Educational and Networking Meeting

To grantees and other colleagues:
On behalf of the board and staff of the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, I invite you to the November educational and networking meeting of the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation. The meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 6th from 9am to 12noon at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. A buffet continental breakfast will be served.

There is no fee for the meeting, but to help with our planning, please RSVP no later than Friday, October 26th.

Harry (Rick) Moody, Ph.D is our keynoter, and I think you will find him a provocative and inspiring speaker. He will talk with us about changes in the meaning of life as we grow older, about aging and spirituality, and leaving a legacy. Also, Dr. Moody will tell us about AARP’s new initiative, Life Reimagined, a tool to help mid-life and older people figure out what’s next and to imagine what’s possible in terms of exploring careers, starting a business, volunteering, and learning.

Dr. Moody started his career as a school teacher in Harlem where he also taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and high school equivalency courses. He is a graduate of Yale and earned a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. Currently he is Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC, as well as a Senior Associate with the International Longevity Center-USA and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures. Dr. Moody served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative, Faith in Action, and was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College in New York City. He is known nationally for his work in older adult education, and recently stepped down as Chair of the Board of Elderhostel. He is author of many books and articles, among them, The Five Stages of the Soul, which has been published in seven languages.

In addition, we are inviting several of your colleagues to respond to his presentation from their Westchester perspectives. These include Eridania Camacho of The Gateway Center and G2E at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, Rose Hines of WorkSearch, Margaret Jessup, a GrandPower Advocate, and Alisa Kesten of the Volunteer Center and RSVP.

Want to learn about some ways you, and the mid-life and older people with whom you work, might approach the later chapters of life? Come join us on the 6th! We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.


P.S. November 6th was the only date Dr. Moody could be our speaker on a pro bono basis. He will be in meetings in New York City that week, he lives in Colorado, and he works one week a month in Washington DC. As you know, and we are painfully aware, November 6th is Election Day. Please be sure to vote before or after the meeting!