate past President, Jack Young was quoted saying about SAIL, “We want to offer people more choices. This doesn’t mean that someone will never go into assisted living or a nursing home, but we try to keep people in their homes as long as possible.”

To learn more about SAIL, visit them on the web at ShepherdstownSAIL.org or call 304-870-7245.