More than 100 ANV members, volunteers, potential members, and friends celebrated Fall at the ANV Open House on October 14 at the NRECA conference center in Ballston. President Carol Paquette welcomed the guests, including Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola and County Board members Walter Tejada and Libby Garvey. “We have come a long way since opening our doors in April 2014. Our membership is growing, our volunteer base is broadening,” Carol noted. We now have more than 120 members!
Office volunteers were visible throughout the room with their festive Hawaiian leis, courtesy of Interim Operations Manager, Patty Sullivan. Patty reported that more than 900 services have been provided since January and volunteers providing transportation services have logged more than 7,000 miles so far this year.
Volunteers Carole Shetzich and Barbara Leopold spoke about the rewarding experiences they’ve had with ANV members — Carole in the office and Barbara as a driver.
More than 350 villages are open or preparing to open nationwide, reported Anita Wallgren, who attended the VtV Network national conference of villages in Seattle last week. “It’s clear that volunteer villages are changing the way the boomer generation will live and thrive in the next decades.”
Thanks to Elise Burns and Donna Pastore, co-chairs of the Events Committee, old and new friends of ANV enjoyed autumn party theme and had a wonderful time. A raffle drawing added excitement and brought smiles to several winners.
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