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Advisory Council Meeting

September 12, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

Elaine Boni


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Phil Elliott


Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum

Ken Lamport


Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom

Rhonda Racicot


Briauna Souders

Earl Stevens






Members Absent :

David Born

Bonnie Glass

Howard Hay


Richard Hedlund

Diane Morgas

Mary Shultz


Katie Stieber

Sharon Zamora






Staff Present:

Tim Bjorklund

Monica Becker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo


Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan

Lynda Meyer


Linda Rumney

Ed Rutherford






Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Kate Pullen



Ellen Pihlstrom called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Lynda Meyer reported that interviews are completed for the new I&R Specialist.  Tina Barker’s last day will be October 3.  She will be leaving to work for a long term care facility in Loveland.  Her job will be posted soon. 


Lynda stated that we had a very successful launch of Network of Care on Tuesday, September 10.  Kudos to Linda Rumney for all her hard work.  The presentation was well received and we have had multiple requests for the new rack card. 


Lynda commented that she is very excited to be here.  She will be busy this month with several trainings such as the ARCH training in Evergreen at the end of the month. 


Staff Reports:

Katy Mason distributed the sign-up sheet for site visits of our grantees.  Each member can sign up for 2-3 visits. 


Lynette McGowan reported that she will be conducting a two-day Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leader training.  She distributed a schedule of classes and a flyer on an AARP and Eldercare Network presentation on September 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 at the Council Tree Library. 


Monica Becker reported that she is working on the transition plan for when Tina Barker leaves.  Tina was planning to be at this meeting to say goodbye but had to leave because of the flooding in Loveland.


Linda Rumney thanked everyone that participated in the photo shoot in July.  All of our new brochures contain pictures from the photo shoot and we will use the pictures for many years to come.  In addition to our three program brochures, we added a double-sided rack card that explains what the Office on Aging does on one-side and Network of Care on the other side.  Linda encouraged the Council to explore  The new Answers on Aging Resource Guide premiered.


Betty McBride gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Judy Jones reported that the Committee discussed goals and established timelines.  The members will start distributing the new Resource Guide, Special Needs Registry flyers and Network of Care rack cards to churches and doctors offices. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Committee discussed site visits.  Phil Elliott has volunteered to go through the State Unit on Aging Policies and Procedures and Volume 10 to ensure that we are capturing everything in our provider reviews.  Undesignated funds and the plan to spend those funds were also discussed.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the Committee is continuing to try and educate the community about the Affordable Care Act and distributed flyer on the September 24 Health Care Forum in Fort Collins.  Bob Semro from the Bell Policy Institute will be doing the same presentation in Estes Park on September 25.  There are 93 people signed up in Fort Collins and over 60 in Estes Park.  Helen noted that as of October 1, the exchanges will be up and running. 


Helen stated that the Committee met with Commissioner Johnson and discussed transportation and many other issues facing seniors.  Commissioner Johnson suggested that the LCOA might want to have a work session with the Commissioners on senior transportation.



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Judy Jones reported that there are 216 people registered to attend.  Table host will get a memo with helpful hints by email.  Judy encouraged members to show up between 9:30 and 10:30.  Booths open at 10:00 and lunch is at 11:30.  The presentation will be a documentary on the Senior Olympics. 


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Kate Pullen reported that the SAB discussed how to enhance relationships between seniors and college students.  The SAB will revisit this concept again in the winter or next year. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB reviewed the survey of senior advisory boards from around the country.  The SAB also had an extended discussion on the latest Silver Tsunami community conversations.


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane reported that the HRC is planning for the 2014 community conversations to be held on mental health. 

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Healthy Homes for Seniors, Mary Pat Aardrup

Mary Pat Aardrup presented information on a program called Healthy Sustainable Homes.  This program is the City of Fort Collins’ response to the following statistics:

  • U.S. citizens spend 65-90% of their time indoors
  • Indoor air quality is 70% worse than outdoor air quality
  • 1 in 4 homes have a family member with a respiratory ailment
  • Residents in Zone 1 have the highest potential for dangerous levels of radon
  • 18% of the Fort Collins community live below the poverty line


The focus of the program is on home toxic exposure, pollution prevention and environmental awareness.  The purpose is to help citizens improve their health and quality of life.  For more information, please contact Mary Pat Aardrup at 416-2832 or email at  For more information about the program, go to



Ellen adjourned the meeting at 3:12 p.m.

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