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March 30, 2020

OLLI Spring Opportunities!

In the interest of encouraging continued learning and social engagement in our communities during this difficult time, OLLI at WVU is waiving all registration for the spring term. Although some classes and opportunities will be limited to OLLI members only, current membership is not required to participate in most online classes and opportunities at this time.  Check out the link https://olliatwvu.wpcomstaging.com/category/charleston/ for OLLI opportunities in the Charleston area.

February 27, 2020

Need to satisfy your curiosity about Corona Virus? We have some resources just for you! KVVP member Sandra Mitchell has been doing some research in this area and says:

I’ve found a number of helpful websites to better understand the Covid-19 disease and to follow the dynamic changes in the data. Here are some excellent resources:

1) CDC – Centers for Disease Control: Early on the CDC posted general information for the U.S. public about the disease, recommendations for travel, as well as data on the number of cases in the U.S.


2) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Coronavirus tracking map and data. This site posts the number of cases by country, sourced by data from WHO and CDC. Fascinating to observe the international spread of the epidemic. Hopkins has done an amazing job of making the data tell the story of Covid-19, and the site is interactive. It also has good links to other resources.


3) WHO  – World Health Organization site devoted to Covid-19 data and WHO’s analysis and strategies to control the epidemic. Note that even today they’ve been reluctant to officially call it a pandemic.


4) The Index Project  – An international panel assessment of preparedness for global health security. In short, this tool gives a picture of a nation’s capacity and ability to respond to catastrophic events such as the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. They’ve assessed and ranked nations, and it will be interesting to see how Covid -19’s spread and mortality rates may vary greatly relative to a nation’s capacity and abilities. I also think we will learn why it’s so important to help poorer nations develop the capacity to manage an epidemic within its borders. Really Fascinating site!


February 26, 2019 – In Memoriam

On Monday, February 26th we lost a KVVP Board Member and good friend, Dr. Charles H. Daugherty.  We extend our deep sympathy to his wife, Christine, and their family.  Perhaps, family friend Ann Garcelon said it best: “Chuck was a wonderful man who leaves a positive footprint on anyplace he ever stepped. Our community is diminished by his death. May light perpetual shine on him and may Christine find peace.”  Click here for the full obituary.

November 11, 2018 – Message from Our Partner Faith in Action

Hello, all!

We’re heading straight into the heart of the season of gratitude, and I’ve got an abundance of it this year. I try to start each day with a grateful heart. As I lift up the people and things that fill me with thankfulness, each and every one of you is on the list.

I turned in all of our Senior Christmas wish lists to the Salvation Army last week. We received 76 applications this year. As I read them over and compiled wants and needs, I was overcome with wonder at the largess of our community in helping us bring holiday joy to seniors in need We invite you, as always, to be part of this fulfilling effort. There are many ways you can participate:

  • Adopt a senior angel to buy for by selecting one from the Salvation Army Senior Angel Tree at Charleston Town Center starting on November 9th
  • VOLUNTEER TO WRAP & STAGE the gifts on December 14th
  • Sign up to be a DELIVERY ELF – a great opportunity for families or small groups
  • Donate HERE to help offset the associated costs of the program

If you have any questions about this effort, please feel free to contact me directly at 304-881-7253!

Thank you all for making every season happy and bright.  Thanks everyone!

Jennifer Waggener

Greetings, Fellow KVVPers!

What an opportunity for KVVP to show how much they appreciate their most valuable Partner, FIAGKV! Please, consider that FIAGKV has 76 applications for Christmas gifts from clients that they serve throughout the year and then sign up to help FIAGKV make this a joyous Holiday Season by signing up with the Salvation Army Senior Angel Tree at the Charleston Town Center Mall, by agreeing to wrap gifts at the Ronald McDonald House, by agreeing to deliver gifts, or by donating to FIAGKV to make this happen.

It would be really great to see many of our KVVP members wrapping gifts on Friday, 14 December 2018.

