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Council on Aging Minutes 01/02/2008

Minutes of meeting held On January 2, 2008
Meeting opened at 10:15 a.m.

PRESENT: COA members: Frank Antonovitch, Harold Hewinson, Susan Sanders, Lowell Nixon, Olive Nixon, John Reed and Brad Noble. Others: Senior Center Director: Margaret Crock, Maintenance Manager: Paul Gillis and Kitchen Manager: Don Sanders.

ABSENT: Sara Meier and Deb Tierney.

Minutes of December 5, 2007 accepted.


OUTREACH WORKER: Deb Tierney (report submitted after meeting)
On Dec 17th, Jessica DuPont from SHINE talked about Medicare and Part D Prescription Drug up dates. On Dec 19th the seniors held their annual pot luck Christmas party. Eddy C., the one man harmonica band entertained and we had a lively visit from Santa and two elves that came from the Holland Church Youth Group to dance with the seniors. We have had over 30 applications so far for fuel assistance. $2,400 in Butterworth funds have been dispersed to fuel vendors. Not everyone who applies for assistance qualifies due to various reasons. In a number of cases there is missing information which I then forward to VOC and they follow up. There is a conference on Jan 11th at the Worcester senior center “Consumers’ utility rights and fuel assistance for elders” that I would like to go to.  There is no charge for this conference.

No report.  

In December, 598 contacts made, 62 seniors served, 224 attended Senior Center, 72 attended congregate meals and the balance includes cards & games (44), exercise (36), senior tax work off program (8), One pot meals (30), No sew blankets (13), Speakers (17), holiday celebration (25), bright nights (20 sponsored by “Friends”), Computer (5) and other.

FINANCIAL: Brad Noble, Treasurer  
 Receipts in December were: GSSSI $583.33 and a memorial gift $100.00. Expenditures in December were: telephone $55.24, M Crock salary $611.00, Deb Tierney wages $625.10, Electric $154.04, Trash pickup $28.73, Petty cash $100.00, Managers wages $445.00, Gas $639.40, Mileage $56.70 and Postage $106.60.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Margaret Crock, Deb Tierney & Olive Nixon
Corinne Lavallee and her volunteers are still working on “no-sew blankets” for service men. An exercise class is held every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. A simple meal is available
on Thursday’s from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45p.m. Cribbage is held each Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Computer classes for seniors are available upon request.  All computers are operational and may be used by seniors anytime the center is open. On February 9th a Sweetheart Dance will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. sponsored by the “Friends of Holland Seniors”. The AVADA program has been changed from 1/10 to 3/13/08. On 1/14/08, Paul Mimeault will speak on winter safety and carbon monoxide detectors. On Feb. 25 Falcetti will have music and a sing along. We are considering having another Wednesday meal on the 4th Wed of the month. In January we hope to start movies on Thursdays, after the 1 pot lunch. A TV and a VCR will be loaned to the center for this project by Corinne. Paul will look into getting a nurse from Harrington Hospital and/or Fallon to service the seniors on a scheduled basis.

SENIOR TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM: Margaret Crock and Harold Hewinson.
Year to date, $2,090.63 has been charged to the Senior Center, $665.64 to the School and $105.00 to the Assessors office.

No problems in December. Have started building the sink counter for the Arts & Crafts room. It was determined not to purchase the sink and faucet at this time.
Needs cotton dish cloths, Brad will check out Wal-Mart on his next trip.    
All of the above reports were accepted by the Council on Aging.

Margaret has her petty cash fund.

Brad presented our FY 2009 budget which the Selectmen requested be submitted by January 15, 2008. Motion made, seconded and approved.  

 CORRESPONDENCE – Distributed as received.

Meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

Submitted by:  Brad Noble, Secretary

Meeting on February 6, 2008                                                                                            
Call to Order at 10:15 a.m.
Approval of minutes of January 2, 2008
Outreach, Friends of Holland Seniors, Senior Ctr. Director, Finance, Program,
Senior Tax Abatement, Maintenance Report, Kitchen Report,
Old Business, New Business, Correspondence

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