February 10, 2005

1:30-3:30 PM


Held at 1501 Blue Spruce Drive

Room 135B

Fort Collins, Colorado  80524


Members Present:

Paul Bell

Bill Benton

Steve Budner


Carolyn Funk

Gerry Hinks

Reggie Kemp


Elnora McCloughan

Carol Rehme

Karen Reinhardt


Mary Shultz

Lloyd Spawn

Earl Stevens


Ken Tharp

Stan Ulrich






Members Absent

Olivia Larry

Ray Martinez

Thomas Nix


Barbara Nuss

Hal Wilson






Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Ruth Coberly

Tina Hugo


Margaret Long

Katy Mason

Lynette McGowan


Diane Pelletier

Glen Rathgeber

Linda Rumney


Commissioner Wagner






Guests Present:

Nancy Arthur

C. Dean Miller

Todd Swanson


Mary Shultz called the meeting to order.


Mary Shultz welcomed Karen Wagner the advisory council’s new County Commissioner Liaison and acknowledged Nancy Arthur, Service Coordinator for Oakbrook II.   Margaret Long welcomed Todd Swanson, Management and Evaluation staff person from the Colorado Division of Aging and Adult Services.


The advisory council welcomed back Steve Budner who was on vacation in Thailand.


Katy Mason recommended changes to page 4; second paragraph under Health Committee, “Foundation” should be changed to Women’s Center and the Loveland Community Health Center.


Earl moved to accept minutes with adjustments, Carolyn Funk seconded the motion.


Mary Shultz updated the council regarding the Job Fair committee.  The committee decided not to charge for booths this year because the Workforce Center has offered funding to help with the expenses.  The Job Fair committee’s next meeting will be February 17th at 11:30 a.m. at the Chilsen Center. 


Mary announced that both Hal Wilson and Tom Nix are out of town for the next month or two. 


Ken Tharp will give a brief biography of himself at the next Advisory Council meeting on March 10, 2005.


Todd Swanson, Management and Evaluation staff person for the Colorado Division of Aging and Adult Services gave a presentation on the Strengths & Needs Assessment.  If there are any questions regarding this presentation please email Todd at  or call (303) 866-2651.  If interested in obtaining a copy of the presentation or would like to make arrangements to see the Strengths & Needs Assessment, please contact Margaret at (970) 498-6801 or email m


Update on Application Assistance Service

Margaret Long informed the Council that the application assistance service contract award will be announced next month.


Criminal Records Checks

Margaret commented that there will be more information out next month on the possible need of criminal records checks for volunteers.  She is not sure how deep the state will want the criminal background investigation to be.  Margaret believes that the state is considering duplicating the procedure used by the Child Care division.  


Margaret distributed a flyer on the Senior Day at the Capital and information on the current Larimer County Legislative position on senior issues.  Margaret commented that Ginny Riley is open to receiving any input on adding or changing the position.  If you have comments, please email Margaret or call Tina Hugo at 498-6807. 


Education Committee

Mary Shultz announced that the Education Committee discussed the Speakers Bureau PowerPoint presentation that Lloyd Spawn created.  Lloyd recommended shortening the presentation to no more than 20 minutes leaving 10 minutes for questions and answers. 


Executive Committee

Mary Shultz announced that the Executive Committee discussed background checks and alternative sites for Advisory Council meetings.


Health Committee

Gerry Hinks reported that the Health Committee’s next meeting is February 22nd.


Membership Committee

Stan Ulrich commented that he will follow up with Paulette Pardun regarding her resignation. 


Nutrition Committee

Margaret Long reported that the Nutrition Committee is in recess.  They plan to meet during the summer at a time that all providers can attend.

Senior Attainable Housing Committee

Stan Ulrich commented that the committee has come up with the survey questions for their questionnaire.  The committee also discussed the Funders Forum meeting.


Transportation Committee

Karen Reinhardt reported that Susan McNeil, a consultant for North Front Range came to the meeting and discussed combining all the funding for rural transportation into one entity. 


Margaret Long reported on a meeting that she had with Professor Bruce Hall from CSU.  Bruce is a member of the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  Bruce and NASW are interested in analyzing the transportation needs of the vulnerable populations in Fort Collins, including seniors.  Margaret has asked that someone from their committee to attend the next advisory transportation committee meeting on Friday, February 18th at 8:00 a.m.


Staff Reports

Lynette McGowan, the new Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, commented that she is glad to be back working for the Office on Aging.   


Diane Pelletier, Ombudsman, announced that Linda Rumney, Intern, is now a certified Ombudsman.  Diane reported that Pat Tunnell, State Ombudsman, will be here to evaluate the Office on Aging Ombudsman program next week.  Diane also reported that the Health Department has completed their survey of Fort Collins Healthcare Center in which they received 14 tags. 



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board

Dean Miller reported the Senior Advisory Board members are spreading the word to vote no on repealing the sales tax on food initiative.  The board also met with Margo Carson to further discuss the transportation proposal with Poudre Valley Hospital. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

No report was given. 


Foundation on Aging

Mary Shultz reported that the Board had decided to take on a fundraising project in order to raise money to help with senior issues in the community.



Stan Ulrich announced that AARP has transportation available for the Senior Day at the Capital; the cost is $3.00 plus lunch.



Mary adjourned the meeting.