Please, sign up and let me know if you have and what you have agreed to do to help FIAGKV Hope to see you on 14 December 2018. (Donna and I will be  there between 0900 and 1200.)

Thanks; Later; and Best Regards;

Ron Graham

October, 2018 – The National Village Gathering

The National Village Gathering was held in San Diego, CA this year.  Our delegates, Ron and Donna Graham, decided to get there by driving cross country.  They’ve provided snap shots of their journey including the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Sedona, and San Diego.  Click here to see some amazing landscapes.

September 30, 2018

Good weather, good food, good friends all came together for the Faith in Action of Kanawha Valley/KVVP Picnic at Coonskin Park.  Here’s a shot of some of the happy – and full – picnickers.


Starting October 7, 2018

A new Lay Academy Lecture Series, Making Stress Work for You, begins on Sunday, October 7th, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.  The series will run through the winter and into Spring with video lectures an in-person discussions with local community leaders.  Click here for the details.

September 6, 2018 – Governor’s Service Awards

Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley (FIAGKV) and a KVVP Partner was one of the recipients of the Governor’s Service Awards during a dinner / ceremony at the WV Culture Center on Tuesday, 06 September 2018. Jennifer Waggener accepted the award, attended by some of FIAGKV’s volunteers.

Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley supports the independent living of seniors throughout Kanawha and Putnam Counties. Volunteers make friendly phone calls and visits, provide transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store, and help with household chores and tasks. In 2018, over 200 volunteers helped 500 seniors remain independent in their community.

First Row:  Bethany Hall (volunteer), Patty  (volunteer), Jennifer Waggener, Executive Director, FIAGKV, Donna O’Field (volunteer), Second Row: Ron Graham (volunteer) and KVVP President, Donna Graham (volunteer) and KVVP Member

Others receiving service awards included the following:

The Ash Family, Clarksburg, WV, The Rotary Clubs of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, Elkins Depot Welcome Center,  Kiara Stevens of Wellsburg, WV,  Melodee Price of Elkins, WV,  Kandi Habeb of Wood County, Ken Springer of Pocahontas County / Watoga State Park, Jo Ann Harmon of Grant County, Paula Osborne of Morgan County

WV Volunteer Leadership Awards were awarded to the following:

 Chuck Clegg, Disaster Leadership, Day to Serve, Servant Leadership, Save the Children, Red Wagon Award

August 21, 2018

KVVP Meet Up at Power Park

It was a somewhat dark and rainy evening at Power Park for the KVVP meet up at the ball game.  But Barbara Hutchinson-Smith, Donna Graham and Ron Graham made it to the Park.  The game, scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm, hit a rain delay with the first pitch moved to 8:40 pm.  Because the trio had already chowed down on hamburgers and fries, they decided the evening was complete about 7:50 pm with the appearance of a rainbow over the Capitol and went home – where it was both dry and cool!

June 10, 2018


Nahla Nimeh-Lewis has agreed to coordinate these activities going forward, but Nahla needs your input in order to serve your needs best. The focus is on downtown venues for the coffee / walking. Please, see the attached *.pdf for more information.

As regards coffee / walking: if you have interest in reinventing the KVVP Kaffee Klatsch / Walking Group, please, e-mail Nahla with your thoughts at mailto:nnimehlewis@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you there!

May 6, 2018

KVVP’s Annual Meeting gives us new Board members and officers.  The two new Board members – elected by acclimation – are Dr. Charles Daugherty and James Thibeault.  Our new officers are:
President – Ron Graham
Vice President – Terry Pickett
Treasurer – Barbara Hutchinson-Smith
Secretary – Sandra Mitchell

We extent congratulations to all – and you can read more about these fine folks by clicking here!

April 22, 2018

KVVP Survey Ready to Read.  Think back to when you renewed your membership with KVVP and maybe you’ll remember completing a satisfaction survey.  Well, the results are in!  You can now check out what your fellow members liked most about KVVP, what we might want to look into for future programming and other statistically interesting pieces of information.  Click here to see the complete survey results.

