Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

September 11, 2008


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524

Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Cassie Castleberry

Rene DeMattei


Manfred Diehl

Marcy Greenslit

Elnora McCloughan


Ellen Pihlstrom

Mary Shultz

Barbara Tuttle


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent:

Steve Budner

Jim Barlow

Caryll Cram


Helen Davis

Barbara Nuss

Earl Stevens


Don Venneberg







Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long

Ruth Long


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Laura Sutherlin





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni

Jennifer Little

James Ross


Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Marcy Greenslit asked for introductions.  James Ross, a member of the Human Rights Commission and a candidate for House District 49 and Jen Little, an intern with the Aspen Club introduced themselves.


No changes were recommended.  Minutes were accepted as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARNTER PRESENTATION:  Liz Harless, Loveland Meals on Wheels

Liz Harless was not in attendance.  The Loveland Meals on Wheels presentation will be rescheduled.   


Helen Davis is on vacation.  Marcy Greenslit reported that the Executive committee worked on goals and objectives based on the expectations presented by the Office on Aging.


Margaret Long reported that the new Answers on Aging Resource Guide has been updated, the first shipment should arrive from the printer today.  Margaret reminded the council that Bridging the Gap is on September 26th and the Legislative Breakfast is on October 3rd.  The Legislative Breakfast is sponsored by the Advisory Council and the Office on Aging.  This year’s theme will be the Office on Aging’s collaboration and partnerships in the community.  Margaret stated that the provider site visits have been scheduled throughout September.  This year the Legal Center will be conducting a site review for Nancy Wallace.  Margaret reported that the Office on Aging staff attended their third annual retreat in August.  The focus of the retreat was the shifting duties as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Office on Aging staff.  Discussions at the retreat revolved around what is working and what is not working. 


Margaret discussed the upcoming October council meeting and announced that the council invited Gordan Thibedeau from United Way.  Margaret distributed the last few years of United Way funding that the Office on Aging collected from the providers.  At October’s meeting, Margaret would like to focus the discussion on funding.   Currently, the priority of United Way is poverty.  Margaret pointed out that the problem for seniors is that senior service providers will not pull seniors out of poverty; however, the programs will help seniors survive poverty.  Margaret reported that United Way has been communicating with agencies about their change their direction.  The spreadsheet that Margaret distributed also includes designated funds.  Margaret went on to explain that designated funding is many times “luck of the draw” and that allocated funds are the key funding source for agencies.  Margaret asked the council to write down questions to ask Gordan, but emphasized that the council must have the facts straight.  The executive committee will formulate and finalize questions for Gordan. 


Manfred Diehl gave a brief autobiography.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Stan Ulrich reported that the Senior Advisory Board discussed the expansion of the Senior Center.  Stan went on to report that the group adopted their logo.  The group discussed the upcoming Bridging the Gap event.  Stan encouraged the council to have a chili cook-off team from this council. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

No report given.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Foundation on Aging board voted in favor of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Office on Aging.  The Office on Aging purchased a laptop computer and accounting software for the foundation.  The Office on Aging will be reimbursed for this purchase by the grant from JVA Consulting.  The Foundation on Aging applied for a grant through Group Publishing to boost their emergency fund. 


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni stated that the commission continues to bring up concerns and reported that the commission is aware of senior issues.


Commission on Aging

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the committee spent most of their time establishing goals.  Katy Mason will type the goals and send them to Helen Davis.  The committee feels that the outreach to the Northside Aztlan Community Center is very successful and would like to expand this outreach to other meal sites.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Cassie Castleberry reported that she was elected chair and that the committee is reviewing the goals that were set by former chair, Janet Montera. 


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported on the progress of the Foundation on Aging and the Foundation’s provider luncheon at 1501 Blue Spruce on September 19th.  The committee discussed possible questions to ask United Way and possible funding solutions for the ARCH program if the extension grant is not awarded.  The committee also discussed their goals and objectives.  Ellen reminded the council about the Legislative Breakfast on Friday, October 3rd


Pubic Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported on street light timing.  He has contacted two people at the City of Fort Collins.  Stan requested council members to forward any specific issues with lights and crosswalks to him so that he can forward those concerns to the city.  Stan let the council know that there was an article in the Coloradoan regarding a major ongoing study of vehicle traffic, specifically on College.  Stan reported that the city increased the crosswalk in a couple of locations by a couple of seconds.   


Stan set up a meeting with John Kefalas regarding some housing complaints Margaret received from Whispering Pines.  Stan reported that some of the stories were horrifying. It was suggested that the committee bring together city officials and residents to discuss the complaints. 


Staff Reports

Lynette McGowan showed the video, “The Journey” the Family Caregiver video.  On September 30th there will be a Caregiving Skills meeting held at the VOA Sanctuary Cottages from 9:00 -11:00.  At this meeting there will be discussion on a dissemination plan to get the video out. 


Katy Mason reported that she has started the site visits to providers.  The table hosts for Bridging the Gap are Elnora, Cassie, Rene, Marcy, Ellen, Nancy, and Jim.  We have three applicants for this council and interviews have been scheduled for later this month.  Katy reported that Steve Budner will be tied up for the next ten months; therefore Peggy Bowers will be filling in for him at these meetings. 


Laura Sutherlin reported that she is helping Katy with the Legislative Breakfast and will be attending the Wellington site visit.  Laura announced that the extension grant for ARCH to work with hospital discharge planners was not accepted.  Ruth, Margaret and Laura will start planning on what to do next.  The funding for ARCH will end February/ March of 2010.  Laura reported that if hospitals do not help with the funding of the under 60 population, the Office on Aging will fund Laura’s position.  If the Office on Aging funds the position, the ARCH program will not be able to help persons under 60. 



Stan Ulrich announced that the AARP conference will be held on October 16th.  This is a free conference and John Suthers is the main speaker. 


Laura Sutherlin announced that the new Answers on Aging Resource Guides will be delivered to the Office on Aging today around 4:00 p.m.



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 3:21 p.m.

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