ReServe National Conference
On July 21st and 22nd 85 people representing nine states joined us for a national convening of ReServe in the historic city of Boston MA. The event opened with a reception at Community Work Services (CWS) where Board members from Fedcap, ReServe, and CWS joined Advisory Council members from around the country, ReServists, community foundations, government, community partners, ReServe staff and interested affiliates to celebrate nearly ten years of ReServe. Serena Powell, CEO of CWS and Fedcap’s Sr. Vice President of the New England Region provided inspirational welcoming comments—relating how the founders of CWS had a mission to impact the lives of older women and how ReServe Greater Boston, recently relocated to CWS, is bringing CWS back to its roots.
Jack Rosenthal, one of the Founders of ReServe provided a compelling look back at the origins of ReServe and the inspiration behind the idea that has resulted in over 3300 placements and one million hours of service by ReServists — making significant impact on people’s lives and the communities in which they live. Jack’s comments were followed by a visionary look forward by our new ReServe National Chair, Deborah Sale.
The next day we gathered at District Hall, fittingly, Boston’s new home for innovation. Fedcap and ReServe Board member Michael Weinstein introduced the keynote speaker, Ursula Staudinger, PhD, a leading worldwide figure in understanding human development. Dr. Staudinger delivered a fascinating presentation on the Plasticity of Aging – that is, the extraordinary ability we have to modify the aging process through changes within the body or in the external environment. Her research suggests that programs like ReServe - where older adults learn new skills and meet interesting people – contribute to this plasticity and in fact, “ReServing” is good for you! Dr. Staudinger’s comments were followed by series of engaging discussions by ReServists, ReServe Affiliate Directors, Advisory Council members and Fedcap/ReServe staff covering diverse topics including the Impact Of The Reservist Experience, Pathways to Financial Stability, Engaging an Effective Advisory Council, Building Sustainable Government Partnerships and Intergenerational Work at its Best!
Participants came away from the event inspired, and eager to continue networking and information sharing.
We were especially pleased at the number of Advisory Board members who attended the convening – as we believe that the future of ReServe in part, lies in our ability to leverage their immense talent and community connections.
Click here to download the 2014 ReServe National Conference Compendium.