Advisory Council Meeting

August 9, 2012


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

David Born

Helen Davis


Bonnie Glass

Howard Hay

Richard Hedlund


Judy Jones

Audrey Ketchum

Ellen Lawson


Mary Shultz

Earl Stevens

Katie Stieber


Debbie Tellez

Dave Thompson

Sharon Zamora





Members Absent :

Nancy Arthur

Melissa Buckskin

Nila Croll


Randy Mergler

Ellen Pihlstrom

Stan Ulrich





Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Lynette McGowan


Carol Seest







Guests Present:

Myles Crane

Cherrie Thornton



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


Minutes stand as presented.

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Berthoud Area Transportation Service (BATS)

Eric Boyd, Director of BATS, started his presentation by thanking the Office on Aging for its funding. 

Chair/Executive Committee

Judy Jones reported that the Executive Committee discussed responsibilities of the new committee chairs.  The Community Education & Information committee doesn’t have a chair at this time.  Judy announced that Elizabeth Gardner, the state demographer, will give a presentation at the next Advisory Council meeting.  Elected officials will be invited to attend.  The Executive Committee members also discussed member attendance and goals.


Update on Office on Aging

Ruth Long stated that the Answers on Aging Resource Guide will début at the Bridging the Gap Luncheon in September.  The guide has a whole new format. 


Ruth welcomed Carol Seest, the new Application Assistance program staff member.  Carol will be going out to help people with Medicaid and Medicare Savings Program applications.  Carol works 20 hours a week. 


Ruth announced that the Office on Aging is planning to put together an annual report.  Once the information is gathered, it will be presented to the Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee and then to the Council for feedback. 


Ruth reported on the Senior Outreach project.  The Office on Aging is collaborating with the Foundation on Aging, Health District, United Way 211 and Catholic Charities on developing a program to better connect seniors to community services.  The first step in this process is to create a mapping of what case management services are available.  Once this is completed, the group will try to eliminate the gaps and improve services.


Staff Report

Lynette McGowan reported that her intern, Angelica Stoll, is finishing her work this week.  Angelica has been focusing on outreach to the Hispanic community and has collected information in Spanish from the Alzheimer’s Association and has translated the assessment to Spanish.   


Judy Jones gave a brief biography.


Community Education & Information Committee

Judy Jones reported that there is no committee chair.  Judy hopes that someone will volunteer at the next meeting. 


Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee

David Born reported that three new members are on the team.  He announced that program reviews will be schedule for September through November and all council members are required to sign up to attend at least one review.  The Committee discussed the annual report.  It also discussed developing a policy on provider complaints. 


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee 

Helen Davis stated that the Older Americans Act has still not been approved by congress.  She also reported that after the elections, the Committee will schedule meetings with the newly elected officials.



Bridging the Gap Planning Committee

Jay Adams reported that the Bridging the Gap invitations have been mailed.  This year the Committee invited speaker and author, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, from the Corporation for Positive Change.  Her topic will be “The Power of Two: Bridging the Relational Gap with Appreciative Inquiry”.


Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report (SAB)

Cherrie Thornton reported the SAB’s Communications Committee has decided on two projects.  One is to cross-reference the Transfort bus stops with the locations of senior apartments in Fort Collins.  The second project is to refine a report made to the Economic Advisory Board on the impact of the increasing senior population in the community.  The purpose of this is to give each SAB member some brief talking points for advocating for seniors.  She added that the Senior Center Expansion Viability Study is completed.  Cherrie announced that the annual Sundance Family Festival and Chili Cook-off will be held on October 19 and 20.  She also announced that the “Growing Older in Fort Collins” community conversations received the “Outstanding Program” award at the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association’s annual conference.  Barbara Schoenberger also received an award for the “Outstanding Seen It All Professional.”


Loveland Senior Advisory Board (SAB)

Earl Stevens reported that the September 5 meeting will not be at the library but will be at the Seven Lakes Park.


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA will have their final meeting on fundraising in September.  The FOA is working on a new poster.


Human Relations Commission (HRC)

Myles Crane distributed flyers for the “Make it Stop: Elder Abuse Forum”.



Debbie Tellez announce that this will be her last meeting.  She will need to resign from the Council as she is going back to work full-time. 


Judy Jones said she learned that FEMA has blocked any financial aid for the fire victims in Larimer County and encouraged members to contact their local legislators to advocate. 



Judy adjourned the meeting at 3:24 p.m.