Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Advisory Council Meeting

August 12, 2010


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Nancy Arthur

Melissa Buckskin

Helen Davis


Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay


Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Debbie Tellez


Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Jay Adams

David Born

Peggy Bowers


Kristina Seth







Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Margaret Long


Ruth Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan


Linda Rumney

Laura Sutherlin






Guests Present:





Marcy Greenslit called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Marcy Greenslit reported that the all committees are working on goals.


Margaret Long reported that she is retiring on October 6.  The Department of Human Services is experiencing some significant budget issues.  To relieve some pressure, the head of the department decided to dissolve the Division of Adult and Child Services which is headed by Ruth Long.  Margaret decided to retire so that Ruth can assume her position.  Ruth has in-depth knowledge of the adult programs.  She is currently overseeing Adult Protection, Options for Long Term Care, Child Support and the Office on Aging. 


Ruth Long stated that she is very excited for this opportunity and believes the transition will be smooth.


Margaret distributed a copy of a memo from CSU about a fraud study they are conducting.  The study is about internet behaviors for people over 50. 

Margaret reported on the commissioners’ survey that was sent via email to the Council members last month.  The results state that things are going well.


Staff Reports

Laura Sutherlin announced that the final changes have been made to the Answers on Aging Resource Guide and that it will be printed by the end of the month.  The big push to get it distributed will be during the Bridging the Gap Networking Event in September.


Lynette McGowan stated that it has been a very busy month.  She has already received 13 new family caregiver clients.  Over 300 people have signed up for Senior Law Day this Saturday.  The keynote speaker is the author of “Chicken Soup for the Caregiver Soul.” 


Tina Barker stated the Ombudsman program has also been busy.  The state has asked Tina and Linda to do a self-evaluation of their program.  By the end of September, they will have program goals established.  They attended a training about a new survey process last week in Denver.  This is a nationwide push from Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for states to have more consistency in their survey process.  The program will take two years to install. 


Katy Mason announced that September is the month in which we do our site visits.  The providers have received an extensive questionnaire which includes programmatic and fiscal information.  Katy asked each Council member to visit at least three providers.  The Council members will receive an email from Tina Hugo with the schedule when it is completed.  Katy requested that members call Tina at 498-7751 to let her know what providers they would like to visit.  Katy stated that the site evaluations are very important.  They help Council members to understand the services that are being funded by the Office on Aging.  Marcy reiterated what Katy said, and that it is a great educational opportunity.  Katy stated that Bridging the Gap is coming up.  The Advisory Council is a sponsor and is responsible for providing seven table hosts.  If you would like to go as an Advisory Council representative, the Office on Aging will pay for your lunch. 


Sharon Zamora gave a brief autobiography.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Lori Mitchell, Estes Park Senior Center Director

Lori Mitchell distributed information about the Estes Park Senior Center.  Lori has lived in Estes Park for 30 years.  She worked at Estes Park Home Care and Hospice for 15 years and has been working with the Senior Center for the last seven  years.  Lori gave a brief description of the organizational structure of the Town of Estes Park.  The Senior Center has a contract with a private dining company to prepare the meals.  A non-profit entity, The Friends Group, raises money for the center. 


The dining area is run like a restaurant.  They have a very small budget of about $200,000 a year.   She has a small staff consisting of her, a half-time person and two on-call drivers.  Center volunteers provide over 6,200 volunteer hours a year.  Lori discussed the center’s finances.  The 2010 projected income is $54,745 from services (33%), rentals/fund raisers (29%), county funding (5%), and contributions (33%).  The center’s projected expenses are $217,311.  Lori has been asked by the town to become more creative with raising money to run the center.  She is looking at an $8,000 cut in the operating budget next year.


Lori sees the Senior Center as a hub for seniors in the community.  Program participation has increased 67% since 2004.  The center provides information and referrals to community agencies, Medicare counseling and other senior services. 


Lori shared some statistics: 15,981 people participated in programs and activities, 18,661 persons visited the center, 4,430 home-delivered meals were delivered, and 8,125 dining room were meals provided.


“All in all, Estes Park Senior Center is a young at heart, welcoming and fun place to visit,” Lori stated.


Margaret stated that the Estes Park decision to move to a private catering company was the best thing for everyone.  Previously, the cost per meal was $10 and is now down to $4.37. 



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Cherrie Thornton stated that the SAB discussed Plan Fort Collins. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB received an update from the city council.  The current city manager is retiring. 


Earl reported on the October 9 conference which will be held at 2500 North Garfield in Loveland.  The topic of the conference is “What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You.”  The title refers to the damage that could be caused by Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101.


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported the Foundation is planning an event in September to thank the people who helped with the summit. 


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Mary Shultz reported that the Committee has nearly finished delivering the Special Needs Registration flyers.  They are also working on updating the committee goals.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Marcy Greenslit reported that the Committee elected Kristina Seth as the new chair and Bob Tholl as the secretary.  The Committee is working on updating their goals and may add the internet as a media goal.


Planning, Funding & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported the she was elected as chair and Melissa Buckskin for secretary.  The Committee discussed the transportation issues with MCR and PVH and has started updating their goals.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Stan Ulrich reported that he was elected as chair.  The Committee is working on updating their goals and discussed the new forum previously mentioned by Earl. 



Meg Corwin from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s office announced that his office is hosting a workshop on August 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Administrative Offices, 200 West Oak, in the Carter Lake Room.  The discussion will be on the impact of health care reform on seniors.   



Marcy adjourned the meeting at 2:53 p.m.

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