Advisory Council Meeting

April 12, 2012


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

David Born

Peggy Bowers


Melissa Buckskin

Nila Croll

Helen Davis


Carolyn Funk

Marcy Greenslit

Ellen Pihlstrom


Bill Prather

Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens


Debbie Tellez

Bob Tholl

Stan Ulrich


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Nancy Arthur

Howard Hay

Judy Jones


Ellen Lawson

Randy Mergler






Staff Present:

Tina Barker

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long


Katy Mason

Linda Rumney

Laura Walker


Mercedes Windsheimer





Guests Present:

Cherrie Thornton








Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Anne Kirkner, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center (SAVA)

Anne Kirkner gave a PowerPoint presentation on the SAVA Center. 


Bob Tholl thanked Linda and Mercedes for their presentation on ARCH last month.  The presentation in May will be about Kaiser Permanente.  In June, he reported that we will have Representatives John Kefalas and Brian Delgrosso give an update on the legislation session.  July has not been confirmed, but he may ask the Sheriff’s Department to do a presentation on fraud.  Bob stated that the newly combined committee is working on the film festival.  We need all Council members to seek sponsorships for this event. 


Bob Tholl stated that two copies of the bylaws have been distributed.  The old version has red-lines to denote changes.  He then went over the changes.  Earl Stevens moved to accept the adopted changes and David Born seconded the motion.  It passed unanimously.


Ruth Long stated that four staff members attended the American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference in Washington D.C.  It is good to get the national view of the aging network once in awhile.  She said all learned a lot and will give reports to the Council over the next few months.  Ruth reported on the legislation that has been written to move the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHP), Disability System and the State Unit on Aging (SUA) from the State Department of Human Services to Healthcare Policy and Finance (HCPF).  HCPF manages the Medicaid system.  The bill, written by Betty Boyd, will be introduced in early May.  Although Betty had meetings with stakeholders and made some concessions, the bill will still be very controversial.  Our Board of Commissioners has not taken a position, and until they do, we will have to remain neutral.  We will not ask to advocate on this issue until they take a position.  C4A has also not been able to take a stand because most of the Area Agency of Aging’s (AAA’s) are part of a county government.  The Commission on Aging (COA) did take a position to support the bill as it is written. 


Staff Reports:

Since Lynette was not present, Ruth reported that the 6th Annual Pampering Day is on April 28.


Earl Stevens gave a brief biography.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB has been advocating to the City of Fort Collins Utilities regarding tiered electrical rates.  The SAB has a concern for people with medical conditions that need electricity for their medical equipment.  A proposal for a medical assistance plan has been submitted to the City Council for approval.  Cherrie stated that the next Silver Tsunami meetings will be on April 17 and April 26 and will focus on the Senior Center expansion.  A final wrap-up session is planned for some time in June.  Cherrie announced that Bridging the Gap will be on September 19 at the Embassy Suites. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the SAB is striving to make the City Council more aware of its work and goals.  The goals include issues of affordable housing and transportation.  Earl reminded the Council that the Chilson Senior Center Pancake Breakfast and Plant Sale is on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The cost is $4 in advance and $5 at door. 


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA gave grants to Elderhaus, RVNA and Disabled Resource Services.  Currently the Board is working with help from an advisor on writing job descriptions and training for Board members.  


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

No report given.


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the Committee is looking at distribution of the Answers on Aging Resource Guide to more churches.  Melissa Buckskin confirmed that the Film Festival is set for September 12 at the Rialto in Loveland.  She requested the help of the Council members to distribute sponsorship forms.  There are two feature films, “The Trip to Bountiful” and “The Straight Story”.  The Committee is still searching for short films and speakers.  In the future the Committee is planning to do the Film Festival in May in connection with Older Americans Month. 


Grantee & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that a discussion was held regarding the meeting with Mary Catherine Rabbit from the Legal Center in Denver.  The Committee reviewed the change in requirements for the Title III Part D funding for Health Promotion.  A report that focuses on the number of units provided by each of our grantees was reviewed.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis reported that the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act was discussed.  Senators Udall and Bennett have voiced support for the bill currently in the senate. 



Bob adjourned the meeting at 3:35 p.m.