Advisory Council Meeting

October 13, 2011


Held at 2573 Midpoint Drive, Ste. 108

Fort Collins, Colorado  80525


Members Present:

Jay Adams

Nancy Arthur

David Born


Melissa Buckskin

Carolyn Funk

Howard Hay


Judy Jones

Ellen Lawson

Ellen Pihlstrom


Bill Prather

Mary Shultz

Bob Tholl


Sharon Zamora







Members Absent :

Peggy Bowers

Nila Croll

Helen Davis


Marcy Greenslit

Randy Mergler

Earl Stevens


Debbie Tellez

Stan Ulrich






Staff Present:

Tina Corrigan-Hugo

Ruth Long

Katy Mason


Angelica Stoll

Laura Walker






Guests Present:

Cherrie Thornton




Bob Tholl called the meeting to order at 1:36 p.m.


Minutes stand as presented.


Bob Tholl reported that we have a new liaison, Myles Crane, representing the Human Relations Commission.  Bob announced that the Executive Committee is reviewing the Council bylaws.  Once changes have been made to the bylaws we will present them to the commissioners for approval.  Bob stated that the speaker for the next Council meeting will be a representative from the PACE program.


Ruth Long thanked the Council members for their participation in the site visits.  Ruth stated that Lynette attended the Rosalind Carter Foundation Conference last week.  She will be out of the country for four weeks and Angelica Stoll, a bilingual year-long intern, will be helping with Lynette’s program.  Assisting Angelica with coverage of the Caregiver Program will be Linda and Monica Becker.


Ruth reported that Linda Rumney is currently finishing up the final report for the Colorado Health Foundation grant.  Linda is also working on submission of another three-year Colorado Health Foundation grant. 

Ruth announced that the Office on Aging has received a revised allocation from the Federal government.  Our budget has increased by $72,000.  The extra funding is based on the increase in population of older adults in comparison to the other AAA regions throughout the state.  Three requests for funding have been reviewed by the Grantee Management & Evaluation Committee. 


Ruth stated that eight people signed up for the grassroots advocacy training in Boulder on November 4.  If any other council members are interested in attending, they should call Ruth. 


Ruth reported that the reauthorization of Older Americans Act is underway in Washington DC.   Hearings were held in August and September.  Drafting of the reauthorization bill should begin in the next few weeks. 


The Commissioners noticed that participation has been down at the annual Boards and Commissions reception.  Ruth would be interested in any feedback.


Katy Mason also thanked the Council members for their time and effort in attending the site visits.   Katy will be writing reports and follow-up letters to the providers. 

OFFICE ON AGING PARTNER PRESENTATION:  Allison Carver, Senior Program Assistant, AARP Foundation Colorado Programs

Allison gave a PowerPoint presentation on AARP services.  A copy of it is attached.


Ellen Lawson gave a brief biography.



Fort Collins Senior Advisory Board Report

Cherrie Thornton reported that the SAB has scheduled a program on regional transportation by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO).  Cherrie also announced a few upcoming events at the Senior Center: the Sundance Festival and Chili Cook-Off on October 21 and 22 and “Growing Older in Fort Collins” on November 10.  This is a fact-finding exercise with the CSU Center for Public Deliberation. 


Loveland Senior Advisory Board

Judy Jones reported that the SAB heard from Marcy Obreo about transportation.  The Flex program seems to be very successful.  Bridging the Gap outcomes were discussed.  Judy reminded the Council that the Loveland Conference is this Saturday and distributed a flyer.


Foundation on Aging (FOA)

Mary Shultz reported that the FOA is working on their budget for next year.  Emergency requests are continuing to increase.


Human Relations Commission

Cherrie Thornton reported on behalf of the Commission.  “Make It Stop”, an anti-bullying summit, is scheduled on November 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Northside Aztlan Center.  The summit will have a panel of three high school students and will be chaired by a trained therapist. 


Larimer County Commissioner

No report given.


Community Outreach & Education Committee

Carolyn Funk reported that the Committee has participated in Salute to Seniors and distributed resource guides to churches and doctors’ offices.  Carolyn asked Council members to let the Committee know if their doctor or church does not have any resource guides.  There will be no committee meetings on November 4 because of the advocacy training in Boulder.


Media & Public Relations Committee

Melissa Buckskin reported that the Media Breakfast will be on October 26.  We still have not received any RSVP’s and the event may be canceled.


Grantee & Partnership Development Committee

Ellen Pihlstrom reported that the Committee discussed the three proposals submitted for funding.  One is from the Estes Park Senior Center for blizzard boxes, the second is for counseling sessions for grandparents raising grandchildren and the third is a proposal from the Foundation on Aging for a grant writer.  Ellen stated that the Oral Health Project is scheduled to start in the beginning of October.  The committee meeting has been moved to take place before the Council meeting on November 10.


Public Policy & Advocacy Committee

Bob reported that the Committee discussed Larimer Lift stopping operations in December. 



Bob adjourned the meeting at 3:08 p.m.