April 2, 2018

Events, Inc. has partnered with KVVP to provide some organized trips and adventures.
Be sure to take advantage of travel opportunities with Events, Inc.’s day trips and multiple-day trips.  You can see the flyer of upcoming opportunities here.
For day trips, Events, Inc. offers KVVP members $5 off per trip as long as individuals identify themselves as KVVP member when they make a reservation and as long as payment is by check (not by credit or debit card of any kind).
For multiple-day trips, Events, Inc. offers KVVP members a 5% discount as long as individuals identify themselves as KVVP member when they make a reservation and as long as payment is by check (not by credit or debit card of any kind).
Teresa stocks the coach with water, crackers, and other snacks. Other amenities include frequent restroom stops; a daily lunch stop; showings of PG-13 movies; games of Bingo, etc.
A person interested in a trip usually needs to make a reservation one month in advance of the trip and include a deposit. Exceptions to the time requirement include 70-day advance reservation for the cruise and 60-day advance reservation for the Nashville, TN trip. (See the flyer for details here.)

Teresa’s contact information is as follows:
Teresa Curtis Events, Inc.
Meetings, Events, Group Travel
Phone: +1-304-389-5334
e-Mail: TPlanner2@AOL.com
1521 Autumn Rd.  Charleston, WV 25314

March 31, 2018

SINGLE? NO KIDS? DON’T FRET: HOW TO PLAN CARE IN YOUR LATER YEARS Dan Kurland mailed the article below to some folks who recently attended a meeting (about our Health Care Forum, in fact) at his and Gail Bellamy’s house.  From The New York Times: Older Americans without children to lean on have to make arrangements while they are independent and healthy. See the following website for the complete article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/business/elder-orphans-care.html.

March, 2018 – Sweet Charity

Our partner, Faith in Action held their major fundraiser, Sweet Charity, a marvelous dessert orgy.  KVVPrs Donna and Ron Graham were in attendance and survived the dessert onslaught.  They are pictured here with Jennifer Waggener.



February 18, 2018 – Salt and Slavery in the Kanawha Valley

In case anyone does not know, the Salt and Slavery in the Kanawha Valley lecture  at the African Zion  Church in Malden was a resounding success.  Standing room only; people standing outside as well.  Bill Hairston gets a standing ovation for his banner work at promoting KVVP as he talked from the podium, introducing the event.  The speaker Cyrus Foreman, did a spectacular job at educating the crowd about the issue of slavery in West Virginia from about 1800 until well after the Civil War.  You can see a photo album of the event here.

February 6, 2018

KVVP sadly reports the passing of our friend and colleague Karen Glazier.

Karen was the only remaining Director who had also served on the KVVP Transition Board of Directors during 2013 – 2014. At the time of her death, Karen was serving her second three-year term on the KVVP Board of Directors. Karen co-chaired the KVVP Hosting Committee for general meetings and quietly maintained the Hale House / KVVP headquarters facility. Karen will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, and the KVVP community.

For those who wish to attend the service to honor Karen’s life and the reception to commune with her many friends, a “A Celebration of Life“) for Karen will be held in Hunter Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston WV 25301), on 10 February 2018 (Saturday) at 1600 (4:00 pm) followed by a reception.

December 12, 1017

Today, NPR’s (National Public Radio) All Things Considered began a three-part series on the Village movement.  You can read a transcript here of the first installment.  Be sure to tune in to NPR the next two episodes and learn more about villages around the country.

November 7, 2017 – Applause, please!

KVVP’s Ron Graham has been selected as a Village Volunteer of the Year through the Village to Village network.  The award will be acknowledged at the National Village to Village gathering later this month.  Ron, who is Board Secretary and sends out your eBulletin and eBlasts, among other things,  was nominated by Mel Cann, the nomination supported by the KVVP Board of Directors.  (You can read Mel’s nomination here.) Please join with us in celebrating Ron’s fine achievement


September, 2017

By now you’ve probably heard about the Equifax data breach involving the theft of personal information for nearly half the country.  WV attorney General Morrisey says at least 730,000  people in WV are affected by the data breach involving the unauthorized release of name, address, birth date and social security number for each.  So.  What can you do about it?  Equifax has set up a website: https://www.equifaxsecutiry2017.com (Note the https at the start of the address) where you can check to see if your personal information is involved.  You will enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security Number.  If your data is involved in the release you can sign up for a free year of identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.

