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Date: 8/12/2019
Subject: Village Buzz!
From: Village to Village Network

August 12, 2019


Part of our room block has SOLD OUT. You can still get a room at the Sheraton, but the conference rate is not available for all dates.

The special conference rate will end on August 17, so book your room soon.

If you haven't already booked your room, it's best to call the Sheraton and tell them you are attending the National Village Conference.

The number for the Sheraton is:(800) 325-3535

We've searched to find other solutions to the hotel room issue and we've worked out a deal with a nearby hotel!

Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North, located at 30 East Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60611, will host the National Village Conference Overflow Room Block at a rate of $216 for September 17.

If you don't mind switching hotels after the 17th, you could save a little money this way.

To book your room for September 17 at Courtyard, call:(800) 321-2211

It's possible to find quite affordable rooms at other hotels by using a search site such as or

Share a Room
We encourage sharing a room as a great way to save money. Feel free to use
the Forums to connect with a possible roommate.

The DRAFT of the Conference Schedule is available!
Keep in mind that this schedule could change slightly as we work with presenters on times and placement.

2019 NVC Schedule (Tentative)

We're re-sending the Village Buzz newsletter because the version we sent on Friday had some alignment issues. Let us know if you have anything you want to share in the Village Buzz to your fellow Villages!
ClubExpress for Aging-in-Place Villages is now RunMyVillage
For a while now, we here at ClubExpress have noticed that displaying our powerful functionality for Aging-in-Place Villages deep within ClubExpress has made it harder for villages to learn what ClubExpress has to offer. They see all the stuff for regular clubs and associations and wonder why people recommend ClubExpress for their village.

In order to more effectively showcase the village functionality in ClubExpress, we have decided to set up a separate “brand” and website for our Aging-in-Place customers and prospects. Going forward, ClubExpress for Villages will be known as RunMyVillage.
We have a new website: And the “Powered By” logo at the bottom of your website will now be the RunMyVillage logo you see above and will link to the new website.

Everything else remains the same. Villages will still have access to all the powerful ClubExpress features to manage your website, member and prospect databases, events, payment processing, communications. documents, photos, committees, and member interests. And all the features of ClubExpress Version 9.0, our biggest ever release and announced today, also apply to villages. Click here to read more about it.

And we will continue to offer our powerful and flexible features to manage your village services, service providers, and service requests. Look for more village enhancements to be announced in time for this year’s National Village Gathering, to be held for the first time in our sweet home Chicago.

Dan Ehrmann
ClubExpress, powering RunMyVillage

Research on Social Engagement and Fitness
Help us develop a low-cost social interaction program for Village members to use in their homes.

FlexTogether is conducting research with the AARP Foundation into the needs and challenges of the Village to Village communities, with a special interest in increasing social interaction and physical activity. 

We are testing a number of solutions and would appreciate guidance from Village to Village members on how best to serve your community’s needs. 

One solution enables older adults to watch low-impact exercise videos while engaging with family and friends via live video chat. 

Help us by participating in this research.
Please signup at
Or contact Emily at 424-269-2000 or 
East Falls Village and University Students Make a Great Fit
Read about how East Falls Village members in Philadelphia and the OT department at Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) cooperated on the CarFit program.

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Falls Prevention Awareness

Below is a great resource to share with your own Village members. It's chock full of links to videos, reports and documents to help prevent falls.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2019 is September 23. Let us know if you are participating and we will share your activities.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten older adults’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Many falls can be prevented through increased awareness and action related to fall risk factors, clinical assessment and intervention, practical lifestyle adjustments, and participation in evidence-based falls prevention programs in community settings.

Since 2007, the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Falls Free® Initiative has led the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls among older adults, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community falls prevention programs. Through FPAD efforts, the NCOA Falls Free® Initiative and partners engage health care and aging network professionals, policymakers, older adults, and caregivers to reduce and prevent the number of falls among older adults.

The 11th annual FPAD on September 22, 2018 was one of the most successful FPAD campaigns, with increased participation from national organizations, federal agencies, coalitions, and state and local partners. National 2018 FPAD awareness and media efforts reached an estimated 154.7 million individuals. At the state and community level, the State Falls Prevention Coalitions members reached 2.5 million individuals through education, awareness, and advocacy efforts, as well as fall-risk screenings, and interventions such as community-based fall prevention programs.

The NCOA Falls Free® Initiative hopes this compendium of national, state, and local FPAD efforts will serve as a resource to maximize FPAD 2019 impact and beyond.

Please see attached report and recommendations.

Download the Falls Prevention Report 2018

Be sure to register for these webinars today so you do not miss out on the opportunity to participate! Make sure you are LOGGED IN to the VtVN website before you try to register. When you click on each of the title links below to register, scroll up to the top of the screen and make sure your full name appears in the top right hand corner of the screen above the blue toolbar. This means that you are logged in and you can successfully register for these member only webinars. If you are NOT logged in, all you will see is "Add to my Calendar" instead of "Click Here to Register." Once you are logged in, click the "Click Here to Register" button and it will walk you through a few quick steps to register.

For topics that are appropriate for Village staff AND members, you can host a Village watch party so that everyone can learn together! 

August 12, 2019
3 PM ET/ 2 PM CT/ 1 PM MT/ 12 PM PT
Join seasoned Villagers on a webinar to help new and developing Villages. This webinar will guide and answer start up questions and help open Villages in need of additional help with Village operations.

August 15, 2019
3 PM ET/ 2 PM CT/ 1 PM MT/12 PM PT 

These monthly User Talks are designed to help Villages use RunMyVillage/ClubExpress more effectively.  Each month has a different topic.

This month's talk is for Villages new to RunMyVillage powered by ClubExpress and those considering using RMV/CE in the future.

The intended audience is your Village's technology community and those in the Village who are likely to be frequent users of multiple RMV/CE functions.  ClubExpress staff will provide an overview of the functionality, but a real value of these sessions is to allow the Villages to ask questions about all the application and the process of purchasing, implementing, running, and managing it.

We intend to have these “New Village” sessions once every three to five months.  If you have an questions about these sessions, email us at

August 28, 2019
2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT
This is the regular monthly meeting of the Helpful Village Users Group (HVUG).

Our purpose is to provide a national forum for HV Users where we can share best village practices using HV, collect requests for updates to the HV system, coordinate with Helpful Village staff, and distribute HV training materials and software updates.

September 9, 2019
3 PM ET/ 2 PM CT/ 1 PM MT/ 12 PM PT
Join seasoned Villagers on a webinar to help new and developing Villages.  This webinar will guide and answer start up questions and help open Villages in need of additional help with Village operations.

September 12, 2019
2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT/ 12 PM MT/ 11 AM PT
All Village to Village Network Members are invited to join us on a monthly call to talk about the important topic of supporting our most frail members. As the society ages, it is inevitable that our membership will age as well, so whether your Village is currently serving frail members or preparing to serve them, we will use this monthly call to unpack this complicated programming consideration. 

Katie Garber or Samantha Schiffman will lead the call which will normally occur the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2pm Eastern. Topics open to discussion include, but are not limited to: developing a volunteer-based care coordination system, creating healthy boundaries for member service delivery, setting realistic expectations for members and their families, coordinating with local community resources, when to make a referral to Adult Protective Services, etc. Please come with your questions and we will try to address as much as we can in the hour we have.

Note: If you have any questions about Frail Members, please contact and NOT Capitol Hill Village.  All questions or comments should please be directed to the Network.

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Caring for Our Frailest Members
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Helpful Village Users Group
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Village Mentor
We are always looking for webinar topics and speakers. Let us know if you have an idea for a webinar, or if you know someone who might present.
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