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Advisory Council Meeting

January 12, 2012

Minutes

Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525

 

Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

Nila Croll

 

Helen Davis

Marcy Greenslit

Judy Jones

 

Ellen Lawson

Randy Mergler

Ellen Pihlstrom

 

Bill Prather

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

 

Debbie Tellez

Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

 

Sharon Zamora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Absent :

David Born

Peggy Bowers

Melissa Buckskin

 

Carolyn Funk

Howard Hay

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

 

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

 

Mercedes Windsheimer

 

 

 

 

 

Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Cherrie Thornton

 

 

 

 

 

Panel Members Present:

Kathy Anderson

Debbie Pierson

Andrew Ruben

PRESENTATION OF VETERANS ADMINISTRATION SERVICES FOR SENIORS

Before the general meeting, the Advisory Council sponsored a panel discussion on veterans services.  The panel members were Debbie Pierson, Veterans Service Coordinator, Larimer County Veterans Service Office; Andrew Ruben, Public Affairs Officer, Cheyenne Veterans Center; and Kathy Anderson, Community Relations Representative, Pathways Hospice Honoring Veterans Program. 

CALL TO ORDER OF BUSINESS PORTION OF ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING

Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 2:52 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF TODAY’S AGENDA AND MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 10, 2011

Minutes stand as presented.

CHAIR REPORT

Bob Tholl reported that the Executive Committee is working on the Advisory Council bylaws.  Bob announced that a guest speaker, Mike Bennett from Congressman Cory Gardner’s office, will be attending the Public Policy & Advocacy Committee meeting in January and that Bob Keister, the Larimer County Budget Director, will be the guest speaker at the next Council meeting.  The Executive Committee is also planning a film festival for Older Americans’ Month in May.  The tentative date is May 8 at the Rialto Theatre and will be free for people over 60. 

UPDATE ON OFFICE ON AGING

Ruth Long thanked Bob Tholl and Jay Adams for organizing the VA panel. 

 

Ruth gave an update on funding.  Congress approved the appropriations for some of the Administration on Aging (AOA) programs.  All of the items are flat-funded.  At the state level, Ruth stated that the Homestead Exemption Act is up for reinstatement, but the Governor has proposed that it be suspended for another year.  The budget for the Colorado Heat and Rent Rebate program has been increased and this will help some seniors in the low-income bracket.  Locally, ARCH has received a new federal grant that will come from Healthcare Policy and Finance (HCPF). 

 

Staff Reports:

Linda Rumney introduced Mercedes Windsheimer, an intern from UNC Human Services department.  She will be with the Office on Aging until August 3.  Linda noted that the ARCH information and assistance numbers have doubled since last year.  She added that a limited-funded transportation program that has been created in the Office on Aging.  It is a program that is operated by Yellow Cab to help seniors get to medical appointments.  It was created to help some of the riders of Larimer Lift which was disbanded December 31.  Because of the limited funding, the service is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

Katy Mason reported that the Bridging the Gap committee is forming.  She asked for three volunteers.  Judy Jones, Nila Croll and Jay Adams volunteered to be on the committee.  Katy stated that she is starting to prepare for the Senior Tax Work-Off program.  Applications will be accepted the first week in February. 

 

Lynette McGowan reported that the Winter/Spring sessions of Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes will be starting soon.  The classes are six weeks long and are at no cost to the caregivers.  Call Lynette for more details.  Next, Lynette talked about the change of the Aging Center of the Rockies to the Aging Clinic of the Rockies at CSU.  The organization provides eight sessions of counseling to caregivers at no cost.     

 

SENIOR ADVISORY REPORTS

Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported on the November 10 outreach event, “Growing Older in Fort Collins”.  The event was presented to raise community awareness, to involve other organizations and to carry information to the City Council and other interested groups.  The next meeting will be on March 1 at the Fort Collins Senior Center. 

 

Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the work done by the SAB was not included in the City of Loveland’s report.  Earl announced that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) will begin in Loveland on February 1.

 

Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA has four working committees:  Communication, Fundraising, Website and Emergency Grants.  Requests for emergency funds, mostly for utilities and transportation, continue to increase.

 

Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane introduced himself as the new HRC liaison.  The HRC is continuing to work on an event on bullying.

 

Larimer County Commissioner

No report.

COMMITTEE & STAFF REPORTS

Community Outreach & Education Committee

No report.

 

Media & Public Relations Committee

No report.

 

Grantee & Partnership Development Committee

No report.

 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

No report.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

No announcements were made.

 

ADJOURNMENT                                                       

Bob Tholl adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.

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