August 8, 2017

Eight of us enjoyed the KVVP Dutch Treat Dinner at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.  What a wonderful evening for a night at the ball park!  The weather was most cooperative, with temperatures in the 70s and little humidity – no sultry night, no sweltering bodies!  But, nonetheless, with a full moon, it was reasonably romantic!  And, to top it off, the WV Power WON! 2-1 over the Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws.  As always, the Toast Man put on quite a show for us.  If we had not already eaten our hamburgers, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, etc. and drank our beers, the wafting aroma of the toasted bread may have led some of us to pick up the tossed toast from the ground and eaten it!  The really sad thing was there were only five occasions on which the Blue Claws struck out (two of those in the 9th inning) – not much toast on the ground to fight over.

KVVP Fans (L to R, Second row) Mile Harman, Barbara Frierson.  (L to R, Front row) Donna Graham, Marilyn Wilburn (Guest), Barbara H. Smith, Leslie Bakker (Guest), Gerry Bakker (Guest).  Not pictured: Ron Graham (Behind the camera…)


June 29, 2017 – OLLI Update

This spring KVVP member Mel Cann taught an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) class on the development of the Village movement.  Mel is sharing her Power Point presentation detailing the Village movement and you can see it here with one fine click on the following link: The Village Concept – OLLI class condensed Spring 2017.  “The Village Concept,” is a good introduction to what the Village Model is all about, how it grew from the Beacon Street Village to a nationally used model, and samplings of what villages do and are about. The materials utilized resources available from the Village to Village Network (VtVN) website, from VtVN member villages, and from the WV Partnership for Elder Living (WV PEL). Mel also developed a handout with links to Villages, related organizations and videos.  To get your very own copy, click Links to villages and videos – OLLI class – May 2017 .

May 21, 2017 Annual Meeting

Three new KVVP Board members were elected at the May 21st Annual Meeting.  They are W.I. “Bill” Hairston, Sandra Mitchell and Terry Pickett.   Following the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors met to elect officers for the coming year. Our Officers are:  Joe Jarrell, President; Susan Mollohan, Vice President; Ron Graham, Secretary; Barbara Hutchinson-Smith, Treasurer.  Karen Glazier is a returning Board Member and rounds out the Board for 2017.  You can read all their bios here. 

May, 2017 – Candidates for KVVP Board Membership

It’s that time of year again.  We’d like you to meet the three candidates for the Board of Directors whose nominations you’ll be able to vote for at the May 21st Annual Meeting.

Terry Winston Pickett is a native Charlestonian. She is a graduate of Charleston High School and Oberlin College (History) and received her Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from COGS. Terry (or Ms. Pickett…whichever you prefer) was married to Dr. George Pickett, State Health Director in Governor John D. Rockefeller’s first administration, for 32 years. Individually and together they lived in places as diverse as California, Scotland, Alabama, Michigan, New York and Wales before returning to Charleston in 1997. Terry’s favorite position in that time was ‘Special Assistant to Long Beach (NY)’. She worked with all levels of government to help bring programs and projects into Long Beach…from immunizations to mammography to low-income housing. She drew on that experience to help spearhead a community project to bring a Media Studies Center into the downtown to increase the population and quality of life in Charleston (to be continued). Recently, in conversation with others, she became sharply aware of the need for housing and resources for middle-income seniors. She hopes to work with KVVP to help fill that need.

