Changing Aspen Leaves - RMNP

Advisory Council Meeting

September 8, 2011


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Melissa Buckskin

Nila Croll

Helen Davis


Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit

Howard Hay


Judy Jones

Ellen Pihlstrom

Bill Prather


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Bob Tholl


Stan Ulrich

Sharon Zamora






Members Absent :

Peggy Bowers

Ellen Lawson

Randy Mergler


Debbie Tellez







Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Lynette McGowan

Linda Rumney

Ed Rutherford





Guests Present:

Elaine Boni




Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Bob Tholl reported that the Executive Committee discussed the “screechy speaker” problem.  We came up with a possible solution.  The Executive Committee also approved and finalized goals.  They discussed the Council Bylaws and learned that the Board of Commissioners has not signed the most current copy.  They will be working on updating the Bylaws.


Bob reminded the Council about attendance.  This is a commitment to the Board of Commissioners.  If you cannot attend a meeting, please remember to call Tina for council meetings and the committee chair for committee meetings. 


Bob announced that the 2011-2012 Answers on Aging Resource Guide will be available at Bridging the Gap.  The media breakfast is scheduled for October 26. 


Ruth Long reported on various projects the Office on Aging is undertaking.  One is preparing for Bridging the Gap, a second is the distribution of the new resource guide and a third is site visits.  Ruth received some news that Nancy Wallace, our legal assistance provider, will continue in her role for an additional year.  The Grantee Management Committee will continue to research legal models. 


Last month, Dan Daly asked Ruth to host a presentation of our services to three budget analysts from the state.  Only two attended.  They were from the Department of Human Services and the Joint Budget Committee (JBC).  Ruth received a note from the JBC analyst stating that this was the best presentation they’ve been to because the Office on Aging had given them the type of information they wanted.


Ruth announced that Dr. Aguilar, now a state senator, is working on health care legislation and will appear on Saturday, October 30 in the Coloradoan Community Room for a presentation on her legislation.


Linda Rumney distributed the new ARCH brochure and the new edition of the Answers on Aging Resource Guide.  Linda thanked all the “models” as they were included in all Office on Aging publications. 


Lynette McGowan announced that the AARP study on family caregivers has been revised.  The value of family caregivers has now increased to $450 billion a year.  MetLife completed a study on working caregivers and concluded that the total estimated lost wages over the caregivers’ lifetime is equal to $3 trillion.  Lynette stated that she is going to attend the Rosalind Carter Caregiver Institute during the first week of October. 


Katy Mason distributed three items:  a new work plan and committee tasks, an updated committee list and a site visit schedule.  The site visits will start September 15 and go through November 1.  This is a great opportunity to get to know the providers and what we fund. 


Tracy Hays is the United Way 211 director.  She distributed a PowerPoint presentation on how the United Way 211 operates.  The premise is to give information and referral services to anyone who calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


United Way 211 Information & Referral specialists are nationally trained by AIRS, a highly sought after certification agency.  The training takes one year.  Currently, some 211 operators work from home.      


Nila Croll gave a brief biography.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

No report given.


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB has completed its goals and objectives.  The October Senior Conference, “Survival Skills for Seniors”, is set for Saturday, October 15, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Chilson Senior Center.  Registration is required, but there is no fee.  Call the Chilson Senior Center to register. 


Foundation on Aging

No report given.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Human Relations Commission 

Elaine Boni announced that the Commission is sponsoring a forum on bullying with the Fort Collins Youth Coalition.  The HRC is asking for sponsorship support.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the committee discussed how to distribute Answers on Aging Resource Guides to churches.  Another discussion was held on the Friendly Visitor Program.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Melissa Buckskin reported that the media breakfast has been scheduled for October 26 at the Medical Center of the Rockies Big Thompson Conference Room from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  This will be our media outreach to all media sources to share information about what the Office on Aging does.  The main topic will be a discussion of the results of the Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA). 


Grantee & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the committee heard from Tina Hugo on the SAMS system and discussed what data are collected.  The Legal subcommittee is still working on models. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Helen Davis reported that committee is working on the housing survey.  The survey will contain quite a bit of data about waiting lists and other aspects of affordable housing complexes.  Helen announced that the Homestead Act will be discussed by the legislature this year.  Committee members are attending the Commissioners’ Citizen Meetings and will attend the Town Hall meeting.  Look forward to an email from Rene DeMattei soon.



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

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