The April NAPO-WDC chapter meeting was held on Monday, April 1, 2013 in Fairfax, VA. There were 30 members and 5 guests in attendance.
The meeting started with active networking. Members visited the Corporate Partner Meet and Greet tables hosted by Closet Factory and 1 to 1 Discovery and the Ask the Experts table.
Janet Schiesl welcomed everyone. Maria White (in for Kimberly Gleason) introduced our 5 guests. Terri Fischer introduced our Corporate Partners in attendance:
|Helen Long||Partners Estate Sales|
|Joe Johnson||Shelf Genie|
|Denny Stotlemyer||Closet Factory|
|Shellie Abel||NovaGold, LLC|
|Sharon Bliss||Book Bliss Online|
|Juli Monroe||1 to 1 Discovery|
Alonso Zamora from B-Thrifty spoke about his background and his company. B-Thrifty is more than a thrift store; they connect people in the community to distribute large amounts of donations. They are for profit, but 40% of what they make goes back into the community.
Pierrette Ashcroft introduced the educational program: Universal Design – Planning Ahead. Mindy Mitchell from Sun Design is a professional organizer and a certified aging in place specialist, which go hand in hand. Universal Design is about flow and function, much like organizing. The whole point behind aging in place is people’s bodies are constantly changing. This applies to the whole family – babies growing up all the way to adults retiring and getting older.
There are 7 Universal Design principles:
- Equitable Use – useful to all abilities
- Flexibility In Use – choice in use
- Simple & Intuitive Use – no language barriers
- Perceptible Information – visual, audio, tactile
- Tolerance For Error – minimize hazards of intended use
- Low Physical Effort – efficient with minimum fatigue
- Size & Space For Approach & Use – regardless of body size, posture or mobility
There are 4 Universal Design concepts:
- Barrier Free
- Adaptable Design
- Accessible Design
Aging in place is good for multi-generational living, increases average life expectancy and can be more cost effective than a retirement community.
More information about getting certified as an aging in place specialist can be found on NAHB.org and AARP.org is a comprehensive resource with universal design checklists and more.
Chapter Business Meeting
Janet congratulated the new Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 year.
Andrea Hancock announced that all MARCPO chair positions have been filled, but she is always looking for committee volunteers.
For all those going to conference, download the NAPO app. It’s very handy!
Our door prize winner was Alisa Levy.
The night ended with lively networking.
The next meeting will be the Awards Bash held in Rockville, Maryland on May 6, 2013.