W. I. “Bill” Hairston has broad experience in management, leadership development, marketing, youth development and community relations. Bill completed his undergraduate work in Sociology at Morris Harvey College. Currently he serves as the Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Director of Social Service for RCCR, Inc. For several years he worked as a management consultant and leadership development specialist for grassroots non-profit agencies throughout the Appalachian region of the United States. He is an experienced facilitator and trainer. His past work includes West Virginia University Extension Service, The United Methodist Church, Children’s Therapy Clinic, Shawnee Hills, Inc. and a fifteen-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years Bill has been a featured keynote speaker and motivational speaker for many gatherings including youth events, nonprofit organization conferences and educational organization functions throughout the state of West Virginia, the region and the country.

Sandra Mitchell is a life long resident of the Kanawha Valley. She completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration and Finance and her MBA from the University of Charleston. Sandra also completed additional graduate work in public health at WVU, and completed certificate program in Health Administration from UCLA. With 30+ years experience in health care management, Sandra retired from Cabin Creek Health Systems in 2015, having served as the Chief Operating Officer and Quality Director. Improving quality of care and patient education and engagement in self care management were Sandra’s primary areas of interest. Evidenced based care and experience, with use of data and analysis are tools that Sandra has an interest in helping KVVP maximize services and value to their members and community. Sandra is the grandmother four grandchildren …a set of triplets plus one…all amazing and great fun.

In the meantime, be sure and mark your calendars to be at the May 21st Annual meeting, 3 pm at African Zion Baptist Church (4104 Malden Dr. in Malden).  You’ll get updates on KVVP activities as well as the opportunity to vote for new Board members.  Hope to see you there!

April, 2017 – Proposed By-law Changes for Consideration at the May 21st Annual Meeting

The agenda for the Sunday, May 21st Annual Meeting lists proposed By-law changes to our KVVP By-laws. You can check out the proposed changes by clicking here.  Then, come vote your mind at the Annual Meeting or be sure to return your Proxy by the deadline.  If you need a Proxy, click here.

April, 2017 – Village to Village Network News carries KVVP Hiking Story

Village Stories: KVVP Hiking Group   The Kanawha Valley Village People (KVVP) is a rural-urban Village, covering the capitol city of Charleston and the surrounding communities in the Kanawha River valley. The KVVP Hiking Group is blessed with an abundance of fantastic hiking opportunities in Charleston and in the surrounding region. Typically, the Hiking Group takes 2- to 4-hour hikes in the nearby Kanawha State Forest (KSF). KSF is located 7 miles south of Charleston and provides unique opportunities for hiking through a 9,300-acre forest that offers over 15 miles of trails that cover some of West Virginia’s best hiking terrain. The Forest is blessed with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and birds. Black bear are known to inhabit the Forest. In addition to these local hikes, KVVP members have enjoyed day-trips to regional points of interest that travel through fantastic mountain vistas and along majestic rivers and beautiful, bubbling brooks heavily invested with fascinating water features, as West Virginia is thoroughly blessed with rugged mountains; rushing streams; and royal beauty defined through diverse microclimates, rugged geological features, indigenous hard- and softwood forests in which the deciduous trees provide a blaze of multicolored glory in the autumnal months. These day-trips are usually highlighted by a three- to five-mile hike to a unique feature, such as the rocky plateau at the end of the Long Point trail (a view that is reproduced on the West Virginia state quarter) or the Glade Creek Trail near Prince, WV. Two- or three-day events can be planned to take in several regional venues that pique the varied interests of our members. In early October, seven avid adventurers enjoyed Cranberry Glades; the NRAO at Green Bank (National Radio Astronomy Observatory); Seneca Rocks; Smoke Hole Caverns; the North Fork Mountain Trail; and Dolly Sods. The Smoke Hole Caverns tour included interesting views of unique stalagmites and stalactites, including the world’s longest ribbon stalactite. The six-hour long North Fork Mountain hike included an initial 1,200-foot ascent of the Landis Trail, followed by a transverse hike and a 1,900-foot descent along a four-mile section of the North Fork Mountain Trail. While elevations along the North Fork Mountain hike ranged from 1,660 feet to 3,065 feet, the one-half mile Cranberry Glades Boardwalk loop had a change in elevation of only 13 feet (at an average of 3,370 feet elevation). written by Ron Graham