To all of you who have become members, volunteers for the Village, or both, we say Thank You! Your support means everything as without volunteers or members, there would not be a Village!
To expand our volunteer corps, we are offering another training session on Saturday, April 16, 2016 10-noon, at the BCC Regional Services Center, Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 (directions below under April 12 event). If you have not filled in a volunteer application, please print and complete it, and send it to Gail Douglas at the address listed on the volunteer application form.
If you have not sent in your membership application, please print and complete that, and send it with your check to Steve Borko at the address listed on the membership form. Remember that the Associate Membership fee of $75 is fully tax deductible, and that portions of your Full membership also may be tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
An additional milestone:
Bradley Hills Village now is approved for “Student Service Learning” hours for select projects or activities undertaken on behalf of the Village. Later in 2016 we will work with Whitman High School and Pyle Middle School to define what some of these activities will be. If you are interested in serving as a liaison to the Schools’ respective SSL coordinators, please let us know.
Board meetings are open to Village members so please let one of the Board members (see list at end of message) know if you’d like to attend and we’ll provide date and location.
Summer went quickly it seems and it is hard to believe we are in the last quarter of the year 2015 already. We recently held our third Community meeting, at which we had the pleasure of hearing Jim Resnick, Senior Outreach and Education Program Manager of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, talk about home safety issues. Who could have guessed that learning about smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors could be so entertaining? We are fortunate to have someone of his experience, caliber and concern available to counsel homeowners on these important safety issues. He has offered to return so that those who couldn’t make this presentation have another chance and also to sign up for home safety inspections as many did at our meeting.
Jim also described the “File of Life” program introduced as a community initiative in Montgomery County. It is a packet, which can be obtained from the Fire and Rescue Service, which, when filled out by a resident, enables Fire and Rescue personnel to obtain a quick and accurate medical history when a patient or family member is unable to offer one. We are pleased to be able to provide these Village educational programs and will continue to do so. Again, we thank him, on behalf of the Village -- he was received enthusiastically by an engaged audience.
Our approach to Social Activities, as well as to educational programs has been to try out a variety of things and see what happens. The book club is growing with 10 attendees at its last meeting as reported by Carol Ann Rudolph! This quarter a few new opportunities to attend cultural events are announced. Village participants offer a ride to select events someone might otherwise hesitate to attend alone. If you have ideas for similar new things to try – at least once – let Melissa Crown know.
One of our most important activities in the coming quarter is to begin to offer training for future Village volunteers. Gail Douglas is our designated Village “Training Manager” who will coordinate these trainings beginning in November and December. If you are not already on the list to be contacted by her, let her know of your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 301-652-1123. Or send us a note at the Village gmail-address below!
Eva Cohen, Oct. 1, 2015
With everyone on the exploratory committee returning from vacation-village activities are in full gear.
The villages in Montgomery County have a quarterly meeting to share information on their activities, how they are organized, and programs they are offering. On September 8, thirteen people met from eight villages in Montgomery County to share information. A summary (word document) of the Village activities shows that this is an important movement.
Montgomery County Police is starting a grassroots organization that focuses on reducing victimization of older citizens. The group will include county police personnel, sheriff's offices, community leaders and older citizens, working together to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to senior citizens. They are starting an advisory council that will hold its first meeting on October 9, from 11am to 12:30pm, at 4 D Station - Conference Room,
2300 Randolph Road, Wheaton.