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Advisory Council Meeting

August 8, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Elaine Boni

David Born


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Phil Elliott


Bonnie Glass

Howard Hay

Judy Jones


Audrey Ketchum

Ken Lamport

Betty McBride


Diane Morgas

Mary Shultz

Briauna Souders


Earl Stevens







Members Absent :

Nancy Arthur

Richard Hedlund

Ellen Pihlstrom


Rhonda Racicot

Katie Stieber

Sharon Zamora





Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

Carol Seest





Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Joann Ginal

Mel Hilgenberg


Andrew Manriguez

Jennifer Manriguez



Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Judy Jones reported that the Committee is exploring how to build relationships between members.  The Committee discussed future presentations for Council meetings.   


Ruth Long presented a plaque to Judy Jones as a thank you for being the Council chair during the last year. 


Ruth reported that the Information & Assistance Specialist position has received over 100 applications.  This position will man the phones and answer questions for seniors, caregivers and their families on services in the community.  Ruth will be conducting initial interviews next week.  After the initial interviews, Ruth will narrow down the candidates to top three or four people.  When Lynda Meyer starts on September 3, she will be able to conduct the final interviews.    


Ruth stated that the staff is continuing to work hard on updating the Answers on Aging Resource Guide, program brochures and the Annual Report. 


Ruth announced that this will be her last Council meeting.  She invited all the members to attend her retirement party on August 22.  Lynda Meyer will start on September 3.  Ruth thanked everyone for what they do for seniors in the community.  She will continue to serve on the Colorado Commission on Aging (COA).  The Commission meets six times a year and advises the Governor and legislature on senior issues. 


Staff Reports:

Linda Rumney reported on Network of Care.  A launch and demonstration is scheduled for September 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Pathways Hospice.  Trilogy, the company that created the software, will be handling the demonstration. 


In addition to the Answers on Aging Resource Guide and Annual Report, we are having the program brochures updated and are creating a new rack card that will include general information about the Office on Aging and Network of Care.  All those materials will be ready by Bridging the Gap.  Linda thanked all those who participated in the photo shoot. 


Lynette McGowan reported on the Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.  We are currently recruiting for more trainers.  The training will be on September 30 and October 1.  The cost is $120 and attendees will be fully equipped to be a trainer for this evidenced-based class.   Commitment is to conduct 1-2 classes a year.


Tina Barker reported on the Volunteer Ombudsman Program.  Tina stated that since we are down to two volunteers, we have decided to revamp our volunteer program.  Volunteers will now go into facilities where our relationship needs to be strengthened.    


Ken Lamport gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Judy Jones reported she was elected as the chair of the Committee and Nancy Arthur will be the secretary.  The Committee discussed goals for last year.  The Committee is hoping to sponsor two forums and work on projects that get the Office on Aging brand out in the community. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee is preparing for the site visits to start.  The final grantee unit report has been reviewed to measure the performance of our grantees. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that another Health Care Forum has been scheduled for September 24 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  On September 25, the same forum will be held in Estes Park.  Commissioner Johnson will be visiting with the Committee on August 16.   



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Judy Jones distributed the information about Bridging the Gap.  “Age of Champions” is the program this year.  Bridging the Gap will be on September 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton on West Prospect.  The Office on Aging will pay members registration if they plan to represent the Council.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

No reported given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that Lisa Poppow and Scott Beethe gave a presentation on the Foundation on Aging and Dr. Martin Carcasson from CSU gave a presentation at the last SAB meeting. 


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

No report given.


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane emailed the following report: 

  • 2nd Annual Colorado Disability Pride Festival in Fort Collins on Saturday, Sept. 7.  Keynote speaker at 1:45 PM - Dr. Jeffrey McCubbin, Dean, CSU College of Health & Human Sciences.  For more information go to:   


  • Several HRC commissioners and members from other boards completed an informative introductory program offered by Touchstone Health Partners regarding Mental Health issues in our community.  For further information contact


  • The 2014 Summit on Aging led by the Foundation on Aging currently will focus on the theme "Larimer County as an Aging-Friendly Community."


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Legislative Update:  State Representative, Joann Ginal, House District 52

Joann Ginal stated that senior issues are one of her top priorities.  This last legislative session was historic.  They heard over 600 bills and over 400 were passed.  Many of the bills were very important to seniors.  Joann continued to give a synopsis of bills that were passed that pertain to seniors.  She had sponsored about 10 bills.  Joann is very interested in hearing from the members of the Council.  Please email specific concerns or questions to:  For more information about the bills in the last legislative session, go to:



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:15 p.m.

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