Advisory Council Meeting

April 11, 2013


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Sharon Courtney

Helen Davis

Phil Elliott


Richard Hundlund

Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum


Ken Lamport

Betty McBride

Ellen Pihlstrom


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Stan Ulrich


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Bonnie Glass

Howard Hay

Katie Stieber





Staff Present:

Tim Bjorklund

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long


Katy Mason

Ed Rutherford






Guests Present:

Sondra Rayner

Stephanie Roberts

Cherrie Thornton


Judy Jones called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Judy Jones stated that the spelling of Wade Kinsey’s name is incorrect on Page 1 under Partner Presentation.  Minutes stand as corrected.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Sondra Rayner, Women’s Resource Center

A PowerPoint presentation was given by Sondra about seniors and sexually transmitted diseases.


Judy Jones reported that letters have gone out to remind members whose terms are expiring.  They need to reply to the commissioners’ office to let Ruth or Judy know what they plan to do.  We have two vacancies.  The new chair and vice-chair will be elected at the June meeting.  If anyone is interested in one of the positions, let Ruth know. 


Ed Rutherford reported on the process for hiring her replacement.  A member from the Council will be on the interview panel which will include Laura Walker, Ginny Riley, Ed Rutherford and Ellen Pihlstrom.  The posting of the position will be open for two weeks and close on April 28.  By May 3, up to five people will be selected and interviews will start on May 13 and 14.  Ruth will spend at least two weeks training the new person.   


Ruth Long distributed a chart showing how the sequestration has affected the Office on Aging budget.  Federal funds will be cut 9.8% or approximately $85,000.  The state funds are estimates because the Long Bill and SB-127 have not been approved as yet.  The Senate Finance Committee has recommended an increase of only $2 million dollars to bring the total Older Coloradoans fund to $10 million, not $20 million as over three years originally recommended in SB-127.  Because of the senior population growth, the Governor has recommended an additional $2 million for fiscal year 2013/14.  This will equate to an increase of $100,000 for the one year.  The budget will be ready to present to the Council on May 9.


Ruth reported that the ARCH program is currently using an Access database to track information for reporting.  For the last couple of years, however, the information to be reported back to the State Unit on Aging (SUA) has changed repeatedly.  The Office on Aging is looking at a new database called Network of Care.  It will come with a resource directory which will be online and searchable.  It will also have a library about medical conditions, medications and much more.  We have the funding available this fiscal year to purchase the system and the department will make a decision soon.  If members would like to look at Network of Care, they can go to DRCOG’s site at


Staff Reports:

Katy reported that the Health Care Forum was a big success.  Over 150 people registered to attend and 129 people showed up.  Because many people had been put on a waiting list, a second forum has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chilson Senior Center.  We currently have 154 people on the waiting list. 


Phil Elliott gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Katy Mason reported that the Older Americans Month awards deadline is tomorrow.  Presentations of the awards will be at the beginning of the May 9 meeting. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that the Committee discussed a new program called Fit and Strong.  It is an evidence-based program that emphasizes balance.  The Committee discussed the Volunteers of America (VOA) presentation and has invited VOA to come to a committee meeting to discuss their plan in more detail.  The last discussion was about Berthoud Area Transportation Service (BATS).  Ruth and Katy met with the Berthoud town administrator to discuss the cut to BATS service.  BATS is very much interested in continuing its transportation services and wants to continue receiving Office on Aging funding. 

Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported on the Health Care Forum that was held on March 30.  Helen recommended that if members did not attend on March 30, they should try to attend the next one on May 7. 


Stan Ulrich reported that 46 people from Fort Collins went to the Senior Day at the Capitol. 



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee (BTG)

Jay Adams reported that BTG will be on September 18.  The Committee is considering locations in Fort Collins at this time.    


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB has agreed to support the North Front Range Transit Vision Regional Feasibility Study and will take the study to the City Council before May 28.  Cherrie announced that the Senior Center Expansion Committee will hold a fundraising campaign on May 16.  Cherrie distributed the SAB’s one-page “elevator speech” on aging as an economic driver. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB is hosting a mini-Silver Tsunami community discussion that will be held on Thursday, May 2.


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA is planning a retreat for the summer.  The new executive director has proposed a name change for the FOA. 


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Judy reported on behalf of Myles Crane that the HRC is seeking speakers on healthy aging.



Jay Adams announced that the Vietnam War Memorial Wall will be on display at the Veterans Plaza at Spring Canyon Park over Memorial Day weekend. 



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:26 p.m.