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Council on Aging Minutes 12/07/2011

Minutes of meeting held on December 7, 2011

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by chairman Sue Sanders

PRESENT:  Bruce Mahon, Lowell Nixon, Olive Nixon, Brad Noble and Susan Sanders.  Others: Senior Center Director Jane Benedetto, Outreach Worker Deborah Tierney, and Facility Manager Don Sanders.

ABSENT:  Jack Reed.

MINUTES:        Motion by Brad to accept the November 9, 2011, minutes was unanimously approved.

OUTREACH WORKER – Deb reported on November events and programs.  Lifeline representative Terry Forker Compass from Ludlow gave a presentation.  Deb asked that the Board approve Thursday night stained glass classes.  The Board deferred to the Director who will delay a decision at this time.  Upcoming conferences and workshops include “Aging with Dignity” in June 2012 at Holy Cross College, Worcester, and “End of Life Care” in March, April and May 2012.  The newsletter will be submitted to the printer soon.  Submissions should be made to her by 12/15.  The Town Christmas Party will take place at the Wales Irish Pub on 12/22.  Call Amy at x-101 for reservations.

SENIOR CENTER DIRECTOR:  Jane reported 1,258 contacts were made in November.  392 attended the Senior Center and 207 attended congregate meals.  The balance includes: intergenerational activities (254), COA meeting (17), Senior Tax Work-Off Program (5), clothing distribution (10), phone calls (113), other (drop-ins, etc.) (57), entertainment (15), outreach (25), exercise (58), cards and games (32), stained glass (32), crafts/jewelry/painting (26) speakers (15).

PROGRAM COMMITTEE:  Regular programs:  Lunch is served every Monday and Wednesday.  Reservations required.  The balance of December events includes our Christmas Party on December 21st with the blood pressure clinic just prior to the party at 11:30 a.m. and our New Year’s Eve party on December 28th.  January - Monday, January 9th MASS Support Incentive at 12:30 p.m. – stress management; Thursday, January 19th “Breakfast with Jane” at 9:30 a.m., $2.00 donation, pancakes and sausages, food will be donated; Monday, January 23rd from noon to 2:00 p.m., Nancy Bourque, RN, about physical balance.  February – Tuesday, February 14th Valentine’s Party from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with snacks and possible ballroom dancing entertainment; Thursday, February 23rd at 9:30 a.m. “Breakfast with Jane” featuring eggs, muffins and bacon, $2.00 donation, veterans will be honored and elementary schools children may sing; Tuesday, February 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fran and Linda will conduct a cake decorating class, $2.00 donation.  Regular exercise classes continue as well as the blood pressure clinic on the third Wednesday.  We will be seeking donations through the Friends for our events as well as from vendors (restaurants, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, gifts, etc.)

FINANCIAL:  Brad Noble, Treasurer – Brad began by announcing his resignation as COA Treasurer effective December 31, 2011.  Two Treasurer’s reports were distributed.  October Treasurer’s report includes: Receipts: GSSSI $630.00, gifts $2,150.00.  Expenses: telephone $33.93, water testing $15.00, Deb Tierney – mileage $25.00, Core Fitness $60.00, trash pick-up $62.30, National Grid $100.13, printing/mailing of newsletter $147.09, Citizens Security $75.00, Eva Pittsinger for 8 classes $120.00, yard care $73.50, well monitoring $95.00, supplies $47.98, and salaries $1,963.80.  November Treasurer’s report includes: Receipts: GSSSI $630.00, gifts $380.00, Formula Grant $1,750.00.  Expenses: telephone $67.03, water testing $30.00, Don Sanders Serv-Safe renewal $110.00, trash pick-up $62.30, National Grid $129.40, Osterman Propane $454.73, training $196.20, Eva Pittsinger for 8 classes $240.00, yard care $36.75, well monitoring $95.00, lunch supplies $55.99, and salaries $1,897.30.  

FACILITY MANAGER:  Don reports that the pantry door frame and the exterior kitchen door frame need repair.  There is a GFCI outlet in the kitchen that needs to be replaced.  The fluorescent fixture in the pantry needs repair/replacement as new bulbs did not fix the problem.


  • Requests for use of the Senior Center were reviewed and approved.
Motion by Brad to adjourn the meeting at 11:35 a.m. was unanimously approved.

Submitted by:  

Susan Sanders, Secretary

Cc:     Selectpersons
        Town Clerk
Meeting on January 4, 2012
Call to Order at 10:15 a.m.
Approval of minutes of December 6, 2011
Outreach Worker, Senior Center Director
Program Committee, Finance, Facility Manager
Unfinished Business, New Business, Correspondence

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