David Mackoff, President


More than one thing can be true at the same time. It can be mid-autumn and be nearly 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The sky can be bright blue, colorful leaves can decorate our neighborhoods, and the world can be in crisis. The last few weeks have been especially fraught, from the horrific massacres by Hamas in Israel and the heartbreaking violence that has ensued, to the uncertainty of the People’s House functioning and our federal government staying open. We can appreciate the good and be stricken by the bad. How do we keep our hearts open to the discomfort of awareness without being immobilized by it?

ERCV Can Help.

We can stay connected, active, and caring. Come take a walk with us to see the leaves turning, volunteer and help a neighbor, meet with our Lunch Bunch, or welcome new members and volunteers at our online Open House. Any of these are chances to talk about the challenges of the day and share gratitude for the good that surrounds us. In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, let us help each other keep moving forward together.

Perhaps we can take inspiration from those who have come before us. On Monday, November 13th, we will take a field trip to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to see the paintings of Alma Thomas. Ms. Thomas began her professional career as an artist when she was almost 70, after retiring after 35 years as an art teacher at DC’s Shaw Junior High School. As a bonus treat, our museum docent will be Melissa Clark, who led our Armchair Travel SAAM virtual tours throughout the pandemic. Don’t miss this special field trip. Register now.

Part of the Village Movement.

Remember, we are not alone in this journey. We ERCVers are an integral part of the Village Movement, a force reshaping the aging paradigm and enhancing our quality of life. Recently, I had the privilege of attending two National Village Gatherings — one virtual, one in person in Silver Spring — alongside a remarkable group of ERCV volunteer leaders. There we engaged with Village leaders from all over the United States and learned ways in which Villages are improving people’s lives. It was inspiring.

In the face of adversity, let us give thanks for our sustenance, for our loved ones, for the strength we find in one another, and for the caring communities we build. Together, we can overcome any obstacle. Together, we can do our part to create a kinder, more compassionate world.

— David Mackoff